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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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:
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.