Industry Round-Up

Excerpt: Here are the news about paints and coatings Industry across the world

Sudarshan opens Application Development Lab in Europe

SUDARSHAN, which is headquartered in Pune, India and employs roughly 2,000 globally, opened its first application development lab outside of India.

The lab, located in Krefeld, Germany, will be used to operate and conduct application development work for digital inks in collaboration with customers.

Sudarshan is the market leader for pigments in India, according to Sudarshan Europe GM Milan Krumbe, and No. 4 globally. Krumbe said the “target” is to become the third largest in the industry.

Sitting: Site Manager Armin Reimann and Milan Krumbe, GM Sudarshan Europe B.V. ; Standing: Dr. Christian Maus, head technical marketing & product development digital, Sudarshan and Dr. Frank Schulz, marketing & sales, Evonik technology & infrastructure

“The services, the high degree of support, the infrastructure, the link to the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein as well as potential new offices and lab spaces convinced us,” said Dr. Christian Maus, head of technical marketing and product development digital.

DGTR for anti-dumping duty on industrial nitrocellulose from Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand

COMMERCE ministry's Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended anti-dumping duty on a chemical used in paint and printing industries, imported from Brazil, Indonesia, and Thailand for a period of five years.

Imposition of the duty would help guard domestic players from cheap imports of 'non-plasticised industrial grade nitrocellulose damped in isopropyl alcohol having nitrogen content in the range of 10.7-12.2 per cent' from the three countries.

The recommended duty ranges between USD 0.235- 0.906 per kg. The finance ministry will take the final call to impose the duty. In its findings, the directorate concluded that the product has been exported to India from these nations at below normal values, resulting in dumping of the chemical and hence causing material injury to the domestic industry.

“The anti-dumping duty is recommended to be imposed on all imports of the subject goods originating in or exported from these countries for a period of five years,” DGTR said in a notification. The product is used in the manufacture of auto refinish paints, leather finishing lacquers, nail varnishes, and printing inks.

DGTR initiated the probe in April 2018 following a complaint from Nitrex Chemicals India which alleged dumping of the product. Countries carry out anti-dumping probe to determine whether domestic industries have been hurt because of a surge in below-cost imports.

As a counter measure, they impose duties under the multilateral regime of WTO. The duty is also aimed at ensuring fair trading practises and creating a level-playing field for domestic producers with regard to foreign producers and exporters. The directorate (earlier known as Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties) was constituted in May 2018 as an integrated single window agency for providing comprehensive and swift trade defence mechanism in India.

It now deals with anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures. It also provides support to domestic industry and exporters in dealing with instances of trade remedy investigations instituted against them by other countries.

Kansai Nerolac to acquire Perma Construction Aids

KANSAI NEROLAC PAINTS LTD has agreed to acquire a 100% stake in construction chemicals company Perma Construction Aids Pvt. Ltd for Rs 29.1 crore (about $4.16 million) in cash.

The value of the acquisition is subject to adjustments for borrowings, working capital and fixed assets at the closing date, according to a stock-exchange disclosure by Kansai Nerolac.

Kansai Nerolac said the acquisition will increase its product offerings in the construction chemicals business. The transaction is expected to close by 28 January.

“Construction chemical is complementary to paints and has synergies with paints distribution networks. Kansai Nerolac will be strengthening its existing product portfolio with this acquisition,” said H M Bharuka, vice-chairman and managing director of Kansai Nerolac.

Incorporated in 1997, Gujarat-based Perma Construction Aids' product range encompasses water-proofing, adhesives, epoxy and admixtures. It exports products to Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius and Ghana. Its turnover stood at Rs 27.3 crore for the year through March 2018, up from Rs 25.39 crore the previous year.

Earlier this year in April, Kansai Nerolac had acquired powder coatings maker Marpol for Rs 36 crore ($5.53 million). In June, it agreed to acquire a 55% stake in Bangladesh-headquartered RAK Paints Ltd for Rs 45.81 crore (around $7 million).

Kansai Nerolac Paints is a subsidiary of Japan-based Kansai Paint Company Ltd. The company's consolidated revenue from operations stood at Rs 4,808.5 crore for the year through March 2018, up from Rs 4,584.5 crore the previous year.

Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand

SANDEFJORD - Jotun, a global leader in marine coatings, and Kansai Paint, a leading coating supplier in Japan, have signed an agreement to develop their existing alliance. The partners are now looking to emulate the success they've achieved in the Marine segment in the Protective Market.

