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Jotun promotes GreenSteps program
Jotun Saudi Arabia, claimed to be the Kingdom’s number one paint manufacturer, exhibited at the Saudi Green Building Forum 2013 (SGBF), which was held on Nov. 18-19 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Riyadh.
At the forum, Jotun presented details of Jotun GreenSteps, a global environment-friendly initiative that consists of five key goals, each ensuring Jotun products are created in a way that minimizes the impact on the environment.
The five GreenSteps include reducing VOC emissions, reducing hazardous materials, reducing energy consumption, waste recycling and reducing carbon footprint. “At Jotun, protection is at the core of all we do,” said David Wright, MD, Jotun Saudia Co. Ltd. <more>
Asian Paints launches world-renowned ‘Aquaris’ wood finishes in Sri Lanka
Aquaris, one of the world’s leading brands of eco-friendly wood finishes, has entered the Sri Lankan market with the backing of Asian Paints, the India-headquartered multinational coatings company.
‘Aquaris’ water-based polyurethane (PU) wood coatings from the Italian manufacturer Renner Italia S.p.A. of Minerbio, Italy was presented to top architects and leading construction sector personalities, at a recent launch.
Because the Aquaris products are water based, they have significantly lower volatile organic compounds (VOC) than solvent-based coatings, which are associated with respiratory problems. They have lower odour, are less toxic, provide more durable protection, and are easier and faster to apply. These products are the preferred choice for buildings seeking ‘Green’ certifications for eco compliance, according to a company media release.
Dow wins EPA honor for paint ingredient
Dow Chemical Co. says the former Rohm & Haas labs in the Philadelphia area developed a house-paint ingredient that will substantially cut the paint industry's water and energy consumption while allowing homeowners to cover walls more evenly and hide stains.
That ingredient, branded as Evoque, was honored Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the nation's new "greener chemicals." The government and the company say it will lead to lessened need for an energy-hungry pigment in white, pastel, and mid-tone paints.
Dave Fasano, the "godfather" of the project inside Rohm & Haas and then Dow, called Evoque one of the bigger advances in acrylic latex paints since the 1950s. Dow acquired Rohm & Haas in 2009 and employs about 2,000 in this region.<more>
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shuts Baddi plant
Solan, December 11
With the Baddi-based plant of Asian Paints (India) Limited, manufacturing powder coating, closing its operations due to decline in its processing volume, it appears to be the beginning of the exodus of renowned industrial groups from the state.
The plant, which has closed its operations since November 25, has led to retrenchment of at least 30 employees, though Labour Officer PC Thakur said all dues had been settled and the management had duly informed them about this move.
The plant had an annual capacity of 18,000 metric tonnes. It had come into operation in 2006. Asian Paints is the country’s largest paint company and third largest globally. Its other plants at Sarigam, Gujarat, will, however, continue its normal operations.
The closure of this plant at a time when new investment had declined and even expansion proposals had been reduced to a trickle would not portent well for the industry, opined officials. He said employment opportunities had already shrunk and the government should accord top priority to tackle the problems of the industry to ensure that the existing industries sustain in the present scenario when Central incentives had been stopped.
Industry sources said earlier the investors of pharmaceutical units had initiated a move to shift their high value and low- volume products to their sister concerns in other states and now closure of renowned groups did not augur well for the industrial growth.
Cuddalore plant shuts down for annual preventive maintenance.
Asian Paints said Wednesday the company's chemical plant engaged in manufacturing of Penta situated at Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu has taken temporary shut down for annual preventive maintenance. This will not have any material impact on the operations of the company. <more>
Asian Paints workers Strike at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu
The operations at Asian Paints Ltd's Paints Plant situated at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu will be affected due to the strike called by the Asian Paints Employees' Union Sriperumbudur and workmen with effect from December 20, 2013.The plant at Sriperumbudur commenced production on 20th January, 2005 with an installed capacity of 30,000 million tonnes per annum, according to Asian Paints' annual report.
