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Sherwin-Williams Rings Up a Record

Protective and marine coatings helped, but its 4,003 paint stores delivered the biggest goods to give Sherwin-Williams "another year of record performance" in 2014.


Dow Prevails in Akzo Patent Suit

A federal-court judge has cleared Dow Chemical Co. of claims that it infringed upon a 2004 patent by coatings giant AkzoNobel Coatings Inc.


Lasers Get Edge in Keeping Metal Dry

A new laser etching technique could eliminate the need for temporary coatings that make metals water-repellant, scientists at the University of Rochester say.


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.


Coating Makers See Cuban Opening

U.S. coating and building materials makers may now ship goods to Cuba for some renovation projects, under newly approved federal regulations.


Hardide to Build U.S. Coatings Plant

A UK-based manufacturer of an advanced surface coating technology plans to invest $7 million in a new plant in Virginia.


Paint Mogul Named Singapore's Richest

The coatings industry has been good to Goh Cheng Liang. So good, in fact, that he is now the richest man in Singapore.


Team Structures a Tougher Coating

Researchers behind a new composite say the spray-applied metal coating can ward off corrosion in an environmentally friendly way, even under extreme conditions.


U.S. Coatings Set for Strong Year

It's early yet, but 2015 is looking like a growth year for the U.S. paint and coatings market, if preliminary results from a new market forecast hold.


Steel Intumescent Made for Fast Cure

A new fire-protective coating for steel structures promises one-hour drying and high durability.


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.


EPA Proposes New TDI Limits

Certain chemicals used in coatings and sealants could face restricted levels in consumer products under a newly proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Expansion Approved for NC Paint Maker

Traffic paint manufacturer Ennis-Flint will get $500,000 to expand its Thomasville, NC, operations by reusing vacant buildings, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority announced.


Cement Touts Wet-Weather Adhesion

A new cement repair compound for underwater and all-weather use is the latest offering from roof coating supplier RM Lucas Co.


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...


At Harvard, Color by Vapor

Coating thickness has typically been measured in mils or, at its thinnest, microns. Now, a team of Harvard researchers is measuring it in nanometers—one 24,500th of a mil.


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Coating Oversight Breeds $2.6M Verdict

The lack of a nonskid sidewalk coating at a church in Florida has led to two falls, one disabled knee, and one seven-figure judgment.


Material Offers Non-Skid Alternative

A new aluminum ceramic non-skid peel-and-stick material can replace traditional epoxy non-skid coatings in indoor and outdoor applications, according to manufacturer Silva Non Skid Solutions...


Winding Down, Looking Ahead

With this issue, PaintSquare News wraps up its regular daily coverage of 2014.


Finding the Key to an Immortal Mortar

For 2,000 years, builders have sought the secret to the structural strength of The Colosseum, The Pantheon and other ancient treasures.


Dampney Unveils High-Heat Epoxy

A high-performance coating for insulated and uninsulated steel and concrete surfaces is the newest offering from Dampney Company Inc.


Who Ya Gonna Call for Spray-On Solar?

Someday, Illan Kramer hopes, men sporting Ghostbusters backpacks will come to your facility and spray solar cells directly onto your roof.


Hempel Expands Antifouling Lines

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


Sherwin-Williams Reins in Outlook

Paving the way for a tempered fourth-quarter report, Sherwin-Williams has unveiled a conservative update to its 2014 earnings forecast and a mixed look at 2015.


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.


Seeking the Key to the Emerald Kitty

The explanation may be more confusing than the original mystery. But the answer to "what turned the Bulgarian cat green?" appears to be: paint.


EU Hot on Novel High-Temp Coating

A multinational effort is well underway to develop an unconventional coating that would combine a thermal barrier, oxidation and corrosion protection, lotus effect, and fire protection in on...


Cortec Adds Graffiti Removers

Cortec has added two eco-friendly paint and graffiti strippers for industrial paint removal applications to its sustainable product lines.


Paint-Stripper Bribery Draws in Others

A CEO indicted for bribing military base officials to buy his paint remover was the last, but not the least, person implicated in the plot, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 9).


Paint Stripper CEO Accused of Bribery

The founder of a paint remover maker faces up to 60 years in prison after his indictment on bribery charges and lying about whether his product met military standards, officials announced.


New Paint Protects High-Heat Steel

A new high-heat stainless steel paint reportedly will not discolor, chip, crack or peel at temperatures reaching 1200°F, manufacturer Dampney Company Inc. announced.


New Surface Repels, Well, Everything

Teflon? That's so 20th century. A new surface texture being developed by UCLA engineers reportedly "can repel all liquids, no matter what material the surface is made of."


New Coating Touts Icing Prevention

A new nanocomposite coating that imparts anti-icing properties to the substrate is the latest offering from NEI Corp.


Huntsman Sheds Pigment Jobs, Plans

A year after announcing major expansion of its global pigment business, Huntsman Corp. is making sharp course corrections, with new plans for hundreds of layoffs and cuts in production capac...


Coating Boomerangs Heat into Space

It sounds like a comic book for coating junkies, in which Our Hero zaps accumulated building heat into space without warming the atmosphere, then casts a shiny shield to protect the building...


Coating Boasts a Power Plant Boost

A new nano-engineered coating for power plants has the potential to save millions of dollars in fuel costs and avert thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, its developers at MIT say.


2014 Coated in Success at Valspar

The Valspar Corp. is giving thanks this week for its coatings segment, where booming sales of general industrial, coil and other coatings helped deliver record results for 2014.


New Army Coating May Be Real Treat

Self-healing coatings have long held promise—as long as the sun was out. Now, researchers have discovered a sweet secret that can bypass the need for UV power.


Antimicrobial Coatings Set to Clean Up

Huge concerns over the tiny world of bacteria, germs and parasites will ignite and sustain strong growth in the paint and coatings market in the coming years, a new report forecasts.


International Rolls Out 1-Coat Lining

AkzoNobel’s International brand has launched Enviroline 2405, an advanced hybrid epoxy lining system, in North America.


AkzoNobel Probes Chicago Fraud

AkzoNobel says it has been the victim of up to $66.5 million in "external fraud" at its Chicago office.


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.


NEI Corp. Launches Clear Coat

NEI Corp.'s new SR 500-EC is a protective clear coat and surface treatment for plastics, metals, glass, ceramics and other surfaces.


Concrete Sealers Tout Water Resistance

Three new concrete sealers boast a proprietary chemical reactive formula that gives them improved resistance to de-icing road salts, rain, sleet and snow, according to manufacturer Surfkoat....


Coating Makers Score Label Reprieve

Federal regulators will grant coating manufacturers more time to meet new global requirements for labeling and safety data sheets, the American Coatings Association has announced.


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.


Coating Flow Grows from China, Mideast

Major coating suppliers have been increasing their global operations outside the U.S., with recent expansions throughout China and the Middle East.


Paint Powers the Car of the Future

Mercedes-Benz is turning to paint to power its newly unveiled concept car, which debuted with the company's new Product Engineering Center in Beijing.


Spray Fights Multimetal Corrosion

Cortec Corp. has rolled out an environmentally friendly, temporary coating designed to protect metals in indoor, outdoor and salt-spray environments.


PPG Wraps Up Comex Purchase

PPG Industries' speedy acquisition of Mexico's largest paint and coatings maker is a done deal.


2 New Options for Harsh Environments

Dow has unveiled two polyurethane products for protecting infrastructure in the harshest environments.


Bio-Inspired Additive Slows Icing

Inspired by the ability of certain animals to withstand cold and prevent ice from forming in their bodies, AkzoNobel has introduced a fully biodegradable additive for road salt designed to s...


Solar Nanomaterial Can Take the Heat

Developers of a new nanomaterial for harnessing solar power are promising a trifecta of benefits: the ability to use over 90 percent of captured sunlight, withstand temperatures greater than...


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.


Waste Powder Powers a Tougher Coating

Today's tons of silicone rubbish may be the secret ingredient in tomorrow's superhydrophobic, corrosion-resistant coatings.


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 ...


Fines Follow Fires at Coating Maker

Three separate, and apparently unreported, fires at an industrial coatings plant have triggered a strong response from federal health and safety officials.


Free Webinar Takes on 2k Urethanes

Increasing regulations are handing the coating industry new challenges in providing products that are environmentally friendly without sacrificing performance.


Stirring Up New Batch of Paint Chemists

The European coatings industry is making a fresh push to recruit students with an intensive new graduate-level engineering specialty program backed by suppliers.


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.


Cloaking Coating Shows Visible Progress

The quest for a cloak of invisibility may be one step closer to reality, with a new "illusion" coating taking shape at Pennsylvania State University.


Nanocoatings Set for Mega Growth

Good things come in small packages, as the global market for nanotech-based coatings is poised to show, according to a new forecast.


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...


New Method Cuts Finish-Coat VOCs

A new gel coating used during manufacturing finishing could virtually eliminate the health and environmental risks of the organic compound styrene, researchers say.


Grants Aid Metal, Coating Advances

Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for contact surfaces.


Fouling Control System Touts Long Life

AkzoNobel's International brand has introduced a foul-release system for the North American power, water and wastewater segments.


RPM Remains Positive Despite Q1 Dip

RPM International says decreased profits in the first quarter of 2015 are due to an unusually strong performance in its prior year that took a toll on comparative results.


U.S. Sees Strong Coatings Exports

The U.S. has seen strong numbers in coatings exports so far in 2014, the American Coatings Association reported.


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.


PPG Cuts Ribbon on New HQ

Working to keep pace with its ballooning architectural coatings business, PPG Industries has opened a new North American headquarters facility.


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.


Flexible Topcoat Enhances Resistance

A new abrasion-resistant overcoating from 3M boasts improved flexibility and is designed to protect the primary corrosion coating on pipelines.


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 ...


Tank Coating Cures without Heat

Advanced Polymer Coatings has introduced a cargo tank coating for less severe cargoes.


Beer Promo Leaves Town Blue

Residents in a Colorado town were left seeing red after a beer company paid the town a lot of green to paint it blue for a weekend.


Densifier Fills, Hardens in 1 Step

In2Crete has updated its Ecoguard pore filler, offering a green approach to filling and hardening surface depressions and hairline cracks in one step.


Corrosion Fighter Sports Water Base

A new waterborne formulation offers a safer anti-corrosion option to solvent-based metal primers, manufacturer Dunn-Edwards reports.


Graphene Wages Rust-Busting Revolution

While no one is declaring victory in the war on corrosion, new coatings formulated with graphene could help stave off rust and resist chemicals on everything from metal structures to food pa...


AkzoNobel Named Sustainability Leader

Paint, coatings and specialty chemical giant AkzoNobel has notched a threepeat as the world’s leading materials company in the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


From Waste, a Hot New Coating

While the U.S. awaits a federal decision on the safety of coal ash, Mexican researchers have found a new use for the industrial waste: high-temperature coatings.


Curing Compound Boasts Early Start

BASF has introduced an evaporation retardant and finishing aid for concrete that can help prevent shrinkage cracks as industrial flooring concrete dries.


Data Demands Rile Coating Makers

A sweeping plan to collect years of sales and formulation data on paints and coatings in California is not sitting well with manufacturers. And the new round of VOC-cutting that may follow i...


Slab Protection Gets 7-Ply Option

W.R. Meadows has unveiled a weather-coated, permanently bonded, semi-flexible, vaporproofing and waterproofing membrane designed to stop moisture migration in footings, concrete floors and s...


AkzoNobel to Revamp Performance Coatings

AkzoNobel will slim down and retool its sprawling Performance Coatings business, one of the company's three major divisions.


Axalta Considering Public Offering

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial publ...


Powder Coatings Set for Global Surge

Buoyed by their regulatory-friendly green profile, powder coatings are in for several years of robust growth worldwide, a new market forecast reports.


Coating Made for Industrial Interiors

Seal-Krete has introduced a two-part premium water-based epoxy coating for vertical and horizontal interior application in refineries, clean rooms, chemical processing plants and similar set...


Corrosion Control Gets a Greener Shot

Rust removers, vapor corrosion inhibitors, cleaners, degreasers and other corrosion control products are now available in an environmentally friendly spray can from Cortec Corp.


Marco Announces New Coating Tank

Marco Group International has announced a new round heated coating tank.


Coating Offers Thin-Film Insulation

AkzoNobel’s International brand has launched a thin-film, spray-applied insulation coating for industrial environments.


AkzoNobel Expands Again in Asia

Seeking a bigger stake in the world’s fastest-growing coatings market, AkzoNobel plans to invest €50 million ($83.2 million USD) in a new decorative coatings plant in China.


Report: Road Paint Revenues to Climb

The need for safer roads will drive the traffic paints and coatings market in North America and Europe, boosting revenue 17 percent by 2020, according to a new report.


Coating a Smarter, Faster Surface

Smart surfaces that can instantaneously change properties in response to their environment could be the wave of the future, with a new coating developed by a multinational team of researcher...


Super-Black Coatings on a Mission

Extremely black nano-based coatings will be hitching a ride on the International Space Station, launching six years of research into orbit for the first time.


Protective Coating Shuns Heavy Metal

Tesla NanoCoatings has introduced a high-performance corrosion-control coating without cadmium, lead and other heavy metals found in zinc-rich coatings.


Coatings Coup: Compostable Cups

A new bio-based coating by AkzoNobel has allowed the development of what the company calls the world’s first compostable paper cup for cold drinks.


Disappearing Paint Gets Permanent Role

Vanishing spray paint, which became immensely popular during the World Cup in Brazil, will become a permanent fixture in the game it has forever changed: European football.


Green Seal Weighs New Coating Standard

More coatings, stains, paints, sealers and finishes than ever may be eligible for Green Seal certification as the organization works to revise its standards.


Webinar Offers Tips on DTM Performance

Ensuring that the new generation of waterborne direct-to-metal coatings performs as required will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Coatings Power Up Valspar’s Q3

Buoyed by a double-digit bounce in coating sales in the third quarter, Valspar Corp. announced an improved 2014 forecast on Tuesday, forecasting nine percent sales growth for the year.


Sherwin-Williams Launches Pipe Line

Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings has announced a new series of fast-drying, high-build, solvent-free polyurethanes for the water pipe market.


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.


Paint-Saving Package Bags Award

A new paint container design that reduces both paint and packaging could help stanch the waste of millions of liters of unused paint each year in the UK, its designer says.


Cigarettes Butt in on Coatings

Smoking may be a dirty and deadly habit, but the butts it leaves may hold the surprising key to a coating that can store large amounts of electrical energy.


Global Protective Coatings Surge Seen

Riding a wave of "remarkable growth,” the global protective coatings market is in for some boom years, boosted by spiking end-user demand and a push for environmentally friendly products, a ...


ACA Retrenches in Blight Fight

Coating suppliers are sharpening their focus for the next wave in the multimillion-dollar battle against graffiti with new resources and a new name.


Protective Line Offers 3 Systems

Sherwin-Williams’ Protective and Marine Coatings has launched three polyaspartic urethanes, each suited for a different shop or field coating challenge.


$800M Settlement Ends RPM’s Year

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. closed out fiscal 2014 with news of record sales, an $800 million asbestos settlement, and yet another federal inquiry.


PPG Adds Steel Intumescent Coatings

PPG Protective & Marine Coatings has announced new products in the Steelguard range of intumescent fire protection coatings for steel structures.


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.


EMEA Gets New Fire Protection Option

Sherwin-Williams has unveiled a new coating option for fire protection of structural steel in civil construction in Europe, Middle East and Africa.


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 ...


Sales Soar at Sherwin-Williams

Nearly all of the Sherwin-Williams Company’s segments saw sales gains in both the second quarter and first half of 2014, propelling the company to record sales.


Smart Paint Signals Excessive Heat

New color-changing coating technology can warn when material or equipment is too hot to handle, signaling the possibility of malfunctions, explosions or burns, researchers say.


AkzoNobel Builds Coatings, Folds Paper

AkzoNobel is again honing its future markets with a new Performance Coatings investment in China and the sell-off of a major business unit.


Transit Coatings Protect Exposed Metal

A new series of transit coatings has been designed to protect exposed metals that are stored and shipped outdoors, manufacturer Daubert Cromwell announced.


Coatings Fraud Allegations Dismissed

A Massachusetts maker of coatings and spray equipment has withdrawn its claim that a licensee-turned-competitor built the new business on stolen information.


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.


PPG Swoops in on Comex

PPG Industries has announced a $2.3 billion plan to buy Mexico paint and coatings giant Comex—the same company that Sherwin-Williams unsuccessfully pursued for more than a year.


Ex-Worker Sees Racism in Paint Names

A fired African American employee of Benjamin Moore has accused the paint maker of discrimination in using two brown color names that resemble his own.


AkzoNobel Adds Potable Water Lining

AkzoNobel has introduced Interline 975P, a solvent-free, single-coat potable water lining for the North American water and wastewater market.


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

The European Union is throwing its support behind an effort to eliminate lead and mercury exposures among millions of Filipino schoolchildren.


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...


Concrete ‘Skin’ Senses Damage

A new “sensing skin” made from electrically conductive paint could warn of concrete damage on a multitude of structures, allowing time for authorities to respond to potential danger, researc...


European Coatings to See Little Growth

The long-struggling Western European paint and coatings market should hold its ground in the short term, but annual growth will average no more than 2.2 percent for the next five years, acco...


Silver Loses Luster as Rust Buster

Silver may not always be so protective in protective coatings for some steels, researchers in Iran are reporting.


AkzoNobel Names CFO, VPs

Coatings giant AkzoNobel has announced several new leadership positions, including chief financial officer and two vice presidents for North American protective coatings markets.


Ship Hull Foil Prevents Fouling

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


Vanishing Spray Paint is a Real Kick

Armed with an arsenal of aerosol, World Cup referees have a new trick up their sleeves to stave off a sneaky soccer move.


BASF Bows Coating to Repel Water

A new modified-acrylic protective coating is billed to repel water and resist dirt on a variety of substrates, including concrete, EIFS and stucco.


Urban Research Banks Against Beige

Could a blue bridge bring more cash to a city’s coffers than a brown bridge? New global research funded by AkzoNobel will put that notion to the test.


Seeing Red, Cabbies Paint Cheats Blue

When it’s time to pay up at the end of a cab ride, it typically comes down to Driver vs. Passenger. If a fare balks, what’s a cabbie to do?


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.


Above Chicago, Cracking on the Ledge

The sound and sight of protective coatings cracking at the top of America's tallest building has left visitors shaken, but officials insist the failure held no danger.


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.


Membrane Aims to Resuscitate Roofs

Facility owners considering roof replacement may buy more time with a new coating system from the Garland Company, the manufacturer says.


New Primer Zaps Bacteria, Mold

Rust-Oleum Corp. says its new fungicidal primer can kill mildew, mold and odor-causing bacteria on industrial and other applications.


Super-Hard Coating Could Make the Cut

Chinese material scientists have reportedly developed a new coating so resistant to wear that it keeps knives sharp 100 times longer than current models.


Webinar Teaches Tank Lining Features

Navigating the options for internal tank linings that protect against contamination and corrosion will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


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.


Tree Bark Banishes Barnacles

A new antifouling paint could repel organisms from ship hulls without killing them, researchers say.


Antimicrobial Coatings Set to Clean Up

Driven by escalating U.S. health and environmental concerns, the global antimicrobial coatings market is expected to surge by nearly 10 percent annually and top $4.5 billion by 2020, a new s...


Sherwin-Williams Expands in Middle East

Sherwin-Williams has opened a new paint manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia as part of a joint venture with housing manufacturer Red Sea Housing Services Company.


Sherwin-Williams Sued over Failed Deal

Mexico’s largest coatings producer has filed suit against Sherwin-Williams, blaming the Cleveland paint maker for the implosion of its plan to buy the Latin American supplier, Reuters report...


Smart Coating Could Clean Oil Spills

A new coating that instantly separates oil from water offers significant promise in cleaning up major oil spills and reducing the massive water demands of fracking, researchers say.


