Hempel Group Founder Dies At Age Of 91

J.C. Hempel, founder of the Hempel Group of companies and chairman of the Hempel Foundation, passed away in Copenhagen recently at the age of 91. He was a legend in his lifetime, having in just over 70 years built up a worldwide organization from a relatively small beginning in Denmark. Hempel's Marine Paints is one of the most well-known names in the maritime industry worldwide.

Born on the island of Funen in Denmark, Mr. Hempel went into business at a very young age in Odense and later in Germany, and in 1915, when just 21 years old, he obtained a trading license and established his own company. Over the years it developed into the world's largest independent marine and industrial paints and coatings group, with 27 factories, 43 sales offices, and more than 200 stocking locations around the world.

Established in 1948, the Hempel Foundation is the principal shareholder of the Group's companies.

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