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Akzo Nobel strengthens African presence with new coatings facility in Kenya

Dutch paint giant, Akzo Nobel has opened a new coatings production facility in the capital, Nairobi, and says its long-term plan is to expand further and use Kenya as a gateway to the whole of East Africa. The site, which produces coil coatings ... 
9 July 2018

Mr DIY set for rapid expansion following online launch

Malaysia’s largest home improvement chain has announced plans to open 300 new stores across Asia Pacific this year, reflecting a substantial investment in its bricks-and-mortar portfolio, following the launch of its online platform. Mr DIY has ... 
6 July 2018

Importance of online orientation in home improvement products increases

The number of consumers that orient themselves online before purchasing a home improvement is steadily growing year over year, according to a recent report, meaning business should look at focusing their marketing efforts online in order to create ... 
6 July 2018

Smart Garden Products named Supplier of the Year in France

Smart Garden Products French team picked up a prestigious award for Supplier of the Year in the Lighting Category, this week, voted for by garden centre buyers in France.The decision was based on sales potential, product range and innovation, ... 
6 July 2018

AkzoNobel to achieve number one position in Romania with acquisition of Fabryo

AkzoNobel has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Fabryo Corporation S.R.L. (Fabryo), becoming the leader in the Romanian decorative paints market.The transaction includes two production facilities and six distribution centers ... 
21 June 2018

Leading German paint manufacturer, J.W. Ostendorf, becomes part of the Hempel Group

Hempel A/S has signed an agreement to acquire 65% of one of Germany’s leading manufacturers of decorative paint, J.W. Ostendorf (JWO). The investment in JWO is a significant reinforcement in Hempel’s third strategic business area – the decorative ... 
4 June 2018

The Home Depot reports 4.4% increase in sales

The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, has today reported sales of $24.9 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, a 4.4% increase from the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Comparable sales for the first quarter of fiscal ... 
15 May 2018

The Home Depot to hire approximately 1,000 new technology professionals

The Home Depot is hiring approximately 1,000 new technology professionals in 2018 at its primary technology centers in Atlanta, Austin and Dallas to support initiatives related to its $11.1 billion three-year strategic investment plan.In December ... 
18 April 2018

UK consumers drawn to general online stores for home improvement purchases

In markets in which Amazon is focusing its resources, the online market for selling home improvement products is getting “Amazoned,” according to the latest European Home Improvement Monitor.The Monitor has highlighted that general online stores ... 
9 March 2018

Global market of smart home technology on the rise

According to a recent study report published by the Market Research Future, The global market of DIY Smart Home Market has increased in recent years. The market is expected to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period (2017 – 2023). The DIY ... 
15 February 2018
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