Ak­zoNo­bel looks to ex­pand its ca­pac­ity

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHENG XIN zhengxin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chem­i­cals and coat­ings gi­ant Ak­zoNo­bel said it is a per­fect fit to help China boost its green development and in­no­va­tion and is look­ing at fur­ther ex­pand­ing its ca­pac­ity in the coun­try.

Mar­cel Gal­jee, en­ergy di­rec­tor of Ak­zoNo­bel In­dus­trial Chem­i­cals, said the Amsterdam-head­quar­tered com­pany is in prime po­si­tion to push Chi­nese green development and in­no­va­tion and China is al­ways a firm part of the com­pany’s strat­egy.

“China is at the core of our strat­egy for future growth and our com­mit­ment in China is strong,” Gal­jee told a me­dia brief­ing dur­ing the eighth Clean En­ergy Min­is­te­rial in Bei­jing, the an­nual meet­ing of en­ergy min­is­ters and other high-level del­e­gates from 24 mem­ber coun­tries and the Euro­pean Union.

“With the cur­rent development China is en­gaged on, we are of course look­ing at ex­pan­sion and op­por­tu­nity for growth.”

Luo Ke, Ak­zoNo­bel’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager of Chi- na and North Asia, said the com­pany has been con­sis­tently in­vest­ing in China since 1980.

“China is play­ing an ever sig­nif­i­cant role in the global mar­ket for Ak­zoNo­bel, and has be­come the sec­ond big­gest strate­gic mar­ket for Ak­zoNo­bel,” said Luo.

China now plays home to Ak­zoNo­bel’s big­gest sin­gle work­force, with 7,600 peo­ple ac­count­ing for 17 per­cent of a to­tal of 46,000 em­ploy­ees world­wide. The com­pany also re­ported rev­enues of 1.76 bil­lion eu­ros ($2 bil­lion) last year in China, mak­ing the coun­try its sec­ond big­gest mar­ket.

Ak­zoNo­bel has set up 30 fac­to­ries in the coun­try, tap­ping into the con­sid­er­able sup­ply of lo­cal tal­ents who help in the re­search and development of prod­ucts for the Chi­nese mar­ket.

“The per­for­mance in China looks good and the out­look is just as bright,” she said.

“We have been able to re­duce our car­bon emis­sion since 2012.”

Ac­cord­ing to Gal­jee, the com­pany’s cur­rent en­ergy port­fo­lio cur­rently com­prises 40 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy, while by 2050 it aims to be com­pletely car­bon neu­tral.

“De­spite not be­ing able to buy re­new­able en­ergy in China now, we now see some changes in reg­u­la­tions that will en­able the pro­cure­ment of re­new­ables,” he said.

“We are anx­iously fol­low­ing and wait­ing what the reg­u­la­tion will bring. We re­ally hope we can get the op­por­tu­nity to show the lead­er­ship what we have and the ex­pe­ri­ence from other coun­tries,” Gal­jee said.

“The com­pany is also look- ing for other lo­cal part­ners to team up with, for joint development.”

Gal­jee said his group be­lieved the strate­gies China had drawn up were strate­gies that Ak­zoNo­bel as a com­pany could take part in and help im­prove in the coun­try.

en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion projects that Guizhou prov­ince has sup­ported

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