Akzo Nobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and major producer of specialty chemicals. AkzoNobel has 46,000 employees and operates in more than 80 countries.

The company creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring.

Sustainability is at the heart of AkzoNobel’s activities. It’s vital for the future success of the company, our society and our planet. AkzoNobel adopted a Planet Possible sustainability strategy, a commitment to doing more with less and creating more value from fewer resources. Bio-based raw materials make an important contribution to this sustainability strategy. A considerable proportion of the company’s environmental footprint results from the raw materials it buys, with most of the bio-based materials exhibiting lower footprints.

In 2016, 12% of all organic raw materials came from bio-based sources. This is 6% of the total volume of raw materials purchased, including other raw materials such as salt, minerals and clays. Bio-based raw materials include natural oils, fatty acids, alkyd resins, solvents, base chemicals, intermediates and rheology agents.

While many of the raw materials are already bio-based, several new materials are being developed and are starting to reach the market. In order to lead the deployment of these materials in markets, AkzoNobel has been setting up and developing partnerships across the supply chain. By working together with all its customers and partners, the company aims to make life more liveable, healthy and inspiring.

In January 2017 AkzoNobel launched a Challenge ‘Bio-based and biodegradable surfactants and thickeners’, looking for innovations to make safe products that are bio-based, biodegradable and competitively priced. https://www.akzonobel.com/about-us/what-we-do/innovation/bio-based-and-biodegradable-surfactants-and-thickeners.

In September 2017, AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business and Itaconix signed an application agreement to evaluate and develop innovative bio-based chelates for use in the consumer and industrial detergents and cleaners markets.

AkzoNobel is partner in several BBI JU projects

  • NEOCEL - Novel processes for sustainable cellulose-based materials
  • SSUCHY - Sustainable structural and multifunctional bio-composites from hybrid natural fibres and bio-based polymers.