The year 2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year for everyone. The outbreak of –COVID19 has not only severely impacted the economy but also the lives of each and everyone of us. During the pandemic, Akzo Nobel Pakistan Limited (ANPL) pre-emptively kept the focus on the safety and health of its employees and stakeholders. ANPL took the initiative to address the basic needs and safety of daily wagers and painters through the distribution of ration and safety kits. With promoting safe painting practices during the pandemic being paramount, this was also done to alleviate their hardships and creating a positive environment.
Despite the challenges faced, we ensured continuous reflection on our core principles - Safety, Integrity and Sustainability and followed our Code of Conduct to uphold the best practices of the company.
In August 2020 we achieved a milestone by transiting to a de-listed company in Pakistan Stock Exchange. This move further strengthens AkzoNobel’s presence in South Asia and helps to consolidate its position as a leader in the Pakistan paints and coatings market. In the last year we have also witnessed the harmonization and standardization of our business processes with the rollout of Global SAP Saturn ERP system. This rollout integrated Pakistan with the wider Akzo Nobel World, simplified the processes and paved the path for future growth.
We anticipate progressive growth in 2021 in the overall business as we consistently innovate and improve our products, processes and productivity to provide customers in Pakistan with world class products, solutions and services.
We are continuously enhancing the features of our world leading brands of premium quality paints, drawing on keen understanding of our consumer needs, global expertise and world class talent with the aim to enrich people’s lives.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our customers, shareholders, retailers, distributors, suppliers, stakeholders and partners for the trust they have placed in our products. Your confidence in our brands has always been a source of inspiration.
Finally, I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to my team members for their commitment, professionalism and for showing perseverance during these very uncertain and testing times.
Stay safe and healthy!
AkzoNobel Pakistan Limited