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ABRAFATI. Brazilian Coatings Manufacturers Association




Abrafati

About Us:

Timeline

1985

ABRAFATI is founded on July 15 by six coatings manufacturers.

1986

The initial Working Groups are formed, consisting of professionals from the member companies. The Legal and Technical Working Groups remain at work to the present day.

1987

The ABRAFATI Award for Coatings Science is created to stimulate research and technological development.

1988

Groundbreaking Coatings Course implemented in Brazil.

1989

First edition of the International Coatings Congress with 800 attendees. At the same time, the Suppliers Exhibition takes place with 33 companies participating.

The book “A Indústria de Tintas no Brasil – Cem Anos de Cor e História” is launched.

1990

The Consumer Code takes effect, reinforcing ABRAFATI’s work towards fostering ethics, fair competition and respect for consumers in the industry.

1991

The Congress and Exhibition expand, moving to the Anhembi Exhibition Hall due to their growth and the need to provide more resources to participants.

1992

Collaboration with the ABNT (Brazilian Association for Technical Standards) for the development of decorative coatings standards is kicked off.

1993

Tintas e Vernizes – Ciência e Tecnologia” is launched as the first technical book on paint and coatings science and technology in Brazil, becoming an indispensable piece of bibliography.

1994

Prêmio Jabuti, the most important award for Brazil’s book industry, is won by “Tintas e Vernizes – Ciência e Tecnologia”.

1995

2nd edition of the book “Tintas e Vernizes”, an extended and updated version.

1996

The first Seminar on Environmental Matters in the Coatings Industry is held to disseminate knowledge and innovative practices across the supply chain, having occupational safety and health added to its scope later on.

1997

The ABRAFATI website goes online, having been renewed and updated ever since, providing an institutional overview of and reliable information on the industry.

1998

The industry is included in the Export Financing Program (Proex), which translates into to foreign sales.

1999

Campaigns are launched to Fight Tax Evasion in Coatings Sales and Counterfeiting in Tinting Machines, adding to other anti-nonconformity initiatives that had been commenced years earlier.

The first diagnosis is issued concerning the disposal of coatings containers after consumption.

2000

ABRAFATI is made a member of the Competitiveness Forums for Building and Construction and the Automotive Industry created by the Ministry of Development.

The Coatings Manufacturers Convention is held to discuss and update information on technical nonconformity, tax evasion and counterfeiting.

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2001

Agreement signed with the trade school Senai Mario Amato for the creation of a laboratory specializing in decorative coatings.

2002

The Industry-Specific Quality Program for Decorative Coatings is initiated as part of the PBQPH (the initials in Portuguese for Brazilian Habitat Quality and Productivity Program of the Ministry of Cities). Since then, it has changed the picture for coatings in Brazil thanks to the boost it has given to product improvement and market regulation initiatives.

2003

The Poster Session is created at the International Coatings Congress, enabling a larger number of technical papers to be presented at the show.

2004

NBR 15079, the first technical standard for decorative coatings, is published, becoming a watershed in the marketplace by providing the industry with clear scientific criteria for latex paint quality evaluation.

As the pilot phase of the Coatings Care Program is kicked off in Brazil, the Product Management Code adapted to the Brazilian reality is made available.

2005

ABRAFATI’s Code of Ethics is published, consolidating practices and values that were already embraced by the entity and becoming a conduct benchmark for members and employees.

The ABRAFATI Conference on Emergency Brigades is created to share and provide training in best practices in safety and prevention..

2006

The ABRAFATI Forum is created as an annual event for assessing and discussing scenarios for the industry, eventually becoming a fundamental tool for companies and their key executives to outline strategies and plans for the following years.

PA guidebook is published on coatings waste disposal at construction sites.

2007

A period of rapid growth in the construction industry begins, following the creation of the PAC (Growth Acceleration Program) by the federal government, which resulted from a collective effort undertaken by the construction supply chain in order to show that it would be the best driver of economic and social development in Brazil.

2008

The law prohibiting the use of lead in decorative coatings is passed.

The first edition of the book “Tintas Imobiliárias de Qualidade – Livro de Rótulos da ABRAFATI” is released, becoming a reference catalog for recognized quality coatings.

2009

To train house painters and value their trade, the ABRAFATI Professional Painter Program is created, concomitantly with the implementation of the National List of House Painters, which enables trained professionals to be located online.

The motto “Coatings of the Future” is created, which has been the core concept for the Congress and Exhibition ever since.

The ABRAFATI-RadTech Radiation Curing Seminar is created and thereupon held in every edition of the Congress.

2010

ABRAFATI’s scope of activity is officially expanded to the representation of the entire supply chain, including an amendment to the entity’s by-laws to allow the participation of suppliers.

Sustainable Industry Development is defined as the core objective of the entity’s activity.

The Annual Meeting of the IPPIC (International Paint and Printing Ink Council) is held in Brazil for the 1st time.

2011

Led by ABRAFATI, the ABNT (Brazilian Association for Technical Standards) Coatings Committee is created.

The Brazilian version of the Coatings Care Program Handbook is released, with contents adapted for the Brazilian reality and requirements.

The “Madeira de Verdade” (or “Real Wood”) campaign is created to highlight the attributes of hard wood and promote its various possible uses.

The 1st course designed to prepare the industry for the implementation of the GHS system is provided.

2012

The first proposed packaging industry (makers and fillers) agreements for meeting the requirements of the National Solid Waste Policy are put forward, following discussions and studies conducted in conjunction with the government and other business sectors.

A guidebook on how to prevent coatings waste and handle empty packaging materials is published.

The annual honors for ABRAFATI Personalities are created.

2013

As a pioneering initiative to promote adherence to the guidelines of the National Solid Waste Policy, the first Prolata Recycling Center is opened in partnership with ABEAÇO (short in Portuguese for Brazilian Steel Packaging Association).

RA technical study of the Classification of Packaging Materials for Decorative Coatings is conducted, with scope and methodology determined in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment and the IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment).

2014

Strengthening of Sustainability is consolidated as a guiding element of ABRAFATI’s activity by the creation of a special committee of its Board of Directors and the definition thereof of the central theme for ABRAFATI 2015.

An automotive refinish quality improvement and sustainability program is launched by the formation of a Study Commission on the theme under the ABNT Coatings Committee.

Issue no. 100 of the magazine Revista Abrafati is published, introducing an English version and a digital version of the refreshed publication.