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A Dutch multinational company in paints and coatings is looking for solutions to change or improve the way customers apply their products

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Colours, dyes related to Chemical Technology
Other Consumer Related (not elsewhere classified)
Coatings and adhesives manufactures
Manufacture of paints, varnishes and similar coatings, printing ink and mastics


The Dutch multinational with a leading portfolio in paints and coatings, with worldwide trusted brands, is looking for solutions to change or improve the way customers apply their products. It is the companies’ strategic dream, that all their customers, consumer and industrial, can confidently apply paint and coatings in such a way that it can be done effortless, hassle and waste free. The aim is to fulfill the cooperation in the framework of a research or technical cooperation agreement.



The company was founded in 1792, headquartered in the Netherlands, operating in 80 counties, with 35.000 talented employees. Over the years it is has grown out to become experts in making paints and coatings and surface protection systems. The company’s coatings are applied by a wide range of customers, ranging from consumers to industrial businesses, all with the intention of protection and enhancing their assets, such as homes, cars, ships and kitchen appliances. Making it easier, quicker, or more efficient to apply these coatings would make a difference, the company's customers, but also to users of these assets and the environment, ensuring they are protected better.

Their portfolio of brands can be classified as leading and trusted by consumers, and industrial customers around the globe. The multinational is passionate about delivering the high performance products and services meeting customer's requirements.

In order to stay ahead in the market the company now wants to fulfill its dream and is looking for inspiration to solve the customer’s needs in a new way. In essence, this means that no matter what kind of surface needs to be coated the users can confidently apply paints and coatings in ways that are effortless, hassle-free an waste- free.That’s where the intended business partner is invited to work together on innovative solutions for application methods that are reliable in their repeatability, even when coating large surfaces.

The intention is to cooperate with partners such as institutes, universities and companies in the frame of a research or a technical cooperation agreement or any kind of agreement that fits the purpose.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform until the 1th of March 2019. If an organization does express interest in cooperation with this firm before closing date, it will be guided towards
this open innovation platform on which one can get in touch with the company experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the SME's with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, EOI's for this
technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

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Cooperation sought: 
The company is interested in partnerships with global innovators, startups, scale-ups, and institutes that provide solutions that are not just in their heads. There must be a clear proof of concept, safe to use and delivers a result and reduce waste.

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The Dutch multinational wants to work together as equal partners, under shared-IP conditions, this could be in the form of a technical cooperation agreement or any other kind of agreement that suits the purpose.

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SME 11-50,University,Inventor,R&D Institution,SME <10,SME 51-250