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Kirsten Wrede
28 October 2015 14:06:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Self-healing – the latest fad?

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?

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Vanessa Bauersachs
16 October 2015 15:50:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Bio does not equal expensive

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.

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Damir Gagro
8 October 2015 14:43:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Emerging markets slowing down: thunder in paradise?

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.

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Sonja Schulte
1 October 2015 13:34:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
What the current crisis at VW means for the coatings industry

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.

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Kirsten Wrede
24 September 2015 12:18:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Nanotechnology: State of affairs?

I haven’t heard anything significant on nanotechnology lately. Neither in the news nor in publications. Probably because there have been so many other topics to be discussed. Remember the times when TV programs or consumer magazines reported on nanoparticles in suntan lotion or cosmetics? We learned that due to negative public opinion towards nanotechnology, companies stopped or reduced research and development in this area, or changed obvious brand names, thereby omitting the word "nano”.

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Sonja Schulte
11 September 2015 11:09:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Additives: Do you really want multi-functionality?

Recently I prepared a conference program dealing with the topic "additives for modern coatings”. I talked to different experts from additive producing companies. Some told me that multi-functional additives are a clear trend, others reported that their customers don´t want these kind of additives. Those customers rather want freedom and flexibility.

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Kirsten Wrede
27 August 2015 09:47:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Stylish again: blue cars

I had to smile a little when I read the latest news on automotive colour trends from BASF: "blue colours are gaining ground” was one of the key messages. My car – a VW Golf IV – was built in 2002 and is (you may already guess) blue. A very nice blue.

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Sonja Specks
20 August 2015 10:00:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Who can give me absolution? Please contact me!

You certainly know about the dilemma of trying to do everything right, but then to discover in the evening news that all efforts seem to be totally wasted, given all the catastrophes in this world.

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Damir Gagro
14 August 2015 15:00:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Buying paint online: is there any potential in the market?

Facing time-efficient consumers who are looking for a convenient purchase channel, e-commerce has witnessed an incredible development. Books, music, movies and electronic devices: almost everything can be bought online. But what about paint? Is there a potential to seize the online channel to boost paint sales?

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Vanessa Bauersachs
7 August 2015 10:37:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Rocky road to REACH

REACH seems to be an ever-present buzzword in the field of paints and coatings. Even though the regulation is in its transition phase until June 2018, the REACH Helpdesk suggests that companies start their preparations now, especially SMEs. That the road to REACH remains rocky is also shown by a recent study.

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