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Credits: www.coatingsworld.com Hempel A/S has acquired the Cap Couleurs Group’s store network in South-East France, maintaining Hempel’s segment leadership in the Var region and supporting its growth initiatives. Following an exclusive dialogue, Hempel has completed the acquisition of the Cap Couleurs Group’s store network in South-East France, supporting its strategy to double Hempel by 2025. This […]

October 19, 2022

Hempel Acquires Cap Couleurs Group’s Store Network in South-East France

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Hempel A/S has acquired the Cap Couleurs Group’s store network in South-East France, maintaining Hempel’s segment leadership in the Var region and supporting its growth initiatives.

Following an exclusive dialogue, Hempel has completed the acquisition of the Cap Couleurs Group’s store network in South-East France, supporting its strategy to double Hempel by 2025. This acquisition complements Hempel’s existing network of ten Renaulac stores in France. Hempel’s Double Impact strategy will be realised through both acquisitions and organic growth, as well as ambitious investments in sustainability, innovation and digitalisation.

Cap Couleurs holds a leading position in the Var region with stores in La Seyne sur Mer, Brignoles, Fréjus, La Garde and Grimaud. While Francois Herisson, former owner, will take his well-deserved retirement, the whole management team (Gilles Herisson, Pascal Le Tenoux and Jean-Philippe Burtschy) will stay on board to drive profitable growth and continue the success story of Cap Couleurs under Hempel’s ownership.

“It is a great milestone in our expansion plan of our store network,” says Joe Devitt, Executive Vice President of Decorative at Hempel, “and I am pleased to welcome our 32 new colleagues to the Hempel family.”

“Cap Couleurs is a great fit from a footprint perspective as we will hold a segment leadership position in the Var region and further increase our presence on the French market,” continues Joe, “Furthermore, the transaction supports our growth initiatives on own stores, supporting our double impact strategy for Southern Europe.”

Pascal Le Tenoux, Head of Store Operations at Cap Couleurs Group adds “We are very excited to join the Hempel family as this will ensure a prosperous future for all Cap Couleurs employees and we are proud to be the pioneers of Hempel’s growth strategy for its Decorative segment in France.”

Credits: www.coatingsworld.com Automotive refinish refers to the process of coating automobiles, after-market automobiles, motorcycles, light and medium-duty trucks and vans in auto body shops, auto repair shops, production paint shops, new car dealer repair and paint shops, fleet operation repair and paint shops. According to ResearchandMarkets.com’s report, “The Automotive Refinish Coatings Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, […]

October 19, 2022

The automotive refinish market continues to recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic.

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Automotive refinish refers to the process of coating automobiles, after-market automobiles, motorcycles, light and medium-duty trucks and vans in auto body shops, auto repair shops, production paint shops, new car dealer repair and paint shops, fleet operation repair and paint shops.

According to ResearchandMarkets.com’s report, “The Automotive Refinish Coatings Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2022-2027,” the global automotive refinish coatings market reached a value of $9.6 billion in 2021. Looking forward, the researchers expect the market to reach $12.7 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.5% during 2022-2027.

As was the case across all paint and coatings segments, auto refinish was negatively impacted by the pandemic. The automotive refinish market experienced uncertain conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to reports, there was a dramatic decline of vehicle sales in 2020 and 2021, shortages in raw material availability and supply chain issues. This, in turn, has significantly affected the growth of the automotive coatings industry, globally.

“Generally, we’re seeing the automotive refinish industry continuing to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, but still not back to pre-pandemic levels,” said Chancey Hagerty, PPG vice president, Global Automotive Refinish. “We are also still seeing market consolidation and ongoing supply chain challenges.”

“We see signs of continued market recovery as well as an increase in traffic congestion,” said Patrick Bourguignon, director Automotive and Specialty Coatings at AkzoNobel. “The markets show continued demand for new vehicles (despite rolling lockdowns in China) although we are seeing global supply challenges and the effects of the Ukraine-Russia war. The market shows resilience, especially in North America and EMEA.”

Another issue exacerbated by the pandemic is a shortage of skilled labor.

“In addition to ongoing supply chain challenges, our industry is also seeing labor shortages and challenges due to increased energy costs,” Hagerty noted. “These issues are all likely to remain challenges for the near future.”

“One of the challenges the market faces is the continued technological developments from OEMs. As an example, the number of cars is increasing with extensive radar and lidar technology as well as electronic vehicles,” said Bourguignon. “Furthermore, the consolidation in the industry is ongoing where bodyshop groups are expanding their footprint and acquiring independent shops.”

  “We know that our body shop customers face many of the same challenges that we do, including supply chain, energy and labor issues,” Hagerty said. “The one thing we hear from them frequently is that they need to find ways to improve productivity to overcome these challenges.”

