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BBC Retracts Hoax Story about Bhopal
Midland, MI - December 03, 2004
Earlier today, the BBC was the subject of a hoax by an activist who
falsely identified himself as a Dow employee. BBC has retracted the
Please visit the BBC Web site for their retraction.
Dow confirms that there was no basis whatsoever for this report. BBC
has been informed of this error and has pulled the erroneous story.
According to a statement issued by the BBC, "This information was
inaccurate, part of an elaborate deception. The person did not
represent the company. We want to make it clear the information he
gave was entirely inaccurate."
This is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved.
The Bhopal tragedy occurred 20 years ago today. Links to statements
from Union Carbide Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company on the
anniversary are attached below.
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Goodlass Nerolac bags DSIR National Award
Nerolac Paints Limited (GNPL) was announced the winner of the Ministry
of Science & Technology’s ‘DSIR National Award for the year 2004’ in
recognition of the company’s excellent Research & Development efforts
in the area of absorption and up gradation of imported technology at an
award function in Delhi on Tuesday.
The award was presented by Shri Kapil Sibal, the Honorable Minister of
State for Science and Technology to Mr.H M Bharuka, Managing Director
Goodlass Nerolac Paints.
Commenting on the achievement Mr. HM Bharuka, Managing Director,
Goodlass Nerolac said, “It has been our constant endeavor to innovate
and introduce new products at our R & D center, located at Mumbai,
manned with 135 technologists. This award signifies a major milestone
in the pursuit of our goals in technological innovation. The award is
much appreciated and will definitely be a motivator to do the best we
can in the future”.
The leader in the automotive & industrial paint sector and one of the
leading players in the decorative paint segment, GNPL has always been
a forerunner in customizing technology to suit the Indian markets.
The National Award has been conferred on Nerolac for introducing a
pioneering product called “Acrylic Cathodic Electrodeposition” (ACED)
for coating motorcycle frames. The product is designed to provide good
corrosion and UV resistance. The motorcycle industry would benefit by
replacing a two coat operation, with a single coat of ACED. The
development was based on lab scale technology received from its
principals, Kansai Paints of Japan. This involved design of special
polymers, optimization of pigment combination, indigenisation and
tropicalisation of the product and standardization of bulk
This innovation has increased productivity and significantly reduced
painting cost, energy consumption, solvent emission, paint sludge and
risk of fire hazard for the user industry.
The product is expected to find newer applications in the industries
like bicycles, auto components, furniture and appliances as a
replacement to conventional painting systems.
Goodlass Nerolac Paints has been at the forefront of paint
manufacturing for 84 years pioneering a wide spectrum of quality
paints. Goodlass Nerolac is the second largest paint company in India
and undisputed leader in Industrial segment, having a group turnover
of more than 1000 crores. The company has five strategically located
manufacturing units all over India and a strong dealer network of over
11000 dealers across the country. The company manufactures a
diversified range of products ranging from architectural coatings for
homes, offices, hospitals, and hotels to sophisticated automotive
coatings and industrial coatings for most of the industries.
What is Single Coat acrylic paint by cathodic electrodeposition
This is a waterborne organic polymer based paint applied on mild steel
articles like motorcycle frames by using electrical energy similar to
electroplating. The diluted paint is kept under circulation in a tank
provided with anodes. The article to be coated is immersed in the tank
and coated by applying electrical potential between anode and the
article. The article thus coated is rinsed with de ionised water and
and baked at about 160 degree C for twenty minutes to cure the
polymeric film into a hard coating. The process product ensures
uniform coating of all areas with a low wastage of paint. The
principal function of the product is to protection against corrosion.
The conventional product widely used is based on epoxy polymer and
has excellent corrosion resistance but poor weather /UV resistance.
Therefore it needs over coating with a solvent based top coats
Due to this a need was felt for a new technology possessing corrosion
as well as weather/ UV resistance in a single coat.
