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PPG wins R&D 100 Awards for two ‘green’ innovations

PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG), the world’s leading manufacturer of transportation coatings, has earned two 2008 R&D 100 Awards, for its Green Logic paint detackifier and Zircobond pretreatment technology. The awards, bestowed annually by R&D Magazine, recognize the 100 most technologically significant innovations each year.

“We are extremely honored to have two of our green technologies recognized in the R&D 100 Awards program,” said Dennis Kovalsky, PPG vice president, automotive coatings. “This underscores the importance and commitment PPG places on innovation and forward thinking. We are dedicated to providing customers with inventive products that help save time and reduce cost while being environmentally responsible.”

Green Logic paint detackifier is used by North American, European and Japanese automakers to denature and remove over-sprayed paint from the water wash system in automotive paint spray booths. The patented formula, which incorporates chitosan derived from crab, lobster and shrimp shells, provides an environmentally responsible alternative to detackifiers derived from non-renewable, petroleum-based raw materials or chemistries containing residual-free formaldehyde. Green Logic detackifier helps automakers realize performance gains in paint detackification and overall spray booth operations, while offering greater ease of operation and savings from reduced maintenance, chemical and wastewater treatment, and waste disposal costs.

Zircobond pretreatment offers significant environmental and cost advantages over traditional zinc-phosphate pretreatments without sacrificing product performance. Compared with traditional products, Zircobond pretreatment significantly reduces energy consumption, reduces overall water consumption, decreases sludge byproduct from the pretreatment process and is formulated without zinc, nickel or manganese, thereby reducing wastewater treatment costs.

CAMI, an independently incorporated joint venture of Suzuki Motor Corporation and General Motors of Canada Ltd. located in Ingersoll, Ont., Canada, began processing vehicles with Zircobond pretreatment in early January and moved to full-scale production by mid-January.

According to GM global process pretreatment lead Kevin Cunningham, “PPG has developed an innovative pretreatment coating material that offers advantages including energy savings, water conservation and a smaller footprint. GM is aggressively pursuing global implementation opportunities, and we are pleased with PPG’s development of the new Zircobond pretreatment technology.”

In May 2008, Ford Motor Company began using Zircobond pretreatment by PPG at its Saint Thomas Assembly Plant as a sustainable pretreatment coating system. Mike Vandelinder, chief engineer for global paint engineering at Ford, cited this material as a significant element of Ford’s push toward using environmentally friendly technologies. He highlighted the advantages of this technology as water conservation, elimination of sludge, energy reduction and the elimination of two bio-accumulating heavy metals. The technology also delivers a lean process by reducing the number of stages in the typical pretreatment process from 13 to 8. With this new pretreatment technology, Vandelinder said Ford continues its push to drive environmental solutions for manufacturing processes.

For 45 years the R&D 100 Awards program has provided a mark of excellence to winning products, acknowledging them to industry, government and academia as the most innovative ideas of the year.

On the forefront of innovation in decorative and protective coatings and environmental application concerns since 1924, PPG helps automakers advance coatings technologies and application processes.

Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth'? -- A $30,000 Utility Bill

Think Tank Blasts Gore for Hypocrisy, Defenders Call Report a Last Gasp from Warming Skeptics

Back home in Tennessee, safely ensconced in his suburban Nashville home, Vice President Al Gore is no doubt basking in the Oscar awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he inspired and in which he starred. But a local free-market think tank is trying to make that very home emblematic of what it deems Gore's environmental hypocrisy.

Al Gore, left, and Davis Guggenheim poses with the Oscar for best documentary feature for the film "An Inconvenient Truth" at the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles.
(Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo)Armed with Gore's utility bills for the last two years, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged Monday that the gas and electric bills for the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours.

"If this were any other person with $30,000-a-year in utility bills, I wouldn't care," says the Center's 27-year-old president, Drew Johnson. "But he tells other people how to live and he's not following his own rules." <more>

Eco-friendly innovation and business success: AkzoNobel

Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development

AkzoNobel’s International Paint business is spreading the word on stricter environmental regulations that lead to the development of new, innovative and eco-friendly products.

Based in Amsterdam, AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company, making and supplying a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals. With 60,000 employees in more than 80 countries, the company’s proforma 2007 revenue totaled €14.4 billion.

International Paint is partnering with maritime classification society Lloyd’s Register to introduce China’s largest shipyards to the Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC), offering shipyards step-by-step advice on how to go about meeting the requirements of the new standard.

Shipping is one of the more eco-efficient means of transport when compared with air, road and rail. Antifouling coatings make shipping more effi cient by preventing organisms such as barnacles and weed from building up on the underwater hull, slowing the ship and decreasing fuel effi ciency. It has been estimated that the use of antifouling coatings saves the shipping industry around US$ 30 billion and reduces CO2 and SO2 emission levels.

Yet these coatings must be carefully formulated so that they do not degrade the ocean environment.

