Tony Mash is the president of TMA Consulting Inc., a business consulting services company in the chemical and allied industry space with a current focus on Sustainability as applied to all aspects of the Global Coatings Industry.
Over the holiday season, I visited Sanibel Island on the west coast of Florida; a charming spot that prides itself on its very rustic life style. Bicycles are encouraged for transportation around the island, which does not have a single stop sign and has yet to see a McDonalds' franchise.
Looking back over the past year, it may be my imagination but I did not seem to hear the word ‘sustainability’ referred to as often as I used to in the trade press, and the mouths of politicians and industrialists.
In the last few weeks in particular, the news media across the world have been bombarding us with discussion and comments about climate change. The President’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Change agreement shocked the rest of the world and, to quote one European journalist, ‘needlessly harms America’s reputation’.
I am sitting at my desk soon after the recent U.S. presidential election, reflecting on the implications of the result and the stated goal of President-Elect Donald Trump to revoke U.S. support for last year’s Paris agreement to combat climate change.
2015 was financially a better year for the coatings industry, with large corporate manufacturers announcing improved returns on sales driven by a mix of volume growth in some (but not all) sectors, lower costs of manufacture and leaner internal operations.
Last December, this blog reviewed the past year in the coatings industry from the perspective of sustainable development and also looked ahead to 2016. I was delighted to receive a comment full of encouragement for the sentiments that drive this blog, as follows
Back in March, I wrote a blog for the PCI website that reflected on the rout in the oil markets of the world and discussed how this might impact the commitment of the coatings industry to sustainable development.
While the emphasis of the European Coatings Show was principally one of incremental technical improvements across the board designed to enhance the performance and functionality of coatings, there is a growing expectation that sustainable development will become the critical source of competition for coating companies and their suppliers in the future.
Our March issue features several articles on new bio-based technology available to coatings manufacturers. Other articles discuss new branched surfactants that improve tinting systems for architectural coatings; emerging trends impacting the global coatings market; and air-operated, double diaphragm pump technology.