Our history

Find out how we’ve been changing the world since 1646 and how Alfred Nobel became one of our founding fathers.

Sikkens business started

In the late 18th century, Wiert Willem Sikkens opened a small paint and varnish works in a gatehouse in the city wall of Groningen.

1933 Discovery of polythene

A laboratory accident led ICI scientists to discover polythene, the very first plastic. Akzo Nobel acquired ICI in 2008.

1953 Dulux leads DIY revolution

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.

1994 Akzo joins forces with Nobel

Nobel Industries was acquired by Akzo to create Akzo Nobel. Four years later, the company also acquired Courtaulds in the UK.

2010 Production starts in Ningbo

The Ningbo multi-site in China was officially opened. To date, more than €400 million has been invested in the location.