Europe Reports

  • Demand for Biomaterials to Increase in Europe

    There is a growing preference among consumers for greater use of biomaterials and/or renewables in products.
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 10.08.20

  • Future Uncertain for Coatings Companies Post-COVID-19

    European coatings companies are having to rethink their strategies not only in the short but also the long term because of signs that the COVID-19 pandemic will create new social-economic trends that could radically alter some of the coatings sector&…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 09.07.20

  • Strong Demand for Anti-Microbial Coatings in Europe

    Not surprisingly, in Europe, there has been strong demand for anti-microbial coatings and other products with the coronavirus raising public awareness of the need for hygiene and cleanliness. After the COVID-19 outbreak hit Europe, sales of disinf…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 08.03.20

  • EU Eyes COVID-19 Bounce Back Plan

    EU Eyes COVID-19 Bounce Back Plan

    European governments – the vast majority being European Union members – are poised to pour large sums of money into COVID-19 rescue plans. But the massive support program, for which the EU alone is planning to allocate €750 billio…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 07.06.20

  • Recovery in the Aftermath of COVID-19

    Recovery in the Aftermath of COVID-19

    Europe’s coatings sector has been slowly returning to work after governments across the region partially lifted a range of restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The lockdown in Europe caused a drastic slump in the…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 06.15.20

  • 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