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Aerospace Coatings Business Delivers

Akzo Nobel's Aerospace Coatings business has supplied paint for new designs on the aircraft of UPS and the Northwest Airlines fleet.

Akzo Nobel’s Aerospace Coatings business (ANAC) has delivered the goods for parcel company UPS.

The global delivery firm recently changed its distinctive logo into a striking new shield design which has a three dimensional effect, a move which requires its fleet of operational aircraft to be rebranded.

The logo change—the company’s first for 40 years—is being gradually introduced onto the tails of the aircraft, with the new design being achieved through subtle color choice and the use of gradient paint mask technology.

All of the UPS operating fleet (a total of more than 250 aircraft) will use ANAC 10P20-44 Primer and Eclipse® high solids topcoat.

UPS was founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States and has since become the world’s largest package delivery company.

ANAC is also supplying coatings for Northwest Airlines’ first new aircraft paint scheme since 1989.

The innovative silver metallic design will be phased into the scheduled repainting program over the next five years for the entire Northwest fleet—a total of 436 aircraft.

Twenty-seven new aircraft delivered in 2003 and as many as 72 Northwest operating aircraft will be painted in the new livery by the end of the year.

(Released: October 8, 2003)