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    [body] => This Universal Children’s Day, which promotes efforts to improve child welfare worldwide, AkzoNobel and Plan International Netherlands are celebrating their 25th anniversary of improving education for young people through their joint Education Fund.

Beginning with education for children in developing countries, the partnership has grown to also offer training, new skills and mentorship.

Over the years, tens of thousands of young people around the world have participated in more than 50 projects supported in part by the Education Fund.

In just the past five years, thousands of youth in Natal, Brazil; Chengdu, China; and Northern India have received market-oriented vocational training – after which many secured decent jobs or self-employment.

The most recent project kicked off last month in Jia County, China, where we’re providing girls the opportunity to develop skills in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

“The collection of programs through which we ‘give back’ to society is called AkzoNobel Cares – it’s part of our commitment as a company to creating shared value and making a meaningful difference in people’s lives,” said Charlotte van Meer, member of the Education Fund’s board and head of Legal for Europe, Middle East and Africa at AkzoNobel. “We’re very proud of our 25-year partnership with Plan International Netherlands. The Education Fund helps young people who grow up in challenging circumstances to bridge the gap between overcoming their daily struggles and realizing their dreams. Together, we’re giving them the tools they need to learn and build a brighter future.”

“To advance the rights of young people and equality for girls and young women internationally, it is essential to form strong relationships and work with companies who share our passion for making a difference,” added Monique van ‘t Hek, executive director at Plan International Netherlands. “We are proud to be partnering with AkzoNobel for the past 25 years. Together we have provided thousands of young people, with a special focus on girls and young women, with education and targeted vocational training to improve their employability and career prospects for an independent and sustainable future.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-11-20 09:15:00 [updated_at] => 2019-11-20 09:30:58 [last_updated_author] => 228513 [uploaded_by] => 228513 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["317328","324434","323882","317105","318447","318442","325660","317337","323423","325245","324167","320783","320797","319733","317206","317314","320522","315393","321285"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-11-20 09:15:29 [contentType] => ContentType Object ( [className] => ContentType [content] => Array ( ) [taxonomy] => Array ( ) [listURL] => [logoUrl] => https: [id] => 2487 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => content_types [tag] => breaking_news [short_tag] => breaking_news [class_name] => [display_view] => [list_view] => [slug] => breaking-news [box_view] => [ignore_flag] => 0 [image_id] => 0 [layout_id] => 0 [formattedTag] => Breaking News ) [viewURL] => /contents/view_breaking-news/2019-11-20/akzonobel-plan-international-netherlands-celebrate-25th-anniversary-of-partnership/ [relatedArticles] => Array ( [0] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 315393 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => 2019-07-01 [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 189608 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 189608 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => AkzoNobel Announces Dave Smith Achievement Award [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => akzonobel-announces-dave-smith-achievement-award [body] =>
Nearing the one-year anniversary of his passing, AkzoNobel has chosen to memorialize respected industry leader Dave Smith by creating the Dave Smith Achievement Award. 
 
The inaugural award was presented to Catherine Mathewson, an aspiring collision repair professional, at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, held May 28-29, 2019, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
 
The $2,500 award will be presented annually to the Gold Medalist in the Car Painting, Post-Secondary category, at the Skills Canada National Competition, a multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. 
 
AkzoNobel has made an initial five-year commitment to Skills Canada in sponsoring the award.  
 
“Dave was an inspiration to our team and the industry,” said Doug Holmberg, AkzoNobel’s Automotive & Specialty Coatings regional commercial director for North America. “This award is a great tribute to keeping Dave’s memory alive and supporting both an industry and a professional development program he was so passionate about.”
 
“I know how bittersweet this is to the AkzoNobel team to be giving this award away,” added Mathewson. “Knowing how much it means to them makes me even more thankful to be awarded this. I cannot thank everyone enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this industry. I have worked so hard and dedicated so much to better myself and become the best painter I can be.”
 
Smith began his career with AkzoNobel in 1993. Over his 25 years with the company, he played key roles throughout the North American Automotive & Specialty Coatings sales organization, distribution network and collision repair businesses. He held numerous positions within AkzoNobel, including country manager for Canada and North American industry relations and network manager. 
 
 The Skills Canada Collision Repair Program was created to address the skills shortage within the industry by raising awareness of career opportunities at Skills Canada Competitions across the country, by showcasing the exciting opportunities that are available for young people. The program also provides students who compete in the competitions from across Canada with hands-on training opportunities and the chance to enhance their skills and knowledge during their experience as a competitor.
 
