From its early development in Durban, where most paint manufacturers were located during SAPMA’s early years, the association has grown exponentially in terms of membership along with its role in promoting the interests of members and the industry in general.
In harmony with the growth of the industry and the individual manufacturers during the ensuing years, SAPMA joined the migration north and its Johannesburg office was opened in 1997. In 2001, a director of SAPMA was appointed along with permanent staff. Membership at that time included 34 manufacturing members and 35 suppliers.
Many milestones have been achieved in the interim years as SAPMA developed lasting relationships with international paint and coatings associations, membership of International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) and membership of the Multi-stakeholder Committee for Chemicals Management under the auspices of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
SAPMA has played a leading role in the interpretation of the SA Agricultural Remedies Legislation by preventing the planned banning of biocides in paint and has established a professional working relationship with the Department of Agriculture.
The association’s relationships with Government departments have also led to the imminent legalised removal of lead from paint and finally persuading the Government to change legislation for the total elimination of lead and lead pigments by 2019.
In its role as spokesman for the industry, SAPMA has fought tirelessly to prevent the dumping of cheaper paint products and raw material onto the South African market as well as playing watchdog to the manipulation of import duties and tariffs, which posed a threat to South Africa’s manufacturing base. Negotiations are currently in progress to establish Compulsory Specifications for the importation of Coatings products to further protect local manufacturers and raw material suppliers.
As 2018 unfolds, SAPMA now represents companies who produce close to 90% of paint manufactured in South Africa and approximately 70% of raw material suppliers, as well as a significant sector of the retail market. The association has also made progress in penetrating the contractors market.
The association has travelled a long and sometimes bumpy road over the past 80 years enduring major changes in technology, strategies, regulations and even governments and legislation. Proud of its pedigree, it feels there is no more fitting celebration of 80 years of endeavour than to participate with its partners, OCCA and exhibition organisers, dmg:events, in staging the 2018 Coatings for Africa Show in Johannesburg in May.