• 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…

  • REACH Continues to Cause Uncertainty in Coatings Industry

    January 29, 2010
    This could be the year when REACH, the European Union's (EU) controversial legislation on the control of chemicals, starts to have a major impact on Europe's coatings sector. European coatings producers, as well as other big downstream users…

  • Recession restructure

    Sean Milmo December 3, 2009
    The coatings industry has undergone massive restructuring plans to try and help maintain profitability until the economy thaws.

  • Reformulation challenges

    Sean Milmo November 2, 2009
    Making the switch to waterborne formulations is a challenge to industry and raw material suppliers are trying to help paint companies meet those challenges.

  • BASF expands auto refinish operations

    Sean Milmo October 1, 2009
    With the opening of its new Refinish Competence Center and the expansion of its training program, BASF will continue to be a leader in the refinish market.

  • Innovation is key for SMEs

    Sean Milmo August 4, 2009
    During recessions SMEs need to rely on innovation to help stay afloat.

  • Energy saving coatings in Europe

    Sean Milmo July 14, 2009
    It may not be easy for coatings companies to establish themselves in the energy saving coatings segment.

  • TiO2 market under pressure

    Sean Milmo June 1, 2009
    The TiO2 market is readjusting itself to the current economic situation.

  • Examining color trends

    Sean Milmo May 7, 2009
    Pigment producers at the European Coatings Show displayed new effect pigments technology.

  • Where are raw material costs headed?

    Sean Milmo April 6, 2009
    A look at how the issue of raw material costs is affecting the paint and coatings supply chain.

  • Looking beyond the recession

    Sean Milmo March 6, 2009
    Anticipating economic recovery, Western coatings companies continue to invest in growth markets like Russia.

  • SMEs are fighting to hold on

    Sean Milmo February 2, 2009
    Small- to medium-sized paint companies face the toughest challenges in the current recession.