Zenon chosen for high-tech manufacturing facility

Akzo-Nobel10AkzoNobel is one of the world’s leading industrial companies with businesses trading in Decorative Paints, Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals. Works on a new £100m manufacturing plant in Ashington, Northumbria got underway at the end of June last year and will become the heart of AkzoNobel’s UK Decorative Paints operations.

The new site encompasses a filling and production hall and a containers inward building. It will halve AkzoNobel’s environmental impact in the North-East, reducing energy consumption per litre of paint produced by 60%. This will be achieved by employing cutting-edge manufacturing technology and the latest in building design.

Hambleside Danelaw’s eco-friendly, factory assembled rooflights were chosen by contractors Hathaway Roofing.The roof consists of Tata Steel Trisomet panels which consists of 796m2 of rooflights, manufactured to match, using high performance Triple Skin at 120mm depth. This included 40mm Insulator and a Zenon Evolution external skin.

Insulator and Zenon Evolution were ideal for AkzoNobel’s environmental needs. Insulator reduces carbon emissions without decreasing light transmission and gives enhanced light diffusion. By maximising the use of natural daylight, the need for artificial light is reduced and energy costs are lowered. Zenon Evolution products are manufactured from high grade glass reinforced materials which reduces the amount of resin required in production, with the result that the embodied carbon element is reduced.

Terry Minns, of Hathaway roofing commented, “Hambleside Danelaw’s product was fully compliant with the specification from the architects. After vetting the product we decided that Hambleside Danelaw produced the best solution. Everything went smoothly and we will definitely be using Hambleside Danelaw again in the future.”