AkzoNobel Extends Supplier Partnership with McLaren Racing

The coating supplier has been partners with the Formula One brand since 2008.

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AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) extended its official supplier partnership with McLaren Racing (Woking, United Kingdom) in advance of the Australian GP, where McLaren-Honda’s MP4-30 Formula One racecar showcased the paint supplier’s high-gloss finishes. The two companies have been working closely together since 2008 when, via its Sikkens brand, AkzoNobel became official supplier of paint solutions to McLaren Racing, an arrangement that was later extended to McLaren Automotive. The company has used its relationship with McLaren to develop its extreme environment technology.

“We are delighted to extend our successful relationship with AkzoNobel,” says Jonathan Neale, McLaren chief operating officer and acting CEO. “[Formula One racing] is a very visual sport, and since 2008 we have worked together to develop the distinctive finishes seen on our cars. A shared passion for excellence has allowed us to pursue technical innovations, such as saving priceless weight and improving production times via a faster curing process for painted bodywork parts. At the same time, we have significantly reduced the carbon footprint of our paint shop by reducing both the energy and emissions of the process.”

Simon Parker, director of AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes business seconded Neale’s satisfaction with the partnership, adding that it will help lead to greater innovation in sustainable color and product development.