The painting works sector encompasses 50,000 companies and 170,000 employees (1). The majority of stakeholders are artisans. The market, which reached 12 billion euros in 2009 (2), represents approximately 10% of the building sector's turnover. Although the sector suffered from the 2009 crisis, it has progressed since then. The building paint sector concentrated more than 67,000 companies in 2016, with a turnover of 11,818 billion euros. Maintenance and renovation is the main market (82%), far ahead of new building paint (18%). The activity figures are distorted by the large proportion of undeclared second work, which has multiplied tenfold since 2005.
Professionals have suffered greatly from the slowdown in construction activity following the global economic crisis. Many companies have filed for bankruptcy. The others had to lower their prices to keep working. The other element that penalises those involved in painting is the fashion for "making oneself" in finishing work: half of the decorative painting work is done by private individuals themselves. Nevertheless, the sector again presents favourable prospects, with the recovery of the building market: +19.9% growth in volume in 2016 and +3.4% in 2017.
The profession tries to improve its image by using less and less polluting products. Some French companies include Bechet Peinture, Philippe Lassarat, Bonglet, Fin'tech Industrie and Cabre.
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