Surface World December 2018 Surface World Magazine December 2018 - Page 10

INDUSTRY NEWS Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand Jotun, a global leader in marine coatings, and Kansai Paint, a leading coating supplier in Japan, have signed an agreement to develop their existing alliance. The partners are now looking to emulate the success they’ve achieved in the Marine segment in the Protective Market. Jotun and NOF Kansai Marine Coatings signed an agreement forming the SeaStar Alliance in 2002. At this point they had already worked together for many years and the alliance was a development inherent in that long co-operation. The partnership has led to the development of antifouling brands such as SeaQuantum, which is now the world leader in antifouling based on Silyl technology. Over 10,000 vessels have received SeaQuantum applications, providing outstanding fouling protection and unparalleled hull performance for up to 90 months. Jotun’s successful Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) is one of the most attractive investment opportunities in shipping today and fully complies with the ISO 19030 standard, prescribing practical methods for measuring changes in ship-specific hull and propeller performance. The alliance between both companies enables the widest coverage of the global market and the plans are to work towards more exciting innovations, solutions and services together. In today’s market, customers are facing many challenges with regards to new regulations and auditing requirements, it is important to meet the customers’ challenges and expectations. Jotun sees the extension of this relationship as a natural evolutionary step. A collaborative approach to marine has paid huge dividends, sharing knowledge and using one another’s innovation and industry expertise to access opportunities and build a product portfolio of unparalleled quality. The movement forward will leverage technology, segment understanding and global networks to provide innovative Protective solutions that safeguard assets and optimize performance. It’s an exciting development for both companies and, most importantly, the customers. The new agreement signed this fall, covers the global Protective segment. Jotun already has a strong worldwide position in the international market, providing high performance products for sectors such as: wind power, hydropower and thermal (energy); hospitals, stadiums and airports (infrastructure); offshore installations, refineries, petrochemical plants and gas processing facilities (hydrocarbon industry). For further information: Telephone Offi ce:+47 33 45 70 00 Mobile:+47 90 13 27 80 Email: Visit: Master Abrasives invests in training engineers of the future Master Abrasives has been taking on apprentices to support the initiative to train engineers of the future. In the past year, the company has taken on two new apprentices in the tool services and production department. Paul Batson, Managing Director, advocates apprenticeships and initiatives encouraging young people to pursue a STEM career. He explained, “We are supporting apprenticeships to ensure Britain remains at the forefront of technological developments. These positions get young people into the business so they can build knowledge and gain a valuable variety of experience of our departments. We are involved with a local charitable organisation which was originally set up to train and develop engineers. Northamptonshire Industrial Training Association Ltd (NITAL) delivers a wide range of level 2, 3 & 4 apprenticeships and has its own purpose built training centre based in Kettering. I’m working on the board of trustees alongside others to help steer the organisation on what skills employers are looking for in new staff and to ensure the training needs of Northamptonshire and surrounding areas are met.” CONTINUED ON PAGE XX 8 DECEMBER 2018 twitter: @surfaceworldmag