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BASF, Shell told to pay $382 mln by Brazil court
(Reuters) - German chemicals maker BASF and oil major Shell have been told by a Brazilian court to pay $382 million into a compensation fund for former employees at a pesticides plant who said their health suffered from working there.
BASF said on Tuesday it would appeal the ruling and would continue talks with the plaintiffs and with Shell to reach an out-of-court settlement.
A Shell spokeswoman said: "Shell does not agree with this decision, but we will abide by it until appeals have been ruled on by higher courts".
In its annual report, BASF had said Shell operated the site in the Brazilian municipality of Paulinia until 1995, when Shell sold it to American Cyanamid. BASF, which bought the plant in 2000, claims the site had been contaminated by Shell.<more>
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Berger Paints looking for buys, both at home and abroad
Berger Paints India Ltd is looking for “suitable” acquisitions.
Mr Abhijit Roy, the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, told Business Line that merchant bankers had been told to look for potential targets — both in the country and abroad.
“In the overseas market, we are looking for acquisition of technology. However, in the domestic market any acquisition move should be driven by the possibility of increasing market share,” Mr Roy said.
The company is implementing a number of greenfield and brownfield capacity addition programmes to increase domestic production from 24,000 tonnes in 2011-12 to 44,000 tonnes in 2012-13. The total project cost is estimated at Rs 250 crore.
The No.2 Indian paint company has entered Poland through an acquisition which boasts of energy efficient and protective external insulation finishing system. Berger Paints is also present in Russia and Nepal through subsidiaries.
“We are definitely looking at opportunities, but at the right price. Though the slowdown effect has affected players globally, the valuations have not really come down from the perspective of buyouts,” he said.<more>
PPG and Asian Paints receive approval to expand India coatings joint venture
Companies add second venture to accelerate growth
PITTSBURGH, July 12, 2012 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced today that it has received the necessary approvals from Indian authorities to expand its coatings joint venture and also to create a second joint venture with Asian Paints Ltd. (APL), India’s largest coatings company. Financial terms were not disclosed.
PPG and APL will expand their current 50-50 joint venture, Mumbai-based Asian PPG Industries, to now serve India’s industrial liquid, marine, consumer packaging and transportation coatings customers. PPG and APL also will form a second 50-50 joint venture, Asian Paints PPG Limited, to serve protective, industrial powder, industrial container and light industrial coatings customers.
“The expansion of PPG’s more than 15-year successful relationship with Asian Paints will position both companies for accelerated growth in nondecorative coatings to take advantage of the long-term growth of the Indian economy,” said Mike Horton, president, PPG Asia Pacific, and vice president, automotive refinish and architectural coatings, Asia Pacific.
Both joint ventures leverage PPG’s global scale, technology and customer relationships with APL’s Indian customer base, manufacturing footprint, distribution channels and local relationships, according to Horton.<more>
Fire at Akzo Nobel India Ltd's Mohali Factory
There was a fire at one of the raw material storage rooms of Akzo Nobel India Ltd's Mohali factory. The standalone fire was controlled and contained quickly by the efforts of the Punjab and Chandigarh Fire Services and the Company's security staff. Except for the Storage room, rest of the factory building is not damaged. The cause of the fire is being determined.
There was no injuries consequent to this fire. The facility is adequately insured and no significant loss in revenue is expected.<more>
Slowing economy begins to hit Asian Paints sales
The volume contraction in the domestic decorative paint business came as another negative surprise
R Sree Ram
The Asian Paints stock plunged 3.4% to Rs. 3,598 on Monday after the company said its sales growth in the June quarter slowed to 12.3%. In the previous four quarters, the paint maker, on an average, posted a 24.7% rise in sales. This time analysts were expecting the company to register around 20% growth in sales. But high inventories at dealers and weak demand led to a subdued performance in the June quarter.
The volume contraction in the domestic decorative paint business came as another negative surprise. Emkay Global Financial Services notes that the volumes at the domestic decorative business declined by 2% in June quarter. According to the brokerage house, the company has been posting a volume growth of 9-20% in most of the previous 12 quarters.
