Upgrade procurement rules: paints body
The Indian Paints Association (IPA) has urged the ministry of defence,
government of India (GoI) to set up a task force for reviewing and
upgrading paint procurement specification.
“The defence minister, GoI Pranab Mukherjee has been requested to set
up a task force to review inspection and purchase specification of
paints. The minister has consented to consider the matter,” said
Promod K Khanna, president, IPA at their 42nd Annual General Meeting.
The defence often purchase paints according to their own specification
which in most cases follows the old technology, he explained.
It was further informed that ministry might from now will accept self
certification, subject to certain specification.
The paint consumption by defence is to the tune of 25 lakh litre worth
Rs 80 crore purchased from a scattered market.
“Defence will get a better value for money if they start procuring the
paint that are produced using best technology. It would significantly
reduce revenue loss due to corrosion,” said Subir Bose, managing
director, Berger Paints India Ltd.
Changing specification will not be an easy task but the association
will sincerely follow up the matter with the ministry, assured Bose. <more>
Big B's Viruddh ropes in brands
Amitabh Bachchan is not the brand ambassador for Aviva Life Insurance,
yet he's heard repeating 'Jiyo har pal, karo kal par control' -- the
tagline of Aviva in the recent promos of the film Viruddh.
Obviously, Aviva's director marketing Vivek Khanna is kicked: "The
concept of the film is in sync with our brand. Getting Amitabh
Bachchan to say 'Kal Par Control' and 'Kya aap zindagi ke chote bade
surprises ke liye taiyar hain' in two 30-second promos is an
innovative marketing methodology evolved by our in-house team to
create brand recall," he says.
For Nerolac Paints, Advista saw an opportunity in the film's
script. The brand's commercial plays in the background as Amitabh
Bachchan paints the house to welcome his son back from the US. <more>
Berger`s Russian unit to go on stream by May 2006
Berger Paints is hoping to commission it’s decorative paints unit at
Russia by May 2006. The company is investing around US $ 2 million for
setting up the decorative paints facility at Krasandar in South
Russia. This was disclosed here by the chairman of Berger Paints
India, Kuldeep Singh Dhingra. He was talking to reporters after the
annual general meeting of the outfit.
“Berger Paints Overseas Ltd, our Russian subsidiary will start
production by the middle of next year. During the interim period we
have started exporting paints to Russia through Berger India,” he
said. Berger India holds the Russian subsidiary through another
subsidiary Berger Cyprus. <more>
Gurgaon plant to cost Berger Rs
Berger Paints chairman Kuldip Singh Dhingra (right) and MD Subir Bose
in Calcutta on Wednesday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury
Calcutta, July 27: Berger Paints India Limited will set up a coatings
plant for plastic auto parts in technological collaboration with
Nippon Bee Chemicals Company Limited of Japan. The plant will be built
in Gurgaon at an estimated investment of Rs 15 crore and it will
commence commercial production within a year, said Subir Bose,
managing director, Berger Paints India.
Nippon Bee Chemicals will be the licensor of technology to Berger
Paints and the arrangement between the two companies will not involve
any equity partnership — it will be in the nature of technical
co-operation and support from the Japanese company.<more>
NASA Celebrates Launch With Caution
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- With the
thunderous roar of 7.5 million pounds of thrust, equivalent to the
power of a small nuclear device, the United States relaunched its era
of spaceflight Tuesday, sending seven astronauts into orbit aboard the
Space Shuttle Discovery. The crew of Discovery have begun their first
day in orbit with a painstaking, delicate search of the exterior of
the shuttle to investigate whether the spacecraft was damaged during
A 4cm (1.5in) piece of thermal tile appeared to break off from the
Discovery’s belly during lift-off, as well as a larger piece of foam,
according to Nasa flight operations manager John Shannon. Neither
object struck the space craft as they fell.
NASA Says Damage to Shuttle Discovery Surface Insignificant
The U.S. space agency NASA says it has discovered no serious defects
in the shuttle Discovery's surface as the result of debris impacts
during Tuesday's launch. Mission managers have also extended
Discovery's visit to the International Space Station for extra supply
transfers. They made the decision because they had earlier suspended
future shuttle missions until NASA learns how to prevent further
debris strikes like the kind that doomed the shuttle Columbia mission
07.30.05 - STS-114 MCC Status Report #09
Space Shuttle Discovery’s heat protective tiles and thermal
blankets have been pronounced fit for entry after engineers reviewed
the imagery and other data to judge their health.
Repair Kit (Earlier news)
During his first spacewalk, Noguchi will test new repair measures
inside the shuttle's storage room that opens up to outer space.
