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Tackling Specialty, Pipeline Coatings

Fire protection, pipeline integrity and other critical structural issues depend on choosing the right protective coating system—decisions informed by new, free technical resources from JP...


Yard's 3rd OSHA Strike Nets $243k Fine

Cited over and over for similar hazards, including one that cost a worker his arm, a Michigan shipbuilder must now answer to 18 new federal citations and $242,940 in penalties.


Profits Fall, But Akzo Stays the Course

Gains in protective and marine coatings, operating income and sales volume all helped AkzoNobel battle the 2014 headwinds of decorative paints and adverse currencies, leaving the company blo...


New Deals to Absorb 3 Coating Firms

A fresh round of coatings acquisitions is in the works, including Hempel's purchase of a North American supplier for the protective and waterproofing markets.


New eBooks Whet Water Coating Know-how

Water, water everywhere...but how to coat around it? That is the focus of two new free technical eBooks published by JPCL.


Hempel Adds Epoxies for Marine, Tanks

Newbuild cargo tanks and the marine maintenance market have two new epoxy options in the Hempadur line from global coatings maker Hempel.


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


PPG Announces 'Successful' 2014

PPG Industries has continued its financial hot streak, posting record full-year sales and yearly and quarterly gains in each segment.


From Thinner Coating, a Stealthier Sub

The images of sound-absorbing rubber tiles peeling off a fairly new $2 billion U.S. nuclear sub made the technology's shortcomings painfully apparent.


RPM's World is Flat in Q2

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. squeezed out increases in net income and earnings in the second quarter, despite flat sales, shakiness in Europe, and a disappointing nail-polish acqu...


WWII Ship Enlisting Restoration Help

A rare veteran of the Allied invasion of Normandy is in need of a facelift, and her minders have put out a call to make that happen.


Hempel Expands Antifouling Lines

Hempel has added two antifouling products to its Globic and Dynamic product ranges for dry-dockings and new buildings.


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


Prison Terms Set in Marine Coating Case

The brother-owners of a Florida-based marine coatings company will serve time in prison for producing and selling a TBT-containing antifouling for years after the toxic product was banned.


Valspar Deal Expands Protective Reach

Moving deeper with one stroke into the global infrastructure market, the Valspar Corp. has acquired protective and marine coatings maker Madison Chemical Industries Inc.


Marine Coatings Set Sail for Growth

Propelled by the winds of oil and gas expansion and new products, the global marine coatings market will be worth a shipshape $10.4 billion by 2019, according to a new forecast.


U.S. Advances on Mussel Control

After spending six years testing more than 100 coatings, federal researchers have learned a lot about what works, and what doesn't, in fighting invasive marine species.


Sales Nail a Q3 Record for Sherwin

Protective, marine, automotive and OEM coatings all did their part, but it was the architectural business that ruled Sherwin-Williams' third quarter, ringing up a record in the process, the ...


Shipyard Fined for Paint-Laden Runoff

A New England shipyard will pay a $20,000 fine and spend $30,000 to raise awareness of clean water laws after allegedly discharging stormwater contaminated with toxic paint chips into a cove...


Cuts Wring Profits from Akzo's Q3

Sales growth in both protective and marine coatings helped boost AkzoNobel's third-quarter performance, with the company showing an increase in profits despite declining revenues across all ...


Review of PPG-Comex Deal Extended

PPG Industries will wait a bit longer for Mexico's decision on the company's $2.3 billion bid to take over that country's largest paint and coatings maker.


PPG Puts Q3 in the Plus Column

Aerospace, automotive and industrial coatings growth helped fill the gaps in PPG's third quarter, giving the world's largest paint and coatings company an increase in earnings, sales and net...


Four Plead Guilty in TBT Paint Scam

Four Florida men and two companies have pleaded guilty to selling toxic boat paint they had previously agreed to stop manufacturing.


AkzoNobel Joins ‘100 Cities’ Effort

Building on its own Human Cities urban renewal campaign, AkzoNobel has now thrown its support behind 100 Resilient Cities, a new global project of The Rockefeller Foundation.


$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research

Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Bayer to Split Off MaterialScience

With its corporate "center of gravity" shifting, the Bayer Group has announced that it will spin off its polymer and coatings MaterialScience unit as an independent, publicly traded company ...


Paint Paperwork Draws $100K Fine

A Vermont ferry service will pay $100,000 to resolve federal allegations of recordkeeping violations and improper paint use.


Industry Mourns KTA Executive

The coatings industry is mourning the sudden loss of KTA-Tator Inc. vice president Scott B. Rice, who perished Monday (Sept. 9) in a traffic accident near Pittsburgh.


Research Reveals a Paint-Dusted Sea

Even when the ocean looks clean, the top layer is chock full of paint dust and particles, researchers have found.


A Dazzling Homage to Camouflage

Hiding in plain sight has always been a crafty ruse, but if you want to completely confuse the enemy, you need to razzle-dazzle him.


AkzoNobel Profits Plunge in Q2

Profits plummeted at AkzoNobel in the second quarter of 2014, despite improved sales volume across the coating and chemical giant's three businesses, the company reported Wednesday (July 23)...


A New Look at Coatings News from EMEA

UK refineries, Middle East coatings, and the professional perils of arrogance top the new issue of JPCL Europe, a publication for protective and marine coatings professionals in Europ...


PPG’s Earnings Streak Continues in Q2

PPG Industries says a strong European market, coupled with healthy results in all major markets, helped the coatings giant secure a second quarter sales gain and "all-time" record quarterly ...


Paint Protects Hot Substrates from CUI

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business has launched a high-temperature coating to protect substrates from corrosion under insulation.


Navy Project to Spy Hidden Corrosion

High-speed, nondestructive imaging that can detect corrosion under marine coatings has taken a million-dollar step forward, under a new U.S. Navy contract.


PPG Expands Latin American Presence

PPG Industries Inc. is working to cut itself a larger slice of the coatings market in Latin America with expansion plans in Brazil and a completed acquisition of a protective and marine coat...


Ship Hull Foil Prevents Fouling

Dutch maritime technology company Micanti has introduced an alternative to paint for ship hull antifouling.


UK Boosts Sustainable Marine Coatings

Fostering research to develop sustainable antifoulants, the UK has awarded £500,000 ($837,400 USD) to a consortium of businesses and universities.


Antifouling Touts Slick Slime Trick

PPG Industries has launched Sigmaglide 1290, a 100 percent silicone-binder system that uses surface regeneration technology to maintain a slime-resistant substrate.


Coatings Boom Seen in China, Brazil

The still-dizzying pace of urbanization in China and mega-venues in Brazil will drive strong coating sales in those regions over the next few years, new reports forecast.


In Pakistan, Who’s No. 1?

Authorities have ordered Jotun Pakistan to stop calling itself the “No. 1 paint in Pakistan” after complaints by competitors—who make No. 1-type claims of their own.


Solvents Tied to Later Brain Problems

Time supposedly heals all wounds, but it may not be able to repair the brain problems caused by longtime on-the-job exposure to industrial coatings and other solvent-based products, a new st...


Painter’s Suit Ties Solvents to Cancer

For three years, Walter Sarrat used a soaking mist of undiluted toluene to remove the workday’s protective coatings from his skin, clothing and equipment.


New Coating Has Tie-Coat Properties

Hempel USA has introduced an anti-corrosive coating and primer with antifouling tie-coat properties for atmospheric and immersion service.


AkzoNobel Opens Year With Sales Gains

AkzoNobel remains on track toward its 2015 targets despite setbacks, with first-quarter volume growth across all areas a big step in the right direction, the company reported Thursday (April...


PPG Launches 2014 on a High Note

Shedding some businesses and adding others, the world’s largest paint and coatings company started 2014 with a bang, ringing up double-digit sales growth in the first quarter and its highest...


New Software Assesses Hull Coatings

AkzoNobel has introduced a digital tool that enables operators in the shipping industry to assess and predict the risk of hull fouling depending on which routes are being traded.


Industrial Warms Cold Winter for RPM

“Outstanding results” by the industrial segment of Carboline’s parent company helped keep the chill off RPM International's bottom line and heat up record results in the third quarter, the c...


PPG Growing South of the Border

PPG Industries is beefing up its reach in Central America, announcing both a multimillion-dollar expansion of its Mexico facility and plans to acquire a Panama-based protective and marine co...


‘Unlucky’ Coatings Exec Indicted

A marine coatings maker who survived a shark attack last year has now been bitten by a federal indictment charging him with making and selling thousands of gallons of toxic boat paint he had...


2 Countries Struggle to Sink Ship

A 50-year-old former Canadian naval ship may have found herself a new home—at the bottom of the ocean off Southern California.


New Coating Nixes Chromate

A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anti-corrosion properties, developers say.


Polymer, Heal Thyself—Over and Over

Self-healing material technology is not new, but scientists at the University of Illinois have moved the field a significant step forward.


Painter Arson Prompts New Navy Recs

The loss of a U.S. nuclear submarine torched by a painter has yielded a new fire prevention manual by the U.S. Navy.


