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AkzoNobel has opened a new laboratory to test coating products in extreme environments.
Located on the campus in Felling, Tyne and Wear, the £10.8m (€12.6m) R&D centre will test products which will go on to be used in the marine oil and gas industries.
The addition takes total investment at the Felling location since 2011 to £27.1m (€31.6m).
“As the birthplace of the international brand, we’re immensely proud of our Felling site, which has supplied products for some of the world’s most iconic buildings and structures,” said Jean-Michel Gauthier, managing director of the Marine and Protective Coatings division.
“The new laboratories will enable our technical experts to partner more closely with our customers and deliver innovative products and solutions that meet the most demanding specifications in our industry,” he added.
The addition features a new application and testing lab for testing products for temperature resistance, fire, corrosion and high pressure.
Environmental features of the new building include solar wall cladding, grey water recycling, photovoltaic panels, air compressor heat recovery and a roof insulated with sedum acre moss.
Commenting on the new campus, Dr. Liam Fox, government Trade secretary, said: “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.”