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Making a Splash… …Splash Paint and Plastic

Ⓢplash Paint and Plastic is a wholly owned Zimbabwean company which first opened in 2002 with branches in Graniteside and Workington. In April this year they officially opened their brand new factory just across the road from their existing factory in Workington. The plant was opened by Vice President General Constantine Chiwenga who read a speech on behalf of the President Emerson Mnangagwa. Although the official opening took place in April 2018 the factory has been operating since August 2017. Splash not only retail paints and plastics through selected hardware shops, they manufacture their products as well so you can always be assured of the best quality. Their exclusive range of paints carries up to a seven year warrantee!

They manufacture interior and exterior acrylic PVA paint in a huge range of 1600 colours which can be specially tinted to meet your requirements. They make gloss enamel paints, roof and stoep paints, road line paint, chalk board paint, and timber varnishes. They also supply related paint products like thinners and turpentine to clean up after painting. They are agents for the well known Hamilton brand of paint brushes and rollers.

They can offer the excellent technical and financial advice about the best kind of paint needed for any job as well as the correct quantities of paint needed. Splash supplies a number of paint contractors and they also have their own painting crew of around 40 labourers so you can contract Splash to supply paint and supervised labour ensuring the best results for any painting project, whether it’s residential, commercial or industrial. They also offer countrywide deliveries using their own fleet of vehicles.

Splash Paints and Plastics also has a corporate responsibility programme and has painted over 50 schools in less privileged areas as well as the Murehwa hospital and other public buildings. They also support local cricket players and sponsor the Heath Streak Cricket Academy. Apart from giving back to the community Splash also helps to support the local economy by employing a workforce of around 300 people, including highly skilled technicians, chemists, engineers, machine operators and some unskilled labour. A programme of staff training helps to create a skilled workforce that boosts our local industries.

Their future plans include setting up a new factory in Marondera which will manufacture adhesives and grouting as well as cement waterproofing solutions. The Marondera factory is scheduled to open later this year and will provide an additional 100 job opportunities. They currently export to South Africa and Zambia helping to earn valuable foreign currency for Zimbabwe, and they’re looking to increase their exports to the DRC, Malawi and Mozambique. In addition to their range of paints and painting accessories, they also supply tile adhesive and grouting so they are a full one-stop manufacturer for home and office decor solutions. And they supply bitumen related products for the construction industry like DPC (damp-proof course). Splash believes that diversification is the key to their continued growth

Their range of plastic products includes PVC pipes and plumbing fittings, electrical conduiting and fittings, hose pipes, polypipes for agricultural irrigation systems, sanitary ware and household products like plastic buckets. Splash is an eco-friendly company striving to create products that are re-usable and recyclable. Their manufacturing process produces very little waste material and most of their reject products can be recycled. They even have their own in house water treatment plant so their waste water can be re-used. Splash is a member of the Southern African Paint Manufacturers and they also have certification from the Standards Association of Zimbabwe, Sadc and COMESA.

Splash has won numerous awards over the years from the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers, including 2015- Best supplier of the year, 2016-Best Supplier of the year, 2017-Best supplier of the year, Matabeleland and 2017- Best Supplier of the year, Mashonaland. The currently supply stock to selected retailers including N Richards, Metro Peech, Union Hardware, Builders Home, Nations Hardware, Megasave, Farm & City, FABS Hardware, UBM and Bohla Hardware, amongst others. Their massive investment in brand new state-of-the-art manufacturing machinery from Larsen & Toubro Limited shows confidence in the future economic development of Zimbabwe.

text by Michael Nott

photos by Kush Carter

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