Keys given for £100m manufacturing facility

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The keys to a new £100m manufacturing facility in Ashington have been handed over.

Sir Robert McAlpine officially handed over the keys to the new AkzoNobel facility after completing the civil construction requirements for the site.

ABB Ltd will now supervise the installation of all processes and equipment.

Site manager Jeff Hope said: “We are now moving to a new stage in the development of the plant.

“The team at Sir Robert McAlpine brought an exceptional level of expertise to the project that we knew they possessed.”

One of the first tasks for the commissioning team will be the installation of nine fully automated paint filling lines, the result of a £15m investment.

Jeff added: “This will be a fully automated production facility with approximately 90 staff.

“A key ambition is that we create a diverse and inspiring working environment, based around AkzoNobel’s One Team One Vision culture.

“To this end, we are currently doing a great deal of work in the local community to point out the types of jobs that will be available and to emphasis the key thing we are looking for is people with the mind-set to match the ambition we have for this site.”

When complete, the AkzoNobel plant will be one of the most sustainable manufacturing facilities anywhere in the world.

The facility will be home to famous brands, including Dulux, Cuprinol, Hammerite and Polycell.