Count on us for your coating solutions

Nor-Maali is a team of paint experts who like to serve customers well. We are well known for our innovative product development in industrial and concrete surface products. We are also a leading supplier of high-quality marine coatings for dockyards and shipping companies.

We are committed to developing our coatings, and we have improved the effectiveness of our industrial coatings on steel and concrete surfaces, and we have also made them easier to use. Whatever you need, we aim to deliver it rapidly. We’ll work closely with you to find the optimal solution, whether it’s from our extensive range of products or tailor-made.

We also have close relationships with our distributors because they play an important role in the Nor-Maali service chain. We support them by providing technical guidance, and we ensure that they are able to help our customers in tinting our products.

We created our first coatings and surface finishes more than thirty years ago, and we haven’t stopped since. Our services have always included the manufacture and delivery of reliable coating solutions – rapidly and sustainably.

History

Focus on coatings right from the start

Our company was established in 1987 by four coatings pioneers. Having worked in the industry for several years they bought an old paint factory in Lahti and set out on a journey that would create a company, which for a long period has held a leading position in the Finnish protective and marine paint market.

In the beginning, we focused mainly on the Finnish market, developing coatings to protect products from the harsh weather conditions of Finland. Nor-Maali was the first company in Finland to introduce to the markets a single-coat polyurethane coating, which has allowed our customers to reduce their lead times and improve their business.

From the get-go, it was clear to the founding owners that the keys to Nor-Maali’s success would be not only high-quality products, but also our customers – listening closely to their needs and providing technical support and practical advice. Our founding owners prioritized and made it an honor to offer flexible and humble, premium service to all customers – and we believe this is an area, where we have succeeded in.

We developed our distributor network on strategic areas throughout Finland. Many have been working with us for a number of decades. Our distributors have been helping Nor-Maali to be close to all customers, ensuring that deliveries can be done rapidly, in other parts of Finland as well. Since the beginning, we have supported our distributors and ensured that they are able to help customers with technical advice and have the ability to tint our products locally.

In 1994, we formed a partnership with Jotun, a well-respected Norwegian coatings company with extensive international operations. Jotun is today one of the world’s largest companies in its industry, employing nearly 10,000 people. Since then, we have marketed Jotun and Nor-Maali branded products for industrial and marine segments to Finland and the Baltic States.

Over the last decades, Nor-Maali has expanded into a number of export markets. In Estonia, we have a sales company that services the Baltic countries, with a growing number of distributors in this region. In Russia and Slovakia Nor-Maali is present with production. Through additional distributors, we serve a number of countries in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

And here we are today, a competitive operator in Finland and globally. Our Finnish unit has recorded net sales in excess of EUR 20 million, and we continue to offer our customers a wide range of services – always living up to our original service promise: fast and flexible.

Sustainability

The environment is important to us and we act accordingly

At Nor-Maali, we take protecting the environment seriously. In addition to increasingly strict environmental protection regulations, our growing concern for the environment also motivates us to continuously fine-tune our operations and products, and to reduce our environmental load.

Nor-Maali has committed to operating in accordance with the Responsible Care sustainability program coordinated by the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland. This means that we must continuously improve our production and products with respect to the environment, health and safety.

We are also on the Board of the Association of Finnish Paint Industry and Printing Ink Companies (Väriteollisuusyhdistys). We obtain important information, for instance on health and safety, via the networks of local paint associations (CEFIC and CEPE) in different countries.

We ensure that our production facilities are duly protected and conform to the emission standards. All solvent and chemical residues from our manufacturing process are collected for re-use. Our factory does not produce waste that enters landfills; instead, all waste is utilized.

We promote occupational health and safety by using increasingly safe raw materials in our coatings. That is why can offer you highly durable and green solutions.

Research and development

Coatings that last longer and are easier to use

We have a passion for innovation, value creation for our customers and execute sustainable business practices.  We offer our customers high quality products and services with environmental and product safety in mind.

An important part of our R&D efforts is developing waterborne coatings. We are proud to offer protective coatings, including waterborne options, for a range of applications.

We possess thorough knowledge of industrial coatings and their behavior on various surfaces and in different coating compounds and conditions. Our product development department also develops new coating grades and compounds for applications where old solutions do not work. We continuously work to improve existing technologies and explore new ones – together with you and our supplier partners.

Our product range includes premium epoxies for long-lasting protection, superior polyurethanes with high-class film appearance and a range of alkyds and acrylic for lighter steel protection. Besides these technologies, Nor-Maali has several special resin systems available. We can offer tailor-made solutions to our customers.

Our product development department and laboratory use the latest equipment and software applications to meet today’s challenges. The properties we emphasize in our products are especially durability, lower VOC emissions and ease of use.