Top Coating Projects of 2013 Honored

ORLANDO—Coatings projects dazzling, daring and dangerous joined industry leaders in the winners circle Monday (Feb. 10) as SSPC 2014 opened to a record crowd in Orlando, FL.


JPCL at 30: Evolution and Revolution

Anniversaries and birthdays are funny things, and can be seen in positive and negative lights: They speak to endurance, repetition, the inevitability of time passing, growth, and decline.


Coatings Crowd Converges on FL

Exhibit and housing space are long gone, and dozens of expert-led sessions are ready to roll, as more than 2,000 industry professionals pour into Orlando, FL, today (Feb. 10) for SSPC 2014 f...


AkzoNobel Sees Losses in 2013

AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner warned that 2013 would be a tough year for the Dutch coatings giant, and he was right.


eBook Tackles Environmental Controls

Dehumidification, ventilation and other environmental controls can have high-stakes consequences for coating and blasting workers and projects alike.


EU Opens Multinational Biofouling Push

Eco-friendly marine coatings that leave slime behind are the focus of a new multimillion-dollar European Commission initiative spearheaded by AkzoNobel and the Dutch Polymer Institute.


USS Yorktown Gets 500-Gallon Facelift

A World War II veteran is getting a stopgap coating job after 20 years while her tenders seek funds for a complete $3 million redo.


Sherwin-Williams Finishes Fine in 2013

Paint stores popped and protective and marine sales held to wrap Sherwin-Williams’ 2013 fiscal year with a record $10.19 billion in consolidated net sales.


Aegion, PPG Land DOD Contracts

Corrpro Companies and PPG Industries have both just inked major corrosion-protection and coatings contracts with two branches of the Department of Defense.


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Enlisted by the military, tended by the medical field, and built up by the construction industry, smart coatings have a brilliant future.


Record Q4 Seals Banner Year for PPG

PPG Industries crowned 2013 with a blockbuster fourth quarter dominated by double-digit growth in Performance and Industrial Coatings.


TBT Ban Lets Girl Snails Be Girls

Female snails burdened with penises on their heads are finally seeing some relief to their decades-long struggle with unwanted (and unusable) sex changes, thanks to—of all things—a coatings ...


Navy Likes Ike’s New Paint Protocol

A promising new painting technique being piloted aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may change the way the Navy does industrial painting on all of its aircraft carriers.


5 New eBooks Offer Coatings Guidance

From bridges to chemical plants, free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for a variety of structures and environments is the focus of five new eBooks published by
JPCL: J...


Bids Open for San Fran Ferry Work

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is seeking contractors to provide routine drydocking and repair of the M.S. Sonoma Ferry in San Francisco, CA.


House Panel Pushes Corrosion Covers

The Department of Defense is getting a little corrosion advice along with its 2014 budget plan. The message: Cover up.


Webinar Tackles Polyaspartic Protection

Polyaspartic coatings, a relatively new class of coatings, and their successful use in protective and marine applications will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL...


U.S. Dismisses $117M Shipyard Bid Suit

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has thrown out a lawsuit by a Virginia shipyard protesting the Navy's rejection of its $117 million ship maintenance bid—the highest, by far, of eight propos...


PPG Navy Contract Could Top $44M

PPG Industries could see $44.5 million in U.S. Navy coatings contracts over the next five years, the Department of Defense announced.


Bribery Scandal Snares 3rd Navy Leader

Alleged gifts of prostitutes, luxury travel and thousands of dollars in cash have led to charges against a third senior U.S. Navy official in a widening bribes-for-intelligence scandal invol...


Rhino Buys Protective Coating Supplier

Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired Advanced Coating Solutions, a protective and marine coatings maker and longtime Rhino supplier.


Historic UK Shipyard to Shut Down

Five centuries of shipbuilding will come to an end next year, as British defense contractor BAE Systems has announced plans to close its dockyard in Portsmouth, England, the home of the Roya...


PPG Announces Protective/Marine VP

PPG Industries has put its entire protective and marine coatings business in the United States, Canada and Latin America under the leadership of Diane M. Kappas.


From CA, a Turning Point on Antifouling

With the support of the coatings industry, California has approved a new law that will help shape the future of antifouling technology.


Ups and Downs Mark Sherwin-Williams’ Q3

Sherwin-Williams reported a record third quarter Friday, with a lot of help from its paint stores, a little from protective and marine, and none from Brazil's tax man.


AkzoNobel Revenues Slide in Q3

Divestments and exchange rates clobbered third-quarter sales gains in protective, industrial, automotive and aerospace coatings at AkzoNobel, driving down overall revenues 5 percent, the com...


PPG Rockets and Rolls in 3rd Quarter

PPG Industries’ aerospace and automotive OEM coatings businesses took a bow Thursday (Oct. 17) as the company reported a 17 percent spike in net sales and record adjusted earnings in its thi...


JPCL Europe Announces October Edition

Mitigating corrosion under insulation, using epoxy systems, and properly preparing concrete are a few of the topics covered in the free, digital October edition of JPCL Europe, availa...


Industrial Growth Helps RPM Rebound

Withstanding the hit from a recent $65 million legal settlement over roofing problems, Carboline parent RPM International Inc. has racked up a record first quarter for 2014.


Billionaire Sues over Yacht Coatings

Unhappy with the paint job on his mega-yacht, a Russian billionaire is taking AkzoNobel to court, seeking $100 million in a claim of unsatisfactory work.


Director Sacked after 2nd Shipyard Fire

The director of a large Russian shipyard is getting axed after a nuclear submarine caught fire during maintenance operations, injuring 15 people.


CA Antifouling Bill Nears Finish Line

After several years, California legislation targeting copper-based antifouling coatings has just one step to go before becoming law.


JPCL Launches Free European Edition

JPCL has introduced a free digital edition focusing on the European protective and marine coatings market.


New Hempel Antifouling Touts Guarantee

Protective and marine coatings maker Hempel has introduced Hempaguard, a line of two new hull coatings designed to resist fouling during idle periods and improve fuel efficiency.


PPG Adds Dual-Performance Coating

PPG Industries has launched a new application of an epoxy-based coating to protect against extremely high and low temperatures in marine and industrial environments.


Hempel’s Market Growth Draws Honor

Global coatings supplier Hempel has been recognized for overcoming a struggling economy and promoting market leadership in the protective and marine coatings market.


NSRP Seeks New Research Proposals

New coatings and surface prep technologies and other solutions for decreasing ship ownership costs, improving standards and reducing environmental impacts are some of the goals for a new rou...


12 Shipyard Operations to Share $9.46M

Ship painting, blasting and manufacturing operations in 10 states will see expanded capabilities, facility upgrades and new technologies from $9.46 million in newly released federal grants.


Report: Coatings Need Novel Solutions

Developing new technology for harsh environments will be key in the future of the protective and marine markets in North America and Europe, new research says.


AkzoNobel Logs Dismal Quarter

With revenues and volumes decreasing across all segments, AkzoNobel’s second quarter report echoed trends from the coating manufacturer’s dim first quarter and renewed a call for restructuri...


PPG Adds Anticorrosive Marine Epoxy

PPG Industries has launched Sigmacover 580, an epoxy anticorrosive/tiecoat designed for fast turnaround of vessel maintenance in dry dock.


Asia Boom Seen for Marine Coatings

Global growth in shipping and the offshore industry, aided by new coating advances, are poised to kickstart the Asia-Pacific marine coatings market in the years ahead, a new forecast reports...


PPG’s Polish Plant Starts Production

PPG Industries recently announced it started manufacturing protective and marine coatings at its facility in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland.


Valspar Makes European Industrial Push

The $6 billion European industrial coatings market is getting a new player from across the pond.


PPG Broadens Antifouling Line

PPG Industries Inc.’s protective and marine coatings business has introduced an “entry-level” version of its premium antifouling Sigma Syladvance 800.


Hull Holes Laid to Coating Damage

Coating damage and inadequate cathodic protection caused the corrosion that left holes in the hull of a brand-new $500 million Coast Guard cutter, an internal investigation has concluded.


Graco Adds 2 Portable Airless Sprayers

Graco has unveiled a series of airless sprayers designed to handle a wide range of hot potted coatings applications.


Jotun to Eliminate Lead Chromates

Global coatings manufacturer Jotun will phase out lead chromates in 2014 and invest more resources to produce safer, more environmentally responsible paints and coatings.


$17.5M Ship Museum Work Awarded

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has awarded a $17.5 million contract to Taylor Brothers Marine Construction Co., of Wilmington, NC, for upkeep of the Battleship USS Texas.


Shipyard Moguls Held in Grit Dumping

The owner of a major Italian shipyard, his son and five employees have been arrested in a blasting waste trafficking scheme that has been under investigation for two years.


PPG Opens 2013 on a Flat Note

Cooling off after a record earnings year, PPG Industries’ sales remained static for the first quarter of 2013, with weak European markets taking the brunt of the blame.


AkzoNobel: Grim Q1 with No Quick Fix

AkzoNobel reported first-quarter declines across the board Thursday (April 18) and warned candidly that the troubled company’s fortunes were unlikely to turn around any time soon.


