AkzoNobel Completes Expansion of Coatings Research Facility

AkzoNobel has completed the €2.6 million expansion of its U.S. research and development facilities in Houston, Texas. Carried out in phases over a period of three years, the investment in the site that employs around 40 scientists will support the company’s Protective Coatings, Marine Coatings and Specialty Coatings businesses, the company stated.

The Houston upgrade follows an investment of €12.6 million in a research and innovation hub in Felling, UK, announced earlier this year. “Our new state-of-the-art research and development facilities in Houston enhance our unique capability to develop and deliver products and innovations with specific performance requirements for North America. Our development capabilities are now second to none,” said Steve Feldman, vice president for Protective Coatings North America.

According to AkzoNobel, additional capabilities at the facility include a dedicated area for experimental paint making, a paint application laboratory, and environmentally controlled drying areas for conditioning of test panels; enhanced chemical resistance testing equipment is also available to support the Ceilcote and Enviroline lining ranges in North America.