Self-healing materials are no brand new invention, they’ve been in the media for quite some time. Nevertheless, my curiosity was aroused when I found a number of news on self-healing materials on our websites recently. Coincidence or not?
Currently, we are working on a preview magazine for the American Coatings SHOW in April 2016 and have been gathering interviews on the latest trends in different fields of the industry. When asked about the main challenges in bio-based coatings, one of our interviewees, Scott Cooley (Reichhold) states that one of the greatest problems is that end users often have the misconception that bio-based entails more expenses and less performance – a statement I found quite interesting.
Growth rates in emerging economies are not as miraculous as they used to be. Nothing new, it’s all over town. Almost all BRIC countries are struggling. Lately, even China made it on that list. This week two stories came as blow, which more or less are linked to these developments. Henkel cuts 1,200 jobs in its adhesives business and DuPont’s CEO Ellen Kullman retires.
VW rigged the exhaust emissions. It’s all over the media. The company’s shares are in freefall, the chairman had to resign and there are reports of possible lawsuits in the billions. But what does all this fuss mean for the coatings industry? I don’t believe it will suffer all that much.