Jotun and NOF Kansai Marine Coatings signed an agreement forming the SeaStar Alliance in 2002, at this time, they had already worked together for many years and the alliance was a development inherent in that long co-operation. The partnership has led to the development of antifouling brands such as SeaQuantum, which is now the world leader in antifouling based on Silyl technology. Over 10,000 vessels have received SeaQuantum applications, providing outstanding fouling protection and unparalleled hull performance for up to 90 months.

Jotun's successful Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) is one of the most attractive investment opportunities in shipping today and fully complies with the ISO 19030 standard, prescribing practical methods for measuring changes in ship-specific hull and propeller performance.

The alliance between both companies enables the widest coverage of the global market and the plans are to work towards more exciting innovations, solutions and services together. In today's market, customers are facing many challenges with regards to new regulations and auditing requirements. It is important to meet the customers' challenges and expectations.

Jotun sees the extension of this relationship as a natural evolutionary step. A collaborative approach to marine has paid huge dividends, sharing knowledge and use one another's innovation and industry expertise to access opportunities and build a product portfolio of unparalleled quality.

The movement forward will leverage technology, segment understanding and global networks to provide innovative Protective solutions that safeguard assets and optimize performance. It's an exciting development for both companies and, most importantly, the customers.

The new agreement signed this fall, covers the global Protective segment. Jotun already has a strong worldwide position in the international market, providing high performance products for sectors such as: wind power, hydropower and thermal (energy); hospitals, stadiums and airports (infrastructure); offshore installations, refineries, petrochemical plants and gas processing facilities (hydrocarbon industry).

AkzoNobel acquires full ownership of Chinese decorative paints joint venture

AKZO NOBEL N.V. (AKZA; AKZOY) has signed and closed the acquisition of Swire Industrial Limited's minority interest in the AkzoNobel Swire Paints (ANSP) joint venture. Having held the majority share in the decorative paints joint venture since 1989, AkzoNobel has now acquired full ownership.

This acquisition strengthens AkzoNobel's leading position in the Chinese decorative paints market while also increasing the flexibility to further develop the business.

Thierry Vanlancker, CEO of AkzoNobel, said: “China has been, and continues to be, a strategic growth market for AkzoNobel. The timing of this acquisition is perfect. It will strengthen our leading position and help drive our value creation ambition for China. It also supports our ongoing transformation into a focused paints and coatings company and gives further momentum to our strategy of achieving 15% return on sales by 2020.”

Ruud Joosten, COO of AkzoNobel, added: “We would like to thank Swire for the constructive and strong partnership we've had over the last three decades. The ANSP joint venture has well established sales channels, strong brand recognition and a high level of innovation. We look forward to maintaining this successful path and continuing to serve our customers with top quality brands.”

The ANSP joint venture manufactures and distributes decorative paints, primarily under the Dulux brand. Manufacturing plants are located at Guangzhou (including a 10% joint venture with a local partner), Shanghai, Langfang and Chengdu.

AkzoNobel supplies sustainable coatings for landmark tanker aircraft

A double first has been landed by AkzoNobel's Aerospace Coatings business after it supplied products for a new long-distance tanker aircraft commissioned by the French Air Force.

Featuring the company's Aerowave 5001 water-based coating, not only is it the French Air Force's first new generation A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) aircraft, it's also the first aircraft of its size to be finished with an external water-based topcoat.

“We're extremely proud of this substantial achievement, which is testament to the proven performance of our coatings and our commitment to sustainability,” said Maud Khelstovsky, AkzoNobel's Key Account Manager for Airbus.

“Aerowave 5001 is designed to provide all the benefits of a solvent-based coating, but with vastly lower VOC emissions. This allows aircraft to achieve the surface durability and chemical resistance upon which they have come to depend, while improving sustainability and helping to ensure regulatory compliance.”

The new A330 MRTT was built by Airbus Defence & Space, a global leader in designing, developing and manufacturing military aircraft. It's considered to be the benchmark for new generation, multi-role tankers, with 33 currently in operation – and another 27 on order.

AkzoNobel has been collaborating with the Airbus Defence & Space team for nearly three years, helping to address the specific needs of their military program. The next milestone for the AkzoNobel and Airbus teams is to complete the Airbus qualification process for Aerowave 5001, planned for all Airbus military airplane programs in early 2019.

PaintCare launches innovative recycling grant competition

PAINTCARE in the US is launching its first-ever Innovative Recycling Grant Competition.

The competition is intended to identify and accelerate the commercialization of novel technologies for recycling leftover latex house paint.

