AkzoNobel invests US$ 30 million to up powder coatings manufacturing capacity in US

AkzoNobel invests US$ 30 million to up powder coatings manufacturing capacity in US

The company plans to install advanced technologies and increase total manufacturing capacity

  • By ICN Bureau | March 17, 2024

AkzoNobel is incorporating new extruders, thermoplastics and bonding processes at its facilities in Reading, Pennsylvania; Warsaw, Indiana; Nashville, Tennessee; and Monterrey, Mexico. It will unlock numerous benefits, such as increased production efficiency and expanded application capabilities.

The enhancements – which will help to maximize the versatility and long-term sustainability performance of AkzoNobel’s powder coatings portfolio – follow on from recent investments in powder manufacturing at Como in Italy and the multi-site in Bac Ninh, near Hanoi, Vietnam, to support the company’s growth ambitions in Europe and Asia respectively.

“As customers continue to prioritize sustainability, durability and performance, the demand for powder coatings is projected to escalate,” explains Jeff Jirak, Global Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “By staying ahead of the curve and investing in these advanced technologies, we’re positioning ourselves as a leader in this thriving market, driving innovation and delivering value to customers in North America and around the globe.”

Installing innovative thermoplastic materials in the powder coatings formulation will open up new possibilities for diverse applications and performance enhancements. Effective bonding between pigment particles and resin matrix is crucial for achieving durable and aesthetically pleasing powder coatings, while the advanced extruders will enable real-time adjustments and maintain precise control over the extrusion process.

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