Akzo Nobel has officially opened a new paint plant in Ashington, UK. The hi-tech facility, which cost more than € 100 million to build — represents the largest ever global investment by the company’s Decorative Paints business.
Ashington/UK — The new plant will become the new center of production for its decorative paint brand Dulux. The factory will be capable of doubling the company's current UK production levels to 200 million liters a year. Covering an area of 100,000 m2, the facility also has capacity for expansion to support future growth plans.
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, the company announced. The manufacturer estimates that the carbon footprint per liter of paint produced at the site will be reduced by 50 % compared with the production facilities at the plants it is replacing.
All manufacturing technologies within the plant are managed by a single integrated computer system. Every activity — from the ordering of raw materials to the shipping of finished products — can be initiated without operator intervention. The plant is capable of producing paint across the entire product range, including Dulux, Dulux Trade, Cuprinol, Polycell, Hammerite and Armstead.
Ashington will also house the second Dulux Academy in the UK. The customized training center is designed to provide painters and decorators with expertise and know-how
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