Business Corner


  • Analyzing the future of E-coat growth

    E-coat technology is increasingly integrated in mature markets, as well as developing regions of the world, at above average coatings consumption growth rates.
    Phil Phillips 04.05.06

  • The importance of branding

    The function and art of branding is a major contributor to the success of a product or service sold by the company that markets it. According to Webster's Dictionary, a brand is defined as "a means of identification," or "an arbitrarily adopted na…
    03.15.06

  • Do companies need consultancies?

    In the coatings industry we are mainly concerned about 'selling' and 'servicing' a tangible product. We are what some call a 'product-oriented business.' However, in ours and other product-oriented businesses, we are finding it increasingly more…
    02.09.06

  • Adhesives and Sealants

    The purchase decision process

    Who does the buying of the trillions of dollars' worth of goods and services needed by business organizations? Purchasing agents (PA) are certainly influential in direct straight re-purchase and modified re-purchase situations, whereas other departm…
    Phil Phillips 01.12.06

  • Disorder & Revision, Change & Correction

    The business environment within which we find ourselves is in what we would describe as disorderly to perhaps, chaotic and certainly, therefore, troublesome. We are living through the end of an era of corporate responsibility where the "business"…
    12.07.05

  • The strategic planning process - III

    In last month's column, we discussed the use of SWOT and TOWS as useful models from which to draw accurate pictures of both your as well as your competitors' relative strengths and possible strategies. Before moving ahead, let's remember an impo…
    Phil Phillips 11.02.05

  • Adhesives and Sealants

    The Strategic Planning Process - II

    Last month we discussed the business environmental scanning process, the first of three steps necessary to successfully develop a strategic plan. Environmental scanning encompasses the monitoring, evaluating and disseminating of information from e…
    10.14.05

  • Disruptions...Consultants Have Them Too Part Two

    In Part One, we discussed the HBR conclusions: “We have come to the conclusion that the same forces that disrupted so many businesses, from steel to publishing, are starting to reshape the world of consulting.” We concluded with the two…
    Phil Phillips, Contributing Editor 11.30.-1

  • Architectural Coatings | Automotive Coatings

    Testing autoscan

    Testing news if it will tag the keywords automatically. Like I used the words Adhesives or Architectural Coatings or Automotive Coatings. Let's see..…
    11.30.-1

  • Architectural Coatings | Automotive Coatings | Construction Chemicals

    testing autoscan again

    Testing news if it will tag the keywords automatically. Like I used the words Adhesives or Architectural Coatings or Automotive Coatings. Let's see.. Construction Chemicals  Construction Chemicals…
    11.30.-1