Inflation to wash out revival dreams for paint makers
Revival due to strong monsoon and buoyant festive season sales likely to be washed out
Any indication of a revival for paint companies due to the strong monsoon and buoyant festive season sales might come to nought because of high inflation.
Ramakanth V Akula , president (decorative), Nippon India, siad, “The strong monsoon had a positive rub-off but the latest inflation figures might hit the industry. The past couple of years have not been rosy but we are expecting a 12 per cent volume growth this financial year.”
Driven mainly by high vegetable prices (food prices soared 14.72 per cent annually), the retail inflation rate accelerated to an all-time high of 11.24 per cent in November from 10.17 per cent October. According to Akula, raising prices would be difficult for companies as they have already been raised seven to nine per cent during the financial year.
Said Abhijit Roy, managing director, Berger Paints India, "It's a matter of concern what the latest inflation figures show. It will remain a problem if this stays like this.".
A senior official at another Japanese paint maker said high inflation would not only hit demand (discretionary in the cities) in the Rs 29,000-crore market but also make import of raw materials costlier.<more>
4 Companies Accused of Price-Fixing Key Ingredient of White Paint
Paint manufacturer Valspar is suing four of its competitors, including DuPont, claiming they conspired to fix prices on a chemical used in white paint and other products.
DuPont, along with Huntsman International, Kronos Worldwide and Millennium Inorganic Chemicals allegedly worked together to set the price of titanium dioxide, a key ingredient of white paint, paper, plastics and cosmetics.
“Defendants and other non-party co-conspirators intentionally conspired and agreed to manipulate, fix, raise, maintain, and stabilize the market and price at which Titanium Dioxide is sold in the United States,” Valspar lawyers wrote in their complaint.<more>
,Protech Chemicals Acquires Seibert Powder Coatings
Protech Chemicals Ltd of Montreal has reached an agreement with NPA Coatings, a subsidiary of Nippon Paints Japan, to acquire the Seibert powder coatings business. Protech will continue the manufacturing operations in Cleveland, Ohio. The deal is expected to close by mid-November 2013.
David Ades, Managing Director of Protech, noted: “The acquisition of NPA’s powder business allows us to expand into new markets, particularly the automotive sector in which NPA is a leader. We are committed to maintaining the well-earned reputation that NPA has built over the past twenty years.”<more>
Nordson Corporation Declares First Quarter Dividend for Fiscal Year 2014
WESTLAKE, Ohio, Dec 10, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nordson Corporation NDSN -1.44% today announced that its board of directors declared a first quarter 2014 cash dividend in the amount of $0.18 per common share, payable on January 7, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 20, 2013.
This amount equals the $0.18 per common share dividend paid in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.
PPG Color Data: White Still Reigns; Gray is the New Black
PPG Industries (Troy, Mich.), has released its annual automotive color trend data, which shows that white continues to be the world’s most popular car color based on 2013 automotive build data.
PPG Industries (Troy, Mich.), has released its annual automotive color trend data, which shows that white continues to be the world’s most popular car color based on 2013 automotive build data.
According to PPG’s global data, white ranked first at 25 percent (up 3 percent from last year) and silver and black tied for second with 18 percent each. These were followed by gray, red, natural hues, blue and green. The North American market shows similar results—specifically, white remains most popular, followed by black, gray, and silver. These were followed by red, blue, natural hues and green.<more>
BASF India Ltd's flagship Kids' Lab comes to Navi Mumbai
The inaugural session at the company's site in Turbhe saw students of a school and an NGO learn simple, yet useful experiments.
Michael Steiner, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in India, interacted with the students .
Michael Steiner, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in India, interacted with the students . - Nandu Kurne/DNA
BASF India Ltd. conducted the inaugural session of its flagship chemistry program — Kids’ Lab — at its site in Turbhe on Thursday. The programme focuses on imparting knowledge to students about interesting, yet simple chemistry experiments that can be used to enrich the daily lives of people.
The programme was inaugurated by Michael Steiner, ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in India. Also present at the opening ceremony was Raman Ramachandran, head, South Asia and chairman of BASF India Ltd.
