media release Akzo Nobel in Olympic Spotlight February 21, 2006 Akzo Nobel's Coatings business has made a number of high profile contributions to the Winter Olympics currently being held in Turin, Italy. Akzo Nobel has made a number of high profile contributions to the Winter Olympics currently being held in Turin, Italy. As well as supplying International® protective coatings for the steelwork in the roof of the main stadium (used to stage the opening and closing ceremonies), the company also provided a special paint system for the huge Olympic Torch which will burn at the venue until the event comes to an end on February 26. In addition, Akzo Nobel’s International coatings have also been used on the steelwork at Turin’s Oval Lingotto speed skating arena (pictured), with Intercure®, Interthane®, Interzinc® and Intertherm® being the main product brands specified. The Olympic Torch provided the biggest challenge, with two different systems being supplied. The base and the first 52 meters of the shaft were coated with the same system used on the main stadium roof, while the top five meters was specified with special heat-resistant products. Akzo Nobel is no stranger to Olympic events, having supplied coatings products for a number of venues used during the Athens summer games in 2004, including the main Olympic Stadium. The company is also coating the swimming pool for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.