Nip­pon Paint China part­ners with KDC to de­velop in­no­va­tive coat­ing tech­nolo­gies

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

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.

Pho­tos: Cour­tesy of Nip­pon Paint China

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

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