Intumescent Offers 15-Minute Barrier

A new thin-film coating for foam insulation provides a 15-minute thermal barrier for occupied spaces, the manufacturer reports.


Coating Changes Color under Pressure

New research has produced a coated material that can reveal pressure points by changing color.


Partnership Aims to Track Raw Materials

AkzoNobel and Solvay are working together to increase and track the use of renewable raw materials in coatings.


U.S. Pursues Coating to Hold Plutonium

The U.S. Department of Energy is developing a radiation-shielding thin-film polymer that would help contain radioactive waste during a multiyear nuclear-plant decontamination project.


Battelle Beads Detect Early Corrosion

A new bead not only senses corrosion but also starts to heal the microscopic cracks it causes, according to Battelle Memorial Institute.


Slick Coating Rids Last Drop of Paint

A “super-slippery coating” for, well, other coatings holds the key to less waste and cost savings, developers say.


New Hempel Coating Tackles CUI

Versiline CUI 56990 is Hempel’s new coating designed to resist heat and protect carbon and stainless steel from corrosion under insulation.


Coating Covers Temperature Extremes

International Paint has introduced a new coating for the North American offshore and onshore industrial markets.


Metal Coating is Non-Flammable

Cortec has launched a new primer/topcoat for metal substrates in aggressive indoor and outdoor environments.


Australia Takes on Aging Pipelines

An Australian university is tackling the country’s aging pipeline needs with a new industry-backed research center and a novel coatings sensor.


Powder Coating Cuts Down on Cure

AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business has launched a dry-on-dry primer and topcoat application process with only one heating stage.


Copper Coating Gives Water the Bounce

Coatings research has once again shown the hydrophobic lotus some love, with a new metal coating technology that mimics the plant's water-repellent features.


Paint Buyers Give Top Nods to 3 Brands

They may not be the biggest, but Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and BEHR are the best in the minds of many of their customers, according to J.D. Power's new Paint Satisfaction Study.


Jet Coatings Honored for Sustainability

A novel lightweight, longer-lasting aircraft coating system has drawn top honors from the Department of Defense, which plans to use it on a new generation of stealth jets.


U.S. Funds a Big Look at Tiny Materials

The federal government has put nearly $10 million into examining the environmental impact of science's fastest-growing field: nanomaterials.


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.


ACA Appoints First Female Leader

The American Coatings Association has announced its newly elected chairman is a chairwoman, making it the first time a female has taken the helm in its 126-year history.


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...


Ups and Downs at Sherwin-Williams

Mother Nature’s wrath and currency issues bedeviled Sherwin-Williams in the first quarter of 2014, dampening profits despite record sales.


Dow Offers Coating to Cool Hot Apps

Dow Coating Materials has announced a new “safe touch” acrylic resin with low thermal conductivity for industrial infrastructure prone to unintended heat transfer.


Lead Makes Veneration Risky Business

Tens of millions of Catholics in the Philippines are being warned against kissing, rubbing and other hands-on veneration of statues in the run-up to Easter, due to high amounts of lead paint...


Retailers, PPG Sign Private-Label Deal

An alliance of independent North American paint dealers has agreed to make PPG Industries Inc. the exclusive manufacturer of the group's premium paint brand.


Concrete Sealer Protects Exteriors

A new water-based, penetrating sealing compound is designed to limit the intrusion of moisture and chlorides into exterior concrete surfaces.


Making Roofs Both Cool and Colorful

Dark, attractive metal roof and façades that are just as "cool" as their traditional white counterparts are the goal of a new research partnership by PPG Industries and the Department of Ene...


‘Smart Concrete’ May Outlive Us All

What are you doing in April 2134? If Scott Muzenski has his way, his great-great-great grandchildren will be doing the very first repairs on the driveway he just patched.


‘Major’ Changes Loom for Coating Makers

With the ink barely dry on the last round of new regulatory limits, paint and coating manufacturers are in for more.


Turbine Coating Made to Fight Ice

Global wind energy provider Gamesa has introduced a new protective coating designed to prevent icing and withstand wear on turbine blades.


ACA Honors Paint and Coating Leaders

Thought leaders, industry champions, innovators and distinguished professionals across the paint and coatings industry are being recognized this week for their achievements and decades of se...


Sherwin-Williams Drops Comex Quest

Twice denied a regulatory blessing, the largest paint retailers in the U.S. and Mexico have finally broken off their $2.34 billion engagement.


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.


Spraying on a Longer Engine Life

Scientists in Sweden are working on a new sprayable coating that can protect an aircraft's engine far longer than current methods.


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...


Concrete Waterproofer Made for Extremes

A new cold-applied waterproofing compound from W.R. Meadows can suit concrete applications in a variety of settings—horizontal and vertical, interior and exterior, below- and above-grade, in...


Crooning Coating Strikes a New Note

Attention, Aloe Blacc, Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5: Coatings stardom could be yours for the asking!


Coatings Report Paints Bright Future

Rebounding construction, industrial output and motor vehicle production will all fuel global demand for paint and coatings by more than 5 percent annually in the years ahead, a new forecast ...


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

Long banned in the U.S. and Europe, architectural paint with lead—a lot of lead—is still widely available in Asia, the world's largest coatings market, a new study concludes.


Beyond Glow in the Dark: Light-Up Paint

When it comes to illumination, who would know more than the Dark Side? That’s Darkside Scientific LLC, founded by Andy Zsinko, a longtime aftermarket painter who has gone glow-in-the-dark pa...


Nanocapsules Aim to Heal Like Skin

A group of German researchers say they made “two enormous strides” towards developing nanocapsules with self-healing anti-corrosive capabilities.


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...


Manufacturer Defends Coatings in Fire

A protective-coatings maker is taking strong exception to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report that cites his products as contributors to a devastating 2013 fire at a high-security research...


Navy Additive Helps ‘Heal Like Skin’

A new powder added to off-the-shelf commercial primers is helping scratched military vehicles heal themselves before corrosion starts, U.S. Navy developers say.


Coating Protects Immersion Equipment

A new epoxy coating offers high-temperature protection for oil and gas production equipment and other equipment operating under continuous immersion, Belzona announced.


KTA’s Kline Hailed for Coatings Career

Eric Kline, executive vice president of KTA-Tator Inc., is being honored for his decades of contributions to advancing coatings technology for the structural steel industry.


Feathers Inspire Fade-Free Paint

When pores on a bird’s feathers flock together, they give Ivy League researchers an idea for paint that never fades.


Tnemec Expands Tank Armor Line

Tnemec Company has added a new chemical-resistant epoxy coating to its Tank Armor line.


1-Part Protective Clear Coat Revamped

NEI Corp. has reformulated its Nanomyte TC-5001 nanocoating, designed to improve the corrosion resistance of zinc-plated and hot-dip galvanized steel under severe environmental and operating...


Public Voting on New Bridge Color

The 46-year-old Jimmie Davis Bridge is due for a new paint job, and the choice of hue has been put to Louisiana's citizens.


New Leaders for RCMA, BCF, ASA

Industry veterans have been tapped to lead the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, the British Coatings Federation, and the American Subcontractors Association.


PPG Drops Comex; S-W Talks Continue

PPG Industries’ Protective and Marine Coatings (PMC) business has terminated its licensee agreement with the Comex Group, but Sherwin-Williams remains interested in Central and South America...


Pipeline Coating Bonds in a New Way

A new onshore pipeline coating eliminates the need for an adhesive layer by bonding directly with the anti-corrosion layer, according to producer Bredero Shaw.


U.S. Coatings Get New ‘National Player’

Working locally to compete nationally, nine regional North American paint and coating manufacturers have banded together to increase their specifying and selling power from coast to coast.


‘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...


Outside U.S., Industrial Coatings Grow

While the North American industrial coatings market plods along, the market worldwide has taken a leap forward, with sizable new investments by Axalta Coating Systems and AkzoNobel.


SSPC Revises Zinc Primer Standard

Testing and performance requirements for highly pigmented primers containing zinc dust are part of new revisions to a standard from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Valspar Gifts $1M to Research Lab

Materials-science research at the University of Minnesota has taken a million-dollar step forward with help from The Valspar Corp.


Stopaq Enters U.S. Market

Nearly two years after purchasing its pipeline corrosion technologies, Berry Plastics is ready to begin distributing Stopaq products in the United States.


Water-Based Epoxy Shields Tanks

Industrial-grade thermal tank insulation from a water-based epoxy is the promise of Carboline Company's new Carbotherm 551.


New Coating Nixes Chromate

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


Smart Coatings Turn on Tomorrow

Functional coatings that respond to their environment could be a critical piece of tomorrow's energy puzzle—but only if the price is right, a new report says.


Anti-Corrosion Spray Underway

A graphene-based spray coating that would help multiple industries “easily and inexpensively” fight corrosion is the focus of a new program at the University of Central Florida's NanoScience...


Asia to Anchor Global Coatings Surge

Riding a 50 percent increase in coatings consumption in the last five years, the Asia-Pacific region will remain the main engine for that growing global market in the next five, a new report...


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.


3 New Systems Made to Stop Static

Arizona Polymer Flooring (APF) has launched StatRez Static Control Flooring Systems, three new coating systems designed to protect areas requiring static dissipative or conductive flooring.


The Case for Commercial Coatings

ORLANDO—Commercial coatings protect buildings as surely as industrial coatings protect infrastructure, so why are there so few standards and certifications for the former?


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.


CR Ranks Store Paint Brands No. 1

House brands from Behr Corp. and Ace Hardware have topped the latest rankings of 67 interior paints tested by Consumer Reports—earning “excellent” ratings in hiding and scrubbability.


JPCL Salutes Excellence in Papers

ORLANDO—Outstanding technical articles on coatings topics from A (application) to Z (zinc) were honored Monday (Feb. 10) with JPCL Editors' Awards as SSPC 2014 opened 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.


Coating Offers Steel, Aluminum Guarantee

A new coating system is designed to provide maximum protection for aluminum and steel products in harsh climates and environmental conditions.


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.


Coatings Research Group Taps New Chief

Coatings industry veteran Richard Scott has become the sixth executive director of the Coatings Research Group Inc. (CRGI), the international coating manufacturers association based in Cleve...


PPG to Acquire Hi-Temp Coatings

PPG Industries will reach deeper into the petrochemical and other industrial markets with the acquisition of Hi-Temp Coatings Technology Co., Inc., the Pittsburgh-based company announced Mon...


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.


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.


Paint Sales Outpace UK Economy

Robust coatings sales in the UK outperformed that nation’s overall economy in the fourth quarter of 2013, the British Coatings Federation has announced.


Roof Membrane Reflects, Protects

AVM Industries Inc. has introduced Sky Roof Coating 880, a two-part, water-based 100 percent polyurethane membrane designed for horizontal and vertical waterproofing.


New Roof Membrane Reflects, Protects

Waterproofing products supplier AVM Industries has rolled out a two-part liquid-applied roof membrane for horizontal and vertical waterproofing.


Sealer Beefs Up Alkali Resistance

Dunn-Edwards Corp. has reformulated its EffStop Premium masonry primer/sealer to improve its alkali and efflorescence resistance.


New NIST Coating Quells Foam Ignition

Government scientists have developed a nanocoating that dramatically cuts the flammability, melting and pooling of polyurethane foam—the source of hundreds of deaths and thousands of house f...


Insulation Seals Without Added Barrier

FireStop2, new from Gaco Western, is reportedly the first single-application, open-cell, spray-foam insulation that requires no additional ignition barrier, according to the manufacturer.


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.


3 New Concrete Systems Launched

Concrete and masonry coating systems recommended for refineries, refrigerated storage areas, and bridges are part of a new lineup from Seal-Krete.


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.


NACE Expands Training to Middle East

NACE International has announced plans to open a new corrosion control training facility in Dubai, UAE.


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 ...


AkzoNobel’s No. 2 to Step Down

Keith Nichols, 53, the chief financial officer who led AkzoNobel during a turbulent period in 2012 and oversaw its largest acquisition, will leave his position June 30 “after eight highly su...


Sales Drive Standout Quarter at RPM

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. delivered a record second quarter and blockbuster first half of FY 2014, riding a wave of sales volume growth on both the industrial and consumer side...


2 Coating Groups Elect New Directors

RadTech and the Powder Coating Institute have both named their new board members for 2014.


PPG Names Industrial Coatings VP

Pittsburgh, PA-based PPG Industries has announced a new vice president for its global industrial coatings business.


New Fire Protection for Structural Steel

Carboline Co. has introduced Thermo-Lag E100, an advanced epoxy intumescent for the protection of exterior and interior commercial structural steel elements.


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...


First Colorant VOC Limits Take Effect

Industrial maintenance and specialty coatings in Southern California are beginning the new year under the nation's first VOC restrictions for colorants.


Town Makes its Mark with Winning Tank

A colorful, new water tank in Mt. Vernon, IL, has beat out more than 200 competitors to win Tnemec's 2013 Tank of the Year.


Paint Makers to Pay $1.1B for Lead

Reversing years of legal victories, the Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead paint from millions of Californi...


Direct-to-Metal Epoxy Covers in 1 Coat

Sherwin-Williams has introduced a direct-to-metal, high-solids epoxy that meets specifications for military applications.


JPCL Releases 5 New Coatings eBooks

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: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linin...


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...


SSPC Launches Free Mobile App

Standards, events, JPCL articles and other resources for coatings professionals on the go is now available as a free mobile app from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


NASA Coatings Seek Smoother Splats

Something is really bugging scientists at NASA, driving them to develop coatings to solve their pesty problem.


Concrete Product Tackles Efflorescence

NewLook International is touting a permanent solution for concrete and masonry efflorescence with its new admixture, called EffLock.


Stealth Coating Garners Defense Award

A new coating that helps submarines avoid detection has earned an Australian scientist a prestigious government defense award.


Coating Protects Rotor Blade Edges

BASF has announced a new paint designed to protect the edges of wind turbine rotor blades.


Five Awarded New Coatings Scholarship

Five students studying coatings and polymeric materials have been awarded scholarships as part of two new programs announced by North Dakota State University and the Valspar Corporation.


Clear Coat Restores Oxidized Paint

A new clear coating offers a long-term solution to restore original properties, according to developer Nanovere Technologies LLC.


Tesla Announces $50M Investment

Protective coatings maker Tesla NanoCoatings says it is poised for significant growth with a new "strategic partnership" and major investment by a Korean chemical firm.


Industrial Coatings Hold Back Valspar

Struggling sales of general industrial coatings fueled a 14 percent fourth-quarter decline in profits at the Valspar Corp., the company reported Tuesday (Nov. 19).


Carboline Unveils 3 Pipe Linings

Improving natural-gas pipe flow efficiency is the promise of three new epoxy lining products from Carboline Co.


New Pipe Lining Resins Go Green

Specialty chemical maker Interplastic Corp. has developed a new line of “green” Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) resins designed to “eliminate the environmental concerns in lining underground pipe...


And Now, a Dog of a Different Color

Dogs have a million endearing qualities: affectionate, eager, loyal. But color coordinated? Not so much. At least, not until now.


Smart Coatings to Hit $3B by 2018

The global smart coatings market is expected to reach $3 billion in 2018, experiencing exponential growth as industries opt for quality and performance over price, a new report predicts.


Clear Coats Join Anti-Graffiti System

PPG Industries has introduced two new anti-graffiti clear coatings that are designed to be used in a system with the company's proprietary cleaner.


New Teflon Coating is Water-Based

DuPont has introduced what it calls the first “truly water-based,” low-VOC protective coating with a corrosion resistance of up to 3,000 salt spray hours.


Rhino Buys Protective Coating Supplier

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


Free Webinar Covers CUI Systems

Preventing corrosion under insulation with a “sandwich” of jacketing, insulation and the right CUI coating will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Canusa Slapped in Coating Patent Case

Stopaq's Wrappingband has bested Canusa's Wrapid Bond in the German Court of Appeals, which has deemed the latter a copycat product that violates Stopaq's patent.


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.


AkzoNobel Adds, Nippon Paint Subtracts

Global coating makers AkzoNobel and Nippon Paint are resizing their portfolios, with AkzoNobel expanding its presence in the Middle East and Nippon Paint divesting part of its U.S. business.


Hempel Expands Versiline Globally

Hempel has announced the global distribution of its Versiline coatings line, starting with the vinyl ester range.


Mexico Again Rejects Sherwin Deal

Mexican anti-trust regulators have once again blocked Sherwin-Williams’ push for Latin American domination, nixing the Cleveland company’s $2.34 billion bid for rival Consorcio Comex, S.A. d...


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.


Spray-on Coating Lights Up the Road

A UK company has rolled out a spray-applied aggregate surfacing that reportedly absorbs and stores UV energy during the day to illuminate roads and pathways at night.


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.


New Camo Coating Tricks IR Cameras

A new coating that can hide its internal temperature from thermal sensors holds hot potential for a new class of military applications, say developers at Harvard University.


Coating Claims Germ-Free Finish

German researchers are reporting the development of a coating with the potency to kill and deflect fungal and bacterial growth for years.


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...


Urethane Fights Corrosion at High Temps

Corr-Paint CP2010, new from Aremco Products Inc., is formulated to provide high-temperature corrosion resistance on copper and steel components and structures exposed to oxidation and corros...


Coating Signals Corrosion Colorfully

A new corrosion-sensing coating that incorporates nanocapsules would flag underlying corrosion by changing colors, researchers say.


UK Coatings Federation Names President

Sun Chemical managing director Nick Smith has been appointed president of the British Coatings Federation (BCF)—the association's first leader from the printing inks industry since 1998.


3rd CEO in 2 Years Joins Ben Moore

Paint maker Benjamin Moore & Company has appointed a career retailing executive as its third CEO in two years.


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.


Roofs Get Antibacterial Protection

A new anti-microbial roof coating can protect both the substrate and the occupants below it, the manufacturer says.


Free Webinar Plumbs Wastewater Coatings

Hands-on experience in what works—and, just as important, what doesn’t—in coating water and wastewater structures will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Valspar Launches Improved Coil Coating

Valspar has announced a new weather-resistant coil coating system for metals used in a variety of applications.


AkzoNobel Plans Global Restructuring

Having wrapped the sell-off of major segments of its architectural coatings division, AkzoNobel has announced plans to aggressively reorganize and streamline the rest of the business by the ...


DuPont Refinish Reborn as Cromax

Automotive coatings formerly from DuPont are getting a fresh new face with a rebranding campaign taking place throughout the rest of the year.


Coating Makers Assail Shutdown

America’s paint and coating manufacturers have joined the growing public call on Congress to settle its budget differences and reopen the U.S. federal government.


AkzoNobel, PPG Growing Outside U.S.

PPG Industries and AkzoNobel will invest more than $125 million in new coating manufacturing facilities in Russia and China to expand production in those regions, the companies have announce...


Another CEO Fired at Benjamin Moore

For the second time in 15 months, Warren E. Buffett has abruptly canned the head of his paint and coatings business.


Global Auto Paint Market Accelerates

Firmly on its mark with economic and environmental trends, the automotive coatings industry is set to grow, crossing an $11.7 billion finish line within five years, a new market forecast rep...


Steel-Tech Adds Spray Coating

Rust-Oleum has uncapped an aerosol version of its stainless-steel-infused Steel-Tech High Performance protective line.


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

A stronger, more durable new cement from Denmark holds a sweet secret.


EPA Drops Chemical Safety Proposals

Environmental regulators have quietly scrapped their plan to tighten oversight of several controversial building and flame-retardant chemicals and require more transparency by manufacturers.


‘Terminator’ Polymer Heals Without Help

Taking a cue from early ’90s movie magic, scientists in Spain have reported the first self-healing polymer that “spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention.”


New Finish Made for Extreme Weather

Sherwin-Williams has announced a new fluoropolymer urethane coating for structures that require extreme weather durability.


New Traffic Paint Made for Versatility

Dunn-Edwards has launched a new line of fast-drying traffic paint for a variety of substrates and applications.


