Powder Coatings has been very active in Central and Eastern Europe during the last few years, an area that has a GDP equal to that of China. In addition to expanding its site at Opava in the Czech Republic, the business has also inaugurated distribution warehouses in Poland and Hungary.
Opening a production facility in Russia, however, is perhaps the most significant development, given that in 2006, 80% of the powder coatings used in the country was imported.
Two production lines have been installed and are operating at the new facility; another two are scheduled to be up and running by mid-2008. Powder Coatings now operates 28 plants worldwide.