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U.S. Coatings Set for Strong Year

It's early yet, but 2015 is looking like a growth year for the U.S. paint and coatings market, if preliminary results from a new market forecast hold.


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Industry Executives Feel a Pay Pinch

U.S. construction and engineering may be bouncing back, but one surprising player is not feeling the love: the boss.


OSHA: 3M Americans Injured on the Job

Burns, amputations, fractures and other serious injuries darkened the work day for three million U.S. private-sector employees in 2013, the government reports.


Job, Pay Trends Signal a New Normal

All boats are rising with the post-recession tide, but they are not rising equally—and the construction and engineering rock stars of tomorrow will be different from those of yesteryear, a n...


Paris Battles Love for Bridge Control

Fed up with the romantic gesture that is weighing heavy on its bridges, Paris is making a new push to block its lovebirds from "Love Locking" the city’s historic spans.


Virtual Tour Reveals New Paint Shop

Chrysler is showing off its brand-new Michigan paint shop with a little help from Google, giving anyone with Internet access an up-close look at its shiny new facility and fancy robots.


Disappearing Paint Gets Permanent Role

Vanishing spray paint, which became immensely popular during the World Cup in Brazil, will become a permanent fixture in the game it has forever changed: European football.


Brown Lawns Paint a Pick-Me-Up

As the California drought sucks the color out of once-lush lawns, property owners are seeking ways to get their green back without triggering penalties for wasting water.


3-D Printed Steel: ‘Whole New Direction’

A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and ...


Vanishing Spray Paint is a Real Kick

Armed with an arsenal of aerosol, World Cup referees have a new trick up their sleeves to stave off a sneaky soccer move.


Construction Can’t Snuff Out Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use remains a rampant and growing problem in the construction industry, even as cigarette smoking declines, new research shows.


Paris Bridge is for Too Many Lovers

Police evacuated a Paris footbridge Sunday (June 8) after a section of railing collapsed under the weight of padlocks left behind by love-struck tourists.


NYC Bridge Crews Loathe Love Locks

Hooking padlocks to the Brooklyn Bridge may be the latest romantic must for the lovestruck, but it’s become a big safety and corrosion headache for transportation officials.


On the Road, White Flexes its Might

The automotive coatings industry may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


Construction Spending Hits 4-Year High

An “unusual surge” in public construction unexpectedly pushed total U.S. construction spending in October to its highest level in more than four years, the Associated General Contractors of ...


Lexus Hybrid Will Paint Your Potrait

What has your car done for you lately? Lexus has taken the intuitive driving trend to the next level, creating a car that paints a portrait of the driver based on his or her driving habits.


Color-Changing Car Paint is Hot

A viral video of a car coating that changes color in hot water, à la Hot Wheels Color Shifters, has garnered 2.7 million views and sent people worldwide lining up to try it.


Construction Firms See Worker Shortage

Despite an industry jobless rate still stuck above 9 percent, most construction employers across the United States are reporting trouble finding qualified employees at every level.


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.


‘Internet of Things’: Safety’s Future?

The world is getting its first glimpse into how machine-to-machine wireless communication (the so-called "Internet of Things") could change the face of preventive maintenance for bridges and...


Car Coating Forecast: Color My Ride

For decades, silver, black and white have been the overwhelming color of choice for motorists worldwide, accounting for up to 80 percent of the cars on the road. Enough, says BASF Automotive...


Sherwin-Williams Revenues Jump in 2011

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported a robust, 12.7% increase in 2011 sales, as the company finished strongly with a 9.2% fourth-quarter gain in sales compared to the same period a year ear...


Revenue Rises at AkzoNobel, but Profit Edges Down

A market demand scenario described as “volatile” contributed to a modest retreat in AkzoNobel’s second-quarter earnings, although total revenue continues to post solid gains.


PPG Rides Strong Second-Quarter Sales to New Earnings Record

PPG Industries Inc. reported record earnings for any quarter in its history, as second-quarter sales and earnings rose sharply and the company’s coatings businesses delivered “excellent resu...


‘GC Lite’ Approach May Benefit Subs

Enterprising subcontractors will be doing more end runs around GCs, the noose will tighten on unethical operations, and infrastructure spending will keep rising, a new industry analysis fors...


Growth, Green Demand Seen For Global Protective Coatings

From acrylic resins to protective coatings, the global paint and coatings market is rebounding, but manufacturers will have to scramble to satisfy the market’s ever-growing eco-friendly prod...


Boom Seen for Nanocoatings, Emulsion Polymers

The global market in nanostructured coatings will triple in the next five years, while unceasing demand for water-based coatings products will drive strong growth in the emulsion polymers ma...


Recovering Global Steel Demand May Hit Record

Global demand for steel may set a record by the end of 2011, after declining by 6.6% just last year, according to a new economic forecast by steel producers.