Sherwin-Williams Rings Up Record Q1

Protective and marine coatings held their own, but Sherwin-Williams' paint stores did the heavy lifting in the first quarter, delivering record sales and earnings for the Cleveland-based pai...


Philippines Seeks $1.5M in Reef Mishap

The Philippines has announced plans to fine the United States $1.5 million for damage to a protected coral reef where a Navy ship was stuck for more than two months.


U.S. Probe Hands RPM a $42M Loss in Q3

Despite growing sales, Carboline parent RPM International reported a loss for the third quarter, due to adjustments related to a federal investigation and the closing of one of its businesse...


Planer Tackles Marine Applications

General Equipment Company has upgraded its SP8/A Pneumatic Surface Planer, designed for a wide variety of cleaning, coatings removal and surface preparation applications on marine/industrial...


Antifouling Made to Ease Maintenance

Marine coatings maker Jotun has released SeaLion Resilient, a high-performance marine coating based on epoxy-polysiloxane technology.


Piece by Piece, Navy Removes Ship

Grounded for more than two months, a U.S. Navy minesweeper is being surgically dismantled and lifted off a coral reef in the Philippines, officials said.


Shipyard Workers Get Layoff Reprieve

Cost-cutting “furloughs” for shipyard painters, maintenance crews and other civilian defense workers have been put on hold as the Department of Defense weighs a stop-gap budget bill newly pa...


New eBook Offers Marine Coating Advice

Free technical guidance on selecting coatings for marine applications is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


SSPC Seeks Papers, Offers Student Aid

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced a call for papers for its annual conference and exhibition dedicated to protective, marine and commercial coatings.


Coating Tackles Aggressive Fouling

PPG Industries has introduced a new antifouling coating that is designed for control in aggressive environments and suitable for a wide range of vessels.


International Paint Bows 3 Antifoulings

International Paint has launched three new-technology fouling-control coatings that it says offer "a sea change in hull performance" not available since the era of tributyltin coatings.


Shipyard Ordered to Cut Paint Emissions

A Rhode Island shipyard will pay a $31,000 fine and act to reduce VOC emissions from paint and thinners used at the facility, under a new settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.


Shipyards Warned of Mass Layoffs

Threatened cutbacks by the U.S. Navy could soon cost thousands of American shipyard workers their jobs, BAE Systems is warning its employees.


Sherwin-Williams Absorbs Leighs Name

After 153 years, Leighs Paints is no more. The U.S.-based Sherwin-Williams Company, which bought the long-independent UK coatings producer in 2011, has announced that it has officially folde...


AkzoNobel Regroups after Rocky 2012

AkzoNobel is revamping its executive structure and pay, business operations and financial targets in the wake of a year-end 2012 report that recorded both modest hits and major misses.


New Rule to Protect Ship Whistleblowers

Shipboard painters, blasters and other workers will soon have new federal protection from retaliation over complaints about their working conditions, under interim final rules issued by the ...


Coating, Prep Projects on Deck at NSRP

From blasting protocols and best practices, to lasers and mechanical arms, leading experts are pursuing a range of projects to make ship coatings and surface preparation projects easier, che...


Navy to Scrap Stuck $277M Vessel

Hopelessly beached on a reef in the Philippines for over two weeks, the $277 million USS Guardian minesweeper will be cut to pieces in order to free it, the U.S. Navy has decided.


Hull Coating Shakes Off Marine Scum

A novel coating will allow a ship to shed unwanted bacteria and marine scum with the flick of a switch, according to a group of engineers at Duke University.


Navy Ship to Get Camo Paint Job

Decades removed from the “razzle dazzle” camoflauge paint jobs used on warships, the U.S. Navy has decided to bring camo back, announcing a decision to use a similar scheme on littoral comba...


Black, Green Join CorrVerter Lineup

Cortec Corp. has added CorrVerter Black and CorrVerter Green to its original CorrVerter primer, expanding options for corrosion protection in areas where cleaning and abrasive blasting are d...


Nanocoating Gives Liquids the Bounce

A new nanoscale coating that bounces liquids—from coffee to acids to custard—from its surface could eventually protect everything from military uniforms to ship hulls, according to its devel...


War on Corrosion: News from the Front

SAN ANTONIO—The U.S. military is gaining serious ground in the multibillion-dollar war on corrosion, saving millions of dollars and improving readiness in the process, experts reported Tuesd...


Structure Awards Show Coating's Best

SAN ANTONIO—The daring, the durable, the difficult, and the dazzling took center stage Monday at SSPC 2013, as the coatings society opened its annual show with the Seventh Annual Structure A...


PPG Rounds Out Record Year

Rounding out a year of record financials, PPG Industries Inc. reported Monday that each quarter of 2012 saw new earnings records, with higher full-year earnings in each major region.


Protective, Marine Coatings Star in TX

SAN ANTONIO—Advanced coating technology to protect the world's infrastructure, ships and military assets will dominate a full slate of technical sessions, panel discussions, awards and prese...


Nanocoatings Wipe Restores Paint

Older industrial, marine and automotive paint applications may see new life with a new wipe-on nanocoating designed to permanently restore color, gloss, and surface hardness.


From an Old Ship, A New Canvas Emerges

When life dumps a rusted cruise liner on your local beach for 30-odd years, what do you do? Well, if you're a group of international street artists, there's only one answer.


AkzoNobel Expands Mideast Operations

AkzoNobel will enlarge its footprint in the sands of the Middle East by expanding its joint venture agreement with one of the Gulf region's largest family-owned companies.


New Antifouling Guide, Papers Available

A reliable methodology for determining the efficacy of antifouling coatings is the topic of a free new guidance document developed by the International Paint and Printing Ink Council’s (IPPI...


Marine Coating Market to Hit $10.2B

The need to reduce fuel consumption of ships coupled with a surge in developing eco-friendly coatings are expected to help double the global marine coating market over the next four years, a...


Memo: Paint Cuts Endanger New UK Subs

Widespread corrosion on a brand-new generation of UK military submarines may be tied to a cost-cutting decision to minimize the protective coating on the subs, according to a leaked governme...


Bids Sought to Keep Texas Shipshape

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is inviting bids for repairs and recoating work on the historic battleship USS Texas (BB-35).


NEI Releases Protective Coating in U.S.

Nanomaterials maker NEI Corp. has introduced a flexible coating product designed to protect oxidizing steel and aluminum exposed to corrosive chemicals or harsh environmental conditions.


Coating Makers Win Antifouling Delay

For the fourth time, coatings makers have beaten back a California push for performance standards that would establish a ranking system to determine if a ship’s hull is “clean” enough to ent...


S-W Protective a Dim Spot in Bright Q3

Sherwin-Williams’ paint stores rode to the rescue of its Global Finishes Group in the third quarter, with a strong performance that more than offset weaker sales in the protective, marine, a...


Shipyard to Get Sole-Source Coating Job

Washington State Ferries intends to award a sole-source contract to drydock and repair the Jumbo Class ferry MV Spokane.


PPG Belt-Tightening Yields Record Q3

PPG Industries has topped its record second-quarter earnings with another quarterly high, implementing cost savings that produced a modest profit despite generally flat sales, the company an...


Protective Blunts AkzoNobel $3.1B Loss

Double-digit revenue increases and growing demand in Protective and Marine Coatings provided some much-needed good news for AkzoNobel in a third quarter battered by a massive impairment in D...


Push for Paperless Paint, Pruned Prep

Less grinding, new coating protocols, and something called “paperless paint” top the crop of research projects that will share $1.8 million in new funding from the National Shipbuilding Rese...


U.S. Joins IMO’s TBT Antifouling Ban

Eleven years after it helped launch the measure, the United States is set to become the next “Contracting State” for the IMO Antifouling Systems Treaty, following President Obama’s recent ap...


Cargo Tank Coating Offers Low-Temp Cure

Advanced Polymer Coatings has introduced GuardLine LTC, an ambient-cure coating designed for application versatility and chemical resistance.


Marine Coatings Gain Reprieve in CA

Under pressure from coating makers, Southern California regulators have decided—for now—not to demand something that does not yet exist.


EPA OKs Cleanup at Navy Superfund Site

Contamination from paint, blasting and other activities will finally be cleaned up at the Naval Submarine Base-New London Superfund Site in Groton, CT, under a Navy plan newly approved by th...


Paint Job Will Take Ship to the Max

Peter Max is back—and now, he’s painting ships.


USS Wisconsin Maintenance Painting Let

The City of Norfolk, VA, has awarded a painting maintenance contract for the storied battleship-turned-museum USS Wisconsin to E. Caligari & Son Inc., a longtime industrial contractor based ...


Why It Is – and Isn’t – ‘Just Paint’

People don’t get what Gail Warner does. And she doesn’t get why they don’t get it.


Hempel Expands Cargo Hold Coating Line

Protective coatings maker Hempel has completed its range of coatings for bulk carrier cargo holds with the launch of Hempadur Impact 47800.


