A learning experience
‘Nerolac’ Calls Attention to Drive Away Illiteracy
Forms Human Chain to commemorate International Literacy Day
Mumbai, September, 2005: Goodlass Nerolac Paints Limited (GNPL),
India’s second largest paint company, called out to people today to
join hands to form a Human Chain in an effort to commemorate
International Literacy Day and pledge to drive away illiteracy.
Nerolac also donated Rupees Thirty Thousand towards the education of
children of the Concern India Foundation. The Human Chain was formed
at Big Bazaar, Lower Parel from 12pm to 2pm and at INOX, Nariman Point
from 3pm to 5pm on September 8, 2005. Renowned model and Miss Earth,
Niharika was present for the event and ascertained her support to
drive away illiteracy.
Celebrated annually on September 8, since 1966, International Literacy
Day calls attention to the global effort to promote literacy, and
education, as a central United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) mission. Nerolac too has always been
committed to making a difference in society. The company invests
heavily towards community welfare to improve the quality of life and
sense of well being of citizens at large.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bharuka, Managing Director, Nerolac
said, “Illiteracy is an intolerable situation. It is not a fact of
life, but a consequence of inaction on the part of agencies involved
and society at large. Its consequences are pervasive and powerful. If
we wish to combat poverty, injustice and the violence that so often
results from them, we must begin by mobilizing minds through education
We are driven by our aim to support those projects in society, which
are sustainable and relevant to the society and join hands in bigger
ventures with NGO’s in projects that look at developing the community
at large. Nerolac as a self-imposed policy contributes on an average
0.5 % to 0.75 % of its profit every year to GNP Charitable Trust and
carry out activities for the upliftment of the society. Nerolac also
formalized a framework for Corporate Social Responsibility, the
mission for which is ‘to positively contribute to the development of
society by acting as a good neighbour, considerate of each other,
playing a role of good corporate citizen with passion and compassion.’
Speaking on the Occasion, Ms. Kavita Shah, CEO Concern India
Foundation, said - " A literate world is not only one where people can
read and write, it is a world in which the human potential has been
liberated and placed in the service of progress. There is, in short,
no secret about what is required to build a better world for tomorrow.
It is increasingly evident that we must begin by investing
substantially in improving education today: investing not only our
financial resources but also our imagination and hope as well. We
really appreciate Nerolac's support towards Concern India Foundation
and its children for their bright future.”
Paint companies may revise prices by Sept-Oct
MUMBAI, AUG 29: With oil
prices touching $70 a barrel, the Rs 7,740-crore Indian paint industry
will be forced to hike paint prices by September-October this year.
Input prices for petroleum based solvents like mineral turpentine oil
have been growing at 7%, but manufacturers have resisted from hiking
product prices due to the present high volume growth, intense
competition in the decorative segment and possible entry of foreign
companies into the sector Sources said that the industry may have to
raise prices at least by 5%. According to HM Bharuka, managing
director, Goodlass Nerolac, “If the input prices continue to increase,
we will have to review the product prices in September-October.”
Jalan Dani, president, international business unit, Asian Paints, said
that although price hike is not on the cards right now, the company
will take a decision based on the market situation in the near
Fake paint unit busted
A UNIT manufacturing fake
Asian Paints was raided and two persons were arrested in Prahladpur
village. Goods worth over Rs 15 lakh were seized from the unit.
Acting on a tip-off that one Shivnath and two others were illegally
manufacturing and disposing fake Asian Paints, the police raided the
The police said that a paint bucket, available in the market for over
Rs 800, was being sold for Rs 500. The two who were arrested were
identified as Vijay Pal and Jai Ram. <more>
New Coatings Fight Germ Contamination
Coatings with a new antimicrobial additive can control the growth and
spread of microorganisms, such as bacteria and mold. Learn how they
work and how they're being used across industry:
A new antimicrobial compound, which destroys microbes upon contact, is
imbuing coatings for finishing surfaces with germ-fighting
capabilities. By incorporating this powerful chemical, coatings are
now deterring the spread of germs on surfaces in hospitals and
doctors' offices, as well as in home kitchens, bathrooms and
And coatings for metals are not the only use for this long-lasting,
inorganic compound. According to AgION Technologies, the
Massachusetts-based biotechnology company that developed the
antimicrobial additive, the compound "has been successfully and
cost-effectively incorporated into fibers and fabrics, molded
plastics, plastic films and coatings for metals, with proven
effectiveness and safety." For example, Adidas already offers athletic
equipment, footwear and apparel with the antimicrobial substance. <more>
Honda deal for Car Refinishes: Akzo Nobel.
Akzo Nobel's Car Refinishes business has been selected as an approved
partner for the supply of paint and related services to the Honda (UK)
Bodyshop Program. The agreement, which came into effect on 1 Sep 2005,
means that Akzo Nobel's Sikkens products will now be available to all
participants in the Honda Bodyshop Program across the UK, covering 210
Honda dealers. As well as using market-leading Sikkens paints, member
bodyshops will also benefit from the full range of Sikkens services.
Designed to help bodyshops improve profitability, these services
include technical support, training, consultancy and work provision.
