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Sherwin-Williams Signs Agreement to Divest China Architectural Paint Business

April 19, 2023

CLEVELAND, April 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) today announced it has signed a purchase agreement with global coatings company Akzo Nobel N.V. (AKZO.AS) to divest its China architectural paint business. The business manufactures and sells decorative paints under the Huarun® brand name in China, has annual revenue of approximately $100 million USD and employs approximately 300 people. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2023, pending customary regulatory approvals.

"The divestiture of our China architectural paint business aligns with our ongoing strategy to optimize our portfolio, brands and customer programs to drive continued value for our shareholders," said Sherwin-Williams Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, John G. Morikis.  "We are confident our resources can be better prioritized to other areas of our Company to offer greater growth and higher returns and cash flow.  We remain committed to growing our industrial coatings business in the region, and we thank the employees of the architectural paint business for their contributions to Sherwin-Williams."

The architectural paint business being divested became part of Sherwin-Williams through the 2017 acquisition of The Valspar Corporation and was previously reported in the Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group.


Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of paint, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. The Company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Valspar®, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® WaterSeal®, Cabot® and many more. With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 5,000 Company-operated stores and branches, while the Company's other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. The Sherwin-Williams Performance Coatings Group supplies a broad range of highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets in more than 120 countries around the world. Sherwin-Williams shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: SHW). For more information, visit


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Jim Jaye                                                                                              
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications                                            
Direct: 216.515.8682

Eric Swanson
Vice President, Investor Relations
Direct: 216.566.2766                                                                                                              


Julie Young
Vice President, Global Corporate Communications
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