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Perfect match: AkzoNobel has come up with a new digital tool offering a wide selection of colours to make dockside touch-ups faster, cheaper and more accurate.

Building on existing International and Awlgrip colour palettes, MIXIT is a fast, easy-to-use tool that offers over 18,000 colours--more than any existing offering on the yacht market. Its newly developed cloud interface also means that users have quick and easy access to the latest colour formulas 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 it catered for the need for great accuracy and efficiency in colour matching.

As the official Boatyard supplier, AkzoNobel coated all the boats in the fleet, and a mixing tool is also travelling around the world to help the shore teams carry out repairs and maintenance at each of the stopovers.

In addition, yacht owners now have access to the Awlcraft SE product line of effect pigments. The basecoat provides a variety of colour options, such as solid, metallic and pearl effects, as seen on team AkzoNobel's own race boat.

"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 guarantee premium customer service."

AkzoNobel has been developing digital colour techniques and technologies for yacht customers since the 1990s.

The MIXIT app is now available for iOS and Android devices.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY HUB
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Date:Feb 1, 2018
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