HMG Paints releases new coating spec service for defence

Posted on 25 January, 2022 by Advance 

Independent UK paint manufacturer, HMG Paints, has announced a new coating specification service for the defence industry.

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The new service will allow engineers and specifiers to identify and select the perfect coating for their requirements.

Following a period of growth and development of cross-sector partnerships and international collaborations, HMG Paints’ new service is aimed at improving the process of identifying and sourcing the correct Def Stan or NSN number for OEM and manufacturers projects.

“Since our appearance at the DSEI show we’ve seen a number of enquiries from OEM’s and manufacturers who are struggling to identify the correct product and also find one manufactured in the UK and that is available with a minimal lead time” commented Alan Sharples, Defence Sales Manager for HMG. “The prime example is people unaware of the change from Def Stan 80-206, Def Stan 80-207, Def Stan 80-208 and Def Stan 80-209 to Def Stan 80-225. Our team at HMG are now equipped to advise specifiers and engineers and take orders which can be shipped immediately across the UK.”

80-225 IRR and CARC Topcoat

The Def Stan 80-225 system comprises of a choice of primers for ferrous and non-ferrous parts and an IRR and CARC, Chemical Agent Resistant topcoat, which is available in an assortment of colours suitable for military vehicles and non-aircraft equipment. Following their attendance at DSEI, HMG have seen an increase in demand for its Def Stan 80-225 product range and the product is now stocked and available for immediate despatch across the UK.

The new standard, which was introduced towards the end of 2018 and replaces Def Stan 80-206, Def Stan 80-207, Def Stan 80-208 and Def Stan 80-209. The HMG products in this range are free from Chrome VI, meet low VOC requirements, and are IRR and CARC resistant. As an agile UK based manufacturer, HMG Paints is able to provide products on demand, reducing extensive lead times previously experienced within the market.

The new service is also aimed to help specifiers and engineers when it comes to identifying products via their NSN Numbers. The 13-digit NATO stock number (NSN) which is allocated to an item is used to identify it throughout the supply chain and HMG can now assist with paints and coatings related queries.

The NATO codification system is used by the army, navy and air force and all items of supply going through the military supply chain must be NATO codified.

With HMG’s unique position as a UK based coatings manufacturer, they are also able to work with customers to develop new products that can then be codified with their own unique NSN Number.

“Two thousand and one saw us working with a number of companies struggling to identify NSN’s and Def Stans and ultimately to acquire paints and coatings which were previously imported from abroad” commented Alan Sharples. “With more and more paint manufacturers offshoring production and decision making we feel HMG can provide a unique offering to OEM’s and refinishers within the defence market with our specification service and with fast delivery of paint. With all of our coatings being Made in Britain it allows us to provide market leading short lead times and technical support.”
Alongside Defence Standard products, HMG produce a wide range of approved high-quality coatings for practically every purpose for the defence industry. Made in the UK, HMG’s product range is suitable for equipment such as containers, trailers, vehicles, bridges and armour. HMG are renowned for their innovative approach to coatings including corrosion resistant primers, functional topcoats plus CARC and IRR materials approved to UK defence standards.