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.


Webinar Sifts Data from ‘Hocus Pocus’

Using performance data and standards to compare and select products will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Sherwin-Williams Gets Comex U.S. Unit

While the lion's share of the deal remains on hold, Sherwin-Williams has completed acquisition of the North American paint business of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., the companies announced ...


Huntsman Makes Major Play for TiO2

Setting its sights on becoming the No. 2 global producer of titanium dioxide pigments, Huntsman Corp. has announced a $1.1 billion cash acquisition of certain business units of Rockwood Hold...


Bayer MaterialScience Warns of Cuts

One of the world’s oldest and largest producers of raw materials for coatings and construction is facing a product oversupply and rising costs that have it considering cutbacks.


JPCL Launches Free European Edition

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


Adhesive Mixer Death Draws $200K Fine

Calling the gruesome death of a temporary worker “completely preventable,” California authorities have slapped a leading industrial adhesives maker with a list of safety citations and a $200...


Jotun Offers Mesh-Free Fire Protection

Jotun has announced a new, mesh-free passive fire protection coating system for steel.


New Coatings Carry a Gourmet Touch

The latest coatings research has taken a tasty turn toward ingredients that non-chemists can not only pronounce, but actually consume: Wine. Tea. Chocolate.


Elcometer to Increase UK Production

Six years after doubling its UK manufacturing space, Elcometer has announced another expansion.


AkzoNobel Takes Sustainability Crown

Despite its recent setbacks, the world’s largest paint and coatings maker is also one of the world’s most sustainably driven companies, according to a widely respected new global ranking.


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.


AkzoNobel Plans New Wave of Downsizing

AkzoNobel continues to shrink its European footprint, with a new plan to close more than half of its German offices in the wake of recent divestments.


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.


U.S. Paints, Coatings to Top $30.6B

Industrial maintenance and marine coatings in the United States will see slow but steady growth in the wake of a five-year rebound blazed by the architectural ector, according to a new marke...


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.


AkzoNobel to Shutter Dutch Plant

AkzoNobel will phase out a chemical plant in the Netherlands as the paint and coating maker's markets shift from Europe to Asia and North America, the company announced Friday (Aug. 30).


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.


AkzoNobel Sponsors Girls' Rights Prize

A Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education will receive €100,000 (about $133,410 USD) for her cause from AkzoNobel.


Protective Coating Withstands 1400°F

A new heat-resistant coating for a variety of metal applications is the latest offering from Flame Control Coatings.


New Floor Epoxy Made to Stop Static

Warehouses, production floors, shipping and receiving areas, high-traffic aisles and other industrial and open-air environments that demand static protection have a new floor coating option ...


PPG, Axalta Name Industrial Leadership

Two global coatings companies have announced executive-level changes in their industrial coatings units.


Axalta Invests $5M in Coatings Center

The old DuPont Performance Coatings business is making a new push into scaling up its coatings research and development, with a fresh $5 million infusion into its Coatings Technology Center ...


Ocean Animals Inspire Camo Coatings

Inspired by the color-changing creatures of the sea, researchers are trying to develop camouflage coatings that could shift color properties when triggered by the user’s surroundings.


DuPont to Pay $72M in Price-Fixing Case

DuPont, the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide, has agreed to pay $72 million in cash to settle allegations by several paint companies that it fixed prices for the common paint pig...


Coatings, Markets Dim Valspar’s Outlook

Sluggishness in industrial coatings and international markets led the Valspar Corp. to reduce its annual earnings guidance Tuesday (Aug. 13) in the wake of a disappointing third quarter.


Altana Buys Henkel Coatings Unit

Global specialty chemicals group ALTANA is pushing deeper into the North American coatings market with the acquisition of Henkel's $15 million specialty coatings business.


2-in-1 Protective Semi-Gloss Unveiled

International Paint LLC has announced a new protective semi-gloss primer finish for its North American market.


SSPC Sets Wastewater Coating Standard

Performance requirements for certain concrete coatings used at wastewater facilities are the focus of a new standard by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Ancient Gilders Best Modern Methods

Today, protective coating durability is measured in years—decades, if you're lucky. So how come some thin-film metal coating technology developed 2,000 years ago is still holding up?


Valspar Says ‘Ciao, Europa’

U.S.-based Valspar Corp. is now a player in the European industrial coatings market, with its newly completed acquisition of an Italian company.


Paint Makers Unite over Chemical Bill

U.S. coating suppliers are pulling out the stops to help pass what they call a "groundbreaking" overhaul of the nation's 37-year-old chemical safety laws.


Hempel Launches New Offshore Coating

A new epoxy mid-coat from Hempel can reduce drying times by up to 25 percent for offshore wind tower manufacturers, the company says.


VersaFlex Launches Equipment Cleaner

Painters facing spray equipment cleaning challenges have a new option from VersaFlex Inc.


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.


PPG Appoints New CFO, VPs

Several executive changes were announced this week at PPG Industries Inc., including a CFO and several vice president appointments.


New eBook Covers Specialty Coatings

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying specialty function coatings, such as anti-graffiti, fire-resistant and heat-resistant coatings, is the focus of two new eBooks published by ...


DuPont Ponders Sale of Chemicals Unit

DuPont may shed its Performance Chemicals segment, which produces paint pigments, after a less-than-stellar performance in the second quarter, the major chemical manufacturer announced on Tu...


Revenue Drops in RPM’s Q4

Slight sales increases for RPM International were overshadowed by a 21 percent drop in income for the fourth quarter, the parent company of Carboline and Rust-Oleum reported on Monday (July ...


Plane Crash Aided by Flame Retardants

Jetliner improvements, such as flame-retardant materials in seats and carpeting, may have bought many passengers the extra time needed to escape the Asiana Airline crash July 6 at San Franci...


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...


Sherwin-Williams Sees Q2 Profit Gain

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported a 13 percent profit increase for the second quarter, but also announced a snag in its planned $2.34 billion acquisition of Comex Group.


PPG’s Q2 Records Sales, Income Gains

In a record second quarter, PPG Industries announced double-digit percentage sales gains for both industrial and performance coatings segments, boosting the paint and coatings company from a...


Smog-Battling Concrete Gains Support

Titanium dioxide-laced concrete could help cut down air pollution when incorporated into roads, lab and field tests in the Netherlands have concluded.


XIM Line to Fatten Rust-Oleum Portfolio

Rust-Oleum Corp. is expanding its family of specialty primers and coatings with the acquisition of XIM Products Inc., founded generations ago as a manufacturer of bonding primers and sealers...


Cortec Unveils MCI Concrete Sealer

Cortec Corp. has introduced a single-component penetrating concrete sealer with the company's migrating corrosion inhibitor (MCI) technology for bridges, highways, parking decks and other st...


High-Build Made for 1-Coat Protection

Sherwin-Williams has introduced a high-build, one-coat polyaspartic urethane designed to accelerate return to service on bridges and other infrastructure projects.


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.


Webinar Dips into Galvanizing Coatings

Navigating the many options for overcoating galvanized steel—for both protective and aesthetic purposes—will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


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...


Polysiloxane Topcoat Eases Application

A new acrylic polysiloxane topcoat has rolled out to the North American market, International Paint LLC announced.


Dow Coating Patents Spur Akzo Lawsuit

Coatings giant AkzoNobel has filed suit against Dow Chemical Co., accusing the raw materials maker of misusing confidential information gained from a partnership to apply unilaterally for tw...


Mummies, Mucus and Other Pigments Past

The stuff of cattle urine, snail mucus, and mummies, it’s not hard to see why some paint pigments of the past fell by the wayside.


AkzoNobel Dims Decorative in Germany

AkzoNobel's Decorative Paints business continues its crash diet, with a newly announced plan to shed its German paint stores immediately after selling off its North American unit.


Going Green: Paint Shop Eyes Pot Op

Now, here's a protective coatings factory destined for a higher purpose and extended pot life.


Hybrid Polyurea Made for Climate Swings

Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a spray-applied elastomeric coating that can be applied in a wide range of weather conditions.


Greener AkzoNobel Coatings Ahead

The world’s largest paint and coatings producer will step up the use of bio-based materials in its products, under a new agreement with a sustainable chemical producer.


New Nanomyte Coating Made for Metal

NEI Corp. has launched a hydrophobic coating designed specifically for metal surfaces in several industrial applications.


OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.


Firestone Unveils Roof Protection Line

Elastomeric technology, formulated with 100 percent acrylic polymer, is the cornerstone of a new suite of roof coatings from Firestone Building Products Company.


Building Journal Launches Conference

Building performance and aesthetics will take center stage at D+D 2014, the first annual conference and exhibit hosted by Durability + Design Magazine.


PPG Lands DOD Coating Funds

PPG Industries has received more than $1 million to develop military-grade coatings that do not include health-damaging isocyanates.


Global Polymers Acquires Perlastic

Global Polymer Solutions has announced the acquisition of the global rights to Perlastic industrial protective coatings products.


Lining Touts Severe Chemical Resistance

Sherwin-Williams' Protective & Marine Coatings division has introduced Magnalux 404 FF, billed as the first styrene-free vinyl ester for use with steel and concrete substrates in the oil and...


PPG’s Polish Plant Starts Production

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


Glass Flake Epoxy Made for Bridges

Sherwin-Williams has developed a glass flake epoxy-based paint—originally developed for offshore structures in the North Sea—for use on bridges and highways.


3M Unveils Abrasion-Resistant Epoxy

3M Scotchkote has introduced Abrasion Resistant Epoxy Coating (AREC) 328, a 100% solids, two-part epoxy system designed for directional drilling, rocky terrain, and other rugged applications...


Free eBook Offers Tank Coating Help

A new compilation of technical guidance on coating protection and maintenance of water tanks is now available as a free downloadable eBook from JPCL.


USAF Offers $7M for Corrosion R&D

The U.S. Air Force Academy is making $7 million in grant money available for research and development of protective coatings, test methods and materials to fight corrosion.


Bayer Coatings Unit Taps New Leader

Christine Bryant, a chemical engineer and 20-year veteran of Bayer MaterialScience, has been named to lead the Commercial Operations for the Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) business ...


Valspar Makes European Industrial Push

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


Cytec Coatings Unit Gains New Identity

Two months after becoming an independent company, Cytec Industries’ old coating resins business officially has a new name: Allnex.


Rapid-Cure Epoxy Offers Quick Return

A new tank lining offers fast return to service in a single coat, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has announced.


New Coating Resists Humidity, Chemicals

For industrial applications where color and gloss retention are crucial, Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a new polyurea aliphatic coating.


Paint Pen Lights Up Projects

Forget pesky electrical upgrades. Who has time, when you can just paint them on? Thanks to an electrically conductive paint, almost any surface can be turned into a functioning light, and th...


Coating Made to be Bulletproof

Developed for a “dangerous world” of school, mall and theater shootings, a new protective coating is being billed as a bullet-stopping life saver.


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.


PPG Lands Aerospace Coating Unit

PPG Industries Inc. has spread its wings in the aerospace sector, completing the acquisition of California specialty coatings maker Deft Inc.


Blinded by Light, Copper Resists Rust

Intense light can cancel out rust-forming properties on copper, yielding an environmentally friendly way to create propylene oxide, the basis for many coatings, engineers from the University...


Winners to Pay $10M in Lead Paint Suit

They may have won the battle, but paint makers will still have to pay for the long and costly war over lead paint, a Rhode Island judge has ruled.


Industrial No Help to Valspar in Q2

Declining demand for pipeline and other industrial coatings stunted Valspar Corp.'s growth in the second quarter, but the company notched improved performance overall, buoyed by strength on ...


AkzoNobel Paint Targets Renewable Oils

Coatings made from algae-based renewable oils are the goal of a new partnership by AkzoNobel and bioproducts supplier Solazyme Inc.


3M Gives Wind Blades New Coating Option

A new protective coating by 3M is designed to help prevent damage to turbine output caused by erosion on the leading edge of wind blades.


JPCL Invites Free Buying Guide Listings

Suppliers of industrial coatings equipment are invited to submit free listings now for JPCL’s upcoming 26th annual Equipment Buying Guide.


Bayer MS to Sell Off Resins Units

Bayer MaterialScience has announced plans to sell its global powder polyester resins business and its U.S.-based liquid polyester resins merchant business to Stepan Company.


NIOSH Urges Nano Exposure Limits

Nanotechnology holds great promise for paints and coatings, but those microscopic carbon nanotubes and fibers may also carry large risks for workers exposed to them, federal health officials...


Coatings EHS Chief Held in $700K Fraud

A former coatings company manager has been indicted on 47 counts of fraud, accused of faking a side business to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer.


And Now, Amber Waves of ... Concrete?

Here's food for thought: Those good-for-you grains that now stoke your morning cereal may soon also fortify your local dam, highway and bridge.


Cortec Coating Eases Graffiti Removal

A new coating helps protect bridges, streets and other industrial and commercial exteriors from graffiti while incorporating corrosion inhibitor technology, Cortec announced.


Tank Lining Boasts 1-Coat Extended Life

A new coating for high-temperature tank applications that is also high pressure-resistant is designed to meet the increasing needs of the oil and gas industry, The Sherwin-Williams Company s...


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.


New Coatings Protect Tanks and Piping

Induron Protective Coatings has released two new products for the sewage and water industries.


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...


Gild Trip: Fancy Feast is a Spray Away

The goose that laid the golden egg didn't have to die, as it turns out.


Rust Inhibitors Carry Golden Prospects

Busting rust is a booming enterprise, with the U.S. demand for all types of corrosion inhibitors set to grow by a steady 4.1 percent annually through 2017, a new market forecast projects.


Bayer Manager Elected PDA President

Industry expert and JPCL Top Thinker Steven Reinstadtler has been named president of the Polyurea Development Association, the trade association announced Wednesday (April 17).


New Concrete Gives Glow a Go

Concrete pavers, roads, safety strips and stairs can all stand out in the dark with a new series of products produced by a German partnership.


Castolin Acquires Monitor Coatings

Veteran European protective coatings maker Castolin Eutectic has acquired the Monitor Coatings Group, a UK-based provider of coatings for surface engineering in harsh environments.


Static-Busting Paint Team Tops Contest

A team of university students has developed an additive that converts paint to a conductive coating for transportation—an invention that has netted them a $10,000 grand prize.


PPG Expands Aerospace in Deft Deal

Looking to broaden its aerospace coatings portfolio, PPG Industries has acquired specialty coatings manufacturer Deft Inc.


Smart Coating Turns Over a New Leaf

“Bio-inspired” coatings—technology that seeks to emulate the genius of nature—have found promise in insects, algae, plants and even sperm. The lotus leaf, famous for its water repellency, ha...


Webinar Targets Offshore Fireproofing

Understanding the critical requirements and certification needed to use passive fireproofing materials offshore will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Flakes Glow for Safety Applications

Glow-in-the-dark flakes that can provide guidance during a power outage are the latest product from Garage Flooring LLC.


Cytec Sells Off Coatings Resins Unit

Cytec’s longtime coating resins business is now an independent company, yet to be named, after being sold to a global private equity firm.


ITW Polymers Coatings Opens New Plant

ITW Polymers Coatings North America has announced the grand opening of its newest manufacturing plant, in Houston, TX.


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...


PPG Fills AkzoNobel’s N. American Shoes

PPG Industries Inc. has taken the second-biggest step in its 130-year history with the $1.05 billion acquisition of AkzoNobel’s North American decorative paints business.


ACA Honors Top Coating Research of 2013

The latest progress on accelerated testing, renewable materials, and organic coatings took top honors this year at the American Coatings Association's 2013 CoatingsTech Conference.


Antifouling Made to Ease Maintenance

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


Sauereisen Debuts SewerGard Industrial

Sauereisen has introduced a new line of coating products for the industrial wastewater market designed to protect concrete and steel from chemical attack.


Insurer: Ameron Knew of Sable Coating Woes

Ameron executives knew of coating failures and corrosion damage at the Sable Offshore Energy Project well before the company applied for insurance related to those problems, according to the...


‘Blind Side’ Waterproofing Bonds Tighter

Preprufe, the longtime backbone of Grace Construction Products' pre-applied waterproofing line, has a new family member that boasts easier application and a stronger adhesive.


AkzoNobel Adds, Subtracts in China

AkzoNobel has announced plans to invest an additional €65 million ($84.4 million U.S.) in China, to boost capacity and “improve operational excellence” at its Surface Chemistry plants in Box...


New MIT Coating Fit to Fight Frost, Fog

If opposites really do attract, a novel hybrid nanocoating with a love-hate relationship toward water could be just the thing to fight frost and fog on windshields, windows, optical equipmen...


PPG Launches Next-Gen Color Software

PPG Industries' commercial coatings group has upgraded its Color Accurate software with expanded search options, simpler functions and more data, including listings for more than 40,000 pref...


Corrosion Chemist Wins Tess Award

The inventor of a magnesium-rich primer that delivers the same sacrificial protection as zinc-rich primers on ferrous substrates will receive the American Chemical Society's prestigious Roy ...


Barrier Coating is New Viral Phenom

Without cat tricks, drunken stunts or bad dancing, a barrier coating product video has become one of YouTube’s latest—and unlikeliest—sensations.


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.


Protective Coating Skips Pretreatment

Researchers in Spain have developed a coating that reportedly offers enhanced corrosion protection to steel and other metals while eliminating the need for pretreatment.


Conversion Coating Cuts Out Chromates

A chromate-free conversion coating for magnesium alloys has been developed by NEI Corporation.


Royal Holdings Buys Adhesives Packaging

Adhesives Packaging has been acquired by Royal Packaging, with intentions of operating the company as a standalone business in packaging, mixing and applying adhesives.


2 Paint Makers Settle FTC Green Suit

Sherwin-Williams and PPG Industries must tread carefully on future zero-VOC labeling claims, under a settlement just finalized with the Federal Trade Commission.


New eBook Aids Bridge Coating Selection

Free expert technical guidance on selecting and specifying bridge coatings is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


CA Wades Back into Antifouling Debate

Eight months after backing off a plan to ban copper antifouling paint on recreational boats, California authorities are dipping a toe back into those regulatory waters.


CoatingsPro Names New Editor

NACE International has appointed Stephanie Marie Chizik as the new editor of CoatingsPro Magazine, the society's bimonthly publication.


Fish Sperm Holds Hot Coating Potential

DNA extracted from—believe it or not—the sperm of herring may unlock a new bio-future for flame-retardant coatings, according to novel research being conducted by Italian researchers.


Concrete Reuse Gets Bolt from the Blue

A flash of inspiration has led researchers to a remarkable new lightning-laced advance in recycling concrete.


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.


Coating May Power Up Tablet Screens

Electronics users who panic at being stranded without a charger may find reassurance in an energy-harvesting coating being developed by an MIT spinoff company.


NY Auctions Off Brooklyn Bridge Paint

Extra paint from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is now the property of a few lucky bidders after it was recently auctioned off by New York state officials.


Shark Skin Inspires Aircraft Coatings

Shark skin-inspired coatings research is underway on dry land and could soon take flight, as German airline giant Lufthansa Technik AG prepares to test the new paint system on two jets.


Coatings Blamed for Aircraft Fuel Leak

Flawed coatings are responsible for a fuel leak in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft, investigators in Japan have determined after a slew of problems have grounded the planes worldwide.


Jury Charges Dow with $400M in Damages

A federal jury hit Dow Chemical Company with $400 million in damages to buyers affected by a urethane price-fixing conspiracy, an amount that could potentially be tripled under federal antit...


Fireproofing Epoxy for Offshore Market

A new offshore fireproofing coating from Carboline is designed to benefit owners, engineers and contractors in coastal and offshore environments.


New Coating Helps Concrete Self-Heal

The world’s first self-healing protective coating for cracks in concrete is the promise of new research and development by a team of Korean scientists.


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.


Researchers Power Up Solar Spray

New spray coating technology could hold the key to creating inexpensive, mass-produced solar cells on everything from car roofs to building facades, UK researchers say.


