Axalta Appoints New Executive Leaders

first_imgFrom BodyShop BusinessAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBarry SnyderAxalta Coating Systems has named Barry Snyder as senior vice president and chief operations and supply chain officer. Robert Roop has also been promoted to vice president and chief technology officer, effective immediately. The two leaders will drive Axalta’s commitment to innovation and growth in their new roles. Snyder will continue to serve on Axalta’s leadership team, while Roop will be added to the leadership team, both reporting directly to Axalta CEO Robert Bryant.“We are excited about these two new moves on Axalta’s leadership team and are proud to be able to promote from within our organization,” said Bryant. “Barry’s contributions as Axalta’s chief technology officer for the past four-plus years have helped the company continue as the innovation leader in our industry and have supported our growth globally. Our technology organization is as strong as it has ever been thanks to Barry’s commitment and drive to keep Axalta on the leading edge. Barry shares my commitment to operating Axalta’s sites safely and efficiently and to driving operational excellence throughout our organization. We are thrilled to have him in this role.Advertisement“Robert has been a critical strategic leader in Axalta’s technology organization for the past 10 years. His technical expertise combined with strong business acumen will make him an outstanding new chief technology officer as we continue to focus on differentiating ourselves through innovations that our customers want. Robert is committed to the development of a pipeline of new products and services to meet our customers’ evolving needs, and I look forward to working with him to realize our technology goals.”Snyder was previously senior vice president and chief technology officer of Axalta. Before joining Axalta, Snyder was senior vice president and chief innovation officer at Orion Engineered Carbons, where he was responsible for global R&D and quality assurance. From 2008 through 2012, Snyder was vice president, marketing and technology and chief technology officer at H.B. Fuller Company, where he oversaw 15 laboratories on four continents. At Celanese from 2007-2008, he was global technology director for the company’s emulsions and polyvinyl alcohol division. From 1990 to 2006, he held a number of positions of increasingly broad scope and responsibility at Rohm and Haas. Snyder holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Temple University and B.S. and M.S degrees in chemistry from Emory University.AdvertisementRoop has been with Axalta since 2013 in expanding roles of responsibility in the technology organization. He began at Axalta as technology director, North America and most recently served as vice president, technology development for the company’s refinish and industrial businesses. Prior to those roles, Roop spent more than 20 years in technology and operations positions at DuPont in various polymer and chemical businesses, including DuPont Performance Coatings. Roop received a B.S. in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.last_img read more

Update: No Fire Found at LTV, Chief Says

first_imgMembers of the East Hampton Fire Department investigated a smoke condition at LTV Studios in Wainscott on Thursday. Independent/Michael HellerUpdate, 7 p.m.:  While smoke was reported in the building at LTV in Wainscott, firefighters found what East Hampton Fire Chief Gerard Turza Jr. described as a “a light haze” in one of the rooms and no specific cause.“It wasn’t really smoke. It was of an undetermined origin and it dissipated fairly quickly,” he said, adding that it had no smell. “It was almost like a fog.”Firefighters checked the equipment at the public access television studio and found no electrical problems, he said. They checked the electrical systems, the hydraulic elevator and the air handler, but found nothing wrong. “There were no errant heat sources,” the chief added.“We went over the building top to bottom and weren’t able to come up with anything,” Turza said.While firefighters checked everything inside the building, firefighters outside still set up in case, including laying hose and connecting to a hydrant. “We weren’t taking any chances,” he said.Firefighters were prepared, but found no smoke or fire, just a light haze. Independent/Michael HellerOriginally, 5:10 p.m.: East Hampton firefighters are investigating a smoke condition inside LTV, the public access television studio, in Wainscott Thursday afternoon.The East Hampton Fire Department first received an automatic fire alarm from the first floor of the building, located at 75 Industrial Road. With smoking apparently soon discovered, engines and more personnel were requested at 4:28 p.m.Firefighters were on the roof, checking mechanical units.The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association responded, along with a rehab unit from the Bridgehampton Fire Department.This article will be updated with more information when it becomes Sharelast_img read more