Currently, most leftover paint collected for recycling is re-blended back into the paint. However, there are few viable options for the amount of paint collected that is difficult to recycle because it is an unmarketable color (e.g., pinks, yellows), spoiled, dried out, or has been frozen and thawed too many times.

PaintCare believes there is untapped potential for developing new recycling technologies for the fraction of latex paint which is currently not recycled back into the paint. However, more work is needed to advance these ideas towards commercialization. PaintCare will conduct three separate competitions using funding from the PaintCare recycling programs currently operating in California, Colorado, and Connecticut. The winner of each competition will be awarded a grant of up to $100,000 for a technology which is expected to return benefits to the state that contributed the funding.

Clariant offers new perspective on sustainability to coatings producers at European Coatings Show 2019

CLARIANT, a world leader in specialty chemicals, teases the first insights into its immersive European Coatings Show 2019 showcase inspired by the global need for sustainable cities (Booth 7-123).

Under the theme 'Think.Do.Paint! For a new perspective', Clariant has invited visitors to discover colors and additives developed to help decorative, industrial and automotive coatings make a sustainable difference to the various elements of the urbanization megatrend: homes, buildings, construction, transport and lifestyle products.

In addition, the colors of the future for automotive exteriors are ready to be explored with the launch of Clariant's new Automotive Styling Shades Trendbook 2021-2023.

People from all key industries and end market application areas for paints and coatings will be able to find added value benefits and application design freedom from the wide range of innovative Clariant products available:

Safer, easier to use, sustainable solutions for homes, buildings & construction

  • New sustainable 2-in-1 dispersion additive for manufacturing safer, easier to apply, biocide-free formulations that are suitable for ecolabeled indoor paints for home and building decoration.

  • New dispersant additive for waterborne organic and selective inorganic pigment and carbon black concentrates, offering enhanced colors, improved storage stability, low foaming and easier formulation.

  • Sustainable wax additive based on 100% renewable resources, providing smooth touch and high scratch resistance to wood and offering enhanced pigment dispersion to increase color strength of powder coatings.

  • Clariant EcoTain certified light stabilizers for waterborne coatings, suitable for plastic, clearcoat and architectural façade coatings, bringing sustainability and performance together.

  • Non-halogenated flame retardants – colorless key ingredient for transparent intumescent wood coatings, suitable on dark and light colored wood, meeting stringent fire regulations for public building applications, and ingredients for steel prolonging the shelf-life of water-based intumescent coatings and improving safety under challenging weather conditions.

  • Efficient and economic production of high volume color shades for industry applications such as container ships, agricultural and construction machinery and off highway vehicles.

  • Structuring of megacities with decorative roadmarkings manufactured with easy dispersible technologies.

Sustainable color boost for 'lifestyle' consumer goods, equipment & vehicles

  • Sustainable high-performance DPP (Diketopyrrolopyrrol) pigments for brillant colors, with very high resistance to heat and UV weathering, for industrial, decorative and automotive coatings.

  • Ready-to-use 'super transparent' preparations based on non-halogenated pigments for fast creation of latest designer colors and eye-catching metallic and mineral effects for consumer products needing a high quality aesthetic surface finish. Launch of Clariant's new Automotive Styling Shades Trendbook 2021-2023.

Visit Clariant's Business Units Additives, Industrial & Consumer Specialties, and Pigments at European Coatings Show 2019 at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center, March 19-21, 2019.

Clariant and Saudi Kayan to evaluate alkoxylates joint venture

CLARIANT, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Kayan, a Saudi joint stock company leading in the field of chemicals, polymers and specialty products.

As defined by the MoU, both parties have agreed to evaluate the formation of a joint venture with the aim of establishing a manufacturing facility for alkoxylates. This facility is planned to combine Clariant's alkoxylates production technology with Saudi Kayan's raw materials and would therefore be based within Saudi Kayan's Petrochemical Company complex in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

Alkoxylates are a downstream product of ethylene oxide and are used in a variety of specialty applications in Clariant's home care, personal care and industrial applications segments.

Saudi Kayan is an affiliate of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). SABIC is also Clariant's largest strategic anchor shareholder with a 24.99% stake. This MoU between Clariant and Saudi Kayan is a part of the further evaluation of additional collaborative businesses opportunities between Clariant and SABIC, as previously communicated by both parties.

Nippon Paint invests in coating project in Tianjin

NIPPON PAINT (China) has signed an investment agreement with Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area to build a high-end industrial coating project in the north municipality of Tianjin.

With a total investment of around 960 million yuan (139 million U.S. dollars), the project will be set in Tianjin Nangang Industrial Zone, covering an area of 193,000 square meters, according to the agreement signed earlier this week.

