Hello and welcome to your late week international coatings industry update, brought to you by SpecialChem. In industry news since last issue, I-Tech’s pioneering anti-fouling agent Selektope® has been shortlisted for the 2017 GREEN4SEA Awards and Axalta provided its powder coatings to Turkmenistan’s new airport. Also, PPG’s coatings protect Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City. There’s much more where we continue and as always, you can go to the above items now using the links, or checkout our latest stories, which we’ll get to right away…
AkzoNobel Analyses Strategic Options to Separate Specialty Chemicals
AkzoNobel, one of the world’s leading paints, coatings and chemicals companies, has announced a review of strategic options for the separation of its Specialty Chemicals business. The Specialty Chemicals business, which had revenues of €4.8 billion in 2016, is strongly positioned with a broad portfolio of leading technologies and chemicals which service a wide range of end-user segments including construction, industrial and consumer goods. The separation will allow the Specialty Chemicals business to continue to build and accelerate its positions across a range of market segments. As part of the separation, AkzoNobel will consider various alternative ownership structures for the Specialty Chemicals business including, but not limited to, the establishment of an independent listed entity. The ultimate structure will be determined by reference to shareholder value maximization as well as broader stakeholder considerations.
Non-toxic Hard-type Coating - A Key to Prevent Bio-fouling
Subsea Industries has announced that it believes that the entry into force of the Ballast Water Convention will not prevent the transfer of invasive aquatic species (IAS) unless there is mandatory legislation in place to prevent biofouling on ships’ hulls. Commenting on a presentation delivered at the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit in December, in which IMO Marine Environmental Division’s Technical Officer Dr. Theofanis Karyannis has revealed that hull biofouling could be more damaging than ballast water transfer. Subsea Industries’ Chairman Boud Van Rompay said: “The transfer of IAS in ballast water has been addressed with the ratification of the BWM Convention, but currently there is no legislation to prevent the transfer of IAS on ships’ hulls though fouling, only guidelines.” In his paper Building Partnerships to Address the Global Impacts from Aquatic Biofouling, Dr. Karyannis revealed a number of areas where hull biofouling was the primary factor for IAS.
dmg events - Middle East, Asia & Africa Takes Over Coatings for Africa
dmg events - Middle East, Asia & Africa, one of the leading international exhibition companies, has acquired Coatings for Africa, one of the largest and longest-running events for its industry on the continent. Coatings for Africa will now be organized by dmg events, starting with the next edition in Johannesburg from May 29 – 31, 2018. The new acquisition will sit within the company’s growing Coatings portfolio, which includes the Middle East Coatings Show taking place in Dubai on March 13 -15, 2017. The biennial Coatings for Africa event will retain the South African Paint Manufacturers Association (SAPMA) and the Oil and Colour Chemists Association (OCCA) as partners, with both associations pledging their long-term support. SAPMA members make more than 90 percent of all coatings manufactured in South Africa, while many of the individual chemists and technologists who visit the event are OCCA members.
On your Coatings Radar: Lead-Paint Bill Would Let US City Sue for Past Damages
The US continues to be sensitized to lead coatings legislation as municipalities continue to try to find funding for remediation attempts. Bills that would hold accountable those products deemed to cause lead poisoning, are moving through legislative committees in the Maryland General Assembly this session. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony last Wednesday on a bill that would allow plaintiffs — ostensibly the city of Baltimore and landlords — to sue manufacturers of lead-based paint for property or economic damages caused by the presence of lead-based paint in residential buildings.
The long-embattled city of Baltimore in particular would be able to recoup any costs the city has committed to abatement — fixing actual damages and funding educational programs in particular. The Maryland Lead Poisoning Recovery Act would expand the grounds on which a plaintiff could sue a manufacturer of lead paint.
Under the act, a plaintiff would have to prove that damages were caused by lead-based paint, that the manufacturer produced the paint, and that the manufacturer “breached a legally recognized duty” to the plaintiff in the process of “selling, manufacturing, promoting, or distributing” the tainted paint, according to a state fiscal analysis. The bill does not apply to claims of personal injury or death, and can only be applied to the actual manufacturers of lead-based paint.
Proponents of the bill say the burden of proof to connect a specific manufacturer to a case of lead poisoning is extremely difficult, and defendants aren’t often held accountable.
Opponents are not as positive. “This legislation would bring about an unwarranted, unfair, and unwise change to Maryland’s system of justice,” attorney Antonio Dias said on behalf of paint manufacturing company Sherwin Williams in a written statement to the committee. “In Maryland, a party may be held liable only for harm that the party caused. (This bill) would obliterate this fundamental principle by forcing liability on a manufacturer, even where there is no evidence (the manufacturer is responsible).”
