Power, Control, Wealth, The Third Industrial Revolution

When the first Industrialized Revolution unfolded the fuel that ushered in a new found way of life was all based on fossil fuels. The gluttony that followed in the fervor frenzy of drilling and mining that ensued only created an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions today. Yet in the United States most of our government is in a state of denial that our industrial infrastructure that by the way is built all off of fossil fuels is the cause of all the environmental impact that global warming is having all around the globe. The continuing onslaught of more natural disasters which have been occurring more frequently with each passing year is a direct result of mans interference with the natural balance on this planet.

All civilization is at a critical juncture today. We have developed more technologies in the shortest amount of time than in any other period in the history of mankind. Sadly though in every society there are multitudes left with-out the benefits that these technologies could bring. More and more people are facing dire living conditions in practically every country in the world today. Over one billion people world wide are literally starving to death. The threat of Global Pandemics is as real as it gets. All of these can and must be eliminated if mankind is to survive. We now have the technology to make it happen, but the resolve to use the technologies that we have and develop more technologies for the betterment of the human experience is all predicated by relinquishing man’s own thirst for more power, control and wealth.

The scientific community all support that drastic changes in the earths delicate condition will cause events of biblical proportions if man continues on in denial and apathy in regards to not utilizing the technologies developed in eliminating the need and use of all fossil fuels. We are already on the brink of mass extinctions of marine life caused by mans destructive nature in pollution of our oceans. It is now more apparent than ever that the United States has to change direction, ideology, and attitudes if this nation is ever going to rise out of the ashes of our economic crisis. Like the Phoenix rising again to lead the world in green energy for all. Remember the opening to the Six Million Dollar Man ” We have the technology to make him better, faster, stronger” well, guess what we actually do.

The peak of the industrial revolution using fossil fuels happened around 1980. This is when scientists first really became concerned of the effects of all the carbon being released by the industrial complexes was having. For over one hundred years of mans indifference to the earths natural balance has now created a planetary crisis. History is a great teacher. In every economic revolution when new technology is developed it devises new energy systems. These new energy systems make it possible to create more independent economic activity. This in turn gives rise to providing more avenues to expand more commercial activity. Accompanying all this new technology are communication so called revolutions which become the foundations where mans ability to organize, manage, and control a newer more stable set of spatial dynamics. All from from evolving energy technologies.

In the last part of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century the fossil fuel technology of the time, primarily coal, was the technology that powered the communication industries which also contributed to rail infrastructure and all the other commercial markets of the First Industrial Revolution. In the 20th century beginning around 1910, electronic communications like the telephone, radio and television became the communication medium that managed and marketed the oil-powered auto age and the mass consumer culture of the Second Industrial Revolution.

By 1994 a new convergence of communication and energy was now infiltrating society. Internet technology and reemergence of renewable energies were about to merge in creating a powerful new infrastructure for a Third Industrial Revolution. This Third Industrial Revolution has already begun and will change the world. In the next 100 years hundreds of millions of people will be able to produce their own green energy in their homes, in offices, and in factories all over the world. Humanity will be able to share with each other an “energy Internet,” just like we are able now to create and share information online. The democratization of energy will bring with it a fundamental reordering of all human relationships, impacting the very way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic activities.

The United States has yet to capitalize on the emergence of this third industrial revolution. Government procrastination, denial, apathy and indifference have only confounded the American populace as to why the United States continually lags behind other industrialized countries in developing new renewable energy systems. In 2006 the European Union had laid the groundwork for further development of the Third Industrial Revolution. Green technologies have all given rise to a new medium of communications and infrastructure development. It is in Europe and in Japan that have taken hold of the idea that only with the development of renewable green energy will propel economies to greater heights of stability and prosperity. This while in the United States we are stuck with our antiquated energy policies and infrastructure that still rely on the fossil fuels of the first industrial and second industrial revolution.

Even with all the economic problems still facing the European Union it is the European Union that has the largest economy, not the United States or China. The gross domestic product (GDP) of its twenty-seven member states far exceeds the GDP of all our fifty states.The European Union is probably the only group of countries that are continually asking the bigger questions about humanities future viability as a species on Earth. All because of man’s unrelenting thirst for more power, control and wealth using the energy systems of he first and second industrial revolutions have created a world that has become almost inhospitable to man.

The Third Industrial Revolution most likely will be the last great Industrial Revolution. This revolution is beginning to lay the foundational infrastructure for an emerging collaborative age. In years to come this third industrial revolution with all the infrastructure development will create hundreds of thousands of new businesses and hundreds of millions of new jobs world wide. In doing so its completion, the last remnants of the first and second industrial revolution, will signal the end of over a two-hundred-year commercial saga characterized by industrious rationale`, entrepreneurial markets, and mass labor workforces.The antiquated thinking of the last 20th century will pass to a new generation of progressiveness and usher in the beginning of a new era marked by collaborative behavior, social networks and professional and technical workforces. In the next half century, the conventional, centralized business operations of the First and Second Industrial Revolutions will give way to increased business practices of the Third Industrial Revolution. The tradition concept of power over society will cease to exist. A Unilateral concept of power will unfold as a result of the third industrialized revolution. The very notion of lateral power seems so contradictory now to how we have experienced power relations of the past. Power, after all, has traditionally been organized pyramidically from top to bottom. Today, however, the collaborative power unleashed by the coming together of Internet technology and renewable green energies, fundamentally restructures human relationships, not from top to bottom but from side to side. All with profound implications for the future of society.

Prime examples of this concept is when the recording industry didn’t understand distributed power until millions of young people began sharing music online. Corporate profits fell to all time lows. The Encyclopedia Britannica didn’t appreciate the distributed and collaborative power that made Wikipedia the leading reference source in the world through the Internet. Nor did the newspapers take seriously the distributed power of the blogosphere. Today many publications are either going out of business or transferring much of their activities online. The implications of people sharing distributed energy over the Internet have even more far-reaching consequences.

