Axalta Completes New Waterborne Coatings Plant
Global coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems has completed the expansion of its waterborne coatings plant in Jiading, Shanghai, China.
The expansion includes a new waterborne basecoat, primer and small batch capacity, new production facilities, and the addition of two new warehouses, which will more than double the Jiading waterborne plant's production capacity.
According to Axalta, the facility optimizes productivity through advanced automation, maximizes the use of raw materials and accelerates manufacturing cycle time, while minimizing the environmental impact of the production process.
“The Jiading expansion further strengthens Axalta's position as a leader in eco-responsible coatings and supports our long-term growth strategy. Our investment in waterborne coatings embodies the principles of sustainable manufacturing while ensuring we continue to meet our productivity and profitability goals,” said Barry Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations and Supply Chain Officer.
“Axalta will continue to make investments in China that expand our footprint and capabilities in order to meet the growing needs of our customers.”
The facility broke ground last year and, at the time, the company noted that the facility will position it to meet rising demand for sustainable coatings for industrial customers.
According to Axalta, the expanded waterborne coatings plant will combine the best practices adopted at its other global plants with China's local R&D advantages, while also implementing a unique design process, which includes automated production technology to maximize productivity, reduce energy consumption and minimize environmental impacts.
“As the industry continues upgrading to sustainable products, the waterborne coatings market will likewise continue to grow in China,” said Willie Wu, President of Axalta Greater China.
“The next generation of world-leading waterborne coatings technology that will be produced at our expanded facility is designed to benefit the industry and environment by creating superior appearance, lowering energy consumption, and reducing carbon dioxide and volatile organic compound emissions. Our investment in waterborne coatings production will embody the principles of sustainable manufacturing, while ensuring we continue to meet both our efficiency and profitability goals. This win-win scenario will be a long-term competitive edge that will benefit our Company and our customers.”