Axalta Provides its Powder Coatings to Turkmenistan’s New Airport
Axalta Coating Systems, one of the leading global suppliers of liquid and powder coatings, has provided its Alesta® SD or Super Durable line of powder coatings for the façade of Central Asia’s largest airport, the new Ashgabat International Airport. Alesta SD has been specifically developed to provide better color and gloss stability, making it ideal for commercial building projects such as this, in addition to high-end residential projects.
Ashgabat International Airport, one of Turkmenistan’s most prestigious infrastructure projects, required a façade coating that would be extremely resistant to weather degradation and provide lasting gloss and color retention.
Willi Müsgen, Managing Director of Köln-Color, the company in Cologne, Germany, who handled the coating of the airport’s striking 32,000m2 falcon-shaped façade, explains: “As the metal fabricator wanted RAL 9016 HFW Matt Traffic White for the huge shape, we chose Axalta’s Alesta SD Matt RAL 9016 knowing it would meet all the requirements. We work with Alesta SD powder coatings very frequently, so we know how the product behaves.”
Köln-Color received sections of the façade between October 2015 and June 2016 from international façade specialist Christian Pohl GmbH, also based in Cologne, Germany. Once coated in Alesta SD, the panels made of 3mm aluminum were shipped to Ashgabat in sections for assembly.
Olaf Duisberg, Architectural Powder Coatings Key Account Manager for Axalta in Germany, adds, “We are delighted to have worked with Christian Pohl and Köln-Color again to realize the architect’s vision for this stunning project. Our Alesta SD range is designed for buildings that are exposed to direct sunlight, as it is extremely weather resistant, so it was an ideal choice for the Ashgabat International Airport, helping to keep it looking good for years to come.”
Thorsten Evenkamp, Vice President and Head of Sales of Christian Pohl GmbH, says, “This was a very important project for us. We had to make sure every aspect of the façade fabrication met the exacting standards and performed at the highest level. We’ve also worked closely with Axalta for a number of years, so we were pleased to know our work would be protected by, and made to look even better with, Alesta SD powder coating.”
The SD or Super Durable designation is one of three widely-used durability levels in the powder coatings industry. Alesta AP or Architectural Polyester powder coatings are suitable for residential or smaller projects in normal climate conditions. Alesta SD powders provide better color and gloss stability, ideal for high-end residential and commercial buildings. And finally, Alesta UD are ultra-durable powder coatings designed for prestigious buildings or for regions with high levels of UV radiation.
I-Tech’s Anti-fouling Coating Shortlisted for GREEN4SEA Award
Gothenburg, Sweden-based I-Tech, the inventor and supplier of the pioneering anti-fouling agent Selektope®, has announced that the technology has been shortlisted for the 2017 GREEN4SEA Awards in the category recognizing technological achievement, breakthrough or significant contribution to the maritime environment.
Now in their second year, the GREEN4SEA awards have already won a place in the maritime calendar by basing their appreciation of environmental excellence and sustainable shipping on a public, online vote hosted on the GREEN4SEA website. This year’s winners will be announced during a welcome reception and award ceremony on the evening of April 4 2017, ahead of the GREEN4SEA Conference, in Athens.
“Last year was a breakthrough year for Selektope®, whose contribution to added performance in anti-fouling coatings gained increased recognition due to its ability to save costs through both reducing fuel and hull cleaning requirements, in addition to offering unrivalled static fouling prevention performance,” said Philip Chaabane, CEO, I-Tech.
“Making the GREEN4SEA shortlist is an important acknowledgement that this unique, bio-repellent active agent that is fully approved for use in the EU and Asia has established a recognized position in the shipping market.”
Selektope® is an organic, non-metal compound whose pharmacological mode of action works to combat barnacle settlement by temporarily stimulating the swimming action in barnacle larvae, deterring them from attaching to a ship’s hull. It delivers powerful effect using only a few grams per liter of paint, optimizing hull performance while sharply reducing biocide loadings.
Tests have shown that anti-fouling products containing Selektope® offer superior hard fouling protection, lower water resistance, decreased fuel consumption and lower maintenance costs.
Selektope® repels barnacles even when ships are idle, allowing fuel saving claims made by coatings suppliers to cover the ship’s entire operational cycle.
Approved by Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European regulatory bodies progressively through 2014 and 2015, Selektope® has been used in a series of newbuilding and over-coating projects.
