AkzoNobel Invests in Wood Coatings Facility

AkzoNobel has made a multi-million-dollar investment in its wood coatings facility in High Point, N.C. According to AkzoNobel, the investment will transform the facility into a best-in-class manufacturing site and further strengthen the company’s market position in the United States.

The transformation will involve reorganizing manufacturing operations at the site and will include the addition of automatic dosing unit technology to produce paint more efficiently, the company reported. A new raw materials warehouse, research lab, and technical application center are also being built. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

“Investing in High Point will increase our comprehensive North American supply capability for wood finishes, which also includes our plants in Roanoke, Va.; Salem, Ore.; Warwick, Quebec; and Port Hope, Ontario. It will enable us to remain ahead of market trends, so we can continue to provide the visionary service our customers have come to expect — and it will solidify our position as a frontrunner in the wood coatings industry,” said AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker.

Today, the High Point facility covers 30 acres and employs more than 250 people. The site produces a range of products, including UV, solvent-based, and water-based wood coatings, such as paints, stains, and lacquers.

This latest investment follows last year’s opening of a newly-constructed mega-warehouse in La Porte, Texas, which serves as a central regional hub for the company’s Marine and Protective Coatings business. It also comes just weeks after the inauguration of a R&D innovation campus at AkzoNobel’s Felling site in the UK.