Nippon Paint Marine appoints new president

Nippon Paint Marine president Gladys Goh

Nippon Paint Marine, manufacturer of biocide-free marine coatings, has appointed Gladys Goh as its president, effective immediately.

As president of Nippon Paint Marine Group, Gladys Goh is the first female and foreign national to lead a principal operating company in Japan.

With a history of over 140 years, the marine division is the founding business of the Nippon Paint Holdings Group. Goh joined Nippon Paint Malaysia in 2006 and subsequently led expansion into new markets. She concurrently serves as senior vice-president, strategic innovation and marketing at NIPSEA Group.

Commenting on her appointment, Goh said: “I’m honoured to have been appointed as president of the Nippon Paint Marine Group, and I am also proud to be able to reflect and represent the diversity of talent within the business.

“We operate in an increasingly dynamic and fast-changing market, as the shipping industry faces multiple challenges. From improving its sustainability and meeting decarbonisation targets, to ensuring profitability during testing economic and geopolitical times. However, these challenges also bring many opportunities to innovate, to evolve and to create technologies and solutions that can drive genuine impact and positive change.

“My vision for growth is to deliver a multiplying effect that will drive this, enhancing our people’s capabilities, optimizing operational efficiency and delivering greater value to our customers.”

Over the course of 2024, Nippon Paint Marine says it plans to launch several new products to market, including expanding its leading antifouling solution, Fastar, to incorporate Hydrogel ‘water-trapping’ technology for both ocean-going and coastal-range vessels. It is also focusing on developing low VOC in both antifouling and anticorrosion coatings to meet regulatory compliances and regional VOC requirements, especially in key markets such as China and South Korea.

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