AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - AkzoNobel has signed an expanded joint venture agreement with the Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo group of companies, strengthening its position in the Middle East.

The new deal expands the existing joint venture between AkzoNobel and Kanoo, which covered the supply of the company's International Paint brand along with coil and packaging coatings. Under the terms of the expanded agreement, AkzoNobel will offer products from across its Performance Coatings portfolio, including professional woodcare, automotive refinish, marine, yacht, fire protection, protective and powder coatings.