Akzo Nobel will spend an estimated $30 million to create an international R&D center and build a dispersion facility in Pontiac, MI to support its car refinishes business. The site will play a major role in the development of new products for the global and regional refinishes markets. The new dispersion facility will produce Sikkens AutobasePlus car refinish paint for the North American region.
“This new R&D and production facility underscores our ambition to grow the car Refinishes business in the U.S. market,” said Rudy van der Meer, Akzo Nobel’s board member responsible for coatings. “Technological expertise is of paramount importance for coatings in general and for car refinishes in particular and these investments will enhance our global technological leadership.”