The Skills Canada Collision Repair Program is completely funded by donations from industry leaders who believe in investing in the future of Collision Repair.
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BASF is supporting 2018 SkillsUSA winner Dylan Wertz, who will represent the U.S. at the 2019 WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia.
 
Private training on Glasurit was provided for Wertz at BASF’s training center in Whitehouse, Ohio, a key component to his success. He will continue his preparation for the event at another BASF training center in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be provided one-on-one instruction and paint materials needed to perfect the technique he will use at WorldSkills in August.
 
BASF sponsors SkillsUSA, Skills Canada and local and state competitions along with WorldSkills as part of its commitment to educating and supporting young painters entering the industry. The company has focused on a strong initiative that encourages potential technicians to enter the refinish field, as well as providing different methods of learning to current technicians that keep them up to date on their skillsets and certifications. The painters at this year’s WorldSkills competition will be using BASF’s Glasurit paint and color-matching tools to show off their skills.
 
“BASF believes strongly in training both current and future collision repair technicians,” said Jeff Wildman, manager of OEM and Industry Relations for BASF Refinish. “The future of the collision industry depends on having skilled technicians available to properly repair the advanced vehicles of the today and the future. Supporting events like these helps future techs get real-world career and technical experience, industry exposure, and a fun challenge that strengthens their passion for the industry.”
 
SkillsUSA is a collaborative effort between students, teachers and industry experts to help prepare young people for careers in various trade and technical fields including automotive repair and refinish. Students that compete and win the SkillsUSA championships go on to compete against other winners from various part of the world at the WorldSkills Competition, held every two years.
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Under the title ACT/9, the designers of BASF’s Coatings division present their ninth global color collection. 
 
The designers translated their trend observations into new color schemes for automotive surfaces. The title of the collection indicates the duct of the key findings: It’s time to act and open up. ACT/9 captures the impulse
of making the first steps for a real change.
 
The designers led their research for the trend colors in various contexts clustering their observations into three trend worlds. Each of these summarizes several observations and are grouped under two keywords.
 
Identity & Individuality
Especially young people do not commit to conventional life goals of financial success and a well-established position in social life. They question concepts of gender or status through new products and styles. There is a big shift in the way we shape our biographies, consume and communicate. 
 
The increasing demand for individualization copes with the mass market requirements through digitalization. Products will be increasingly intelligent and adapt to personal requirements. Especially the trend of shared services and non-ownership drives an individualization oscillating between the idea of bespoke and mass-market availability. Bright silvers with silky texture effects take up these new ideas in various color shades. This is complemented by an extensive range of red shades and pastels and goldish metals which play a major role in this context.
 
Society & Interaction
Observations on societal change point to a new group of game changers. These highly connected digital natives use their network and skills to overcome the pain points of oversaturated markets with daring concepts of services and products. The public acknowledgment of even small initiative through digital media supports this commitment for change. An engaging approach to sustainability involves new stakeholders and consumers. Upcycling and recycling evolve as key drivers for urban housing. The color palette in this societal context offers energetic blue shades to illustrate the vigorous commitment but also outstanding color positions like violet and brilliant orange shades.
 
Progress & Innovation
The trends around progress and innovation mirror that the fascination for technological progress shifts to the awareness of original human needs and capabilities. Intelligent devices already have a major impact on car driving today and its’ influence will rise in the future: self-breaking cars or automated parking are just a few of many examples. With the unmanageable complexity of digitalization in people’s lives, they concentrate on the intuitive and pure human ability to influence the direction of progress. Colors with sophisticated effects add a warm sphere to exceptional color direction. Pastels with soft textures emphasize the sensual quality creating a new experience of surface. Off-tone yellows or complex goldish metals will shape the face technology.
 
Reputation of Cars Will Change
The automotive industry is on the way to define how this new driving experience will look like by transferring visionary innovations into solutions which are applicable in everyday traffic situations. Future mobility concepts will lead to a change of the car as a product as well as its perception in society. Getting into a car in the near future will be a whole different driving experience.

In the framework of the global color collection, the designers identified key color directions for the regions of Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America. These key colors represent the driving impulses for automotive color and surface: outstanding color positions designed in EMEA refer to the radical commitment to change, a complex new metallic designed in North America with a reference to a mind and body duality in post-digital era and a shining bright bright metal designed in Asia Pacific which mirrors a positive and open-minded attitude of young consumers ideas of lifestyle.
 
The name says it: ACT/9, the title of the Automotive Color Trends 2019-20, describes the new spirit of individuals who are willing to make an impact. This is reflected by a collection of innovative colors which consider the global and the regional specific trend drivers for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), North America (NA) and Asia Pacific (AP).
 
