• 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…

  • New Jersey Man Arrested for Stealing Trade Secrets

    Tim Wright October 5, 2010
    I’m sure it has gotten around the industry by now that a former Valspar employee recently admitted to stealing trade secrets from the paint maker with plans to take them to a new employer in China. David Yen Lee, 54, of Jersey City, New Jersey,…

  • The right supplier can help unlock formulation challenges

    Tim Wright September 15, 2010
    This issue is dedicated to our 2011 International Buyers’ Guide, an annual listing of companies offering pigments, resins, additives, solvents and oils as well as laboratory and production equipment. If you are a formulator, the information her…

  • Exploring key markets

    Tim Wright August 2, 2010
    For the August issue of Coatings World, we explore two markets: Aerospace Coatings and High Performance Pigments. Exploring the current state of the aerospace coatings market we talked to the leading manufacturers in a highly consolidated market incl…

  • Top Companies faced challenging 2009

    Tim Wright July 14, 2010
    Once again, Coatings World brings the industry The Top Companies Report—the only truly global ranking of the top manufacturers of paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants.      Our editorial staff has spent long hours researching…

  • Consolidation continues

    Tim Wright June 1, 2010
    Sherwin-Williams, the second biggest paint maker in the U.S. and the third largest in the world, has bolstered its global business portfolio, announcing as we went to press the acquisition of Sweden’s Becker Acroma Industrial Wood Coatings for…

  • What Recession?

    Tim Wright May 1, 2010
    Walking the floor of the American Coatings Show (ACS) last month in Charlotte, NC, it was hard to believe that we're still climbing out of a recession. The show was vibrant. In conversation the recession was talked about in the past tense like a…

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