Toxic Shipyard Finally Set for Cleanup

An old Oregon shipyard loaded with toxic paint and blast waste—one of the most contaminated sites in the United States—is finally on the road to a cleanup.


New Waterjet Pump Made for Snug Spaces

Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge Inc. has introduced a portable waterjet pump made to maneuver in ballast tanks, ship engine rooms, passageways and other tight spaces.


Coatings Muscle in on Dam Mussels

Silicone foul-release coatings that have long protected ship hulls are now showing major promise against invasive mussels that plague much of the nation’s water and hydropower infrastructure...


JPCL Premieres Industry’s Top Thinkers

Want a personal introduction to 24 of the best and brightest in the protective and marine coatings industry? JPCL’s Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors, a new special issue by JPCL: Journal ...


Hempel Adds 4 High-Solids Antifoulings

Protective coatings maker Hempel has launched high-solids versions of its Globic, Oceanic and Olympic antifoulings, with optimized binder systems, microfiber technology, and other new featur...


Budget Cuts Scrub ShipTech for 2013

ShipTech, a major Navy shipbuilding research conference held annually since 1998, has been mothballed for 2013.


All Hands Make New Museum Ship-Shape

With every inch of her 887-foot length gleaming in fresh coating, the legendary battleship USS Iowa is ready for its newest mission as Southern California’s newest maritime museum.


Slime Fighter: Coating Evicts Biofilms

Biofilms—the slimy scourge of steel ship hulls and copper pipes—may permanently lose their footing on such structures with the aid of a new coating developed by Harvard scientists.


Study: Less Blasting May Save USN $10M

Why undertake the gargantuan task of removing a battleship’s entire underwater hull coating system when only a fraction of the coating is loose?


International Paint Drops Lead Chromate

International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings business has joined the growing global trend to get the lead out, becoming the first major coatings producer to eliminate the use of lead...


BP Puts $100M into Coatings, Materials

Smart coatings, protective membranes, new alloys, and other innovative structural materials will be the focus of a new $100 million international R&D effort underwritten by oil giant BP.


Daubert Unveils Severe Corrosion Line

Daubert Chemical Co. has introduced an extensive line of Severe Atmospheric Corrosion Inhibitors (SACI) for use in coatings, sealants and linings designed for metal structures.


Self-Healing Coating Defies Scratches

Less repainting of aircraft, algae-resistant ship surfaces, self-cleaning cars and unsmudgeable cell phones are among the wonders promised from a self-repairing coating being developed by Du...


314 TX Painters, Blasters Win Back Pay

Hundreds of painters and blasters have recouped back pay from a Texas industrial painting contractor, after federal authorities determined that the workers had been cheated of earnings.


AkzoNobel Reports Progress in Q2

Protective and industrial coatings brightened AkzoNobel’s otherwise-struggling second quarter, with the Dutch coating giant turning in single-digit revenue growth built largely on price incr...


Sherwin-Williams’ Stores Paint Q2 Green

Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Stores, Global Finishes and higher prices helped deliver record sales and share prices in the second quarter and first half of 2012, the company reported Thursday (Ju...


PPG Trumpets Record Quarterly Earnings

PPG Industries has slam-dunked the highest quarterly earnings in its 129-year history, with growth in North America offsetting declining demand and currencies elsewhere, the company reported...


Coating Protects from Arctic to Desert

Boyd Coatings Research Co. Inc. has developed the CRC 6000-line Hydrophobic Coating, a customized coating used for communication installations, seagoing vessels and aircraft.


PPG, Asian Plan Protective Coating JV

Two of the world’s biggest paint and coating companies will partner on a new joint venture that will serve India’s vast, and rapidly growing, protective coatings market.


NYC Accepts Bids for Verrazano Narrows Bridge Work

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, a division of the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority, recently accepted two sets of bids for major repairs on the 13,700-foot-lon...


General Dynamics Buys Ship Coating Div

General Dynamics has announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire the Ship Repair and Coatings Division of Earl Industries, a leading East Coast ship repair company that supports t...


ACA Protests Fouling Standard Plan

For the fourth time, California is proposing—and coatings makers are fighting—performance standards that would establish a ranking system to determine if a ship’s hull is “clean” enough to e...


New Harvard Coating Gives Ice the SLIPS

Harvard University researchers say they have invented a treatment that keeps any metal surface free of ice and frost by effortlessly shedding any condensation through gravity.


Coating Cocktail Yields New Antifoulant

After nine years, a Swedish research program called Marine Paint has served up an eco-friendly antifoulant that is as much cocktail as coating.


Navy Coating Puts the Skids on Slips

Footing aboard those slick Navy decks and walkways is poised to improve with the introduction of a new non-skid shipboard coating developed by the Naval Research Laboratory.


Bids Invited for Historic Adventure

South Carolina officials will accept bids June 21 to repair and paint the Adventure II, a historic replica of a 17th-century colonial trading vessel.


Coating Cloaks Subs in Sound of Silence

New coating-based cloaking technology could make U.S. Navy subs and unmanned undersea vehicles even stealthier, developers say.


International Forum Tackles Antifouling

Leading-edge antifouling technologies, bio-inspired coatings, international regulation of antifouling products and other issues critical to the marine coatings industry will be among the top...


Coating Claims a Superhero Substrate

Note to self: Submarine paint is for submarines. Face paint is for faces. When in doubt, check the MSDS.


CA Drops Bid to Ban Copper Hull Paint

In a huge win for coating manufacturers, a California state senator has abruptly halted her long-fought effort to ban the use of copper antifouling paint on recreational boats in the state.


Adhesives Maker Sticks to Fast Track

Royal Adhesives & Sealants of South Bend, IN, has completed a blitz of takeovers that is fast reshaping the market for high-performance adhesives, sealants and related coatings.


EPA to Aid Clean-up of Old Paint Sites

The New England birthplace of marine coatings and other abandoned sites long tainted by paint, coating and solvent waste will share in $69.3 million in new federal environmental funds to cle...


Navy Aims to Retire Surface Prep Grind

U.S. Navy sailors have been scraping paint off ships for a couple hundred years. Enough, the Navy now says.


JPCL Offers New Buying Guide Features

Free new print and digital features will join the popular traditional resources this year in JPCL’s upcoming Equipment Buying Guide, now in its 25th year.


JV to Develop Bio-Based Marine Coatings

The worldwide quest for nontoxic, low-drag, underwater marine coatings has two formidable new entrants.


Congress Urges Probe, Answers on LCS

Alleging “lack of transparency” by the Navy, members of Congress are demanding an accounting regarding new revelations of widespread problems with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.


Navy Stealth Ship Sails into Oblivion

A super-secret chapter in Navy history will soon close quietly on a scrap heap, as the service auctions off a famed Cold War-era research vessel cloaked in a unique coating.


NY Drift Vessel to Get $572K Facelift

A Staten Island contractor has been awarded a $572,100 contract to refurbish the DCV Driftmaster, one of three New York District drift collection vessels that patrol New York and New Jersey ...


Congress Urged to Scrap Ship Program

Cracks, “rampant corrosion” and other problems on the Navy’s newest combat ships are worse than publicly reported, and the line should be scrapped, says a government watchdog group, citing n...


Navy Trims Ship Painting Protocols

The Navy, Coast Guard and industry have approved nine significant changes to painting protocol during shipbuilding, in a pilot project designed to increase efficiency and save money.


New Coating Job Urged for Titanic

The explorer whose team located the remains of the Titanic has drawn up plans to have robots apply protective coatings to the wreck, to preserve the disintegrating resting place of more than...


Ship’s New Life Honors an Old Service

For 39 years, Nantucket Lightship / LV-112 guided transoceanic shipping to and from U.S. East Coast ports, through some of the most treacherous shipping lanes in the world.


PPG Debuts Anti-Terror Coating, Partner

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business has launched Mil-Tough BR polyurea coating, developed in response to Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) criteria established by th...


NSRP Eyes Lasers, Lessons, Real Risks

Laser-powered coating removal, real-life confined-space risks, and lessons from foreign shipyards will all be the focus of research projects newly funded by the National Shipbuilding Researc...


MA Probes Late-Night Harbor Blasting

A New England painting contractor has landed in hot water after allegedly conducting uncontained late-night abrasive blasting in a Massachusetts harbor on St. Patrick’s Day.


Bids Invited for NY Vessel Painting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will accept bids March 20 for painting and other maintenance on the agency’s Research Vessel (R/V) Seth Green.


Reports Paint Robust Future for US, Global Protective Markets

Better days are ahead for protective coatings worldwide and for U.S.-made coatings of all types, according to two new upbeat assessments from leading industry groups.


SSPC Offers Online Inspector Training

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has launched an online version of its well-known Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) program.


Coast Guard Contracts for Vessel Work

The U.S. Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command, Atlantic, has awarded a $315,700 contract to Wepfer Marine Inc., of Memphis, TN, for drydock repairs aboard two vessels.


URS Seeks Shipboard Coating Inspector

URS Corp. is actively seeking an experienced coating Inspector to inspect shipboard corrosion and preservation issues in the Norfolk, VA, area.


