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Akzo Nobel

Investigate the sustainability efforts in Akzo Nobel’s factory and any impact it has on their production and products.

Sustainability in a paint factory

The Ashington plant uses a variety of renewable energy sources, including photovoltaic cells and a biomass boiler, alongside a highly automated manufacturing process which saves water, waste and energy. The company estimates that the carbon footprint per litre of paint produced at the site will be reduced by 50% compared with the production facilities at the plants it is replacing.

The interns will consider and analyse the sustainable aspects of the production process and may also research quality assurance and control considerations. The final format of this project can be discussed at the interview stage

The interns will summarise their findings in a report and a presentation to Akzo Nobel staff.


Key skills and interests

  • Quality control.
  • Risk assessments.
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Sustainability


Host company information

Akzo Nobel supply sustainable and innovative paints and coatings. The company is active in more than 150 countries, is pioneering paints to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

Address: Ashwood Business Park, Oakwood  Way, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 0XF
Key contact: Steve Smith

Visit the Akzo Nobel website for more information about the host company

CREST Awards

This project has been designed to help students achieve a GOLD CREST Award. Download the CREST project guide to help you

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