The partnership’s advice to Chinese shipyards has taken the form of a free consultancy. It compares existing processes for coating a ship’s water ballast tanks with those that will be required under the PSPC regulations adopted in 2006 by the International Maritime Organization.

The main objective is to help the shipyard understand that the PSPC regulation needs to be taken into consideration not only by the paint department but also by all departments involved in vessel production.<more>

'Green' Automotive Clear Coat Technology
First Water-borne Clear Coat (WBCC) that Beats EPA Standards

LENEXA, Kan., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Two Kansas companies, Premier Paint 2000, Inc. & C3 Technology, LLC., along with Tech Line Coatings, Inc. in California are proud to introduce the first water-borne clear coat on the automotive paint market. This technology breakthrough is years ahead of the competition and exceeds EPA standards.

California and Canada's new environmental policies have pushed companies to create products that match or exceed new regulations. In both, California and Canada, auto shops are facing strict changes to VOC (volatile organic compounds) emission rules by the end of this year. South Coast California Air Quality District (AQMD) now requires that multi-stage clear coats have a 250g/L (2.1 lb./gal.) VOC emissions rating or better. AQMD, Rule 1151 ( went into effect July 01, 2008, with complete conversion expected by December 31, 2008. Canada's new regulation matches California's, but won't be required until 2010. Single-stage clear coats will require 340 g/L (2.8 lb./gal.) emission rating in California, 420 g/L (3.5 lb./gal.) in Canada. WBCC falls into the single application category of 1.2 lb./gal. VOC, well below EPA, California and Canada's standards!

Water-borne paint is the best environmental option on the market. Several paint manufacturers anticipated the change well over a decade ago and have technology, equipment and training available for auto shops in transition when it comes to toner, but none of these companies thought to produce one of the most important steps in painting a vehicle, the clear coat. It's what makes a Corvette or a Ford F150 shine the brightest.<more>

DuPont chemical still allowed in California. Governor vetoes bill that would have banned PFOA
Buzz up! California's governor has vetoed a bill that would have banned a DuPont-made chemical in food packaging in that state.

Instead, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this week signed a pair of bills backed by the chemical industry that establish a regulatory framework for chemicals that are potentially hazardous to human health.

State legislators had approved a bill that would have limited the amount of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, in stain- and grease-proof items like fast-food wrappers to no more than 10 parts per billion by 2010.

But Schwarzenegger, in a veto statement, said he did not think a "chemical-by-chemical, product-by-product approach" was an effective way to make state policy.

"I prefer a more systematic, science-based approach that would take into account the health effects, risks, and available alternatives for chemicals used in commerce today," the governor said

14 Million Pounds of Emissions Prevented Annually.
We expect the numbers to increase substantially in parts of California, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong and other areas as regulations take effect.

Wilmington, DE (Vocus/PRWeb) October 13, 2008 –- Fourteen million pounds of air emissions have been eliminated annually since tens of thousands of auto collision repair shops in more than 30 countries began using DuPont water-based paints rather than traditional solvent-based coatings, according to DuPont environmental data.

Paints that use solvents as a curing mechanism emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) and other substances as they dry. VOC’s are one of many substances that can contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone or smog. Based on standard calculations of paint use in collision repair shops, DuPont scientists estimate that the switch to waterborne coatings prevents nearly 10 million pounds of VOC emissions. Similarly, more than four million pounds of “hazardous air pollutants,” or HAPs, are eliminated. U.S. Congress has identified more than 188 HAPs which, under certain circumstances, may cause adverse health and environmental effects.

“The highest concentration of shops converted to waterborne finishes is in Europe, where environmental regulations have long required the use of these products,” said John G. McCool, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Refinish Systems. “We expect the numbers to increase substantially in parts of California, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong and other areas as regulations take effect.”

For example, California’s two largest air quality management districts in 2009 will impose strict emissions regulations. Some collision repair shop owners fear the new regulations will slow their paint operations and impact their costs. However, unlike solvent-based color coats that require painters to wait while solvent “flashes off” or evaporates, additional coats of water-based finishes, such as DuPont™ Cromax® Pro, can be applied while the first coat is still wet, saving labor time. In addition, fewer layers of water-based color coats are required to achieve a high-quality automotive finish, saving more time and reducing the amount of paint used.

Conversion to waterborne paints requires relatively minor modifications to equipment and procedures. Factoring in productivity improvements, the new DuPont products are no more costly than their conventional counterparts.

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 18 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements based on management’s current expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the company’s strategy for growth, product development, market position, expected expenditures and financial results are forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words like “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “intends,” “projects,” “indicates,” and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in DuPont’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly its latest annual report on Form 10-K, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. These factors include, but are not limited to changes in the laws, regulations, policies and economic conditions of countries in which the company does business; competitive pressures; successful integration of structural changes, including acquisitions, divestitures and alliances; research and development of new products, including regulatory approval and market acceptance, and seasonality of sales of agricultural products.