As in every new communication and energy infrastructure devised through-out history, the building blocks, the pillars of an Industrial Revolution must be laid down simultaneously or the foundation will not hold. That’s because each block can only function in relationship to the others. There are known five fundamental principles of the Third Industrial Revolution:
(1) shifting to renewable energy;
(2) transforming the building stock of every continent into micro-power plants to collect renewable energies on-site;
(3) deploying hydrogen and other storage technologies in every building and throughout the infrastructure to store intermittent energies;
(4) using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energy-sharing intergrid that acts just like the Internet (when millions of buildings are generating a small amount of energy locally, on-site, they can sell surplus back to the grid and share electricity with their continental neighbors); and
(5) transitioning the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel cell vehicles that can buy and sell electricity on a smart, continental, interactive power grid.

The critical need to integrate and harmonize these five principals at every stage of development became clear to the European Union in 2010. The United states is just beginning to understand the importance of inaugurating a complete energy restructuring. So far without any real support by mostly the Republican led legislatures from state houses to the federal level who are still in a 20th century frame of mind. In Europe on the other hand they are now in development and are spending millions on updating its electricity grid to accommodate an influx of renewable energy. In America we are still lacking the infrastructure to enable renewable’s to develop and take the place of the traditional sources that we still have. The reluctance to invest in the infrastructure here in the United States is real cause for alarm. While the European Union is expected to draw close to one half of its electricity from green sources by 2020 the United States is no where near ready to even come close to Europe by 2020. The President is already committed to change and invest in the Third Industrial Revolution technologies but is continually assaulted by the Republicans.

The power grids in Europe are becoming digitized and made intelligent to handle the intermittent renewable energies being fed to the grid from tens of thousands of local producers of energy. This is economic revival. It’s not happening here in the United States as it is unfolding in Europe. Policies, regulations, permits and a whole slew of restrictions have made going green very cost prohibitive here in the United States. In Europe they realized that the development and deployment hydrogen and other storage technologies across the European Union’s infrastructure is essential for the amount of intermittent renewable energy. Similarly, Europe has also realized it is important to incentivize the construction and real estate sectors with low interest green loans and mortgages to encourage the conversion of millions of buildings in the European Union to mini power plants that can harness renewable energies on-site and send surpluses back to the smart grid. Europe has realized that unless these and other considerations are met, the European Union won’t be able to provide enough green electricity to power millions of electric plug-in and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being readied for the market. If any of the five pillars fall behind the rest in their development, the others will stall and the infrastructure that is being developed will be compromised.

The creation of a renewable energy systems, that are integrated in buildings, partially stored in the form of hydrogen, distributed via smart intergrids, and connected to plug-in, zero-emission transport, opens the door sort of speaking to the Third Industrial Revolution. This entire system is interactive, integrated, and seamless. When the five principals that dictate the overall success of the Third Industrial Revolution are met, they make up an indivisible technological platform–an emergent system whose properties and functions are qualitatively different from the sum of its parts. In other words, the synergies between the pillars create a new economic paradigm that can and will transform the world.

To really appreciate how disruptive the Third Industrial Revolution is in the way we have organized economic life in the past, consider the profound changes that have taken place in just the last twenty years with the Internet revolution. The democratization of information and communication has altered the very nature of global commerce and social relations as significantly as the printing press has revolutionized the early modern era. Just now imagine the impact that the democratization of energy across all of society is likely to have when managed by Internet technology.

The Third Industrial Revolution is acutely relevant for the poorer countries in the developing world. We have to be conscious that almost 50% of the humanity stills lives on less than two dollars a day, live in devastating poverty, and of that 50% the majority have no electricity or access to proper sanitation. Without access to electricity they remain “powerless,” literally and figuratively. The single most important factor in raising hundreds of millions of people out of poverty is having reliable and affordable access to green electricity. All other economic development is impossible in its absence. The democratization of energy and universal access to electricity is the indispensable starting point for improving the lives of the poorest populations of the world. The extension of micro credit to generate micro power is already beginning to transform life across the developing nations, giving potentially millions of people hope of improving their economic situation.

History is riddled with examples of great societies that have fallen, promising social experiments that eventually died, and visions of the future that never came about. This time, however, the situation is different. The stakes are much higher. The possibility of humanities utter extinction is not something the human race ever had to consider before until the end of World war II. The prospect of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, along with the after effects of 200 years of mans un quenching thirst for more power, control, and wealth during the first and second industrial revolutions has really accelerated the odds that are dangerously close in favor of extinction of civilization as we know it. The Third Industrial Revolution offers mankind the hope that we can achieve a post-carbon era by mid-century. We have the science, and we have the technology to make it happen. The question now is whether we have the resolve and recognize the enormous economic possibilities that lie ahead.

Changing Industry Is Difficult But Not Impossible

With a recession in full swing many candidates are seeking to change industries. This is especially true if most of your experience is in an industry that has been hard hit in the recession. Some examples are the mortgage, financial or manufacturing industries. As an executive recruiter I often coach candidates on the best ways to go about changing industries. It is possible, but it also takes planning and patience. Two things lacking in many candidates.

Making an industry change in this economy is difficult, unless you have one of those jobs in which the skills required are not industry specific. That means your skills and training are easily transferable to another industry. The issue you have to overcome is that your competition for an opening will probably include people with extensive experience in the industry your want to move to. Most companies will look at those with industry experience first. Companies always prefer a person with direct industry experience over those without it. There are specific positions where industry experience is critical. For example sales positions. Knowing the customers and having contacts is clearly a benefit. On the other hand other functions, accounting, human resources and customer service are often transferable between industries. So I recommend taking some time to identify what are your transferable skills and how will they be of benefit in the new industry.

The best way to make an industry change is through networking. You need to build relationships with people in the industry. To do this consider attending professional associations, joining networking groups in the industry you desire to move to, attend trade shows or conferences, and start connecting with people in your local area. As they get to know you they will be able to determine how your strengths, outside their industry, can apply to the problems they need solved in their company. In this case going through recruiters or submitting resumes via ads are long shots.

There are some barriers you should think about overcoming when changing industries, assuming your skills are easily transferable. The first one is compensation. Chances are you are more valuable in the industry you come from than some unrelated industry. So the level of compensation will probably be less in a new industry than what you have been making. Secondly, the position will probably be at a lower level. If you were a manager in your industry, you may not qualify as a manager in the new industry. Finally, some additional training and education may be required.

Making an industry change takes planning. It isn’t something that happens all of a sudden because you are unemployed. In fact, once you are unemployed it maybe too late to start thinking about an industry change.

