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Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
April 15, 2014
Optimism is being undermined by worries about the economic impact of the Ukranian crisis, particularly on coatings demand in Russia and other Eastern European countries.  Read More »
Sean Milmo, Europe Correspondent
March 24, 2014
The current trend is the development of larger offshore turbines with a higher energy output so that the coatings, particularly those on the blades, have to be even more resilient.  Read More »
Sean Milmo, Europe Correspondent
March 2, 2014
The legislation, first introduced in 2007 to be enacted over an 11-year period to 2018, is now at a stage where what is called exposure scenarios are being drawn up from dossiers by both chemical suppliers and formulators to be distributed along the supply chain.   Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
January 14, 2014
The use of biomaterials and more benign chemicals in coatings in Europe is accelerating as whole supply chains give greater priority to sustainablity, particularly as a means of protecting the environment. At the same time, however, producers …  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
December 11, 2013
The construction upturn in the Gulf has triggered new expansion plans in the area among not only European, but also Asian coatings producers.  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspndent
November 8, 2013
Since 2008, the gap in GDP growth rates has narrowed dramatically, with GDP rises in some Eastern European countries even falling below the EU average.  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
October 23, 2013
Over the next several years producers and importers of coatings in Europe face the prospect of being forced to reformulate their products because many biocides are no longer available.  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
September 11, 2013
The financial results of some leading players among coatings producers and raw material suppliers for the second quarter and first half of this year have revealed signs of a possible pick-up in demand.   Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
August 13, 2013
Despite the current slowdown in the European economy, the region’s regulators have not been easing up on the application of health, safety and environmental rules in the markets for coatings and its raw materials.  Even new rules are being…  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
July 19, 2013
The certification schemes are enabling companies to show that they are at the forefront of moves to set high sustainability standards.  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
June 6, 2013
The architectural coatings sector in Europe has hopes for a much brighter future in the longer term because of two recent pieces of European Union legislation.  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
May 8, 2013
A growing trend among industrial companies is to develop strategies for giving priority to specific customer sectors rather than types of products. European companies offering both coatings  and speciality chemicals have been becoming more incl…  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
April 1, 2013
An underlying theme of the latest exhibition was the economic and financial sustainability of individual companies.  Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
March 1, 2013
One of the attractions of the European automobile sector to coatings producers and their raw material suppliers is that a strong presence in the region’s OEM segment offers opportunities for sales stimulated by demand outside Europe.   Read More »
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
February 7, 2013
The relentless rise in raw materials costs, which has been hitting European coatings producers over the last 2-3 years, has at last been easing. But the relief from the constant pressure of rising input prices may be short lived. The first signs of…  Read More »

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