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Industries face surprise environment inspections
ABU DHABI — Jotun, the paint factory in Abu Dhabi’s Musaffah industrial area, was taken by surprise when four inspectors from the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) turned up at its gates, followed by a bus full of journalists.
“We are here to conduct an environmental inspection,” announced Abeer Sajwani, one of the EAD inspectors.
In 2012, EAD issued 1,427 environmental permits, as well as 259 permits for chemical traders. In addition, the agency conducted 676 inspections of the permitted facilities and 133 inspections for ground water wells.
There are about 1,400 facilities such as factories and estate developments in the Abu Dhabi emirate and EAD’s 20 inspectors conduct regular visits to make sure they all environmentally safe.<more>
Is Titanium Dioxide in Food Harmful?
The latest review on diet and the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) suggests that of all dietary factors, animal protein from meat and fish is most associated with a higher risk of inflammatory bowel disease.
One potential risk factor that I had never heard of, though, was micro- or nanoparticles. Foodstuffs in developed countries contain increasing quantities of microparticles such as titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide is used by the millions of tons as a whitening/brightening pigment to make white-colored paint, but also as an additive to make white-colored food. It’s added to food so much so that people eating conventional diets may be ingesting a trillion particles of titanium dioxide every day.
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First use of 3 major green technologies
Nippon Paint launched an automotive coating technology revolution
The first automotive coating line in China that integrates PN1400 E-coat technology, IPP primer-less technology and 2K Generation III Clear coat technology was put into use at Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen in Wuhan, Hubei Province. BKNP Automotive Coatings (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., provides products and supporting services, including E-coat, Basecoat and 2K Clear coat products to the paint line of this automotive production plant, the capacity of which is estimated at 300,000 vehicles annually.
"What we deliver to our clients are the latest cutting-edge automotive coating technologies in Asia. These technologies will not only have superior performance but also increase the value proposition to our clients. It will also significantly contribute to VOC emission reduction and energy conservation," said Michael Yang, president of Nippon Paint China Industrial Use Unit. The introduction of these technologies at this painting line positions Nippon Paint as a leading integrator of green technologies in China. It certainly ushers in a new era of energy conservation and environmental protection for automotive coating technology.<more>
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Asian Paints to acquire Sleek Group; foray into kitchen space
Asian Paints to acquire Sleek Group; foray into kitchen space
It's always been more about homes than paint so for Asian Paints, moving into providing kitchen solutions is a logical step up the value chain. It has acquired a 51% stake in Sleek Group, a leading organised player in the modern kitchen space. It's the first such step for the decorative paints company following its decision taken in July 2012 to explore opportunities in areas of home improvement and decor.
"It may be an un-related business for a paints company, in terms of distribution and manufacturing, but we find it to be a brilliant strategy for Asian Paints as it will now be able to sell a new home-buyer paint, water proofing and a modular kitchen," says Abneesh Roy, associate director, Edelweiss Capital.
"To take our brand to the next level in a fairly nascent and unorganised market, we needed a strategic partner to develop our back-end and dealer network", says Rajesh Ahuja, managing director of Sleek International. "We found such partner in Asian Paints, the Indian multinational with a 30,000-dealer network", he adds.<more>
Berger Paints subsidiary to acquire architectural paints biz of Sherwin Williams
Berger Paints India�s wholly owned subsidiary, Brushworks Paints Ltd, has agreed to acquire the architectural paints business of Sherwin Williams India Pvt Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.
Berger Paints India Ltd has informed BSE that the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Brushworks Paints Ltd, has agreed to acquire the architectural paints business of Sherwin Williams India Pvt Ltd.In this regard, the Company has submitted to BSE a Copy of Press Release.Source : BSE<more>
Rapid Coat expands capacity
Rapid Engineering Co. Pvt. Ltd. has just added a new line capable of manufacturing around 800 kg/hr. to the existing capacity of around 1,400 kg/hr
Ajit Gupta said, "Ofcourse this is the theoretical capacity. In practice the output is governed by lot size, formulation, clean-up & colour change time, breakdowns, maintenance, ambient temperature and worker absenteeism etc.
At present we are operating at around 400 tons/month and hope to achieve 600 tons/month in the coming months.
The main difference now is the new building, we are gradually moving into, which has been designed for this production and the massive up-gradation of the infrastructure. In addition we have some taken on some very experienced and capable people to ensure quality.
We also manufacture Plastic Powder Coatings which are primarily used for wire fabricated products like fences, refrigerator shelves and baskets etc".
Changes in Americoat (India)
Americoats will now nr knows as "Royal Spectrum Private Limited." from 15th April, 2013; though the Brand Logo AMERICOATS remains the same. The plant from Surat (Gujarat) is also being shifted to a new place.
More on that in our next edition of our newsletter
Hit by Re fall, Q4 margins to mirror Q3: Kansai Nerolac
After Kansai Nerolac Paints entered in talks with auto companies to raise the paint prices the stock has been rallying substantially. HM Bharuka, MD of the company told CNBC-TV18 that the fall in titanium dioxide prices will benefit decorative paints segment.
After Kansai Nerolac Paints entered in talks with auto companies to raise the paint prices, the stock has been rallying substantially. HM Bharuka, MD of the company told CNBC-TV18 that the fall in titanium dioxide (Tio2) prices will benefit decorative paints segment (for household and office premises).