Coating Allegedly Ruined $40M Deal

Shipping container manufacturer Sea Box Inc. has filed suit against the Valspar Corp., accusing the coating maker of supplying defective paint for a $40 million container coating project for...


Shakeups Continue at AkzoNobel

For the third time in 10 months, AkzoNobel has announced a major change at the top, this time appointing a new overseer for its struggling global Decorative Paints business.


Fluorescents Offer High-Visibility Help

Five new eye-popping aerosols from PlastiKote may help reduce hazards around doors, railings, barriers and other safety-sensitive features of industrial and commercial settings.


Spencer Coatings Flexes New Dominance

Spencer Coatings Ltd. has become the largest independent and British-owned industrial coatings manufacturer in the UK with its recent acquisition of Stokes Paints, the company says.


Gloss is Off in Valspar’s 1st Quarter

International markets flattened coatings and dinged paint sales in Valspar's first quarter, forcing the Minneapolis manufacturer to reduce its full-year guidance for 2013.


1K Waterproofer Made for Detailing

W.R. Meadows has introduced a single-component waterproofing compound for a variety of asphalt and concrete detailing applications.


PPG Chemicals Unit Becomes Axiall

PPG Industries has completed the separation and merger of its commodity chemicals business with a Georgia Gulf subsidiary, giving rise to a new entity called Axiall Corporation.


Polymer Chemist Wins AkzoNobel Award

The ability to tailor make finely tuned materials for specific applications one molecule at a time has earned a Carnegie Mellon researcher AkzoNobel's first North America Science Award.


New Concrete May Extend Bridge Life

A new concrete material that uses lightweight aggregates to absorb internal moisture that inevitably seeps in over time is fast finding a home in the decks of Indiana's newest bridges.


DuPont Coatings Reborn as Axalta

The founding father of the automotive paint business is being laid to rest.


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.


Keeping Super Bowl Paint from Freezing

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, a grounds crew in New Orleans is busy painting the turf, but the special paint had a few obstacles to overcome on its way to the big game.


AkzoNobel Names N. America Director

AkzoNobel has appointed Research, Development, and Innovation chief Graeme Armstrong to oversee its North American operations.


Jury to Decide Dow Price-Fixing Case

Eight years after the suit was filed, Dow Chemical Co. is preparing to defend itself before a federal-court jury over allegations that it participated in a urethane price-fixing conspiracy w...


Corrosives on Tap at New Coatings Show

A new U.S. coatings conference will showcase both theory and practice in the latest protective and other coatings technologies, organizers say.


DuPont Coatings Names Rebar Leader

DuPont Powder Coatings has announced the appointment of area manager Robert R. Phillippi as rebar segment leader, managing DuPont's efforts in this market segment.


Trimite Coatings Keeps Brands in Family

Fending off “intense international competition” for its veteran paint and coating trademarks and brand names, Trimite Global Coatings has acquired all assets of the bankrupt Trimite Ltd. bus...


Flowcrete Expands Parking Deck System

Deckshield coating systems, long used to protect parking structures throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, are coming to the Americas.


Evonik Degussa Corp. Trims Name

Specialty chemicals maker Evonik Degussa Corporation has dropped "Degussa" from its name and is now operating as Evonik Corporation.


Oilseed for Coatings Research Gets $5M

A $5.08 million award will help researchers study how to convert camelina oilseed to produce resins, coatings, sealants and more.


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...


Dutch Design Futuristic Highway

A futuristic highway that uses glow-in-the-dark, solar-powered paint to light up the road at night and warn drivers of treacherous conditions could change the future of travel for Dutch driv...


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...


New Waterproofer Goes Indoor, Outdoor

W.R. Meadows' newest waterproofing compound is a one-component product designed for interior, exterior, horizontal and vertical applications.


Floor Epoxy Tackles Concrete Moisture

StondriMVT, new from Stonhard, is a high-solids epoxy system formulated to suppress excess moisture in concrete before an overlayment.


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...


New Urethane Primer Aids Metal Roofs

White-Knight/White-Stallion Metal Primer, just introduced by The Garland Co., is a single-component, moisture-curing primer for use on metal systems that require rust inhibitors or chemical ...


Scholarship, Service Take SSPC Awards

SAN ANTONIO—A scholarly yet sassy examination of the "nether world" of Corrosion Under Insulation took the 2013 Outstanding Publication Award on the opening day of SSPC 2013.


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.


Carboline Parent Notches Strong Q2

Protective coatings giant RPM International Inc. reported strong sales and earnings in its second quarter, but remained weighed down by continuing charges that dampened its first quarter.


Sherwin-Williams Joins China’s Car Boom

Sherwin-Williams has waded deeper into China’s vast automotive market with the acquisition of Changzhou (Jiangsu) Pulanna Coating Co. Ltd., a leading maker of automotive coatings for the Chi...


UK Axes AkzoNobel's Can Coatings Deal

Britain's Office of Fair Trading has blocked AkzoNobel's proposed acquisition of Metlac Holding, ruling that the deal would substantially reduce competition in metal coatings for beer and be...


DOD Adds $1.5M to Powder Coating Push

The U.S. Department of Defense has stepped up its campaign against liquid protective coatings with a $1.5 million award to PPG Industries to develop a powder Chemical Agent Resistant Coating...


Protective Coatings Centers Launched

International Paint LLC, an AkzoNobel company, has announced the opening of Protective Coatings Centers across the U.S. and Canada.


U.S. Drives for Less Rust on the Road

Is there a solution to the thousands of miles of guardrails rusting away along American highways? The federal government is gambling yes, with a new request for proposals to find the best me...


RCI Offers Show Scholarships

RCI, the trade association for roofing, waterproofing and building envelope consultants, is offering scholarships for full-time college students to attend the association's International Con...


Chromaflo Acquires Colorant Line

Chromaflo Technologies Corp. announced that it has acquired the Elementis Tint-Ayd line of colorant products that are sold in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.


PPG Gets Go-Ahead to Split Business

PPG is finalizing plans to split off its $5 billion commodity chemicals business after receiving a favorable ruling from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the company announced.


‘Rare Earth’ Coating Draws Rare Honor

The U.S. Department of Defense has chosen a new environmentally benign, corrosion-resistant coating for military aircraft and other weapons systems as a top project of 2012.


U.S. Research to Examine Nano Safety

Nanotechnology in paints and coatings is spreading like wildfire, but how safe are the popular micro-materials for humans and the environment in the long run? That is one question that U.S. ...


PCI Updates Powder Coating Handbook

The Powder Coating Institute's fourth edition of The Powder Coating Handbook is now available, PCI has announced.


Watson Standard Acquires Delta Coatings

Century-old coatings maker Watson Standard is expanding its portfolio and re-entering the general industrial coatings marketplace with the acquisition of Delta Coatings Corp.


CA Plans New Squeeze on VOC Limits

Even lower VOC emissions limits on architectural and industrial maintenance coatings may be headed for California, to the dismay of coating manufacturers.


Feds Test Bridges Built with Bad Grout

Defective grout may have been used to build as many as three dozen bridges in 21 states from November 2002 to March 2010, the Federal Highway Administration is reporting.


Flowcrete Unveils Parking Deck Coatings

Floor systems maker Flowcrete Group Ltd. has announced an improved version of its Deckshield ED coating for parking garages, as well as a new quick-curing formulation of the product.


Nanocoating Tackles Soil Toxins

Seek and destroy. That's how nanoparticles in a new coating could potentially rid soil of dangerous toxins, a Canadian researcher has found.


Power Outage Shuts Down PPG Plant

“A major generator transformer failure” has severely impacted production at PPG Industries' chlor-alkali complex in Lake Charles, LA, the company announced Friday (Dec. 7).


Dur-A-Flex Names R&D Manager

Dur-A-Flex, Inc. announced Murty Bhamidipati, Ph.D., as the new manager of Research and Development for the resinous flooring manufacturer.


Tesla Adds 3 to Management Team

Tesla NanoCoatings has announced the addition of three top managers to its team.


Chinese TiO2 Firm Seals Deal with PPG

China's largest exporter of titanium dioxide has signed off on a deal to license PPG Industries' technology to produce chloride-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) at its refinement facilities in ...


Colorful Beach Tank Wins Contest

Beating out over 200 competitors with its intricate mural, a 500,000-gallon pedestal water tank on the Emerald Coast of Okaloosa Island, FL, has been named Tnemec's 2012 Tank of the Year.


AkzoNobel CEO Makes ‘Full Recovery’

Nearly three months after abruptly announcing a leave of absence due to “temporary fatigue,” AkzoNobel’s chief executive officer is returning.


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.


Coating Aims to Protect in Rail Fires

Global engineering group Trelleborg has introduced a fire-retardant protective coating designed to slow combustion of trains and save lives.


Global Coatings Market Set to Surge

Market researchers are painting a rosy future for the global coatings market, with robust growth on tap through 2015.


New Hempel DTM Coating Cures in 1 Hour

Global coatings maker Hempel has launched an anti-corrosive coating that combines primer and topcoat in a single coat and cures in 60 minutes.


NASA Paint Sprays Away New Car Smell

Love it or hate it, that “new car smell” is not healthy—or, it turns out, good for sensitive satellite instruments—driving NASA to find a way to spray it away.


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...


Bottema Named Sto’s Marketing Officer

Sto Corp. has appointed Rob Bottema to the newly created position of chief marketing officer.


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...


PPG Names Thiele as Treasurer

PPG Industries Inc. has named Eric K. Thiele treasurer and company officer, succeeding Vice President and Treasurer Aziz Giga, who is retiring.


Valspar Leaves 2012 on an Up Note

The Valspar Corp. ended fiscal year 2012 with a flat quarter, stronger share prices, and a modest overall sales increase for the year—overall, good enough for a solid rebound from its massiv...


Hempel Patents 2-Coat Protection

Coating maker Hempel has gained a patent for its two-coat, low-solvent protective paint system for refineries, the chemical industry, power generation, infrastructure projects and wind turbi...


PPG Debuts Coatings Combo Package

PPG Industries' industrial coatings business debuted a new packaged coatings solution this week at the FABTECH conference in Las Vegas.


Sherwin-Williams Bags Mexico’s Comex

The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced plans to acquire Comex Group, a 60-year-old Mexican paint company, for $2.34 billion in an all-cash transaction.


Powder Coating Group Names Director

The Powder Coating Institute has appointed trade publication veteran Dave Lurie as its new executive director to succeed Rodger Talbert.


Tape Can Bond Powder-Coated Materials

A new double-sided tape from Tesa is designed to enable constructive bonding for a range of applications, including powder-coated materials.


High-Gloss Protection for Structures

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has launched a high-gloss acrylic polyurethane designed to provide long-term UV protection for high-profile structures.


Valspar’s CFO Retires

Valspar Corp. announced the planned retirement of Lori Walker, the company's chief financial officer.


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.


Coil Coating Group Names Technical Director

The National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) has named Dr. Al Dunlop to the position of technical director.


ASTM Targets Green Product Claims

Amid a rising backlash against "greenwashing" claims, ASTM International has unveiled a new program that seeks to clarify the full cradle-to-grave environmental impact of a product.


Paintballs vs. The Apocalypse

If a giant asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, who ya gonna call? Paintballers!


Orange You Glad You Paint Philippine Bridges?

It wasn't a trick-or-treat stunt: The Philippines government announced Wednesday (Oct. 31) that it would henceforth paint all federally owned steel bridges "International Orange."


New High-Temp Coating Tackles CUI

Sherwin-Williams has introduced an immersion-grade, single-component coating for protection against corrosion under insulation in the oil and gas industry.


Curiosity Coating is Out of This World

A cosmic coating that stood up to four years of exposure on the International Space Station is now being used on the Mars Curiosity Rover to protect the craft's power unit as it collects dat...


FTC Slaps Sherwin, PPG on VOC Marketing

The Sherwin-Williams Company and PPG Industries must cease their long-running “zero VOC” claims on two major paint lines, under a new agreement with the Federal Trade Commission.


Offshore Wind Coating Now Solvent Free

Hempel has launched a solvent-free version of its best-selling protective coating for offshore wind turbine foundations.


Valspar Invests $30M in Research Center

Valspar’s past will house its future, as the company’s vintage former headquarters building is transformed into the new global hub of its R&D network.


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...


Paint, Pigment Hits Spur DuPont Layoffs

Shedding its auto paint business and stung by declining demand for titanium dioxide, DuPont will lay off 1,500 workers as part of a “targeted restructuring plan” to improve performance, the ...


International Paint Names VP-Protective

International Paint LLC, an AkzoNobel company, has appointed Scott Doering to the newly created position of Vice President Protective Coatings Business Development, North America.


Tiny Capsules Pack Friction-Free Punch

A new coating filled with tiny lubricant capsules could be the next advancement in self-healing coatings for metal surfaces that fall victim to friction.


Coating Makers Study Green Crackdown

U.S. trade regulators are cracking down on green claims, with potentially significant implications for the paint and coating industry.


Fearless Felix’s Cosmic Coatings

Some called him a hero; others, just crazy. But one thing is certain: Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking space jump holds the potential to provide valuable scientific data for several aspec...


PPG to Buy Industrial Coatings Supplier

PPG Industries is strengthening its international industrial coatings portfolio with the acquisition of global specialty coatings producer Spraylat, the companies have announced.


Future Coatings Keep Car Stench Away

Pine tree-shaped air fresheners may become a thing of the past as researchers work on an interior car coating designed to fend off the stinky build-up of microorganisms.


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...


AkzoNobel CEO Extends Sick Leave

On the eve of his scheduled return to work, AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner has extended his medical leave for several more months, the company has announced.


Tank Lining Can Be Applied in 1 Coat

International Paint LLC has launched Devoe Bar-Rust 234P, billed as “the first solvent-free epoxy, low-temperature potable water tank lining system.”


‘Magic’ Coating Protects 100x Better

Graphene, a microscopically thin layer of carbon atoms invisible to the human eye, has been wowing researchers for the last few years.


New Dow Resin Toughens Polysiloxanes

Dow Corning has rolled out a new resin designed to improve the chemical resistance and flexibility of polysiloxane coatings beyond that of traditional epoxy topcoats.


Polyurea Tested Against Tsunami Force

Waterproofed tanks left standing after Japan’s catastrophic 2011 earthquake and tsunami have inspired Japanese researchers to develop a new coating that may protect other concrete structures...


Metal Protection Takes a Tasty Turn

Here’s juicy news for the protective coatings industry: The newest potential secret weapon in the war on corrosion comes from the date palm, cultivated for its edible sweetfruit.


RPM Takes a Licking, Keeps on Ticking

Economic turmoil in India and weakness in the roofing division punched a $56.3 million hole in RPM International’s otherwise-positive first quarter of fiscal 2013, the industrial coating gia...


Safway Acquires N. American Coatings

Strengthening its position as a full-service provider for industrial coating projects throughout the U.S. and Canada, scaffold and access equipment supplier Safway Group has acquired North A...


Hempel Adds 2 Intumescents for Steel

Hempel has launched a new range of intumescent coatings for passive fire protection of steel structures.


JPCL Offers New, Free Pipeline eBook

Protecting and Maintaining Transmission Pipeline—an expert-written compilation of articles on this critical infrastructure type—is the focus of a new, free eBook published by JPCL:...


Nanotube Coating Gets $100K R&D Boost

A new corrosion-resistant steel coating made with fullerene carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has drawn its third honor in less than a year—and, this time, a major grant to further development.


UK Takes Dim View of AkzoNobel Deal

AkzoNobel’s plan to take over Metlac Holding has hit a snag, with the UK’s antitrust agency deeming the metals coating deal a bad one for customers.


Coating Could Tame Explosive Boiling

A new superhydrophobic coating may help suppress explosive boiling reactions like those that can occur in nuclear reactors and other equipment exposed to water at high heat.


Investor Acquires FL Powder Coater

Positioning itself for aggressive growth in the U.S. powder-coating market, Architectural Finish Systems Inc., of Clearwater, FL, is sporting a new owner, new expansion funds, and new manage...


U.S. Zinc Names New President

Global zinc producer U.S. Zinc has chosen a new president from the executive ranks of its parent firm, Votorantim Metais.


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.


Sealer Protects Floors from Pounding

High-traffic industrial and commercial concrete and masonry floors have a new water-based, nano-acrylic/urethane sealing topcoat option from NewLook International.


New AkzoNobel CEO Sidelined by Fatigue

Less than five months into his new position at the helm of the world’s largest paint and coatings company, AkzoNobel’s CEO has taken a medical leave of absence, citing fatigue.


Pipe Epoxy Made for Longer Pot Life

Polyguard Products Inc. has introduced a two-part epoxy pipe coating designed to provide an extended pot life and high-temperature resistance.


New Fireproofing Meets Latest Codes

Grace Construction Products has rolled out a new spray-applied fireproofing material that meets the latest bond strength requirements of the International Building Code.


Waterbornes to Drive Coating Comeback

The U.S. paint and coatings market has finally been given a light at the end of the tunnel.


Seeing New Security in Invisible Codes

You won’t see it, but South Dakota researchers have created an invisible Quick Response (QR) code that could help reduce counterfeiting and increase security on printed documents.


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.


Coatings Pull Slick Trick on Mussels

Silicone coatings are proving an effective new weapon in the Pacific Northwest’s war on invasive mussels.


Laminate Protects Structures in Blasts

Bayer MaterialScience has developed a blast-mitigating laminate material that meets federal anti-terrorism force protection standards for blast-resistant glazing.


Coatings Pro Chief Joins JPCL Publisher

Jennifer Kramer, the editor of Coatings Pro Magazine and a NACE-certified coating inspector, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Durability + Design Magazine.


Sherwin-Williams Recalls 4 Aerosols

The Sherwin-Williams Company is recalling nearly 120,000 aerosol canisters of automotive, acrylic and other paints in the wake of user reports that cans have been leaking and pose a fire haz...


Coating Makers Fighting TSCA Overhaul

For the second time in three weeks, coating manufacturers are working to head off expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority.


Rust-Oleum Calls Hybrid Primer a First

Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands has unveiled what it says is a first for North America: a hybrid epoxy primer designed for corrosion protection on metal surfaces.


DuPont Coatings Unit Sold for $4.9B

DuPont Performance Coatings, one of the world’s largest automotive coatings suppliers, has reached the finish line.


Compound Offers Low-VOC Waterproofing

Concrete surfaces that need protection from water intrusion have a new solvent-free, low-VOC option from W.R. Meadows.


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...


U. of Akron to Host 1st Corrosion Forum

Leading-edge corrosion coatings, technology, materials and policies will be the focus of the inaugural Corrosion Forum next month at the new National Center for Education and Research on Cor...


PPG Shakes Up Global Coatings Leaders

Protective and marine coatings, aerospace products, automotive refinish and other key businesses will all soon have new leaders at PPG Industries, as one senior executive steps down, the com...


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...


Combat Face Paint May Shield in Blasts

A new camouflage paint has proved effective at concealing soldiers from the enemy and protecting their faces and hands from the searing heat of bomb blasts, researchers say.


Gilt-y Pleasure: New Tints for Concrete

Seal-Krete has unveiled the look of copper, silver, bronze, nickel and other shimmery tints for commercial and retail concrete floors.


Topcoat Made to Fight Wear, Hold Color

VersaFlex has introduced Aliphatic ClearCoat-Fast, a 100% solids topcoat designed to provide abrasion-resistant, high-gloss protection for industrial and commercial floors.


Free New eBook Delivers Latest on Corrosion Coatings

The newest leading-edge coatings technology for controlling corrosion is the focus of a new, free eBook just published by JPCL: The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


Deal to Amp Up Coated Steel Supply

U.S. and Asian production of coated steel building and construction products has just received a $1.36 billion shot in the arm with a new joint venture by a leading steel producer and coatin...


Green Performers Join Florock Line

Two fast-curing, zero-VOC epoxies have brought “green convenience” to the Florock resinous flooring line, says manufacturer Crawford Laboratories.


