Marine coatings manufacturer Hempel announces price increases

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

28 February 2018


As raw material prices continue to increase in 2018, leading coatings manufacturer Hempel announced today increases in sales prices of selected products. Over the past two years, the cost of many raw materials used in the manufacturing of coatings has continued to rise. In the last six months alone, for example, the cost of epoxy has increased by 20 per cent in Europe and North America and as much as 58 per cent in the Middle East and South & East Asia (source: ICIS Pricing and Technon Orbichem). In the same period, the price of zinc has increased nearly 15 per cent globally, reaching a ten-year high at the start of 2018 (source: London Metal Exchange). “There are regional differences, but overall global prices are clearly rising,” explains Michael Hansen, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer at Hempel. He continues: “We have done our best over the past months to absorb these price increases and limit the effect on our customers. We are working closely with our suppliers, our R&D and our manufacturing set-up, but increasing prices is a reality and the trend is clearly continuing. We have no other option than to increase the prices of some of our products in our protective, marine, container, yacht and decorative segments.”