SANDEFJORD, Norway - Jotun, a leading supplier of paint and coatings, has supplied the paint for the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world. Designed by the Chicago firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrell, the structure was inaugurated Jan. 4, 2010. A total of 122,000 kilograms of powder coatings and 487,000 liters of paint were used to decorate and protect the tower. The Burj Khalifa is the latest project to benefit from Jotun’s single-source-solution concept.
The Burj Khalifa project required the use of a metallic-matt powder-coated finish to complement the aluminum for the 28,261 cladding panels that make up the exterior of the tower and its two annexes. To address this unique requirement, Jotun Powder Coatings developed a specially formulated Corro-Coat PE-F Façade Iris and Oyster Bond, a bonded metallic product. On the other hand, coating the 2,684-foot spire of the tower is Baltoflake, a glass-flake-reinforced polyester coating that provides outstanding resistance to abrasion, water and most chemicals. The product was recommended by Jotun and chosen by the client for its 20-year lifespan and minimal maintenance needs.
“Building the world’s tallest tower is a tremendous feat that requires the highest-quality materials and the expertise of construction innovators, and to be among the companies to be part of the team to deliver Burj Khalifa is a true honor for Jotun. This project has been a perfect opportunity for us to highlight our best-of-breed paint products and solutions,” said Trine Finnevolden, General Manager, Jotun Paints UAE. “In addition to our existing industry-leading products, we have also developed specially formulated coatings for this outstanding project. This level of commitment, in addition to the proven effectiveness of our pioneering single-source-solution concept, has driven the excellent results we have achieved for the paint and coating works of Burj Khalifa.”
Identified as the most suitable product for a project of this nature, Jotun’s Jotashield brand has been used for the tower’s 120,000-square-meter basement car park because of its excellent adhesion and moisture-resistance features, which protects concrete against salt and carbon dioxide. In addition, 26 custom-color shades from Jotun’s Fenomastic range of emulsion and enamel paint were used in all interiors of the building, which covers a total area of 700,000 square meters. The lead-free and non-yellowing enamel paint also gives a tough yet smooth finish that lasts long and washes easily.