AkzoNobel launches world’s most advanced paint plant
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.