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Tor Invests £2m In Aerosol FacilityPosted: July 1, 2009 by Tor Coatings

Tor aerosol facility

County Durham-based specialist paints manufacturer, Tor Coatings has invested £2m in a state-of-the-art aerosol manufacturing facility, securing over 150 jobs in the worst economic climate the UK has experienced for 60 years.

The investment allows the firm to manufacture – and market – a new range of aerosol spray paints under their parent company’s name, Rust-Oleum; the market-leading consumer spray paint brand in the US.

Tor’s objectives were to produce a superior paint, deliver genuine innovation, better packaging and, crucially, to manufacture the paint in Great Britain – something no other supplier of mainstream, decorative consumer spray paints to the UK DIY sector presently does.

Tor recognised that one of the major issues surrounding the UK spray paint supply chain is the fact that the main players import their products from territories including the US and Germany.

The new aerosol facility (pictured) is a one-stop-shop which allows Tor to make, fill and label spray paints at a rate of 5,000 units an hour. The rapid turnaround ensures stock-outs are not an issue. The Birtley site is now capable of producing an impressive 10 million spray paints annually.

The Rust-Oleum paints are aimed at DIY enthusiasts with an interest in home improvement and come in a range of colours and finishes, including Metallic and Textured.

The flagship of the range is Universal – the world’s first all-surface spray paint. A very quick-drying paint that can be applied to any surface without the need for a primer.

Tor launched the Rust-Oleum range in March 2009 and has already achieved national distribution with over 400 stockists on board.

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