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Nippon Paint China partners with KDC to develop innovative coating technologies

The two companies agreed to jointly develop and maintain the advanced and market-leading coating technologies for carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) materials and provide customers with integrated coating solutions.

The strategic cooperation will enable automotive lightweighting to improve fuel efficiency and push the automotive industry toward electrification in China. The agreement is based on full compliance with the increasingly stringent environmental regulations in China and comprehensively covers the technical development of green coating materials, processing technologies and the application standards for CFRP materials. Both parties will jointly promote CFRP application in the lightweight automotive and other fields through their strong industrial networks and brand influence in the marketplace.

"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 the two sides. In the future, 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 chief executive officer of Nipsea Group, the parent company of Nippon Paint China.

"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."

"CFRP coating technology has always been a challenging task in the automotive and other industries," said He Peng, vice president and chief technology officer at KDC at the signing ceremony. "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."

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [609149].

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