“Probably the biggest challenge facing the market at the moment and for the foreseeable future is around how to do more with less,” said Bourguignon. “Our customers need to do more around sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint while maintaining and indeed increasing business volumes. This is of course within the context of rising energy prices and challenges within the supply chain.”

“We are addressing these needs in several ways, not least our ‘Rethink’ campaign, encouraging vehicle refinishers, distributors and work providers to rethink how they see sustainability, the products they use and the processes they follow,” he added. “It is about inviting them to rethink sustainability throughout the entire refinishing journey, at every touch point, and to show how in doing so they will not only be doing their bit for the environment, and addressing the needs of their stakeholders, but they will also be further improving their business performance.”

“With our premium brands Sikkens & Lesonal, it is about re-thinking and seeing our company as being much more than simply a product in a box, but rather brands that are delivering a range of proven products, innovative services, technologies, and expert knowledge, and who will be a partner in achieving their sustainability ambitions.

“As regards helping customers to rethink their energy consumption, we have dedicated consulting resources aimed at energy saving, complemented by products that help reduce energy consumption significantly. These include our award-winning UV curing filler and our ambient drying clearcoat.”

“By using our UV filler technology and our ambient drying clearcoat instead of a conventional primer and clearcoat, one could reduce energy consumption by 39%. And that’s just by switching primer and clearcoat, without accounting for other energy saving options. This is not just AkzoNobel putting numbers together. Our newest innovation, the CO2eRepairCalculator, has been officially validated by Carbon Neutral Repair.”

Credits: www.coatingsworld.com Jotun is cementing its position as a preferred coatings partner within the Superyacht segment with the launch of MegaGloss Metallic, a supreme high gloss metallic topcoat system. The number one global provider of advanced marine coatings and antifoulings is the only manufacturer that can offer a full system consisting of corrosion protection, advanced antifouling, […]

October 19, 2022

Jotun Yachting Launches MegaGloss Metallic Topcoat

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Jotun is cementing its position as a preferred coatings partner within the Superyacht segment with the launch of MegaGloss Metallic, a supreme high gloss metallic topcoat system. The number one global provider of advanced marine coatings and antifoulings is the only manufacturer that can offer a full system consisting of corrosion protection, advanced antifouling, primers, fillers, and the latest top-coat technology.

Jotun has been active in the superyacht niche for more than 25 years.

“In that time,” said Tracey Warner, Jotun’s yachting category manager, “the company has built an in depth understanding of the needs and challenges of the customers within this demanding market.”

“Metallic topcoats have always been the most difficult to apply,” said Roelof Barelds, yachting sales director, “so it was a vital feature that we could offer a system designed to give applicators the opportunity to achieve the best possible result. By offering excellent levelling properties combined with specialist technical support at every stage, you can rest assured that the final finish will exceed expectations.”

“Superyachts demand the very best solutions,” Warner noted. “If the owner would like their yacht to match their supercar, we can provide tailor made colors to help them stand out from the crowd. High DOI combined with excellent abrasion resistance helps to protect the yacht from scratches and ensure long lasting beauty.”

Jotun have launched this system to complete their MegaGloss family of products, which include MegaGloss AC and MegaGloss HG. Building on 90 years’ experience in the marine environment, Jotun provide technical support at every stage, before, during and after project completion, all supported via the JotunCare lifecycle service.

Credits: www.vestamid.com Evonik will present its latest sustainable solutions for the plastics and rubber industry during K 2022, 19-26 October in Dusseldorf, Germany. Using examples from its team’s children under its novel, ‘Next Generation Plastic Solutions’ concept, the specialty chemicals company’s experts will highlight how they are taking responsibility to ensure a better world for […]

October 19, 2022

Evonik to introduce Next Generation Plastic Solutions at K-Fair 2022

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Evonik will present its latest sustainable solutions for the plastics and rubber industry during K 2022, 19-26 October in Dusseldorf, Germany. Using examples from its team’s children under its novel, ‘Next Generation Plastic Solutions’ concept, the specialty chemicals company’s experts will highlight how they are taking responsibility to ensure a better world for tomorrow’s generations by improving the performance, sustainability, and recyclability of Evonik’s products and enabling circular solutions for plastics.

“We sit at the center of so many different industry value chains, so our goal is to help transform these into smooth running circular economies to leave a sustainable world for future generations,” said Lauren Kjeldsen, Head of the Smart Materials Division, Evonik who will be a keynote speaker at a kunststoffland NRW event being held as a prelude to K 2022. Evonik’s investment commitment of €3 billion by 2030 for the transformation of its portfolio to Next Generation solutions will enable, among other initiatives, more sustainable processes and new business models that pave the way to a fully circular plastics economy.