Ingenuity at Multiple Horizons
Attitudes centered on positive impact open new avenues for product introductions. Buyers no longer are content with merely accepting new technologies but focus on becoming involved in the early stages of development, forming and shaping it so as to
eke out the most it can offer. This arises from a much better informed and demanding consumer base, ready to adapt and conflate ideas and trends into objects that balance utility and sleekness. This combination leads to the design of coatings that meet these high expectations.

Colors for the region, therefore, branch out into spaces that follow these unique demands. Solid colors are introduced, for example, that blend elegance and simplicity yet appear futuristic. Pastel shades of teal and blue underscore a sense of optimism and trust, whereas more saturated green and blues appeal to the more traditional and iconic color spaces for automotive. Metallic shades have been softened for texture, with chromatic and achromatic colors appearing fine and smooth, sometimes punctuated by a curtain of glittering effects.
 
The need to be connected and seen means that the visual experiences remain at the forefront of consumer desires. Designs sought to capture this intent in the use of playful interactions of color. Innovative color spaces, therefore, were formulated to have an interplay of hues that change depend- ing from which angle a color is viewed.The requirement for intelligent products heightens the need for capturing these trends in colors. In North America, a shift towards smoother metallics, colors that display distinctive coloristic flip- flop, and elegant and functional solid colors all point the way to novel developments that help shape the next generation of color.
 
Beyond the Stereotypes
In the region of Asia Pacific the examination of cultural roots and diversity teams up with the global impulse of an active mindset of real change. It drives the societal confidence to speak up and break up against conventions of gender or social origin. Especially young consumers take up the global spirit of individuality through multi-facetted biographies and do not commit to one address, one job or role anymore.
 
They enjoy a genderless notion of beauty just as well as a “non-gender-branded” access to activities like boxing or motorcycling. People take on a focused notion of the self and celebrate moments of “being yourself”. These individualistic ideas will affect the automotive landscape in Asia Pacific.
 
Design concepts, therefore, dare to go beyond stereotype colors and surfaces and fan out an unusual color palette with clearly “voiced” shades. Fresh whitish silvers and intense red color spaces underline this development.
In the fast-paced Asian society the search for harmonization leads people to the treasury of traditional philosophy and aesthetics. The respect for local heritage molds a new notion of quality and pureness which entails a palette of balanced shades ranging from beige to light blue.
 
The focus on human needs also supports a positive technology-friendly attitude. Where functionality and efficiency used to be the drivers for progress, emotional and sensual qualities now feed the innovation pipeline with ideas that stir up the image of technology. The new shape of development lines up bright floating colors such as silky neutral metallics but also dark, raw and vital colors such as coarse gray metallic or sensual purple.
 
Sustainability is a major influencer in Asian urban areas. City planning and housing explore 3D printing technologies, upcycling and recycling concept to reduce waste production and CO2 emissions. The approaches also gain importance for automotive coatings as future mobility concepts will be tailored for consumers who want to influence the use of material and production.
 
New Individualities Blur Boundaries
The driving impulses for the region EMEA point to profound changes in societal conventions and the occurrence of new target groups. Hence, societies are characterized by a variety of different value systems that cannot be pressed into a standardized concept.
The notion of gender is also affected, as well as the concepts of luxury and status. Therefore, individuality continues its increasing importance for design concepts, which will shape the future of the automotive landscape. The color trends in Europe challenge every- day standards through complex metallics in the bronze and beige color space.
 
Social media influence the definition of new value systems and play an important role for a unique reinvention of European luxury brands, questioning their ‘overcome image’. It needs to be adapted to new demands and new target groups who prefer (a) multi-optional lifestyle(s) to predefined product landscapes.
 
These new, powerful target groups desire new color spaces that have not been popular until now. Consequently, unique color positions like violet metallic can become more common.
 
A counter-movement to the multi-optional lifestyle which explores striking and iconic impulses on human perception in various urban context – such as architecture or interior design. In hectically and rapidly changing times, the concept of quietness and calmness becomes indispensable. Therefore, the trend color palette tries to create a connection to a deeply rooted, emotional level through depth and intensity in sparkle.
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Paint production ceased on the site in 2016 and operations were relocated to AkzoNobel’s facility in Ashington, UK. The Research and Development facility is being leased by AkzoNobel for a short time until relocated.

The AkzoNobel UK headquarters and Dulux Academy, located to the west of Wexham Road, are not included as part of the sale and continue to be actively used by AkzoNobel.