How To Use Modern Industrial Furniture

Industrial style furniture has gone from being just a passing trend to making its way into mainstream design and interior d├ęcor.

Through the years the industrial look or style has become an art form. Whether its an old recycled find or a stylish reproduction they are in the trendiest apartments, converted lofts and warehouses in the most popular suburbs of your city. The industrial look brings together comfortability, art and practical functionality to complement the modern or vintage style.

What is Industrial style furniture?

Years ago it may of meant scouring and collecting old or maybe rusted metal or wooden furniture from second-hand markets, vintage stores or garage sales with an idea of creating something unique.

Tin, aluminimum, iron steel, metals in sharp lines, recycled wood, metallic colours in a mixture of factory or farm pieces. Everything from wooden crates turned into coffee tables, unfinished walls with exposed beams to old lockers used for storage or rustic ladders for shelving, the industrial look takes on many forms and materials.

How to Incorporate the Industrial look in your home?

The humble materials of the Industrial look have a minimal and no-nonsense feel. Strong industrial look pieces can have a harsh or severe look on their own. Many people have found you can soften the look with natural textures and neutral colours. Even padded furniture can complement the industrial look if kept simple and free of frills. Texture from aged furniture works well with the strong shapes of the metals adding character.

The minimalistic rawness and open floor plan of the industrial style gives a hard-working un-pretentious feel that can suit any budget. Salvaging anything from large glass jars, old metal typewriters, bolts, machinery parts and using them to create something new.

Exposed walls and ceilings, mixing new furniture with old, rough textures with sharp smooth lines, the industrial look can be a design and style while still being practical and functional.

Where to get the Industrial look?

Although there can be great satisfaction in finding and maybe even restoring that just right piece of pre-loved furniture to complement your industrial look, our fast paced world doesn’t always cater to this.

Reproduction of industrial look furniture has now exploded into the market, combining new materials with old to replicate, add to, or make a whole new piece of industrial furniture.

There are many companies that specialise in retro furniture, and often have industrial furniture. Many of their pieces are made from recycled wood or steel, bringing new life to old materials while still keeping integrity to the industrial style.

Everything from bookcases, shelving, tables to stools and storage boxes, industrial furniture businesses have a great range of industrial look furniture to complement your home or office.

Auction houses are a great way to source previously used furniture. Look for auctions that source their furniture from companies in industrial zones. You may just find a perfect piece of outdoor furniture without the new furniture price-tag. Research online for your local auction houses, and then contact them for their current stock.

Network Marketing: Which Industry Segment Is The Right One Now?

Today, more than ever, people are worried about their future and what it holds in-store for them. The economy, unemployment, fears of inflation, the housing industry, the stock market, and more all seem to have no positive outlook for the future. Each day the news stations across every media channel report about doom and gloom in every corner of our world, with one exception – “Network Marketing”.

Recently, Network Marketing has been getting a lot of good press and rightly so. Network Marketing is the one sector of the economy that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds and appears to have no limitations in its future growth. No wonder more and more people are turning to Network Marketing as a source of a second income for themselves and their families.

Now may be the time for you to also begin thinking about finding a good network marketing company and launching a business of your own. Whether you are looking to augment your current income with a part-time business or you’re ready to dive head first into network marketing full time, now is the best time ever to get started. However, before you do I would like to share with you what I consider to be the one most important decision you need to make in considering what Network Marketing company you decide to promote.

There are many different Network Marketing companies that are all ready and willing to have you come on-board as their next “Independent Marketing Representative”. But, before you jump in and signup with a MLM company consider their industry. That’s right, I want you to consider what industry they represent because this will have a dramatic impact on how successful you can become with your new business venture.

Industry Selection – A 6 Step Strategy

Network Marketing spans the gamut of industries from health & beauty, to diet & weight loss, to gold bullion and gold coins, to financial planning and debt management, the list of industries goes on and on… You think of an industry, and chances are there is a Network Marketing company that represents it.

So how do you select the right industry for your Network Marketing Endeavor? Let me share my 6 Step Strategy for selecting the right Network Marketing Company;

1. Assess your strengths and weaknesses from an unbiased perspective.

Be honest with yourself and don’t let any emotions play into your self-assessment. Remember you want to understand as much about yourself as possible so you can choose an industry that is complimented by your knowledge, training, experience and background. Also consider your mental capabilities and physical characteristics during this step. Determine your comfort zone in such areas as public speaking, one to one conversations, cold calling, and leadership skills. Create a check list of each area that you assess yourself in and create a rating system to rate your skill and comfort level. In my opinion, this is the most important step. You must be honest with yourself and in your assessment of yourself; otherwise, the choices you make in the next 4 Steps will be incorrect and will just set you up for failure.

2. What industries match your personality, skills, and traits?

Come up with 3 – 5 industries that are your best match. You want to evaluate your skill set and match it to the industry that allows you to leverage the knowledge that you have already acquired. Taking this matching approach will reduce the learning curve and also provide you with the confidence you need to discuss your business and what it represents. Remember your physical and mental characteristics too. Obviously, if you are not the model of physical health then trying to promote health and fitness products would not be recommended, so you could rule out the Health & Fitness Industry from your list.

3. What are the industry growth prospects are over the next 3 – 5 years.

Pick up a newspaper, read the headlines and get up to speed on the economy and the world around you. Now is the time to dig deep into the industries you have chosen to focus your attention on. Which industry has the greatest potential for growth and thus would be the easiest and wisest industry to promote should shake out of this step. This step may take you the longest and require the most research, listen to what the world and financial analysts have to say also look and the industry and how it is doing now. For example, the Health, Fitness and Beauty industry is a $27 Billion dollar industry and with concerns of an obesity epidemic across the U.S., this industry is poised for huge future growth. Before completing this step you should know which industry you are going to focus the remaining steps of your research and exploration on.

4. Short list of the Network Marketing companies that are within your chosen industry.

Create a short list of companies that represent products and/or services from your chosen industry. The purpose of this step is to perform a high level review of what companies are available in the industries that you have chosen. You can find information about available Network Marketing companies by researching over the internet. Also, a few sites we have found helpful are MLMRankings.com and TheNetworkMarketingInsider.com which can provide you with enough information to start your research. Remember to narrow your research down to only those Network Marketing companies that serve your chosen industry.

