Customers using AkzoNobel's yacht coatings can now take advantage of a new digital tool that offers a wide selection of colours from its industry-leading Awlgrip product range.
Building on the existing International and AkzoNobel colour pallets, the new MIXIT tool includes more than 18,000 colours and is larger than any existing offering on the yacht market.
Its newly developed cloud interface also means that users have quick and easy access globally.
The system played a key role in developing the custom-made colours for all the competing teams in the current edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
As the official Boatyard supplier, AkzoNobel coated all the boats in the fleet, while a mixing tool is also traveling around the world to help the shore teams carry out repairs and maintenance at each of the stopovers.
In addition, a new Awlcraft SE product line for yacht owners has been introduced.
The basecoat provides a variety of colour options - such as solid, metallic and pearl effects - as seen on team AkzoNobel's own race boat.
The new solution also decreases the time needed to respond to customer requirements
"This new colour offer and digital customer support package will enable us to supply the majority of colour requests much faster than before," explained Hans Slegtenhorst, Global Segment Manager for AkzoNobel's Pro and Superyacht business.
"By offering such a large database of colours, we will continue to outperform the competition and guarantee premium customer service, thereby standing out as the front-runner in the industry."
AkzoNobel has been developing industry-leading digital colour techniques and technologies for yacht customers since the 1990s.
The MIXIT tool is the latest example of the company's innovation strategy moving towards more digital solutions, allowing AkzoNobel to cater for the industry's increased need for greater accuracy and efficiency in colour matching.
"By utilising the available technology and colour platform we have available at AkzoNobel, we were able to draw synergies from different markets," explained Technology Director for Color, Pim Koeckhoven.
"This allowed us to develop colours quickly, based on the newest digital colour techniques and the new interface for the yacht business.
“Ultimately, it means we can offer clear benefits to customers, as the colours can now be mixed quicker than ever."