The world’s leading event for the plastics and rubber industry provides the perfect platform to launch several of Evonik’s Next Generation Solutions and its “Global Circular Plastics Program”. In addition to showcasing its new sustainable high-performance polymers, specialty flame retardant additives, resource saving and eco-friendly silicas and silane solutions. Evonik will also present its advanced solutions for several plastics recycling technologies and the company’s development work into new sustainable  business models.

“Demand for circular plastics is now growing faster than the market for virgin plastics, so it was vital for us to leverage our expertise to develop new solutions like our eCO grade products based on circular feedstocks,” said Ralf Düssel, Head of the High Performance Polymers business line. “With our Next Generation Solutions, we want to accelerate this growth even further by supporting the development of new business models with our ultimate goal to deliver solutions that increase the circularity of our own products such as for Polyamide 12.”

Evonik established its group wide “Global Circular Plastics Program” to provide a framework to help transform the traditional linear plastics economy, into a fully sustainable circular economy. “The new Center for Circular Plastic Solutions utilizes Evonik’s unique position at the center of different value chains to bring together the key stakeholders from governments, universities, industry, consumers and environmental groups to find end-to-end solutions for new sustainable business models”, said Patrick Glöckner, Head of “Global Circular Plastics Program”.

Another key part of Evonik’s toolbox to grow the circular plastics economy is its broad range of solutions for enhancing the recycling of plastics, these include processing additives for defoaming, wetting, de-inking, de-labeling as well as odor control. Evonik’s additives and processing aids significantly enhance the cost-effectiveness of mechanical recycling and the quality of recyclates – enabling high-quality applications to be produced, supporting Evonik’s ambition to improve the quality of more than 400,000 metric tons of recyclable plastics by 2025.

Evonik will also showcase several other key product solutions from its booth, #B28 in Hall 6 during K 2022, including:

Dynasylan® SILFIN 301 offers a less energy intensive manufacturing process for halogen free, flame retardant HFFR cable sheathing and water pipes.

INFINAM® PA, a new sustainable grade of PA-12 powders with significantly reduced CO2 emissions for Powder Bed Fusion 3D printing technologies. TÜV Rheinland has certified the associated life cycle assessments, attesting to an improvement in the company’s own carbon footprint of almost 50 percent.

SIPERNAT® D 17, a high-performance anti-caking and free flow additive that reduces waste and production downtime by coating the individual particles of the polymer powders, granules and plastic additive raw materials to allow free flow, accurate dosing and easy handling.

SPHERILEX® 30 AB and SPHERILEX® 60 AB antiblocking agents that facilitate film unwinding operations and can significantly improve the handling properties on films during processing and storage.

TEGOMER® H-Si 6441 P Provide flame protection to high-performance plastics applications such as PA, PBT or TPE, and TEGOMER® H-Si 6441 H improves the flowability of the highly filled plastic compounds used in e-mobility applications.

TEGO Sorb® additives remove the malodors that are often left in post-consumer recycled materials. With TEGO Sorb® PY 50 PE and TEGO Sorb® PY 50 PP, the odor absorber is pre-dispersed in a polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP) carrier making the products suitable for converters without the need for compounding elements.

VESTAMID® eCO E40, a new sustainable high-performance plastic that is produced using only renewable energy and is 50 percent based on materials obtained from recycled end-of-life tires saving virgin raw materials and reducing carbon footprint compared to traditional VESTAMID® product by 42 percent.

Credits: polymerspaintcolourjournal.com Toyo-Morton, Ltd, Japan’s largest manufacturer of laminating adhesives and a member of the Toyo Ink Group, has developed the new ECOAD™ series of polyurethane solvent-free laminating adhesive systems for the food packaging and industrial markets primarily in Asia, where solvent-based systems are dominant. ECOAD adhesive systems are compatible with continuous lamination of metallised […]

August 25, 2022

New solvent-free laminating adhesives for metalized multilayer packaging designs

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Toyo-Morton, Ltd, Japan’s largest manufacturer of laminating adhesives and a member of the Toyo Ink Group, has developed the new ECOAD™ series of polyurethane solvent-free laminating adhesive systems for the food packaging and industrial markets primarily in Asia, where solvent-based systems are dominant. ECOAD adhesive systems are compatible with continuous lamination of metallised packaging structures with two or three layers, while exhibiting a smooth appearance with no degradation to metallised films – a feat that had been difficult to accomplish. In addition, these solvent-free adhesives contain no VOC, offering increased sustainability to end-users.