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Visit to Nordson India Pvt Ltd in Bangalore
In a recent visit to Bangalore, I had a chance to meet Suprotik Das,  Jerald Vedanand and  Manikantan, Arumugham . from Nordson India Pvt Ltd.   Suprotik Das explained the company's policy of trying to deliver a most efficient product at an economic price without making quality compromises . Das Also appreciated the role played by India Powder Coating for the Powder Coating Industry in India. Since India does not have a powder coating association, India Power Coating is playing the role of a virtual association.  Manikantan and Vedanand jerald keenly gave a brief description of  the company  and its timeline in India

Nordson products are used around the world in the appliance, automotive, bookbinding, construction, container, converting, electronics, food and beverage, furniture, medical, metal finishing, non wovens, packaging, semiconductor, life sciences and other diverse industries. 

Nordson's presence in South Asia dates back to 1988 when two agents were appointed in India to serve our adhesives and surface finishing customers in this region. In 1990, these agencies were replaced by Nordson Corporation's own India Liaison Office in Mumbai.

In 1996, Nordson India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordson Corporation, was incorporated in the city of Bangalore.



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Products & Technology: Fluoropolymer Powder Coatings
PPG Industries Inc.’s industrial coatings business introduced Duranar powder coatings for architectural aluminum, described as an extension of the existing line of Duranar liquid coatings, and engineered for monumental architectural applications such as building panels, curtain walls, and storefronts.

The coatings, manufactured using Kynar 70% polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin technology, offer the environmental benefit of a zero-VOC powder coating, and are reported to provide equivalent durability, color and gloss retention, and chalk, corrosion and stain resistance to liquid coatings based on PVDF technology.

The powder coatings are formulated with color pigmentation that is extensively evaluated and tested, and has compiled a 40-year track record of performance and durability, in virtually every type of climate. The coatings are applied using a proprietary, multicoat system with a primer and a hard powder-film topcoat. The system is reported to produce a thermoplastic bond between the coating and the metal substrate that delivers a high degree of protection, adhesion, and colorfastness, even in extreme environments such as seacoast exposure, the company says.<more>

Sherwin-Williams Now Offers POWDURA(R) Coatings in Vibrant RAL Colors for Metal Finishing
Green in 188 Colors: New RAL Powder Program Features Broad Range of Colors
Metal finishers looking for color solutions and greener coating options can benefit from Sherwin-Williams new POWDURA(R) RAL Powder Program, with 188 solid, high gloss colors in Super Durable Polyester technology, a cutting-edge, TGIC-free polyester powder coating formulated to provide better durability and transfer efficiency than standard TGIC powders.
All Sherwin-Williams RAL powder colors are stringently matched to official RAL 841 standards, the European Master Standard for color selection, and are available in convenient 25 pound and 250 pound drum sizes with short lead times to meet metal finishers' tight deadlines.
In addition to providing better exterior durability, Super Durable RAL colors accept and hold electrical charge better than standard TGIC powders, improving transfer efficiency by 10% or more. The technology's non-toxic, TGIC-free properties also contribute to making it a greener solution for metal finishers.
POWDURA(R) RAL Super Durable Powders meet AAMA 2603-02 specifications for the metal building industry and are ideal for use by the electronics, heavy equipment, machine tool and general metal finishing markets. Several colors can be formulated to meet NSF-51 standards for incidental food contact. Further, Sherwin-Williams liquid coatings can be custom ordered in many RAL colors to provide a wide range of coating solutions on a variety of substrates requiring both liquid and powder finishes.
Available as epoxy, hybrid, polyester and polyurethane, Sherwin-Williams POWDURA finishes deliver a highly durable, protective finish that minimizes substrate defects in both interior- and exterior-use products such as office furniture, electronic cabinetry, automotive components, lawn/garden equipment and outdoor furniture. Whether finishers need special effect looks, low-cure or thin-film, out-gas-free or E-cap-free, Sherwin-Williams has the right chemistries to ensure that finishing lines run smoothly and at peak efficiency.
The Sherwin-Williams Chemical Coatings Division, with more than 140 years of experience in products finishing technology, serves the products finishing market through a North American network of company-owned locations and with expanding global reach.
Sherwin-Williams is committed to being a recognized leader in the development of sustainable processes, products and activities that preserve natural resources and contribute to social improvement. The company's GreenSure designation is used to help customers identify products that meet our highest green coating standards and offer maximum performance and long-term durability. <more>

PPG to Acquire BASF Coil-Coatings Unit
PPG Industries Inc. announced an agreement to acquire BASF’s North American coil and extrusion coatings (COEX) business. The agreement does not include the COEX businesses of BASF SE in Europe, South America, and Asia. Terms were not disclosed.

