Dutch-owned paints and coatings maker AkzoNobel officially opened what it calls the “world’s most advanced and sustainable” paint manufacturing plant in Ashington, UK, a company press release announced Tuesday.
Investing some €100 (about $119.5 million USD) in the project, the investment is the largest made by the firm’s Decorative Paints business to date. The Ashington plant will produce Dulux, a UK brand of paints used for home decoration.
“This is a significant investment in the UK – a vital strategic market for us – and an important milestone for AkzoNobel,” Thierry Vanlancker, the firm’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We continue to invest in highly innovative and sustainable production facilities to maintain and grow our leadership position, ensuring the best products for our customers in the UK and around the world.”
AkzoNobel said the new, 100,000-sq-m plant’s capacity doubles the company’s output in the UK to 200 million liters of paint/yr and was built with extra room to support future growth efforts.
“Ashington secures AkzoNobel’s future as a manufacturer of cutting-edge products, including paints that improve air quality, increase energy efficiency, and protect against bacteria,” Ruud Joosten, chief operating officer of AkzoNobel Paints and Coatings, said in the firm’s release. “We have taken the best technology available globally, improved on it and put it all under one roof, ensuring that this new facility represents a step forward for the whole industry.”
The plant’s manufacturing technologies are controlled by an integrated computer system, the company said, saving energy, water, and reducing waste. Through use of renewable energy sources and agile, computer-controlled production, AkzoNobel said its carbon footprint per liter of paint manufactured at Ashington is 50% lower than other similar facilities.