Spanish paint company Barnices Valentine hosted the Fall 2009 Nova Paint Club Conference in Barcelona from Oct. 26-30. The conference brought together Nova board members and technical and purchasing committee members to discuss joint strategies to tackle the current challenges facing coatings companies worldwide.
Attendees benefitted from presentations by international suppliers on vital issues including innovative coatings technologies and new approaches to cost-effective formulating. Delegates were also shown around Barnices Valentine’s new facilities near Barcelona. Barnices Valentine is part of the Portuguese CIN Group, Iberia’s leading paint organization and a founding member of the Nova Paint Club.
“We were delighted to host this important event and to have once again benefited from the knowledge and experience within the worldwide Nova membership,” said João Serrenho, CIN Group chief executive. Serrenho, who was appointed Nova Club president at the meeting, replacing Miguel Rodriguez of Sinteplast, added, “I am looking forward to my term of office and will work hard to maintain the momentum that has been generated at this excellent event.”
The outgoing president was presented with a Nova Gold Award in recognition of his services to the organization. Serrenho was also congratulated by the Nova delegates on his recent election as president of CEPE, the European Council of Paint Producers.
The next meeting of the Nova Paint Club will be hosted by Tambour Ltd in May 2010 in Israel and it will include Nova’s marketing directors.
The Nova Paint Club is an international organization founded in 1983 to provide a framework for leading global independent paint companies to benefit from exchanges of technical information, technology and expertise in all areas of their operations.
The Nova Paint Club currently has 11 core members with their main operations based in Argentina (Sinteplast SA), Canada (Cloverdale Paint Inc), Colombia (Global Paints SA), Germany (Votteler Lackfabrik GmbH & Co), Greece, (Druckfarben Hellas SA), India, (Asian Paints), Israel (Tambour Ltd), Portugal (CIN SA), South Africa (Plascon SA), Spain (Barnices Valentine S.A.), and the USA (Vogel Paint Inc). These companies also have other operations and/or subsidiaries, which extends their total involvement to around 90 countries throughout the world.