Coastal wins contracts worth $34M

first_imgCoastal Contracts Bhd, a Malaysia-based provider of marine products and services to the shipping and oil and gas industries, has announced that its subsidiaries have collectively secured contracts worth approximately RM130 million ($34.01 million). According to the company’s Bursa Malaysia filing, the contracts are for the sales of two units of offshore support vessels and six units of low-end vessels. Coastal Contracts did not reveal the name of the buyers.Including the new contracts and after adjusting for revenue recognition from vessels delivered to buyers up to July 24, 2015, Coastal Group has about RM1.97 billion ($515 million) worth of cumulative sales orders awaiting delivery to customers up to 2017.The company noted that the revenue stream from the latest contracts is expected to contribute positively to the earnings per share and net assets per share of Coastal Group for the financial years ending December 31, 2015.[mappress mapid=”2246″]last_img read more

And that’s final

first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

HOCHTIEF to build another special-purpose wind farm ship

first_imgThe vessel, dubbed “Vidar,” is to start operating in 2013 to meet the huge demand for special-purpose equipment in this booming market. Vidar will be HOCHTIEF’s fourth heavy-duty craft, following its sister vessel, Innovation, as well as the jack-up platforms, Odin and Thor.It will be used for the company’s own offshore construction contracts and will also be chartered out. Rainer Eichholz, a member of the HOCHTIEF Solutions Executive Board, says, “We are banking on the move to alternative energy sources and accommodating market players’ huge demand with our special-purpose vessel.”Like HOCHTIEF’s other heavy-duty equipment, the new special-purpose jack-up vessel will also speed up installation and servicing times for the latest generation of offshore power plants. Vidar’s main features will be a 1,200 tonne crane, a loading capacity of up to 6,500 tonnes, a powerful engine allowing speeds of up to 12 knots, and the ability to work in water depths of up to 50 m, making it one of the most powerful lifting vessels in Northern Europe, says HOCHTIEF.The financing of the vessel is by means of an operate-lease structure with a subsidiary of Santander acting as the lessor, and with the involvement of KfW IPEX Bank, Norddeutsche Landesbank, the Spanish CaixaBank, andBankhaus Lampe.Dr. Carsten Wiebers, global head of ship financing at KfW IPEX-Bank comments: “In the light of the German Energiewende (support of energy efficiency and renewable energies) offshore wind energy is gaining a growing importance. One of the largest restraints is currently the lacking capacity for installation of such offshore wind farms. With the financing of the construction vessel, KfW IPEX-Bank, one of the largest ship financers world wide, provides a contribution to the Energiewende and supports the maritime industry.”Like the other heavy-duty members of the fleet, Vidar will be built at the Crist shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. Parallel to this order, HOCHTIEF Solutions has commissioned the construction of three large work pontoons. In addition, work is currently underway at Crist on the fit-out of the Vidar’s somewhat larger sister vessel, Innovation, which is to be operated and chartered out from mid-2012 by HGO InfraSea Solutions, a HOCHTIEF joint venture withGeoSea, Belgium.Innovation’s first assignment will be at the Global Tech I wind farm, which HOCHTIEF Solutions will be building in the German North Sea.HOCHTIEF reports that numerous project proposals for and inquiries about Vidar have already been made.www.hochtief.delast_img read more

