In concert with the latest advancements in powder coatings, Paint and Coatings Industry magazine, BNP Media and The Powder Coating Research Group have designed an event that celebrates innovation as a path to market expansion, higher profits and a cleaner environment.
What will 2008 bring for the finishing industry? Our survey of more than 200 readers provides some clues. Read this article to find out what you can expect, and how to position your company to overcome the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities.
I had the opportunity to encounter a remarkable individual this past month. What makes John so special is the philosophy he engenders in his approach to his goals. John deals in “facts and data.” John doesn’t promote any personal agenda other than finding what is best for his American-based company. His ultimate goal is seeking the truth.
Amid all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we need to pause and ask ourselves where our priorities truly lie. It can be easy to succumb to the commercialism of gift giving in a relentless quest to sate the materialistic yearnings of family and friends. But the transcendence of time instructs us that the best gifts are often the simplest.
While the finishing world expanded globally in 2007, mainly due to spectacular growth in the developing BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China), the number of major players kept shrinking following a very active period of acquisitions. Technology advanced sometimes dramatically, but most often incrementally, following years of exhaustive research and refinement. Across the globe, finishers continue to grapple with recently enacted exposure and environmental regulations; the biggest impact was felt in the plating world.
We all are aware of the product quality issues surrounding the toys that have been imported to America. No need to belabor this point. What does strike me is how connected we have become with the far-reaching corners of our planet. So what happens in Pudong doesn't stay in Pudong. The way a product is made in Mumbai, India; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Warsaw, Poland; or Birmingham, England affects the life of a little girl in Hilliard, OH. So it is with the developments within our industry.
The coatings on military equipment play a crucial role in the safety of soldiers. Providing corrosion resistance in a myriad of extreme environments, these advanced finishes keep equipment functioning for a long tour of duty. Just as important, sophisticated coating technology makes detection by enemy infrared sensors extremely difficult due to proprietary pigmentation techniques. This month we examine some the latest coating technologies used to protect our troops and the equipment they use.
In the past few years there has been a seismic shift in the manner in which we collect and disseminate information. New resources such as digital magazines, electronic buyers’ guides, microsites, product showrooms, webinars, eNewsletters, blogs, RSS sponsorships, e-blasts and conference sponsorships can allow you to remain better informed about your areas of expertise.