Nippon Paint China partners with KDC to develop innovative coating technologies
Nippon Paint China and KangDe Composites Co., Ltd. (KDC) established a strategic partnership in the development of innovative coating technologies at a signing ceremony during the 15th Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 27.
The two companies agreed to jointly develop and maintain advanced and market-leading coating technologies for carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) materials and provide customers with integrated coating solutions. Hong Jiang, the chief technology officer of Nipsea Group, the parent company of Nippon Paint China, and He Peng, the vice president and chief technology officer at KDC, participated in the signing ceremony.
As the leading coating solution provider in the Asia-Pacific region, Nippon Paint is committed to breaking the boundaries of traditional coating technologies. Its corporate development strategy combines a deep understanding of local markets and global megatrends, puts emphasis on innovation and environmental protection and brings customers sustainable products.
The strategic cooperation will enable automotive lightweighting to improve fuel efficiency and push the automotive industry in China toward electrification. It is based on full compliance with the increasingly stringent environmental regulations in China and covers the technical development of green coating materials, processing technologies and the application standards for CFRP materials. The companies will promote CFRP application in the lightweight automotive and other fields through their strong industrial networks and brand influence.
“Nippon Paint is the leading brand in the coating industry and is dedicated to the development of innovative and environmentally responsible coating products. KDC is the leading brand in the application of CFRPs and drives carbon fiber lightweighting material commercialization in a wide range of industries,” said Xie Fuyuan, the president of KDC. “Green and environmental protection are at the center of strategic cooperation between us. Both parties will overcome the key technical challenges in CFRP application in the automotive and high-end equipment fields together.”
“China is the largest market for Nippon Paint. We have been and continue to be heavily invested in R&D (research and development) in China to create maximum value for our customers while maintaining our leading market position in China,” said Wee Siew Kim, the CEO of Nipsea Group. “The strategic partnership with KDC is a testimony to our commitment to working closely with our local Chinese partner to support the future growth and transformation of the Chinese automotive industry.”
“KDC developed the Surface-RTM batch production technology to achieve Class A surfacing for CFRP auto parts. The technology allows the direct spray of top coat without surface treatment and significantly reduces cycle time and cost. Collaborating with Nippon Paint to optimize and upgrade the CFRP coating technology will enable us to develop market-leading CFRP Class A surface coating solutions,” said He.
Hong agreed that the automotive coating systems for multi-substrates, including CFRP, clearly pose challenges for the coating industry.
“Different and unique CFRPs and their surface characteristics require new curing chemistry and formulation development to meet automotive industry standards,” he said. “Coupling our strong coating R&D capability with KDC’s expertise in CFRP development and manufacturing, we have full confidence in overcoming technical challenges and taking a leading position in coating solutions for CFRP lightweight substrate.”
In the future, Nippon Paint will continue to deepen its cooperation in the industry value chain by providing resources and tailored professional services to create value for customers and contribute to the sustainable development of the society.
Left: He Peng (left) and Hong Jiang shake hands during the signing ceremony; Right: The cooperation team at KDC’s booth during Auto China 2018