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Smog-Busting Roof Tiles Could Clean Tons of Pollution
An innovative and inexpensive way to fight air pollution has been developed: a roof tile titanium dioxide coating that removes up to 97 percent of smog-causing nitrogen oxides. The researchers calculated that if 1 million roofs were sprayed with the smog-eating compound they could remove 21 tons of nitrogen oxides from the air each day.
UC Riverside researchers say they have demonstrated an inexpensive roof coating that gobbles up smog-forming pollutants and, if widely adopted, could clean tons of air pollution from Southern California each day.
In a laboratory experiment, engineering students found that ordinary clay roof tiles sprayed with titanium dioxide removed 88% to 97% of nitrogen oxide pollution from the air.
Nitrogen oxides, gases generated by fuel combustion and emitted from vehicle exhaust pipes, industrial stacks and power plants, react in sunlight to form ozone, the main ingredient of smog. But titanium dioxide, a chalky white compound, breaks down those pollutants into less harmful compounds.<more>
Lead and Mercury-Safe Schools campaign launched
By Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 26, 2014 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Health (DOH) and the European Union (EU) to eliminate lead and mercury exposures in primary schools all over the country.
The three line agencies and EU yesterday launched a nationwide campaign that aims to “promote greater inter-agency and multi-stakeholder support towards lead and mercury-free school environments for Filipino children.”
The launch of the campaign, dubbed as “Lead and Mercury-Safe Schools for Bright and Healthy Kids,” was held at the Commonwealth Elementary School in Quezon City, which was the regional champion in the elementary school category of the DENR’s National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools in 2011 and 2013, and national champion in the same category for the Meralco Energy Leadership Awards.<more>
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Provides Protection from Graffiti and Stickers
Graffiti, lettering and stickers can turn public property into eyesores. To fight this problem, BASF’s Coatings division has developed the RELEST® Powder PUR Anti-Sticker coating. The product’s anti-stick surface prevents soiling and reduces cleaning costs. It was specially developed for coating light poles, traffic signal poles and circuit breaker panel boxes.
“RELEST Powder PUR Anti-Sticker’s slightly roughened surface offers anti-graffiti properties. Stickers do not adhere properly to the surface and graffiti can be removed more easily,” explained BASF product manager Miriam Belke. The product also features high weathering resistance, scratch resistance and very high chemical resistance.
Eurocoatings GmbH, a service provider for surface technology based in Werl, Germany, is the first company to use the anti-stick coating. “Using the powder coating on light poles offers outstanding protection from soiling and corrosion, and is a valuable addition to our portfolio,” explained CEO Klaus Merckx.
BASF supplies powder coating systems under the product name RELEST® Powder. The systems can be used for an array of applications, for example, for plant and machine construction, for garden fences and for façade construction. These systems stand out for their low material loss during coating.<more>
Asian Paints, Berger hike prices on rising inputs; may deliver strong Q1
Price hike by Asian Paints, Berger to aid Q1 earnings
The paint makers are set to have a pretty colourful bottomline by the end of the first quarter.
Market leader Asian Paints and another leading player Berger Paints have both raised prices recently on hardening raw material prices, which were stable all along. With this, the paint makers have hiked prices twice in the current quarter, in May and again in June, which would be reflected in their bottomline when they report their earnings in August.
However with some of the raw material prices already seen northward journey, further price hikes are largely being ruled out going ahead. "Industry had taken price increases in May and has again in June. On agregate we have raised prices by about 2% and we will see the full benefit in this quarter. Raw material prices have been stable expect some cost pressure from vinyl acetate monomer (used in water-based adhesives) and other imported raw materials. But we see stability in prices going forward and belive we won't need to go for hikes again," Abhijit Roy, managing director, Berger Paints India told dna.
Asian Paints took a price hike of 1% in May followed by 1.2% in June.
"We had taken cumulative price increases of 6.14% during FY 2013. There has been further increase of 1% on May 1 and again 1.2% on June 1," KBS Anand, managing director of Asian Paints, had told analysts.
The price revisions came on the back of slight upswing in select raw materials, which will help the paint makers report better margins in the first quarter (April-June) if the demand scenario remains stable.