5. Research the Best Company for You!

Use your short list of Network Marketing companies from Step #4 – research and dig deeper into what each company offers. Visit each company’s website and research their products, services, training, and tools. Research the company leaders and their backgrounds and what qualifications and experience they have for running an MLM company. Research the compensation plan and how you will make money with the company. Research the people that are part of this company. Reach out to several of their representative (these are people that have already enrolled in the company’s business opportunity) and ask them to share with you why you should join their company. This is also a great time to introduce yourself to those people that will eventually become your upline.

6. Select your company.

Now, it’s time to choose your company. The moment of truth is at hand, if you have done all of your due diligence then this step should be the easiest, as by now, you should be feeling pretty strongly towards one company, their products/services, and your future upline family.

It’s not easy starting a new business and just because you have decided to go into Network marketing does not mean that it makes it any easier. Look at the statistics, nearly 97% of the individuals that start out in Network Marketing will fail. However, if you follow the steps outlined here, do your due diligence in the beginning and approach Network Marketing just like you would approach any other business endeavor your chances of success will significantly increase.

Dyestuff Industry In India And China

World demand for dyes and organic pigments to touch $10.6 billion in 2008

According to a study on dyes & organic pigments, the worldwide demand for organic colourants (dyes and organic pigments) is projected to increase at $10.6 billion in 2008 form 4.9 per cent annually in 2003.

Generally, the dyestuff industry comprises three sub-segments, namely dyes, pigment and intermediates. The dye intermediates are petroleum downstream products which are further processed into finished dyes and pigments. These are important sources in major industries like textiles, plastics, paints, paper and printing inks, leather, packaging sector etc.

Leading players in dyes

Textile dyes have been used since the Bronze Age. They also constitute a prototype 21st-century specialty chemicals market. Three large manufacturers namely DyStar, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Clariant are leaders in the dyes market. The biggest, DyStar, was established in a series of mergers of some of Europe’s leading textile dye businesses in the 1990s. Worldwide excess capacity and price burden, fueled by the immediate growth of Asian manufacturers, have shifted most dyestuff chemistries into commodities. Regulatory barriers have nearly stopped the progress of the opening of fundamentally new dyestuffs. Despite this DyStar, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Clariant have grown over the past 10 years with innovative products and new chemistry is being set to endure reactive and dispersant dyes as well as in older dyestuffs such as sulfur dyes.

In 2001 the biggest individual company market shares in colourant production were DyStar (23%), Ciba (14%), Clariant (7%), Yorkshire Group (5%), Japanese (5%) and other traditional groups (3%)., and various dyestuff manufacturers comprise the largest group at 43%.

The only way to growth and to keep Asian bulk dyestuff manufacturers at bay, they say, comes straight out of specialty chemicals strategy to distinguish product offerings through collaborative work with customers and charge a premium price for particular products that gives a perfect solution. This is an effective method, provided that these suppliers produce in China, India, Pakistan, and Brazil as well as in the U.S. and Europe, and that most of the textile producers aim to maintain uniform quality and product performance across worldwide.

Europe is facing the problem of overcapacity of about 30 to 40 per cent in the market from Asia, especially China. But, experts believe, Asian manufacturers manufacture a limited number of low-cost, basic dyestuffs. Most of experts of this field believe that growth lies in innovation and differentiation. Though, of the 180,000-ton-per-year worldwide market for dispersed dyes, specialty dyes consist only about 5,000 tons.

DyStar is a major manufacturer of reactive dyes, which were developed 50 years ago at ICI. DyStar was recently purchased by Platinum Equity, is made up of the dyes business of the original ICI, as well as those of Bayer, BASF and Hoechst. DyStar has developed deep-shade dyes for polyesters. New chemistries are emerging for controlling staining from azo and anthraquinone dyes, including thiophene-based azo dyes. DyStar has also developed benzodifuranone dyes for heavy red shades. It modified azo dyes to keep up their performance when applied with the new detergents. The company also set up secrecy agreements with the leading detergent producers to test new detergent chemistry and do the required dye reformulation proactively. It has added the number of reactive groups in its fluoroaromatic Levafix CA reactive dyes. The company has also been functioning on strengthening the chromophore or color component of the dye for improved lightfastness.

Recently, DyStar has made new red dye for cellulosic fibers, Indanthren Deep Red C-FR Plus, is a new speciality dye for medium to heavy shades of red and Bordeaux, suitable for the coloration of cellulosics on continuous and yarn dyeing units as well as cellulosic/polyamide blends. DyStar Textilfarben GmbH has also introduced the classic cold pad batch dyeing process (cpb). Key developments in cold pad batch technology were started in 1957 and are still ongoing:

-Development of dosing pumps (Hoechst)

– Introduction of sodium silicate as a fixing alkali (Hoechst)

– Development of microwave and oven lab fixation method (Hoechst)

– Mathematical determination of pad liquor stability under practical conditions (Hoechst) —
Optidye CR (DyStar)

– Development of silicate free alkali systems (DyStar)

The dyestuffs industry of China

In the first half of 2005, China gained a growth of 4 per cent in dyes and 11 per cent in organic pigment output. A report stated that China’s demand for dyes and pigments is expected to increase at 12 per cent annually by 2008 and output of dyes and pigments will rise by 13 per cent annually by 2008.

According to statistics, in 2004, the production volume of dyeing stuffs and pigments in China reached 598,300 tons and 143,600 tons, an increment of 10.4 per cent and 13.3 per cent over that of the previous year. The total imports and exports of dyeing stuffs and pigments were projected to be 291,200 tons and 138,800 tons; an increase of 10.64 per cent and 16.15 per cent over the same time the previous year. Hence, China has developed to be a large manufacturer, consumer and dealer of dyeing materials, pigments and dyeing auxiliary.

China becomes top importer for Bangladesh

During July-September 2005 Bangladesh imported dyes and chemical (combined) worth 3.73 billion taka ($57.5 million) from China against 2.53 billion taka ($38.9 million) from India.

DyStar expands China facility

Recently DyStar has announced to invest around USD 55 million in a new textile dyes facility at Nanjing to extend its production base in China and step up its focus on this key growth market. Situated about 300 kilometres north-west of Shanghai, Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province, a key area for textile production. It will be DyStar’s third production unit in China, alongside Wuxi, where the production capacity was tripled last year, and Qingdao. This new production site will increase their growth in China. At the same time it will strengthen their international competitiveness and boost market leadership. This investment is a clear sign that DyStar is continuing to invest in its core business and will remain a reliable partner for the textile industry in the long term.

