AkzoNobel Targets Growth In Pakistan As New Site Opens

A new €26 million manufacturing plant with its own forest has been opened by AkzoNobel in Faisalabad. The facility is the company’s largest investment in Pakistan to date.

The 25-acre (101,200-square-metre) site, which has facilities for making automotive and specialty coatings, decorative paint, wood finishes, coil coatings and protective coatings, will help to meet increasing customer demand across a variety of markets.

The Faisalabad location’s forest spans an area of 5,450 square feet (500 square metres). More than 1,400 native trees and shrubs – planted using the Japanese Miyawaki gardening technique – are expected to grow into a flourishing self-sustaining ecosystem over the next two years.

“Our investment in this greenfield site reaffirms our commitment to grow in Pakistan,” said Mubbasher Omar, CEO of AkzoNobel Pakistan. “It will fuel our ambition to diversify with sustainable innovations and enter new segments in the domestic market, while also providing new opportunities to delight customers beyond Pakistan.”

The site, which employs nearly 200 people, has been constructed to comply with the company’s environmental standards and includes a range of sustainability features, such as renewable energy generation and energy efficient design.

“We’ve also integrated agile manufacturing to accommodate future expansion in production volumes, thereby allowing AkzoNobel to be more competitive in the market,” said Omar. “It’s the next step in continuing to build on the company’s 60-year track record of delighting paints and coatings customers in Pakistan with world class solutions.”