Europe Reports


  • 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

  • Potential Impact on Failure of Raw Materials Suppliers to Register with REACH

    European coatings producers are facing the strong possibility that large numbers of raw material suppliers will be unable to continue to provide them with pigments, resins, additives and other substances because of a failure to register them under th…
    Sean Milmo, European Correspondent 07.03.18

  • 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