• European Color Trends Offer Wide Variety of Options

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent March 25, 2015
    Consumers in Europe are now almost spoiled for choice in the range of colors available in most coatings  sectors. As a result coatings and colorant producers, as well as  suppliers of materials running in-plant coatings facilities, are hav…

  • EU’s New CLP Regulation on Labeling Cause Concern

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent February 23, 2015
    The European coatings industry entered this year in the final stages of  a big exercise in the relabeling  of   its products to comply with a new European Union regulation on hazard warnings for mixtures of chemicals and other for…

  • How Do Low Oil Prices Affect Raw Material Suppliers?

    Sean Milmo, Euroepan Correspondent January 19, 2015
    For coatings producers one of the big benefits of the sharp fall in oil prices in the second half of  last year (2014) should be a drop in raw material costs. Some commentators are also predicting a rise in demand due to the effect of lower oil…

  • Europe Shifts Priority From VOC Control to Economic Growth

    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent December 15, 2014
    The likelihood of tighter European Union regulations on air emissions being imposed on the European coatings and other industries has been receding as the EU gives top priority to economic growth at a time when many of the region’s economies ha…

  • Demand for Dispersions in Europe Driven by New Technologies and Expanded Capacity

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent November 6, 2014
    The dispersions segment is continuing to be one of the most active in the European coatings sector in the development of new technologies as well as investing in mergers and acquisitions  and expansions in production capacity. Demand for disper…

  • Concept of Sustainability Used as Key Marketing Strategy

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent October 20, 2014
    Sustainability has been a concept which regional and national trade associations in Europe  has been encouraging coatings producers and their suppliers to adopt to ensure that the coatings sector move in a more environmentally friendly direction…

  • European Coatings Sector Shows Improvement

    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent September 23, 2014
    The European coatings sector has been showing resilience in the face of yet another slowdown in the European economy. The sales and profits of many coatings companies, particularly those involved in decorative paints, appear to be  withstanding…

  • BASF Forecasts Color Trends for Global Auto Industry for 2014/2015

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent August 7, 2014
    Satisfying the color preferences of car buyers across the world  is becoming more challenging for producers of  OEM coatings and their raw materials. The choice of colors has been broadening because of the development of new materials and a…

  • Biocidal Products Regulation Could Prove Challenging for EU

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent July 7, 2014
    For the European coatings industry, REACH, the seven-year-old  European Union’s legislation on the registration, evaluation and authorization of industrial chemicals, has been posing major difficulties. However the Biocidal Products Regula…

  • Sustainability Initiatives in European Coatings Sector Reach New Phase

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent June 9, 2014
    he European coatings trade association (CEPE) has been drawing up criteria for formulators to check the greeness of raw materials.

  • Powder Coatings Shows Strong Growth in European Coatings Market

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent May 6, 2014
    Powder coatings is currently one of the strongest growth sectors in the European coating market.   But powder coatings producers  and other players in its supply chain will have to continue to be highly innovative to maintain the momen…

  • Recovery in Europe Could Be Stalled by Ukrainian Crisis

    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.

  • Europe Eyes Coatings for Offshore Wind Turbines as Growth Opportunity

    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.

  • REACH Exposure Scenarios Present New Challenges for Coating Suppliers

    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.

  • European Coatings Market Embraces Sustainability

    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 …