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Russia’s Coatings Industry Regains Stride
Sean Milmo
July 12, 2011
After sharp falls in coatings volume and value during the recession, Russia’s paint market is once again poised to become the largest in the region.  Read More »
Pipe Coatings Market Offers Growth Opportunities
Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
June 9, 2011
Europe’s need for secure energy supplies is making it increasingly dependent on imported natural gas, which is a big boost to companies producing coatings and their raw materials for steel pipelines.  Read More »
TiO2 Price Spikes Getting Sharper
Sean Milmo
May 9, 2011
In response to unrelenting price increases, coatings formulators are seeking TiO2 alternatives.  Read More »
Paint Firms Look to Emerging Economies for Growth Opportunities
Sean Milmo
April 4, 2011
Slow, stable domestic markets are the backbone of operations, but growth lies in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.  Read More »
BASF Pioneers Coatings Technology Research
Sean Milmo
March 10, 2011
In 2010, BASF’s research and development expenditure reached a new record level, rising to nearly €1.5 billion.   Read More »
M&A Activity Gains Momentum
Sean Milmo
February 8, 2011
Merger and acquisition activity in Europe’s coatings sector has started to revive as the region slowly recovers from the effects of the recession.  Read More »
Sean Milmo
January 17, 2011
Researchers are looking to nature to help them create a new generation of coatings.  Read More »
Sean Milmo
December 1, 2010
A wider array of applications is helping the powder market return to pre-recession levels.  Read More »
Biomaterial Use Gains Momentum
November 1, 2010
As crude oil prices climb, industry is looking at alternative biomaterial sources for the production of paint and coating materials.  Read More »
Wind Turbine Coatings in Demand
Sean Milmo
October 5, 2010
Protective coatings producers are looking to the offshore wind turbine market for growth opportunities.  Read More »
Sean Milmo
September 15, 2010
European paint makers have seen sales rise in the first half of the year, but raw material price increases continue to put pressure on profit margins.   Read More »
SMEs look for support from EU
Sean Milmo
August 2, 2010
In a post recession environment, SMEs struggle to find investment dollars.  Read More »
Sustaining future growth
July 14, 2010
Sustainability remains a major objective of Europe’s coatings sector despite the slow economic recovery in the region. In fact, the recession and its aftermath have bolstered the momentum behind sustainability initiatives in the sector rather t…  Read More »
Raw material supply shortage
June 1, 2010
European coatings manufacturers are bracing themselves for a prolonged period of shortages in key raw materials.      The industry is currently being hit by double–digit rises in prices for resins, pigments, additives, solvents…  Read More »
May 1, 2010
Worries in Europe about air pollution were intensified in April as a massive cloud of ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded all passenger aircraft in the region. However these concerns about air quality, stemming from a rising incidence o…  Read More »




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