In the late 18th century, Wiert Willem Sikkens opened a small paint and varnish works in a gatehouse in the city wall of Groningen.
A laboratory accident led ICI scientists to discover polythene, the very first plastic. Akzo Nobel acquired ICI in 2008.
Dulux was launched onto the retail market and ten years later an Old English sheepdog was used in the brand’s adverts for the first time.
Nobel Industries was acquired by Akzo to create Akzo Nobel. Four years later, the company also acquired Courtaulds in the UK.
The Ningbo multi-site in China was officially opened. To date, more than €400 million has been invested in the location.