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Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes inaugurates extension of R&D Center in Bangalore, India

By Tim Wright

Published April 30, 2007
A new 2,800 square meter extension to Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes' International Research Center in Bangalore, India was opened on March 28. The €2.6 million extension more than doubles the size of the research center, which became operational in 2002.

The International Research Center in Bangalore is one of three main research and development centers operated by Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes. The Bangalore Center, along with facilities in Troy, MI and Sassenheim, the Netherlands, is involved in a range of activities related to car refinishes product development and maintenance for international markets, management and innovation in color and colorimetry plus color formula development.

The opening ceremony in Bangalore was attended by Akzo Nobel car refinishes general manager Jim Rees, international R&D manager Klaas Kruithof and Bangalore International Research Center managing director Sudhakar Dantiki.

"With this extension of our existing facility, we now have a center that is equipped with both the people and the equipment to meet any future challenge in color," remarked Sudhakar Dantiki. "We have expertise in colorimetry, product development and services, all under one roof, allowing for the interaction to improve both our products and our services."

"Over the past five years, we've built a world class research center in Bangalore," said Klaas Kruithof. "Expanding the Bangalore facility was a logical choice for us because in India we can draw on a large pool of highly educated people with the technical skills we require, ranging from physical and organic chemistry to (applied) IT competence and mathematics. I look forward to further strengthening our position in R&D and color in India in the coming years."

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