• Dropped Your Phone in the Toilet? No Worries!

    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…

  • Paint Demand Is Forecast To Rise

    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…

  • The Raw Material Storm

    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,…

  • Shanghai Here We Come

    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…

  • Finding the Right Supplier is Key

    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…

  • The Politics of Paint

    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…

  • Top companies regained ground in 2010

    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…

  • Connecticut to Adopt Paint Recycling Program

    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…

  • Kansai gets greenlight to takeover Freeworld

    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…

  • Volatile pricing continues

    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…

  • China Becomes World’s Second-Biggest Economy

    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…

  • Go Green Now, Save Green Later

    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…

  • A New Look for a New Year

    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…

  • Nanotech Industries, Shunfa Co. Enter Deal for Chinese Polyurethane Market

    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…

  • Industrial Paint Drives Demand; Raw Materials Remain a Challenge for Coatings Industry

    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…