AkzoNobel is creating a Regional Service Center for Wood Coatings at its Warwick, QC site. The facility will become the commercial headquarters for its wood coatings business in Eastern Canada, and provide local support as the business’s R&D and technical application center for Canada. It is due to be fully operational by mid-2016. “This investment allows us to continue offering the broad range of services that our customers expect from AkzoNobel and the Warwick site, reinforcing our leading positon in the North American market,” said Doug Gilliam, regional director of AkzoNobel’s wood coatings business in North America. “The facility will ensure outstanding support, with dedicated on-site teams focusing on meeting our customers’ needs and expectations.” The facility will provide services that will include quick-response small batch manufacturing, product development for the local Canadian market, custom color matching, and commercial and customer support. As previously announced by the company, the large-scale batch manufacturing will be transferred to other AkzoNobel sites in North America, including Port Hope, ON. AkzoNobel is a supplier of wood coatings for commercial and industrial customers in the furniture, flooring, building products and cabinetry markets. It has served Eastern Canada for over 50 years.  “We remain highly committed to the Canadian market and this investment demonstrates our continued drive to bring leading technologies and services across the region,” Gilliam added. www.akzonobel.com