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Akzo Nobel invests in major site upgrade in US

The Dutch coatings giant has made a multi-million dollar investment in transforming its wood coatings facility in High Point, North Carolina, into a best-in-class manufacturing site – with a view to strengthening the company's market position in the ... 
2 April 2019

German DIY chain slammed for 'racist' ad

An advertisement produced by German DIY chain, Hornbach, has met controversy and has even been called "racist" by members of the South Korean community.The controversial commercial depicts several white men doing garden work. They are then ... 
29 March 2019

The Home Depot named a leader on climate action

The Home Depot has been highlighted as a global leader on corporate climate action and continues to pursue its sustainability goals with new renewable energy initiatives in 2019.CDP, an environmental impact non-profit, has named The Home Depot to ... 
15 February 2019

Amazon trials new delivery robot

The online retail giant has developed a new, fully-electric delivery system – Amazon Scout – designed to get packages to customers in the US using autonomous delivery devices.The devices, created by Amazon, are the size of a small cool box, and ... 
28 January 2019

Dulux launches new concept store in Shanghai

Dutch paint giant, Akzo Nobel has set about creating a fully-interactive experience at the new concept store for its Dulux brand, utilising digital technology and personalised services,The first of its kind in China, the store makes use of online ... 
28 January 2019

IKEA rival to open 15 stores in Ireland

Danish global home retail brand JYSK, often referred to as the rival for Swedish home brand IKEA, will open 15 stores across Ireland in the next two years, creating more than 200 jobs, it has been reported.Founded in Denmark in 1979 by Lars Larsen, ... 
3 January 2019

Akzo Nobel acquires full ownership of Chinese decorative paints joint venture

Akzo Nobel N.V. has signed and closed the acquisition of Swire Industrial Limited's minority interest in the AkzoNobel Swire Paints (ANSP) joint venture. Having held the majority share in the decorative paints joint venture since 1989, Akzo Nobel ... 
13 December 2018

Online sales of sealants limited but seeing growth amongst younger consumers

The number of consumers that purchase sealants online is still small across Europe but has seen some steady growth amongst millennials and in countries like Germany and Poland.The European Home Improvement Monitor (EHIM), which measures online ... 
30 November 2018

UK online retailers looking to expand international exports post-Brexit

Online retailers are exploring growth opportunities in markets outside of Europe, in response to uncertainty around trade regulations caused by Brexit, research has found.Internetretailing.net has reported the findings which suggest the US is the ... 
27 November 2018

Akzo Nobel acquires Malaysia's Colourland Paints business

Akzo Nobel has strengthened its business in Asia by acquiring (100% shares in) Colourland Paints Sdn Bhd and Colourland Paints (Marketing) Sdn Bhd - both referred to as "Colourland Paints" - a home-grown paints and coatings manufacturer with wide ... 
1 November 2018
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