akzonobel_logoAkzoNobel, the Dutch maker of Dulux paint and other iconic brands, is to invest €50m in manufacturing facilities in Chengdu, the fast-growing city of in Western China.

The Dutch chemicals giant already has factories in eastern, central and southern China and, like many multinational manufacturers, it now is extending production and distribution into China’s relatively untapped western region.

AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner said:

China is playing an increasingly important role in our growth strateg y and by expanding production capacity we will further strengthen our position as a leading supplier to the Chinese market.”

Chengdu has grown rapidly to become an an important industrial hub and AkzoNobel hopes to tap into the high demand with the new facilities, which will produce quality powder coatings and decorative paint. ,.

AkzoNobel currently employs more than 7,700 people in China, including 500 in research and development. Revenue for 2012 was €1.7 billion, the majority being generated from local demand.

AkzoNobel prides itself on sustainability — it gets the highest ranking from the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the chemicals sector — so lets hope that its new China facilities also shine on the sustainability front. Multinationals, when they set up in China, are often acused of double standards, tolerating high pollution levels or poor working conditions that would not be acccepted in their European or US facilities.

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