AkzoNobel Performance Coatings recently announced it is investing approximately €3 million (~ $3.4 million) to expand its research and development facilities in Houston.

The upgraded facility will reportedly support the company’s Protective Coatings, Marine Coatings and Specialty Coatings businesses. Completion is expected in early 2016.

“The expanded facility will provide a central, state-of-the-art technical resource for our businesses in the U.S., creating the critical mass for effective R&D to efficiently support our customers,” said Aidan Mernin, RD&I director, Protective Coatings.

The expanded facility will reportedly accommodate up to 35 laboratory staff, with 30 skilled technologists employed initially.  Key capabilities will include a dedicated area for experimental paint making, a modern paint application laboratory and environmentally controlled drying areas for conditioning of test panels. Enhanced chemical resistance testing will also reportedly be available to support the Ceilcote and Enviroline linings ranges in North America.

For more information, visit www.akzonobel.com.