Shanghai, China - Bayer MaterialScience and the Changzhou Coatings Research Institute are to cooperate to promote waterborne coatings throughout China, a venture sealed at a signing ceremony on 23 Jan.
"As the China Research Institute strongly believes that waterborne coatings are the way forward in the coatings industry, partnering with Bayer MaterialScience - a market leader in this area - is a natural combination that will best serve the Chinese coatings industry," said Zhang Junzhi, president of Changzhou Coatings Research Institute, at the signing.
This partnership between "two market leaders will allow for a number of activities including forums and conferences between the industry and government," said a BMS statement. As a result, not only will the Chinese waterborne coating industry benefit, the approach will also help the environment through emission reduction.
"We both understand that a push in waterborne coating is needed, now we join the forces for the same beliefs," said Li Xilin, marketing director for Business Unit Coatings and Adhesives at Bayer MaterialScience in Greater China.
The two groups share a "commitment to emission reduction under China's 11th Five-Year Programme. We look forward to working together - and with government - to help achieve China's emission reduction objectives," Zhang added.
"Waterborne coatings need time to spread the awareness and there are always someone to take the lead," Li continued, adding that both groups want to be pioneers in this, and are committed to it for this 'year of waterborne promotion', and for the years to come.
Projects where the Changzhou group has used BMS' include the Chinese Olympic National Aquatics Center, with 670 sq.m of waterborne polyurethane floor coating. BMS coatings are also being used at the Olympic National Stadium, the Bird's Nest, and on the world's longest bridge, Shanghai's Lupu Bridge.
PIC: The signing ceremony, front, Li Xilin (left) and Zhang Junzhi, with (standing) BMS and Changzhou Coatings Research Institute personnel.