The focus will be on continuing to deliver cutting-edge innovations and products for the marine and oil and gas industries.
"As the birthplace of the International brand, we're immensely proud of our Felling site, which has supplied products for some of the world's most iconic buildings and structures," said Jean-Michel Gauthier, managing director of the company's marine and protective coatings business. "The new laboratories will enable our technical experts to partner more closely with our customers and deliver innovative products and solutions that meet the most demanding specifications in our industry."
One of the key features of the campus is a new application and testing laboratory. It will be used to test new products in extreme conditions such as temperature resistance, fire and high pressure. The facilities will also enable scientists to expose products to chemicals and corrosion.
"We're beyond excited about the potential of the new Felling campus and the possibilities it could open up," said Roger Jakeman, AkzoNobel's technical director. "We already deliver products and services that have exceeded customer expectations, now we're looking to go one step further and develop innovations that go beyond their imaginations."
Features include solar wall cladding, a sustainable urban drainage system, grey water recycling, photovoltaic panels, air compressor heat recovery, and a sedum "green roof."
The new facility in Felling is located around 25 miles away from AkzoNobel's €100 million paint manufacturing plant in Ashington, which opened in 2017.