AkzoNobel's Yacht Coatings is ceasing operations at its Union, New Jersey facility.
Production of AkzoNobel's Interlux brand will be transferred to its facility in Houston, Texas where the company manufactures marine and protective coatings for North America. Awlgrip production will transfer to AkzoNobel's facility at Sassenheim in the Netherlands.
According to the company, these changes are part of the business's strategic goal of consolidating operations at its major locations to enable better customer service, improved operational productivity and investments in technology.
"This change will position us to better serve our customers in North America and it will leverage the scale and capabilities of AkzoNobel,' said Ralf Schueler, Global SBU Director, AkzoNobel Yacht Coatings. "We had already moved the global headquarters of our Yacht business to Houston, and it will now host our laboratory, sales, customer service and marketing departments supporting the North America yacht business. With this move we will complete our integration in Houston.
"Importantly, our site at Sassenheim in the Netherlands is AkzoNobel's global center of excellence for colour as well as the manufacture of premium topcoats for the Automotive and Aerospace business. We see a very close fit which will also support our ambitions on innovation.”
The company says it's committed to establishing the Houston site as its primary North America base for manufacturing. Concurrent with transfer of operations, all other activities will also relocate to Houston from New Jersey, including technical support and customer services.
AkzoNobel, headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is a global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. It has operations in more than 80 countries, and its portfolio includes brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka.