Dulux is an internationally available brand of architectural paint. The brand name Dulux has been used by both Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and DuPont since 1931 and was one of the first alkyd-based paints. It is produced by AkzoNobel (originally produced by ICI prior to 2008) although the United States markets are now served by PPG Industries.

Dulux international
Product typePaint
CountryUnited Kingdom
Introduced1931 (in UK)
WebsiteDulux UK
Dulux India
Dulux Pakistan


In the early days of its existence, decorators and their suppliers were the main customers for Dulux, with Say Dulux to your decorator used as an advertising slogan in the 1950s. By 1953, Dulux was available in the retail market and ten years later the famous Old English Sheepdog was used in advertisements, to the point where "Dulux dog" has become a common nickname for the breed.

The name Dulux is derived from the words Durable and Luxury. In May 2010, Dulux launched the 'Let's Colour Project',[1][2] a global marketing campaign featuring the painting of public spaces with bright colours.

Dulux dogEdit

An Old English Sheepdog, mascot for the Dulux brand since the 1960s

The Old English Sheepdog is the brand mascot for Dulux paint. The dog was first introduced in advertising campaigns in 1961. Since then they have been a constant and highly popular feature of Dulux television and print adverts wherever the paint is sold. So much so, that many people in those markets refer to the breed as a 'Dulux dog' rather than a Sheepdog.

Over the years, different dogs have appeared in the adverts. However, they all look very similar, due to the carefully managed selection process carried out by ICI's advertising agency. The first Dulux dog was Shepton Daphnis Horsa, pet name Dash, who held the role for eight years, owned by Eva Sharp in Tottenham. His successor, Fernville Lord Digby, was the most famous Dulux dog and also made his owner, Cynthia & Norman Harrison, famous.

When filming advertisements, Digby was treated like a star, being driven to the studio in a chauffeur driven car. Barbara Woodhouse was employed to train Digby and his three stunt doubles, who were used whenever specific tricks or actions needed to be filmed. Digby's popularity led him to play the title role in the 1973 British comedy film Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World.

Gambit - another Dulux dog, was used in a photographic shoot in 1980 for Philips Video and its new generation of video recorders. By the time the shoot was finished, there was enough hair to fill a mattress - the dog was constantly groomed during the shoot. King Hotspur of Amblegait was used from 1974 to 1979 and appeared in over fifty television programmes as well as his public appearances for ICI/Dulux.

Apart from Dash, all the Dulux dogs have been breed champions, and five of them have won 'Best in Show' prizes.

The Dulux dog was placed at No. 51 in Channel 4's "100 Greatest Television Adverts".

Dulux in Australia and New ZealandEdit

In Australia and New Zealand, Dulux has been involved with the manufacture and marketing of paint and related systems since 1904 and is the largest manufacturer of paint products in Australia.

Dulux had its origins in H. L. Vosz Ltd, a large glass fabrication business and Australia's first major paint manufacturer. In 1912 the Australasian United Paint Company Limited was founded in South Australia, with an office in Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, to take over the paint business of H. L. Vosz Ltd as a going concern[3] and over the next few years the factory underwent significant modernization.[4]

The glass business continued independently under the Vosz name (though its founder had died nearly 30 years previously), but became Clarkson Ltd in 1915 in response to anti-German sentiment.

Australasian United Paint Co. Ltd was in 1919 purchased for £40,000 by British Australian Lead Manufacturers Pty. Ltd., a consortium of British white lead manufacturers with their Australian office in Melbourne[5] or in Sydney.[6] The company became BALM Paints Pty. Ltd., later BALM Paints Ltd. It opened a new factory and Central Research Labs in Clayton, Victoria in the 1950s.

Taking its cue from survey evidence that the Australian public had no idea what BALM Paints was, but that everyone knew Dulux, the company changed its name in 1971 to Dulux Australia Ltd. In the course of the 1970s, it acquired Walpamur Paints. Its main rivals then were British Paints and Berger.

