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Kirsten Wrede
27 April 2017 10:30:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Industry 4.0 on everyone’s lips

I don’t really like it when people carelessly use terms whose meaning isn’t clear straight away. One example is the super buzz word "Industry 4.0”. This is the main theme at the Hannover Fair 2017, which is taking place in the northern German city (that is also home of our publishing house, by the way). 

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Damir Gagro
14 March 2017 17:30:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
UPDATE - PPG offer rejected: will Akzo Nobel stick with its “No”?

The US American paint producer PPG has offered to buy Dutch coatings Akzo Nobel maker for EUR 21 billion. The Dutch company rejected the offer. Will it stick to its "No”?

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Jan Gesthuizen
9 March 2017 09:04:00 | Posted by: Jan Gesthuizen, European Coatings Journal
Small change + Epoxy resin = A social media hit

Take 27,000 one-penny coins, a lot of time, a 2-component epoxy clearcoat and plenty of time. Check out this video.

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Kirsten Wrede
21 February 2017 08:20:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Titan dioxide: difficult times for coating manufacturers!

For quite some time now, we have informed you about a fairly unpleasant fact: costs for coating manufacturers have risen significantly during the last months. Not least because of increasing raw material prices. And now the fire in Pori, Finland, which has struck at difficult times…

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Sonja Schulte
10 February 2017 14:58:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
A cobbler should stick to his last! But why?

Providing support for customers to enable them to get the best results from their work is a matter of course for any successful modern company. However, it has recently come to my attention that services are being offered in the coatings and allied industries that have nothing to do with an actual product and its application. For example, one German company has recently started offering its customers support for banking communications and commercial business organisation. That was never a part of the company's core business! But might it be successful?

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Jan Gesthuizen
8 February 2017 08:56:00 | Posted by: Jan Gesthuizen, European Coatings Journal
Paints to light up the world

The nice thing about a blog is that you don’t have to report on the latest developments. Which is why, today, I want to write about luminous paints, inspired by reports that have been around for some time already.

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Kirsten Wrede
12 January 2017 13:14:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Uncertainty about biocides for in-can preservation

In discussions with experts of the German and European coatings industry, one thing has become clear: biocides for in-can preservation is a burning issue.

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Sonja Schulte
5 January 2017 17:12:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Opportunities and challenges in 2017

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.

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Vanessa Bauersachs
9 December 2016 14:49:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
ECS 2017: Sooner than expected

Every year, Christmas approaches faster. To my mind, the same could be said for the European Coatings Show. To me the last ECS 2015 feels just a couple of months ago but already it is time to prepare for the next one. Recently, we have published our preview magazine for the upcoming show in April 2017. In addition to information on the show and conference, the magazine contains a multitude of trends interviews. Browsing the interviews, it is quite clear: Low-VOC and water-borne coatings remain absolute focus topics.

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Sonja Schulte
25 November 2016 12:24:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
The coatings industry needs more women!

"Not again!” is probably what some of you are thinking. The proportion of women in the coatings industry is low and I’m wondering whether it should stay that way or whether the paint industry wouldn’t be better off actively doing something about it. You see, according to Credit Suisse's most recent study, the more women who are involved in decision-making, the better a company performs. On top of this, there is the ever-threatening shortage of skilled workers. Yes, while there may be a desire within the industry to hire more women and to place them in senior positions, unfortunately the reality is somewhat different. However, that can be changed.

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