Asian Paints to cease
operations in Mauritius 12/3/2004 2:31:02 PM IST
Asian Paints to set up plant at Taloja 12/3/2004 1:56:20 PM IST
Asian Paints (India) Ltd.
said on Friday that the Board of Directors of the company, in their
meeting held has approved Setting up a new plant at Taloja,
Maharashtra for the manufacture of Industrial Liquid Paints. The first
phase of the project with a capacity of 8000 KL would involve a
capital expenditure of Rs. 148.8 million.
Commenting on the setting up of this plant, Ashwin Dani, Vice Chairman
& Managing Director mentions "We are very optimistic about the
potential of the Industrial coatings business and this dedicated
manufacturing facility will help service the changing requirement of
the market. The performance of the business has been very good. Our
Industrial coatings business excluding automotive coatings within the
last few years has managed to increase its market share to over 10%
from around 3% ".
The Board also cleared proposal of disinvestment/transfer of shares
held in Asian Paints (Mauritius) Ltd, a subsidiary of Asian Paints
(India) Ltd to a local party, subject to necessary approvals and due
The Company holds 89.6% of the equity of Asian Paints (Mauritius) Ltd
and has invested Rs111.1mn till date. For the financial year ended
March 31, 2004, the Company had made a provision of Rs68mn towards
diminution in value of investment in Asian Paints (Mauritius) Ltd.
Western Europe: Paint demand may rise to 6.81 million tonnes by
In 2004, paint demand in Western Europe is expected to total 6.43
million tonnes and may rise to 6.81 million tonnes by 2009 if average
growth of 1.1% pa can be achieved. Throughout much of Western Europe
there is low growth in the high-volume decorative paints sector and
modest growth in only parts of the industrial coatings sector, as OEM
industries either stagnate or relocate. Architecture on the other
hand, whether in construction, professional restoration, DIY- or
professionally-accomplished finishing is very much the current motor
of growth, which is good news for manufacturers of decorative paints
as well as protective, coil and powder coatings.
Differing dynamics have changed the ranking of the top five national
markets. Spain, in what seems to be the industry's best-kept secret,
has grown to become the second million-tonne paint market in Western
Europe with demand at 1,003,000 tonnes, around two-thirds of the
demand in Germany. Stagnation continues in Italy with demand between
950,000 tonnes and one million tonnes, France has overtaken the UK to
become the fourth-largest paint market, at about 839,000 tonnes, with
that in the UK at 795,000 tonnes.
Decorative paints account for 62% of the market at just less than four
million tonnes, with growth arising from various permutations of DIY
and/or professional use in different countries. The decorative paint
market is far from uniform across western Europe, and influenced by a
wide range of factors, including various national characteristics,
retail development (or the lack of it), social expectation, climate
and type of architecture.
A Profile of the Western European Paint Industry is available from IRL
A strong customer focus
and a keen eye for innovation have spelt market leadership for Jotun
When you think of colour, think of us', said the advertising tagline
of a famous paint company. While paint companies constantly strive to
strike such a cord with customers, one paint company in Oman is
already staking its claim to this enviable position. Having grown at
100 per cent between 1996 and 2004, Jotun Paints is the undisputed
leader in the paint business with a 50 per cent market share. And the
brand has managed this feat despite a hundred-fold increase in
competition during these years. Says Vijay Kumar, managing director,
Jotun Paints, "The one word which defines Jotun's success is customer
focus. We realised that educating the customer and a thrust on service
are the keys to success." <more>
Five Dead, Two Missing, in
Russian Paint Factory Fire
Posted by: editor on
Sunday, December 12, 2004 - 11:51 PM
Five people were killed and two were unaccounted for after a fire
raced through a paint factory in central Russia, the Emergency
Situations Ministry said today.
Viktor Beltsov, the ministry spokesman in Moscow, said rescue
officials had reduced the number of dead from six to five early this
morning. Fourteen people were taken to hospital, eight with burns.
