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Blasts, Fire Shutter MS Gas Plant

Federal officials are investigating what led to two late-night explosions and the resulting fire at a natural gas processing facility in Pascagoula, MS.


Newsletter Schedule Alert

PaintSquare News will not be published the week of July 4. On Monday, July 4, our offices will be closed in observance of the national Independence Day holiday.


$11B Valspar Deal Gets Shareholders’ OK

Paint and coatings maker Valspar, based in Minneapolis, received the support of its shareholders Wednesday (June 29), as they voted to approve the proposed sale of the company to rival The S...


Rotor Coating Claims Rain Resistance

High resistance to rain erosion is the advantage of a new coating for wind-energy rotor blades, according to manufacturer BASF.


Axalta Plans Dura Coat Aquisition

Axalta Coating Systems, a global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, announced this week that it plans to acquire Riverside, CA-based Dura Coat Products Inc., a manufacturer of coati...


Bigger Canal Launches for Bigger Ships

Nearly 10 years after construction began, the expanded Panama Canal officially opened to much fanfare Sunday (June 26).


Shower Predicament Inspires New Coating

It’s a frustrating situation every time you’re down to the end of a bottle of body wash: You know there’s more in there, but it just won’t come out of the bottle. But it could be a problem o...


Penn Station May Get a ‘Halo’

A new passenger experience has been proposed for New York City’s iconic Pennsylvania Station, but it’s not going to be in the traditional train cars rolling in and out of the station.


Newsletter Schedule Alert

PaintSquare News will not be published the week of July 4. On Monday, July 4, our offices will be closed in observance of the national Independence Day holiday.


‘Brexit’ Leaves UK Projects in Limbo

Last week’s British vote to leave the European Union had immediate fallout in the markets, but it may also have longer-term effects on infrastructure investment in the U.K.


New Durometer Offers Durability, Range

A new addition to DeFelsko’s line of measurement and inspection tools is a shore hardness durometer that promises durability and accuracy.


Rolls-Royce Robotic Ship Plans on Track

A self-driving Rolls-Royce may be a reality in the very near future, but we’re not talking about a luxury car. The British company’s marine division is part of a consortium working on autono...


Pigment Production Doubles

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant has opened a new plant that will ultimately benefit the coatings, printing, special applications and plastics industries.


Chemical Law Update Gets President's OK

The U.S. president has signed a bipartisan bill that would update the Toxic Substances Control Act, the federal law governing how chemicals are managed, for the first time in 40 years.


Navy, Guam Contractor Face EPA Fines

In a settlement with the U.S. government, the U.S. Navy and a Guam-based former Navy contractor will pay fines and take corrective action to address alleged hazardous waste violations at a f...


ACI Offers New Curing Guide

External curing of concrete is the topic of a newly released guide from the American Concrete Institute.


Follow the Glowing Road

Could roadways of the future illuminate themselves? If research proceeds the way scientists at a Mexico university plan, glow-in-the-dark cement could light the way without the need for elec...


Heat Wave ‘Blows Up’ Highways

Near-record heat has overtaken much of the central part of the United States in recent weeks, and there’s one danger popping up that many might not expect: concrete pavement “blow-ups.”


PPG Sells a Fiber Glass Unit

Global paints and coatings maker PPG is divesting itself of its European fiber glass operations, the Fortune 500 company announced Monday (June 20).


Report: Global Infrastructure Underfunded

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute looks at infrastructure spending from a global perspective, and proffers suggestions as to how the industry might bridge the spending gaps tha...


SSPC Revises 2 Standards

Two standards—one for the coating of metals and one for qualifying and certifying industrial coating and lining application specialists—have been updated under the direction of SSPC: The Soc...


DDDA Producer Wins Green Award

A component used in corrosion inhibitors and other kinds of paints, coatings and sealants came up big as winner of this year's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Small Business Award.


Abrasion Resistance from Marine System

A new coating system from PPG’s protective and marine business is said to be ideal for the cargo holds of dry bulk carriers.


Challenges for Women in Engineering

There's a gap between the share of engineering students who are women and the share of the engineering workforce that is, and new research has a suggestion as to why.


‘Self-Installing’ Innovation

A European construction services group will achieve an industry first with the design, fabrication and installation of five full-size gravity base foundations (GBFs) for a wind farm off the ...


Will the Streets Be Paved with Panels?

We’re getting used to seeing solar panels on roofs and in solar “farms,” but what if power-harnessing cells were underfoot, or even under our tires? It’s already been tried in the Netherland...


Coating Use Surprises Scientists

The discovery of a coating that promises to boost wind power services was purely an accident, say the researchers working under a Department of Energy program.


Grain Silo Gets 'Despicable' Paint Job

The long, flat stretches of road in rural Indiana can lead to driver fatigue, but if you’re cruising through Wells County and see a giant minion on the side of the road, don’t worry: You’re ...


Bridge, Scaffolding Fall on Autobahn

A newly built section of a bridge on Germany’s Autobahn system collapsed Wednesday (June 15), leaving one worker dead and seriously injuring six others.


Pipeline Coating in Cartridge Form

Anti-corrosion coatings maker Denso North America (Houston) has released its Protal 7900HT high-temperature two-part epoxy pipeline coating in a new 1000-ml cartridge.


'Smart Release' Coating Holds Off Rust

Researchers at a university in Wales have developed a “smart release” coating that could serve as a potential alternative to the use of hexavalent chromium as a corrosion inhibitor.


Adding a Dimension to Project Planning

During big construction projects, it’s not uncommon to use 3-D modeling to work out the kinks before the actual work begins. But some researchers in Canada want to account for more than just...


Standard Touts Fuel Savings

A long-awaited International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for ships and marine technology—expected to save the shipping industry billions in fuel costs—is nearing final pu...


Advancing Anti-Reflective Coatings

A European research institute has put its efforts behind developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


New Coating for Potable Water Immersion

A newly launched epoxy coating is formulated for potable water immersion, and promises easy application and long life, according to its manufacturer.


Recognizing Industrial Beauty

Professionals in our industry spend their careers protecting industrial structures from corrosion, and JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings strives to deliver information about the...


‘Big 3’ Shipyards Get State Aid

Following several consecutive quarters of extreme financial losses, the Korean government is stepping in to assist the world’s three largest shipbuilders.


New SSPC Board Members 2016

Two industry leaders have secured open positions on the Board of Governors of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, while two incumbents attained reelection in the association’s 2016 el...


Firm Unveils Its Rust-Resistant Rail

Working to eliminate the risk of corrosion on train tracks worldwide, a U.K. steel manufacturer has launched what it calls a “revolutionary” rust-resistant rail line.


TiO2: Cause for Concern?

A European institution committed to the protection of human health with respect to the environment, the workplace and food has issued a proposal to require titanium dioxide to be labeled a c...


When It Rains, It Shows

Boston’s sidewalks look just like any other city’s sidewalks…until it rains. A rainy day quickly exposes lines of poetry to the city’s pedestrians.


PPG Expands Reach with New Acquisition

Pittsburgh-based coatings giant PPG has announced it will acquire global coatings services provider MetoKote and its affiliates.


Firm Opens New Coating Line

An independent supplier of advanced repairs, coatings and replacement parts for gas turbine engine component has opened a new technologically advanced coating line in its Tilburg, Netherland...


Assessing Project Disputes

While the cost and time devoted to resolving construction disputes is rising in some parts of the world, the United States stands out as the only global region achieving a decrease in those ...


China, U.S. Spar Over Steel Duties

American steel imports from other countries, especially China, have become a topic of contentious global debate in the weeks since the U.S. announced plans to levy steep duties on companies ...


Linings Target Energy Sector

A new series of linings has just been launched for the power generation and oil and gas markets, says protective coatings supplier Hempel (Copenhagen).


Paint Firm Recovers from Disaster

Ten months after a fire halted production for a Texas industrial coatings manufacturer, the company reports it is back up to full production on site following a recovery process that enabled...


Dow Takes Full Control of Silicones Business

With an eye toward enhanced material science capabilities, The Dow Chemical Company has completed its strategic ownership restructuring of Dow Corning Corporation, according to a June 1 anno...


CPCA Lauds Industry Contributions

The organization representing Canada’s major paint and coating manufacturers, and their industry suppliers, has announced the winner of its Industry Achievement Award.


Swiss Launch Record-Breaking Tunnel

The world’s longest, deepest tunnel opened last week in Switzerland with much fanfare celebrating completion of the mega project’s 17-year construction timeline.


Corrosion Detection from Afar

New technology being tested in the U.K. could change the way bridges and other structures are checked for corrosion, allowing inspectors a detailed look from a football field’s length away.


Chesterton Taps New Leader

A.W. Chesterton Company, a manufacturer of high-performance protective coatings, industrial fluid sealing systems and specialty industrial lubricants, has named one of its own to advance to ...


App Supplies Coatings Info

Spray equipment manufacturer Titan (Plymouth, MN) has released a new free smartphone application designed to provide quick answers to busy paint professionals.


Railcar Factory Faces $105K OSHA Bill

A major manufacturer of railcars and equipment in the U.S. faces $105,000 in fines after allegedly exposing painters and other workers to unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals, including lead...


Tower Bridge to Get a Facelift

One of the world’s most recognizable bridges is getting some much-needed work, and London drivers will be finding a detour for a few months while it does.


MIT Research Looks to Redesign Concrete

Biomaterials are the inspiration for a new recipe for cement paste that researchers at MIT have developed, and the result could be a more sustainable and durable kind of concrete, and struct...


Belgians Brew Up Pipeline for Beer

Beer transportation probably isn’t a city infrastructure priority, unless you’re talking about Milwaukee—or a historic Belgian town.


AkzoNobel Launches China R&D Facility

Dutch coatings giant AkzoNobel recently unveiled its new €6.5 million ($7.27 million) technology center in Songjiang, Shanghai.


New Paint Robot Cable Touts Durability

German cable and wire manufacturer SAB Brockskes GmbH & Co. KG has introduced a new control cable for use in robotic paint applications.


'Concrete Cancer' Meets Its Match

Researchers have discovered a new concrete formulation that could take advantage of recycled glass, without being susceptible to the deterioration-causing chemical reaction known as "concret...


Marine Coatings Firms Partner Up

Japan’s Nippon Paint Marine Coatings and Germany’s Wilckens Farben GmbH have announced a joint venture that will supply Nippon’s marine paints throughout Europe and Turkey.


Changes Preface Dow, DuPont Merger

A new cast of leaders is shaping up as the merger between The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont comes closer to fruition.


Topcoat Touts Anti-Yellowing Properties

A new high-performance floor topcoat said to resist yellowing over the long term is now available from Coatings for Industry Inc. (Souderton, PA).


Worker Sues Shipyard for Lead Exposure

Alleging exposure to toxic levels of lead while refurbishing a freighter, a shipyard worker has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin facility where work was performed earlier this year.


U.S. Issues Anti-Dumping Steel Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce last week announced the conclusion of an investigation into allegations of dumping by five countries in relation to anti-corrosion steel, and issued considera...


Scientist Adds Motion in Coatings Test

One doctoral candidate at a Danish technical university has developed a coating test method that takes a novel approach to analyzing coatings performance.


Turbine Breaks Records

A Des Moines-based energy provider claims it has built the largest land-based wind turbine in the United States. It is celebrating this feat by sharing the video footage, aerial photography ...


Coatings Guide for Nuke Sites

Coatings and corrosion expert Jon Cavallo provides the latest insights in corrosion protection for the nuclear power industry in Corrosion Control Guide for Exterior Surfaces of Nuclear Powe...


Oops: New Bridge Is Too Low

Delaware transportation officials spent more than $5 million to construct a new bridge in 2011. Five years later, they are expecting to put another half million dollars into the project to g...


‘World-Class’ Pigments Plant Launches

A color pigments facility, described as a showcase for world-class pigments manufacturing technology, is starting operations in the southeast United States, according to multinational consum...


Tesla Suit Exposes Labor Issues

A new paint shop for a Tesla Motors factory expansion is at the center of a controversy over whether the contractors responsible for its construction were grossly underpaid.


