Prominent Paints, one of South Africa’s leading paint manufacturers and a member of the PPG Group, has introduced Access, a new range of quality, affordable paint targeted at the budget conscious consumer. As a brand that’s traditionally been under-represented in the low end of the market, Prominent Paints expects its new offering will help alleviate the mounting pressure on the consumer wallet which is already stretched; a phenomenon not expected to change in the near future.
The new Access range consists of the “essential” four products that will cover 90% of the market’s needs, including an Acrylic PVA, Basic Matt, a Gloss Enamel and a Plaster Primer.
According to Prominent Paints Marketing Manager, Carolien Haden, the company sees the huge potential of this market which is all about volumes and pricing and expects this range to be of great benefit to its many independent retailers, franchise stores and paint centres around the country.
“As a brand leader, we need to be represented in all categories and to serve the entire market and by launching a line of products for a budget consumer market, we are on our way to achieving this. With this new range we also expect to increase our market share,” says Haden.
“Consumer knowledge, and the trust it has in well-known brands, plays an important role in selling a new product. With Access being a part of Prominent Paints, which is already well trusted and recognised as a quality brand with a strong heritage, there will be a natural transference of this promise to the new range which can only be beneficial. Access is well positioned for success and we anticipate creating a compelling value proposition in a new segment.”
The packaging design enforces the Prominent Paints brand and product names clearly defining the range leave nothing to interpretation. Distinctive colour coding has been applied to each line in the range and pack sizes fulfil the specific needs of a specific market with a 5L and 20L available across all the ranges, bar the enamel which comes standard in a 1L and 5L tin.
“We anticipate the Access Range to be well received by a market already willing to purchase a local brand they trust and are already familiar with and look forward to delivering value to this sector,” concludes Haden.
The Access range is being stocked at most leading paint stockists nationwide, as well as from the Prominent Paints Paint Centres and franchise stores. The suggested retail price for the most economical paint is R18.95/L while the highest price point in the range (for the gloss enamel) is R62.60/L. Prominent Paints claims that benchmarking studies have indicated that the quality of the Access range is equal and in some cases superior to competitor brands in the low end of the market.