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International Paint & Chengxi Partner to Enhance Marine Coatings Efficiency

Published on 2012-08-06. Author : SpecialChem

International Paint of Shanghai has established a long term strategic partnership with CSSC Chengxi Shipyard, designed to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their businesses. The two organizations formalized the agreement at a meeting at Chengxi Shipyard on 20th June 2012, led by Mr. Aidan Metcalfe, Regional Director China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Marine Coatings for International®, and Mr. Cao Xueming, Deputy General Manager of Chengxi.

The agreement signaled International® as one of the shipyard's first priority paint suppliers for all newbuilding projects and from the end of July International® has been conducting a detailed analysis of Chengxi's production processes to identify ways to improve coatings efficiency. This includes best practices for painting, application procedures and waste and packaging reduction. "We've set up a project team to analyse the whole shipyard application procedure and solve the shipyard's practical problems," said Mr. Metcalfe. "Our programme of activity will also include packaging as we should be considering more efficient and long-term sustainable alternatives," added Mr. Yang Jun, International®'s Marine Manager for Central China.

Heralding the partnership, the meeting was followed by a football match between the two organizations. "Today is a memorable day. I believe it ushers in our future collaborative development," remarked Mr. Zhao Jianxin, Director of Chengxi's drydocking department. Mr. Metcalfe added, "Chengxi is a very good shipyard worthy of respect. As the shipping industry faces many challenges, we should integrate resources for mutual benefit. The football match was a good chance for us to build relationships and have a better understanding of each other. We hope that we can hold this type of activity each year to continue to promote friendship whilst strengthening our level of co-operation."

About International Paint

International Paint Ltd. is part of Akzo Nobel, one of the world's leading industrial companies and the world's largest coatings manufacturer. Their marine coatings are engineered to deliver proven performance in service whilst representing value for money. Environmental responsibility is a major feature of the marine coatings offer; particularly in terms of new product introductions and ongoing global research programmes. They are among are technology leaders in antifoulings, abrasion resistant coatings, ballast tank coatings and Queen's Award winning foul release coatings for ships being built, repaired or maintained.

Source: International Paint

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