Astra Paints commenced business in Harare as Herbert Evans paint in 1947. Through the years, it merged with other paint companies like Titanium Paints to eventually become Plascon Paints, whose majority stake was then acquired by the government of Zimbabwe through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe in 1983. The paint concern was then renamed Astra Paints in line with the larger group, Astra Corporation.
Astra Paints is the largest paint and protective coatings manufacturer in Zimbabwe, and commands a market share of about 44%. Astra Paints is ISO 9001.2008 certified for its quality management system
Astra Paints has a technical partnership with Barloworld Coatings (previously known as Plascon). Production of paints is done in both Harare and Bulawayo factories