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Market Study of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited

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1.1 Problem Background

Bangladesh paint market is experiencing a good growth of 8-10% per annum consistently in the late 90s and early years of this century mainly because of a boom in real estate development[1]. Besides, this trend in growth of demand is likely to persist or may even witness an upswing in the future as the country moves from rural base to urban base project (Real estate). There is a huge possibility that paint industry will further thrive because only 39% of the target market are currently using paint and others are progressing to get into the trend of using paint instead of the traditional way of whitening their dear houses. According to the cement manufacturers of Bangladesh, the cement market is also growing at around 4% p.a., which correlates quite well with our paint market growth data. The limited growth up to now in industrialization and per capita income in Bangladesh has restricted the size of the paint market, which is currently at around Tk.755-800 crores (1.5-1.6 crores gallons)[2]. However a good number of local paint manufacturing companies (40 organized and at least 50 more in the informal sector) have been operating in this small market. Quite a few of these companies are producing paints of internationally acceptable quality and very importantly, the installed single shift production capacity of the local paint companies is double the present local market demand.

Berger, the market leader in the Bangladesh paint market, is one of the oldest names in the global paint industry. It has its origin in the year of 1706 and from then on the company is operating with strong adherence to quality and social responsibility. Initially, Lewis Berger, a German national, founded dye & pigment making business in England. Lewis Berger & Sons Limited grew rapidly with a strong reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship culminating in perfecting the process of making Prussian Blue, a deep blue dye, a color widely used for many European armies’ uniform. Production of dyes & pigments evolved into production of paints & coatings, which till today, remains the core business of Berger. Today, Berger offers all kinds of painting solutions in decorative, industrial or marine segment for both decorative and protective purpose.

Based on the secondary literature survey, expert’s opinions and consumers’ requirements, the broad and the specific Objectives of the research have been set-“Market Study of Paint Industry in Bangladesh”. This objective can be met by following the study methodology described in the forthcoming chapter.

1. 2 Origin of the Study

As a partial requirement for the completion of the MBA program, internship program is a vital part which opens the door to gather the practical knowledge in relation with the theoretical knowledge.

MBA program at University of Dhaka requires a 3 months long internship program. As an intern, I was placed in Unitrend Limited- Affiliated with McCann Worldwide. I worked for 3 months in the Unitrend Limited (Brand Division), under the supervision of Jahidul Islam, Senior Brand Executive of Unitrend Limited. As an intern of the department I was asked to assist the Brand section (Berger pints Bangladesh Limited). After consultation with my supervisor, my faculty advisor at University of Dhaka, Dr. Serajul Hoque (Professor, Department of Marketing), I decided to explore “Market Study of Berger Paints Bangladesh limited (BPBL)”.

1. 3 Objectives

Based on the secondary literature survey, expert’s opinions and consumers’ requirements, the broad and the specific Objectives of the research have been set.

1.3.1 Broad Objective

Market Study of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited (BPBL).

1.3.2 Specific Objectives

i. To analyze market trends & market shares of BPBL

ii. To Analyze competitor behavior and performance

iii. To determine current satisfaction level of BPBL

iv. To find out whether current products of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited meet consumer expectations or not.

v. To identify the reference group (Painters, Architectures,) influence of the customers in choosing specific brand.

vi. To find out the market potential for existing products (e.g. market size, growth, changing sales trends)

vii. To Assess the potential for new products that are not provided by the current paint manufacturers ( in term of New product Development)

viii. To forecast new user for existing products

1.4 Approaches to the Problem

1.4.1 Theoretical Framework

A pull demand is created when demand is created in the market and is the most beneficial. To implement such a strategy we have to first assess the needs of the market, judging the perception of customers and contractors and finding out new locations and convert them into new dealers so that there is more availability of the product in the market.Assessing competitor market and developing a strategy to kill or overcome competition is the second part of the report. Opening new dealers in the market will take care of this. Expanding the dealer network helps in market penetration.All the effort will be a waste if there is no demand from the end consumer of goods. Painters, contractors, advertisements, friends and family influence the end customer. So the end customer generates the main demand and Berger Paints must analyze customer satisfaction over time.

