I don’t have an e-book reader. Why? Because they are only available in black and white, and the screen is too small for my liking. So, I diligently buy printed books, even though my bookshelves are bursting at the seams. But my attitude towards e-readers might change very soon.
The closing of the camp in Idomeni, negotiations between Turkey and Europe – the refugee crisis is and remains present. Between the problems and open questions it is good to hear positive news atleast every once in a while - such as stories about people who have found a new job in Europe or are able do their practical training here.
Hard to believe it, but it's just around the corner: the European Coatings Show is putting out calls for industry to submit abstracts. I can’t wait to see which new trends emerge. At the last show in 2015, there were quite a few submissions on isocyanate-free paint systems – one of them even landed the prestigious ECS Award. Will biometics be the new trend in 2017?
Mere coincidence, or is there more behind it? Three interesting research news related to medical technology have caught my eye only recently, and I’m asking myself: is there a significant increase in R&D for medical coatings?
It comes thick and fast. Announcement on acquisitions are part of our industry. But only last week the frequency and size of these kind of transactions was astonishing. What more do we have to expect in 2016?
I’m feeling surrounded by coughing, sniffng and sneezing colleagues, family members, friends and neighbours. Are you, too? It’s hard to avoid an infection, as germs and bacteria lurk everywhere - on door handles and light switches, on buses and subway trains.
Another mega deal in the coatings industry is coming in: AkzoNobel agrees to buy BASF's industrial coatings business for EUR 475 million. This move brings the Dutch coatings producer closer to PPG, the largest coatings producing company worldwide.
"Green Marketing” – this buzz word sounds good. It sounds like sustainability, environmental awareness, doing the right thing. While collecting topics for the American Coatings Show 2016 Daily, someone came up with the idea to discuss "Green Marketing” in one of the issues. I happily accepted the suggestion, but then I started asking myself: "What exactly is "Green Marketing” in the first place?
There are many companies in the business, which have been producing coatings since generations. Either family-based enterprises or companies that are listed or run by institutions. The older they are, the longer tradition they have, of course.
The chemical industry is about to witness a jumbo merger. Should the deal between the two titans Dow and DuPont go ahead, a new global market leader would be born. Experts value the deal at 120 billion USD, but also believe there will be significant ramifications for the workforce.