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Dulux training partnership for advanced new manufacturing plant

28 Aug 2017

While many people these days are aware of the huge range of house paint available, thanks largely to the many reality home renovation shows, not many people realise the ‘Porpoise Place’ paint they are rolling onto their bathroom wall is in fact a highly technical product.

Dulux is building a new paint manufacturing plant at Merrifield in Melbourne’s outer-northern suburbs, which will enable the company to produce more advanced paint products using evolving technology in resins with even greater levels of quality and consistency.

Merrifield is one of Melbourne’s newest suburbs servicing the northern corridor. The Merrifield Business Park will be Victoria's largest master-planned business and employment precinct, built specifically to fulfil business needs.

The new Dulux site will produce 50 million litres of water-based decorative paint per year for the Australian market so the location is perfect, close to the Hume Highway for distribution to the Eastern seaboard.

While Dulux’s long standing Brisbane plant will continue to operate, the Merrifield site will be a highly automated factory and one of the most advanced paint factories in the world. This requires the new Dulux employees to be trained in how to use the cutting-edge system.

So, while the factory is being completed, staff are being readied for the start of operations, and Melbourne Polytechnic is assisting with induction and training at our Greensborough Campus. 

Melbourne Polytechnic will provide components of the Dulux training package including paint familiarisation and chemical awareness programs, which are specific to Dulux Australia’s products. Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students will also be making pack palettes and other items for Dulux team building exercises in the current weeks.

As well as learning new technologies and processes for the factory, Dulux and Melbourne Polytechnic staff were treated to a superstar appearance on their first day of training. Penny, the iconic English Sheepdog and Dulux mascot, made a guest appearance and proved to be very patient when posing for photos with the people present.

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Melbourne Polytechnic operates across seven campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.