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Work on a new £100M manufacturing plant in the North East of England has begun, following a groundbreaking ceremony attended by the famous Dulux Dog.
The manufacturing facility will become the heart of AkzoNobel’s UK Decorative Paints operations and will treble the North East manufacturing capability of the UK’s decorative paints business. The site, due to commence operations in late 2014, will halve AkzoNobel’s environmental impact in the North East, reducing energy consumption/litre of paint produced by 60% compared to today’s operations. Examples of technology to be used include: a biomass boiler providing a renewable source of heat; solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
At the end of 2014, AkzoNobel plans to close its current site in nearby Prudhoe and its manufacturing operations in Slough.