The blaze broke out yesterday in a paint workshop rented from a
privately-owned factory in the town of Yoshkar-Ola, the capital of the
Vladimir Nasonov, a regional fire official, told Rossiya state
television the workshop had operated without permission from fire
Beltsov said 35 people had been in the workshop when the fire broke
According to a preliminary investigation, the fire was sparked by a
paint mixture explosion, Beltsov said.
Berger Paints plans plant in
Calcutta, Dec. 23: Berger Paints India Limited is exploring the
feasibility of setting up a paints factory in Russia, the company has
informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.
The project details, including capacity, amount and the mode of
investment, are being worked out. The plant will manufacture
decorative paints. Earlier, Berger Paints had announced its intention
to penetrate other markets in Asia and were identifying profitable
opportunities to deploy their funds. The company’s overseas plan stems
from the removal of trade barriers in Asia. Berger Paints had
earmarked Rs 30 crore in the current financial year to fund its growth
plans. It will spend Rs 3 crore to expand its Rishra plant capacity to
spruce up decorative paints production as it contributes around 80 per
cent of the company’s total income.
In 2003-04, BAICL recorded sales of Rs 25.7 crore and suffered a loss
of Rs 1.5 crore. The losses were partly due to high initial costs of
customer development in the automobile segment. <more>
paint leads growth in Western European paint industry
Coatings Magazine E-news - December 8, 2004
Paint demand in Western Europe in 2004 is expected to hit 6.4 million
tonnes and may rise to 6.81 million tonnes by 2009 if average growth
of 1.1 per cent pa can be achieved. While there is low growth in the
high volume decorative paints sectors, architecture
paint—construction, professional restoration, DIY/contractor—is the
growth leader, according to data in A Profile of the Western European
Paint Industry, 2nd Edition, published by Information Research,
Germany and Spain are the two million-tonne paint markets, with demand
in Spain at 1,003,000 tonnes, two thirds of the demand in Germany.
Italian demand for paint is between 950,000 and one million, while
demand in France is 830,000 tonnes. UK demand is at 795,000 tonnes.
Decorative paints account for 62 per cent of the market at just less
than four million tonnes.
Specialties creates new company
Weber Specialties Co.'s decision to establish a new powder-coating
company last July in downtown Kalamazoo was prompted by a 40 percent
increase in business this year.
So says the Schoolcraft-based supplier of products to the automotive,
furniture and medical industries.
Jim Weber, chairman of Weber Specialties, said the new subsidiary,
known as Applied Coatings Solutions LLC, is focused on powder-coating
car parts and furniture components. That is becoming the preferred
finishing process for metal parts.
The business is located at 1830 Reed St.
"We're seeing a lot of coating activity after quite a lull in the last
couple of months," Weber said. "Powder-coating is a very durable tough
finish that has replaced the old paint technology."
Weber Specialties, which was founded in 1943, is leasing 18,000 square
feet of space and equipment for its subsidiary from Applied Coatings
Inc., which owns the Reed Street building. The space includes two
powder-coating lines and production-welding and finished-assembly
for Local Workers
United Alloy Expands
A local business is expanding its workforce and its facility.
Thanks to a new contract, United Alloy in Janesville will nearly
double its plant size and create about 120 new jobs. Another spark in
the Janesville economy is the fact that United Alloy is expanding and
hiring."We're looking for skilled people, people with welding skills, powder
coating skills, sheet metal fabrication backgrounds," says United
Alloy president Alan Vogel.
The company makes fabricated metal parts. They just landed a new
contract with Cummings Power Generation, fueling the need for new
workers and doubling the space.
Alloy will make fuel tanks for Cummings. United Alloy makes about 40
fuel tanks a week. The tanks hold up to 350 gallons, but the ones
they'll eventually be making will hold up to 8,000 gallons.
"So they'll require more space, more lifting capacity, more painting
capacity," says Vogel.
"This is exactly what we're trying to get done in Wisconsin, getting
our manufacturing base to grow and improve," says Wisconsin Gov. Jim
The state provided $250,000 in tax credits to help with the expansion.