A Job Satisfaction Data Form

How did you know regarding the services being rendered by Home Decor?

TV………Press……..Friends ………. Word of Mouth …………Others…………

We would like to have your comments on the following job details
1. Shade:

Very Satisfied ………. Satisfied …….. Not Satisfied…..…

2. Design:

Very Satisfied ………. Satisfied …….. Not Satisfied …….

3. Workmanship of Painters:

Excellent ………… Good…………. Average……….. Poor……….
4. Service by Color Consultants:

Excellent ………… Good…………. Average……….. Poor……….

5.Overall Service by Home Decor:

Excellent…………. Good…………. Average…………Poor……….
6. Will you refer Home Decor to anybody in near future? Yes…………. No …………..
7. Completion done according to the time schedule:

Yes…………. No …………..

1.4.2 Analytical Model:

1.4.3 Research Questions & Hypotheses:

A structured questionnaire has been used to collect data. Multiple choice questions and dichotomous questions have been used to develop structured questionnaire.

H0: There is no association between customer satisfaction (DV) and factors influencing customer satisfaction (IV).

H1: There is an association between customer satisfaction (DV) and factors influencing customer satisfaction (IV).

1.5 Problem Definition

Management Decision Problem 1. Is the Current satisfaction level of Berger Pints Bangladesh Limited satisfactory?

Marketing Research Problem 1. To determine the factors those affect the customer satisfaction level of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited.

1.6 Problem Variables

1. Dependent Variable

To determine customer satisfaction level of Berger Paints Bangladesh limited.

2. Independent Variables

  1. Price
  2. Availability
  3. Variation in paint
  4. Variation in Shade
  5. Attractive Packet
  6. Packet Size
  7. Longibility
  8. Discoloration
  9. Swelling
  10. Powdering

Thinner Requirement

1.7 Research Timeline:


Time (Week)









Preliminary Preparation


Selection & Training of Fieldwork


Data Collection


Data Analysis


Draft Report Preparation


Rerport Presentation


Final Report Preparation

1.8 Limitations

The study aims to explore & analyze market study of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited and find out if there is any scope for its improvement. In doing so, I have encountered the following problems:

  • The Large sample size could detect the problems more accurately.
  • I was unable to dedicate sufficient time to make an in-depth on such an important issue. It is quite difficult to write about an organization within 3(three) months.
  • Heavy workload at office was one of the main barriers of this study and additional time for doing the survey could hardly be extracted.
  • Another limitation of this report is Enterprise’s policy of not disclosing some data and information for obvious reason.

2.0: Literature Review

The annual report of some of the leading paint companies of Bangladesh including Berger Bangladesh Ltd., Asian Paints Ltd., Elite Paints, Sagor Chemicals Company Bangladesh Ltd., etc. were studied along with whatever reports that were available. However, a good number of them were back dated and were of little use in view of the fast changing market position. Apart from the literature so far consulted, the initial phase of the methodology began with the review of relevant literature on the issues indicated under the “Top-down” and “Bottom-up” approaches as well as aspects under “Projection”, assimilation of relevant data available in the secondary sources, and then conducting a desk research.

2.1 Literature in the official website of Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd

With a view to bolstering consumer satisfaction, Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited has introduced “Berger Home Décor” on June 15, 2002 through which one can get an array of services pertaining to painting. Berger Home Decor offers two-stage services:

1. Free Service

2. Paid Service

Berger Home Décor is currently offering wide range of services to its prospects and existing consumers embracing: Technical advice on surface preparation and application guideline.

· Paint selection.
· Dealer selection.
· Painter/ Contractor selection and
· Color scheme.

2.1.1 Literature on the Fundamentals of Berger India Illusions which formed a basis for BPBL Illusions

….…Report on BPIL Attachment on Illusions

Syed Tanzim Rezwan, Assistant Product Manager, BPBL

· What is Illusions?

An illusion is basically mentioned as ‘Designers’ solution/finish’. It is more related to the application procedure than product. Regular products are applied with some specialized tools and in some cases with some specialized chemicals to get the desired design. As it is more related to the application procedure, Illusions is offered as a full painting solution rather than a product and that is why it is more like offering a service than a product.

· Objectives of launching Illusions

The objectives are:

– Enhancing the brand image of Berger

– Value addition to the existing painting service

· Area of usage

Illusions is basically a design finish. So it is more appropriate for the interior walls. Plastered walls or wooden surfaces are the preferred surfaces for Illusions use. One has to remember however, that Illusions is more like a designer finish than a protective one. So areas with exposure to high heat or water are not prescribed for Illusions use.

· Distribution Strategy – The way Illusions is offered:

Berger India is using their Home Décor facilities to offer Illusions in different cities. Their basic idea is to offer the painting solution through the existing panel of painters they have for different cities.

2.1.2 Literature on the Illusions Procedure

as a service flow, developed in Berger India and which formed a basis for the service flow of Illusions in BPBL with some modifications; literature on client generation for Illusions through promotions by Berger India

Modus Operandi – Satellite Operations: BPHD/Illusions

Berger India

Illusions procedure as according to Berger India:

§ On receipt of enquiry the Customer Support Manager will visit the site and complete finalization of the design/area of application/shades and fill into the job estimate page of the customer fact file

§ The final estimate from the customer fact file is to be filled in and given to the customer.

§ On customer agreeing to the job, 100% collection by means of a single current dated cheque is to be taken from the customer and a painting schedule has to be developed for the job. The cheque details and the painting schedule have to be filled into the customer fact file in relevant pages.

§ On realization of the cheque, the materials for the job may be purchased from the dealer as deposited by the depot manager. Material will be issued by the dealer only against the order. Dealer on delivery of the material to the site has then to raise a bill on Berger Paints Home Décor for the material supplied and submit it along with a copy of the Material Requisitions form.

§ Tools required for the job are to be signed out to the painter who has been allocated the job.

§ A ‘Before’ photograph is to be taken of the site and on completion of the job. An ‘After’ photograph is also to be taken for each of the areas where Illusions designs has been applied.

§ On completion of the job, the completion certificate has to be signed by the customer and following this, the warranty certificate has to be handed over to the customer along with a ‘Friendship ka faida’ reference booklet.

Lead Generation:

All of the below mentioned modes of promoting Illusions will be followed in varying mixes depenmding on the efficiency of the individual methods.

§ Referrals: 10% of the job value will be paid to the referring party as referral commission

– Dealer

– Contractor

– Architect

– Interior Decorator

2.2 Literature on Asian Paints entering Bangladesh paint market

-Asian Paints starts operations in Bangladesh

04 September 2002

Asian Paints, India’s largest paint company, has begun its operations in Bangladesh. The entry into Bangladesh marks Asian Paints 11th joint venture in international markets and its largest green-field venture in overseas markets.

The inauguration of the operations of Asian Paints (Bangladesh) Ltd was done by Bangladesh Minister of Industries M K Anwar and Asian Paints (India) Ltd vice-chairman and managing director Ashwin Dani. M Rahman, executive chairman, Board of Investment, Bangladesh, and M L Tripathi, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, were the other distinguished dignitaries at the inauguration.

Said Dani: “The opportunities that the Bangladesh market provides for Asian Paints are immense. The experience that we have gained from operating in three out of six countries in the SAARC [South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation] region has armed us with excellent expertise to operate in this region. We would like to provide value for money and the complete range of products for the Bangladeshi consumer”.

He further said that low per-capita consumption of paints, vast potential to upgrade the market, limited product range, increased urbanisation and consistent GDP growth of around 5-6 per cent have been some of the reasons for Asian Paints entering into this market. Moreover, this venture will help the company consolidate its position in the SAARC region.

