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Sherwin-Williams to pay $570K for hazardous wastes
The Environmental Protection Agency says paint-maker Sherwin-Williams Co. has agreed to pay $570,000 for alleged hazardous waste violations at a Baltimore plant.
The EPA announced the civil penalty Tuesday, saying the company was cited for failing to immediately respond to and prevent leaks of hazardous materials.
The federal agency says the company has not admitted or denied liability, but the penalty reflects compliance efforts and cooperation in the investigation by Sherwin-Williams. A telephone call and email sent to the Sherwin-Williams seeking comment were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.<more>





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Electrostatic Fluidized  Bed

Coating Procedures
The electrostatic fluidized bed consists of a fully automatic self contained powder coater - at the heart of whichis a box with a sliding top lid.This self contained unit works on a single phase - 300w power supply. It does not require air compressor, filter, powder gun, spray both, powder reclamation system etc. The object to be coated are loaded in the jigs. The jigs are placed inside the powder chamber and after sliding close the lid the unit is switched on for a pre-determined time depending on the thickness required (30-300).Two separately mounted electrodes polarize the powder particles. The powder paint spread previously at the bottom gets vigorously agitated. The DC high voltage simultaneously electrostatically charge this vibrating powder.hence the powder rises to coat the work pieces by pure electrostatic means.powder not deposited on the pieces falls back to the bottom and is once again whirled up in the next cycle resulting in near 100% utilization.100% powder economy is thus guaranteed and expensive cumbersome recovery system are not necessary.

No requirement of powder spray equipment
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Vijay Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

Vijay Enterprises is a leading manufacture of powder coating materials (PCM) in India. VIJAY COAT today stands as a Reliable source of High Quality and Durable Powder Coating materials at very reasonable prices. Vijay's PCM find extensive application for industrial and other demanding applications. Vijay enterprises was incorporated in 1995 with a view to supplying quality PCMs to Indian industry. Vijay's manufacturing set up is equipped with best machines from M/s Buss AG Switzerland who are world's largest manufacturer of Powder Coating Machines. Vijay has now established itself and earned a name for its quality supplies and prompt delivery at reasonable prices.

The types of powders manufactured by VIJAYCOAT are as under.
Pure Epoxy
Epoxy Polyester (Hybrid)
Pure Polyester (TGIC)
Pure Polyester (TGIC Free)
Super Durable
Poly Urethane Powder

Types of Finishes manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Semi Glossy
Specialties like Silver, Gold, Copper
Antique Finish
Hammer Tone
Wood Finish
Pearl Finish
Coloured Transparent

Technical Powders Manufactured by VIJAYCOAT
Fast Cure
Lower Temperature Cure
Thin Film Powders
Hot water resistance powders
Heat Resistant Powders for automobile silencers
Fire Retardant Powders
Powders for in contact with food stuff (Food Grade)
Electrical Insulation Grade
Lead Free and ROHS Compliant Powders
Reach registered European Powders.

Fusion Bonded Epoxy Powders
Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Reinforcing Bars

Fusion bonded Epoxy Powders for Pipe Coatings

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Slowdown in auto, non auto pinches Kansai Nerolac Paints
Kansai Nerolac Paints has reported a sales turnover of Rs 616.05 crore and a net profit of Rs 57.11 crore for the quarter ended September 2011.

HM Bharuka, the managing director of Kansai Nerolac talks to CNBC-TV18 about his company’s results. He also outlines their future plans.
Below is an edited transcript of his interview. Watch the accompanying video for more.
Q: Going ahead, will you be able to maintain margins in Q3 and Q4 like you did in Q2. What are you anticipating in terms of volume growth?
A: The second quarter was not as good as the first quarter. We are expecting Q3 to be more than
Q2 especially in case of industrial paints which is driven by automotives. The concern is on the automotive side. As far as decorative is concerned, we expect growth to continue, however, it would be moderate as compared to what it was in Q1 and Q2

Q: What would you mean by moderation? What kind of a growth rate are you expecting?
A: In the first quarter, the industry growth in decorative was about 20% and second quarter it came down to about 13-14%. According to us, Q3 and Q4 should be about 10%. From that perspective it has moderated. However, it is still at double-digit growth.

