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Axalta builds new coating manufacturing and logistics facility in China

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Axalta Coating Systems announced that a new manufacturing plant for high-performance automobile, commercial vehicle and industrial coatings will be constructed in Nanjing, China.

Axalta builds new coating manufacturing and logistics facility in China. Source: Axalta

Axalta builds new coating manufacturing and logistics facility in China. Source: Axalta

The facility will be built on more than 170,000m2 of land located at Nanjing’s National Chemical Industrial Park (NCIP). The plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020 with a product distribution centre and initial manufacturing capability expected to come online by early 2019. The project is subject to final approvals by the company and by government and local authorities.

Logistics centre and distribution point

The facility will manufacture a broad range of Axalta products, including primers, basecoats, clearcoats and resin intermediates. It will also produce Axalta’s 'AquaEC' line of electrocoats and 'Voltatex' family of energy solutions coatings. Additionally, the facility will serve as a logistics centre and distribution point for Axalta’s leading Refinish and Industrial products for customers located in southern and central parts of the country. The Nanjing plant will eventually be Axalta’s third largest global operations centre.

"China is a strategic market for us and we continue to invest in our manufacturing capacity and network there to enable us to more effectively serve our customers and to raise our service standards to support their growth,” said Charlie Shaver, Axalta Chairman and CEO.

China is a strategic market

Mr Zhu Yuanshen, Deputy Director of the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park Management Committee, said, "We are delighted to welcome and support Axalta Coating Systems to set up in the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park. We believe that as a leading global coatings supplier, Axalta can bring its state-of-the-art manufacturing technology into its new production base, and produce environmentally responsible high-performance coatings so as to support and contribute to the local economy and to the sustainable development of China’s automotive enterprises.”

Latest generation technology

Preparation work is in full swing as Axalta has begun to work closely with the local authorities to start the design phase and development of engineering specifications for the new facility. Construction of the new Nanjing plant will utilise the latest generation technology from engineering design, materials and equipment to production processes. The facility will also employ the latest emission mitigation systems and technology available to minimise energy consumption, waste discharge and resource utilisation. These features will enable the new facility to align with Axalta’s global sustainability guidelines to protect the environment.

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