media release Akzo Nobel Features in Historic Shortlist January 10, 2006 A famous landmark which features coatings supplied by Akzo Nobel is in the running to be named as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. A famous landmark which features coatings supplied by Akzo Nobel is in the running to be named as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. People across the globe are being invited to vote for the new Seven Wonders of the World in a major poll which will culminate in a high profile announcement early next year. Organized by the New 7 Wonders Foundation, the worldwide survey features 21 shortlisted landmarks, with Sydney Opera House in Australia—where the interior flooring is coated with Akzo Nobel’s Synteko brand—being among the candidates people can vote for during the whole of 2006. The winning septet will be announced during a global broadcast on New Year’s Day 2007, with half of the money raised through the telephone voting going towards funding the foundation’s heritage work. Of the 21 landmarks to be shortlisted (from an original line-up of 77), The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only original wonder to remain in contention. The final list also includes the Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, New York’s Statue of Liberty, Rome’s Colosseum in Italy, Machu Picchu in Peru and Stonehenge in the UK. To be included on the new list, all the nominated landmarks had to be man-made, completed by 2000 and in an “acceptable” state of preservation. The historic campaign is forecast to receive more than 100 million votes before the big announcement of the seven winners is made on January 1, 2007.