One of the most frequently asked questions at the start of a new year has to be: "What resolutions have you made for the new year?” The answers often revolve around sport, diet or less stress.European Coatings Journal asked 20 European coatings manufacturers where they see the greatest opportunities or challenges in 2017. As the previous years, 2017 is once again labeled as a year of uncertainity. Raw material prices and changes to legislation are an issue for many in 2017, but other factors may also pose a challenge to coating and paint manufacturers.
At the moment, the IAA Commercial Vehicles, the world’s most important trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, is taking place in my hometown Hanover. Years ago, I visited the show and was impressed by enormous cranes that wouldn’t fit in any exhibition hall.
2 September 2016 14:45:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal Back to the future
How will the chemical industry look like in 2030? The German chemical industry association (VCI) has recently updated their study on the German chemical industry in 2030. Many of the prognoses are also valid for the European paints and coatings industry.
The Asian Paint Industry Council (APIC) has just held its 17th annual meeting, this time hosted by the Philippine member association in Manila. I had the honour of being invited to this meeting for the third time, and I came home with rather positive impressions.
Since I work as an editor for European Coatings JOURNAL I have been followed by the biocide directive. For years we tried to publish a book on current biocide technology for paints and coatings. But there was no chance since the direction was steadily under change. Now it seems to me, that we got to a kind of final regulation harmonizing the market at EU level, simplifying the approval of active substances and so on. It is in place since September 2013. However, it seems to be quite complicated and needs a lot of paper work.
Plaudits to AkzoNobel for being ranked in first place in the Dow Jones Sustainability World ranking for the Superchemicals sector for 2013 as well as 2012. This is a significant achievement given the strength of interest and commitment expressed by many large multinational chemicals and coatings companies in Sustainable Development.
Congratulations also to the Decorative Coatings sector of CEPE, the Europe-wide trade association representing the interest of the Coatings Industry, for being one of the 17 successful applicants out of 90 across all sectors of European industry to be selected to join the first phase of a 3 year Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) pilot programme.
In the coatings industry you can see technical mile stones. Starting with natural oils and binders who were replaced by industrially produced alkyd coatings, or the change from brush to cathodic dip painting or roller coating. Today we have an enormous variety of application and drying technologies, as well as lots of different raw materials. This shows that the industry has faced a lot of changes and has tried to adapt, and it shows that we might be able to solve upcoming changes in the future, too.