Better overview, clearer information and more time for operators – these are just some of the benefits that leading paints and chemicals company AkzoNobel gained with an ABB Extended Operator Workplace (EOW-x) control room.
One of the world’s leading paints and coatings companies
AkzoNobel is one of the world’s leading paints and coatings companies and a major producer of specialty chemicals.
At its specialty chemicals factory in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, the company produces a cellulose-based powder called Bermocoll, which is used as a binding agent in water-based paints and in building materials like filler and tile adhesive.
It requires a complex process to produce the right properties, such as thickening, water retention and adhesion, for the final product. Many stages are needed before the white powder is ready to be packed and exported. A total of 97 percent is exported and Bermocoll is in demand worldwide. “We sell it all and production has increased continuously with the exception of the financial crisis in 2008. This year (2011) our production capacity was expanded with about 10%”, says Robert Lundwall, who is Technical Manager at AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals in Domsjö near Örnsköldsvik, Sweden