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"It is the will to want that creates the skill to do"

This was Jørgen Christian Hempel’s motto, when he founded Hempel back in 1915, and it is still the backbone of Hempel today.

J.C. Hempel was just 21 years of age when he established Hempel’s Marine Paints in 1915. At the time, he was Denmark’s youngest licensed wholesaler and had just DKK 300 in his pocket, but business proved brisk enough for him to open his first paint-mixing factory one year later. Today, Hempel is one of the largest coating suppliers in the world.

Although rather low-tech (the factory's paint mixer was an old coffee grinder) the factory was soon producing enough paint for J.C .Hempel to supply most of the ships along the quays of Copenhagen.​

As J.C. Hempel’s business grew, so did his pioneering spirit. In 1917, he released the company's first antifouling coating for ships’ hulls. Today, Hempel leads the world in antifouling and fouling release technology.​

The Hempel Foundation

J.C. Hempel was more than a talented businessman; he was also a visionary thinker. In 1948, he established the Hempel Foundation, making it the company’s sole shareholder. Today, the Foundation provides a sound economic basis for the Hempel Group, and supports cultural, humanitarian and scientific charities around the world.



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