“While solvent-free adhesives are popular in Europe and the Americas, they represent only 5 to 10% of all laminating adhesives used in Japan.” explained Yusei Uchiyama, Engineering Team Leader of Toyo-Morton. “In general, solvent-free systems are not considered suitable for the continuous processing of multilayer films, as they tend to form bubbles or warp in the laminates. Addressing the bubble problem, Toyo-Morton engineers worked to establish a new methodology for adhesive layer rheology analysis that enabled them to identify the factors that cause tunnelling in metallised laminates. These findings led to the development of adhesives with enhanced physical properties, like the high heat and chemical resistance and laminate durability needed to bring about optimal adhesion without impacting the packaging material.”

Furthermore, ECOAD solvent-free systems do not need to be diluted with an organic solvent before laminating bringing significant environmental advantage to end-users. Uchiyama added: “ECOAD adhesives do not include solvent, which results in huge savings in energy use that would normally be needed to dry the solvents. Early testing indicates that ECOAD is capable of reducing CO2 emissions from the adhesive by up to 76% relative to conventional solvent-based products. Also procurement issues are fuelling demand and the switch over to more sustainable, energy-efficient solutions.”

The ECOAD solvent-free series are comprised of the base adhesive EA-N6008 combined with a hardener, the EA-N5618 or EA-N5633: The EA-N6008 / EA-N5618 solution offers improved heat resistance and durability for zipper bags and enhanced performance in continuous lamination exhibits. The solution imparts a smooth appearance in aluminium vapour deposited laminates such as PET/VMPET and PET/VMCPP, making it suitable for use in shampoo refill pouches and packaging for dried and boiled foods. The EA-N6008 / EA-N5633 solution demonstrates excellent resistance to high acidic content and is specially designed for exclusively aluminium packaging structures such as single-serve sachets for ketchup and chilli sauces.

Credits: www.zawya.com The GCC paints and coatings sector in the GCC is poised for solid growth with its market size estimated to hit $4.5 billion by 2027 growing at a CAGR of 2.5% over the next five years, according to an industry expert. Paints and coatings are materials that protect surfaces from rusting, and abrasion […]

August 25, 2022

GCC paints, coatings market set to hit $4.5bln by 2027

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The GCC paints and coatings sector in the GCC is poised for solid growth with its market size estimated to hit $4.5 billion by 2027 growing at a CAGR of 2.5% over the next five years, according to an industry expert.

Paints and coatings are materials that protect surfaces from rusting, and abrasion and also help in product surface durability enhancements. Such materials are made of resins like alkyd, polyester, acrylic, and epoxy.

In GCC countries, the paint and coatings industry is rapidly developing due to its unique feature of providing glossy and decorative finishes which have increased the industrial application of paints and coating in sectors like construction & buildings, automotive, energy and power, stated Industry ARC, an analytics research company, in its report.

The major drivers for the growth are rapid development in the construction sector and growing efforts to boost industrial growth, it added.

However, as the GCC countries are major producers of oil and gas, the fluctuation in the price of crude oil can disrupt the manufacturing of oil-derived paints and coatings type like oil-based coating.

Such disruption in manufacturing can hamper the growth of the GCC paints & coatings industry, it cautioned.

Covid-19 Impact

Gulf countries are major manufacturers of crude oil and natural gas and the major sectors such as construction, automotive, oils refinery are the major contributors to the economic growth of such countries.

To prevent Covid-19 from spreading, lockdown and other social restrictions like social distancing, and quarantining were imposed by the governments of Gulf countries. Such restrictions negatively impacted the functioning of these sectors as there was a shortage of labour in work plants, automotive car sales declined due to shutdown of auto workshops and fewer cars were imported due to import restrictions, the decline in global oil demand led to cut-back of oil supplies to major exporters and construction activities were halted, stated the report by Industry ARC.

For instance, 2020 auto sales in the UAE plunged 45% and sales of auto parts fell by 50%. Also, the output of the construction sector for 2020 contracted by 10.4% in UAE.

Hence such a decrease in the production and supply in such sectors negatively impacted the demand for automotive refinish paint in the automotive sector and protective coating & maintenance in oil refineries, it added.

‘Resin’ paints top GCC market

Acrylic resin held the largest share in the GCC paints and coatings market in 2021, with a share of over 40%, thanks to several key factors like acrylic resin having a high drying rate, it being anti-corrosive and anti-adhesive with tremendous flexibility, and has resistance properties that make it suitable to be used as paints and coatings.

Hence such resin type is mostly used in architectural coatings for interior and exterior walls, panels, said the report by Industry ARC.

The increasing number of infrastructure projects will have a positive effect on the demand for acrylic resin, it stated.

