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By Arnold Wang, China Correspondent
Published February 23, 2015
Since 2009 the automobile industry of China has surpassed that of America to become the largest in the world. In 2013, China produced 22.1 million automobiles, 12.1 million out of which are passenger cars. The continuous economy growth leads to fast… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
Published February 23, 2015
The European coatings industry entered this year in the final stages of  a big exercise in the relabeling  of   its products to comply with a new European Union regulation on hazard warnings for mixtures of chemicals and other for… Read More »
By Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
Published February 23, 2015
A host of negative factors in Brazil’s economy are pointing to a barely positive growth rate during 2015, an outlook that has been scaled back several times over the past year. While many sectors are flat or in decline, there is some positive n… 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 23, 2015
U.S. demand for adhesives and sealants is forecast to increase 2.8 percent per year to 6.4 billion pounds in 2019, valued at $12.8 billion.  A turnaround in construction activity, combined with the expanding use of adhesives and sealants in man… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor
Published February 20, 2015
This month’s issue of Coatings World covers two key markets – wood coatings and corrosion control. Associate Editor, Catherine Diamond takes a look at the “Wood Coatings Market” (page 24) in this month’s cover article.&… 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 »
The European Coatings Show Preview
By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor
Published February 18, 2015
ECS 2015 will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors. Read More »
Published February 18, 2015
GCiS China Strategic Research estimates that the domestic market of flame retardant chemical in China is valued at nearly RMB 6.8 Bn, or roughly USD 1.1 Bn, as of the year end of 2014. The study finds that the market will continue to thrive in the ne… Read More »
Published February 18, 2015
The global nanocoatings market revenue is expected to reach USD 8.17 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Nanocoatings are being extensively used as a substitute to conventional polymer coatings in applications incl… Read More »
Published February 16, 2015
The Eastern Coatings Show, sponsored by the Eastern Coatings Federation, Inc., will again be held at the Taj Mahal Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from June 1st to June 4th, 2015. According to Bob Whiteley, the president of the Easter… 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 February 10, 2015
Global industrial coatings market is expected to witness growth owing to increased importance of corrosion resistance, high temperature performance and enhanced service life in automotive, marine, construction and oil & gas industries. Technologi… Read More »
Published February 6, 2015
Dr. Robson F. Storey of the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials is the 2014-2015 Bennett Distinguished Professor and Keynote Speaker at the T.W. Bennett Symposium. The Symposium will be held Ap… Read More »
Published February 4, 2015
The Eastern Coatings Show announced that the 2015 Show has expanded at a rapid rate. To accommodate this growth, the show will now be held June 1st to the 4th. According to Robert Whiteley, the President of the Eastern Coatings Federation, Inc. an… Read More »
Published February 3, 2015
U.S. demand for construction chemicals used in on-site applications is projected to grow 8.2 percent per year through 2018 to $12.1 billion. Gains will be primarily driven by double-digit increases in building construction expenditures, supported by… Read More »
Published January 29, 2015
IRL has launched a new edition of its regional title A Profile of the Eastern European Paint Industry. This fully updated report provides market data for 2013 and forecasts for 2018, and gives an overview of the paint industry trends across… 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 28, 2015
The latest figures from the British Coatings Federation show that for the second consecutive year, paint sales have outperformed GDP, with an increase of 5 percent in volume during 2014, against economic growth of 3 percent. “We’ve seen… 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 »
Oil Price Hits Electric Vehicle Sales?
By Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
Published January 26, 2015
The oil price may stay low for many years due to oversupply. This will not affect the sales of electric road vehicles because their sales numbers decoupled from the oil price many years ago thanks to superior performance, subsidies and privileges suc… Read More »
Published January 22, 2015
NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, “Smart Coatings Markets 2015-2022,” a report that continues the firm’s coverage of the smart coatings market dating back to 2010.  The report shows that the smart co… 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 »
By Sean Milmo, Euroepan Correspondent
Published January 19, 2015
For coatings producers one of the big benefits of the sharp fall in oil prices in the second half of  last year (2014) should be a drop in raw material costs. Some commentators are also predicting a rise in demand due to the effect of lower oil… Read More »
Published January 19, 2015
Each month, North Coast Research surveys a large sample of paint retailers throughout the U.S. to get a sense for current business trends.  Please note that of the three primary architectural coatings channels (paint stores, home centers and ret… Read More »
Published January 14, 2015
Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney has announced the commencement of its fifth U.S. Paint & Coatings Industry study. According to the firm, the industry is continuing its recovery from the global recession of 2008-2009. Consumption is projected to be… 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 »
By Sean Milmo , European Correspondent
Published December 15, 2014
The likelihood of tighter European Union regulations on air emissions being imposed on the European coatings and other industries has been receding as the EU gives top priority to economic growth at a time when many of the region’s economies ha… Read More »
Published December 12, 2014
On a global scale, Southeast Asia represents the fourth largest market for synthetic latex polymers, accounting for 8% of the global consumption, according to the recently published Synthetic Latex Polymers: Southeast Asia Market Analysis and Opportu… Read More »
Published December 1, 2014
According to a new report by Markets & Markets, “Micronized PTFE Market by Application (Inks, Thermoplastics, Coatings, Grease & Lubricants, Elastomers), by Geography - Global Forecast to 2019,” the market has a projected value of… Read More »
Published November 18, 2014
Global demand for decorative laminates is expected to rise 5.6 percent per year to 10.7 billion square meters in 2018, valued at $40.8 billion.  Demand will benefit from expected increases in the manufacture of products such as cabinets, ready-… 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 »
By Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
Published November 7, 2014
A new, region-wide paint and coatings association in Latin America, the Federación Latinoamericana de Fabricantes de Pinturas, or Latin American Federation of Paint Manufacturers, has formally launched with a headquarters in Mexico, and office… 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 »
By Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
Published November 6, 2014
The dispersions segment is continuing to be one of the most active in the European coatings sector in the development of new technologies as well as investing in mergers and acquisitions  and expansions in production capacity. Demand for disper… Read More »
Published November 5, 2014
PPG Industries has announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V. (“Comex”), an architectural coatings company with headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico, in a transaction valued at $2.3 billion. “We… Read More »
Published October 28, 2014
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new report detailing the extensive involvement of the retail industry with LEED and the impact of the globally recognized green building rating system on retail development and the consumer experien… Read More »
Published October 27, 2014
IPPIC acknowledges and supports many of the activities proposed by UNEP/WHO Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP), and urges all IPPIC member associations to promote the GAELP's planned "International Week of Action on Prevention o… 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 October 22, 2014
China will be largest, fastest growing market Read More »
Published October 14, 2014
Southeast Asia has become a hotbed of activity in the oleochemicals production space. This is due to a combination of factors: the abundant availability of raw materials, escalating consumer preference for vegetable-based products, and low manufactur… Read More »
Published October 8, 2014
Will be lead by Jennifer Cogar, global application technology leader 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 »
By William G. Sutton, CAE, President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Published September 11, 2014
As the economy continues to improve, more manufacturers are making capital investments to fuel their growth. When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy”… Read More »
By Adam Witty, CEO of Advantage Media Group
Published August 19, 2014
What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg. Adam Witty has managed to turn plenty of heads in the… Read More »
Published July 8, 2014
CI Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, and Maroon Incorporated, which has changed its name to Maroon Group LLC, recently  announce that an affiliate of CI Capital Partners has acquired a majority interest in Maroon, a North A… Read More »
Published June 25, 2014
Ninety-five percent of the world's customers are outside the United States.  Recent statistics by the federal government indicate that the U.S. trade deficit has increased as exports declined and imports surged to a high. The New Jersey Sm… Read More »



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