“It is deeply satisfying that Selektope® has picked up in 2017 where it left off in 2016 by gaining recognition through the maritime industry’s excellence awards,” says Chaabane. “We are honored to join such a prestigious shortlist and look forward to the industry vote with considerable excitement.”
Hempel Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer
Michael Hansen will be part of Hempel’s Executive Management Board, reporting directly to Group President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henrik Andersen.
He joins Hempel from Maersk, where he most recently held the position of Vice President & Global Head of Sales in Maersk Line.
Based in Hempel’s headquarters in Denmark, Michael will cooperate with his colleagues across the world and across Hempel’s different coating segments: Protective, Marine (including Container and Yacht) and Decorative. He will play a central role in – and take charge of – executing on the commercial part of Hempel’s 2020 strategy Journey to Excellence, which has a clear focus on the customer.
Group President & CEO Henrik Andersen commented, “We are pleased that Michael has chosen to join Hempel’s management group. His wide experience in the industry, which he has acquired through one of our best global customers, is of great value to Hempel. Hempel will not only benefit from Michael’s experience; his ability to run a business is equally important, and we firmly believe that Michael will contribute greatly to creating value for our customers, colleagues and our owner, the Hempel Foundation.”
Covestro at ECS 2017: Trendy Automotive Finish for an Evocative Appearance
At the K 2016 plastics trade fair, Covestro presented an innovative concept for electric cars incorporating the latest trends in exterior design. The exhibit will be the highlight of the Covestro booth once again at the European Coatings Show from April 4–6 in Nuremberg, Germany. “The developments implemented in the concept go way beyond previous limits, offering new solutions for attractively designing comfortable, functional and energy-efficient cars. Lightweight constructions with plastics are the focal point of the developments. Their use extends the range of electric cars and reduces fuel consumption and CO2
emissions of gasoline vehicles. They also create new requirements for the coating.
To cast the proper light on the exhibit with respect to color, the project team relied on the shade and design expertise of BASF’s Coatings division and its premium R-M® brand. An exclusive shade was developed for the project, and its formulation was tuned to the specific requirements of automotive refinishing coatings. Comprising a pigmented waterborne basecoat and a clearcoat, the system used fulfills every requirement with respect to sustainability, efficiency and performance. It is comparable to modern polyurethane OEM coatings.
The clear coat protects the colored coating layer below. It is based on polyurethane raw materials from Covestro and cures rapidly even at low temperatures. Other advantages include very good coating adhesion and — thanks to the low viscosity — excellent flow. The finished coating is easy to polish to a high gloss. “It thus underscores the overall effect of the vehicle concept,” said Marc Schreiber, marketing manager for automotive refinish coatings at Covestro.
Isocyanate crosslinkers developed by Covestro, such as Desmodur® N3900, enable the formulation of polyurethane refinishing coatings with particularly low viscosities. These coatings flow quickly and evenly, and cure rapidly. They also exhibit very good weathering, corrosion and mechanical resistance.
The pigmented basecoat ONYX HD from R-M® contributes to the evocative appearance of the display car. “Verbosian Orange” is an exclusive shade that underscores the innovativeness and technical sophistication of the vehicle concept. “Orange demands attention and imparts presence. At the same time it is very warm and emotional, thus evoking the topic of energy. To achieve the special visual effects, we used a vibrant metallic orange that harmonizes ideally with the car’s black and anthracite add-on parts and positively draws eyes to it,” said Mark Gutjahr, head of Automotive Color Design Europe at BASF.
Year after year, the global design team at BASF’s Coatings faces the challenge of developing the latest hot colors for the automobile industry. The current collection under the PARALLAX name comprises 65 new shades reflecting global and regional trends. On the global level, the complex relationship between the virtual and real world plays a key role and is reflected in diverse color palettes for cars. Synthetic metallic blue, silver and white shades, for example, symbolize the trend toward the digitalization of working life.
Eastman Named as World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere
Eastman announced on 3/14/17 that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a World’s Most Ethical Company® for the fourth consecutive year. The prestigious honor underscores Eastman’s commitment to leading with the highest ethical business standards and practices. “At Eastman, we understand that, to be successful, we must build trust and confidence with our stakeholders,” said Mark Costa, Eastman’s chairman and chief executive officer. “I’m beyond proud of our Eastman team for their commitment to conducting business with honesty and integrity every day and for earning this recognition once again this year.”
“To enhance the quality of life in a material way, conducting business within a culture of the highest ethical standards is more important than ever before,” said David A. Golden, Eastman’s senior vice president, chief legal & sustainability officer, and corporate secretary. “As we look for innovative ways to positively impact all of our stakeholders, we operate through a lens of ethics and engagement. Our team is continuously proving this philosophy true every day.”
