MUMBAI, India - AkzoNobel has broken ground on its new powder coatings plant in Mumbai, India. The investment of €9 million will allow the company to increase capacity in the region, which forms an important part of AkzoNobel's organic growth plans.

The new facility will complement AkzoNobel's existing plant in Bangalore, which is focused on supplying the south and east of the country. The Mumbai factory will also produce several lines new to the Indian market, including bonded metallic powders and localized products for markets such as pipe and re-bar coatings.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Conrad Keijzer, Executive Committee Member responsible for Performance Coatings, said, "As the largest powder coatings company in the world, we regard India as being one of our of most important strategic markets. Establishing the new facility in one of the world's fastest growing economics will give us additional momentum for our ambitious growth plans in the country." 

Start-up of the new Mumbai facility is scheduled for late 2017.