NEPIC has revealed that the plans by the company behind Dulux and Polycell for a £100million plant in the North-east was the culmination of a three-year effort.
Dutch giant AkzoNobel said it will close its plant at Prudhoe and the manufacturing part of its Slough facility once the new Northumberland factory is up and running in 2014.
“The announcement by AkzoNobel about their new £100m high-tech manufacturing facility is a real coup for the process sector in the North-east “ said Stan Higgins CEO of NEPIC. “We have worked with the company for three years on this project after we discovered that all this manufacturing might be lost from our region and from the UK as the company consolidated its production assets.
“The company were presented with several possible locations, one on Teesside, one near Darlington, Sedgefield and also ones in Northumberland. A consideration was the need for space to build unhindered and with room for future expansion.
“As we work to bring more industry and investment to the North-east it’s really important to be able to show the rest of the world that companies with the pedigree of AkzoNobel chose to invest in our region.”