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Companies in this industry make paints, varnishes, lacquers, enamels, and other coatings. Major companies include Axalta Coating Systems (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings), Benjamin Moore, PPG, RPM International, Sherwin-Williams, and Valspar (all based in the US), as well as Akzo Nobel (the Netherlands), Nippon Paint (Japan), Hempel A/S (Denmark), and the coatings operations of BASF (Germany).
The global paint and coating industry generates about $125 billion in annual revenue, according to the World Paint & Coatings Industry Association. The top paint and coating producing countries include the US, China, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands.
The US paint and coating manufacturing industry includes about 1,100 companies with combined annual sales of about $22 billion.
Demand is driven by industrial production and construction spending. The profitability of individual companies depends on technological expertise and efficient production. Small companies can compete successfully with large ones because of the large number of paints and coatings used for a wide variety of applications, including decoration, water resistance, and corrosion resistance. The US industry is highly concentrated: the largest 50 companies account for about 80 percent of revenue.
Imports, which come largely from Canada and Germany, represent about 5 percent of the US paint and coatings market. Exports, which account for about 10 percent of US production, go mainly to Canada and Mexico.
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House paints account for about 40 percent of industry revenue; product finishes (for cars, furniture, ...
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