It’s part of Gov. Doyle's Grow Wisconsin initiative. In the past year,
58,000 jobs have been created in the state, 16,000 in the
manufacturing sectors. <more>
Patents received Oct. 26, 2004
PPG Industries Ohio Inc. for "Modified aminoplast crosslinkers and
powder coating compositions containing such crosslinkers, No.
6,809,161." Inventors were Ronald R. Ambrose, Pittsburgh; Anthony M.
Chasser, Allison Park; and Shengkui Hu, Baden. The present invention
relates to crosslinking agents based on modified aminoplast resins and
to powder coating compositions containing these crosslinking agents. <more>
Magna to Close Ontario
Plant, Write Off Europe Assets (Update3)
Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Magna International Inc., Canada's largest
auto-parts supplier, will close an Ontario factory that makes polished
aluminum, eliminating jobs, and write down the value of some Europe
assets. The actions will cost 22 cents a share in the fourth quarter.
Magna's unit, Decoma International Inc., will end operations at its
Anotech facility in Concord, Ontario, and transfer work to two Decoma
facilities where the company wants to increase capacity. The shutdown
will affect 400 workers, Decoma Chief Financial Officer Randall
Smallbone said in an interview, without elaborating on the total jobs
to be eliminated.
The company expects to close the Ontario factory by the second quarter
next year. Savings from the shutdown will begin in the third quarter,
the company said without disclosing an estimate. Magna didn't return
three telephone messages.
Magna, controlled by Frank Stronach, is expanding its unit that
assembles vehicles for companies such as General Motors Corp., the
world's largest automaker. The Magna Steyr business assembles a Saab
model for General Motors, which generates about a quarter of Magna's
The Ontario factory closure will cost $20 million during the fourth
quarter with $16.4 million spent to shut the plant and $3.6 million to
pay severance, Decoma said. <more>
Laid-off Carrier workers
seek new skills, start new lives
Savings used to start business sub Constantia man sets up his own
business, North Shore Powdercoating, in a building behind his house.
Bob "Chico" Scheuer became an accidental entrepreneur in April, when
Carrier Corp. laid him off from his job of 25 years.
The layoff pushed an idea that had always been in the back of his mind
to the front, Scheuer said.
"They sort of did me a favor, but I found out how tough it is to start
a business," he said.
In late November, he opened North Shore Powdercoating in a small,
white building behind his house in Constantia. Scheuer finishes metal
parts for small manufacturers, custom motorcycle makers and car
He is one of about 16 or so former Carrier workers who chose to start
a business rather than return to school, retrain or retire when they
lost their jobs. They are a small percentage of the 1,200 workers
Carrier laid off this year when the cooling equipment maker ceased
manufacturing on its DeWitt campus, sending the work to factories in
Georgia and Asia. <more>
Spain: CPP invests in new paint factory
CPP, the Spanish industrial group is to invest EUR 9.0 million in a
paint factory in Alcorisa, northern Spain. The plant is designed to
produce 40,000 tonnes of paints annually. The area of the factory is
planned at 20,000 sq m.
CPP, which comprises 15 paint manufacturers, will sell the paints
bearing the brand names of all its members. The paints will be sold
through the distribution network of the 15 member companies, but in
the long run CPP plans to establish a single brand and distribution
network. At present, CPP Group member companies produce a total 37,000
tonnes of paints a year.
Maintenance a Critical
Trailer OEMs report that maintenance-related issues are becoming a
major problem for fleets large and small, much of it due to increased
concern over corrosion resulting from chemicals used to de-ice
roadways in winter.
"For all of our product segments, magnesium chloride corrosion is a
very important issue," said Bill Harris, director of marketing for
Nashville, TN-based Heil Trailers. "[State] Highway departments are
using magnesium chloride on the roads for de-icing and it can eats
through [trailer] frames, wiring, fittings, etc. [Fleets] would like
someone to solve this issue, so we're looking at undercoating and
powder coating options."
According to current data, there are some five million commercial
truck trailers on the road today, with their life expectancy ranging
between seven and 20 years depending on the type of trailer. <more>