Tyne & Wear

Paint firm planning £100m North East plant

Paint and coating manufacturer AkzoNobel said it plans to build a £100m high-tech plant in the north-east of England.

The plans involve closing its site in Prudhoe, Northumberland, and manufacturing operations in Slough once the new facility is opened in 2014.

Consultations will be carried out with the 89 Prudhoe and 131 Slough staff before a final decision is made.

It said if the plan went ahead, there would be a relocation option.

The company, whose products include Dulux, Cuprinol, Hammerite and Polycell, said the planned site would be within 25 miles of its existing site in Prudhoe.

It said it would incorporate technology including reusing waste and water and it would consume 60% less energy than its current operations.

Slough would remain the headquarters for its UK decorative paints business, global research and development and marketing.

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