Q: Your auto segment is facing some pressure because of a slowdown there. This time around the non-auto industrial paint segment has actually done better than what the street was expecting. Do you see that outperformance continuing or are you seeing a sign of slowdown even there as well. Would you expect the volume growth in the non-auto industrial segment to hold up?
A: The non-auto industrial segment has also gone down according to me because the infrastructure is not doing well so non auto has also been affected. You are seeing value growth because the product mix is better and there is a price increase.

Q: Titanium Dioxide has been a bit of a problem. Do you expect it to soften or will that continue to haunt margins?
A: The whole raw material segment for the industry has been going up. Titanium Dioxide has been going up exceptionally as well. We feel that going forward it should go down. Unfortunately, for the industry the rupee depreciation has complicated the problem.

Q: Given that we cannot wish away the rupee deprecation just yet, do you think margins will be tough to maintain in Q3 and Q4? What kind of margins will you expect?
A: Margin would be under presser in Q3 and Q4. In Q2, margins for us were slightly better because of the inventory which we are carrying but the effect of the cost increase would be there in the third and fourth quarter.

Q: Would you go towards 12%?
A: It is difficult to say. It depends on the volume but certainly it would be under pressure.<more>

SRK to make kids happy
Shah Rukh KhanBring G.One and health into your home with colour! The association between Nerolac and SRK is not new, but this festive season they have tied up to launch a special 'G.One wall' through the company's healthy home painting services.

This gives every child a chance to have the superhero from RA.One in their room through this exclusive wall that comes in two colours - Sunny Lemon and Clare De Lune.

Shah Rukh Khan says, "I'm the brand ambassador and have been working with them for a while now. They always try to innovate and do new things, and the innovation they have come up with this time is great; like my own children, other kids can now have superheroes painted on their walls. They have come up with a system where you can have G.One in either my likeness or a cartoonised version, both of which I think kids will love. Staying true to its commitment towards safety and well-being, the brand has found a common platform with G.One - that is, they are both 'protectors'. G.One protects his family. And with Nerolac paints, every father can protect his family from harmful VOC and lead. <more>

Kansai Nerolac ties up with Ra One

Kansai Nerolac ties up with the most awaited movie of the year - Ra One.
This association came to a natural culmination in view of the uncanny similarities that these illustrious brands share with each other. The role essayed by Shahrukh Khan in the movie stands for the same values that our brand ambassador is seen enacting in the recent Nerolac TV commercial. This TVC is seen communicating the paternal instincts that drive the protagonist to choose a healthy paint devoid of adverse effects for his family. Akin to this, the movie will see Shahrukh taking it upon himself to shield his family from the troubles standing in their way.

As the TVC relays the characteristics of Kansai Nerolac Impressions Eco Clean to be odorless, stain-free, and sans harmful VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) fumes, it makes for an entrusted product for the father to pick for the well being of his family.

This alliance with Shahrukh Khan dates back to when Kansai Nerolac first introduced eco-friendly paints in the market. Being trendsetters in the paint industry, Kansai Nerolac was responsible for the creation of this category. It is for the awareness of this healthy range that the paint giants brought in Shahrukh Khan who advocated the cause of sustainable living for the brand. It is thus delightful that this association has a come full circle to be seeing Shahrukh Khan essay a similar ro-le in his latest movie, that of a protector.<more>

Extended monsoon to dampen festive sales for paint makers
An extended monsoon will add to the woes of decorative paint manufacturers who have already seen their sales slow this year as higher prices and rising interest rates have cooled demand for new homes.
“The months of September and October account for close to 40% of the overall sales of the decorative paint manufacturers. With rain still falling, the consumer is not doing any repainting work, which will lead to a drop of 10-20% in business,” said Percy Jijina, director of decorative paints at Jotun India Pvt. Ltd.
The organized paints industry market is estimated at Rs.15,500 crore, of which the decorative paints segment accounts for 65%, according to Sukhpreet Singh, general manager at Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd.
“We have accordingly factored a 170-200 basis points moderation in volume growth for paints,” said a 15 September report by Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd. One basis point is one-hundredth of a percentage point.
Over the past year, demand for decorative paints has slowed as companies including Asian Paints Ltd, AkzoNobel India Ltd, the owner of the Dulux brand, Kansai Nerolac Paints and Berger Paints India Ltd raised prices because of a rise in raw material costs. Titanium dioxide, mineral turpentine oil and other crude oil-linked raw materials are used by the paint industry. Such raw materials, “pigments, extenders and minerals account for 36% of total input costs and 17% of sales for Asian Paints,” said the Emkay Global Financial Services report.<more>

