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Namibia: Coral Superior Coatings (Pty) Ltd. Industrial Site 785, Okahandja. Telephone +264 (0) 62 503 233

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On-line Training


leaving your store is now here! Knowledge is like paint. It does no good until it is applied! Become a certified Paint & Coatings Adviser.

Registrations Open Now First course starting from 15 January 2018 On-line training at work or home at your own pace Multiple choice assessments and final at the end of the course Multiple staff can train on one license per store Buy per video or full package with license valid for 12 months RETAIL VIDEO TRAINING The retail training will be open to all SAPMA member retailers, including non-members, subject to terms and conditions. The training modules can be viewed from the SAPMA website. The individual retail outlets can purchase the use of the training videos under license for 12Â months, affording the retailer the opportunity of training multiple staff members. After each module is viewed, the trainee will be required to complete an online assessment on the lesson, before the trainee can move to the next module, until all ten modules are successfully completed. Once the trainee has successfully completed all ten assessments, the trainee will be required to pass an overall assessment of all the modules and will receive a Certificate of Competence from SAPMA. Subject matter of the course covers use of correct painting systems, what materials and tools to be used, plus important Health & Safety advice; Painting new and previously painted gutters and downpipes

Painting new and previously painted window frames

Painting new and previously painted internal cement plastered walls

Painting palisade fencing

Painting new and previously painted external cement plastered walls

Painting of bathroom tiles

Painting previously painted concrete roof tiles Painting rhino board ceilings

Varnishing and sealing of exterior wood Painting of new and previously painted metal roofs

Contact us for fee structure and more course details This course is presented by the SA Paint Industry Training Institute the training arm of SAPMA For further information Tel: 011- 6151195 E-mail: or visit and click on the Education & Training tab for further information

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Company profile: Rhine Ruhr


SAPMA awards


Chemical packaging: Bidvest Pinalpina Logistics



Chemical packaging: Polyoak


Technical: Hitox – the unique colour pigment



Food for thought: Is creating confusion all part of the Government Master Plan?


SOURCES Shutterstock, supplied images, editorial staff.


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Time to celebrate

ed’s note

2017 is officially the year that was, and while there are many reasons to feel concerned for 2018, I think we should celebrate the recent achievements brought about by some of the members of the coatings industry.


oatings SA’s sister publication, DIY & Industrial Trade News, recently held the very successful DIY & Industrial Industry Awards. At this function, a number of coatings companies were honoured for their achievements over the past year. Paint Category Supplier of the Year was awarded to Academy Brushware, with Powafix and Woodoc winning silver and bronze respectively. In the Paint Supplier of the Year category, Duram scooped gold, with Excelsior Paints taking silver and AkzoNobel winning bronze.

Paint Category Supplier of the Year was awarded to Academy Brushware, with Powafix and Woodoc winning silver and bronze.

However, Duram was not done with their winning streak. Johann Gerber The innovative paint company went on to win silver in the Supplier of the Year category. Once again showing its mettle in an extremely competitive DIY industry. I think we can all celebrate these achievements as many of the raw material suppliers play a key role in their success. Happy Trading!

Paint Supplier of the Year, Duram scooped gold, with Excelsior Paints taking silver and AkzoNobel winning bronze.


Apply BBBEE to your advantage

Although there are no ‘comfort zones’ within the government’s Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) programme, there is still scope for companies to adapt, and even benefit, from the stipulations of what many regard as devastating legislation.

Pictured after the recent SAPMA-organised BBBEE workshop for members in Bedfordview were (from left): Dr Ivor Blumenthal of ArkKonsult, the workshop lecturer; delegates Raelene van den Berg (Paintcor), Denzil Lottering (Vaal Professional Painting and Waterproofing), and Solomon Lamola (Solvay Polymers); and Deryck Spence, SAPMA executive director.


he problem is that many businesses tend to ignore empowerment legislation and regard it as “something that will just go away” Dr Ivor Blumental, of ArkKonsult, said at a recent SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) workshop on BBBBEE. Dr Blumenthal said industry should realise that BBBEE is very much a reality and an aspect of their operations that required urgent attention and study to ensure smooth future operations. He said ignorance about new BBBEE proposals and legislation by industry were allowing charters to go through totally uncontested. “Often many companies, and even industry associations, with SAPMA very much excepted in this case, don’t even know when new BBBEE legislation has been gazetted,” he said. Dr Blumenthal said companies should realise that there were several relatively simple procedural steps

to implement, which would not only achieve compliance, but even raise the level of producers and retailers’ BBBEE scorecards and ratings. “Take legislation regarding black managerial staff, for example. A company could convert current staff into managers simply by elevating their official title. Yet, some companies are still rebelling against such an idea.” “The way a company administers an employee shares trust also could be modified by stipulating that half of the employee’s shares enrichment should go towards his wife, children or even disabled and aged family members. Such a move would not only aid BBBEE compliance in multiple ways. Dr Blumenthal said training of staff is another attainable way of BBBEE compliance. Here, 85% of expenditure had to be for training by a governmentaccredited training institution with 15% for internal training of staff. In the field of enterprise development,


