Automated mixing machines and pipework stand inside the Akzo Nobel NV paint and coatings factory in Sassenheim, Netherlands, on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. Akzo Nobel and activist investor Elliott Management agreed to end their legal skirmishes that had dragged the two parties into acrimonious confrontations, giving new Chief Executive Officer Thierry Vanlancker some breathing space to proceed with a planned split of the Dutch paint-and-chemicals maker. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images