In addition to rise in prices of raw materials, currency movement has also been impacting the costs of materials many of which are linked to crude oil prices. Titanium dioxide, which accounts for 15-18% of the total purchase basket of a paint company, had remained depressed for long dropping by as much as 40% in 2012-13 and then remaining stable for the whole of 2013-14.
For Asian Paints and Berger, demand conditions have remained resilient despite overall sluggish economic environment, helped by double digit volume growth in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities where emulsions continued to do well, officials of both the companies told analysts. "Double digit volume growth was led by Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities," Anand said. "Rural markets are pretty much holding while decorative segment recovered in tier 1 towns as well. Replacement of enamel with emulsion are happening in rural areas," Srijit Dasgupta, CFO of Berger told analysts.<more>
Expect pick up in volumes, demand going ahead: Berger Berger Paint has had two price hikes this year in May and June totaling to around 2.2-2.3 percent.
initiated a price hike of about 1.2 percent, effective from June 1 in its decorative paints segment due to rising input costs. The company year-to-date has had two price hikes in May and June respectively, which works out to around 2.2-2.3 percent together.
Speaking to CNBC-TV18, the MD Abhijit Roy says that volumes will pick up in the coming two quarters. “There was some amount of suppressed demand which should bounce back now,” he adds.
Below is verbatim transcript of Abhijit Roy’s interview on CNBC-TV18
Q: Can you tell us if there were any price hikes, what was the quantum? What has the price hike been year-to-date?
A: We had a price hike of about 1.2 percent which was effective June 1 and year-to-date we have had two price increases so far, one on May 1 and the other on June 1. The two together will be about 2.2-2.3 percent. Q: How will this aid your margins in the coming two quarters and what is your volume growth expectation for the coming two quarters?
Q: How will this aid your margins in the coming two quarters and what is your volume growth expectation for the coming two quarters?
A: Volumes will look up. There was some amount of suppressed demand which should bounce back now. This being a discretionary category, there is lot of postponement happening in terms of the purchases which the demand might bring in. We expect the volumes to increase.
Asian Paints Blends it Right with Robotics
By using robotics in its depots, Asian Paints lowered inventory management pressure, ensured accurate deliveries, and created savings in working capital
Asian Paints adopted an automated storage and retrieval system that included paint racks 12 levels high and connected it to its ERP.
Har ghar kuch kehta hai. Asian Paints’ tagline illustrates just how much a house speaks about the people who live in it and how it reflects their personality, imagination, creativity, and lifestyle in the language of color. Asian Paints should know, for over 72 years it’s been using its palette of colors to brighten up homes.
Its long innings is what’s partially responsible for its success. Today, Asian Paints is ranked among the top five decorative coatings companies in the world, with a consolidated turnover of Rs 12,714 crore, and it commands over 45 percent of the Indian paint market. That’s a position it aims to maintain—or better—as the market grows to over Rs 49,000 crore by 2016-2017.
Longevity, however, is only part of the reason for its success. Innovation is the other.
In the early 2000s, the company expanded its product portfolio as it began to shift its customer value proposition from paints and colors to home decor. In a response that was consistent with this business move, the company increased the number of depots through which it serviced its customers. It also witnessed SKU (stock keeping unit) proliferation to offer a wider choice to consumers. Both of those trends had a direct effect on Asian Paints’ ability to forecast demand. If this is not addressed, inventory management issues would surface. Within a short while, a grim portrait of supply chain inefficiency was juxtaposed against the bright canvas of Asian Paints’ growth.
The company’s depots maintained average inventory levels of 30 days, but if it retained its existing supply chain model that number would shoot up to 40. This would throw up several challenges. First, it would put pressure on inventory management, which would affect working capital. Second, the number of depots needed to store inventory would rise. Both of this would lead to spiraling costs and potential sales loss due to mal-distribution.<more>
World Powder Coatings Market By Application is Expected to Grow at a Steady Rate of 7.2% till 2020: Grand View Research, Inc
AkzoNobel, Sherwin Williams and PPG were the largest companies in the market with a combined share of over 25% in 2013. Other key participants in the market include Dupont, BASF, Valspar and Nippon Paints.
