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C8 Lawsuits Filed Against DuPont
DuPont is facing four lawsuits in West Virginia over exposure to a chemical used by one of its plants.
The lawsuits were filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
The cases are separate from an earlier class-action lawsuit that claimed water supplies in West Virginia and Ohio were contaminated with C8. DuPont uses C8 at its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg. The suits allege that the contamination resulted in cancer and other illnesses that a science panel concluded are linked to C8.
DuPont spokesman Dan Turner says the company will defend itself against any personal injury lawsuits that aren't based upon valid science.
He says such lawsuits ignore family history and lifestyle choices as a primary cause of health problems in specific individuals.<more>
New coating for aluminum developed to replace cancer-causing product; University of Nevada, Reno research team finds elusive self-healing formulation for defense, aerospace
RENO, Nev. – A research team at the University of Nevada, Reno has developed a new environmentally-friendly coating for aluminum to replace the carcinogenic chromate coatings used in aerospace applications. The chromate conversion coatings have been used for more than 50 years to protect aluminum from corrosion.
The team presented their research last week at the international Pacific Rim Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science in Hawaii.
“It was well received at the conference,” Dev Chidambaram, lead scientist and assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Nevada, said. “There is no question that this will be able to replace the chromate-based coating. Even though the coating formulation is yet to be optimized, the coating has shown exceptional performance.”<more>
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|Kansai Nerolac to add
colour to Delhi; extends its 'Paint the Change' initiative to Delhi
Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd., one of the leading paint players has received an overwhelming response for its recent initiative 'Paint the Change' from the consumers across India. The group had undertaken its first activity of painting a one km long stretch outside the Delhi University wall on 24th February 2013, Sunday from 8.00am onwards. Here by, encouraging the donation of unused paint that would touch the lives of millions by spreading happiness and cheer.<more>
Asian Paints’ Third-Quarter Profit Rises
MUMBAI, India – On a consolidated basis, paint and coating manufacturer Asian Paints, Mumbai, reported income from operations grew by 19 percent to Rs 3052.9 crores for the three months ended Dec 31, 2012. That compares to income of Rs 2567.0 crores for the same period in the previous year. The company reported positive growth in the decorative paints business, while the company’s industrial business was impacted by slowdowns in business projects and OEM demand. The company’s international business registered strong growth in the Middle East and Asia
DuPont to double R&D spend in India
MUMBAI: The $38-billion DuPont expects India to be among the top five revenue contributors in the next three-four years as the global growth axis tilts from the West to Asia. At present, India is among the top 10 revenue contributors to the science-based products and services multinational, with emerging markets contributing 38%.
Low-penetration, strong economic growth indicators and enhanced focus on research and development (R&D) are some of the factors that would help DuPont grow faster than the market, its global chairperson and CEO, Ellen Kullman told TOI. The 57-year-old Kullman, who is on a brief visit to India to take stock of the Indian operations, besides meeting the local management and industry leaders, said she would like to set the bar high on growth in India. <more>
Berger Paints net up 56%
Decorative paints major Berger Paints India reported a net profit of Rs 77 crore in the third quarter of the current financial year compared with Rs 49 crore in the corresponding period a year ago, registering a jump of 57 per cent.
Net sales grew 17 per cent at Rs 917 crore in the quarter against Rs 781 crore in the same quarter last year. MD & CEO Abhijit Roy said during the quarter subsidiaries in Nepal and Poland performed well, which helped post a stronger profit after tax.
“Being a decorative major, the softening of Rutile (key raw material) prices also helped substantially,” he added.
Following the results, company's shares hit a new high on BSE at Rs 182.35 and settled at Rs 179.85 on the bourses
Akzo Nobel India Q3 net at Rs 50.63 cr
NEW DELHI: Paints and coatings maker Akzo Nobel India today reported a net profit of Rs 50.63 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.
The company had posted a net profit of Rs 29.25 crore for the corresponding period previous fiscal, Akzo Nobel India said in a filing to BSE.<Economic Times)
Asian Paints Launches 10th Edition of ColourNext 2013: Annual Colour Trends Predictions
19th February 2013 11:04 IST
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Asian Paints (Business Wire India)) Asian Paints today launched ColourNext 2013, a research based annual trend forecasting initiative, which predicts the colors that are likely to have the most influence on Indian interiors this year.