Nippon Paints Pierces a New Market

If shock can sell paint, Nippon Paints may have a winner, with a new series of ads featuring outrageous piercings—including one with a live snake.


Hempel Opens 1st S. American Factory

Hempel has opened its first manufacturing facility for marine and protective coatings in South America, bringing production thousands of miles closer to that burgeoning market.


Coating Maker Seeks R&D Manager

A leading global provider of protective and marine coatings is looking for a “forward-thinking R&D Technical Manager” at its Chicago location.


Navy Recruits Tougher Coatings

The Navy is on a new mission to find longer-life maintenance coatings.


Lloyd’s Explains New Tank Corrosion Reg

Lloyd’s Register has developed guidance to clarify the coatings and other compliance options in new IMO regulations regarding corrosion protection of crude oil cargo tanks.


Jet Edge, Hempel Increase Sales Teams

Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge and coatings maker Hempel USA have both added key figures to their sales teams.


Protective Coating Advisor Needed

Protective coating specialists experienced in the wind, rail, oil and gas and marine markets are being sought for a position as a coating advisor.


Vigor to Acquire Alaska Ship & Drydock

Alaska Ship and Drydock Inc. (ASD) will become part of Vigor Industrial, under an acquisition plan announced this week by both companies.


WA Shipyard Worker Killed in Fall

Federal authorities are investigating how a safety-conscious, experienced shipwright fell nearly 100 feet to his death in a Seattle shipyard.


Shipboard Corrosion Assessor Needed

Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. has a full-time opening for an Apprentice Shipboard Corrosion Assessor at its National City, CA, location.


SSPC, PaintSquare to Light up Show

Live webcam, a show app, web updates and complete video and print coverage will follow thousands of attendees, more than 100 exhibitors and all the action at SSPC 2012, set to begin Monday (...


Free JPCL eBooks Focus On Protective Coatings

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has launched a new series of free eBooks with eight titles on bridge coating systems, coatings for petrochem plants, and other industry-specifi...


New Silyl Antifoulings Boast a First

International Paint has introduced Intersmooth7465Si SPC and Interswift 6900Si silyl acrylate antifouling coatings.


4th Global Marine Coatings Forum Set

New antifouling technology, coatings performance, global maritime standards, environmental regulations and more will be on the agenda when the fourth Global Marine Coatings Forum convenes la...


Hull Coating Claims Get a New Look

Nearly every hull coating supplier today makes similar performance claims. Sleek finishes. Less friction. And, above all, fuel savings. Some have even begun to back those claims with guarant...


PPG Ends Strong 2011 with Record Q4

PPG Industries ended a big year with a bang Thursday (Jan. 19), unveiling a record fourth-quarter performance that helped push the company to an overall 11% sales increase for 2011.


Report Names Coatings’ ‘Rising Stars’

Tomorrow’s winners in the protective coatings field will be companies that can juggle “extreme cost sensitivities and increasing environmental and regulatory considerations,” according to ne...


International Paint Marine/Protective Names New GM for Americas

International Paint LLC, an AkzoNobel company, has named Neil Plowman as the company’s new Marine & Protective Coatings General Manager, Americas.


Painter Dangers Draw 2nd Shipyard Case

Accused for the second time in three years of endangering its painters, a Michigan shipyard is facing 32 new federal safety and health citations—including five repeats—and fines totaling nea...


Protective Coating QA Advisor Needed

A Houston-based company is seeking an experienced protective coating specialist to advise customers on the use and application of coating systems.


British Air Gives New Coating a Lift

Flying high over its fuel savings, British Airways will expand its year-long trial of an anti-drag nanocoating to a second larger aircraft.


PPG Unveils 1-Component Marine Coating

PPG Industries has introduced PSX ONE coating in the United States for use in protective and marine project applications.


Lights, Cameras, Action at SSPC 2012

After a successful first year, PaintSquare News will reprise and expand its video project at SSPC 2012, offering an exclusive platform for industry newsmakers and companies to discuss issues...


SSPC Seeks Board Nominees

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is seeking nominations to fill three seats on its Board of Governors.


Paint BidTracker Launches New Website

Paint BidTracker has launched www.PaintBidTracker.com, home to the world’s only construction reporting service for the paint and coatings industry.


Russia Probes Nuclear Sub Hull Blaze

A rubber hull coating blazed out of control for hours on a Russian nuclear submarine last week, before 400 firefighters and 170 emergency workers could extinguish the fire.


$46K Fine Set in Barge Painting Death

A deadly flash fire explosion that killed one painter and burned another aboard a barge has led to 12 federal health and safety citations and a $46,600 fine against the men's Tennessee emplo...


Ship Coating Inspection Goes Digital

Navy researchers have developed a novel ship coating inspection process that is designed to be far safer, faster, cheaper and more accurate than current methods.


JPCL Dons a Fresh Coat for 2012

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings will greet its 29th year as the industry’s journal of record with a whole new look, expanded features, and a new special issue.


N. American Coatings Show Cancelled

The Powder Coatings Institute will return to a solo show format in 2012, after cancelling The North American Coating Show it had co-hosted for two years with NACE International.


NACE Issues New Marine Coating Standard

NACE International has developed a new coatings documentation standard designed to ease compliance with International Maritime Organization protective coatings requirements .


Limits on Ship Coating Emissions Expand

After years of delay, federal emissions limits on shipyard coating operations are now in effect 24/7, in the wake of a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Team Reports Drag-Reducing Ship Coating

UK researchers have developed a new process to make custom coatings that could reduce the drag resistance and fuel consumption of ships and planes.


MA Shipyard, Painter Fined $134,900

A painter who lost consciousness while spray painting inside a tugboat “very easily” could have died in the incident, say federal authorities who have fined the employer nearly $73,000 for t...


Bredero Shaw Inks $45M Coating Deal

Bredero Shaw, the world’s largest pipe coating company, has signed a $45+ million contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to provide corrosion protection and concrete weight coating for the B...


Historic Seaport Painting Bids Sought

The City of Tacoma, WA, will open bids Nov. 29 for concrete coating and repair, steel coating, waterproofing, fireproofing and related work on the Foss Waterway Seaport, a historic structure...


Lloyd’s Sets Marine Coating Web Series

Lloyd’s Register has developed a new series of online coatings inspection courses, designed to ensure compliance with marine coating standards and promote maritime safety.


Weed Fills a Need for Anti-Drag Coating

An invasive weed that clogs the world’s waterways has provided surprising inspiration for a promising new waterproof coating for boats and submarines.


Shipbuilder Again Runs Afoul of OSHA

Four months after settling one federal safety case involving 21 violations, a Texas shipbuilder has been hit with 25 new citations and a $150,700 fine.


Green Coating Halts Copter Corrosion

An inexpensive, eco-friendly coating being developed Down Under may provide a successful corrosion-control alternative to a toxic coating now used in naval helicopters, researchers say.


Powder, New Tech Drive Coatings Growth

Led by powder coating and emerging technologies, the global paint and coatings market should grow at a modest clip over the next several years, totaling $116.4 billion by the end of 2015, a ...


Firms Join Antifouling, Ship Monitoring

International Paint and Dutch marine environmental consultant BMT ARGOSS have teamed up in a new venture that allows International Paint customers to measure their hull coatings performance.


DOD Funds Free SSPC Training

Free SSPC training in specifying, inspection, coatings removal, abrasive blasting and other topics is now available to military personnel under a new contract with the Department of Defense ...


IRS Audit Dings Sherwin, But Q3 Booms

Sherwin-Williams is reporting good news for its third quarter and bad news for its fourth, with record Q3 net sales trailed by a $75 million tax charge to end the year.


ASTM Updates Coating Test Standard

ASTM International has reissued its standard guide for testing industrial protective coatings, with editorial changes.


Weak Q3 Spurs New Plan at AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel delivered both a grim diagnosis and a treatment plan Thursday (Oct. 20), simultaneously unveiling a thin third quarter along with a “performance improvement program” to turn the nu...


Navy Makes Ship Painting R&D Awards

Two marine painting research projects will share in $1.4 million in grants over the next year from the National Shipbuilding Research Program, which aims to reduce the cost of Navy shipbuild...


Wife’s Fatal Cancer Tied To Paint Worker’s Laundry

A family in the UK is searching for colleagues of a veteran paint company inspector whose wife allegedly died of cancer contracted by washing his asbestos-filled clothes over the years.


Hull Painting Gets Pop Icon Touch

Peter Max is back. And he’s painting ship hulls. Psychedelic specs, anyone?


PPG Copper-Free Coating Tackles Hard Fouling

PPG Protective & Marine Coatings has launched Sigma Nexeon 750, a copper-free, high-performance marine coating designed to protect against hard fouling and whitening with low environmental i...


Swedes Tout Barnacle-Busting Coating

“If you can’t beat’em, don’t breed’em” seems to be the theory behind a new toxin-free antifouling developed by a team of Swedish scientists.


Clariant Deal Preserves Coating Lines

KiON, G-Shield and tutoProm protective coatings will continue in “seamless” global distribution under new owner AZ Electronic Materials, the UK-based company says.


