AkzoNobel has strengthened its manufacturing footprint in
India by opening a new 20 million decorative paints plant
in Gwalior, which will have a capacity of 55 million
liters/year, the company said on Monday.
The eco-efficient Greenfield facility -- AkzoNobel's sixth
factory in India -- will supply a range of decorative paints
and create improved distribution channels for the
Dulux brand. The new site will also help speed up
transportation times and reduce the cost of logistics.
India plays an extremely important
role in our growth strategy and the new Gwalior site underlines
our commitment to creating a leading coatings powerhouse in India, said AkzoNobel CEO Ton
Buchner, who spoke Monday at an inauguration ceremony for the
As a global leader in sustainability, I'm also pleased
that the plant has focused so heavily on energy, water and
resource conservation, which will be vital in helping us to
create more value from fewer resources, Buchner
The factory was built on 9,000m(2) of land, with a greenbelt
area of 9,000m (2), while sufficient infrastructure is in place
to support future expansion plans, the company said.
AkzoNobel added tha provisions were also made to accommodate
key suppliers, allowing for a smoother manufacturing
The Gwalior plant will provide cost-effective access
to key markets in the northern and central areas of
India, said Amit Jain, managing firector of AkzoNobel
India. This will greatly reinforce our strategy of
expanding Dulux distribution, as well as improving
customer service in these high growth regions.
Special sustainability features include
rainwater harvesting and energy efficient pumping systems,
while 20% of the roofing area allows natural daylight to flood
in, reducing the need for artificial lighting.
AkzoNobel currently employs around 1,800 people in India.