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Fascinating Facts

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  • AkzoNobel's history can be traced back as far as 1777, to the foundation of Det Holmbladske Selskab (now Sadolin) in Denmark.

  • AkzoNobel's Interchar® fire retardant coating was derived from its International Paint business' Chartek® technology, which was used during the U.S. Apollo missions.

  • ICI's famous Old English sheepdog appeared in Dulux® advertising for the first time in 1963, as ICI Paints began appealing to the new DIY market.

  • AkzoNobel supplied coatings for the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube used for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • World Cup 2010 South Africa: around 750,000 liters of International Paint® products have been used to provide a protective coating for more than 30,000 tons of steel for the football stadiums in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.