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Dropped Your Phone in the Toilet? No Worries!
Tim Wright, Editor
February 13, 2012
Doesn’t it seem like mobile phones have become a part of the body? They are ubiquitous across the landscape of our modern culture and the manner in which people communicate with one another continues to evolve (or devolve, depending on your opi…  Read More »
Tim Wright, Editor
December 19, 2011
The demand for paint and coatings in the United States is expected to rise nearly eight percent annually through 2015, according to a study by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm. The market is expected to expand strongly in b…  Read More »
November 10, 2011
The big three—AkzoNobel, PPG and Sherwin-Williams—reported mixed third quarter results giving no clear indication if the weakened economy will improve any time soon. However, if raw material price trends continue to grow at current rates,…  Read More »
October 4, 2011
The October issue of Coatings World is the CHINACOAT2011 Show Issue where we offer a Preview of the upcoming exhibition, which will take place Nov. 23-25 in Shanghai. Each year CHINACOAT continues to grow and become more sophisticated, mirroring the…  Read More »
September 13, 2011
This issue is dedicated to Coatings World’s International Buyers’ Guide, an annual listing of companies offering pigments, resins, additives, solvents and oils as well as laboratory and production equipment to the paint and coatings indus…  Read More »
August 15, 2011
A Chinese executive has been charged for clandestinely exporting hundreds of gallons of paint coatings to the Chashma 2 nuclear power plant in Pakistan. Xun Wang, a former managing director of PPG Paints Trading ( Shanghai), which is a wholly-owned C…  Read More »
July 12, 2011
Coming off a very difficult 2009 when most coatings companies experienced reduced activity and lower profitability, 2010 became the year when the coatings industry recovered from the economic downturn across most markets and regions. For example, glo…  Read More »
Tim Wright
June 9, 2011
With undivided approval from the state Senate last month, the House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would start a paint recycling program in Connecticut for retail paint. Under the program, recycling drop-off locations will be esta…  Read More »
May 9, 2011
After a year of bitter opposition, a competition watchdog has approved Kansai Paint’s $260 million takeover bid of South Africa’s Freeworld Coatings. Currently ranked 34th in Coatings World’s Top Companies Report, this deal represen…  Read More »
Tim Wright
April 5, 2011
Each week I am bombarded with news about the latest round of price increases from raw material suppliers, which in turn force paint makers to raise the prices on their end products. It is a viscous cycle and one that is not going away anytime soon as…  Read More »
Tim Wrigth
March 11, 2011
When final 2010 figures were tallied, China at long last surpassed Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy. Japan’s economy was worth $5.474 trillion at the end of 2010. China’s economy was closer to $5.8 trillion. After…  Read More »
Tim Wright
February 8, 2011
These days we hear a lot of talk about the environment. Sustainability this, go green that, a hybrid here a Whole Foods there. From leading multi-national corporations to celebrity endorsers to everyday people, the sustainability message continues to…  Read More »
Tim Wright
January 17, 2011
The last two years have certainly been a period of uncertainty for most industries. 2009 started off grimly for the paint and coatings market but it slowly started to pick up pace towards the end of the year. Moving into 2010, many industry players w…  Read More »
Tim Wright
December 1, 2010
As its presence on the world stage grows, China’s paint and coatings industry continues to adopt “greener” coatings technology to attract investors from the Western hemisphere where regulatory standards are far stricter. Anticipatin…  Read More »
Tim Wright
November 1, 2010
Suppliers of paints, chemicals and other products have reported dramatically stronger results in recent quarters after suffering losses during the recession when manufacturers slashed production, the auto sector ground to a halt and the housing and c…  Read More »

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