As Chinese customers and consumers demand more eco-premium water-based decorative paints, AkzoNobel says a “huge automation upgrade” will have its Guangzhou plant running at full production of exclusively water-based products.

Guangzhou is the last of the company’s four decorative paint plants in China to completely switch to water-based products. State-of-the-art technology will increase its water-based paints production capacity from 88 million liters to 140 million annually.

AkzoNobel says the plant’s upgrades will also bring the company closer to its overall sustainability ambitions, which include 100 percent water reuse at the most water-intensive sites by 2030. Once fully operational, Guangzhou will increase water reuse by 70 percent and reduce waste water by 50 percent. Reductions in electricity use and VOC emissions are also expected.

“The new plant is a significant milestone for AkzoNobel in China as we strive to increase our production of eco-premium water-based products,” says David Prinselaar, AkzoNobel’s Chief Supply Chain Officer. “This a prominent sector generating many opportunities for us to provide greener paint and coating solutions.”