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AkzoNobel to Invest Millions in NC Wood Facility

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced “a multi-million-dollar” investment in updating its wood coatings facility in High Point, North Carolina, with the aim of strengthening the company’s market position in the United States.

The changes include reorganizing manufacturing operations, the addition of automatic dosing unit technology to produce paint more efficiently, a new raw materials warehouse, a research lab and technical application center.

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Global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced “a multi-million-dollar” investment in updating its wood coatings facility in High Point, North Carolina, with the aim of strengthening the company’s market position in the United States.

“This is a significant investment, which will further enable us to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations,” says AkzoNobel CEO Thierry Vanlancker. “The U.S.is a key market for our Wood Coatings business, and our customers trust us to deliver world-class products and services.”

“Investing in High Point will increase our comprehensive North American supply capability for wood finishes, which also includes our plants in Roanoke, Virginia; Salem, Oregon; 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.”

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

“This investment in High Point will enable us to ensure the satisfaction of all our customers and partners, including our direct OEM building product customers and our Chemcraft distribution partners,” adds Simon Parker, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Industrial Coatings business.

“We’ll be able to provide current and future customers with even more flexibility through the delivery of small batch sizes, higher accuracy in stains and solid colors, more water-based products and a rapid response to requests.”

Construction on the facility is slated to begin this month and is expected to be completed by 2020.

   

Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Business matters; Business operations; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Wood coatings

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