At the new production complex in Nanjing, DyStar will produce dyes for cellulosic and synthetic fibres. In-built flexibility will permit the manufacture of other dyes and extension of the infrastructure in line with requirements. That means DyStar will be able to respond quickly to the rising demand in China. The inauguration of the first plant is scheduled in the first half of 2006.

Indian dyestuff industry

In India the dyestuff industry supplies its majority of the production to the textile industry. Huge of amounts exports of dyes and pigments from India are also done to the textile industry in Europe, South East Asia and Taiwan.

Currently, the Indian dyestuff industry is completely self-dependable for producing the products locally. India presently manufactures all kinds of synthetic dyestuffs and intermediates and has its strong holds in the natural dyestuff market. India has come up as a global supplier of dyestuffs and dye intermediates, mainly for reactive, acid, vat and direct dyes. India has a share of approximately 6 per cent of the world production in dyestuff products.

Structure of dyestuff industry in India

The Indian dyestuff industry has been in existence since about 40 years, though a few MNCs established dyestuff units in the pre independence era. Like the other chemical industry, the dyestuff industry is also widely scattered. The industry is functioning by the co-existence of a few manufacturers in the organised sector (around 50 units) and a large number of small producers (around 1,000 units) in the unorganised sector.

The spreading of these units is slanted towards the western region (Maharashtra and Gujarat) accounting to 90 per cent. In fact, about 80 per cent of the total capacity is in the state of Gujarat, where there are about 750 units.

There has been a huge development in the dyestuff industry during the last decade. This has happened due to the Government’s concessions (excise and tax concessions) to small-scale units and export opportunities generated by the closure of several units in countries like the USA and Europe (due to the implementation of strict pollution control norms). The duty concessions provided to small-scale producers had given in the large ones becoming uncompetitive to some extent. Price competition was strong in the lower segments of the market. Liberalisation of the economy and large-scale reduction of duties have given the decrement of margins for smaller producers. Closing of many small-scale units in Gujarat due to environmental reasons has also helped the organised sector players to grow further.

Over six hundred varieties of dyes and organic pigments are now being produced in India (both by the organised and the unorganised sector). But the per-capita consumption of dyestuffs is less than the world average. Dyes are soluble and basically applied textile products. Pigments, on the other hand, are insoluble and are main sources of products such as paints.

During the past few years, the dyestuff industry was overwhelmed by a series of fast changing upshots in the international platform. The largest market for dyestuffs has been the textile industry. The hold of polyester and cotton in the global markets has positively created the demand for some kinds of dyestuffs. Furthermore, the demand for polyamides, acrylics, cellulose and wool has been close to stagnant. Discrepancy in the regional growth rates of textile products too influences demand. The Asian region has seen the highest development in textile production, followed by North America, Latin America and Western Europe. This shows the change in the global textile industry towards Asia. Subsequently, Asia offers dyestuff production both in terms of volumes and value, with about a 42 per cent share of the global production; the US is next with 24 per cent and Europe has around 22 per cent. Due to a wide use of polyester and cotton-based fabrics, there has been a change towards reactive dyes, applied in cotton-based fabrics, and disperses dyes used in polyester. These two dyes have been leading in all the three regional global market, particularly Asia. Moreover, the change in textile application pattern and regional developments is the amount of over capacity in the global dyestuff industry.

Within India, the leading producers in the pigments industry are Colour Chem and Sudarshan Chemicals while in the dyestuff industry the major players in terms of market share are Atul, Clariant India, Dystar, Ciba Specialities and IDI. The Indian companies together account for nearly 6 per cent of the world production.

Almost 80 per cent of the dyestuffs are commodities. Since not much technology is used, copying of products is also easy as compared to specialties. Though in the recent past, there have been efforts by global producers, with some achievement, to shift to the specialty end of the product profile. Vat dyes have always performed as specialty products, with technology working as a vital function. Now companies are focusing on the higher end of the reactive dyes segment. The inclination is now changing from supplying mere products to colour package solutions. More importance is given to innovation, production range, quality and environmental friendly products. Manufacturers are collaborating with equipment producers to offer integrated solutions rather than products.

Fiscal policies and modification in the application pattern of the global dyestuff industry have revolutionized the market shares of Indian companies. Excise concessions for the small-scale sector in the mid and the late 1980s generated many units in Maharashtra and Gujarat. At one point of time, there were in the unorganised sector nearly 1,000 units, with most of them situated in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Though, since the early 1990s, there has been seen an ongoing decrement in the excise duty rates applicable to the organised sector. From 25 per cent in 1993-94, the excise duty rates were decreased to 20 per cent in 1994-95, and 18 per cent in 1997-98 and further decreased these rates to 16 per cent.

This continuing decrement in the duty rates smoothened the competitive edge of the unorganised sector. The organised sector, with high product range, technology and marketing reach was capable to raise its market share. But more noteworthy changes have gained through the German ban on many dyestuffs, enforced to the local pollution control laws. While the organised sector has been capable to regulating the manufacturing of dyes based on the 20 banned amines by the German legislation, many in the unorganised sector were moved out. This was amalgam by the local pollution laws, which need to establish the effluent treatment plants, and drive out companies in the unorganised sector.

The capacity and production of dyes and dye stuff was 54,000 MT and 26,000 MT respectively in the year 2003-04. The capacity and production of dyes and dye stuff was 54,000 MT and 26,000 MT correspondingly in the year 2003-04. The small scale units offer major share in dyestuff production while large units focus producing dyestuff intermediates.

Disperse and Reactive dyes represent the greatest product segments in the country covering about 45 per cent of dyestuff consumption. In the coming time, both these segments will lead the dyestuff market with disperse dyes possibly to have the greatest contribution followed by reactive dyes. These two segments will hold a greatest share in order to lead textile and synthetic fibers in dyestuff consumption. Vat segment is also projected to prove healthy growth in future.

Exports and Import of Dyestuffs

In the year 2004-2005 the exports of dyestuff industry has touched 1109 million US dollar. Exports of dyestuffs in the year 2000-01 reached to about Rs. 2365 crores and accounted to about 5 per cent of the total world trade of dyestuffs. The main markets for Indian dyestuffs are the European Union, U.S.A., Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Egypt. The following table provides data export and import of dyestuff during last few years.