He will also fix any thermal protection tiles that are damaged with
silicon repair material. He may even have to apply a new coating of
bonding material on any deep cracks and gashes in the reinforced
carbon-carbon composite layer.
A repair kit using
Starfire Systems Inc. pre-ceramic polymers will be tested on the Space
Shuttle Discovery, which was launched Tuesday.
The kit will be one of five methods that are being developed for
testing on this and future space shuttle flights. All five kits will
include Starfire materials.
The kit being tested on the flight being launched Wednesday is
designed to repair damage to the shuttle's heat shielding in orbit. A
puncture in the wing heat shielding was responsible for bringing down
the shuttle two years ago. Starfire, of Malta, N.Y., produced the
polymers that are in a sealing paste developed by Alliant Technologies
Inc. of Minnesota. The paste is dispensed in a caulk-gun type device.
It can be used to seal small cracks and damaged coating in the
shuttle's heat resistant surfaces to protect astronauts from re-entry
temperatures that can be more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
The kit will be tested by astronauts on a simulated shuttle panel in
the spacecraft's cargo bay during a space walk.
Refurbished Launch Pad
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - While
eliminating the debris that sheds from the Space Shuttle's External
Fuel Tank has been one of the primary requirements for the Return to
Flight mission, work to eliminate hazardous debris went far beyond the
Tank. When Discovery launched this week, the Shuttle stack departed
from a structure that was cleaner than ever thanks to a major
corrosion abatement effort that began in April of 2004 and was
completed in March of this year. The pad was be virtually rust-free.
The extensive corrosion control project at Launch Pad 39 B has
corrected decades of exposure to the damaging affects of one of the
environments in the world. Additional work on Pad A is currently
underway Harry Moore, who is part of the United Space Alliance
operations staff of Construction Management/Corrosion Control, said
the original plan was to treat the corrosion "hot spots" on the fixed
structure and the rotating service structure of the launch pads. "But
since the existing coating is at the end of its 10-year life span,
and since we had down time, we decided on a full corrosion control
effort," he said.
The first step of the 11-month corrosion control project at Pad B was
to strip the 247-foot steel launch tower down to bare metal, ridding
the surfaces of all the old coating and getting rid of the rust.
Preparation for the blasting to take off the rust and paint took place
in April. Critical items such as pneumatic tubing and light fixtures
had to be covered with a heavy-duty plastic. Then, the abrasive blast
cleaning began. Workers from Ivey's Construction, the Merritt Island
contractor handling the job, hit the metal with a spray of crushed
coal slag, a byproduct of coal- fired power plants. Moore said the
crushed slag is applied with a pressure of 90 pounds per square inch.
"It could cut your desk in half," he said.
The blasting was finished in January this year and the coating was
applied in February and March. Applying the coating was a two-step
process. First, a basecoat of inorganic zinc was applied. Then a
topcoat was applied to protect the zinc .
That topcoat is a mixture of mostly Portland cement plus a few other
"proprietary ingredients," according to Moore. The mixture was
private industry specifically for KSC to deal with the acidic residue
left behind by the Solid Rocket Boosters that help propel the Shuttle
In addition to protecting the pad structures from rust degradation,
the corrosion control effort aims to reduce the likelihood of foreign
object debris, or FOD, a key CAIB concern.
In the past the main focus of corrosion control was preserving
structural integrity. Now, following recommendations of the CAIB,
corrosion control is
also focused on reducing debris from pealing paint and rusted flakes
of metal. Corrosion now falls under critical debris.
This change requires more inspection and stepped-up maintenance
day-to- day. Under the new system, any object the size of a quarter or
larger (0.01 pounds of mass or more) will be considered to have a
potential impact on launch.
In addition, a three-step process has been implemented to monitor
debris. The first step is a "clean as you go" system in which all pad
workers monitor for debris they may have created, and eliminate it as
they work. Second, there are daily "walk-down" inspections of the
tower by a designated employee. Finally, once a week, managers perform
walk-downs to check for debris. This new system complements an
existing corrosion tracking program that involves photographing all
sections of the pad structures and filing those photos in a database.
All of these efforts -- both new and old -- have put USA on track for
providing one of the cleanest, safest launch platforms ever for the
United Space Alliance, established in 1995, is a leader in space
operations offering extensive experience in space launch and recovery
operations; mission planning and control; flight hardware processing;
space flight training; on-orbit assembly, payload deployment and
servicing; rendezvous/proximity operations and docking; large-scale
integration and sustaining engineering. United Space Alliance serves
as NASA's prime
contractor for the Space Shuttle and provides operations services for
the International Space Station. United Space Alliance employs more
than 10,000 people in Texas, Florida, and Alabama.
