About us

The National Association of Master Painters (MLF) is a business and employer organization for craftscompanies within floorlaying and painting.


The National Association of Master Painters organize nearly 300 companies within the paint- and floorlaying industry in Norway. Together with 14 other industry associations, we found the Federation of Norwegian Construction Industries (BNL), and are also part of the largest emplyer organization in Norway (The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise NHO).

The National Association of Master Painters was founded  February 22.nd 1908. Prior to that, the painters had been organized for many many years in local guilds. The first guild was founded in Bergen in 1743. Today, our administration is in Oslo, and to this day, we still have 18 local guilds. We work together locally and nationally to develope and enhance our craft and competitiveness, and we work politically to improve the conditions for running craftbusinesses in Norway.

  • Our objective is to actively to strengthen the competence and improve profitability in the industry
  • Our objective is to be a serious and respected industry
  • We work for a safe and secure working environment in the companies
  • Our objective is  to ensure that the member companies get a sufficiently qualified workforce
  • We ensure competitive pay and working conditions in a productive, flexible and inclusive labor market
  • We contribute to develope an environmentally friendly and sustainable industry

Nordic Collaboration

NMO, Nordic Meeting meets every second year to to discuss mutual challenges and to inspire furter development of the industry. Together with our Nordic collaboratiors, we also organize Nordic Championship every 2.nd yeard. 

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (in Norwegian Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon; NHO) is Norway's major organisation for employers and the leading business lobby. Our current membership of 25600+ companies range from small family-owned businesses to multinational companies in most sectors.

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise – NHO - is the leading voice of business and industry in Norway. Having expert knowledge and an extensive business network, the NHO plays an important and constructive role in the Norwegian society.

Our main objective is to create and sustain conditions that secure the competitiveness and profitability of business and industry, and thereby maintain the basis for a good standard of living, sound economic growth and sustainable development.

The building and construction industries in Norway

The Federation of Norwegian Construction Industries (BNL) organize more than 400 companies and 70.000 emplyess in the building and construction industry. The building and construction sector comprises the construction and maintenance of houses and commercial buildings, and the development of roads, airports and facilities related to defence, energy, oil, gas, railways and tramlines. This sector contains many small companies. The large companies account for a smaller share of the construction output in Norway that in other countries. However, building contractors are constantly restructuring. The public sector, through the local authorities and the Public Roads Administration, also stand for a considerable share of the activities in the building and construction sector.

The building and construction industry is extremely sensitive to fluctuations in the market, and is often the industry that registers the first signs of major changes in the economy. This industry accounts for a considerable share of the total energy and materials consumed in Norway, and generates a correspondingly large share of its overall waste. An increased focus on the lifetime of buildings, such as management, operations, maintenance and development, has given rise to new business areas.

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