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InfoTrends Study: Improving Customer Experience a Top Priority in Customer Communications Management
Published September 1, 2015
In the survey, InfoTrends has questioned 800 North American and Western European enterprises within key verticals for their most important business objectives to invest in customer engagement technology (CET). InfoTrends found that the top priority f… Read More »
Published August 17, 2015
"In a persistently challenging market environment, Henkel delivered overall a solid performance in the second quarter. We again achieved double-digit growth for both sales and earnings. The main drivers were solid organic sales growth, last year… Read More »
The Impact Of The Blur Between Product and Project Management
By Phil Phillips, Contributing Editor
Published August 17, 2015
Project management is designed to make better use of existing resources by getting work to flow horizontally as well as vertically. You might ask how this could work since there are line managers responsible for P&L functioning in these same chan… Read More »
Published August 5, 2015
Huntsman Corporation reported second quarter 2015 results with revenues of $2,740 million and adjusted EBITDA of $385 million. Peter R. Huntsman, president and CEO, commented: "Our Performance Products and Advanced Materials businesses contin… Read More »
Published August 4, 2015
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. “We are very pleased with our second quarter results, which beat our expectations in most business areas as we continue to execute our st… Read More »
Published August 3, 2015
Masco Corporation reported net sales and operating profit growth in the second quarter of 2015. All segments contributed to a 14.5 percent adjusted operating profit margin, representing a 22 percent increase over prior year. “Continued growt… Read More »
By Mark Miller, Vice President, Huron Capital Partners
Published July 31, 2015
For a business owner, partnering with a private equity firm is a bit like getting married.  While there may not be a clear consensus about how many months or years you should date someone before tying the knot, the experts tell us the answer is… Read More »
By Cameron Herold, Business Development Expert
Published July 29, 2015
Corporate Development Expert Says CEOs & Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Sell Their Vision Short Read More »
By Michael Beauregard, Senior Partner, Huron Capital Partners
Published July 20, 2015
As a business owner, you’ve probably heard about private equity firms looking to invest in middle market companies like yours.  And just because most have capital to invest doesn’t mean they are all the same.  In fact, one cruci… Read More »
Published July 16, 2015
 PPG Industries reported record second quarter 2015 net sales from continuing operations of $4.1 billion, up $18 million, or about 1 percent, versus the prior-year figure of $4.08 billion. Net sales in local currencies increased by 8 percent, or… Read More »
Published July 2, 2015
 RPM International Inc.  announced that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share, payable on July 31, 2015 to stockholders of record as of July 13, 2015. RPM's last cash dividend increase… Read More »
By Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor
Published June 16, 2015
Raman Ramachandron, Chairman & Managing Director of BASF India Ltd., discusses the country's role in BASF's growth strategy. Read More »
Published June 11, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently renewed its alliance with the American Society of Safety Engineers. During the new five year agreement, OSHA and ASSE will address construction safety, temporary workers and hazards within ge… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
Published May 15, 2015
A big topic of discussions at the ECS was the way cheap oil had or had not led to underlying decreaes in raw material costs. Read More »
Published 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 »
Published May 4, 2015
Wayne T. Smith has been appointed the new chairman and chief executive ffficer of BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. He succeeds Hans Engel, who as chief financial officer for BASF SE, will relocate to the company’s gl… Read More »
Published May 4, 2015
Masco Corporation one of the world’s leading manufacturers of branded building products, reported net sales and operating profit growth in the first quarter of 2015 with all segments reporting increased sales in local currency. Adjusted operati… Read More »
By Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt, Technology Litigators
Published April 17, 2015
You want the best most innovative people to work for you.  Sure you do.  You hire them for their specialized expertise in your field of technology.  They are the ones that develop your proprietary technology – your trade secrets.… Read More »
Rounding Out Growth from Tight Places  (Part 2 of 2)
By John D. Jacquin, Chemark Consulting
Published April 17, 2015
Growth in Energy Extraction Last month’s Business Corner reviewed the substantial growth in U.S. energy resources extracted from tight oil and gas shale formations by hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  Despite a substantial decline in glob… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
Published April 17, 2015
Despite economic forecasts of relatively slow growth in the EU, there is still a lot of optimism in the coatings sector. Read More »
PPG Consolidation of Comex: Rife with Opportunity
By Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
Published April 17, 2015
Since PPG purchased Comex last fall, the Mexican company has taken on a large role in the Latin American operations of the parent. Michael McGarry, the president and chief operating officer of PPG responds to Coatings World questions about how integr… Read More »
Published April 7, 2015
The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts, and a majority of them are using LEED, the world’s premier green building program, to achieve their goals, acco… Read More »
Published April 7, 2015
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. has announced that an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with certain affiliates of The Carlyle Group for the purchase of a total of 20 million of Axalta’s com… Read More »
By Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor
Published March 26, 2015
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced in October the 2014 recipients of its school district scholarship program. The six selected school districts across the nation are currently receiving year-round suppor… Read More »
Published March 25, 2015
Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE said at the company’s Annual Press Conference in Ludwigshafen: “We achieved our goal for 2014.  We increased earnings – despite the disappointing economic d… Read More »
Published March 25, 2015
