£0.5m funds enable paint firm AkzoNobel to lead consortium

Paint and coatings company AkzoNobel, in Felling, will join forces with Newcastle University and other partners on research project

AkzoNobel is to lead a consortium collaborating on a research project to develop sustainable, high performance marine coatings.

The two year project has been enabled by £0.5m of funding from the Technology Strategy Board, established by the Government to stimulate innovation and accelerate economic growth.

The funds were announced as part of the Board’s Materials Innovation for a Sustainable Economy competition, aimed at encouraging the development and application of sustainable materials, products and processes through collaborative research programmes.

Working with AkzoNobel’s International Paint in Felling will be the University of Liverpool, Revolymer plc and Newcastle University, all of which will bring their own specialist knowledge.

The School of Marine Science and Technology at Newcastle University, for example, will provide extensive expertise in the field of marine fouling including specialist assay testing facilities.

David Williams, RD&I director at AkzoNobel Marine & Protective Coatings, said: “This project provides us with the opportunity to use our collective expertise to help us develop innovative and sustainable fouling control technology delivering reduced fuel costs and emissions over even longer service periods.”

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