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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 AkzoNobel to become the world’s largest paints and coatings manufacturer with sales worth 13.15 billion euros in 2014. For its part, AkzoNobel 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. Why AkzoNobel lost the leadership? I tell you in my blog.