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Akzo Nobel opens Application Training Centre in Dubai

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Akzo Nobel has opened its first regional Application Training Center in Dubai, which will help to strengthen service standards and promote localised innovation of paint products.

Akzo Nobel opens Application Training Centre in Dubai. Source: Akzo Nobel

Akzo Nobel opens Application Training Centre in Dubai. Source: Akzo Nobel

The facility will focus in particular on OEMs and refinishers in industries as diverse as automotive and rail, aerospace, and consumer electronics.

Growth in automotive & aviation sectors

Located in Al Quoz, the center houses cutting-edge industry equipment for businesses in wet paint and powder where manual application is applicable. It will particularly appeal to automotive and aerospace industry stakeholders, who can gain knowledge about the latest coatings processes and systems. With the region witnessing positive growth in both the automotive and aviation sectors, the facility will build industry standards and support its customers in overcoming challenges in the workplace relating to the choice and application of paints and coatings.

Efficient use of paint systems

"The new center highlights our commitment to provide expert training on the efficient use of our paint systems," explained Peter Tomlinson, Managing Director of Akzo Nobel's Automotive and Specialty Coatings business. "As the first training center serving multiple paint and coatings businesses, the facility will serve as both a hub for stronger customer collaboration and a center of expertise for colour and application."

McLaren, the global automotive technology company behind the world famous motor racing team and luxury sports and super cars, will have its first training at the center this month. This builds on its existing partnership with Akzo Nobel, which resulted in the development - in conjunction with the McLaren-Honda team - of the Tarocco Orange livery for the 2017 MCL32 racing car. McLaren Automotive, the largest part of the McLaren Group, continues to leverage Akzo Nobel's color expertise and technology to create striking colors for its customers that also offer high performance.

Due to be fully operational by the end of the year, the new Akzo Nobel Application Training Center further supports the company's focus on research and development, with over EUR363 million invested in R&D globally last year. The company has more than 3,000 scientists around the world, who drive innovation through an expanding portfolio of sustainable products.

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