Tnemec Invites ‘Tank of Year’ Entries

Tank coating maker Tnemec is now accepting nominations for its seventh annual Tank of the Year competition, which honors the innovative use of the company’s coatings on water tanks.


Coatings Nudge Valspar Upward in Q3

Sales of industrial and other coatings fueled third-quarter growth by the Valspar Corp., but the second-quarter sunshine cooled slightly for the Minneapolis paint and coatings maker.


Nu Flow Launches Hi-Temp Epoxy Lining

Nu Flow, supplier of small-diameter pipe lining technology, has introduced a high-temperature, highly chemical-resistant epoxy for pipe lining.


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.


AkzoNobel Buys Out Powder Coatings JV

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has strengthened its position in Africa with the purchase of 100 percent of its longtime joint venture with Freeworld Coatings.


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...


Aremco Coating Made to Withstand 1300°F

Specialty coatings maker Aremco Products has launched a protective paint designed for industrial and automotive applications of up to 1300°F.


Study: Bulb Coating Defects Leak UV

Widespread chipping and cracking in the coating of today’s compact fluorescent bulbs is giving users a significant—and potentially damaging—dose of UV exposure, researchers at Stony Brook Un...


VersaFlex Expands Plant, Plans Center

Polyurea coatings supplier VersaFlex has expanded into a new production facility, headquarters and technical center in Kansas City, KS.


Coating May Paint Away Pestilence

Developers of a remarkable paint are amassing significant evidence that the coating can wipe out infestations of insects that carry deadly diseases in Latin America and Africa.


Coating Protects Against Lightning

Lord Corp., a supplier of motion control and adhesive technology, has introduced UltraConductive Film and Coatings for lightning-strike protection.


Oil-Repelling Coating Makes Strides

Mother Nature, the fairy godmother of many new coatings technologies, has yet another protective trick up her sleeve.


Car Coating Forecast: Color My Ride

For decades, silver, black and white have been the overwhelming color of choice for motorists worldwide, accounting for up to 80 percent of the cars on the road. Enough, says BASF Automotive...


‘WalkPad’ Coating Gives Roof Traction

Roofing systems supplier Gaco Western has developed a silicone-based coating alternative to conventional rooftop walkway mats.


Cement Maker to Buy AkzoNobel Unit

Pakistan’s largest cement manufacturer will be the next owner of AkzoNobel’s chemicals business in that country.


$50B Forecast is Stuck on Adhesives

From construction and industrial finishing to aircraft production, “just glue it” could be the direction of the future. With manufacturers worldwide holding fast to adhesives, the global mar...


Polymer Concrete Kit Touts Fast Fixes

Plexicoat America LLC, a global supplier of industrial and marine flooring systems, has introduced the PlexiCrete Polymer Concrete Kit, a quick repair mortar for concrete.


Bayer Closing 3 PU Houses in Europe

Bayer MaterialScience says it will shut down its polyurethane systems houses in Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic to refocus its resources on growing demand in Asia-Pacific.


Coating Makers Join U.S. Export Push

U.S. coating manufacturers have forged a partnership with the federal government in an effort to increase the number of industry companies that export products.


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...


IM Segment Helps Power RPM to Record

Standout growth in industrial maintenance and protective coatings helped ring out a record fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 for Carboline parent RPM International, the Ohio holding company ann...


Protective Coating Made to Self-Heal

Nanoscale materials maker NEI Corp. has introduced a two-layer coating designed to significantly improve the corrosion resistance of zinc-plated and hot-dip galvanized steel.


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...


Poly-Crete Adds UV-Resistant Coating

Dur-A-Flex Inc., a global provider of resinous flooring, has added Color-Fast topcoat to its Poly-Crete line of cementitious aliphatic urethane flooring systems.


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.


Coating Makers Name New Board Leaders

The American Coatings Association has elected two of the industry’s best-known CEOs to lead its board of directors through 2014.


DuPont Refinish to Pump Unleaded

As lead exits the world’s last car engines, it is also finally disappearing from car coatings.


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.


Coating Makers Work to Blunt New Rules

Coating manufacturers are making inroads against California’s plan to further tighten emission rules on metal coating operations, the American Coatings Association reports.


Hempel Acquires Blome International

Moving aggressively to expand its protective coatings reach, Hempel USA has announced the acquisition of Blome International, a global supplier of protective coatings and linings.


Dur-A-Flex Expands Deco Floor Options

Dur-A-Flex Inc. has introduced two new decorative floor coating systems that combine the company’s epoxy and methyl methacrylate (MMA) resins with the look of natural mica flakes.


Huntsman Seals Polyurethanes Deal

Huntsman Corporation has announced that it acquired the remaining ownership of Russian joint venture Huntsman NMG (HNMG), giving it full ownership of the company.


PPG, Hi-Temp Make Distribution Deal

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business (PMC) has signed a global distribution agreement with Hi-Temp Coatings Technology Co. for select Hi-Temp® branded products.


Nature Imitated to Fight Fouling

Inspired by one of nature’s own defense mechanisms, scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have discovered that tiny vanadium pentoxide nanoparticles can inhibit ...


Benjamin Moore Confirms New CEO

Nearly two weeks after embarrassing reports of its partying CEO leaked out, Benjamin Moore has officially confirmed his replacement.


Paintable Battery is a Real Turn-On

Researchers at Rice University are lighting up the coatings world with news of a lithium-ion battery that can be spray-painted on virtually any surface.


Helping Surfaces Repel ‘the Drop on Top’

Imagine a bridge or pipeline where every drop of water simply fell off—never puddling, even in the smallest nooks and crannies.


High-Heat Coating Touts Fast Cure

Industrial Nanotech Inc. has introduced a fast-cure insulation and corrosion prevention coating designed to provide energy savings and personnel protection for equipment surfaces up to 400°F...


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...


Nu Flow Expands, Renames Product Lines

Nu Flow Technologies, a global provider of pipe lining technologies, has introduced two new products for inversion and main line pipe rehabilitation.


PPG Signs Chinese TiO2 Deal

Still working to secure its global supply of titanium dioxide, PPG Industries has agreed to license some of its chloride-based technologies to Henan Billions Chemicals Co. Ltd. and buy back ...


Cortec Launches Protective Epoxy Primer

Cortec Corp. has introduced VpCI-395, a waterborne epoxy primer designed to provide salt spray, immersion, and long-term corrosion protection to steel.


‘Strain Paint’ Reveals Material Stress

Invisible stresses that threaten the integrity of bridges, aircraft and other structures could be unmasked by a new coating developed at Rice University.


Eco-Friendly Floor Coatings Rid Static

Specialty coatings maker Tennant Company has introduced Eco-SDS static-dissipative urethane floor coatings, designed for facilities that need to control static electricity.


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.


DOE Awards BTU-Busting Coatings $6.6M

Research into two novel energy-saving coating technologies are among 13 projects that will share more than $54 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.


US Pipeline Protection Firm Buys Stopaq

Fresh off its victories in a decade-old patent suit, The Netherlands’ Stopaq B.V. is taking its pipeline corrosion protection technologies to U.S.-based Berry Plastics.


Report Paints a Fickle Pigment Picture

The rollercoaster fortunes of titanium dioxide have thrust the world’s most popular white pigment from affordable glut to pricey scarcity in a very short time, a new market report shows.


Ben Moore CEO Axed After Island Junket

Billionaire Warren Buffett has quietly fired Benjamin Moore CEO Denis Abrams after Abrams allegedly treated a group of corporate officers and their wives to a trip to Bermuda at the company’...


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.


AkzoNobel Completes ICI Pakistan Split

After 13 months, AkzoNobel has reached the halfway point in its two-step plan to split off its paints business from ICI Pakistan and sell off the rest of that business.


DOD Launches $1.4M Powder CARC Project

The Defense Department’s environmental research arm has tapped Sherwin-Williams to lead the development of a novel Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) powder topcoat for military vehicle...


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.


Automotive Coatings Set for Tune-up

Sputtering and choking for five long years, the U.S. automotive coating industry is set to restart its engines and regain some ground in the next five, according to a new market report.


Valspar, JLG See Shifts at the Helm

Valspar Corp.’s president and CEO has added the hat of board chairman, while access equipment leader JLG Industries has named a new president, the companies have announced.


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.


BASF Overhauls Wind Energy Coatings

BASF Coatings has revamped its line of wind energy coatings with a new brand, a new approach and new properties to meet today’s demands.


DuPont Taps N. America Powder Coatings Manager

DuPont Industrial Coating Solutions has appointed Ronald W. Hull as North American Sales Manager for Powder Coatings, managing the powder and e-coat sales activities in the United States and...


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.


Diamonds are Porsche Paint’s New Friend

Just in time for gifting grads and Dads, Porsche has out-blinged the automotive world with a new coating made from—wait for it—crushed diamonds.


Rust-Oleum Honored with Export Award

Protective coatings maker Rust-Oleum Corp.—the company launched by a sea captain’s mishap—has received a 2012 Presidential “E Star” Award for its ongoing contributions to increasing U.S. exp...


Concrete Coating Dissolves Pollutants

Bridges, buildings and other concrete structures may soon be taking a large bite out of the air pollutants around them with a new photocatalytic coating being developed by researchers in Spa...


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.


Carboline System Made for Dual Extremes

Carboline Co. has completed testing of a new dual cryogenic and fire-protection system that includes its new Carbotherm 730 coating.


ACA to Gather, Report Coating Shipments

If the government won’t track data on coatings shipments, the manufacturers will do it themselves.


New Floor Coating for Plants, by Plants

Tennant Co. has launched what it calls the first manufacturing, industrial, and warehousing urethane floor coatings that are 50 percent soy plant-based.


It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll, But They Coat It

Call it a big finish that strikes a chord with a crowd. Two Cleveland institutions—Sherwin-Williams and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—are making music together, collaborating again on a cit...


UK Puts Brakes on AkzoNobel Deal

Britain’s Office of Fair Trading has thrown a flag on AkzoNobel’s plan to take over packaging coatings maker Metlac, saying the deal could well undermine competition and lead to price increa...


Hot Dog! Coating Bests Ketchup Mess

Just in time for summer, protective-coating researchers at MIT have defeated a true global scourge: the sticky ketchup bottle.


Answers Sought in Fire Warehouse Blaze

Authorities are still pursuing clues and clean-up in a massive blaze that gutted a paint and coating warehouse and sent products flowing into a river last week in Yonkers, NY.


Corrosion Studies Get Boost from PPG

Three University of Akron programs in corrosion and engineering will benefit this year from $25,000 in new grants from the PPG Industries Foundation.


Free Intumescent Webinar Gets Fired Up

From specifying to application, industry professionals can learn the latest about the fast-changing technology of intumescent coatings in a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


Cytec Strips Coatings, Forges New Path

As expected, specialty chemicals maker Cytec Industries is closing the door on 52 years of coating resins production.


BASF Pipe Coating Taps Water Industry

BASF has introduced Elastocoat AC, a new protective pipe coating product line for the water transmission industry.


Meadows Rolls Out Hot-Applied Membrane

W.R. Meadows has introduced HRM 714, a hot-applied, rubberized, asphalt membrane used to waterproof concrete.


Graphene Coating: Non-toxic Rust Buster

Scientists have a new secret weapon in their quest for a steel coating that effectively fights corrosion without using toxic compounds.


Forecast Sees Pigment Market to Dye For

Demands for higher performance, fewer solvents, brighter finishes and the other musts of a booming 21st-century world will make pigments and dyes a 9.9 million ton, $26.53 billion global mar...


Can Paint Protect from Global Warming?

If reducing carbon emissions can’t stop global warming—and so far, it isn’t—why not throw paint at the problem?


Watson Rolls Out 2 Graffiti Coatings

Watson Coatings has introduced two new additions to its anti-graffiti line: Aqua-Shield Anti-Graffiti Sacrificial Coating and Armorex Anti-Graffiti Non-Sacrificial Coating.


Valspar Q2 Rings Up a Sunnier Forecast

The Valspar Corp. is treating investors to a brighter earnings forecast for 2012 on the heels of a solid second quarter.


Magnetic Coating Shows Sticking Power

Reports of the death of paper may be premature, as Italian researchers have developed a coating solution that can render cellulose fibers waterproof, antibacterial and even magnetic.


Cytec: Adhesives Gone, Coatings Going?

Specialty chemicals maker Cytec Industries is getting out of the adhesives business and may close the door on coatings, too.


Hempel Launches Oil & Gas Center in TX

After nearly a century in the oil and gas coatings market, Hempel is centralizing that business in Houston, TX—the industry’s capital—in a new “Global Center of Excellence.”


With New Coating, ‘Cotton Doesn’t Burn’

Materials scientists at Texas A&M University have unveiled an eco-friendly polymer coating that could keep everything from airplane seats to military tents from going up in flames.


ACA Honors Industry’s Best, Brightest

From yesterday’s pioneers to today’s forward thinkers, 10 coatings industry leaders are being honored for their service and technical contributions dating back nearly 60 years.


JV to Develop Bio-Based Marine Coatings

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


Jotun Unveils 2 Offshore Steel Coatings

High-performance coatings maker Jotun has introduced two new coatings specifically developed for the offshore industry.


Coated ‘Microsubs’ Hold Slick Potential

Tiny, specially coated machines may become the environmental tool of the future in cleaning up oil spills, University of California – San Diego researchers report.


High-Temp Pipe Lining is Solvent Free

Hempel has introduced a solvent-free epoxy coating for storage tank and pipeline interiors that allows oil and gas companies to store and handle high-temperature crude oil and water without ...


Artfully Painting a Path to Purer Air

One of the world’s dirtiest cities is harnessing both art and science in attempting to paint its way to cleaner air.


After 10 Years, CTS Wins Patent War

Q: If Sam invents a lucrative product while working for Jane at ABC Corp., who has dibs on the invention and its proceeds? Sam, Jane and/or ABC?


BASF Touts Moisture-Mitigating Epoxy

BASF has introduced MasterTop VB 240 FS, a moisture mitigation coating for use with resinous flooring systems.


Insulating Coatings Feature Aerogel

Tnemec Co. has introduced the first thermal insulating coatings featuring Enova aerogel by Cabot Corp.


International PaintExpo Breaks Records

More than 8,000 visitors and 400 exhibitors from dozens of countries packed the 4th PaintExpo in Germany this month, setting records for the international trade fair for industrial coating t...


Research Chief Elected to Lead RadTech

Dr. Don Duncan, research director for Wikoff Color Corp., has been selected as the next President-Elect for RadTech, the Association for UV and EB Technology. His term will begin in January ...


Coating Harvests Energy from Heat

Purdue University researchers are developing a nanotech coating and process that harvest energy from hot pipes or engine components, potentially enabling the recapture of energy now wasted i...


New Polyurethane ‘Lighter Than Water’

German polymer giant Bayer MaterialScience has unveiled a polyurethane material that is “lighter than water” for use in ships, trains, automobiles and other forms of transportation.


Industrial Markets Stuck on Adhesives

The global quest to keep everything from power plants to cell phones to cars tight and dry will keep the world’s sealant and adhesive markets surging in the years ahead, particularly in the ...


PPG Q1 Shines, Despite $266M Hit

Record sales in industrial and performance coatings helped deliver a strong first quarter for PPG Industries, despite $266 million in one-time after-tax charges that took a bite out of earni...


Q1 Blues Send Out Akzo CEO on Low Note

AkzoNobel CEO Hans Wijers will leave behind an underwhelming final quarterly report when he retires this month from the world’s largest paint and coatings company


Ask Sherwin-Williams … about Record Q1

As expected, Sherwin-Williams’ paint stores, protective and marine coatings and other segments all brought home a winning first quarter and sunny 2012 outlook for the world’s No. 3 paint and...


Prof Licenses Green Protective Coating

An Eastern Michigan University coatings researcher has partnered with a Michigan-based company to commercialize a chromate-free protective coating developed by his team.


Waterborne Floor Primer Touts Fast Cure

Citadel Polyurea Coatings has introduced a water-based version of its Ultra-Hydro Stop Primer that is designed to cut cure times in half and reduce labor costs.


Army Recruiting ‘Omniphobic’ Coating

Hoping to clothe its troops against greater chemical, bacterial and viral threats, the Army is in the market for a new protective coating that can repel just about anything.


Minerals Inc. Unveils TiO2 Extenders

Minerals Technologies Inc. has launched three new products to extend titanium dioxide (TiO2) in paints and coatings.


Carboline to Open NV Coatings Plant

Carboline Co. has announced plans to convert a 184,500-square-foot building in Dayton, NV, to a coatings manufacturing facility by September.


New Boeing Paint Saves Injuries, Time

Boeing has teamed up with Australia’s national science agency to produce an aircraft paint and application process that has not only saved millions of dollars, but also reduced painter injur...


Strong Q1 Surprises Sherwin-Williams

The Sherwin-Williams Company is set to unveil a better-than-expected first quarter, with stronger sales and earnings than the company itself forecast earlier this year.


Pre-Treat Fights Rust, Lightens Prep

NEI Corp. has completed development of Nanomyte PT-20, a chromate-free pretreatment designed to improve the adhesion and corrosion resistance of painted steel while reducing surface preparat...


Solvents Stay Strong, Despite US Drop

Solvents may be falling from favor in the West, but they still appear to have a strong future in paints, coatings and adhesives elsewhere in the world for the rest of the decade, a new marke...


Wax Tape Protects High-Temp Pipelines

Trenton Corp., manufacturer of corrosion prevention systems, has introduced a wax-tape coating designed to protect metal pipe and irregular-shaped fixtures from corrosion in higher-temperatu...


PPG: Layoffs, Cleanup Tab Will Pinch Q1

Paving the way to a good first-quarter report with bad news, PPG Industries announced Thursday (April 5) that it would lay off 2,000 employees, settle a $160 million environmental bill, and ...


RPM Skips Slow Season with Sizzling Q3

Somebody forgot to tell RPM International that third quarters tend to be weak periods for coatings companies.


Hungry RPM Bags Australian Company

Still showing a voracious appetite for acquisitions, Carboline parent RPM International Inc. has just swallowed its fourth company in about six months.


Protective Nanocoating Does Double Duty

German scientists have developed a low-friction metal coating that purportedly protects against corrosion and lubricates without grease.


PPG, Mining Company to Partner on TiO2

PPG Industries has formed a “technical collaboration” with a Canadian mining company to produce a new titanium dioxide pigment for paints and coatings.


Chinese TiO2 Firm Fights Spy Charges

One of China’s largest titanium dioxide suppliers is fighting a U.S. indictment alleging that it conspired with former DuPont employees to steal TiO2 secrets from DuPont, the world’s leading...


New Coating May Reveal Plane Damage

Unseen cracks and other hidden damage to composite materials used in aircraft—a safety concern recently noted at the federal level—may get a boost from new coatings being developed to reveal...


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...


Coatings Demand Floods China

The global recession has hit hard, but Chinese demand for paints and coatings—especially protective coatings— is proving even stronger.


AkzoNobel Launches $75K Science Award

AkzoNobel and the American Chemical Society have launched the North American Science Award, expanding the coating maker’s 42-year-old award program to North America for the first time.


Chinese Patriotism Lured TiO2 Spy

Chinese Communist Party officials appealed to a former DuPont employee to “work for the good of the PRC” in divulging secret titanium dioxide technology he had obtained over decades of servi...


Dow Increases Saudi Coatings Stake

Dow Coating Materials, the world’s largest supplier of raw materials for the coatings industry, plans to build a major manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia to support the growing Middle East ...


FDA Green-Lights New Reactamine Use

Carboline Company’s Reactamine 760 lining may now be used for direct dry food contact as well as potable water service, under new approval granted by the Food and Drug Administration.


ACCESSA Coatings Opens New IN Office

ACCESSA Coatings Solutions has expanded again with the relocation of its northern Indiana facility to Elkhart, IN.


Protective Coating Marketer Sought

The Valspar Corp. is looking for a Protective Coating Market Manager to “assist in the strategy to educate global markets on the benefits of epoxy-coated rebar.”