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paint producers could invest in the development of paint contractual businesses or the establishment of a testing laboratory for association member companies. In terms of BBBEE’s shared services category, he said SAPMA should continue its pursuit of the establishment of a Skills Trust with members all contributing. Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA, told the workshop that SAPMA agreed with Dr Blumenthal’s comments and members should realise that BBBEE legislation could be used to the advantage of the coatings industry. He said Dr Blumenthal’s presentation had removed unnecessary fears of BBBEE and set a path for SAPMA members to not only comply but also grasp the advantages that BBBEE offered in terms of staffing, training, and bursaries which all augured well for SAPMA’s plans for its future professional status. c





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SAPMA fears job losses The SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) fears widespread job losses in the coatings industry because of the government’s decision to negotiate the abolition of import duties for resins, in particular, from the East African Community (EAC) and Egypt.


eryck Spence, executive director of the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA), has strongly urged the government to consult the coatings sector before introducing further measures that could endanger the future of the industry. SAPMA was recently advised that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had, following recommendations made by the National Economic Development & Labour Council (NEDLAC), decided to abolish import duties, specifically on resins, from Egypt and the EAC. “The decision was made with the endorsement of NEDLAC without any consultation with the coatings industry or SAPMA whose resin producing members, in particular, would now have to compete with substantially cheaper imports that could also be of a sub-standard quality,

SAPMA contends,” Spence said. In a letter to the DTI Director General, Lionel October, Spence questioned NEDLAC’s qualifications to singlehandedly make recommendations about the coatings sector. He also asked why the government had not ordered an impact study of the effects of the scrapping of import duties on the coatings sector. “This surely would have been a necessity, particularly since no consultation was conducted with the coatings industry,” says Spence. Spence also wanted to know why NEDLAC had not consulted the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), which has a mandate for the investigation of unfair trade practices. He said SAPMA had made contact with ITAC to raise its objection to the government’s Tripartite Free Trade

Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA: “The coatings sector could face serious job losses if faced with competition from much cheaper imports from north of the equator,” he warned.

Agreement with Egypt and the EAC. “It would be greatly appreciated that when decisions are being made pertaining to the future of the coatings industry, SAPMA is consulted before those decisions are made which is the situation in most countries where strong industry associations exist,” he concluded in his letter to the DTI. c For more information, visit

Customs union’s surprise concession

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) has indicated that it is willing to reconsider its approval for the government’s plans for the introduction of zero import duties being introduced for Egyptian resin imports.


ACU has proposed significant amendments to the original proposals and has advised the Chemical & Allied Industries Association (CAIA) that it needed further input from SAPMA members and the coatings sector. This was to establish whether the industry is satisfied at the proposed increased level of protection against Egyptian imports SACU has now offered to the local industry. The Customs Union’s change of heart followed input received from several leading SAPMA manufacturing members who stood to face damaging competition from the dumped imported resins. In its correspondence with the CAIA, the Customs Union has now conceded that, “New information has indicated that free trade cannot be tolerated and that current import duties must remain in place, at least, due to factors such as

Egypt dumping inferior products into the local market, and Egypt providing cheap electricity and other subsidies to its resin manufacturers.” “It appears that the powers that be have finally acknowledged that the coatings industry’s plea to level the playing fields has merit. We have stated that the industry is not against competition from in or out of the country, but that the playing field should be level,” commented Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA. “The particular tariff rating that resins fall under had an import tariff of 10% duty on goods coming into the country. The SA Customs Union, based on the pleas from SAPMA members and SAPMA’s mediapublished objection to the proposals to allow zero import tariffs for Egyptianproduced resins, now appreciate that such free trade cannot be tolerated, and that current duties must remain, at least.


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“The SACU inclusion of the phrase, “at least”, means to me that the coatings sector can now push for import duties even higher than 10% to boost its protection against imports,” he said. Spence said it is to be welcomed that the Customs Union has now also acknowledged that Egypt has in the past dumped inferior products into the local market, and is aware that the Egyptian Government is providing cheap electricity and other subsidies to their manufacturers. “These export subsidies total $2.8 billion to be precise and can obtain solvent bases cheaper.” However, “SAPMA is still, however, hoping that the DTI will now also investigate the reports about imminent Kenyan imports being dumped in South Africa and ensure that all imported products arriving in South Africa are accompanied by a certificated country of origin,” concluded Spence. c

