INNOVATIONS

Dr. Hong Jiang

Chief Technology Officer of NIPSEA Group

Greenhouse effect, resource scarcity, environmental degradation, we are in a world full of change and volatility. Innovation is the only way to address the unprecedented challenges our world is facing. In the 140-year long history of Nippon Paint, innovation has been the cornerstone that empowers us to meet customer demands with superior solutions. With the brand promise of innovation with heart & people at our core, we are inspired by you to imagine technologies that transcend the ordinary.

CUSTOMER-CENTRIC INNOVATION

NIPSEA Group’s R&D Innovation Centre in Shanghai is our gateway to customer-inspired innovations. The Centre houses more than 100 experienced professionals across various fields and serves as a knowledge hub. We are building a campus in the R&D Innovation Centre in Shanghai, in which we aim to employ more than 300 R&D and Innovation professionals by 2025. We also have an R&D Centre in Singapore that focuses on colour technology innovation, primarily serving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market.

OUR INNOVATIONS
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Nippon Paint Singapore has developed a total cool paint solution with IR infrared-reflective technology to reflect infrared radiation from the sun into the atmosphere and away from the horizontal surface (roof, road perimeter) and vertical (facade) surface of the building.  This will reduce thermal heat accumulation at the surfaces to cool down the buildings by up to 5°C.   

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NIPSEA Group has created a new-generation automotive refinish waterborne production line N-MAX. With exclusive rheological technology, N-MAX increases the spraying efficiency in wet-on-wet painting which shortens the operation time.

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MonoShineTM is high-solid waterborne technology that is environment-friendly as it provides a rapid coating process and also reduces VOC emission substantially. Unlike the conventional coating system, MonoShineTM combines primer, basecoat and clearcoat into a single film and still maintains high gloss and excellent appearance by using a unique crosslinking system. 

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Compared to the conventional WB 3C2B technology, IPP (Integrated Painting Process) technology is more economical and environmentally friendly due to less energy consumption and lower VOC emission resulted from its unique “Wet on Wet” process between the coating layers of primer (BC0) and basecoat (BC).

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Clear Shield®, Virus Clear & Health Shield, an antimicrobial technical solution offers a total solution to our living environment’s continuous Safety & Protection. With nearly a decade’s continuous efforts in R&D, from VirusGuard® to Protecton®, NIPSEA Group Technology has developed a series of coating & paints products in the region.

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Nippon Paint Malaysia’s introduction of the country’s first Child Wellness Range, a series of functional coatings that focuses on enabling clean air, safe touch and creativity in 3 key growth milestones. Its paint solutions are water-based, lead and mercury-free with low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) as well as Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC) emissions, which is safe for the environment as well as indoor spaces.

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The R&D team in Nippon Paint has developed innovative coating solutions to address the surface challenges from composites substrates. With NP SPARLITE®, our portfolio of composites coating products, we can solve the low surface quality issues of various composites substrates, offer a great deal of design freedom, in terms of surface appearance effects and coating process versatilities, and help composites materials in a wide range of market applications.

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TuffLac——a scratch resistant yet healable clear coat has been developed while several in-house technologies have synergistically boosted its scratch resistance without compromising the appearance, mechanical properties and applicability. 

At Nippon Paint, CyGLAZ® technology has been incorporated into the clear coats of BeudLac and TuffLac, producing a superior coating that protects your car against various environmental factors with long lasting gloss retention.

DIGITALIZATION

Digitalization is to enable or improve processes by leveraging digital technologies and digitized data. In a world full of changes and volatilities, digitalization is a useful tool and methodology to help us increase productivity and efficiency while reducing costs. Digitalization is critical in the whole process of our innovation. It empowers us to improve the products, automate the process and simplify our communications. 

Tools in our Digitalization

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Project portfolio management (PPM) provides visibility into demand, resources, and project portfolios to improve productivity in our innovation from concept and feasibility test to commercialization.

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Electronic Lab Notebook helps to run labs more efficiently and maximize research output. Lab managers and scientists seamlessly plan and document experiments, track progress, and share results with ease and security protection.

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With the help of the Intellectual Property Management System, we can manage and maintain intellectual property-related documents and automate processes for securing intellectual property rights.

OPEN INNOVATION
VENTURE CAPITAL
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In April of 2021, Nippon Paint announced to team up with HRC (Hengrui Corporation) to co-develop innovative composite coating solutions. This cooperation will accelerate the commercialization of CFRP in Auto and other industries.

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NIPSEA Technologies and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) announced to have joined forces in the field of coating solutions for autonomous navigation. This collaboration develops coating solutions for C.A.S.E. (connected, autonomous, shared and electric mobility). 

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Collaboration with all the partners in the industry chain is crucial to innovation. In the past few years, we have developed strategic relationships which help us to introduce advanced materials to develop more environment-friendly and highly efficient coating solutions for a sustainable future.

We are looking forward to investing in innovative start-ups and scale-ups with new technology, solutions and mindset which will help to shape the future of the industry.

Criteria of assessment:

  • Strategic emerging industries.
  • Technology and business to disrupt the existing value chains.
  • Strong market potential and growth momentum in the next 5-10 years.

If you are interested, please email:lunaliu@nipponpaint.com.cn

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