Colormaker Industries celebrates 60th anniversary

An ensemble of Permaset’s inks

Colormaker Industries, the Australian-based manufacturer of Permaset screen printing inks, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The business started in 1958, producing enamel house paints as G&H Chemicals and in the 1960s moved into water-based house paints. The company also started making water-based inks under licence. In the 1970s, G&H purchased Permaset’s licensor, consolidating both companies into Colormaker Industries.

Through the 1980s, Permaset grew to dominate the Australian textile screen printing market.

Colormaker’s current owner, David Stuart, started at Colormaker as sales manager in the mid-1990s. His R&D background and passion for eco-friendly technology inspired him to acquire Colormaker in 2003 and in 2005, Permaset Aqua, the 100% water-based eco-friendly screen printing ink was launched. In 2012, the Permatone range was granted Organic Approval by the Soil Association.

Today, Permaset is one of Colormaker’s flagship brands, continuously upgraded through a rigorous R&D program harnessing the latest technologies and the expertise of a dedicated team of chemists.

Mr Stuart said: “We value diversity and are guided by respect in everything we do; respect for our customers, our staff and the environment. As the screen printing industry evolves, so too does Colormaker by developing products for technical excellence and environmental stewardship. We have exciting innovations in the pipeline. In reaching this 60 year milestone, we pay tribute to our staff in Australia and customers both locally and around the world. We thank them for their loyalty and support over the years, but most of all, their enthusiasm. With 60 years as a business in 2018, we’re most looking forward to celebrating the 60th anniversary of Permaset in 2022.”

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