This marks the eleventh year that Ethisphere has honored those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make.
"Over the last eleven years, we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies honored as the World’s Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at Eastman for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."
Eastman has a number of policies and initiatives in place that allow its team members to cultivate a culture of integrity and ethical standards. The company has an Office of Global Business Conduct, led by Eastman’s chief legal and sustainability officer, which establishes the Code of Business Conduct. The Code outlines the laws, principles and guidelines all employees follow regarding honesty, integrity and responsible corporate behavior. Regular training on the Code of Business Conduct is required for all employees. Additionally, the Business Conduct Helpline is a confidential, 24-hour-a-day hotline and is staffed by communications specialists employed by an independent, globally recognized service provider.
The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research and vetted and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. The EQ offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.
Axalta Coating Systems Announces USD 675 Million Share Repurchase Program Authorization
Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. on 3/13/2017 announced that its Board of Directors authorized a common share repurchase program of up to $675 million. Axalta expects the share repurchases to be made from time to time in the open market or through privately-negotiated transactions, or otherwise, subject to applicable laws, regulations and approvals. The pace of repurchase activity will be subject to the discretion of Axalta, and will be based upon market conditions and other capital allocation decisions, while incorporating key factors including cash balances and needs of the business, cash flow from operations, stock price, and acquisition opportunities. There is no expiration date on the share repurchase program.
Teijin Develops Hard-coating Technology for Automotive Windows
Teijin has developed a new hard-coating technology that can be applied evenly on large or complex-shaped automotive windows made of resin to achieve the same level of abrasion resistance as glass windows and double the weather resistance of conventional plastics glazing.
Teijin initially will produce small-lot samples of actual windows for selected car models at a pilot plant in Matsuyama. Going forward, it will gradually verify production technologies for the manufacture of a wider range of windows on a mass-production basis, aiming at an early launch of full-scale commercial manufacturing operations.
Although there is a technology for adding plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (plasma CVD) layer to enhance the abrasion and weather resistance of wet coated PC to the level of glass, the size of the window is restricted to around 0.3 square meter, and it is also hard to apply plasma CVD to complex curved surfaces. Consequently, this technology does not offer a practical solution for plastics glazing under the new auto standards.
Teijin collaborated with Tsukishima Kikai Co., Ltd. to develop a plasma CVD pilot plant that is capable of treating large and three-dimensional molded resin products with a uniform coating of plasma CVD. Actual-size plastics glazing exceeding one m2, including those with complex curves for back windows, are being treated at the pilot plant.
The new hard-coating technology firmly applies a plasma CVD layer to the wet hard-coat layer, thereby preventing oxygen or water vapor from penetrating and subsequently degrading the underlying wet hard-coat layer. Since the wet hard-coat layer absorbs the ultraviolet rays which cause degradation of resin, the duration until discoloration or degradation is elongated to the double of only wet hard-coat by combination with CVD method.
PPG’s Coatings Protect Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City, Canada
The design team of Populous and ABCP Architecture has chosen to celebrate the passion Québécois’ have for winter, ice and snow in Quebec City’s new arena, and selected DURANAR® XL coatings by PPG to bring their vision to life.
Fabricated from glass and sculpted metal panels coated in Pure White Duranar XL coatings by local applicator Anacolor, Inc., the curtain wall for Centre Vidéotron draws inspiration from a snowdrift, according to the Populous website. “We aimed to capture the spirit and culture of the city in a truly elegant and sophisticated way by selecting white painted metal panels that are sculptural in form, revealing an organically shaped band of glass in between,” the firm explained. “The pure white color reflects light like snow, as well as offers a blank canvas for projection mapping light shows.”
Covering more than 160,000 square feet of exterior aluminum panels on the 18,000-seat venue, Duranar XL coatings are available as three- and four-part systems encompassing a patented primer, optional barrier coat, durable color coat and clear protective topcoat. Populous also specified Black Duranar XL coatings for metal accents and surfaces inside the arena.
Axalta Coating Systems to Present Nap-Gard Advancements at NACE Corrosion 2017
Axalta Coating Systems will showcase its pipeline industry coating solutions at the upcoming NACE Corrosion conference and exposition on March 26-30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Axalta representatives will be available at booth #1621 to share their knowledge of corrosion protection technologies and discuss recent enhancements to the Nap-Gard® portfolio of coatings for pipeline industry professionals.
