A new £10 million global research and development (R&D) center has been opened by AkzoNobel at its site in Slough/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 its innovation capabilities, especially in the area of decorative paints.
This is the latest in a series of centers opened by AkzoNobel NV, Amsterdam/Netherlands, designed to further advance the company’s pioneering product development. These include an automotive facility in Poland, an Application Training Center in Dubai, an Innovation Campus in Felling/UK, and a global innovation, development and training center in Qatar for the Marine Coatings business.
The R&D Innovation Campus in Felling is home to some of the company’s leading scientists and technical experts in marine and protective coatings. The new center is located close to the company’s flagship Dulux Academy, a purpose-built facility which – along with 12 other locations in Dulux Decorator Centers and colleges – provides painters and decorators with expertise to help improve product, application and technical knowledge and understanding.