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Bright White Rooms Are Green
Rooms with high light reflectivity are thought to need less wattage to light and less artificial lighting time overall.
Trials testing the effect of interior paints containing titanium dioxide on the energy required to light a room have reconfirmed the naturally occurring oxide’s ability to reduce energy consumption and counteract global warming.
The technical paper was published by Cristal Global — a South West company producing titanium dioxide pigment for use in paints and other products.
Rooms with high light reflectivity are thought to need less wattage and less artificial lighting time overall.
The ability for TiO2 to off-set its carbon charge when used in interior decorative paints was tested in two <more>
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| Paint Industry Seeks Import Duty Rationalisation
The paints industry has sought rationalisation in import duty for Titanium dioxide, one of the key raw materials to make paint.
"Currently, it attracts an import duty of 10 per cent against 7.5 per cent for other raw materials used in paint manufacturing. We have requested the government to reduce this duty to 7.5 per cent," Abhijit Roy, MD & CEO Berger Paints, said on the sidelines of AGM of The Indian Paint Association.
"With the depreciation of rupee, the impact got worse. If government rationalise the duty for Titanium dioxide, it will help in negating the impact of rupee depreciation on our margins," he said.
IPA president R V Akula said the average increase in cost was 4.8 per cent, while price increase carried out by industry is just 3.8 per cent.
India imports Rs 4,000 crore worth of Titanium dioxide mostly from Europe and China.
Akula said industry has taken cautious approach in hiking price with slowdown in demand.
Speaking about quality standards, Akula said the industry body has submitted recommendations on maximum limit of lead in paints to Bureau of Indian Standards.
India has not been able to come out with regulations on use of lead in paints at a time when globally, many markets have totally banned the substance, he said.
"We want BIS should come out with separate norms for both industrial and decorative segments," he added.
Berger's largest plant gets delayed on Telangana agitation
The commissioning of Berger Paints’ biggest plant, at Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh, has been delayed due to the ongoing agitation over the formation of separate state of Telangana.
“The commissioning of the Hindupur plant has been pushed back due to the Telangana agitation. The plant was supposed to start operations this month. The government permissions required at the fag end of the completion of the plant, including power connection, have been delayed as there has been widespread absenteeism of officials due to the agitation,” managing director Abhijit Roy said <more>
Kansai Nerolac inks pact with KidZania in India
Kansai Nerolac Paints, one of India's leading players in the paint industry announced tie-up with KidZania, an 'indoor' family edutainment theme park for kids. The partnership has resulted in an enjoyable activity for kids, wherein they can paint dummy houses using Nerolac paints.
As part of the agreement, Kansai Nerolac will provide eco-friendly paints, rollers and brushes to the kids thus helping them bring out their artistic streak.<more>
Festival season, good monsoon paint bright picture for Berger Paints in Q2
Berger Paints India Ltd expects to maintain a “double-digit growth” for the quarter ending September 30, riding on improved sales.
The Kolkata-headquartered company posted nearly 11 per cent growth in net profit in the April-June 2013 quarter.
“We expect a double-digit growth in Q2. The consumption will rise, since there was a good monsoon and agricultural production is expected to be better,” Abhijit Roy, Managing Director and CEO, Berger Paints, told reporters here on Thursday. He was speaking on the sidelines of the 50th Annual General Meeting of the Indian Paint Association (IPA). According to him, the company is likely to see a rise in demand this festival season.<more>
Paint lobby holds 50th AGM in Kolkata
Kolkata, Sept 19 (IBNS): The Indian Paint Association (IPA) on Thursday held its 50th Annual General Meeting here.
MIC, Department of Environment and Public Works, West Bengal, Sudarsan Ghosh Dastidar said Haldia, which is a vital industrial hub in the state, was losing industrial potential due to the pollution embargo levied upon by the central government.
The embargo was holding back fresh investment from flowing to Haldia.
