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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…