Quest Buy Buoys Valspar in Q2

Last year’s acquisition of Quest Specialty Coatings gave Valspar’s auto refinish line a boost in the second quarter of 2016, helping to offset lagging sales in other divisions.


Webinar: Painting Bolted Connections

Does your coatings work involve bolted connections on structural steel? Do you know how to handle them? The next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC turns its focus on the important consi...


PHMSA: External Corrosion Led to Break

Just two days after a Houston pipeline operator was indicted on criminal charges related to a 2015 California oil spill, federal regulators released their final failure investigation report ...


Dow Corning Silicones Taps New President

Global silicones supplier Dow Corning has announced another top executive appointment to become effective immediately upon completion of Dow’s ownership restructuring with Corning Inc.


Students to Test Bridge Skills

Four dozen university engineering teams are on deck to compete this weekend in the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction a...


Google’s New Coating Catches Pedestrians

Pedestrians could be stuck to the hoods of cars as the result of a new coating technology developed by Google—and in this case, that’s a good thing, the company says.


Coating Targets Rusted Steel

A mastic waterborne acrylic built for overcoating rusted steel is the newest product from high-performance protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc. (Kansas City, MO).


Vandals Take Second Shot

Graffiti artists and taggers often seem to favor bridges when it comes to places to ply their craft. One group of vandals in West Virginia, however, got the rare chance to apply more paint t...


Carboline Buys Out Chinese Venture

Medina, OH-based multinational holding company RPM International Inc. has announced that its subsidiary Carboline Company now holds full ownership of its Chinese joint venture.


Corrosion Control Delays Net $2.25M Fine

The state agency responsible for regulating privately owned electricity, gas and water providers has fined one California gas company $2.25 million for failing to fix its corrosion control s...


Vantablack Coating Hits Space

The blackest coating on earth has made it into orbit.


Axalta Labs Earn Accreditation

Global liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems has been accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), the company announced Monday (May 1...


Bridge Deck Collapses in UK

Health and safety officials are looking into what caused the steel and concrete deck of a new bridge structure to collapse Monday (May 16) on a construction site along the M60 motorway in En...


Dow Corning Leader to Retire

The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning Corporation jointly announced the impending retirement of Dow Corning’s top executive in a statement released Monday (May 16).


System Boasts Fast Dry, Low VOCs

A new coating system from Hexion Inc. (Columbus, OH) is touted as offering performance that compares to solvent-borne systems while meeting stringent volatile organic compounds regulations, ...


Paint Chip Damages Space Station Window

The European Space Agency released a photo last week of a chip in one of the most famous windows in the universe—and said the blame may lie with a flake of paint.


$15M Approved to Protect Tower Rods

Corrosion of the steel rods used for seismic stability on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is once again the focus of attention for the committee that oversees seismic retrofit work for ...


Sherwin-Williams Receives Royal Honor

A Sherwin-Williams Company division is one of 243 firms selected for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2016, celebrating British business contributions to international trade, innov...


Coating Nets Shipper $60K in Credits

A Greek maritime freight company has been named the first ship owner recipient of carbon credits through an eco-friendly program developed by AkzoNobel.


FTC Reviews Acquisition

As part of The Sherwin-Williams Company’s pending acquisition of The Valspar Corporation, the companies have been asked to provide additional information and documentary material to federal ...


News Team Puts Coatings to the Test

Truck owners are known to take advantage of protective coatings to safeguard the beds of their vehicles against damage from the loads they haul.


Dutch Workers at Risk from Paint Toxin

Nearly 600 job seekers may have been exposed to a carcinogen found in old paint in one city’s back-to-work program, according to media sources in the Netherlands.


Coating Offers Durability, Aesthetics

A new polyaspartic coating with antimicrobial properties has been developed specifically for tanks in the food and beverage industry.


Costs Balloon for Reef Paint Cleanup

Australian Sen. Larissa Waters is continuing her fight to have toxic paint residue removed from the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, even as the costs of su...


Smart Coating Fights Fouling, Cancer

Scientists at Seton Hall University say they’ve come up with a new and more effective way to fight biofouling through coatings—and the technology they’ve developed may help fight cancer and ...


Mudslide Envelops Hydro Construction Site

Hundreds of rescuers assembled to search for the missing after a landslide swept through a hydropower plant construction site in southeast China.


PPG Aerospace Expands Shildon Facility

Industry giant PPG announced last week that it has made a $2 million expansion to its aerospace coatings facility in Shildon, England.


Evonik Grows Its Additives Portfolio

Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries AG seeks to strengthen its position in the specialty and coating additives market by purchasing a division of Allentown, PA-based Air Products a...


Binder Helps Metal Coatings Take the Heat

Michelman Inc. has announced the availability of its waterborne binder designed for use in the formulation of intumescent coatings that protect structural and architectural steel.


Today’s Espresso, Tomorrow’s Expressway

Coffee may already power a lot of engineers and construction crews, but some Australian researchers are looking at the brown stuff as a potential building material for roads, too.


Construction Numbers, Labor Demand Up

As Census Bureau numbers show the U.S. construction industry continuing to grow (including a big leap in road construction), one industry group is pointing out the need for more qualified wo...


Nanomaterials Could Stop Asphalt Cracks

Most of the paved roads we travel are surfaced with asphalt, and it’s not uncommon to see their surface cracking—but some Swiss scientists are hoping their new technology will make asphalt c...


New Train Paint Claims Flame Resistance

A new coating from Finnish firm Finnester Coatings claims it is able to protect train and subway cars from fire and smoke damage, conforming to new EU standards for fire safety.


Polymer Self-Repairs at Body Temperature

Scientists at the University of Reading are at work on a self-healing polymer that may find use in automotive coatings, as well as other industrial and biomedical applications.


Spanish Workers Uncover Priceless Coins

There’s no telling what you might uncover at the site of an excavation, but rarely is a construction find as cool as what some workers in Spain found: more than 1,300 pounds of Roman coins d...


Hempel Strives for Sustainable Coatings

Danish coatings supplier Hempel is working to develop sustainable antifouling coatings through a grants program sponsored by the European Economic Area (EEA), the company said in a statement...


Tunnel Wall Collapse Swallows Roadway

A sinkhole opened up on a New Orleans street just hours after the mayor and the city’s infrastructure team examined a decades-old underground tunnel nearby.


CA’s Bay Bridge East Span to Live On

Millions of pounds of steel was used in the construction of the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and as sections of the East Span are slowly demolished, many observers are wonderin...


Family Paint Firm Celebrates 90 Years

A third-generation Orange City, IA, coatings manufacturer commemorated nine decades of service last week.


Crane Accident Claims Life on Bridge Site

A Scottish health and safety agency is investigating the events that led to the death of one worker and injury of one other on the country’s new Queensferry Crossing bridge project.


PPG Donates to Shuttle Tank Project

The last existing space shuttle external tank in the U.S. is taking an ocean voyage—and a donation from coatings manufacturer PPG is helping it to stay in top condition.


Indian Crosswalk Takes on New Dimension

We’re all accustomed to the striped crosswalks we encounter while driving—but if all crosswalks looked like one that was recently painted in a city in India, we might pay them a little more ...


Topcoat Made for Demanding Markets

Manchester, U.K., paint and coatings manufacturer HMG Paints Ltd. has introduced its new high-performance two-component acrylic polyurethane finish.


Waterblast System Offers 2 Units in 1

A Texas manufacturer of industrial high-pressure waterblasting equipment has introduced a heavy-duty, high-flow system that provides two waterblasting units on a single trailer.


New Nanocoating Inhibits Bacteria Growth

A new nanocoating developed by scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev could play an important role in marine anti-fouling coatings.


Police Probe Cause of Japan Beam Drop

Area police are looking into potential safety management issues at the site of a fatal construction accident in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture.


Mexican Chemical Plant Blast Claims 24

An explosion at a petrochemical plant on the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico has reportedly claimed the lives of 24 workers, injured more than 100 others, and released a cloud of toxins into t...


Marine Primer Targets Maintenance

AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business has announced the release of a new anticorrosive primer developed to support simplified maintenance, waste avoidance and enhanced corrosion protection.


PPG: No Lead in Any Products by 2020

In its newly released sustainability report, PPG announced that it plans to completely phase out the use of lead in its products by 2020.


PPG Reports Record Q1 Performance

Crediting six acquisitions completed during 2015, Michael H. McGarry, PPG president and chief executive officer, announced improved financial results for the company’s two coatings segments ...


Sherwin-Williams Sees Q1 Net Sales Grow

While The Sherwin-Williams Company saw a slight dip in net sales for in its Global Finishes Group in the start of 2016, strong performance by the PaintStores Group helped push the company in...


Environmental Performance Nets Award

An antifouling agent produced by Gothenburg, Sweden-based bio-tech company I-Tech has earned a European Marine Engineering Award in recognition of the marine coating ingredient’s environment...


AkzoNobel Confronts Challenging Q1

AkzoNobel reported growth in volumes and profitability in all three business areas in its first quarter 2016 results, despite a challenging market environment.


Team Uses Nanoparticles to Bolster PTFE

Researchers at the University of Arkansas are studying a method of using nanoparticles to increase the sturdiness in polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings, commonly known as Teflon.


Powder Coatings Made to Combat Graffiti

Liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems has announced the global launch of its Alesta Anti-Graffiti powder coatings product line, following what the company describes ...


SSPC, MPI Partner on Training

An expanded partnership between SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and the U.K.-based MPI Group will result in the broadening of the Trainthepainter program, a framework corporate edu...


Shell Taps Pipe Coating, Insulation Firms

A Chesterfield, MO, company involved in the protection, rehabilitation, engineering and design of infrastructure projects has announced it is slated to begin pipe coating work, and the appli...


New Coatings Inhibit Corrosion, Biofilms

A Saarbrucken, Germany-based research center is working on coatings advancements intended to benefit anticorrosion and antifouling applications.


Lumberjack Legend Losing Lustre

Portland’s 31-foot-tall statue of folk hero Paul Bunyan has been restored and repainted several times over the past 56 years. The accumulated repairs, however, are coming undone.


Pigments Offer Style, Formulation Options

BASF unveiled three new globally available pigments during the recent 2016 American Coatings Show, held in Indianapolis April 12-14. The pigments are meant to offer enhanced styling and form...


Dow Research Earns Industry Accolades

Alkyd chemistry was the focus of the technical lecture deemed most outstanding among the presentations making up this year’s American Coatings Conference.


Understanding Laboratory Weathering Tests

Accelerated weathering and light stability testing can be an important part of new product development and quality control.


New Heat-Resistive Pipe, Tank Lining

Denso USA has announced its new internal pipe and tank lining, Archco 453HT. The lining has been designed to protect steel tanks and internal pipes from corrosion and to disperse heat in hig...


Agreement Reached for Red Sea Bridge

Two nations have consented to build a historic bridge connecting not only their two countries but also two continents.


AGA Honors Excellence in Galvanizing

From the artistic to the practical, a wide variety of projects have been recognized for their creative and innovative uses of the hot-dip galvanized coating.


Chemical Firm Integrates Coatings Center

An international business strategy firm specializing in specialty chemicals has announced the launch of a new facility to support the technology and production needs of clients in markets su...


Insulative Coating Made for Marine Use

Carboline has launched a new insulative coating developed for marine use. The water-based epoxy insulative coating, Carbotherm 551, was designed to present an alternative to acrylic-based in...


Ship Name Campaign Goes Overboard

When the Natural Environment Research Council invited the public to name its new £200 million ($308 million) polar research ship, to be built by Cammell Laird, it was surely looking for some...


Wacker Silicones Names New President

Wacker Silicones, a global manufacturer whose products are used in construction, paints and coatings, and several other sectors, named Dr. Robert Gnann as its new president, the company anno...


RPM Reports 'Pleasing' Q3 2016

Multinational holding company RPM International, parent company of Carboline, announced a record third quarter in its 2016 fiscal year, which ended Feb. 29.


Merger Targets Water Infrastructure

Engineering, consulting, and design services firm Stantec is planning to extend its worldwide reach in water resources infrastructure with the acquisition of MWH Global Inc.


Program Update Offers New Reporting Tools

DeFelsko Corporation has released a new version of a software application developed for managing inspection data captured with its PosiTector and PosiTest instruments.


