International

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International is the leading supplier of high performance Marine Coatings and forms part of Akzo Nobel, a market driven, technology based company specialising in Coatings and Chemicals.

The Humble Beginnings of a Great Legacy

All around the world, boaters are aware of International's well-established reputation for providing high quality, effective coating solutions. International seems to have been the standard for such a long time that it has entered into boating folklore. In fact, the trust that customers have in the company's products, be they antifoulings, paints, varnishes or epoxies, can be traced back through a legacy lasting an incredible 122 years!

The global business was born at the heart of the North East of England's shipbuilding industry in Newcastle in 1881. Within a shipyard shed on the banks of the River Tyne, using a handful of wooden casks and mixing paint by hand, two brothers, Max and Albert Holzapfel, were determined to make their way in the world of marine paint. The marine coating brand they launched - International - is still going strong well over a century later and the global organisation that developed from it - International Coatings - has become known worldwide for innovative products, high-tech quality and on-the-spot service wherever ships ply their trade.

Today it operates in six continents and 49 countries, coating commercial, military and pleasure craft of all types and protecting heavy structural steel installations on land and sea. As part of Akzo Nobel, the world's largest coatings organisation, it combines a global view of the market with the individual touch that customers value so highly.