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The Dulux Trade Environmental Wash System was successfully introduced in the UK. It helps decorators and contractors to achieve best practice in their waste management by converting paint into inert solid waste and the clear water can then be recycled. The UK business has also started using so-called “teardrop” trailers for deliveries. Their aerodynamic design helps to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions on long haul runs. In addition, we had further awards success in this region, with the Polycell Polyfilla Stick product – designed to provide a simple, mess-free way to fill hairline cracks and nail holes – winning the Gold Award for Best New Product in the DIY category at the UK’s 2008 DIY Industry Awards.

A new solvent-borne plant was opened in Pilawa, Poland, in November 2008. This is a hi-tech, innovative plant with movable vessels. The whole production process is fully automated and assures the high precision of materials dosage. The marketing success in Poland was Dulux, which was named Superbrand Poland 2008 for being one of the strongest Polish brands. It also received the Product of the Year 2008 honor, which was awarded by Polish consumers in the Paints and Varnishes category.

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