Crown Paints

Crown Paints
Crown Paints
Type Private
Industry Decorating
Founded Late 1850's
Headquarters Darwen, Lancashire
Key people Graham Hallworth (Chairman)
Products Paint

Crown Paints is a major paint manufacturer based in Darwen, Lancashire.


The origins of the business lie in the history of paint making in Darwen which can be traced back to the late 1850s.[1] It initially traded as WalPaMur after the initials of The Wall Paper Manufacturers' Company.[1][2] The Company was independent for over a century before, as Crown Berger, it was taken over by Williams Holdings in 1987[3] and then by Akzo Nobel in 1990.[4]

It was sold in a management buyout backed by the private equity firm Endless in 2008, in a deal to satisfy the European Union's concerns of a possible monopoly after Akzo Nobel's takeover of ICI.[5][6]

Having sponsored Liverpool F.C. from 1982 to 1988, the firm most recently sponsored Premier League Football team Blackburn Rovers between 2008 and 2011.[7]

Crown Paints were shortlisted for both the Environmental Best Practice Award and the Carbon Management Award at the Lancashire Business Environment Awards 2010.

10 June 2011 Crown Paints were acquired by Danish paints manufacturer Hempel A/S..[8]


  1. ^ a b "Paint making". Cotton Town. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  2. ^ Room, Adrian. "Dictionary of Trade Name Origins". Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  3. ^ Rudd, Nigel (1991-04-01). "Nigel Rudd, My best deal". Management Today. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Significant dates". Flint Group. Retrieved 2009-01-31. [dead link]
  5. ^ Tyler, Richard (2008-08-03). "Akzo Nobel give up Crown Paints". Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  6. ^ Feddy, Kevin (2008-08-20). "Endless backs Crown Paints buyout". Manchester Evening News. MEN Media. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  7. ^ Henfield, Sally (2008-08-20). "565 Darwen jobs secured after Crown Paints buy-out". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  8. ^ "Hempel acquires Crown Paints".$FILE/Full%20Press%20release.pdf/. 

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