International Paint Japan K.K. - Open for Business

After more than 25 years of indirect involvement in Japan, International Paint has now formally joined the Japanese marine community.

At an inauguration ceremony held in Tokyo. David French, Sub-Business Unit Manager for Japan, Australasia and Korea, announced that International Paint Japan has commenced full business operations.

The ceremony was attended by guests from the Japanese marine community and included representatives from NYK, MOL, K-Line, MES, MHI, KHI, IHI Marine United. Universal Shipbuilding, Idemitsu Tanker and Evergreen.

Speaking at the ceremony. French said, "Our commitment is to provide the level and quality of service which Japanese and worldwide marine customers have come to expect both locally and globally. Our aim is to fully understand individual customer requirements by working in close partnership with shipbuilders and ship operators to fulfill our global policy of providing customer focused solutions".

The latest addition to the International Paint family - the world's largest supplier of Marine and Protective Coatings - International Paint Japan K.K. was established as a legal entity on April 5, 2004, and currently has 23 employees. Six people service Japanese ship owners and operators from the Tokyo Office, which also manages all Protective Coating engineering sales. Twelve people are based in the Head Office in Kobe which houses the newbuilding sales team, the customer order service facility and administration personnel. A team of experienced regional technical service representatives will provide a high level of technical support anywhere in Japan and expanding this team will be a business priority during the first year of operation.

"From today we are ready to supply International Paint's full range of newbuilding, drydocking and seastores products and services to both local customers and foreign flag vessels", said David. "All products will be supplied from our central warehouse near Kobe or from regional depots if required. In addition to servicing newbuilding and repair yards direct, delivery of seastores products to owners' vessels can be made to 82 locations throughout Japan, 63 of which will receive deliveries within 48 hours."

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