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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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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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Damir Gagro
29 March 2016 17:30:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Blog: Spending spree in the coatings industry

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?

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Damir Gagro
18 February 2016 10:08:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Akzo Nobel is getting closer to the top again

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.

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Damir Gagro
22 May 2015 09:19:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Evonik and Clariant: How much truth is in this rumour?

It has been in the news for a while and the rumour mill is buzzing: Evonik is supposed to look for a mega deal. Different source name Clariant as the possible target. Here is my opinion on that topic!

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Sonja Schulte
19 March 2015 05:57:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Isocyante-free 2K coatings systems:decoupling of pot-life and cure speed

We all know the advantages and disatvantages of  isocyante based coatings systems. Exposure to free isocyante can result in adverse health effects such as respiratory diseases and severe allergic sensitization. Further isocyantes undergo irreversible side reactions with water which can be problematic for the application of isocyated based coatings such as PUR coatings in humid environments. There is also a need in many application for faster drying and hardness development that can achieved with current isocyante chemistry. However, typical approaches to faster dry times using isocyante chemistry usually lead to shorter formulation pot-life. Now two different isocyante-free approaches will be presented at the European Coatings CONGRESS. Both offer decoupling of pot life and curing speed while offering performance comparable to established systems. In my opinion, this is a real breakthrough in coatings technology!

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Sonja Specks
30 November 2014 20:57:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Europe receives (too) little attention

Entering new markets, increasing sales, maximizing profits. That’s how expansions work. Nowadays everything revolves around how to catch some ground in Asian markets or generate profits in South America. But what about Europe?

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Sonja Schulte
2 April 2014 13:37:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Research in green chemistry: new raw materials for coatings

If you deal with information around coatings technology, raw materials and markets every day you read at least once a week something on sustainability. To be honest, some days I am really fed up with this term. Not because I do not think that sustainability is important for the coatings industry. It´s rather because I have the impression that sometimes the term is misused for marketing reasons. Today I came across with the content of the latest issue of the journal Green Chemistry and was surprised that three articles dealt with current developments for biobased coatings. In my opinion, the use of biobased materials could be an important step to more sustainable products. Really interesting stuff!

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Miriam von Bardeleben
10 February 2012 22:22:00 | Posted by: Miriam von Bardeleben, European Coatings Journal
How relevant is the brand "Made in ..." for products today?

There has been a vivid discussion going on during the last weeks about the former plans of the European Commission to stop the generous rules for the use of the label "Made in Germany". Although this plan was not put into action, the topic stayed in peoples' heads. Is the brand that explains, in which country a product was manufactured, of such economic importance? To an extent that it even turns into a surplus of value of its own?

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