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For Qatari residents: Do you prefer a summer or winter World Cup 2022?

Colorful brush strokes

Written by  Author |   Mon, 15 September 2014 12:12


In order to deliver Qatar National Vision 2030 and World Cup 2022, economic diversification and construction has reached new heights in terms of large-scale infrastructural and industrial projects. Yet, by promoting tourism, there has been a rise in hospitality, leading to a rise in infrastructural projects. One thing that can't go missing is color. As such, Qatar has become one of the fastest growing markets for the paints and coatings industry.

The paints industry in Qatar and elsewhere is differentiated broadly by usage, and the following are the categories:
1. Decorative – Coatings for Buildings
2. Powder – Coatings for Consumer Durables
3. Marine – Coatings for Ships and Yachts
4. Protective – Coatings for Industrial Equipment
5. Auto OEM & Refinish – Coatings for Automotive Industry
6. Other – Coatings for Wood, Can and Coil

The paint is usually put onto the surface with a paint brush. House painters use rollers and spray-guns to put on paint. A modern invention is paint in a pressurized can which can be sprayed on. Some modern artists also use spray paint. In factories there are machines which spray paint onto objects. Cars are usually painted in this manner.

There are many purposes for using paint in building construction. These includes increasing the visual appeal of the building surface, protecting that surface against weathering impact, making it water proof, protecting it from termite attacks and increasing its durability. In buildings, types of places to paint include:

1. Interior wall and ceiling
2. Exterior wall surface
3. Wooden surface and
4. Metal

1. Interior wall and ceiling
To increase the visual appeal and smoothness of wall surfaces and ceiling interiors a paint job is done. The indoor quality of a building construction and its surrounding built environment are determined by the quality of paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants used. In view of the desert's harsh climatic conditions prevailing in the GCC, coatings, sealants and adhesives provide the required materials to ensure air tightness of the building envelope as well as preventing deterioration of building exteriors and interiors due to moisture infiltration, poor indoor temperature and humidity levels. They as well ensure reduced air transfer through the building exterior fabric thus reducing the energy required to heat or cool it and increasing energy efficiency of the building. The following types of paints can be used as interior paint -

Distemper: Distemper is a common type paint used in interior walls and ceilings for protecting and decorating brick wall, concrete and plastered surface. A variety of distempers are available in the market, such as acrylic, synthetic dry and other distempers. Acrylic distempers are washable and can be applied on plaster, wall and asbestos. Synthetic and dry distempers are not washable.

Plastic paint: It is also called plastic emulsion paint or interior emulsion paint. It is water based paint. This paint is durable and can be washed. They are available in three categories -

Regular emulsion
Economy emulsion and
Premium emulsion

2. Exterior
Exterior paints must have weather resisting capability. It can be oil based or water based. But oil based paint is not generally recommended for exterior painting. The following types of exterior paints are available in the market -

Cement paint- It is water based paint. It gives a nice finish to newly constructed buildings.

Acrylic emulsion- It is high capability to withstand against weathering impact. It gives the surface a nice and durable finish.

Textured plaster- It is also emulsion based paint. But the surface protection capability of textured plaster is much better than other emulsion paints.

The Qatari paints market is highly competitive with notable names such as Jotun Paints, Hempel
Paints, AkzoNobel, Sigma, BASF, DuPont, and others.

Jotun Group
The Jotun Group is a matrix organization divided into seven regions responsible for the sale of Decorative Paints and Performance Coatings (Marine, Protective and Powder Coatings). The company has 36 production facilities in 21 countries, 69 companies in 44 countries and is represented in over 90 countries around the world.
Jotun manufactures and provides globally various paint systems and products to protect and decorate surfaces in the residential, shipping and industrial markets.

Hempel Paints
HEMPEL Paints are worldwide leaders in the development and manufacture of coatings. The HEMPEL group of companies was formed in 1915 by Mr. J.C Hempel and now has 24 manufacturing plants, 3 research and development facilities, 128 sales offices and over 160 stock points around the globe, located on all five continents, operating in the following markets:

- Marine Coatings
- Protective Coatings (includes Offshore Oil & Gas Industry) Decorative / Civil Coatings
- Container Coatings
- Yacht Paints

Hempel's technology is based upon research driven by Hempel's commitment to creating environmentally responsible products that meet today's performance conditions

HEMPEL Middle East has 2 production units, located in Qatar, and the UAE . Both factories are capable of producing the full Hempel range including epoxies, anti foulings and architectural coatings. In addition, associate companies can be found in Abu Dhabi and Oman, stocking a wide variety of coatings for the local industry requirements. All companies operating within the region have obtained independent ISO 9001 2000 accreditation as well as are complying with the HEMPEL A/S environmental requirements ensuring all facilities are environmentally responsible.

AkzoNobel paints
AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.

The company supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and develops sustainable answers for its customers. Its portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability.

With operations in more than 80 countries, and 50,000 people around the world, AkzoNobel is committed to delivering leading products and technologies to meet the growing demands of a fast-changing world.

Sigma paints
Established in 1722, Sigma Paints is recognized as one of the leading forces in the Decorative, Marine and Protective market segment in the Middle East's paints and coatings industry. Maintaining a heritage of commitment to quality and endless innovation, today the company is considered a reference point in paints and is viewed as the favored coating company in the Middle East.

Sigma was established in Dammam in 1981 by a consortium of eminent Saudi businessmen in cooperation with SigmaKalon. Sigmakalon was the second largest coatings manufacturer in Europe employing over 12,000 people across 50 countries with an annual turnover of $2.8 billion. In January 2008, PPG Industries, a US-based global supplier of coatings, chemicals, glass and fiber glass and equity affiliates and operating in more than 60 countries worldwide, acquired SigmaKalon. PPG Industries has an annual turnover of $14 billion.

BASF Paints
BASF Coatings, the global player in the paint industry, emerges from the business for coatings and colorants in Hamburg, Germany. It embarked on an exciting journey through more than 120 years of BASF Coatings history.
BASF develops, manufactures and markets the most complete selection of raw materials for the most demanding coating applications.

Computer-animated visualization is becoming more and more important for color selection and color design. The unique PigmentViewer, developed by BASF, allows realistic color effect rendering using digital techniques. This new platform enables customers to take decisions on pigment selection and design at an early stage.

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