Over 35 members of the Barbados Institute of Architects (BIA) recently converged at the Radisson Hotel for an engaging session featuring guest speaker Ian Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer of Harris Paints.

The seminar highlighted the ‘glocal’ approach, (signifying the best of global and local) of the Harris Group of Companies which has grown from small beginnings in Barbados to become a pan-regional enterprise with over 213 employees and sales in 15 countries, ranging as far west as Belize, to Jamaica in the north and Suriname in the south.

The CEO outlined some of the important international partnerships which afford Harris and its customers exceptional benefits and access to world-class high performance solutions for residential, commercial and industrial environments. In particular, Kenyon alluded to the company’s revolutionary Best by Test Ulttima Plus product line, stating, “it is unique not just in the Caribbean but globally, as no other paint company in the world has achieved what we have done by combining five technologies into a single can of paint”.

He further demonstrated the science behind one of the technologies referenced, MildewGuard, which was inspired by techniques used in the medical field and re-engineered to effect the slow-release of fungicides into the paint coating resulting in longer lasting resistance to mildew growth. The success of the formula was evidenced in dramatic test samples that had been subjected to extreme moist conditions
in the Malaysian jungle.

The session also included a brief overview of the company’s high performance coating sector for anti-corrosion and other specialty purposes and introduced a range of polyurethane & epoxy coating systems for the provision of seamless resin flooring suitable for food processing facilities, hospitals, industrial and commercial uses. This was followed by a roundtable discussion about new Harris tools and services being developed to better serve regional architects, as well as feedback from Harris Paints President Robert Jones and Chairman Ralph Johnson, who were also in attendance.

The event was part of a wider multi-media promotional initiative being undertaken by Harris Paints across the region to promote trade and supported in part, under the European Union’s Direct Assistance Grant Scheme as administered by the Caribbean Export Development Agency.

Presentations were well received and both the BIA and Harris Paints committed to partnering on future event and activities. Subject to BIA approval and new requirements for continuing professional development, attendees expressed a high degree of interest in Harris Paints’ proposal to hold a following AIA (American Institute of Architects) certified seminar featuring international Colour expert Fawn Chang.

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