Indestructible Paint, a Midlands-based company which makes high-performance coatings that withstand 1,000°C, is celebrating strong growth during a climate of challenge, thanks to its investment in both people and innovation.
Last year, its cutting-edge coatings – which are primarily used on aircraft and turbines – were instrumental in increasing sales by 20% in 2022 with further growth forecast this year.
Thanks to this growth, Indestructible Paint has been able to create new, highly-skilled jobs in its laboratory to enable further investment in R&D and expansion in the market.
Steve Berry – the company’s recently-appointed laboratory manager – has over 40 years’ experience working to develop new products and is excited about the months ahead, particularly as the company is launching a greener, chrome-free coating to the market, the result of ten years’ dedicated research and a revolution for the industry.
Berry enjoys helping younger chemists to develop their potential and will be nurturing the careers of two recruits to the laboratory – Chris Williams and Marcus Wheatley – who are taking up newly-created roles.
“I’m looking forward to getting more hands-on experience in the world of research and testing which I only glimpsed at university,” said Williams, who is delighted to be joining as an apprentice R&D technician following a degree in chemistry. “There are many opportunities here at Indestructible Paint to learn more practical skills and grow my knowledge of the chemical industry in a motivating and supportive environment.”
Wheatley has had a varied career and developed an interest in coatings when working for a well-known commercial paint company. Having discovered what he really wanted to do, he thought the opening at Indestructible Paint would be the perfect opportunity.
“The company develops so many advanced products that there is a wide scope to learn and develop,” said Wheatley. “It was initially daunting as there is so much to learn but I’ve been surrounded by support and am now working toward qualifying as a laboratory technician.”