In today's marketplace of rising prices and hot growth in the Asia-Pacific region, finding a suitable supplier is more important than ever before. Companies have it tough across the board in terms of the cost of doing business and making and shipping products. Sourcing key supplies can also be an issue. We suggest that you keep this issue close at hand throughout 2006. It may turn out to be one of your most valuable resources.
But you can also search online at our web site-www.coatingsworld.com-where our Buyers' Guide is posted in real time. So while suppliers are known to merge, sell off businesses, or add new lines on occasion, our web site can be a great resource to find a new supplier of pigments, additives, resins and machinery for the lab and production facility.
As we try to make our Buyers' Guide the most timely resource of its kind, we also strive to provide you with timely reporting. To this end, this issue also contains reports from three recent industry events: NPCA's annual meeting, the FSCT annual meeting/Western Coatings Symposium and, most recently, ChinaCoat in Shanghai. Members of our editorial staff were on hand at each and our reviews can be found beginning on page 24.
On a personal note, this marks my last official issue as editor of Coatings World. In January, managing editor Tim Wright takes over as editor. Although I will still be on staff, I wanted to pass along my thanks to those of you who recognized the value of quality reporting and editorial content, from both the reader and advertising side of our business. I know Tim will keep up with our editorial-driven standards and keep Coatings World the resource for the global coatings industry.