Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings Opens New Shanghai Plant

Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings has announced the official opening of a new powder coatings facility in Qingpu District, Shanghai, China, on Monday April 18 2005. The opening ceremony which commenced at 10am was followed by a formal banquet reception attended by clients, business associates and government representatives.

The Shanghai plant, which has received $5 million dollars of investment from Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings and taken eight months to construct, will produce a range of high quality powder finishing materials for industrial and specialized applications in the automotive, architectural, industrial goods, consumer durables and general metal finishing industries.

As the first Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings plant to open in Asia, the 17,500 sq m plant houses a full range of facilities including offices, research, quality control, application laboratories, production facilities and a warehouse area. Up to 100 employees will work at the plant when it is fully operational.

Powder coatings are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional wet paint finishes. These coatings come in hard wearing formulations and a wide choice of colors. They are also environmentally-friendly when compared with traditional liquid paints, since powder formulations are solvent-free and result in less waste during the application process.

Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings currently produces approximately 75,000 metric tons of powder coatings per year at seven plants in the US and Europe. These coatings are used in a wide range of applications including automotive components, aluminium profiles, furniture, appliances, sporting equipment, machinery and pipe. As the first Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings plant to open in Asia, the new plant will make a significant addition to this capacity.

“The new Shanghai plant represents an exciting new stage for our operations in Asia,” says M. Reggie Horne, Vice President and Business Director for Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings. “Our presence in Shanghai will present us with many opportunities to maximize the full potential of Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings in China and provide a prompt and professional service to new and existing customers.”

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