is part of our pioneering Paint the Future innovation ecosystem and things are developing fast, with our Decorative Paints business in the UK planning to launch initial trials by summer 2020.
“This is a fantastic example of how we’re pushing the boundaries of the paints and coatings industry,” explains Menno van der Zalm, Director of Innovation at AkzoNobel. “I’m extremely proud that Les Companions has welcomed us as a partner and can’t wait to help this exciting startup bring robot technology into the hands of professional painters.”
Adds Antoine Rennuit, CEO of Les Companions: “We’re delighted to be working with AkzoNobel. It will enable us to accelerate the development of robots that assist painters with tedious and difficult painting tasks, while the painters themselves can focus on decision-making and activities that rely on their craftsmanship.”
“As a company which believes in taking its products and solutions beyond expectation, imagination and generations, we’re thrilled to be exploring exciting new possibilities with Les Companions,” says Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s Chief Technology Officer. “It’s exactly the kind of collaboration that our Paint the Future innovation ecosystem is designed for: to inspire, create and be successful together.”