AkzoNobel has unveiled plans to add three new production lines at its Changzhou powder coatings plant in China – the company's largest facility of its kind in the world.

The EUR3m (US$3.4m) investment will support additional supplies of acrylic powder coatings, metallic powder coatings and powder primers for the automotive sector, strengthening AkzoNobel's ability to deliver more locally produced premium products.

"China is a high priority region for us and the booming powder coatings industry in China will help to optimise our production and investment strategy," said AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker.

"This latest investment will also reinforce our capability to support local customers and enhance our manufacturing and supply chain."

Opened in 2012, the Changzhou site supports the manufacture of both powder coatings and liquid coatings, including decorative paints, protective coatings and vehicle refinishes.

The powder coatings facility was a later addition and started production in 2018. It covers virtually all industry applications and supports the entire East China region.

AkzoNobel supplies the coatings to more than 30,000 customers worldwide, covering market segments ranging from domestic appliances, architecture and automotive to furniture, IT and general industrial applications.

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