One of the key features of the campus is a new application and testing laboratory. It will be used to test new products in extreme conditions such as temperature resistance, fire and high pressure. The facilities will also enable scientists to expose products to chemicals and corrosion.
“We’re beyond excited about the potential of the new Felling campus and the possibilities it could open up,” adds Roger Jakeman, AkzoNobel’s Technical Director. “We already deliver products and services that have exceeded customer expectations, now we’re looking to go one step further and develop innovations that go beyond their imaginations.”
A comprehensive sustainability plan was at the heart of the design and development of the new complex. Features include solar wall cladding, a sustainable urban drainage system, grey water recycling, photovoltaic panels, air compressor heat recovery, and a sedum “green roof”.
The new facility in Felling is located around 25 miles away from AkzoNobel’s €100 million paint manufacturing plant in Ashington, which opened in 2017.
Commenting on the new campus, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP says: “Driving investment into all parts of the UK is one of my international economic department’s most important tasks. In recent weeks, we have seen the UK’s top international investors reaffirm their commitment to our economy. We have bucked the global trend with foreign direct investment into the UK growing by 20%, while declining by 40% in developed economies as a whole.
“AkzoNobel’s investment in its Felling site is yet another vote of confidence in the fundamentals of our economy, which will create high skilled jobs for local people.”
AkzoNobel employs 3,000 scientists in 70 laboratories around the world and recently launched its Paint the Future startup challenge. For more details, visit www.letspaintthefuture.com