Paints lose colour this Deepawali season
Paint manufacturers are seeing a sharp 10 to 15 per cent dip in sales this
festive season, especially in urban markets. A host of factors have
contributed to lower sales this time, including recessionary sentiments
and a late monsoon. Significantly, people are moving away from the
ritualistic festival season painting of homes.
The Deepawali season used to contribute 30 per cent to the total annual
sales of paint manufacturers. "Till a few years back, the festive season
used to see 40 to 50 per cent spurt in sales compared to a normal month,
especially in north and western parts of the country," said Ramakanth
Akula, vice president, decoratives, of Nippon Paints(India).
According to Akula, the paint industry is seeing 10 to 15 per cent lesser
sales this year. Hemant Visariya, manager of a leading paint dealer and
wholesaler at Bhaikhala in Mumbai said that for the past few years the
season is witnessing a year-on-year decline in sales. "The pre-festival
sales this year was even lesser than the August sales," he said. "The
trend of festivalcentric painting of homes is fast receding. It is giving
way to occasion-centric painting during weddings and child birth
ceremonies. These days seasonal spending on home décor is not a high
priority as it used to be earlier," said Amit Syngle, vice president,
sales and marketing, of Asian Paints. <more>
Asian Paints to set up new plant in Haryana
MUMBAI, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Asian Paints Ltd (ASPN.BO: Quote, Profile,
Research), India's largest paints maker, plans to set up a plant at Rohtak
in Haryana by April 2010 with an intial capacity of 150,000 kilo litres, a
top official said on Friday.
The company will spend 3 billion rupees in 2009/10 to set up the plant in
Rohtak, Chief Executive Officer P.M. Murty said in an investor conference.
Asian Paints has finalised the land for its seventh decorative paint plant
in Maharashtra, he said.
"The construction for the plant is expected to start from mid 2010," he
The company has identified about 135 acres of land near Pune in
Maharashtra to set up the plant, Murty said.
"Land has been identified and we are awaiting environment clearance," he
DuPont India plans to double headcount
DuPont India, a subsidiary of E.I du Pont De Nemours and Company, today
said it was planning to double its headcount to 3,000 in the next
The company, which currently has a workforce of 1,500 people, wants to
take it to 3,000 in the next two-three years, in view of the expected
growth in business Volumes from the Indian market, DuPont Chemicals
Solutions Enterprise-India Sub Region (ASEAN ANZ) Marketing Manger Dipal
Dinesh Parikh said.
"India has been a key growth market," he added.
Parikh said in the long-run the company's knowledge centre in Hyderabad,
in which Dupont has invested Rs 150 crore, would cater to the emerging
markets in South East Asia.
The company, which deal in science-based Products, had not been impacted
by the global slowdown owing to the "right growth strategy", said DuPont
Global Manager Textiles Defne Saral.<more>
Sri Lanka post-war building boom seen driving paint demand
Oct 04, 2009 (LBO) - Global coating and paints manufacturer AkzoNobel said
a building boom anticipated with the end of a war is likely to increase
demand for paints with new products launched in the market reducing
"The post-conflict Sri Lanka will see a resurgent in building
construction, large-scale tourist resort development, infrastructure
development and growth in manufacturing and power generation," the
Amsterdam, the Netherlands-based company said in a statement.
"Such development would inevitably lead to increased demand for specialty
No shine for paint business
KATHMANDU, Oct 13: The Tihar festival is a time when people clean up house
and try to make it as bright as they can so as to welcome Laxmi, the
goddess of wealth. This makes Tihar the biggest season for paint
manufacturers, who also come up with various schemes and offers to pull
potential customers away from other brands.
This year´s Tihar season has been greeted by mixed views, with
manufacturers seeing sales growth while retailers maintain that their
business has slowed a bit. “Business has been good this year due to
booming construction and housing business in the capital,” says Soumitra
Roy, General Manager of Asian Paints Nepal Pvt Ltd. “The whole industry
has seen a growth of at least 20 percent this year with the business worth
Rs 2 billion, out of which Rs 1.1 billion is in the Kathmandu Valley
alone,” he says. Roy says they record 25 percent of the whole year´s
business in the two-month period during the Dashain-Tihar festival.
As a part of attracting customers, Asian Paints provides a lucky draw
coupon on every purchase worth Rs 5,000, with prizes ranging from DVD
players, mobiles phones and cameras to trips to Nagarkot and Pokhara. The
winner of the lucky draw wins a trip for one to Dubai while the bumper
prize is a trip for two to Dubai.
