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.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been making a number of statements recently about its findings concerning climate change. This learned international organisation has concluded that the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO₂) in the atmosphere has grown to levels not seen for 3 million years and that about half of cumulative anthropogenic CO₂ emissions between 1750 and 2010 have occurred in the last 40 years. The IPCC’s theme is not new but the language used has turned from one of finding a corrective solution to one of problem mitigation.
Running, piping down, jumping in: temperatures above 30 °C, the outdoor pool is quite crowded and people are queuing at the 5m diving platform. While watching the people jump, some stereotypes become obvious:
Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) are shaping the European paint and coatings industry. For SMEs across all industries are facing one day the same issue: finding a suitable successor. However, it is not always sure if the next generation is willing to take over the business. This is not the only reason to early prepare the business transfer.