International Paint is Gateshead’s largest private sector employer and is the world leader in coatings used in ship and yacht building, maintenance, and repair—International coatings feature on many famous vessels including the Queen Mary 2 cruise liner. It is also the world’s biggest producer of protective coatings for major structures—its products are used on a number of iconic landmarks, including the Sage Gateshead and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. International Paint Ltd.is part of AkzoNobel. AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.