A performance coating is a product finish that upgrades a surface to enhance its appearance or longevity.
Bill Collins, corporate director of AkzoNobel’s performance-coatings business, said the 31-million-euro (Bt1.18 billion) plant was the company’s ninth production site in Southeast Asia.
“This new facility highlights our continued focus on adapting to market needs in order to better serve our customers with essential colour and protection,” he said.
“It will also play a key role in driving organic growth for the performance-coatings business.
“The large size of the new site and the already established infrastructure enable later-phase investments for expansion. The Chon Buri site will then provide opportunities for possible future expansion and growth in the region.”
The plant uses state-of-the art technology pioneered in the United States and Europe that will maximise operational efficiency and minimise waste generation, the company says.
The new Chon Buri site will supply a number of businesses within AkzoNobel and support the growth and improve customer service for several performance-coatings businesses, as well as decorative paints, it says. The supported businesses include metal, protective, speciality and marine coatings.
The site could also be expanded in the future to produce powder coatings.
This site currently employs about 100 people, and that number is expected to grow.
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