190 191 I nternational Paints was original- ly founded in England in 1881 by brothers Max and Albert Holzapfel to produced marine coatings for the local shipping industry. In 1968, the company was acquired by Courtaulds, a United Kingdom-based manufactur- er of fabric, clothing, artificial fibers, and chemicals. In 1998, AkzoNobel, the Dutch multinational company, which is headquartered in Amsterdam and employs approximately 50,000 people, worldwide, took over the Courtaulds Company, and today, AkzoNobel Coat- ings Ltd. Canada, based in Burnaby, Brit- ish Columbia, is a division of AkzoNo- bel, and International Paint is now the leading brand of AkzoNobel’s Marine & Protective Coatings business unit, which has approximately 5,500 employees in more than 60 countries. Chad Milbrandt is one of International Paint’s Engineering Solutions Repre- sentatives. “We cover North America as a group,” he explains. “In Canada, we operate out of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, liaisoning with owners and engineers on projects that involve protective coating solutions.” Key markets for the division include Infrastructure, Mining & Minerals, Oil, Gas & Chemical, Power Generation, and AT A GLANCE AKZONOBEL COATINGS LTD. CANADA/ INTERNATIONAL PAINT WHAT: A manufacturer of protective paints and coatings WHERE: Burnaby, British Columbia WEBSITE: www.akzonobel.com www.international-pc.com AKZONOBEL COATINGS LTD. CANADA/INTERNATIONAL PAINT ESSENTIAL PROTECTION AKZONOBEL COATINGS