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Polyurea was developed in the 80s as a response to industry demand for better water resistant materials. With its wide array of useful properties, it is now the preferred choice of coatings for surfaces subject to daily wear and tear, while needing minimal maintenance.

The Pentens® SPU-1000 is a two-component pure polyurea spray coating that is solvent free, environmentally friendly and contains low VOC. The seamless coating provides an elastic, yet tear resistant surface for applications subjected to extreme wear and tear, strong impact, and chemical exposure. The coating is suitable for outdoor applications with minimal effect.

For the environmentally conscious, they will be glad to know that products made by Pentens, such as the SPU-1000, are certified by the Singaporean Green Label Scheme (SGLS). Industrial Products such as the SPU-1000 are screened for any heavy metals or carcinogens thoroughly before they are certified by SGLS to be environment friendly.

Thanks to polyurea’s quick setting properties, any surface that is applied with the SPU-1000 is ready to be used within mere seconds after application, greatly reducing maintenance downtime of any facility.

With its superior waterproof quality, the SPU-1000 is suitable for many indoors and outdoors applications where water resistance and slip-proof properties are needed, such as floor slabs, potable water or wastewater tank linings, pipelines, or even vehicle bed liners or shipping decks.

Recent advances and ongoing improvements will help rapid and low-cost development of smart materials, and the next wave of innovation will be in self-healing coatings and parts, according to Lux Research.

Smart materials – those that change their properties in response to environmental stimuli, providing dynamic functionality – range from everyday items like photochromic lenses that darken in sunlight to complex ceramics and nanocomposites used in electronics. Emerging classes of smart materials include self-healing materials, sensing materials, and shape memory materials, each of which has many potential applications.

“Today, researchers are beginning to develop software tools for predicting what structures will result in what smart properties. As a result, in the next five to ten years, these kinds of smart materials may become much faster and cheaper to develop,” said Anthony Vicari, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Get Smart: Smart Materials as a Design Paradigm.”

Lux Research analysts studied advances in the development of smart materials and their adoption by industry. Among their findings:

Focus is on self-healing materials. With applications in composites and coatings, self-healing materials are set to be the next frontier for smart materials. Such materials automatically repair damage to themselves through one of several chemical mechanisms.

Varied companies hold patents. Over 300,000 patents have been granted across all smart material families even though few mention the term “smart material” in their titles, abstracts or claims. Patent filings peaked in 2012 at about 100,000, and top patent holders include heavyweights such as Siemens, IBM, GE and Samsung.

The report, titled “Get Smart: Smart Materials as a Design Paradigm,” is part of the Lux Research Advanced Materials Intelligence service.

News from: Coatings World

As the climate continues to change, human population continues to grow, and our natural resources continue to diminish, industries have seen a global shift, placing greater importance on green design and sustainable business practices. However, green design is less about following a popular trend than it is about simply respecting our limited natural resources. The architectural coating industry is no exception to this trend, as building and construction regulations continue to evolve and incorporate higher standards for environmentally friendly practices.

Manufacturers are working harder than ever to develop high-performance coatings that lessen the negative impact on the environment. To do this, coating developers created innovative manufacturing techniques that protect air and water quality while reducing the unnecessary consumption of natural resources. Specifically, Valspar’s green agenda focuses on eliminating the use of hazardous materials, introducing biorenewables, incorporating recycled materials, lowering VOC emissions, decreasing energy consumption and reducing waste, while proving it can all be accomplished cost-effectively.

To read more, the article can be found at http://www.coatingsworld.com/issues/2015-10-01/view_features/the-ongoing-quest-to-coat-the-world-in-green/

Picture by: The Bloodhound Project

Unveiled recently in London, UK, the Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) has been built to become the first land vehicle to achieve 1,000mph. A showcase for science and engineering technology, it will try to reach 800 mph in the South African desert next year, before attempting to make history in 2017.

Powered by both a jet engine and a rocket, Bloodhound is the most complicated car ever built, AkzoNobel stated. A conventional vehicle coating was never going to meet the stringent specifications, which is why it features paint normally reserved for aircraft.

"We're very happy to be involved with such an exciting project, which puts so much emphasis on science and technology," said Conrad Keijzer, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Performance Coatings.

"Bloodhound is an outstanding technical achievement and the perfect way for us to showcase the performance capabilities of our products."

