AkzoNobel has completed the $3.5 million expansion of its US research and development facilities in Houston, Texas. Carried out in phases over a period of three years, the investment in the site – which employs around 40 scientists – will support the company’s Protective Coatings, Marine Coatings and Specialty Coatings businesses.

Part of AkzoNobel’s ongoing investments in its global RD&I activities, the Houston upgrade follows an investment of €12.6 million in a research and innovation hub in Felling, UK, announced earlier this year.

“Our new state-of-the-art research and development facilities in Houston enhance our unique capability to develop and deliver products and innovations with specific performance requirements for North America. Our development capabilities are now second to none,” said Steve Feldman,

Vice President for Protective Coatings North America. Additional capabilities at the facility include a dedicated area for experimental paint making, a modern paint application laboratory and environmentally controlled drying areas for conditioning of test panels.

Enhanced chemical resistance testing equipment is also available to support the Ceilcote and Enviroline lining ranges in North America.
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