Firm, Staff Charged in Kolkata Collapse

Three officials from the company building the overpass that collapsed Thursday (March 31) in Kolkata, India, have been arrested in relation to the incident, NPR reported Saturday (April 2).


Whiskey Glasses Stir Coatings Research

Alcohol is often cited as delivering inspiration to writers and artists, but now a team of Princeton University researchers name spirits as providing a clue to the secret to improving unifor...


Dow Corning’s New Silicone Technologies

Midland, MI-based Dow Corning has announced it will showcase four new products for the paint and coatings industry at the upcoming American Coatings Show 2016, set for April 12-14 in Indiana...


Flyover Gives Way in Eastern India

An overpass under construction in Kolkata, India, collapsed in a busy commercial district around noon Thursday (March 31), killing at least 14 and trapping more than 100 beneath the rubble, ...


Coatings Delivery Service Takes Off

In need of a last-minute delivery? No problem. U.K. marine varnishes and anti-foul coatings manufacturer HMG Paints has announced a solution.


SSPC: New Wet Abrasive Blast Standards

Five new joint SSPC-NACE Wet Abrasive Blast Cleaning standards are now available from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Hempel Highlights Its ‘Landmark’ 2015

2015 was a momentous year for Denmark-based Hempel Group in both corporate strategy and financial terms as it reported strong results for the third year in a row in terms of turnover, earnin...


English Bridge Design Reflects History

King Arthur’s legendary birthplace is soon to be more reachable after hundreds of years of difficult access.


Additive Said to Improve Properties

Nanomaterials manufacturer Carbodeon of Vantaa, Finland, has announced the release of a new additive for fluoropolymer coatings.


Queensferry Crossing Reaches Milestone

Crews working on Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing recently made a massive push toward meeting the $1.35 billion structure’s year-end 2016 completion date.


Drying Paint Reveals ‘Exciting’ Discovery

While most people would describe “watching paint dry” as a boring endeavor, a team of scientists expects to put it to use in improving the performance of a wide variety of everyday goods, fr...


Anti-Fouling Agent up for Award

Gothenburg, Sweden’s I-Tech announced that it is among three companies shortlisted in the European Marine Engineering Awards' Environmental Performance category for its Selektope antifouling...


Video Sessions Bring Conference to You

Were you double-booked for presentations at SSPC 2016? Is there a bit of data or guidelines from a lecture you’ve been trying to remember?


Tunnel Painting Tricks Unaware Driver

It’s the oldest trick in the book … at least in Saturday morning cartoons.


Spray-On Coating May Ease Icing Problems

Research is underway on a durable, inexpensive ice-repellent coating developed with airplanes, oil rigs, power lines and other industrial machinery or structures in mind.


Forth Road Bridge Failure Not ‘Foreseeable'

An inquiry into the December closure of Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge determined that the fault could not have been foreseen.


‘Fire-Breathing’ Bridge Wins ASCE Honor

A bridge designed to be an “aesthetic centerpiece” as well as a practical river crossing was one of six project finalists recognized for outstanding achievement by the association representi...


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Make $11.3B Deal

In a deal valued at $11.3 billion, The Sherwin-Williams Company and The Valspar Corporation jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sherwin-Williams ...


Nozzle Jets Offer Wide Cleaning Path

Industrial high-pressure waterblasting equipment manufacturer Jetstream of Houston LLP has announced the release of a new rotary nozzle for surface cleaning operations.


Converting Carbon Emissions into Concrete

In a process they call “carbon upcycling,” a group of University of California, Los Angeles, researchers is working on a way to recapture and repurpose industrial carbon emissions into poten...


Norway to Invest $1B in ‘Super-Cycleways’

In an effort to reduce its residents’ reliance on cars, one Scandinavian country is aiming to spend nearly $1 billion to build a new network of highways … for bikes only.


PPG Rebranding Reflects Evolution

Global paints and coatings manufacturer PPG is unveiling an update to its corporate brand, which reflects the transformation that has occurred in the company’s identity and portfolio since i...


Sprayer Line Aims for Large Jobs

Plymouth, MN-based paint spray tool manufacturer Titan announced an expansion to its PowrCoat series line of sprayers.


Tnemec Names Bean President, COO

One of the leading manufacturers of high-performance protective coatings has named its new president and chief operating officer.


SSPC Papers, Posters Deadlines Near

Deadlines are nearing for the submission of SSPC presentation proposals for the society’s 2017 conference.


Coatings Tool Adds Cruise Ship Data

Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced the addition of a new data source to its recently launched data analysis tool, Intertrac Vision.


Team Tests Self-Consolidating Concrete

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working to improve on the current challenges self-consolidating concrete poses in a range of construction projects.


Learn More about Protective Coatings

The protective properties offered by a range of industrial and marine coatings are the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Firm Brings New Meaning to ‘Blowing up a Bridge’

You’ll find a lot of photos of bridges on social media channels, including those that are awe-inspiring, under construction, being imploded or historically significant.


Defoamer Launches for Flooring Coatings

Multinational chemicals producer BASF has launched a new defoamer product it says offers fast and effective deaeration of 100 percent solids coating systems.


Exec Gets 19 Years in Kickback Scheme

The former president of Brazil’s largest construction company is the latest official to be sentenced in the ongoing investigation into corruption at the country’s state-run oil company.


Bridge Builders Serve Those in Need

A group of bridge professionals will travel to Panama next month to donate their time and skills to build a footbridge serving an isolated area of the country.


Mesh-Free PFP Launches for Energy Sector

Global paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun has announced the release of its new mesh-free epoxy passive fire protection coating for the hydrocarbon processing and energy industries.


Scientists Unveil Ice-Melting Coating

Researchers at Rice University are working on developing a composite coating to help remove ice in cold-weather applications ranging from wind turbines to aircraft wings.


Honoring Women in Construction Trades

With a mission of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), has designated March 6-12 as the time to celebrate w...


Binder Developed for Heat Resistance

Michelman has announced the availability of a new product in its ProHere line of water-based polymer dispersions and emulsions developed for use in metal coatings.


PPG Backs Paint Chemist Master’s Degree

Global paints and coatings supplier PPG Industries has announced its partnership with a European educational institution in support of a new program for paint chemists.


Artists See Red over 'Blackest Black'

Can anyone really own a color? If you’re artist Anish Kapoor, the answer is yes. If you’re among his fellow artists, that’s a definite no.


New Primers to Match Range of Surfaces

The PPG commercial coatings group has announced the addition of F4921WH–2.1 White Epoxy Primer and F4921BK–2.1 Black Epoxy Primer to its DELFLEET Evolution premium commercial paint system.


Hempel Begins CEO Transition Period

Global protective coatings supplier Hempel has announced that its incoming chief executive officer has officially come on board.


Seattle Tunnel Status: On Again

Six weeks after a sinkhole halted excavation of the new State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle, the design-build firm in charge of digging the underground portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replac...


Dow to Settle $1B Class Action Suit

American multinational corporation The Dow Chemical Company has announced it is settling the 11-year-old, $1.06 billion urethanes price-fixing lawsuit it has contested since a federal jury a...


Team Lauds ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Coatings

Scientists at a Swiss university have developed a polymer coating they say is so versatile they compare it to the iconic Swiss army knife, with future applications cutting into the wastewate...


Hull Coating Leads to Carbon Credits

Paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has issued its first round of carbon credits to ship owners switching to biocide-free hull coating systems to reduce their emissions.


Hungry Mice Bring Down Tunnel Project

There are a lot of reasons repairs to a city’s infrastructure may be delayed, but hungry rodents are rarely the cause.


Oil Presence May Speed Corrosion

The presence of oil in water is believed to increase the rate of corrosion on ships with steel hulls, according to a research project led by representatives from George Mason University and ...


Glass Nanocoating Work Wins $746K Grant

A Fayetteville, AR, startup has been awarded a $746,000 National Science Foundation grant in recognition of its work on a glass coating said to make the material anti-reflective, self-cleani...


Research Brings Antifouling to Oman

A university in Oman has developed the region’s first antifouling marine nanocoating, according to an announcement following a month-long field test of the coating at a local marina.


PPG Launches $7.8M Coatings R&D Hub

Paint and coatings giant PPG Industries has unveiled its newly completed research and development facility just outside of Pittsburgh, home to its global headquarters.


Firm Offers Low-VOC Solvent Alternative

Environmentally friendly industrial solvents manufacturer TBF Environmental Technology Inc. has announced the commercial availability of its latest volatile organic content (VOC)-compliant a...


Toyota Tests Green as the New White

The Prius is already known as an eco-friendly, fuel-efficient car, but Toyota recently revealed a paint job that promises to make the already frugal car even more environmentally responsible...


Sales, Volumes Decline in Valspar's Q1

While both sales and volumes took hits in Valspar's first quarter of fiscal 2016, the company says its Coatings segment is "well positioned for growth."


Blasting Pot Boasts Fewer Refill Stops

Marco Group International, a supplier of equipment to the surface preparation and protective coatings industries, has announced the release of a new larger-capacity blasting pot.


Caltrans, Builder Look to Arbitration

When it comes to expenses from construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, both the state transportation agency and the primary contractor feel they have money coming to them.


Is Recycled Concrete a Viable Option?

When it comes to sustainability and reuse in construction, can the industry begin to do more with recycled concrete? A University of Notre Dame research team is focusing on just that questio...


Tool Tracks Remote Equipment Data

Tampa-based electronic safety equipment manufacturer Keytroller has announced the release of its new remote equipment monitoring tool.


Allnex Welcomes Mantas as CEO

A leading supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings has named a new chief executive officer.


Coating Targets Liquid Cargo Tanks

Danish marine coatings supplier Hempel has launched a new tank coating targeted to ship owners carrying chemicals, crude oil or liquid foodstuffs.


East Span Bids Slow Farewell to Truss

The Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge has been the subject of much attention—winning awards, under scrutiny for leakage and corrosion, and for its artistic lighting system, and now eyes are t...


Study: Graphene Is Strong, Not Tough

While the various properties inherent to graphene make it ideal for applications from corrosion-resistant coatings to biological devices, all uses rely on the structural reliability it is kn...


D+D Launches Free Coatings Instruction

Opportunities abound for increasing your knowledge of coatings chemistry selection, performance and applications in 2016.


AkzoNobel Eyes a BASF Coatings Segment

Dutch paints and specialty chemicals firm AkzoNobel has put to rest recent industry speculation that it is pursuing the purchase of BASF’s Industrial Coatings business.


Hot Temps Ruin Cool Bridge

A team of students working to construct an ice bridge in Finland were building with strength in mind, but this week, the one thing that they couldn’t control brought an end to the project: a...


AkzoNobel Reports Record FY2015

Multinational paints, coatings and chemicals company AkzoNobel reported record performance for 2015, having successfully delivered on the year’s financial targets while recognizing significa...


Coating Signals Critical Unseen Damage

Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing a coating meant to deliver a clear indication of structural damage so small that it would otherwise be undetectable to the naked eye ...


Evonik Plans PA12 Production Increase

Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries will build a new production line for special polyamide 12 powder (PA12) in Marl, Germany, the company announced Wednesday (Feb. 10).


Caltrans Probes Tunnel Corrosion Risk

Caltrans officials have a new corrosion investigation on their hands: the Bay Bridge’s Yerba Buena Island tunnel, which links the western span and the new eastern span of the San Francisco-O...


Color Trends: 2016 Powder Coating Palette

Powder coatings manufacturer IFS Coatings, based in Gainesville, TX, has announced its 2016-2017 color trends forecast for powder coatings.


Coatings for the Oil & Gas Industry

The unique challenges of coatings for the oil and gas industry is the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Form, Function Fuel Power Plant Plans

Two Danish architecture firms recently revealed their winning design concept for the world's largest waste-to-energy power plant scheduled for construction in Shenzhen, China.


LED Light Meant to Improve Visibility

Equipment provider Marco Group International has announced the release of a new lighting tool for use in abrasive blasting applications.


Dow to Reduce Acrylate Capacity by 20%

Multinational chemical corporation The Dow Chemical Company has announced that its Dow Performance Monomers business unit will be reducing acrylate capacity by 20 percent at its Deer Park Op...