The result of eight years of research, design and manufacturing, Bloodhound has been coated with products from the company's Eclipse range of exterior polyurethane topcoats. Formulated to provide outstanding performance and lasting appearance, Eclipse is traditionally used for commercial aviation.

Bloodhound's first date with destiny will take place at the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, in South Africa next year. If it successfully reaches the target speed of 800mph, it will break the current land speed record of 763mph – which was set by Andy Green, the same man who will be at the wheel of Bloodhound.

AkzoNobel is no stranger to providing go-faster paint, having supplied products for the Concorde supersonic aircraft in the past, as well as being an official supplier for McLaren Racing.

Source: http://www.coatingsworld.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2015-10-01/akzonobel-supplies-coating-for-supersonic-car/

Marketing a Trade Show, just like exercise, needs to be regular and consistent in order for it to get better, healthier and stronger.


We all know finance types just don't "get" what marketing is about. In fact, they usually try to put as much space between them and the marketing types as they can.


Why? Because the bean-counters focused on Return Of Investment (ROI) think that marketing is all about abstract, intangible actions. And far too creative and touchy feely for them.

Those finance types don't like that kind of thinking. They will never understand it and treat it as some kind of black magic.

Instead, finance types like measuring things. They just love numbers. They think in terms of financial analysis and value drivers. This type of focus only provides a historical view and gives little indication of the future performance and merely encourages “short-termism”.

In the marketing universe it just doesn't work that way. You cannot start a marketing initiative today and measure results attributed to be a direct result of that action tomorrow.

Marketing Is Like Exercise or Dieting. Imagine, as part of you wanting to get fitter and healthier, you decide to start going to the gym. You turn up on the first day and hit the treadmill for half an hour, then the kettle bells for another 20 minutes, and then maybe lift some weights. Your exercise regime has started. After an hour or so you go home sweaty and tired.

How do you feel the next day? Do you feel fitter? Stronger? Healthier? Of course you don’t. In fact you probably feel like you have been hit by a bus. It's the same with marketing.

Marketing is about 'little and often', not sudden frantic bursts of effort followed by inactivity. If you implement a strategic and targeted marketing plan for your event today, you're not going to rake in untold amounts of extra profit tomorrow. Not even the day after tomorrow.

However, if you devote some time / money / resources to marketing your event a little every day, then there's a good chance that - like regular exercise - after some time your event may be fitter, stronger and healthier.

Does this come with a guarantee? No, of course not. You could visit the gym tomorrow and drop dead after 10 minutes on the treadmill. Similarly, you could be marketing your event for a year and end up with the same results you have now.

But take a look at some of the biggest most successful events out there. Whether they're promoting food Ingredients, building materials, pharmaceuticals or something else, they're marketing their event value Every Single Day.
Why is it that the world’s leading events generally have the highest price per square metre? It's not because of the Tweet that you read yesterday, or the Trade Ad you saw yesterday.

It's because of the Tweets / ads / websites / articles / whatever that you've seen regularly for the past 10 years have built up the value of the event.
So is that the secret to event success? A bit of marketing every day and you're on your way to event heaven? No. But you can be pretty sure that, without it, you're pretty much headed to event hell.


Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/trade-show-marketing-like-exercise-stephen-keen-1?trk=mp-reader-card

In a welcome change, Malaysia's oil and gas (O&G) industry players are taking advantage of the market downturn to prepare themselves better for the future.

Local media reported that Terengganu state government, through its unit Eastern Pacific Industrial Corp (EPIC), is planning a MYR2bn ($533.5m) expansion for the Kemaman Supply Base (KSB) in the state.

Construction work on the project at the over 30-year-old KSB is expected to begin in 2016 and be completed in 2019.

"We have been planning for an expansion for a long time as we need to prepare for growth. We want to make sure that Terengganu is serious and be exposed to as many opportunities as possible in the oil and gas sector," Terengganu chief minister Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying.

Pengkalan Bekalan Kemaman, which is a subsidiary of EPIC and the operator of KSB, has entered into a lease service agreement with five petroleum production companies in a MYR500m deal.

The five companies are Carigali Hess Operating Company, Vestigo Petroleum, Coastal Energy KBM, EQ Petroleum Production Malaysia and Sapura Kencana Energy Peninsula Malaysia.

