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Graffiti-Busting Paint Developed For Dutch Trams

New trams destined for the streets of Amsterdam in Holland are being covered with a special anti-graffiti paint developed by Akzo Nobel.

Around 150 Dutch trams are being coated with a special anti-graffiti paint developed by Akzo Nobel.

The new Combino trams—manufactured by Siemens in Germany— are being covered with a new hydro coating developed by Akzo Nobel’s Transportation Coatings business. The water-based product, being applied to trams destined for the streets of Amsterdam, will provide excellent protection against graffiti both inside and outside the vehicles.

“The agreement with Siemens is our first major project for a rolling stock manufacturer in Germany,” said Thomas Kruger of Transportation Coatings. “Our innovative and high quality anti-graffiti paint has enabled us to successfully enter the market and will provide an excellent platform for future projects.”

Trams have been a familiar sight on Amsterdam’s streets since 1901. The new Combino model—which is 29 meters long—seats 62 passengers with standing room for another 110 and should be ready to carry passengers around Amsterdam by next summer.

(Released: May 16, 2002)

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