In the late 18th century, Wiert Willem Sikkens opened a small paint and varnish works in a gatehouse in the city wall of Groningen, the Netherlands.
The Holzapfel brothers built a new factory in Felling, UK, to produce their increasingly successful International marine antifouling paint (see also 1994).
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 (see also 2008).
Nobel Industries was acquired by Akzo to create Akzo Nobel. Four years later, we also acquired Courtaulds in the UK (the deal included the International brand).
We sold our human healthcare business, Organon, to Schering-Plough.
We acquired ICI in the UK (a deal which included the Dulux brand), launched a new brand identity and became AkzoNobel.
We sold our Specialty Chemicals business to become a focused paints and coatings company and made a series of bolt-on acquisitions.
We continued to make acquisitions, including Mapaero in France, Titan Paints in Spain, New Nautical Coatings in the US and Stahl’s powder coatings activities.