AkzoNobel confirmed as exclusive coatings provider Volvo Ocean Race

AkzoNobel confirmed as exclusive coatings provider of Volvo Ocean Race

9:28 AM, 30th May 2017
AkzoNobel confirmed as exclusive coatings provider of Volvo Ocean Race
The boats will have to deal with extreme weather conditions, from freezing cold and raging gales to sweltering heat, so the coatings need to be as tough and durable as the sailors.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV has been confirmed as the official Boatyard supplier for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. All the boats competing in the next edition will be coated with the company’s International and Awlgrip range of products. 

The competing yachts – including team AkzoNobel’s brand new Volvo Ocean 65 – have already been through an extensive refit process and have been coated with Awlgrip products, while the keel on each boat is protected with International coatings.

AkzoNobel has also developed unique custom colours for every team in the race, which will showcase its expertise to a huge global audience. Once the race starts in October, the company will supply all the coatings required for repairs and maintenance at each of the stopovers.

AkzoNobel’s International yacht business will also provide technical expertise and, when required, will supervise the application process during pit stops between races.

Extensive preparations for the race have been taking place for several months at the permanent Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal. When the race begins later this year, a massive logistical operation will see the Boatyard travel to all stopovers around the world.

Regarded as the pinnacle of professional, fully-crewed ocean racing, the route for the 2017-18 race will visit some of the most remote and inhospitable areas of the world’s oceans. The boats will have to deal with extreme weather conditions, from freezing cold and raging gales to sweltering heat, so the coatings need to be as tough and durable as the sailors.

“As the world’s leading supplier of marine and yacht coatings, we’re delighted to be partnering with the Volvo Ocean Race as official Boatyard supplier. The race is the ultimate test of performance and, given our long association with the sea, it’s the perfect showcase for the company’s market-leading products,” said Alberto Slikta, managing director of AkzoNobel's speciality coatings business.

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