Navy Seeks Coatings Project Trainer

The Naval Sea Systems Command Location (NAVSEA) is looking for an industrial painting contractor who can train and equip ship personnel to carry out a coating maintenance project aboard the ...


JPCL to Honor Industry’s Top Thinkers

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has announced the Clive Hare Honors, a unique award that recognizes the distinguished achievements of 24 thought leaders worldwide who have adv...


Cold Jet, Farrow System Join Forces

Global dry-ice-blasting pioneer Cold Jet has reached an agreement to distribute the Farrow System blast-cleaning system in a network that will soon expand worldwide.


IGT Launches Marine Powder Coating

Integrated Green Technologies LLC (IGT) has announced the roll-out of DuraSpeed powder coating for boat propellers, drive shafts and other marine applications, following successful field tri...


Jotun, Praxair, MesoCoat Add Plants

Global production of protective and marine coatings is surging, with Jotun, Praxair and MesoCoat announcing new facilities in the U.S. and abroad.


Hughes Customizes Tanker UHP System

Hughes Pumps has designed and manufactured a custom pumping system for MOL Tankship Management (Europe) Ltd., for repair and maintenance of the company’s methanol tankers while at sea.


China Sees Protective Coatings Boom

China’s protective coatings market is booming, with double-digit growth, more than 650 current producers, and an expanding variety of multifunctional products, a new study reports.


Jotun Fighting Takeover Attempt

Jotun AS, the third-generation, family-owned Norwegian paint and coatings conglomerate, has blocked a $933 million takeover offer from pizza and hygiene products maker Orkla ASA.


Protective Coatings are Metal Free

Delaware-based AnCatt Inc. has unveiled a heavy-duty, three-layer coating system that purportedly functions as a corrosion barrier for metal substrates without using chromate or other heavy-...


Crops Yield New Bio-Coating Recipes

Sugarbeets, sunflowers, soybeans and other crops could play a major role in bio-based resins and protective, marine and other coatings being developed by researchers at North Dakota State Un...


Protective Coatings Veteran Elected to Head IPPIC

The International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) has elected Bill McPherson, recently retired president of the International Paint division of AkzoNobel, as the association’s new pre...


Historic Marine Paint Site Crumbling

Part of the global birthplace of marine paint—the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory in Gloucester, MA—is failing and facing demolition, officials say.


IMO Panel Adopts Biofouling Guidelines

An International Maritime Organization committee has adopted the first set of international recommendations to address biofouling of ships, to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic speci...


Copper Hull Paint Gets Reprieve in CA

As with Mark Twain, reports of the death of copper-based hull paint may have been greatly exaggerated—at least in California. Washington State, on the other hand, is a different story.


JPCL to Launch Coating e-Book Series

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings will expand its veteran coatings buying guide this fall into a new series of 10 eBooks featuring selection and specifying advice for uni...


Boon Seen for Asia-Pacific Coatings

The Asia-Pacific paint and coatings industry—which already accounts for a whopping one-third of the global paint market—is riding a tide of “impressive growth” and should top $53.55 billion ...


Hempel Names Americas Marketing Manager

Hempel USA has hired Jose Luna, a veteran of AkzoNobel and ICI, as Regional Marketing Manager of the Americas.


AkzoNobel Shuffles Global Leadership

AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company, has made worldwide leadership changes to many of its geographic and business sectors, including protective and marine coatings.


Dow to Pay $2.5M Environmental Fine

Dow Chemical Company has agreed to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of federal air, water and waste regulations at its century-old manufacturing and research com...


Congress Turns Up LCS Heat on Navy

Rebuffed by the Navy, two members of Congress are now asking the General Accountability Office to review the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program.


Raw Material Costs Bite Sherwin’s Q2

Strong sales growth in protective and marine coatings was not enough to spare Sherwin-Williams an unexpected drop in second-quarter profit, and the company has cut its full-year profit forec...


PPG Revamps Global Coatings Leadership

PPG Industries, the world’s No. 2 paint and coatings company, has announced new global leadership for its protective and marine, industrial, aerospace and architectural coatings businesses.


MOL Chooses Chugoku Hull Coating

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) will adopt the low-friction Seaflo Neo hull paint developed by Chugoku Marine Paint for its environmentally-friendly shipbuilding program. It will be used initially on...


SSPC Elects 3 to Board of Governors

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has filled three open seats on its Board of Governors, following its recent elections.


Seeds Float Antifouling Coating Idea

Floating seeds may hold the secret to more effective, non-toxic marine antifouling coatings, German researchers report.


Hempel Taps Multinational Coordinator

Protective and marine coatings maker Hempel has named Ben Stallings the company’s new Group Multinational Coordination Manager, focusing primarily on the U.S.-based companies that have major...


Bids Sought to Keep Memorial Shipshape

The city of South Portland, ME, will accept bids July 21 for repairs, cleaning and recoating on its Liberty Ship Memorial statue, the centerpiece of a maritime park dedicated to World War II...


Owners Paid to Drop Copper Antifouling

California boat owners are getting a big, juicy carrot along with some legislative sticks to discontinue use of copper-based antifouling paints.


Coating Helps Navy Sink the Pink

Sherwin-Williams has unveiled a new marine coating that Navy testing has shown to save materials and labor, while fending off the dreaded “pinking” of ships coated in traditional haze gray s...


Navy Re-opens VA Powder Coating Shop

After 16 years, the Navy has re-opened the Norfolk Ship Support Activity’s powder coating facility, reviving its ability to provide corrosion-resistant applications to equipment on Norfolk-b...


Probe Demanded in Warship Problems

Is the Navy’s newest warship “disintegrating?” Or will a few “simple fixes” for a “design issue” keep it and its successors afloat?


Sherwin-Williams Buys Leighs Paints

The Sherwin-Williams Company has sealed a deal to acquire Leighs Paints, the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of protective, marine and fire protection coatings.


Taiwan Navy Develops Stealth Coating

Taiwan’s navy has successfully tested a new radar-absorbent coating, the country’s first “stealth” technology material, local media are reporting.


VA Firm Awarded UHP Coatings Removal

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a $224,793 contract to UHP Projects Inc., of Newport News, VA, to perform water jet blasting services on various vessels at the USCG shipyard in Baltimore.


Hull Coating Maker Gets $183K Boost

A New York State R&D agency has awarded $183,000 in funding to a Saratoga Springs chemical maker that is developing a friction-reducing, eco-friendly hull coating.


New JPCL Equipment Guide Now Available

JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has just released its 24th Annual Equipment Buying Guide, listing more than 4,500 products, equipment and supplies for protective and marine co...


PPG Brings New Identity to the Surface

PPG Industries Inc., the world’s No. 2 paint and coatings company, is recasting its identity as a “surface innovation” provider across multiple markets and industries.


International Paint, Ennis On the Road to Mexico

International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings and Ennis traffic paint are headed for Mexico, the companies have announced.


Deal, Plants Fire Up Hempel’s Growth

Danish coatings maker Hempel is racing toward its ambitious global growth goals, acquiring a major UK paint manufacturer and expanding its protective and marine presence in India in a few sh...


‘Brand New’ Navy Ship Shows ‘Aggressive’ Corrosion

The U.S. Navy has discovered “aggressive” corrosion in Austal Ltd.’s first new combat ship designed for operating close to shore, according to a new report.


Marine Corrosion ‘Magic Bullet’ Takes Research Honor

An innovative, electrochemically based corrosion-prevention process using seawater has won the Research, Studies and Consulting Award at the UK’s Association for Consultancy and Engineering ...


Navy OKs New Copper-Free Antifouling

International Paint has unveiled a new copper-free antifouling that has gained U.S. Navy approval for several applications.


Sulzer AG Chief to Lead AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel N.V., the coatings behemoth that promises “tomorrow’s answers today,” announced tomorrow’s new CEO today (June 10).


Lower-Cost Cargo Hold Coating Touted

International Paint has introduced Intergard 7020 cargo hold coating, for operators who don’t need or cannot justify the investment in the highest-performing products.


CA Aims to Ban Copper Antifouling

The legislative noose is tightening on copper-based antifouling paints, as California has become the second state poised to ban their use in recreational vessels.


Epoxy Made to Protect Food Shipments

Sherwin-Williams has unveiled Carflex HS Epoxy, designed as a tough, flexible coating to prevent contamination when transporting and storing dry bulk food products.


New Museum Ship Rides Waves of History, Generosity

Raising a child just takes a village. Renovating the world’s largest bulk freighter for a new 100-year life takes battalions of painters, materials and equipment suppliers, sheet-metal worke...


High-Performance Antifoulings Launched

Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd. CMP) has unveiled both an updated version of its veteran antifouling and a new antifouling coating that the company says saves more fuel than a conventional silyl.


International Paint, Harsco Expand Market Reach

New distribution agreements will bring International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings products to the Caribbean and Central America, while a separate alliance will expand Harsco Corp.’...


Software Monitors Hull, Systems

GL Maritime Software GmbH has unveiled HullManager, a ship management software and service package designed to enhance maintenance support by monitoring the complete hull integrity process.


