• DIY Deco Paints Market Undergoes Changes

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent || October 19, 2015
    The structure and demographics of Europe’s market for DIY decorative paints is undergoing long-term changes amidst a revival in demand for architectural coatings triggered by a recovery in the construction sector across must of the region. T…

  • Strengthening EU Economies Should Benefit Coatings Sector

    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent || September 21, 2015
    The renewed economic vigor in the EU should be resilient enough to withstand setbacks in export markets.

  • Biomaterials Market in Europe Poised for Growth

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent || August 17, 2015
    The short-term outlook for biomaterials in coatings in Europe has been looking grim in the wake of falling oil prices.

  • UV/EB Technologies Thrive in EU

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent || July 22, 2015
    Although UV technologies were first introduced around 20-30 years ago, it is still considered not to be  a mature sector with plenty of innovations needed to overcome barriers to greater efficiencies. Over the last few years growth in demand in…

  • Tinting Systems Among Fastest Growing Segments in Europe

    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent || June 17, 2015
    The current strong demand for anything to do with tinting was evident at the recent European Coatings Show.

  • Key Topic at European Coatings Show is Costs

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent || May 15, 2015
    A big topic of discussions at the ECS was the way cheap oil had or had not led to underlying decreaes in raw material costs.

  • EU Coatings Companies’ Outlook Generally Bullish for the Near-Term

    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent || April 17, 2015
    Despite economic forecasts of relatively slow growth in the EU, there is still a lot of optimism in the coatings sector.

  • 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…