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From one brush to the #1 Brand Preferred by Pros.*

1330
BCE
INENTION OF THE FIRST PAINT BRUSH

Other than being recognized as the people who invented the alphabet, the Phoenicians are also recognized for making the first paintbrush. These were constructed using twine to bind wild boar hair into an animal horn. The basic paintbrush structure looks very similar to what is common in modern day, although it was made over 3,000 years ago!

1830
CE
INTRODUCING THE MODERN DAY PAINT BRUSH

A number of companies in England and America started to produce what we consider the modern day decorative wall paint brush, hand assembled with sable or wild boar hair: bristle, imported mostly from Russia. After the Russian revolution in 1913, these companies then began to import wild boar hair from China.

FUN FACT
FUN FACT

Even today the primary material used in paint brushes is bristle, obtained from Pigs. Not from domestic pigs, but rather from semi-wild pigs which are abundant in Russia, Eastern Europe and China. Only the bristle obtained from the neck, shoulders and back of the animal is used in brush making - the flanks and belly hairs are never used.

1935
CE
DISCOVERING SYNTHETIC FILAMENT

Nylon was discovered in 1935 by Wallace Carothers, an American researcher at DuPont chemicals. Shortly thereafter in 1941, polyester was discovered by two British chemists, John Rex Whinfield & Jams Tennant Dickson. Soon after, synthetic filaments started to be used in paint brushes.

1939
CE
WORLD WAR II & THE SHORTAGE OF BRISTLE

THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR II LEAD TO GLOBAL SUPPLY SHORTAGES OF HOG BRISTLE AND AVAILABILITY OF WALL BRUSHES.

1940
CE
INTRODUCING THE PAINT ROLLER

The scarcity of brushes during the wartime inspired Canadian inventor, Norman Breakey to invent the Paint Roller as an alternative medium to Paint Brushes.

1942
CE
PAINT ROLLER PATENT FILED

While working for the Sherwin-Williams paint company, in his basement workshop, Richards C. Adams tweaked the Paint roller design and filed the first patent.

FUN FACT
FUN FACT

Mr. Adams was also a descendant of Presidents John Adams And John Quincy Adams

1947
CE
PAKISTAN’S INDEPENDENCE & THE BIRTH OF UNIVERSAL BRUSHWARES PVT LTD

Pakistan gets its independence from the British Raj. Universal Brushwares Pvt. Ltd is incorporated in Karachi, Pakistan.

1979
CE
THE BANNING OF HOG BRISTLE

Pakistan bans the import and use of hog bristle, resulting in an overhaul of the local paint brush industry with Universal Brushwares at the forefront.

1980
CE
UNIVERSAL BRUSHWARES LAUNCHES SYNTHETIC FILAMENT PAINT BRUSHES IN PAKISTAN

Universal Brushwares becomes the 1st paint brush company in Pakistan to use Dupont synthetic filaments, as an alternative to hog bristle.

1987
CE
UNIVERSAL BRUSHWARES 1ST TO LAUNCH THE PAINT ROLLER IN PAKISTAN

Universal Brushwares becomes the first paint brush company to introduce the Paint Roller in Pakistan, revolutionizing the local industry.

1989
CE
UNIVERSAL BRUSHWARES 1ST TO LAUNCH HOLLOW FILAMENT IN PAKISTAN

Universal Brushwares is 1st in market to introduce Hollow filament in Pakistan, for greatly improved painting performance with water-based paints. The Captain paint brush is born.

2001
CE
UNIVERSAL BRUSHWARES 1ST TO LAUNCH THE ANGLE SASH BRUSH IN PAKISTAN

Universal Brushwares is 1st to market with the innovative Angle Sash brush, especially designed for cutting and detailed work.

2010
CE
UNIVERSAL BRUSHWARES 1ST TO LAUNCH THE RUBBER HANDLE PAINT BRUSH IN PAKISTAN

Universal Brushwares brings world-class innovation to the market yet again with the Rubber Handle paint brush and paint roller to provide ultimate comfort and ease to the painter.

2012
CE
ABRASIVES & OTHER PREPARATION TOOL

Universal Brushwares, launches its own brand of high quality abrasive papers, sanding rolls and paint related hand tools for surface preparation.

2016
CE
NEW FACTORY

Universal finished into its new state of the art manufacturing facility which has now expanded to over 100,000 sq ft of industrial excellence, located centrally in one of Pakistan’s premier industrial zones

2017
CE
EUROPEAN PLANT

Making a quantum leap in automation, Universal Brushwares rehauls major parts of its manufacturing of paint brushes and paint rollers.  Choosing to align with international best standards, the machinery were carefully selected from the world’s leading suppliers of paint brush and paint rollers machinery.

2018
CE
MINI ROLLERS

Seeing the growing need for using paint rollers is smaller areas Universal Brushwares launches its own Mini Roller series. Always trying to meet, adapt and anticipate the Painter’s needs

2019
CE
GREEN ENERGY

In our commitment to environmental sustainability & responsible business practices, Universal Brushwares has installed a large scale solar panel installation at its facility. Adjusted its energy mix to one third renewable energy.

2022
CE
FIRST PAINTBRUSH FILAMENT PLANT IN PAKISTAN

Installed an European filament extrusion machine, vertically integrated a critical production material. This is Pakistan’s first every paint brush filament extrusion plant.

2022
CE
MASKING TAPE

Introduce high quality masking tape.  Yet again added key product to help painters deliver the best results.

2023
CE
CHEMICALLY TAPERED FILAMENTS

Installed a plant to start Pakistan’s first filament tapering facility.  Helping enhance the quality of paint brush filaments and bringing internal control of raw materials into the companies’ hands.

TODAY
UNIVERSAL BRUSHWARES

UNIVERSAL BRUSHWARES remains the oldest, largest and most respected paint brush and roller manufacturing company in Pakistan. UNIVERSAL continues to launch cutting-edge innovative  products, expand its  product offering, and export to a growing number of countries globally.