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  • Europe Moves Toward Bio-Based, Renewable Resources

    The European coatings supply chain is stepping up its efforts to ensure that a much higher proportion of its products are derived from bio or renewable sources. Much of the impetus is coming from climate change. The European Union has set a target…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 06.04.18

  • Coatings Supply Chain in Europe Continues Opposition to CLP Regulation of TiO2

    The coatings supply chain in Europe has been staging a last minute offensive to block the official classification of titanium dioxide as a suspected carcinogen  which will  require health warning labels to be put on paint containers. The…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 05.04.18

  • Surge in Offsite Construction Could Have Implications for Deco/Architectural Coatings Companies

    Europe is poised to become a much bigger market for prefabricated construction in a way which could cause a shake-up in the region’s decorative paints sector. Coatings producers will have to adapt to radically different supply chains with th…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 04.09.18


  • Anti-microbial Coatings Could Prodvide Opportunities for SMEs in Europe

    An effective way of combatting the threat of drug-resistant super bugs could be anti-microbial coatings (AMCs) using highly effective new technologies, such as formulations based on nano particles. AMCs could provide opportunities for SMEs and sta…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 03.19.18

  • EU Coatings Manufacturers Experience Growth Bolstered by Record High GDP

    European coatings producers should be more optimistic than for many years about prospects for 2018 after many of them enjoyed a buoyant 2017. Average GDP growth in the European Union’s 28 member states is currently at its highest since the 2…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 02.09.18

  • Sustainability Key Issue for SME European Coatings Manufacturers

    For Europe’s coatings industry,  like many other manufacturing  sectors  in the region,  a key objective is sustainability so that the sector sharply reduces its CO2 emissions by switching to low carbon materials with a mini…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 01.04.18


  • Niche Market for Plastic Auto Coatings Offers Opportunity

    Automobile manufacturers  are making big changes in the choice of materials they are  using in their cars,  particularly in engine and other underhood components. A  major factor behind these moves has been a need to reduce the we…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 12.04.17

  • Study Concludes SMEs May be Unprepared for REACH Registration

    European coatings companies are worried that a considerable number of the SMEs may not register their chemicals.
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 11.06.17

  • European Coatings Market Experiences Fastest Growth Since 2008 Financial Crisis

    Economic conditions in Europe seem to be working in favor of coatings companies.  But they are having a mixed success in taking advantage of an economic recovery to boost sales and profits. The economies of the European Union’s 28 membe…
    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent 10.02.17


  • PPG Highlights New Innovations for OEM Coatings at European Technical Center

    In automobile coatings there is the usual emphasis on the need to develop new colors and special effects.
    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent 09.04.17

  • EU Fights Back Against EU and National Regulators

    The European coatings industry and its raw material suppliers are preparing the ground for a fight-back against European Union and national regulators on proposed safety restrictions on titanium dioxide  and certain biocides. The industry cla…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 08.09.17

  • AkzoNobel’s Success Over Takeover Bid Could Slow Down Consolidation Trends

    AkzoNobel’s Success Over Takeover Bid Could Slow Down Consolidation Trends

    AkzoNobel’s success in fighting off  a takeover bid by PPG  Industries could signal a change in attitudes to acquisitions among politicians and the public in Europe, which may slow down consolidation in the coatings and other sectors…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 07.05.17

  • Pollution Concerns Drive Market for Air-Cleaning Coatings

    Pollution Concerns Drive Market for Air-Cleaning Coatings

    Mounting anxieties about poor air quality are beginning to overshadow the concerns related to the dangers of global warming.
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 06.05.17

  • Raw Material Suppliers Consolidate to Become Single Source Suppliers

    The trend towards further consolidation in the  European coatings sector is not just being confined to producers of finished coatings but  to the manufacturers of raw materials  as well, particularly additives. This was evident at l…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 05.01.17

  • Rising Raw Material Prices Could Spark Increased Consolidation for European Coatings Companies

    Increasing costs could squeeze margins in the coatings sector strengthening the trend toward more consolidation.
    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent 03.31.17