AkzoNobel has officially opened what it describes as the world’s most advanced and sustainable paint factory in Ashington.

The plant, which cost more than £100 million to build, is the largest ever global investment by the decorative paints business and will become the new centre of production for Dulux – the UK’s most popular paint brand.

It is providing 150 skilled jobs in hi-tech manufacturing for Northumberland, whilst supporting more than 100 additional roles in the local supply chain.

Jeff Hope, head of manufacturing unit at the Ashington plant, said ‘Ashington has taken the best technology available globally, improved on it and put it all under one roof. I could not be more proud of the opportunity we were given to build this site in the beautiful county of Northumberland and the loyal, committed and hard-working team who successfully delivered this incredible project. The factory will be capable of doubling current UK production levels to 200 million litres per year, the equivalent of 80 million 2.5 litre cans of Dulux, in up to 33,000 different colours’.  

Thierry Vanlancker, CEO of AkzoNobel, said ‘This is a significant investment in the UK and an important milestone for AkzoNobel. We are investing in highly innovative and sustainable production facilities such as Ashington in order to maintain and grow our leadership position, ensuring the best products for our customers in the UK and around the world’.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery was among those who attended the official opening.   

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