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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 »
Asia Pacific Report
Published August 17, 2015
Asia is the largest of all continents on the earth. Asia has 30 percent of the world’s land mass with over 60 percent of the world’s population. Its population almost quadrupled during the 20th century. Depending upon how one defines it,… 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 »
Published July 22, 2015
2Q15 vs. 2Q14 Each month, Northcoast Research survey a large sample of paint retailers throughout the United States to get a sense for current business trends.  Please note that of the three primary architectural coatings channels (paint stor… 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 8, 2015
Technavio has added a new report on the global acrylic surface coatings market 2015-2019, to its coatings market portfolio, which includes reports such as emulsion coating market 2015-2019 - global industry analysis & forecast, powder coatings ma… 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 »
Published June 19, 2015
Synthetic biology start-ups developing technologies to convert biomass and other non-petroleum feedstocks into chemicals and materials need, on average, 7.4 years to launch a product, according to a Lux Research analysis. Using this data to project t… Read More »
Latin America Paint Outlook Mixed, But Growing
By Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
Published June 17, 2015
The estimated $10 billion demand in Latin America for paints and coatings is oddly mixed this year, as the economies in some of the largest countries – including Brazil and Colombia – slow down, while others like Mexico, Peru and the Cari… 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 »
Published June 3, 2015
U.S. demand for waxes is forecast to grow 1.8 percent annually through 2019 to $3.2 billion. Increases in volume terms will be supported by continued growth in manufacturing and residential construction activity.  However, advances will be limit… Read More »
Published May 29, 2015
World demand for silicones is forecast to rise 5.7 percent per year to $19.3 billion in 2019.  The pace of growth in value terms will be in line with that seen over the 2009-2014 period, largely due to an improved outlook for silicone prices.&nb… Read More »
Published May 29, 2015
Coatings in global aerospace industry are expected to increase with a CAGR of 3.6% by 2020. The major drivers for coatings is increasing air passenger traffic rate, which increases aircraft deliveries and thereby increases the demand for aerospace co… Read More »
Published May 29, 2015
Industry analyst firm n-tech Research has announced the release of a new report titled “Markets for Self-Healing Materials: 2015-2022.” According to the report self-healing materials (reversible polymers, inorganic capsule and vascular sy… Read More »
Published May 19, 2015
Technavio has published a new report on the powder coatings market in Romania, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 7% from 2015-2019. Powder coatings are a solvent-free product that facilitate a dry finishing process. The booming constru… Read More »
Published May 19, 2015
Technavio has published a new report on the powder coatings market in Romania, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 7% from 2015-2019. Powder coatings are a solvent-free product that facilitate a dry finishing process. The booming construct… Read More »
Published May 19, 2015
The report, “Waterborne Epoxy Resin Market by Application (Coatings, Composites, Adhesives, Others), by End-User Industry (Automotive, Construction, Textiles, Furniture, Packaging, Others) & Region - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2020&rd… 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 13, 2015
IRL has announced the launch of a new edition of its regional title A Profile of the Central Asian Paint Industry. This fully updated report provides market data for 2013 and forecasts for 2018, and gives an overview of the paint industry trends acro… Read More »
By Jeremy Kerstetter, Contributing Editor
Published May 12, 2015
Coatings companies serve as incubators to find and supply STEM employees. 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 »
Published April 27, 2015
World demand for dyes and organic pigments is expected to grow 6.0 percent per year to $19.5 billion in 2019.  Rising consumer spending will drive increased demand for organic colorants in textiles and plastics, while strong growth in global con… Read More »
Published April 27, 2015
IRL has announced the launch of a new edition of its single country report A Profile of the Indian Paint Industry. In this study, IRL examines India’s paints and coatings market independently and not as part of a regional study on the Asia Paci… Read More »
Published April 20, 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 re… 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 »
By Johan Widheden, Senior Sustainability Expert, AkzoNobel
Published 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 »
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 »
Published April 6, 2015
GCiS China Strategic Research estimates that the domestic market of hot melt adhesives in China is valued at over RMB 10.1 Bn, or USD 1.6 Bn, as of the end of 2014. The study finds that the market will continue to grow at above GDP growth rate in the… Read More »
By Nikki Burgess, DGSA, CDGP, Staff Regulatory Specialist, Labelmaster
Published 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 »
Published April 2, 2015
Technavio, an independent tech-focused global research firm, has published a report on the Global Waterborne Coatings Market 2015-2019, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.34 percent during the forecast period of 2014-2019. "Nowadays, gove… 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 23, 2015
The Western Coatings Symposium (WCS) is seeking technical presentations to be considered for the 32nd WCS. Sponsored by the Arizona, Golden Gate, Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles Societies for Coatings Technology, the WCS will be held at the Paris H… 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 »

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