Jotun Paints, one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of paints and coatings, has launched ‘Jotashield Extreme’, a superior exterior paint product in Qatar in response to the growing demand for heat-reflective and eco-friendly paints in the country. ‘Jotashield Extreme’ uses a revolutionary pigment - binder technology that allows consumers to also select darker shades of colours, and still achieve thermal indoor comfort and a longer-lasting finish with superior exterior protection at a competitive price.
‘Jotashield Extreme’ offers twice the heat reflective capabilities of ordinary exterior paint. It provides protection against ultraviolet and near infra-red heat, thus significantly reducing indoor and surface temperatures and consequently driving down energy consumption. It lessens the ‘Urban Heat Island’ (UHI) effect and feature anti-carbonation properties that protect it against chalking, flaking and peeling. The multicolour-tintable ‘Jotashield Extreme’ has low dirt pickup, exceeds GS-11 standards for paint, and comes with a 10-year performance guarantee.
Per Olav Ramstad, Regional Marketing Director, Jotun Paints, said: “Jotun has always been known for meeting market needs via innovative and high-quality products. Our company has also gained a reputation for raising benchmarks in environmentally-friendly production techniques and products within the paint manufacturing industry. ‘Jotashield Extreme’ exemplifies our corporate commitment to improving the environment and we hope that this and other products will inspire others to adopt a more eco-friendly approach to business.”
Jotun Paints spends more than USD 25 million on R&D into developing unique products. The company invested a substantial amount to come up with the innovative properties of ‘Jotashield Extreme’. The product has been subjected to stronger external tests from third party independent testing authorities, and tests have shown that structures treated with ‘Jotashield Extreme’ is between 2 upto 7 degree centigrade cooler than those applied with normal paint.
“The phenomenon known as UHI, in which metropolitan areas are significantly warmer than their surrounding rural areas, is becoming increasingly common in Qatar and other GCC countries due to the exponential growth of urban areas in the region. Further, studies have shown that temperatures of urban air domes can be warmer by as much as 4 degrees Celsius than the surrounding countryside. This poses higher air-conditioning costs, additional air pollution due to increased energy production, and acceleration of global warming. Our new eco-friendly, energy-efficient product addresses these issues by virtue of being the only paint in the Middle East that can achieve significant temperature reductions upon application,” concluded Ramstad.