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ull of the latest material and design trends, the collection, which is updated every four years, features an extensive range of highly durable and sustainable colours and finishes developed together with trend experts PeclersParis. It is based on several globally-identified trends for 2018-2021: Glam City, Time Out, Treasured Light and Wild Nature. “Our colour expertise and continued development of durable and sustainable solutions drives the creation of our Collection Futura,” explained Jean-Paul Moonen, AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings Global Segment for Architecture, adding, “The new collection includes a range of special finishes for use on exterior architectural metal components. Products which are innovative, sustainable and always on trend.” Each theme in the collection includes a unique range of colours, textures and effects that reflect the design and societal trends seen throughout the world. Innovation is also highly visible through two completely new finishes:

silky texture and cotton. Glam City includes modernist influences and baroque trends with intense, dark tones cantered on reds, blues and greens. Time Out provides inspiration for soothing living spaces, with light tones based on coloured whites and soft neutrals. Treasured Light offers sensual and more refined versions of metallic brilliance including brass, pink gold, pale copper and silver. Wild Nature explores more primitive, wild expressions of nature and features earthy browns, peaty khakis, anthracite greys and charcoal blacks. “The new range of finishes will enable customers to achieve just the right effect in any environment while helping them contribute to the future of green building and sustainable development,” says Moonen. He added that the company’s Interpon powder coatings have achieved a third party Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification, which includes a lifecycle analysis of the raw materials used in the product itself, the manufacture of the product, its shipment and application. c


Heubach India receives ICC award At a celebratory event held at the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Gateway of India in Mumbai, the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) presented the ICC Aditya Birla Award for Best Responsible Care Committed Company to Heubach Color, an affiliate of the Heubach Group.


eubach India received the award for its exceptional work in the area of Responsible Care. The company has practiced the six Responsible Care Codes for many years now and is currently actively mentoring other companies who plan to implement Responsible Care. In line with the framework of the company’s environmental philosophy, all plants are set up to comply with ecological aspects

and are equipped with state-ofthe-art technology. Furthermore, the company has introduced an initiative known as the ‘Integrated Waste Management Program’ (IWMP), which not only encourages waste management but also waste minimisation and the conversion of waste into useful products. Examples include the conversion of green solid waste into pharmaceutical aluminum hydroxide and the reduction of the

Blue Phthalocyanin plant’s urea consumption by 31% through process modifications. At the social level, Heubach India provides exemplary financial support to the local hospital and has adopted a primary school. The company is a member of ETAD and Nicer Globe, an ICC initiative focusing on safe and secure transportation. c For further information, visit

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his measure has been necessitated by the ongoing cost increases especially through market price increases for raw materials such as vinyl acetate monomer (VAM). The price adjustment enables Wacker Polymers to continue providing customers with a wide-range of innovative quality products and comprehensive technical, sales and

customer support services. Dispersions of the VINNAPAS®, VINNOL® and PRIMIS® brands are applied in a broad variety of industries, ranging from adhesives, caulks, nonwovens, paints and coatings to paper, carpet and textiles. Wacker Polymers is a leading producer of state-of-the-art binders and polymeric additives based on

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polyvinyl acetate and vinyl acetate copolymers and terpolymers. These take the form of dispersible polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins, and solutions. They are used in construction chemicals, paints and surface coatings, adhesives, sealants, carpet applications and nonwovens, as well as in fiber composites and polymeric materials based on renewable resources. c

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SAPMA briefs WELCOME NEW MEMBERS SAPMA welcomed new members and associate members who have recently joined the Association and look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship in the years to come: • Dolce Cassa Manufacturer, Germiston (architectural and industrial coatings) • Storm Machinery, Boksburg (spray equipment for industrial, commercial, fine finish, plural applications and inspection) • Projectlab, Sandton (consultancy for estimating services, tender process, quality control and contractual management) • Astrapak (a division of AMH), Gillitts, KZN (plastic packaging) • Bidvest Panalpina Logistics, Isando (supply chain logistical services for warehousing, transportation, imports, exports, customs consultancy) • Vaal Professional Painting & Waterproofing, Sonland Park, Vaal Triangle (paint contractors) • Innova Fix, Overport, KZN (decorative and industrial coatings) • Kheyi Excellent Paints, Kempton Park (paint and decorative coatings) • Kheyi Excellent Paints Retail Shop, Kempton Park (paint and decorative coatings retailers) • Maphurunyane Trading, Polokwane (paint and hardware). SAPITI APPOINTS NEW TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Michael Masalesa has been appointed

A collection of short articles bringing readers up to date on happenings within SAPMA. Michael’s role at SAPITI includes: • Facilitating skills development • Project planning • Recruitment of trainees, particularly in rural areas • Liaison with trainees, member companies and training facilitators • Interaction with Government and other education and training institutions • Maintaining a close working relationship with the SAPITI SETA, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) • Promoting all SAPITI training programmes and skills development to the coatings industry. c


Michael Masalesa is the new SAPITI Training and Development Manager.

Training and Development Manager for the SA Paint Industry Training Institute (SAPITI). For the last seven years Michael was Skills Development Facilitator and Project Coordinator for the non-profitmaking organisation, Deaf South Africa. He was in responsible for the development of skills, training materials and management, project management, and implementation of skills planning and audits for various Skills Educations Training Authorities (SETAs). He was also employed by the Services SETA as well as the Energy SETA during his career.


