AkzoNobel / Sikkens
Strategic growth area
“This acquisition will strengthen the fast growing Akzo Nobel car refinishes activities in Central and Eastern Europe, a strategic growth area,” said Cor de Grauw, general manager of the Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes unit. “The acquisition will enable Akzo Nobel to develop and improve services for customers in the rapidly expanding Polish car refinishes market.”
Mr. Vat, based in Wroclaw, Poland, successfully introduced Akzo Nobel’s Sikkens products to the Czech and Polish markets during the 1980s and ’90s. His Polish business used to operated through a nationwide distribution network, supported by car refinish training centers in Wroclaw, and Gdynia.
In 1792, our founder Wiert Willem Sikkens built a paint factory in the city wall of Groningen. Today, Sikkens is a multinational brand and our passion for developing the best decorative coatings has seen us gain customers throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. From the outset business grew steadily, as did our solid reputation. By the 1920s Sikkens was focused on R&D, establishing a lab for quality control and product development in 1924. Soon we expanded into specialist coatings for the joinery, automotive and aerospace industries. We continue to serve these markets today. 1939 saw us move to Sassenheim to be closer to our customers. Post-war we had to get creative with raw materials – this inspired our synthetic coatings range. A series of mergers and takeovers in the 1960s put us at the forefront of the international market. These days Sikkens forms part of the AkzoNobel group, the largest paint and coatings company in the world.
Sikkens is part of AkzoNobel, the largest global paint and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. AkzoNobel supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is a Global Fortune 500 company and is consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.