India's Powder Manufacturing Capacity
During the last month
IPC communicated with most of the powder manufacturers of India to get an overview of India's powder consumption. Judging
from these discussions we have made an attempt to arrange some of the pieces of the Jigsaw puzzle.
It appears that India consumed 13,000 tons of powder in the last year.
During the last few years the growth rates have been rapidly declining from double digits to around 6 - 7% in the last year. The next years figure could reach 14,000 tons, however some experts indicate figures as high as 15,000 tons.
The chart indicates the contribution of some of the major players. We thank all those who helped us in compiling these details. Information poured in through emails, phone calls and internet chats. Once again, Polycoat Powders Ltd. has emerged
as India's largest powder manufacturer producing 2550 tons of powder paints.
Amrit Rekhi of Polycoat, mentioned during a telephonic conversation that
"Polycoat's leadership position has been further consolidated this year on account of its ability to service customers effectively
through high levels of quality, prompt service and short lead times." Mr
Rekhi also appreciated IPC's efforts to compile and share such usefule
information. "Your website is the only website providing
such outstanding services to the Indian Powder Coating Industry",
During a telephonic
interview Mr. Bijoy Mukherjee of Berger observed that some of the leading manufacturers are
accountable for the present status of the highly competitive price structure.
"Out of the 1500 tons of powder, Berger produced last year,
35% went to the OEM. Berger plans to boost this figure to 45%
and raise the production figures to 1800 tons."
Mr M Rawat of APICL in his email to us said "The Asian-Hardcastle combine is now called Asian Paints Industrial Coatings
(APICL) and our yearly powder production is around 1500 tons. In our estimate of India's annual powder consumption would be around 10,000 tons"
Mr. John Makasare of Kripton Powder Paints P. Ltd says,
"Kripton contributes 800 tons of powder to the Indian Market every year. The next years estimate are 900 tons. About 40 % of the produce goes to the OEM while 60 percent goes to the job coating market"
With an annual production of 600 tons, uncertainty seems to prevail at
Jenson & Nicholson. Officials at J&N indicated a lot of re-shuffling in the management and some major changes may be announced shortly.
The company has an installed capacity of 1500 ton.
Mr. Kuldeep Verma (GM technical) Sharp Coatings P. Ltd. mentioned in his
internet chat that his company contributes 450 tons of powder to the Indian Market while
Mr. Jayesh Ponda, informed from Gujrat that Vijay Coat
contributes 325 tons. 80% of Vijay coat's powder goes in the
We were unable to procure the production figures from Marpol, Rapid, and Akzo Nobel. Besides these manufacturers there are several small powder manufacturers contributing approximately 3000-4000 tons of
powder to the Indian Market. It may be interesting to note that
India's total powder manufacturing capacity
is around 2% of the world's annual production.
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Akzo Nobel earnings 30% lower against strong first quarter last year
(European Coatings Flash - April 21, 2003)
Akzo Nobel, the international pharmaceuticals, coatings and chemicals company, reports first quarter net earnings of EUR 164 million, 30% below the first quarter of 2002. In presenting the report, Akzo Nobel's CFO Fritz Fröhlich said: "All groups were severely impacted by negative currency movements, especially the lower U.S. dollar. Pension charges were higher.
Our outlook for the full year remains a net result significantly below 2002." Operating income for the Company in the first quarter lagged behind the previous year's figure by 29%.. Coatings and Chemicals were down 14% and 10% respectively. Operating performance of Akzo Nobel's Coatings activities was up, excluding the impact of pensions and currencies. Autonomous sales growth was up 4%, due to volume and price increases of 2% each.
Initial First-Quarter Reports Reflect Impact of Political, Economic Developments
[Insider News] April 21, 2003 Issue
First-quarter reports from two major coatings makers suggest that the industry's results for early 2003 are likely to be mixed, primarily due to the war in Iraq and its effect on world economies and key end- use markets. PPG Industries Inc. reported a significant increase in
first-quarter earnings and sales, while Akzo Nobel said its first- quarter net earnings fell 30% and sales declined 6%.