“For instance, Abu Dhabi’s government announced in 2020 an ambitious plan to procure over $2.72 billion worth of infrastructure partnership projects. Also, as per the Ministry of Finance of Oman, in 2021 a total of $3.4 billion will be spent on infrastructure projects including basic facilities like hotels, resorts and other facilities,” said a spokesman for Industry ARC.

“Hence with such an increase in the number of infrastructure projects, the demand for acrylic resin architectural paintings and coatings will also increase thereby providing positive growth to the GCC paints & coatings industry,” he added.

Water-borne coatings hog limelight

Water-borne coatings held the largest share in the GCC paints and coatings market in 2021, with a share of over 45%.

This owns to factors like water-borne coatings have quick dry rate, low odor, are more durable, more block resistance and have very low VOC emission. Hence such rich properties make water-borne coating highly applicable as decorative paints. in residential and commercial segments.

In 2021, Oman’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning five new integrated projects that would provide 4800 housing units. Also, in 2021 Bahrain’s Ministry of Housing launched the Salman City Expansion project in which 1382 apartments will be constructed by the second quarter of 2023.

Hence as waterborne coatings are used in interior and exterior architectural coatings for commercial as well as residential segments, so increase in the number of housing segments in such countries will lead to more usage of waterborne coatings in them, thereby positively impacting the growth of GCC paints and coatings industry.

Saudi Arabia gets lion’s share

Construction held the largest share in the GCC paints & coatings market in 2021, with over 35%. The sector is one of the major GDP contributors and the growing volume of residential and commercial buildings, infrastructure projects, and increase in construction budget to boost economic growth will have a positive impact on the demand for paints and coatings in GCC countries, stated the report by Industry ARC.

Region wise, Saudi Arabia dominated the GCC paints & coatings market with a share of over 30%; buoyed by the fact that it is the largest oil producer in the Middle East and also the biggest construction as well as automotive market in the region.

The country has undertaken several various projects to promote economic growth. For instance, in 2021 the country issued $1.5 trillion worth of active projects in Riyadh including major projects like Al Qassim Power plant project, red sea project, Neom Business city and NGL Fractionation plant.

The construction sector in GCC countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE is rapidly growing owing to an increase in demand for affordable housing, increasing investments for infrastructures development, and a new line of projects being planned.

Hence as the volume of construction activities in such gulf countries is increasing on account of such new construction projects, it will create demand for paints and coatings products such as enamel paint, anti-corrosive paint, plastic paint, the report added.

A Big Shout out to all the visitors of the Middle East Coating Show, Dubai, 2022. Tawazon chemical Company is all set to exhibit their entire range of products for the coatings industry, being held at WTC, Dubai. The Middle East Coatings Show brings together leading manufacturers and raw material suppliers who cater to all […]

June 7, 2022

EVENT ALERT- MECS 2022

A Big Shout out to all the visitors of the Middle East Coating Show, Dubai, 2022. Tawazon chemical Company is all set to exhibit their entire range of products for the coatings industry, being held at WTC, Dubai. The Middle East Coatings Show brings together leading manufacturers and raw material suppliers who cater to all sectors of the coatings industry under one roof for three days. If there is one event you participate in, to source products, services, and technology for your present and upcoming project requirements, then this is the show to be in. The show has served the industry for over 28 years and has established itself as the most important trade event dedicated to the coatings industry in the Middle East. Please find below the exhibitor list for your perusal.

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Credits: www.bloomberg.com China’s stringent rules to curb Covid-19 are about to unleash another wave of summer chaos on supply chains between Asia, the U.S. and Europe. Beijing’s zero-tolerance approach amid an escalating virus outbreak brings the pandemic full circle, more than two years after its emergence in Wuhan upended the global economy. Shipping congestion at Chinese ports, combined with Russia’s war in […]

April 28, 2022

Global Supply Chain Crisis Flares Up Again Where It All Began

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China’s stringent rules to curb Covid-19 are about to unleash another wave of summer chaos on supply chains between Asia, the U.S. and Europe.

Beijing’s zero-tolerance approach amid an escalating virus outbreak brings the pandemic full circle, more than two years after its emergence in Wuhan upended the global economy. Shipping congestion at Chinese ports, combined with Russia’s war in Ukraine, risks a one-two punch that threatens to derail the recovery, already buffeted by inflation pressures and headwinds to growth.

Even if the virus is reined in, the disruptions will ripple globally — and extend through the year — as bunched-up cargo vessels start sailing again.

“We expect a bigger mess than last year,” said Jacques Vandermeiren, the chief executive officer of the Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second-busiest for container volume, in an interview. “It will have a negative impact, and a big negative impact, for the whole of 2022.”