Going gets tougher for Roses in SLA

first_imgPrimrose narrowly lost 10-17 to NTK during the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Super League A (SLA) match played in Parow, at the weekend. Primrose Rugby Football Club assistant coach Alaistair Theys shook his head in disbelief following his side’s 10-17 loss against NTK in the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) Super League A (SLA) encounter in Parow at the weekend. Roses’ seventh defeat of the season kept them in 14th spot with five points after eight games. Their five points came from their fixture against Victorians which did not go ahead as Vics pulled out of the league. Despite being in possession, a couple of errors in the opening ten minutes cost them dearly. However, the coach believes his side will bounce back. “Two errors that we made cost us two tries. We made a few mistakes and had to pick it up from there. From our side, we had some opportunities but we didn’t take advantage. After the opening 10 minutes we had most of the possession throughout the game,” he said. Theys said playing away in rainy conditions affected their game plan. “In slightly different conditions we could’ve walked away victorious. But we cannot take that win away from them (NTK) they deserved it. Planning the way forward for his lads, Theys quoted their movie character Rocky Balboa saying, “It’s not how hard you can get hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”. “Consistency is key. The last two games we played started well. In this game, it wasn’t the best start. We’ll make some changes going forward,” he said. Primrose have a game off this weekend, before they travel to Green Point to tackle a struggling Hamilton side. Saturday’s game was important for NTK stalwart and eighth-man, Brandon Grant who celebrated his 100th cap for the team. Grant scored the second try of the game against the Roses. The victory lifted NTK to 13th place on the log with 11 points. NTK have struggled in their second season in the SLA and will hope that the victory over Primrose will bring them a stroke of good luck and help them to move away from the relegation zone.With Victorians pulling out of the SLA, it means only one team will get the drop back to Super League B and the competition is tight between NTK and Primrose.NTK, however, are six points ahead of Primrose and will be looking to widen that gap. Meanwhile, eighth-placed Hamilton risk losing a top six finish thereby failing to qualify for a place in the playoffs following their 0-5 defeat to False Bay at home at the weekend. This was Hamilton’s fifth defeat in nine games this season. However, while on 21 points, things could change for the Green Point outfit should they turn the rest of the season around. The win for False Bay saw them creep up the top of the log with 40 points, two points ahead of second-placed Durbanville-Bellville (Durbell) after they beat SK Walmer 17-3 at the Green Point Track at the weekend. False Bay will hope to maintain top spot when they face the hard-hitting Brackenfell side at home on Saturday. In other action, Ravensmead-based Tygerberg are having a rollercoaster of a season following their five wins and four defeats in nine games. They played to a 21-27 defeat to Union-Milnerton at home at the weekend. The Florida Park outfit are tied on 28 points with UWC, and will look to bounce back against a refreshed UCT side following their return from university holidays, at home, on Saturday. Further north, Brackenfell are one of the few sides with less than 150 points scored against them since the beginning of the season in April. They have 133 points, False Bay has 111 points scored against them and Stellenbosch has 64 points scored against them in four undefeated games. Brakkies have six wins in seven games, with their only defeat being the 35-41 loss to UWC in their fourth game of the season in May. In other news, 10th placed Paarl will look to overcome a hill when they travel to second-placed Durbell on Saturday. A fortnight ago, the Paarl outfit suffered their seventh loss of the season to SK Walmer. The final score was 31-24. But they will be hoping for their third win of the season which will see them move up to at least eighth spot on the log.last_img read more

James Blunt to release new album Once Upon a Mind in October

first_imgJames Blunt has announced the release of his new album Once Upon a Mind, which will arrive via Atlantic Records on 25th October 2019.The first single from the album is Cold, which is available to stream and download now. Watch the lyric video for the track below:For Once Upon a Mind Blunt is returning to basics following the more electronica feel of his last album The Afterlove, which came out in 2017. Blunt has worked with Steve Robson, Jimmy Hogarth and TMS on the new record.“I think this is the most honest album I have ever made.” Blunt says. “Back To Bedlam was similar in that I had been writing those songs for a while about my life experiences at that time, and they came together on my debut. And every song on this album represents something that I’m currently going through or have recently experienced. It’s a very personal record, and I’m proud I can share it.”A UK tour for early 2020 will be announced shortly and we’ll bring you the details as soon as we have them.Credit: Atlantic RecordsThe track listing for Once Upon a Mind is:1. The Truth2. Cold3. Champions4. Monsters5. Youngster6. 5 Miles7. How It Feels To Be Alive8. I Told You9. Halfway10. Stop The Clock11. The GreatestPre-order a signed copy from Amazon.Blunt broke through in 2004 with his huge-selling debut album Back to Bedlam. He has sold over 23 million albums to date.last_img read more