This transaction generated proceeds of €75 million and will be reported in the financial results for the second quarter of 2019 as a one-off gain of €57 million, included within identified items. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-07-02 12:36:00 [updated_at] => 2019-08-27 14:02:27 [last_updated_author] => 228513 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["317328","311951","317105","318447","318442","308992","311573","314416","309367","311210","319733","313600","318061","312221","318846","313971","312787","313462","314471","314627","311562"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-07-01 12:29:53 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 317105 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2551 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => 2019-07-01 [author_name] => {"name":"Sean Milmo","title":"European Correspondent"} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 191203 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 191203 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => AkzoNobel Fuels Innovation with Paint the Future Competition [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => akzonobel-fuels-innovation-with-paint-the-future-competition [body] => Pressure on coatings producers in Europe to generate a continuous flow of innovative technologies and products has never been more intense.

In response to the needs of customers, coatings are becoming more complex with multipurpose functional properties, whose technologies have first to be discovered and then developed.

Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) are seen as opportunities for providing platforms for innovations.

Looming over the coatings and other sectors is the threat of global warming, rapidly diminishing biodiversity and other environmental dangers which will have to be combatted with technological advances.

Also, the portfolios of a growing number of coatings companies, especially the larger ones, contain specialty, niche products which yield high margins but which require the support of extensive research and development.

However, even big international companies do not have the research power, particularly in terms of highly qualified staff and internal expertise, to generate their own innovations.

They have had to resort to what has become to be known as open innovation – looking outside the company for ideas through means like constant literature searches, attendance at conferences and seminars,  networking and collaborating closely on the development of new products with customers and suppliers.

Now the conventional ways of conducting open innovations are becoming less effective.

New methods have had to be found for making contacts with sources of inventiveness and using them to forge long-term ties.

‘’The world is moving so fast you have to introduce new schemes for working with start-ups and other small companies and with academia,’’ said Klass Kruithof, chief technology officer at AkzoNobel, market leader in European coatings, whose portfolio covers both decorative and industrial coatings for segments like automobiles and aerospace.

AkzoNobel has staged a global competition among start-ups, academic research units and similar entities. The winners have been awarded collaboration agreements with AkzoNobel on the development and/or commercialization of their innovations.

‘’These types of competitions have been used in the pharmaceuticals sector as a means for building links with start-ups, especially in biotechnology,’’ said Kruithof.

AkzoNobel’s competition, called Paint the Future, attracted 160 participants from around the world – including 40 percent from Europe, 24 percent from North America and six percent from China.

Each had to submit an innovative solution covering one of five themes – smart applications, circular solutions, predictable performance and life science infusion like the use of enzymes.

At the final stages of the competition, 21 solutions were shortlisted.

These included technologies for reuse of ingredients and pigments as circular solutions, benign biocides as a life science infusion, self-cleaning and air purification as enhanced functionalities and with predictable performance imaging analysis and detection.

AkzoNobel sees the five winners, selected from the shortlist who received their Paint the Future awards at an event in Amsterdam in mid-May, as the basis for an innovation ecosystem.

The winners – all start-ups – were SAS Nanotechnologies of U.S.-based specialist in  smart anti-corrosion coatings; QLayers of the Netherlands, a developer of automated printheads for coating large surfaces; Interface Polymers, a UK producer of di-block polymers providing anti-fogging properties to coatings on packaging and other surfaces; Apellix of the U.S., a developer of automated drones for spray painting; and Alucha Recycling Technologies, a Dutch supplier of a solution for turning waste into bio-oils and minerals.

SAS Nanotechnologies and Apellix were offered joint development agreements with AkzoNobel for the improvement and commercialization of their products.

QLayers and Interface Polymers, whose solutions were ready for market launch, were presented with business deals under which AkzoNobel will help with the commercialization of their products. Alucha was granted a supply agreement for its solution.

For these small companies, the main benefits of the awards included the support of a leading global coatings producer and opportunities for using the award for further expansion of their businesses.

‘’It gives us a chance to carry on the development work we are doing,’’ said Tim Clayfield, application development director at Interface Polymers. ‘’We want to go out now and get more funding with the  power of this agreement behind us.’’

The scheme has coincided with an expansion of AkzoNobel’s international  R&D operations.

Paint the Future has raised the collaborative efforts of its research to new levels.

Among its more radical recent innovations has been the introduction of a coating based on ultra-violet light emitting diodes for the prevention of fouling of ships hulls. This is derived from a technology of Royal Philips of the Netherlands, a specialist in UV-LED  lighting and electronics.

The company is already among the biggest spenders worldwide in coatings research with R&D expenditure of €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) over the last five years, while it employs 3,000 research scientists.

Amongst its international research operations, it opened in Shanghai in 2016 a new €6.5 million technology center whose marine and protective development lab was extended last year.