But Ghosh Dastidar announced here that adoption of proper pollution controlling norms have resulted in lowering the pollution index below the permissible level. He affirmed that after prolonged talks at the central ministry level, it has been possible to withdraw the pollution embargo in Haldia and in no time industry can begin its operations in this zone.<more>
State of the Asian Coatings Industry: 2013 and Beyond
2013 – A Year of Transition for the Global Economy?
State of the Asian Coatings Industry: 2013 and Beyond
As is the case in all regions of the world, coatings demand in Asia Pacific is heavily influenced by a wide array of economic factors. So before getting into the main theme of this article, let’s first review where we are, or at least where we think we are, on the state of the global economy. Simply put, there are two views held by international economists and cable television pundits on how the global economy is shaping up as we close in on 2013’s final quarter. Those two divergent views are: (1) the global economy is certainly improving; and (2) the global economy is certainly still struggling. Each perspective will be briefly reviewed below. <more>
DuPont to increase TiO2 prices from Oct 1
DuPont announced that it will increase prices on all of its titanium dioxide (TiO2) products sold in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Asia Pacific regions effective Oct. 1, 2013, or as contracts allow, as follows:
- $100 per metric ton (USD) for DuPont Ti-Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades sold in the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions.
-$100 per metric tonne (USD) for DuPont Ti-Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades sold in the dollar markets or EUR 75 per metric tonne in Eurozone markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Five cents per pound (USD) for DuPont Ti-Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades sold in the North America region with the exception of DuPont RPS Vantage titanium dioxide products sold into paper and paperboard applications, which will be managed separately.<more>
BASF Introduces Special-Effect Automotive Coating with Glass Particles
Published on September 2, 2013 at 8:00 AM
They sparkle like thousands of stars in a cloudless sky: the new “XSpark® ̶ designed by BASF” basecoats. The BASF experts have developed this new automotive OEM coating. It contains very fine glass particles that reflect the light with greater precision, thus creating a pronounced sparkle. It glitters in an even more focused and intensive manner than any other currently known special-effect coating.
“With XSpark, we have achieved a level of exclusive effect previously unknown ,” explained Stepha
n Schwarte, head of Basecoat Pigments/Dispersions & Color Design Lab. The special feature is that the distinctive sparkle is particularly effective only in light and therefore looks exceptionally luxurious and elegant without being intrusive. Mark Gutjahr, head of Design Europe at BASF, added, “Depending on the intensity and coloring used, the effect creates a very sporty and elegant impression. Dark color ranges achieve an almost mystical appearance, but shades of white can also be refined with the special effect. The intensity, and thus the effect, can be varied – from subdued yet elegant to intensive and crystal-like.”<more>
BASF coatings protect new wind turbine in Hamburg
Since mid-August, Hamburg’s port has hosted a new inland wind turbine whose rotor blades are nearly 60 meters long. BASF’s RELEST coatings make a crucial contribution to the longevity of the turbine. They ensure high surface quality and protect the glass-fiber reinforced plastic rotor blades from enormous stresses brought about by weathering, erosion and UV radiation, for example. The turbine manufactured by Nordex has a 141-meter high tower. The tower’s height, which is extraordinary for Hamburg, makes it especially productive.
The N117/2400 turbine provides a container terminal at the port with up to 8.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This is equivalent to the annual energy needs of nearly 2,000 four-person households in Germany. The rule of thumb is, the higher the wind turbine’s tower, the greater the yield, which increases by 0.7 to 1 percent per meter of height. This means that the wind turbine’s height, which is above Hamburg´s average, will pay off in terms of both economic and ecological efficiency.<more>
Moods of Color
Color choice and interior decor are influenced by our lifestyle.
Color is everywhere in our environment and it affects us both emotionally and mentally - creating mood and ambience as well as affecting our levels of energy. A successful color scheme is a scheme that is pleasant to live with and reflects the moods and personalities of the people living in it.
Creating living areas that allow us to rest and relax are just as important as creating other places that invigorate or stimulate us. Bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens all serve different needs. Colors can be used to stimulate our senses for relaxing, entertaining and eating<more>.
