AkzoNobel Gains Approval for £100m Facility

Northumberland County Council has given planning permission for a £100m manufacturing facility in Ashington, in what has been described as “one of the biggest manufacturing investments in the region in recent years.”

The facility will be built for decorative paints manufacturer AkzoNobel and will be used for their manufacturing operations.

Staff members in the firms Slough and Prudhoe branches will be given chance to relocate to the new site and would also be given new training and development opportunities.

Construction will start later this year and the factory is expected to open in late 2014.

AkzoNobel’s UK Country Director, Guy Williams said: “Receiving planning permission is another step along our timeline towards 2014, allowing us to start building on this new world-class facility. This investment highlights the importance of the north-east to AkzoNobel’s operations, placing the region at the heart of our UK manufacturing business for the long term.”

Commenting on the announcement, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery said: “This massive £100m investment by AkzoNobel in Ashington is to be warmly welcomed. The new hi-tech manufacturing plant will bring much-needed jobs to the town providing job opportunities for local people.

“Unemployment rates are high and we need every single job we can get in Ashington. I hope AkzoNobel’s decision to locate here will encourage other companies to follow suit. I look forward to them being a significant employer in the town for many years to come.”

NECC Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, added: “This is a boost for South East Northumberland and will bring much needed jobs to an area, which is still reeling from last year’s announcement that Alcan is to close with around 600 jobs hanging in the balance.”

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