Also in 2016, a $10 million R&D center was opened in Strongsville, Ohio, with a focus on coil, extrusion and packaging coatings.

Earlier this year, a €12.6 million research and innovation hub was inaugurated in Felling, northeast England, with 100 scientists and technical specialists.

The Paint the Future project has laid a pathway to a more structured approach to the use of open innovation as a way of finding new ideas.

‘’What’s important about the scheme is that it allows us to start a dialogue with its participants, which should lead to a more permanent relationship,’’ explained Thierry Vanlancker, AkzoNobel’s CEO, after the awards ceremony. ‘’It should be the start of a series of innovations coming from the networks linking their laboratories and scientists with our own.’’

In its effort to create strong relationships with the Paint the Future participants,  AkzoNobel will not be confining itself to the five winners or the 16 who reached the shortlist.

‘’The others have exciting ideas as well,’’ said Vanlancker. ‘’Some of them are developing innovations which are clearly related to areas we are interested in.’’

The procedure for drawing up the shortlist involved meetings with these participants. So the dialogue with them has already begun

For AkzoNobel, the scheme has opened up a whole new dimension to open innovation.

‘’With the power of an entire (new innovation) ecosystem behind us, big things are on the horizon,’’ said Kruithof.  [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-07-03 09:24:00 [updated_at] => 2019-06-28 09:32:24 [last_updated_author] => 142098 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["316024","315156","314416","312951","312784","311951","311573","311293","311210","309459","309367","308992","307896","307823","307814","307798","307178","305267"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-06-28 09:18:05 ) ) [relatedContent] => Array ( [0] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 315393 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => 2019-07-01 [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 189608 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 189608 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => AkzoNobel Announces Dave Smith Achievement Award [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => akzonobel-announces-dave-smith-achievement-award [body] =>
Nearing the one-year anniversary of his passing, AkzoNobel has chosen to memorialize respected industry leader Dave Smith by creating the Dave Smith Achievement Award. 
 
The inaugural award was presented to Catherine Mathewson, an aspiring collision repair professional, at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition, held May 28-29, 2019, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
 
The $2,500 award will be presented annually to the Gold Medalist in the Car Painting, Post-Secondary category, at the Skills Canada National Competition, a multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. 
 
AkzoNobel has made an initial five-year commitment to Skills Canada in sponsoring the award.  
 
“Dave was an inspiration to our team and the industry,” said Doug Holmberg, AkzoNobel’s Automotive & Specialty Coatings regional commercial director for North America. “This award is a great tribute to keeping Dave’s memory alive and supporting both an industry and a professional development program he was so passionate about.”
 
“I know how bittersweet this is to the AkzoNobel team to be giving this award away,” added Mathewson. “Knowing how much it means to them makes me even more thankful to be awarded this. I cannot thank everyone enough for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this industry. I have worked so hard and dedicated so much to better myself and become the best painter I can be.”
 
Smith began his career with AkzoNobel in 1993. Over his 25 years with the company, he played key roles throughout the North American Automotive & Specialty Coatings sales organization, distribution network and collision repair businesses. He held numerous positions within AkzoNobel, including country manager for Canada and North American industry relations and network manager. 
 
 The Skills Canada Collision Repair Program was created to address the skills shortage within the industry by raising awareness of career opportunities at Skills Canada Competitions across the country, by showcasing the exciting opportunities that are available for young people. The program also provides students who compete in the competitions from across Canada with hands-on training opportunities and the chance to enhance their skills and knowledge during their experience as a competitor.
 
The Skills Canada Collision Repair Program is completely funded by donations from industry leaders who believe in investing in the future of Collision Repair.
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BASF is supporting 2018 SkillsUSA winner Dylan Wertz, who will represent the U.S. at the 2019 WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia.
 
Private training on Glasurit was provided for Wertz at BASF’s training center in Whitehouse, Ohio, a key component to his success. He will continue his preparation for the event at another BASF training center in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be provided one-on-one instruction and paint materials needed to perfect the technique he will use at WorldSkills in August.
 
BASF sponsors SkillsUSA, Skills Canada and local and state competitions along with WorldSkills as part of its commitment to educating and supporting young painters entering the industry. The company has focused on a strong initiative that encourages potential technicians to enter the refinish field, as well as providing different methods of learning to current technicians that keep them up to date on their skillsets and certifications. The painters at this year’s WorldSkills competition will be using BASF’s Glasurit paint and color-matching tools to show off their skills.
 
“BASF believes strongly in training both current and future collision repair technicians,” said Jeff Wildman, manager of OEM and Industry Relations for BASF Refinish. “The future of the collision industry depends on having skilled technicians available to properly repair the advanced vehicles of the today and the future. Supporting events like these helps future techs get real-world career and technical experience, industry exposure, and a fun challenge that strengthens their passion for the industry.”
 
