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MAY 2007

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Workers shut down Asian Paints factory in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 3 Aggrieved workers demanding they be hired permanently have closed down the Asian Paints (Nepal) factory in central Nepal. The multinational is the market leader in the paints business in the country.

About eight to 10 hands, hired to load and unload consignments, Monday lined up before the multinational's factory in Hetauda town, where many major companies have their manufacturing base, and prevented production staff from entering.

However, Asian Paints (Nepal) authorities said none of the permanent employees or labor unions were behind the protest.

Asian Paints (Nepal) began operations in 1983, quickly capturing the market. Currently, the Hetauda factory produces about 10 tonnes of paint a day. Closing the factory means a daily loss of Nepali Rs.1-1.5 million.

The company management said talks were on with the protesters and they were optimistic that the factory would resume operations Tuesday. <more>

Sherwin Williams buys Nitco Paints
MUMBAI: As reported by DNA Money on March 7, Sherwin Williams, the $7.1-billion US-based paints major, has acquired city-based Nitco Paints for Rs 200 crore. The deal is learnt to have been signed on Monday, though a formal announcement is expected only today.

Sanjiv Batra, CEO, Nitco Paints conceded that “A deal has been signed with Sherwin Williams, wherein they are buying out Nitco Paints. I can’t disclose more information at this stage, though I will be a part of Sherwin Williams.”

Nitco Paints is an associate company of Nitco Tiles and is into exterior paints. It sells a plethora of coatings and textures and is a strong player in western India.

Industry experts believe Sherwin Williams’ foray into India will change the dynamics of the colour space in the country. Asian Paints, Berger, Kansai Nerolac, ICI Paints and Shalimar are the major players in this segment today. <more>


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Be it Powder Coating gun of any brand Mitsuba’s sampling cup of 100 gms and 500 gms can be fitted on to it. This sampling cup can be fitted to any standard production powder gun thus providing you the dual option of using your system as sampling gun as well as production gun. Besides loss of powder it also eliminates the 45 minutes required for colour change.

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Nerolac to set up unit at Hosur
MUMBAI: Kansai Nerolac, the country’s second-largest paint company, is reportedly considering shifting its Perungudi manufacturing unit in Chennai to a new location, possibly Hosur. If it does so, the prime Chennai land could be put on the block for commercial development, earning handsome money for the company, which has been trying to dent Asian Paints’ dominance in the decorative paints segment.

Ashok Saini, vice-president, special projects, and spokesperson of Kansai Nerolac, denied any such plan. “There is no plan to shift the existing facility at Chennai. Therefore, the land is not put on block. The plan to put up a new plant near Bangalore is at an exploratory stage… likely to firm up by the first week of May,” he said.

Sources said the decision to set up the plant at Hosur has almost been finalised, although the land sale might still be while away. <more>

Part of an  an interview with Mr.  H. M. Bharuka, Managing Director, Kansai Nerolac Paints on Apr 21, 2007
What growth are you seeing in the powder coatings market?
Powder coating business in India is growing well and we see a great future for this eco-friendly product range. The industry growth is likely to be over 20%
What does it take to be a leader in this industry?
The right technology with a back up of right service makes a good combination. This makes us the market leaders in Industrial & automotive coatings business. Other things which help are the manufacturing capabilities with right spread to service customers at a short notice. Our wide range is of course of great support.
Your views on the macro economic factors affecting India?
India is on the growth path and should continue to do well in coming years as well! We clearly buy the India growth storey and therefore are boyant!!
Your strategy for growth? Any more acquisitions in the pipeline?
Our strategy would be to ride on the growth, create adequate noise & brand salience, expand distribution at the right counters and offer the product range that consumers will lap up. We are sure if we create a service backup winning over customers, the growth will come.
Give your market share in industrial coating, powder coating, PT Chemicals.
We are the market leaders in Industrial coating business with an overall market share of over 40%. Within industrial, in automotive coatings, our market share is over 60%. In Powder Coatings our market share is over 27% and in PT it is over 23%. <more>

New Celeberities of the adworld
India's early exit from World Cup cricket had many marketers withdraw their cricket-centric campaigns fearing a negative impact on their brands. A survey, conducted in October 2006, unveiled some of the successful and unsuccessful marriages of brands with celebrities. For instance, it was found that Amitabh Bachchan, who is the brand ambassador of Nerolac, was being perceived as the Asian Paints brand ambassador by a majority of the people. Cricket stars and film stars occupy limited bandwidth and limited purposes within the minds of consumers today. This is limited to the awareness-creating phase.

