IGL Coatings

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Most of us who are living in Malaysia have a love-hate relationship with the rain. We love it for its cooling effect but hate it for blurring our vision while driving. “Back then I travelled quite often. I came to realise that it’s very dangerous to drive during rainy days. In fact, I almost got into an accident because of the compromised vision while driving in a heavy shower,” Keong Chun Chieh shared about his bad experiences.

He tried to tackle the problem by using existing rain-repellent products to treat his windshield, only to discover that it was not a sustainable solution. “It wore off very frequently and it was a tiring process to apply the product on a weekly basis to keep my windshield water-repellent,” Keong added.

He started to research for a solution that can last longer and eventually created the prototype of Ecocoat. Besides using it for himself, Keong also sold the product on online forums to make some side incomes. The product started to gain traction and at one point, the profit from its sales matched Keong’s monthly salary. That was the time he decided to give full commitment into this.

In 2015, Keong founded IGL Coatings, a technology company with the core focus to develop innovative and disruptive nanotechnology products that are set to redefine the industry. It has eventually become an award-winning company that pioneers in producing low and zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) high solids coatings.

The company focuses on formulating eco-friendly car coatings that are safe for consumers (because they contain low to zero VOC) and outperform competitors in terms of quality, durability and ease of application. “Speaking of user-friendliness, many of our products are available on online marketplaces for regular car owners to purchase and apply,” Keong added.

“Although our products are highly welcomed by the consumers since the beginning, there were still many hiccups when I first started the company, from operations to manpower. Whenever there is an issue, I will put on my engineer’s hat—applying logical thinking skills to simulate possible outcomes—to seek the best solution,” Keong explained.

Fast forward 5 years later, IGL Coatings has gained recognition in more than 50 countries with thousands of installers globally, and over 2 million vehicles coated.

The company never settled down with good results that they had achieved. They continue to strive for improvement and constantly reinvent their products and business models by understanding users’ needs and by thinking outside of the box. “We chart our own course and relish the freedom to make bold decisions.”

From produced water-repellent coatings for windshields initially, IGL Coatings today is offering a wide range of coatings, cleaning and maintenance products for various surfaces including paint, glass, metals, plastics and fabrics. It is also the first in the industry to have their nanotechnology audited and verified by Nanoverify.

With a relentless focus on R&D, IGL works not only to replace toxic and dangerous chemicals and coatings but also to eliminate the toxic and dangerous processes that are often used to make the industry's "standard eco-friendly" products.

“Our bottom line is our customers; we strive to build products that allow entrepreneurs who use our products to build successful and sustainable businesses,” Keong shared.

IGL is keeping a lean and efficient team, which encourages each member to always re-innovate their process and work methodology to increase efficiency and results. With its wide distribution network that currently covers more than 50 countries, it is the team’s greatest opportunity to expose themselves to foreign cultures, laws and businesses.

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