In January, seven production sharing contractors signed a similar deal worth MYR1b to use Kemaman supply base. They were Petronas Carigali, Exxon Mobil Exploration & Production Incorporated, Talisman Malaysia, Lundin Malaysia, Petrofac Energy Development, Petrofac (Malaysia-PM304) and Hess Exploration & Production Malaysia.

Pengkalan Bekalan Kemaman md and ceo Noor Fadzil Mohamed Nor said discussions were going on with several local and international investors to expand the base. "One of the companies from China, Huaxi group, has shown interest to cooperate with us," Noor Fadzil said.

Neighbouring Kelantan state also recently announced plans to develop an offshore supply base in Pasir Puteh, further up the coast from Kemaman. The Tok Bali Supply Base (TBSB) which was set to begin construction in April is seen attracting up to MYR1bn worth of investments in the next three years.

"At present, over 100 companies have expressed interest to invest in Tok Bali. In the next two to three years, we expect MYR500m worth of investments, which can go up to MYR1bn, depending on how fast they build the facilities," International Trade and Industry Minister Seri Mustapa Mohamed had said earlier this year.

The 328-acre base has attracted O&G support service providers and is set to complement KSB by helping to ease congestion and provide a closer alternative to oil fields further to the north.

"With this project, Kelantan is set to attract direct and indirect investments, which will spur economic activities in the state," Mustapa said.

Meanwhile, TB Supply coo Jim Iler said the present low oil price would benefit TBSB as companies look for alternatives to save cost, such as a closer facility where resources could be delivered to them at much cheaper rates.

"TBSB can complement the congestion and delay currently faced in the Kemaman Supply Base. We are currently in talks with 10 other O&G listed companies; we hope to see some results soon," he said, adding that TB Supply had invested MYR39m to construct a mud plant, which it would operate.

Source: http://infrastructure21.com/industry-news/4429-malaysia-investing-in-o-amp-g-infrastructure-for-future-demand/

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced an allocation of RM87 million to develop infrastructure in the Dayak heartland, as he moves to strengthen Barisan Nasional's support in Sarawak.

In his latest visit to the state, Najib said the allocation is for "the final connection" to link the last major town on Sungai Rajang, Kapit with Sibu by road.

He said he is committed to bring the Dayaks "to the forefront of national development".

"I like to see the Dayaks move forward," the prime minister said at the Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) 59th anniversary dinner in Kuching tonight.

"We must not allow any ethnic community, big or small, to be marginalised or at worst neglected from being part of the mainstream of the nation," he said.

"Each community must be given the opportunity to reach the front of national development."

The prime minister said he is committed that the Dayaks would not be marginalised and to make them feel "they are part and parcel of this nation".

"This nation cannot be great if we are not one," he said at the dinner held at the Borneo Convention Centre.

Najib admitted that from what he had seen and gathered from many visits to these areas, Sarawak's rural areas are still lagging behind other parts of the country in terms of infrastructure.

He said that he had made more visits to the rural areas of the state than all the five previous prime ministers put together, adding that he wanted to feel the pulse of the people.

"I could stay in Putrajaya and get briefings from my officers. But it is nothing like going to the ground and meeting people," he said.

"When you meet the people, there are things you will discover.

He said he discovered the "missing link" of Kapit in one of the visits.

Najib also said that he would like to sort out other problems that had plagued the community, such as education, native customary lands, and modernising the longhouses.

He said Putrajaya would work with the state government on all these issues.

He said solving all the problems though would take time "as our resources are limited".

Najib's latest two-day working trip to Sarawak comes only 10 days after making a support gathering trip.

Source: http://infrastructure21.com/industry-news/4446-najib-promises-millions-to-develop-infrastructure-in-rural-sarawak/

The major economies in Asia Pacific (APAC) are set to invest over US$1 trillion in industrial sector projects in the next few years, with India leading with projects valued at US$411 billion, according to a new report by Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Centre (CIC).

China and Indonesia take second and third place with projects valued at almost US$200 billion and US$124 billion, respectively. On a similar note, the development of the sector in the smaller markets is on the rise as Vietnam leads with investment in industrial buildings projects worth US$56 billion. Australia, with its massive mining concerns, dominates in the sector of metal and material processing plants valued at almost US$37 billion more than half the value of the sector.

Timetric estimates that of the US$1.08 trillion of industrial projects planned or underway in the 15 APAC countries studied, the metal and material production plants sector will dominate with projects worth US$446 billion, followed by manufacturing plants with US$314 billion. The 15 countries of Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam have over 70 percent of projects worth US$756 billion at pre-construction stage.