Technology

The technology for dyestuff production changes largely from relatively simple (direct azo) to sophisticated (disperse and vat) dyes. Despite the fact that technology is locally available, most of it is out dated. The setback is further compounded by the fact that the nature of the process differs from batch to batch and, hence, managing the process parameters becomes complex.

The dyestuff industry is one of the largely polluting industries and this has lead to them closing down internationally or changing the units to the emerging economies. Majority of the international producers have shifted the technology to developing nations like China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. This shift of manufacturing capacities is because the industry is supposed to work as a high-cost and low return one. The batch processing also formulates it to a labour- intensive industry. Hence, the competitiveness of developing economies gets a boosts.

Though, in the past decade the Indian industry has made considerable development in terms of technology and production.

Restructuring

Restructuring of the Indian dyestuff industry which started a couple of years ago is still in progress. The movement was initiated by the market leader Colour-Chem Ltd. It has also come into a toll manufacturing agreement with Dystar India Ltd. There have been other arrangements, which would give improving capacity utilisation at manufacturing facilities and also to have better exposure of export markets.

Ciba India and IDI have signed a deal to market polyester and cellulose dyes. IDI has also started work with Ciba for the production and marketing of dyes and pigments. Atul products has received the acquisition of Zeneca’s 50 per cent stake in Atic Industries Ltd and started work with BAS, Germany to market 50 per cent of its manufacturing of vat dyes.

The Basics of Industrial Supply

The core of industrial supply consists of a wide selection of manufactures, wholesalers, and distributors all doing work in combination to put the proper products within reach of a massive association of builders, maintenance crews, utility suppliers, and countless other companies who work attentively to keep our country running.

Industrial suppliers certainly are a specific breed of companies often doing business inside of the B2B space and supplying a wide range of industrial products. Just a couple of these product categories might include:

Abrasives
Adhesives
Electrical Supplies
Hand Tools
Hardware
Heavy Machinery
HVAC Products
Janitorial Supplies
Plumbing Equipment
Power Tools
Safety Supplies and Equipment
Welding Materials
And much more.

The entire process of industrial supply starts off with manufacturers who turn raw materials directly into items the products’ industrial end-users need to do everything from manufacture their own unique finished goods, to create things like utilities, consumer services, and many of other goods and services that customers demand.

Manufactures then ship these products to their industrial distributors who serve the important roll of merging thousands of various kinds of items and disbursing them to end-users all over the world. This allows manufactures to target their attention primarily on manufacturing, leaving the majority of the logistical procedures in the attentive hands of industrial distributors who are known for making these processes as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

Once these manufactured products leave the industrial supplier’s hands it is up to the end-users to use these materials in order to operate their own unique businesses, producing and circulating lots of the goods and services most of us use regularly.

The importance of the roll that the industrial distributor plays in this supply chain can’t be understated. Without the employment of industrial distributors the efficiency of the supply chain is going to be severed as industrial end-users would need to develop thousands of individual associations with manufacturers of each and every product variety, thus establishing a purchasing and logistical nightmare. If this were the scenario, manufacturers would also have to allocate a significant percentage of their resources to things such as complex logistics, collections, and marketing systems.

Industrial distributors increase the value of this supply chain by offering one single point of contact for end-users that happen to be procuring many different industrial products. They also help to significantly reduce the marketing, logistical, and payment complications faced by manufacturers who are required to have their products at the disposal of end-users.

So what does this all mean for you and me? The most essential takeaway would be the fact that industrial suppliers tend to be the key to bringing efficiency to the operation of industrial supply. Without industrial distributors the actual costs of the products consumers use on a regular basis would escalate dramatically as both manufacturers and industrial end-users (producers) alike would see increased costs of accomplishing business and would therefore have to increase the costs for the goods and services they provide.

So that’s the basic summary of how the supply of industrial offerings works from start to finish. With luck, this document has answered any of your questions regarding industrial supply and in doing so will help lead you to finding an industrial distributor that can help your business grow and succeed.

Recent Development in Textile and Other Industries in India

The year 2011 witnessed substantial developments in the industrial sectors of the Indian economy. The textile industry in India is known to be the second largest industry in the world. Most of the development of other industrial sectors in the economy can be attributed to the success of the fabric industry in the country. The profits generated by this industry has contributed to the growth and accelerated development of various industries and factories in the country.

India is the third largest producer of cotton in the world. A large share of the Indian exports includes cotton fabrics and garments. The Indian garments are known for its superior and top-notch quality. Ready made garments, silk garments, handloom, jute, coir and woolen garments are sold in bulks in the international markets. A large share of the gross revenue of the country is generated by the textile industry of the country.

Present Scenario of the Textile Industry

The growth and development of the fabric industry has led to a consecutive growth of employment opportunities, increase in the sale of machineries utilized in these industries and so forth. According to the recent surveys, 14% of the total industrial output is derived from this industry. The sector is also known to produce a huge potential for employment opportunities with the development of various fabric industries in the country.

The machineries used to manufacture textiles have progressed to a large extent with the development of science and technology. In the past five years, the fabric industry has witnessed several developments and changes. Various methods have been adopted to meet the international standards in the global markets. Research and development has been conducted in various fields to augment the progress of the industrial sector in India.

With the development of the fabric industry, there has been a subsequent growth of machinery industries in the country. Various machines such as embroidery machines, crushing machines, knitting and spinning machines and so forth are in great demand in the domestic and international markets.

The agricultural industry has also developed significantly with the development of fabric industries. The production of various raw materials such as cotton, silk, coir and jute has led to an increase in the total revenue of the country. It has also increased the overall production of different types of fabrics.

In addition to these sectors, the IT industry and the packaging industry has also developed simultaneously. The government has taken many initiative steps to develop various industrial sectors in the country. The past five years witnessed a great boom in the field of Information Technology. Various projects are outsourced to the Indian software experts that have led to the growth of the Indian industry of Information Technology.

The development and growth of the industrial sector depends on several factors which include the availability of skilled manpower, supply of good quality raw materials and proper infrastructural facilities. The government has introduced several policies to improve industrial growth of the country and double the per capita income by the year 2016.

