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Global leader in paint and coatings taps the Xinova

global innovator network for new solutions to old challenges

This collaboration with Xinova aims to enhance the innovation pipelines available to AkzoNobel to help us achieve our goal of continued improvement and new product introductions.

-Jos Keurentjes, AkzoNobel Director of Open Innovation


Netherlands-based Akzo-Nobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company, accesses Xinova’s global network of 12,000 innovators, labs, research institutions, and universities to discover and develop potential new products. The partnership also connects AkzoNobel to proven technologies in the Xinova IP portfolio of chemistry and materials science. It’s about looking in unexpected places for great ideas and fresh perspectives.


The long-term relationship provides AkzoNobel the potential for new coating technologies that will improve its competitive position in the global marketplace. Other benefits include the option to expand upon and spin-off discoveries generated through this partnership, opening future product development and commercialization opportunities. Xinova curates the best solutions and manages the co-development process to ensure projects advance quickly and efficiently.


AkzoNobel is a major producer of specialty chemicals with a passionate emphasis on developing and delivering sustainable solutions to their customers. In line with their guiding philosophy of Tomorrow’s Answers Today™, AkzoNobel continually seeks new technologies to provide improved products to industries and consumers worldwide. Access to a global network of unrivaled expertise offers a competitive advantage in finding new products and developing them faster and more efficiently than the competition.

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