The Sixth China International Coating, Ink and Adhesive Exhibition (ChinaCoat 2001) was a major show, complete with numerous important product launches and announcements.
All total, there were 17,341 registered attendees from more than 480 companies at ChinaCoat 2001. The success of ChinaCoat 2001, combined with these new introductions, once again confirms the increasing importance of China in the coatings and printing ink industries.
At ChinaCoat 2001, Toyo Ink introduced its flash dry series. Michio Takayana, research and development manager, Toyo Ink, said that Toyo will first introduce its FD carton ACE series, used on normal paper products and FD form TF for use on commercial sheet paper into China.
Toyo Ink will then introduce its FDO series for plastic and normal paper products. The company is importing these UV inks from Japan to supply to the Chinese market.
Toyo now has four major ink manufacturing facilities in China: Tianjin, Doumen and two in Jiangmen, of Guangdong province. Tianjin is mainly producing offset ink and Jiangmen is producing gravure and silk screen inks. Doumen is mainly producing colorants, paints, etc. The company also has a gravure cylinder factory in Dalian and a plastic color factory in Shanghai.
Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (DIC) also maintained an active presence at the show.
DIC and its related companies exhibited urethane-acrylic resin, silicone-acrylic emulsion, epoxy resin and different pigments at the show.
DIC also announced developments at some of its manufacturing plants. DIC Polymer Zhongshan Co., Ltd., which held its grand-opening ceremony in early 2001, will be manufacturing polymer resins for coatings by early 2002. In the second phase, the capacity will increase to 60,000 tons.
In other news, Deqing DIC Polymer Resin Co., Ltd. is producing rosin modified resins for the ink industry. Besides these resin plants, DIC is also constructing a colorant enterprise in Nantong, Jiangsu province.
According to DIC, demand for advanced pigments for automotives is still small in China. DIC will concentrate more on the coatings business in the future. Half of its pigment business is in ink, 25 percent is used in coatings, 15 percent is in plastic and 10 percent is for other uses.
The ink market is increasing continuously in China and the competition is tough. After incorporating with Coates Lorilleux, DIC is the biggest newspaper print ink producer in China. Besides the Taiyuan plant, Coates Lorilleux is constructing a new plant in Shenzhen; the new plant will finish construction in 2002. Soybean-based ink is popular in Japan because it causes no pollution and use no organic solvent. DIC is planning to introduce it into China as well.
Lawter International, a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company, has a strong presence in China. Funing Lawter International Co., Ltd. is a joint venture invested by Lawter International Inc and Jiangsu Yancheng Fusheng Chemical Company. The investment in the company is about 50 million yuan. In the first phase, the company can produce 7,000 tons of polyamides, and this year, the company introduced its new Flexrez products into the Chinese market.
Besides Flexrez, Lawter also introduced its new water-based acrylic resin emulsions, such as Hydro-Rez 3100 and 4100, Eastek 3010 and 3020, Reactol AQ 38 and 39, into the market. Lawter International Co., Ltd. is based in Tianjin and Lawter also has a modified resin intermediate plant in Nanping, Fujian province.
Eckart had a major presence at the show as well. “The graphic arts market in China has developed well,” said Terence Chan, business development manager for China for Eckart’s Hong Kong office. “The quality requirements are high, and we see that more emphasis on productivity is now taking place. Due to these quality requirements, the market for effect pigments is dominated by imported pigments. Having a large market share in graphic arts, we are looking to improve the level of service and introduce new effects to maintain this leadership position.”
Eckart introduced its new Standart aluminum silver powder, Rotostar aqua and Rotovario aqua into the market. Standart can be used in solvent systems such as industrial coatings, can coatings and coil coatings. Rotostar aqua and Rotovario aqua can be used in standard water-based inks and dispersions.
“Our future plansinvolveimproving our financial and logistic management of our business, which we believe is necessary to obtain healthy, profitable growth, while at the same time improving our service and supply of products to our customers and business partners,” Mr. Chan added.
Wacker Polymer was also active at ChinaCoat 2001.
“Our team primarily sells two product groups into China: Vinnol and Pioloform,” said Lars Nordblom, marketing manager of industrial coatings, Wacker Polymer Systems. “Vinnol is a VC copolymer. The main application fields in China are speciality coatings and speciality inks. Pioloform is a PVB (polyvinyl butyral) which is alcohol-based and toluene-free. China is growing in all applications. The printing ink market is especially fast-growing due to international printing companies starting to produce their own inks in China.”
