SOURCE: Akzo Nobel NV

January 29, 2010 08:06 ET

AkzoNobel puts gloss on Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team's title bid

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - January 29, 2010) -

Formula 1's most exciting driver pairing today unveiled the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team's new MP4-25, which features another superior state-of-the- art paint system developed by AkzoNobel Car Refinishes.

Launched at Vodafone's UK HQ in Newbury, the new MP4-25 - driven by reigning champion Jenson Button and winner of the 2008 world driver's title, Lewis Hamilton -- has been finished with a sophisticated system of Sikkens products which gives a high gloss effect and offers all-important weight savings.

"As official suppliers of paint solutions to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, we have been working closely with their technical experts to deliver innovative products which meet the strict performance requirements," explained Jim Rees, Managing Director of AkzoNobel's Car Refinishes business.

"We have enhanced the unique, high performance system we developed for last year's MP4-24 to create a superior, even more reflective, chrome-like color. The fact that one less layer is now required during application also means potentially vital weight savings can be achieved, while the paint process time has been further reduced."

Added Martin Whitmarsh, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal: "The new and improved paint system looks spectacular and the chrome effect is particularly impressive. Having to apply one less coat won't necessarily win us a race, but will certainly contribute to improved performance and could help provide that all-important competitive edge."

AkzoNobel Car Refinishes has an exclusive commercial agreement as the official supplier of paint solutions to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team which runs until 2011, when contract extension options will be evaluated. The partnership involves technicians from both parties working together to develop VOC compliant coatings innovations which will continue to offer striking visual impact and world class performance.

Button and Hamilton will race the MP4-25 for the first time at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, which is being held on March 14.

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AkzoNobel is proud to be one of the world's leading industrial companies. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we make and supply a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals - 2008 revenue totaled EUR15.4 billion. In fact, we are the largest global paints and coatings company. As a major producer of specialty chemicals we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients for life's essentials. We think about the future, but act in the present. We're passionate about introducing new ideas and developing sustainable answers for our customers. That's why our 58,000 employees - who are based in more than 80 countries - are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

AkzoNobel Car Refinishes is one of the world's leading suppliers of paints and services for the car repair, commercial vehicles and automotive plastics markets. It sells coatings for car body refinishing, or recoating, to customers including bodyshops, distributors, fleet owners, automotive suppliers and major bus and truck producers. Brands include Sikkens®, Lesonal®, Dynacoat®, Wanda, and Sikkens Autocoat BT. Operating in more than 60 countries, Car Refinishes has specialists around the world who understand local markets and can serve local needs. Its state-of-the-art customer services, color and technology solutions include offering technical and logistical support and the delivery of training programs. Internet: Not for publication - for more information

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