Hempel Partners with NA Marine Distributor
Global coatings company Hempel has announced a partnership with marine product distribution company Seawide, to introduce its biocide-free products in the North America and Canada.
Hempel states in its release that the partnership is expected to create new possibilities for the company in these regions as it looks to expand its market reach and deliver new products for the Yacht segment.
“Seawide, a respected distributor with a strong presence in the North American market and a reputation for excellence and reliability, was our first choice for representing Hempel’s Yacht products,” said Alexander Enstroem, Executive Vice President, Head of Marine at Hempel A/S.
“This distribution agreement represents a significant milestone for us at Hempel. It enables us to better serve our North American customers, strengthening our commitment to delivering exceptional Yacht paint solutions. We are confident that our partnership with Seawide will drive growth, increase accessibility and provide outstanding and more sustainable solutions to our customers.”
The release adds that Hempel is hoping that its reach in the North America and Canada regions will grow with the aid of Seawide.
“We are excited to have exclusive rights to sell Hempel’s Silic One, an innovative solution designed to protect vessels from the harmful effects of marine growth while minimising the environmental impact of the products used,” said Lacey Neahr, Category Director, Seawide.
“We chose to partner with Hempel because their antifouling solutions do not include copper or other biocides that affect marine life. In addition, Hempel’s proven technology reduces maintenance time and costs and makes any vessel more efficient for better performance and lower fuel costs.”
Other Hempel News
In March, Hempel joined a public-private partnership to help prevent biofouling on ships’ hulls and support shipping emissions reduction.
The International Maritime Organization’s Global Industry Alliance for Marine Biosafety is a cross-sectoral platform for collaboration under the IMO’s GloFouling Partnerships project.
The GIA comprises 13 private companies that work with governments, the IMO and other non-governmental organizations to increase awareness of the environmental implications and risks associated with biofouling on ships hulls, identify common issues and foster solutions for mitigation.
Additionally, the alliance informs policy developments and shares technical expertise within NGOs.
The program is also reportedly in line with the IMO strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050. GHG emissions can be reduced by limiting biofouling, allowing for operational efficiencies to be achieved.
Then in September, Hempel inaugurated a new production facility in Zhangjiagang, China, to serve the marine, energy and infrastructure industries.
According to the company's release, the new state-of-the-art factory is anticipated to increase capacity to 100 million liters (about 26 million gallons) annually in 2025, with the potential for further production expansion.
The inauguration ceremony reportedly included participation from Jiangsu province government officials and representatives from the Danish General Consulate in Shanghai, as well as customers, suppliers and members of Hempel’s senior management.
Hempel explained that a majority of the world’s marine newbuild business is located in China, and over 50% of Chinese shipyards are located in a 200-kilometer (about 124-mile) radius around Zhangjiagang.