AkzoNobel has entered into a strategic partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race, a triennial round-the-world team yacht race.
The Dutch multinational company has been named as the official coatings supplier to the race and it’s Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard, the race's movable maintenance facility that is available to competing boats at the end of every leg.
Under the terms of the agreement, every Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts will be coated with the company’s Awlgrip range of products and their keel will be protected with AkzoNobel’s International coatings. It has also developed custom colour schemes for every team.
“As the world’s leading supplier of marine and yacht coatings, we’re delighted to be partnering with the Volvo Ocean Race as an official Boatyard supplier,” said Alberto Slikta, managing director of AkzoNobel’s Specialty Coating. “The race is the ultimate test of performance and, given our long association with the sea, it’s the perfect showcase for the company’s market-leading products.
“We’re excited to be part of such a thrilling and captivating sporting event. It’s the kind of extreme test of high performance that our products are made for.”
The 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race departs from the Spanish port of Alicante in October, it will taking in stops at Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg, before finishing in The Hague in June 2018.