media release

New Training Center Opened

Akzo Nobel's Car Refinishes business has opened a new state-of-the-art instruction center in Brazil.

A new, technically-advanced training center was opened in Brazil recently by Akzo Nobel’s Car Refinishes business.

There are more than 60 Car Refinishes Instruction Centers (CRIC) worldwide, all of which follow Akzo Nobel's strategy of providing the very best service and support to its bodyshop customers.

The new 800 square meter CRIC in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, has two main functions: the training of South American customers in the most efficient use of Akzo Nobel paint systems—helping to make their bodyshops more profitable—and the testing and further development of new refinish paint products.

Officially opened by Car Refinishes Global Manager, Cor de Grauw, and Car Refinishes South America (CRSA) General Manager, Philippe Moens, the center was designed by Akzo Nobel South American bodyshop design consultant Biagio Lanzilotti and global bodyshop consultant Cees Schaap.

It houses the most modern equipment available within the industry and some of the equipment, such as the spray booth and preparation areas, were obtained through sponsorship agreements with long-term partners Nova Verta and 3M.

"It is wonderful to have such superb facilities here at our plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo,” said Gabriel Leandro, Technical Manager for CRSA.

“The new CRIC will not only enable us to further build our relationships with customers here in South America, but it will also provide Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes with much needed feedback and development on new products."

(Released: July 25, 2002)