On the first day of the programme, 16 students from Meerut’s KV Sikh Lines school participated, who had come second in the ‘Germany in my mind’ competition held early this year, wherein they designed a school magazine in German. The competition was organised by the German Embassy, New Delhi and the Max Mueller Bhavan. There were also a total of 15 kids from the NGO Muktangan.
Speaking about the initiative, Steiner said, “The Kids’ Lab will be a fascinating experience for not only you kids, but also for us.” Congratulating the students of KV, he said they had done a marvellous job in the competition and will have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge research made in Germany in a kid-like manner.
Antimicrobial Coatings Market Worth $2.9 Billion by 2018
The "Antimicrobial Coatings Market by Type (Silver, Copper, and others such as Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, and Zinc Omadine), Application (Indoor air/HVAC, Medical, Mold remediation, Building & Construction, Food & Beverages, Textiles, and others), & Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and ROW) - Global Trends and Forecasts to 2018", analyzes the Antimicrobial Coatings Market with respect to market drivers, opportunities, and trends in the diverse geographical regions.
Antimicrobial coatings offer different properties as per the coatings manufacturing and their application requirements in the end products. The silver antimicrobial coatings have high demand at a global level and its manufacturing is majorly dominated by North America. The other applications such as textile, food & beverages, and building & construction have tremendous opportunities for the antimicrobial coatings industries.<more>
Car paint with graphene gets ice off Radar Domes
Ribbons of ultrathin graphene, combined with polyurethane paint meant for cars, can keep ice off of sensitive military radar domes, report scientists.
The Rice University lab of chemist James Tour, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, developed the compound to protect marine and airborne radars with a robust coating that is also transparent to radio frequencies.
Bulky radar domes (known as “radomes”) like those seen on military ships keep ice and freezing rain from forming directly on antennas. But the domes themselves must also be kept clear of ice that could damage them or make them unstable.
Enter graphene, the single-atom-thick sheet of carbon that both conducts electricity and, because it’s so thin, allows radio frequencies to pass unhindered. Spray-on deicing material that incorporates graphene nanoribbons would be lighter, cheaper, and more effective than current methods, Tour says.
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NASA Researchers to Flying Insects: 'Bug Off!'
A bee and a jumbo jet: common sense would tell you that the tiny insect couldn't possibly cause any troubles for the massive airplane, right?
Actually, no. Bees can cause trouble. So can mosquitoes. Even lowly gnats.
When flying insects get in the way of an airplane's wing during takeoff or landing, it's not just the bugs that suffer. Those little blasts of bug guts disrupt the laminar — or smooth — flow of air over the airplane's wings, creating more drag on the airplane and contributing to increased fuel consumption.
That's why a group of researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center — the "bug team" — recently ran several flight tests of coatings that may one day reduce the amount of bug contamination on the wings of commercial aircraft. Over the course of a few days, the bug team put the coatings through a series of real-deal takeoffs and landings on NASA Langley's HU-25C Falcon aircraft.
"The reason we do these tests at low altitudes or do a lot of takeoffs and landings is because bug accumulation occurs at anywhere from the ground to less than 1,000 feet," said Mia Siochi, a materials researcher at NASA Langley.
Bug accumulation not only costs the airlines more money because of increased fuel burn, but it can also lead to increased pollution as that fuel is burned. Both issues are important to a team that's doing this work as part of NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project. <more>
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PaintExpo – Answers for Demanding Coating Requirements
Ever greater demands are being placed on surfaces, and thus on coating technologies as well. On the one hand, efficient use of resources, individuality and environmental compatibility are decisive in this respect. On the other hand, new ranges of applications, quality and flexibility play a significant role as well. With numerous new and further developments, the exhibitors at the 5th PaintExpo will provide answers on how these challenges can be met. The leading international trade fair with more than 400 exhibitors will take place at the exhibition centre in Karlsruhe from the 8th through the 11th of April, 2014.
