Our results



Return on sales (ROS)1

Achieve return on sales (adjusted operating income/ revenue) of 15% by 2020



Return on investment (ROI)2

Achieve return on investment (adjusted operating income/ average invested capital) of more than 25% by 2020



Eco-premium solutions

Maintain 20% of revenue from eco-premium solutions with customer benefits by 2020

2018 progress

1 Excluding unallocated corporate center costs; assumes no significant market disruption.

2 Excluding unallocated corporate center costs and invested capital; assumes no significant market disruption.

CEO statement

Thierry Vanlancker reflects on a landmark year for the company

Our goal is clear – to be recognized as the reference in our industry

Business performance

A closer look at how we continued to deliver for our customers in 2018

Automotive and Specialty Coatings

Success requires flexibility. Our aerospace coatings for wings are flexible because aircraft wings are built to flex while flying – anywhere from a few inches to a couple of meters.

Achievements in 2018


Providing color inspiration is part of our DNA. We’ve donated over 1.3 million liters of paint through our “Let’s Colour” program to help transform and energize communities around the world.

Achievements in 2018


Our innovation is gathering pace. For example, in our wood coatings labs, the tests we carry out are more rigorously climate controlled than the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

Achievements in 2018

Marine and Protective Coatings

A resilient business is built on resilient products. Our pipe coatings provide corrosion protection in temperatures ranging from that of liquid nitrogen to molten lava.

Achievements in 2018


We continue to expand and explore new horizons. In fact, our Interpon products are used to hold the screws in place on NASA’s Mars rovers.

Achievements in 2018

Our story

Imagine a world without color. We can’t. Because we’ve got a passion for paint. It’s been part of our story since 1792. How will we be part of your story?