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International Paint, abbreviated as International, is a brand of the Marine & Protective Coatings
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History

In 1881, the German brothers Max and Albert Holzapfel, along with Charles Petrie, founded the Holzapfel Compositions Company Ltd in
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Newcastle upon Tyne
, England, producing marine coatings for the local shipping industry. The name International was then coined as their paint brand. The company expanded, first moving to larger premises in
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Gateshead
, and in 1904 to a large factory in
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, where its modern-day headquarters are located. As early as 1889, the company took production to
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, where it was registered under the name International Paint Co. Inc. in
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, with production taking place in
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, new factories were added in
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Japan
. During the war, the company was known as International Paints, and moved its headquarters to
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, with further growth during the
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, and expansion into domestic and industrial paints. In 1968,
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, having established a significant paints business and acquired International Paint, merged all its coating interests under the International name. The 1970s and 80s saw many additions, new markets and growth, as well as consolidations and disentanglements, and a reduction in the number of markets they supplied. AkzoNobel took over Courtaulds in 1998 when the Coatings & Sealants division was Courtaulds' most profitable activity.


Operations

International Paint is now the leading brand of AkzoNobel's Marine & Protective Coatings business unit, which has approximately 5,500 employees in more than 60 countries. The Felling site is the largest, with close to 1,000 employees, hosting the business unit headquarters, brand staffing and production, as well as the personnel of other AkzoNobel business units. Factories supplying International Paint are located in approximately 30 countries, producing up to 1 million tons of coating annually.


References

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