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Akzo Nobels paints used in Olympic stadium
Akzo Nobel’s paints used in Olympic stadium
Akzo Nobel is helping to prepare the main venue for the 2004 Olympic games, being held in Greece. Products supplied by the company’s International Protective coatings business have been used on the roof of the Olympic stadium in Athens, which is currently being put in place as part of the historic stadium’s modernization. The roof, which has a total surface area of 65,000 m2, consists of two giant arcs at either end of the venue, each with a span of 304 m and a height of 80 m. These arcs will provide support for the cables holding the Plexiglas panels which make up the roof itself. The panels, which cover 95 percent of the seats, will help to reflect sunlight, an important function considering temperatures in Athens can reach 40°C (104°F) during the summer. A special anti-corrosive system was selected for the new roof.