AkzoNobel invests in coatings application technology

Pioneering technology from Qlayers, which is opening up new possibilities in the application of industrial coatings, has recently prompted AkzoNobel to acquire a stake in this innovative startup. The new coating technology offers a fully automated solution that is safer, more consistent and faster than the manual coating processes used in the industry. By eliminating overspray, it’s a sustainable solution that saves costs.

An automated coating solution from Paint the Future startup challenge 2019 winner Qlayers has caught the attention of AkzoNobel and ECFG (pictured: Qlayers’ CEO Josefien Groot and CTO Ruben Geutjens). Image: AkzoNobel

Qlayers is part of AkzoNobel’s “Paint in the Future” collaborative innovation ecosystem and has been working with the company ever since earning a coveted partnership agreement in its 2019 global startup challenge. Its technology has already been used by customers to successfully apply anti-corrosive coating systems on storage tanks, where the benefit of automated application has enhanced worker safety and delivered increased sustainability and process efficiency results.   

“We’re thrilled that AkzoNobel and ECFG have decided to make this investment in our company,” says Josefien Groot, Co-founder and CEO of Qlayers. “Our solution is a unique technology in the market. This investment brings us closer to our dream of a future in which paints and coatings are applied in a more efficient and sustainable way.”

Further information: www.akzonobel.com

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