Adsorbents And Their Uses In Industries

Here are some of these most used items and their uses:

 

  • Silica Gel

 

This is probably the most popular and useful item in the list. It has been used since many years in the manufacturing units. It is also a very essential item in pharmacies, chemical industries and so on. It is one of the basic items used in water filters. Silica gels are used for adsorption. This is a process through which the impurities in water are removed. These impurities accumulate on the surface of the silica gel. Hence, silica gel is very crucial for purification of water. Apart from removing impurities, it also adsorbs certain minerals from water. This improves the quality of water. Hence, silica gel is a very useful product. Various manufacturers need regular supply of silica gel. Hence, it is very important to have a silica gel supplier that provides good quality material. Big industries get a supply of silica gel from big silica gel manufacturer companies. With a regular supply of good quality silica gel, purification process will be taken care of easily. Hence, it is very important to get a good supply of this material. There are many silica gels, providing companies. Silica gel is available in many colors and forms. Each of the variations has their own advantages. Hence, companies need silica gels in huge quantities. Its porous nature makes it easy to adsorb impurities on its surface. It is inexpensive and works very well. These features add to its wide use.

 

  • Desiccant

 

This is another useful material used in many places. A desiccant is a substance that helps in keeping the environment dry. It reduces the moisture content in the place and thus prevents substances from changing due to water. This is very important for chemicals. Hence, chemical industries make use of this substance on a large scale. This type of substance is very important in many places. It is one of the moisture absorbers. Since water content in the air can spoil many useful products, desiccants are used widely to prevent this from happening. Desiccants generally prevent the presence of water through the process called adsorption. The water molecules gather on the surface of these substances and can thus be removed. This gives longer life to the materials which would be easily become useless by reacting with water. Since many places have moist conditions, such substances prove very useful for changing the environmental condition. Desiccants play a major role in keeping various products in good condition. They are an important part of storage of such products. In many places, they are also used during the chemical reaction between various substances to get the desired product. Desiccants are also an important substance in the food industry. Since packaged food can get spoilt when it comes in contact with moisture, desiccants are used to prevent this from happening. There are many categories of these substances. Desiccants are used based on their physical states and their ability to react to different things. These are the two main factors that are considered before using desiccants. There are many suppliers of these substances. Since many industries use them, it is important to get desiccants from the right source. Many manufacturing units specialize in making these substances. Chemical companies look for a reliable desiccant supplier. One of the most useful desiccants is a molecular sieve. This is an amazing thing. It is used widely due to its effective usage and result. It is used for selective absorption of specific substances. It is designed in such a way that it works perfectly to adsorb only small molecules. The body of this sieve has small pores which make it difficult for bigger molecules to go through. The small molecules are adsorbed that thus separated. Hence, it gives results in easy steps. These holes work very well in the proper separation of items based on the size of the molecules. Thus, unwanted things can be removed from the combination of various materials. There are many types of such molecular sieves. They are used because of their easy usage. With such things, it becomes easy to separate various materials in chemical industries. They are specially used to separate the various gases from each other. These items are used when no other process can be used to separate substances from the mixture. With proper usage, industries get the desired results in a few easy steps. These sieves can be found commonly in chemical industries. For the proper operation of these sieves, they must be made with precision. The pores of these sieves should be designed in such a way that they adsorb the right molecules. Hence, it is essential to have a proper molecular sieve manufacturer. With the manufacturing of such items, various industries will benefit from the usage of such sieves.

 

  • Humidity Indicating Cards

 

As the name suggests, this is a card that shows the humidity content in the air. Since humidity plays a major role in changing the state of various products, it is important to keep this factor under check. With these cards, it becomes easy to get the right moisture content. Hence, the use of these cards goes hand in hand with the measures used to control humidity. These cards are designed in such a way that they make it easy to understand the humidity content. It has a moisture sensitive chemical that changes as the moisture increases. There are many sophisticated humidity indicators that used in many industries. A lot of humidity indicator cards are made in such a way that people find it easy to note the changes in humidity by looking at them. There are indications written on these cards. All this makes it easy to use these cards in industries.

 

  • Carbon Adsorbents

 

These substances need a special mention. They are used due to their easy availability and effective results. Carbon adsorbents are basically carbon atoms that absorb dirt particles. Hence, they are used in a lot of industries. Since purification is very important in many cases, industries stress on the usage of excellent quality carbon adsorbents. With such products, purification becomes an easy task. Hence, it is essential to use carbon adsorbents. Since these adsorbents separate a wide range of impurities, their use is very important. Without them, industries will have to invest in many processes for removing these impurities.

 

  • Cotton Coils

 

As cotton is very good for the process of adsorption, it is widely used in chemical industries. Cotton attracts impurities which stick to its surface. This easy mechanism can be used in industries for effective separation of various mixtures. During the process of manufacturing various chemicals, cotton coils can be used for separating the impurities once the desired product is obtained. Since they are available easily, people use them all the time in various industries. Cotton coils are especially seen in chemical and pharmaceutical companies. They help in keeping the capsules and tablets in good conditions. These cotton coils make use of high-quality cotton that can withstand pressure and perform well.

 

  • Aluminum Tubes

 

Aluminum is used in many places. Due to the various features of this element, many tools are made from it. Aluminum tubes are one such item that is very useful. Due to the low resistance of aluminum, these tubes can be used in many chemical industries. They are also used in construction industries. Overall, these tubes are seen in a lot of industries due to their ease of use and less reactivity.

 

  • Moisture Adsorbing Sheet

 

This is another product that is used to prevent moisture from ruining materials manufactured in industries. It is made from hydrocarbons and uses adsorption for giving results. It gets rid of the moisture in the products, thus keeping them dry. This helps in reducing the effects of moisture on the products. These sheets are in many manufacturing units. They are popular due to their large surface area. These sheets can be converted to flat boards as well. Hence, they are flexible and have a lot of importance. They are used in cases where moisture content is high.

