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Mike Bartels appointed as Valspar’s General Manager to launch new era of “Wattyl Protective Coatings”

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MBValspar has appointed Mike Bartels as General Manager for its Protective Coatings business. Previously known as Wattyl Industrial Coatings, Valspar has reinforced its commitment to Protective Coatings through strategic business plans, talent investment and increased technology and innovation. Mike Bartels will head Valspar’s Australasian Wattyl Protective Coatings business.

The new Wattyl Protective Coatings brand will be visible in the marketplace from 2016.  Valspar’s Managing Director, Richard Meagher, commented: “The appointment of Mike Bartels was an important milestone for Valspar as I am confident he will be the catalyst in helping steer Wattyl’s Protective Coatings business to the next stage of professional excellence. Mike comes with outstanding credentials. He will bring focus and experience to our activities within the Protective Coatings market; a market which Valspar is now committed to growing globally.”Mike’s career in Protective Coatings spans over 30 years.  He previously held various senior roles within AkzoNobel’s International Paint, including, Australasian Business Manager, Marketing Manager (Global) and Business Development Manager, Asia.  His career with Valspar began in 2015 in Melbourne as Business Development Manager, leading to his recent appointment as General Manager.  Mike said, “As a local manufacturer of protective coatings, we will focus on developing and supporting products that meet the demands of the Australasian market.  With recent investment in our manufacturing capacity and local R&D facilities we are well positioned to support the needs of our Customers”.

Valspar is a global leader in the coatings industry providing customers with innovative, high-quality products and value-added services. Our 10,800 employees worldwide deliver advanced coatings solutions with best-in-class appearance, performance, protection and sustainability to customers in more than 100 countries. Valspar offers a broad range of superior coatings products for the consumer market, and highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets. Founded in 1806, Valspar is headquartered in Minneapolis. Valspar’s reported net sales in fiscal 2014 were $4.5 billion and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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