Jotun, one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of paints, coatings, and powder coatings, has revealed the opening of its new state-of-the-art powder coatings factory and regional research and development (R&D) facility in China. Located in Zhangjiangang, Jiangsu Province, the new production facility covers an area of 130,000 square meters with a design that looks towards maximizing on efficiencies and reducing energy consumption. The new R&D facility is focused on the creation and development of products for coatings, paint and powder coatings.
According to Jotun senior officials, the opening is part of the company’s continued thrust to develop world class products that add more value to its customers while also highlighting Jotun’s global expertise, product quality and best practices standards. The new production facility was built adjacent to an already operational coatings factory in Jiangsu. The facility is equipped with the most modern equipment and machinery to ensure product consistency, energy efficiency and in compliance with the HSE standards. Products to be developed in the newly-opened factory include Fusion Bond Epoxy powder coatings, hybrid epoxy/polyester powder coatings, polyester powder coatings and other specialized products.
“The opening of these two new facilities proves to be a very strategic move for us as China is currently positioned as the world’s largest and fastest growing powder coatings market. The move represents our commitment towards creating world class products that add more value to our customers,” said Bjorn Naglestad, general manager, Jotun Coatings China. “Both the factory and the R&D facility reflect Jotun’s core values and objectives.”
Jotun China is considered to be one of the leading players in the marine and protective segments. Since establishing its regional presence in China in 1998, the company now has a workforce of over 1,500 employees and an annual turnover of more than RMB 3 billion. Jotun China’s target markets include original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and applicators operating in diverse industries like, construction, appliances, furniture and fixture, automotive and transport and the oil and gas (O&G) segment.