Akzo Nobel opens specialty coatings facility in China

Akzo Nobel has opened a specialty coatings facility in Dongguan, China, dedicated to producing aerospace coatings for the North and South Asian aviation market.

Akzo Nobel opens specialty coatings facility in China. Source: Akzo Nobel -

This new facility will offer improved and faster service to existing, as well as new customers, in this rapidly-growing market.

Reducing delivery times

The new manufacturing site joins existing facilities located in Leicester (UK), Moscow (RU), Sao Paulo (BR), in addition to the main production centers in Waukegan (US), and Sassenheim (NL). This worldwide network of production facilities allows Akzo Nobel to supply custom coatings quickly and globally. Coatings will be produced locally at the new Aerospace Color Center (ACC) in Dongguan, significantly reducing delivery times for regional customers.

Site opened December 2001

Akzo Nobel's aerospace coatings combine high performance – protecting planes from harsh environmental conditions and helping them use less fuel – with colour development and production expertise that can effectively communicate the airlines' brand identity. Akzo Nobel's Dongguan site has been open since December 2001, and the Aerospace Color Center was added as an expansion in early 2017. In July 2017, the ACC received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Civil Aviation Chemicals Design & Manufacture, which permits the company to serve Chinese customers.

Cutting-edge technologies

John Griffin, Global Segment Lead, Akzo Nobel Aerospace, said: “Customers are seeking efficiencies wherever possible. Our new technologies, such as our base coat/clear coat system, which dries faster and retains its colour and gloss longer than single stage coatings, will help planes spend less time on the ground and more time in the air.” Ted Rhee, Business Manager AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings Asia, added: “With this new facility we can deliver cutting-edge technologies to our Asian customers faster and more reliably.”

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