Research and Markets: Indian Paint Industry - 2011 Report - The Indian Paint Market Has the Potential to Grow Over the Decade at 15-20% Per Annum
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the "Indian Paint Industry" report to their offering.
The Indian paint industry is over 100 years old. Its beginning can be traced back to the setting up of a factory by Shalimar Paints in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1902. Until World War II, the industry consisted of small producers and two foreign companies. After the war, the imports stopped, which led to the setting up of manufacturing facilities by local entrepreneurs. Still, the foreign companies continued to dominate the market. Initially British paint companies such as Goodlass Walls (now Goodlass Nerolac), ICI, British Paints (now Berger Paints), Jenson & Nicholson and Blundell & Eomite dominated the market.
The industry has been doing well for the past couple of years. In spite of global economic slowdown the industry is performing well. The Indian paint market has the potential to grow over the decade at 15-20% per annum as the current per capita consumption is much lower as compared to other developing economies. The per capita consumption of paints in India is 1.25 kg against 51.7 kg in Qatar, 38 kg in Singapore or 25.8 kg in the U.S. Even China has a per capita consumption of 2.5 kg and Sri Lanka 3.5 kg.<more>

Asian Paints Q2 net up 9% at Rs 213 cr
Asian Paints, on a standalone basis, posted a nine per cent rise in net profit at Rs 213 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2011, as against Rs 196 crore logged in the same period last year.
Net sales increased by 26 per cent to Rs 1,844 crore (Rs 1,470 crore).
The board of directors has recommended payment of an interim dividend of Rs. 9.50 per share (95 per cent).
“The ‘decorative' products sale was impacted by an extended monsoon during the second quarter. In most segments, the underlying demand has been good. Continued upward trend in raw material prices along with depreciation in rupee remain an area of concern,” Mr P.M. Murty, Managing Director, said.
The industrial business, especially the auto OE segment, saw some pressure due to a subdued demand. Political events and macro-economic uncertainty in some countries continue to affect international performance though South Asia has done well, he added.<more>

Akzo Nobel India Q2 net profit declines 28% to Rs263 million
Akzo Nobel India total income for the quarter is Rs3,015 million compared to a total income of Rs2,393 million; a QoQ growth of 26%

Akzo Nobel India Ltd has announced its unaudited results for the quarter ended 30 September of the fiscal 2011-12.

The company’s total income for the quarter is Rs3,015 million compared to a total income of Rs2,393 million; a QoQ growth of 26%. Its profit after tax (PAT) for the quarter is Rs263 million compared to a PAT of Rs365 million; a QoQ decline of 28% <more>

Berger Award for young architects

Award recipients at the programme.
Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited (BPBL) organised an award giving ceremony for the students of architecture (2010), in collaboration with the Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on October 22. The event was held at BUET auditorium, says a press release.
Professor Habibur Rahman, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BUET, was present as the chief guest. Professor S.M. Nazrul Islam and Rupali Chowdhury, managing director of Berger Paints, were present as special guests.
Architect Jalal Ahmed, general secretary of Institute of Architecture Bangladesh; noted painter Hashem Khan; Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, Professor Shaheda Rahman and Ahsan Ullah Majumder -- from the Department of Architecture, BUET, were the members of the jury<more>

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings expands manufacturing facilities with Izmir Plant
AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has expanded its facilities at the manufacturing plant in Izmir, Turkey. Opened on September 23, 2011 by Leif Darner, AkzoNobel board member responsible for performance coatings. The extensions include office buildings, a new warehouse and a new SBU R&D lab which will become a Center of Expertise for both standard and special effect products. The manufacturing facility started operations in July 2000, as part of a joint venture with the Altan family. The Izmir site has become increasingly important over the last few years and now produces a significant proportion of high quality architectural products for Europe. "This is an excellent example of our commitment to the emerging markets," said AB Ghosh, managing director BU Powder Coatings. "Our operations in Turkey have grown steadily over the years and we continue to strengthen our position and develop our organizational structures as well as grow capacity there.<more>

PPG to Form Fiber Glass Joint Venture with Harsha in India
PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with Harsha Exito Engineering Private Limited (India) to establish a 50-50 joint venture for the manufacture and sale of fiber glass reinforcement products. The transaction is subject to the completion of due diligence and the negotiation of definitive documentation. Financial information was not disclosed.