The global market for powder coating is expected to reach USD 12.48 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Growing support for the use of powder coatings in comparison to conventional liquid paints by regulatory agencies such as EPA and REACH on account of negligible VOC emissions is expected to be a key driver for market growth. In addition, growing application demand with regards to automotive, appliances and consumer goods is also expected to drive powder coating sales over the next six years.
Consumer goods are the largest application market for powder coatings, with estimated consumption of 437.3 kilo tons in 2013. Automotive and general Industries were the key application markets, with combined powder coating sales expected to reach USD 5.11 billion by 2020. Powder coating demand in furniture was relatively small in 2013 but is expected to witness substantial growth of over 7.6% from 2014 to 2020.
BASF Introduces High Build, Exterior Protective Coating, Tersus Color Coat
Published on June 9, 2014 at 4:16 AM
The Wall Systems business of BASF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), stucco and air/water-resistive barriers, today announced the launch of Tersus Color Coat.
Tersus Color Coat, a modified acrylic smooth coating, utilizes a proprietary BASF formula to produce a highly hydrophobic, non-polar surface that repels water. When water comes in contact with Tersus Color Coat, it beads and carries away dirt, soil and debris. This inherent property also makes it more resistant to mold and mildew. Its anti-soiling properties have been proven using two industry established test methods, ASTM D3719 – Dirt Collection and Miami Dade County TAS 143-95 to confirm dirt pickup resistance.
“These tests enable the design professional to evaluate and ultimately specify minimum requirements of dirt collection resistance,” said Peter Daechsel, National Marketing Manager, BASF’s Wall Systems business. “Tersus Color Coat helps buildings stay clean and fresh, longer than regular coatings.”
Saraf Agencies revises production timeline for Rs 2,000-cr titanium plant
Production to begin by Dec 2014
Saraf Agencies Private Ltd (SAPL) has set a fresh target for commencement of production at its titanium dioxide plant proposed near Chhatrapur in south Odisha’s Ganjam district by December this year. The plant is presently under construction.
The Kolkata-based company had earlier targeted to start production from the plant by May 2014. The first phase of construction on the Rs 2,000-crore project was delayed due to the devastating cyclone Phailin that struck the state’s southern coast in October last year, sources said.
“The construction of the plant is in full swing, while the machinery for the first phase of the plant has already arrived. The first phase of the plant is expected to start production by the end of this year,” said the company’s vice president (commercial) S L Modi. In the first phase, the company has aimed at producing around 18,000 tonne high titanium slag per annum. In this phase, it would invest around Rs 250 crore. The company has committed a total investment of Rs 2,000 crore in the next three to four years to complete the plant to produce titanium dioxide and high purity pig iron and to develop the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The area selected for the titanium dioxide plant has been notified as SEZ.<more>
PPG Industries to Acquire Masterwork
Coatings giant PPG industries Inc.’s (PPG - Analyst Report) North American architectural coatings business has agreed to buy Masterwork, an independent paint distributor also based in Pittsburgh. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. However, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Masterwork operates a 13-store network in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. The addition of Masterwork will strengthen PPG Industries’ company-owned stores network. The PPG-owned stores strive to deliver consistent and <more>
Global demand to rise 5.2% annually through 2017
Global demand for paint and coatings is forecast to rise 5.2 percent per year to 51.6 million metric tons in 2017, valued at $186 billion. Advances will be driven by a strong rebound in global building construction spending, particularly in North America, Europe, and Japan, fueling increased demand for architectural paint. Manufacturing and specialty coatings demand will also grow at a more rapid pace compared to recent historical trends, benefiting from an improved outlook for motor vehicle production and overall industrial output. However, gains will be limited by the increased use of higher quality coatings in both the developed and developing worlds, reducing the volume necessary to complete a given paint job. Water-based coatings and other high-solids formulations will gain share over solventborne products in virtually all world markets, as paintmakers continue to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in coatings to comply with government regulations and consumer preferences.
PPG Industries Spends $40M on Brazil Plant Expansion
PPG Industries (PPG - Analyst Report) is investing roughly $40 million to expand its coatings manufacturing facility in Sumare, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The expansion will facilitate the production of resin that will be used to make automotive coating products.
