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September 1, 2015
‘Demographic donut effect’ creates global shortage of experienced procurement, supply chain and manufacturing leaders in process and chemicals.  Read More »
August 24, 2015
New legislation is moving the coatings industry towards greater sustainability by reducing the amount of VOCs and dangerous substances in their coatings. “Hempel is moving in this direction also,” said Klaus Moeller, group vice president,…  Read More »
Paul Pang, vice president, managing director/China, IHS Chemical
August 17, 2015
IHS Chemical reported that the impact of the recent explosions that occurred in Tianjin, China on the chemicals supply chain in the country is expected to be minor. A fire broke out late on Wednesday night at the container warehouse at the Tianjin…  Read More »
Mike Reed , General Manager, US Coatings
August 4, 2015
We often advise that buying coatings according to a low cost-per-unit cost isn’t a smart approach. Every OEM wants to reduce cost. And that makes sense. It’s just good business. Contrary to common sense, though, slashing the cost-per-unit…  Read More »
August 3, 2015
Is complying with the multitude of regulations for the transport of hazardous materials – also known as dangerous goods (DG) – truly a challenge? Well, even Albert Einstein would have had problems figuring out some of the rules, accordin…  Read More »
July 22, 2015
"The shift to more environmentally responsible coatings, such as low VOC, waterborne or powder applications, will accelerate over the next several years, driven, especially by China’s recent legislation to require a tax on coatings above a…  Read More »
Suzanne Scheideker Cook, Owner of Strategic Ventures
July 7, 2015
Whether we are interviewing for an entry level or promotional position, we do everything in our power to stand out from the other candidates.  Sometimes though, we tend to get comfortable after we get the position.  (Part of this may stem f…  Read More »
May 11, 2015
Zurich North America – one of the nation’s leading construction insurance providers –joined the construction industry in supporting U.S. Industry Safety Week (May 3-9) as well as recognizing the Occupational Safety & Health Admi…  Read More »
Flexibility to Manage a Mix of Energy Sources is the Key
Anders u00d6sterlund, director of energy, AkzoNobel
May 7, 2015
The flexibility to manage a mix of energy sources is the key to navigating these exciting clean-energy times.  Read More »
Franco Gonzalez, Senior Research Analyst, IDTechEx
April 15, 2015
The days of car companies controlling the future of the automotive industry are numbered. Indeed, waves of creative destruction and globalisation are shaking the industry. All incumbent companies established and new, are either resisting or acting, s…  Read More »
Johan Widheden, Senior Sustainability Expert, AkzoNobel
April 14, 2015
Today’s cities will need to accommodate spiralling numbers of people, servicing their needs and stimulating trade and investment to create jobs, all within the constraints imposed by mega-challenges, such as climate change.   Read More »
Per Nimer, Design Manager, AkzoNobel
April 9, 2015
“Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it.” Many will associate and sympathise with the position of the Swiss Expressionist artist Paul Klee. For many years, designers, artists, scientists…  Read More »
Nikki Burgess, DGSA, CDGP, Staff Regulatory Specialist, Labelmaster
April 6, 2015
  One way governments and regulatory agencies help facilitate international trade – and improve employee safety along the way – is through the adoption of international standards for hazard communication. One such initiative –…  Read More »
Mike Reed, General Manager, US Coatings
March 26, 2015
Passive fire protection tends to fall into one of the following three categories: dense concrete, lightweight cementitious and intumescent coating. They are not all created equal. Recently, cementitious coatings have become less relevant to firepro…  Read More »
Mike Reed, General Manager, US Coatings
February 17, 2015
Independent coatings sales representatives are becoming something of a dying breed in industrial coatings these days. As a few companies rise to global standing, they are becoming increasingly obsessed with preserving margins on the sales side in ord…  Read More »




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