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SAPMA can in future no longer afford to carry members who fail to meet their annual subscriptions. Therefore the following companies’ membership with SAPMA has been terminated: • Cosmo Dec Everlasting Coatings • Lukhanyo Industrials • Nurtra Paints • Paint & Coatings Manufacturers, Nigeria • Springfield Paints • Harco Group • 24 Zeros • Qvision Paints • Handson Maintenance • Khubaze Property Solutions • Paint Finesse • Pro Air Paint

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Rolfes partners with NCS

Rolfes Colour Pigments International has entered into an exclusive partnership with NCS Colour Centre that merges technology on multiple levels into something professionals, DIY’ers and contractors can really get excited about.


CS Colour Centre launched its popular NCS Colourpin II in January 2017. Together with the NCS Colourpin app, this next generation device transforms the creative chaos associated with defining and exploring colour into an organised and simplified process. Pocket-sized and wireless, Colourpin II enables users to collect and identify colour while on the go, and makes it possible to capture colour from various items such as furniture, flooring, wall coverings, home decor and more. The standard range consists of 1 950 uniquely-defined colours, however, through this partnership with Rolfes Pigments the Colourpin palette nearly triples to include an additional 3 985 offstandard colours. The extended palette is delivered exclusively through the company, and is available only through approved stockists. According to Rolfes pigments commercial director Ahmed Gani, this translates into near perfect colour measurement accuracy when using the Rolfes pigments range. DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THE WORLD AROUND YOU “The Colourpin system is changing the way people find and collect colour

inspiration. You can easily collect colour from surfaces, textiles, and anything else that might inspire you, and have it instantly readable on your phone. With the added database, our users will find so many more colour matching endless surfaces like powder coating and plastics – whatever they can think of,” says Lisa Taylor from NCS. It’s also designed to support social sharing and collaboration. “Users can scan colour, find products that match, compare colour and create their own palettes to share via email or social media networks. It’s becoming a convenient and fun way to gather input from friends, family, colleagues, or customers,” says Taylor. “One of the things that really attracted us specifically to the NCS system is that it helps communicate colour in a way that everyone understands,” says Gani. Each colour has a unique NCS notation to describe how the colour relates to the four basic colours, yellow, red, blue, and green, as well as to black and white – in blackness, whiteness and chromaticness.


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The NCS code describes the percentage of the colour that consists of these different parts. “This makes it possible to describe the colour of all surface materials and ensure that the colour turns out exactly as you want it to,” explains Gani. For every colour pinned, colour information is provided in the form of the closest NCS notation, translated into CMYK, RGB, Lab and lightness values. “Traditionally a device with this kind of functionality and accuracy would be very expensive and would be out of reach for many small enterprises,” explains Gani. “The Colourpin II retails at around R 1900* for the device, and the app is downloaded free onto a smartphone. This means that even micro enterprises now have access to this technology and can use it as a value aid for their business, which we’re really excited about, adds Gani. c For more information, call 011-874-0693 or visit *Recommended retail price. Price dependent upon exchange rate fluctuations


Leading logistics provider joins SAPMA Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) has become the first logistics service provider to join the SAPMA fold.


PL, which operates internationally, provides professional services to several SAPMA members, including manufacturing and raw material suppliers. These services include international logistics (imports and exports), warehousing and distribution. Paint manufacturers and raw material suppliers to the industry operate in a complex and potentially hazardous environment that requires appropriate care during manufacture, storage, transportation and final delivery to end customers. BPL has the expertise to provide all these services. Wholly owned by the Bidvest Group, BPL has its own legally compliant chemical warehouses in South Africa’s major centres, offering both bonded and duty paid options. Warehouse management systems provide accurate inventory levels and transactional details,

either directly to a client, or integrated into the client’s own preferred IT system. Comprehensive security, safety, health, environmental, risk and quality systems are in place at all warehouses to ensure compliance. BPL also manages some client owned warehouses. BPL’s extensive network of vehicles provides an efficient road freight solution for the distribution of paint, chemicals and raw materials throughout the supply chain, including neighbouring countries. Various vehicle types enable the cost-effective transportation of sea-freight containers, dedicated or consolidated palletised loads, supported by satellite tracking and POD management. Advanced driver training, complemented by CCTV and satellite tracking systems, ensure safe transit of loads. Panalpina, BPL’s international partner since 1973, allows

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Q & A company profile

Paul Hadjiapostolou – Rhine Ruhr Q Tell us about yourself. PH: I started my career as a Process or Projects Engineer at a local small-cap design and engineering contractor who specialised in the design and installation of complete plants and equipment in various chemical and industrial sectors. I remained at the company until my decision to join Rhine Ruhr Process Equipment this year. My role was very unique as I was actively involved at all stages of the project lifecycle and was fortunate enough to see projects develop from concept through to commissioning including optimisation and subsequent plant support. Due to the broad scope of my position I frequently interacted with other engineering and technical disciplines (civil and structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control and many others) thereby gaining exposure outside of a process engineers’ normal working environment. This also included involvement and exposure in business management, development and sales. My goal for the short to medium term is to begin to establish an Engineering division within the company to better assist clients with the design and erection of new production facilities and optimisation and expansion of existing facilities (from a process perspective). This in conjunction with our technology principles will serve to offer our clients a comprehensive solution. In addition, it is beneficial to appreciate all aspects of a process that your specific piece of equipment will form part of and the interactions upstream and downstream processes will have on overall performance. These risks can then be identified at the conceptual stage and mitigation steps can be taken early to save time and resources. I hope share my experience within the coatings and chemical sectors.


