PRA (Paint Research Association) and Pera are pleased to announce that they have today merged both organisations following an Extraordinary General Meeting of PRA Members, held at the Coatings Technology Centre, Hampton, Middlesex, UK.
This follows a successful year for PRA, which will continue to operate autonomously but as part of the Pera Innovation Network.
Jonathan Bourne, Managing Director at PRA, said "Merging with Pera will enable us to consolidate the very positive progress made over the past three years and to further develop our services in support of the innovation and growth of PRA member companies".
A key benefit of the merger will be the integrated support that will now be given to companies pursuing government funding for R&D projects, whether under EC or national schemes.
John Hill, Chief Executive at Pera, said "The merger is an important step in the further development of Pera into an international organisation and with PRA as part of the Pera Innovation Network, we will have an outstanding competency for industrial materials and nanotechnology research and business support".
- Alicia Rudzka,
- Communications Manager, Pera
- 01664 501240
- Susan Conyers,
- Office Manager, PRA
- 020 8487 0802
Notes for Editors
- PRA (Paint Research Association) is a global service organisation that combines expert knowledge on coatings technology and markets to support innovation and growth.
- PRA is governed as a corporate membership association, representing companies throughout the supply chain - from chemical raw materials and intermediates to formulated paints and inks, as well as distributors and end users.
- PRA operates the World Surface Coatings Library and maintains independent laboratory testing facilities at the PRA Coatings Technology Centre, near London.
- Pera is one of Europe's leading innovation and business support organisations with a presence in eight European countries. Established in the UK over 60 years ago as an industry association, we now work to improve the growth and competitiveness of industry and business in Europe by helping clients gain:
- greater access to global knowledge and markets
- more efficient business processes
- better differentiated products and services
- more effective skills development.
PRA Press Release, 22 January 2009