Jotun breaks ground on R&D hub in Dubai Science Park with Tecom

Facility to home Jotun's new regional HQ, wet paint production, powder coatings facilities, to accommodate 230 employees

The complex to serve as Jotun's regional HQ in the Middle East.
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The complex to serve as Jotun's regional HQ in the Middle East.

Norwegian chemicals firm associated with paints and coatings Jotun Paints Group has broken ground on its research and development (R&D) facility in Dubai Science Park (DSP) along with Tecom, with DSP set to be home to Jotun’s regional headquarters.

The facility, touted to be Jotun’s only R&D laboratory in the Middle East, is expected to open in Q4 2021, and will accommodate up to 230 employees.

In addition to the regional headquarters and the R&D laboratory, the 2.1ha complex will feature pilot facilities for wet paint production and an application pilot line for powder coatings, with outdoor roof area set to feature exposure panels for testing.

Jotun’s regional R&D centre in Dubai will combine the existing three centres in the emirate in one umbrella location to serve the Middle East, India, and Africa, the UAE’ state-held news agency, Wam reported.

Jotun currently engages 47 employees in research in the region, with the number expected to reach 70 by 2030.

The ground breaking ceremony was attended by chief commercial officer of TECOM Group, Abdulla Belhoul; managing director of DSP, Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi; chairman of the board of Jotun, Odd Gleditsch d.y,; president & CEO of Jotun Group, Morten Fon; vice president of Jotun MEIA region, Esben Hersve; and R&D director Jotun MEIA region, Herve Crozier.

Speaking about the upcoming facility, Jortun’s Morten Fon said: "Investing in the new regional headquarters & R&D Centre represents a significant business opportunity and development of the industry and a reflection of our commitment and support towards our region by creating career and development opportunities."

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