Artex is both a type of textured plaster and a distribution company that sells Artex plaster as well as Thistle, Gyproc, Weber and Blue Hawk renders and coatings.
Saint Gobain said that adopting a new brand name for its Artex business “better reflects what the company does as an essential supply chain partner for a range of leading construction products”.
Artex will remain as a product brand name for those who still want swirly finishes on their walls or ceilings. It was very popular in the 1970s, either for disguising surface flaws or simply for those who liked swirly patterns. In those days it was reinforced with asbestos but many building products at that time incorporated this material.
Jason Smith, managing director of Okarno, said: “The Okarno brand represents a modern yet adaptable style that retains links to our heritage. This is important for our customers as we have strong and deep roots in our market place. It’s important to remember that although we have a new name, we are still the same great business, with the same great products and people.”