YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1881
REVENUE: $4.3 billion
(2015: $4.45 billion)
Automotive coatings; Industrial coatings; Decorative coatings; Marine and protective coatings
Kenji Sakai, chairman of the board; Tetsushi Tado, president, representative director of the board; Manabu Minami, vice president, representative director of the board; Hup Jin Goh and Kanji, directors of the board; and Nishijima, Mitsuo Yamada, VP, Nippon Paint Holdings.
Nippon Paint manufactures a wide variety of paints and coatings including those for automobiles, construction, architecture,wood, steel structures, ships, metal, electrical equipment, machinery, roadways and household appliances among others. Nippon Paint is one of the largest paint manufacturers in Asia and has 33 manufacturing plants and produces more than one million tons of paint and coatings annually.
Nippon has recently announced plans to quadruple production capacity for automotive paint in India this year, adding a plant to complement a recent factory upgrade.
The company will spend a total of approximately $34.7 million on the expansion, raising capacity in the South Asian nation to an annual 25,000 tons of auto paint.
The goal is to have a new plant in the southern city of Hindupur up and running by the end of the year. The factory will produce mostly water-based paint designed to prevent rust. This location will supply paint to such Indian automakers as Tata Motors and is close to a Toyota Motor plant as well.
Nippon Paint has also added capacity at a plant in the northern city of Delhi.
East Asia accounts for approximately 60 percent of Nippon Paint’s sales. According to news reports, in India, where new-auto sales are expected to hit 5.5 million units in 2020, the company has less than 10 percent of the paint market even after last year’s merger of automotive coatings operations with Berger Paints India.
Nippon Paint also made inroads into the U.S. with its recent merger with Dunn-Edwards Corporation, one of the U.S.’s largest independent manufacturers of architectural, industrial and high performance paints. Nippon Paint will maintain the Dunn-Edwards brand and its range of quality paints. The merger with Dunn-Edwards provides Nippon Paint with a platform for growth throughout the U.S.
“We’ve wanted to expand our architectural paints in the U.S. and have been searching for the right partner,” Nippon Paint’s president and CEO Tetsushi Tado said. “It is important to us that Dunn-Edwards is the most environmentally responsible paint manufacturer, which fits with our mission. They are respected by both painting contractors and designers as a top choice. We enjoy the same reputation throughout Asia, so it’s an ideal fit.”
Nippon Paint has launched a range of wood coatings to India. The company has forged an alliance with Italy’s IVM Chemicals and set up a new Wood Art division. Under this division, this partnership will promote and market Nippon Paint’s existing wood coating products based on Japanese technology, as well as IVM Chemicals’ leading international brands Milesi, Ilva and Croma Lacke.
While speaking at the New Delhi launch of this division and the strategic alliance, Wee Siew Kim, CEO of NIPSEA Group – the promoter of Nippon Paint (India) – said, “Our aim has always been to delight our customers with a wide variety of quality products. Wood Art by Nippon Paint is a unique offering of wood coating solutions that is both art and science. Together with our renowned Italian partner IVM, the two stakeholders aspire to transform the wood coating industry in India with their unique program.”
The company has plans for setting up two experience centers for wood coatings, in Mumbai and Delhi.
Nippon Launches Anti-Viral Paint
Nippon Paint has launched VirusGuard, the first anti-viral paint in Malaysia. The formula works by using silver ion technology (which is activated when oxidized and is deadly to bacteria) as well as control release technology.
“The slow release technology is important because silver ion decomposes quickly,” said Nippon senior manager, Kel Low. “The paint shortens the lifespan of the virus very rapidly”
“Air fresheners and air purifiers also use silver ion technology. You either have to spray or switch it on to make use of the silver ion benefits – when you switch it off, the silver ion is just not there. For our purpose, if there was no slow release, there would be no anti-bacterial properties.”