Iraqi Dam Threatens Failure, Flood

Italian construction firm Trevi Group has secured the contract to make critical repairs to a failing hydroelectric dam in Mosul, Iraq.


‘Cement Ship’ Cracks Under Pressure

Residents of Aptos, CA, are becoming increasingly concerned about the state of their beloved cement ship sitting off the shore of Seacliff State Beach.


Spill Cleanup Made for Industry

An industrial organic spill cleanup solution for hazardous liquid spills recently introduced a consumer brand of its absorbent product.


Which Brands Do You Prefer?

Contractors and facility owners, do you have a favorite brand you turn to time and time again on the job? Fill out our survey anonymously and share your thoughts about the coatings and equip...


Hempel to Shed Blome International

Global protective coatings supplier Hempel announced Tuesday (Feb. 2) that it is selling off its interests in Blome International, a U.S.-based corrosion control products manufacturer it acq...


New Bridge Plan Replaces L.A. River Icon

Architect Michael Maltzan’s new “Ribbon of Light” bridge has big shoes to fill to become a new Los Angeles landmark.


$6.5B in Losses Lead to Steep BP Layoffs

While announcing a loss of $6.5 billion in the 2015 fiscal year—said to be the largest annual loss in its history—British oil and gas company BP has revealed plans to lay off 7,000 employees...


Measure Viscosity in Lab, Production

Dutch developer and manufacturer of paint test equipment TQC has announced its release of the first series of the ViscoThinner, a benchtop instrument designed to measure material viscosity d...


Grossman Honored for Durability Work

In recognition of his decades of work in weatherability and durability testing, Q-Lab President Doug Grossman was named the latest recipient of the prestigious Warren Ketola Memorial Award, ...


Folding Blades to Protect Giant Turbines

As part of its work for the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories has developed an innovation in wind turbine blades intended to help protect them in harsh offshore environ...


Dutch Group Rethinks Wind Infrastructure

Despite the many wind farms that dot the landscape on land and offshore, the classic wind turbine isn’t the only structure that can turn wind into energy, according to the Dutch.


Watching Paint Dry Unlikely to Offend

Watching paint dry might be an unintended, peripheral part of your job, but rest assured that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) censors have deemed such a program safe for view...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Strong 2015

Sherwin-Williams' new president and CEO delivered a "gratifying" full-year and fourth quarter earnings report released Thursday (Jan. 28).


Executive Promotions Underway at PPG

PPG Industries has announced several new leadership appointments, including senior vice presidents in three divisions, as well as the retirement of the current senior vice president, automot...


Firm Proposes New Efficient Ship Design

Global oil and natural gas firm BG Group set out to rethink the design of liquid natural gas (LNG) transport ships, and in the process developed what it calls the “LNG ship of the future.”


Finalists Named for US-Canada Bridge

Plans to construct the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, ON, are moving closer to fruition after the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) selected three teams ...


Beetle Shell Inspires Anti-Frost Coating

Researchers from Virginia Tech are looking to inhabitants of one of the hottest areas on the planet for inspiration in developing a coating that would inhibit ice formation on critical surfa...


Bay Bridge Leaks Get Low-Cost Fix

Water leaking into support structures of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been a concern for engineers as early as the construction phase. Now, they have hit upon a relatively inexpe...


Abrasive Designed for Energy Sector

Steel abrasives supplier W Abrasives has announced its surface preparation product called Surfium. The 100 percent grit abrasive was designed to provide the best compromise between roughness...


SSPC Showcases Student Innovation

Each year, SSPC sets its sites on the future of the industry by shining a spotlight on the next generation of coatings professionals at the annual SSPC conference.


Tool for Thin Film Application Debuts

TQC has made tool for thin film application of coatings, lacquers and other materials on sample specimens or flat substrates, the company says.


Meter Made to Detect Concrete Moisture

TQC has introduced a concrete moisture reader that the company says is designed to test large concrete floors and construction that require coating.


Industrial Spray-On Insulation Debuts

A new spray-on insulation for high-temperature industrial applications offers personal protection from extreme heat while preventing corrosion under insulation, according to its manufacturer...


JPCL Awards Top Papers of 2015

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings launched the SSPC 2016 Featuring GreenCOAT conference Monday (Jan. 18) in San Antonio, TX. The event kicked off with its annual Awards Luncheon, hon...


Hyperloop Test Track to Break Ground

Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop transportation system appears poised to give the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s bullet train some competition for delivering the fastest ride from nort...


Axalta Celebrates 150-Year History

Global coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems is celebrating 150 years in the industry this year.


Building the World’s First ‘Droneport’

They fly through the skies. They must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). And if the aircraft is issued an airworthiness certificate, a pilot certificate is require...


Reusable Marking Paint System Unveiled

Paints and coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum has introduced a new product for the marking paint industry.


Firm Tapped for US High-Speed Rail Build

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has identified the likely contract winner for the next construction phase of the first high-speed rail (HSR) system in the United States.


Device Aids in Soluble Salts Analysis

Inspection equipment manufacturer Elcometer has released a portable, hand-held gauge designed to aid in the measurement of soluble salts levels.


Cold Eyed in Canada Bridge ‘Split’

A “split” appearing in a new cable stay bridge in Ontario, Canada—a significant link connecting the east and west along the Trans-Canada Highway—is under investigation, while some focus blam...


Nature Inspires Anti-Reflective Coating

Using millions of tiny hollow spheres of carbonized sugar, arranged in a tightly packed hexagonal monolayer, a team of researchers has developed a lightweight anti-reflective coating that co...


Seattle Tunnel Project Drills Ahead

Just over two years after breaking down in its first days of digging, “Bertha,” the tunnel boring machine excavating


Science Crafts Concrete for Life on Mars

As NASA sets its sites on developing the resources to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, some scientists are looking ahead to the next phase—the technologies astronauts will need to one day l...


Westinghouse Picks Engineer for Nuclear Jobs

Irving, TX-based engineering construction company Fluor Corporation won two subcontracts giving it workforce


Offshore Fabricator Pays $20M for Shipyard

Known as a manufacturer of specialized structures and vessels used in the oil, gas and marine industries


Turning Waste into Eco-friendly Concrete

Seeking to develop a cheaper, more environmentally friendly form of concrete, a team of


Coatings Series Aims to Protect Metal

PPG Industries has introduced a two-component polyester polyurethane enamel coatings series that the company says provides corrosion resistance when applied directly to metal or over primer-...


The Sweet Sound of … Concrete?

Many music lovers prize old-school records as providing the ultimate listening experience. But would


Profit Up 20% in RPM Q2

Carboline parent company RPM International Inc., a global leader in industrial coatings, posted double-digit gains for its second quarter of fiscal year 2016.


3M Sues over Alleged Patent Infringement

Global manufacturing giant 3M, headquartered in St. Paul, MN, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit


PaintSquare News Publisher Taps New CEO

Brion D. Palmer, a media executive with 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, has been selected as the new


Implosion Opens Path for New Bridge

Pittsburgh, known by many as the City of Bridges for the sheer number it contains, said farewell to one 94-year-old structure


Free Resource Shares CUI Know-How

From understanding the basics to methods for prevention and mitigation, a new eBook from JPCL delves into the phenomenon of corrosion


Enjoy the New PaintSquare Daily News

Welcome to 2016 and the new PaintSquare Daily News. Our new look not only offers a fresh face, but also increased usability and additional functionality—in desktop and responsive mobile form...


UV Lantern Built for Inspections

TQC has introduced a UV inspection lantern that the company says is capable of detecting contaminations that react under UV illumination but cannot be seen by the naked eye.


Scientists Seek to Stop Color-Fade

Why do colorful birds not turn gray as they age? Researchers at the University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, U.K., say it comes down to the way color is created in the feathers.


PaintSquare News Gets Revamp for 2016

Watch your inboxes in the new year for a fresh take on PaintSquare News—we will launch 2016 with a new clean, responsive newsletter design geared to professionals on the go.


'Turtle Tunnel' Saves Wildlife, Drivers

Our network of roadways and interstates help us get from Point A to Point B quickly and efficiently, but they often interfere with migratory routes favored by local wildlife to move between ...


Architect’s Bridges to Spur City Growth

Spanish neofuturist architect and structural engineer Santiago Calatrava has been commissioned to design a trio of bridges in the rapidly growing city of Huashan, China.


Biocide-Free Antifouling Coating Debuts

Hempel has introduced a new high-solids marine antifouling coating that the company says leads to cleaner hulls for a longer period.


Redesigned Product Tests for Adhesion

DeFelsko has introduced a new version of its PosiTest AT-A Automatic Adhesion Tester that the company says measures the adherence of coatings to metal, wood, concrete and other rigid substra...


Architect Rethinks Water Tower’s Form

Water towers tend to be readily recognizable as what they are and for the purpose they serve. One Belgian architect, however, decided to seek out an alternative to the traditional utilitaria...


Coatings Courses for Military, DoD Use

From corrosion prevention to chemical agent resistance, coatings professionals will have the opportunity to delve into a range of topics specific to military and Department of Defense applic...


Moth Eyes Inspire Coating Innovation

Researchers at two universities are taking inspiration from structures found in the insect world to create an anti-reflection coating that retains conductivity in order to improve electronic...


One Vancouver Seawall Stands Out

When it comes to infrastructure meant to prevent both flooding and property damage along shorelines, large concrete structures are usually what comes to mind. But one Canadian landscape arch...


Coating Made for Wastewater Facilities

The Sherwin-Williams Company Protective & Marine Coatings line has introduced a amine-cured epoxy that the company says is designed for corrosion protection of concrete and steel in municipa...


Season One Success for US Windfarm

America’s first offshore wind farm just reached another project milestone: wrapping up its initial offshore construction season.


Bridge Inspection Drones Fly High

As drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), begin to find their way into construction work sites, more and more contractors and state departments of transportation are turning to the syst...


Hempel Appoints New CFO

One of the world’s top paint and coatings companies has hired a new chief financial officer to fill the vacancy left by the departing incumbent.


SSPC Is on the Move

It’s been a big year for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. Not only did the association celebrate its 65th anniversary and welcome aboard its new executive director, but it also has...


SSPC Event Spotlights Power Industry

From chemistry and application to inspection and specification, coatings professionals will find a variety of topics to choose from among the power and power generation programs offered at S...


High-Bake Phenolic Tank Lining Debuts

US Coatings has introduced a high-bake phenolic tank lining that the company says offers chemical resistance for a range of applications.


JPCL 2016 Survey: Share Your Insight

What do you see as the most pressing issues facing the coatings industry? The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) is preparing the annual forecast feature for its January ...


Oil and Gas Tech on SSPC 2016 Docket

As SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT nears, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is sharing the schedule of conference programming dedicated to work in the oil and gas business.


Tank Linings to Resist Chemicals

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings has introduced Phenguard Pro, a tank coating system that the company says offers wide chemical resistance for shipyards and ship owners.


Sub Museum Gets New Exterior Coat

Although officially retired from naval service since 1971, a Cold War-era submarine has remained on duty as an educational tourist attraction moored along the north shore of Pittsburgh.


AkzoNobel Launches New RD&I Center

Amsterdam-based paints and coatings company AkzoNobel celebrated the opening of its new research, development and innovation (RD&I) center Tuesday (Dec. 1) in Strongsville, OH, with opening ...


Sneak Peek of New MI Bridge Revealed

Residents of Detroit, MI, and Windsor, Ontario, are beginning to look forward to the new Gordie Howe International Bridge as new details of its design are revealed.


Coating Made for Concrete Refill

The Sherwin-Williams Company Protective & Marine Coatings division has introduced an epoxy-modified cementitious resurfacer that the company says patches and refills voids and bug holes in c...


SSPC Looks at Bridges, Transportation

With just a little more than a month before SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is promoting its lineup for bridge and transportation-related program ses...


Coating Technology to Repel Water, Dirt

Researchers have developed a process for making transparent coatings that they say will help repel water and dirt from various substrates.


SSPC Surveys Shipping, Marine Topics

With SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT just weeks away, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings spotlights the lineup of shipping and marine conference sessions available on site.


