Alongside dignitaries, Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver celebrated a new phase in the company’s commitment to the China automobile industry.
With production expected to begin in 2015, Axalta’s Shanghai waterborne facility will manufacture and supply up to 25,000 metric tons. Axalta’s tech leadership in waterborne paints and expanded waterborne production capacity supports long term growth of an auto industry that is extending into the southern and western areas of the country while contributing to sustainable development in China.
“We invested in this facility to meet growing customer needs for high-performance water-based paint coatings solutions. With this new facility, we are expanding our capacity to provide waterborne paints to help China’s auto industry develop sustainably,” Mr. Shaver told the audience at the ground breaking ceremony. “Our technological leadership focuses on developing environmentally friendly paint coating solutions. Our new facility will also employ the latest generation production systems to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations.”
Lean and Green Automotive Coating process includes primer-less coatings and 3-wet coatings for full layer performance without flash and bake between coats. It meets global environmental requirements, such as the EU’s VOC Regulation 2004/42/EC.
“We appreciate Axalta’s forward thinking approach to product development,” explained Sun Lianying, Chairman of the China National Coating Industry Association. “Axalta’s eco-friendly production process is aligned with China’s direction to develop in a sustainable path and we look forward to witnessing the construction of the Axalta Shanghai waterborne facility.”
For sustainable development of China’s automotive industry, the government has issued regulations, including all new automotive manufacturers’ production lines to use eco-friendly waterborne paint coating products.
“We are very pleased to see that Axalta has continuously invested in expanding its production of technologically superior products tailored specifically to our local demands,” said Mr. Wang Zhongcheng, Vice-president of FAW-VW Chengdu. “As one of China’s leading automobile manufacturers, FAW-VW is moving to a sustainable model for development and the waterborne products produced at this facility will help us achieve our business objectives in the region.”
Axalta paint coatings stands for 145 years of product innovation, and 2014 marks the 30th year for them in business in China. In China Axalta has a plant in Changchun and a second Jiading facility, five powder coating operations in collaboration with joint venture partners, 4 refinish training centers, a Global Color Lab and Asia Pacific Innovation Center in Shanghai to support R&D, and a new Asia Pacific head ofice also in Shanghai. Axalta does business in 130 countries.