Strong Growth Seen for India Coatings Market

Fresh off a blockbuster second quarter that included a 48% sales increase, the specialty chemical giant LANXESS is predicting a double-digit boon for India’s paint and coatings industry.


Strong Growth Forecast for Steel Pipe Coatings

The slumping steel pipe coating market of recent years is making a strong global comeback, with a volume increase of nearly 30% expected by 2013, a new market report forecasts.


Reports Probe Global Coatings Players, Markets

Three new market reports shed light on the world’s top 10 paint and coatings companies, the world coatings market, and the industry in Asia Pacific.


Report Projects Continued Acceleration of M&A Activity in Engineering, Construction

Merger and acquisition activity in the global engineering and construction sector showed continued momentum in the second quarter, and the trend is expected to continue in the second half, a...


Industrial Coatings Boost Valspar Q3 Performance

Strong performance by its industrial coatings segment propelled the Valspar Corp. to an overall 10% sales increase and 22% net income increase in the third quarter, compared to the same peri...


Continued Coatings Expansion Seen for Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific paint and coatings market will record a strong annual growth rate of nearly 8% over the next three years, led by growth rates of more than 10% for the fast-growing economies...


Acceleration Seen for Specialty Silica Market

Rising demand for coatings, chemicals and manufacturing worldwide will drive market growth for specialty silicas by 6.3% annually, to 2.7 million metric tons in 2014, new research forecasts.


Analyst: Asia-Pacific to Lead Coatings Rebound

Robust economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region will boost recovery of the paint and coatings market worldwide, but challenges remain in North American and elsewhere, an industry analyst p...


Construction Indicator Suggests Improved Outlook

Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator for the first quarter of 2010 showed a 4.5% increase in construction-backlog orders, rising to 6.07 months from the ...


Cement Industry Foresees Steady Growth

Expected increases in public construction activities will mean improved cement consumption in 2010 and beyond, according to a new forecast by the Portland Cement Association (PCA).


Coatings Report Forecasts Continued Expansion

Above-average demand in North America will help fuel overall increases in worldwide demand for architectural paint and coatings through 2013, new market research indicates.


Survey Assesses Health-Care Building Prospects

More than half of architecture and engineering firms see the West Coast as the "action market" for health-care construction in 2010, a survey conducted by the business-management company Zwe...


Growing Paint Additives Market to Top $6B

Environmental pressures and the growing shift toward water-based paint systems are fueling demand for paint and coating additives, providing tremendous growth potential for additives supplie...


ECONOMIC PULSE:
FMI Construction Index
Hints at Improvement

Consulting firm FMI said its nonresidential-construction index for the first quarter suggests a slight improvement from the fourth quarter of 2009.


California Paints Issues Color-Trend Forecast

California Paints said it has partnered with the London-based color-consultancy studio Global Color Research to issue a group of Spring-Summer 2011 color trends.


Study: North American Real Estate Down, Not Out

The year 2010 will be better for North American real estate than the 2009 storm that battered the U.S. and took a lesser toll on Canada, a new forecast reports.


Movers See Residential Shift

Americans are moving away from states with high unemployment—and, for the first time, they’re not heading West, Atlas Van Lines reports.


IRL Predicts Rise in Russian Paint Industry

Information Research (IRL), located in Ealing, London, has made available the third edition of A Profile of the Russian Paint Industry.


Economic Pulse: New-Home Sales Continue Rally with 6.2% Gain

New-home sales rose 6.2% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 430,000, up from a revised annual rate of 405,000 in September, the Commerce Department reported last week. Sales ...


Economic Pulse: Valspar Reports Sales Decline, Earnings Gain

The Valspar Corp. reported net income of $49.9 million for the company’s fourth quarter ended Oct. 30, a gain of 28% from $38.9 million for the same quarter a year earlier. Sales for the qua...


Economic Pulse: Existing-Home Sales Rise Sharply

Sales of existing homes posted a sharp, 10.1% gain in October from the previous month, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported.


Dow Coating Materials Wins Annual Euroclip Award at Eurocoat 2009

Dow Coating Materials, a division of The Dow Chemical Company, announced today that it has been awarded the Euroclip Award for best presentation at Eurocoat 2009 Trade Fair and Congress.


Construction Growth Predicted for 2010

Gains in public works and housing will offset declines in commercial and manufacturing building, according to the 2010 Construction Outlook, which McGraw-Hill Construction released at its Co...


Brazilian Paint Market on the Rise

Information Research (IRL), based in Ealing, London, recently released Profile of the Brazilian Paint Industry, 2nd Edition.


Cement Demand Down in ’09, ’10; Up in ’11

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) stated that a 17% decline in cement consumption for 2009 is expected, dropping the volume to 77 million metric tons, due to declining residential and no...


 
 
   

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