Growth Strong for Valspar in 2015

Minneapolis-based Valspar Corp. has reported another record year with the release of its fourth-quarter earnings.


Sprayer Made for High-Volume Coatings

Graco has introduced an industrial coatings sprayer that the company says has the largest air motor it has ever built.


Coating Innovation Wins Recognition

A corrosion- and abrasion-resistant coating secured one fledgling Norwegian coatings company the top spot in a competition recognizing the best entrepreneurs from across a range of technolog...


Axalta Taps New VP, Division President

Global liquid and powder coating supplier Axalta Coating Systems has appointed a new executive to its leadership team.


1M-Pound Bridge Slides in Place

Crews in Michigan took advantage of the slide-in bridge construction (SIBC) technique to build a new bridge on the M-100 in Potterville with only one weekend’s worth of road closure.


NASA Sets Sights on Thermal Coating

When it comes to protecting its spacecraft—and the human occupants—from both heat loss and extremely high temperatures during space travel and reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, NASA is turnin...


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

Two managers in PPG Industries’ coatings divisions have taken on new leadership roles within the company.


Hexion Expands Production Capacity

Hexion Inc., based in Columbus, OH, announced Wednesday (Nov. 18) that it is expanding its waterborne epoxy resin production capacity in Tianjin, China.


Byron Lapin, Seal-Krete President, Dies

Like his father, Byron Lapin believed in providing his customers with “convenience in a can.”


Polyurethanes Made to Be Self-Healing

NEI Corporation has expanded its polyurethane-based NANOMYTE MEND line of top coats that the company says provides self-healing properties that close gaps and seals cracks in a variety of su...


Smooth Finish SPF Insulation Debuts

Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a closed cell, spray-polyurethane foam insulation that is suitable for use in tank and pipeline applications.


Study: Concrete 'Crystal' Key to Aging

Researchers believe they may be closer to finding a solution for a common concrete bridge and dam aging problem.


Caltrans Blasts Old Bay Bridge Pier

The much-anticipated implosion of the old Bay Bridge Pier E3 finally occurred Saturday morning (Nov. 14) in San Francisco, though onlookers were likely disappointed by the spectacle.


Citric Acid-Based Gel Tackles Rust

A new citric-acid-based rust remover announced by PPG Industries’ industrial coatings division is touted as a safe, environmentally friendly option for removing rust and mill scale.


Bridges Receive Concrete Design Awards

Two bridges recently received honors during the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) first Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards.


Scotland to Have Floating Wind Farm

An international energy company based in Norway has received approval from the Scottish government to build the first floating wind farm in the world.


Two RPM Leaders Receive Promotions

The parent company of Carboline and dozens of other industrial coatings brands has promoted two of its leaders.


Vinyl Ester Industrial Coatings Debut

Flowcrete Americas has introduced a new series of anti-corrosive vinyl ester coating and lining materials that the company says protects concrete and steel substrates from chemical and mecha...


Locals See Red over Double Yellows

Residents of a town in Somerset County, U.K., were scratching their heads last week when a run-of-the-mill road-painting job went awry.


Coating Remade to Reduce Abrasions

A.W. Chesterton Company has introduced a reformulated ARC MX1 that the company said will help reduce high-impact and extreme sliding abrasions.


DOC Defines Steel Import Duties

Following its investigations into corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan, the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its preliminary dete...


Light Bar Made for Hazardous Areas

Nemalux LED Lighting has introduced an industrial light bar series that the company says can be used in hazardous or wet locations.


Sherwin-Williams Backs IAM Research

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Company is making a $1-million commitment to materials research through the Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU),...


Seepage May Sink Canal Timeline

Progress toward the finish line of the Panama Canal Expansion Project lost some steam after hitting a speedbump: water leakage in the new locks.


Cashew-Based Coating Made for Industry

Cardolite Corporation has introduced an epoxy curing agent that it says will give customers a cost-effective upgrade from common medium and high viscosity, solvent-free polyamides.


Webinar Eyes UV Coatings Protection

Coatings and substrates are subject to a number of environmental and atmospheric conditions that can negatively affect their aesthetic and performance properties.


Study: Global Infrastructure Value

A global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets took a look at the state of infrastructure around the world and assigned each a dollar values as a measuring stick for compa...


Lights Made To Be Explosion-Proof

Rapid Prep is offering an explosion-proof light that the company says is suitable for hazardous and wet locations.


Wave Machine Simulates Flooding

Its promotional video has been compared to a blockbuster movie trailer, but a Dutch company’s wave simulation facility is all science and not fiction.


Shipyards Eyed in Brazil Graft Scandal

As the official investigation into the graft scandal involving Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras proceeds, three shipyards were revealed to be among those implicated in the scheme.


Coating to Insulate Hot, Cold Surfaces

Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings group has introduced an insulative acrylic coating for industrial systems that the company says helps eliminate corrosion under insulation (CUI)...


‘Big 3’ Continue Financial Struggles

Hampered by cancelled orders and delays in construction of offshore facilities, the world’s three largest shipbuilders are tracking to record major financial losses in 2015.


Monster Welcomes Batbridge

The town of Monster, South Holland, Netherlands, has a bridge built with the unique specifications of some specific residents in mind…and it’s not the townspeople.


Sherwin-Williams: Q3 2015 Sales Up

Despite a drop in the group that includes protective and marine coatings, the second-largest paint company in the U.S. showed an increase overall in its third quarter of 2015.


Tool Measures Working Temperature

The Paul N. Gardner Company (Gardco) is offering a new data logger that the company says can be used to monitor temperature in environments where temperature control is required.


Nuclear Giant Takes on Construction

Leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world, Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is expanding its global offerings through the acquisition of ...


Hull Paint Threatens Reef System

When the Chinese oil tanker Shen Neng 1 ran into the Great Barrier Reef and scraped off part of its bottom coating in the process, it was just the beginning of the event’s environmental impa...


Dust-Free Slurry Blaster Debuts

Rapid Prep has introduced a new dust-free slurry blaster that the company says is built for a wide variety of blasting and coating needs.


AkzoNobel Posts Positive Q3 Earnings

Marine and Protective Coatings led in revenue gains among AkzoNobel’s markets in its third quarter, according to the Amsterdam coatings company.


Airline Unwraps Its ‘Frozen’ Aircraft

Kids can get a little obsessed with their favorite Disney characters. And if your little Frozen fan finds out he or she can fly to Disney on a plane adorned with Elsa, Anna and Olaf, you mig...


Self-Healing Concrete Effort Recognized

A company in the United Kingdom is up for a sustainability award for its work in testing self-healing concrete methods.


UK Nabs Major Polar Ship Contract

A U.K. shipyard has been awarded the contract to build a state-of-the-art polar research ship to support the nation’s ocean and climate studies.


Sherwin-Williams Announces New CEO

Sherwin-Williams has turned to one of its long-standing managers to lead the company starting next year.


Self-Repairing Cities Goal of Project

A university in the United Kingdom is working to develop robots and drones that researchers hope will be able to repair city infrastructure without causing the disruption normally associated...


New Coat Helps Keep the Light On

Nearly surrounded by four of the Great Lakes, Michigan is reported to have the most lighthouses of any state in the U.S.


Data Predicts Coatings Performance

Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel has launched what it calls the “first ever digital tool” for the shipping industry, it said in an announcement Thursday (Oct. 15).


Graphene Tops Polymer for MIC

In its ongoing investigations into graphene coatings and corrosion prevention, a global science team has determined that the graphene coatings minimize corrosion better than commercial polym...


Construction Bridge Falls on Highway

At least two people are dead and more than 20 others are injured after a temporary bridge near a Johannesburg, South Africa, construction site collapsed onto a highway.


Company Goes Pink to Support Cause

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one respiratory protective equipment manufacturer is making a limited-time product available in support of the cause.


PPG: Record Income in Q3

Protective and marine coatings sales helped improve the bottom line for PPG Industries Inc. during the company’s third quarter of 2015.


Golden Gate to Get a ‘Safety Net’

It's a classic American landmark and tourist attraction—but there is a dark side to the Golden Gate Bridge.


New Lab Caters to Oil, Gas Industry

Global laboratory-based testing group Exova has opened its first facility in the northeast United States, according to the company’s announcement Monday (Oct. 12).


Experts Weigh in on Bay Bridge Cable

Concerns about corrosion on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have prompted a team of bridge professionals to ask for quick action to protect the main cable supporting the bridge.


Firm Touts Top Tech of 2015

Anti-corrosion coatings are among the top technologies expected to show the most advancement and influence this year, a new research report indicates.


Crews Keep the Concrete Moving

Motorists in Utah are catching sight of a new bridge over I-15, but it’s not meant for vehicles, cyclists or even pedestrians, and it’s not a permanent addition.


Webinar Covers Application, Standards

From equipment to quality control, an upcoming free webinar focuses on everything you need to know when applying thermal spray coatings.


American Galvanizing Joins Valmont

With business portfolio comprising four primary segments—coatings, engineered infrastructure products and services, utility support structures and irrigation—Valmont Industries is expanding ...


2 Cities Face Road Paint Challenges

While road markings are intended to clearly mark the way for drivers while getting from point A to point B, the striping work done recently in two towns has led to head-shaking rather than p...


That’s a Horse of a Different Color

If you’ve ever watched The Wizard of Oz, you’re sure to remember the Horse of a Different Color.


RPM Eyes Solid Growth after ‘Tepid’ Q1

Carboline parent company RPM International Inc. acknowledged unfavorable weather conditions and exchange rates contributed to “tepid results” in the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, wh...


Pigments Keep a Black Yacht Cool

The first all-black racing yacht has just hit the water, and it’s the heat-reflecting properties of the pigments in the coatings that make it possible.


Respiratory Helmet Helps Communication

Rapid Prep is offering a respirator helmet equipped with a wireless communication system that the company says helps improve safety while blasting.


Welsh Galvanized Line Expected to Idle

A hot-dip galvanized coating line in Wales is about to come to a close for economic reasons, according to media reports.


BASF Champions Workplace Diversity

Global chemical manufacturing giant BASF has announced that it has formal goals in place to increase the diversity of its management team in the years ahead.


Coatings Give Marine Life the Slip

A technology company known for their work with super-repellant surfaces is turning its attention to the marine applications market.


Axalta Lays a Path for Student Success

Global coatings supplier Axalta Coatings Systems is making an investment in the education of the industry’s future workforce.


Chemical Giant Ashland Splits into Two

Chemical giant Ashland Inc. is splitting into two companies so that each can focus on a different share of its focused markets.


Caltrans Seeks Damages from Builder

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is ending its contract with the main contractor of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.


Paints and Coatings Market Grows

Among the various paints and coatings segments, the industrial paints and coatings market is predicted to grow the fastest in terms of value, according to Global Paints and Coatings Market S...


New NY Bridge Rises above Water

Work on the $4 billion new Tappan Zee Bridge, also known as the New NY Bridge, hit the halfway mark in construction earlier this month.


SSPC 2016 Registration Now Open

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced that registration is now open for its annual conference and tradeshow, SSPC 2016, which runs early in 2016.


Axalta Names New VP, EMEA President

Axalta Coating Systems has announced the appointment of Matthias Schönberg as Vice President of Axalta and President of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.


Fighting Corrosion the 18th Century Way

Scientists at a Chinese research facility are working on an alternative to coatings to help fight corrosion in the country’s naval fleet. The role of bacteria in corrosion and the antibacter...


PPG Launches Single-Component Line

The Protective and Marine Coatings division of PPG Industries has announced the introduction of its PPG ONE Series of single-component coatings.


Ice Bridge Worker Dies in Fall

A platform situated underneath a bridge in Montreal gave way Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 15), dropping one worker into the water below.


Corrosion Affects City Water Supply

The city of Flint, MI, has a problem with severe iron and lead corrosion in its water distribution system. Marc Edwards, an expert on municipal water quality, is seeking ways to address the ...


Cartridge Aids in Respiratory Protection

A Pittsburgh-based global safety products manufacturer has announced the re-release of a previously discontinued respirator cartridge style.


Design Hurts Deadline, Sparks Debate

The completion date for the bridge in the St. Croix Crossing project, which will connect Oak Park Heights, MN, and St. Joseph, WI, has been pushed back, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Departmen...


