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Posted on July 1st, 2012

PROjEN Supports AkzoNobel in Creating World Class Paint

PROjEN, the UK’s leading project management and engineering solutions consultancy, is working in partnership with the world’s largest manufacturer of paint to create a world class manufacturing facility in the North East of England.

In March 2008 PROjEN began working with AkzoNobel – the globally recognised paints and coatings company, major producer of specialty chemicals and manufacturer of iconic brands.  Their product range includes Dulux, Polycell and Cuprinol. The new £100 million state of the art plant, which was approved earlier this year, will treble AkzoNobels’s current North East manufacturing capacity and it has been designed to enable the company to deliver the most efficient supply chain, reduce operating working capital and accelerate its response to changing market and customer demands.

The paint plant’s revolutionary design incorporates many advanced systems and involves the integration of a variety of processes.  Key areas included a bulk storage tank farm for raw materials, bulk storage silos for powders, a slurry manufacturing area, a medium and large size batch mixing area, an area dedicated to blending small batches, a packing hall, lids and containers storage and handling area, despatch and by product recycling areas, a utilities block and offices.

A team of four senior engineers from PROjEN were involved in the Concept Study Phase, and subsequently they were joined by a project manager and six more engineers for the FEED (Front End Engineering Design) Study phase, alongside specialist consultants contracted in by PROjEN. The team’s key tasks during these phases were to complete a study report which included schematics and preliminary designs for the above areas alongside a cost estimate for the development that would provide AkzoNobel with the confidence to proceed with the project.

PROjEN’s Managing Director, Martin Seabrook said: “We are delighted to be involved in such a ground-breaking project as this. AkzoNobel has invested hugely in a major manufacturing plant in the UK which is incredibly positive in terms of job creation and demonstrating a real commitment to manufacturing in this country.”

“The initial phases of the project were challenging due to the size of the project and the new technology being adopted. The main objectives of the study were to define a layout and overall footprint for the new site and to provide a cost estimate for the design, procurement and construction of all elements in such detail that the client could have total confidence in the outcome. Working in partnership with the Client was essential and being able to harness our design and project management experience to fulfil the brief was a perquisite.  The outcome was a testament to the excellent combination of skills, teamwork and open communication.”

The plant in Ashington, Northumberland is due to be opened in December 2014 and PROjEN will be involved in the development process until the site is fully operational. The factory will reduce energy consumption per litre of paint produced by 60 per cent compared to today’s operations by employing cutting edge manufacturing technology and the latest in building design whilst also making large sustainability improvements by recycling and reusing waste and water.

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