October, 15, 2012 | By Ann Smith

AkzoNobel (AKZA.AS), the largest global paint and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, has tapped XPLANE to define the future of its Wood Finishes and Adhesives business unit’s global integrated supply chain by leveraging XPLANE’s business design thinking methodology. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, the Global Wood Finishes and Adhesives business unit has 3,400 employees with business activities in 40 countries, and revenue of 780 million Euro.

“Given the global scale and market breadth of this group’s offering, integrating the supply chain is key to their strategy,” says Drew Mattison, vice president of business development at XPLANE. “This initial effort will develop a great foundation for future growth, focusing on business unit alignment, defining the ideal future state, and ultimately crafting the roadmap for action.”

ABOUT XPLANE
XPLANE is an award-winning, global business design consultancy that uses a visualization-based, design thinking approach to help organizations innovate and perform better. Our methodology enables organizations to think differently, resulting in practical solutions that achieve better results in less time. Using this approach for the last 20 years, we’ve earned the trust of leading organizations in virtually every industry, including American Express, Proctor and Gamble, The Economist, Gates Foundation, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, and the U.S. Marines. We serve our clients from our U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon and from our European headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

ABOUT AKZONOBEL
AkzoNobel is the largest 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 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow`s Answers Today(TM).

Subjects: Vision & Strategy
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