AkzoNobel’s International Paint business has been tapped to supply coating systems for the world’s highest arch bridge, now under construction in India, and for the iconic Oakland Bay Bridge, which is now being rebuilt.
International Paint will supply high-performance coating systems for the Chenab Bridge in India, due to be completed in 2013.
The bridge, which will span the Chenab River between Bakkal and Kauri, will be part of a new Indian Railways line that will link the Kashmir region with the rest of India. Soaring 1,178 feet above the river bed, the Chenab will be the highest arch bridge in the world, surpassing the Viaduct de Millau in France, which now holds that distinction.
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|India’s Chenab will be the world’s tallest arch bridge.|
AkzoNobel will supply the coatings for the entire steel section of the bridge, per the approved paint schemes.
B. Ramakrishnan, managing director of Akzo Nobel Coatings India, said the company was honored to participate in the project.
“We have been entrusted with the responsibility of painting the Chenab Bridge, which requires high-performance and durability from the coatings due to the terrain and scale involved,” he said. “We are confident about our association with the Chenab bridge project and are looking forward to seeing it through its completion.”
The bridge coatings will include International’s Interfine acrylic polysiloxane range.
International Paint has also been named the sole coatings supplier for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span restoration, a project that has drawn controversy for its use of a Chinese subcontractor.
The State of California is replacing the span, which was seriously damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Group Ltd. (ZPMC), which supplied the steel structures for the East Span rebuild, selected International to provide the coatings.
|Shanghai’s Zhenhua Heavy Industry Group Ltd. (ZPMC), which supplied the steel structures for the East Span rebuild, selected International Paint as sole supplier for the coatings.|
The coatings were manufactured at International Paint’s factory in Suzhou, China, and carry a 20-year warranty. The sections were coated in China and shipped to the U.S. for installation.
ZPMC said it had chosen International Paint materials because they are manufactured with the same quality standards in all global locations,
A ceremony July 11 at ZPMC’s Changxing island base marked the completion of the project. ZPMC Chairman Xuezeng Kang announced that all products had met the design standards and had passed U.S. inspection.
The project used a total of 500,000 liters of International coatings, including the primer Interzinc 22 and polysiloxane finish Interfine 979.
“It is our honor to be appointed as the sole supplier of protective coatings for this prestigious project,” said Jackson Chan, general manager of Protective Coatings China for International Paint.
“Our company has ample experience in supporting large-scale projects worldwide. We are well positioned to share this expertise with leading Chinese companies like ZPMC so that they can excel in the international markets.”
International is the world’s biggest producer of protective coatings for major structures and the leading global producer of coatings used in ship and yacht building, maintenance and repair.