• Automotive Coatings

    Kansai gets greenlight to takeover Freeworld

    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…

  • Marine Coatings | Pigments | Powder Coatings | Price Increases

    Volatile pricing continues

    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…
    Tim Wright 04.05.11

  • China Becomes World’s Second-Biggest Economy

    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…
    Tim Wrigth 03.11.11

  • Go Green Now, Save Green Later

    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…
    Tim Wright 02.08.11

  • Additives | Architectural Coatings | Pigments

    A New Look for a New Year

    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…
    Tim Wright 01.17.11

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

    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…
    Tim Wright 12.01.10

  • Industrial Coatings | Price Increases

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

    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…
    Tim Wright 11.01.10

  • New Jersey Man Arrested for Stealing Trade Secrets

    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,…
    Tim Wright 10.05.10

  • Additives | Pigments | Production Equipment | Solvents

    The right supplier can help unlock formulation challenges

    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…
    Tim Wright 09.15.10

  • Aerospace Coatings | Pigments

    Exploring key markets

    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…
    Tim Wright 08.02.10

  • Adhesives and Sealants

    Top Companies faced challenging 2009

    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…
    Tim Wright 07.14.10

  • Adhesives and Sealants | Wood Coatings

    Consolidation continues

    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…
    Tim Wright 06.01.10

  • Additives

    What Recession?

    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…
    Tim Wright 05.01.10

  • Springtime Means COLOR

    Every year color experts at paint companies develop color trend forecasts for consumers and industry. There are many variables that affect the direction of design and color. Trends develop over the course of time. Demographics, changing consumer desi…
    Tim Wright 03.30.10

  • Additives | Automotive Coatings

    Auto OEM trends, state of the industry, M&A analysis and more...

    As much of the world struggles to clamber out of serious recession, a gradual flow of economic power from West to East has turned into a flood. New high points, it seems, are reached daily. China surged past the U.S. to become the world's largest aut…
    Tim Wright 03.16.10

  • Additives | Corrosion Control

    2010: A Coatings Odyssey

    Paint and coatings play a vital role in sustaining the world around us whether most people realize it or not. Let's take the issue of corrosion for example. From the nuts and bolts used to hold our cars together to the bridges that span entire bodies…
    Tim Wright 02.01.10

  • What to expect in 2010 remains unclear

    The state of the global economy along with rising raw material and energy costs paints an uncertain future for the paint and coatings industry. While many industry insiders from raw material suppliers, paint manufacturers and consultants believe 2010…
    Tim Wright 12.23.09

  • Powder Coatings

    Consolidation continues as Dow agrees to sell coatings unit

    About a week before press news broke on Nov. 12 that Dow Chemical was set to unload the powder coatings business it absorbed during its troubled acquisition of Rohm & Haas. Dow needs to raise cash so that it can reduce the heavy debt load it incu…
    Tim Wright 12.03.09

  • Business Operation | Market Trends & Forecast

    What's on the minds and in the pockets of R&D staffers?

    This issue of Coatings World features our eight annual Salary Survey, where we take look at what's on the minds and in the wallets of R&D staffers in the global coatings industry. As one of our most highly anticipated editorial features, this…
    Tim Wright 11.02.09

  • Automotive Refinish | Market Trends & Forecast

    Getting ready for CHINACOAT

    As this issue went to press, we at Coatings World are getting ready to head to China for CHINACOAT 2009. Since its inception in 1996, CHINACOAT has become the key event for the coatings industry in Asia-Pacific. In terms of exhibit size, number of ex…
    Tim Wright 10.01.09