South Africa: What’s in store for the upcoming elections?

first_imgSouth Africa Rastafarians South Africa deploys 2000 Soldiers ahead of elections Election posters of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party are seen ahead of the country’s May 8 election in Cape Town, South Africa, May 5, 2019. Picture taken May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings Election posters of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party are seen ahead of the country’s May 8 election in Cape Town, South Africa, May 5, 2019. Picture taken May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mike HutchingsIt has been twenty-five years since Nelson Mandela – the icon of South Africa’s liberation movement – cast his ballot in the country’s first democratic elections. It was a new beginning for South Africa, a time of hope and burgeoning potential. Today, in the impoverished Johannesburg township of Alexandra, that hope is long gone. Many of those who patiently waited to cast their vote in 1994 – electing Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) party – now see no reason to vote in the May 8th elections. The lost voters Patricia Tele has lived in Alexandra Township her whole life. She raised children and grandchildren there, living out the violent days of apartheid, the ecstatic times of a new democracy, and the disappointments of the following 25 years. “I was so excited for the first time when I got to vote in 1994 because we had hope, all of us as South Africans, that at least we will have a black government that will listen to our needs, our crisis. But it never turned out like that,” Tele says outside her Alexandra home, which she shares with ten others.  “They failed for 25 years, nothing has happened. The promises that Mandela has made never happened, it’s just lies.” The issue of housing is at the forefront of the consciousness of Alexandra residents, the majority of whom have been waiting for decades for homes promised to them by the government. Few have seen these promises materialise and most are left to live in overcrowded, deteriorating conditions where shacks sit piled on top of one another and sewage water runs openly in the streets. The challenges of daily life are further compounded by a lack of basic services, high crime rates, and huge levels of unemployment. It is a community heavy with pain, waiting in limbo for government promises that never deliver. “I am mad-sad,” says Patricia’s son, Moeteksi Tele. “Because each and every time I think that I could be somebody in this world, I become sad because there is a policy or somebody is trying the block the way for me to get there.”  Like ten million other South Africans – including a large portion of youth – Moeteksi is not voting. Instead, he works alongside his friend and fellow Alexandra resident Benjamin Chisari with the Alexandra Consent Community Group. Disillusioned by the current state of South African politics and a sense of unfulfilled promises, the two men started the organisation to address challenges on a grassroots level. Residents meet every Friday to voice their concerns and discuss avenues to implement change by representing themselves and fighting for their own causes. The Consent Community Group is driven by the belief that South Africa’s politicians and their parties do not represent the interests of Alexandra residents and consequently the group has been vocal in its decision to boycott the upcoming general elections. “If they do not fix our health system, fix our police department, fix social development, fix the department of human settlements, and other areas which are departments in government, we are not voting because we have reached a stage where we want them to give what they promised,” Chisari reiterates. “Let’s look at May 8th as a public holiday.”Shifting loyaltiesThe outcome of South Africa’s 2019 elections hinges a lot on this sense of disillusionment among many of Alexandra residents, suggesting a change in the country’s previous voting patterns. The ANC has been in power since democracy, first under Mandela’s leadership, then through the years of Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, and now with incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa at the helm. As the political poster child of South Africa’s liberation movement, the party has had a large and loyal support base since 1994, having won each election by a notable majority. However, high levels of inequality and unemployment, alongside widespread corruption scandals involving senior government officials, has caused the electorate to grow increasingly impatient with the ANC governing party.  It is an impatience seen among Alexandra residents and across the country, that has been translated in the polls in the 2014 and 2016 elections alongside predictions for the 2019 elections. As the sixth election since democracy approaches, pre-election polls show an apparent drop in support for the ANC, flat to negative support for the centre-right opposition party Democratic Alliance, and a sharp gain for the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters.“I spent some time in townships trying to understand where the support is going,” notes Hajra Omarjee, a South African journalist and political editor of local radio station Power FM. “Having spoken to the youth, they do not consider the ANC their political home, so are more inclined to vote EFF. In term of people aged 30 through 60, they felt they wanted an alternative government and trusted the DA with the vote.”  This marks a notable change in South Africa politics, leading to the 2019 elections being coined as the “most hotly contested” since the country’s democracy.  “For the first time, the governing ANC is no longer guaranteed an overwhelming majority as we saw in the recent elections,” Omarjee observes. “The question now is if opposition parties will secure enough votes to lay the basis for the transition of power in future elections.” Within this context, Wednesday’s elections could mark a critical moment in South African history. While an ANC victory is accepted as guaranteed, it remains to be seen how those opting out of the vote will shape the electoral outcome and the power of South Africa’s opposition. Relatedcenter_img South Africa Elections Coveragelast_img read more

