A Purchasing Agent's Guide to Buying Paints and Coatings
PETERSON BUILDERS INC STURGEON BAY WI
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The process of procuring paints and coatings can represent one of the more challenging tasks presented to shipyard purchasing personnel. Standard purchasing principles apply to the procurement of paints and coatings, however, the unique nature of coatings as a commodity, the ever-changing environmental impact issues, and the wide-ranging impact on various groups within the shipyard all play significant roles in the determination of the best coating value for the shipyard. Evaluating proposed coatings on an equal basis is essential to coating selection process. Included in this effort is the need to compare cost on a cost per square foot basis instead of cost per gallon, to incorporate the ancillary costs in terms of additional material, equipment and labor associated with the use of coatings into the evaluation, and to consider the impact and cost of environmental regulations during use and disposal of the coatings. The purchasing agent must utilize the input and expertise of a wide and varied cross-section of shipyard departments in determining the best coating value. This necessity places the purchasing group in the unique position of developing a crossfunctional communications network that can not only support the purchasing function, but can also improve the overall productivity and efficiency of the shipbuilding process.
- Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies