AkzoNobel (Amsterdam; www.AkzoNobel.com) 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 L/yr. The new Greenfield facility – AkzoNobel’s sixth factory in India – will supply a range of decorative paints and create improved distribution channels for the popular Dulux brand. The new site will also help speed up transportation times and reduce the cost of logistics.
The factory has been built on 9,000m2 of land, with a greenbelt area of 9,000m2, with sufficient infrastructure in place to support future expansion plans. Special sustainability features include rainwater harvesting and energy-efficient pumping systems, while 20 percent 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.