Akzo Nobel Opens Ground-breaking Innovation Campus

A trailblazing lab complex which can test new products in conditions that mimic the world's most extreme environments has been officially opened today by AkzoNobel in the UK. Located in Felling, the €12.6 million R & D innovation campus fuses the site's 115-year history of product development with state-of-the-art facilities designed to keep AkzoNobel at the forefront of the coatings industry.

A creative nerve center for the foremost scientists and technical experts in the world of coatings, the focus will be on continuing to deliver cuttingedge innovations and products for the marine and oil and gas industries. It brings the total investment in the Felling site since 2011 to €31.6 million.

"The new laboratories will enable our technical experts to partner more closely with our customers and deliver innovative products and solutions that meet the most demanding specifications in our industry," says Jean -Michel Gauthier, Managing Director of the company's Marine and Protective Coatings business. One of the key features of the campus is a new application and testing laboratory. It will be used to test new products in extreme conditions such as temperature resistance, fire and high pressure. The facilities will also enable scientists to expose products to chemicals and corrosion.

A comprehensive sustainability plan was at the heart of the design and development of the new complex. The new facility in Felling is located around 25 miles away from AkzoNobel's €100 million paint manufacturing plant in Ashington, which opened in 2017.