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
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
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
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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
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Sources said the decision to set up the plant at Hosur has almost been
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Your views on the macro economic factors affecting India?
India is on the growth path and should continue to do well in coming years
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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
To counter this effect experts suggest to revive the mascots instead. 7 Up
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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
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
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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
new plastics eliminate need for electrostatic primer for powder coating,
providing a host of environmental, design, performance, and production
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
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
“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
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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
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
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
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
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.