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Damir Gagro
11 September 2014 17:47:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Some truth in it: rumours on selling & buying Axalta

At first I was stunned when I read Carlyle Group has offered AkzNobel to buy Axalta last week. Reading the news closely showed it was just a rumour, especially when reading "insider information from people familiar with the situation”. Of course, as part of the media, I have contacted sources at the involved companies and got nearly the same answer by all of them: "We are not commenting on speculations and rumours”. So once again nothing but a hoax? I am not sure.

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Michael Richter
3 September 2014 11:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Inspired by mussels, barnacles and yummy oysters

Why are mussels, barnacles and oysters able to stick themselves at objects like rocks, to a pier or to a vessel? And - most important - what we can learn about it and how can the coatings industry make use of this knowledge?

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Sonja Schulte
28 August 2014 13:39:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Biocides: Do we now have a final regulation?

Since I work as an editor for European Coatings JOURNAL I have been followed by the biocide directive. For years we tried to publish a book on current biocide technology for paints and coatings. But there was no chance since the direction was steadily under change. Now it seems to me, that we got to a kind of final regulation harmonizing the market at EU level, simplifying the approval of active substances and so on. It is in place since September 2013. However, it seems to be quite complicated and needs a lot of paper work.

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Kirsten Wrede
21 August 2014 14:11:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
UV curing without photoinitiators

I would like to draw your attention to a new technology I find very interesting. It concerns UV curing without photoinitiators and has recently won a regional innovation award in Germany.

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Tony Mash
21 August 2014 13:38:00 | Posted by: Tony Mash, TMA Consulting Inc.
A new angle on sustainablity: the impact of diversity

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been making a number of statements recently about its findings concerning climate change. This learned international organisation has concluded that the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO₂) in the atmosphere has grown to levels not seen for 3 million years and that about half of cumulative anthropogenic CO₂ emissions between 1750 and 2010 have occurred in the last 40 years.
The IPCC’s theme is not new but the language used has turned from one of finding a corrective solution to one of problem mitigation.

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Sonja Specks
14 August 2014 14:22:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Taking the plunge: into the outdoor pool and with research projects

Running, piping down, jumping in: temperatures above 30 °C, the outdoor pool is quite crowded and people are queuing at the 5m diving platform. While watching the people jump, some stereotypes become obvious:

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Damir Gagro
7 August 2014 16:53:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
SME – preparing a smooth transfer

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) are shaping the European paint and coatings industry. For SMEs across all industries are facing one day the same issue: finding a suitable successor. However, it is not always sure if the next generation is willing to take over the business. This is not the only reason to early prepare the business transfer.

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Sonja Schulte
24 July 2014 15:27:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
New raw materials: not all seem to be interesting for paint manufacturers

About four weeks ago I blogged about a new kind of pigments which can be dispersed without using a bead mill. I received a lot of emails and comments on this blog. I never received so much feedback on any other blog before. Why is this topic so interesting for the paint manufacturers? Yes, you can save a lot of energy and time. Of course this makes your production more efficient and at the end you earn more. But, saving costs alone does not make a paint producer successful, does it? Is innovation also important for being successful? And if so, shouldn`t every new development in raw materials be as interesting as the new pigment I mentioned above?

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Michael Richter
17 July 2014 07:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Lignins - A "nice-to-have"!

Lignin – Yes, this is a "nice-to-have” but chemically by far too inert and too difficult to get the monomers separated! Really?

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Kirsten Wrede
10 July 2014 11:07:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
ECS 2015 – not too far away

Have you been aware that the European Coatings Show 2015 will start in more than nine months from now? Even though we’re already working on topics for the ECS Preview, I haven’t thought yet about companies` preparations running at full speed.

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