Asian Paints (Bangladesh) Ltd is a joint venture between Asian Paints (India) Ltd, India’s largest paint company, and Confidence Cement Ltd, one of the largest cement producers in Bangladesh. Asian Paints will hold 51 per cent stake in the company, while 49 per cent will be held by Confidence Cement. A fully-integrated paint manufacturing unit has been set up and is situated in the Ghazipur district, north of Dhaka, which will service the entire Bangladesh paint market.

Asian Paints will introduce the Apcolite range of products, which is its premium quality range in international markets, and the Decora range, which is its international brand for economy products. Under the Apcolite and Decora brands, many product segments will be covered in the initial phase.

Asian Paints will enter into segments like interior wall finishes, the exterior segment, enamels and the wood finish segment through the above-mentioned brand names. The company will immediately introduce the concept of multiple shade choice to the Bangladeshi consumer in most of its emulsion paints. The launch of multiple shades in its Apcolite range of emulsions will provide to the Bangladesh consumer, for the first time, a wide choice of colors that was not previously offered by any paint company.

The total Bangladesh paint market is estimated to be over 30,000 MT, valued at around INR 2200 million (US $45 million). The market is growing by around 5-7 per cent. The GDP growth for the country has been consistently around 5 per cent and the per-capita paint consumption is around 250 gms. The market, thus, provides high potential for growth as well as an opportunity for paint manufacturers to upgrade and expand the market.

2.3 Literature on Aqua Paints Architects Awards

-Four to receive Ice Today Aqua Paints Award Shawkat Marcel Khan

Four interior designers will be awarded the Ice Today-Aqua Paints Award 2007 for their works on interior design. The names of the winners will be announced during the award-giving ceremony which will be held at the Radisson Water Garden Hotel in the city on July 14.

The award will be given for innovation, creativity and outstanding achievements in interior design in Bangladesh, said the organizers at a briefing, held at a city hotel on Thursday. ‘The grand prize will not be given as the jury comprising Mustafa Ameen, Nahas Ahmed Khalil and Kazi Golam Nasir did not find any design suitable for the award, said the executive editor of the monthly magazine Ice Today, Ziaul Karim.‘Each winner will receive the Commendation Award valued at Tk 25,000, a crest and a Nokia set, he added. A total of 27 designs were submitted in ‘Residential and Non Residential’ categories. The jury short-listed the entries to eleven designs in the first phase. Then, they visited each sites and narrowed down to four designs taking three from Non Residential category.

2.4 Literature on Home Décor Coverage and Painters

In total there are Home Décor outlets in Bangladesh in total. However, apart from the specific regions where these outlets are situated, consultants and painters also travel to nearby areas and thus affectively cover a wider area as shown in Fig 2.2.

The following tables and s are information gathered and organized by BPBL:

Table 2.1: Painters and Contractors of Home Décor in Bangladesh

























National Total



The following tables and s are information gathered and organized by BPBL:

3.0: Methodology

The methodology upon which the team undertook the assignment comprises of top-down and bottom-up approaches effected by literature review, secondary data analysis and desk research, and by conducting surveys, which after consultation with the experts yielded a pragmatic Market Analysis preceded by an overall industry situation, competitor analysis and customer analysis.

3.1 Nature of Research and Sources of Information

The conclusive research design adopted is descriptive in nature. The sources of data were both primary and secondary. It involved collection of data about the characteristics of the paint market, competitors and different supply chain members. Secondary information was gathered from websites, newspaper articles, journals and annual reports of different paint companies. The design of collecting primary data from customers (end users) follows the following section.

3.2 Sample Design

The sample design consists of defining the target population, determination of sample size and sampling method.

3.2.1 Target Population

To collect data from customers (users) the target population is defined to be the households of Bangladesh. The country was considered to be composed of three economic zones (High, Medium and Low) on the basis of economic activities as follows:

Zone 1: (High) : Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet Divisions

Zone 2: (Medium) : Barisal and Khulna Divisions

Zone 3: (Low) : Rajshahi Division.