“While the developed Asia-Pacific economies tend to invest more in industrial buildings, the less industrialised countries in the Asia Pacific region are exhibiting the highest growth in industrial construction from a low base. We estimate that countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Mongolia and Turkmenistan are forecast for GDP growth of 6 percent or more by 2019. This is being manifested in investment in mineral extraction, processing or manufacturing to drive these developing economies,” said Neil Martin, manager at Timetric CIC.

The largest value project tracked by CIC is the US$50 billion Vung Ang Economic Zone in Vietnam, which is already underway and includes the huge Ha-Tinh Steel Complex and Son Duong Port project. Other major projects in the region are the US$14.7 billion Pyeongtaek Chip Production Plant in South Korea which is planned to start producing semi-conductors in 2015, and the US$12 billion Sino Iron Ore Mine in Australia which is already in execution and is set to be the world’s biggest magnetite iron ore mine when fully operational.

Source: http://www.tradelinkmedia.biz/publications/7/news_items/283

KUALA LUMPUR: Eco World Development Group Bhd is acquiring 299.64 acres of leasehold land in Batu Kawan, Penang, for RM730.93mil to build residential and commercial properties.

In a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday, Eco World confirmed that it had received a letter of award from the Penang Development Corp (PDC) about its proposal to undertake the projects.

The developer said it was also leasing about 150 acres for 30 years, with an option to renew for another 30 years, for an estimated lease consideration of RM65.34mil.

Eco World said the 150 acres would be developed into an international standard golf course with a minimum of 18 holes and a club house.

“The development parcel and the lease parcel exclude a total area of 20.36 acres identified by PDC for other purposes. The estimated total consideration for the land parcels is approximately RM796.3mil,” it clarified following news reports about the land deal in Penang.

StarBiz had earlier reported that Eco World was the only bidder for the land and would sign the sale and purchase agreement with PDC at a later date to be attended by Eco World chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin.

The purchase of the land will be the second parcel in Batu Kawan for Eco World. It already owns 24.28ha in the area on which it plans to launch a RM920mil mixed development called EcoMeadows, comprising 50% residential and 50% commercial components, in the second half of the year.

Eco World said its board was reviewing the detailed terms of the letter of award and that further details on the proposed Eco Marina development would be announced after it had accepted the letter.

Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2015/04/17/Eco-World-buying-land-in-Penang-for-RM7309mil/?style=biz

KUALA LUMPUR: Templeton Emerging Markets Group’s executive chairman views Southeast Asia as among the most exciting investment destinations available to emerging and frontier market investors.

In his newsletter to investors, Mark Mobius says the range of opportunities available to investors is remarkable.

This ranges from the highly developed and technologically sophisticated Singapore market through emerging markets in various stages of development such as Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to exciting frontier prospects such as Vietnam and Myanmar.

This also comes at a time as Asean has set ambitious plans for a new Asean Economic Community (AEC) to come to fruition in 2015.

Mobius is enthusiastic to see the outcome of discussions among Asean members to prepare for the AEC and as they work out the fine points.

The AEC will have a very significant impact in Asia, especially as the role of Asian markets in the global economy has grown significantly in recent years, he says and he expects this trend to continue in the future.

Many of these countries have also made fundamental improvements to their economies, and he thinks these changes are here to stay.

Asean – founded in 1967 -- is a strong regional economy made up of 10 members: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR (Laos), Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 10 individual Asean members already have attractive characteristics for investors, including favorable demographic profiles, abundant natural resources and low-cost labour, among other factors.

Combined into a single market, the population exceeds 600 million and a wide range of economic attributes from the financial, trading and technology skills available in Singapore to the largely untapped reserves of labour and natural resources in Myanmar that, when combined, could well represent far more than the sum of their parts.

When the AEC was mooted, it was envisaged to be: (a) a single market and production base, (b) a highly competitive economic region, (c) a region of equitable economic development and (d) a region fully integrated into the global economy.

“Because Asean countries have to work toward a collective vision and cooperative spirit when AEC fully comes together, we think it should strengthen their partnership, even though there has been some outlying resistance and concerns about some aspects.

“If it is fully implemented later this year, the AEC represents an opportunity to further promote cross-border trade and connect economies, companies and people within the region in the years to come,” he said.