Nippon Paint (China), the local branch of Singapore-based Nipsea Group, the largest paints and coating manufacturer in Asia by sales revenue, entered the Chinese market in 1992.

Tianjin Nangang Industrial Zone, under the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, is located in the southeast of the city's Binhai new area. It is 45 km away from the downtown and 40 km from the airport.

Elcometer expands into a new North American Headquarters and training center

ELCOMETER, one of world leaders in the design, manufacture and supply of inspection equipment for the coatings, concrete and Ultrasonic NDT sectors and manufacturer and supplier of a full range of abrasive blasting and ancillary equipment, has moved into their new North American Headquarters, allowing them to achieve their growth strategy.

Based in Warren, Michigan, Elcometer's modern 22,000ft² (2050m²) North American Headquarters not only provides state of the office space for Sales and Technical Support teams, but also accommodates their ISO 17025 Test Laboratory - providing fully accredited Servicing and Training Support to the coatings, blasting, concrete and ultrasonic NDT markets in the USA and Canada.

“North America is a very important market for Elcometer and the move to larger premises means we can accommodate demand for our US and Canadian customers well into the future,” Michael Sellars, Managing Director at Elcometer, stated. “Our new North American Headquarters allows our dedicated team of in-house sales & service engineers, technical support and training personnel to provide our customers with highest levels of customer support that they have come to expect from Elcometer.”

“Our new facility, also allows us to expand into new product ranges, including our new range of dry abrasive blast machines, precision media valves, blast hose, blast nozzles and personal protection equipment which, following the introduction in Europe and the Middle East in November, will be launched in North America in the Spring,” said Joe Walker, VP, Elcometer Inc.

“We enthusiastically welcome Elcometer's North American Headquarters,” Said Jim Fouts, Mayor of Warren. “This is another example of a quality company moving to Warren and we wish them further success in the future.” .

WACKER expands production capacities for silicone rubber worldwide

THE Munich-based chemical group WACKER is increasing its global production capacities for silicone rubber. With expansion measures at several sites, WACKER plans to gradually raise its capacities by a total of 40,000 metric tons per year by 2021. Approximately €100 million has been earmarked for this capacity expansion. With these measures, WACKER is responding to the high demand for silicone rubber in key sectors such as the automotive, electronics and medical industries. These investments are part of the WACKER SILICONES division's strategy of further expanding its portfolio of specialties.

Silicone rubber is among the most sought-after elastomers in the industry. “Silicones are high-performance materials. They are essential for novel product solutions and belong to the innovation drivers in key industry sectors such as automotive, medical, and electronics,” says Robert Gnann, head of the WACKER SILICONES business division. “Above-average growth is being driven by the trends toward hybrid cars, electromobility and digitalization, as well as decentralized alternative electricity generation using wind and solar power. So, we are making a major contribution to increased sustainability while pursuing our strategy of clearly focusing on boosting specialties in our portfolio.

With capacity expansions in the midstream production steps and downstream production, WACKER will significantly improve the silicone-rubber availability and related service for its customers in the near future. All solid silicone rubber product groups will benefit from these expansion measures. In April of this year, WACKER already brought a new production site for silicone sealants and thermally conductive silicone compounds on stream in Jincheon, South Korea. The production of room-temperature-vulcanizing silicone elastomers and liquid silicone rubbers has also started in Amtala, India, where WACKER manufactures silicones in a joint venture with Metroark.

For 2019, the chemical group is planning further capacity enhance-ments for liquid silicone rubber, high- and room-temperature-vulcanizing silicones and thermally conductive silicone compounds at its production sites in Burghausen (Germany), Adrian (Michigan, USA) and Zhangjiagang (China). WACKER is currently also evaluating the option of building a plant for solid silicone rubber at its US-based site in Charleston, Tennessee. WACKER has been producing polysilicon there since 2016. A plant for manufacturing pyrogenic silica, an important filler for high consistency silicone rubber (HCR), will come on stream at this site next year.

Silicone Rubber

Silicone rubber consists essentially of silicone polymers and fillers. They are crosslinked with suitable reactants to produce three-dimensional structures that convert the fluid or ductile rubber compound into an elastic rubber. Silicone rubber is flexible at low temperatures and resistant to heat and aging (UV, ozone and radiation), is easy to process and has good mechanical properties that remain unchanged over a wide temperature range. Silicone elastomers are used in areas such as automotive and mechanical engineering, electronics and electrics, textiles, baby articles, toys, household appliances and sports articles, as well as in the construction industry. The WACKER silicone rubber portfolio comprises around 1,000 products.