A vibrant and colourful year for Haymes
2019 marked the year where Haymes Paint became the largest of only a handful of remaining Australian owned and made paint manufacturers, following the acquisition of the Dulux Group by Nippon Paints, which is based in Japan.
Sales Director of the Ballarat based family manufacturing business, Matt Haymes said like many retail, trade and reseller customers, he was saddened that yet another iconic Australian brand was no longer Australian.
“In saying this, Haymes Paint is still here and we are still 100 per cent Australia Made and owned. Being local and family-owned is an integral part of the Haymes business and brand DNA,” he said.
Haymes Paint has had an amazing twelve months, according to Mr Haymes, who said just some of its achievements for 2019 include the company being highly recognised by the industry’s toughest critics – customers, after it was awarded the Canstar Blue Award for ‘Most Satisfied Customer – Paint’, for the second year in a row.
“The Canstar Blue Award this year really highlights the belief and commitment of the entire Haymes family – our staff, our resellers, our trade and our end user. To be awarded five stars in all six categories including value for money, quality of finish, range and variety, really caps off an amazing year,” he said.
Although it is the second year in a row that Haymes was awarded the ‘Canstar’ crown, what is even more impressive regarding this year’s results, was that no other manufacturer in the paint category attained a five-star rating, Mr Haymes said.
In saying this, Haymes Paint, and its now extensive range of coatings, is still focussed on supporting and being available through independent Australian family-owned paint and hardware specialists, according to Mr Haymes.
“We are now in a position to drive a total coating solution through our reseller network. When considering our industrial and Ultimate Protective Coatings, a new Rendertex range, and a refreshed reinvigorated woodcare offer to be launched early next year, we can now support the specialist network with a complete one-source solution. We are very excited that our network is now looking at our entire suite, and challenging themselves to look at new markets, new products and ranges that could add additional profitable opportunities for their business,” Mr Haymes said
The later part of 2019 also saw the paint specialist industry thrown into turmoil when the Paint Spot Group – a network of 17 previously independently owned paint stores in Melbourne, was sold to the Dulux Group.
“Haymes was a major supplier and partner of Paint Spot. However, thankfully we had undertaken some contingency planning and we were able to respond quickly, opening an additional six Haymes Paint Shops in Melbourne. This leaves us with a strong network across the city of over 20 stores. It has certainly been a very big year!”
Mr Haymes also stated that 2020 will no doubt be one of the most important years in Haymes’ rich 85-year history.
“The landscape is changing very quickly. We have the best team of people in the industry, incredible products, and wonderful business partnerships. It really is a hell of a lot of fun,” he said.