HAPPY NEW YEAR JANUARY 1st. 2009
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"JOB CUTS", "PLANT SHUT DOWNS", "COST CUTTING", "LOW SALES"
This new year IPC-e-newsletter brings more of bad news than good news. More job cuts, shut down of companies, sales going down cost cutting. The recession has started showing its effects on the finishing industry too.
A job coater from Faridabad mentions "we have a powder coating and electro plating job work small scale industry in Faridabad ! Our electro plating plant is shut, it employed 10-12 workers, which are now jobless, as the work we guys used to do completely thrived on automobile industries ..which are in crisis.!!"
Another angry employee of a powder manufacturing company mentions "I think, more than the market, the companies are fooling their employees, they are doing the worst, by sacking people from their jobs, I think the companies are losing the market due to recession, but that is not the employees' fault... market will definitely improve in future.. they can reduce perks and salary, but job cuts are not the solution."
One of the powder manufacturer mentioned a positive note and said "I recently attended a week long course on helping developing countries export to EU, in Rotterdam. One of the statements was “Don’t let a good recession go waste” and “Every cloud has a silver lining”
Let's hope 2009 brings some good news. There is no doubt that the recession has started... but is has to end. Let's come together and finish it. Let's finish it .
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Asian Paints : Losing some colour
The growth in profits at Asian Paints, the market leader in decoratives, may be a shade lower in 2008-09 than it was last year. To begin with the base is high because the growth in 2007-08 was strong 46 per cent. But that apart, key consuming sectors such as construction and automobiles are in bit of a slump, putting pressure on revenues at the Rs 4,404 crore firm.
Moreover, with consumer sentiment weak in a slowing economy, revenues earned from re-painting in existing homes could also be hurt. Already, higher raw material costs affected the net profits in the six months to September 2008—they were up just 21 percent. That’s despite revenues having grown at a strong 30 per cent, driven by a 20 per cent increase in volumes. Thanks to its strong brand portfolio, the company has been able to pass on most of the increase in the prices of inputs. While the raw material bill could be lower in the second half of the year, since several products are derivatives of crude oil, the revenue growth may lose some momentum.<more>
Duplicate Asian Paints plant unearthed in Haryana
A plant manufacturing duplicate paints in the name of Asian Paints has been unearthed by the Shivaji colony police and the company's officials. Officials of Asian Paints alleged that duplicate Asian paint was being sold in the market at higher rates..
THE POLICE along with the officials of the Asian Paints Company has unearthed a plant making duplicate paints near Sunariya village under Shivaji colony police station. The police also seized a large quantity of duplicate paints from there. Some persons related to this plant were also reportedly rounded up for interrogation by the police.
According to information, the officials of the Asian Paints had lodged a complaint against the plant with the superintendent of police (SP), Alok Mittal, on Friday night and alleged that duplicate paint in the name of Asian Paints was being sold in the market at higher rates after being produced in the local plant.
The Shivaji colony police station in-charge, following the direction of the SP, carried out a raid on the plant in Singhpura village along with the officials of Asian Paints. The police recovered a large quantity of duplicate paints and other paraphernalia being used in making the paint. The police has registered a case under various sections of Indian Penal Code in this regard.<more>
Kansai Nerolac launches TVC for new varient
NEW DELHI: In an attempt to build the brand proposition of its new product- Excel Total, Kansai Nerolac has unveiled its latest television commercial, 'Ab Ghar Kare Khud Ki Hifazat'.
Says Kansai Nerolac general manager - marketing Venugopal C, "Our newly launched product, Excel Total protects a house from the vagaries of nature like heavy rain, dust or sunlight. Thus, keeping these attributes of the product in mind we launched the commercial which further proves the point that with the application of Total Excel, a house can easily protect itself from heavy rain, dust or even harsh sunlight."<more>
Jotun Paints to expand retail network in India
Meanwhile, the paint manufacturer is expected to close the current calendar year with a turnover of Rs 200 crore and is set to double in the next two years. One of the main focus markets for Jotun Paints is the decorative market, which at present is dominated by brands including Asian Paints, Berger, Kansai Nerolac and ICI.
The company inaugurated its first manufacturing facility in April 2008 at Ranjangon in Pune with an investment of Rs 110 crore. The total capacity of the plant is 50 million litres of paint and 10,000 tonnes of powder.
In the next 4-5 years the plant will run on full capacity, and by that time the company will set up a manufacturing unit in North India, Percy Jijina, general manager - Decorative, Jotun India told Business Standard. <more>
Paint maker PPG slashes outlook as slump spreads
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - PPG Industries Inc (PPG.N), the world's second-largest paint and coatings maker, pared back profit expectations for the current quarter due to the deepening and spreading global economic slump.
