Engineering Expo in Indore.
The Engineering Expo, India's
Premier Industrial Trade fair was held in
Indore between February 19-22,
2010. It included several participants from Machine Tools & Accessories,
Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Plastics, Packaging & Auxiliaries, Electrical &
Electronics, Material Handling & Safety Equipment, General Engineering
Engineering Expo offers excellent opportunities for establishing contacts,
initiating joint ventures and doing business. The fair at Indore will
brought together some of the biggest names from the industry, both from
India and other parts of the world. Machine manufacturers, raw material
manufacturers, distributors and financial organisations. Some of the
leading companies taking part in this exhibition include. Among the
finishing industry Statfield,
Wagner and Vijay Coat displayed their
Bright colours of recovery for paint companies.
The inputs used by paint
companies have actually become cheaper compared with the year-ago period,
which is resulting in very high margin levels for the firms
Aresurgence of growth in the
residential real estate and automobile markets augurs well for their
suppliers. Paint companies top the list for several reasons. A revival in
production of cars and construction of houses means higher sales for paint
manufacturers. More importantly, the return of consumer confidence as the
outlook on jobs and incomes improves leads to a big improvement in the
market for repainting homes. This business is the one that delivers on
margins for paint companies. And last, the inputs used by paint companies
have actually become cheaper compared with the year-ago period, which is
resulting in very high margin levels for the firms.
Decorative paints contribute nearly three-fourths of revenue for the
Rs15,000 crore paint industry, with industrial paints contributing the
rest. In the December quarter, Asian Paints Ltd’s domestic paint sales
rose by 26.5%, Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd’s sales grew by 33%, while Berger
Paints Ltd’s sales rose by 18.7%. ICI India Ltd’s sales grew a more modest
4.5%. The December quarter is typically a good one for paint companies due
to the festival season. But part of the sales growth is also due to a low
base effect, since both the auto and real estate markets slowed last year,
and the excise reduction as part of the fiscal stimulus package. <more>
Jotun paints the world’s
2010-01-29 - Jotun will supply
400,000 litres of paint to the bridge in China, which has a designed
length of 6,2 km.
The paint supply contract for Taizhou Yangtze Bridge in Jiangsu Province
in China is an important milestone in the bridge segment. It was signed by
Jotun Protective Coating China in December 2009.
With 2×1080 meters spans connecting three towers, the Taizhou Yangtze
Bridge will be the biggest three-tower suspension bridge in the world.
”Frequent visits to both the owner and contractors, in addition to Jotun’s
strengths in products, service and teamwork, helped us to win this
contract. The success in this project, indicates that Jotun has taken the
top position in the market and been fully recognized by the customers in
the industry”, comments Sales Director in Protective Coatings, Mr Liu Wei.
The construction of the Taizhou Yangtze Bridge starts in 2010, and will be
completed during 2014. By adopting advanced technology, the Taizhou
Yangtze bridge project will have a significant and symbolic meaning for
the worldwide bridge development
ABB robots help Electrolux
save production line energy
Electrolux has been able to
achieve substantial energy savings of up to 15 percent when compared to
the old production line process by using ABB robots.
Every second of every day in any year around the world, Electrolux sells
two of its products. This is an impressive feat, and requires
state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, such as the first fully
automated and flexible powder coating facility for oven and grill cavities
recently installed at Electrolux’s manufacturing plant in Dudley Park,
Utilising four ABB six-axis robots to control powder coating gun movement,
the new automated process ensures a consistent and superior high gloss
ceramic coating for over 2000 oven and grill cavities a day, and a coating
material efficiency improvement of 10 percent.
The total investment in the powder coating facility will be returned
through savings within two years. <more>
Coating can indicate
A strippable paint coating
that can decontaminate itself after absorbing chemical agents is the aim
for scientists at the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Currently, strippable coatings are used on military vehicles in theatre to
change the colour of vehicles quickly. The application of these coatings
requires minimal training and can easily be applied and removed by
soldiers. 90 % of the coatings can be removed by scoring flat areas with a
knife and then manually peeling it off, complex areas can be scored and
then removed with high-pressure water. The coatings also have a use in
temporary camouflage as the paint can be used to flexibly adapt a
vehicle’s colour and glint signature, reducing the vehicle’s visibility.