In 1988, Dulux acquired both British and Berger Paints. By 1996, it had also acquired Cabots. The Australian paint market was then dominated by Wattyl, Taubmans and Dulux.[7]

Dulux Australia was a key player in the ICI Paints World Group, until 1997, when ICI PLC informed ICI Australia of its intention to sell its 62% share in the Company as part of raising the capital for acquisition of part of Unilever. The former ICI Australia became an independent company on 2 February 1998 and was named Orica Limited. In Australia and New Zealand, Dulux was wholly owned by Orica until July 2010, when DuluxGroup (ASXDLX) was spun off as a separate company. Fairground Attraction's song "Perfect" was used for an advertisement on television.

Dulux Australia was formerly a major player in all paint markets (decorative, automotive, refinish, industrial, powder coatings), but sold off the technical markets (and the Clayton site) to PPG Industries Inc., concentrating on decorative, woodcare and powder coatings and moving to a new site on Dandenong Road, Clayton, previously owned by Chesebrough-Ponds.

The current television advertisements feature the Dulux Dog (Penny) and several hundred other Old English Sheepdogs racing around collecting cricket stumps, drumsticks, wooden spoons and sticks and other items to stir a newly opened pot of Dulux Wash and Wear.[8] The music used is "I Woke Up Today" by American band Port O'Brien from the album "All We Could Do Was Sing".[9]

The current Managing Director and CEO is Patrick Houlihan.

Dulux in CanadaEdit

The Dulux decorative paint business in Canada was sold to the PPG Architectural Coatings division of PPG Industries in December 2012.

Dulux Decorator CentreEdit

In the United Kingdom, AkzoNobel operates the trade and retail store chain of Dulux Decorator Centre. There are now over 200 branches, predominantly in England, though there are more than twenty in Scotland, with six in Wales and four in Northern Ireland. Offering the Dulux Trade brand along with other AkzoNobel brands such as Armstead, Hammerite, and Cuprinol, it is also a supplier of decorating accessories, wallpaper and workwear from a large number of other manufacturers.[citation needed]

Dulux Select DecoratorsEdit

The Dulux Select Decorators scheme is a nationwide network of professional decorators. The concept was originated by Dulux in 1996 to assure consumers of high-quality work including a two-year guarantee supported by the leading paint manufacturing brand.[10]

Dulux Trade Contract PartnershipEdit

Dulux Trade Contract Partnership is a scheme for independently assessed, quality assured contractors. Dulux Trade Contract Partners undergo regular site visits by independent scheme assessors to monitor standards and to identify opportunities for improvement.[11]


  1. ^ "Lets Colour Project". Lets Colour Project. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  2. ^ "article on Let's Colour Project". We Heart. 28 May 2010. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Company Registrations". The Mail (Adelaide). South Australia. 18 May 1912. p. 4. Retrieved 5 January 2020 – via Trove.
  4. ^ "An Enterprising Firm". The Advertiser (Adelaide). South Australia. 27 June 1913. p. 11. Retrieved 5 January 2020 – via Trove.
  5. ^ "A Strong Combination". Construction And Local Government Journal. New South Wales, Australia. 24 March 1919. p. 17. Retrieved 5 January 2020 – via Trove.
  6. ^ "Encyclopedia of Australian Science: British Australian Lead Manufacturers Pty Ltd (1918 - 1955)". Retrieved 21 November 2016. Use of lead compounds, once important constituents of paint, has long been discontinued due to health concerns.
  7. ^ "ACCC moves to block paint acquisition". Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. 12 March 1996. MR 025/96. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  8. ^ Dulux TV ads Archived 15 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Port O'Brien Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Why it pays to hire a professional". Duluxdecoratorcentre.co.uk. Archived from the original on 8 May 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Welcome". dulux.co.uk. Retrieved 23 December 2010.

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