To counter this effect experts suggest to revive the mascots instead. 7 Up has made its mascot Fido a celebrity, and no bunch of losers can dim his equity. Many companies are now planning to put there  best buck on brand icons and mascots instead. Bring back Gattu for Asian Paints and Goody the Tiger for Nerolac. Get to the graveyard of brand mascots and revive them all!


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Berger Paints in JV with NBC of Japan

KOLKATA: Paint major Berger Paints India Limited has entered into a joint venture (JV) agreement with Nippon Bee Chemical (NBC) of Japan to float a new company for manufacturing plastic coatings for automobile industry. The Japanese company will hold 51% stake in the jv and the rest 49% will be with Berger Paints.

Talking to ET, Mr Subir Bose managing director of Berger Paints said: “The plastic coatings are used in dashboards and bumpers of the cars. This new company will have a small equity base of Rs 9 crore and will come into existence within next two months time.” The new company will set up a manufacturing unit at a place close to Noida.

The next generation of color from Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings
Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings has recently launched its latest color collection—RTS Gen II—following the success of the first generation of Ready of Ship (RTS) products in 2004.

The Generation II RTS Color Palette is comprised of over 244 ready to ship products. The collection has been enhanced to include forecasted trend colors and appearances, as well as approved OEM and end-use specified products. In addition, new product and technology offerings have been added such as Britebond Soft Metals, three metallic effects offered in gold, nickel and copper, and fourteen of the top selling RAL colors in low-ETM TGIC polyester. There are six new Britebond reverse hammer tone products that have also been added in response to the popular look and feel of a by-gone era. Customers can also choose from a series of newly formulated metallic-vein look finishes in a hybrid chemistry that overcome several of the appearance and application issues previously associated with this finish, according to the company. <more>

New plastics eliminate electrostatic primer for powder coating
Unique new plastics eliminate need for electrostatic primer for powder coating, providing a host of environmental, design, performance, and production benefits.

GE’s growing ecomagination* product portfolio. These new, environmentally responsible materials are optimized for powder coating: they contain conductive fillers that eliminate the need to apply an electrostatic primer, which can emit harmful solvents and related compounds into the air. In powder-coating applications, Noryl GTX* resins can replace metal substrates, eliminating costly and potentially hazardous chemical pre-treatments and offering increased design freedom. Also, the Noryl resin grades make it possible to powder-coat metal and plastics on the same production line for economies of scale and uniform aesthetics.<more>

ICI scrip rises on RIL bid rumour
APR 4: Shares of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Plc, the UK’s largest speciality chemicals maker, rose for a second day amid speculation that Reliance Industries Ltd may make a takeover bid. ICI stock advanced 21.5 pence, or 4%, to 561.25 pence and was trading at 549 pence at 11.39 am in London for a market value of 6.56 billion pounds ($13 billion).
The UK firm added 7.1% yesterday, the most in four months, on speculation that Dow Chemical Co., the largest US chemicals maker, might make an approach.

“Reliance has come to the fore this morning as a possible bidder after Dow was mentioned yesterday,” said Peter Cartwright, an analyst at Evolution Securities in London with a “neutral” rating on ICI. “We can’t ignore these rumours. Reliance wants to expand its business with a new platform for growth and it knows ICI India well. They have the money and this will allow them to branch out into a new market which is already consolidated.”

ICI may be targeted for takeover after the London-based company cut 2,300 jobs and sold units to sharpen its focus on paints and coatings, with Akzo Nobel NV, the No. 1 paint maker, previously touted as a bidder. Reliance has also been linked with an offer for Dow. It’s no longer considering an approach for the US company after the price was driven too high by private-equity interest, media reports said on March 23, citing nobody. <more>

Dow Epoxy selected Shanghai Chemical Industry Park as production site
Coating flash April 2 2007
Dow Epoxy, a business group of The Dow Chemical Company and a leading global supplier of epoxy resins and related feedstock products, announced Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) as the selected site for its world-scale 150,000-MTPA glycerine-to-epichlorohydrin (GTE) plant and 100,000-MTPA liquid epoxy resins (LER) plant. Both plants are slated to start up in the 2009-2010 timeframe. The announcement follows the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Dow Epoxy with SCIP, and an additional LOI with Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co., Ltd. (SCAC) and its subsidiary Shanghai Tianyuan Group Huasheng Chemical Co., Ltd. (TYHSC) for the supply of critical raw materials for both the GTE and LER plants. SCIP is located in Caojing on the north coast of Hangzhou Bay, approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Shanghai city, China.

