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Wednesday, 02 September 2015

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Kirsten Wrede
27 August 2015 09:47:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Stylish again: blue cars

I had to smile a little when I read the latest news on automotive colour trends from BASF: "blue colours are gaining ground” was one of the key messages. My car – a VW Golf IV – was built in 2002 and is (you may already guess) blue. A very nice blue.

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Sonja Specks
20 August 2015 10:00:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Who can give me absolution? Please contact me!

You certainly know about the dilemma of trying to do everything right, but then to discover in the evening news that all efforts seem to be totally wasted, given all the catastrophes in this world.

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Damir Gagro
14 August 2015 15:00:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Buying paint online: is there any potential in the market?

Facing time-efficient consumers who are looking for a convenient purchase channel, e-commerce has witnessed an incredible development. Books, music, movies and electronic devices: almost everything can be bought online. But what about paint? Is there a potential to seize the online channel to boost paint sales?

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Vanessa Bauersachs
7 August 2015 10:37:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Rocky road to REACH

REACH seems to be an ever-present buzzword in the field of paints and coatings. Even though the regulation is in its transition phase until June 2018, the REACH Helpdesk suggests that companies start their preparations now, especially SMEs. That the road to REACH remains rocky is also shown by a recent study.

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Michael Richter
30 July 2015 09:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Bio-based coatings: Anything else but cheesy

Adopting renewable innovations is often a challenging task and current percentage ratios of sustainable components remain quite low. So what about a totally bio-based and fully controllable deposition process for the formation of biological coatings? How does that sound to you?

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Sonja Schulte
22 July 2015 08:50:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Changing of the guard: PPG No. 1 in 2014

It’s that time of year again for listing the top coatings manufacturers in various regions. Such rankings are usually based on annual sales. By that measure, PPG has snatched top place away from Akzo Nobel to become the world’s largest paints and coatings manufacturer with sales worth 13.15 billion euros in 2014. For its part, Akzo Nobel posted sales of 9.6 billion euros in the same year. Six other European companies are also to be found among the world’s top 20.

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Kirsten Wrede
16 July 2015 11:09:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
“Sleeping beauties” in research

It’s really not so easy to find interesting news to share with you in this "dead season" - or "cucumber season”, as we would say in Germany. I’ve browsed a lot of relevant websites, and suddenly I found something striking:

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Sonja Specks
13 July 2015 17:17:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Adaptation versus risk, what is the better idea for the future?

Always higher, faster, further? What demands do customers have? What requirements do companies identify for themselves?

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Tony Mash
2 July 2015 08:51:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
When it comes to acquisitions in the Coatings Industry, buyers must beware

Further acquisitions are seen as inevitable in the Coatings Industry. However, what may be seen as strategic good sense may also be operational nightmares.

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Vanessa Bauersachs
25 June 2015 14:24:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
From plastic to metal to chocolate

Recently, I attended the Maker Faire in Hanover, an event where innovators present their newest products and technologies. One of my highlights there was watching 3D printers in action, producing all sorts of objects from simple vases to dog statues to a bust of Kim Jong Un, which bore an almost uncanny resemblance to said North Korean. With all the more interest, I read that researchers have found a way to print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets.

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