media release

Royal Warrant Granted

Akzo Nobel CT Coatings in the UK has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment as manufacturers of coach paints to Queen Elizabeth.

A new division of the company’s Car Refinishes business unit, the honor follows Akzo Nobel’s acquisition last year of the commercial vehicle coatings activities of Derby-based Joseph Mason plc, which received the Royal Warrant in 1982.

The Royal Warrant is a prestigious symbol in the UK. It is always granted to an individual as a supplier of goods or services to the Royal household and, as managing director of the CT division, the honor goes to Phil Coady.

It allows the CT business to display the Royal coat of arms on its products, premises, stationery and other material, such as advertisements.

The making of varnishes for fine coaches and stately carriages launched the 200-year heritage behind the Mason business, which expanded over the years to include the manufacture of a range of high technology coatings, graphics and decals for the transport industry.

It is these activities that were acquired by Akzo Nobel and they form the core of the new CT Coatings division and Graphics and Livery Management division.

To become eligible for a Royal Warrant, a business must have supplied the Royal household for at least three years and the Mason brand has been used on Royal coaches for decades, being supplied to the Royal Mews, where carriages and cars for the Royal family are managed. Around 800 companies currently hold a Royal Warrant.

“We should all feel very privileged in belonging to such a select band of traders,” said Coady.

(Released: February 7, 2001)