McLaren Racing and AkzoNobel have extended and expanded their long-running partnership. The
new multi-year agreement will deepen the successful 13-year relationship and explore new
possibilities in the areas of sustainability, technological innovation and product development.
In addition to continuing as McLaren Racing’s exclusive Official Partner: Coatings Solutions, the
company is now a Sustainability Partner to McLaren’s racing team – heralding the start of a more
integrated approach designed to go well beyond the supply of high-performance coatings.
Both parties have identified a number of initiatives that will broaden the scope of the strategic
partnership and add value in multiple areas. This includes the provision of technical consultation to
each other in fields of mutual interest, exploring further opportunities for innovation and the exchange
“We’re incredibly proud and excited to be enhancing our relationship with such a long-standing and
valued partner so that we can achieve more together,” says Patrick Bourguignon, Director of
AkzoNobel’s Automotive and Specialty Coatings business. “Our shared focus on outstanding
performance and pioneering innovation will help to propel us both forward and add a new dimension
to our formula for success.
“We’re also looking forward to incorporating our People. Planet. Paint. approach as we strive to play
an active role in McLaren Racing’s sustainability journey. It’s all about building on the amazing
success we’ve had so far and shaping the partnership for the future.”
Matt Dennington, Director of Partnerships at McLaren Racing, said: “It’s fantastic to extend and
expand our partnership with AkzoNobel. We’re looking forward to taking this innovative and long
running relationship into a new chapter, taking a more integrated approach to development that will
see AkzoNobel support us on our mission to become a more sustainable team.”
AkzoNobel and McLaren first teamed up in 2008. Various advances in paint technology have since
been achieved, which have not only contributed to the performance of the McLaren Formula 1 car,
but have also crossed over to drive innovation in other industries.
This year’s McLaren F1 car, MCL36, is due to be launched in mid-February. Testing for the new F1
season is scheduled to start on February 23, while the first Grand Prix is due to take place in Bahrain
on March 20.