Written by Andy Potts | June 2022 The Top 4 Wood Coatings Suppliers In The UK
Whether you are an industrial paint shop, commercial joinery firm or an independent joiner, finding a company that can meet all your supply needs can be a difficult task. This article gives the lowdown on the UK’s top four wood coatings suppliers — Symphony Coatings, Movac, Ultrimax Coatings and Morrells — to help you make the right decision for your business.
In a hurry? Here’s a quick-reference comparison chart of the UK’s leading suppliers:
|UK Branches||9-UK Wide||7-Mainly E Anglia||Doncaster||28-UK|
|UK - Owned Company||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Wood coating brands stocked:||Osmo
Sherwin Williams Sikkens
|Other joinery product lines:
Consumables; PPE; equipment, plant & supplies
|Product descriptions on website||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Technical & Safety Datasheets Online||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|On-site colour mixing & Matching||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Paint Shop Support Services:|
|- Legislative advice & support||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|-Online support resources||No||Yes-limited||Yes-Extensive||Yes-Limited|
|-Spray shop audits & reports||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|-Technical consultation & training||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Established in the early 1990s, Symphony Coatings is an independent distributor of industrial and decorative coatings, primarily for joinery, furniture, marine, glass and metal. It’s a national company that prides itself on supplying local industry with competitively priced professional products, fast delivery, and in-person support services.
Symphony has nine branches that provide good coverage across England. The company does not currently have a presence in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and it does not own all of its branches.
Symphony does not currently sell its products online or provide website resources such as product descriptions, technical and safety datasheets or technical advice and support materials.
Symphony stocks an extensive range of professional wood coatings, from maintenance coatings to full factory finishes. Product lines include stains, lacquers and oils manufactured by names such as Renner, Sherwin Williams, Osmo and Rubio Monocoat.
The company also sells:
The technical team at Symphony offer a good selection of professional support services, including:
Movac Group Limited is a family owned firm that began life as a general household paint shop in Southend in 1951. In 1953 it tapped into the automotive finishing market and has grown to be a strong supplier in this sector. Movac introduced a division for wood finishing products in 1985, and for industrial coatings in 2006.
Movac has seven branches, most of which are in East Anglia. The company does not currently have a presence in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.
Movac does not currently sell its products online, but product brochures are available on the website, as well as a modest library of information videos.
Movac distributes a wide range of high-technology products manufactured by brands such as Sayerlack, PPG and Irurena. It does not manufacture own-brand products.
In addition to joinery coatings, Movac also stocks:
Movac is proud of its ability to respond to and support the ever-changing needs of its client-base. As such, it offers a comprehensive list of services, including:
Family owned, Ultrimax was born in 1973 in Donald Hoare’s home garage in Doncaster. Today, the company primarily manufactures and supplies paint coatings to customers in a range of specialised sectors, including joinery, rail, plant, marine and steel fabrication. It has a strong focus on delivering quality paint, spray equipment and technical support packages.
Ultrimax runs its manufacturing operations, warehouse, trade counter, online shop and total paint shop support services out of its premises in Doncaster which is situated centrally in the UK to serve the whole country. The company’s decision to use the single-facility model is based on its commitment to providing unrivalled customer care while minimising its carbon footprint. With no need for inter-branch movement of goods, stock control is efficient (and high), allowing Ultrimax to offer its customers same-day despatch to anywhere in the UK on orders made before 2pm.
In 2014, Ultrimax set up an online shop and ordering portal to make it even easier for customers to buy products, manage their services and access advice and support, regardless of their location. The website also has an extensive Help and Advice page where you will find:
Ultrimax stocks in excess of 20,000 products, which includes coatings, spray equipment, PPE, tools, consumables and sundries that are largely geared towards joinery, plant and machinery, steel fabrication, rail and engineering. Its wood coatings range includes:
Ultrimax is big on customer support and offers a full-service approach, which includes:
Most of these support services are provided free of charge where possible.
Morrells started out in 1902 as a small London-based manufacturer of wood finishing oils and waxes. The company now produces high performance wood coatings and finishes for an international market, and is owned by the large American multinational, RPM International Inc.
Morrells has good coverage across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with small local branches that hold a limited amount of own-brand stock.
Morrells does not currently sell its products online. You can view product descriptions and technical and safety datasheets on the website, and there are a few technical advice and support pages.
You will only find own-brand coatings, finishes and spray shop supplies at a Morrells store. Their current ranges are:
As a specialist manufacturer of pre-catalyst and acid-catalyst coatings, Morrells is less well-known for water-based wood solutions.
The Morrells website states that the company has a “dedicated team of experienced technicians to support customers in all aspects of technical back-up and after-sales service”. This back-up support is free of charge and includes:
Which specialist wood coatings supplier is best suited to your business? Here’s a quick round-up.
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