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Akzo Nobel played a small, but colorful, role during the build up to last weekend's royal wedding in the Netherlands.

Akzo Nobel added a splash of color to the royal wedding fever which gripped the Netherlands recently.

While the country was full of expectation ahead of Crown Prince Willem Alexander’s marriage to his Argentinian bride, Maxima, the Dutch branch of the company’s Car Refinishes business supplied a special orange paint, developed by Sikkens, which was used on a fleet of buses.

The paint is special because it uses a binder which allows the coating to be “peeled off” later.

The “Opstapper” buses are small vehicles that travel around the narrow streets of Amsterdam’s canal district and they were all painted orange as part of the mounting festivities.

The buses don’t uses traditional bus stops, passengers simply flag them down, but a special Royal Stop was unveiled outside Amsterdam Central train station by Akzo Nobel’s manager of Car Refinishes in the Netherlands, John Wieland, assisted by the manager of Amsterdam’s public transport authority, Henk Wieling.

The wedding took place on February 2 in Amsterdam.

(Released: February 4, 2002)