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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.

The Paint Research Association (PRA) was founded in 1926 as an independent association of member companies to support innovation and growth in the surface coatings sector. It was founded by the industry, for the industry and is sustained by involvement in the membership, as well as the continued use of its services.

Today PRA is an independent membership organisation which continues to deliver its founding services and is governed by a management team with the support of an Advisory Board of Member Representatives. Member interests are represented by the Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance to PRA in line with its original objectives. Each year there is an Annual Members’ Day, open to all member companies.

What are the benefits of membership? PRA Membership provides companies with the advantage of accessing our full range of products and services, unlocking a wealth of coatings expertise, priority access & discounts and networking with the global coatings community.

The PRA Membership Structure has been refreshed to make the subscription affordable for all sizes of organisation.

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Benefits of Membership

Whether you want to drive your business to the fore in your sector, or improve the way you do things or do something absolutely new, PRA is better placed than ever to help you. It is what we are here to do, and what your membership is for. PRA members receive a world of benefits:

  • Global information and insights on surface coatings and markets
  • Fresh thinking on issues and development in global paints and coatings
  • Internationally renowned conferences and events on surface coatings
  • Courses, workshops and training programmes to develop your knowledge and skills
  • Innovation partnerships to expand capability and create new value propositions
  • R&D support and technical advice
  • International business connections and networking

We have been helping companies innovate, improve and grow for over 80 years so enjoy making the most of your PRA membership;

  • Personal support of the PRA team to sustain and grow your business
  • Exclusive Members’ Day – workshops, networking and key industry insight
  • Special offers and member-only prices
  • Website listings and links, promotion and recognition through www.pra-world.com
  • Coatings Online — frequently updated database of technical and news articles that can be browsed or searched
  • Access to other facilities through PRA

Coatings News

Press Release Nov 17

9th November 2017

PRA granted UKAS accreditation

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Irfab releases first Global Industrial Coatings Market study module - Protective

23rd January 2017

PRA Irfab have released the first module of the new Global Industrial Coatings Market study, Protective.

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Woodcoatings Congress Proceedings

11th January 2017

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!

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Christmas Shutdown

21st December 2016

We will be closed between Saturday 24th December 2016 and Monday 2nd January 2017.

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PRA Newsletter

7th December 2016

Click on the link to view PRA's new quarterly Newsletter

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PRA Press Release November 2016

30th November 2016

Notice of Management Buyout of PRA from Pera Technology Solutions

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Welcome to new Member Olin Epoxy!

21st October 2016

Welcome to our newest member - Olin Epoxy!

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Welcome to M&K Ghana

28th September 2016

PRA are pleased to welcome M&K Ghana to membership.

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Welcome to our new Member Synthomer

14th September 2016

Welcome back to PRA Synthomer!

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Welcome Dupre Minerals to PRA

28th July 2016

PRA is delighted to welcome another new member to the PRA - Dupre Minerals

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Autumn/Winter Training Courses Announced

22nd July 2016

PRA is delighted to preview its Autumn/Winter Training Courses for 2016.

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7th Nov 2018

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7th Nov 2018

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2nd Nov 2018

On November 15, PRA will be making their way to Mottram Hall in Cheshire to attend the BCF Awards. We’re delighted… https://t.co/UbNR63C20N

31st Oct 2018

PRA’s Paint Technology Course is getting great feedback. Peter Carter of Camcoat Performance Coatings said 'Excelle… https://t.co/DgADM6vHqz

24th Oct 2018

Congratulations to Miriam Peralta from Lubrizol, winner of the Holbrow Medal for Best Paper presented at PRA’s 11th… https://t.co/3D49HaeSbv

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