AkzoNobel expands performance coatings research facility in US

AkzoNobel expands performance coatings research facility in US

5:45 PM, 26th June 2015
AkzoNobel expands performance coatings research facility in US
AkzoNobel performance coatings will invest around €3 million ($3.4 million) to expand its research and development facilities in Houston, Texas.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV performance coatings said it is investing around €3 million ($3.4 million) to expand its research and development facilities in Houston, Texas. The upgraded facility, due to be completed in early 2016, will support the company’s protective, marine and specialty coatings businesses.

“The expanded facility will provide a central, state-of-the-art technical resource for our businesses in the US, creating the critical mass for effective R&D to efficiently support our customers,” said Aidan Mernin, RD&I director, protective coatings, AkzoNobel.

The expanded facility will be able to house up to 35 laboratory staff, with 30 skilled technologists employed initially. Key capabilities will include a dedicated area for experimental paint making, a modern paint application laboratory and environmentally controlled drying areas for conditioning of test panels. Enhanced chemical resistance testing will also be available to support the ceilcote and enviroline linings ranges in North America, the company said.

“This investment underlines our focus on technology and product innovation and providing technical support for our customers. It will be an integral part of our global RD&I function and will directly contribute to our overall growth plans,” said Mauricio Bannwart, managing director, AkzoNobel’s protective coatings business.

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