Tariffs take toll on Port of LA volumes

first_imgContainer Counts, Vessel Calls Drop Sharply; Exports of American Goods Decline for 12 Consecutive Months “With 25% fewer ship calls, 12 consecutive months of declining exports and now decreasing imports, we’re beginning to feel the far-reaching effects of the U.S.-China trade war on American exporters and manufacturers,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We expect soft volumes in the months ahead and with the holiday season upon us, less cargo means fewer jobs for American workers. We need a negotiated settlement and the tariffs lifted.” The Port of Los Angeles moved 770,189 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in October, a 19.1% decrease compared to 2018’s record-breaking October. After 10 months of 2019, total volumes have increased 1.8% compared to last year, which was the busiest year ever at America’s top port. Author: Baibhav Mishra Sea News, November 8 In October 2018, cargo owners were importing cargo at a record pace to get ahead of expected tariffs. This October, imports decreased 19.1% to 392,768 TEUs compared to the previous year. Exports declined 19.3% to 140,332 TEUs, the 12th consecutive monthly decline of exports. Empty containers also declined 19% to 237,088 TEUs. Combined, October volumes were 770,189 TEUs. (Image Courtesy: Port of Los Angeles)last_img read more

Bulls stuns top-seeded Celtics to take 2-0 playoffs series lead

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Bulls stuns top-seeded Celtics to take 2-0 playoffs series lead’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Thursday, April 20, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’’ attachment=’103591′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=” appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]APChicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (21) hustles against the Boston Celtics to banner his squad to victory and claim a 2-0 playoffs series lead on Tuesday.[/av_image] BOSTON – The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team.Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason.Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Bulls beat the Boston Celtics, 111-97, on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.While some might be shocked by how Chicago has played as a No. 8 seed that was just 41-41, Butler made it clear he’s not one of those folks.”I’m not surprised because everybody’s so locked in right now,” said Butler, who added eight rebounds and eight assists.Rondo had 11 points and 14 assists on a night when all five Bulls starters reached double figures. Dwyane Wade had 22 points, including 16 in the second half, and Robin Lopez added 18 points and eight points.”Everybody’s putting in each work, watching film, working on their game,” Butler said. ”That’s where your confidence always comes from.”Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston.Thomas did not speak to the media afterward and will now head to Tacoma, Washington to be with his family to finalize funeral arrangements for his sister, Chyna Thomas. But Avery Bradley said while the team continues to grieve for him, it can’t be a distraction when they are on the court.”We have to play hard no matter what,” Bradley said. ”You go through a lot throughout a season. You’re going to face a lot of adversity. The best teams overcome any type of adversity.” (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more