Europe Reports


  • Powder Coatings Could Show Growth  Post-COVID Recovery

    Powder Coatings Could Show Growth Post-COVID Recovery

    Europe’s coatings, producers and their suppliers, like many other manufacturing sectors, are hoping that the region’s economy will quickly rebound from the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Most of Europe…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 05.13.20

  • Impact of COVID-19 on  European Coatings Market

    Impact of COVID-19 on European Coatings Market

    In late March Europe’s coatings sector was facing the prospect of a deep recession caused by the effects of lockdowns throughout most of the region to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Large portions of the population…
    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent 04.15.20

  • Reorganization of Supply Chains Cause for Concern

    Worries about supplies within Europe have been heightened by Brexit and the outbreak of the coronavirus in China has also raised considerable concerns.
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 03.13.20

  • EU Accelerates Plans to Establish Circular Economy

    The introduction of the circular economy will transform large parts of the European industry.
    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent 02.19.20

  • Europe’s OEM Automotive Coatings  Market Expands

    Europe’s OEM Automotive Coatings Market Expands

    Europe’s OEM automotive sector has been experiencing a spate of investments in new and expanded automated paint shops. Due to the car sector’s leadership in the development of product and process technologies, the advances in paint app…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 01.20.20

  • Customization, Digitalization in European Coatings Sector Growing

    Along the coatings value chain, companies are striving to satisfy the individual needs of customers.
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 12.11.19

  • Simplification Drives Innovation for Protective and Marine Coatings

    Innovation in protective and marine coatings is being driven by the need for greater simplification with fewer coatings layers and greater reliance on performance data. This was evident at press conferences by Hempel and PPG Industries on the late…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 09.30.19

  • EU Coatings Market Half Year Report

    Europe’s economies are suffering from the impact of a global economic downturn. But for European coatings producers, it is an opportunity to show how well they have been reorganizing themselves to cope with economic pressures. Demand for…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 09.03.19

  • More Europeans Move From DIY to Pros

    More Europeans Move From DIY to Pros

    Instead of opting for DIY, an increasing proportion of home improvers in many European countries are switching to do-it-for-me (DIFM).
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 08.09.19

  • AkzoNobel Fuels Innovation with  Paint the Future Competition

    AkzoNobel Fuels Innovation with Paint the Future Competition

    Pressure on coatings producers in Europe to generate a continuous flow of innovative technologies and products has never been more intense. In response to the needs of customers, coatings are becoming more complex with multipurpose functional prop…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 07.03.19

  • European Coatings Show Focuses on Raw Materials

    Europe’s coatings producers are currently focusing on expanding their use of renewables and biological raw materials. But the objective is not just about the need to help tackle climate change. Coatings manufacturers and their suppliers are…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 05.10.19

  • Pigment Business Divestments to Cause Shake-up for European Market

    The top end of Europe’s coatings raw materials sector is poised for a shake-up as a result of two of its leading players planning the divestment of their pigments businesses. BASF revealed in February that it is aiming to sell off its pigmen…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 04.12.19

  • European Color Trends Remain  Uniform Across Sectors

    European Color Trends Remain Uniform Across Sectors

    European trends in color preferences tend eventually to become relatively uniform across different sectors. Colors or color combinations emerging as a favorite in one sector will become or are already prominent in most of the other major sectors &…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 03.08.19

  • R&D in EU Focuses on Climate Change Issues

    R&D in EU Focuses on Climate Change Issues

    Climate change is at the moment setting the R&D priorities for many European producers of coatings and their raw material suppliers.
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 02.11.19

  • Outlook for 2019 European Coatings Market

    The one bright spot is that after a time of increasing costs, raw material prices should decline offering opportunities for improved margins.
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 01.07.19

  • Product Environmental Footprint Aims to Simplify Labeling of Environmental Performance of Products

    Coatings producers in Europe – and even their customers – have long been skeptical about the benefits of labeling schemes showing the green credentials of coatings and related products. The doubts stem from the profusion in Europe of l…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 12.03.18

  • Nanoparticles Under Regulatory Scrutiny

    The demand for coatings with uniformly sized nanoparticle pigments has been increasing strongly in Europe because of their enhanced colors, resistance and durability. At the same time, however, the European Union has introduced rules to ensure tha…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 11.05.18

  • PPG Hosts Innovation Summit

    The need for innovation in coatings, as well as in its main customer sectors, is more important than ever. Not only is competition in coatings become more intense, particularly in relatively slow growth but high-tech orientated regions like Europe…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 10.03.18

  • First Half of 2018 Proves Challenging for European Coatings Companies

    Coatings companies are trying to offset raw material costs by pushing up thier product prices.
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 09.01.18

  • EU Coatings Industry Prepares for Brexit

    The UK’s departure from the European Union, which is expected to take place in March 2019, will pose big problems not only for the country’s sector but also for much of Europe’s coatings industry as well. Brexit could dismantle a…
    Sean Milmo , European Correspondent 08.10.18