“Over the next several months, PPG and Harsha will be working to finalize a fiber glass joint venture in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to primarily serve the Indian market,” said Thomas P. Kerr, PPG vice president, fiber glass. “We are encouraged by the prospect of continuing to expand PPG's global reach, particularly in emerging markets.” <more>

Huntsman to Build New Asia Pacific Technology Center in Shanghai

The Woodlands, Texas - Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced that it will invest approximately $40 million to build a new Asia Pacific Regional Technology Center (ATC) in Shanghai’s Minhang Economic & Technological Development Zone, to support the rapidly growing demand for world-class technology and innovation from customers across the Asia Pacific region.
The state-of-the-art facility will comprise machine halls, laboratories and offices, accommodating up to 400 technical experts, and will replace the existing Technology Center, located nearby, which was first opened in September 2008. This facility will complement existing Technology Centers in The Woodlands, Texas and Brussels, Belgium as well as smaller regional centers.
Construction for the new ATC is expected to commence in January 2012, with completion planned for mid-2013. In parallel, part of the existing Technology Center will be converted into an auditorium and display area, which together with the new facility will form an integrated technology and innovation campus.
Anthony P Hankins, Huntsman’s CEO Asia Pacific commented: “The expansion of our research and technology capability in this key region reflects Huntsman’s desire and commitment to grow in partnership with our customers by delivering innovative solutions more effectively and efficiently. The Huntsman technology center will be completely aligned to support Asia's fast-growing industries, including developing new energy-saving material solutions for the strategic industries as outlined in China's 12th Five-Year Plan.” <more>

Dr Voytek Gutowski: developing multifunctional polymer surfaces and interphases
Dr Voytek Gutowski is known nationally and internationally for his work in developing and commercialising multifunctional surfaces and interphases for bonding and electrostatic coating of polymers, composites, wood and bio-based materials.
What are multifunctional interphases?
Current activities
Academic qualifications
What are multifunctional interphases?

The interphase is an intermediate molecular structure between two different materials, for example between the surface of:
a plastic bumper bar and painted coating
aluminium cladding panels and silicone adhesive.
The role of this nano-thin layer of specialty multifunctional molecules is to make two entirely different materials compatible, so that they can be effectively joined together and function as an integral system for the intended service life.
'In our work we design and make specific molecular structures that provide strongly-bonded multiple molecular bridges between various surfaces and coatings, for example between a plastic bumper bar and its finishing coat, which once baked will not peel, scratch or chip under normal wear and tear,' says Dr Voytek Gutowski.
Current activities

Dr Gutowski is currently applying his work on multifunctional interphases on polymeric materials and composites for end uses in a range of industries, including: <more>

White ousts silver as America's favorite automotive paint color
When it comes to tastes in automobiles, Europeans and Americans tend to be on opposite sides of the spectrum. Small trumps big. Manual over automatic. Car against truck. Black versus white.

That's right, automotive paint supplier PPG says 20% of new cars in North America were white in 2011, while black dominated Europe with 26%. The Asian market preferred the neutrality of silver, which colored 25% of vehicles sold there.

Truth be told, none of the three major global markets embraced any real colors, as white, silver, and black made up the top three in each region. In North America, the order was white-silver-black, Europeans had it black-white-silver, while Asians chose silver-white-black. White took over the top spot globally with, of course, silver and black tied for second. Last year, silver topped PPG's list.<more>

Akzo Nobel profit down 37 percent in Q3
Akzo Nobel NV, the world's largest maker of paints and coatings, says profits fell sharply in the third quarter as higher raw materials costs ate away margins. The company plans a restructuring but did not say how many jobs it will cut.
Net profit at Wal-Mart's main paint supplier fell 37 percent to euro149 million ($205 million), while sales rose 4.8 percent to euro4.05 billion, the company said Thursday in a statement. Chief Executive Hans Wijers noted the revenue growth but called the commodity cost increases that hit margins "unprecedented" and said he does not expect macroeconomic conditions to improve in the short term.<more>

PPG Industries buying Dyrup in $157.2M deal
PPG Industries Inc. finalized a deal to buy European coatings company Dyrup A/S from public holding company Monberg & Thorsen for a total of 115 million euros ($157.2 million).
The transaction's value includes assumed debt, the company said Tuesday. PPG, which makes paints, coatings and a number of specialty products, did not break out the debt amount.
"Once finalized, the acquisition of Dyrup will enable PPG to continue to expand its geographic reach within Europe as well as its product portfolio to include Dyrup's established strong brands, particularly in wood care products," PPG Executive Vice President J. Rich Alexander said in a statement.<more>