[Source: Statistical year book of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, 2007]

As the use of paint is very much related with rate of urbanization, the divisional cities of Zone 1 were selected. However, another divisional city was selected randomly from the Zone 2 to make the sample more representative to the entire population and it turned to be Khulna city. The sole division of Zone 3 could be taken into consideration too, but after consultation with the experts, it was omitted from the sampling plan for better utilization of the resources available to the Research Team.

3.2.2 Sample Size

For determination of sample size, the Research Team tried to adopt various sampling techniques. But as the ratio of house owners (who are the end users of paint) is too small to the entire population of Bangladesh, the sample size becomes very small. So, after discussion with experts and the appointing authority, the sample size per city is determined to be 100. So the total sample size of this study is 400 (100X4). The distribution of the samples are furnished in table 3.1.

Table 3.1: Sample distribution






End users






























3.2.3 Sampling Method

Systematic sampling method was adopted for selecting samples. Households were considered sampling units and owner of the household was considered sampling elements. The holding list of City Corporation was used as the sampling frame. The frame was divided by the number of samples required to determine the sampling intervals. Then the first sample was selected from the first sampling interval following simple random sampling and then the rest of the samples were selected from subsequent sampling intervals as usual. If a household was found ineligible then the next adjacent household was considered the sampling unit.

For conducting the surveys on the channel members, samples were selected based on judgment. The fieldwork was carried out during the period of May 28 to June 10, 2009.

3.3 Instrument and Scale for Data Collection

Structured Questionnaire was used as the instrument of data collection. Five sets of questionnaire were used for customers, dealers, retailers, painters and developers respectively (Provided in the Appendix Section). Questions set in the questionnaire were worded with simplest form possible. Rank order scale and 5 point Likert scale were used in these questionnaires. In each questionnaire, at least one question was set as an open ended question to reveal the thoughts of the respondents regarding paint industry of Bangladesh.

After preparation of the questionnaires, they were pretested using a small size of sample taken from Dhaka city. The reliability of the questionnaires was judged from the result of pretest. Coefficient alpha was used as a measure of internal consistency check for the questionnaires.

3.4 Field Survey

Field Survey procedure was used to collect data from the primary source. The bases covered include customers (end users), dealers, retailers, painters and architect/developers. Furthermore, a panel of experts was consulted including experts in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Marketing, Economics and Supply Chain Management. A brief list of the expert pool is provided in the appendix A.

The purpose, information coverage and other requirements of the study were further reviewed and finalized after consultation by the Research Team with the Unitrend management. Obviously the study was national in nature and the sample size was large enough to be representative of different segments. The steps involved in conducting survey were including sampling design process, questionnaire preparation, fieldwork, and data preparation and analysis.

3.5 Fieldwork and Supervision

The fieldworkers were trained thoroughly for carrying out the surveys effectively. The training included as to how to select respondents, introduce themselves to the respondents, ask questions, provide reinforcements to the respondents, record the responses etc. Fieldworkers were students of Department of Marketing from the Faculty of Business Studies of University of Dhaka. A member of the Research Team supervised the fieldwork. He monitored the activities of the investigators very closely, provided them support and motivation, and in some cases, took part in the field investigation.

4.1 Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited: An Overview

Berger, the market leader in the Bangladesh paint market, is one of the oldest names in the global paint industry. It has its origin in the year of 1706 and from then on the company is operating with strong adherence to quality and social responsibility.

Initially, Lewis Berger, a German national, founded dye & pigment making business in England. Lewis Berger & Sons Limited grew rapidly with a strong reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship culminating in perfecting the process of making Prussian Blue, a deep blue dye, a color widely used for many European armies’ uniform. Production of dyes & pigments evolved into production of paints & coatings, which till today, remains the core business of Berger.

