NYC Inspector’s 10-Year Fraud Leads to Crackdown
New York City will tighten oversight of private lead and asbestos safety inspectors, after one unlicensed inspector admitted falsely certifying hundreds of buildings as clean over many years.
Testing of Jersey City residents near PPG plant site finds no chromium in their bloodstreams
Jersey City residents were tested last month to ensure that the carcinogen chromium, which is found in the soil at a PPG Industries plant on Garden Avenue, isn’t getting into their bloodstreams. The first set of test results are positive, The Jersey Journal reports in today’s editions.
The next tests will be in December when the most contaminated soils at the site are expected to be fully removed. <more>
ACA, IPPIC to Advise on Global Lead Paint Ban
The International Paint and Printing Ink Council, with counsel from the American Coatings Association, will take the coatings industry’s lead in the global initiative to end the use of lead in paints, ACA reports.
The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint, which held its inaugural meeting in May, is a voluntary partnership of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). <more>
ASTM Declarable Substances Committee Approves New Lead Paint Testing Standard
A new ASTM International standard will provide the means to quickly detect and quantify the lead concentration in toys and other children's products. The new standard, F2853, Test Method for Determination of Lead in Paint Layers and Similar Coatings or in Substrates and Homogenous Materials by Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Using Multiple Monochromatic Excitation Beams, was developed by Subcommittee F40.01 on Test Methods, part of ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials. The analytical technique described in this standard is commonly referred to as HDXRF.
“Frequent testing of children's products aids in identifying sources of lead contamination and ultimately prevents out-of-compliance merchandise from reaching store shelves,” says Berry Beumer, vice president, XOS Inc., and chairman of the task group that developed F2853.
ASTM F2853 provides a convenient means to test for lead using the energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy technique. Such testing will ensure that toys and other children's products will comply with laws (such as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) that are currently being enforced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to Beumer, the HDXRF test described in F2853 enables lead quantification separately for the substrate and paint level in a 5 minute measurement cycle. Beumer notes that all interested parties are invited to join the task group responsible for F2853 as it considers future revisions to the standard.
“While the presence of lead has been of primary concern to industry, other harmful elements such as cadmium, arsenic and antimony are now also under scrutiny,” notes Beumer. “The task group is anticipating continued expansion of F2853 to include these and other elements in the standard. Additional interlaboratory studies will be required for the precision and bias statements for these additional elements, and the continued participation of third party test labs and toy and apparel manufacturers in such studies will be very helpful in expanding the scope of method.” <more>
PPG Must Pay $1.3M
Judge orders penalty for releasing toxic substances into river
MOUNDSVILLE - PPG Industries must pay more than $1.3 million for releasing pollutants into the Ohio River, a judge ruled Wednesday.
The order stems from a civil suit filed by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, claiming PPG was dumping toxic substances into the river. According to court documents, Marshall County Circuit Judge David Hummel ordered PPG to pay a total civil penalty of $1.37 million to the WVDEP.
Hummel ruled $1.02 million must be paid by "certified or cashier's check" in installments over the next eight months. The remaining $350,000 must be used by PPG for "Supplemental Environmental Projects," which are described as "projects or activity which improves, protects, or reduces risks to public health or the environment at large."
In May 2009, the WVDEP filed a formal civil complaint against the Pennsylvania-based company, stating that "during the conduct of its manufacturing processes, PPG discharges effluents into the Ohio River" from its manufacturing facility, known as the Natrium Plant, in Marshall County. The WVDEP notes in the complaint "the discharge of any pollutant into waters of the United States is prohibited" by the federal Clean Water Act. <more>
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Surface Finishing Expo China 2011 is the largest one in South China. Its preparatory work is moving smoothly to a new stage. Overseas publicity has been carried out successfully. Advertising of SF EXPO has been covered to America, UK, India, Germany, Russia, Japan, Turkey and Korea through different media. You can find their news on professional magazines, industry sites and institutes.
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Kansai Nerolac Paints appoints H
Nishibayashi as nominee director With effect from 30 July 2010
The board of Kansai Nerolac Paints in its meeting on 30 July 2010 has accepted the resignation of Y. Tajiri, nominee of Kansai Paint, Japan (KPJ) on the board of the company with immediate effect.
The board has appointed H. Nishibayashi as nominee director of KPJ in the casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Y. Tajiri.
Further, the board has approved the brown-field capacity expansion of Bawal unit of Rs. 68 crore. <more>
Shah Rukh Khan chosen as brand ambassador for Nerolac Paints?
There are film stars, mega stars, superstars and then, there's the unanimous star of them all: Shah Rukh Khan!
