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Akzo Nobel Automotive Plastic Coatings launches new production unit in Pontiac

Published on 2007-04-25. Author : SpecialChem

Sassenheim, the Netherlands -- Akzo Nobel, the world's largest coatings company, has further dedicated itself to the North American automotive market with the opening of a new state of the art production facility expansion in Pontiac, Michigan. This expansion adds 11,000 square feet of production space enabling an additional 150,000 gallons of capacity.

Present at the April 11th ribbon cutting ceremonies were 
        Tom Komjathy (Akzo Nobel APC North American Manufacturing & Logistics 
        Manager), Tim Evans (Akzo Nobel Project Manager), Jim Rees (Akzo Nobel 
        Car Refinishes General Manager), Conrad Keijzer (Akzo Nobel APC General 
        Manager), Michelle Richards (Akzo Nobel CR Quality/Process Improvement 
        Manager), John Lindemann (Akzo Nobel CRNA Director, M&O) and Gerard 
        van Stein (Akzo Nobel APC Manager Manufacturing & Logistics Operations)
Present at the April 11th ribbon cutting ceremonies were Tom Komjathy (Akzo Nobel APC North American Manufacturing & Logistics Manager), Tim Evans (Akzo Nobel Project Manager), Jim Rees (Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes General Manager), Conrad Keijzer (Akzo Nobel APC General Manager), Michelle Richards (Akzo Nobel CR Quality/Process Improvement Manager), John Lindemann (Akzo Nobel CRNA Director, M&O) and Gerard van Stein (Akzo Nobel APC Manager Manufacturing & Logistics Operations)

"In this demanding period where much of the automotive industry is cutting costs and reducing resources, Akzo Nobel Automotive Plastics Coatings and Car Refinishes North America has chosen to invest in an innovative new production floor", noted Jim Rees, General Manager Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes at the April 11th ribbon cutting ceremonies. Rees continued, "This expansion broadens our foundation of operational excellence, quality and safety."

An Automatic Dosing Unit (ADU) blending site will reduce batch making times, while at the same time improving the consistency and quality of the products. Conrad Keijzer, General Manager Akzo Nobel Automotive Plastic Coatings, observed that "Our computer controlled Automated Dosing Unit will position the Automotive Plastics Coatings Group for enhanced growth in a market place that places extreme emphasis on JIT delivery, color accuracy and overall product reproducibility."

In addition to the ADU, the new facility will contain waterborne production capabilities to support the growing interior waterborne coatings segment and position the production capabilities to support future waterborne exterior topcoat activities. Conrad Keijzer added, "The expansion includes a centralized quality control laboratory with advanced application facilities to better integrate the production and QC processes and insure an accurate correlation to the customer process."

Akzo Nobel is a Global Fortune 500 company and is listed on both the Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ stock exchanges. It is also included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and FTSE4Good Index. Based in the Netherlands, we are a multicultural organization serving customers throughout the world with human and animal healthcare products, coatings, and chemicals. We employ around 61,880 people and conduct our activities in these four segments, with operating subsidiaries in more than 80 countries. Consolidated revenues for 2006 totaled EUR 13.7 billion. The financial results for the first quarter will be published on April 24, 2007.

Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes is a world leader in coatings for car repair, commercial vehicles and automotive plastic coatings. Automotive Plastic Coatings is one of the world's leaders in the exterior and interior plastic coatings market. Our products provide the perfect paint match. Akzo Nobel's paint brand is focused on one key aim: delivering the best paint performance at the lowest cost per unit.

Source: Akzo Nobel


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