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International Paint LLC has announced that the Devoe High Performance Coatings research and development laboratory located in Strongsville, OH, has been fully vetted to meet all International Paint Protective Coatings worldwide technical standards.
“A thorough analysis of the Strongsville laboratory was conducted in June to assess the lab’s technological capabilities, operational and administrative processes,” said Tanuj Agarwal, Strategic Integration project manager. “Aligning the laboratory with International Paint’s worldwide technical standards will ensure that lab procedures, methods of testing and reporting processes are consistent with all labs globally.”
Alignment of the Strongsville laboratory follows a strategic decision in January 2009 by parent company AkzoNobel to integrate Devoe High Performance Coatings with their International Paint Protective Coatings Americas business in order to deliver a comprehensive protective coatings offer to customers in the power, chemical, oil and gas, commercial, bridge, and water/wastewater market segments throughout North America. The Strongsville laboratory is one of three protective coatings laboratories in the U.S., including Houston, TX, and Berea, OH.
“Product development is a core element of business success,” said Andrew Smith, technical manager, Protective Coatings Americas. “Our technical teams are very enthusiastic about the integration because they see it as an unparalleled opportunity to maximize their resources and diverse technological expertise to deliver a new standard of performance-based, environmentally focused products to protective coatings customers globally.”
To date, International Paint Protective Coatings has 131 technical personnel in laboratories across North America, Brazil, Europe, China, Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom.
For more information, visit www.international-pc.com.