Mobius cites a recent study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group that businesses in the region are remarkably bullish about the AEC.

A total of 80% of those surveyed regarded the AEC as a business opportunity for their firm and believed it would help accelerate growth in their respective industries.

Business executives also acknowledged that progress has been made over the years in most sectors, and two-thirds of the companies responding to the survey said they were adjusting their product offerings and upgrading their organizations and supply chains.

However, Mobius is quick to point out also that some business executives in Asean also expressed concern that governments would not wholeheartedly facilitate the free flow of goods across the region. In our view, the enviable location of the proposed AEC, bordering the fast-growing economic giants of India and China, could be a major potential benefit for companies within Asean as well as investors.

The region lies on one of the “one belt, one road” trade routes identified by the Chinese government as significant focuses for investment. Chinese firms are already active investors in countries such as Vietnam, taking advantage of significantly lower wage rates in comparison with Southern China, and ambitious plans for transport infrastructure improving China’s links with Southeast Asia are under development.

International trade could become a further stimulus to growth for Southeast Asia, with some of the countries of the region closely involved in major free trade initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, currently under negotiation, while also looking to deepen intra-regional trade links.

“Asean has seen continuing population growth over the last 15 years, totaling 620 million people in 2014 and expected to increase further to close to 670 million by 2020, a growth of about 30% from the 514 million in 2000.

“We believe this growth potential, combined with increasing per capita incomes and relatively younger population structures, could further drive the growing consumer demand in the region as a reduction in the cost of doing business, improved labour and capital movement and the streamlining of taxation can only increase the opportunity for growth,”  he says.

As a result, Asean economies are increasing domestic consumption of a wide range of goods and services. According to various forecasts, the prospects for gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the region going forward are far stronger than in developed markets, and in excess even of other emerging-market regions.

GDP growth in emerging Asia is expected to average 6.6% in 2015, while frontier markets such as Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos are forecasted to grow even faster.4 At the other end of the spectrum, Brunei is expected to contract by 0.5%, while Thailand and Singapore are expected to expand by a still-reasonable 3.7% and 3%, respectively.5

 “In our view, Southeast Asia is currently among the most exciting investment destinations available to emerging and frontier market investors.

“The range of opportunities available to investors is remarkable, from the highly developed and technologically sophisticated Singapore market through emerging markets in various stages of development such as Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to exciting frontier prospects such as Vietnam and Myanmar,” he explains.

Indonesia is in the midst of a significant reform programme initiated by President Widodo, while Thailand’s military government is looking to shore up support through growth-oriented activities.

In his view, Singapore’s role as a global trading hub should permit continued growth and prosperity for that market.

Myanmar’s opening to market forces could receive a significant boost should scheduled elections pass off successfully, while Vietnam is also engaged in a cautious opening to global investors and gradual reform of its banking sector. Laos has the potential to join compelling frontier stock markets as demand for its hydropower and mineral resources boosts economic growth.

“We believe economic reform proposals under way elsewhere in the region also have the potential to boost economic growth and corporate profitability,” he says.

With its excellent international trade links and the availability both of sophisticated technology and low-cost labor, Southeast Asia has long been an important center for the supply-chain activities of Japanese companies, while labour cost advantages have seen much basic manufacturing activity migrating from China.

There are still some challenges for Asean countries ahead; naturally, when there is a divergence of countries, there are going to be differences of opinion but collective cooperation is needed to make the AEC successful.

“We would also like to see continued progress in removing barriers to the global flows of goods and services in the region, and policies that encourage foreign investment. In order for AEC to gain credibility and develop as envisioned, we believe various obstacles need to be addressed, including differences in regulations and policies, bureaucratic pressures, and perhaps a perception or concern among some business owners about whether Asean can be an open market.

“AEC, if successfully implemented, will represent a common market with a combined GDP of nearly US$2 trillion. We believe the fact that all Asean countries will ultimately have to work toward a collective vision and cooperative spirit when AEC comes together should strengthen their partnership and, hopefully, improve the lives of the people.

“We think the future for the region remains positive, supported by several factors including solid growth prospects, strong labor and natural resources, favorable demographics, advantageous trade links and geographical positioning, as well as watershed initiatives for reform,” says Mobius.  

(Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/Business-News/2015/05/24/Mark-Mobius-views-Asean-among-most-exciting-investment-targets/?style=biz)

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