Ukraine, Syria, the Middle East, the list of crisis areas is getting longer and longer. Of course, political crises always have consequences for the economy and naturally the paints and coatings industry is no exception.
At the beginning of the year, I like to tidy up my flat in order to get rid of unwanted and useless things. This time I discovered an article in a pile of newspapers and magazines. This article begins with: "Electrical-Coating – A charge alternating from positive to negative should protect ship hulls from fouling. Via this the acidity of the surrounding water is changing constantly and this repels mussels and algae”. This is what I call an exciting research project.
Recently I attended the Coating Summit 2015 – the global strategy and networking forum for senior coatings executives. These senior executives from the global coatings industry agreed that it was an attractive industry which offered huge promise - especially in high-growth markets - and plenty of opportunities. However back home meeting people within the European coatings industry I heard, that this view might be too optimistic.