When talking about the expectations from Q4 in terms of the combined operating margins, Bharuka says, the company should be able to maintain whatever it has achieved in Q3 and does not think there would be any improvement. Bharuka also mentions that while Tio2 prices have gone down from USD 4200 to USD 2800, rupee depreciation has also affected the profitability of the comapny.
Below is the verbatim transcript of HM Bharuka's interview on CNBC-TV18
Q: What is going so right for all the paint companies ? Are you seeing a sudden, sharp fall in titanium dioxide prices?
A: May be it is not going right for the others but it is going right for the industry. It is more negative for others than positive for the paint industry as of now.
Q: What is the trend in the titanium dioxide prices itself, how have they moved, what is the price this quarter compared to last quarter, has there been a fall in the last few days?
A: Too much has been read into the fall in titanium dioxide (Tio2) prices. We need to look at Tio2 prices, from USD 1700-1800 it has gone up to USD 4200 and from there it has come down to USD 2600-2800. That is temporary, infact the prices have started rising again. So, whatever slowdown we are seeing globally and the inventory got created and the result of that Tio2 prices have gone down. However, off late it has risen again. So I don't think we need to read too much into the fall in Tio2 prices as of now.<more>
Cytec Industries Inc : Cytec Coating Resins Brings UV/EB Curable Resins and Gelcoat Technologies to JEC Europe 2013
Brussels, February 28, 2013 --Cytec Coating Resins is excited to be participating in the 'JEC Europe 2013' composites show and conference in Paris March 12-14.<more>
Epichlorohydrin (ECH) Market Estimated 1,926 Kilo Tons by 2017
The report "Epichlorohydrin (ECH) Market, By Applications (Epoxy Resins, Synthetic Glycerin, Water Treatment Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals) and Feedstock (Propylene, Glycerin) - Global Market Trends and Forecast To 2017" defines and segments the global ECH market by volume consumed and revenues generated. The epichlorohydrin consumption will grow from an estimated 1,520 kilo tons in 2012 to 1,926 kilo tons by 2017, growing with a CAGR of 4.8% during the same period.<more>
Explosion leads to fire at AkzoNobel plant in La Porte
LA PORTE, TX (KTRK) -- An explosion rocked a chemical company in La Porte, creating a massive fireball and smoke that could be seen for miles around.
The fire broke out at the AkzoNobel plant in La Porte at about 1pm Monday. Emergency workers responded quickly to the thick black smoke and bright orange flames that billowed out of the AkzoNobel plant. The 80 to 100 employees and contractors were quickly evacuated, but one didn't escape without injury
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Plant officials confirm one contractor was hurt and transported to a local hospital. It's exactly the kind of scenario that's on the minds of all plant workers in the area.
"You're worried about the welfare of the people who actually have family at home and have to come and do it every day," said nearby plant worker Mike DeBaca. "You just hope these companies are here for their employees." <more>
Woodlands Secondary students win award for paint made from egg shells
Woodlands Secondary students have found a way to recycle egg shells and clam shells to create environmentally-friendly paint.
While paint is normally made from calcium carbonate extracted through mining and quarrying, the group of four students has found an alternative method to extract the compound for paint.
The students, who are now in Secondary Two, partnered Nippon Paint, and they crushed and filtered the shells to extract the calcium carbonate. Their paint passed the standard tests and is comparable to normal quality paint.
For their efforts, the group received the top award in the secondary school category of the Green Wave Environmental Care Competition organised by SembCorp Marine's subsidiary, Sembawang Shipyard.<more>
Jotun successfully hosts fun
day for mothers and kids of Jeddah International School
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What is the most reliable way to measure transfer efficiency for powder coat? To spray same known amount powder to the plate is a way but not reliable because of the variables such as distance, voltage…What is your suggestion?
Sorry for the delay in my response - we have been quite busy in the lab lately.
There are a few techniques to measure transfer efficiency. The simplest is to set up a fixed gun in your laboratory spray booth and evenly feed powder to the gun. Hang a test panel at a fixed distance from the gun and apply the powder under constant conditions. Specifically:
1. Clamp your spray gun with a ring stand. Set it up inside the spray booth.
2. Tape the trigger to the "on" position. Do this with the gun control turned off.
3. Hang a test panel 20 cm from the discharge of the gun. A 150mm x 300mm test panel is a
4. Set your air velocity and voltage/current. Use standard conditions.
5. Set up a consistent powder feed. This can be with a fluidized hopper or a vibratory feeder.
We use a vibratory feeder for best precision.
6. Weigh test panel to 0.1 grams precision.
7. Load feed system (hopper or vibratory feeder) with a prescribed amount of powder.
8. Turn on feed.
9. Turn on spray gun at the control unit.
10. Feed powder for 5 seconds.
11. Weigh test panel.
12. Bake test panel and measure film thickness.
The weight of the powder is the most important value to record, however the film thickness
offers corroborative data.
Another technique is described in detail in the Powder Coating Institute's Technical Brief #10. You can purchase a copy from their website www.powdercoating.org under the "Store &
Resources" tab. Click on "Materials & Publications".
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Valspar names new CFO
Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp., a maker of coatings, paint and related accessories, has named James Muehlbauer as its chief financial and administrative officer. Muehlbauer will succeed Lori Walker, who announced in November that she would retire as CFO.
Walker joined Valspar in 2000 and has been CFO since 2008.
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