BASF’s North American COEX business is a supplier to the construction; appliance; transportation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); lighting-fixture; and extrusion industries. The business operates manufacturing sites in Decatur, AL, and Monterrey, Mexico, and a production line in Belvidere, NJ. The business employs approximately 200 people.

The purchase includes various patents and trade names associated with acquired products. BASF will continue to supply products from the Decatur, Belvidere, and Mexico sites under a manufacturing supply agreements for 11 to 12 months, after which BASF will close the Decatur facility and the Belvidere facility’s Plastisol line. Production from the Decatur and Belvidere operations will be transferred to PPG’s Springdale, PA, plant, where approximately $8 million will be spent to install equipment needed for the consolidation.<more>

Repo cut boosts confidence of Indian companies
MUMBAI: Confidence seems to be making a comeback for corporates. First, the two-phased reduction in cash reserve ratio (CRR) had infused some liquidi
ty in the system. Now, the repo rate cut has signalled a reduction in banks’ lending rates, although that might not come in a hurry. If other key financial parameters do not play spoilsport, this may well usher in a phase of growth in the corporate world.

Said Ashwin Dani, vice chairman & managing director, Asian Paints: “It will help in allaying fears of slowing in domestic growth and is likely to favourably impact interest rate-sensitive sectors like housing and automobile.” <more>

Asian Paints deploys Force10 to power next-generation data center
San Jose, Oct 21 (ANI/Business Wire India): Force10 Networks(R), the pioneer in building and securing reliable networks, announced that Asian Paints has deployed the C-Series(R) resilient switch at its data center in Mumbai.

The Force C150 switch serves as the network backbone for India's largest paint company, supporting its growing application landscape and its expanding global distribution network.

"Organic growth, several acquisitions throughout Asia, and inferior legacy equipment left our network in a position that was not up to the challenge of continuing expansion," said M.R. Parasuram, chief manager of IT, Asian Paints.

"Deploying the C-Series gave our network the reliability, performance, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness we required to improve existing network services and implement new capabilities that could best support our business, both today and in the future," Parasuram added.<more>

Kansai Nerolac Paints Net Profit drops to Rs 27.07 Crores
Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited has announced the standalone Results for the quarter ended on 30-SEP-2008. The Net Sales was at Rs. 39028 lacs for quarter ending on 30-SEP-2008 against Rs. 35434 lacs for the quarter ending on 30-JUN-2008. The Net Profit / (Loss) was at Rs. 2707 lacs for the quarter ending on 30-SEP-2008 against Rs. 3019 lacs for the quarter ending on 30-JUN-2008.

The Net Sales was at Rs. 74462 lacs for half year ending on 30-SEP-2008 against Rs. 66595 lacs for the half year ending on 30-SEP-2007. The Net Profit / (Loss) was at Rs. 5726 lacs for the half year ending on 30-SEP-2008 against Rs. 6559 lacs for the half year ending on 30-SEP-2007.

The Stock was trading at Rs.418, down by Rs.14.60 or 3.37%. The stock hit an intraday high of Rs.431 and low of Rs.418.<more>

Kansai Nerolac Net Sales up by 12%
Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited, one of the leading paint manufacturers in the country has posted a net profit at Rs. 27.07 Cr for the second financial quarter ended September 30, 2008 as against Rs. 33.12 Cr in the corresponding quarter last year.
The Net sales of the company went up by 12% at Rs. 390.28 Cr as compared to Rs. 348.42 Cr last year. Profit before tax is Rs. 39.71 Cr as against Rs. 47.68 Cr in the corresponding quarter last year.

For the half year ended September 30, 2008, the net sales have increased by 11.8%. Profit before tax is Rs. 82.56 Cr as against Rs. 93.15 Cr for the half year.

Commenting on the performance of the company, Mr. H. M. Bharuka, Managing Director, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd, said “We continue to draw efficiencies despite the current economic downturn, but rupee depreciation and volatile currency is adversely affecting on raw material costs. The industry is experiencing a slowdown in the industrial paint segment due to pressure on automobile sector. Decorative business continues to drive growth for now, but the downward trends in Indian real estate market are worrisome. In coming times we need to be more cautious & watchful with economy slowing down.” <more>

Thank god, it is not the pink slip
Rahul Mehta, a software engineer, changed three jobs in two years. He was upping himself to a better salary and a better post. “It was remarkably easy. I had calls from many firms and I was at a loss to decide which to pick up.” But in the past six months, Mehta has stayed put in the firm he is now working in.

The effects of financial meltdown is resonating in office corridors with bosses scrutinising at the micro level like ensuring computer terminals are shut when the employee is in the canteen taking his customary half hour lunch break. “Not only team leaders but also the top bosses walk through cubicles to check the computers are shut down when we are leaving for lunch,” says Craig Scott, a 22 year old, who is working for an IT firm. “The canteen has air condition. But now the notice from the management is to switch it off. It gets unbearable in the canteen but the bosses are not prepared to even discuss the issue.”

