AkzoNobel is investing €20 million to increase powder coatings capacity at its site in Como, Italy, hoping to strengthen its market position and sharpen its focus on greener manufacturing.

The Como site – already the company’s biggest plant in Europe for producing powder coatings – is set to house a major expansion for the production of automotive coatings. The new facility will provide strategic back-up for AkzoNobel’s Arnsberg site in Germany where a new line is also being added.

The extra capacity in Como is being installed in a renovated building where powder coatings were originally made. The company says it is introducing advanced equipment and technology to deliver higher productivity rates and efficiency gains, and will use recycled energy to reduce consumption.

It follows recent investments in China and Vietnam designed to install greener facilities and production methods.

“We’re implementing a structured expansion plan to boost capacity at both our Como and Arnsberg sites,” says Daniela Vlad, Business Director of AkzoNobel Powder Coatings. “It will help to strengthen our market position and provide us with back up should we encounter supply issues.”

The building in Como and extra line in Arnsberg will help the company continue to grow with its customers, particularly in the automotive segment, AkzoNobel says.

“Although powder coatings are already inherently sustainable, we’re also committed to making our own buildings and facilities as sustainable as possible,” says Vlad. “The company has set a clear ambition to reduce its carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050, so we’re accelerating our efforts to embrace renewable energy and introduce more smart manufacturing technology.”