SkillsUSA is a collaborative effort between students, teachers and industry experts to help prepare young people for careers in various trade and technical fields including automotive repair and refinish. Students that compete and win the SkillsUSA championships go on to compete against other winners from various part of the world at the WorldSkills Competition, held every two years.
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Under the title ACT/9, the designers of BASF’s Coatings division present their ninth global color collection. 
 
The designers translated their trend observations into new color schemes for automotive surfaces. The title of the collection indicates the duct of the key findings: It’s time to act and open up. ACT/9 captures the impulse
of making the first steps for a real change.
 
The designers led their research for the trend colors in various contexts clustering their observations into three trend worlds. Each of these summarizes several observations and are grouped under two keywords.
 
Identity & Individuality
Especially young people do not commit to conventional life goals of financial success and a well-established position in social life. They question concepts of gender or status through new products and styles. There is a big shift in the way we shape our biographies, consume and communicate. 
 
The increasing demand for individualization copes with the mass market requirements through digitalization. Products will be increasingly intelligent and adapt to personal requirements. Especially the trend of shared services and non-ownership drives an individualization oscillating between the idea of bespoke and mass-market availability. Bright silvers with silky texture effects take up these new ideas in various color shades. This is complemented by an extensive range of red shades and pastels and goldish metals which play a major role in this context.
 
Society & Interaction
Observations on societal change point to a new group of game changers. These highly connected digital natives use their network and skills to overcome the pain points of oversaturated markets with daring concepts of services and products. The public acknowledgment of even small initiative through digital media supports this commitment for change. An engaging approach to sustainability involves new stakeholders and consumers. Upcycling and recycling evolve as key drivers for urban housing. The color palette in this societal context offers energetic blue shades to illustrate the vigorous commitment but also outstanding color positions like violet and brilliant orange shades.
 
Progress & Innovation
The trends around progress and innovation mirror that the fascination for technological progress shifts to the awareness of original human needs and capabilities. Intelligent devices already have a major impact on car driving today and its’ influence will rise in the future: self-breaking cars or automated parking are just a few of many examples. With the unmanageable complexity of digitalization in people’s lives, they concentrate on the intuitive and pure human ability to influence the direction of progress. Colors with sophisticated effects add a warm sphere to exceptional color direction. Pastels with soft textures emphasize the sensual quality creating a new experience of surface. Off-tone yellows or complex goldish metals will shape the face technology.
 
Reputation of Cars Will Change
The automotive industry is on the way to define how this new driving experience will look like by transferring visionary innovations into solutions which are applicable in everyday traffic situations. Future mobility concepts will lead to a change of the car as a product as well as its perception in society. Getting into a car in the near future will be a whole different driving experience.

In the framework of the global color collection, the designers identified key color directions for the regions of Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America. These key colors represent the driving impulses for automotive color and surface: outstanding color positions designed in EMEA refer to the radical commitment to change, a complex new metallic designed in North America with a reference to a mind and body duality in post-digital era and a shining bright bright metal designed in Asia Pacific which mirrors a positive and open-minded attitude of young consumers ideas of lifestyle.
 
The name says it: ACT/9, the title of the Automotive Color Trends 2019-20, describes the new spirit of individuals who are willing to make an impact. This is reflected by a collection of innovative colors which consider the global and the regional specific trend drivers for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), North America (NA) and Asia Pacific (AP).
 
Ingenuity at Multiple Horizons
Attitudes centered on positive impact open new avenues for product introductions. Buyers no longer are content with merely accepting new technologies but focus on becoming involved in the early stages of development, forming and shaping it so as to
eke out the most it can offer. This arises from a much better informed and demanding consumer base, ready to adapt and conflate ideas and trends into objects that balance utility and sleekness. This combination leads to the design of coatings that meet these high expectations.

Colors for the region, therefore, branch out into spaces that follow these unique demands. Solid colors are introduced, for example, that blend elegance and simplicity yet appear futuristic. Pastel shades of teal and blue underscore a sense of optimism and trust, whereas more saturated green and blues appeal to the more traditional and iconic color spaces for automotive. Metallic shades have been softened for texture, with chromatic and achromatic colors appearing fine and smooth, sometimes punctuated by a curtain of glittering effects.
 
The need to be connected and seen means that the visual experiences remain at the forefront of consumer desires. Designs sought to capture this intent in the use of playful interactions of color. Innovative color spaces, therefore, were formulated to have an interplay of hues that change depend- ing from which angle a color is viewed.The requirement for intelligent products heightens the need for capturing these trends in colors. In North America, a shift towards smoother metallics, colors that display distinctive coloristic flip- flop, and elegant and functional solid colors all point the way to novel developments that help shape the next generation of color.
 