ICI to acquire emulsion
Coatings Flash -
July 18, 2005
ICI has agreed to acquire the Celanese emulsion powders business for
US$25.5million (£14.6 million) in cash. The business recorded sales of
¬32 million (£21.8 million) and operating profit of ¬1.9 million (£1.3
million) in 2004, has about 50 employees, and is based in Frankfurt,
Germany. The value of the gross assets being acquired is ¬11 million
(£7 million). This will be the first significant bolt-on acquisition
made by ICI for several years. It will strengthen National Starch s
Elotex business unit and create the opportunity for significant
synergies between the two businesses. The move follows several years
of good progress strengthening ICI s balance sheet and improving
underlying cash flow. Elotex, which is part of National Starch and
Chemical s speciality polymers division, is a leading international
producer of polymeric additives used to enhance the properties of
building materials such as ceramic tile adhesives, repair mortars,
grouts, floor screeds and wallpaper adhesives. The acquisition of the
Celanese emulsion powders business will extend the range of Elotex s
end markets and applications and will provide additional growth
opportunities and increased geographic coverage. The transaction is
expected to be completed in Q3, subject to regulatory approval and
Chemfil Canada Awarded
Chemical Management Business
Coatings Flash -
July 18, 2005
Chemfil Canada Ltd. recently reached an agreement with the Chrysler
Group to provide the vehicle manufacturer with chemical management
programs at its Windsor and Brampton, Ontario facilities. Chemfil
Canada will provide the Chrysler Group facilities with all indirect
materials and chemicals associated with the automotive manufacturing
process, including lubrication, paint detackification, purge solvent,
booth and paint system maintenance products, janitorial and waste
water treatment chemicals. "These programs will allow Chemfil Canada
to demonstrate its extensive chemical and process management
experience and to showcase its broad product portfolio," said Brett
Williamson, general manager, sales and marketing, Chemfil Canada. The
Chrysler Group's Windsor plant produces the Chrysler Pacifica, the
Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan. The Brampton
plant produces the Chrysler 300, the Dodge Magnum and the Dodge
Charger. Chemfil Canada is Canada's leading supplier of metal
finishing products from metal stamping lubricants to pre- paint
phosphate conversion coatings and from waste treatment chemicals to
Industrial Chemicals Distributor in Switzerland
- July 18, 2005
Brenntag, the world leader in the growth market for chemicals
distribution, has taken over the operations of Swiss distributor Chem-On
AG with retroactive effect to July 1, 2005. From its base in Zurzach,
Brenntag now distributes industrial chemicals in Switzerland via the
newly founded Chem-On Vertriebs-AG with the focus on inorganic
chemicals. This move extends Brenntag's product portfolio in
Switzerland - which was previously more or less confined to the
specialty chemicals of Christ Chemie AG. Heinz Eichmann, Managing
Director at Christ Chemie AG and responsible for the new activities,
explains: "The acquisition of Chem-On strengthens our position in a
profitable European market. The extended product portfolio is an
important step on the road to becoming a "one-stop shop" and will
generate further growth opportunities in the future." In 2004, Chem-On
AG posted sales of around 17 million Swiss francs.
Coatings Flash -
July 18, 2005
Michelman announced that it has acquired the 50% interest in Michelman
Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd. held by Drex-Chem Industries Pte. Ltd.
Michelman Asia-Pacific, which opened in 1997 in Singapore as a 50/50
joint venture between Michelman and Drex-Chem Industries, established
a regional manufacturing facility for Michelman performance additives
and coatings. The JV enabled Michelman to begin regional operations,
develop an Asian strategy, and grow sales.
Michelman's acquisition was prompted by growing marketplace acceptance
of its products. The company expects prospects for sustainable growth
to be enhanced further as a result of the acquisition.
Michelman is a global manufacturer of performance-enhancing functional
and decorative coatings for the paperboard and corrugated box
industries; and additives for many industries including flexible
packaging, fiberglass, paint, coatings, and ink.
Agreement Reached between
DuPont and Rhode Island Attorney General in Lead Poisoning Case;
Agreement Will Provide Rhode Island Residents Relief, Abatement and
MT. PLEASANT, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 30, 2005--Motley Rice LLC,
one of the nation's largest all plaintiffs' litigation firms, today
applauded the agreement that has been reached between DuPont (NYSE:DD)
and the Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch to resolve the
State's groundbreaking lawsuit against the former manufacturer of lead
pigment. This action by DuPont, brought about by the R.I. Attorney
General, represents DuPont's agreement to help solve the problem of
lead poisoning in the state. Originally filed in 1999, the suit
alleges that DuPont helped to create a significant public health
crisis in the state by manufacturing, distributing and promoting
lead-based paint products.