The Brazil facility expansion project will add a 65,000-square-foot plant for resin production. The resin produced at the plant will be utilized to make PPG Industries’ electrocoat products to address increasing demand from automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and industrial coatings customers in the region.<more>
Death of the car wash? Nissan develops the world's first SELF-CLEANING car
Banish the bucket, sponge and hose.
Japanese giant Nissan has developed the world’s first ‘self-cleaning car’ which it predicts will make car-washing ‘obsolete.’
Its UK engineers are testing innovative ‘nano-paint technology’ which repels dirt before it gets a chance to take hold on the paintwork.
For drivers who would rather run a mile than wipe down their dirty vehicles with a sponge or wince at the high cost of a car-wash, it means salvation may soon be at hand.
It is set to be an option on future models but is being tested in Britain on the new Sunderland-built Nissan Note which went on sale in October priced from £12,100 to £17,100.
No price has yet been set but it is likely to be around £450 ($750) – or similar to a metallic paint option.
A Nissan spokesman said: ‘The Nissan Note is first car to trial paint which could make car washes obsolete.
‘Washing a car can be a chore - and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.’
Scientists have developed ‘super-hydrophobic’ and ‘oleophobic’ paint, which repels water and oils. It has been applied to the all-new Nissan Note supermini to create what it calls ‘the world's first self-cleaning car’.
Nissan says it is the first carmaker to apply the trade-marked technology called Ultra-Ever Dry® on automotive bodywork and will be testing it ‘in the real world’ over the coming months at its European Technical Centre at Cranfield in Bedfordshire.
Explaining how the dirt-repellent coating works, a Nissan spokesman said: ‘By creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car's surface.’
The Note already features a ‘wash and blow dry' function on its rear view camera. This uses water and compressed air to automatically keep the lens free of dirt and ensure the Notes' safety sensors work in all conditions.
A spokesman said: ‘So far, the coating has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.’
Chief marketing manager Geraldine Ingham said; ‘The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving and Nissan's engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families' lives easier.
‘We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.’
Nissan employs 8,500 people in Britain, including 7,300 at the Sunderland factory, 950 at the Cranfield Technical Centre and 50 at Nissan’s European design centre at Paddington in London.
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Help for Referees, in a Can
SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Even casual soccer fans may already be familiar with the sport’s infamous “magic spray,” the ubiquitous mist that team trainers use on seemingly every type of injury to help stricken — or, as they are occasionally known, faking — players recover from grave maladies without missing a single kick.
Beginning with Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup here, however, the magic spray will have a new partner in mystical vapor: the vanishing spray.
This latest addition to the aerosol array is not a medical tool to get players moving but rather an official’s tool to keep players back. At various points during every game, the referee will instruct one team to stay at least 10 yards away from the ball while the other team prepares to take a free kick. In the past, the referee would make a show of stepping off the required distance before indicating with his hand where the defenders, who often bunch together as a wall, had to stand.
This display would then be followed by a familiar, wearying routine: As soon as the referee turned away, the players in the wall would shuffle forward, as if wiping their dirty shoes on a floor mat. The subversive shimmying effectively made the 10-yard rule more like 7 or 8, which is a significant difference for attackers hoping to curl a shot around the wall. If the referee noticed and had to readjust the wall, the inevitable delay — particularly if it happened multiple times each half — could make a game feel interminable.<more>
Jotun paints exteriors of houses in Old Jeddah
As part of its Jotun’s social responsibility initiative to benefit local communities, Jotun Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s number one paint manufacturer, used Jotashield ColorLast premium quality exterior paint to protect and beautify the exteriors of houses in south of Old Jeddah.
“Jotun Saudia is committed to being actively involved in the communities in which we operate,” said Faisal Karim, Marketing Manager, Jotun Saudia Co. Ltd. “Putting this into practice we have a regular program of social responsibility initiatives such as Jotun Cares, which is a facelift project to make positive difference in people’s lives.” <more>
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I have a question, regarding Qualicoat Class 1 approval. For polyester-TGIC powder coating the gloss should not be less than 50% after 1000 hours Xenon Arc exposure.I want to know if a powder based on a standard polyester-TGIC resin will pass this test (approximately equivalent to 1year Florida). Or do we need another type of polyester resin for class1 or no?
