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2014-04-07

Akzo Nobel NV: AkzoNobel CEO heralds Swedish-Dutch anniversary

April 7, 2014

Official celebrations to mark the 400thanniversary of diplomatic and trade
relations between the Netherlands and Sweden were held at the weekend, when
AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner attended two high profile events designed to
highlight the importance and impact of the relationship.
The company has strong links to both countries and Büchner singled out the
long-standing bond between Sweden and the Netherlands as being a key driving
force behind the continued economic and cultural progress of both countries.

"There is a very special connection between Sweden and the Netherlands which
we at AkzoNobel are only too happy to recognize," he said. "There is a mutual
spirit of enterprise and cooperation borne out of something rooted in the
culture of both countries, and we have benefited greatly from this ever since
Akzo merged with Nobel Industries exactly 20 years ago."
He added that both Sweden and the Netherlands remain key countries for
AkzoNobel, particularly in the areas of research, innovation and
sustainability. The company also takes great pride in its strong cultural
heritage in both countries, with the Swedish legacy dating back to 1646,
while its Dutch history can be traced to 1792.

"We are proud to have strong connections to two countries with such remarkable
histories," continued Büchner. "The bond between Sweden and the Netherlands
is as close as it has ever been and long may our mutual success continue."

As part of last weekend's celebration events, Büchner took part in a
roundtable discussion involving ministers and selected CEOs from the two
countries, as well as meeting the King and Queen of Sweden at the Rijksmuseum
in Amsterdam, when he explained AkzoNobel's vital role in its recent
renovation.

A special book to mark the anniversary was also launched during the weekend,
which includes a chapter about AkzoNobel written by the company's former
Senior Vice-President of Human Resources, Olle Werner.

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AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer
of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with
innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers
for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux,
Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of
sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people
around the world are committed to delivering leading products and
technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.

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