AkzoNobel is building two new research labs at its Sassenheim site in the Netherlands. Work is about to start on building a technology center for Powder Coatings, while a newly opened polymer lab will develop resin technologies for all the company’s businesses.

Reportedly, the total investment in the Sassenheim site – AkzoNobel’s largest global R&D center – amounts to around €8 million. The facility currently houses R&D teams in Europe for the company’s Decorative Paint and Automotive and Specialty Coatings businesses.

“Creating the new Powder Coatings lab will enable us to carry out the fundamental research needed to continue to innovate with impact and bring more sustainable products to the market,” explains Roger Jakeman, AkzoNobel’s chief technology officer. “By developing new technologies for the future, we’ll unlock more customer and application opportunities while supporting multiple