Ak­zoNo­bel launches world’s most ad­vanced paint plant

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views -

Ak­zoNo­bel has opened the world’s most ad­vanced and sus­tain­able paint plant in Ash­ing­ton, in the UK.

The hi-tech fa­cil­ity which cost more than €100m to build will be­come the new cen­tre of pro­duc­tion for Du­lux, the UK’s lead­ing dec­o­ra­tive paint brand. The Ash­ing­ton plant uses a va­ri­ety of re­new­able en­ergy sources, in­clud­ing pho­to­voltaic cells and a biomass boiler, along­side a highly au­to­mated man­u­fac­tur­ing process which saves water, waste and en­ergy.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the UK - a vi­tal strate­gic mar­ket for us - and an im­por­tant mile­stone for Ak­zoNo­bel,” said CEO Thierry Van­lancker. “Our growth strat­egy means that we will con­tinue to lead the paints and coat­ings in­dus­try, both in terms of the strong­est brands and the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy.”

The fac­tory is ca­pa­ble of dou­bling Ak­zoNo­bel’s cur­rent UK pro­duc­tion lev­els to 200 mil­lion liters a year - ap­prox­i­mately enough paint to re­dec­o­rate every liv­ing room, bath­room and kitchen in the UK. Sec­re­tary of State for In­ter­na­tional Trade, Dr Liam Fox, said, “The huge in­vest­ment by Ak­zoNo­bel in Ash­ing­ton has de­liv­ered the most ad­vanced paint fac­tory in the world, and an im­por­tant boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.”

All man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nolo­gies within the plant are man­aged by a sin­gle in­te­grated com­puter sys­tem. This means that every ac­tiv­ity - from the or­der­ing of raw ma­te­ri­als to the ship­ping of fin­ished prod­ucts can be ini­ti­ated with­out op­er­a­tor in­ter­ven­tion.

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