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A standard grade TGIC-polyester will meet the Qualicoat Class 1 specification. It is important to confirm mortar and sulfuric acid resistance performance and to select your polyester resin from a reputable resin supplier. In addition it is wise to make sure that the pigments and additives are weather resistant. Some waxes are not UV durable. In addition many organic pigments will fade from one year Florida exposure. So choose you additives and pigments wisely.
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What is the best way to measure weatherability and cheapest way?QUV,Xenon Arc or Solarbox?I want to get machine for my laboratory.What is your suggestion?
The very best way to ascertain resistance to outdoor conditions is natural exposure (this is expensive and takes years). Second best weathering simulation technique is exposure to concentrated sunlight through the use of solar reflectors and water mist and is commonly known as EMMAQUA or equatorial mount with mirrors for acceleration and water (ASTM D4141). This technique utilizes real solar energy but because the energy is concentrated by mirrors the duration is significantly reduced. ASTM D4141 testing requires the careful measurement of UV light exposed to. The amount measured is then compared to historical data of Florida exposure and correlated to the number of months of typical exposure. This is also very expensive.
Next best technique is Xenon Arc Weatherometer (ASTM D-6695). For artificial tests the wavelengths of xenon arc emission best simulate sunlight. These cabinets are relatively expensive to buy and costly to operate.
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Next in relevance is QUV (ASTM D-4587). This is tried and true, but not as representative of sunlight as the tests described above. I would use 340-A lamps as the shorter wavelengths (B-313) are selectively too damaging to polyester resin backbones. QUV cabinets are much less expensive than Xenon Arc units. I bought a used one for less than $2000. New ones cost around $10,000 to $12,000.
You may want to consider building a rack and exposing test panels at your own facility as well.
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Nobel Appoints Maelys Castella First Female CFO
Akzo Nobel NV (AKZA) appointed Maelys Castella as chief financial officer, making her the only female CFO at one of the 25 companies on Amsterdam’s main stock index.
Castella, 47, will join Europe’s largest paintmaker on Sept. 15 from industrial-gas producer Air Liquide SA, where she has worked for 14 years and most recently was group deputy CFO, Akzo Nobel said in a statement today.
Chief Executive Officer Ton Buechner is leading a broad reorganization to boost profitability at Akzo Nobel, a sprawling company that makes Dulux paints, chemicals and wood finishes. Castella will be the first female CFO and the second woman to serve on the executive committee of a company that dates to the founding of a forge in 1646 and later encompassed businesses created by Alfred Nobel, for whom the Nobel Prize is named.
Kansai Nerolac names Pradip Shah as new chairman
Paint major Kansai Nerolac has appointed Pradip Shah as its new Chairman.
The company in a filing with the BSE today said Shah was appointed following the retirement of Dr J J Irani, its former Chairman. Irani also retired from the company's directorship with effect from the conclusion of the 94th Annual General Meeting held on June 20.
He served as Chairman of Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd from July 16, 2003, and as its Non-Executive and Independent Director from October 29, 2002.
Cytec Industries Appoints New CFO
Woodland Park, New Jersey, June 25, 2014 - Cytec Industries Inc. (NYSE:CYT) announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Daniel G. Darazsdi to the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company effective August 4, 2014. Mr. David Drillock, Cytec's current VP and CFO, announced in February 2014 his intent to retire by the end of the year. As a result of the new appointment, Mr. Drillock will resign as Chief Financial Officer on August 4, 2014 but will remain with Cytec for several months to assist Mr. Darazsdi with a smooth leadership transition.
Mr. Darazsdi, age 54, will serve as the Company's principal financial and accounting officer. Prior to joining Cytec, he had been Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2014 of Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC, a clinical research company traded publicly until its acquisition by affiliates of the Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman in 2011. Prior to this position, Mr. Darazsdi worked at Honeywell International for 25 years in numerous senior financial positions including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of finance transformation and operations, Chief Financial Officer of the company's global Specialty Materials business, VP of Finance and Information Technology for Asia Pacific and a variety of other leadership roles.
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