Paint retailers, however, haven´t shown the same optimism as
manufacturers. Nandan Adhikari of Colour Spa in Old Baneshwar says that
business has contracted. “It´s not that business is bad as we´re still
doing well. But compared to the previous year, sales from my shop has gone
down,” he says, putting the decline in business at around 30 to 40
percent. Adhikari blames the fall to the increasing number of retailers in
the market and a general gloom in the
Bayer MaterialScience introduces new polyurethane raw materials for
waterborne, radiation-curing coatings
14 Oct 2009 , Leverkusen : Bayer MaterialScience has added three new
products to its successful Bayhydrol® UV range of water-thinned,
radiation-curing coating materials. These are ideal particularly for wood
and furniture finishing, which demand high standards of environmental
compatibility and cost-effectiveness.
“We have developed Bayhydrol® UV XP 2690 specifically for exterior wood
applications,” says Jürgen Lippemeier, expert for polyurethane coatings at
Bayer MaterialScience, in a presentation at the RadTech Conference on
October 14 and 15, 2009. Coatings based on this polyurethane dispersion
are noted above all for their outstanding weather resistance; this was
confirmed in an independent study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood
Research (WKI), which shows that the wood surface remains absolutely free
of damage during weather exposure and meets the requirements of DIN EN
927-3. The test results also show that when used outdoors, the timber can
withstand the elements for eight years before requiring recoating. A
further advantage is that Bayhydrol® XP 2690 is suitable for both clear
coats and pigmented top coats <more>
Report on Epoxy and Other Powder Coatings for Interior Applications
US demand to grow 3.5% annually through 2013 US powder coatings demand is
projected to expand 3.5 percent annually to 445 million pounds in 2013,
with a market value of $1.4 billion. Volume growth is expected to
significantly outpace the gains of the 2003-2008 period as durable goods
shipments are forecast to rebound from a weak 2008 base. However, gains in
powder coatings market value will be limited by a substantial moderation
in pricing following the particularly rapid increases experienced over the
latter part of the 2003-2008 period. <more>
Global Coatings Consumption
to Slow in 2009/Increase Into 2014
ELMWOOD PARK, NJ -
According to the consulting firm of Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney, global
coatings consumption is forecast to be off sharply in 2009 owing to the
effects of the financial crisis and resulting worldwide recession.
Consumption in 2009 is a projected 58.7 billion pounds, which is valued at
$88.4 billion. Volume is down six percent from the prior year and dollar
value is down eight percent. Recovery of the global economy will give
coatings consumption an average annual increase of 5 percent in volume
through 2014. In 2014, coatings poundage is forecast to be up 30 percent
over 2009 and dollar value up 26 percent. However, when compared to the
pre-recession year of 2008, poundage in 2014 is projected to be up 21
percent and dollar value up 15 percent.
NanoCoat Clear is an outstanding glass protection treatment. This
protective coating creates a non-stick, water and dirt repellent surface,
without changing the texture, appearance or clarity of the glass. Glass is
protected against elements which would normally cause severe damage.
Prevents damage - easy to clean glass
NanoCoat Clear chemically bonds to the glass surface, protects against
scale and/or salt damage, minimises build-up of dirt and grime, and makes
the surface extremely easy to clean. No scraping, scrubbing or chemical
cleaners needed. Glass in areas like balustrades, showers, kitchens,
fencing, windows and facades stay much cleaner for longer.
Easy to apply - no curing time needed
Glass surfaces treated with NanoCoat Clear are non-stick and water
repellent immediately after application. No curing time needed.
Application is easy, with no special equipment or training needed <more>
ASTM Paint and Coatings Committee Approves New Standards on Touch-Up
Properties and Ink Stainblocking
ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials
and Applications, has approved two new standards that cover architectural
coating touch-up properties and ink stainblocking of paint systems. Both
new standards are under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D01.42 on
When a home is being constructed, paints are subjected to a wide variety
of drying conditions, which can lead to differences in appearance between
the original coat and subsequent touch-up areas after the paint has fully
cured. A new standard, ASTM D7489, Practice for Evaluating Touch-Up
Properties of Architectural Coatings Under Various Environmental
Conditions, covers variations in color, gloss and sheen that impact the
touch-up capacity of a paint.
According to Douglas Mall, D01.42 member and architectural coatings
applications and formulation development specialist, UCAR Emulsion Systems
and Monomers, ASTM D7489 brings together a variety of different testing
protocols that have been used for touch-up evaluation.
“By using ASTM D7489, it will be easier for contractors to communicate
with laboratories what conditions generated product failure, with a much
better chance of the laboratory being able to replicate the failure and
make changes that would correct the product deficiency,” says Mall, who
also notes the standard will be used by chemists in paint laboratories as
well as technical service personnel in the field.
