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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 »
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 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 »
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
Global demand for countertops is forecast to rise 4.2 percent per year to 503 million square meters in 2018, according to The Freedonia Group.  Demand for countertops will benefit from improved building construction activity throughout much o… 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 16, 2015
Consumers in the capital city of the world’s fourth most populous nation of Indonesia spent over 125 billion rupiahs on paint during the two months period of November to December last year, going by the retail sales data by GfK. GfK … Read More »
Published March 16, 2015
Consumers in the capital city of the world’s fourth most populous nation of Indonesia spent over 125 billion rupiahs on paint during the two months period of November to December last year, going by the retail sales data by GfK. GfK commence… 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 »
Published March 13, 2015
The Asia-Pacific economies are growing fast, boosting growth in the demand for many building and industrial materials, including paints and coatings. The total market for paints and coatings was 21.4 million tonnes in 2013, and is forecast by IRL to… 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 »
IRL Releases Profile of the Chinese Paint Industry
Published February 27, 2015
IRL has announced the launch of a new edition of its single country report A Profile of the Chinese Paint Industry. In this study, IRL examines China’s paints and coatings market independently and not as part of a regional study on th… 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 »
Published February 24, 2015
While biocides market growth in the mature markets of Europe and the United States is estimated at 2% and slightly less than 1%, respectively, the 5% growth forecast in biocides consumption in Southeast Asia during 2014-2019 makes this region one of… Read More »
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 »



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