AkzoNobel is marking the 50 th anniversary of its Awlgrip® brand with activities throughout the year, to celebrate how it has become a big company specialised in high gloss finish.
Awlgrip originated out of an Aerospace coating, Alumigrip, in 1973. The brand’s evolution has been defined by spirit of innovation to meet the changing boat building technologies, repair and application processes, and to deliver an extensive color palette that meet consumer demand and expectations.
Over the five decades since its inception, the Awlgrip range has expanded to encompass finishes, primers, fillers and varnishes. Its market presence is reinforced by sales and technical teams that educate and support applicators, builders and boaters.
Activity around the celebrations will include amplification of technical and customer support across social media and digital channels, with promotional activity at key fall boat shows such as Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Monaco Yacht Show, METS Tradeshow and Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
It will also highlight the years of innovation that have delivered products like Awlgrip Topcoat, Awlwood, Awlfair Spray Filler, Awlgrip HDT and the new Awlcraft 3000 topcoat.
General Manager of Merritt Supply Tim Oenbrink tells the story of selling the first can of Awlgrip topcoat with a custom yellow color for the sport fish boat Fighting Lady, and how Merritt Supply and Awlgrip work together to provide premium products and support to applicators.
“AkzoNobel’s YPAC training center has been and continues to be of real benefit to us as a business. As well as countless customers, we send every single one of our sales employees there to learn.”
We’ve had a great experience with Awlgrip. When you first start out as a business owner, you want to surround yourself with manufacturers and products that you rely on. Awlgrip has been there for us for 38 years and helped us become what we are today. – Joe Mains, founder of Gold Coast Marine