Shares of PPG fell 5 percent to a month low in a broadly weaker U.S. market after it said it expected a fourth-quarter profit of 35 cents to 45 cents per share, against an average 69 cents anticipated by analysts, according to Reuters Estimates.
"Market softness seen initially in the U.S. industrial markets is now prevalent on a global basis," Chief Financial Officer William Hernandez said in a statement on Monday, adding that PPG customers were cutting production and inventories due to lower consumer demand and tighter credit markets.
He said the Pittsburgh-based company had made additional moves to curtail operations and furlough workers, beyond the facility closures it announced in September. [ID:nN24439988]
U.S Industrial; Production dips 0.6% in November
A newly released report from the U.S. Federal Reserve showed industrial output fell slightly less than expected in November as manufacturers continued to suffer from weakness in autos and many other areas.
GM, Chrysler to idle plants
The General Motors Corporation and Chrysler recently announced plans to idle all of its assembly plants as part of short-term cost-cutting measures.
Cut at ING as Chemical Makers Operate in ‘Earthquake Zone’
Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- BASF SE had its stock rating cut to “sell” at ING Groep NV after a sudden slump in demand for plastics and additives left the chemicals market resembling an “earthquake zone.”
ING cut its price target for BASF, the world’s biggest chemical producer, to 21 euros from a prior 26 euros. Ludwigshafen, Germany-based BASF fell 2.2 percent to 22.73 euros in Frankfurt trading today. Heerlen, Netherlands-based Royal DSM NV and Brussels-based Solvay SA were also cut to “sell.”
“We see the chemicals arena today as analogous to an earthquake zone,” London-based ING analyst Paul Satchell wrote today in a note to investors. “The breadth and depth on demand dislocation are profound, and we expect another round of estimate downgrades, threatening stock prices further.” <more>
Just a few weeks ago the experts still predicted that Europe's largest economy would deliver modest growth next year. Now they're forecasting the worst recession since World War II.
The financial crisis is paralyzing world trade and no country is set to suffer more from that development than Germany, due to its reliance on exports. The economists of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development predict that Germany will be "hit hard", and that the number of people out of work will surge by 700,000 over the next two years. The downturn has already begun. Daimler plans short-time working for four German plants, steel giant ArcelorMital wants to axe 6,000 jobs in Europe, and chemicals group Akzo Nobel is bracing for a decline in demand by between 10 and 20 percent. It could turn into a downturn matching that of the Great Depression following the 1929 crash
DuPont to Cut 2,500 Jobs and 4,000 Contractor Positions
An Industrial Info News Alert(Wilmington, Delaware) announced plans to restructure the organization in order to reduce capital expenditure and increase cash flow. In a news release discussing the intended restructuring, DuPont stated, "A steep global decline in construction and motor vehicle sales and consumer spending has resulted in declining industrial production, intensified by inventory reductions across most supply chains. These conditions have precipitated a sharp downturn in demand during the fourth quarter." Central to DuPont's restructuring plan is the elimination of about 2,500 jobs, most of which will be in sectors related to construction and automobile-manufacturing in the U.S. and Western Europe. <more >
Putting on the brakes
In recent months, manufacturers and technology firms from makers of paint and windows to computer, software and digital-memory companies have pulled back their 2009 forecasts, cut jobs and closed plants as the global economy stalled in the second half of 2008.
Company Industry Recent actions
Apogee Enterprises Inc. Building glass Total construction spending was down more than forecast in October.
Toro Co. Lawn & garden hardware Expects weak market conditions well into 2009 with annual sales off 5 percent.
Valspar Corp. Paint & chemicals Anticipates a global recession, trims 2009 forecast.
3M Co. Manufacturing Announced 3,500 job cuts since September and sees more job cuts next year.<more >
Henkel closes four adhesives plants in Europe
Henkel is streamlining its expanded adhesives production and is to close four adhesives plants in Europe, following a major purchase. The integration of National Starch into the Düsseldorf-based Group will be accompanied by the closure of the Kleve plant, two in France and one in the UK... <more>
Sherwin challenges local paint biggies
Mumbai, Dec. 14: Sherwin- Williams Company Ltd, one of the largest paint companies in the US, is looking at consolidating its position in India. The company plans to distribute ancillary products through retail stores. In 2007, Sherwin acquired Mumbai-based Nitco Paints for an undisclosed sum.
Nitco is a manufacturer and seller of exterior paints and coatings used in offices, high-rise apartments, malls and hospitals.
Founded in 1866, Sherwin sells coatings and related products under brand names such as Sherwin-Williams, Dutch Boy, Krylon and Minwax.