Toyota approves PPG clearcoat for new Lexus supercar
Oct. 10, 2011—PPG Industries on Monday announced Toyota has endorsed the use of its Global Refinish System D8113 clearcoat for refinish repair on the new Lexus LFA super sports car.
The PPG clearcoat is the first to pass Toyota’s specification criteria for the $400,000 vehicle’s signature matte black finish, according to PPG.<more>

DuPont Said to Seek Buyers for Teijin Venture, Powder Paint Unit
DuPont Co., the third-biggest U.S. chemical maker, is seeking buyers for a polyester-film joint venture and a business that makes powder-based paint, said people with knowledge of the matter.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is advising DuPont on the sale of DuPont Teijin Films Ltd., owned jointly by Wilmington, Delaware- based DuPont and Osaka, Japan-based Teijin Ltd. (3401), said the people, who declined to be identified because the process is private. Greenhill & Co. is working with DuPont on the powder- coatings sale, the people said. The assets would likely fetch less than $1 billion each, the people said.
The powder-coatings business is part of DuPont’s performance-coatings operations, a unit that accounted for 12 percent of the company’s $31.5 billion in revenue last year. Ellen Kullman, who became chief executive officer in January 2009, has been steering DuPont toward faster-growing products such as food enzymes and biofuel with her $7.1 billion purchase of food-ingredient maker Danisco A/S this year.
“DuPont has made very few divestitures since Kullman took over,” Mark Gulley, a New York-based analyst at Ticonderoga Securities who rates the shares “buy,” said in a telephone interview. “This is probably overdue.”
DuPont has completed six separate sales of assets in the past three years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. One of the deals fetched $40 million, while prices for the others weren’t disclosed.
Solae Venture
DuPont is also considering buying the 28 percent stake it doesn’t already own in its Solae LLC soy-products joint venture with Bunge Ltd. (BG), one person said. DuPont had been seeking a buyer for the venture since July and has now put that process on hold while it decides whether to merge the business with Danisco, the person said.
Danisco may have provided DuPont with the infrastructure and expertise it needs to make Solae more profitable, Gulley said. Combining Danisco’s dairy-focused food business with Solae would be “very complementary” and “enable higher growth,” Kullman said in a Jan. 10 conference call discussing DuPont’s bid for Danisco.
DuPont and Bunge formed Solae in 2003 when they merged two businesses. Solae makes more than 1,000 products, including soy proteins used in hot cereals, sports drinks, vegetarian foods and meat products. The venture employs about 2,400 people.<more>

Colorcon and BASF Announce Collaboration to Develop Film Coating Applications Using Kollicoat® Smartseal 30 D
HARLEYSVILLE, Pa. and LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Colorcon, Inc. and BASF have announced a collaboration for the development of future film coating systems using Kollicoat® Smartseal 30 D, and a new Colorcon pre-formulated additive.
Colorcon has developed a pre-formulated additive system for use with Kollicoat Smartseal 30 D which enables efficient preparation and application of this polymer in taste masking applications. The pre-formulated additive lowers the number of materials to be dispensed by 50% and reduces the preparation time by almost 40%.
"We have chosen Kollicoat Smartseal 30 D because it is the best-in-class reverse enteric polymer for taste masking," saidKamlesh Oza, General Manager Film Coating at Colorcon. "Kollicoat Smartseal 30 D is the first water-based dispersion having both taste masking and moisture barrier properties. It was developed to simplify and accelerate aqueous film coating operations, and opens new doors for formulating tablet, pellet, and particle coatings. Our collaboration to develop the additive will bring batch-to-batch color consistency, performance, speed and simplicity enabling easy reconstituting of the film former in pharmaceutical coating operations while maintaining functionality."
"Smartseal 30 D is the latest innovation in our Kollicoat portfolio, which completes the formulator toolbox by adding taste masking and moisture protection to the functionalities. We are very happy that the market leader in film-coating will closely collaborate with us in this application area," said Dr. Ralf Fink, Vice President Global Marketing Pharma Ingredients at BASF.<more>

Arkema, RMB Products Partner to Reinforce Rilsan Pipe Coating Solutions
RMB Products has entered into a working partnership with Arkema’s Technical Polymers division to reinforce Arkema’s Rilsan high-performance fine powder coatings for applications such as water desalination and water treatment.

