New system key in Crown’s move to improve efficiency

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Crown Paints has invested a six figure sum on the latest high-speed manufacturing system – designed to speed up the filling of paint containers by as much as 75 per cent.

As well as offering significant advances in filling rates, the new £1 million plus facility based at Crown’s manufacturing site in Hull, will half the amount of water needed to clean paint delivery pipework.

It will also reduce the usage of both electrical power and compressed air by 25 per cent as part of Crown’s bid to introduce major sustainability improvements across the business, under its award-winning Earthbalance® programme.

Joe Devitt, Managing Director at Crown Paints said: “As a leader in the UK decorative coatings market, it’s essential that we seek to continuously improve our manufacturing and operational efficiencies.

“To meet this challenge, the company established a clear manufacturing strategy and the implementation of this new system at our Hull site is a crucial element of that.

“It’s a major investment which will pay huge long-term dividends by helping us to streamline production.”

The new high-speed line, dedicated to 7.5, 10, 12 and 15 litre pack sizes, was delivered to the Hull site in November and has recently completed its first batch of paint.

Complex installation work at the factory, also the site of a major new distribution centre since 2012, took almost 12 months to complete.

It involved the installation of new pumps, filters and more than 60 metres of pipework carried out by the Hull engineering team under site engineering manager Steve Collins.

“The engineering team played a vital role and worked tirelessly to prepare for the new high speed line,” added Mr Devitt.

“The project showcased an extremely high standard of workmanship and even involved members of staff travelling to the Netherlands and Belgium for acceptance testing of the new equipment at the suppliers’ premises.

“Such preparation helped make sure everything went to plan and we’re delighted to be fully operational so quickly.”

A major employer in the city, half of Crown Paints’ products are manufactured at the Hull site, which employs 180 people.

Crown has manufactured paints in the city for more than 200 years.

The manufacturer’s Earthbalance® programme centres on a commitment to reduce its Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) by 10 per cent for 2015 and 25 per cent by 2020.

Results to date have seen Crown Paints secure accolades including The Manufacturer’s Sustainable Manufacturer of The Year Award, the Supply Chain Sustainability School Gold standard, the Sustainable Innovation Award from the British Coatings Federation, a Green Apple award and Insider’s Green Manufacturer of the Year title.

Crown has also flown the flag for manufacturing in Europe, as a UK national champion in the European Business Awards 2013/2014.


About Crown Paints:
Crown Paints is owned by Danish decorative and protective coatings company Hempel, who employ over 5,000 people and operate in more than 80 countries.

Crown Paints is the Holder of the Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, as Manufacturers of Paints.

Over 1,250 employees work for Crown Paints, which is based in Darwen in Lancashire, with manufacturing sites in Darwen and Hull, which operate to ISO 9001 accredited quality management system and ISO 14001 environmental management system.

The company has a network of more than 130 Crown Decorating Centres throughout the UK and Ireland.

Crown Paints serves every sector of the decorative coatings market, promoting its market-leading paint and woodcare brands – Crown, Sandtex, Permoglaze, Macpherson, Sadolin and Berger – to consumer and professional audiences alike, as well as key export markets.

Crown Paints has been making paint for over 200 years.

Crown Paints is committed to delivering its sustainability targets and its work in this field has been recognised at several regional and national awards. The company is also able to measure the carbon footprint of all of its products and has met its targets of achieving zero waste to landfill.

Press release prepared by Jane Shepherd, Shepherd PR Limited, 01335 368020, email