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IP Germany Awarded Meyer Werft Partner of the Year

Published on 2009-02-16. Author : SpecialChem

FELLING, UK -- IP Germany (International Farbenwerke GmbH) has been named 'Shipbuilding Partner of the Year 2008' by Meyer Werft Papenburg.

This is the third year running that Meyer Werft has awarded the 'Partner des Jahres' prize to their top suppliers. The award is part of the shipyards supplier management initiative which continually assesses the performance of suppliers and rates them accordingly. The award, which also includes the categories mechanical engineering, outfitting, interiors and innovation was based on the results of supplier ratings during the construction of the cruise vessels 'Celebrity Solstice' - the largest cruise vessel ever built by Meyer Werft, the 'AIDAbella' and the passenger ship/ container carrier 'Gunung Dempo'.

Attending the ceremony held at Meyer Werft on the 24th of January, Mr. Andrew Rayner, Marine Manager, International Farbenwerke GmbH said, "We are very proud and honoured to receive this award. Since 1999 International Farbenwerke has been continuously supplying marine coatings to Meyer Werft. During this time our partnership with Meyer Werft has continued to develop and we have jointly introduced a number of coating innovations to meet the changing requirements of cruise vessel construction and operation. Through regular meetings involving key Meyer Werft personnel and our own local and central International Paint teams, we have been working to drive improvement in all areas of new vessel construction. This award is a great example of what can be achieved through close cooperation between customer and supplier and teamwork within our own organisation".

At the awards ceremony, Mr. Hans Thieke, Meyer Werft Senior Purchaser made reference to the contribution made by International Farbenwerke GmbH through coatings which have helped reduce shipyard VOC's (volatile organic compounds), improved operator fuel efficiency through advanced foul release technology and reduced operator maintenance costs through high performance coatings for external vessel areas.

International Farbenwerke is currently supplying coatings for five Meyer Werft newbuildings, including the 'AIDAluna', 'AIDAblu', 'Celebrity Equinox' and 'Celebrity Eclipse'.


MEYER WERFT GmbH Papenburg was founded in 1795 and is still privately owned by the Meyer family. MEYER WERFT has achieved an excellent worldwide reputation and is especially well known for the construction of highly sophisticated cruise vessels. To date the shipyard has built 24 luxury liners for customers all over the world with the latest highlight being the delivery of the 'Celebrity Solstice' in October 2008. MEYER WERFT also builds car and passenger ferries, RoRo ships and LPG tankers. MEYER WERFT's affiliated company, NEPTUN WERFT GmbH in Rostock is a builder of river cruise ships. Today MEYER WERFT employs more than 2,500 people, making it the most important employer in the Papenburg region. The company also provides professional training to about 300 apprentices. With a full order book at present this positive trend will continue, keeping the company busy well into the year 2012.

About International Paint Ltd.:

International Paint Ltd. is part of AkzoNobel. AkzoNobel is proud to be one of the world's leading industrial companies. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we make and supply a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals - pro forma 2007 revenue totaled €14.4 billion. In fact, we are the largest global paints and coatings company. As a major producer of specialty chemicals we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients for life's essentials. We think about the future, but act in the present. We're passionate about introducing new ideas and developing sustainable answers for our customers. That's why our 60,000 employees - who are based in more than 80 countries - are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

Source: International Paint Ltd.

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