Automotive Coatings Gets ‘Close’ to Customer in China
A new DuPont laboratory and manufacturing facilities in China are accelerating the adoption of coatings with improved environmental performance by Chinese automakers. The technical center, located in Shanghai, and the manufacturing operations in Changchun allow nearby DuPont scientists to respond to local customers’ needs quickly and efficiently.
As an example, the new Shanghai General Motors plant at Shenyang is located just west of the DuPont Changchun plant, and will use the DuPont water-based coatings produced at that facility. Shanghai General Motors is a joint venture between General Motors and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation. The site has an annual capacity of 150,000 cars, and is not affected by the General Motors bankruptcy which includes only North American operations.
“Shanghai General Motors has demonstrated its commitment to more sustainable processes by designing this water-based coatings technology into its new plant,” said B.C. Chong, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Automotive OEM Coatings. “The water-based coatings we have introduced in China not only perform well and look great, but they also help reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone or smog.”
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