PPG said coatings volumes and earnings posted gains in North America and Asia, while results in Europe were down. Akzo Nobel said unfavorable currency-exchange rates and a poor showing by the
company's pharmaceuticals business were primarily responsible for its first-quarter performance. Coatings-segment results were improved excluding the effects of currency exchange rates and pension cost increases, the company said.
The Valspar Corp. said it is likely to report a decline in profits for the company's current quarter that ends April 25 due to weakness in industrial-coatings sales. The company attributed the market situation to uncertainty surrounding world events. RPM International Inc. earlier reported a nearly 50% increase in net income for the company's third quarter ended Feb. 28, as sales rose 6%.
( BW)(NC-REICHHOLD) Reichhold Announces Price Increases for Coatings Resins Sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa
VIENNA, Austria--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 31, 2003--Reichhold's Global Coating and Performance Resins business announced off-list price increases today on all liquid resins as well as polyester powder coating resins sold into the European, Middle East and African coatings markets.
Effective April 15, 2003, or as contracts allow, the following increases will be applied to all shipments: EUR 0,15 per kg on polyester powder resins; EUR 0,19 per kg on polyol resins; EUR 0,08 per kg on solvent-based alkyd, polyester and acrylic coating resins; EUR 0,14 per kg on phenolic resins; and EUR 0,07 per kg on all epoxy resins.
"This increase is a necessary response to the continued escalation of key raw material costs," says Fritz Gartner, vice president of sales for Global Coating and Performance Resins.
Information on Reichhold's Global Coating and Performance Resins product lines, including product bulletins and MSDS, can be found on-line at www.reichhold.com. For product inquiries, call +43/1/20110-0 (Europe) or +1/800/431-1920 (U.S.) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reichhold, with its world headquarters and technology center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, is, together with its parent, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (Tokyo, 4631) the world's largest manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins and a leading coating and performance resins for the automotive, appliances, coatings, plastics, textile, construction, transportation, marine and graphic arts markets.
Founded in 1927, Reichhold has manufacturing operations throughout North America, Latin America, Middle East and Europe. Reichhold's parent, Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (Tokyo, 4631), is also the world's largest producer of printing inks
PPG Unveils New `TrueFinish'
Line in Move Targeting OEM Industrial-Coatings Users
[Insider News] April 7, 2003 Issue
PPG Industries Inc. said it has renamed its light industrial coatings
product line "PPG TrueFinish industrial coatings" and
announced realignment moves that the company said would result in
improved service to customers, many of which are small OEM
manufacturers and contract coating businesses. PPG said those
customers often require small, custom batches of coatings within a
two- or three-day turnaround, and generally operate outsource
businesses that serve larger companies. Greg DeCamp, general manager
of the TrueFinish business, said the company "will exploit every
competitive advantage and wring every possible benefit for our
The TrueFinish line replaces PPG's former Light Industrial Coatings,
One Source and Icron brands. The product line includes the company's
SPECTRACRON solventborne coatings, AQUACRON waterborne coatings
and ENVIROCRON powder coatings used in a wide range of industrial
applications. The TrueFinish line also includes pretreatment products
and adhesives and sealants.
Benjamin Moore Unveils
'Color Viewer' Online Visualization Tool
([Insider News] April 7, 2003 Issue)
Benjamin Moore & Co. announced the introduction of the "Personal
Color Viewer," a color-visualization tool accessible on the company's
website, located at www.benjaminmoore.com. The technology allows site visitors to select from a variety of interior and exterior images
than can be "painted" in any color offered by the company, and viewed
or archived online.
The company said the program is designed to assist customers who are
beginning the color-selection process by allowing viewing of colors
on a "virtual wall." The Color Viewer also is offered in an expanded
CD verison for professional painters, which allows the user to upload
digital images of individual rooms and exteriors and "paint" the
images with colors produced by the company. The CD can be purchased
on the website for $14.95, the company said.
