CPCA Lauds Industry Contributions
The organization representing Canada’s major paint and coating manufacturers, and their industry suppliers, has announced the winner of its Industry Achievement Award.
The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) recognized Laura Johnston, Axalta Canada’s technical and regulatory manager, with the award for her exceptional industry contributions, Axalta announced Friday (June 3).
Johnston received the award at CPCA’s annual conference, held May 25-26 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Advancing the Industry
“The success of CPCA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of its members relies on the strong technical support of its member companies,” said Gary Leroux, CPCA president.
“Laura is a clear representation of that support,” Leroux added. “She is always available and willing to share her time and expertise for the benefit of the entire industry.”
For the past seven years, Johnston has worked with CPCA in various roles, currently as a member of its Paint and Coatings Working Group and Chair of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee.
Johnston also represents CPCA on the government of Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Current Issues Committee.
In this role, she helped to shape the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System in Canada, seeking to update the pictograms, labels, safety data sheets, etc., so that Canada’s existing Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System more closely aligns with those used in the United States.
According to the government’s Health Canada department, these changes are expected to benefit trade between the two nations while also improving worker health and safety in Canada.
“The work that Laura does has a tremendous impact not only on Axalta’s operations, but on the broader coatings industry in Canada,” said Paul Chaney, Axalta’s Ajax, Canada plant manager.
“We are extremely proud of Laura’s contributions to the industry over her 17 years with Axalta,” he added. “This award is truly well-deserved.”
Established in 1913, CPCA represents Canada’s paint and coatings manufacturers, suppliers and distributors in three primary product categories: architectural paints, industrial and automotive coatings.
It helps to promote the sustainability of the coatings industry and advises on regulation and policy to help both governments and the industry meet their objectives.
According to the association’s website, the industry has more than 261 paint manufacturing establishments in Canada, with annual retail sales valued at more than $10 billion, directly and indirectly employing 31,800 employees.
The more than 6,000 retail outlets in Canada selling paint and coatings products include stores operated by CPCA’s members, the paint and coatings manufacturers, and big box and other stores that stock CPCA member-company brands.
Additionally, the country is home to more than 5,500 auto body paint and repair shops.
CPCA members also directly supply the coatings required for original equipment manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, marine and industrial sectors.
Global coatings manufacturer Axalta focuses on providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable coatings solutions.
From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, its coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable materials to last longer.
With 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the company employs approximately 12,000 people serving more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries. It reported $4.1 billion in net sales in 2015.