Warding off hospital superbugs
The NHS is battling a rise in bacterial infections among patients in its care. Matthew Harte believes his company, Biocote, can help. Kate Hilpern reports
Published: 03 April 2007
Every year, at least 100,000 people who go into hospital catch an infection, among the most dangerous of which is MRSA. With the number of reports of MRSA infections rising year by year - and the latest evidence suggesting that deaths due to MRSA are increasing at a similar rate - it's no surprise that doctors are worried.

Biocote Ltd believes it has found a solution for the NHS, not only thanks to new technology, but due to its particular business model - and a growing number of hospitals are waking up to its potential.

"It all started when two engineers in Walsall - one of whom owned a handrail company - came up with the idea of a bug-free handrail," says Matthew Harte, managing director of Biocote. "They got some interest from the food industry and went away to do some research and wound up with a patent for an anti-microbial powder coating to minimise the risk of cross contamination."

Unfortunately, their idea didn't take off. "They struggled to convince anyone that this was a really useful concept. And because this was back in the early Nineties, when MRSA hadn't hit headlines, the health service wasn't really interested either," says Harte.

Nevertheless, the engineers carried working on their idea and, in 2001, Harte found out about it and got involved: "I realised they had created a great product that could really help in the fight against MRSA and, with their agreement, I decided to take on the challenge of getting the NHS to recognise this."

Harte began by asking hospitals whether products that were already anti-microbial would be of interest to them. "I got a really positive response, so I started looking for relevant suppliers to the NHS, and that's how I came across a hospital bed company that liked the idea of us coating their product," he says.

The problem was that the company lacked the expertise in actually getting it to market. "Their salespeople were excellent at selling their beds, but they couldn't get to grips with the idea of how to sell this added feature, particularly as anti-microbial coating isn't something you can see and is something quite scientific to explain," he says.<more>

Polymer based coatings solutions Ceilcote acquired
Akzo Nobel strengthens protective coatings portfolio by acquiring Ceilcote, a specialist in polymer based corrosion control solutions.
Akzo Nobel has strengthened its leading position in the global protective coatings market after signing an agreement to acquire the worldwide Ceilcote business from the German-based KCH Group for close to EUR 12 million.





  Seminar Events Exhibitions  

Color Technology
1.5. - 2.5. 2007
Ypsilanti, MI/USA
Coatings Research Institute, Sandra Tanner

Polymers for Coatings Technologists
1.5. - 3.5. 2007
Ypsilanti, MI/USA
Eastern Michigan University

The Nürnberg Congress: Europes leading Congress on Coatings, Inks, Adhesives, Sealants and Construction Chemicals
7.5. - 9.5. 2007
Vincentz Network

European Coatings Show 2007
8.5. - 10.5. 2007
Vincentz Network

Principles and Practices of Coating Formulations
8.5. - 9.5. 2007
Ypsilanti, MI/USA
Eastern Michigan University

Surfactants, Colloids and Interfaces
8.5. - 11.5. 2007
The Hague/The Netherlands
The Center for Professional Advancement

Radiation Curing Technology
14.5. - 16.5. 2007
PRA Coatings Technology Centre

VdL - General Assembly (Association of German Paint Manufacturers)
15.5. - 16.5. 2007
Verband der deutschen Lackindustrie e. V.

Basics of Polyurethanes
15.5. - 16.5. 2007
Ypsilanti, MI/USA
Eastern Michigan University

1st International Conference on Automotive Paints and Coatings
15.5. - 17.5. 2007
ICPC (Institute of Colorants, Paints and Coatings), Surface Coatings and Corrosion Department

Principles of Supervision
16.5. 2007
Ypsilanti, MI/USA
Eastern Michigan University

Paint Technology
21.5. - 24.5. 2007
PRA Coatings Technology Centre

FARBE+LACK WebSeminar: Lack, Modul Additive I
30.5. - 31.5. 2007
Vincentz Network

Advances in Emulsion Polymerization and Latex Technolgy
4.6. - 8.6. 2007
Bethlehem, PA/USA
Lehigh University Details ...