Merck Iriodin/Afflair crystal pigment was shown at ChinaCoat 2001. To better serve market demand, Merck set up its pigments and cosmetics application laboratory in Fudan University. Besides Iriodin, the Colorstream and Xirallic crystal pigment were also shown at the show.
Johnson Polymer brought its solid acrylic resins, acrylic colloids, wax additive and other products to ChinaCoat 2001. The products can be used by gravure and flexography ink on plastic or paper box and in varnishes and transparent ink.
Flint Ink Opens Representative Office in Shanghai
On Nov. 8, Flint Ink formally opened a representative office with its subsidiary company, CDR Pigments and Dispersions, at Kerry Center in Shanghai.
Bin Yu, chief representative of Flint Ink’s new Shanghai office, brings 10 years of professional experience in procurement, import, export and outsourcing management skills to his new position. Prior to joining Flint Ink, Mr. Yu was department manager for the South China Sea Oil Joint Service Corp., where he managed a team in the import and export of chemicals and consumer products.
The office is primarily in charge of purchasing raw materials in mainland China for the production ofprinting ink and pigments. Flint Ink’s products (mainly water-based offset ink) have been sold in China for a long time through its Hong Kong office.
Craig Foster, Flint Ink’s vice president of materials management, and W. Rucker Wickline, president of CDR Pigments and Dispersions, attended the office-opening ceremony.
“We buy a broad range of products, including general chemicals, pigment intermediates and pigments,” Mr. Foster said. “The raw materials will be supplied to our factories in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, North America and Europe. There are some basic products that are made today in China that are not made in western Europe or North America, and there are other products which are generally only available in China, India or other places. We give the products we want to buy a strong review first. One of the main reasons why we are here is that we are trying to have opportunities to get closer to the supply base.
“Absolutely some raw material products here have dramatically improved to world standard,” Mr. Foster added. “The biggest reason to develop a base in China is to be able to develop the relationship with the supply side and others who are interested in us. And very few places are as vibrant as Shanghai.”
“We buy high quality products from throughout China, from Shenyang to Sichuan, and then we make high quality pigment and ink,” Mr. Wickline said. “We emphasize quality first and then cost second.”
UCB Chemicals Opens Monomer Plant in Shanghai
Coinciding with ChinaCoat 2001, UCB Chemicals formally opened its second plant in Shanghai. The new plant will manufacture radiation or energy curable monomer resins. The first plant manufactures polyester resin for powder coatings. The investment in the two plants’ is approximately $28.98 million.
At the opening ceremony, Ben Van Assche, general director of UCB Chemicals, said, “The products that will be produced in this new plant represent the latest technology of resins, used as the main component of particular types of inks and industrial coatings.
“To create a fair competitive environment, it is clear that we expect a stable legal framework, consistent environment criteria for all companies operating in the same field in China,” he added. Approximately one-third of the cost of the new plant is dedicated to environmental features.
“The state-of-the-art plant has a capacity of 15,000 tons per year, the largest in its kind in the world,” said Frank. Coenen, radcure director of Asia, UCB Chemicals. “This year, we have added capacity in our Korean plant and started a research and development center for new products in Malaysia. The plant will not only serve the Chinese market, but also the whole of Asia, as well as Europe and the Americas. We foresee exporting at least 70 percent of the production in the first couple of years.”
“UCB has been the largest supplier in the world of radcure products including monomers, oligomers and other additives,” said Vincent H. Luo, Asia business unit director of radcure, UCB Chemicals. “With the start-up of our monomer plant in Shanghai, which is the largest one of its kind in the world, UCB has further shown its commitment to Asia and China.
“This plant will supply not only China but also the whole of Asia with state-of-art technology and intensive investment for environmental concerns,” Mr. Luo added. “We believe that such an investment will assure UCB a strong presence in Asia by competitive advantages for the long term.”
UCB has quite a number of production sites in Asia: Korea (PE for powder coatings, radcure oligomers), Malaysia (PE for powder coatings, radcure oligomers), Japan (radcure oligomers) and China (PE for powder coatings and radcure monomers).