Motley Rice LLC represents the State of Rhode Island in its suit
against DuPont, as well as in suits against six other lead pigment
manufacturers concerning the lead-poisoning crisis in Rhode Island.
According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, nearly 100 Rhode
Island children are lead-poisoned each and every month. This
litigation is an effort by the State to make the lead pigment
manufacturers take responsibility for the pervasive health hazard
confronted by the Rhode Island public, including its children,
parents, homeowners, landlords and taxpayers.
The agreement reached today calls for DuPont to make contributions in
excess of $10 million for a variety of lead abatement, enforcement,
and education programs. Jack McConnell, a senior partner at Motley
Rice, applauded DuPont's decision to reach this agreement. "We are
extremely pleased to see DuPont stepping up to the plate and 'breaking
rank' with the other lead pigment manufacturers," said McConnell. "DuPont
has done the right thing."
Attorney Fidelma Fitzpatrick of Motley Rice, who has been actively
involved in the litigation, echoed McConnell's sentiments. "We are
encouraged to see DuPont making the first significant industry effort
to clean up the toxic lead mess in Rhode Island," said Fitzpatrick.
"For decades, the State and the public have been left to do what they
can to deal with a problem they did not create. The settlement with
DuPont is a great first step in making sure that this industry is
helping to solve the public health problem that exists."
McConnell complimented Attorney General Patrick Lynch for his
ground-breaking settlement. "Patrick Lynch has worked tirelessly to
bring about this precedent-setting public health benefit for Rhode
Island's children and its taxpayers."
The Attorney General, together with Motley Rice and co-counsel
Thornton & Naumes of Boston, Mass., are actively preparing for trial
in September against the remaining defendants (Sherwin Williams,
Millennium, NL Industries, ARCO, American Cyanamid and ConAgra). "We
will ask the remaining defendants to accept responsibility for their
roles in this public health crisis," McConnell said. <more>
DuPont sued in U.S. over
DuPont Co., the third-biggest U.S. chemical maker, was sued in U.S.
federal courts over claims that it knew for two decades that a
chemical used to make Teflon non-stick coating can sicken people.
The company said in May it agreed to settle allegations by U.S.
regulators that it failed to disclose health data about
perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, used to make Teflon. The chemical is
a likely human carcinogen, an Environmental Protection Agency advisory
panel said last month.
"The class of potential plaintiffs could well contain almost every
American that has purchased a pot or pan coated with DuPont's
non-stick coating," plaintiffs' attorney Alan Kluger, of Kluger,
Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin in Miami, said in a PRNewswire statement.
DuPont, which invented Teflon in 1938, said PFOA isn't harmful to
human health and the processing agent isn't found in finished products
such as pots and pans. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company said it
will defend against suits filed in eight states by Kluger's firm and
Oppenheim Pilelsky, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
"Consumers using products sold under the Teflon brand are safe,"
DuPont said in an e-mailed statement. "Cookware coated with DuPont
Teflon non-stick coatings does not contain PFOA." DuPont shares rose
22 cents, or 0.5 percent, to US$43.90 in New York Stock Exchange
composite trading. They have fallen 10 percent this year, valuing the
company at US$43.8 billion.
The lawsuits, which seek class-action status, call for unspecified
damages and ask that DuPont be ordered to place warning labels on
Teflon-coated pots and pans and create a fund to monitor the health of
users. "DuPont's own research has shown that when Teflon is heated, it
can emit a variety of toxic gases," Steve Silverman, Kluger Peretz's
litigation chairman, said in the firm's statement.
The EPA advisory panel said in a draft report that the agency is
underestimating PFOA's health risk, including the potential to cause
breast and pancreatic tumors. DuPont on May 19 said it received a
subpoena in a grand jury probe related to the chemical.
The announcement followed the settlement with the EPA. DuPont, which
didn't specify the amount, set aside US$15 million in the first
quarter after the April 21 preliminary agreement. The EPA said last
year the penalty might reach US$300 million. <more>
Government of Canada
invests in aerospace nanotechnology coatings
Coatings Flash -
July 04, 2005
The government announced a $3.4 million investment in the development
of new nano-technology-based coatings for the aerospace industry which
will advance more environmentally sound technologies. This Technology
Partnerships Canada (TPC) investment is part of an $8.6 million
research and development initiative being undertaken by Toronto-based
Integran Technologies Inc. through the multinational Joint Strike
In the aerospace and defence industry, coatings offer metal surface
protection against corrosion, wear, and extreme temperature
environments for landing gear and jet engine components. Current
coatings technologies use hard chrome plating; hazardous to health and
the environment, this method is also expensive to manufacturers.
