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AkzoNobel Open Facility for Wood Powder Coatings

Monday, February 8, 2021

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Global coatings company AkzoNobel has opened a new research and development laboratory dedicated to low-cure powder coatings in Como, Italy.

The center, which features an application lab, process lab, and analytical and testing lab, aims to deliver low-cure powder coatings for use on heat-sensitive substrates (such as MDF, plywood, thermoplastics and composites).

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Global coatings company AkzoNobel has opened a new research and development laboratory dedicated to low-cure powder coatings in Como, Italy.

The Como center will focus on developing an expanding portfolio of low-cure solutions, including low bake, UV and ultra-low bake powder technologies, the company says, which will enable customers to use less energy during production, gain process speed and boost their own sustainability profile. But in addition to producing powder coatings, the 20 million euro site also aids the company’s focus on sustainable manufacturing.

“We’re excited to build on our global leadership position and enter new markets while bringing more surfaces to life for our customers,” said Daniela Vlad, Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “In addition to strengthening our position as a technology leader, the new facility will also help to accelerate our speed to market so we can reach our customers even faster.”

AkzoNobel adds this this is the first phase of an expansion into powder on wood, with plans to open centers in in Asia and North America.

“The dedicated know-how we have in the new R&D center will enable us to develop a broad range of innovative new surface solutions, particularly for our wood coatings customers,” Vlad said.

“Having recently expanded our Como site, it means we can now accommodate a European manufacturing facility for powder on wood and the new R&D center at the same location, which will speed up the service capability we offer to customers in this segment.”

   

Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Business matters; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Good Technical Practice; Powder Coatings; Research and development; Wood coatings

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