Ray Gomez, manager of Creative Services, called the Color Viewer
the "most versatile color-visualization technology available in this
industry." He said the online and professional versions of the program allow colors to be viewed and "fine-tuned" prior to visiting
the retail store.
The Color Viewer works in conjunction with the company's online "My
Project Notebook" tool, which allows paint and color selections to be
archived and saved on the website for future reference. The company
website also offers color hints, color trend information, an FAQ
section, product information, and a retailer location.
Fluoropolymers demand on the rise
(Coatings Magazine eNews - April 9, 2003)
Demand for fluoropolymers in the US will increase 5.3 per cent annually through to 2006, predicts the Freedonia Group, an industrial market research firm in Cleveland, Ohio (http://www.freedoniagroup.com). Market volumes should reach more than 185 million pounds, worth US$1.7 billion. The strongest gains are forecast for PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride), partly due to new applications in architectural coatings and foaming technology.
coatings finding new markets
(Coatings Magazine eNews - April 9, 2003)
Global use of UV-cured coatings based on cycloaliphatic epoxides is
growing at about 10 per cent annually, according to a report by Eldib
Engineering & Research Inc. (http://www.eldib.com),
a research and consulting firm in Berkeley Heights, NJ.
One of the most prominent forms of the resin, called Cyracure, is
produced and marketed largely by Dow-Union Carbide, according to Eldib.
Dow's patent on the technology recently expired, opening the market to
new entrants such as UCB and Sartomer.
Coors—a leading user of Cyracure—applies the coating as a protective
overprint varnish on its aluminum beer cans, according to Eldib. Revlon
uses it for decorative artwork on nail polish bottles. The technology,
like other UV-cured systems, boasts rapid curing rates and low
Eves government invests $36.3 million to support leading-edge research at the University of Western Ontario
Canada News Wire (LONDON, ON, April 10
The Ernie Eves government will invest
$36.3 million to support 49 research initiatives at The University of Western Ontario and Robarts Research Institute, Associate Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation David Turnbull announced today.
Through the Ontario Innovation Trust, The University of Western Ontario will receive $27.9 million and Robarts Research Institute will receive $8.4 million.
"These investments in Research & Development are building a stronger future for Ontario," said Turnbull. "We are building a solid foundation to position our post secondary research institutions and hospitals as world class centres for innovative research and scientific discovery."
The investment will also support projects at The University of Western Ontario, such as the development of new,
high quality powder coating or painting techniques that are environmentally friendly and will have significant impact on the automotive and transport sectors
NEW COSHH REGULATIONS LAID BEFORE PARLIAMENT
(HSC press release C012:03 - 9 April 2003
New regulations concerning substances used in the workplace which could be hazardous to health, were laid before Parliament on Monday (April 7) by Nick Brown, health and safety minister.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2003, (COSHH) will come in force on 29 April 2003, and make users of substances that may cause genetic damage - classified by the European Union as Category 1 or 2 mutagens - apply the same control measures already required for carcinogens, substances which can cause cancer.
The change implements part of the EU’s 2nd Amendment to the 1990 Carcinogens Directive that extends the scope of the original Directive to include the mutagens concerned.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE’s) Bill Macdonald said: "In practice this will currently only affect the users of a substance known as triglycidyl isocyanurate (TGIC) because it is the only mutagen not already classified as a carcinogen.
"As a result of this change to the law, employers will have to take a range of actions to control the risk of exposure from this material. One of the most significant will be a requirement to thoroughly clean any surfaces where accumulations of TGIC could form."
TGIC is used as a curing agent in powder coating paints applied to industrial and household products, such as car parts, washing machines and refrigerators as well as architectural finishes. It is also used as a solder mask in the manufacture of printed circuit boards.