No Cars Allowed on Portland Bridge

If you’re jogging, walking, cycling, on a bus or the city’s light rail transit system and expect to cross the Portland’s newest bridge, you’re in luck. But if you’re expecting to drive acros...


Workers Walk Out in Korean Shipyards

South Korea’s troubled shipyards are dealing with yet another blow: striking workers.


In Memoriam: Dr. Richard W. Drisko

Longtime SSPC writer, editor, consultant and educator Dr. Richard W. Drisko (“Dr. Dick”) passed away late last month (Aug. 28).


Protect Your Skin, Hurt Your Car

If you Google the phrase “bug spray car paint,” you might be surprised to see a list of top posts that proclaim “Just ruined paint with bug spray! Unbelievable!”; “Just messed up my paint, H...


Hempel Names New CEO

One of the world’s leading paint and coatings companies has named its new CEO, following a search initiated earlier this year.


Paints, Coatings Spur Epoxy Resins Need

Forecasters are predicting a favorable growth period for the epoxy resins market in the coming seven years.


New Coating Stays Dry, Even Under Water

A group of engineers have discovered a new way to keep surfaces dry underwater, and their findings could eventually work their way into antifouling, pipe and marine coatings.


Axalta Tackles Panama Canal Contract

A global supplier of liquid and powder coatings has announced its participation in a major restoration job.


Game Allows Unique Bridge Designs

Have you ever thought that using a hot air balloon would be a good component in bridge building? If so, Dry Cactus has a great video game for you.


PPG Completes IVC Acquisition

Coatings giant PPG Industries has formally acquired IVC Industrial Coatings, Inc., the company announced Tuesday (Sep. 1).


Investor Lawsuit Calls Out Pipeline Co.

In the aftermath of an oil spill caused by a corroded pipeline, a Houston pipeline transportation and storage firm finds itself the target of a lawsuit filed by one of its own shareholders.


AkzoNobel Eyes New Test Facility

Multinational coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced plans to invest in construction of a test plant for coating resins production.


Unstable Snooper Truck Kills Inspector

A routine bridge inspection turned fatal for one inspector in Connecticut last week.


Safety Precautions Fail on Irish Bridge

Routine maintenance work on a bridge in Limerick, Ireland, turned tragic when three workers fell into the water, despite the safety precautions that were in place. Two of the three men peris...


Getting Schooled on Bridge Building

Students at the University of Miami are getting first-hand knowledge of the science of bridge building and materials performance as they actively participate in the construction of a pedestr...


$1.9B Helps NJ Shore Up against Storms

NJ Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation making up to $1.94 billion in state financing available for projects that would improve the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in...


Steel-and-Glass Bridge Wins Award

A creative steel-and-glass design for a new pedestrian bridge in Columbus, OH, earned national recognition for the project team who designed and built it.


Silicone Resin Made for High-Heat Uses

A German-based chemical company has introduced a silicon resin meant to be used in high-temperature applications.


Viaduct Replacement Tunnel Inches On

Work on the new tunnel passing under Seattle’s waterfront, part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, has halted as the “Bertha” tunneling boring machine is returned to its pit, bu...


Stay Steady on Wind Energy Work

Safety in the fast-growing wind energy industry was at the forefront of a recent event in Illinois.


Dallas Bridge Arch Topped

The first of two arches has just been completed on Dallas’s Margaret McDermott Bridge, part of the $798-million Dallas Horseshoe project that seeks to reduce traffic and enhance accessibilit...


New Polyol Protects Industrial Floors

Chemical manufacturing giant BASF has announced the release of a new polyol that is designed to increase the resistance of indoor flooring in demanding environments, such as industrial wareh...


CMU, Volvo Seek Road Site Safety

Safety on road construction sites is a major concern, so two industry leaders partnered to come up with a solution that uses situational awareness of equipment operators and the surface work...


Queensferry Tackles Corrosion, Records

Scotland’s largest transportation infrastructure project in years is making progress, resolving corrosion concerns and setting records along the way.


Pumps to Offer Pulse-Free Spray

An industrial finishing technology manufacturer has announced the release of its new series of diaphragm pumps.


Polymer Material Registers Impacts

A team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes color depending on the strength of impact.


Caltrans Seeks OK for Blast Demo

The old Bay Bridge is coming down. As much of the concrete and steel structure are being dismantled piece by piece, Caltrans is in the process of securing permits to demolish the main suppor...


Glass-Based Coating to Protect Ships

A researcher at Johns Hopkins University set out to develop an environmentally friendly coating to deflect the damaging heat and rays of the sun and prolong the life of metal structures.


Drone's-Eye View for Bridge Inspection

A research team at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is working to develop unmanned surface vehicles aimed at making bridge inspections safer and more efficient.


Concrete Arch Enters Record Books

The third longest concrete arch bridge in the world has sprung into existence, as the span of the Almonte Viaduct reaches closure.


Zaha Hadid Bridge Wins in Taiwan

Coming hot on the heels of the news that Japan plans to scrap Zaha Hadid’s Olympic stadium, a win for Zaha Hadid Architects: the firm has placed first in an international competition to desi...


Moscow River Set Ablaze

A break in an underwater fuel pipeline was blamed for a massive fire on the Moskva River in Moscow on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 12), but the pipeline company’s investigations point elsewhere...


A.W. Chesterton, Ceramic Polymer Join

Known for its industrial fluid sealing systems, protective coatings, and high-performance industrial lubricants and MRO chemicals, the 135-year-old A.W. Chesterton Company is extending its g...


Corrosion Detection Built for Space

What do soil pollution and the European Space Agency (ESA) have to do with pipe corrosion? A joint venture between it and a Dutch company established an earth-based method for pipeline owner...


Shipyard Tides Rise, Fall Globally

News groups were abuzz earlier this month as they reported on the dismal Q2 2015 performance data released by the “big three” Korean shipyards. But how are shipbuilding programs in other cou...


NSF Funds ATOMIC University Research

Finding ways to help coatings address challenges such as corrosion, oxidation and abrasion are a just a few of the solutions that will be under the microscope, so to speak, at a new Pennsylv...


This Bridge Moves Through the Air

Is it a bridge? Is it a ferry? Is it somehow both? That’s the nature of the transporter bridge, a seeming hybrid of bridge and ferry that carries a portion of roadway over a body of water to...


BASF Exits One Stream, Expands Another

A decline in the North American market has led German chemicals giant BASF to exit the dimer and polyamide resin business.


Sealer Made to Deter Stains, Damage

Nashville company Clemons Concrete Coatings announced the release of its new penetrating solvent-based sealer designed to repel water off of all types of concrete, especially concrete pavers...


Biocide Deters Barnacles from Ships

A Swedish company has introduced a pharmacological product to help combat barnacle settlement on a ship’s hull.


Free eBook Tackles Overcoating

As costs associated with bridge rehabilitation have risen, overcoating has become a more common practice in maintenance painting and rehab for bridges and other structures.


Steel Import Investigation Approved

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) announced July 16 that investigations would continue into corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiw...


Game Lets Players Repair Infrastructure

You’re a structural analyst trying to dodge crumbling buildings, corroded bridges and exploding gas lines.


RPM Announces Record Q4, Staff Changes

Multinational holding company RPM International announced historic results for its fourth quarter in fiscal 2015, which ended May 31.


Motor Designed to Boost Productivity

Graco Inc. has released the new Xtreme PFP with XL 10000 air motor, which it calls the largest air motor it has ever built.


AkzoNobel Posts 61% Gain in Q2

The divestment of a Paper Chemicals business unit and favorable currency rates have delivered positive results for coatings giant AkzoNobel for the second quarter.


Sherwin-Williams Reports Mixed Q2

CLEVELAND--The Global Finishes and Latin American Coatings Groups of The Sherwin-Williams Company are feeling the impact of foreign currency values and weak market demand in certain areas, a...


Probe Measures Coating up to 100mm

WINDSOR, CT--A new measurement device from Fischer, the FA100, is intended to assess coating thickness for oil pipelines, including the multi-layer polypropylene structures required for deep...


Free eBook Examines Pipeline Coatings

PITTSBURGH--From specification to performance, exploring the critical role of protective coatings in transmission pipelines is the subject of a new eBook from JPCL.


Paint Pushes Past 49,000 Years

BOULDER, CO--If durability is the gold standard of coating performance, here's a paint that passes the test.


Webinar Doubles Up on Protection

PITTSBURGH--What offers the best corrosion protection for steel: painting or galvanizing? The answer is both, according to the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Study: Construction Beefs Lengthen

AMSTERDAM--Locking horns over a construction project? Talking it through may take longer than heavier-handed approaches, but should cost less in the long run.


Forth Bridge Gets World Heritage Status

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--It may not take forever to paint the Forth Bridge, but UNESCO hopes it will live on forever as a World Heritage Site.


New Antifouling Line Touts Fuel Savings

PITTSBURGH--PPG has launched a new line of antifouling coatings designed for a wide range of operating conditions.


$18.7B BP Settlement Sets U.S. Record

WASHINGTON--The largest environmental disaster in U.S. history will yield the nation's largest settlement with a single entity, BP Exploration and Production Inc. has announced.


Free eBook Focuses on Quality Control

PITTSBURGH--Quality control can mean the difference between project failure and success, and a new resource from JPCL’s experts helps steer contractors toward the latter.


Shock, Resolve in Air Products Attack

L'ISLE-D'ABEAU, FRANCE--"Horrified and saddened" by a terrorist attack on one of its French facilities, the CEO of coating raw-materials supplier Air Products & Chemicals Inc. has announced ...


U.S. Agencies Investigate Steel Dumping

WASHINGTON--Under pressure by America's top steel producers, the federal government has launched dual investigations into the alleged dumping of steel by five other nations.


Tank Lining Made to Protect in 1 Coat

AMSTERDAM--PPG Industries has launched Novaguard 810, a one-coat tank storage coating designed for superior resistance to a wide range of chemical and oil products.


Bridge Rainbow Sparks a Movement

LONDON--A gray Monday morning took an unexpectedly bright turn this week for thousands of bridge commuters who happened upon the global debut of a movement to "spark joy" in city life.


Owls Impart Quiet Coating Wisdom

CAMBRIDGE, UK--Listening carefully to the silent flight of owls, researchers have developed a coating that may help quiet the roar of wind turbines and other fan blades.


Free eBook Helps Keep Surface Prep Safe

PITTSBURGH—The hard work of surface preparation can be as dangerous as it is important—risks addressed by a variety of experts in a new resource from JPCL.


'A Gallon of Mmmmmm, Flesh, Please'

TUMBLR--Shopping for paint? Why not skip the regular black in favor of "The Eternal Darkness That Will One Day Consume Us All (GRO55)?" And any front door can be red, so why not reach for "T...


Italy Confronts Europe's Largest Dump

NAPLES, ITALY--Acres and acres of solvents, plastics, construction materials and other toxic waste are now being unearthed in Italy as that nation confronts what appears to be the largest il...


Scanner Reveals Inner Secrets of Paint

LLANERA, SPAIN--Seeing deeply, and non-destructively, into layers and perhaps centuries of paint is the promise of 3D scanning technology being developed by a European consortium.


Rooted in Recovery, Wood Coatings Grow

DALLAS--The global wood coatings market is on the rebound, its growth paved by increasing global economic stability and a rise in construction activity, a new forecast reports.


Bad Pour Halts Forth Bridge Work

FIRTH OF FORTH, SCOTLAND--A marine traffic jam that slowed barge delivery of concrete is being blamed for a botched pour that burst pipes and halted work on the £1.4 billion Forth Road Bridg...


Building 'a Bridge Out of Thin Air'

AMSTERDAM--They are robots that can lay their own tracks and print molten metal in mid-air—and soon, the MX3D machines will try to build a walking bridge over a canal.


Lasers Get High Thickness at High Speed

DRESDEN, GERMANY--Fuel savings of 100 billion liters a year are the promise of a new laser-assisted carbon coating application method now in development.


PPG to Acquire Industrial Coating Maker

PITTSBURGH--PPG Industries has announced an agreement to acquire IVC Industrial Coatings Inc., a U.S.-based specialty powder and liquid coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of more than $10...


