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Honorary Citizenship Bestowed

Akzo Nobel's Board member responsible for the Coatings group has been made an honorary citizen of Suzhou in China.

Rudy van der Meer, the member of Akzo Nobel’s Board of Management responsible for Coatings, was recently made an honorary citizen of Suzhou in China.

The honor was bestowed upon him by the Suzhou Municipal government for his “positive contributions to the development of the Suzhou economy.”

Akzo Nobel’s Coatings group has been very active in Suzhou over the last year or so, opening a new production site in September 2001 housing facilities for the Car Refinishes, Powder Coatings and Transportation Coatings businesses. A new Coil Coatings facility is also being constructed on the site.

Suzhou, about 100 kilometers west of Shanghai, is a growing industrial region with a population of around three million. Around 100 million people live within a 150 kilometer radius of the Akzo Nobel site.

Van der Meer’s Honorary Citizenship was collected on his behalf by Jim Enters, President of Akzo Nobel China, who was presented with the honor by the Mayor of Suzhou, Yang Weize.

(Released: October 17, 2002)