Sources close to Bollywood Hungama have informed that the King Khan has now been chosen to be the brand ambassador of Nerolac Paints. Our source also added that the reason to choose SRK as the ambassador was because of his global appeal! Even though the finer details of the deal are still being worked upon, there are strong rumors that SRK had flown to Kolkata late last week to sign on the dotted lines.
What can we say besides, long live King Khan... and his never-ending list of brand endorsements. <more>
Asian Paints hikes prices on costly inputs
Asian Paints has announced a price hike in its decorative paint segment by 1.2%. Prior to this, the company had increased prices in May and July by 4.15% and 2.6%, respectively. The paint maker has hiked prices to offset inflationary pressure on decorative products.
Asian Paints MD & CEO PM Murty said, “The cost of raw material has increased significantly, hence, we are going to witness margin pressure in the coming quarters. Raw material index in the first quarter of this fiscal stood at 106.5, with the base taken at 100 in FY10. There are supply-demand concerns for titanium dioxide (TiO2), acrylic monomers, resins and turpentine oil.” <more>
Kansai Nerolac Q1 net profit up 23%
For the quarter, the company declared net sales of Rs.5.25bn, marking a growth of 27.2 % over the same quarter of the previous year.
Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited, one of the leading Paint companies in India, today at the Board meeting announced its results for the first quarter of financial year 2010-11. For the quarter, the company declared net sales of Rs.5.25bn, marking a growth of 27.2 % over the same quarter of the previous year. Net profit of the company increased by 22.7 % over the same period last year and stood at 519.2bn <more>
Nordson Reports Record Profitability for Third Quarter
WESTLAKE, OH - Nordson Corp. has reported third-quarter sales that were strongly improved over the same period a year ago and all-time quarterly records for operating profit, net income and diluted earnings per share. For the quarter ending July 31, 2010, sales were $279 million, a 35-percent increase over sales in the prior year’s third quarter. The sales improvement included a 38-percent increase in volume partially offset by unfavorable currency translation effects. Third-quarter operating profit was $68 million, and net income was $55 million. Diluted earnings per share were $1.61, inclusive of a $0.31 tax benefit related to the previously announced sale of the company’s graphic arts UV curing product lines, an additional unrelated $0.01 one-time tax benefit, and a $0.01 restructuring charge. This earnings-per-share level is more than double that of the previous year’s third quarter.
“Our outstanding performance in the quarter clearly demonstrates that we are winning in the marketplace, capturing returning demand and serving our customers with a more efficient model,” said Nordson President and Chief Executive Officer Michael F. Hilton. “Our global team continued to execute in every segment and every region and delivered the highest quarterly level of operating profit and net income in Nordson’s history. With this record performance, we continued to generate high levels of cash and increased our dividend for the 47th consecutive year.” <more>
Jotun launches Colour Trends 2010 concept in Oman
Leading manufacturer to consolidate number one position in Oman paint market
Jotun Paints, one of the worlds leading producers and suppliers of paints and coatings, has announced the launch of its Colour Trends 2010 concept which will be available in their assortment of decorative paints in Oman - a move that is in line with the leading paint manufacturers aim to strengthen its number one position in the Oman paint market. <more>
Berger Paints expansion
Berger Paints India Ltd is considering several projects to double its capacity by 2015. It is also planning to revive the proposal to set up an automotive paint unit in Jejuri near Pune in Maharashtra.
Company Chiarman Kuldip Singh Dhingra told reporters in Kolkata after the annual general meeting that one of the investment plans is for Rs 250 crore investment to double capacity to 500,000 tons. This includes Rs 125 crore spend on setting up a water-based paint unit in Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh.
Akzo Nobel, the world's largest paint and coatings supplier, reported that Asian sales, which account for 20 percent of global revenue, helped its second quarter profit leap 76 percent from last year to $351 million.
Akzo Nobel takes a slow and steady road to integration
Employees were given enough time to adjust, says Heiko Hutmacher, Senior V-P, HR, Akzo Nobel NV..
Two years after the formal merger, ICI Paints has been officially renamed Akzo Nobel India. The transition from ICI Paints to Akzo Nobel India has been a slow but sure process.
“Employees were given more than 24 months to get adjusted to the new situation,” says Heiko Hutmacher, Senior Vice-President, HR, Akzo Nobel NV. In an interview to The New Manager, Hutmacher spoke about the various HR issues involved in the transition period, as they moved the company from being a multi-local entity to a global major. Akzo Nobel India currently has 2000 employees which would double by 2014, he said <more>
Asia Resins Report Details Growth, Trends
While performance and other considerations impact new coatings technology, environmental compliance is the chief factor driving current development, a new analysis finds.
