Axalta releases second quarter 2022 results

Axalta releases second quarter 2022 results

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Axalta Coating Systems’ Q2 sales rose 9.6% year on year to USD1.23bn, led by record pricing and by volume growth, said the company.

However, income from operations of USD103.6m was down 45.6% due to continued variable cost inflation, foreign currency headwinds, and high expenses for logistics, labour and energy, the US-based coatings company reported.

Furthermore, the Russia-Ukraine conflict and China’s extended COVID-19 lockdowns weighed on Q2 2022.

Adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were off 13.1% from Q2 2021.

We remind, Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, broke ground for construction of a state-of-the-art coatings facility in Jilin City, Jilin Province, North China. The 46,000-square-meter new plant will produce mobility coatings to support growing customer demand in China for light vehicles, commercial vehicles, and automotive plastic components. "Our new plant in Jilin is another building block supporting our ambitious growth strategy for our mobility business in China," said Nicolas Franc de Ferriere, Vice President, Mobility, Asia Pacific at Axalta.

BASF expands capacity for automotive refinish coatings in Jiangmen, China

BASF expands capacity for automotive refinish coatings in Jiangmen, China

MOSCOW (MRC) -- BASF Coatings (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. (BCG) has expanded the production capacity of automotive refinish coatings at its coatings site in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province in South China, said Paintsandcoatingsexpert.

With the completion of the expansion in July 2022, BASF’s annual production capacity of automotive refinish coatings will be increased to 30,000 metric tons. This is in line with the company’s pledge to maintain customer proximity, as well as to strengthen BASF’s position as a leading and innovative coatings supplier to the automotive industry in China and the rest of Asia.

"The new product capacity for automotive refinish coatings will bring additional supply reliability to fulfill the growing demand in China’s automotive market. It demonstrates our commitment to enhance local production and respond faster to the growing needs of Chinese customers. It also reinforces BASF’s position as one of the leading and reliable suppliers to customers in China,” said Jeffrey Lou, President, BASF Greater China.

"The demand for automotive refinish coatings in China is growing at a healthy rate. It has become imperative to have advanced production facilities in the region to support this development. I am very confident that our investments in the expanded capacity will better support the growth of our customers in the automotive industry. Customers will benefit from our innovation strength and supply reliability they have come to know and trust,” said Patrick Zhao, Senior Vice President, BASF Coatings Solutions Asia Pacific.

BCG’s environmental credentials and contributions are well recognized by the Ecology and Environment Bureau of Jiangmen for several times since 2018. The company received the accolade of “Green Brand” for its outstanding contribution to sustainable development in the region.

The BCG manufacturing facility offers a comprehensive portfolio of automotive paints and solutions for commercial vehicles and automotive aftermarket. These include fillers, primer surfacer, basecoats, tinters, clearcoats, topcoats, hardeners, thinners, fast-drying accelerators and blenders etc.

As per MRC, BASF and SINOPEC have broken ground for the expansion of their Verbund site operated by BASF-YPC Co., Ltd. (BASF-YPC), a 50-50 joint venture of both companies in Nanjing. The expansion includes new capacities of several downstream chemical plants and a new tert-butyl acrylate plant, to serve the growing demand from various industries in the Chinese market.

As MRC reported earlier, in November 2021, BASF increased its production capacity for advanced additives at its wholly-owned site in Nanjing, China. The new asset with state-of-the-art technologies will allow BASF to produce high molecular weight dispersing agents, slip and leveling agents and other additives locally for Asian markets.

BASF is the leading chemical company. It produces a wide range of chemicals, for example solvents, amines, resins, glues, electronic-grade chemicals, industrial gases, basic petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals. The most important customers for this segment are the pharmaceutical, construction, textile and automotive industries.

BPCL is investing nearly USD18 billion in the petrochemical and gas business

BPCL is investing nearly USD18 billion in the petrochemical and gas business

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Indian Oil Refining and Marketing Company Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) plans to invest 1.4 trillion rupees (USD17.65 billion) in petrochemicals, city gas and clean energy businesses in the next five years, a new agency Press Trust of India (PTI), reported Industry-update.

