Jotun Paints Bags KD 70,000 Central Fruit & Vegetable Market Contract in Kuwait


Leading global paint manufacturer to use Jotafloor range for the government project's stalls and cold storage system

September 26, 2007

Jotun Paints, one of the world's leading producers and suppliers of paints and powder coatings, has announced that it has won a KD 70,000 contract to supply high quality paints and coatings for the Central Fruit & Vegetable Market in Kuwait. The contract includes the supply of the Jotafloor range to coat the floors of the stalls and the cold storage area, which occupies a total area of 90,000 sq. m. Currently, Jotun has executed 35 per cent of the new project, which is scheduled for completion by December 2007. The Central Fruit & Vegetable Market is the latest addition to its list of major clients in Kuwait, which includes the Ministry of Finance, The Avenue, The Gulf University of Science, Lulu Hypermarket among others.

The Jotafloor range, which is comprised of Jotafloor Solvent Free Primer, Jotafloor Topcoat and Jotafloor Coating, is specifically formulated for surfaces exposed to heavy traffic or harsh conditions. Jotafloor Topcoat is used for the coating of the floor of the shops, which has an area of 30,000 sq. m. whilst Jotafloor Coating is used in the cold storage area, which comprises an area of 60,000 sq. m. The Jotafloor range is epoxy-based and offers excellent chemical, abrasion and impact resistance. Jotun Topcoat also allows a custom look for every project with a wide array of colors whilst Jotafloor Coating is self-leveling, solvent free and can be applied in varying thickness to suit the function of the floor.

"This is an important win for our company and furthers our aim of maximizing our market penetration in Kuwait, which accounted for 13 per cent of our total sales last year. The Central Fruit & Vegetable Market is a major development project of the Kuwaiti government, and we are in a primary position to successfully undertake this contract and deliver within the set deadline. In 2006, we supplied a total of 2 million liters of paint to our Kuwaiti customers, which reflects the huge market response for our solutions that are tailored to meet specific demands," said Zuhair Assi, Branch Manager, Jotun Paints.

In line with its reputation as the most environmentally-friendly paint manufacturer, Jotun has ensured that the execution of its latest project will be in accordance with environmental standards. Jotun Paints has a longstanding commitment to production methods and products that have minimal impact on the natural environment. The company has integrated waste and sludge water recycling in its manufacturing processes, and in the UAE, is a founding member of the Emirates Green Building Council established in July 2006.

Jotun maintains its presence in five continents through 67 companies under its global organization and 39 production facilities. The company develops, produces and sells cost-effective paint and coating products and provides customer service and technical support to residential, marine and industrial markets worldwide. Jotun's Single Source Solution has been used in the world's most prestigious and complex structures including the Eiffel Tower, the Burj Al Arab, the China Opera House, the Nile City Complex and the Kingdom Center.

"The range of offerings provided by Jotun goes beyond the supply of distinctive paints. Our team of consultants works in close coordination with our clients and carefully considers the specifications and functionalities of a specific project in order to design the most effective solution. This combination of excellent paint and coating products and expert services has made us the leading choice for numerous major infrastructure and property development projects across the region," concluded Assi.

About Jotun Paints:

Founded in 1926 in Norway, Jotun - one of the world's leading paint manufacturers established its presence in the Middle East in 1974, with Jotun UAE Ltd. Ever since, Jotun has expanded dramatically throughout the region and is the first paint manufacturer to be awarded the ISO 9001 certification. Jotun has consistently invested in state of the art factories including the recently opened plant in the Al Quoz area of Dubai, UAE - the biggest worldwide for Jotun and the Middle East.

Jotun has been at the forefront in terms of developing products specifically suited to local conditions. Three decades of experience in the Middle East region, has helped the company produce a variety of conventional and specialized coatings - each incorporating the latest technological developments while offering performance with economy - catering to the various product segments and demands of the different markets. Today, Jotun's diverse product range includes Decorative, Protective, Marine, Floor/Concrete Protection and Intumescent coatings, bearing a solid testament to the company's reputation of being truly a single source solution for clients, consultants and contractors alike.

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