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Speaker of the Year!

Deshyn Pillay, Technical Manager at Acti-Chem South Africa was honoured to receive the 2017  Speaker of the Year Award from the KZN section of OCCA (Oil & Colour Chemists Association) at a recent function.

This floating trophy is awarded annually and Deshyn joins a number of previous Acti-Chem personnel awarded this trophy: Peter Strassburg in 1990, Rod Rees in 1998 and Dave Alexander in 2001.

Deshyn’s winning paper was entitled ‘Greener Preservation Strategies’ and examined formaldehyde free, EU compliant and AMME™ biocides.

Big congratulations to Deshyn!



African Coatings Show success!

Acti-Chem, Thor’s subsidiary in South Africa, has once again exhibited at the Coatings for Africa show in Johannesburg.

This year’s conference and exhibition at the end of May was one of the biggest and most well attended of recent years, reflecting an upswing in the economy and renewed interest in the continent.

The Acti-Chem stand was equally busy, entertaining prospective and existing customers from all over the African continent.  Significant interest was shown in innovative technologies such as Advanced Micro Matrix Embedding (AMME™) and Thor staff were on hand to offer support on a variety of technical issues.


Busy Eurocoat 2018!

Thor France has recently exhibited at the Eurocoat 2018 exhibition in Paris which gained an impressive 5,000 visitors over the 3 days of 26 – 28 March.

Thor’s attractive and innovative stand welcomed present and future customers from Europe and further afield.  Staff from Thor in Salaise were on hand to discuss Thor’s wide range of in-can and dry film biocides - many of which feature Thor’s AMME (Advanced Micro Matric Embedding) novel technology enabling more effective long term film preservation with a reduced environmental and human toxicological impact.

Eurocoat in Paris is proving a firm biennial favourite meeting place, particularly for French speaking coatings professionals. We look forward to meeting you all again in 2020!


Thor Oz supports Fairfield Hospital

The Thor team in Australia was again delighted to show its support of this local community hospital in Sydney - close to the Thor Australia offices.   The money will be used to buy four Connex vital signs monitors with mobile stands to enhance the facilities available at the hospital.

Pictured is Arnold Tammekand, General Manager of Fairfield Hospital (right), with ward  staff receiving the donation from Thor Australia's MD, Mark Jamieson (centre) and Office Manager Julie Hagan (left). The donation adheres to Thor's policy worldwide of contributing to the communities in which we operate by supporting specially selected projects aimed at improving the lives of those in the the local area.  


Thor Oz wins Supplier of the Year - again!

The Thor team in Australia was again delighted to have featured in the Dulux Group 2017 Supplier of the Year Awards function.  Dulux is the largest decorative paint producer in Australia and in 2018 will celebrate 100 years of paint production in Australia.

During the Awards Night held in Melbourne recently, Thor Australia's Area Manager for Southern Australia, Ross Conley, accepted the award on behalf of Thor Specialties, for the second year running, as best supplier to Acratex, the textured coating division of Dulux. The company was also a finalist for Supplier of the Year to Dulux Decorative Paints.

Pictured is Ross receiving the award from Peter Tzokas, Dulux Group Procurement Specialist for raw materials.  Thor Australia MD, Mark Jamieson, congratulated all staff at Thor Australia and acknowledged the huge efforts made by all to achieve this accolade. 

Well done Thor Australia!    


Thor Brazil at Abrafati

Thor Brazil once again exhibited at this premium show for the coatings industry which took place in Sao Paulo 3-5 October this year.

The company put particular emphasis this year on the range of wet state and dry film preservatives available in the marketplace and in particular those dry film biocides benefiting from Thor AMME™, a renowned and highly effective technology offering more effective long term performance with reduced human and environmental risk.

Thor's Dave Alexander, the Group's Technical Marketing expert, presented a paper entitled 'Changing World of Dry Film Preservation' highlighting the regulatory challenges faced by biocide suppliers and coatings manufacturers alike and the benefits that AMME™ technology can bring.  We were delighted to see so many of you at the presentation and at the show and look forward to seeing you again soon!