Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing


April 2, 2024


AkzoNobel Powder ManufacturingWith market demand for powder coatings continuing to rise, AkzoNobel is investing more than $30 million in its four North American powder manufacturing sites to increase capacity and implement advanced technologies to meet the evolving needs of the industry. This follows the previously announced US$70 million investment in the company’s industrial coatings business.

The company is incorporating new extruders, thermoplastics and bonding processes at its facilities in Reading, Pa.; Warsaw, Ind.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Monterrey, Mexico. It will unlock numerous benefits, such as increased production efficiency and expanded application capabilities. 

The enhancements—which will help to maximise the versatility and long-term sustainability performance of AkzoNobel’s powder coatings portfolio—follow on from recent investments in powder manufacturing at Como in Italy and the multi-site in Bac Ninh, near Hanoi, Vietnam, to support the company’s growth ambitions in Europe and Asia respectively.   

“As customers continue to prioritise sustainability, durability and performance, the demand for powder coatings is projected to escalate,” explains Jeff Jirak, global director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “By staying ahead of the curve and investing in these advanced technologies, we’re positioning ourselves as a leader in this thriving market, driving innovation and delivering value to customers in North America and around the globe.” 

Installing innovative thermoplastic materials in the powder coatings formulation will open up new possibilities for diverse applications and performance enhancements. Effective bonding between pigment particles and resin matrix is crucial for achieving durable and aesthetically pleasing powder coatings, while the advanced extruders will enable real-time adjustments and maintain precise control over the extrusion process. 

One of the primary benefits of powder coatings is their exceptional durability and resistance to corrosion, chemicals and UV radiation. This durability translates into longer-lasting coatings, reducing maintenance requirements and extending the lifespan of coated products. As a result, industries ranging from automotive and architecture, to appliances and aerospace, have increasingly turned to powder coatings to enhance product performance and longevity. 

AkzoNobel is hosting an open house for government officials and business leaders at its manufacturing facility in Reading, Pa. on April 4. The event will include an opportunity to tour the site, engage with our business and manufacturing leaders, and discuss these advanced technologies.

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