Study: Hull Coating Cheaper Than Fuel

Now hear this, ship owners: Paint now, or pay later.


Ship Research Program Seeks Proposals

The National Shipbuilding Research Program has issued its Research Announcement (RA) 10-01 keep embedded link for 2011, inviting proposals in 10 general topic areas.


New Steel May Not Need Coating

Will protective coatings become obsolete? Two manufacturers are boasting the development of new steel materials that are reportedly as tough as their conventional counterparts but with far m...


Valspar Enters Ship Container Market

The Valspar Corp. has announced commercialization of a water-based, zinc-free coating technology and application process that will be used by the world’s largest shipping container manufactu...


Jotun Stakes Refund on Marine Claims

Jotun Hull Performance Solutions is putting its money where its coating claims are, offering a money-back guarantee if its SeaQuantum X200 antifouling coating fails to deliver on fuel effici...


EPA Expands Ship Coating Emission Reg; New Abrasives Rule Likely

Ship coating operations will no longer get a break from federal emissions rules during start-ups, shutdowns and malfunctions, under an impending rule by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Hempel Expands Global Paint Production

Fresh off a year of record profit and a new plant in Poland, international protective coatings maker Hempel Group is planning new facilities on several other continents.


New Protective Line Avoids Isocyanates

Hybrid Coating Technologies has introduced a new line of Green Polyurethane industrial and specialty coatings made completely without hazardous isocyanates.


Rust and Reward: A Well-Coated Life

When Joyce Wright started in industrial coatings, she was so green that she didn’t touch paint for two years. Today, she is godmother to many industry leaders.


AkzoNobel Boasts Banner 1st Quarter

Add AkzoNobel NV, the world’s largest paint and coatings company, to the list of relieved industry suppliers with glowing—even record—first-quarter financial reports.


‘Green’ Curative Made for Epoxies

Croda Coatings & Polymers has rolled out its latest green product: Priamine 1071, for protective and marine coatings.


OSHA Fines Ship Repair Yard $45K

A Pennsylvania-based ship maintenance operation faces 13 federal safety citations and $45,900 in fines related to operations at its West Virginia facility.


New ‘Hull Medic’ Monitors Ship Data

MACSEA Ltd., the marine technology company, has introduced Hull Medic, a monitoring service designed to provide ship owners with an independent, scientific assessment of coatings performance...


EPA to Crack Down on Ballast Dumping

Under pressure from conservation and fishing groups, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed in an out-of-court settlement to establish a single, strong system of regulations to contr...


Paint Waste to Land Shipyard on Superfund List

Open piles of paint and blasting grit, a burn pit of toxic solvents, and river contaminants more than 500 times the acceptable level have made an Oregon shipyard a candidate for the federal ...


Polyurea Boasts Chemical Resistance

Ultimate Linings has introduced a fast-setting,100% solids, two-component spray polyurea for a variety of industrial concrete and metal applications.


Hull Coating Guarantees Fuel Savings

Jotun has wrapped its premium SeaQuantum X200 marine coating into a new service and technical support package that includes performance measurement tools and a guarantee.


EPA Funds R&D for Nanocoating Risks

The billion-dollar-plus boom in nanocoating technology will be getting a closer look as several federally funded studies undertake to study the risks of nanomaterials.


Jotun Reports Record Year Results

Norway-based coatings giant Jotun reported record operating revenues and profits in 2010, notching volume increases in every segment and strong performances in high-growth markets.


Marine Trial Nets Antifouling Promise

Commercial fishing operations with extreme antifouling needs may want to coat something besides their hulls, scientists say.


Antifouling Boasts 9% Fuel Savings

International Paint has introduced an antifouling coating that purports to significantly reduce emissions and fuel costs by reducing hull roughness.


Water-Based Marine Rust Primer Debuts

After 15 years in the European marine market, Grace Distributing has introduced LifeGuard Active Rust Primer to North America.


Protective Coating Prices Face Global Spike

Fasten your seatbelts. The price of protective and marine coatings is about to spike again globally—perhaps to record highs—and no relief is in sight, manufacturers report.


WA Takes Aim at Antifouling Paints

Washington State is proposing to phase out copper-based antifouling coatings on its thousands of recreational vessels.


Antifouling System is Solvent Free

SAS Seawax Marine Coatings, of France, has introduced a water-based antifouling coating without solvents, silicon, Teflon or biocides.


Airline Tests Drag-Reducing Coating

EasyJet, the UK's largest airline, is piloting a nano-technology aircraft coating aimed at reducing drag and increasing fuel efficiency.


Resodyn Debuts Portable Powder Coating System

Resodyn Engineered Polymeric Systems Inc. has introduced its next-generation Polymer Thermal Spray (PTS) system, a high-output system designed to create zero-VOC protective coatings without ...


AkzoNobel Kicks Off $1B+ Push in India

AkzoNobel has launched an aggressive five-year growth plan in India with the opening of a new industrial coatings plant near Bangalore.


Nimitz Takes 1st SSPC Military Honor

The U.S. Navy’s storied USS Nimitz has taken top honors in SSPC’s first Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence, which recognizes exceptional coatings work performed on U.S. mil...


Spray Elastomer Touts High Abrasion Resistance

Ultimate Linings has rolled out a high-abrasion-resistant spray elastomer designed for demanding applications against abrasion and corrosion.


Graphene Trick Could Make Hulls Slick

Giving graphene a Teflon-like tweak with nanotechnology could soon produce some of the smoothest, sleekest ship hull coatings ever, a team of researchers says.


Marine Gel Coat Goes Above, Below Waterline

Interplastic Corp. has introduced Integrity High Performance Gel Coat, developed for use above and below the waterline in marine applications.


SSPC 2011 Debuts ‘Women in Coatings’

Joyce Wright didn’t set out to be a pioneer. She just needed a job, and painter’s helper—surface prep and “bustin’ rust” at the local shipyard¬—was available. So she took it.


India Paint Makers Agree to Lead Phase-Out

Even as a leading Indian paint producer continues to fight findings about lead content in its paint, the nation’s paint manufacturers say they are ready for a phase-out of lead.


Coatings May Tap the Muscle of Mussels

The legendary sticking power of mussels in a marine environment is giving coatings researchers some valuable lessons in adhesion.


Coatings Removal Unit Uses Heat, Green Media

Farrow System USA has just unveiled the Farrow 650MAX self-contained coatings removal machine, which uses heat and green media to remove corrosion-control coatings.


Sub Coating Problem Resolved, Navy Says

The Navy’s new submarine coating process seems to be achieving better results than the one that was apparently causing major disbonding on several Virginia-class subs in recent years.


PaintSquare, JPCL Seek Reader Input

JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings and PaintSquare News are seeking reader feedback to improve their service to, and coverage of, the protective and marine coatings ...


Asian PPG to Add Protective Coatings

PPG Industries and Asian Paints will expand their transportation coatings joint venture and launch a new protective-coatings JV in India, the companies have announced.


Bids Sought for USCG Cutter Painting

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will accept bids Jan. 31 for coating and other dockside maintenance and repairs on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher, docked in Atlantic Beach, ...


JPCL Corrects SSPC 2011 Meeting Time

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will hold its First Annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, at SSPC 2011 featuring GreenCOAT.


PPG Has Record Q4, ‘Excellent’ 2010

Boons in Industrial and Performance Coatings helped PPG Industries deliver record fourth-quarter sales and earnings, capping “an excellent year” for the Pittsburgh-based company, the CEO sai...


Software Predicts Ship Coating Needs

FLAGSHIP, the European maritime transport project partly funded by the EU, has announced the development of software that can forecast the condition of a ship’s coatings, structure and compo...


Navy OKs Retention Of Pre-Construction Primer

The U.S. Navy is loosening its longstanding requirement that pre-construction primers (PCPs) be removed from all critical-coated surfaces, a policy change that is expected to save more than ...


2 Shipyards to Pay $410K in EPA Suit

Two New England shipyards will pay a total of $410,000 in penalties to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that they violated federal environmental laws.


UK Pans Offshore Painting, Maintenance Efforts

A generation after a massive fire on the Piper Alpha platform claimed 167 lives in the North Sea, painting and other maintenance practices—and attitudes—on UK offshore installations are stil...


States Tightening Noose on BPA

Maine has joined a growing list of U.S. states that are restricting the use of the controversial chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA)— fueling the global momentum to rein in, if not ban, the widely us...


International Paint Appoints 3 To Protective Coatings Team

International Paint LLC has made several significant changes in its global Protective Coatings leadership, naming a new senior market manager, distributor coordinator, and Latin America mana...


Coast Guard Awards CA Cutter Project

Bay Ship & Yacht Co., of Alameda, CA, has been awarded a $26,797 contract to perform coating and related work on the USCGC Waesche.


DuPont Opens $30M Coatings R&D Center

DuPont Performance Coatings has launched a new $30 million research and development facility dedicated to automotive, protective and marine coatings.


