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Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes inaugurates extension of R&D Center in Bangalore, India

Published on 2007-04-30. Author : SpecialChem

Sassenheim, the Netherlands -- A new 2800 square meter extension to Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes' International Research Center in Bangalore, India was opened on March 28, 2007. The €2.6 million euro extension more than doubles the size of the Research Center, which became operational in 2002.

The International Research Center in Bangalore is one of three main research and development centers operated by Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes. The Bangalore Center, along with facilities in Troy, Michigan (USA) and Sassenheim (the Netherlands), is involved in a range of activities related to Car Refinishes product development and maintenance for international markets, management and innovation in color and colorimetry plus color formula development. Through a geographical spread of its research facilities, Car Refinishes not only facilitates close contact with its customers around the globe, but also maintains ''windows'' on the wealth of new ideas and technologies being developed throughout the world.

The colorful opening ceremony in Bangalore was attended by Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes General Manager Jim Rees, International R&D Manager Klaas Kruithof and Bangalore International Research Center Managing Director Sudhakar Dantiki. All employees gathered outside the building while a traditional "puja" (a Hindu religious ritual) was performed in order to inaugurate the facility.

"We have a lot of positive momentum in our business," said Jim Rees in his speech during the inauguration ceremony. "I think that comes as a result of the right people doing the right things at the right time, with the right customer focus." Noting that the Bangalore center would be serving the entire Car Refinishes organization, he added, "This actually is a global knowledge and color center and things that happen here today and in the future will have a profound impact on the success of Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes in the entire world."

"With this extension of our existing facility, we now have a Center that is equipped with both the people and the equipment to meet any future challenge in color," remarked Sudhakar Dantiki. "We have expertise in colorimetry, product development and services, all under one roof, allowing for the interaction to improve both our products and our services."

"Over the past five years, we've built a world class research center in Bangalore," said Klaas Kruithof. "Expanding the Bangalore facility was a logical choice for us because in India we can draw on a large pool of highly educated people with the technical skills we require, ranging from physical and organic chemistry to (applied) IT competence and mathematics. I look forward to further strengthening our position in R&D and color in India in the coming years."

Akzo Nobel is a Fortune Global 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 coatings, chemicals and human and animal healthcare products. We employ around 62,000 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 second quarter will be published on July 24, 2007.

Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes is a world leader in coatings for car repair, commercial vehicles and automotive plastic coatings.
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Source: Akzo Nobel

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