Pritesh Chheda of Emkay Global Financial Services said in a note, “In Q1FY13, Asian Paints registered volume decline of 2% (after adjustment of industrial paints business) in domestic decorative paint business; delivery was below expectations. There was no adverse base as well, since Q1FY12 had a normalized volume growth of 14.6% yoy.” <more>
‘We may feel some heat in the second quarter’
Mr Abhijit Roy, Managing Director, Berger Paints
Although crude prices eased recently, gains were erased by rupee depreciation At a turnover of Rs 2,660 crore, Berger Paints is now the second largest paint company in the country. In an interview to Business Line, the Managing Director, Mr Abhijit Roy, explained his vision to take company to newer heights.
Berger is exploring acquisition opportunities in India and abroad. Will you kindly elaborate the strategy behind?
In India, we are primarily looking forward to add volumes. In abroad, the guiding force is access to technology which can be brought back to India.
How did you gain from acquisition of Bolix in Poland?
As a business, Bolix is turned around. We are now planning to launch “Bolix EIFS” – an energy insulation finishing system – in India in another couple of weeks. It guarantees 30 per cent savings on electricity bill.
Is EIFS a paint? How costly is this product?
It is not a paint. It’s a system by which we put a thick layer of foam on the wall and paint it to protect from weather. This technology is popular in Europe to protect from cold. In India, we developed it for energy savings.
It will be useful for businesses such as call centres, cold storages, etc which remain operational round the clock. The product is tested at the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) at Roorkee.
The product is 12-15 times costlier (per sq ft basis) than normal paint. But the cost can be easily recovered through savings on electricity bill.
Which technologies you are now eyeing to access through future acquisitions?
We are looking forward to technologies in various product categories such as industrial paint, high end wood coat. Wood coat is used in premium wood products such as kitchen cabinet, etc.
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New paint uses sun to self-clean
Ingredient could be used in paint for antibacterial walls or to coat touchscreens
New sunlight-activated plastic lawn furniture keeps itself clean and white after two years of sitting outdoors, new research finds. The same ingredient that kills bacteria and fungi in that plastic could one day go into paint for antibacterial walls and a coating for smudge-resistant touchscreens, the researchers say.
Scientists have long studied how titanium dioxide, a chemical commonly found in paint, sunscreens and cosmetics, destroys microbes and the stubborn layer of slime they create when they colonize a surface. When titanium dioxide molecules are exposed to sunlight, it kicks off a chemical reaction that creates free radicals, which penetrate the cell walls of bacteria and fungi and damage their DNA. <more>
Dulux assigns digital duties to 'Bang in the Middle'
Dulux will allocate between 5 to 10 per cent of their media budget to digital
Akzo Nobel India has brought in Bang in the Middle on board as the digital communication partner for Dulux Paints. Bang in the Middle would be responsible for strategising and implementing a suite of digital services to spruce up Dulux’s online presence.
Naresh Gupta, managing partner, Bang in the Middle, told Campaign India that the agency won the business following a pitch.
"Dulux will allocate between 5 to 10 per cent of their media budget to digital. Hopefully by next month the first bit of work on social media will be released. Its an ongoing process and we will be releasing work consistently," he said.
Pushkar Jain, marketing manager, Dulux, Akzo Nobel India, said, “We are actively engaging in the digital space so as to create interactive dialogues with our consumers and even reach out to a larger audience base. Through our association with Bang in the Middle, we hope to impact consumer behavior through digital experiences.<more>
PPG Industries earns recognition as John Deere ‘Partner-level supplier’
PITTSBURGH, July 2, 2012 – PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2011 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating.
Pittsburgh-based PPG was selected for the honor based on its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. PPG supplies electrocoat, liquid and powder coatings, and pretreatment products to John Deere’s operations globally.
Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.<more>
New Paints Prevent Fouling of Ships' Hulls
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology have spent nine years developing new environmentally friendly and effective antifouling paints through a joint research program called Marine Paint.<more>
AkzoNobel inaugurates its biggest office complex world-wide in China
AkzoNobel today officially inaugurated its new China head office in Shanghai. It’s another amazing milestone AkzoNobel achieved in its history in China by moving all its 21 businesses in China into one office building. Accommodating up to 1,000 employees who in the past worked in different premises in the city, the China new head office now became the biggest AkzoNobel office complex worldwide.
Mr. Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, unveiled the company’s new China head office and said: “China is one of the first countries I visited after I officially took over as CEO of AkzoNobel. I am excited to be part of AkzoNobel’s growth in China today. The opening of the new China head office underlines the crucial role that China, and the 21 businesses we have based here, are playing in our sustainable growth strategy. China is the second largest contributor to our global revenue. And its potential is huge. We will definitely continue to grow here and are committed to investing in our business and people in China.”<more>
Jotun increases production in China
Jotun Group, the manufacturer of paints, coatings and powder coatings, has pledged to increase its presence in China by offering continuous investment in the coming years.
As part of its efforts to address the growing demands of the Asian market, the group recently unveiled its powder coatings factory and regional research and development center in China.
With a total investment of 200 million yuan ($31.4 million), the new production facility for powder coatings was established at its original factory, which is located in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, and focuses on the production of protective coatings and decorative paints.
The factory in Zhangjiagang covers an area of 130,000 square meters with production capacity for powder coatings of about 10,000 tons a year.<more>
Your Lawn Furniture Could Clean Itself One Day
Eventually your lawn furniture is going to get gross with mould, algae, moss, fungi or other bacterial yuck. While you get to go in and take a shower, your furniture just festers. That’s unless it’s made with titanium dioxide, as these German researchers discovered.
Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology in Germany are experimenting with covering lawn furniture and other surfaces with a photocatalyitic coating of titanium dioxide. These molecules are “activated” by UV light, causing them to go after organic molecules with a chemical fury. The press release from the institute explains:<more>
Asian Paints Q1 results on July 20, 2012
Asian Paints Ltd has informed BSE that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on July 20, 2012, inter alia, to consider the following:1. To consider and approve the audited financial results of the Company for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 (Q1).2. To consider and approve the unaudited consolidated financial results of the Company for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.Source : BSE <more>
Innovative Method to Control Phase of Titanium Dioxide at Room Temperature
A new method to control the phase of titanium dioxide (TiO2) at room temperature has been developed by a research team from North Carolina State University (NC State). The innovation is expected to make the material more efficient in several applications, including optical communication technologies, smart sensors, antimicrobial coatings, hydrogen production and photovoltaic cells.
A new technique allows researchers to control the phase of the titanium dioxide by modifying the structure of the titanium trioxide and sapphire substrate.
Commonly, TiO2 is available in one of the two critical phases, called anatase and rutile. The atoms in TiO2 arrange themselves in one of the two phases or crystalline structures and the arrangement demonstrate the material’s electronic, chemical and optical properties. Hence, each phase has different features. The anatase phase is suitable for applications like hydrogen production and can also be used as an antibacterial agent, while the rutile phase is ideal for applications, such as optical communication technologies, smart sensors and photovoltaic cells.<more>
Absorbent Paint Could Soak Up Chemical Weapons, Protecting Vehicle Occupants From Deadly Gas
U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams tank U.S. Army via Wikimedia Commons
Syria’s regime announced for the first time this week that it has chemical weapons, and stands ready to use them if attacked. A new type of paint could potentially guard against it, protecting tanks and armored vehicles with a special chemical-absorbing topcoat.
Scientists at the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, like a British DARPA, worked with a company called AkzoNobel to develop the paint. It contains super absorbent silica gel, the same stuff that comes in those little bead-packets inside new shoeboxes and bags. The material can absorb chemicals, like maybe nerve gas, before they could reach a vehicle’s interior.
It would be a nice topcoat for a special type of paint that can be easily peeled off. This could make it easier to clean — when the nerve gas is soaked up, and the tank is back in a safe area, soldiers could just peel off the paint and throw it away. The Engineer says the paint is sticky like a Post-It is sticky — adhesive enough to hold it in place, but easy to remove.<more>
INESFLY Africa launches new paint product to fight malaria
Management of INESFLY Africa Project, a manufacturing company on Monday launched its product christened ‘INESFLY Paint’- a powerful and cost effective tool to control malaria.
