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AkzoNobel invests in U.K. R&D site

By Gerald Ondrey |

AkzoNobel N.V. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; www.akzonobel.com) is investing almost €10 million to further boost the innovative power of the U.K. site where performance coatings that now protect many of the world’s iconic structures and ships were first developed. A fire protection testing laboratory and a polymer lab for powder coatings are being added to the existing R&D infrastructure at the company’s Felling site in north-east England, which pioneered products used on landmarks such as Sydney Harbor Bridge, the London Eye, the Olympic Water Cube in Beijing and famous vessels including the Queen Mary 2 and the HMS Ark Royal.   The investment will help further transform the location into a research hub focused on innovation and the development of new performance coatings technology.   “The fact that we are continuing to invest despite the current economic climate gives a clear indication of the importance we attach to advancing our technological expertise,” explains Leif Darner, AkzoNobel’s board member responsible for Performance Coatings. “The new facilities will provide us with a state-of-the-art center of excellence which will significantly improve our ability to develop…
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