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Coatings Delivery Service Takes Off

Friday, April 1, 2016

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In need of a last-minute delivery? No problem. U.K. marine varnishes and anti-foul coatings manufacturer HMG Paints has announced a solution.

Capable of speeds up to 50 mph, the company’s “HMG delivery drone” can fly up to 25 liters (about 6.6 gallons) of paint directly to its destination within a fraction of normal delivery time.

Designed by the company’s research and development team, the innovative, cost- and time-efficient delivery method is controlled by dispatch operatives at the new Operations Centre at HMG’s Manchester headquarters.

Images: HMG Paints

From adhesives to decorative emulsion, the company claims the unmanned aerial vehicle can deliver any coating to any location within a matter of minutes. When the customer receives an email alert regarding the drone’s arrival at the designated collection point, all he or she needs to do is be ready and waiting to pick up the parcel, according to the company.

Drone Delivery Fleet

HMG has introduced a fleet of six drones to cover northwest England, it says, adding that each member of the dispatch department is trained and qualified to control the drones.

James Ellison, one of the company’s warehouse workers, stated, “I can’t wait to start sending out orders with this new technology. We like to go above and beyond to help our customers in any way we can—and this quite literally means we can.”


Sales Director Danny Cleary explained the advantages of the new delivery method for customers. “We work so closely with all our customers to give them exactly the products they need, and this system will allow them to get it quicker.”

The company is also using the system to send samples back and forth to customers for testing and expects the system will halve they typical development and feedback time for new customers.

For more information about the drone delivery service, contact, quoting code APRILFOOL.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coating Materials; Coatings; Drones; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); HMG Paints Ltd.; Industry News; Latin America; North America; Paint

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