Dulux Australia began operations in Sydney in 1918 as the Australian-based manufacturing arm of its British parent company, under the name British Australian Lead Manufacturers (BALM). Three years later, BALM commissioned its first plant in Sydney, a fortuitous move as the 1920s and ’30s saw a period of unprecedented growth fuelled by some remarkable product developments.
In the 1960s, Dulux launched the first water-based paints, Spring and LoGloss, which evolved in the 1970s to become Weathershield and Wash & Wear - still pillars of the Dulux business more than a quarter century later. The 1970s was an exciting decade which saw Dulux move into the new markets of oil coatings and can coatings, as well as establishing the framework for the Refinish Tinting System. Dulux Research also developed the patented Spindrift technology which is now licensed to paint companies in North and South America, Europe and South Africa.