June 2020 lovely to welcome new faces at our third virtual breakfast

There was a full house again at our third virtual networking breakfast in June 2020.

Could it be our fame is spreading?

Many businesses have offered extra help and support during the Coronavirus lockdown and you can find some of them here.

Our ten-minute slot this month was a quick gallop through the long history of AkzoNobel with Andrew Dawson.


From gun cotton and cordite to paint

Andrew Dawson - Akzo NobelThere has been industrial activity on the site since 1855, when the factory produced gun cotton and cordite for explosives, Andrew told us. Its latest reincarnation has been the manufacture of Dulux paint and Cuprinol. The business was acquired from ICI by AkzoNobel in 2008.

Andrew, himself, joined the company after 30 years with the Royal Mail, by way of a trip to Everest.

The company produces around 100 million litres of paint per year, employing approximately 80 people. Some of the employees are the fourth generation of their families to work there. Last year, the company created an additional 12 shop floor jobs.

The factory also makes extensive use of robotics, from laser-guided forklifts to robotic arms and automated conveyors.

AkzoNobel has been one of those companies that have benefited from the Covid-19 lockdown with an exceptional demand in May, when virtually all its stock had been ordered online.

The company also supplies decorative paints to both Wales and France, but also coatings for high-speed trains, F1 cars, coatings for wind farms and also has drones for spraying buildings.

Currently partnered with the Stowmarket Museum of East Anglian Life, Andrew said the company was very proud of its recycling efforts and of producing “green” paint.

Sadly, Andrew did not bring the company’s well-known and popular pet Dulux Dog, which is now how people refer to the Old-English Sheepdog – a measure of the brand’s success!


Future meetings

For the time being, meetings will be on the usual dates but via Zoom.  You will receive emails in advance to book and give you the log-in details and passwords. For both the breakfast and the coffee sessions, pre-booking is essential.

Chairman Allan is always happy to receive any suggestions for what members want to see the Chamber doing in the future. Please send your ideas (and your wish lists) to allan@millhousemedia.co.uk


Dates for your diary:


 July Coffee  July Breakfast
Online with Zoom Online with Zoom
Friday, July 3 Friday, July 17
10.00am 9.00am

For more information contact Keely Taylor

phone: 01449 770965 e-mail: secretary@stowmarketchamber.co.uk.

Anyone who has a story to publicise should contact marketing officer Alison Withers: alison@multimediareputations.com

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