A new international research center has been opened in Bangalore, India, by Akzo Nobel’s Car Refinishes business.
The center, located in Hoskote, will play a major role in the development of new products and color formulae for the global and regional markets.
Part of Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes’ strategy to retain a technological lead in the market, the new facility underlines the company’s commitment to India: “The research center will play a major role, not just in growing the market for car refinishes in India, but it will also help meet the needs of the global and regional car repair industry,” said Car Refinishes General Manager Cor de Grauw.
“With its availability of skilled manpower and economies of scale, India is ideally suited to meet the requirements of our hi-tech research center.”
Added Car Refinishes Marketing Manager Barry Tomlinson: “The global research center fits in well with our strategy of understanding the local markets and hence the rapidly evolving needs of the Indian and Asian markets.”
As well as the R&D center, a Car Refinishes Instruction Center (CRIC) has also been set up to provide hands-on training to painters, bodyshop owners and managers.
The new facility is the company’s third global research center, the other two being located in Sassenheim, the Netherlands and Troy, Michigan, USA.
(Released: May 30, 2002)