Initially, Sherwin used to import its products and now has a manufacturing facility at Taloja in Maharashtra. Recently, it approached the Foreign Investment Promotion Board for marketing ancillary products.The board gave a go ahead to the proposal on the condition of Sherwin setting up production facilities along with test marketing. It also stipulated that the manufacturing would be done by its Indian subsidiary and not a third party.The company has been permitted to do test marketing for two years
Sherwin is not the only overseas company vying for a share of India’s paint market, dominated by Asian Paints, Berger Paints, Kansai Nerolac and ICI. Norwegian paint company Jotun Paints, which opened its first unit in April this year in Pune at an investment of over Rs 100 crore, plans to set up another unit in north India. According to reports, it intends to strengthen its retail network in the country. The size of the domestic paint industry is estimated at around Rs 14,000 crore. More than 60 per cent of the industry comprise organised players.
Nippon Paint of Japan is already present in the country. Its product range includes automotive, decorative, industrial, marine and road-marking paints. The company has drawn up an investment plan of over Rs 400 crore for expanding its operations over the next two years. <more>
Feature of power coating and powder spray system 2008
Focus on the development of low temperature cure coating in terms of saving energy cost
Total service including paint and equipment is key word for the promotion
Total sales of thermosetting powder coating in 2007 was estimated 32,500-33,000 tons, it grew 8-10% against last year. Until the end of 2007, the market had been running well based on positive effect by industrial machinery for export such as metal furniture, machine tool. Home electric appliance and switchboard for architectural use positively grew as well.
However, in 2008, the economy turned down and market situation became critical. Therefore, end users pursue severe cost management, require more saving of energy, resource and manpower and seek for efficient process. The following is the proposal by paint and equipment suppliers to meet the market requirement.
According to active economy boom, last year sales of electrostatic spray gun for powder coating was 2,530 units, went up 30.3%. It was record high. Equipment investment was positive, gun producers operated at full capacity.
However, after new fiscal year starts domestic economy entered a recession phase due to soaring crude oil prices and US economic decline caused by subprime loan crisis, therefore, equipment market faced serious situation. Equipment supplier said, "Until early May we have pending orders, but after mid of June we could not forecast the outlook of the market clearly." The rethink and postpone of equipment investment plan at end users bore out that comment.
Friday night fire destroys business, damages another (6)
OLYMPIA — Fire destroyed one business and damaged another after a powder-coating oven caught fire Friday night at 310 South Bay Road, resulting in an hourlong blaze that was extinguished by multiple fire departments, the Olympia Fire Department reported in a news release.
The fire started about 7:30 p.m. Friday at Roy’s Design when two employees discovered that a fire had started in an oven used for powder-coating, a type of painting process used on metal objects, such as fencing or railings, Olympia Battalion Chief Doug Hewell said.
From there the fire spread to Richard’s Upholstery, an adjoining business that shares building space with Roy’s Design, he said.
The fire destroyed the interior and exterior of Roy’s Design and burned part of the roof at Richard’s, but didn’t advance beyond that, Hewell said.
A damage estimate hasn’t been determined and the fire still is under investigation, although fire officials have been unable to enter Roy’s Design because of an unstable roof, he said. A city building inspector was expected to visit the burn site today, Hewell said. No injuries were reported, he added.
Nine fire engine companies fought the fire, including from Olympia and neighboring fire departments, the news release said.<more>
Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun Paints is planning to strengthen its retail network in the country by doubling its retail chains from the current 130 through the franchise model. The expansion will happen on a pan-India basis by the end of next year. The proposed expansion plan would require around Rs 25 crore of investment.
Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings
The Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings business has announced it will discontinue its distribution relationship with ChemPoint on Dec. 23, 2008. According to Volkan Goren, general manager for Rohm and Haas, Americas, Rohm and Haas believes the future needs of its powder coatings customers can be best served through a direct market channel, supported by a robust web purchasing site. Customers that have historically purchased Rohm and Haas Powder Coatings products from ChemPoint should continue to do so until Dec. 23, 2008 as the company prepares for this transition, Goren said.
First piezoelectric paint that responds to mechanical stress by emitting light
Nihon Tokushu Toryo, a Tokyo-based maker of speciality paints and automotive components, has developed, jointly with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Technology and Science, the world’s first piezoelectric paint that responds to mechanical stress by emitting light that is faint, but visible in darkness. The company says that the paint - a solvent-based, two component acrylic silicone paint that contains stress-responsive luminous material - can steadily emit light when subjected, after coating, to repeated mechanical stress over a long period of time.
