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REVIEW


Top: The Forth Rail Bridge major repaint was one of many protected by Leighs Paints.


Middle and Bottom: Jotun works with many companies, providing coatings for the steel industry, energy production and chemical and refinery businesses.


Professor Graham Wood, Dr Charles Booker and Brian Tunnard, two cathodic protection specialists, Harry Hatley and Gordon Currer, one coating consultant Derek Bayliss and two second generation representatives, Nicola Galloway, the grand-daughter of Jack Galloway and John Tiratsoo – son of Dr John Tiratsoo, Senior, whose corrosion magazine, - ‘Corrosion Prevention and Control’ started the formation of the original British Association of Corrosion Engineers (BACE). Their first inaugural meeting was held in May 1959 and they underwent three name changes until the Council settled on the current name the Institute of Corrosion.


IN CONTROL The third contractor, TI Coatings, started life in 1969, so next year they will have covered 45 years and are into their third generation of the Taziker family. Tommy Taziker, founder of the TI Group and current Chairman, is still very much in control of the organisation, and has an exceptional wealth of experience of the coating and construction industry. The TI Group now employs over 500 staff and they are working on major structural projects ranging from the Joddrell Bank Antenna to the Brunel Bridge in Plymouth. The current TI Managing Director, Graham Moor joined the company as an apprentice estimator in 1986 at the age of 15, and has been joined by the current Operations Director, Tom’s nephew – Michael Taziker. Tom’s son – Nigel Taziker joined the company


in an office administration role and he is now responsible for the Group’s safety, quality and environmental control as Director. Tom’s eldest daughter, Joanne Taziker has taken on the role of sales manager and Tom’s granddaughter Amy has recently joined the company in 2012 in an administration role.


LONG HISTORIES The two paint companies Jotun Paints and Leighs Paints also have very long histories. Odd Gleditsch first registered Jotun Paints in 1926 in Norway. Although it grew slowly during the second world war, in 1962 Jotun started a programme of export and expansion on a worldwide basis. They set up their first overseas factory in Libya in 1962, and from there expanded to the Far East with a factory in Thailand formed in 1968. Expansion in that part of the world continued with a joint venture in China in 1993, and India and Indonesia in 2005. They now have 70 companies in 39 different countries and 38 factories worldwide. Leighs Paints was founded in 1860 by two


brothers, William and Joshua Leigh. At the end of the first world war in 1918 the second generation of the Leigh’s family, William and Herbert focussed on the paint business, and Herbert concentrated on developing ready to use paints for ships and shipping. In 1929, Philip Leigh-Bramwell joined the business and expanded the product range at a critical time


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