The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) have entered a “new era” of cooperation, says Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA.
Spence says considerable progress has been made in discussions between SAPMA’s new Technical Committee and the Bureau of Standards. The committee was established specifically to liaise with the SABS. According to Spence, new areas of cooperation are being formulated to deal with the increasing legislative demands facing the coatings industry.
“Among the cooperative objectives is the introduction of multi-structured certification for high, medium and contractor quality paints and, in this regard, discussions with the SABS GM for Certification, Frank Mokamo have been most fruitful. The joint initiative is also assessing current SABS marks and standards for coatings to establish whether these are adequate for the current market place. Furthermore, SABS is upgrading its coatings laboratory and offering SAPMA members special testing rates,” Spence says.
The SABS will be one of the exhibitors at the 2013 Coatings for Africa symposium and exhibition. This event is presented jointly by SAPMA and the Oil and Colour Chemists Association (OCCA) of the UK and will take place at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, 21 to 23 May, 2013. It is the biggest coatings exhibition on the African continent and has attracted a high level of interest, seeing 75% of exhibition space already booked.