UK: Coatings Akzo Nobel Inaugurates 14 Million Dollar R&D Campus
Situated in Felling, Akzo Nobel’s new campus intends to deliver superior innovations and products for the marine and oil and gas industries. A new application and testing laboratory is one of the main features of the campus.
UK – A trailblazing lab complex which can test new products in conditions that mimic the world's most extreme environments has been officially opened by Akzo Nobel in the UK. Located in Felling, the 14.16 million dollar R&D innovation campus fuses the site's 115-year history of product development with state-of-the-art facilities designed to keep the company at the forefront of the coatings industry.
A creative nerve center for the foremost scientists and technical experts in the world of coatings, the focus will be on continuing to deliver cutting-edge innovations and products for the marine and oil and gas industries. It brings the total investment in the Felling site since 2011 to 35.5 million dollars.
One of the key features of the campus is a new application and testing laboratory. It will be used to test new products in extreme conditions such as temperature resistance, fire and high pressure. The facilities will also enable scientists to expose products to chemicals and corrosion.
A comprehensive sustainability plan was at the heart of the design and development of the new complex. Features include solar wall cladding, a sustainable urban drainage system, grey water recycling, photovoltaic panels, air compressor heat recovery, and a sedum ‘green roof’. The new facility in Felling is located around 25 miles away from Akzo Nobel's 112 million dollar paint manufacturing plant in Ashington, which opened in 2017.
Commenting on the new campus, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP says: "Driving investment into all parts of the UK is one of my international economic department's most important tasks. In recent weeks, we have seen the UK's top international investors reaffirm their commitment to our economy. We have bucked the global trend with foreign direct investment into the UK growing by 20 %, while declining by 40 % in developed economies as a whole.”