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Project Is Taking Off

A major international airport has set its sights on becoming the Asia-Pacific aviation hub after being coated with Akzo Nobel products.

Akzo Nobel’s Coatings business has played a significant role in a major airport’s plans to become the aviation hub of the Asia-Pacific region.

Although it opened for business in 1999, Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China, only recently completed the first phase of its development, which will see it capable of handling 20 million passengers and 750,000 tons of cargo annually by 2005.

The structure of the USD 1.57 billion first phase—which passed the State-level appraisal earlier this year—is protected by 120,000 liters of International’s protective coatings, including Intergard 269 and Interthane 990. Akzo Nobel Coatings Suzhou was the only organization to bid for the painting contract because no other coating product could meet the specified 15-20 year design life.

The second phase of the project will see the airport eventually equipped with a total of four runways, along with a second terminal building, bringing the annual capacity up to 80 million passengers and five million tons of freight.

(Released: November 28, 2001)

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