June / July 2016
The double digit growth of the Indian paint industry in the last decade has resulted in tremendous skill
gaps in almost all sectors of the paint industry supply chain from raw material procurement, production,
logistics, retailing and ultimately in the application of the paints. It’s good news to hear the setting up of
the Paints and Coatings Skill Council under the Government of India’s Skill India initiative. This in turn to
an extent will address the skill gaps faced by coatings employers of all sizes. The idea is to help people
acquire proper skills with proper training and certifications. The outcome, better jobs and better results!
The Indian Paint Association has estimated that over a million people will need to be trained in the
coatings sector in the next decade. The CEO of the Council gives an insight into what they plan to do and
what are their aims. As the saying goes, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to
fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’
In this issue, we have focused on the importance of maintenance coatings as the main story. Neglecting
corrosion prevention measures and coatings that protect your assets from corrosion and other damage
means taking unwanted risks like a game of the Russian roulette. Plant managers operating without an
industrial coatings maintenance program tend to be those who have never been burned by not having
one. It’s telling that those who have encountered problems from expecting coatings to outperform their
service life don’t make the same mistake twice. The feature takes a look at the most common reasons
for not having a proactive maintenance plan in place, and how that will come back to hit owners and
facility managers right where it hurts most - in the wallet.
Besides, we have all our regular features and columns like the New Products & Processes, Industry
News, Educational Feature, Company Profile, Events and Exhibitions and much, much more. Happy
reading, this monsoon season!