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Research, Development & Innovation

Sustainability and the reduction of our ecological footprint has become a key driver and is an integral part of AkzoNobel’s new strategy for research, development and innovation.

The sustainability of raw materials, chemical transformation methods, production technologies and end-of-life aspects of our products are reviewed within the stage gate processes applied to our major research and development projects.

Together with Forum For the Future, the leading UK sustainability organization, our Decorative Paints business has developed an environmental impact assessment tool which measures the embedded carbon and VOC reduction of its new Ecosure product range.

VOC reduction in coatings products

Low VOC and solvent-free products, whose performance match and often exceed those of solvent-based predecessors, are being developed by several Coatings businesses.

Powder Coatings has extended the application of solvent-free systems to the protective and aesthetic coating of plastic components, and most recently wood-based products in the furniture industry.

Eco-efficient resource utilization

Bio-renewable materials in general, and saccharides, oils and fats in particular, are providing a rich vein of sustainable raw materials which have the potential to not only serve as alternative building blocks to petrochemical-based feedstocks, but also to help create products with new properties and applications.

About half of the sales of the Surface Chemistry business are already based on renewable feedstocks. This will grow as it extends its investment in the research and development of personal care, agrochemical adjuvants and oilfield chemical products based on vegetable oils, as well as mono- and poly-saccharides.

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