FELLING, England _ AkzoNobel, the Dutch multinational paints and coatings giant, has opened a €12.6 million lab here to test new products in conditions that mimic extreme environments.
A key feature of the ‘R&D innovation campus’ is a lab to test new products in extreme temperature resistance, fire and high-pressure conditions. The facilities will also enable scientists to expose products to chemicals and corrosion.
AkzoNobel Technical Director says the focus is on delivering “cutting-edge innovations and products for the marine and oil and gas industries.”
Felling is the birthplace of AkzoNobel’s International brand.
The company says the new labs “will enable our technical experts to partner more closely with our customers and deliver innovative products and solutions” that meet the demanding specifications of the marine and yachting sectors, says Jean-Michel Gauthier, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Marine and Protective Coatings business.
The new Felling facility is located 25 miles from AkzoNobel’s €100 million paint manufacturing plant in Ashington, which opened in 2017.
Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel operates in 150 countries and employs some 35,000 workers.