Beyond the Stereotypes
In the region of Asia Pacific the examination of cultural roots and diversity teams up with the global impulse of an active mindset of real change. It drives the societal confidence to speak up and break up against conventions of gender or social origin. Especially young consumers take up the global spirit of individuality through multi-facetted biographies and do not commit to one address, one job or role anymore.
 
They enjoy a genderless notion of beauty just as well as a “non-gender-branded” access to activities like boxing or motorcycling. People take on a focused notion of the self and celebrate moments of “being yourself”. These individualistic ideas will affect the automotive landscape in Asia Pacific.
 
Design concepts, therefore, dare to go beyond stereotype colors and surfaces and fan out an unusual color palette with clearly “voiced” shades. Fresh whitish silvers and intense red color spaces underline this development.
In the fast-paced Asian society the search for harmonization leads people to the treasury of traditional philosophy and aesthetics. The respect for local heritage molds a new notion of quality and pureness which entails a palette of balanced shades ranging from beige to light blue.
 
The focus on human needs also supports a positive technology-friendly attitude. Where functionality and efficiency used to be the drivers for progress, emotional and sensual qualities now feed the innovation pipeline with ideas that stir up the image of technology. The new shape of development lines up bright floating colors such as silky neutral metallics but also dark, raw and vital colors such as coarse gray metallic or sensual purple.
 
Sustainability is a major influencer in Asian urban areas. City planning and housing explore 3D printing technologies, upcycling and recycling concept to reduce waste production and CO2 emissions. The approaches also gain importance for automotive coatings as future mobility concepts will be tailored for consumers who want to influence the use of material and production.
 
New Individualities Blur Boundaries
The driving impulses for the region EMEA point to profound changes in societal conventions and the occurrence of new target groups. Hence, societies are characterized by a variety of different value systems that cannot be pressed into a standardized concept.
The notion of gender is also affected, as well as the concepts of luxury and status. Therefore, individuality continues its increasing importance for design concepts, which will shape the future of the automotive landscape. The color trends in Europe challenge every- day standards through complex metallics in the bronze and beige color space.
 
Social media influence the definition of new value systems and play an important role for a unique reinvention of European luxury brands, questioning their ‘overcome image’. It needs to be adapted to new demands and new target groups who prefer (a) multi-optional lifestyle(s) to predefined product landscapes.
 
These new, powerful target groups desire new color spaces that have not been popular until now. Consequently, unique color positions like violet metallic can become more common.
 
A counter-movement to the multi-optional lifestyle which explores striking and iconic impulses on human perception in various urban context – such as architecture or interior design. In hectically and rapidly changing times, the concept of quietness and calmness becomes indispensable. Therefore, the trend color palette tries to create a connection to a deeply rooted, emotional level through depth and intensity in sparkle.
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Paint production ceased on the site in 2016 and operations were relocated to AkzoNobel’s facility in Ashington, UK. The Research and Development facility is being leased by AkzoNobel for a short time until relocated.

The AkzoNobel UK headquarters and Dulux Academy, located to the west of Wexham Road, are not included as part of the sale and continue to be actively used by AkzoNobel.

This transaction generated proceeds of €75 million and will be reported in the financial results for the second quarter of 2019 as a one-off gain of €57 million, included within identified items. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-07-02 12:36:00 [updated_at] => 2019-08-27 14:02:27 [last_updated_author] => 228513 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["317328","311951","317105","318447","318442","308992","311573","314416","309367","311210","319733","313600","318061","312221","318846","313971","312787","313462","314471","314627","311562"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-07-01 12:29:53 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 317105 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2551 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => 2019-07-01 [author_name] => {"name":"Sean Milmo","title":"European Correspondent"} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 191203 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 191203 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => AkzoNobel Fuels Innovation with Paint the Future Competition [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => akzonobel-fuels-innovation-with-paint-the-future-competition [body] => Pressure on coatings producers in Europe to generate a continuous flow of innovative technologies and products has never been more intense.

In response to the needs of customers, coatings are becoming more complex with multipurpose functional properties, whose technologies have first to be discovered and then developed.

Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) are seen as opportunities for providing platforms for innovations.

Looming over the coatings and other sectors is the threat of global warming, rapidly diminishing biodiversity and other environmental dangers which will have to be combatted with technological advances.

Also, the portfolios of a growing number of coatings companies, especially the larger ones, contain specialty, niche products which yield high margins but which require the support of extensive research and development.

