MANAMA, Bahrain - Hempel shareholders in the Middle East have agreed upon a merger, which will consolidate the company's regional strengths in the marine and decorative paint markets. Danish Paints Middle East Holdings (DPMH), the regional holding company for Hempel, will henceforth operate from the headquarters of Hempel Bahrain, based in Mina Salman, and will manage the principal operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria and Bahrain in addition to managing exports to Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.