What were some of the immediate challenges that you identified? PH: Within an organisation, the challenge is to stay relevant within your sector and

more specifically to be in a position to respond to requests and complaints in a professional and timeous manner whilst in parallel grow and expand the business without losing focus. In reality this involves all areas of our company to operate in unity. In addition and in line with our expansion plans, we need to put procedures, standards and specifications in place to be able to offer our clients quality engineering services.


Why are these important issues to tackle? What impact do you think these changes will have on the company? PH: Most importantly it reflects well on our business and the people within the company if our customers can rely on Rhine Ruhr Process Equipment and our principles to assist in finding solutions to existing and future problems and process inefficiencies.


What is your view of the current chemical market in SA? PH: There is a general negative sentiment specifically where our policy makers have created a fair amount of uncertainty with regards to protecting our local assets and with the economic restructuring of the country as a whole. Although this may sound like we are heading towards a crisis, there is still opportunity. I have personally witnessed a number of companies stepping up to the immediate challenges faced to optimise and improve their processes, both from a production and environmental perspective. This ultimately places the company in a position to ‘weather the storm’ and still provide the intermediate and the end user with a quality product and service.


Where do you see the SA chemical market in five years? PH: The diplomatic answer is that it depends on the following factors: • The industry itself must remain resilient and strive to compete on a global scale and in-line with global trends.


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• Our government’s ability to protect and support the engineering and manufacturing sectors and restore local confidence, in addition to assist bridging the technical skills gap and attracting the foreign investment required to help this sector grow. • The general population’s ability to band together and invest in the future of our country. If the above work in unison, the market outlook is positive – fingers crossed.


How important is being ecofriendly to your company? PH: It is very important and Rhine Ruhr Process Equipment strongly encourages other companies to support the cause to be greener.


You are active in SADC. What are the challenges in Africa? PH: To be successful in Africa, you must have a strong presence and for us to realise tangible growth as a business through the continent, Rhine Ruhr Process Equipment will need to devote dedicated resources to service the chemical and industrial markets outside of South Africa.


Lastly, what are the big opportunities for the business at the moment locally? PH: Our technology principles are continuously breaching the barriers of innovation to bring our clients the very best and efficient technology plus we will also be looking at expanding our principle and agency portfolio in future so watch this space! c


Diligent students scoop top prizes The SAPMA Achievement Awards 2017 for Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal were presented to successful students at functions in Bedfordview and Durban recently.

Gauteng award winners: Pictured at the SAPMA Achievement Awards for 2017 in Bedfordview were some of the Gauteng award winning students with their SAPMA tutors. From left: Graeme Stead (SAPMA tutor), Veshalin Moodley (SAPS), Rudene Irwin (Beckers Group), Greg Isherwood (Servochem), Refilwe Mothiwa (Kansai Plascon), Toni Stella (SAPMA tutor), and John Reid (SAPMA tutor).

THE GAUTENG AWARD WINNERS WERE: BAMR Award for highest national marks for Basic Technology (Module 1): Rudene Irwin, Becker Industrial Coatings BAMR Award for second highest marks for Basic Technology (Module 1): Kego Rakgontsho, Prominent Paints Tag Solvents Award for highest marks for Paint Application (Module 2): Rudene Irwin, Becker Industrial Coatings Technipaint Award for the highest overall practical marks in Paint Application (Module 2): Rudene Irwin (Becker Industrial Coatings) and Veshalin Moodley, SAPS

KwaZulu-Natal award winners: Reg Hoddinott (second from left), Sapma Education chairperson, handed out Achievement Awards to the KZN winners in Durban. Pictured with Reg are three of the winners (from left): Kimona Chinsamy (Paintchem), Zama Ndaba (Resource Link), and Ray Govender (Valspar SA). Absent at the time the picture was taken was the fourth KZN award-winner, Quentin Naicker (Shave Paint & DĂŠcor).