China accounts for about 12% of global trade and Covid restrictions have idled factories and warehouses, slowed truck deliveries and exacerbated container logjams. U.S. and European ports are already swamped, leaving them vulnerable to additional shocks. “Once product export activities resume and a large volume of vessels make their way to the U.S. West Coast ports, we expect waiting times to increase significantly,” said Julie Gerdeman, CEO of supply-chain risk analytics firm Everstream Analytics.

In the short run, the pileups will mean more costly headaches in the $22 trillion arena for global merchandise trade, which slumped in 2020 and rebounded last year. Longer-term, such chaos is redrawing the contours of a global economy tied together by cross-border commerce. For some corporate executives, reeling in far-flung production networks is no longer a patriotic political slogan — it’s a business necessity given all the uncertainty.

“This has accelerated the pressing need for supply chains to become more regional,” Lorenzo Berho, CEO of Vesta, a Mexican developer of industrial buildings and distribution centers, said on a conference call last week. The shift toward shorter supply chains to places like Mexico is under way to reduce exposure to Asia. Said Berho: “Globalization as we know it may be coming to its end.”

Key policy makers are coming around to the idea that a sea change in the developed world’s supply lines is necessary. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen calls her idea for more resilient trade linkages “friend-shoring” — a not-so subtle jab at China and Russia. Much of the shift hinges on whether the pandemic has convinced consumers to accept higher prices for products made closer to home, and at least one consultant’s analysis says they are.

Relocating supply chains “might cost more, but if you can make smaller quantities that you can then sell at closer to full price, you can actually completely change the game,” said Brian Ehrig, a partner at the consulting firm Kearney and co-author of a report this month that found 78% of CEOs are either considering reshoring or have done it already. Added Shay Luo, a Kearney principal who helped write the report: “My bet is that globalization will never die, however, it will evolve to a different form.”

Companies have weathered the roughest bouts of supply turmoil over the past year partly by raising prices — and consumers have largely absorbed the hit. In the near term, though, supplies from China pose a more menacing cloud than the questions about household demand.

Tesla Inc. lost about a month of work during the Shanghai shutdown. Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. earlier this month said an “abnormally high” level of inventory was in transit, unavailable or held at ports through the early part of this quarter. Alcoa Corp., the aluminum giant that’s a bellwether for the global economy, last week blamed transport snarls for higher inventories. Continental AG, Europe’s second-largest maker of car parts, lowered its growth forecast for the global production of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to a range of 4% to 6%, from 6% to 9% previously.

Wang Xin, head of the Shenzhen Cross-Border E-Commerce Association, an organization representing some 3,000 exporters, said that even though a lockdown in that Chinese tech hub lasted only a week, “many sellers are suffering about a one-month delivery delay.”

It still takes an average of 111 days for goods to reach a warehouse in the U.S. from the moment they’re ready to leave an Asian factory, close to the record of 113 set in January and more than double the trip in 2019, according to San Francisco-based Flexport Inc., a freight forwarder. The westbound journey to Europe takes even longer — a near-record 118 days.

Longer queues of vessels seen off China’s coast aren’t helping. The line of cargo carriers has jumped after Shanghai, home to the world’s largest container port, initiated a city-wide lockdown late last month to combat Covid-19 cases. The total number of container ships in port and off the hub’s shared anchorage with nearby Ningbo stood at 230 as of last Wednesday, a 35% increase from this time last year, according to Bloomberg shipping data.

QuickTake: Why Supply Chains Are Entering Third Year of Chaos

Imported containers are waiting on average for 12.1 days at Shanghai’s port before they are picked up by truck and delivered to destinations inland, according to supply-chain data provider project44. The rate for April 18 was almost triple the 4.6 days on March 28. Trucking shortages have crippled efforts to supply key inputs to factories and transport goods such as autos and electronics to the ships.

Air freight is also being affected, with deliveries into Shanghai Pudong International Airport backed up, Taipei-based air and ocean freight forwarder and logistics specialist Dimerco Express Corp. said. That congestion has spread to Shenzhen, as the city that borders Hong Kong has seen a sharp increase in shipments rerouted from Shanghai.

To ease congestion around Shanghai, sailings are being diverted to Ningbo and Taicang, according to Donny Yang, Dimerco’s director of ocean freight. At the same time, the central government has instructed that highways be kept open and unobstructed.

Carmakers to electronics manufacturers in China’s financial hub have been gradually resuming operations, as authorities have encouraged the use of closed-loop systems, in which workers live on site at their factories.

Still, ramping up production from a shutdown isn’t an instant process. Tesla restarted its Shanghai factory after a three-week closure, though it’s uncertain how long the plant can operate with a limited supply of components.

