Our innovations go beyond expectation, beyond imagination and beyond generations. How? Discover our inspiring stories here.
Beyond corrosion Water-based paint is the ultimate rust-buster
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 spotless Dulux EasyCare+ resists stains and scuffs
Keeping your walls pristine is a battle – but the calvary's here in the form of Dulux EasyCare+. Using heroic Scuff Resist technology, the paint forms a durable matt coating that prevents battle scars from any plastic, rubber or wood adversaries. Live, play and move without fear!
CEO of McLaren Racing
Beyond eyesight Digital quality checks for textured powder coatings
Visual inspection used to be the only way you could quality check a textured powder coating surface. Pioneering technology takes us a major step forward. With the help of our expertise, BYK-Gardner has added digital measurement of texture to the spectro2profiler’s capabilities.
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!
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Beyond the rainbow Cloud-based app retrieves millions of colors
There are way more than seven colors in the rainbow! Our MIXITᵀᴹ app contains more than two million formulas for automotive, aerospace and yacht colors. It’s easy, accessible and helps both painters and managers do their work. We call it “the future of color retrieval.”
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.
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.
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Beyond tough Resisting scratches in transit
Beyond limitations Flexible and superdurable powder coatings
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.