AkzoNobel opens new research centre in The Netherlands

AkzoNobel opens new research centre in The Netherlands

11:52 AM, 23rd May 2011
AkzoNobel opens new research centre in The Netherlands
Graeme Armstrong, Executive Committee Member, heading RD&I, AkzoNobel.

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel has opened a new research laboratory in Deventer, the Netherlands, which will play a pivotal role in the company’s ambition to drive future growth through pioneering innovation.

Housing more than 200 top researchers from the company’s Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) organization, the facility is one of a network of six global RD&I centres that work with businesses to undertake breakthrough research which leads to major innovations.

“With nearly 40 per cent of our R&D capabilities in the Netherlands based in Deventer, and with the leading edge facilities in the laboratories which make up Research Street, we have confirmed the position of the Netherlands as a cornerstone of AkzoNobel’s global RD&I organization,” said Graeme Armstrong, Executive Committee Member, heading RD&I, AkzoNobel.

The six global RD&I centres host a combination of business-led R&D groups and several of the company’s expert capability groups. Their role is critical in delivering the company’s ambition of increasing contribution from innovations from 9 per cent to between 15 and 20 per cent of revenue by 2015. It will also ensure that at least 30 per cent of sales will be derived from eco-premium solutions. Building on the pipeline of solutions from the Deventer laboratories, will contribute to AkzoNobel being well positioned to benefit from global megatrends.

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