The current generation of coatings have at least a 12 month life span on
the vehicles. Researchers evaluate the coatings for use in decontamination
to become the next coatings generation which will be able to absorb
chemical biological and radiological agents (CBR), therefore protecting
those operating inside and around the vehicle. Furthermore the chemists
look at reactive coatings which would contain catalysts and possibly
enzymes in order to create self-decontaminating coatings.
Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial
Technology Research Institute
A new catalyst made of a composite oxide, based on cobalt and cerium, that
is able to completely eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and
odours at a temperature of 200C, comparable to platinum-based catalysts,
is reaching the final stage of development at the Tokyo Metropolitan
Industrial Technology Research Institute.
The institute said that the cost of manufacturing the new catalyst is
approximately 20% – 30% that of platinum-based catalysts, because of the
comparatively inexpensive raw materials. It plans to develop VOC-treatment
equipment containing the catalyst priced lower than existing equipment,
and will be intended for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
In tests conducted involving the treatment of toluene, the researchers
confirmed that the new catalyst completely decomposed the VOC into carbon
dioxide and water at 200C.
Two primary processes are used in VOC treatment equipment: direct firing,
which combusts waste gases at temperatures of about 800C, and catalytic
combustion, which uses catalysts to break down the VOCs into carbon
dioxide and water at about 250-350C. <more>
Hexion Specialty Chemicals to
Build Plant in Korea
COLUMBUS, OH – The Board of
Directors of Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. has approved construction of
a manufacturing plant in Onsan, Korea, to produce Cardura™ monomer.
The plant will be constructed within an existing Hexion manufacturing
complex in Onsan to produce Cardura monomer, which is a glycidyl ester
derivative of Versatic Acid 10. Cardura monomer is used extensively as a
key ingredient in environmentally advanced coatings such as automotive
clear coats, coil coatings and marine coatings where high-solid,
water-based formulations and low VOCs are desired.
Construction of the new facility will begin in the first quarter and
completion is slated before the end of this year. Hexion also produces
Cardura monomer and Versatic acids at its plant in Pernis, The
BASF Announces Price
CHARLOTTE, NC – Effective Feb. 15, 2010, or as contracts allow, BASF will
increase its prices on all STYROFAN and STYRONAL styrene-butadiene latex
products by up to $0.06 per wet pound in the United States and Canada.
STYROFAN and STYRONAL products are used as ingredients for various
applications in the adhesives, architectural coatings, sealants,
construction, paper and nonwovens markets.
Also effective Feb. 15, 2010, or as contracts allow, BASF will increase
its prices for all BUTONAL and BUTOFAN styrene-butadiene high- and
medium-solids latex products by up to $0.08 per wet pound in the United
States and Canada. BUTONAL and BUTOFAN products are used as ingredients
for various applications in the adhesives, carpet, construction, fiber
bonding, automotive and foam markets.
Technologies Announces a Price Increase for Ti-Pure(R) Titanium Dioxide
Products in Europe, Middle East and Africa
WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont Titanium Technologies
announced a price increase for all DuPont™ Ti-Pure® titanium dioxide
(TiO2) grades sold in Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions.
Effective March 1, 2010, or as permitted by contract, net prices in the
Euro markets of Western and Central Europe and North Africa regions will
increase by 100 Euros per metric tonne.
Effective March 1, 2010, or as permitted by contract, net prices in the
U.S. dollar markets of Eastern Europe, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa
regions will increase by $150 per metric tonne (USD).
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 mine in Starke, Fla. Technical service centers are located
in Paulinia, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; Mechelen, Belgium; Dzerzhinsk,
Russia; Kuan Yin, Taiwan; Ulsan, Korea; Shanghai, China; and Wilmington,
Del., to serve the Latin American, European, Middle Eastern, Asian and
North American markets.
PPG names John Outcalt VP
automotive refinishPublish date: Feb 1, 2010
PPG Industries appointed John R. Outcalt
vice president, automotive refinish. Outcalt will assume global
responsibility for PPG’s automotive refinish business effective March 1.
Outcalt is currently vice president, automotive refinish, Americas. He
will continue to be based at PPG’s automotive refinish business
headquarters in Strongsville, Ohio, and to report directly to J. Rich
Alexander, senior vice president, Performance Coatings.
