MPI Shares Review of 2022 Progress


Shortly before ringing in the new year, The Master Painters Institute (a subsidiary of The Association for Materials Protection and Performance) shared a review of progress made throughout 2022 via email.

Highlights from the year include various testing and listing updates, global developments and strides made in the standards community, as well as the initiation of new training and auditing programs.

Specifically for testing and listing, MPI shared that in 2022, paint manufacturers for commercial and architectural products submitted over 1,000 applications to the Institute’s Performance Testing of Paint products.

In addition, more than 200 Initial Performance Testing Applications were also sent as a result of companies looking to relaunch their product lines in a post-pandemic business environment. Other highlights from the sector included:

  • More than 100,000 hours logged in MPI’s accelerated weathering performance tests; and
  • Over 100 X-Green product applications submitted (30 of which were new, initial applications).

Within the realm of testing and listing, MPI further noted that it had made “significant” new developments in Central and South America with the addition of three new organizations listing within the Institution and that it approved over 40 new product listings.

Last year also witnessed the initiation of a new Lab Audit Program designed to be used alongside A2LA and ISO 17025. MPI stated that the lab audit program will ensure that labs can perform testing to MPI’s requirements to facilitate worldwide growth opportunities and outlines comprehensive guidelines including training, data management, testing and safety.

Training Program highlights for 2022 included:

  • 25% increase in students registering for the Level 1 training course;
  • Significant interest in the MPI Training program from Latin America;
  • Training program rated an average of 8.5/10;
  • MPI’s first female architectural coatings inspector announced; and
  • First international student (Philippines) working through the MPI training program to become an MPI architectural coatings inspector.

Over the past year, MPI shared in its review that it acquired over 100 new MPI Architectural Painting Specification and Maintenance Repainting/Restoration Manual subscribers. The MPI team, in collaboration, was also reported to have spent 2022 consolidating and updating MPI’s digital imprint to shape a better and more secure web journey for users.

In concluding its review, MPI noted that its Standards Community hosted two online meetings during 2022: one in May and another in November.

Looking forward to 2023, MPI is hoping to:

  • Launch its new Restoration/Repainting Decision Tree tool and updated Architectural Painting Decision Tree tool after UI and UX testing;
  • Rebrand and relaunch its MPI Training Program during the first quarter;
  • Redesign, rebrand and create a better user experience on its MPI Website;
  • Continue to lead the revision of the current AMPP (SSPC) QP9 Commercial Painting Contractor Certification Program;
  • Further increase its presence and the adoption of MPI in Latin America; and
  • Work with NAVFAC to update and host additional Navy standards.

Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Asia Pacific; Business operations; Certifications and standards; Coatings; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; Master Painters Institute (MPI); MPI Approved Product; MPI Green Performance; North America; Paint; Testing + Evaluation; Z-Continents

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