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Jan Gesthuizen
12 December 2017 13:30:00 | Posted by: Jan Gesthuizen, European Coatings Journal
Competition: Are there too few suppliers of titanium dioxide?

Last week, the news spread that the "white wedding” between the two pigment manufacturers Tronox and Cristal had come under fire from the Federal Trade Commission in the USA, which fears that Tronox could cut back on production of TiO2 to further drive up the price. Is it right?

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Vanessa Bauersachs
4 December 2017 13:55:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
Through the revolving door: merger talks

These days, it feels like every other day there are news of the beginning or end of merger talks between the biggest players. Axalta just ended merger discussions with two big competitors. Axalta emphasised that it is not under any pressure to merge. Nevertheless, another merger remains a strong possibility. Who could be a candidate?

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Damir Gagro
10 November 2017 11:17:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Calling off mega deals – the power of investors

Two mega deals in the coatings industry were supposed to happen. Both were called off. Even though both deals were very differently, they had one thing in common: the investors played a prominent role.

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Kirsten Wrede
20 October 2017 13:59:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
How do you communicate?

Talking to an internationally active coatings manufacturer, the topic communication has recently come up. What are the typical means of communication between formulator, raw material supplier, salespeople and end-users, but also among employees?

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Jan Gesthuizen
8 September 2017 08:33:00 | Posted by: Jan Gesthuizen, European Coatings Journal
Hackers, Data Leaks …. Should I Worry about Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 sounds great, but it naturally has its risks as well – but few people care to talk about them. Instead of sweeping them under the carpet, though, we should be talking openly about them. I recently attended one such event which did just that.

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Vanessa Bauersachs
25 August 2017 14:02:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal
How could the visibility of coatings be improved?

Speaking about my job as a journalist, reactions are usually positive. However, when I mention that I write for the European Coatings Journal, faces often go blank in an instant and confusion sets in. "Paints and coatings? Are you writing about a different colour every issue?” Reactions like this are somewhat of a pity, I feel, as they show how little many people know about the paints and coatings industry. Admittedly, this was true for myself as well prior to starting work on the topic and now often ask myself how the visibility of the industry outside the sector could be improved?

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Kirsten Wrede
14 August 2017 10:39:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Approaches against plastic waste

In contrast to materials such as glass, ceramics and wood, plastics don’t have a good reputation among consumers nowadays. More and more appeals to avoid plastics are initiated on consumer websites, by environmental organisations, in supermarkets and department stores (by way of example, plastic bags are often only available for a small fee). They all agree: plastic waste is climate-damaging and must be reduced.

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Sonja Schulte
7 August 2017 08:58:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
The future is green – for the coatings industry too!

Germany in summer 2017. The nation of carmakers is shocked. A court in the south of the country has ruled in favour of a diesel driving ban. From 2018 many diesel cars will be banned from the roads of Stuttgart. Other German cities are sure to follow and other European cities have already imposed bans in the city centres. I believe this will also provide a boost for electromobility and the reawakened environmental consciousness of politics will undoubtedly extend to other fields. Which will in turn increase consumer awareness and lead to more environmentally friendly and sustainable products. Sooner or later, this is going to hit the coatings industry. Is our sector prepared?

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Damir Gagro
28 July 2017 08:39:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Titanium dioxide: development in China leads to higher prices

Titanium dioxide is keeping the paint and coatings industry worried. Skyrocketing prices, supply shortage and the danger of being classified. The headlines were in general negative in the last twelve months for paint and coatings producers. The latest developments in China will bring a new price hike.

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Trevor Fielding
14 July 2017 14:04:00 | Posted by: Trevor Fielding, British Coatings Federation
Zero VOC Paints – are they really better for the environment?

In an ever more competitive marketplace, paint companies are looking for new and different ways to stand out, including promoting the green credentials of their products. It is important for the consumer to be aware of the true impact of painting on the environment, what VOC content actually means, and especially the questionable use of terms such as ‘Zero VOC’ and ‘VOC-free’ by certain decorative paint suppliers in the UK.

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