PPG PMC to Offer AMERCOAT Coatings in Mexico
PPG Industries' protective and marine coatings (PMC) business announced that customers in Mexico can order AMERCOAT brand products directly from PPG.
Products sold and serviced by PPG in Mexico now include<more>
Energy-efficient coatings for chemical tankers
Eitzen is applying Jotun's HPS to two of its largest chemical tankers
Tanker operator Eitzen Chemical is implementing Jotun's Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) system on two of its largest chemical carriers.
The first vessel, Siteam Discoverer, applied SeaQuantum X200 to the hull at the COSCO Dalian Shipyard in China in May, while the next vessel will dock in October this year. <more>
Automotive Paints Market worth 998.7 Million Gallons by 2018 with Revenue of $11.7 Billion
DALLAS, September 20, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The report, "Automotive Paints Market by Coat Type (Electrocoat, Primer, Basecoat, & Clearcoat), by Technology (Solvent-borne, Waterborne, & Powder Coating), Texture Type (Metallic & Solid), Vehicle Type & Geography - Global Trends & Forecast to 2018", defines and segments the automotive coating market with analysis and forecasting of the global volume and revenue.<more>
The increasing demand of Epichlorohydrin in China and growth in the end-user segments such as paint and electronic industry are key factors to drive the global ECH market. Epoxy resin is the main application which consumes a large part of Epichlorohydrin. Properties of epoxy resin make it suitable for wide variety of applications such as paints, electrical & electronics, construction, wind turbine, composites, adhesives, and others. Since, epoxies have the largest share in applications; growth of the epoxy resin industry will ultimately contribute to the growth of ECH industry.<more>
Increased Earnings for Jotun
Jotun Group reports six per cent growth in sales so far in 2013.
In the first eight months of 2013, the Jotun Group reported sales of paint and powder coatings of NOK 8 174 million. This is an increase from NOK 7 686 million in the same period last year. The increase of six per cent is in particular driven by larger sales in Middle East and Central Asia. The Group's operating profit for the period from January to the end of August was NOK 1 050 million, an increase of 18 per cent compared to last year.<more>
AkzoNobel to invest Euro 50 million in ChinaTo build new facilities for Powder Coatings and Decorative Paints businesses
AkzoNobel will invest more than Euro 50 million in China to build new manufacturing facilities for its Powder Coatings and Decorative Paints businesses, adding further momentum to the company's strategic growth ambitions. Both new facilities will be located in Chengdu with the powder facility scheduled to open in 2014 and the deco site starting production in 2015.<more>
Jotun Saudi Arabia shows how to choose and use the right paint for the exterior surface
Jotun Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom's number one paint manufacturer, is taking to the road on a tour to instruct freelance painters how to use Jotashield in order to be sure they select the right paint for exterior surface.
The Jotashield roadshow starts in Jeddah this month then moves to Riyadh and Dammam afterwards.<more>
Making a common cosmetic and sunblock ingredient safer
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 13:36 in Physics & Chemistry
Using a particular type of titanium dioxide -- a common ingredient in cosmetics, food products, toothpaste and sunscreen -- could reduce the potential health risks associated with the widely used compound. The report on the substance, produced by the millions of tons every year for the global market, appears in the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology. Francesco Turci and colleagues explain that titanium dioxide (TiO2) is generally considered a safe ingredient in commercially available skin products because it doesn't penetrate healthy skin. But there's a catch. Research has shown that TiO2 can cause potentially toxic effects when exposed to ultraviolet light, which is in the sun's rays and is the same kind of light that the compound is supposed to offer protection against. To design a safer TiO2 for human use, the researchers set out to test different forms of the compound, each with its own architecture.<more>
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Nobel India appoints Himanshu Agarwal as CFO
Mr. Partha Sarathi Basu, Wholetime Director and CFO has resigned from the Board of Akzo Nobel India Ltd w.e.f. August 30, 2013 to take up as assignment with AKzoNobel NV.
Mr. Himanshu Agarwal has joined the Company as a Wholetime Director and CFO w.e.f. September 02, 2013.<more>
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