About Supplier Companies

All these items are used on a daily basis in many places. With a proper supplier, chemical industries can benefit to a great extent. Hence, there is always a need for an efficient supplier. With such a supplier, companies can rely on the good quality of these products and get excellent results. Companies using such products have a lot of expectations from them. Since these products play a vital role in the manufacturing processes, they should meet all the expectations. For this reason, it is difficult to get the right supplier. Many companies are in the business to be an adsorbents supplier. Since supplying such items is a big task, companies trust, only experienced and expert people. If low-quality products are used, the production of the industries will suffer. Hence, to maintain good quality, substances that give good results are used. The track record of the supplier companies is very important. As there are new and improved products coming the market every day, the supplier company should be able to deliver the best products. With advanced processes, companies can consistently give the best results. Hence, new developments in the chemical field should be implemented effectively. With the use of advanced processes, time and energy will be saved. Chemical science has developed to a great extent. Hence, with the use of latest technology and enhanced processes, many new products can be developed. It is best to have a supplier who is producing a variety of products. This will give many options to big industries to choose the product they want. The supplier of these products should have a good understanding of them. It will help with proper production and give nice results. Hence, getting a good supplier is very important.

Choosing The Right Products

One another big decision to make is the right choice of the products. Since there are many adsorption materials, it is important to choose the right ones. Each product has its own benefit. Based on the requirement, companies should get the product that best solves the given problem. There can be more than one product that can fit the job. There are many other factors that should be considered while choosing the adsorbent. The price, ease of getting the product and the result given by it are some of the vital things to consider before choosing an adsorbent.

Putting It All Together

Overall, there are plenty of adsorbents to choose from. Since adsorption is such a well-researched process, there are many products available that can enhance this process. The importance of adsorption has led to a lot of new products that can be used for better absorption. Various properties of these products should understand before using them. This will result in better usage and guarantee excellent work. With the best products for adsorption, the purity of the resulting products will be very high. In places very purity is very crucial, such adsorption process is very important. It is responsible for proper finished products at the end of all the manufacturing processes.

Strategies For Executives Seeking an Industry Change Without Breaking the Bank

Changing industries can open up a broader range of opportunities for executives who want to reinvigorate a stalled career, seek to combine their skills and interests in a new arena, are stuck in a dying/declining sector, have limited options in their desired geographic location, or are impacted by the increased outsourcing of operations overseas. According to a study by the New York-based Association of Executive Search Consultants, nearly 50% of the executives surveyed are searching for brighter horizons by considering an industry change.

Although product and industry knowledge are important to some companies in certain industries, it is possible to make a successful industry transition through a focused, systematic process-without having to reduce your compensation level. Unless a position requires industry-specific technical knowledge or contacts, you can build a clear case that will illustrate your ability to succeed in a new industry. In fact, some employers relax their search criteria as hiring picks up, opening up the door to industry transitions.

The secret is to move to a related field. The closer you stay to your industry, the greater the probability of obtaining a comparable salary because there is a shorter ramp-up period for learning the new business. Such factors as the complexity of the business, number of product lines and customer groups, culture and size of an organization, and similarity in marketing or manufacturing methods also play a role in how readily you can transfer your skill set to a new environment.

If the thought of marketing yourself to an industry in which you do not have expertise seems daunting, here’s how to gain the confidence you need and avoid vital mistakes in your search.
The following six steps can guide you to make an industry change happen more effectively and with fewer roadblocks.

1. Choose a sector that is aligned to your current industry. Your transition will be easier if you choose an industry with a similar focus to your current industry. For example: if you are in the transportation industry, moving from the railroads sector to trucking and freight, airlines, shipping or air courier services, would be a more closely aligned transition. If you are in finance, related sectors include commercial banks, insurance companies, savings and loans, or government insurance. If you are in health care, closely aligned areas include drugs and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, outpatient care companies, packaging and container companies supplying the health care industry, and manufacturers of electronic instruments for health care equipment.

Therefore, recruiters or hiring authorities will consider your abilities more closely aligned and many of the business issues you’ve solved will be similar to those experienced in the new industry. Because you will have a shorter learning curve than candidates from completely different industries, you will have more of an edge in salary negotiations, as well.

2. Select a high-growth industry. Industries that are flailing are not going to be as viable as an industry that is experiencing growth. In downward turning industries, there’s an abundance of unemployed executives with industry experience to choose from, so your chances of getting the attention of a hiring executive are slim. However, high-growth industries are generally more open to change and fresh ideas, and are in greater need of candidates than large corporations.

3. Conduct extensive research on potential new industries and specific employers. Don’t attempt a search to enter a new industry without performing due diligence first. Utilize the extensive resources available to you on the Internet, in your public library’s reference department, by reading trade/industry publications and by talking with professionals to learn about their industry and future trends. Immerse yourself in the new industry. Attend professional conferences and seminars. The more you understand about the new industry, the more confident you will be and the more capable you will be of accomplishing the next vital step on this list (identifying your transferable skills).

4. Identify your transferable skills and create your unique selling proposition. Once you understand the inner workings and trends within the new industry you have chosen, you will have a better understanding of the challenges and needs faced by that sector. Determine the particular skills that are required-again through your research and by talking to industry professionals. Ask probing questions to learn what the critical things are that you will have to do well. Are those the skills that you know how to do? If not, what’s missing and is it something you can readily develop?

As an executive, you possess a number of core competencies that can cross over to new industries and organizations-strategic planning, operations management, business development, marketing, selling, financial planning and analysis, profit and loss management, people management and so forth. Review your career with a focused eye to identify relevant skills and accomplishments you’ve made that you could also potentially achieve in your new industry.

5. Write a focused resume and cover letter directed toward your new target industry. Focus on those related success stories and skills in both your resume and during interviews. When writing your resume, downplay your current industry and jargon associated with your specialty. Avoid generic/vague phrases in the profile such as “visionary executive with extensive experience in managing departments and people”.

Select relevant responsibilities and success stories and present them in a manner that illustrates the connection to the target industry. This will prove that you can produce the results that they need. At the interview be prepared to convince the hiring authority how your skills and accomplishments can be applied in that organization to solve their business challenges.

6. Consider applying for positions in smaller firms in your target industry where the opportunities may be more abundant. Smaller firms are also more likely to consider hiring those without industry experience. Small-to-medium-size organizations have fewer management levels and may not have the right talent to promote from within. The criteria may also be more relaxed in smaller companies.

On a final note, as with any job search, doing your homework is paramount. Although changing industries can pose quite a challenge, thorough preparation, a written plan, solid execution and persistence can yield the results you desire-a more personally and professionally rewarding career.