|Paint Fair announces the launch of its distributorship of International Paint in The Bahamas|
|Sunday, 01 April 2012 13:44|
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Paint Fair announces the launch of its distributorship of International Paint, the global leader in industrial protective coatings, in The Bahamas along with specialised training for its team.
In a launch attended by Minister of Public Works and Transport, the Hon. Neko C. Grant, executives from International Paint and Akzo Nobel, Grand Bahama industrial market stakeholders and contractors, on Thursday, March 29th, 2012, Paint Fair announced its new International Paint product line, expanded warehouse plans and new certifications for its staff. “In addition to our residential and commercial market focus, we have been focusing in recent years on the needs of the industrial market requiring high performance coatings for the protection of their assets,” explains Joan Davies, Managing Director, Paint Fair.
This focus, of course, required not only providing proven high performance protective coatings but also ensuring Paint Fair’s staff received specialized training necessary to service this market segment. After gaining traction with its Devoe Coatings industrial line, Paint Fair also sought to add International Paint – a global leader offering a diverse portfolio of performance coatings to fully realize the opportunities in the industrial market.“We are pleased to announce the launch of Paint Fair as an authorized distributor of International Paint in The Bahamas. International Paint is well recognized as one of the world’s leading suppliers of protective coatings and passive fire protective solutions for the oil, gas and chemical market, water and waste water market, power generation market, high value infrastructure, vessels and mining and mineral markets,” announced Lesley Davies-Baptista, General Manager, Paint Fair. “This development makes an entirely new level of products and solutions available in Grand Bahama and we look forward to providing such – not only to our Grand Bahama market but also to the various markets throughout The Bahamas.”
Speaking at the event was Minster of Public Works and Transport and local MP, Neko Grant. Grant noted “Paint Fair has now strategically positioned itself to realize additional gains by diversifying its line of sales inventory,” he noted. “I congratulate the management and staff of Paint Fair as it launches its distributorship for International Paint in this country. It is an impressive undertaking, which should be emulated by other enterprising individuals. We are proud of your display of confidence in our economy by moving forward at this time,” he added “I assure you that we will support your efforts.
Mr. Martin Criado, Manager for the Latin American and Caribbean markets for International Paint, expressed confidence in the new partnership with Paint Fair – noting that it would allow various commercial and industrial customers unprecedented local access to high performance coatings, trained local personnel and the extensive global network of International Paint’s technical, supply, sales and training resources. “Paint Fair has a strong reputation – for over 30 years - as a supplier of commercial and industrial coatings in The Bahamas and is a highly respected member of the community, committed to socially responsible growth,” says Mr. Criado. “International Paint has been the leading industrial coatings supplier in the World with a 125-year track record with leading technology and a commitment to improving environmentally sustainable growth. This is an important combination delivering to The Bahamas local solutions with global experience,” he adds.
This new development is an extension of Paint Fair’s commitment to relentlessly pursue improvements and new products to better serve the coating needs of the community. An important part of this has been the Company’s concerted effort to focus on training to deliver expert advice and exceptional service to its customers in all markets segments – residential, commercial and industrial. “At Paint Fair, we are uniquely positioned to deliver not only some of the highest performing and specified coatings available anywhere but we also have the most qualified, trained industrial coatings personnel available locally,” explains Lesley Davies-Baptista, General Manager. Store Manager Eric Baptista is a certified as Coatings Inspector, Level 2, by NACE, the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. “Eric Baptista has had extensive industry training – both formal and practical training, is a Level 2 NACE certified coatings inspector, and has worked closely with project managers and applicators in a variety of ways. This extensive training enables us to provide local support to the highly specialized industrial markets and has been an invaluable resource for many customers,”
In order to effectively service the coatings market, Paint Fair has also focused on training for all staff with a combination of formal training, workshops, seminars and on-the-job training. In addition to the industrial training and certifications, five staff members are certified by the Paint & Decorating Retailers Association as Coatings Specialists after successfully passing the PDRA’s Coating Specialist course. The presentation of the “Coatings Specialist” pins was a special part of the evening’s launch. “The PDRA’s course – an independent training programme – provides top quality, professional coatings knowledge. We have also received a great deal of training and support from our suppliers at AkzoNobel – the world’s largest paint company - from Devoe, Glidden, Ralph Lauren Paint, Devoe Coatings and now International Paint. We have tremendously benefitted from their training and extensive technical, design and sales resources,” says Davies-Baptista. As a result, Paint Fair can deliver to The Bahamas’ growing industrial market the competitively priced, high performing products and the specialised technical support required for this market segment … locally.
Photo 1: L-R: Eric Baptista, and Lesley Davies-Baptista, Paint Fair, Steve Vickers, Sales Manager, Latin America and Caribbean, International Paint, Anton Syzdykov, AkzoNobel, Hon. Neko C. Grant, Min. of Public Works and Transport, Steve Nelson, Akzo Nobel, Steve Miller and Martin Criado, International Paint and Joan Davies, Paint Fair.
Photo 2: L-R: Lesley Davies-Baptista, Gary Carey, Jerome Munroe, Ghassan Haddad, Joan Davies from Paint Fair, the Honourable Neko C. Grant, Min. of Public Works and Transport, Julie Moss and Eric Baptista, Paint Fair and Martin Criado, International Paint/AkzoNobel.
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