DIT apprentices attend Master Painters event at Akzo Nobel


An Irish team of DIT apprentices participated in the UNIEP/Akzo Nobel Painting Skills Legacy Event this month in Leiden,  Netherlands.  This prestigious event takes place every three years, organised by UNIEP, the European Union of Painting Entrepreneurs (Master Painters) and Akzo Nobel,  the largest manufacturers of paint in the world.  This year’s event involved teams from ten countries across Europe.  The Irish team, led by Martin Sneyd, lecturer in the DIT School of Architecture, comprised Tomás Feely from Roscommon Town, Craig Morgan from Dundalk, and John O’Sullivan from Leap, Co. Cork


During the three-day event, the teams attended a series of workshops and lectures at the Akzo Nobel factory in Sassenheim, including an excellent talk on colour by Ms Stephanie Kraneveld.  They were warmly welcomed by Mr. Steve Snaith, Gobal Marketing Manager for Akzo Nobel, and by Ms Patrizia Di Mauro, Secretary General of UNIEP.   The teams had an opportunity to try out some interesting new equipment and materials, such as Greco airless spray units, exterior water borne finish paints for wood surfaces, water borne stains and  glitter paints from Italy.  Other technical input included comparison of different types of abrasives, abrading techniques and adhesion testing.  


On the final day of the event, the teams visited – by bike! - the Leo Kanner Special School  for children with autism.  Following a welcome address by Ms Anke Buiteveld of the Dutch Ministry of Education, each team set about painting a designated  area of corridor in the School, leaving a bright and colourful legacy of their visit!  


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