Future work on ASTM D7489 will include reproducibility and repeatability
studies, especially in the area of spray application. “The next step for
this standard is to develop it further as a test method, selecting more
common application methods and conditions,” says Mall. “We would like to
get feedback on the current practice and its usefulness.” <more>
ASTM Updates B117 - Standard
Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus
This practice provides a controlled corrosive environment which has been
utilized to produce relative corrosion resistance information for
specimens of metals and coated metals exposed in a given test chamber.
Prediction of performance in natural environments has seldom been
correlated with salt spray results when used as stand alone data.
Correlation and extrapolation of corrosion performance based on exposure
to the test environment provided by this practice are not always
Dow Introduces ECHELON™ MU 290
Dow has commercially launched ECHELON™ MU 290 specialty isocyanate, a
uretonimine-modified methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI)-based solution
for adhesives, sealants, elastomers and coatings applications. ECHELON MU
290 offers a number of benefits including improved clarity and greater
handling and storage flexibility.
“By expanding our ECHELON family with this new product, Dow is
demonstrating its commitment to bringing new and differentiated materials
for use in adhesives, sealants, coatings and elastomers,” says Janet
English, Dow Polyurethanes’ global marketing manager for adhesives,
sealants, and elastomers.
ECHELON MU 290 features innovative chemistry, improved shelf life, and
reduced emissions compared to conventional Dow products. ECHELON MU 290
also offers good compatibility for mixing and improved clarity for the
creation of products with lighter color requirements. ECHELON MU 290 can
be used for the production of quasi and full prepolymers, and also for
two-component urethane coatings, adhesives, sealants and solid and
From a material handling and usage standpoint, ECHELON MU 290 is a liquid
product offering improved shelf life and low temperature flexibility,
allowing it to be stored more economically and conveniently at room
temperature than pure MDI. Its low temperature storage stability
alleviates concerns associated with the crystallization of pure MDI during
shipping and handling. <more>
DuPont, National Paints ink Teflon
DuPont has signed a trademark
licence agreement with National Paints, the biggest paint producer in the
Middle East, to integrate Teflon surface protector into six different
coating products of the paint manufacturer.
Under the agreement, National Paints will co-brand five interior/exterior
paints and a wood varnish with Teflon, marking the third license of its
kind to be signed in the Middle East.
National Paints will launch the products in the UAE, Oman, Jordan, Yemen,
Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.
Teflon brand coatings were originally introduced for use in coating
cookware, bakeware and small electrical appliances, industrial
applications and other specialty coatings applications but is now widely
used to finish and protect apparel, textile, paint coatings, and other
diverse surface applications. All Teflon additives are tested at the
Haskell Laboratory and prior to market entry.
“Teflon surface protector combines unique chemical and physical features
to help create surfaces that are durable, easy to clean, and dirt pick-up
resistant, making them perfect for various applications across this
region,” said Luis Rebollar, Emea regional director, DuPont Titanium
AkzoNobel Introduces New
SASSENHEIM, THE NETHERLANDS --
October 8, 2009 -- AkzoNobel has introduced Sikkens Autoclear LV
Exclusive. With scratch resistant clearcoats gaining in popularity among
top-end auto manufacturers, it is only logical that AkzoNobel Car
Refinishes is now delivering an after market scratch resistant clearcoat
that the company says matches the performance of the OEM factory coatings.
Sikkens Autoclear LV Exclusive over Sikkens Autowave fits the bill
perfectly: a high gloss clearcoat that is not only highly resistant to
abrasion but also features self-healing properties when exposed to heat.
“Scratch resistance is getting to be more and more important in the
marketplace,” says Floris Bordewijk, Segment Marketing Manager Vehicle
Refinishes. “Our customers needed a high quality solution for the repair
of luxury models featuring scratch resistance. Sikkens Autoclear LV
Exclusive meets our customers’ requirements with leading features as an
innovative self-healing clearcoat. We’re very excited about its
introduction into the marketplace.” <more>
PPG Industries Announces Launch of
PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG)
has launched a website at ppgindustrialcoatings.com. The site will
showcase PPG's coatings and their pretreatment and engineered products for
automobile parts and accessories, appliances, consumer electronics, sports
equipment, sportswear, heavy duty equipment and other applications. The
site provides a global of capabilities through different products,
technologies and markets.
BASF aims to double sales in Asia by 2020
Sept 29 (Reuters) - Germany's BASF aims to double its sales in Asia over
the next ten years and grow faster than the region's market, which could
consume almost half of the world's chemicals by 2020, it said on Tuesday.