BAMR Elcometer Award for the highest assignment marks (Module 2): Rudene Irwin, Becker Industrial Coatings and Veshalin Moodley, SAPS

Rolfes Award for highest national marks for Pigments and Dispersion (Module 4): Zama Ndaba, Resource Link

Engen Award for highest national marks for Solvents and Media (Module 3): Veshalin Moodley, SAPS

LEJN Award for highest national marks for Evaluation (Module 6): Kimona Chinsamy, Paintchem

Ferro Coating Resins Award for highest national marks for Modifiers (Module 5): Greg Isherwood, Servochem

Kansai Plascon Award for highest national marks for Basic Science: Quentin Naicker, Shave Paint and DĂŠcor

Servochem Award for highest national marks for Convertible Media (Module 7): Refilwe Mothiwa Kansai Plascon


Acti-Chem Award for All-round performance: Ray Govender, Valspar SA Corporation

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Transporting chemicals – locally and through Africa

Paint manufacturers’ reliance on chemical raw materials is second to none, and ensuring the safe transport of these chemicals to their production plants from suppliers is critical. Bidvest Panalpina Logistics shares the latest challenges and opportunities with Coatings SA.


In the chemical industry, what are some of the biggest challenges when transporting chemicals? BPL: Packaging material not suitable for harsh driving conditions, particularly crossborder, coupled with rates not in line with the compliance costs associated with dangerous goods. Then there is the consignor’s lack of knowledge regarding legal requirements for their own chemical or hazardous products. Fortunately, this is not common as many consignors do comply. Another major challenge at the moment is the cheaper transport services by legally non-compliant transport companies, with drivers not in possession of the relevant DG licenses, and vehicles, which are not registered, and therefore should not be transporting such products. And finally, load securing from the point of dispatch, as well as, clients demanding unrealistic delivery times, which compromises driver rest times. Again, this is often the result of competition from noncompliant transport companies.


How can chemical companies prepare product better to facilitate safe and quick transport? BPL: Chemical suppliers should ensure their products are packaged in suitable

packaging and pallets. This will further assist with quicker loading, unloading and safer transportation. Clients can ensure compatibility between products when double stacking or palletising. What is very important is that each raw material or chemical supplier has to must comply with all legal requirements regarding the transportation of chemical or hazardous products. Having all legally required documents available before loading begins is also an absolute necessity. Suppliers can save themselves a lot of aggravation if from the onset they select suitable service providers and use suitable vehicles, whilst ensuring their own staff are trained and comply.


Are there specific packaging solutions, which facilitate better transport? Can you explain the how, what and why of these processes? BPL: Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC) are preferred for larger volumes as drums tend to shift in transit. All products must be properly secured on pallets. As an example – preferably strapped with nylon or metal straps and not string or simply stretch-wrapped. A securely packed pallet should implement the general rule where practical: heavier and larger products on the bottom


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layer, lighter smaller products above, plus securely strapped. Finally, ensure compatible products are packed on a pallet.


What opportunities do you offer to chemical companies that they might not be aware of? BPL: All of our vehicles and drivers are legally compliant to transport chemical and hazardous products. Our vehicles are fitted with drop sided trailers, which reduce the risk of products falling from the vehicle. Our transport vehicles are fitted with rubber mats on the trailer decks to reduce movement during transit. All vehicles and trailers are fitted with tracking devices as well as on board CCTV. If the technology is available we will use it. One such example is the mobile technology implemented for vehicle tracking. We have advanced driver training and SHERQ programmes in place. BPL also has the legal capabilities to transport Cyanide.


Why should chemical companies opt to do business with your company? BPL: In short: • Decades of proven experience in the warehousing and storage of chemical (hazardous) products

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feature • 100% legally compliant • BPL adheres to clients’ own additional requirements which are over and above legal requirements • A long-term mutually beneficial partnership approach focused on the cost effective growth of clients.


Do you facilitate transport of chemicals into Africa? BPL: Yes, this is a growing part of our business and we transport into the following countries: • Botswana • Lesotho • Namibia • Mozambique • Zimbabwe • Swaziland • Zambia • Malawi


What challenges do you face when transporting into Africa?

BPL: • Border delays • Limited return loads • Poor road conditions


What services or products does the company offer to help facilitate the safe storage of chemicals?

BPL: We have legally compliant warehouses in all major South African centres , plus trained staff that know and apply all legal and client specific requirements. Every warehouse has a dedicated SHEQ co-ordinator who, in turn, is audited on a regular basis. BPL has the ability to handle different product types, ranging from palletised cartons and drums, to IBCs. We have a national Risk Committee that ensures continual legal compliance at every BPL facility, as well as the transportation leg. And a long term mutually beneficial partnership approach, rather than a principal or service provider approach.