“The change in Covid prevention policies in different cities has imposed an extraordinarily severe impact on logistics,” said Cui Dongshu, the secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association.

Economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., in a research note last week, said supply-chain setbacks “have been somewhat worse than we anticipated, and we have adjusted our growth and inflation forecasts slightly in response in recent weeks.” When the bottlenecks in Asia start to clear, it will likely bring a flood of containers just as a seasonal pickup in imports gets under way.

“Some companies may have already tried to ship their orders somewhere else or they canceled them,” said Stephanie Loomis, vice president of international procurement at freight forwarder CargoTrans Inc. “But my guess is we’re going to see an enormous backlog of freight come out of there like a buckshot.”

The total container-ship count for America’s dual hub of Los Angeles and Long Beach reached at least 57 vessels last Wednesday, the highest since late February. A few other gauges like container dwell times are also creeping higher again.

Some of California’s backlog has merely shifted east in search of faster routes — shiploads of goods are lined up from New York City to Charleston, South Carolina. Data from MarineTraffic recently showed a major reversal: The U.S. East Coast topped the West Coast in the amount of container capacity that’s waiting at anchor to offload.

The pileups in Europe are just as severe or worse, compounded by the proximity to the war in Ukraine. Key ports such as Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp and three in the U.K. are working at or above capacity, which means they’re already struggling to accept more containers because they don’t have space to store them.

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, in a speech Friday, said Europe’s integration in global value chains was even deeper than the U.S.’s. Trade as a share of the euro area’s gross domestic product rose to 54% in 2019 from 31% two decades earlier, she said, compared with America’s 3 percentage-point rise to 26%.

She also cited a recent survey that found 46% of German companies get significant inputs from China. Of those, almost half are planning to reduce that dependency. Russia’s invasion now means the search for the lowest-cost suppliers must be refocused around geopolitical alliances.

“We must work towards making trade safer in these unpredictable times, while also leveraging our regional strength,” said Lagarde, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund. “Even industries that are not considered strategic are likely to anticipate the fracturing of the global trading order and adjust production themselves.”

Credits: www.khaleejtimes.com Dubai has a clear direction for the energy sector based on the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) implements pioneering projects to diversify Dubai’s clean […]

April 5, 2022

DEWA shares its pioneering experience in the transition towards clean and renewable energy

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Dubai has a clear direction for the energy sector based on the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) implements pioneering projects to diversify Dubai’s clean and renewable energy sources to include all available technologies.

During the 8th World Government Summit, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of DEWA, delivered a keynote speech titled ‘Shaping a Green Future.’ He shared Dubai’s leading experience in supporting the UAE, which has become a role model in the shift to clean and renewable energy.

Vision of the Wise Leadership

“In line with the vision and directives of the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to enhance the green economy in the UAE, last October, the UAE announced its Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, becoming the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to launch this strategic initiative. In recognition of its pioneering role in climate action, the UAE has been selected to host the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in 2023,” said Al Tayer.

Three Pillars

DEWAs strategy to ensure energy security and sustainability includes three main pillars: The first is to produce more clean energy, especially solar energy. One of DEWA’s major projects to achieve this goal is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park based on the Independent Power Producer model in the world with a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030. By the end of this year, the share of clean energy capacity in Dubai’s energy mix is expected to reach 13.8%.

The second pillar is to decouple the water desalination process from electricity generation, and desalinate water using Reverse Osmosis technology and solar energy. DEWA aims to produce 100% of the desalinated water by 2030 using a mix of clean energy and waste heat.

The Third is ‘Disrupting the role of utilities by digitisation using the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, UAVs, energy storage, blockchain, and the Internet of Things, among others.

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

The transition to clean and renewable energy is accompanied by several challenges globally. One of the key challenges is renewable energy storage, which can be addressed by developing long-duration energy storage (LDES) technologies. A study by McKenzie in November 2021 estimates that by 2040, LDES deployment could result in the avoidance of 1.5 to 2.3 gigatons of CO2 equivalent per year, or around 10 to 15 per cent of today’s power sector emissions. In the United States alone, LDES could reduce the overall cost of achieving a fully decarbonised power sector by around $35 billion annually by 2040.

In addition to energy storage, big data will play an important role by using sensors in solar power stations to gather real-time data on solar radiation and analyse it in conjunction with data from DEWA’s satellites to improve solar power generation. In this context, DEWA launched its space programme (Space-D) to enhance operational efficiency. In January 2022, it launched DEWA-SAT 1, a 3U nanosatellite. DEWA is the first utility in the world to use nanosatellites in its operations and aims to share its pioneering experiences in this field with other utilities.