In the water industry, Rilsan fine powder coating solutions have been utilized for coating fittings, valves, pumps and pipes. The engineering bio-plastic is produced from a renewable resource based on vegetables.
Rilsan coating solutions protect pipes from common corrosion and pitting problems when utilized in water desalination and treatment piping and are able to reduce a piping system’s installation expenditure by half. Extensive study by Arkema proves that carbon steel coated with Rilsan fine powder decreases CO2 emissions by over 40% than super duplex stainless steel.
Adrien Lapeyre, who serves as Sales and Business Development Manager of Rilsan fine powders at Arkema’s North American Technical Polymers business, stated that the Rilsan-coated carbon steel is an economical and technically accepted replacement to stainless steel in water treatment and desalination plants. Rilsan-coated carbon steel pipe provides an extensive range of chemical resistance and high aging resistance, and protects components during storage and handling, he added.<more>

AXSON unites BS Coatings, Revocoat and Axson Technologies
The new AXSON group unites BS Coatings, Revocoat and Axson Technologies to create a specialist in high performance polymer formulation.

BSR Group, a holding company owning Revocoat and BS Coatings, acquired AXSON Technologies, a manufacturer of epoxy resins and polyurethanes systems, earlier this year. In September 2011, the BSR Group changed its name to AXSON.
Revocoat supplies sealers and anti-corrosion products to the automotive industry. BS Coatings develops coating solutions intended for the hydrocarbons, water, industry and building markets.
“Our three businesses together represent a major asset for AXSON’s customers who will now have access to a broader range of solutions,” says Charles Churet, Chairman of AXSON. “And every customer will benefit from the synergy of the expertise, R&D facilities and worldwide presence of these three businesses”.
The new AXSON group, headquartered in France, has 800 employees and 25 subsidiaries and 16 production and R&D sites around the world.<more>

Japan's chemical companies seek to expand overseas
Most of the investment projects being undertaken by Japan's chemical companies are located overseas, where the fast-growing Asian market and ready availability of cost-competitive raw materials promise an improvement in competitiveness and profitability. With a strengthening Yen and little growth potential in the domestic market, investment in Japan is limited to small-scale projects for high-performance products and business restructuring.
Mitsubishi Chemical Group, the largest chemical company in Japan, aims to "expand operations through partnerships with overseas leading companies," according to Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, president and CEO ofMitsubishi Chemical Holdings.
The company signed an agreement with China's Sinopec for a comprehensive partnership which is gearing up to open new plants for bisphenol A (BPA) and polycarbonate (PC) resins in Beijing in the fourth quarter of 2011. Other projects are under negotiation for implementation by the end of this fiscal year (ending March 31, 2012).<more>

Ancient 'paint factory' discovered in South Africa
Two of the artefacts foundPainting kits used by humans over 100,000 years ago have been found in a cave in South Africa.
The discovery includes red and yellow dyes, as well as shell containers that could have been used as paint pots.
Stones and pieces of bone used to make the paint paste were also discovered at the site.
Researchers say the extraordinary findings show that humans were thinking in a modern way hundreds of thousands of years ago.
Prof Christopher Henshilwood, who was part of the team, says the paint could have been used to paint bodies, leather bags or other objects.
If this is true, it shows the human mind advancing ahead of the rest of the animal world.
Blombos Cave, the site where the discovery was made, is famous for its remarkable archaeological treasures.
Scientists have been scraping down through its sandy floor for twenty years and have found several artefacts left by the Middle Stone Age people who lived there.<more>

Fire at a paintshop in Pithampur
A fire erupted on Monday Oct 31st  due to short circuit in Rajshree Engineering, Pithampur, in its paintshop. The company manufactures vehicle chassis <more>



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We are powder coating mild steel articles as follows:

 Mild steel article + Zinc Plating (10 microns) + Zinc phsophating + Pure Polyster powder (70~80 microns)

 Adequate quality parameters are maintained for plating ,phosphating and powder coating line.  The primary adhesion is satisfactory. Components when exposed to Salt Spray Test (ASTM B 117) or to Humidity test ( 46+/- 2 deg.C, 95% relative humidity) show blisters on powder after about 150 hours. The secondary adhesion fails in this case. May I request you to explain the probable reasons and solution to this problem?


