Jotun signs agreement with world's largest shipbuilder


PRESS RELEASE: Sandefjord, Norway - Jotun has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the world’s largest shipyard for a new type of marine paint that reduces solvent emissions by up to 90 percent.

Another green step from Jotun to assist the shipping industry in choosing green initiatives, CEO from the world’s biggest shipyard, Hyundai Heavy Industries visited Jotun in Sandefjord in connection with the signing ceremony taking place between HHI and Jotun. Photo credit: Photographer Emanuele Lombardo

From left: Chairman of Jotun, Odd Gleditsch d.y. and CEO of Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ka Sam-Hyun; in the middle Minister Sung Yun Mo, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea. Photo credit: Photographer Emanuele Lombardo

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). This is the starting point of a closer cooperation and the use of a new, innovative solvent-free primer. The signing took place between Jotun's chairman Odd Gleditch (Jr). and HHI's Chief Executive Ka Sam-Hyun during the South Korean President's state visit to Norway in June. South Korea's Minister of Industry Yunmo Song attended the signing ceremony.

"The partnership with Jotun will allow HHI, the world's largest shipbuilder, to be better equipped to meet the new environmental requirements that are aimed at reducing solvent emissions, " said Ka Sam-Hyun.

"We are, of course, very pleased with the agreement with the world's largest shipyard, but even more satisfied that our innovation is contributing to a better environment," said Morten Fon, CEO Jotun.

Jotun focuses heavily on research and development of environmentally friendly paints, and the corrosion-protective primer reduces total solvent release by 80-90%. The company has worked on developing the new type of marine paint for 13 years. It will reduce solvent (VOC) emissions into the air from approximately 250 grams per liter to just nine grams per liter. Shipyards will save hundreds of millions of dollars by avoiding investments in plants related to the combustion of VOC’s. VOC combustion also leads to CO₂ emissions, so this innovation provides a double benefit.

From left: Wun Seok Ji, HHI Oslo branch GM, Ka Sam-Hyun, CEO HHI, Odd Gledisch d.y., Chairman of Jotun, Alfie Ong, Vice President Jotun Marine Coatings, Tai-Jin Ha, Global NB Concept Manager Jotun. Photo credit: Photographer Emanuele Lombardo

"We have conducted research in Korea and in Norway while developing this paint, and after 13 years can conclude that we have succeeded in developing a product that reduces solvent emissions by over 90 percent," says Erik Risberg, one of the scientists behind the new paint. 

“In addition, the product has better corrosion protection than previous systems, which helps extend the life of the vessels and reduces the need for maintenance. This is also very attractive for shipowners,” Risberg adds.  

Primers make up 60-70 percent of the total amount of paint applied to a ship. Risberg has worked in Korea for years, developing the primer in close collaboration with Korean shipyards. He is therefore very pleased with the agreement with HHI. The new product is currently available for Korean shipyards and selected shipbuilders in Europe who have experience applying single-coat primers that require careful application techniques.  

HHI has 16,000 employees and an order entry of $16 billion in 2018. HHI's CEO accompanied the Korean delegation during the state visit to President Moon Jae-In. Ka Sam-Hyun also visited the Jotun production facility in Sandefjord during his stay in Norway.

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