Some companies saw the grim reality even before the picture emerged on the Indian financial map. They planned a strategy which would see them safely on the coast. Like Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd, for instance. Informs PD Pai, VP — Finance, “We implemented cost cutting measures a couple of months earlier, as there were indicators especially from the auto sector that a slow down seemed imminent.” Besides function-specific cost measures, the company has issued directions for ‘drastic’ cuts in some areas — tours and travelling expenses are to be taken only if it is critical. Employees must use company’s transit accommodation facilities so as to eliminate hotel stays, adds Pai. <more>.

Asian Paints net up 15.5% to Rs 131.5cr
Asian Paints reported a net profit of Rs 131.5 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2008 a growth of 15.5 per cent from Rs 113.9 crore over the previous corresponding quarter.

Revenue for the quarter rose 30.2 per cent to touch Rs 1,475.3 crore from Rs 1,133.2 crore.

“In general, demand conditions have been good and our domestic business registered an impressive revenue growth of over 30 per cent for the quarter. Our international operations also performed extremely well, in particular the Middle-East and South Asia regions,” said Ashwin Dani, vice chairman and managing director, Asian Paints.

“Volatile material prices, inflationary pressures and slowdown in the economy are causes of concern,” he added.

The board of directors recommended the payment of an interim dividend of Rs 6.50 per share (65 per cent). The company distributed an interim dividend of 65 per cent for first half of the financial year 2008. Total dividend of 170 per cent was distributed in FY 2008. The dividend payout ratio was 50.85 per cent in FY2008.<more>

1st Corrosion Management Summit
11th -12th November, 2008; Hotel InterContinental, Mumbai (CII event)

Corrosion is expensive! The impact of corrosion on the nation’s exchequer is a staggering figure of Rs 55,000 crores. This should serve as a wake up call for the Indian Industry to get geared upfront and empower itself to combat corrosion. To raise public awareness of corrosion and corrosion control and to share the knowledge and expertise available within the country to industry at large, CII – L M Thapar Centre for Competitiveness is organising a two days 1st Corrosion Management Summit on 11th -12th November, 2008 in Hotel InterContinental The Grand, Sahar, Andheri (E), Mumbai.

The objectives of the Summit are:

- To give a strong push to bring corrosion control to the forefront
- To identify world best practices in corrosion management
- To help engineers and designers understand corrosion so that they can solve existing corrosion problems and prevent future ones
- To showcase new products and technologies in corrosion prevention through concurrent exhibition

The summit would be relevant for Senior and Middle Level Managers, project engineers, quality assurance managers, paint applicators, maintenance personnel and Engineers associated with the research and development, production, operation and maintenance of systems from the industries such as Automobile, Oil & Gas, Aluminium, Steel, Petrochemicals, Chemicals, Cement, fertilizers, Pulp & Papers, Glass, Sugar, Pharmaceutical, Textiles, Power Plants etc. and people from the Research Institutes who are interested in this subject. <more>

Last Powder Coating School of ’08 Set for November

The Surface Finishing Academy’s last powder coating school of the year will be held Nov. 5–6 at the Holiday Inn Express, San Diego Old Town. Instructed by the powder coating experts at TIGER Drylac USA, this intensive, two-day course covers the fundamentals of powder coating from both a commercial and industrial perspective. The course fee is $495 per person.

The course begins with an introduction on the formulation and manufacture of powder coating. Over the course of two days, students will be instructed in a wide variety of relevant topics, including pretreatment, shop and equipment maintenance, equipment selection, oven and cure issues, powder selection, troubleshooting, and tips and tricks for the custom coater. Participants will not only walk away from the course with a range of new techniques, but will have a better understanding of the overall powder coating process. <more>

PPG Acquire Chinese Automotive Coating Business

PPG Industries has acquired the automotive refinish coatings business of the Bonny Coating-Made Co., Ltd. (Bonny), in Guangzhou, China
. The business will operate as an indirect subsidiary of PPG. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The assets to be acquired include the customer list, technology, all brands, trademarks and working capital. In addition, approximately 40 Bonny employees involved with sales, research and development, quality control, technical support and warehousing will transfer with the business.

“This acquisition will bolster PPG’s leadership position in the Chinese automotive refinish coatings industry,” said J. Rich Alexander, PPG senior vice president, coatings. “It will give us a more comprehensive and competitive product offering and extend our distribution network and customer base. In addition, this acquisition will enable PPG to enter and grow in other segments of the automotive refinish industry, consistent with our Asia/Pacific growth strategy. The increasing rates of passenger car ownership and vehicle population in China will contribute greatly to sustained future growth.”