The investment is part of the firm’s efforts to develop its non-fuel business. BPCL Chairman and Managing Director Arun Kumar Singh, according to PTI’s latest annual report, said the company is “revising its strategies to capitalize on new opportunities while reducing risks”.

Singh said: “The company has strengthened plans to diversify and expand related and alternative businesses to generate additional revenue streams and hedge against any possible future downturn in the liquid fossil fuel business."

In the petrochemical industry, the firm has identified two new petrochemical projects integrated into the refinery.

These include a 1.2 million tonne per annum (MTPA) ethylene cracker at the Bina refinery located in the Bina Etava district of Madhya Pradesh and a 0.4 Mtpa polypropylene plant at the refinery Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala, the report said.

BPCL, which owns 20,217 of the country’s 83,685 petrol stations, is also looking at providing electric vehicle (EV) charging as well as future fuels such as hydrogen.

As per MRC, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) began operations at its 100 kilolitres/day (Kl/day) second generation (2G) ethanol plant at Panipat in the northern Haryana state on 10 August. Built at a cost of over Indian rupee (Rs) 9bn (USD113.4m), the ethanol plant is located near IOC’s Panipat refinery complex. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to produce around 30m litres of ethanol using 200,000 tonnes/year of paddy straw as feedstock. Commercial production at the plant is expected by December, and this should help India achieve its target of blending 20% ethanol with auto fuel by 2025.

PPG announces PPG INNOVEL PRO technology

PPG announces PPG INNOVEL PRO technology
MOSCOW (MRC) -- PPG announced PPG INNOVEL PRO, an enhanced internal spray coating that uses no bisphenol-A (BPA) or bisphenol starting substances and provides more robust application properties for the infinitely recyclable aluminium beverage can, said the company.

PPG Innovel PRO is a next-generation, high-performance acrylic coating that draws on PPG Innovel's nearly 10 years as the market's most widely used non-BPA internal beverage spray coatings. The company estimates that PPG Innovel coatings have been used on more than 220 bn cans in more than 40 countries to date.

PPG Innovel PRO coating complies with all global food contact standards for consumer safety, and its improved application properties provide operational benefits for can plants around the world. Validated with the PPG SAFEASSURE protocol for safe food-contact coating development, PPG Innovel PRO coating reliably supports the ever-widening range of filling goods that beverage brands want to can.

It features a lower migration profile than standard epoxy and epoxy-mimic coatings, and all PPG Innovel internal spray coatings have achieved Platinum CRADLE-TO-CRADLE material health certification from the Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

As per MRC, PPG announced that it will feature its recently acquired Vanberg Specialized Coatings line of agriculturally focused protective coatings and repair mortars at the World Pork Expo, June 8-10, 2022, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. PPG added the Vanberg product portfolio as part of its acquisition of VersaFlex Inc. in February 2021. For 33 years, Vanberg coatings have provided long-lasting, cost-effective restoration and protection of concrete and metal surfaces in pork production facilities.

AkzoNobel revenue up 14% despite impact of lockdowns in China

AkzoNobel revenue up 14% despite impact of lockdowns in China
MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Dutch paint producer AkzoNobel posted significantly higher sales in 2Q 2022 and lower profits than what analysts had anticipated because of high expenses, said the company.

The company, owns the brands Polycell, Cuprinol, and Dulux, generated sales of EUR 2.85 bn in 2Q 2022 against EUR 2.51 bn in 2Q 2021.

Analysts had only estimated sales at EUR 2.73 bn. On the other hand, net profit considerably dropped to only EUR 106 M from EUR 261 M in 2Q 2022. Analysts had expected more for this figure at EUR 177 M.

Adjusted EBITDA stood at EUR 337 M, which was also lower than the market estimate of EUR 356 M.

We remind, AkzoNobel bolsters its performance coatings portfolio after reaching an agreement to acquire the wheel liquid coatings business of Lankwitzer Lackfabrik GmbH. Completion of which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected before end-2022. Lankwitzer's Rims and Wheel business operates out of a manufacturing site in Leipzig, Germany. Its products are approved for use by car manufacturers such as Daimler, Audi, VW, Opel, Fiat and Renault.