Phase two is due to begin in 2024 and will include a pioneering climatic control spray booth that can raise and lower both the temperature and humidity to simulate climatic conditions from anywhere in the world.
“We’re passionate about connecting our research and technical teams with applicators who want to be best in class by improving their product, technical and application knowledge with state-of-the-art equipment,” explains Jemma Lampkin, the company’s Yacht Commercial Director.
“Being able to evaluate the impact of regional climate variations will inform and improve new product development and innovation in application technique for the next 20 years and beyond.”
The facility has a long history of developing industry-leading products for Awlgrip and International. Since the original center opened its doors in 2008, 600 trainees have attended courses on the latest products and application techniques.
Alongside new product development, the testing center is renowned for working with industry partners such as spray gun manufacturers and sand paper suppliers to ensure the latest technology and equipment are rigorously tested.
“This is a huge redevelopment project with enormous ambition,” adds Gareth Thomas, site manager and R&D section leader. “The site will further establish AkzoNobel’s position in the heart of the yacht community for years to come.”