AkzoNobel opens global R&D centre in the UK
A new £10 million global research and development centre has been opened by AkzoNobel at its Slough site in the UK – adding to a growing list of similar facilities located in countries around the world.
The facility – home to 120 specialists – will act as a major hub within the company’s worldwide R&D network and help to further advance AkzoNobel’s innovation capabilities, especially in the area of decorative paints.
The opening of the Slough facility follows on from the 2019 UK launch of AkzoNobel’s R&D Innovation Campus in Felling, which is home to some of the company’s leading scientists and technical experts in marine and protective coatings.
It’s the latest in a series of centres opened by AkzoNobel designed to further advance the company’s pioneering product development. These include an automotive facility in Poland, an Application Training Centre in Dubai, an Innovation Campus in Felling, UK, and a global innovation, development and training centre in Qatar for the Marine Coatings business.
“The inauguration of this fantastic new centre will help us to continue our long tradition of pioneering new products and developing more sustainable solutions for our customers through ground-breaking innovations,” said AkzoNobel CEO, Thierry Vanlancker, who attended today’s official opening.
“As well as marking the start of a new chapter in the UK, it’s also a clear signal of our ongoing commitment to keep pushing boundaries as part of our People. Planet. Paint. approach to making a genuine and lasting difference to customers, communities and the world around us.”
Paul Britton, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO said “The AkzoNobel investment in Slough is another endorsement for the Thames Valley, its talent pool and global competitiveness. It was a great pleasure to be involved as an organisation in the journey of this project and to join AkzoNobel employees in the celebration of its launch.”
Nancy Lalor, Operations Director of Learning to Work, who attended the event said “It was a privilege to attend the official opening of the new £10 million global research and development centre at AkzoNobel in Slough. This amazing new facility right on our doorstep will be the home of 120 specialists and its arrival will further support the team to create revolutionary new products and further develop more sustainable solutions in the paint industry for us all.
The launch was a great opportunity to hear first-hand from Fiona McLachlan Technical Director about the new facilities and long with Tan Dhesi to meet Thierry Vanlancker, CEO of AkzoNobel, Lord Grimstone, UK Minister for Investment and Roger Jakeman, Director of Technical and Product Management for AkzoNobel. Talking to staff and other attendees at the launch it was clear to see and easy to feel the buzz in the room about this new exciting and positive addition to the town.
AkzoNobel are committed to supporting their communities and I am thrilled that we are moving forward and exploring the many ways we can work together within their #PeoplePlanetPlace initiative to help raise awareness of skills for the workplace and pathways into the industry people” .
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