Integran will develop its unique nano-crystalline cobalt-phosphorous
coatings and deposition process technologies as an environmentally
friendly and a commercially viable alternative to the current
hazardous hard chrome plating process. The nano-technology coatings
will have applications on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program and
other aerospace and defence platforms. This technology also holds the
potential for broad applications in automotive, biomedical, and other
Valspar announces key
Coatings Flash -
July 04, 2005
The Valspar Corporation announced the following organization changes,
effective July 1, 2005. Rolf Engh has been named Executive Vice
President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Engh joined Valspar in
1993 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and was named a
Senior Vice President in 1998. Gary E. Hendrickson has been named
Senior Vice President, assuming responsibility for leading the
architectural, global wood coatings and Federal businesses. He will
continue to have overall responsibility for Valspar's interests in
Asia Pacific. Mr. Hendrickson joined Valspar in 1994 and was named
President Asia Pacific and corporate Vice President in 2001. Donald A.
Nolan has been named Senior Vice President, assuming responsibility
for leading the global packaging and automotive coatings businesses.
He will continue to have overall responsibility for Valspar's
interests in Europe and Latin America. Mr. Nolan joined Valspar in
1996 and was named corporate Vice President for Packaging Coatings -
Americas in 2001.
Commenting, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Mansfield
stated, "These promotions recognize the strength of our senior
management team and continue to position Valspar positively for future
PPG Industries announces
completion of its 300 million euros international debt offering
Coatings Flash -
July 04, 2005
PPG Industries announced that it has completed the sale of EUR 300
million of its 3.875% Senior Notes due 2015 (the "Euro Notes") in
offshore transactions outside the United States in reliance on
Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the
"Securities Act"). Proceeds of the Euro Notes offering will be used to
repay short-term, unsecured commercial paper obligations incurred in
connection with PPG's purchase of USD 275 million in aggregate
principal amount of its 6.500% notes due November 1, 2007, 7.050%
notes due August 15, 2009 and 6.875% notes due February 15, 2012
pursuant to tender offers that expired on June 17, 2005, and for
general corporate purposes. PPG expects to record a second quarter
pre-tax charge of approximately USD 19 million in connection with the
"The purpose of these transactions is to reduce our annual interest
expense, significantly reduce our Euro-denominated net asset exposure
and eliminate the majority of our debenture maturities for the next
decade, " said William H. Hernandez, senior vice president, finance.
DSM Coating Resins
Announces Price Increases for Powder Coating Resins
Coatings Flash -
July 11, 2005
DSM Coating Resins' Gerben Algra, Global Business Manager Polyesters,
announced price increases in North America for the Uralac range of
polyester powder coating resins. Powder polyester coating resins will
increase by up to USD 0.10/lb, differentiated by product grade for all
orders shipped on or after August 1, 2005 or as otherwise permitted by
the terms and conditions of customer contracts. DSM with five
polyester powder resin plants is a leading global supplier of resin
for Coatings. Powder Coatings are used in architectural, domestic
appliance, automotive and general industrial applications. Algra says
the need for these further price increases is due to the continuing
escalation in the cost of feedstock such as NPG and PTA, high energy
costs and fuel surcharges in North America. Strong global demand was
responsible for feedstock s back-to-back price hikes through 2004 and
continuing into early 2005. The North American situation is
exceptional as feedstock prices have been increasing throughout the
second quarter of 2005 and are expected to rise further in the third
Chemical fire injures
employee of metal shop
July 30, 2005
A metal fabrication shop employee was injured in a small chemical fire
The man, whose name was not available Saturday, was taken by ambulance
to the Anderson Area Medical Center, Townville Fire Station Lt. Jeff
His station, assisted by the Double Springs Fire Station, responded to
the fire call at Fabmetco on S.C. 24 near Fred Dobbins Road. The
injured man was already on his way to the hospital and the fire was
extinguished when they arrived, Lt. Martin said. It occurred in an
enclosed area used for powder coating, he said.
Employees closed the business after the fire and were unavailable for
Anderson County Fire Investigator Gary Bean surveyed the scene
Saturday, Lt. Martin said. The hazardous materials unit was not
dispatched to the scene, Lt. Martin said. <more>
During a visit to Indore
Mr. Arun Nangalia of AK Enterprises visited our office on 11th July.
Based in Calcutta, Mr Nangalia is involved in the field of powder
coating for several years .
Mr Nanglia is a regular visitor to our website and finds it very
informative. He said, AK Enterprises now plans to expand there
business in other states too.