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Saturday, 18 November 2017

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Damir Gagro
10 November 2017 11:17:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Calling off mega deals – the power of investors

Two mega deals in the coatings industry were supposed to happen. Both were called off. Even though both deals were very differently, they had one thing in common: the investors played a prominent role.

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Kirsten Wrede
20 October 2017 13:59:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
How do you communicate?

Talking to an internationally active coatings manufacturer, the topic communication has recently come up. What are the typical means of communication between formulator, raw material supplier, salespeople and end-users, but also among employees?

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Jan Gesthuizen
8 September 2017 08:33:00 | Posted by: Jan Gesthuizen, European Coatings Journal
Hackers, Data Leaks …. Should I Worry about Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 sounds great, but it naturally has its risks as well – but few people care to talk about them. Instead of sweeping them under the carpet, though, we should be talking openly about them. I recently attended one such event which did just that.

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Vanessa Bauersachs
25 August 2017 14:02:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
How could the visibility of coatings be improved?

Speaking about my job as a journalist, reactions are usually positive. However, when I mention that I write for the European Coatings Journal, faces often go blank in an instant and confusion sets in. "Paints and coatings? Are you writing about a different colour every issue?” Reactions like this are somewhat of a pity, I feel, as they show how little many people know about the paints and coatings industry. Admittedly, this was true for myself as well prior to starting work on the topic and now often ask myself how the visibility of the industry outside the sector could be improved?

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Kirsten Wrede
14 August 2017 10:39:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Approaches against plastic waste

In contrast to materials such as glass, ceramics and wood, plastics don’t have a good reputation among consumers nowadays. More and more appeals to avoid plastics are initiated on consumer websites, by environmental organisations, in supermarkets and department stores (by way of example, plastic bags are often only available for a small fee). They all agree: plastic waste is climate-damaging and must be reduced.

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Sonja Schulte
7 August 2017 08:58:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
The future is green – for the coatings industry too!

Germany in summer 2017. The nation of carmakers is shocked. A court in the south of the country has ruled in favour of a diesel driving ban. From 2018 many diesel cars will be banned from the roads of Stuttgart. Other German cities are sure to follow and other European cities have already imposed bans in the city centres. I believe this will also provide a boost for electromobility and the reawakened environmental consciousness of politics will undoubtedly extend to other fields. Which will in turn increase consumer awareness and lead to more environmentally friendly and sustainable products. Sooner or later, this is going to hit the coatings industry. Is our sector prepared?

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Damir Gagro
28 July 2017 08:39:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Titanium dioxide: development in China leads to higher prices

Titanium dioxide is keeping the paint and coatings industry worried. Skyrocketing prices, supply shortage and the danger of being classified. The headlines were in general negative in the last twelve months for paint and coatings producers. The latest developments in China will bring a new price hike.

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Trevor Fielding
14 July 2017 14:04:00 | Posted by: Trevor Fielding, British Coatings Federation
Zero VOC Paints – are they really better for the environment?

In an ever more competitive marketplace, paint companies are looking for new and different ways to stand out, including promoting the green credentials of their products. It is important for the consumer to be aware of the true impact of painting on the environment, what VOC content actually means, and especially the questionable use of terms such as ‘Zero VOC’ and ‘VOC-free’ by certain decorative paint suppliers in the UK.

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Sonja Schulte
29 June 2017 11:17:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Trend monitor coatings technology: something new?

A woman who works for a journal in a different line of business called me up the other day wanting to know what the latest trends in the paint industry were. As I was talking to her, I realised that technology trends in the paint and coatings industry tend to be long-lived. We know from many surveys conducted at various major conferences that low-VOC, water-borne paint systems and multi-functional coatings are still trending, but what about digitisation, sustainability and graphene? Are these new trends?

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Vanessa Bauersachs
8 May 2017 08:26:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Ten years of REACH

A decade has passed: On June 1, 2007 the REACH legislation became effective, next year the third transition phase will end: A good time to take stock.

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