AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – AkzoNobel is investing almost €10 million to enhance its Felling, UK, site. A fire-protection testing laboratory and a polymer lab for powder coatings are being added to the existing R&D infrastructure at the site.

Due to be completed early next year, the testing lab will be used by the company’s Marine & Protective Coatings (M&PC) business to develop fire-protection coatings.

The new polymer lab will allow researchers at AkzoNobel Powder Coatings to handle and develop new materials; it will also include scale-up capability and an application line.