I like newspapers. Printed ones. I like touching the paper, turning real pages, cutting out articles, reading the paper at the breakfast table, on the train, or at the beach. I have always had a printed newspaper, and I hope it will be available for a long time to come.
Is it still necessary to call the development towards biobased materials any further just a trend? I don’t think so. After more than ten years a lot of new businesses and companies, which have been founded, work and deal with biobased materials. This is a proof that there already is a market – even if it is only small one.
At first I was stunned when I read Carlyle Group has offered AkzNobel to buy Axalta last week. Reading the news closely showed it was just a rumour, especially when reading "insider information from people familiar with the situation”. Of course, as part of the media, I have contacted sources at the involved companies and got nearly the same answer by all of them: "We are not commenting on speculations and rumours”. So once again nothing but a hoax? I am not sure.
Why are mussels, barnacles and oysters able to stick themselves at objects like rocks, to a pier or to a vessel? And - most important - what we can learn about it and how can the coatings industry make use of this knowledge?