Polycorp Named a ‘Best Managed’ Firm

Protective linings maker Polycorp Ltd. has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in a new ranking.


Stopaq Wins Pipe Coating Patent Suit

A Dutch innovator has won a major patent victory against pipeline coating multinational Canusa-CPS in what the winner is calling a “real David and Goliath story.”


Coating Firm Built on Stolen Secrets?

A leading manufacturer of patented epoxy spray systems for infrastructure repair is suing a young competitor, contending that the rival business was built on information stolen as a licensee...


Uprisings Spur Paint Market Growth

Q: What do revolution and soccer have in common? A: Both are good at stepping up paint and coatings demand.


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.


International, Polibrid Ink Sales Deal

Protective and marine coatings giant International Paint has been named the exclusive distributor of Polibrid Coatings’ solventless elastomeric polyurethane coatings products in the United S...


Aremco Colors High-Temp Protection

Aremco has introduced colorful options for anti-corrosion coatings, to identify and protect large aluminum and steel structures up to 1100°F.


New 100% Solids Epoxy Protects Pipeline

Carboline Co. has introduced Polyclad 975, an advanced, 100% solids epoxy coating designed for corrosion protection of buried steel and ductile iron pipeline exteriors, girth welds or tie-in...


Tainted Paint Ends Festival in Tragedy

A popular Hindu spring festival in India ended in tragedy this week, when poisoned paint used in the celebration killed one boy and injured hundreds of other children.


Global Coatings to Top $107B by 2017

Rapid industrialization in Asia-Pacific and other developing regions will expand the global coatings market in the next few years, despite flattening demand in the developed world, a new mar...


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.


GE Unveils Ice-Shedding Nanocoating

GE Global Research has developed new nanocoatings that not only shed ice but actually delay ice formation, even under extreme atmospheric conditions, the company says.


Dismissal, Plea in DuPont Secrets Cases

DuPont Chemical Co. has dropped a civil lawsuit against one former employee accused of sharing trade secrets, while another ex-employee has pleaded guilty in a similar criminal case.


Free eBook Delivers Polyurea Expertise

Protecting Industrial Structures with Polyureas—an expert-written compilation of articles focusing on this critical protective coating technology—is the focus of a free eBook just pub...


DSM Rolls Out High-Impact Floor Coating

DSM has introduced URelle-Crete, a urethane cement coating system designed to protect concrete floors from physical abuse, thermal shock and a wide range of chemicals.


Struggling AkzoNobel Shakes Up Helm

Fighting to maintain its position at the top of the global coatings industry, AkzoNobel has announced major changes to its senior global leadership.


Study: Nano Coatings Hold Mega Promise

The nanotech revolution that is sweeping the coatings industry may live up to its sizzling promise after all, with apparently few risks and huge potential for functional coatings of every ki...


Potable Water Lining Touts Fast Cure

Sherwin-Williams has introduced SherPlate PW Epoxy, a 100% solids coating designed for immersion service in potable water pipes and storage tanks.


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.


Coatings Maker Fined $55K for Waste

A South Carolina industrial coatings company will pay a $55,000 fine and develop a training regimen to settle federal allegations of hazardous waste violations at its facility.


Green Light for $174M AkzoNobel Plant

Despite tough times for both the market and the company, AkzoNobel has taken a big step toward its new £110 million ($174.3 million) factory in North East England.


Dur-A-Flex Expands Anti-Static Coatings

Dur-A-Flex Inc. has expanded its Electro-Static Dissipative floor coating line with the introduction of Armor-Stat ESD.


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.


HMG Paints Unveils DTM Topcoat

HMG Paints Ltd., the UK-based independent industrial coatings producer, has introduced single-coat Monothane, made for direct application to substrates without the need for a primer.


‘Atomically Thin’ is In, For Graphene Protective Coatings

Graphene, the wonder child of materials science, has yet another claim to fame: New research anoints it as the thinnest coating ever developed for protecting metals from corrosion.


International Paint Names N. American Protective Manager

International Paint LLC, an AkzoNobel company, has promoted Chris McMillan to Protective Coatings Marketing Manager for North America.


BASF Phasing Out Lead Chromate Pigments

BASF, one of the world’s largest pigment suppliers, will stop making lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014 and concentrate on developing and producing alternative products, the company h...


‘Peelable’ Coating Allows New Looks

Military and private aircraft in need of a temporary new look may find help in a “peelable” coating just developed by UK-based Indestructible Paint Ltd.


RPM Shuffles Top Finance Team

The parent company of Carboline, Stonhard, Tremco and other industrial coatings brands is reshuffling its financial leadership team as its CFO prepares to step down.


Navy Recruits Tougher Coatings

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


Protective Coating Boasts Less Prep

Sherwin-Williams has expanded its Macropoxy protective coating family with Macropoxy 80, designed for application over marginally prepared steel substrates and damp surfaces.


AkzoNobel, Academe Partner on Corrosion

AkzoNobel has forged a five-year partnership with a leading UK corrosion research center to advance the study of corrosion prevention methods and technologies, including new coatings.


DuPont Hit by Chinese TiO2 Spy Ring

A federal grand jury has charged five individuals and five companies controlled by the Chinese government with raking in millions of dollars by stealing lucrative titanium dioxide technology...


AkzoNobel Swings to $89M Loss in Q4

AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings maker, ended a tough fiscal year on a stunning low note Thursday (Feb. 16), reporting a 37 percent plunge in its 2011 net profit and an $89 ...


Jet Edge, Hempel Increase Sales Teams

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


Valspar Rebounds with Q1 Valentine

Valspar Corp. celebrated Valentine’s Day with sweet success, bouncing back from an end-of-year loss with double-digit gains and a brighter full-year earnings outlook.


$4B Sale of DuPont Coatings Unit Seen

After a last-ditch “grace period” to turn around its performance, DuPont’s auto paint business is out of gas and up on the auction block, news reports say.


Dow Coating Materials Unveils Protective Brand

Dow Coating Materials has launched a new brand to highlight its product line for external protective coatings designed to withstand the hot, corrosive Middle Eastern petrochem environment.


New ISO Group Tackles Tank Coatings

A new international standard is likely for steel tank coatings used in the oil and gas industry, under a new working group at the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).


Coating Offers ‘Mirage’ of Invisibility

Recent coatings research has produced more “invisibility cloaks” than Harry Potter ever dreamed of. Now, University of Texas researchers have developed another one, using the so-called mirag...


New Rule Snarling Coating Shipments

What began as a small technical tweak has morphed into a big headache for trucked shipments of coatings around North America.


Global Surge Seen in Coating Demand

Rebounding global construction and manufacturing will spur steadily growing demand for paint and coatings through 2015, a new market forecast reports.


Coating Declines Drag Down Dow’s Q4

A widespread slump in coatings demand and Europe’s economic uncertainty dealt a sharp blow to Dow Chemical’s fourth quarter, with profit plunging by 47% to 25 cents a share.


UT Researcher Wins Tess Coating Award

A University of Texas researcher in membrane materials science and technology will receive the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2012.


PPG Seeks Commercial Coating Manager

PPG Industries is seeking a commercial coatings market manager to be based at its offices in Strongsville, OH.


Polycoat Expands Sales, Tech Force

Swimming against the cutback tide, protective coatings maker Polycoat Products has beefed up its North American sales and technical support staff with 20 new additions.


Polymer Touts More Hide, Less TiO2

Arkema Coating Resins has introduced an opaque polymer for coating hiding and whiteness that functions as a partial replacement for titanium dioxide (TiO2).


AkzoNobel Seeks UK Quality Manager

AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company, has an opening for a Supply Chain Quality Manager in the UK and Ireland.


1-Part Steel Coating Does Dual Duty

Vibol Coatings of Belgium has introduced a water-based, one-component, zinc-rich protective coating for the protection of blasted steel.


International Paint Names Protective Coating Tech Manager

International Paint LLC, an AkzoNobel company, has promoted Brad Berkmeyer to Protective Coatings Technical Manager for North America.


Smart Paint Senses Structure Cracks

Scottish scientists are developing a low-cost “smart” paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines, mines and bridges before structural damage occurs.


Valspar Upgrades Cold Galv for Hot Dip

Valspar has reformulated its Industrial Cold Galv Primer to provide greater durability and crack resistance on piping, tanks, bins, machinery, heavy capital structures and vehicle bodies.


PPG Seeks Technical Service Rep

PPG Architectural Coatings has an opening in the Pittsburgh, PA, area for a Technical Service Representative.


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...


Masco Corp. Seeks Marketing VP

Masco Architectural Coatings, a division of global building products supplier Masco Corp., has an opening for a vice president of international marketing.


New Silyl Antifoulings Boast a First

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


New Research Report Sees Growth in African Coatings Market

Sub-Saharan African countries Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa can anticipate strong growth in their coatings markets in coming years due mainly to government investment in infrastructure, acc...


Sherwin-Williams Revenues Jump in 2011

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported a robust, 12.7% increase in 2011 sales, as the company finished strongly with a 9.2% fourth-quarter gain in sales compared to the same period a year ear...


New Coating Seen With ‘Invisible’ Graphene

Graphene, already a wonder material for its strength and thinness, now may hold the key to a new generation of non-invasive coatings, researchers say.


CEMEX Launches Self-Curing Concrete

CEMEX, one of the world’s largest suppliers of ready-mix concrete, has launched a second global ready-mix concrete brand, Hidratium, that is designed to self-cure while reducing cracking and...


TiO2 Price Hikes Boost DuPont Earnings

Price increases of nearly 30 percent on its lion’s share of a key coatings pigment brought home record earnings for DuPont in 2011, despite declining sales volume, the company reported this ...


Bayer to Build Coating Materials Plant

Raw-materials supplier Bayer MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at the company’s global hub in Leverkusen, Germa...


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...


Admixture Targets Rebar Corrosion

Cortec Corp., a global provider of corrosion protection technology, has introduced a concrete admixture designed to inhibit corrosion in rebar.


Simpson Strong-Tie Enters Concrete Protection Market

Simpson Strong-Tie, a global supplier of structural products, has entered the concrete repair, protection and strengthening business with the acquisition of Fox Industries Inc. and S&P Cleve...


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...


Oil’s Well in New DSM Coating Venture

DSM Functional Materials, the US-based developer of functional coatings, has teamed up with a Brazilian biotech firm to launch a new line of bio-based concrete floor coatings.


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.


Takeover-Hungry RPM Names New Development Chief

Swallowing a new company about every other month now, RPM International Inc. has named Scott Copeland director of corporate development to focus on its acquisition program.


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...


Epoxy Maker Seeks Tech Service Manager

Emerald Performance Materials LLC, producer of polymers and performance materials, is seeking a highly skilled chemist to plan and direct technical service activity related to the company’s ...


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.


Paint Makers Rebuked on Hidden Tokens

Pakistan’s anti-trust agency has ordered subsidiaries of AkzoNobel, Nippon, Berger and 13 other paint companies to stop a longstanding practice of hiding monetary tokens for painters in the ...


Lining Made for Potable Tanks, Pipes

LINE-X Protective Coatings Ltd. has introduced a quick-drying spray-applied polyurea for fresh, treated and potable water storage tanks and reservoirs and pipe linings.


UMass Nanocoating Can ‘Repair and Go’

Spot repair or total recoat? The old debate may be reshaped by a new nanocoating that can effectively nip surface damage in the bud, heading off larger problems and the need for a full-scale...


Bayer MS Names Key Coating Sales Chief

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has appointed Marc Daniel Block as director of regional key account sales for its Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) business unit.


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 Pioneers E-Coat Aircraft Primer

PPG Industries’ aerospace coatings group has commercialized the first electrocoat-application primer for global airframe manufacturers and subcontractors to coat parts for commercial, milita...


RPM Industrial Delivers Strong Q2

Industrial coatings for corrosion control, bridge decks and similar applications are ringing up double-digit gains for the parent company of Carboline, Stonhard and other well-known brands i...


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.


The Bright Stuff: Paint-on Solar Cells

Imagine generating electricity from light with a single coat of paint. That’s the gist of a new, inexpensive “solar paint” being developed at the University of Notre Dame.


New US Pigment Plant Planned

Rockwood Holdings Inc. has announced plans to build a $115 million production facility for iron oxide pigments in Augusta, GA—the first new U.S. production facility of its type in nearly 35 ...


Chromate-Free Coating Protects Alloys

Nanomaterials developer NEI Corp. has launched a corrosion-resistant, self-healing coating for magnesium alloys.


Valspar Opens R&D Center in China

Valspar Corp. has bolstered its rapidly growing presence in China with a new research and development center there.


PSN to Recap the Year’s Highs, Lows

From tragic accidents to silly stories, tough quizzes to controversial projects, PaintSquare News will take a look back at the coatings industry of 2011 with two special issues next w...


Jotun Hikes Protective Coatings Output

Already running record production levels, the Jotun Group has expanded the operation and product range at its European hub for protective coatings.


APS Launches A-PAK with Needle Adaptor

Adhesive Packaging Specialties (APS) Inc., maker of custom packaging for resin materials, has introduced the A-PAK syringe, designed for multi-component materials that demand pinpoint accura...


Corrosion Thermoplastic Needs No Primer

DuPont Powder Coatings has teamed up with The Thermoclad Company, of Erie, PA, to provide a new line of thermoplastic powder coatings for corrosion protection.


ERS Inks Distribution Deal, Expands Team

Engineered Resin Solutions has signed a deal with ErgonArmor to sell ERS NovoCoat throughout the Eastern U.S. and Caribbean, expanding the young company’s presence in refineries and plants t...


Forecast: Coatings’ Fortunes Mixed

Inching its way back from the nosedive it took after 2006, the U.S. coatings market is still struggling in the architectural sector but faring better elsewhere, according to a first look at ...


BASF Shuffles Global Coatings Leaders

BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, has announced a realignment of its international coatings leadership, with new presidents for its coatings and polyurethanes divisions and related...


Dow Coating Names North America GM

Dow Coating Materials, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has named Jose Maria Bermudez as the new general manager for North America.


NYC Drops Protective, IM Coatings Ban

Feeling the heat from coating manufacturers, the New York City Council has withdrawn proposed code changes that would have banned the sale or use of protective and industrial maintenance coa...


Pipe System Made for Subsea Insulation

Global pipe coating supplier Bredero Shaw has introduced a subsea insulation system designed for unlimited water depth capability.


Ergon Buys Henkel’s Corrosion Group

Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions Inc. has acquired Henkel Corp.’s Corrosion Engineering Division, which provides sophisticated corrosion-protection lining systems for a variety of industries.


PPG Seeks New TiO2 Sources, Options

The world’s No. 2 paint and coatings company has officially joined the hunt for the world’s No. 1 pigment.


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.


Floods Hamper PPG Production, Earnings

Catastrophic flooding in Thailand has temporarily shut down production of some PPG Industries products and will reduce the company’s fourth-quarter earnings, officials say.


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.


Sika Acquires Coating Maker Duochem

Global structural materials conglomerate Sika AG has acquired Duochem Inc., a Canadian supplier of waterproofing coatings and membranes used to protect parking decks and other concrete struc...


Coatings, Corrosion Top Pipeline R&D

Pipeline corrosion and anti-corrosion coatings will top the pipeline industry’s $9 million research agenda in 2012.


Dur-A-Flex Names R&D, Marketing VP

Polymer floor and wall systems supplier Dur-A-Flex has named David Hughes vice president of marketing, research & development.


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.


Anti-Corrosion Film Beats the Heat

Cortec Corp. has introduced an anti-corrosive film designed to reduce cooling time for heat-treated metal products.


Primeaux to Direct VersaFlex Training

Dudley J. Primeaux II, the industry’s longtime polyurea guru, has joined polyurea supplier VersaFlex Inc. in the new position of Director of Education and Development.


Nanocoating Called Impervious to Water

A new super-hydrophobic protective coating by Ross Nanotechnology LLC promises to create a surface that completely repels all water and oils, creating a surface that wards off icing and corr...


NYC May Ban Protective, IM Coatings

Protective, fire-resistive, maintenance and other industrial coatings would be banned from sale or application in New York City, if the City Council approves new limits on VOC content next w...


New Group to Focus on UV LED Curing

Energy curing technology for coatings and other applications continues to grow so quickly that it has spawned another specialized association.


New Coating ‘Flattens’ 3D Objects

Stealth aircraft and other top-secret military vehicles of the future may benefit from a new carbon nanotube coating that can render a 3D object flat.


Charges End Valspar’s Year with a Loss

Double-digit sales growth could not save the Valspar Corp. from a net loss of nearly $300 million in the fourth quarter, due to hefty impairment charges from over-valuation of two housing-re...


Florock Launches Concrete Floor Epoxy

Epoxy flooring provider Florock has introduced a new concrete floor sealer/topcoat for industrial, commercial and light institutional applications.


Stressed Concrete Gets 1-Coat Option

Australian coatings maker Nanokote has introduced ProGuard, a one-coat protective coating designed for use on highly stressed concrete surfaces.


Ex-PPG Director Admits Nuclear Paint Smuggling

The former managing director of PPG Industries’ Chinese subsidiary has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to ship protective coatings to Pakistan for the construction of a nuclear...


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.


Comeback Seen for US Paint & Coatings

Reports of the death of the U.S. paint and coatings industry will have been greatly exaggerated (as Mark Twain might say), if a new market forecast pans out.


‘Super Black’ Coating Flies at NASA

Think of it as the Darth Vader of coatings—absorbing all, reflecting nothing, and blacker than a Dark Side soul.


ACA Challenges VOC, Ozone Connection

Although tighter ozone regulations have been back-burnered for now, coatings makers aren’t taking any chances, continuing to muster data to build their case against tougher VOC limits.


Akzo Powder Coatings Get SMaRT

AkzoNobel has become the first coatings company to achieve so-called SMaRT certification for the life-cycle sustainability of one of its coating lines.


Evonik Expands Green Coating R&D

Eco-friendly binders and additives for paints and coatings are a key focus of new research facilities being built by specialty chemical maker Evonik Industries.


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.


Axion Patents Fire Coating, Process

Axion International Holdings Inc. has announced its third patent this year for a new fire-retardant coating technology.


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 ...


Hempel Unveils BPA-Free Railcar Lining

Protective coatings maker Hempel has introduced a Bisphenol A-free lining for the internal surfaces of rail cars, storage tanks, silos and other transportation and storage assets.


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.


JPCL Coatings eBook Series Coming Soon

Surface preparation, inspection, environmental controls and more will be among the topics of a new series of eBooks to be published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings planned ...


AkzoNobel Plans 29th Plant in China

AkzoNobel will further expand its already-large aerospace and automotive coatings footprint in China, as the company races to achieve $3 billion in Chinese revenues by 2015.


Quest, PPG Make Coatings Acquisitions

The global paint and coatings industry continues to consolidate, as Quest Specialty Coatings acquires protective coatings maker Patriot Paint and PPG Industries absorbs European architectura...


‘Heatable’ Paint Fights Ice Buildup

Research scientists at Battelle are developing a new anti-icing coating technology that deploys carbon nanotubes, offering lighter-weight aircraft protection that draws less power than tradi...


Hempel Taps Oil & Gas Marketing Chief

The Hempel Group, a global provider of protective coatings, has announced the addition of Kunal Nadkarni as Group Oil and Gas Segment Manager to the company’s marketing team.


BSR Unites Units to Become Axson

The BSR Group, a global provider of high-performance coating, sealing, damping and bonding products for industrial applications, has become Axson, uniting the company’s business units under ...


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.


Rhino Linings Launches eCommerce Site

Rhino Linings Corp., the global provider of spray-on protective coatings, has launched a new eCommerce site.


JPCL Issues 2011 Coatings Buying Guide

JPCL has just published its 24th annual Coatings Systems Buying Guide, featuring more than 5,200 recommendations for protective and marine coating and lining systems provided by more ...


