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4.13 Asia Pacific Paint headed by Nippon Paint with 475 M l.

Paint & Resin: September 1998

Asia pacific’s top paint companies have been ranked by volume and value, based mainly on the companies’ declarations and supplemented by estimates. Nippon and Kasai Paint of Japan are markets leaders, followed by Daihan of South Korea. The list is as follows:

Top Asia Pacific Paint Companies in 1997.

Company

Volume (M litres)

Sales ($M)

Nippon paint (Japan)

475*

1599

Kansai paint (Japan)

340

1194

Daihan (South Korea)

174

305

DNT (Japan)

171

462

Korea chemical Co (S Korea)

130*

228*

Asian Paints (India)

108

206*

Rock paints (Japan)

95

285

Dulux (Australia)- New Orica

86*

379*

Yung Chi (Taiwan)

85

133

Tophe (Japan)

70*

184*

Wattyl (Australia)

70

307

Shinto Paint (Japan)

62

171

Chugoku (Japan)

54

151

NOF (Japan)

51

202

Kunsul Chemical Co (S Korea)

50*

88*

Nihon (Japan)

50*

150*

Shangai (China)

50*

72*

Pacific Paint (Philippines)

35*

61*

     
     

* Estimate

   

Of interest in this list is the presence of a Chinese company, Shangai Paint, in seventennth place. It should be noted that some companies in this list pursue other commercial activities appart from paint. Asian Paint, for instance, has 89% of its activities in Paint, Chugoku only 45% and NOF only 23%.

4.12 Asahipen maintains sales, but profits are slashed.

Asia Pacific Chemicals: September 1998

Asahipen, a family-owner company, is Japan’s top manufacturer of home-use paints and it had sales of ¥24 BN for the fiscal year ending with March 1998.

4.11 Profile of Becker

Paint & Ink: September 1998

Becker group improves sales by 8.9% and operating profit by 13% in 1997.

Becker claims to be Europe’s fourth largest paint manufacturer with 22 production plants in 10 countries while marketing its products in more than 120 countries. Its operations are divided into four business areas which operate as individual profit centres, namely:

Alcro-Beckers ; the leading manufacturer of decorative paints in the Nordic countries; 25% of group sales.

Becker Acroma; Europe’s largest company for industrial wood finishes; 27% of group sales.

Becker industrial coatings: the leading European producer of coil coatings for aluminium and steel; also a supplier of industrial finishes for metal and plastics; 29% of group sales.

Colart: world leader in artists’ material; 19% of group sales.

Alcro Beckers, which accounts for 25% of group sales, increased its turnover by nearly 3% during 1997, thanks to sales outside Sweden. Volumes in Sweden were unchanged. Overall the total Swedish market has fallen by 25% in volume since 1990 and the trade paint sector by 40%.

In 1997 Alcro-Becker acquired Polifarb Debica SA in Poland – active principally in decorative paints with an annual turnover of SEK400 M- and established 100 distributors there. In Finland, Alcro-Beckers acquired a 20% interest in Nokian Laatumaalit, a SEK50 M turnover paintmaker with a good water-based range.

Becker’s woodfinishing business, represented by Becker Acroma, increased its sales by 3.3% during 1997. During this year, the merger with Klintens was also effected, followed by a buy-out of Alfort & Cronholm’s 50% share. Becker thus became the sole owner of Becker acroma. Results were as follows:

BECKER FINANCIAL RESULTS

1996 (SEK M) 1997 (SEK M)

Turnover 1299 1342

- of which outside

Sweden. 1046 1100

Employees (units) 826 762

- of which outside

Sweden 619 553

4.10 Lafarge picks up paint division.

Industrial Minerals: September 1998

The French building group Lafarge has acquired the Italian decorative paint producer Max Meyer Duco (PPG subsidiary). This cost $65.6 M. It will make Lafarge the leader on the Italian decorative paint sector.

13.4 EPA receives requests to cancel certain regulations.

Journal: Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News: September 1998

The US Environmental Protection Agency has received a number of requests for the cancellation of pesticide registrations. These will be implemented unless a request is withdrawn by 11 Jan 1999. Prentiss has requested the cancellation of 3 products containing the ant and cockroach control compound Propoxur (o-isopropoxyphenyl methyl carbamate). Other companies requesting the withdrawal of products containing this active ingredient are McLaughlin Gormley King, ZEP Mfgr, S.C.Johnson, Bayer, AgrEvo and Chem-Tech. S.C. Johnson also submitted requests to cancel 3 other products: End Back Pressurized Disinfectant Spray (containing ethanol, alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, dimethyl ethylbenzylbenzyl ammonium chloride), Glade Spray Disinfectant and Glade Disinfectant. Troy Chemical is asking for Troysan 186 (4,4-dimethyloxazolidine) to be removed from the list of registered products