PRA is the world’s most complete surface coatings advisor and the essential connector to the global surface coatings community throughout the supply chain.
We provide independent knowledge based services that have positioned us as a catalyst for innovation and growth since 1926.
PRA is based at Melton Mowbray, in the heart of the UK. It is home to our unique library dedicated entirely to surface coatings information services, as well as our independent laboratory.
We are Globally Recognised Coatings Experts and our mission is to be the essential connector for the global surface coatings community throughout the supply chain by providing independent knowledge based services in support of innovation and growth of our members.
Since our foundation the aims have been:
PRA Membership brings many benefits. Membership of PRA is open to all surface coatings related businesses including paint, ink, adhesive and sealant manufacturers, chemical raw material suppliers, other research associations, instrument equipment manufacturers, end users of coatings and consultants.
PRA provides a unique combination of market and technical expertise to support innovation and growth of chemicals and coatings companies, as well as users. We do this by helping our clients to achieve:
Whether your company could benefit from our Research Support, Coatings Advice, Information Services or Technical Services, every individual can benefit from the Events and Coatings Training that support professional development & recognition, as well as bring people together to share ideas and meet key business contacts.
|1926||Establishment of the "Research Association of British Paint, Colour and Varnish Manufacturers”. Dr L A Jordan appointed as Director|
|1927||First Technical Report – on tung oil|
|1931||First commissioned research contract – on lithopone|
|1944||Construction of electron microscope|
|1954||First in-house Symposium|
|1956||First training course|
|1960||Second Director: Dr Leslie Valentine|
|1963||Extension of membership to overseas firms|
|1965||Extension of membership to paint users|
|1968||Third Director: Dr G Anderson|
|1970||Conductive paint invention|
|1971||Change of name to "Paint Research Association"|
|1977||Opening of PRA Council to overseas Members|
|1981||World Surface Coatings Abstracts (WSCA) goes on-line|
|1986||Fourth Managing Director: John Bernie|
|1986||First overseas conference (Brussels)|
|1988||First EU contract (Self-Stratifying Coatings)|
|1993||Launch of business journal Coatings COMET|
|1994||First PRA Research Symposium|
|1995||PRA on Internet|
|1996||Purchase of Atomic Force Microscope|
|1999||Fifth Managing Director: Chris Storey|
|2001||75 years of service to the coatings industry|
|2001||Sixth Managing Director: John Marshall|
|2005||PRA relocated from Teddington to the Coatings Technology Centre in Hampton|
|2006||Seventh Managing Director: Jonathan Bourne|
|2009||Merger with Pera International|
|2012||PRA becomes a Pera Technology company|
|2015||PRA relocated to Pera Business Park, Melton Mowbray|
|2016||PRA becomes PRA World Ltd|
|2016||Eighth Managing Director: Ian Hay|
PRA Irfab have released the first module of the new Global Industrial Coatings Market study, Protective.Read more
Did you miss PRA’s 10th International Woodcoatings Congress? You can now buy a copy of the full proceedings and papers from the European Coatings Website!Read more
We will be closed between Saturday 24th December 2016 and Monday 2nd January 2017.Read more
Notice of Management Buyout of PRA from Pera Technology SolutionsRead more
Welcome to our newest member - Olin Epoxy!Read more
PRA are pleased to welcome M&K Ghana to membership.Read more
PRA is delighted to welcome another new member to the PRA - Dupre MineralsRead more
First release of GICM Marine module now available. For more information visit https://t.co/31AJigQ25e
Welcome to our new members Expertas Global and KCJ Chemical Consultancy Ltd
PRA's membership keeps growing! We're pleased to welcome Resene Paints and Watco UK Ltd into membership.