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Jotun has opened its powder coatings factory and regional research and development facility in China.
Located in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, the production facility covers an area of 130,000m2 with a design that looks towards maximising on efficiencies and reducing energy consumption.
According to Jotun senior officials, the opening is part of the company’s continued thrust to develop world class products that add more value to its customers while also highlighting Jotun’s global expertise, product quality and best practices standards. The production facility was built adjacent to an already operational coatings factory in Jiangsu and is equipped with the most modern equipment and machinery to ensure product consistency, energy efficiency and in compliance with the HSE standards.
Products to be developed include fusion bond epoxy powder coatings, hybrid epoxy/polyester powder coatings, polyester powder coatings and other specialised products.
"The opening of these two new facilities proves to be a very strategic move for us as China is currently positioned as the world’s largest and fastest growing powder coatings market,” said Bjorn Naglestad, general manager, Jotun Coatings China.
Jotun China is considered to be one of the leading players in the marine and protective segments. Since establishing its regional presence in China in 1998, the company now has a workforce of more than 1500 employees and a turnover/yr of more than RMB3bn (US$471.3M).