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Akzo Nobel launches Sikkens Autoclear® III in Europe

Published on 2003-06-27. Author : SpecialChem

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 24, 2003 - European bodyshops are to benefit from Akzo Nobel's award-winning refinish clearcoat, Sikkens Autoclear® III. Already a proven success across North America, the industry's most versatile clearcoat is now available to professional vehicle body repairers in Europe. Sikkens Autoclear III is the first clearcoat to solve the 'speed versus appearance' dilemma by achieving fast drying and premium quality from one product.

Before Autoclear III bodyshops could not achieve fast drying combined with a premium quality appearance. They therefore had to use a number of different clearcoats for different types of repairs.

However, scientists at Akzo Nobel's R&D plant in the USA, used new technology to develop a small range of hardeners and thinners that would enable bodyshops to achieve ultra fast drying on small repairs and top quality premium repairs from just one clearcoat. The Sikkens Autoclear III system uses just one hardener and three activators (fast, medium and slow) mixed to the same ratio to achieve a quality finish in 10, 20 or 30 minutes.

Within a year of the US launch, sales of Autoclear III accounted for more than 60% of total clearcoat sales and the product achieved the prestigious Akzo Nobel innovation award. In addition to fast drying and quality appearance, users were particularly impressed by the streamlined inventory, ease of use and outstanding results across the full range of repairs and repair conditions.

"We are delighted to be able to offer our European customers this innovative new system," commented Cor de Grauw, General Manager of Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes. "As a multi-national player we can draw on expertise from across the globe so that all of our customers can share the benefits."

"Our success depends on our ability to deliver innovative products that help our customers operate more successfully. In the case of Autoclear III, technical innovation has led to the development of a special resin system and new processing solvent to create a more flexible and efficient product. "

Akzo Nobel, based in the Netherlands, serves customers throughout the world with healthcare products, coatings and chemicals. Consolidated sales for 2002 totaled EUR 14 billion. The Company currently employs approximately 67,500 people in more than 80 countries. Financial results for the second quarter will be published on July 18, 2003.

Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes supplies paint, decals, services and software for car repair, commercial vehicle and transportation markets. The main product lines include Sikkens and Lesonal and several leading brands in the commercial vehicles sector. Sales for 2002 totaled EUR 713 million.

Source: Akzo Nobel

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