Alumex brings a Wood Finish to Aluminium Extrusions
Colombo. Thursday 16 October 2008. Alumex (Pvt) Ltd, the market leader in Sri Lanka?s Aluminium Extrusion business, today announced the introduction of the "wood finish" and polished anodizing to its aluminium extrusions. Director Marketing of Alumex (Pvt) Ltd Mrs Nadira William said that with this new innovative process, an authentic timber effect such as Teak, Mahogany or Rosewood can be given to the surfaces of extrusion products, such as aluminium doors and windows.
"The wood finish is totally new to Sri Lanka. Apart from satisfying the consumers" desire for an attractive wood finish, the polished anodizing will, in turn, offer a brilliant finish to anodized extrusions, providing an elegant look to modern buildings and thus brightening the streets of Sri Lanka?, William said. She added that by capturing the housing and building construction market in Sri Lanka to a great extent, this new and revolutionary feature will also have a great impact on saving the forests of this country.

Incorporated in 1986, Alumex began its commercial operations in the year 1988. Now established as the clear leader in the Aluminium Extrusions market, Alumex has an impressive factory at Makola, equipped with the state-of-the-art machinery and a manufacturing staff of over 450 employees with a capacity to produce over 600 metric tonnes a month.

Offering consumers an environmentally friendly alternative to wooden doors, windows, etc, Alumex specialises in the production and design of aluminium extrusions, powder coating and anodizing. Its distribution operations are undertaken through a very comprehensive dealer network, established in all major cities and towns of Sri Lanka.

In addition to being the only ISO 9001:2000 certified Aluminium Extrusion manufacturer in Sri Lanka, Alumex Aluminium Extrusions manufactures in line with a range of other specifications and standards, including British and Sri Lankan specifications and standards, signifying their stature in the industry, both locally as well as on an international stage. <more>

New coating method stops pinholes
Victrex high performance polymer coatings have helped German company, STE Dichtungstechnik significantly improved its special multi-layer powder coating process. STE specialises in the development and application of high quality PEEK coatings marketed under multislide brand for markets that include automotive, electronics, cookware and medical.

Victrex helped STE improve performance by using a number of its Vicote coating powders Victrex helped STE improve performance by using a number of its Vicote coating powders in the manufacture of multislide. Combined with new manufacturing equipment, this has overcome the problem of pinholes forming during processing.

The need for a sound surface quality without pinholes or stress cracks is not only a cosmetic consideration but also vital to ensure the metallic substrate is electrically insulated and protected from chemical attack. The benefits of the new process are particularly apparent with difficult geometries, such as edges.
When compared to fluorocarbon polymer systems such as Teflon, adhesion to the substrate has been significantly improved so that the coating does not flake off instantly when damaged. And, according to STE, the continuous temperature resistance of Vicote is a distinct advantage over other plastic coatings.

A particular benefit that multislide coatings have over ceramic coatings is their ductile, non-brittle behaviour that virtually eliminates the danger of coating flake-off. Moreover, the wear resistance which the new coatings deliver makes them an excellent fit for many tribological-pairs and can be adapted to specific requirements by STE. <more>

Silver is still the most popular car colour globally
Silver has once again dominated as the world’s most popular car colour but other shades are gaining ground, especially in North America. This is according to annual automotive colour popularity data released today by PPG Industries.

While silver is still the most popular car colour globally – capturing 20% in North America, 35% in Europe and 37% in Asia Pacific – white and black are close on its heels in North America, tying silver in popularity in certain vehicle segments.

In North America, silver (20%) was followed closely by white (18%) and black (17% – up two percentage points from last year). These were followed by red (13%), blue (12%), naturals (9%), other/niche market colours (7%) and green (4%); in Europe, silver (35%) was followed by black (24%), blue (12%), white (11%), red (8%), naturals (6%), green (3%) and other/niche colours (1%); in the Asia Pacific region, silver (37%) was followed by white (14%), black (13%), blue (11%), red (8%), naturals (7%), other/niche colours (6%) and green (4%).

Looking to the future, the colourists of the PPG Global Design and Color Marketing Team have developed more than 130 colour concepts for automakers’ consideration for the 2011-2012 model years; while many future colours were influenced by the environment – resulting in a batch of natural-looking shades and textures – one of the biggest stories is the emerging importance of the colour blue; blue was the favourite colour selected by the 1,200 potential car buyers PPG polled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January.

“Blue will be the new major colour area for the coming years,” said Reiner Mueller-Koerber, PPG manager, colour styling, Europe. “Dark blues have the potential to replace traditional dark greys and blacks, while lighter blues can be seen as variations of tinted silvers. Blue has the ability to cover the spectrum, from rich and deep to clean and fresh.”