Russian Powder Coatings
Coatings Flash -
September 12, 2005
Akzo Nobel is consolidating its world leadership position in powder
coatings by investing EUR 9 million to build a new manufacturing
facility in Russia. Located at Orekhovo-Zuevo, the plant will supply
markets throughout Russia, as well as other East European countries
such as the Ukraine and Belarus. A groundbreaking ceremony was staged
recently at the 50,000 square meter site, with the new factory
expected to begin production during the second quarter of 2006. "As
the world's largest manufacturer of powder coatings we are constantly
striving to grow the business and strengthen our global reach," said
Rob Molenaar, General Manager of Akzo Nobel's Powder Coatings business
unit. Akzo Nobel's Coatings business is already very active in Russia,
with the most recent development being the opening of a major
decorative coatings factory near Moscow.
Cytec Surface Specialties Announces Powder Coating Resins Price
Increase in the Americas
Sep 15, 2005
ATLANTA, GA -- Effective September 16, 2005, Cytec Surface Specialties
Inc., a subsidiary of Cytec Industries Inc., will implement a $0.10/lb
surcharge on all Crylcoat® powder resin products marketed in the
The surcharge is needed to offset rapidly increasing raw material and
energy costs that have been escalating since July. The impact of
hurricane Katrina on petroleum based feed stocks required Cytec
Surface Specialties Inc. to secure adequate supplies to meet ongoing
market demand for Crylcoat® resins. The surcharge will be adjusted
Cytec Surface Specialties, is an industry-leading, global producer of
environmentally-friendly coating resins, additives and adhesives.
Its products enhance the performance of surfaces in a variety of markets
such as architectural and construction, automotive, graphic arts,
general industry, and wood and paper. <more>
Nylon compound allows fast powder coating
compound is used to make profiles.
14 September 2005 – Technoform has developed a glass reinforced
polyamide profile that can be powder coated in a single process stage,
saving significant costs by eliminating secondary operations.
The company has achieved this by developing a polyamide-based compound
recipe enabling electrical conductivity for powder coating in the
plastic, yet without brittleness or low strength that usually arises
from the use of conductive fillers and reinforcements.
Technoform says that while plastics profiles are usually wet painted
with a conductive primer to enable adequate quality in powder coating,
provision of electrical conductivity in the plastic material itself to
enable powder coating affects mechanical properties.
Adhesion promotion agents can be used to bind powder coating to
plastic, but lead to blister formation during oven stoving when used
with polyamide, due to its absorbtion of humidity.
Technoform will showcase the system at next month’s Fakuma, held in
Friedrichshafen on October 18-22. <more>
Claremore Business Fire Damage Estimated At $1-million
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) -- A fire that destroyed a powder coating
business in Claremore did about $1-million in damage.
Acting Claremore Fire Chief Mike Ramsey says the building housing RPC
Custom Powder Coating remains standing but it's being declared a total
loss because of damage done by flames, heat and smoke.
Ramsey says investigators believe improper shut-down of an oven used
in the coating process, which bakes powder onto metal products, caused
Monday's blaze. Employees tried to put it out with fire extinguishers
before they evacuated.
There were no reports of injuries.
76 firefighters from Claremore, Northwest Rogers County and Verdigris
fire districts fought the blaze for several hours.
Source: Associated Press
Wacker at Eurocoat 2005: New Alpha-Silanes Improve The Scratch Resistance
Munich, September 27, 2005 – At EUROCOAT 2005 in Lyon, France, from
September 27 to 29, the Munich-based WACKER Group will be presenting
novel organofunctional alpha-silanes for the coatings, adhesives and
sealants industries. The additives enhance the application properties
of coating materials and enable the formulation of scratch-resistant
coating systems systems that are harmless when used as intended.
WACKER has expanded its successful range of GENIOSIL® organofunctional
silanes. At EUROCOAT 2005, the chemical group will be presenting a new
generation of organofunctional a-silanes in which the classic
propylene bridge has been replaced by a methylene bridge. The result:
the new silanes are extremely reactive and facilitate much better
hydrolysis and condensation of the Si-alkoxy groups than
standard-grade silanes. <more>
DuPont to launch Automotive Centre in Japan.
Kabushiki Kaisha is considering opening an Automotive Centre in Nagoya
City, Aichi Prefecture in Japan. Slated to begin operations in Oct
2005, the facility aims to boost competency from various functions
including marketing, technology development and technical support. It
will initially concentrate on serving the original equipment
manufacturers for Japanese cars and its Tier 1 parts suppliers. The
centre will also collaborate with research facilities in the USA and
in Utsunomiya, Japan and support different DuPont businesses such as
packaging materials and engineering polymers.
Berger Paints launches Lewis Berger
Berger Paints, the fastest growing paint company in India, will now
offer its entire range of decorative paints under the name ‘Lewis
Berger’. A major re-branding initiative, the move is aimed at giving
Berger a new identity under a new logo, in sync with the premium
nature of the products.
Named after the founder of Berger paints, Lewis Berger will encompass
a series of significant changes aimed at an overall brand upgrade<more>