Currently in its 10th year, ColourNext is the outcome of extensive research spread over six months involving over 100 designers and multi-disciplinary experts from across India. The colors predicted for 2013 fall under five broad themes called Gender Blender, Human, Pockets of Silence, Taste of Earth and Upcycle.
Commenting on the initiative, Amit Syngle, President – Sales, Marketing & Technology, Asian Paints said: “ColourNext by Asian Paints highlights our journey across India to understand the changing dynamics of consumer behavior that define contemporary color trends. ColourNext aims to provide concrete and resonating design directions, which can then be adapted and molded by designers.<more>
Mold-Tek sets up new packaging plant for Asian Paints
Mold-Tek Packaging Limited, a Hyderabad-based plastic packaging product manufacturer with over 25% market share in lube and paint packaging segments, has inaugurated its new plant in Satara district of Maharashtra.
The plant, which has commenced commercial production, is exclusively dedicated to the packaging needs of paint company, Asian Paints Limited.
“The total cost of the project is Rs 12.5 crore and the initial capacity is 2,500 tonne a year, which can reach up to 4,500 tonne within the next two years,” the company said in a filing to the BSE on Friday.<more>
ASTM D7803 - 12
Standard Practice for Preparation of Zinc (Hot-Dip Galvanized) Coated Iron and Steel Product and Hardware Surfaces for Powder Coating
This practice describes the methods of preparation of hot-dip galvanized surfaces prior to the application of powder coating. The key to achieving proper adhesion between powder coatings and galvanized steel is surface preparation. The surface must be entirely free from metal oxides prior to powder coating. Any metal oxides that remain on the surface of the galvanized steel can potentially retain air or moisture. Upon heating during the curing stages of the powder application, the oxides may release water vapor or air, which can expand and penetrate the powder coating, causing blisters or voids.<more>
LANXESS to build new pigment plant in China
Leverkusen/Ningbo - German specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its global production network for inorganic pigments in China. A new high-tech facility for premium iron oxide red pigments is being constructed at the Ningbo Chemical Park on the Chinese East Coast.<more>
CakeBoxx Technologies Partners with Valspar as Container Coatings Supplier
McLean, Virginia, February 6, 2013 – CakeBoxx Technologies, developer of the CakeBoxx doorless intermodal shipping containers, announced a strategic partnership agreement with The Valspar Corporation (NYSE:VAL) as its coatings supplier for a new line of containers. Valspar will supply a full line of premium paints and coatings, including Valspar Aquaguard, for the new CakeBoxx line of patented, doorless intermodal cargo shipping containers. CakeBoxx containers provide secure, cost-effective and damage-resistant container options for the global shipping and transportation market.
“CakeBoxx containers are specifically designed to respond to the evolving market pressures of decreasing margins and increasing security demands,” said Daine Eisold, CEO of CakeBoxx Technologies. “While CakeBoxx inherently addresses these cost and security aspects, this agreement with Valspar will enable us to address the long term serviceability of our products and the growing environmental concerns of our customers by providing an alternative to solvent-based paints. Both Valspar and CakeBoxx are providers of premium products and have the same focus on innovation in our respective industries. It couldn’t be a better fit for us to work together to provide forward-looking solutions for our customers throughout the global supply chain.” <more>
How to Deflect Killer Asteroids With Spray Paint
A fresh paint job might be all that’s needed to prevent a giant asteroid from raining destruction upon our planet.
Though strange-sounding, the strategy would make use of a real-world phenomenon known as the Yarkovsky effect, named for the Russian engineer who discovered it in 1902. The effect results from the fact that asteroids heat up as they bask in the sun’s light.
“The coat of paint would be a very thin, almost like a Saran Wrap layer,” said aerospace engineer David Hyland of Texas A&M, who leads a team that has been studying this method for several years. “If we push it in the right direction, we can get the asteroid to cease crossing Earth’s orbit and completely eliminate the threat.”
Asteroids make fairly frequent flybys of our planet, with one of the latest Earth-grazers being 2012 DA14, which on Feb. 15 will pass closer to our world than some satellites orbit. Though small objects enter the atmosphere all the time, the odds of a large asteroid hitting the planet are thankfully small. There was some concern that 325-meter-long asteroid Apophis could impact in 2036 but recent observations have put the probability of this potentially catastrophic event at less than one in 10 million.
