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Axalta Expands Waterborne Coating Plant in China

Axalta breaks ground on the newest phase of its Jiading waterborne coatings plant in Shanghai, China.

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Axalta (Philadelphia, Pa.), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, on April 28 broke ground on the newest phase of its Jiading plant in Shanghai, which represents an important new investment in environmentally responsible waterborne coatings by the company in China. Expected to be operational by early 2021, this expanded facility will position Axalta to meet rising demand for sustainable coatings from automotive and industrial customers across southern and eastern China.

“As the industry continues upgrading to sustainable products, the waterborne coatings market will likewise continue to grow in China,” says Willie Wu, President of Axalta Greater China. 

The expanded waterborne coatings plant will combine the best practices adopted at Axalta’s other global plants with China's local R&D advantages, while also implementing a unique design process. This includes automated production technology to maximize productivity, reduce energy consumption, and minimize environmental impacts.

Axalta opened its Shanghai Jiading waterborne plant in March 2015. Since the company’s journey in China began in 1984, it has built liquid coating plants in Jiading, Shanghai, and Changchun, Jilin, as well as a powder coating plant in Qingpu, Shanghai, and four refinish training centers. Axalta opened its Asia Pacific Technology Center in Shanghai in 2017.

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