Berger Paints started its sailing into the sea of Bangladesh from pre-liberation era, to be precise in 1950. In Bangladesh the major milestones of Berger Paints are given below:

1950 – Started operation in Bangladesh by importing Paint from Berger UK

1970 – Establishment of Chittagong Factory

1980 – Named as Berger Paints (BD) Ltd. from Jenson & Nicholson (J&N)

1991 – BMRE in Chittagong Factory

1995 – Establishment of Double Tight Can Manufacturing Plant

1999 – Establishment of Most Modern Sate-of-the-Art Paint Production Plant 2002 – Construction of own building for the Corporate Office in Dhaka

2004 – Establishment of Powder Coating Plant

* Owns Corporate Office located in Dhaka

* 2 Factories at Dhaka and Chittagong

* 7 strategically located Sales Offices throughout the whole country.

* A wide distribution channel reaches the whole country with a network of more than 1500 dealers

4.2 Vision and Mission of BPBL

Berger emphasize highly on the ethical commitment to produce benchmark quality product.

4.2.1 Vision

“We shall remain as the benchmark in the Paint industry by being an innovative and technology driven Company consistently delivering world-class products ensuring best consumer satisfaction through continuous value added services provided by highly professional and committed team.”

4.2.2 Mission

“We shall increase our turnover by 100% in the next five years.

We shall remain socially committed ethical Company.”

4.3 Area of Operation

Berger Paints operates in three broad segments of the paint industry.

4.3.1 Decorative Paint

* The objective is to beautify the surfaces with protection from corrosion and erosion

* This business category mainly targets household segment offered to the consumers through a dealer network constituting major revenue earning business area of BPBL.

* Products fulfill the aesthetic value of the consumers.

4.3.2 Industrial

* Tailor made products to cater to the specific needs of customers.

* Products give protection to the surfaces in extreme situations like severe hazardous environment, high temperature, movement of heavy materials and machinery etc.

* Direct marketing approach is being used to promote the Industrial Coatings

* Main customer groups: Garments Factories, Chemical Plants, Fertilizer Manufacturing Plants, Consumer Durable Manufacturing Plants etc.

4.3.3 Marine

* Products are being offered mainly through direct marketing approach.

* Dock Yards, Bangladesh Navy, Passenger Ships are the main user groups.

* Market is mostly concentrated in Dhaka and Chittagong.

4.4 Manpower Structure

It is consisted of more than 300 employees of whom about 160 are general workers and the rest are White Collar employees. These employees are working in different factories and depots of the company. The positional hierarchy of the company is as follows:

1. Managing Director

2. Director

3. General Manager (Executive -1)

4. Executive -2

5. Senior Manager

6. Manager

7. Assistant Manager

8. Officer (i, ii, iii, iv) / Management Trainee

4.5 SWOT Analysis

The SWOT Analysis of Berger Paints is presented below:


* Corporate image as pioneer in paint industry and one of the leading paint companies of the world

* Wide distribution network

* Rich experience on Bangladesh Paint Market

* Presence in all major segments of the market

* Strong financial base


* Insignificant presence in the international satellite channels

* Perceived as premium priced company at semi-urban and rural market

* Higher dependence on large dealers

* Consumers’ knowledge gap about paints & painting system


* Growing market

* Utilization of positive corporate

* image for corporate diversification

* To popularize economy products at remote market


* Fierce competition in the Bangladesh market

* Credit-driven market

* Strong command of few dealers in the market through sub-dealer

* Unethical and corrupt practices by the local companies

* Low priced imported products are entering due to trade liberalization

5.1 Existing Situation

The paint market of Bangladesh comprises primarily with urban consumers as the rate of construction and decoration in urban areas is very high compared to that of the semi urban and rural areas. The mix of consumers in paint market encompasses with 80% urban consumers along with 12% semi urban as well as 8% rural consumers ( 5.1).

The demand in the market can be categorized into 4 broader segments based on use – Decorative, Industrial, Marine and Automotive paints. Decorative products are the used in households for beautification of buildings and interiors. This is the biggest among all segments. Industrial products have mainly two types of uses – industrial raw materials and protective or maintenance. But in spite of the dual use, the segment is only 8% of the total demand. Demand for marine products are only 5% and for automotive paints, it is even lesser, only 3%. A detail of the product demand is endowed in 5.2.

Decorative produ

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