For AkzoNobel our Ashington site will be the flagship for Decorative Paints in the UK. The North East is an abundant source of skilled and enthusiastic people which is fundamental to our success. We are very proud to be part of such a beautiful area with a unique and inspiring culture
Akzo Nobel had two operations in the North East. In Ashington, Northumberland, the company has built a new £100m manufacturing facility, from where it will produce internationally famous brands such as Dulux, Cuprinol, Hammerite and Polycell, with the Dutch company aiming to build the “world’s most advanced and sustainable paint factory”. Its headcount also grew at the site with the creation of 175 skilled jobs.
The new site has allowed the company to steadily increase its production volumes, transferring decorative paint products from other AkzoNobel sites to make Ashington the new base for the company’s Dulux brand in the UK.
Akzo Nobel also operate a second site in the region. AkzoNobel Felling, is also expanding its capacity with a £10.7m investment in research facilities due to be finished in early 2019. The facility will concentrate on new products for the energy, mining, infrastructure and oil and gas industries, focusing on innovations and efficiencies for protecting steel and concrete structures from damage.