However, even big international companies do not have the research power, particularly in terms of highly qualified staff and internal expertise, to generate their own innovations.

They have had to resort to what has become to be known as open innovation – looking outside the company for ideas through means like constant literature searches, attendance at conferences and seminars,  networking and collaborating closely on the development of new products with customers and suppliers.

Now the conventional ways of conducting open innovations are becoming less effective.

New methods have had to be found for making contacts with sources of inventiveness and using them to forge long-term ties.

‘’The world is moving so fast you have to introduce new schemes for working with start-ups and other small companies and with academia,’’ said Klass Kruithof, chief technology officer at AkzoNobel, market leader in European coatings, whose portfolio covers both decorative and industrial coatings for segments like automobiles and aerospace.

AkzoNobel has staged a global competition among start-ups, academic research units and similar entities. The winners have been awarded collaboration agreements with AkzoNobel on the development and/or commercialization of their innovations.

‘’These types of competitions have been used in the pharmaceuticals sector as a means for building links with start-ups, especially in biotechnology,’’ said Kruithof.

AkzoNobel’s competition, called Paint the Future, attracted 160 participants from around the world – including 40 percent from Europe, 24 percent from North America and six percent from China.

Each had to submit an innovative solution covering one of five themes – smart applications, circular solutions, predictable performance and life science infusion like the use of enzymes.

At the final stages of the competition, 21 solutions were shortlisted.

These included technologies for reuse of ingredients and pigments as circular solutions, benign biocides as a life science infusion, self-cleaning and air purification as enhanced functionalities and with predictable performance imaging analysis and detection.

AkzoNobel sees the five winners, selected from the shortlist who received their Paint the Future awards at an event in Amsterdam in mid-May, as the basis for an innovation ecosystem.

The winners – all start-ups – were SAS Nanotechnologies of U.S.-based specialist in  smart anti-corrosion coatings; QLayers of the Netherlands, a developer of automated printheads for coating large surfaces; Interface Polymers, a UK producer of di-block polymers providing anti-fogging properties to coatings on packaging and other surfaces; Apellix of the U.S., a developer of automated drones for spray painting; and Alucha Recycling Technologies, a Dutch supplier of a solution for turning waste into bio-oils and minerals.

SAS Nanotechnologies and Apellix were offered joint development agreements with AkzoNobel for the improvement and commercialization of their products.

QLayers and Interface Polymers, whose solutions were ready for market launch, were presented with business deals under which AkzoNobel will help with the commercialization of their products. Alucha was granted a supply agreement for its solution.

For these small companies, the main benefits of the awards included the support of a leading global coatings producer and opportunities for using the award for further expansion of their businesses.

‘’It gives us a chance to carry on the development work we are doing,’’ said Tim Clayfield, application development director at Interface Polymers. ‘’We want to go out now and get more funding with the  power of this agreement behind us.’’

The scheme has coincided with an expansion of AkzoNobel’s international  R&D operations.

Paint the Future has raised the collaborative efforts of its research to new levels.

Among its more radical recent innovations has been the introduction of a coating based on ultra-violet light emitting diodes for the prevention of fouling of ships hulls. This is derived from a technology of Royal Philips of the Netherlands, a specialist in UV-LED  lighting and electronics.

The company is already among the biggest spenders worldwide in coatings research with R&D expenditure of €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) over the last five years, while it employs 3,000 research scientists.

Amongst its international research operations, it opened in Shanghai in 2016 a new €6.5 million technology center whose marine and protective development lab was extended last year.

Also in 2016, a $10 million R&D center was opened in Strongsville, Ohio, with a focus on coil, extrusion and packaging coatings.

Earlier this year, a €12.6 million research and innovation hub was inaugurated in Felling, northeast England, with 100 scientists and technical specialists.

The Paint the Future project has laid a pathway to a more structured approach to the use of open innovation as a way of finding new ideas.

‘’What’s important about the scheme is that it allows us to start a dialogue with its participants, which should lead to a more permanent relationship,’’ explained Thierry Vanlancker, AkzoNobel’s CEO, after the awards ceremony. ‘’It should be the start of a series of innovations coming from the networks linking their laboratories and scientists with our own.’’

In its effort to create strong relationships with the Paint the Future participants,  AkzoNobel will not be confining itself to the five winners or the 16 who reached the shortlist.

‘’The others have exciting ideas as well,’’ said Vanlancker. ‘’Some of them are developing innovations which are clearly related to areas we are interested in.’’

The procedure for drawing up the shortlist involved meetings with these participants. So the dialogue with them has already begun

For AkzoNobel, the scheme has opened up a whole new dimension to open innovation.

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