Crown Paints

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Crown Paints
Type Private
Industry Decorating
Founded Late 1850s
Headquarters Darwen, Lancashire
Key people Antony Owen (Managing Director)
Products Paint
Parent Hempel Group

Crown Paints has been making paint for more than 200 years and is Holder of the Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, as Manufacturers of Paints.[1]

The company is owned by Danish decorative and protective coatings company Hempel, who employ over 5,000 people and operate in more than 80 countries.[2]

More than 1,250 employees work for Crown Paints, which has its headquarters in Darwen in Lancashire. Its manufacturing sites in Darwen and Hull operate to ISO 9001 quality management system and ISO 14001 environmental management system. Crown Paints holds the Investors in People standard, which in July 2013 was upgraded to the Gold award.

Crown Paints' brands include Crown, Sandtex, Crown Trade, Sandtex Trade, Permoglaze, Macpherson, Sadolin and Berger - which are sold to domestic consumers and professional markets, and some brands to key export territories.

The company has a network of around 130 Crown Decorating Centres, spread throughout the UK and Ireland.


Colour forecasting is a key focus of the business and each year Crown Paints launches 'Colour Influences' - a collection of the latest predictions for residential and commercial environments. The shades are selected by the Crown Paints Colour Influences panel, a team that includes stylists assembled for the annual project.[3]


In 2008, Crown Paints launched its sustainability programme, Earthbalance®, which has a target to reduce Crown Paints' Greenhouse Gas emissions by 10% by 2015 and 25% by 2020.[4]

Key to this target being achieved is Crown's work in carbon footprinting all of its products, a process started in 2010, with the launch of a Carbon Portfolio Footprinting Tool.

In 2013, Crown was a supporting partner of Climate Week.[5] To mark the event it introduced a national recycling programme, during which its Crown Decorating Centre network received surplus paint from the public over a two week period. The paint was recycled by a social enterprise partner and redistributed via Groundwork Pennine for community projects nationwide.

Recent awards won by the company include the Sustainable Innovation Award 2012, organised by the British Coatings Federation,[6] two Green Apple awards,[7] the Sustainable Business Award For Large Companies from the Lancashire Business Environment Awards[8] and the 2013 Green Manufacturer of the Year title, from North West Insider's 'Made In The North West' awards.[9] It was also a national champion in the 2013 European Business Awards.[10]

Crown Paints has an ongoing programme of supporting good causes and works with organisations which include Groundwork Pennine[11] and Blackburn Youth Zone.[12] For more than 30 years, Crown Paints has sponsored a painting and decorating competition, aimed at promoting the development of future skills in the painting and decorating industry. Known as Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year, it is run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).[13]

Crown also sponsored the Painting and Decorating competition at WorldSkills London 2011.[14]


  1. ^ [1],Royal Warrant.
  2. ^ [2], Polymers Paint Colour Journal.
  3. ^ [3],The Marketer.
  4. ^ [4],Best Foot Forward.
  5. ^ [5],Climate Week.
  6. ^ [6],British Coatings Federation.
  7. ^ [7],Best Foot Froward.
  8. ^ [8],Lancashire Business View.
  9. ^ [9],M and M Communications.
  10. ^ [10],Business Awards Europe.
  11. ^ [11],Groundwork Pennine.
  12. ^ [12],Blackburn Youth Zone.
  13. ^ [13],Painting and Decorating News.
  14. ^ [14],WorldSkills.

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