Akzo Nobel N.V. has reported positive volume growth and an improvement in return on sales (ROS) for the full-year 2014. Excluding incidentals, ROS was 7.5 percent (2013: 6.1 percent). Operating income excluding incidentals grew 20 percent to €1… Read More »
Published March 18, 2015
Maroon Group, a specialty chemical supplier of additives, resins, and pigments to the plastics industry, has been appointed by ZEOchem as the exclusive distributor of the ZEOflair product line in North America. The ZEOflair product line offers highl… Read More »
Published March 17, 2015
The Board of Directors of Sika AG has published its report required to be prepared pursuant to the decision of the Swiss Takeover Board of March 5, 2015: The Takeover Board has confirmed the basic validity of the opting out clause pursuant to Arti… Read More »
Published March 16, 2015
Ron Herring, operations manager at PPG Industries’ industrial coatings manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Illinois, has presented Waltonville Grade School with Donna Burlison, PPG customer service representative, to present a PPG Industrie… Read More »
Published March 16, 2015
Chris Campbell, facility manager at PPG Industries’ industrial coatings manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Illinois, has presented a PPG Industries Foundation check to benefit students at Fairfield Community High School. Science teacher Br… Read More »
Published March 13, 2015
Molycorp, Inc. has announced that it will release financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014 after the market closes on Monday, March 16, 2015. Release of Molycorp's financial results will be followed by an inv… Read More »
Coatings Summit Draws Top Leaders in the Industry
By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor
Published March 4, 2015
This biennial event attracts the top leaders in the coatings industry. Read More »
Published March 2, 2015
Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE said at the company's Annual Press Conference in Ludwigshafen: "We achieved our goal for 2014: We increased earnings – despite the disappointing economic developmen… Read More »
Published March 2, 2015
In FY 2014, Sika continued its growth and achieved what it calls "the best result in the company's history." Sales reached record levels in all regions and all relevant growth targets for 2014 were exceeded. High growth momentum and dis… Read More »
Published February 25, 2015
Maroon Group, a specialty chemical supplier located in Avon, Ohio, presented at the Cleveland Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) on February 19, 2015. The presentation was attended by a group of engineering professionals,… Read More »
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Editor
Published February 23, 2015
In 2007 & 2008, our industry was negatively affected by a severe general economic recession. We all know the symptoms . . .  major multi-industry wide job losses in concert with significant budget cuts. In these very bad times, basically to… Read More »
By by Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt , Technology Litigators
Published February 23, 2015
Civil court is a double-edged sword that can cut you pretty badly when trying to keep your trade secrets actually Secret.  You can go to court specifically to stop use or disclosure of your proprietary information, or even for some reason not re… Read More »
Published February 20, 2015
Jotun gained a top line growth of nine per ent, partly driven by currency fluctuations. After a somewhat careful start of the year, the sales numbers improved throughout the year, and Jotun experienced a substantial growth of 17 percent during the la… Read More »
Published February 12, 2015
Akzo Nobel N.V. has reported positive volume growth and an improvement in return on sales (ROS) for the full-year 2014. Excluding incidentals, ROS was 7.5 percent (2013: 6.1 percent). Operating income excluding incidentals grew 20 percent to €1… Read More »
Published January 29, 2015
Asian Paints Ltd. has announced its financial results for the quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2014. “We registered single-digit volume growth in the decorative paint segment in India due to sluggish demand conditions," sai… Read More »
Published January 26, 2015
Axalta Coating Systems chairman and CEO, Charlie Shaver, presented insights into the strategic implications of private equity in the coatings industry value chain at a meeting of industry leaders attending the global Coatings Summit in Miami, Florida… Read More »
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Editor
Published January 19, 2015
You may have moved product into the marketplace well above plan; you may have scored heavily by identifying unmet needs and bringing new innovative products to commercialization at record rates; and you may have even been awarded exceptional performa… Read More »
Published January 7, 2015
Michelman has introduced what it calls "an improved organizational structure" consisting of three Strategic Business Groups. "The new structure will help Michelman better anticipate and serve its customers’ needs by driving coll… Read More »
By Steve McDaniel and Jon Hurt, Contributing Writers
Published December 15, 2014
Ahh, the glory of a transparent government.  Everyone can find out what is being done in an open manner when the taxpayers’ dollars are being spent.  That’s a good thing, unless it involves your trade secrets. One way this can… Read More »
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Writer
Published December 15, 2014
There is always a point in organizations of all sizes to come to the realization that a radical change must take place. This decision usually is prompted by circumstances such as: attractive new opportunities in adjacent markets; threat of nibble com… Read More »
Map Out Your Business Situation as a First Step in Strategy Development
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Editor
Published November 7, 2014
Many of us believe we really know our business situation without an MBA consulting group telling us where we are. This mind set is like saying the customer IS always right. They aren’t always right ... “customers are always right... somet… Read More »
PPG Appoints Marcos Achar Levy Vice President, Architectural Coatings, Mexico
Published November 7, 2014
PPG Industries has appointed Marcos Achar Levy, previously chief executive officer of Comex, vice president, architectural coatings, Mexico, and CEO, PPG – Comex. He will report to Michael McGarry, PPG chief operating officer. PPG previously a… Read More »
Published October 24, 2014
Masco Corporation’s Board of Directors has approved the strategic initiatives recommended by management under the leadership of Keith Allman, its president and chief executive officer. The strategic initiatives, which are designed to drive… Read More »
Published September 30, 2014
 If you own a coatings company with a recognizable brand, a leading market position and an entrepeneurial management team with a growth culture, Quest Specialty Chemicals’ CEO Doug Mattscheck wants to talk to you. Quest has acquired 10 co… Read More »



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