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The Jotun Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of paints, coatings and powder coatings. Jotun has representatives in over 80 countries, has 39 manufacturing plants around the world and employs 8,300 people worldwide. In 2011 Jotun had sales totaling more than £1.5 billion. Jotun's paint is applied to around 30% of the world's merchant fleet. So how has Jotun become such a success?
- 2011 Sales reach £1.6 billion. Jotun is now the second largest manufacturer of marine paints in the world and the market leader in the commercial marine market in the UK.
- 2010 Jotun paints Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.
- 2010 Jotun paints Taizou bridge in China, the largest bridge in the world.
- 2009 Jotun wins contract to supply 5 billion litres of paint for Indonesian power station project.
- 2009 Jotun paints Eiffel Tower.
- 2006 Jotun paints world's largest cruise ship "Freedom of the Seas".
- 2003 Jotun paints new Queen Mary.
- 1985 Jotun opens a new factory in Flixborough, UK. This new facility has the capability to produce 500,000 litres of paint a week.
- 1978 A new warehouse and distribution centre is opened in Norway. At the time this is the most modern, computer-controlled high-bay warehouse in Europe.
- 1976 A huge fire and explosion rages through Jotun's headquarters in Sandefjord. This is the most dramatic event in Jotun's history and kills six people instantly and completely destroys the paint factory. The fire put the company in an extremely difficult financial position.
- 1975 A manufacturing plant is opened in the Middle East.
- 1972 Jotun merges with three other Norwegian paint manufacturers. This is arguably the most important event in Jotun's history.
- 1970 Jotun acquires the UK company Henry Clark & Sons Ltd. This was crucial as it allowed Jotun to gain a foothold in the UK market.
- 1968 A manufacturing facility is opened in Thailand. The first Jotun factory in Asia.
- 1968 Jotun launched its powder coating division.
- 1962 A manufacturing facility is opened in Libya. This is the first Jotun factory outside Norway.
- 1953 Launch of Fenom, the first in many technological developments by Jotun.
- 1931 Jotun's first major commercial breakthrough comes with the production of Arcanol.
- 1926 Odd Gleditsch establishes Jotun.
- 1920 Odd Gleditsch opens a paint distributor shop in Sandefjord, Norway.
The Jotun logo has taken many forms over the course of Jotun's history. Originally the logo was a hammer that, according to Norwegian mythology, Jotun stole from Thor. This then evolved into an image of a giant holding the hammer, but this was soon replaced by a reindeer leaping over the Jotunheimen mountains. Eventually the penguin was chosen to represent the Jotun Group and the modern logo recognised all over the world was born.
Today Jotun are as committed to excellence in the research, development and the production of top quality, high performance products as they have ever been. If you would like to view the Jotun website click here.
SML Protective Coatings only sell Jotun products as we believe it to be not only of the highest quality, but also that it offers the best value for money in the market. If you would like help choosing the correct Jotun paint system or have any queries then please don't hesitate to contact us.