8th Asia Coatings Markets Conference 2007
4.6. - 5.6. 2007
Centre for Management of Technology

FARBE+LACK WebSeminar: Lack, Modul Additive II
4.6. - 5.6. 2007
Vincentz Network

Mixing for Uniform Batches: Improving Product Quality and Productivity
5.6. - 6.6. 2007
Ypsilanti, MI/USA
Coatings Research Institute, Sandra Tanner

Asia Pacific Coatings Show 2007
6.6. - 8.6. 2007
dmg world media (UK) Ltd., Jeff Montgomery

Powder Mixing Technology
11.6. - 14.6. 2007
Amsterdam/The Netherlands
The Center for Professional Advancement

European Coatings WebTutorial: The Chemistry of Polyurethane Coatings
11.6. - 12.6. 2007
Vincentz Network

FARBE+LACK WebSeminar: Lack, Modul Pigmente
11.6. - 14.6. 2007
Vincentz Network

Nanopolymers 2007
12.6. - 13.6. 2007
Rapra Technology

European Coatings Conference: New Concepts for Anti-Corrosive Coatings
14.6. - 15.6. 2007
Vincentz Network

Corrosion and Coatings Challenges in Industry
19.6. 2007
Boise, ID/USA
Boise State University, Dr. A. S. H. Makhouf

European Coatings WebTutorial: The Chemistry of Radiation Curing Coatings
19.6. - 20.6. 2007
Vincentz Network

COSI - 3rd Coatings Science International 2007
25.6. - 29.6. 2007
Noordwijk/The Netherlands
Eindhoven University of Technology Details ...

Nanomaterials Symposium 2007
25.6. - 27.6. 2007
Denver, CO/USA

Sustainable Development in the Coatings Industry
26.6. 2007
PRA Coatings Technology Centre




  Powder Coating Manual, Racking- (Part - 64)  

System Maintenance

Overall system maintenance affects worker comfort, productivity, product quality, and operating cost. The least expensive and most effective maintenance of a coating system is a formalized planned maintenance program. Planning what will be done, who will do it, what resources they need to do it with and committing the time and resources to the task is the correct way to keep the system running well. Fixing things when they break is the most expensive and least effective way to operate a system  Throughout this manual there are references to specific maintenance practices and the importance of keeping the system in good working condition. There are often situations where systems are not properly maintained and excuses are offered; ”… we are too busy to take time out for maintenance,“ ”… management does not supply us with parts or time for maintenance.“ In reality, there is no good reason for not maintaining the system. When it is new it runs correctly. When it is used it will gradually deteriorate. To keep production at the best possible level and meet quality goals requires a well designed planned maintenance program that is performed on a regular basis. Planned maintenance starts with the development of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Development of a planned maintenance SOP  involves certain steps.

Step 1: What needs to be done?

Study the process with these questions in mind;

• what components of the system need periodic cleaning?

• what components of the system need to be replaced periodically?

• what needs to be lubricated?

• what items need to be inspected?

• what items need to be tested?

Step 2: How often?

Determine how often these tasks need to be performed in order for the system to run at peak efficiency.

Step 3: How long will it take?

Determine how many man-hours are required for each task.

Step 4: Who will do it?

Select the employee(s) who is/are best suited for each task.

Step 5: What materials are needed?

List the materials that will be required for each task.

Step 6: When will it be done?

Determine when each task will be performed.

Step 7: What tools will be required to do the work?

List all of the equipment that will be necessary to conduct the maintenance plan. With the list of what, who, when, where and how the job will be done it is possible to design a plan, schedule the activities, maintain a supply of the materials needed and keep the system operating properly. A Standard Operating Procedure is a document that clearly defines all aspects of a specific maintenance requirement.

• Task
• Frequency
• Supplies
• Tools
• Objectives
• Safety precautions
• Steps of the process

Like any plan, the maintenance SOP must be monitored for effectiveness and adjusted if necessary. The following list is the recommended tasks that are typically required for a powder system and the frequency that they should be performed. Other items may be needed in a particular system. It is important to identify the maintenance items that affect system performance and schedule the activities for servicing them.
In addition to the maintenance performed by company personnel, it is advisable to have an outside contractor come in bi-annually to inspect, clean, calibrate and adjust the mechanical components of the system. A qualified contractor can check all belts for wear, inspect and clean fan blades, dismantle, clean, inspect and adjust all burners, inspect the pumps and motors for wear, and test all of the vital safety and operating controls. This provides an additional layer of protection from emergency break-down and keeps the system operating at peak

Do not underestimate the value of good maintenance. Proper attention to the systems working components can be the difference between failure and success of a powder coating system. Once a plan is in place and the work is performed regularly, it takes very little time away from production and makes production time more profitable





Dear Mr.Soley
Let me thank u for creating this site for Powder Coatings Industry & for your past efforts. I am in the field of Powder Industry for more than one decade. During this period I have heard many versions on the Powder Market in India. From my interactions with various Industry related colleagues, I feel the Powder potential should be around 32000 MT as on 31st March 2007.(Decorative + Functional Powders). Many Thanks
Sanjeev Deo.

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