Hem­pel to open new plant in Kuwait on its golden ju­bilee Partn­er­ship with Kuwait govt will con­tinue: CEO

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS - By Ben Gar­cia

A modern Hem­pel paint fac­tory will shortly open in Kuwait to re­place its out­dated plant, which was the first paint fac­tory in the Gulf. Hem­pel-Kuwait part­nered with the Al-Rashed family to bring the paint fac­tory here in 1966, fo­cused on marine coat­ings. It later for­ayed into dec­o­ra­tive and pro­tec­tive paints. “The Kuwait mar­ket was the first to wel­come our com­pany in the Mid­dle East. So in or­der to meet the de­mands from neigh­bor­ing GCCs coun­tries, we de­cided to es­tab­lish a plant here in 1966,” said Karsten Ped­er­sen, Group Vice Pres­i­dent and CEO of Hem­pel Mid­dle East-West.

“We are now cel­e­brat­ing our golden ju­bilee, and we thank our loyal clients for plac­ing their trust in us. Af­ter Hem­pel started in Kuwait, we broad­ened our reach to all lo­ca­tions in the region,” Ped­er­sen said. “Hem­pel, has been very proud to serve its clients. We are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing our partn­er­ship with the govern­ment of Kuwait. We have en­tered al­most ev­ery sec­tor, the oil sec­tor be­ing one of them. Hem­pel’s op­er­a­tions are un­af­fected by re­gional in­sta­bil­ity,” he added.

Hem­pel prod­ucts have been im­proved con­sid­er­ably and it con­tin­ues to in­no­vate and cater to the needs of all coun­tries. To­day, Hem­pel is one of the most trusted brands, not just in the region but all over the world. It en­joys more than a 50 per­cent mar­ket share and the in­no­va­tion con­tin­ues. “Kuwait holds a spe­cial place in our hearts. It was our gate­way to the Mid­dle East mar­ket. Af­ter 50 years, Hem­pel Kuwait is stronger and more ded­i­cated, with a lead­ing position in the paint mar­ket,” Ped­er­sen said.

“To­gether we have been through a great deal, de­spite some neg­a­tive turns in the his­tory of Kuwait. We never stopped pro­duc­tion in our fac­to­ries, and all the credit goes to our ded­i­cated em­ploy­ees, su­pe­rior qual­ity prod­ucts and above all our loyal clien­tele. We man­aged to play a ma­jor role in Kuwait’s re­con­struc­tion. I am ex­tremely proud that all the stake­hold­ers and ev­ery­one else is present here on this spe­cial oc­ca­sion to be a part of our success story. This is a pre­lude to the open­ing of a new state-of-the-art fac­tory in 2017,” he noted.

Hem­pel Kuwait will open the 20,000 sq m fac­tory in the first quar­ter of 2017, with a ca­pac­ity of 19 mil­lion liters in two shifts com­pared to the cur­rent 13 mil­lion liters, which in­creases pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity by 40 per­cent. The fac­tory will have cool­ing fa­cil­i­ties and will pro­duce sol­vent-borne as well as wa­ter-borne prod­ucts. Hem­pel is also in­stalling a re­gen­er­a­tive thermal ox­i­dizer in the paint pro­duc­tion unit that re­moves volatile or­ganic com­pounds to prevent at­mo­spheric pol­lu­tion.

Hem­pel con­trols 60 per­cent of the marine coat­ings mar­ket, and 30 per­cent of the con­struc­tion paint mar­ket. It is con­tribut­ing to some ma­jor pro­jects in­clud­ing the Jaber Hospi­tal, Al-Sabah Hous­ing Pro­ject, First Ring Road bridges, Jaber Cul­tural Cen­ter, Kuwait Tow­ers and Kuwait Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Com­pany’s Clean Fuel Pro­ject.

Khaled Al-Rashed, Mem­ber of the Board of Di­rec­tor at Hem­pel Mid­dle East-West, said, “We are proud to­day as we cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of es­tab­lish­ing our first fac­tory in Kuwait. Hem­pel suc­ceeded in the past five decades in forg­ing solid part­ner­ships with all seg­ments in the Kuwait so­ci­ety by pro­duc­ing high qual­ity paints that have pro­tected peo­ple’s as­sets. To­day, the com­pany crowns its great success by an­nounc­ing the open­ing of a new state-of-the-art fac­tory in 2017. We are also hon­ored to be a part of the largest med­i­cal com­plex in the region, the Jaber Hospi­tal.”

Hem­pel is helping Kuwait ex­e­cute many other pro­jects, such as the head­quar­ters of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, the fa­cade of the Spe­cial Forces camp, of­fices of Al-Ar­jan com­pany and Salmiya park, Kuwait In­sti­tute for Sci­en­tific Research, In­sti­tute of Nurs­ing, Kuwait Col­lege of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, Fac­ulty of Health Sciences, and a pro­ject to build 892 vil­las at Jaber Al-Ah­mad New City, where home paint sam­ples have been supplied.

Karsten Ped­er­sen, Group Vice Pres­i­dent and CEO of Hem­pel Mid­dle East-West. — Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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