New coatings association for the Middle East

Ten leading paint manufacturers in the Middle East, Akzo Nobel, Altakamol, Asian Paints, Axalta, Caparol Paints, Hempel, Jotun, National Paints, PPG and RAR Holding, have agreed to launch the Middle East Paints & Coatings Association (MEPCA), with the backing and support from the World Coatings Council and
Vincentz Network.

Abukaker Sheibani, Group CEO, Sheibini Group/ Altakamol International commented “At long last, we have a joint platform for our industry in the region. We will collaborate for the benefit of all members and the coatings sector in general. Over time, we strive to grow our membership to include all relevant paints and coatings manufacturers in the Middle East”, and who was elected Chairman at the launch meeting held in Dubai on September 13th . He will be supported by Vice Chairman Martin Rosocha, Managing Director ME & Africa, Caparol Paints, and Treasurer Jasbir Gill, Regional Director Middle East and Africa, Akzo Nobel.

According to the report, the formation of MEPCA, made up of the most senior leaders in each company, was prepared and driven by the World Coatings Council (WCC) and Vincentz Network. President, Tom Bowtell, and global business director coatings, Jürgen Nowak, had held exploratory meetings in February, which were followed by a formal joint meeting with the group of companies in May and the launch meeting in September. Both

Vincentz Network as a company and Tom Bowtell as WCC President have been made Honorary Members of MEPCA.

The founding members of the new Middle East Paint and Coatings Association, after signing the launch document in Dubai on September 13. From left to right, Joseph Eapen (inset) (Asian Paints), Franck Derouen (Axalta), Jasbir Gill (Akzo Nobel), Martin Rosocha (Caparol Paints), Laurence Brown (Hempel), Tom Bowtell (World Coatings Council), Abubaker Sheibani (Al Takamol International), Jürgen Nowak (Vincentz Network), Anthony Reaidy (RAR Holding), Olga Kolevatova (PPG), Samer Sayegh (National Paints) and Esben Hersve (Jotun).

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