Founded in 1958, Colormaker Industries is a specialist manufacturer of quality surface coatings products. Colormaker’s success is founded on dedication and commitment to developing industry-leading products through extensive research and development.

Australian and privately owned since foundation, Colormaker has developed numerous innovative coating products, including the revolutionary water-based textile screen printing range of Permaset Aqua, Permatone and Permaprint Premium products.

All products are developed and manufactured in our Sydney based production facility under strict quality control procedures and distributed nationally and internationally, from Iceland to the South Island of New Zealand.

Our team has more than 100 years of cumulative experience in the coatings industry from manufacturing through R&D through to customer service.

Colormaker and Environmental Sustainability

Colormaker Industries has led by example with our environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices.

Manufacturing Environmentally Friendly Products

Colormaker’s PERMATONE® textile screen printing inks are Approved by the Soil Association in the UK under the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS) for use in Organic Textile processes. In 2012, PERMATONE® became the first ink from outside the UK to receive such Approval. The entire family of PERMASET® textile printing inks does not contain ozone-depleting chemicals such as CFCs and HCFCs, aromatic hydrocarbons or any volatile solvents. They don’t contain lead or any heavy metals. PERMASET® inks do not contain any toxic chemicals at all, not even white spirits like other water based inks on the market. PERMATONE® inks have also passed the Oekotex Class 1 standard (with 60% to spare) and are safe to use on underwear, swimwear and even baby clothes.

Reduction in Water Usage, Waste sent to Landfill & Use of Renewable Energy

Colormaker’s environmental initiatives include:

  • The use of LED lighting throughout the warehouse and office complex,
  • The treatment of waste water,
  • Recycling of all paper, board and scrap metal,
  • Currently using 100% renewable electricity, and
  • Natural light throughout the factory and warehouse areas.

Recognising our environmental responsibility both locally and globally, Colormaker is committed to continually improving performance in this area, and has recently signed up for solar energy, with the installation of 356 solar panels to commence by the end of June 2019.

Community Impact & Colormaker Support: FREE THE REEF Campaign

As part of our commitment to help save the earth and Australia’s natural wonders, since 2015 Colormaker Industries has supported the Free the Reef campaign to raise awareness about the threats to the Great Barrier Reef.

Colormaker Industries proudly provides our eco-friendly PERMASET® inks to the Free the Reef team to print their t-shirts on this live screen printing tour around Australia.  Rallying businesses, artists and the community, the Free the Reef campaign aims to strongly influence decision makers to create future proofing legislation that will free the reef from negative human interventions. This includes threats such as illegal fishing, climate pressure, marine debris, agricultural runoff, rapid industrialisation and inadequate legislation.  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/freethereef/

Community and Social Support

Colormaker is passionate about supporting community with regular donations to worthwhile community projects and environmental causes, and support to underprivileged communities in Sydney, regional Australia and overseas.

Support of Janakpur Women’s Centre, Nepal

Colormaker Industries supported textile artist, Nelly Rose, in her collaboration with the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre. Nelly Rose was awarded the British Council Artists International Development Award and has used her experience to teach screen printing workshops to Janakpur female artists in Nepal. Colormaker were pleased to have been able to provide Nellie Rose and the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre with our PERMASET® eco-friendly inks for these important community workshops.  The prints tell the story of ‘the woman’, and feature illustrations of daily life – hand painted and embroidered by the traditional Mithila artists.

PERMASET INKS DO NOT CONTAIN OZONE DEPLETING CHEMICALS SUCH AS CFCS OR HCFCS. THEY ARE ALSO FORMULATED FREE OF AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS. PERMASET IS FREE OF VOLATILE ORGANIC SOLVENT AND DOES NOT CONTAIN PVC RESIN OR PHTHALATE PLASTICISER

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