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Dear ShripadChitale:


Thank you for your question.  The details you provide are very helpful in understanding your problem.  Please let me know if you are using a TGIC-based polyester or an HAA based polyester.  These products behave differently.


First of all, adhesion to zinc plating is more difficult than adhesion to mild steel.  The plating is less reactive and less porous than conventional steel.  The use of zinc phosphate may not be the best to achieve adhesion of the polyester powder.  A chromate pretreatment will probably produce better results; however there may be toxicity issues and local emissions regulations that may affect your decision to use chromate.  Before using the chromate you may have to activate the surface.  Cyanide deposition techniques usually call for a nitric acid dip activation, whereas chloride zinc processes work better with a hydrochloric acid activation.  I would check with your chemical pretreatment supplier for their recommendations on products they offer for activation and chromating.


If you cannot use chromate due to environmental regulations then I would approach a couple powder coating suppliers for their solution to this problem.  In general, TGIC based polyesters work better than HAA types.  And epoxy based powders work better than polyesters.  Also higher grade powders (more costlier) may work better.  Low cost powders that contain high levels of cheap fillers will undoubtedly fail adhesion and salt fog resistance.  One other approach to consider would be preheating the parts prior to powder coating application.  This sometimes can eradicate an adhesion problem.


Best regards,


Joe Powder


Dear Joe Powder,


Can anybody teach me, the specific gravity of powder coating. How to calculate the Specific Gravity of the mixture of powder coating?

With Sincere Regards,



Dear Salvyn, 

Here is how to calculate the theoretical specific gravity of a powder coating.  Set up a spreadsheet with 4 columns.  First column: name of raw material. Second column: weight of raw material in percent. Third column: the specific gravity of raw material.  Be careful not to use the “bulk density” of the raw material but the specific gravity.  This can be found on the technical data sheet and also in the MSDS under physical properties.  Fourth column: "volume".  Calculate the volume of each raw material by dividing the raw material weight by the raw material volume.  Sum up the values in the volume column.  Then divide the weight total (should be 100) by the volume sum.  This gives the theoretical specific gravity of the powder coating formula.


Specific Gravity Calculations

Raw Material




Polyester Resin




Epoxy resin




Flow Agent








Carbon Black








Blanc Fixe









SG =





A laboratory technique can be used to measure the specific gravity of powder coating.  A couple test methods are detailed in ASTM D5965 - 02(2007) Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity of Coating Powders.  The first method uses a displacement technique where a given weight of powder is introduced into a fluid of known specific gravity and the displacement is measured in a graduated vessel.  Kerosene (lamp oil) is commonly used.  The second technique uses a helium pycnometer and the measurement is based on the Ideal Gas Law.  Helium pycnometers are specialized instruments and can be purchased from Micrometrics  ( and other instrument suppliers.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,


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Abhijit Roy, Chief Operating Officer, Berger Paints India Ltd
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Abhijit Roy, Chief Operating Officer, Berger Paints India Ltdstarted his post MBA career in the year 1991. The foundation for his knowledge was laid at BE- Mechanical from Jadavpur University, Calcutta and MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He started his career with Asian Paints (I) Ltd. After three years in Asian Paints working in Sales in West Bengal based out of Calcutta, Mr. Roy joined Lab Garnier, a division of L’Oreal in 1994 (when they entered India) and was instrumental in launching Ultra Doux shampoo and Synergie brands of Garnier in East India. He has joined Berger in the year 1996 as Product Manager for ColorBank Tinting System. He was promoted as the GM Marketing in 2004 where he was responsible for the entire marketing function for Berger Paints Indian operations.

Berger Paints India Limited manufactures and markets a range of decorative & industrial paint products under various product brands and has it operations spread throughout the length & breath of the country; with seven manufacturing facilities in India and more than 82 depots, several regional & area offices, besides four facilities overseas. It has a workforce of over 2300 employees and a countrywide distribution network of 12000 plus dealers.

Speaking with Yash Ved of IIFL, Abhijit Roy says, “The company is planning to enter into newer segment such as construction chemicals, which is a combination of liquid paints and cement.”

Brief us about your expansion plans?
The company is planning to ramp up capacity at its existing units and at units under implementation. It has already doubled the capacity of its water-based paints unit in Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh.

The capacity at West Bengal's Rishra unit was also being increased from 3,000 tonnes to 5,000 tonnes monthly and would be completed by January-February 2012.

The company is also planning to add capacities in its resin unit at Goa.<more>

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