• Making sense of the stimulus nonsense

    Tim Wright June 1, 2009
    || Paint and coatings makers have been hurt by slumping demand, which has overshadowed an easing of high raw material and energy costs that hurt profits last year. Continued weakness in the housing and manufacturing (particularly automotive) sectors are…

  • A look at marine and green coatings

    Tim Wright May 7, 2009
    || In this issue of Coatings World we explore the marine coatings market and the latest developments in the market for low- and zero-VOC decorative coatings. Growth in the marine coatings market can be attributed to a surge in new building in the As…

  • The color of life

    Tim Wright April 6, 2009
    || Color is emotion and can speak to the human soul in thousands of different ways. It is an integral element of art, design and aesthetics in general. Explaining color is like trying to explain the mystery of that which holds the moon in place. Perhaps…

  • Great Depression II?

    Tim Wright March 6, 2009
    || Everyday the politicians, pundits and analysts discuss the "subprime mortgage collapse," "the recession," "the credit crunch," and "the global financial crisis." Are these really euphemisms for the dreaded D-word that is avoided like the Black Death…

  • Unprecedented demand destruction

    Tim Wright February 2, 2009
    || The troubling trend of revenue loss continues to plague the paint and coatings industry as the U.S. economy deteriorates rapidly. In 2008 2.6 million job losses were reported. With more layoffs coming this will certainly further deepen the recession…

  • Cutbacks, closures & consolidation

    Tim Wright January 8, 2009
    || Cars and homes aren't selling well, which means neither are paints and coatings. That's been the story since the second half of 2008 when the subprime mess caused a steep drop in the U.S. housing market, sending the U.S. economy with the rest of the…

  • In today's market, finding the right supplier is key

    Tim Wright December 3, 2008
    || If the key to success in the paint and coatings industry is finding the right supplier for your formulation needs, than you hold in your hands the master key to unlock all doors. The December issue contains our annual International Buyers' Guide, whi…

  • Green building market continues to grow

    Tim Wright October 30, 2008
    || This month Coatings World for the first time explores the world of green building-one of the hottest trends happening now-and how paint companies and raw material suppliers are responding to the green wave of the future. A recent survey showed th…

  • Is there any relief in sight?

    Tim Wright October 7, 2008
    || In this issue of Coatings World we explore several key markets in the coatings industry and how they are being impacted by the current economic crisis. This month's article on the automotive refinish market examines various factors influencing the ma…

  • Exploring key markets

    Tim Wright August 28, 2008
    || For the September issue of Coatings World, we explore three key markets: powder coatings, biocides and construction chemicals. Exploring the current state of the powder coatings market we talked to leading manufacturers of powder coatings about topic…

  • Cloudy skies ahead

    Tim Wright August 11, 2008
    || Airlines are perhaps feeling the effects of the current economic slowdown more than any other industry. The Air Transport Association (ATA) in the U.S. has reported that the U.S. airline industry's fuel bill this year will touch at least $61 billion,…

  • Now Playing: Top Companies

    Tim Wright July 14, 2008
    || In spite of the tedium involved with crunching numbers and flipping through one annual report after another to compile our Top Companies Report, it is probably the issue I look forward to most each year. It gives me a chance to really get to know the…

  • Exploring key markets

    Tim Wright May 29, 2008
    || In this issue of Coatings World we review several key areas of the coatings industry. Regarding the industrial coatings market, Kerry Pianoforte speaks with leading paint manufacturers who all agree that economic growth in emerging regions and innova…

  • What does green mean anyway?

    Tim Wright May 12, 2008
    || From pop culture to the laboratory bench, "green" is definitely the theme these days. Consumer demand for healthier options is being driven by the media's focus on issues of health and sustainability. The idea of "going green" has gained widespread s…

  • UV technology is an industry bright spot

    Tim Wright April 4, 2008
    || Environmental concerns surrounding the reduction of VOC emissions, reducing energy costs, improving productivity and improving performance are four key factors driving technology innovation in the coatings industry today. Whether it's at the auto…