AkzoNobel breaks ground on £100m UK manufacturing plant

21 June 2012 00:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--AkzoNobel has begun construction of a £100m ($156m, €123m) manufacturing facility in the northeast of England, the Netherlands-based paints and coatings producer said on Thursday.

The facility, to be based in Ashington, Northumberland, will triple AkzoNobel’s current manufacturing capacity in the northeast and will become the centre of the group’s UK Decorative Paints operations, it added.

The new site is due to start operations in late 2014.

As part of the build, AkzoNobel plans at the end of 2014 to close its existing site in nearby Prudhoe and its manufacturing operations in Slough, southern England. Slough is intended to remain the headquarters for AkzoNobel’s UK Decorative Paints business and for global research and development, and marketing, it said.

AkzoNobel will offer training for those employees at the current decorative paints factories who wish to move to the new site.

The group said the new facility “will halve AkzoNobel’s environmental impact in the North East”, reducing energy consumption per litre of paint produced by 60% compared with current operations, through the employment of new manufacturing technology and building design.

“This is a huge step for AkzoNobel and for the region, and our new plant will be producing paint sustainably for generations to come,” said AkzoNobel’s UK country director, Guy Williams.

Ashington's local Member of Parliament (MP) Ian Lavery said: “This new high-tech manufacturing plant will provide a huge boost to our local economy and deliver much needed job opportunities for local people.”

AkzoNobel was granted planning permission from Northumberland County Council to build the manufacturing facility in February. The company first announced the plan to build a new facility in July last year.

($1 = £0.64, €1 = £0.81)

By: Franco Capaldo
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