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      MPI & PRA Establish European ‘Qualified Products List’

The Master Painters Institute and the Paint Research Association proudly announce a joint venture to establish a performance-based ‘qualified products list’ for paints and coatings covering the European geographical area.

Following meetings at the ‘Coatings Summit 2007” (recently held in Vienna, Austria), President Barry G. Law of MPI and Managing Director Jonathan Bourne of PRA jointly announce the expansion of an existing performance-based program for paints and painting currently in place in the United States and Canada.

MPI is an Institute dedicated to the establishment of quality standards and quality assurance in the painting and coating application industries in the USA and Canada. MPI evolved from a non-profit association established in 1899 and is now headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Further information is available at one of four websites at http://www.mpi.net/

MPI performance-based paint and painting specifications are now used by the US Military throughout the world; by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to replace the previous US Federal Paint Specifications; by the AIA MasterSpec, referenced by approximately half of US architects; by NASA for facilities; by US Veterans Administration hospitals; by the Canadian Government’s National Master Specification; and thousands of other North American designers, and facility managers.

The Paint Research Association (PRA) was founded in 1926 as an independent association of member companies throughout the supply chain to support innovation and growth in the surface coatings sector. PRA is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom, where it has state-of-the-art laboratories for all aspects of independent coatings evaluation and testing.

PRA also houses the World Surface Coatings Library, a unique information resource established over 80 years ago, publishes coatings related literature and contributes regularly to the development of international industry standards.
Further information is available at http://www.pra-world.com/

In the coming weeks, more detailed information will be available on both web sites, but paint and coating manufacturers interested in participating can get advance information by contacting either PRA’s Managing Director, Jonathan Bourne at j.bourne@pra-world.com, or MPI’s President, Barry Law, at bgl@mpi.net. This advance information may become more important when the requirement for performance-based coatings appears for a large upcoming military construction project in Europe.



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