Indestructible Paint participated in a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons recently as part of the launch of a new report published by the British Coatings Federation, highlighting the £4 billion the industry contributes to the UK economy and the £1 billion of products exported annually.
The event, which took place on 5th December, was attended by 100 guests including leaders from the coatings sector, representatives from other trade associations, MPs and Peers. Representing Indestructible Paint was long-standing employee, Graham Armstrong, who also chairs the Aerospace and Defence committee for the BCF. He was joined by his local MP, Sir Bill Wiggin, who has also supported him previously with his charity work.
The new report, titled “Essential Coatings”, includes five key ‘asks’ of Government to enable the coatings sector to thrive and maximise its contribution to the UK economy. This includes a call for regulatory and policy clarity; a long-term industrial strategy for manufacturing; support for businesses transitioning to net zero; a long-term focus on skills and training; and a greater focus on improving post-Brexit trade, to drive growth and success for the industry.
Indestructible Paint, where Graham has worked for over 23 years, is encouraged by the report and backs BCF’s calls, as they align with the company’s decades of investment in skills and growth in the UK. This has resulted in increasing demand across the world for the company’s products, 50% of which are exported internationally. New jobs have been created as well as new technical training programmes, particularly for laboratory apprentices.
Indestructible Paint is also leading the industry by developing multiple projects to make coatings more environmentally sustainable. In particular, the company has invested heavily in R&D over the last decade to develop revolutionary chrome-free products which can withstand temperatures up to an incredible 1000oC, for use in aircraft engines, for example.
“After over 55 years in the industrial coatings industry, it’s great to see the importance of the sector to the UK economy continuing to be recognised,” said Graham. “It was an honour to be part of the event and to see such a clear outline for what will be required to ensure the industry has what it needs to succeed, grow, create more jobs, be more sustainable and have a bright future.”