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AkzoNobel Opens Powder Coatings Technology Center in China

Published on 2009-07-07. Author : SpecialChem

Ningbo, China -- AkzoNobel, the world's leading paints, coatings and specialty chemicals maker inaugurated its Powder Coatings Technology Centre in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.

This R&D centre has a state-of-the-art laboratory and will have an initial team of 20 scientists and technicians organised in Centers of Expertise for the strategic market sectors. The new facility is located at the existing AkzoNobel powder coatings manufacturing site in Ningbo.

All the Centers of Expertise (Automotive, Architectural, Furniture, Domestic Appliance, IT and General Industrial) and their corresponding Marketing Teams will be located at the center, ensuring a coordinated R&D effort and an excellent fit with the requirements of our customers.

AkzoNobel, owner of the brands Interpon® and Resicoat® is the world's largest manufacturer of Powder Coatings. Rob Molenaar, Managing Director AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, commented: "Our technology is highly regarded as one of the best in the world. We are attentive to customers' present and future needs and strive to look for ways to meet and exceed their expectations. The establishment of Ningbo R&D center is another testimony of AkzoNobel's commitment to consolidating our global leadership position in Powder Coatings.

"Progress without Research and Development is not sustainable. As the largest Powder coatings manufacturer in the world we are committed to innovation, to improving our products and providing more value for our customers in a sustainable way. Our Ningbo Research centre also highlights the increasing importance of China in our global strategy. It is consistent with our ambition of deploying R&D resources in the regions of fastest growth and major AkzoNobel presence. What's more, China has developed excellent Universities where a huge talent pool is available."

Leon Ouziel, Director Powder Coatings Asia Pacific, added: "We started producing Powder Coatings in China in 1991. During these 18 years we have endeavoured to ensure our customers receive the best quality and service. In return, they have rewarded us with our strong market position in China. As this country - already the world's biggest manufacturer - also becomes a leader in innovation, this new Technology Centre will put us in the best position to be the strategic partners of our customers in the development of new products for better, sustainable business."

Akzo Nobel is one of the world's leading industrial companies. We are the largest global coatings manufacturer and the number one in decorative paints and performance coatings, as well as being a major worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals. We employ around 68,000 people in more than 80 countries and are committed to developing innovative products and cutting edge sustainable technologies. We endeavor to deliver whatever our customers require, wherever and whenever they need it. Based in the Netherlands, Akzo Nobel is a Fortune Global 500 company and is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. We are the Chemicals industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, as well as being included on the FTSE4 Good Index.

Source: AkzoNobel


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