CSA: How can manufacturers limit risk when storing chemicals? BPL: Know, understand and implement every legal requirement regarding chemicals or hazardous products, including those legal requirements specific to their own municipal area (by-laws). Be in possession of legally required documents and display accordingly, ensure their Risk Committee’s policy, procedures and audit schedules are all-inclusive. Make sure staff are appointed in

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writing when legally required to be so appointed and ensure their insurance policy includes every possible scenario related to chemical or hazardous products. Ideally, manufacturers should focus on designing, manufacturing and marketing their own chemical or hazardous products, and outsource non-core logistics functions to companies whose core business is warehousing and transportation of chemical or hazardous products. c ABOUT BIDVEST PANALPINA LOGISTICS Infrastructure: • Highly skilled people • Innovative thinking • Five major depots – nationally • 200 commercial vehicles • Centralised planning centre • Average age of fleet: Three years • Hazchem specialists • Hybrid distribution network Technology: • Live tracking • Duel tracking systems • On board CCTV and radio • Online electronic pods • Mobile tracking • Track and trace • Real time automated maintenance management • Vehicle Status wallboards BPL offers the following services: • Line-haul • Containers • General freight • Hazardous freight • Primary & secondary distribution • Cross-border • Full Truck Loads • FMCG • Consolidation & Distribution • Cross Dock • Fleet Management Services


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Cutting-edge packaging solutions for chemicals

Blowpack is the specialist blow-moulding division of Polyoak Packaging. Its technologically advanced manufacturing plants in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Windhoek and Harare, along with its extensive distribution network across southern Africa, enables it to deliver excellent customer service.

Blowpack Industrial range.


lowpack designs and manufactures generic, as well as highly customised plastic containers for chemical, agricultural and general purpose application such as drums, bottles and jars for adhesives, sealants, paint preparations, cleaning and household detergents, chemicals and motor lubricants. SAFETY FIRST Safety is critically important when it comes to packaging for chemicals. The division offers child resistant closures for its range of 38mm industrial neck bottles, designed for the safe containment of chemicals. “These award-winning 38mm Child Resistant Closures are

ISO8317 approved. They are a reliable and are a low cost solution for child safety,” explains Pari Papastefanou, Blowpack National Executive. The visual appeal is inspired by contemporary industrial design. The brightly coloured base cap and transparent overcap has a contemporary industrial design where inner workings are exposed. The knurl detail and angular lines give it a robust appearance and the internal ratchet provides audio confirmation if the cap is slipping. The closures come in various colours, and are available with a range of seal options including Expanded Polyethylene, Induction Heat Seal, Pressure Seal and Osmosis Seal.


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EXPERT ADVICE Blowpack offers relevant testing services for its packaging, to ensure the recommended pack is optimally fit for purpose. If the packaging is over specified, it will not be costefficient, and if it is under specified, it will not perform as required and may even fall short of certain regulatory requirements. “For example, Blowpack’s 10L,


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feature 20L and 25L drums are available with various wall thicknesses. The optimal thickness is determined by the weight it needs to bear in transit and storage. Furthermore, solvent based chemicals tend to migrate through high density polyethylene (HDPE), and other chemicals may scavenge the oxygen from the head space of such packaging. Both lead to a vacuum inside the pack, which can cause buckling or panelling of the

container, and weakening of its top load strength. To prevent this, Blowpack offers fluorinated packaging which prevents the permeation of chemicals out of the packaging,” says Papastefanou. The division also offers UN Certified packaging for the transportation and storage of chemicals. This means that its packaging is independently audited

on an annual basis, and undergoes a series of rigorous tests to ensure that its packaging will not fail. This enables chemicals to be transported safely to export markets. CONVENIENCE IS KING Its P-Range for chemicals, available in sizes 1L, 2L, 3L and 5L, has a smart anti-glug feature to prevent spilling while pouring, which is particularly important when handling chemicals. Convenient features like this are also present in the division’s closures, manufactured by Polyoak’s specialist division, African Closures to enhance functionality, convenience and safety. These industrial closures have been carefully engineered with various technical features including trigger sprays, taps, spouts and shakers. Blowpack’s expert team can advise on the most suitable closure and sealing options depending on application, including chemically resistant sealing rings, wadding, induction heat seals and osmosis vents. c

technical paper

Hitox – the unique colour pigment

Titanium dioxide does not have to be pure white – or expensive. Hitox (high grade titanium dioxide), available locally from Delta Colours, is a high quality, cost-effective, beige and grey coloured rutile titanium dioxide pigments produced at TOR Minerals’ Malaysian plant for worldwide use. In products, which require opacity and colour such as non-white paints, Hitox pigments can reduce the amount of expensive organic and inorganic pigments as well as white TiO2. Author: Liesl Olivier, BSc Hons Polymer Science


itox (high grade titanium dioxide), available locally from Delta Colours, is a high quality, cost-effective, beige and grey coloured rutile titanium dioxide pigments produced at TOR Minerals’ Malaysian plant for worldwide use. In products, which require opacity and colour such as non-white paints, Hitox pigments can reduce the amount of expensive organic and inorganic pigments as well as white TiO2. Hitox consists of ±95% TiO2 and Iron Oxide – as both the TiO2 and Iron Oxide content are inherent in the crystal structure. The colour of Hitox appears as beige and grey. Hitox TiO2 has good opacity and dispersibility, excellent UV and chalking resistance, heat resistance of 240°C and is in compliance with the FDA and NSF. Exterior-exposure and accelerated-weathering studies have shown that Hitox TiO2 used as a colour pigment in conjunction with other colour pigments performs similarly to treated standard white TiO2 on chalking and colour shifts. HITOX STD











TiO2 content 95%



Refractive Index
















Oil absorption




Median Particle size

1.0 µm

1.0 µm

0.3 µm






Figure 1: Visual representation of Hitox Ti02 vs. Standard White Ti02 . Opacity @ 25 µm, Ti02 loading 19%.