In addition to colour trend forecasting, PPG is creating new paint technologies that enhance automotive design, exceed appearance requirements and help automakers differentiate their brands. At this year’s Influences show, the focus is on achieving special effects, whether by simple formulation or extreme processing techniques. As part of Influences, PPG highlights new techniques and materials that stimulate visual expectations and create complex shades, as well as technically advanced functional effect colours. For example, designers are creating new colour spaces by incorporating highly colour-saturated and durable Andaro nano-pigment technology by PPG into traditional and alternative OEM coating systems. (Source: PPG Industries)

Akzo Nobel cut to 3,500 jobs
Paint manufacturers Akzo Nobel are shedding 3,500 jobs worldwide by 2011 as part of a cost-cutting drive.

The company, who bought ICI in an Ł8bn deal earlier this year, said the move would lead to extra savings of 100m euros ($144m; Ł79m).

Most of the job cuts will go in the Decorative Paints business in North America and Europe.

Market conditions have also caused the company to suspend a 1.6bn-euro share buyback programme. <more>


WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont Titanium Technologies today announced a price increase for all DuPont(TM) Ti-Pure(R) titanium dioxide grades sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

Effective Oct. 15, prices for DuPont coatings, plastics, specialty, paper and laminate titanium dioxide grades will increase by 150 Euros per tonne in all Euro markets of Western and Central Europe and North Africa regions and by $120 per tonne in the dollar markets of Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Sub-Sahara Africa regions.

"Raw material and input costs continue to escalate as energy costs remain elevated and extremely volatile and shortages of key raw materials have occurred due to force majeure events," said E. Bryan Snell, global business director -- DuPont Titanium Technologies. "This increase is supported by a strong global demand for titanium dioxide as well as the need for reinvestment economics to meet future customer needs."

DuPont Titanium Technologies is the world's largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, serving customers globally in the coatings, paper and plastics industries. The company operates plants at DeLisle, Miss.; New Johnsonville, Tenn.; Edge Moor, Del.; Altamira, Mexico; and Kuan Yin, Taiwan; all of which use the chloride manufacturing process. The company also operates a plant in Uberaba, Brazil, for finishing titanium dioxide and a mine in Starke, Fla. Technical service centers are located in Uberaba, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; Mechelen, Belgium; Kuan Yin, Taiwan; Ulsan, Korea; Wilmington, Del.; and Shanghai, China, to serve the European, Middle Eastern, United States, Asian and Latin America markets.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries and regions, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation and apparel.

SOURCE DuPont Titanium Technologies

AkzoNobel Wins Approval for McDonald’s Redesign
AkzoNobel has developed a coatings menu for McDonald’s which involves supplying a range of paint products for the re-imaging of hundreds of its Purely Simple style restaurants.
The agreement was arranged by AkzoNobel Global Image Solutions (GIS), which was specifically set up to offer a “one stop shop” to customers requiring a range of different coatings products from across the company’s portfolio. Financial details were not disclosed.

The latest approval will see the company provide powder coatings for use on furniture in all Purely Simple outlets across Europe. AkzoNobel already has approval from McDonald’s Europe to provide Dulux® decorative paint for the Purely Simple stores. Established less than a year ago, GIS approvals have already been received from customers such as Shell, Volvo and Iveco.

“This is another great example of how we are fully focused on meeting the needs and contributing to the success of our customers,” said AkzoNobel CEO Hans Wijers. “As the world’s largest coatings company we have global capability and expertise which give us that all-important competitive edge.”

Added GIS Business Development Manager Angus Findlay: “Our single point of contact approach opens doors to answers from right across AkzoNobel’s high quality product range, while at the same time keeping project management beautifully streamlined and simple.

“One of the main requirements of this latest agreement was that the coatings we supplied should be resistant to the extensive cleaning required for all McDonald’s restaurant surfaces. Following several trials and tests, McDonald’s European Restaurant Development & Design Studio (ERDDS) selected the Interpon®

Titanium powder coating from our Elements color collection as it meets their twin requirements for aesthetic appearance and resistance to cleaning materials.”

McDonald’s Europe has invested heavily in upgrading the customer experience and is conducting a major restaurant re-imaging program. In total, nine “off plan” designs for restaurant décor have been developed, including the minimalist Purely Simple range consisting of neutral colours and tones.

Said an ERDDS spokesman: “We’re delighted to be working with AkzoNobel on Purely Simple and are already looking ahead to further collaboration.”

McDonald's operates more than 30,000 local restaurants globally, serving 52 million people in more than 100 countries every day. Its Purely Simple outlets account for a quarter of the food retailer’s presence across Europe.

Black and white pigment producers continue to deal with rising costs.
Black and white pigments comprise the foundation of many coatings formulations. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is by far the most important and widely used white pigment in the coatings industry. It imparts whiteness, brightness and opacity to coating formulations. Black pigments help to protect both the coating and the underlying substrate from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. They are used in a wide variety of applications including automotive, decorative and industrial applications.

“TiO2 has the greatest scattering potential of all white pigments and it delivers the most cost effective opacity of any white pigment,” said Carlos Verdejo, global offering manager for coatings, DuPont Titanium Technologies.