Reshaping the concept of utilities

Achieving results is based on innovation which DEWA places as a cornerstone of its work across all divisions. As part of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA, it is disrupting the entire business of public utilities and contributing to building a new digital future for Dubai. Digital DEWA is based on four pillars: launching advanced solar power technologies; deploying a renewable energy grid with innovative energy storage technologies; expanding integrated AI solutions making Dubai the first city to provide electricity and water services using AI technologies and digital services.

DEWA’s application of the latest innovative technologies has helped it achieve the best results globally compared to top utilities in Europe and the USA. DEWA improved the sustainability of its power and water infrastructure, increasing fuel consumption efficiency up to 90%, and generation efficiency by 37.63% between 2006 and 2021, leading to huge financial savings in addition to an expected reduction of 35.35% in carbon emissions by 2030.

Credits: www.imerys.com Minerals help speed up 3D Construction Printing process- 3D printing is a process that turns digital models into physical objects, typically achieved by layering material then using computer-aided design (CAD) to make it three-dimensional.  Materials such as plastics, metals and ceramics have all been used successfully in this process, and today the technology’s […]

April 1, 2022

Minerals help speed up 3D Construction Printing process

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Minerals help speed up 3D Construction Printing process- 3D printing is a process that turns digital models into physical objects, typically achieved by layering material then using computer-aided design (CAD) to make it three-dimensional. 

Materials such as plastics, metals and ceramics have all been used successfully in this process, and today the technology’s application is being investigated in a wide range of industries. In construction, concrete is used in this process – referred to in the industry as 3D Construction Printing (3DCP), also known as 3D Concrete Printing – and its advantages and challenges are being assessed. 

Minerals can improve the properties of concrete used in 3D printing, and with a world-class portfolio of minerals to hand, Imerys can help to deliver these key functions.

Improving the performance of 3D printer ink for construction applications

Much like with regular printing, you need the right “ink” for the job when it comes to 3D printing. In 3DCP, the concrete acts as the ink – and the better the concrete, the better the outcome. 

Imerys has been adding value to concrete through its minerals for over 100 years, and as a leading minerals supplier and innovator can offer expertise on formulation. 

Hervé Fryda, Imerys’ Science & Technology Director for Building & Infrastructure, says: “We offer a number of complex minerals that play different roles in improving concrete. For example, calcium aluminates can accelerate the hardening of concrete layers, which increases the vertical building speed, while metakaolin and bentonite can improve concrete printability .”

While still a niche technology, at present the key application of 3D Construction Printing is in the layering of concrete to build structures. Imerys can support suppliers in this process by helping them to produce set-on-demand concrete. This will be useful in 3DCP as each layer of concrete quickly sets before the next layer is poured on, resulting in improved productivity  and more reliable structures.

Advantages of 3D Construction Printing

Using 3DCP to layer concrete reduces waste, improves efficiency and supports customization.

A key benefit of 3D printing is its ability to reduce waste – something that is a priority for the construction industry,” says Claire Brown, an Imerys expert in the Building & Infrastructure segment 

The technology uses the exact amount of material necessary to make a product, providing an efficiency gain that could pave the way for zero-waste projects in the future. This in turn would contribute to reducing the environmental impact of construction projects.” 

Automating tasks like concrete layering also allows sites to be more efficient as it quickens the process, reducing the length of projects. 

3DCP technology can support affordable housing projects, thanks to the cost savings and efficiency gains realised from the economical construction process,” says Claire. 

Furthermore, the automation can support worker health as it prevents workers from having to perform such a labour-intensive task during adverse weather conditions like high heat. 

3D Construction Printing also has the capacity to standardize and customize architecture.

Users can feed a standardized model into a 3D printer, which can then reliably and repeatedly churn out the exact same structure,” says Hervé. “This would be of most interest in cases where there is a sense of urgency, for example providing shelter to people displaced by a natural disaster, or where a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is warranted.”

In terms of customization, it may be possible to create different kinds of residential buildings from a standardized model, customized according to customers’ needs and wishes.” 

Additionally, 3D-printing concrete can create designs that are significantly more complex or unusual than the norm, whether for aesthetic or functional purposes. 

3D printing’s future in construction 

3D printing is unlikely to be a complete replacement for traditional methods, and there’s still a long way to go before it becomes more mainstream. While construction technologies continue to advance, construction methods are not progressing at the same rate. There are lots of reasons for this, but cost and safety play a big role – construction methods have to be suitably tried and tested before they can be introduced.

3D printing has highly valuable potential in the construction industry, however, and as an active participant in this technology’s development, Imerys is available to support potential partners with both mineral applications and formulation expertise.

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