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Jotun Saudia secures project with the GACA



By Tim Wright



Published April 15, 2008
Jotun Saudia has secured an SR1.5 million (approximately $400,000) project with the General Authorities of Civil Aviation (GACA). The project covers a three-year maintenance contract for 23 existing domestic airports in KSA, and the delivery of paint products for new airports, which are being constructed in the country as part of the $36.8 billion expansion plan that the regional aviation industry is set to undertake in 2008.

After a thorough assessment of the requirements of the local airports, Jotun has proposed its Fenomastic Gold for the interior and Jotashield Thermo for the exterior of the structures. Identified as the most suitable product for a project of this nature, Fenomastic Gold's  features include antibacterial properties, anti-flame features and crack tolerance up to one millimeter, which are perfect for high traffic areas. In line with green initiatives, which are rapidly becoming a trend among the region's most important sectors, the project will also benefit from the thermal insulation properties of Jotashield Thermo, which facilitates superior heat deflection, and reduces interior temperature and cooling costs.

"With the huge boom in air travel, as evident in the 18% increase in air traffic in the Middle East, which is well above the global average of 7.5%, it is expected that most of the states in the GCC will expand their airports or build new ones," said Dilip Tambe, sales manager projects, Jotun Paints. "We see this as a perfect opportunity for us to highlight our best-of-breed paint products and solutions, which we have designed to meet the demand and cater to the unique needs of highly specialized sectors. Our partnership with GACA is another huge undertaking that further expands our link with the regional airline industry."

"Through our active involvement with a majority of mega projects in Saudi Arabia and the reinforcement of our dedicated sales team and paint professionals across our local branches in the country, we are aiming to entrench our presence within this rapidly growing market. Our strategy entails a structured plan to penetrate booming markets apart from the construction industry, such as the aviation sector," said Gunnar Thoresen, managing director, Jotun Saudia Co Ltd.



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