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AkzoNobel Finishes Expansion in Houston

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Dutch coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced that it has completed a $3.5 million expansion of its Houston research and development facility.

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The expanded facility includes a new paint application lab, and environmentally controlled drying areas for the conditioning of test panels.

The expansion took place over a three-year period, according to the company, and included the addition of a dedicated space for experimental paint making, a new paint application lab and environmentally controlled drying areas for the conditioning of test panels. The facility grew by more than 20 percent, from about 8,235 square feet to about 10,075 square feet.

The facility also features enhanced chemical resistance testing equipment for the company’s Ceilcote and Environline lining ranges. According to AkzoNobel, the lab, which plays a role in the development of both protective coatings and specialty architectural coatings, employs about 40 scientists.

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“Our new state-of-the-art research and development facilities in Houston enhance our unique capability of developing and delivering product innovations that meet the specific performance requirements of our North American customers, while providing a more rewarding work environment for our employees,” said AkzoNobel’s Steve Feldman, vice president for Protective Coatings North America.

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The Houston facility employs about 40 scientists.

“I am delighted that the investment and upgrade at our Houston site is now complete,” added Chuck Hampton, business director of the company’s North American Marine Coatings business. The new facility provides testing and application capabilities second to none, and underscores our commitment to advanced technology innovations and superior technical support.”

AkzoNobel recently completed a new 12.6 million-pound research and innovation hub in Felling, England.

   

Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Coatings manufacturers; Marine Coatings; Research; Research and development

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