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Crown Paints factory visit The North West Region has arranged for a visit to the Crown Paints factory at Hollins Lane, Darwen Lancashire on Tuesday 25 February 2014 - if you are interested in visiting the factory please contact myself, Tony Holloway (contact details below).

Business seminars The new business seminars are open to all PDA members. It is important that members wishing to attend book their place in plenty of time. Please note: The business seminars will only

take place if sufficient numbers have booked in well in advance.

REGIONAL CONTACT Tony Holloway 65 Brookhouse Road, Caton, Lancaster LA2 9RG Telephone 01524 771880 Mobile 07947 823457

The next seminar is being planned for Saturday

21 June 2014 in the Bolton area and will feature two guest speakers before lunch. After lunch there will be an in-house presentation on Financial Management covering areas such as - Estimating and Costings Reviews / Keeping to Budget / Group Problem Solving / Monitoring of Work. These seminars have been very well received in the past are are full of useful information and hands on activities to help you improve your business.

National Council Two north west members hold a position on the National Council. The National Council is the National governing body of the PDA. The two members are:

Norman Nuttall (Tel 01204 63918) and Tony Holloway (Tel 01524 771880). Members wishing to have any matters raised

should contact one of the above or arrange through head office to attend in person.

ON ARRIVAL AT the Johnstone’s Paint factory in Birstall West Yorkshire, we were met by Sarah Clough, the Loyalty and Events Marketing Manager, and shown to the newly completed Visitor Centre. The factory visit and seminar was divided into three parts – 1) Water-Based Paints 2) Oil-Based Paints and 3) Colour – delivered by experts in each area. They started off by explaining, like all large manufacturers, that they

produce large batches of paint at one go due to this being the most efficient method of manufacture. It was explained to us that there was currently a rapid movement towards water-based products. Particularly there was an emphasis on the aspects of the acrylic and hybrid technology. Samples jars of the component parts of the paints produced at the

factory, both the water based and oil based paints, were passed round the room whilst an explanation was given on the advantages and disadvantages of adding too much or too little of them to the paint and how this might have an effect.

 Everyone who attended the tour were given Johnstone’s Aqua Water-based Gloss and Undercoat and a Fat Hog paint brush to try it out with.

 Our group outside the new PPG training centre. We then finished off with an expert on colour which started with

illustrations and discussion on why some colours can be affected more than others and then went on to how the Johnstone’s colour tinting system, with over 16,000 colours, use of the Trade fan deck and the ColourMate app all work together. We then left the training school and went to the factory laboratories,

where we were shown how the quality control programme worked and how quality was checked for consistency at each stage of the manufacturing process. We were shown various methods of testing and where the new products were developed before being taken on a factory tour, during which we were shown where the raw materials arrived and where the mixing process and manufacturing took place. Finally, we went on to packing and distribution. To top the day of nicely, before we left we were each given a sample of

Johnstone's Aqua Water-based Gloss Paint and Undercoat as well as a Fat Hog paint brush.

24 decorator The National Council meets three times a year.

The next meeting will be held in York on 19 March 2014.

Are your contact details

up to date? Members are are asked to check their contact details are correct on the PDA website to make sure you receive your communications from the Association.

Regional publicity The North West Region would like to thank both Crown Paints and Johnstones Paints for displaying regional business seminar information posters in their trade centres.

Members suggestions Any suggestion which may improve the region should be sent to the regional contact so they can be included as an agenda item for the next regional council meeting.

Johnstone’s Paint factory visit by Tony Holloway

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