The key to using TiO2 as efficiently as possible is choosing the correct grade. “The market for long-lasting products continues to grow, and with it the importance of using the right grade of TiO2,” said Verdejo. “TiO2 plays a complex role in paint durability. TiO2 itself is extremely durable, but the organic resin of the paint is not. One of the greatest threats to organic resin is UV light, which has enough energy to break chemical bonds in the resin polymer. The primary role of TiO2 is beneficial, it absorbs virtually all of the UV light it encounters, protecting the underlying resin in the process.”

Carbon black also works to absorb UV light and impart durability to a coating. “Carbon black has been used in coatings for many years to provide color, UV protection and in some specialized applications, conductivity,” said David Reynolds, global market manager, Cabot Corp. “These basic functional requirements have not changed in many years and probably will not change in the near future.

“Of course, consumers preferences are constantly changing and performance requirements are increasing,” Reynolds continued. “As a pigment supplier, we are constantly working to understand what problems these changes create for coatings formulators and how we can modify our products to work in their new formulations. Once we develop new solutions, our global reach allows us to deliver these solutions around the world.”

BASF offers a range of organic and inorganic black pigments that perform in unique ways to reduce heat build-up in all coated surfaces.<more>



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Professional Paint Formulation
4.11. - 5.11. 2008
PRA Coatings Technology Centre

Principles and Practices of Coating Formulations
4.11. - 5.11. 2008
Ypsilanti, MI/USA
Eastern Michigan University

Improving Durability and Performance of Coatings
4.11. - 6.11. 2008
Coatings Research Institute - Eastern Michigan University

European Coatings Conference: Parquet Coatings
5.11. - 7.11. 2008
Vincentz Network

FL WebSeminar: Grundlagen des Offsetdrucks
5.11. - 6.11. 2008
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EC WebTutorial: Understanding Easy-cleanability
5.11. - 6.11. 2008
Vincentz Network

Powder Coating Course
November 5th & 6th
at the  Holiday Inn Express San Diego Old Town

Self-Adhesive Technology Seminar 2008
6.11. - 7.11. 2008
Amsterdam/The Netherlands

1st Corrosion Management Summit
11th -12th November, 2008;
Hotel InterContinental, Mumbai

Radiation Curing Technology
17.11. - 19.11. 2008
PRA Coatings Technology Centre

EC WebSeminar Coatings: Solvents
24.11. - 27.11. 2008
Vincentz Network

Advances in Coatings Technology - ACT '08
25.11. - 27.11. 2008
Institut for Engineering of Polymer Materials & Dyes

Understanding & Testing the Wet & Dry Poperties of Coatings
25.11. - 26.11. 2008
PRA Coatings Technology Centre

Central European Coatings Congress 2008
25.11. - 27.11. 2008
The Coatings Group .

European Coatings Conference: Polymeric Nanostructures
26.11. - 28.11. 2008
Vincentz Network

26.11. - 28.11. 2008
Sinostar Int´l Ltd. Details ...

Bangladesh International Dye & Chem Show 2008
[International exhibition on all kinds of dyes and fine & specialty chemicals]
 28 ~ 30 November 2008
Bangladesh – China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC), Dhaka - Bangladesh

EC WebSeminar Coatings: Formulation
1.12. - 3.12. 2008
Vincentz Network

WebSeminar Lacke: Modul Lackherstellung
8.12. - 11.12. 2008
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  Technical Guide (Surface Preparation) source Asian Paints website  
Surface Preparation
Pretreatment is the preparation of the substrate surface, by chemical and / or physical means, so that it becomes optimised to accept the powder coating finish. To do so, it is essential to ensure that the substrate is free of dirt, grease, oil and metal oxides, such as rust and mill scale.

The wide range of techniques available for pretreatment fall into two broad categories,

Mechanical methods

The majority of powder coating applied is onto metals and the type of surface contaminant (e.g. oxidation, organic dirt or grease) will dictate the choice of pretreatment. Consequently, surface cleaning is often followed by, or combined with the application of a chemical conversion coating which provides both protection and enhanced bonding of the powder film.

Removal of Oxide Scales and Surface Defects : Pickling
As discussed previously, ferrous metals are prone to surface oxidation, which in the case of hot - rolled steel in the form of a blue - black mill scale, formed as the steel cools. If the scale, which has a tri-laminate structure, remained intact, it would provide protection of the underlying steel. However, mill scale is very brittle and invariably cracked so that it has to be completely removed to powder coating.

Pickling is commonly used to remove mill scale and involves immersing the substrate for around 30 minutes in a bath of an aqueous solution of hydrochloric acid (25-300C) or warm sulphuric acid (60-700C). The aim is to dislodge the oxide layers from the metal through promoting hydrogen gas evolution in the underlying layer.

After pickling process care must be taken to ensure efficient rinsing. <more>



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