Breezing through a Paint Job

MARANELLO, ITALY--What's the difference between vandalism and art? About 150 mph, apparently. And a really good photographer.


Steel Makers Demand Action on Dumping

WASHINGTON--Joining forces against a tsunami of inexpensive imports, six U.S. steel producers are seeking trade protections from the federal government.


Webinar Keeps an Eye on the Assets

PITTSBURGH—Managing the mountain of scheduling, performance and life-cycle data involved in modern asset maintenance is the topic of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


PPG Names New Global PFP Director

PITTSBURGH--A veteran mechanical and offshore engineer has been tapped to lead PPG's hydrocarbon passive fire protection business worldwide, the company has announced.


London Bridge Plan Falling Down

LONDON--The London Assembly has put the brakes on Mayor Boris Johnson's fast-track plan to build the world's most expensive footbridge across the River Thames.


Adios, MaterialScience; Hello, Covestro

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY--The venerable Bayer MaterialScience business will be sporting a "new, colorful and vibrant" identity when it starts courting investors for its planned spinoff next year.


New Shotkrete Boosts Blast Protection

BOCHUM, GERMANY—A new form of shotcrete packed with more steel fibers than ever is showing promise as a way to protect tunnels, bridges and other critical infrastructure from fires and terro...


Paris Bridges Divorce Love Locks

PARIS—Attention, Benjamin + Suzanne and thousands of fellow lovebirds: Bridges in the City of Love are no longer that into you.


3D Coating Sees Glowing Future

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY—A new printing process is literally adding a new dimension to coatings application.


SSPC Seeking Cream of the Coatings Crop

PITTSBURGH—Proud of a recently completed painting project? Be a structure showoff and nominate exceptional industrial and commercial coatings projects for the 2016 SSPC Structure Awards


PowerRigging Components Roll Out

SEATTLE—A new line of suspended access rigging equipment is designed for a wide variety of structures and applications.


eBook Blasts Abrasive Cleaning How-tos

PITTSBURGH—From set-up to safety, the technical ins and outs of abrasive blast cleaning are laid out by the experts in a handy, free new eBook from JPCL.


Valspar Seeds Growth Amid Q2 Declines

MINNEAPOLIS—Industrial and coil coatings grew while paint sales stalled in Valspar's second fiscal quarter of 2015, the company reported Wednesday (May 27).


Solar Road Gets a Bright Start

KROMMENIE, NORTH HOLLAND—A solar bike path has caught its creators by surprise—pleasant surprise—generating more electricity than originally expected.


Paper Bridges Art and Nature

CUMBRIA, UK—The newest pedestrian bridge in England boasts a unique substrate—22,000 sheets of bright red paper.


XL Sprayer Sized for XL Projects

MINNEAPOLIS—Graco has introduced a sprayer with its largest air motor yet, for high-volume application of protective coatings to bridges, ships, water towers and other major projects.


Webinar Bridges Standards, Training

PITTSBURGH—Standards keep the bridge industry safe and consistent; training and certification provide the knowledge to uphold the standards.


Self-Leveling Topping Smooths Concrete

HAMPSHIRE, IL—A new topping for concrete smooths uneven, rough or slightly deteriorated floors, says manufacturer W.R. Meadows.


PPG Shifts Coatings Execs

PITTSBURGH—PPG Industries will have a new hand at the coatings helm as of June 1.


Paint Truck Explodes on Highway

STAVROPOL, RUSSIA—A dramatic video showing the massive explosion of a paint truck on a Russian highway is grabbing attention, but providing few answers, worldwide.


Webinar Gives Bridge Coatings Close-up

PITTSBURGH—The fundamental inspection skills necessary to visually assess the coating condition of an in-service bridge will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Roof Coatings are Looking Up

DALLAS—Jump-started by surging regulations, products, construction and disposable income, the global roof coatings market is primed for growth in the years ahead, a new forecast reports.


Lighter Coating Offered for Offshore

AMSTERDAM—AkzoNobel has introduced a reduced-weight passive fire protection product for the offshore oil and gas industry.


AkzoNobel Cuts Paper Chemicals

AMSTERDAM—AkzoNobel has finalized a €153 million ($170.4 million USD) divestment of its paper chemicals business to Kemira Oyj, the Netherlands-based company announced Monday (May 4).


New PosiTector Boasts Imaging Sensors

OGDENSBURG, NY—DeFelsko has introduced a new surface profile gauge with 2D and 3D imaging sensors that measure peak density.


Pothole Provocateur Presses Penile Plot

MANCHESTER—Forget those local "road hotlines." One artful Brit has found a better way to call attention to untended potholes: Festoon them with genitalia.


European Coatings Show Sets Record

NUREMBERG—Cementing its status as the world's largest coatings event, the European Coatings Show and Congress shattered attendance, exhibitor and delegate records as it closed a three-day ru...


The Tides of Tomorrow: Cities on Water

SAN FRANCISCO—Tired of mowing the lawn? Tomorrow's floating cities may be your savior.


Subsidized Railcar Maker Racks Up Fines

ROCHELLE, IL—A railcar manufacturing facility recently enticed to its location by more than $11 million in government incentives is facing its second federal health and safety case in a year...


Optimizing Specs for Steel Structures

COPENHAGEN—There are many ways to decide on paint specification—and a high-stakes decision it is for large steel structures.


2-in-1 Coating Addresses UV Stability

LYNGBY, DENMARK—Hempel has introduced a combined primer and mid-coat designed specifically for wind towers.


Protective Market Set for Steady Growth

DALLAS—Rust will be ringing up profits at a good clip for protective-coatings makers worldwide in the years ahead, a new market forecast asserts.


Coating Sessions Covered in New Videos

PITTSBURGH—Miss a presentation at SSPC 2015, or just want to relive your favorites? With 21 technical presentations newly uploaded to the SSPC Video Proceedings, you're in luck.


Coating Does the Job of Rubber, Tile

GROVELAND, MA—A new trowel-applied coating can replace conventional rubber linings and ceramic tile commonly used in aggressive chemical slurry applications at elevated temperatures, its man...


AkzoNobel Reports 'Solid' Q1

AMSTERDAM—Rising revenues and operating income across all businesses graced the first quarter of 2015, despite continuing economic headwinds, AkzoNobel reported Tuesday (April 21).


PPG Q1: 'Modest' Sales, 'Subdued' Times

PITTSBURGH—Flattened sales growth and an unfavorable currency translation hit hard, but earnings climbed for PPG Industries in the first quarter of 2015, the company reported Thursday (April...


Time Short for SSPC Papers, Student Aid

PITTSBURGH—The deadline is looming for SSPC college scholarship applications and presentation proposals for the society's 2016 conference.


Sherwin Q1 Gets No Love from Global

CLEVELAND, OH—Sales declines in the Global Finishes Group did not stop Sherwin-Williams from posting a record first quarter, the company announced Thursday (April 16).


eBook Dives into UHP Waterjetting

PITTSBURGH—The ins and outs of ultra-high-pressure waterjetting for surface preparation get a closer look in a new, free technical resource from JPCL.


Deadline Nears for JPCL Youth Nominees

PITTSBURGH—The deadline is fast approaching to nominate the industry's young talent for inclusion in a special issue of the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


Hempel Seeking New CEO

LYNGBY, DENMARK—In an unusually public statement, Hempel A/S has announced both the impending retirement of its chief executive officer and the search for his successor.


Hue Knew? Concrete Protected with Color

A European family of colorful elastomerics for above-grade concrete and masonry is making its debut in the Americas.


Safety Strategy Paints Cyclists

Car manufacturers often boast the safety statistics of their latest vehicles, but one auto maker has taken its safety initiative to the streets with a reflective paint aimed at making cyclis...


Webinar Offers Coatings Spec How-Tos

Expert guidance on the continual challenge of specifying and selecting the best coating for a specific substrate will drive a free upcoming webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Industrial Boom Helps Ease RPM Bust

Strong sales were swamped by currency challenges and an $83.5 million asbestos charge to hand RPM International Inc. a loss for the third quarter.


PPG Takes Over Auto, Wood Companies

PPG Industries has stretched its wings from Australia to France and from additives to wood stains, closing two acquisitions on two continents in two days.


Protection Beyond 50 Shades of Gray

Like Henry Ford's black Model Ts, protective coatings users could always have any color they wanted, as long as it was battleship gray. But that may be about to change—and not just for reaso...


French Law Mandates Greener Roofs

The rooftops of new commercial construction from Paris to Provence will be clad in plants or solar panels going forward, under a measure newly approved by the French Parliament.


Gaming Bridge Integrity

A locomotive races toward a bridge of uncertain age, composition and condition. Despite the lack of that critical data, you have just seconds to assess whether the bridge can handle the tonn...


Free Webinar Focuses on Vapor Blasting

Using water to suppress airborne dust during abrasive blasting can achieve the same power as dry blasting, according to an upcoming webinar.


EPA to Weigh Fate of Paint Strippers

After deaths, warnings and restrictions elsewhere, the United States is taking another step on the road toward limiting the use of two toxic chemicals used in paint removers.


Tobacco Virus Inspires Hot Coating

Viruses that once plagued tobacco leaves are now the unlikely template for a coating that can triple the speed of boiling for industrial processes.


Concrete Gets 12-Hour Recoat Option

A new heavy-duty concrete floor coating system is designed to deliver a highly durable, abrasion-resistant surface—from initial cleaning to walk-on—in one day.


Acrylic Silicone Made to Take the Heat

Cortec Corp. has introduced a high-heat-resistant, water-based, acrylic silicone primer/topcoat designed to provide protection in harsh, outdoor, unsheltered applications.


Access Companies Strike $251M Deal

A multinational deal now underway will create an industrial access, insulation and corrosion-protection giant with the reach of 17,000 employees across Europe and the Middle East.


Bringing Color to 300M People

A new technology partnership and awareness campaign by Valspar Corp. aims to color the gray worlds of millions of people with colorblindness.


Brittle Bolts Prompt $1.5M Repair

Hydrogen embrittlement of arm-sized bolts on a six-month-old London skyscraper has prompted a bolt-by-bolt review that has cost more than $1 million, according to the contractor performing t...


Profit Preps Hempel for Happy 100th

Coming down the home stretch of its ambitious five-year growth strategy, the Denmark-based Hempel Group is entering its 100th year with record profits and earnings, as well as tailwinds for ...


Robot Inspector Gets the Big Jobs Done

Bridge inspectors tasked with scrutinizing vast expanses of concrete for critical signs of corrosion could soon have the help of a high-tech assistant.


Deadly Footbridge Ready to Reopen

Closed for nearly 15 years, a walkway high above a Spanish gorge will reopen to the public after a multimillion-dollar facelift.


Jotun's Ad Boasts Draw Sanctions

Jotun Pakistan's blanket marketing claim of being "No. 1 in Paints" has again drawn the wrath of that country's antitrust agency, which has ordered the coating maker to drop the boast and pa...


RPM Enlarges Stake in S. Africa

Carboline's parent company has expanded yet again with the acquisition of South Africa's leading aerosol coatings brand.


Chinese Accused of Dumping Bad Steel

Saudi Arabia's largest producer of coated steel is accusing Chinese competitors of flooding Saudi projects with unsafe products, due to lack of oversight by the Chinese government.


New Fan Approved for Outdoor Use

A new axial fan is certified for electrical outdoor use in all weather and can accommodate numerous applications, according to manufacturer Air System International.


AkzoNobel Cleared in Product Claim

Akzo Nobel Paints LLC was not negligent in its manufacture of a coating applied by an automotive-plant painter who later died of cancer, a federal-court jury has found.


Range of Epoxies Suits Marine Apps

Hempel has launched a new high-performance range of pure epoxy coatings for marine newbuild.


Under Water, a Wheel-World Solution

All cities have parking problems, but Amsterdam's is unique. The city of 781,000 people has 881,000 bicycles and nowhere to legally park them.


Self-Cleaning Coating Withstands Abuse

Like the famous watches that took a licking and kept on ticking, a tough new paint maintains its self-cleaning properties after assault by oil, knives and sandpaper, its developers say.


