Axalta Coating Systems completed the expansion of its waterborne coatings plant in Jiading, Shanghai, China.
The expanded site is designed to meet the growing demand for sustainable coating solutions for automotive, commercial vehicle and industrial markets in China and the Asia Pacific region.
The expansion includes a newly added waterborne basecoat, primer and small-batch capacity.
The new production facilities, in addition to two new warehouses, will more than double the Jiading waterborne plant's production capacity.
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 VP 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 automotive market in China continues to be the largest in the world and a growth engine for global mobility. Its industry is also at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing in terms of VOC emissions," said Nicolas Franc de Ferrière, VP, Mobility, Asia Pacific. "Our Jiading plant expansion reflects our ambition to capture the growing demand for high-quality, eco-friendly coatings and continue to support our customers to reach new quality and environmental standards."