Coatings Leader Appoints New Research, Development Group Director

Nigel Shewring. Photo courtesy of Hempel.Worldwide coatings manufacturer Hempel (Kongens Lyngby, Denmark) Hempel announced the appointment of Nigel Shewring as its new group director of research and development (R&D).

According to the company, Shewring’s role is to ensure that all of Hempel’s future innovations deliver competitive advantages while further developing the group’s product portfolio to support ongoing organic growth. With 23 years of R&D experience in industrial coatings, his key responsibilities include managing the overall activities in Hempel’s 15 global R&D centers and ensuring the global R&D organization delivers innovative solutions to its customers.

“I believe Nigel has what it takes to drive our R&D organization and to retain its position as one of the best in the industry,” says Steen Hoff, the company’s acting director of operations. “We already offer some of the most successful products to customers around the world, and Nigel will help make sure that we stay one step ahead in our product research and development.”

The R&D staff work in the company’s laboratories to research and develop new coating solutions while providing high-level technical support to colleagues and customers.

“The world of coatings is very complex, and our experts play a crucial role when it comes to sharing knowledge about both challenges and solutions in our industry,” Hoff says. “Nigel will help ensure that we continue to develop both our own and our customers’ understanding of the technology of coatings in the best way possible.”

When not visiting one of the 15 R&D sites, Shewring will be based in the company’s headquarters near Copenhagen, Denmark. At that site, Hempel is currently constructing a new R&D center, which will house around 100 international researchers.

Source: Hempel,