YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1926
REVENUE: $1.87 billion
(2015: $1.236 billion)
Decorative paints; Marine coatings; Protective coatings; Powder coatings
Morton Fon, president and CEO; Bård K. Tonning, decorative paints; Esben Hersve, performance coatings; Ram Ramnath, powder; Geir Bøe; Bjorn Wallentin, protective.
Jotun Group is divided into seven regions: Scandinavia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Middle East, India and Africa, North-East Asia, South East Asia and Pacific and the Americas responsible for the sale of Decorative Paints and Performance Coatings (Marine, Protective and Powder Coatings). The company has 37 production facilities in 21 countries, 63 companies in 45 countries and is represented by more than 100 countries cound the world. The company has 9,819 employees. Decorative coatings comprised 39 percent of sales, marine coatings 27 percent, protective coatings 24 percent and powder coatings 10 percent.
Jotun has opened a new R&D center at its site in Flixborough, UK. The facility will focus on passive fire protection and insulation coatings innovation. The company is now seeking to expand its specialist team of fire protection chemists and products in response to increasing demand within the infrastructure, oil, gas, petrochemical and energy sectors.
“We’re experiencing sustained growth in our advanced fire protection coatings segment and we want to build on that momentum,” explained James Irving, Jotun R&D manager. “We already have a cutting-edge fire and insulation research facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and this new center will work in tandem with that established team, increasing capacity and accelerating new developments. The UK is a center of excellence for passive fire protection technology, with a strong network of third party test facilities, classification societies and safety specialists. It’s therefore an obvious choice for this major investment, which we believe will help attract exactly the kind of dedicated, high-level talent we’re looking for to develop further ground-breaking passive fire protection solutions.”
Jotun has owned and operated the Flixborough site since 1989. The new investment will see the creation of a 1,600 m² two-floor facility, featuring two furnace areas (to test intumescent paints), laboratories, mill rooms, offices and plant space. In addition, an impressive atrium and viewing gallery will overlook the application spaces and conditioning rooms, while a VIP area will provide clients with a unique perspective of the furnaces, giving them a first-hand view of the fire testing process.