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Berger Paints' power coating now certified hazard-free

  • Published at 06:01 pm November 22nd, 2020

Their powder coatings now considered free from harmful chemicals

Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited (BPBL) maintained its upward trend with the gaining of "Restriction of Hazardous Substance" (RoHS) certification, provided by the authorities in the UK, for its powder coating products.

As per global standards , especially in European Union markets,  the products with powder coating components must be RoHS-certified, which ensures that hazardous elements are at agreed levels under pollution control standards.

Berger's powder coatings were certified to be free from harmful chemicals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls, Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers, Bis (2-Ethylexyl) Phthalate, Benzyl Butyl Phthalate, Dibutyl Phthalate, and Diisobutyl Phthalate, said a press release.

Not only that, but their powder coatings were also volatile organic compound-free (VOC-free) and also eco-friendly, the release also said.

Berger offers two ranges of Powder Coatings: SupraKoat (premium) and SmartKoat (mid-tier).

“Hazardous materials are harmful to the environment and human health. These are also dangerous in terms of occupational exposure during manufacturing and recycling. Berger prioritizes health and well-being of employees, customers, the community, and the environment," said AKM Sadeque Nawaj, general manager (marketing) at Berger Paints.

Berger Paints saw its profit soar 50 per cent between July and September in 2020 to Tk 66.1 crore on the back of pent-up demand from the preceding three months, which was more or less a washout thanks to the countrywide shutdown to flatten the curve on coronavirus.

This takes the company’s profits in the first half of its 2020-21 financial year, which runs from April to March, to Tk 76.9 crore, down 19.6 per cent year-on-year.

Between April and June 2020, the country’s leading decorative paint manufacturer logged in sales of Tk 71 crore. 

Its disinfection service, called the Berger Expert Sanitisation Service, provides up to four weeks of protection against virus and bacteria.

Earlier this year, Berger Paints announced its plan to invest Tk 91.5 crore to set up its second plant to manufacture tin containers and print tin sheets to meet the growing demand. The plant is expected to be complete in 2022.

Globally, there are expectations that in the post-COVID world, increased focus on hygiene will drive more frequent repainting than seen in the past. Paints usually have a life of five years before they start becoming dull.

The investment plan for the second plant, perhaps, is in keeping with the increased demand.

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