SAPMA mourns loss of leading paint tutor
Antonio “Toni” Stella (above), one of the most experienced tutors in the SA paint industry, has passed away at the age of 69. A former Training Manager at the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPA), he died after a battle with cancer on March 22.
Toni held a Diploma in Analytical Chemistry and spent his entire career in the paint industry, starting as a laboratory assistant at Wardkiss Paints in 1970. He subsequently also worked for Dulux (twice) and was also employed in technical, marketing, and training capacities by Everite, Repex, Vascola, Prominent, Tinta, and Plascon before he joined SAPMA in 2013 and was still on contract with the association for the past three years while running his own business, Stella the Paint Fella.
He summed up his passion for training: “Teaching is the greatest reach from which we can reach someone, and then each one will reach everyone. Our reach will become rich as long as we continue to teach”.
Aggie Argyrou, chairman of SAPMA, said Toni’s training skills would be sorely missed by the coatings industry as few if any coatings trainers had his training skills. “He was a friend to all in the paint industry, always prepared to share his knowledge,” Aggie added.
Tara Benn, executive director of SAPMA, said Toni played key roles for SAPMA, for example, managing the association’s Centre for Excellence in Springs and played a major part in training in general, as part of the SA Paint Industry Training Institute’s (SAPITI) committee. “He also was involved in creating the Retail Technical Videos for SAPITI. His reputation as a valued tutor and instructor in the paint industry has set new industry standards,” she stated.
Deryck Spence, retired executive director of SAPMA, added: “I had the privilege of working with Toni for some years at SAPMA where his contribution to SAPMA and the paint industry was enormous. Vastly experienced, he made significant contributions to many of the leading brands in the market as well as to the training of retailers and applicators alike. He played a meaningful role in SAPITI’s application training and was frequently called upon by the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) for input on training issues. The industry has lost one of the best paint trainers in the country. His absence will be sadly missed.”
All at SAPMA would like to convey sincere sympathy to Tony’s widow and family.
Our industries raw material situation is crisis and panic mode, with much uncertainty, as we have no hard facts or commitment to when plants under force majeure will be back on line and what the expected delays of supply will be.
Major raw material shortage now are:
Titanium Dioxide,Ethylhexyl Acrylate (2EHA), Butyl Acrylate (BA), Glacial Acrylic Acid (GAA), Methyl Acrylate (MA), Ethyl Acrylate (EA),Methyl Methacrylate (MMA), Glacial Methacrylic Acid (GMAA), Butyl Methacrylate (BMA), Glycidyl Methacrylate (GMA),Hydroxy Ethyl Methacrylate (HEMA), Hydroxy Propyl, Methacrylate (HPMA), Hydroxy Ethyl Acrylate (HEA), and Hydroxy Propyl Acrylate (HPA) and Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM).
Many other raw materials are also under short supply and prices have sky rocketed.
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