“Manufacturers have developed a variety of coatings technologies, which differ in final product attributes,” says the report by market researchers Frost & Sullivan . “These technologies vary according to the substrate, curing conditions and method of application.<more>
Nalco Opens New Facility in India
NAPERVILLE, IL - Nalco has opened a new corporate office and research and development facility in Pune, India. The $8.5 million, 60,000-square-foot facility will serve as the headquarters for sales, marketing and supply-chain operations for NLC Nalco India Ltd. as well as house a new state-of-the-art technology and innovation center. The Pune laboratory will eventually employ more than 100 engineers and chemists.
"Pune Center will become one of Nalco's major innovation hubs for water and energy technologies. Its immediate focus will be to provide technical support to our energy upstream (oil field) and downstream (refinery and chemical processing) customers throughout the eastern hemisphere, including the Asia-Pacific region, the Caspian, Middle East, North Sea and West Africa," said Manian Ramesh, Nalco's Chief Technology Officer. "It will focus on troubleshooting and customer problem solving areas and will transform into another Center of Innovation for Energy in addition to our Sugar Land, TX, laboratories. The Pune Center will also focus on water and process research by developing integrated solutions that uniquely combine chemistry, engineering, equipment, performance data and service automation. It will build water sustainability solutions for our global customers, incorporating leading research done at our Naperville, IL, center." <more>
Seicoat Introduces Anti-Graffiti Coating
Seicoat Corp. introduced GPA-300 Graffiti Proofer Non-Stick coating for use on a variety of surfaces, reported to facilitate the removal of graffiti without the use of chemicals.
The company says the product has demonstrated effectiveness in third-party test results, with evaluation in accordance with the ASTM 6578 graffiti-resistance test method. The product is reported to resist adhesion of paint, permanent marker, stickers, and adhesives <more>
ABB helps Electrolux save energy
An ABB robotics solution has reduced the energy consumption of an Electrolux production line by 15 percent. The solution has also boosted productivity and production flexibility, improved health and safety, and significantly reduced the factory’s carbon footprint.
Every second of every day, Electrolux sells two of its products - ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers and a huge range of other domestic appliances - to consumers all over the world: a feat that requires state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and production concepts to achieve.
“Installing ABB’s robotics equipment on the new coating process has been instrumental in our sustainability success and made a huge contribution to the site reaching its emission reduction goals for the year." <more>
Nanocones as antireflection coating
Jia Zhu and Yi Cui
Reflection can be greatly reduced by graded refractive-index layers fabricated in a simple, scalable process.
10 June 2009, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.1200905.1655
When light hits the interface between media characterized by different refractive indices, a fraction is reflected: see Figure 1(a). This imposes severe limits on many optoelectronic devices such as solar cells1 and LEDs.2
A range of techniques to reduce reflection have been proposed and developed. For example, a quarter-wavelength transparent layer is typically used as an antireflection coating in solar cells. However, this technique only works for specific wavelengths. Since solar energy covers a wide range of wavelengths, a broadband method is favored. With graded refractive-index layers, light only experiences a gradual change of the refractive index instead of hitting a sharp interface—see Figure 1(c)—and reflection can be greatly reduced for a large range of wavelengths and angles of incidence. Several techniques have been developed to fabricate these layers.3,4 However, many involve complicated processes or work only for certain materials.<more>
Grace opens manufacturing facility in Western China
W. R. Grace & Co. has expanded its footprint in Asia Pacific with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Chongqing, China. The facility houses manufacturing operations for cement additives and concrete admixtures, as well as a quality control lab and office areas for administrative and sales personnel. The company is a supplier of specialty materials for a wide range of industrial applications, including sealants and coatings for food and beverage packaging, specialty chemicals, additives and building materials for commercial and residential construction.<more>
Cytec Announces Price Increases on its Epoxy Resins and Epoxy Hardeners in Europe, Middle East and Africa
Cytec Industries Inc., and its affiliated companies, announced to its customers the implementation of a price increase for its entire range BECKOPOX™ and DUROXYN® epoxy resins and epoxy hardeners in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The price increase will be applicable on all shipments as of September 1st, 2010, or as contracts allow. It will be up to EUR 0.35/kg, depending on the grade.
This pricing adjustment is necessary to compensate for increasing raw material prices over the last months. Cytec remains committed to servicing and delivering value to its customers.
European Consumption of Carbon Black, 2009 (Tonnes)
Source: IRL’s ‘Pigments &
Fillers in the European Coatings Industry’ (March 2010)
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