Sherwin, PPG to Buy Back 30M Shares

Seeking to reassure and reward investors, both The Sherwin-Williams Co. and PPG Industries announced plans Friday (Oct. 21 for major stock buybacks along with their regular quarterly dividen...


Sherwin-Williams Adds FasTop Topcoat

Sherwin-Williams has introduced a topcoat to its signature coating system for USDA-inspected food and beverage facilities.


PPG Paints a Profitable 3rd Quarter

Strong showings by Performance Coatings and Industrial Coatings helped bring home a powerful third quarter for PPG Industries, the company reported Thursday (Oct. 19).


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...


Ancient Paint Factory Discovered

Caveman coatings formulators? A newly unveiled cave in South Africa contains the rudiments of a lab for making protective or decorative paint, pushing back the invention of ancient formulat...


Brothers Held in Stolen Bridge Caper

Turns out that unloading a hot 40-ton bridge isn’t as easy as it seems.


‘Force Field’ Coating Resists Blasts

Harnessing nanotechnology and polymer science, the Navy has helped develop a spray-on protective coating that, depending on application thickness, makes surfaces blast-, ballistic- and fire-...


Low-VOC Anti-Graffiti Coating Launched

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has introduced 2K Water-Based Urethane Anti-Graffiti, a low VOC (less than 100 g/L), super hydrophobic polyurethane coating designed for graffit...


Bechtel’s Fultz to Head SSPC in 2013

Industry veteran Benjamin Fultz, of Bechtel Corp., has been elected Vice President of the SSPC Board of Governors, clearing the way for him to become President of the organization in 2013.


Fire Retardant Forms Insulating Layer

Flamebloc GS 500 is part of Buckman’s new Flamebloc GS portfolio of specialized products designed to offer fire-retardant protection to a broad range of substrates.


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.


Pro-Park Designed for Pavement Marking

Sherwin-Williams has introduced Pro-Park Pavement Marking Paint for marking and striping parking lots, freshening traffic lanes, and enhancing curb appeal on all types of properties.


RPM, AkzoNobel Expand European Industrial Portfolios

Coatings giants RPM International and AkzoNobel are reaching ever deeper into Europe, with RPM acquiring the Spanish fire-protection business Grupo P&V and AkzoNobel swallowing German’s Schr...


Jotun Protective Primer Lightens Prep

Jotun has introduced an anti-corrosive primer designed to protect aged steel and other surfaces without optimal preparations.


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.


Rust Coatings Fuel Strong Q1 for RPM

Booming sales in corrosion-control coatings helped deliver a powerful first quarter of double-digit gains for the parent company of Carboline and other major industrial coatings brands.


Eureka! Zero Waste Coating Emerges

A revolutionary powder coating technology that is said to eliminate solid and liquid waste and VOC emissions during application has won Australia’s top science honor.


Protective Bridge Coating is HAPS-Free

Sherwin-Williams has announced the launch of Zinc Clad DOT, an inorganic zinc-rich primer for steel bridges that meets federal content restrictions on hazardous air pollutants (HAPS).


ICL Acquires Halox Corrosion Inhibitors

ICL Performance Products, a global specialty phosphate producer, has acquired Halox, a division of Hammond Group Inc., which produces corrosion inhibitor products for the paint and coatings ...


Bronze Coating Protects Artfully

Outdoor bronze monuments and statues will have a better chance against the elements with a new protective coating just licensed by North Dakota State University.


Green Coatings Offer Interim Protection

Cortec has introduced two bio-based, biodegradable coatings for temporary corrosion prevention without flammable solvents or petroleum-based materials.


Flame Control Names New President

Flame Control Coatings LLC has announced the appointments of Tim Miller as the company’s new president and Ryan Najmulski as marketing manager.


Protective Waterborne OK’d for DTM

Aqua-Thane, the waterborne, high-performance, protective coating from Excalibur, can now be used for direct-to-metal applications, the company has announced.


New Center Honors Coatings Leader

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials has paid tribute to a leader in the coatings industry with the opening of the Sidney Lauren Memoria...


Report Paints Industry Profit at 37%

The U.S. paint and coatings industry notched about $20.6 billion in revenue in 2010, with a very healthy estimated gross profit of nearly 37 percent, a new market report reveals.


Metal Coating Limits Honed

Lower VOC limits, new rules for stripping operations, and new sales restrictions are likely in store for Southern California contractors, retailers and manufacturers involved in coating meta...


Dow Coating Names W. Coast Sales Chief

Dow Coating Materials has appointed veteran specialty chemical sales professional Michael Lewis to the position of West Coast Sales Manager, responsible for all aspects of sales operations a...


Polycoat Expands Website Offerings

American Polymers Corp. (dba Polycoat Products) has expanded its customer resources and service with the re-launch of an improved website at www.polycoatusa.com.


Hungry Plant Inspires Slippery Coating

The crafty pitcher plant, which traps its prey by creating a slick surface, has inspired Harvard scientists to create a liquid-repellant coating that works much the same way.


Controversial Lubrizol Deal Closes

Despite insider trading by a senior corporate officer involved in the deal, Berkshire Hathaway has completed its $9.7 billion acquisition of specialty chemical maker Lubrizol, the world’s la...


Hempel Expands Fire Coating R&D

Protective coatings maker Hempel has announced significant expansion of its R&D effort into intumescent coatings.


PPG Names EHS VP, Asia-Pacific Coatings Chief

PPG Industries has announced the appointment of Diane Kappas as vice president, environment, health and safety (EHS), effective Oct. 1. Kappas will succeed John Richter, who has been named v...


PPG to Supply New Caterpillar Plant

Caterpillar Inc. has selected PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business as the sole heavy-duty equipment coatings supplier for a new motor grader assembly plant in North Little Rock, Ark.


Dow Coating Names New GM for EMEA

Dow Coating Materials has appointed Anton G. Van Beek as General Manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.


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...


NASA Reaches Gold-Coated Milestone

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has reached a major milestone: completion of the coating process for the mirrors that will fly aboard the premier observatory of the next decade.


SSPC Extends Reach To Commercial/Light Industrial

SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings is making a new push into the commercial/light industrial coatings sector.


New Stonhard Line Tackles Moisture

Stonhard, maker of polymer floor, wall and lining systems, has introduced a new product line formulated to address moisture issues in parking garages, pedestrian bridges, stadiums, mechanica...


Water-Repellant Coatings Advance

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh say they have overcome a key drawback to a highly desirable corrosion inhibitor: superhydrophobic coatings.


Navy Uses SPF to Protect Radar Dome

Q: When is spray foam insulation not spray foam insulation? A: When it is being used as a primary protective coating. That was the unusual application recently devised to provide an insu...


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.


Valspar Lends Hands to Rebuild Haiti

Valspar Corp. and longtime partner Habitat for Humanity have launched a celebrity-studded initiative to help rebuild Haitian homes destroyed by last year’s earthquake.


‘Glow Paint’ Meets IBC/IFC Standards

AfterGlow LLC has rolled out a new AfterGlo brand of photoluminescent green safety paint (glow paint) for a wide variety of high-performance industrial, commercial and residential applicatio...


LA Aims to Register Spray Paint Buyers

Registered sales, locked displays, GPS-enabled cameras, prominent prosecution warnings … Is it a new gun-control law? No, just the new reality for tagger wannabes in Los Angeles, if a city c...


Judge Upholds ‘Diamond Coating’ Suit

Hitachi, Toshiba and a host of other manufacturing giants are mobilizing their defenses against a coatings patent infringement lawsuit, now that a federal judge has allowed the suit to go fo...


Sherwin-Williams Upheld in $7M Appeal

Mississippi’s high court has thrown out a $7 million jury verdict against the Sherwin-Williams Co. in a case involving allegations of brain damage to a boy who allegedly ate lead paint chips...


Water-Based Epoxy Controls Static

Sherwin-Williams has launched what it calls the industry’s first static-control water-based epoxy floor coating system.


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.


Army, Tesla Pioneer Carbon Nanocoating

Super strong, electrically conductive, wear resistant and offering electrostatic discharge protection, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have long held major potential for structural materials.


Protective Coating Carries Hard Finish

Protective coatings maker Dampney Company Inc. has introduced a self-priming, high-gloss, high-solids coating designed for utility meters, valves and commercial and industrial equipment.


3 Arrested in Fake Paint Scam

Three men in Beijing have been arrested on charges of manufacturing tens of thousands of gallons of ersatz paint and reselling it in used cans bearing popular brand names.


Concrete Coatings Maker Names Manager

Arizona Polymer Flooring (APF), a manufacturer of high-performance flooring products and concrete coating systems, has announced the appointment of Gilbert Hernandez as production manager.


AkzoNobel Appoints new IR Director

AkzoNobel has appointed Jonathan Atack as Corporate Director of Investor Relations at the world’s largest paint and coatings company. He will take up the position Oct. 1.


Cortec Bows 1-Coat Railcar Protection

Cortec Corp. has rolled out VpCI-380, a fluoropolymer-modified, water-based acrylic for the railway industry.


Wilhelm to Distribute Cor-Tain Coatings

WinTec Protective Systems Inc. has signed a distribution deal with Wilhelm Security Solutions to supply its nano-based polymer anti-corrosive coating line called Cor-Tain.


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-...


PPG Aerospace Names Coatings Chief

PPG Industries’ aerospace business has named Mark Cancilla global platform director for coatings and Brent Wright as global platform director for transparencies, succeeding Cancilla.


BASF Plans $720M Plant in Brazil

BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, will make its largest investment in 100 years in South America with a new $720 million world-scale production site in Brazil to manufacture severa...


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...


Java Jolts Coating Thickness Research

Coffee spills are brewing a whole new frontier in coatings research. Credit the so-called “coffee ring effect,” named for the humble stain that is inspiring scientists at the University of P...


Sherwin-Williams Bows Food-Safe Lining

Sherwin-Williams has introduced Magnalux 304 FF, a flake-filled vinyl ester approved for surfaces associated with producing, storing and transporting food products.


Companies Settle Coatings Patent Suit

Seattle-based Modumetal Inc. has reached an agreement with Toronto-based Integran Technologies Inc. to end litigation in a patent dispute.


Tnemec Debuts 3D Tank Visualizer Tool

Coatings maker Tnemec has developed a new 3D graphic tool that allows tank owners and operators to design and visualize their next tank coating system online.


Industrial Coatings Pump Up Valspar

Strong growth in new and industrial coatings helped propel the Valspar Corp. to a 22.5% overall sales increase in the third quarter, although net income dipped slightly from a year ago.


Center Showcases Instant Curing R&D

RadTech International: The Association for UV & EB Technology will mark its silver anniversary with a new research, development and industrial testing center that is set to strut its stuff a...


Coated ‘Super Sand’ Helps Purify Water

Coatings researchers in Texas and Australia are touting a new coating that transforms ordinary sand–a mainstay filter material used to purify drinking water worldwide–into a “super sand” wit...


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 ...


Coating Firm Tops Europe’s Innovators

A young nanocoatings company that began life as a UK military project has been named the Most Innovative Company in Europe for 2011.


Coating Builds Fire ‘Armor’ on Foam

Gram for gram, novel carbon nanofiber-filled coatings devised by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Texas A&M University have reportedly outperfor...


Deal Extends PPG’s Latin America Reach

PPG Industries and subsidiary PPG Colombia have agreed to purchase the coatings businesses of Colpisa Colombiana de Pinturas, a privately owned Colombian coatings company, and its affiliates...


RPM Coatings Acquires Italy’s API

RPM International’s Performance Coatings Group has acquired API S.p.A., a $28 million producer and installer of polyurethane and urethane-based flooring and decking solutions for cruise ship...


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.


Quest Acquires IPC Coatings Business

Quest Construction Products, a division of Quest Specialty Chemicals, has acquired the coatings business of Integrated Paving Concepts (IPC) of Vancouver, Canada—Quest’s eighth corporate acq...


‘Smart Skin’ Coating Harvests Energy

It resists UV degradation. It fights corrosion. It creates ultra-water-resistant surfaces. And now, researchers say, coatings using the wonder material graphene can harvest energy.


Chesapeake Bay Adds CARC Coatings

Chesapeake Bay Coatings, a wholesaler and distributor of industrial coatings for military and government applications, has added aerospace and chemical agent resistant coatings (CARC) to its...


New JV Targets Chromate-Free Pigments

Crosslink, a developer of electroactive polymers, has announced a joint venture with Wayne Pigment Corp. to commercialize hexavalent chromium-free corrosion inhibitor pigments for military a...


Dur-A-Flex Names New Operations VP

Dur-A-Flex Inc., maker of industrial flooring systems and polymer components, has named Peter Zazzaro as Vice President of Operations.


Final Census Shows Coatings Uptick

The coatings industry continues to recover at a modest rate, according to the newest—and final—U.S. Census Bureau Current Industrial Report for Paint and Allied Products.


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.


Cortec Expands Line of Water Repellants

Cortec® Corporation (St. Paul, MN) has introduced MCI®-2018 V/O water repellant, a higher-viscosity version of its MCI®-2018 sealer for vertical and overhead applications.


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...


Abhe & Svoboda Wins Aqueduct Coating Contract

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (Oakland, CA) awarded a contract of $6,183,310 to Abhe & Svoboda, Inc. of Prior Lake, MN, to perform lead abatement and coatings application on the Mo...


RPM on a Roll: Company Says Sales Grow 10% in Quarter, 8.5% for Year

RPM International Inc. reported a 10.9% increase in sales for the company’s fourth quarter ended May 31, and said sales for its fiscal year rose 8.5%, to $3.38 billion, driven by sales gains...


Sika Forms Renewable Energy Group

Sika Corporation has formed a specialty sales and technical group for the renewable energy sector, according to an announcement on July 21 by Sika’s Industry Products Division.


ACA Issues Call for Papers on Coating Concrete

The American Coatings Association (ACA) has issued a call for papers for its 2012 Coatings for Concrete Conference to be held in Las Vegas, NV.


Revenue Rises at AkzoNobel, but Profit Edges Down

A market demand scenario described as “volatile” contributed to a modest retreat in AkzoNobel’s second-quarter earnings, although total revenue continues to post solid gains.


PPG Rides Strong Second-Quarter Sales to New Earnings Record

PPG Industries Inc. reported record earnings for any quarter in its history, as second-quarter sales and earnings rose sharply and the company’s coatings businesses delivered “excellent resu...


ITW Devcon Product Stands Up to Impact, Abrasion

From ITW Devcon comes DFense Blok, an alumina ceramic bead-filled epoxy wearing compound for use in severe impact and sliding abrasion conditions.


Texas Bridge Partners to Recoat Sunshine Bridge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development awarded a contract of $6,223,574 to Texas Bridge Partners, LLP, of Humble, TX, to perform superstructure and substructure painting ...


Eric Kline To Present Webinar on One-Coat Systems

The results of FHWA research on laboratory and field performance of both one-coat and long-term coating systems for bridges will be the subject of the SSPC/JPCL Education Series Webinar, “On...


Aremco Introduces High-Temp Refractory Coating

Aremco Products has introduced Pyro-Paint™ 634-AL, a new high temperature, alumina-filled refractory coating used to bond, coat and seal refractory fiber boards and other shapes, providing r...


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...


Florock Bows Conductive Floor Coating

Florock’s industrial floor coating line continues to grow with the introduction of Floropoxy SL Conductive, designed to provide high-performance conductive epoxy flooring protection for solv...


Innovative Pigments Drive Global Boom

They reflect. They insulate. They self-clean and fight bacteria. And because they perform all these innovative functions and more, pigments will be in above-average demand worldwide in the n...


Pratt & Lambert Launches IM Coatings

Pratt & Lambert Paints has introduced a full line of coatings for light- to medium-duty industrial applications, designed to meet the needs of facility maintenance managers, contractors, arc...


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...


EPA to Rein in Coating Chemical Uses

Paint and coating manufacturers will face closer federal scrutiny of 14 chemicals known as glymes, under a new rule being proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Bayer Shuffles Coatings, PU Leaders; Dow Performance Names Marketing Chief

Bayer MaterialScience has revamped its senior executive lineup to strengthen its “focus on marketing and innovation,” while Dow has made a key change in its Performance Chemicals leadership.


Coatings Test Drives a Record Finish

Most coatings tests don’t require a seatbelt. Then again, most coatings tests don’t exceed 200 mph. Unless Johnny Bohmer is doing the testing.


Coating Touts High-Temp Protection

Aremco Products Inc. has introduced Corr-Paint CP2070, a high-temperature, epoxy-novolac corrosion-protection coating designed for metal components and structures used in aircraft, automotiv...


AkzoNobel, PPG Expand Outside US

Global consolidation of the coatings industry continues, as AkzoNobel and PPG Industries—the world’s top two paint companies—have each swallowed another firm in emerging markets.


Navy Puts Coating to ‘Real World’ Test

The Naval Surface Warfare Center, in Panama City, plans to award a sole-source contract to Spencer Industries Inc., of Bellevue, NJ, to supply 105 new chain cargo lashings for continued fiel...


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.


PPG, Arkema Step Up Resins Presence

Global resins production is on the front burner at major coatings manufacturers, as Arkema creates a new Coatings Resins unit and PPG Industries launches its first resins plant in China.


Coating Said to Heal Without Catalyst

Scientists are reporting the development of a coating for steel that heals itself after being scratched, without any catalyst and at relatively low temperatures.


‘Extreme’ Paint Designed To Cool Desert Interiors

Jotun is meeting the Middle East infrastructure boom with the launch of Jotashield Extreme, a line of exterior paints that purport to decrease internal temperatures upon application.


Bomb-Proof Baggage Hold Tested

Multiple layers of novel coatings, composites and fabrics underpin a new-technology bag that an international team of scientists is developing to protect planes from bombs in passenger bags.


AkzoNobel Dims Profit Outlook for Q2

Squeezed hard by skyrocketing raw material prices and a still-soft Western construction market, AkzoNobel is warning shareholders not to expect much of its second-quarter performance.


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.


Non-Toxic Coating Developed To Slow Fire, Reduce Smoke

Taiwanese researchers have developed a non-toxic, ignition-resistant, fire-protection technology that can be used as a coating, composite or a variety of other materials.


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.


Pipe Joint Coating Speeds Application

3M’s newest protective coatings technology is Scotchkote PNC 1011, a one-part, heat-curable, thermosetting hybrid coating designed to protect pipeline field joints from corrosion.


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...


Presidential ‘Green’ Awards Honor Protective Coating, Safe Solvent

A high-performance coating made with recycled plastic and soybean oil has earned Sherwin-Williams a prestigious 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.


Floor Coating Touts Half Curing Time

Florock Industrial Flooring has rolled out Floropoxy System 4900, designed for both strength and record-fast installations.


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 ...


People on the Move: Changes Afoot At BASF, Bayer MS, Michelman, US Zinc

The raw materials industry is on the move again, with a new helmsman at BASF; honors and appointments at Bayer MaterialScience; a new EVP at US Zinc.


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.


PPG Debuts Tank Lining for US Market

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business has introduced veteran tank lining Phenguard for petrochemical and biofuel storage tank lining applications in the United States.


EPA Revokes Chemical Secrecy Claims

Coatings and chemical manufacturers will have to divulge a significant amount of chemical information long held confidential, under a new order by the Environmental Protection Agency.


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.


SCAQMD Overhauls Coatings Rules

As expected, coatings manufacturers will have to begin accounting for the VOCs in their colorants and toeing some other new environmental lines under long-awaited rules adopted by the South ...


Coatings Take on Metal Thieves

With metal thieves worldwide trashing everything from rail networks to communications lines to entire bridges for resale, coatings developers are fighting back with new products that help ut...


AkzoNobel Expands Fire Protection R&D

AkzoNobel has opened a $10.2 million fire protection coatings research facility at its Felling site in the UK—part of a $14.6 million research, development and innovation initiative.


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.


SSPC Renewed as Official FBPE Trainer

The Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE) has renewed its authorization of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings as a continuing education provider, SSPC has announced.