Still, the thought of an ecosystem-annihilating rock from space, like the one that killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, is unnerving. Scientists have long thought about ways to mitigate the hazard of a civilization-destroying asteroid and developed many different techniques to deflect any killer rocks, including shooting it with lasers, ramming it with a spacecraft, or blowing up a nuclear bomb on its surface. Now a team of researchers wants to launch a mission to test the effects of painting an asteroid in order to repel it.
The Yarkovsky effect works by changing the amount of light an asteroid gives off. As an asteroid rotates, the surface that has been heated by the sun moves away to face space and radiates infrared photons. Though massless, these photons carry away small bits of momentum from the asteroid, essentially generating a tiny rocket thrust in one direction. The effect is very slight but over time can noticeably change an asteroid’s orbit. By making an asteroid lighter or darker, and therefore changing the amount of radiation it absorbs, we could turn up or down this miniscule rocket thrust. It’s a long haul-technique, requiring years, decades, or even centuries of advanced notice to alter an asteroid’s trajectory.<more>
Awards for Nippon Paint China’s ‘Color, Way of Love’
Ariel Wu (second from right) winning the 2012 Best Annual Welfare People award. Photo: Courtesy of Nippon Paint China
The second China Charity Festival ended in Beijing on January 24. Its theme was to let the charity become an attitude.
Nippon Paint China, which has a long-held practice of corporate social responsibility, took home three awards at this year's charity festival with their popular "Color, Way of Love" campaign: Best Welfare Innovation, Best Annual Welfare People and the China Welfare Video Award.
The "Color, Way of Love" campaign, launched by Nippon Paint China in 2009, aims to beautify campuses, improve teaching environments and learning effectiveness, and inspire children to dream with imagination. After four years of sustained efforts, "Color, Way of Love" has painted 135 elementary schools in rural areas, established 35 NP HOPE elementary schools and 135 art classrooms, and brought color and imagination to tens of thousands of children. In 2012, two rural art teachers received training provided by the project to deepen their arts education knowledge, and more than 80 art teachers received further training in helping children living in rural areas to see the world as a place filled with vivid colors, hopes and dreams.<more>
Ceramic anodising service launched
The process is said to offer a number of advantages over conventional hard anodising including a superior surface
Camcoat Performance Coatings has launched the DiamonDyze ceramic an
odising process to the European market.
The company, which has set up a dedicated facility for the process near Macclesfield in Cheshire, says the ceramic anodising process gives superior chemical and up to 12% better wear resistance due to its denser surface finish when compared with traditional anodising.
The process is said to offer a number of advantages over conventional hard anodising including a superior surface that provides excellent chemical and corrosion resistance, wear resistance and self-lubricating capabilities.<more>
Japan: 787 fuel leak probe indicates cause to be coating issue
(Reuters) - Japan's transport ministry said on Friday its fuel leak probe on a Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner passenger jet indicated the cause to be a coating around the mechanism that controls fuel movement between tanks.
The ministry launched the investigation after two fuel leaks on a Dreamliner operated by Japan Airlines Co Ltd (9201.T), just days before authorities around the world grounded the new lightweight passenger jets after a couple of battery problems.<more>
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Akzo Nobel Announces
Changes In Executive Committee
Dutch paints and chemicals company Akzo Nobel NV (AKZA.AE) announced Wednesday changes in its executive committee.
- Graeme Armstrong will become Managing Director Surface Chemistry and Country Director for North America. Mr. Armstrong is currently Executive Committee member responsible for Research, Development, and Innovation (RD&I).
- Mr. Armstrong succeeds Bob Margevich, who has chosen to go into retirement.<more>
Galliou Named President of Bayer's Environmental Science Division North America
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, today officially announced the appointment of Gilles Galliou as president of the Environmental Science division North America at Bayer CropScience.
Akzo Nobel appoints Ruud Joosten as Executive Committee member responsible for Decorative Paints
ICI Pakistan has announced the appointment of Asif Jooma as chief executive of the company effective from February 25, 2013, according to a press statement issued on Thursday.
Jooma brings with him over 28 years of extensive experience in senior commercial and leadership roles.
Commenting on the announcement, Jooma said, “I am excited to be taking over the leadership of a company that has such a significant footprint and corporate brand equity. Our responsibility to all our stakeholders will form the cornerstone of our activities and future actions.”<more>
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