Whether our customers are professional decorators or keen DIY-ers, they want great paint that gives a great finish. We supply a huge variety of quality products for every situation and surface, including paints, lacquers and varnishes. We also offer a range of mixing machines, color concepts and training courses for the building and renovation industry, while our specialty coatings for metal, wood and other critical building materials lead the market.
We’re a leading supplier of performance coatings with strong product technologies and brands. Our high quality products are used by customers across the world to protect and enhance everything from vessels, cars, aircraft, yachts and architetural components (structural steel, building products, flooring) to consumer goods (mobile devices, appliances, beverage cans, furniture) and oil and gas platforms.
As a major producer of specialty chemicals with leadership positions in many markets, we make sure that industries worldwide are supplied with high quality ingredients and process aids for the manufacture of life’s essentials.
Specialty Chemicals 2014 revenue breakdown by end-user segment in %
Brands include AkzoNobel, Bindzil, Biostyle, Dissolvine, Ecosel, Eka, Expancel, Jozo and Kromasil.
Some of our customers: BASF, Bayer, Dow, GE, Huntsman, Momentive, Monsanto, P&G, Shin-Etsu, Stora Enso and Unilever.
“We remain on track to deliver on our 2015 targets”
When I look back at 2014, I see an eventful year, full of economic and market challenges. It was also a year of many changes at AkzoNobel, all of which were designed to make the company an even better place than it already is.
The beginning of the year was very much dominated by unfavorable conditions with regard to currencies, while markets did seem to recover to a certain extent. That changed in the second half of the year when Europe experienced a lack of growth and the recovery that everyone had hoped for didn’t materialize. At the same time, we saw some of the Asian economies and Latin America slow down. These were serious economic challenges that we needed to adapt to.