Odd Gleditsch jr. and Odd Gleditsch d.y. at the unveiling of the bust of Odd Gleditsch jr. at the entrance to Jotun HQ in Norway.
Odd Gleditsch jr. and Odd Gleditsch d.y. at the unveiling of the bust of Odd Gleditsch jr. at the entrance to Jotun HQ in Norway.





佐敦的故事始于挪威商业企业家Odd Gleditsch Sen.,他于1926年创立了该公司。


Based in the coastal town of Sandefjord, Odd Gleditsch Sen. sold marine paints to shipowners and the whaling fleet. In 1926, Gleditsch Sen. purchased Jotun Kemiske Fabrik A/S.


To make it easier to manufacture his own products, Gleditsch Sen. bought Gimle Oljemølle/Oil mill.


The company developed a new marine paint. Named Arcanol, it provided effective corrosion protection. It is hard to overestimate the impact of this product on Jotun’s early development. Arcanol – the name, the trademark and the product – all helped to differentiate Jotun from the competitors.





Fleichers Kjemiske Fabrikk launched the paint Drygolin, which rapidly became Norway's bestselling exterior paint. The technology was further developed by Jotun.


Jotun opened a new five-story factory at Gimle in Sandefjord, Norway, where a whole floor was devoted exclusively to R&D.


Another major milestone as the interior paint Fenom was launched.


The transparent stain Trebitt was released.





Jotun established a sales office in Hong Kong. In 1966, we opened another office in Japan.


Thanks to Odd Gleditsch Jr, Jotun opened its first overseas factory in Tripoli, Libya. The new factory served as a training ground for Jotun managers and engineers, who would later open factories all over the world.


A new factory in Thailand served as a gateway to other markets in the Far East. Jotun partnered with the visionary Norwegian chemist Gunnar Myhre to create Corro-Coat A/S and finance its first powder coatings factory in Larvik, Norway.


Odd Gleditsch jr. succeeded Jotun's founder (his father) as Chairman. Jotun purchased Henry Clark & Sons, a marine paint manufacturer in the UK. This was a big step forward for Jotun as an international player.


A/S Jotun Odd Gleditsch merged with former rivals Alf Bjercke A/S, Fleischers Kjemiske Fabrikker A/S and A/S Denofa og Lilleborg Fabrikker's paint division. Together, they became a strong domestic player with the resources to expand overseas. The merger was a success and the four companies became Jotungruppen A/S. In 1984, they changed the name to Jotun A/S.


Jotun opened a factory in Dubai, the company’s first factory in the Middle East.


A fire destroyed Jotun’s factory and warehouse in Sandefjord. The tragedy killed 6 people and injured 11. The company was rebuilt thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Jotun employees and external support – but the catastrophe would forever shape Jotun’s approach to workplace safety. Jotun Multicolor was also introduced in 1976. As the industry’s first computerised in-shop tinting machine of its kind, this meant a revolution for the paint industry. The launch of the Jotun Multicolor machine secured Jotun’s market position in Norway and beyond. It also helped to revolutionise the consumer paint market worldwide. Jotun Multicolor became the backbone of Jotun’s decorative paint business and an important link between Jotun, our suppliers and our customers.


Jotun Corro-Coat opened a factory in Thailand, the first powder coatings factory outside Norway.





Jotun established companies and factories in Malaysia, Saudi-Arabia (Yanbu), Oman, Egypt, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia and the UK. It was the company's ability to recognise opportunities in both the paints and coatings segments that laid the foundation for rapid growth. Around this time, Jotun established several sales offices around the world. Later, we opened factories in some of the countries. Cooperation, partner agreements and joint ventures took place at central hubs around the world. Important product launches: Baltoflake - a glassflake reinforced polyester coating designed for extreme conditions was introduced with great success to platforms in the North Sea. Lord & Lady - a new line of interior paint. The market welcomed the paint with open arms and it quickly become very popular. Jotamastic 87 - groundbreaking anti-corrosive properties developed with in-house technology. SeaMate and SeaConomy - quickly recognised as important antifouling products in the shipping industry. Jotun has a proud history of investing in tools, technology and systems that improve health, safety and environmental performance. These investments strengthen the link between strong HSE performance and production efficiency.


A joint venture was formed with a subsidiary of COSCO to produce paint in the port city of Guangzhou. This was an important milestone to serve the Chinese market, especially shipbuilding.


Jotun introduced its international HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) standard at all production facilities.





With the launch of SeaQuantum, Jotun emerged as a pioneer of market-leading, tin-free and self-polishing antifoulings. Odd Gleditsch d.y. becomes Chairman of the Board.


Jotun launched Hull Performance Solutions, measuring hull performance and helping shipowners to save fuel.


The important innovation the Jotachar range, representing the "Next Generation" in epoxy PFP technology, was launched. Jotachar JF750 is a mesh-free solution for hydrocarbon jet fire scenarios. Jotachar eliminates the need for complex reinforcement and the risks associated with mesh installation.


Jotun's state-of-the-art factory in Sandefjord opened. Our first global colour card was presented.


The world’s first paint test station opened in Svalbard, a Norwegian island archipelago above the Arctic Circle.


The launch of our largest ever digital marketing campaign, for the premium interior decorative paint brand Lady.