Akzo Nobel boosts powder coatings capacity

Akzo Nobel is investing EUR 20 million to increase the powder coatings capacity at its site in Como, Italy – signaling the company’s intent to sharpen its focus on greener manufacturing.

Akzo Nobel's Como site.  Image source: Akzo Nobel.

The Como site – already the company’s biggest plant in Europe for producing powder coatings – is set to house a major capacity expansion for the production of automotive coatings. The new facility is supposed to provide a strategic back-up for Akzo Nobel’s Arnsberg site in Germany (where a new line is also being added), helping to secure customer supply.

Reuse of an historic part of the site

The extra capacity in Como is being installed in a renovated building where powder coatings were originally made – a sustainable reuse of an historic part of the site. As well as introducing advanced equipment and technology to deliver higher productivity rates and efficiency gains, the new operation in Como will also use recycled energy to reduce consumption.

This follows recent investments by Akzo Nobel in China and Vietnam designed to install greener facilities and production methods, which in turn is supposed to help the company to achieve its sustainability ambitions.

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