AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - Paint and coating manufacturer AkzoNobel announced plans to optimize the manufacturing footprint of its coil coatings sites in Europe and Russia by concentrating production at three strategic sites.

The company intends to improve operational performance by focusing all European manufacturing for the Coil Coatings business on plants in Malmö (Sweden), Lipetsk (Russia) and Hilden (Germany). As a result of these plans, production at sites in Gamleby (Sweden) and Nürnberg (Germany) will end by June 2015.

The transfer is scheduled to start in early 2014. Current manufacturing at Gamleby will move to Malmö and Lipetsk, while production at Nürnberg will switch to Hilden. Around 280 employees will be affected, with the company planning to transfer and hire additional people in Hilden, Malmö and Lipetsk. A centralized European development center will also be set up in Malmö.