Outcalt joined PPG’s automotive OEM coatings business in 1983 as marketing
services manager on the Chrysler account. After progressing through
various marketing, marketing services, technical, sales and management
positions within automotive OEM coatings, Outcalt became director of
network sales for automotive refinish in 1996.<more>
Pick up the spray paint and spruce up your
kitchen or bath
Dingy cabinets and dull appliances can be
spruced up without being replaced or refinished professionally. All it
takes is some spray paint and DIY pointers. "With fewer tools and less
cleanup than traditional painting, you can easily give your home a
professional-looking upgrade using spray paint," said Jane Ryder, category
manager at Valspar. "Spray paint . . . has incredible versatility — you
can create an antique crackle vase, suede DVD rack or chalkboard all with
spray paint." Here are some projects from Valspar to jazz up your kitchen
or bath. <more>
DuPont to spruce up Hyderabad centre
HYDERABAD: DuPont India, on Monday, said it
is expanding operations at its Knowledge Science Centre, Hyderabad. The
company has already committed Rs 130 crore investments at its first
integrated R&D centre and has charted out plans to double the investments
over the next three years, besides increasing the total number of
scientists from 250 to 600 over the next two years.
“The expansion at the Knowledge Centre demonstrates our focus on growing
in emerging markets, such as India, by addressing local market needs,”
said Mark Vergnano, Executive Vice-President, DuPont. <more>
IFH Group expands its powder coating
The IFH Group Inc. announced February 2
that it has acquired Williams Powder Coating of Phophetstown, Ill., and
created a new division – Powder Coaters LLC. Powder Coaters LLC is the
latest step in The IFH Group’s vertical integration program that will
complement the company’s extensive capabilities in fabricated metal
products of virtually all types and sizes.
“Now, we can fabricate, sandblast and powder coat a wide range of vehicle
chassis, large weldments such as tanks and trailers larger than 5 feet by
7 feet square by 10 feet long, and a wide variety of special products,”
said Keith Ellefsen, vice president of operations at Powder Coatings LLC.
“Just tell us what you need.”
“Many of our customers know we are a major source of hydraulic oil
reservoirs, fuel tanks and fluid storage and dispensing systems,” said
Ryan McCarty, director of sales at The IFH Group. “But we also have
extensive capabilities in metal fabrication of all types of products,
including vehicle frameworks, production part assemblies, large grease
reservoir units for restaurants, and small to large custom reservoirs in
many types of materials including mild steel, stainless steel, aluminized
steel and aluminum.” <more>
Sherwin-Williams Buys Arch Chemicals'
Italian Industrial Wood Coatings Unit
Deal Expands SW's Global Operations
Sherwin-Williams (SW) has agreed to buy Arch Chemicals' industrial wood
coatings business for €40 million ($54 million) in cash. The purchase will
strengthen SW's global operations. Arch's industrial wood coatings
business trades under the...<more>
Bayer unit bolsters polymer project
Bayer MaterialScience, a unit of German
industrial giant Bayer, has committed to continuing its investment in a
toluene diisocyanate (TDI) project in Shanghai with the goal of expanding
the production site, a top company executive said.
The company, one of the world's largest polymer makers, is expected to
have the mechanical completion of the TDI facility project completed by
the end of 2010, with an initial production capacity of 250,000 tons per
year, said Michael Koenig, president of Bayer MaterialScience Group China.
The company is also hoping to reduce energy consumption by 40 to 60
percent through advanced technology in the manufacturing of TDI. The
chemical is often used in the manufacture of flexible polyurethane foams
used in furniture, bedding and automotive and airline seats.
Despite 2009 being a challenging year for the chemical industry worldwide,
Koenig said they had managed to report "a little growth" last year in
China, which "differentiated us from the rest of the world". <more>
Boeing 787 flies with PPG aerospace
transparencies, coatings, sealants
A topflight team of products made by PPG
Industries’ aerospace business for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet will
simplify maintenance and reduce costs for airlines while enhancing the
flying experience for crews and passengers who take to the skies aboard
the world’s newest jetliner.
