This world-class high-tech 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 new site, due to commence operations in late 2014, will halve AkzoNobel’s environmental impact in the North-East, reducing energy consumption per litre of paint produced by 60% compared to today’s operations. This will be achieved by employing cutting-edge manufacturing technology and the latest in building design, whilst also making large sustainability improvements by recycling and reusing waste and water – examples of technology to be used include:
- A Biomass boiler providing a renewable source of heat
- Solar panels on the roof providing a renewable source of electricity
- Rainwater harvesting into the process water