“We are excited to participate in the conference and exposition again this year and to bring our latest Nap-Gard FBE products to attendees,” said Meghan Hodge, Axalta’s Global Product Marketing Manager for functional powder coatings. “NACE Corrosion is a great platform to interact with pipeline industry customers and to showcase Axalta products designed specifically with the technologies to meet these customers’ needs.”
Axalta will showcase recent Nap-Gard enhancements including its new, high-temperature protective internal pipe coatings. The new Nap-Gard 7-0017HT and 7-0017VHT Black Beauty FBE products are thermosetting epoxy powders designed to provide excellent chemical resistance when operating in temperatures up to 200ºC (392ºF). These internal pipe coatings are formulated to be highly effective in combatting typical corrosion caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) often found in sour crude oil and known to present a major challenge for the oil and gas industry.
NACE Corrosion is the world’s largest corrosion conference and expo. The 2017 show will attract more than 7,000 corrosion professionals and 450 exhibitors to New Orleans, Louisiana for an educational experience focused on the prevention and mitigation of corrosion worldwide. In addition to educational opportunities, NACE Corrosion will expand professional networks and provide technical support to the industry.
Tikkurila's Sustainable Solutions Used to Paint Finnish Pavilion at World Expo 2017
The 2017 World Expo will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan between June 10 and September 10, 2017. The theme of the expo is "Future Energy" - promotion of sustainable energy and sustainable design. More than 100 countries have informed to participate in the Astana Expo 2017.
Finland is represented at the Astana Expo 2017 with its own pavilion, carrying the theme "Sharing Pure Energy". Finland will present the Finnish energy efficiency know-how and clean-tech expertise as well as digital solutions, education, health technologies and healthcare through known Finnish brands.
Tikkurila is one of the key partners of the Finnish pavilion. At the expo, Tikkurila will promote its sustainable solutions for energy efficiency and a more sustainable living. All the interior and exterior surfaces of the Finnish pavilion will be painted with Tikkurila's surface treatment solutions.
The Finnish pavilion, designed by Ateljé Sotamaa, will consist of 5 freestanding buildings made of cross-laminated timber. Each of the buildings has its own interior decoration, atmosphere and story supporting the expo theme.
"The architecture of the Finnish pavilion and the exhibition intertwine in an unforeseen way. One of the buildings is dedicated to energy production, another to energy efficiency, the third to clean water, the fourth to education, while the fifth building houses a café. The atmosphere of each building is built at the intersection of nature and the digital world," says Kivi Sotamaa, one of the two architects of Finland's pavilion.
"We designers selected the surface treatment solutions of the pavilion in cooperation with Tikkurila. Paint plays a major role, as color and lighting link each building's architecture, surfaces and atmosphere to its theme and content. Our goal is to create strong contrasts and experiences and use various means to invite the exhibition visitors to participate," Sotamaa explains.
Tikkurila has had operations in Kazakhstan since 2006, and the company is present in all Central Asian countries. Tikkurila, which is the market leader in Kazakhstan in premium products, was the first Western paint producer to start local production in the country.
"Tikkurila is an active player in Kazakhstan. In 2015, we opened a factory in Almaty, and currently employ around 40 people in the country. Our new ecological factory produces water-borne decorative paints to meet the needs of Central Asian market," says Petri Miettinen, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management & HSEQ at Tikkurila.
"We want to drive change in the painting and construction industry, and promote high-quality, safe, and environmentally sustainable products. Our presence at the World Expo is an important opportunity for us to showcase our products and expertise as a surface treatment professional, as well as to introduce the wide possibilities of surface protection and decoration with sustainability on top of our mind," Miettinen adds.
Axalta Coating Systems to Increase Prices in Greater China
Axalta Coating Systems will introduce price increases for customers in greater China in response to a substantial increase in the costs of raw materials. Price increases will affect certain refinish and industrial coatings customers and select light and commercial vehicle OEMs and sub-suppliers to these end markets. Specific price increases will be communicated directly to affected customers.
“The upward pricing pressure on the cost of our raw materials reflects multiple factors beyond our control including the availability of feedstocks, increased regulatory requirements, and a limited number of suppliers that meet our rigorous quality standards,” said Steven Markevich, Axalta Executive Vice President and President, Transportation Coatings and Greater China.
“While we have been absorbing cost inflation for the past several months, we have come to a point where we need our customers’ help and support in sharing a portion of these raw material increases. This has become necessary in order to continue to provide customers with the products, services and technologies that they rely upon from Axalta to support their growth,” explained Michael Cash, Senior Vice President and President, Industrial Coatings.
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