AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2012) - AkzoNobel has signed an
agreement to supply advanced paint technology to McLaren
Automotive, building on the success of the existing corporate partnership
the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes (VMM) Formula 1 team.
Through its Sikkens automotive brand, AkzoNobel has been the official
of paint solutions to VMM since 2008. The new agreement now extends this
relationship to include road cars and will see the company offer
paint solutions for the MP4-12C and MP4-12C Spider, as well as the P1 when
"We're proud to have been selected to supply paint for McLaren's road
said Keith Nichols, AkzoNobel's CFO. "The extension of our technology
partnership to include road cars confirms that our color excellence and
coatings meet the most stringent customer requirements. Whether we are
perfecting a particular finish or meeting the need for fewer layers of
offering a competitive advantage and building strong relationships such as
are vital for our business. We therefore look forward to an ongoing and
beneficial cooperation with McLaren."
Vehicles produced by McLaren Automotive have similar characteristics to the
F1 cars in that they require coatings which must conform to rigorous
standards, such as keeping weight to an absolute minimum.
Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Ron Dennis CBE, Executive
McLaren Automotive, said: "McLaren high performance sports cars take the
elements of Formula 1 principles, processes and performance and forge them
world-leading road cars. That's why I'm so pleased we have extended our
successful, long-term relationship with AkzoNobel.
"For more than four years, they have provided Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
technological advantage by designing paint solutions which deliver
am confident that they will continue to offer outstanding paint solutions,
both McLaren Automotive and our customers."
AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major
of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with
innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers
our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux,
International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are
consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability.
operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world
committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.
AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings is one of the world's leading
suppliers of paints and services for car repair, commercial vehicles,
plastics and aerospace coatings markets. It sells coatings for original
equipment and refinishing applications to bodyshops, aircraft
fleet owners, automotive suppliers and major bus and truck producers.Brands
include Sikkens®, Lesonal®, Dynacoat®, Wanda®, Sikkens
Autocoat® BT, Aerowave®,
Aerobase® and Aerodur®. Operating in more than 60 countries,
Aerospace Coatings has specialists around the world who understand local
and can serve local needs. Its state-of-the-art customer services, color
technology solutions include offering technical and logistical support and
delivery of training programs. Internet: www.akzonobel.com/aac
McLaren Automotive has a 20 year heritage in producing landmark sports cars
the road: the McLaren F1 road car, which was launched in 1992, set the
land speed record for a production car, and is regarded as one of the
sports cars of the modern age. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (2003 - 2009)
the most successful supercar ever in its price bracket, having sold twice
many cars as its nearest carbon-based rival.
McLaren Automotive has now moved from these successful automotive projects
launching a new car company that will design, develop, and distribute a
high performance, highly efficient and technologically innovative sports
through a global network of highly respected premium car retailers in every
major automotive market.
Around 4,000 sports cars will be built annually by the middle of the decade
the advanced new manufacturing facility, the McLaren Production Centre.
Automotive's debut model is the 12C. Drawing on the company's long-standing
Formula 1 experience in its concept and development, the 12C is lighter,
more powerful, more fuel efficient and more exclusive than its key
It supports its performance benchmarks by introducing a unique one-piece
carbon chassis into the 'core' sports car segment in a new production
that brings the performance of £500,000 cars to market at a third of
All future McLarens will continue the themes presented by the 12C:
integration of Formula 1 technology, and ultimate performance.
In 2011 McLaren Automotive announced the launch of McLaren GT; a new race
manufacturer combining the expertise of McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing,
McLaren Electronic Systems, McLaren Applied Technologies and CRS Racing.
McLaren GT is responsible for developing the first racing derivative of
12C sports car, the MP4-12C GT3. Twenty-five examples of the MP4-12C GT3
now racing with private teams in Europe in 2012.
Photo of contract signing: http://hugin.info/130660/R/1644043/529619.JPG
Press release PDF file: http://hugin.info/130660/R/1644043/529590.pdf
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