Our innovations go beyond expectation, beyond imagination and beyond generations. How? Discover our inspiring stories here.
Beyond the rainbow Cloud-based app retrieves millions of colors
Innovation is our invitation to go
We’ve been innovating for more than 200 years. Our passion for paint – for protecting what’s important and for pushing the boundaries of our industry – is our past, present and future.
Beyond gameplay A story about science, sparkle and surfaces
It’s extremely hard to digitally capture metallic and pearl sparkle effects the way they appear in real life. It used to require a little imagination. So we developed interactive 3D color visualization tools for our customers – by updating technology used in the gaming industry!
CEO of McLaren Racing
Beyond slippery Eco-friendly solution stops ants in their tracks
A coat of paint that makes surfaces too slippery for ants to climb? Ingenious! Aurélie Féat’s PhD thesis research and small-particle concept paint may have paved the way for new innovations in coatings that could save billions of dollars in building damage caused by pests.
Beyond shiny High Definition Technology makeover for yachts
Now life's a breeze for yacht owners. Protecting boats with our high performing, single-stage Awlgrip HDT (High Definition Technology) topcoat offers a mirror-like finish that will turn heads for a long time. The result is stunning, long lasting and best of all, convenient!
Beyond cool Paints that lower the temperature
Protect your home from wind, rain and the sun! Dulux Weathershield contains Keep Cool Technology with special pigments that reflect more sun's rays – reducing the surface temperature by up to 5°C. That means you need less air conditioning, use less energy and save more money.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Beyond panels Helping buildings capture the sun’s power
Wasted no more! AkzoNobel is part of research consortium ENVISION, aiming to turn heat absorbed by buildings into energy. We're looking beyond solar panels to create heat-absorbing coatings for all surfaces of the building – solutions which come in more colors than just black.
Beyond vibrant Recreating Van Gogh's colors
After 130 years, even a masterpiece like Field with Irises near Arles can look weathered. How did we restore it to its former glory? Fusing modern technology and classic painting techniques with partners, we digitally recreated the colors as Van Gogh may have seen them in 1888.
Beyond handy Color Sensor matches paint colors in seconds
It's not always easy to make the perfect color match – especially on the go. Professional painters can now be more confident about precisely matching their clients’ color choices, thanks to our portable digital Color Sensor device and app.
Beyond clean Paint that purifies the air
You can really breathe easy with this paint in your home! Dulux Forest Breath effectively captures and purifies harmful air pollutants. It's low VOC, mold resistant and anti-bacterial. Sounds like magic, but it's our anti-formaldehyde formulation and active bamboo ingredient.
Beyond tough Resisting scratches in transit
Architects and specifiers have been itching for scratch-resistant powder coatings that won’t get damaged during transport. Now that's an itch we can scratch! Our innovative powder coating, Interpon D X-Pro, also provides superdurable protection in both matt and satin finishes.
Beyond flames Protecting wood buildings from fire
Beyond swatches Wet testers take the gamble out of color choice
Beyond bright Getting more lumens for your watt
Innovation at AkzoNobel
- Innovation in numbers
- Our technology centers
- The Incubator
- Paint the Future
- Innovation drivers
Innovation in numbers
This €12.6 million research and innovation facility (2019) brings together more than 100 leading scientists and technical experts focused on marine and protective coatings.
This €6.5 million technology center (2016) is our largest research facility in China. Various labs are focused on eco-premium solutions, like water-based and powder coatings products.
This $10 million research and development center (2016) supports our businesses including coil, extrusion and packaging coatings.
This technology center (2002) includes a whole suite of product and service development areas, working mainly on color and achieving the perfect color match.
Our largest research and development center received a €6 million extension in 2013. About 400 experts focus mainly on long-term research, color research and product development.
Exploring ideas and technologies
The AkzoNobel Incubator drives the progress of our transformative innovation projects. The journey from idea to market is complex. That’s why we have a team that systematically and quickly reduces uncertainty using Lean Startup. Our Incubator team ensures that ideas are failing or succeeding for the right reasons – and that those that make it are truly generating value.
Paint the Future
We have four main innovation priorities.