Dreamliner jet flight-deck crews will view the world through commercial
aviation’s largest windshields by PPG, kept clear of fog and ice with gold
and indium-tin oxide heating systems. For passengers, the view will be
through Alteos interactive window systems by PPG, commercial aviation’s
first electrochromic window shades, powered by an interactive system that
passengers control. Alteos interactive window systems use electrochromic
technology by Gentex Corporation, the worldwide leader in electrochromic
devices for automotive applications.
Maintenance will be simplified, environmentally responsible and less
costly with PPG’s selectively strippable system of coatings. PPG Aerospace
supplies the only complete coatings system qualified by Boeing for the
Also, the fuselage and fuel tank are sealed with lightweight, rapid-curing
and environmentally responsible PRC brand sealants by PPG Aerospace.
Additionally, a new secondary fuel and vapor barrier was developed to seal
the exterior of the 787’s wing box.<more>
Corrosion Protection Coating works in
temperatures to 1,100°F.
February 23, 2010 - Applied using pneumatic spray equipment, brush, or
roller, Corr-Paint(TM) CP4095 orange-pigmented coating provides corrosion
protection and color identification on aluminum and steel structures in
harsh industrial environments. Single-part, silicone-based,
water-dispersible coating system adheres to sandblasted and marginally
prepared metal surfaces as well as relatively smooth or rusted surfaces.
Coating is resistant to oxidation, UV light, humidity, and salt spray.
BMS starts new 200tpa carbon nanotube
Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has opened a
new 200 tonne/year pilot facility for manufacturing carbon nanotubes at
its site in Leverkusen, Germany.
The facility is claimed to be the largest of its kind worldwide. However,
Belgium-based Nanocyl plans to start up a 400 tonne/year carbon nanotube
production unit in July.
BMS says it will tap into demand for multi-wall carbon nanotubes in a
variety of different applications.
“Current forecasts predict an annual growth rate of 25% for carbon
nanotubes,” says Dr Joachim Wolff, head of the coatings, adhesives and
specialties segment at BMS. “We are also expecting nanotechnology to
create a total of 100,000 new jobs in the German industry in the medium
Coming out with flying colours
Cashing in on the
recovering economy and festive season, India’s largest paint company,
Asian Paints, turned in a stellar set of numbers for the December 2009
quarter. The company has managed to extract better operating leverage,
even as raw material prices remained benign.
Asian Paints offers 'virtual painting' at
Architect 2010 Tuesday, 09 February 2010 00:00
Visitors to the Architect 2010 exhibition
will have an opportunity to subject their own homes to a virtual makeover
courtesy Asian Paints, the Sri Lankan unit of the Indian headquartered
multinational paint company.
The company's stall, one of the most visited at past exhibitions, will
this year showcase the amazing versatility of Asian Paints' sophisticated
Colour World interactive software, enabling members of the public to get
first-hand experience of its features. <more>
Akzo Nobel withdraws appeal against
bleaching agents cartel decision
The General Court has published an order,
dated 17 December 2009, removing an appeal by Akzo Nobel NV, Akzo Nobel
Chemicals Holdings AB and Eka Chemicals AB (together "Akzo Nobel") from
its register (Case T-199/06). <more>
Akzo Nobel reports smaller loss in Q4
The Associated Press
Thursday, February 18, 2010; 3:37 AM
AMSTERDAM -- Akzo Nobel NV, the world's largest maker of paint, reported a
smaller net loss for the fourth quarter on Thursday as a big write-off hit
last year's results and demand began to recover in its key markets.
Net loss was euro60 million ($81.5 million), versus a loss of euro1.51
billion in the same period a year ago. Sales fell 7 percent to euro3.31
A year ago Akzo Nobel took a euro1.28 billion charge to write down the
value of British paintmaker ICI after buying it for euro11.5 billion. <more>
Now, scratch-resistant paint from city
KOLKATA: Remember how you fretted when you
returned to the parking lot to find someone had made scratch marks on the
car? Or wondered if it was possible to have a building paint that could
weather the intense rain and blazing sun instead of fading and flaking off
in a few years?
Well, all of this and more is possible. A home-grown company has developed
intelligent paints that are not only resistant to scratch, fungus and high
temperature but also bacteria, corrosion and pollution! <more>