Nippon Paint purchased the wholly-owned Rohm and Haas business in North America and Rohm and Haas’ 50% share of the companies’ joint ventures, Morton Nippon Coatings in North America and Nippon Bee Chemical in Japan. This purchase and introduction of NB Coatings unites the decade-long partnering organizations under on strategy to create a leading position in the North American plastic automotive coatings market.
John Culbertson, former vice president of Rohm and Haas and business unit director for automotive coatings, will assume the position of NB Coatings president. “Judging by the success of our previous joint ventures with Nippon, I have great confidence for the future of NB Coatings,” said Culbertson. “Our combined strategic focus and market leadership in paint on plastic will strengthen NB Coatings’ customer offering for our North American customers and OEMs, and continue to build upon Nippon’s strong relationships with Japanese OEMs.”