• Pipe Coatings Market Offers Growth Opportunities

    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.

  • TiO2 Price Spikes Getting Sharper

    TiO2 Price Spikes Getting Sharper

    Sean Milmo May 9, 2011
    In response to unrelenting price increases, coatings formulators are seeking TiO2 alternatives.

  • Paint Firms Look to Emerging Economies for Growth Opportunities

    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.

  • BASF Pioneers Coatings Technology Research

    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.

  • M&A Activity Gains Momentum

    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.

  • Redefining Surface Coating Theory and Technology

    Sean Milmo January 17, 2011
    Researchers are looking to nature to help them create a new generation of coatings.

  • Powder Coatings Bounce Back

    Sean Milmo December 1, 2010
    A wider array of applications is helping the powder market return to pre-recession levels.

  • Biomaterial Use Gains Momentum

    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.

  • Wind Turbine Coatings in Demand

    Wind Turbine Coatings in Demand

    Sean Milmo October 5, 2010
    Protective coatings producers are looking to the offshore wind turbine market for growth opportunities.

  • Slow growth to recovery

    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.

  • SMEs look for support from EU

    SMEs look for support from EU

    Sean Milmo August 2, 2010
    In a post recession environment, SMEs struggle to find investment dollars.

  • Sustaining future growth

    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…

  • Raw material supply shortage

    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…

  • Air Quality Regulations Tighten

    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…

  • Economic Downturn Doesn't Deter R&D Investment

    March 30, 2010
    Balance-sheet tactics adopted by companies within the coatings supply chain in Europe to deal with the economic downturn have triggered cutbacks in investment in production plants but not so much in R&D. Throughout the chain extending from raw m…