Dr Pilar Mateo, Inventor and Spanish Scientist, launching the product in Accra explained that, INESFLY is a coated insecticide, acaricide and growth regulator of arthropods that present its active ingredients in micro-encapsulated and has a low and gradual release mechanism with a long residual action.<more>
DuPont Q2 figures good but performance chemicals slip
DuPont net income slipped 3% in the second quarter due to a slide in sales in its performance chemicals, electronics, and safety and protection divisions.
Performance chemicals saw sales of $2bn, down 1% – volumes were down 10%, a fall offset by a 9% rising in selling prices. These lower volumes reflect continued softness in titanium dioxide, particularly in Asia Pacific and Europe, and weakening demand in fluoropolymers, claimed the company.
However, overall DuPont said that its business was doing well<more>
BASF Predicts The Future–In Color
Paint manufacturer BASF just released its color forecast that projects out to five years. If you’re contemplating what color to paint your next project, check this out. BASF says that we’re headed for more color. Currently black, white and silvers make up from 50-80% of their production. What they’re forecasting for the coming years is, “Future colors will be ‘naturally cultivated’ with nuanced berry and copper tones, along with natural colors such as brown, blue and green,” said Paul Czornij, Technical Manager for the BASF Color Excellence group. “The increasing inclination of society to celebrate beauty in earth tones and more traditional green and blue hues is the basis for this trend.”
Especially the color green will be seen more in the coming years. “There are signs from automakers and consumers that the desire for more color on the roads is continuing. We will be tapping into further color spaces, such as bronzes and emeralds,” says Mark Gutjahr, Head of Design for BASF in Europe. “The continued high value assigned to the notion of ecology may now again be signified by the color green.”<more>
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I am in powder coating and anodizing since 1998 and am presently working in Nigeria. I have peeling of the powder on thick aluminium profile of about 3 mm thickness or more like , though I follow the curing schedule in calibrated oven with temp tracker and chromate pretreatment. Generally dark colors like RAL 8016, 1303 and 9007,etc have a tendency of peeling on the thick profiles. Can you offer some solution?
Thank you for the question. I would start by eliminating possibilities. First check the powder for complete cure. Take a known sample (small test part?) that has been coated and cured to specification. Then check solvent resistance as a measure of cure. Use acetone or a similar solvent. Next check adhesion issues. Take a very clean test part, abrade the surface with sandpaper or Scotchbrite. Then clean thoroughly with solvent and then run through your chromate system. Run one clean part without the chromate as well. There may be something amiss in your chromate system. Also check your coating thickness. Is it abnormally high? Too thick may cause adhesion issues. Also try another powder or powder supplier.
Please let me know if any of this helps solve the problem.
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What could be weather effects on epoxy polyester coated iron; sunny and salty environment and sun exposure?
The weather effects would be quite severe. The epoxy-polyester based powder will resist corrosion if formulated correctly, but the UV exposure would quickly degrade the coating. The degradation would manifest itself as chalking, yellowing and eventual polymeric breakdown. If a very thick coating (epoxy-polyester) were applied this may provide protection for a longer period of time, but the coating would be incrementally eroding. Regardless of which technology you consider, it is imperative to have excellent cleaning and metal pretreatment.
As for the best system for your to consider - I recommend a high quality polyester or polyurethane applied to a zinc phosphate or iron phosphate pretreatment. An even better system would be a epoxy primer followed by a polyester or polyurethane topcoat.
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DuPont Industrial Coating Solutions has announced the assignment of Ronald W. Hull as the new DuPont Powder Coatings North America sales manager, effective June 1, 2012. Hull is currently the global business manager for Advanced Interlayers, DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers. He has been a part of the DuPont organization for 21 years, holding numerous management positions in sales, marketing, product development, operations, engineering and Six Sigma. In his new role, he will manage the powder and industrial e-coat sales activities in the United …<more>
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