Revenue was up 7%, mainly driven by strong volume growth. Volumes were up 9%, with positive developments in all regions. Volume developments were positive for the sixth consecutive quarter. EBIT increased by 48%, mainly as a result of higher revenue and continued focus on cost measures, while recognizing that Q1 is a seasonally smaller quarter. Communities in more than 40 countries will benefit from a partnership between AkzoNobel and MasterPeace, a global peace movement, to paint 100 “Walls of Connection,” part of the company’s Let’s Colour initiative.
Revenue was up 6%, driven by positive volume development across a number of segments and the acquisition of BASF’s Industrial Coatings business. EBIT was up 1%, with positive development in segments including Industrial and Powder Coatings and Automotive and Specialty Coatings offsetting continued weak demand in the marine and oil and gas industries and integration costs. More than 100 scientists will be brought together in a new €12.6 million research and innovation hub in Felling, UK. The facility will focus on developing protective coatings for the energy, mining, infrastructure and oil and gas industries.
Revenue was up 7%, due to positive volume developments in all business units and regions and favorable currency effects. Volumes were up 5%, with several businesses benefiting from improved market conditions in the oil drilling, mining, agrochemical and building and construction segments. EBIT increased by 7%, mainly due to improved volumes and operational efficiencies, partly offset by price increases which were not yet fully recaptured through increased selling prices. AkzoNobel’s Imagine Chemistry open innovation challenge generated more than 200 ideas to solve real-life chemistry-related challenges as well as uncovering sustainable commercial opportunities for the Specialty Chemicals businesses.
AkzoNobel has committed to accelerating its sustainability agenda by announcing a new ambition to use 100% renewable energy and become carbon neutral by 2050. The company was also awarded a top grade on the Influential Supplier Climate A List for its efforts to combat climate change. The Dutch government recognized AkzoNobel’s latest contribution to meeting national sustainability targets resulting from investments at its chemicals complex in Rotterdam.
AkzoNobel joined forces with SOS Children's Villages to drive a positive impact on youth unemployment including professional training through the company’s painter academies.
More than 200 children in Egypt have benefited from a major renovation of their school’s facilities by AkzoNobel volunteers. The company’s Human Cities projects have touched the lives of more than 9 million people in the past year.
AkzoNobel signed an agreement with specialty chemicals company Itaconix to explore opportunities for the production of bio-based polymers. A new online tool which can track and certify the amount of bio-based raw materials in products was launched as a pilot by AkzoNobel and partners. Another partnership involving AkzoNobel is developing a drone capable of remotely inspecting enclosed spaces, helping to improve safety in the marine and oil and gas industries.
We announced a review of strategic options for the separation of our Specialty Chemicals business. Further details will follow today at 08.00 CET.