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AkzoNobel Adds to 'Paint the Future' Collabs

Thursday, July 2, 2020

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Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently announced that is has agreed to partnerships with five companies that were a part of the inaugural Paint the Future collaboration program last year.

The ideas that the AkzoNobel thinks will create the most value were submitted by Lonza Microbial Solutions (Switzerland), IGM Resins (the Netherlands), ICL Group (Israel), Croda Smart Materials (UK) and Wagner Painting (Germany).

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Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently announced that is has agreed to partnerships with five companies that were a part of the inaugural Paint the Future collaboration program last year.

“Staging the event revealed so many insights into the industry and I really appreciate the unique way we all teamed up to define our industry challenges,” said Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s Chief Technology Officer.

“Following the event, our suppliers delivered a wide variety of intriguing solutions and we’re looking forward to working together and further developing the selected five ideas, which are very exciting and fit perfectly with our collaborative mindset.”

Details on the collaborations include:

  • Lonza Microbial Solutions – a real-time microbial detection method. This new technology can obtain data that will help assess the quality of raw materials and respond to any deviations in production lines.
  • IGM Resins – instant-drying hybrid decorative paints. This partnership is focused on developing paint for professionals that dries significantly faster. Typical applications will include doors and window frames.
  • ICL Group – safe and stable paint formulations. This is a response to an increase in concerns and regulatory pressure around allergens and toxic materials.
  • Smart Materials – self-healing coatings. Developing coatings that recover from scratches at room temperature, which will help to protect the surface and retain the coating’s glossy appearance.
  • Wagner Painting – zero overspray application equipment. Developing an intelligent and adaptable industrial spray equipment concept, known as “SpraySavvy,” which aims for zero overspray and less waste.

Paint the Future

Launched in 2019, Paint the Future is AkzoNobel’s global collaborative innovation challenge.

In March, the company released an update on its partnership with the winner, Apellix, a Jacksonville, Florida, startup.

The duo is reportedly collaborating on a computer-controlled spray-painting drone, which uses “unique software flight control” that the companies say can more accurately apply coatings and capture painting data.

   

Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Asia Pacific; Coatings Technology; Competitions; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Research and development; Z-Continents

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