Chemical Mix: Momentive Sells, Ashland Buys, Thatcher Pays

The specialty chemical market is on the move, with Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. shedding a coatings resins unit, Ashland Inc. expanding, and Thatcher Chemical facing sanctions.


Grant Heats Up ‘Icephobic’ Coating R&D

A National Science Foundation grant is expected to light a fire under research aimed at developing a coating that can repel snow and ice—a performance characteristic that could hold critical...


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.’...


NASA ‘Smart Coating’ Eyes Hidden Rust

Imagine a protective coating that not only resists corrosion, but singlehandedly sniffs it out even before it’s visible and springs into action to repair the damage.


PPG Unveils Solvent-Free Tank Linings

PPG Protective & Marine Coatings has introduced two veteran solvent-free tank linings to the North American market and launched a third for the emerging fuels market.


People on the Move: Coating Companies Announce Changes

Coatings companies, contractors and organizations have announced a number of key promotions and appointments recently, with faces in new places at Certified Coating Specialists, Hi-Temp Coat...


AkzoNobel Widens Global RD&I Network

AkzoNobel has expanded its research hub in Deventer, the Netherlands, opening a new laboratory that the company says will play a pivotal role in its ambition to drive future growth through i...


Report Sees Competition for Coatings

Aviation nanocoatings are on the rise, but the industry may want to keep an eye over its shoulder: Emerging surface technologies are gaining.


Non-Chromate Coating Gets Patent

Crosslink, maker of advanced organic materials, has received a patent for a non-chromate corrosion-inhibiting coating.


MesoCoat Building Nanotech Pipe Plant

Coating and cladding technology developer MesoCoat Inc. is taking a major production leap forward with a new facility for corrosion and wear-resistant clad tubes, pipes and plates.


Sherwin-Williams Adds New Polyurea

The Sherwin-Williams Company has expanded its EnviroLastic polyurea portfolio with an aliphatic polyurea designed to provide crack bridging and light stability in a single industrial coating...


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...


Five Star Products’ Bankruptcy Clarified

Five Star Products Inc. of Fairfield, CT, a global provider of high-performance cement and epoxy-based products, sought Thursday to clarify that it is not the industry company of the same na...


AkzoNobel Sells US Auto Paint Business

Vehicle repair parts maker LKQ Corporation has agreed to acquire AkzoNobel Coatings Inc.’s U.S. paint distribution business, consisting of 40 locations.


Coatings, Sundries Companies File for Bankruptcy

Paint manufacturer The Merit Group and its subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after over-extending the company's resources in acquiring coatings and construction su...


Valspar to Close 2 Plants, Hike Prices After Q2 Decline

Valspar Corp. will close two plants and further increase prices in the wake of a second-quarter report that saw a drop in net income, despite double-digit increases in sales.


Car Pigment Back on the Road in Japan

Glittering new cars will return to the world’s roads, as Merck has resumed production of the critical pigment additive Xirallic, which is made only at the company’s facility in Japan.


DuPont Expands Global TiO2 Production

DuPont, already the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide, is about to dramatically expand production of the pigment, which has been subject to spot shortages in recent years.


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...


SSPC Holds Election, Calls for Papers

Elections are now underway to fill three positions on the Board of Governors for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Tnemec Seeks ‘Tank of Year’ Nominees

Tank coating manufacturer Tnemec is accepting nominations for its 2011 Tank of the Year competition.


AkzoNobel to Split ICI Pakistan

AkzoNobel has announced plans to split off its paints business from ICI Pakistan and sell off the chemicals piece of the company.


PPG Shuffles Leadership Positions

PPG Industries has announced a variety of changes in its coatings and silica executive lineup. All were effective May 1.


Pipeline, Chemical Roads Lead to TX

Long favored for its ports and its business-friendly ways, Texas is drawing a new flurry of investment and activity from the pipeline and chemicals industries.


Rhino Acquires Concrete Solutions

Protective coatings supplier Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired Concrete Solutions Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of concrete coatings products and systems.


BASF Coats Q1 in Sales, Profit

A boom in coatings and higher prices helped offset still-struggling construction activity to deliver a whopping $25% first-quarter sales increase in to BASF, the world’s largest chemical com...


EU to Plow $1.4B into Graphene R&D

Graphene, the new wonder child of materials science, will be the focus of a 10-year, 1 billion euro ($1.45 billion US) research project designed by Cambridge University.


Lasers May Slice Pipeline Rust, Cost

UK engineering experts are combining laser and powder metals technologies to develop a lower-cost method for producing a high-strength, corrosion-resistant alloy for pipeline flanges.


Researchers Cry Fowl on Car Paint

The next time you’re cursing a bird whose excretory calling card just ate into your car finish, you might want to blame the paint, not the poop.


BP Must Step Up Pipeline Maintenance

While the federal government is set to gain $25 million from settling BP’s 2006 oil spill, the pipeline coatings industry may also benefit from the deal.


Cortec Debuts Anti-Corrosion EcoPrimer

EcoPrimer, new from Cortec Corp., is a low-VOC, water-based, protective formulation for carbon steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel and aluminum substrates.


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.


$7.9M Bridge Painting Job Up for Bid

The California Department of Transportation will open bids May 18 for recoating and related work on three bascule bridges in the Sacramento area.


Floor Coating Dissipates Static

Crawford Laboratories Inc. has expanded its line of Florock industrial flooring products with the introduction of Floropoxy ESD, designed to offer solvent-restricted facilities a high-perfor...


Pigment Prices Paint Profit for DuPont

Double-digit price increases rang up a spectacular first quarter for the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide—the most widely used pigment in coatings.


Dings Undone: Coating Heals Itself

A new polymer that heals itself within seconds under light offers a future vision of cars, floors and other coated surfaces free of scratches, scuffs and dings.


‘Safe Chemicals’ Bill Riles Industry

Coatings and chemical makers have come out swinging against a new Senate proposal that would overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act to shift the 35-year-old burden of chemical safety proo...


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.


Sherwin-Williams Trumpets Record Q1

Stronger protective and marine sales, higher selling prices, strategic acquisitions and favorable currency rates all helped reap a record $1.86 billion in first-quarter net sales—an 18.5% ye...


Corrosion-Detecting Coating Patented

UK scientists have patented a thermal barrier coating (TBC) that contains an indicator material that can detect and signal corrosion.


PPG Hits 3rd Straight Quarterly Record

Strong sales in performance and industrial coatings helped deliver a third straight quarterly record to PPG Industries, with $3.5 billion in sales and banner earnings in various coatings mar...


‘Green’ Curative Made for Epoxies

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


ACA Paints Industry By the Numbers

Want a raise? Head for Ohio or New Jersey. Need a market for your paint? Think Canada or Mexico, and keep China in mind.


Coating Designed for Stressed Concrete

Nanokote has introduced ProGuard, a new technology coating material developed for application on highly stressed concrete surfaces.


Valspar to Pay Retiring CEO for FY11

Outgoing Valspar Corp. CEO William Mansfield will continue to receive his $950,000 salary through the end of the paint and coatings company's fiscal year.


Coatings Could Protect Jets from Ash

New ceramic coatings originally developed to protect jet engines from airborne sand could also protect against the kind of volcanic ash that brought air traffic over Europe to a standstill l...


Corotech Coatings Blend Old and New

Complementary Coatings’ new Corotech High Performance Coatings line mixes time-tested products with innovative technologies in more than 40 industrial-grade paints, primers and maintenance c...


PDA Names New Executive Director

The Polyurea Development Association has selected industrial coatings veteran Lou Frank to serve as its new Executive Director.


F-22s Get New Radar Absorbent Coatings

The U.S. Air Force is testing an improved radar absorbent coating from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program on the newest F-22 Raptor stealth fighters.


Coating Made to ‘Plug’ Concrete Pores

CEM-KOTE CW PLUS, new from W.R. Meadows, is a one-component (add water only), Portland-cement-based coating (slurry) containing silica-based materials.


Floor Systems Make Industrial Grade

Seal-Krete, supplier of concrete and masonry coatings and weatherproofing protection, has launched a new line of High Performance Flooring Systems for industrial, commercial and other applic...


Strong Q3 Won’t Stop RPM Price Hikes

RPM International’s industrial segment—the engine behind two-thirds of its sales—helped deliver unexpectedly strong third-quarter sales and a record share price, but that won’t stop the comp...


TiO2 Secrets Stolen, Sent to China, DuPont Says

DuPont Co. has filed suit against two California firms and two individuals, alleging the sale of company information involving a specialty paint line to Chinese competitors.


Epoxy Said to Ease Tanker Cargo Change

International Paint has introduced Interline9001, a bimodal epoxy coating for the cargo tanks of chemical tankers, designed for enhanced cargo resistance, zero absorption for many cargoes, a...


DuPont Protective Primer is Zinc Free

DuPont Coating Solutions has introduced Alesta ZeroZinc primer, an anti-corrosion powder coating system designed to combine protection in severe climatic and environmental conditions with gr...


Industry Companies Beat Path to Asia

The Pacific region is pulling anew on the coatings industry, with a half-dozen companies recently announcing hundreds of millions of dollars in construction and expansion investment in Asia.


Chemists Tout Coating from Coal Ash

New “shield-like” coatings made from fly ash could provide a cheap, durable solution to protecting rebar from corrosion and repairing the nation’s crumbling bridges and roads, scientists are...


No Foolin’: PPG Paints Swatch to Watch

Swatch out! Squinters of color swatches will finally get a strip they can see Friday (April 1), when PPG Pittsburgh Paints unveils what it calls the world’s largest paint swatch.


0-VOC Line Touts Corrosion Protection

CETCO Corrosion Protection Solutions has introduced a new line of water-based, zero-VOC protective coatings designed to adhere directly to rust and suitable for application in confined space...


Breakthrough Self-Healing Coating Cited

Imagine a water-reactive, self-healing protective coating that avoids both the challenges of two-component systems and the over-release of corrosion inhibitors.


Quake Wipes Out Car Paint Additive

The shutdown of a Japanese paint additive plant—the product’s only global supplier—is creating havoc with auto and truck production worldwide.


WA Set to Ban Coal-Tar Sealcoat

Washington State is poised to become the first state to ban coal-tar sealant used on pavements and parking lots.


Blue Skies Seen for 3 Industry Markets

Better times are ahead—at least through 2015—for the global markets in corrosion inhibitors, paints and coatings, and pipes and pipe/hose fittings, according to a new series of upbeat market...


Axion Licenses Flame-Retardant Coating

Axion International, producer of industrial building products and railroad ties made from recycled plastic, has received a distribution license for a newly patented halogen-free flame-retard...


DSM Realigns Coatings Businesses

Dutch resins giant DSM has realigned its coatings-related businesses, merging DSM Powder Coating Resins and DSM NeoResins into a single new unit, DSM Coating Resins.


Researcher: New Materials Could Prevent Nuke Disasters

Next-generation claddings and perhaps coatings may head off future nuclear disasters, but only if the United States is willing to return the research to the front burner, says a scientist wh...


ShawCor to Buy Altus Coating Business

Shaw Pipe Protection Limited, a subsidiary of ShawCor. Ltd., has agreed to buy the coating assets and business of Altus Energy Services Partnership, Altus Energy Services Ltd. and Nusco Nort...


Concrete Coating Touts H2S Resistance

W.R. Meadows and Gemite Products have introduced Cem-Kote Flex CR for waterproofing, repair and protection of sewers, manholes, lift stations, digesters and other concrete structures exposed...


Buffett Buys Lubrizol for $9.7B

The “Oracle of Omaha” is making a big splash into the global lubricants business, with one of his largest acquisitions ever: a $9.7 billion cash deal for specialty chemical maker Lubrizol Co...


Industrial Nanotech Taps Steam Market

Industrial Nanotech Inc. is piloting projects with hospitals and universities nationwide to use its thermal insulation and corrosion prevention coating to increase the efficiency of their st...


Stopaq Wins Round 1 of Coating Suit

Is Wrapid Bond a rip-off of Wrappingband? Dutch protective coatings maker Stopaq BV says yes, and it has won the first round of its court battle to prove so.


Coating Work May Yield Safer Fuel Rods

Could better cladding on nuclear fuel rods prevent potentially catastrophic leakage when they are exposed in a reactor accident?


Mitsui Promotes Adhesive Resin for Pipe Coating

Mitsui Chemicals Europe is promoting its ADMER adhesive resin as a steel pipe coating solution.


$2M Grant Fuels R&D On Greener Infrastructure Coating

With a $2 million R&D jumpstart from a technology nonprofit, the University of Akron and MesoCoat Inc. of Euclid will partner work on an emissions-reducing metal coating for infrastructure.


Coating the Key to a Perfect Beer?

Coatings may hold the secret to an age-old quest: how to pour a stout beer with a perfect head.


Ex-DuPont Chemist Sued Over Trade Secrets

DuPont Powder Coatings has filed suit to stop a longtime senior research chemist from sharing pipe coating trade secrets with competitors—including a South Korean firm he joined after abrupt...


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.


ND Researcher Wins Tess Coating Award

Dr. Dean C. Webster, a veteran researcher in high-performance polymers and non-toxic antifouling coatings, will receive the American Chemical Society’s Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2011...


Army Develops Munitions ‘Mood’ Paint

Army engineers are developing a new color-changing paint formula that will tell soldiers if their ammunition is safe to use just by looking at the color.


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.


Bayer Coatings Unit Back on Track

The global economic recovery showered unexpected sales volume on Bayer MaterialScience’s coatings, polyurethanes and other segments in 2010, reaping triple earnings and double-digit sales fo...


Epoxy Touts Strength in Acid Immersion

Master Bond Inc. has developed a two-component epoxy resin compound for coatings, liners and adhesive/sealants that require significant acid and chemical resistance.


Europe, US Take Aim at Coating Chemicals

Several chemicals used in protective coatings, corrosion control or coatings removal face bans in Europe, after the European Chemicals Agency has tagged them as Substances of Very High Conce...


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.


BASF Posts Record Year

2010 was a record year for BASF, fueled by sales gains in every segment, including Catalysts and Coatings.


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.


Coatings Makers Appeal for Reg Relief

America’s coatings manufacturers have a few requests for President Obama: Cut the red tape on pipeline permits. Expand the allowable compounds in aerosol coatings. Ditch the emissions crackd...


Deal Extends Valspar’s Latin Reach

The Valspar Corp. has announced that it has acquired Brazilian coatings maker Isocoat Tintas e Vernizes Ltda.


WA Takes Aim at Antifouling Paints

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


Fire Coating Boasts 2-Hour Protection

Fire protection coatings manufacturer Leighs Paints has developed what it touts as a “one-product solution” that provides fire protection for up to 120 minutes.


Protective, Marine Aid Banner Year for Akzo

Recovery-fueled growth in Performance, Protective and Marine Coatings helped propel AkzoNobel to a banner fourth quarter and 2010, the company reports.


Valspar Names New CEO, CTO

Valspar Corp. president and chief operating officer Gary E. Hendrickson will succeed William L. Mansfield as the company’s chief executive officer, effective June 1, the company’s Board of D...


Antifouling System is Solvent Free

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


Growth, Green Demand Seen For Global Protective Coatings

From acrylic resins to protective coatings, the global paint and coatings market is rebounding, but manufacturers will have to scramble to satisfy the market’s ever-growing eco-friendly prod...


Free Webinar to Focus on PU Advances

From basics to new performance properties, the state of the art in polyurethanes, polyureas and hybrids will be the focus of a free upcoming Webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.


SSPC Seeks Board Nominees, Replaces Member

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is seeking nominations to its Board of Governors in several categories.


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.


Valspar Posts Gains, But Coatings Lag

Valspar Corp. notched a 25.3% overall increase in sales for the first quarter, but performance in the coatings segment carried “concern, uncertainty and hopefulness” for the company’s CEO.


BASF Hikes R&D, Sells Coatings Unit

BASF SE spent a record $2 billion on research and development in 2010 and will top that this year, putting the chemical giant on track to generate more than $10 billion from innovation effor...


Goad Introduces New Tank Lining Technology

Tank fabricator and lining applicator Goad Company has rolled out N-FUZE Lining Technology, capping a six-year R&D effort to address what the company calls the “Achilles heel” of tank lining...


Momentive Closes Sale of Resins Unit to Harima

Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. has completed the sale of its global Ink & Adhesive Resins (IAR) business to Harima Chemicals Inc., a leading producer of pine-based products, and the Mits...


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.


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.


Bayou Co. Gets Gulf Pipeline Contract

The Bayou Companies LLC has received a contract to provide coatings, welding and support for more than 180 miles of 18-inch steel pipe for use on new hydrogen pipeline in the Gulf Coast.


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.


ASTM Introduces Corrosion Cost Tool, Updates Standard Coatings Terms

ASTM has developed its first standard for evaluating the lifecycle cost of corrosion protection systems and has revised its standard for coatings terms.


Coatings Help Dow Post Record Numbers

Modest gains in Coatings and Infrastructure and record sales in emerging regions helped propel The Dow Chemical Co. to double-digit growth for both the fourth quarter and full year of 2010.


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.


Concrete Floor Coatings Pledge ‘Instant’ Cure

UV-curable materials manufacturer DSM has expanded its UVolve Instant Floor Coatings Line to offer a variety of coating and finish types for application under a wide range of conditions.


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.


SCAQMD Set to Overhaul Coatings Rules

VOC averaging will end, VOC limits on colorants will begin, and rules on packaging, purchasing and storing coatings will change under an impending overhaul of the South Coast Air Quality Man...


Global Coatings Market to Near $100B by 2015

Although the coatings industry has matured in much of the world, new technologies and industrial growth in developing countries will continue to raise the industry’s fortunes worldwide, a ne...


Sto Corp. Loses Michael Sweeney

Michael E. Sweeney, media relations manager for Sto Corp., passed away unexpectedly Jan. 4 at age 47.


BASF Debuts 4 Rail Polyurethane Products

BASF SE has introduced four new polyurethane solutions for the global rail industry.


Sherwin-Williams Sales Up 9.6% in 2010

Strong gains in Global Finishes, rebounding retail paint sales, and price increases powered the Sherwin-Williams Co. to a better-than-expected fourth quarter and year-end report.


Jotun Launches New PU Floor Coatings Line

Jotun Paints has announced the regional launch of its new line of floor coatings, Jotafloor PU Universal.


Dur-A-Flex Launches Moisture Mitigation Primer

Dur-A-Flex has added Dur-A-Glaze MVP (Moisture Vapor Protection) moisture mitigation primer to its line of resinous flooring products.


AZ Pilots ‘Cool’ Asphalt Pavement

A black asphalt Arizona parking lot that reaches 200 degrees in the summertime has been replaced with a solar-reflective “green” pavement that can withstand heavy traffic and decrease surfac...


BBB Slaps Sherwin-Williams’ VOC Claim

Prompted by a challenge from Benjamin Moore & Co., the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ ad arm has recommended that The Sherwin-Williams Co. drop its zero-VOC claim about the Harmony pain...


1-Component Polyurea Line Boasts Long Pot Life

Citadel Polyurea Coatings has introduced Single Component Polyurea (SCP) Solutions, a series of floor coatings with what the company calls “virtually unlimited pot life” and fast curing.


BAE’s ‘E-Ink’ to Make Tanks Invisible

UK defense contractor BAE Systems says it is developing “electronic ink” technology that can camouflage military vehicles, rendering them essentially invisible.


Epoxy Grout Designed for High-Corrosion Areas

International Coatings has introduced a pourable epoxy grout designed for major repair of eroded bases in industrial applications.


PPG, Plasticolors Plan Wind Turbine Coating

PPG Industries plans to introduce a new urethane gel coat developed by Plasticolors Inc. for the global wind energy market.


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.


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...


New NASA Coating is Blacker than Black

Black is black, right? Not so, according to a team of NASA engineers now developing a blacker-than-pitch material that will help scientists gather hard-to-obtain scientific measurements and ...


 
 
   

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