BASF, the world's largest chemical maker, plans to add 5,000 to its staff
of 15,000 in the region by 2020 and invest 2 billion euros ($2.9 billion)
there through 2013, the head of BASF's Asian business, Martin
Brudermueller said during a telephone conference from Hong Kong. "BASF
wants to invest close to its customers," he said. In the short term, he
said he saw stabilisation at a low level in the region, but a recovery was
not yet in sight. BASF is trying to cement its position in the
Asia-Pacific region ahead of its global peers and is taking on national
rival Bayer in some markets. While BASF made more then $13 billion euros
in sales there in 2008, U.S. rivals Dow Chemical and DuPont made $6.7
billion and $5.5 billion, respectively. Many of BASF's plants in China,
which accounts for almost half of the Asia-Pacific market, are now
producing at capacity again. China, the world's third-largest economy, is
seen growing 8.5 percent in the third quarter after 7.9 percent in the
second and 6.1 percent in the first quarter fuelled by the central
government's 4 trillion yuan ($590 billion) stimulus package. PROMISING
SIGNALS "On a month-to-month basis, the Asian business improved, but we
are still not on a satisfying level," Brudermueller said. Still, signals
out of Asia were more promising than in Europe and North America, he
added. BASF said the Asia-Pacific region as a whole looked set to account
for 46 percent of global chemicals use by 2020, up from 38 percent last
year, BASF said. <more>
Ex-DuPont chemist charged
A former DuPont
chemist is charged with stealing information from a company computer.
Delaware's US Attorney's office and the FBI have charged Hong Meng with
transferring TV and computer technology information from his work-issued
laptop to his personal computer when he resigned a job at the Experimental
Station to take a position with DuPont's China division.
Meng's also accused of taking a job at the University of Beijing without
telling DuPont, with an eye toward using the stolen information to develop
the technology at the school. <more>
Silver most popular car
colour for ninth year
Silver has extended
its dominance as the most popular colour choice for cars and trucks
worldwide. In fact, the silver and gray category actually increased by an
additional five percent on the rest of the field with a market share of
roughly 25 percent in 2009.
According to paint maker PPG industries people still dig on white (18
percent market share), black (16 percent) and red (12 percent). All the
other colours combined add up to less than one third of all vehicles sold.
Why exactly are gray shades so popular with new car buyers? According to
Jane E. Harrington, PPG manager of colour styling and automotive coatings<more>
French workers free boss at
Workers at a French
chemical plant owned by the U.S. company Dow Chemical freed their boss
Tuesday after holding him overnight to protest the closing of the factory
in the Loire Valley.
Christian Siest, the director of the Rohm and Hass chemical factory, was
given access to the bathroom, water, telephones and the Internet while he
was held, said Christophe Fillippi, a worker at the plant. <more>
parts2clean and COROSAVE with
Convincing Results, Even in Difficult Times
Leading Trade Fair for Cleaning within the Production Process and
Maintenance Inspires Participants with Quality and Quantity
Neuffen – 4350 visitors gathered information on offerings from 231
exhibitors at parts2clean and COROSAVE in Stuttgart from the 20th through
the 22nd of October, 2009. The leading international trade fair for
cleaning within the production process and maintenance was thus able to
sustain the high levels of participation achieved last year with regard to
both exhibitor and visitor numbers. The events, which are promoted by
fairXperts GmbH, were not only convincing where quantity is concerned, but
rather with regard to quality as well: Once again, the world’s most
comprehensive offerings covering the entire process sequence for parts and
surface cleaning awaited visitors from 26 countries. The visitors’
outstanding technical qualifications and decision making authority
provided exhibitors with top quality leads, as well as concrete RFQs.
Presentations held at the parts2clean expert forum, held in German,
enjoyed lively interest again this year.
The first hurdle for a successful parts2clean 2009 was taken when the
figures for boom year 2008 were equalled with 231 exhibitors from 14
countries. 14.3% of these exhibitors came from outside of Germany. Due to
travel restrictions for trade fair visits which are still in effect at
many companies, there was nevertheless a certain amount of scepticism with
regard to the number of visitors who would attend. But here too, the
leading trade fair for cleaning within the production process and
maintenance scored exceptionally well thanks to its considerable market
strength. 4350 visitors came to Stuttgart in order to gather information
targeted exclusively at products and solutions for the quality-relevant
work step of cleaning parts and surfaces. 18% of the visitors travelled to
the event from outside of Germany, coming from 25 countries on five
continents. In addition to visitor numbers which were nearly equal to last
year’s figure (4482 in 2008), the outstanding technical competence and
decision making authority of the visitors (more than 89% are involved in
investment decision) assured that things went well at the trade fair for
nearly all of the exhibitors.