Although the amount of light generated by the coated paint depends on the strength of the mechanical stress, the emitted light is always bright enough to be seen in darkness, with the brightness greater at the centre of the stress and weaker on the periphery, the company says. It adds that the ability of the coated paint to emit light remains intact even after 100,000 times of stress application.
The appropriate hardness of the coating, which is said to be the key to the light emission, is attributed to the use of acrylic silicone resin as a binder. Needing no undercoat, the paint shows strong adhesion to metals or inorganic materials such as glass and cement. The paint is solvent-based because the stress-responsive luminous material lacks water-resistance.
To take advantage of the paint’s unique property, the company intends to develop applications in the areas of automobiles, aircraft and railway cars, as well as bowling alleys and amusement park facilities. Another potential use is as a defect marker in the non-destructive inspection of bridges, tunnels and other constructions. (Source: Japan Chemical Week, 4 December 2008)
A Ghost town
On a visit to townships that were once abuzz with industrial activity, Parimal Bhattacharya meets people who no longer dare to hope
Every night, at 11 pm, Moumita Pan waits in the dark with her schoolbooks for the electric light to come on. A student of Class XI, she has to race through her studies before the light goes out again at two in the morning. Moumita is the only girl in the workers’ quarters of the Jenson and Nicholson plant at Naihati, closed since 2004, who has cleared the Madhyamik and has not dropped out yet. “When the supply of water and electricity stopped, we pleaded with the authorities and this is what we get: ten minutes of trickling water twice a day and three hours of electricity late at night,” said her father. These, and a derelict two-roomed tenement, are the only things provided by the company where he has worked as an electrician for 22 years. As there has only been a ‘temporary’ suspension of work, not a formal closure or lay-off, the workers are not getting back their dues or other stipulated allowances. Many have left and the staff quarters wear the look of a ghost colony. Others, like the Pans, cling on as hope runs thin and a question gathers urgency: will the factory ever reopen?
At around 3.30 am, when Moumita has gone back to bed, her parents are up and about. Her mother lines up pots and pans before the tap to collect water, while her father prepares for the long trek to Jagaddal, a jute mill cluster 8 km away, in search of casual or thika work. Morning will find the mother-daughter duo plucking nylon threads from used car tyres. Two pairs of nimble hands working for a couple of hours can pluck 10 rupees worth of thread. By then, it is time for the mother to do household chores and the daughter to leave for school.
For nearly 400 workers’ families of the closed paints factory, this is a daily ritual. And yet, this is but a small chapter in the larger story unfolding around here. A stone’s throw away is the Gauripur Jute Mills, locked out since 1997. Set up in 1885, the mill once had its own thermal power generation unit and employed 22,000 people. Beside the jute mill is Containers & Caps Limited, also locked out, that had 900 workers on its payroll. Nearby, Indian Paper & Pulp Ltd, with about a thousand employees, stopped production in 2003. Nuddea Jute Mills, another large mill, suspended work indefinitely since October this year. A few thousand acres of land between the towns of Naihati and Halisahar in the North 24 Parganas, east of the river Hooghly, bear witness to a century-old story of industrialization gone horribly wrong. The economic impact of this on the region is severe; the social and political impact, too, is no less stark. The Shilpanchal Banchao Mancha, a local non-political forum of teachers, social workers and civil rights activists, has come forward to assess the enormity of the problem and organize awareness campaigns <more>.
Akzo Nobel breaks ground in India
Akzo Nobel is set to break ground on a new coatings production plant in Hoskote near Bengaluru. The new facility, which will produce coil and specialty plastic coatings for industrial applications, is part of Akzo Nobel's ambition to establish itself as one of the major industrial players in India.
"We are convinced that India will develop into one of the world's economic powerhouses and it ranks very highly on our list of priority countries for growth and investment," said Hans Wijers, CEO, AkzoNobel. While the company is already well-represented in India – Akzo Nobel currently employs 1,500 people in India at six manufacturing plants, which produce decorative paints, industrial coatings and polymer chemicals, two research laboratories and around a dozen sales offices – the company is determined to expand its presence further.
The new plant is being built on an existing Akzo Nobel site, which produces marine and protective coatings, powder coatings and coil coatings. The first phase of the project should be complete by early 2010, said Binoy Chakraborty, general manager - Industrial Finishes Business, AkzoNobel India.
The coil coatings produced at the new plant will mainly be used for high performance steel and aluminium for the construction markets in India and neighbouring countries. Demand for specialty plastics and associated coatings meanwhile is booming, due to rapid rise in local demand for lifestyle goods like mobile phones. <more>
BASF expands coatings business in ASEAN
BASF has expanded its coatings business in ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations), with Thailand at the center, to serve the large coatings market in the region for motorcycles, industrial coatings and the automotive industry...
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