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AkzoNobel’s Ashington site hits milestone in production transfer phase
AkzoNobel’s Ashington facility has reached a milestone as another part of the planned transfer of production of existing AkzoNobel sites in the UK has shifted towards the Northumberland site.
The global paint specialist officially opened its state-of-the-art facility in Northumberland in September 2017. The £100 million invested in the Ashington site remains one of the largest investments AkzoNobel has ever made. The cutting-edge technologies available at the site enables AkzoNobel to produce more paint, more quickly and sustainably than ever before.
Jeff Hope, head of the manufacturing unit at AkzoNobel Ashington said: “Production at Ashington is going from strength to strength. Since opening the site, we have been steadily increasing production here in Ashington as volumes have been transferred from other AkzoNobel facilities. The introduction of an additional shift to our current production roster provides us with around 50 per cent more manufacturing time. We are also working hard to increase the efficiency and productivity of our operations and increase the time that the plant is actively making paint.”
Driving efficiency across the site will enable AkzoNobel Ashington to continue to increase its production volumes over time so it can be responsive to business and customer demand.
Shirley Spoors, production manager at AkzoNobel Ashington, added: “This is a really exciting time for the site. The 22 new production operatives have all been trained in-house and are already working regular shift patterns.
“We are pushing the limits of what our production lines can achieve and so far, we are delighted with the results.”
Capable of producing up to 100 million litres of paint per year in up to 33,000 different colours, AkzoNobel Ashington has been hailed as the world’s most advanced and most environmentally sustainable paint factory, using a variety of renewable energy sources to fuel its processes.
Manufacturing paints and decorative coatings for household brands such as Polycell, Cuprinol and Hammerite, the site is also the new home of AkzoNobel’s Dulux megabrand in the UK.