Hitox STD

93.1 %


White TiO2 + Hitox STD (50%)

95.8 %


White TiO2

93.0 %


White TiO2 + Hitox Grey (50%)

100 %


Hitox Grey

99.8 %

As seen from Figure 1, Hitox TiO2 can not only act as a stand-alone pigment, showing excellent opacity, but can also offer a two-fold cost savings in coloured paints by: First, substituting or partially replacing the more expensive standard white TiO2 and secondly, reducing or eliminating the more coloured pigments. Figure 2 demonstrates the two-fold cost savings in a green coating system. Due to Hitox’s unique special reflectance and absorbance in the visible spectrum of light (400-700nm), it is not required to travel as much of the distance in the colour space to achieve the green colour match, as a formulation containing only white TiO2. By not having to overcome all the whiteness of standard white TiO2 and incorporating Hitox TiO2, it is therefore possible to also reduce the overall percentage of the more expensive inorganic and organic pigments as well, while still maintaining the same colour and opacity.

Table 1: Physical and Chemical Properties of HITOX STD and Grey vs Standard White TiO2 Batch-to-batch colour consistency with controlled colour quality (dE ≤ 1.0), and a uniform particle size over a narrow range, have allowed the pigment to be used in most coating systems. Hitox STD (beige) can be used in a broad range of paint and coatings applications, including architectural, coil backers, powder, container, wood, traffic, primers, adhesive and sealants as well as roof coatings – basically all non-white applications where colour is required. Hitox Grey is well suited for use in grey primers, powder coatings and other decorative and industrial paints. In addition to cost savings, Hitox Grey can eliminate or reduce the use of black pigments, which are typically difficult to incorporate due to floatation problems.


Figure 2: Example Cost Saving using Hitox Ti02 in Green Paint - RAL 6026.

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food for thought

Is creating confusion all part of the Government's Master Plan?

In 1962 John Steinbeck, famous author and Nobel Prize winner for literature, said: “I know now why confusion in government is not only tolerated but encouraged. I have learned. A confused people can make no clear demands.”


y initial thought was that Steinbeck was referring to our present Government, but he died in 1968 so he could not have. Having said that, his reference to confused people rings true daily as the ‘silly season’ of political pomposity, swagger and arrogance approaches its peak before the South African General Elections in 2019. An already confused nation will once again be swamped in hyperglycaemic sugar-coated promises, carefully constructed to make them superficially attractive or palatable, making voters even more confused. “We will build the economy, expand the manufacturing base, build jobs and expand productivity, introduce grand schemes to expand the infrastructure of the country, eliminate joblessness and poverty and encourage foreign investment” – that’s what the people will be passionately promised before they queue up at the polls. Possibly a more meaningful pledge would be to aim lower. To fix the potholes and traffic lights of our society along with corruption, crime, and the continuous downgrading of morals, ethics and society. We also need an honest pledge to invest in the expansion of technology, production, training and productivity of South Africa’s proven manufacturing base and expertise, in order to protect our manufacturing and investment base from lower quality imports, like most modern countries do. And, above all, a promise to single-mindedly eliminate confusion in Government departments, by communicating with industry as a partner and not as a competitor. A promise to act consistently and honestly is needed. In recent months, the coatings industry has had to cope with the government negotiating agreements with Egypt and the East African Community where import duties, which had previously protected our manufacturing base, have been removed. Consequently, rampant

dumping of cheaper, potentially poorer products is set to challenge our coatings companies. That is clearly confusing, but, wait, that’s not all. The local producer of Titanium Dioxide, which had been protected against dumping by import duties, has terminated production. The factory’s closure, confusing in itself, now means that South African producers who vitally need Titanium Dioxide to produce paint and coatings, have to rely on imports of the mineral and pay more for the raw material that it did when there were local suppliers. Now, if the Government cared about the future of the coatings sector, this is surely one import duty that it should have summarily scrapped? To remove our confusion, the Government says it is keeping the import duty on Titanium Dioxide intact to protect the new local manufacture of Titanium Dioxide. Great, I hear you say. Now that’s


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what we expect from our Government! The only problem is that there is now absolutely no local manufacture of the mineral to protect. Not a single factory. Local production will only resume in two years’ time. Until then, the members of our beleaguered coatings sector just have to cough up to stay in business. And so they join the confused masses, totally mystified by Government inconsistency when it comes to the scrapping and retaining of import duties. Yes, our paint manufacturers are now also confused. But, as mentioned, perhaps it helps in the execution of the Government’s master plan to create as many perplexed people as possible. As Steinbeck said, a confused people can make no clear demands. Makes you think, doesn’t it? c By Deryck Spence, Executive Director, SAPMA.

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