Whether motor vehicles, consumer goods, machinery and equipment, communications, electronics, architecture, medical technology or energy are concerned – there’s hardly an industry sector in which coating technology is not ever-present. A great variety of functional and decorative requirements need to be fulfilled for various surfaces. And it’s always important to apply coatings or paint using as little material and as few resources as possible, as ecologically as possible, and with the best possible quality – regardless of the base material.
Trends in Efficient Coating
The exhibitors at PaintExpo offer new solutions and further developments to this end, throughout the entire process sequence for liquid painting, powder coating and coil coating. For instance, where the pre-treatment of metallic substrates is concerned, iron phosphating which becomes effective at temperatures of as low as 30 to 35° C, instead of 40 to 60° C, as well as nano-ceramic systems, are becoming more and more prevalent. In the meantime, products based on renewable raw materials are also available for the pre-treatment and cleaning of components made of steel, iron and aluminium. Alternative processes such as snow blasting and plasma cleaning are also on the advance for the pre-treatment of plastic parts.
Paints with Optimised Function
In the field of painting, there’s a trend towards systems which fulfil decorative as well as functional requirements. For solvent-based paints and clear coats used on metals, plastics and wood, additives are available which provide the paint with, amongst other things, antimicrobial characteristics. These are based on organometallic substances which have an ionising effect. These substances are also being used in newly developed powdered enamels with antimicrobial effect. For components used in, for example, construction and farm machinery, as well as in outdoor applications, requirements have become stricter for corrosion protection and resistance to UV radiation and weathering. These requirements can be fulfilled effectively and ecologically with an epoxy-based primer powder which is free of zinc and heavy metals. It fulfils corrosion protection requirements up to C5-I lang, and can be painted over with powder coatings as well as liquid paints. The corrosion protection primer is offered as a solution which is ideally matched to the substrate to be coated (ferrous metals, substrates with sharp edges, castings). Another newly developed 2-layer powder coating solution for highly effective corrosion protection allows for coating without energy-intensive, intermediate cross-linking. Primer and top coat are applied to the component using a powder-on-powder process based on tribotechnology, and both layers are subsequently cross-linked in a single step.
UV Technology On the Advance
The significance of UV technology continues to grow for plastic as well as metal parts, because more and more complex workpieces can be coated with the help of this method. UV curing takes place in an inert gas atmosphere, for which CO2 or nitrogen is used to reduce oxygen content. This prevents the radicals which are required for the polymerisation process from reacting with oxygen in the atmosphere, thus ruling out the possibility of a co-called oxygen inhibition. Curing can thus take place at larger intervals, and areas which are subjected to significantly less UV radiation are better cured as well. In addition to gas discharge tubes, LED radiators are also used for curing UV paints in the meantime.
Nitrogen Instead of Compressed Air
In the interest of material efficiency for the application of solvent, water-based and high-solid paints, alternative atomising gases are also being tested. The use of nitrogen allows for material savings ranging from 5% to 45%. Beyond this, a corresponding process which, in the meantime, has proven its worth in various series applications in the automotive industry, offers advantages with regard to painting quality, throughput and system availability.
Innovations and further developments will await visitors throughout the entire exhibition programme at PaintExpo which covers coating equipment, application systems and spray guns, liquid paints and powdered enamels, automation and conveyor technology, cleaning and pre-treatment, drying and curing, environmental technology, pneumatics, compressed air supply and exhaust purification, water treatment, recycling and disposal, accessories, measuring and test technology, quality assurance, paint stripping, job-shop coating, services and technical literature as well as identification, printing and packaging.
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Akzo Nobel India nominates CFO Himanshu Agarwal as operating head
NEW DELHI: Paints and coatings firm Akzo Nobel India announced top level management changes with nomination of its Wholetime Director and CFO Himanshu Agarwal as the operating head of the company.
Agarwal's appointment would be effective from January 1, 2014 and would act as the operating head till Managing Director's position is filled by the company, Akzo Nobel informed the BSE.
Its present Managing Director Amit Jain would step down from the board, which would be effected from December 31.
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