Setting world class standards

As the top ranked company in the Materials industry group on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, we ensure that sustainability runs right through the company. So when we announced the construction of a £100 million world class decorative paint facility in the UK, its environmental footprint was always going to be a major factor.

A clear sign of our strategic commitment to focus our deco activities on key markets in Europe and high growth regions, the new plant is being built in Ashington in the north-east of England. Housing nine fully automated paint filling lines, it will be capable of producing up to 100 million liters of paint a year for sale in the UK and Europe – double what is possible from existing UK operations in Slough and Prudhoe.

Featuring cutting-edge manufacturing technology, the new facility will not only reduce energy consumption per liter of paint produced by 60 percent, but will also deliver a minimum of 10 percent of site energy from on-site, low carbon sources such as biomass, photovoltaic panels and solar thermal water heating.

Designed to be one of the most sustainable plants in the world, Ashington also aims to achieve 100 percent re-use of water and 90 percent re-use of solvents, as well as reducing VOC emissions by 75 percent and waste by 50 percent. Due to become the heart of our UK deco operations, the site has targeted an “excellent” BREEAM accreditation and is scheduled to be fully operational in 2015.