The second change the new Regulations will introduce is to clarify the status of 17 ‘dioxins’ by explicitly defining them as carcinogens. Dioxins are complex mixtures of chemicals generated by burning organic matter containing chlorine and are by-products in some industrial processes, including metal recycling (especially aluminium), cement manufacture, waste incineration and landfill of Authorised Pollution Control Ash (APC).
Mr Macdonald added: "Formally classifying 17 of the most toxic dioxins as carcinogens under the COSHH Regulations reflects growing concerns about the health effects of exposure to these substances. It is intended to raise awareness of and focus attention on the potential harm of these substances, and to improve control of occupational exposure to dioxins. Workers in the aluminium recycling industry are the main occupational group with the potential for significant exposure to dioxins, and HSE will shortly be publishing new guidance on reducing exposure to dioxins for this sector."
BLITZ BONDING FOR EFFECTIVE METALLIC POWDER COATINGS
Blitz bonding is the registered trademark-protected process introduced by Austrian metallic pigment producer Benda-Lutz to produce metallic effect powder coatings. The process involves adhering the effect pigments - aluminium, solid bronze or pearlescent - to powder coating particles to prevent separation during application and recycling. This continuous multi- stage process gives the applicator a consistent product with a constant metallic effect and is claimed to be a technically superior alternative to the extrusion / grinding, dry blending or standard bonding techniques. (Birch, J and Pafahl, B, Paint & Coatings Ind, Jan 2003, 19 (1), 40-3)
ACE HARDWARE LAUNCHES SIMPLY MAGIC PAINT
Simply Magic, recently introduced by Ace Hardware in the USA, is another example of a colour-changing paint. Ace's new ceiling paint goes on blue, allowing DIYers to see where the paint has already been applied, and dries to white. It is designed to take the guesswork out of painting, provided the decorator remembers to add a packet of blue paint just before painting. The flat acrylic latex paint transforms itself into a white finish within 24 hours. (Coatings World, Feb 2003, 8(2), 20)
NEW DYNEON FLUOROELASTOMER FOR LOW-TEMPERATURE CONDITIONS
Dyneon, a 3M company has introduced Dyneon LTFE 6400X Fluoroelastomer for sealing applications in the automotive, aerospace and chemical processing industries in low temperature environments. Crucially for quick connect seals, gaskets and o-rings, Dyneon LTFE 6400X maintains flexibility at low temperatures (ie -40 degrees C) as well as good fuel and oil resistance, low compression and good permeation resistance. (Dyneon Press Release, Feb 2003, 2pp)
ASTM DEFINES ART MATERIAL QUALITY
It is briefly reported that the ASTM has proposed a Coloured Pencil Performance and Quality Standard and is also developing a Pastel Performance and Quality Standard. Furthermore, the subcommittee is considering a revision to ASTM D 4236, Standard Practice for Labelling Art Materials for Chronic Health Hazards. For further information, please contact Mark Gottsegen, and the University of Caroline. Tel: + 1 336 674 9195.
CONTROLLING NOISE WITH PAINTS
This article looks at the possibility of using paints to control noise. Firespray International has launched a product called Audex, which is an open textured coating and works by breaking up the sound waves as they are received. Audex is available in any colour, and can be applied over existing coatings. However, specialised spray equipment is required, although it is still thought that the benefits to schools, restaurants and other municipal facilities will be high. (Painter & Decorator, Dec 2002 / Jan 2003, p 30)
This article outlines the development of an air freshener that uses paint as a delivery system. Named Paint Pourri, the product is claimed to freshen rooms for up to one year. The 1-ounce liquid is packaged in a ready-to-use pouch, and can be mixed with any kind of latex paint product. The product, manufactured by US-based company, Scentco, is available in eight fragrances: Tropical Winds, Simply Citrus, Ocean Breeze, Soft Vanilla, Wildflower, Airy Fresh, Lavender Breeze and Simply Clean. (Modern Paint & Coatings, Jan/Feb 2003, 93 (1), p 18 )
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