Jotun, the Norwegian multinational paints supplier, broke ground at its new factory site in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on 24 February 2016.
Leading the ceremonies were Jotun Philippines General Manager Mr. Stamatis Solomakos, Mr. Francis Hall, Project Manager Han Harry Lorentzen, Mr. Fred Dela Cruz and Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner. The factory will cater to Jotun’s growing markets and supply chains in Asia, and will produce paints for shipyards and other similar industries.
Ambassador Førner congratulated Jotun Philippines for this milestone.
“Jotun shows, with this major investment, their long term commitment and trust in the growing Philippine economy. The company brings solid values and vast international experience to the Philippines. The factory in Batangas will be state-of-the-art and generate jobs for highly-skilled Filipinos,” said Ambassador Førner.
90-year old Jotun is one of the world’s leading paint manufacturers. It is popular in every aspect of coating technology and is widely known for its marine and protective coating, decorative paints and powder coatings. Jotun is present in more than 90 countries and maintains 36 production sites. It has sales and distribution offices in Manila and Cebu.
Jotun started business operations in Manila through an agent, WMH Rennolds, in 1987. Two years later, Jotun extended its sales office in Cebu as the business expanded into the Visayas region.
Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila