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Harris Paints rolls out Caribbean color mixing. (International Coatings Scene).

More color mixing options are coming to the Caribbean, thanks in part to a new system being rolled out by Harris Paints Barbados Ltd., based in Wildey, Barbados. "We now have 20 Harris Colour Centres in the region, including locations in Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis Noun 1. St. Kitts and Nevis - a country on several of the Leeward Islands; located to the east southeast of Puerto Rico; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1983
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Christopher-Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St.
, St. Lucia and St. Vincent," said David Tindale, managing director of the privately-held manufacturer. While most of these centers are located within hardware stores or home decoration supply centers, the latest addition is in PaintPlus, a stand-alone retail paint store in Antigua.

Tapping ICI's Glidden unit for color system technology last year, Harris now is expanding its network of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.

See also: Color
 mixing centers under its new Ultima label, a signature series. Primarily an architectural line manufacturer, Harris produces paint in Barbados, Dominica and St. Lucia, and operates a distribution network within Guyana, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Mr. Tindale.

As part of the agreement with ICI (language) ICI - An extensible, interpretated language by Tim Long with syntax similar to C. ICI adds high-level garbage-collected associative data structures, exception handling, sets, regular expressions, and dynamic arrays. , Harris now also distributes ICI's U.K.-based Dulux line of paints. The alliance also likely will lead to distribution of more lines that Harris does not produce, including industrial paints and coatings. Harris already distributes Cuprinol, for example, in its market region. And through a limited equity investment in F&B Automotive Art, a Barbados-based franchise chain, Harris also is active in the automotive refinishing Refinishing in woodworking and decorative arts means fixing or redoing the finishing paint, varnish or other top coating of an object, from resanding to new paint and new varnish. The artisan or restorer is traditionally aiming for an improved or restored and renewed finish.  market.

More Tourists, More Paint?

As tourism--the single largest contributor to regional growth--expands in the Caribbean, many island governments, hotel operators and home owners home owner home npropriétaire occupant  are paying closer attention to fresh paint, Mr. Tindale said. In Barbados, for example, the per capita [Latin, By the heads or polls.] A term used in the Descent and Distribution of the estate of one who dies without a will. It means to share and share alike according to the number of individuals.  consumption of architectural paint is up to about eight liters, of which Harris sells between five and six liters, he said. In Barbados, most housing is owned rather than rented, which inspires residents to take better care of their homes; indeed most houses on the island--some up to 200 years old--have a fresh multi-colored coat of paint.

While many traditional colors still are in demand on the British-influenced English-speaking islands, more modern colors--like peach--have been used by both residential and commercial decorators of late. "The designers are stretching the limits of the color system," said Mr. Tindale; the new Harris system currently provides 6,000 color options.

Preserving Tropical Paint

To help preserve the life of its architectural paints, bombarded by salty salt·y  
adj. salt·i·er, salt·i·est
1. Of, containing, or seasoned with salt.

2. Suggestive of the sea or sailing life.

3. Witty; pungent; earthy: salty humor.
 mist and intense sunlight, Harris utilizes a heavier addition of biocides and ultraviolet An invisible band of radiation at the upper end of the visible light spectrum. With wavelengths from 10 to 400 nm, ultraviolet starts at the end of visible light and ends at the beginning of X-rays. The primary source of ultraviolet light is the sun.  protectors For the 1970s television series made by Gerry Anderson, see The Protectors

Protectors was a team of fictional superheroes that starred in the eponymous title published by Malibu Comics.
 than non-tropical manufactures might employ. Educating retailers of such characteristics is key to the company now, Mr. Tindale said. Rather than expand the color center network further over the short term, Harris will focus on assuring technical support for the existing network, he said. This support includes training sessions of about 18 hours, which, thus far, about 60 color center operators have completed.

Tax policies on construction and import taxes are factors in the balance of the Caribbean paint market currently. On some islands, if a house or a commercial building is not painted, government authorities have not collected tax on the full assessment of the structure, considering it still to be in a construction phase. And within the Caricom trade bloc A trade bloc is a large free trade area formed by one or more tax, tariff and trade agreements. Typically trade pacts that define such a bloc specify formal adjudication bodies, e.g. NAFTA trade panels. , there is an import tax of approximately 15% on paint, although regional integration goals set for 2005 may reduce this tax.

Harris is not yet active in three of the region's strongest--and most competitive--island economies: Belize, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. While current market consumption figures for the entire region are not widely circulated, Mr. Tindale suggested that Harris controls close to 60% of the Barbados market, having picked up about five percentage points since the new color system was rolled out.

Such growth seems to be a strategic focus for the company. "Over the mid-term, we will expand regionally and also move outside of the Caribbean," Mr. Tindale added.
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Author:Thurston, Charles W.
Publication:Coatings World
Geographic Code:5BARB
Date:May 1, 2003
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