DuPont Opens Performance Coatings Plant in China

Plant will serve Chinese automotive finish market

A new DuPont Performance Coatings plant has begun manufacturing operations in the Jiading district of Shanghai. The plant, which primarily will serve the Chinese automotive refinish market, broke ground in the second quarter of 2006.

"The Chinese automotive collision repair market is one of the fastest growing in the world, so this plant positions us to serve it in a responsive and efficient manner," said Terry Caloghiris, group vice president, DuPont Coatings & Color Technologies.

The plant is the company's tenth finishes-related investment in China. It was designed with a "lean manufacturing" layout, a comprehensive term referring to manufacturing methods based on maximizing value and minimizing waste while operating safely, according to a company statement.

"In addition to collision repair products, this plant will supply the rapidly growing economies of the Asia Pacific region with coatings specially designed for trucks, heavy equipment and a variety of industrial applications," said John McCool, vice president and general manager, DuPont Refinish Systems.

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