Tank, Pipe Coating Made for High Temperature

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has introduced Cor-Cote HT FF for high-temperature immersion and atmospheric applications.


‘Bad Bacteria’ Found Aboard Titanic; Bad & Good News for Marine Industry

A new form of aggressively corrosive bacteria found growing on the sunken Titanic could hold major implications for new protective marine coatings and future ship demolition, research...


Dolphins Keep Coatings R&D in the Swim

Taking a lesson from dolphins, pilot whales and other animals with anti-fouling skins, a multinational research consortium is using nanotechnology to create synthetic, chemical-free, anti-ba...


Tank Coating, Blasting Studies Win NSRP Grants

Research on “single coat” tank coatings and “spot and sweep” blasting are among the potential cost-saving measures to be evaluated with grants from the National Shipbuilding Research Program...


Navy Enlists Covers to Fight Corrosion

The Naval Sea Logistics Center is working to defend the Navy from “its worst enemy”—rust—with a new generation of corrosion-resistant covers for topside equipment.


Chinese Academy Forms Ocean Corrosion Alliance

The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oceanology (IOCAS) has founded a marine anti-corrosion alliance that unites the efforts of 13 research groups and 13 industry companies.


Nature Inspires Navy Coatings Effort

Navy scientists are tapping some of Mother Nature’s tricks in developing a new generation of water-repellant coatings for ship hulls and other applications.


Coatings De-Ice, Defoul Subs, Jets in Operation

A Connecticut technology start-up has patented a multilayer composite polymer coating system that can de-ice aircraft in flight and defoul periscope head windows.


JV Launches Low-Friction Ship Paint

Asia’s largest paint and coatings company has joined R&D forces with a major Japanese transport company to produce what the venture calls a low-friction ship-bottom paint.


OSHA Heightens Scrutiny of Shipbreaking Hazards

Marine coatings exposures, coatings removal and confined-space safety during ship demolition are facing new federal scrutiny as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration implements a...


CA Projects Seek Non-Copper Antifouling Options

The Port of San Diego, CA, will spend up to $500,000 to fund projects and research designed to develop innovative, non-toxic alternatives to copper-based hull coatings.


Firms Team Up on Steel Prep, Coating Systems

Fresh off the formation of a new Shot Blast and Painting Systems subsidiary, the Kaltenbach Group has again expanded its structural-steel reach via a new partnership with inTEC Coating Syste...


Pipeline Coatings Makers Face Historic Demands

Increasingly hostile new pipeline environments and decaying multinational systems will lead the critical challenges under discussion when coatings and linings manufacturers, researchers and ...


Thousands Expected for SSPC GreenCOAT Show

More than 200 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees are expected for the first GreenCOAT Show, hosted by SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings.


Environmental Issues Top Marine Coatings Slate

Antifouling technologies and growing global efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from ship emissions will be high on the agenda at the 3rd Global Marine Coatings Forum in November.


Jotun Reports Double-Digit Profit Gain

Significant investments and strong growth in its Asian and Middle Eastern markets yielded double-digit profits for The Jotun Group in the first eight months of 2010, the company reports.


Zinc Coating Work Holds Low-Friction Promise

Japanese researchers say they have discovered a way to manipulate zinc oxide coatings to maintain their low-friction characteristics and even reduce friction in any environment—a finding tha...


Advanced Polymer Launches 2 Fluorosurfactants

Advanced Polymer Inc. has introduced two new nonionic fluorosurfactants. designed to improve the wetting and leveling characteristics of paints, inks, coatings and polishes at very low loadi...


Naval Shipyard Fined for Hazardous Waste

The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility has agreed to pay $56,000 for hazardous-waste violations at its facility in the Bremerton Naval Complex, according to an ...


Shipbuilding Research Program Seeks Proposals

The National Shipbuilding Research Program has issued its 2011 Research Announcement, seeking proposals related to surface preparation, coatings processes and other measures to reduce the co...


International Paint Expands Antifouling Line

International Paint has expanded its range of antifouling coatings and enhanced the line-up with higher-volume-solids products that can reduce overspray, VOC emissions and the number of coat...


AkzoNobel Expands, Shuffles Global Leadership

AkzoNobel will add four new members to its senior leadership committee and make several other executive changes worldwide in anticipation of “new strategic ambitions” to be announced Tuesday...


Mobile Ship Stripping Unit Handles 2 Processes

Filtration systems maker GKD has introduced a mobile station for stripping ships that combines filtration and briquetting in a single unit. The heart of the unit is GKD’s new compact filter ...


Coatings Disbond on Navy Subs; Application Process Changed

The U.S. Navy has changed its coatings application process after large sections of coating came off three Virginia-class submarines.


Buoy Tender Painting Project Awarded

Surface Technologies Corp., of Neptune Beach, FL, has secured a $47,260 contract to preserve bulkhead and outboard superstructure surfaces on the USCGC Elm (WLB-225A), a 225-foot-long...


Rig Tests Ballast Tank Coatings in Lab

C+W Specialist Equipment Ltd has introduced a Ballast Tank Simulation Test Rig for the testing of ballast tank coatings. The equipment meets the requirements of the IMO MSC 81-WP 13 Test Met...


New PPG Coating Passes Navy’s Muster

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business has introduced PSX 700SG for use by U.S. Navy vessels and other federal marine coatings applications.


Boats Get U.S. Reprieve on Coating Discharges

Anti-fouling coatings and other discharges from the nation’s 140,000 smaller commercial vessels will remain exempt from federal clean water permitting requirements until December 2013, under...


Oyster Study May Help Ship Coatings

Lessons learned from declining oyster reefs may hold promise for developing coatings that prevent marine bioadhesion and keep ship hulls clean, researchers say.


Ship Maintenance, Modernization Take Center Stage

Cost-cutting initiatives for painting, surface corrosion abatement, new blasting approaches, and strategies for managing unplanned maintenance highlight the agenda of the Fleet Maintenance &...


Marine Coatings Conference Set for Sept.

Protective Coatings Europe (PCE) magazine will again hold a two-day international Marine Coatings Conference during the SMM trade show in Hamburg, Germany.


Robotic Water-Blasting System Cleans Vessels

The ENVIROBOT 2010, from Chariot Robotics LLC, removes coatings from vessels and above-ground storage tanks using a patented, magnetically attached robot applying Ultra High Pressure water t...


Guidelines on RH Levels for Coating Work Relaxed by Navy; Savings Expected

A project team of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has determined that higher relative-humidity conditions can be allowed in certain situations during surface-preparation an...


Zolatone Launches Website, Color-Formula System

Zolatone Automotive, Industrial & Marine announced the launch of its new web site (www.z-linehighperformancefinishes.com) and its color formula search (www.zolashade.com).


Antifouling Coatings Called to Duty
Aboard Oceangoing Research Vessel

The TARA Foundation and Poseidon Sciences Group announced a collaboration to evaluate the antifouling performance of commercial marine coatings products. The organizations are inviting coati...


Seacoat Wins Contract for JHSV Hull Coating

Seacoat Technology LLC said it has been awarded the contract to supply the underwater hull coating system for the JHSV (Joint High Speed Vessel).


Registration Under Way for Marine Coatings Event

Registration is under way for the Third Global Marine Coatings Forum, presented by the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) and scheduled for Nov. 2-4 in Singapore.


International Paint Opens Marine Development Lab

AkzoNobel’s International Paint announced the opening of a new, worldwide marine-coatings product-development laboratory in Singapore, part of the company’s ongoing R&D investment program.


Recycled-Glass Abrasive Gets Nod from Navy

Novetas Solutions LLC announced that a new production facility for its abrasive product New Age Blast Media® has been added to the Department of the Navy’s Qualified Product Listing under MI...


International Rolls Out Cargo-Hold Coating

International Paint Ltd. introduced Intershield®803Plus, a cargo-hold coating specifically designed to address the issue of impact damage from the loading of dry bulk cargoes.


Hempel Opens
Manufacturing Site in Poland

Hempel, the Denmark-based producer of protective, marine, and decorative coatings, announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility near Buk, Poland. The company said the plant will hel...


‘Mighty Mo’ Shipshape
in Wake of Major Paint Work

The USS Missouri, the celebrated battleship now seeing service as a museum in Hawaii, is shipshape following drydock repainting program.


THE TECHNOLOGY FILE with Joe Maty
Potential Seen for Protective Coatings
Based on Silicone-Epoxy Hybrid Resins

Last week’s American Coatings Show and Conference certainly can’t be faulted for lack of new territories explored and brought into sharper view.


DuPont Helps Launch Solar-Powered Boat

PlanetSolar, described as the largest solar-powered boat ever built, has entered the sea armed with high-tech photovoltaic modules and high-performance marine coatings supplied by DuPont Co....


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Antifouling Marine Coating

Jotun (Sandefjord, Norway) is billing a new antifouling marine-coating product—SeaLion Repulse—as a “major step” in foul-release technology.


Epoxy Coating Named STI Product of Year

The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Euronavy ES301 epoxy protective coating has been named the 2009 Affiliate Product of the Year by the Steel Tank Institute.


 
 
   

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