Intelligent Pigments Heat, Clean, Save

Pigments are getting smarter, enabling a new generation of coatings, concrete and plastics with greater potential than ever to store heat, fight corrosion, self-clean and stop fungi.


Composite Made for Oily, Wet Repairs

Belzona has introduced a paste-grade epoxy composite engineered for in situ repairs of wet, oil-contaminated and underwater surfaces.


Free Webinar Tackles Coatings Training

Selecting protective coatings for harsh oil and gas environments requires extensive knowledge of industry standards and practical experience.


PPG Debuts Industrial/Commercial Trio

New environmentally friendly, high-performance powder, liquid and e-coat coatings for a variety of industrial and commercial applications are rolling out at PPG Industries.


Permasense Moves into North America

Permasense, a global manufacturer of remote pipeline monitoring technology, has opened its first North American office in Houston, TX.


New WiFi Keeps Watch on Infrastructure

Multinational research in Europe has produced a new generation of cheap, wireless, early-warning sensors that could help head off infrastructure catastrophes, its developers say.


DoD Offers Free SSPC, NACE Training

SSPC and NACE will provide free courses in corrosion prevention and mitigation this year to Department of Defense personnel, thanks to funding from DoD's corrosion office.


Paint Punishes Pee Perps

A water-repellant coating is helping a town in Germany pee back on late-night revelers who relieve themselves in public.


$1M Embezzlement to End in Prison

A former Ennis Paint executive has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the pavement coatings manufacturer.


What Color is Your Parakeet?

One would think that the world's four-legged critters are born as cute and colorful as they need to be. Alas, a disturbing recent rash of animal painting efforts suggests otherwise.


WorkBoat Set for New Maintenance Show

A new conference and expo targeting marine maintenance and repair is docking in New Orleans next month.


JPCL Seeks to Recognize Young Talent

Young coatings professionals and students have an opportunity to show the rest of the industry what they're made of in an upcoming special issue of JPCL.


Tackling Specialty, Pipeline Coatings

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


Street Relief Takes Steps under London

Reviving a network of abandoned subway tunnels under London could be the solution to the street congestion above them, says design and architecture firm Gensler.


New Coating Controls Drone De-Icing

Scientists have developed a powered nano-coating that prevents ice build-up on in-flight aircraft and could be especially useful for drone applications.


Coatings Drive Profitable Valspar Q1

Robust coating sales helped Valspar Corp. double its first-quarter profit over 2014, but the Minneapolis-based manufacturer still reduced its sales projections for the rest of fiscal 2015.


PPG Industries Names New President

The world's largest paint and coatings company has tapped Chief Operating Officer Michael H. McGarry as its next president.


'Super-Strength' Skin Planned for Bridge

London's upcoming garden-turned-bridge will sport a specially developed copper-nickel alloy coating that will reportedly keep the structure maintenance-free for 120 years.


Ex-Coatings VP Guilty in 2 Deaths

Former PPG Industries senior vice president Robert J. Dellinger has admitted killing a pregnant woman, her fiance and their fetus in a deliberate head-on collision that he called a suicide a...


Pee-Induced Corrosion Fells Pole

In South Africa, if you pee on a light pole, urine for some corrosion.


Research Makes a Case for Cracks

Cracks in a coating system could be a good thing, with the potential to improve insulation properties and coating life when carefully manipulated, researchers in Sweden have found.


Pinhole Detector Offers 2 Models

TQC's new Low-Voltage Pinhole Detector allows users to inspect various coatings on conductive substrates for holidays, pinholes and other small defects using the "wet sponge technique."


Solar Car Gets its Glow (Paint) On

Nissan in Europe is all aglow over its latest coup: glow-in-the-dark paint for its all-electric Leaf.


eBook Brushes Up on Corrosion Coatings

An in-depth look at the rapidly advancing technologies for corrosion-control coatings is the focus of a free new eBook from JPCL.


Man vs. Robot: Who Paints It Better?

The aerospace sector is one area trying to determine whether robots can do a job faster and more precisely than humans.


Profits Fall, But Akzo Stays the Course

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


Free Webinar to Hone Specs Appeal

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New Deals to Absorb 3 Coating Firms

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


Clear Protection Made for Concrete

BASF has introduced a water-based, 100 percent acrylic coating to protect vertical concrete exteriors from water and dirt.


New eBooks Whet Water Coating Know-how

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


Meet the Rembrandt of Road Striping

Watching people who do their jobs beautifully and with joy is a rare treat. How else to explain the nearly one million YouTube viewers and thousands of Reddit fans who have sat, entranced, t...


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Coatings that self-heal, self-clean, beat back moisture, purify the air and otherwise tune into their environment are set for red-hot growth in the years ahead, a new market forecast predict...


Decoding Traits that Threaten Safety

LAS VEGAS—"Too much finger-pointing" after the fact and not enough attention upfront to red-flag behaviors are making today's jobsites far more dangerous than they should be, Greg Ford says.


Multimetal Protection Boasts Bio Base

Cortec Corp., a global supplier of corrosion control technologies, has introduced a certified biobased, biodegradable, ready-to-use temporary coating for multimetal protection.


SSPC Honors the Best of 2014

LAS VEGAS—Complex containment, strict schedules and rigorous regulations earned eight painting projects top honors as SSPC 2015 opened Tuesday (Feb. 3) in Las Vegas, NV.


JPCL Names Papers of the Year

LAS VEGAS—Outstanding technical papers on polyurea technology, pipeline rehabilitation and other coating topics drew top awards Tuesday (Feb. 3) at SSPC 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.


Award Gives Graphene Coating $500k Lift

A South Dakota researcher will receive $500,000 to develop graphene-based corrosion-resistant coatings for infrastructure.


The Dutch Roll Out a Better Road

Training, and treating, paving crews as professionals could be the startlingly simple answer to dramatically stronger roads, according to new research being put to the test throughout the Ne...


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.


Gravity Unfurls a 300-Year Bridge

A UK town is awaiting installation of the world's longest "flat pack" bridge—a unique structure that is transported flat and transforms under gravity into an arch.


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.


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


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.


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.


Towers Top Out at Record Rates

It's a tall world after all—taller than ever, in fact, with record numbers of vertiginous structures topping out in 2014 and many more ahead.


Respirator Serves Harsh Environments

3M's Personal Safety Division has expanded its Versaflo Respiratory Systems line with the Powered Air Purifying TR-600, designed for durable protection in harsh, hazardous environments.


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.


Shrink Wrap Offers Protection Option

A new heavy-duty shrink film with flame-retardant additives and UV inhibitors may replace conventional rust preventatives while extending equipment life, according to manufacturer Cortec Cor...


Steel Bridge Coating Guide Revised

Three leading technical organizations have teamed up to overhaul an outdated guide specification for shop painting of bridge steel.


Architectural Mission Goes Bankrupt

A visionary nonprofit that for 15 years mounted architectural and design solutions to global problems has shut down and plans to file for bankruptcy.


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.


Updated Liners Ease Concrete Testing

Tramex says its newly improved hole-liners make performing in-situ relative humidity testing of concrete even easier.


Tool, App Turns Phone into Gage

DeFelsko Corp. has introduced a tool that works with a free mobile app to turn cellphones and tablets into virtual PosiTector gages.


Free Webinar Navigates Tricky Rigging

Industrial painting projects can pose complex challenges when it comes to rigging and scaffolding.


SSPC Seeks Next Executive Director

A search is underway for a successor to longtime SSPC Executive Director Bill Shoup, who plans to retire from the society in September.


Sting Abandons his Sinking 'Ship'

Shipbuilding must be in even worse shape than we thought. Even Sting couldn't save it. Producers of the UK rocker's Broadway musical The Last Ship have announced that the show will cl...


Tool Records Corrosion for Well Work

A newly redesigned tool provides recorded corrosion and temperature data for downhole operation in production wells.


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...


Series of Deals Fattens Graco’s Reach

Spray-equipment manufacturer Graco Inc. is bulking up and branching out, spending $185 million in cash for four companies that will expand its geographical and industry footprint.


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 ...


Tunnel May Bury Stonehenge Mystery

The chance to solve a 6,000-year-old mystery is butting heads with the needs of millions of motorists.


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.


Hempel Expands with New Acquisition

Taking a "step towards achieving its growth ambition," Hempel has acquired a Dutch maker of industrial, protective and decorative coatings.


Hempel Expands Antifouling Lines

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


Lithe Little Bot Shows Big Fat Potential

Leaky pipes cost Europe about one-third of its drinking water—a massive drain that a skinny little robot just might be able to plug, researchers say.


35 'Resilient' Cities Set to Rebuild

Determined to save their infrastructure, strengthen structures, fix transit systems and meet other shared challenges, 35 cities from Chicago to Chennai, India, have been tapped for a global ...


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.


London Steps into £175M Footbridge

It will be very green, very expensive and even somewhat obstructive, but a new bridge planned over the River Thames in London will be "absolutely iconic" and "recognized right across the wor...


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...


SSPC, NACE Revising Applicator Standard

NACE and SSPC are seeking input on their joint applicator certification standard as they prepare to review and revise the standard.


Bottle Breaks Bridge's New Glass Floor

Open less than two weeks, the glass floor on London's Tower Bridge had to be temporarily closed after a beer bottle fell and shattered one of the panes.


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.


Bike Path Gets Artist's Touch

In the Netherlands, thousands of stones topped with smart coatings are lighting up a new bike path designed to invoke Vincent van Gogh's famous painting, "The Starry Night."


Bad Practices Endanger UK Workers

Forty percent of 1,748 building sites failed health and safety checks in a recent inspection sweep in the UK, authorities say.


White Cars on Popularity Hot Streak

Holding on to its title for four years in a row, white was named the most popular shade on vehicles around the world.


Loopy Lane Lines a Viral Hit

Employers: If your next painting applicant boasts experience with striping roads in Russia, you might want to keep looking.


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.


'Cheesegrater' Bolts Raise Concern

Two bolts the size of a human arm have fallen off London's brand-new skyscraper, sending engineers scrambling to inspect thousands of others on the structure.


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.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


Lighting Tackles Marine Environments

Larson Electronics has expanded its range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with a new fluorescent fixture designed for wet areas and salt-water marine environments.


Free Webinar: Proper Concrete Prep

What does it take to make coatings stick to concrete? Proper application, sure, but one of the most important factors in successful coating work sits on the surface.


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 ...


SSPC Unveils 2015 Show Lineup

Hot-dip galvanizing, concrete protection solutions, and green evolution coatings are among the topics on tap for SSPC 2015, according to the new program lineup.


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.


Free Webinar: Prepping an Inspection Plan

Coating inspectors equipped with a thorough plan will be better positioned to navigate complex coatings specifications, and a new webinar offers an assist in developing one.


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 ...


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.


Global Effort Targets Onshore Corrosion

A leading technical society is calling on oil and gas industry experts to collaborate on a global project to fight external corrosion of onshore pipelines.


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.


Nu Flow Releases Pipe Tool Series

Pipe lining manufacturer Nu Flow Technologies Inc. is now distributing its proprietary line of cutting, cleaning and reinstating tools directly to the public.


Green Pouch Offers Corrosion Protection

A new Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) pouch from Cortec Corp. is designed to protect metal parts in non-ventilating spaces.


Team Finds Cement’s ‘Magical’ Mix

Tweaking just one of the materials in cement could go a long way toward reducing the environmental wallop packed by concrete, scientists at MIT have discovered.


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.


A Pipeline Good for What Ales This Town

An unusual pipeline project is brewing underneath the historic Belgian city of Bruges, where government officials have raised a glass in approval.


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.


Probe Follows Sidewalk Swastika

A German contractor has apologized repeatedly for bricklaying that formed a red swastika in a pedestrian walkway in a shopping area in the German town of Goslar.


Zinc Primers Tout Crack Self-Healing

Hempel has announced a portfolio of three new anti-corrosive zinc primers developed for a wide range of industries and applications, from offshore oil and gas to wind turbines.


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.


Free Webinar Shores Up Offshore

The harsh environment of the offshore gas and oil industry has led to new technologies and methods to overcome maintenance challenges.


Israeli Air Force Strips Chopper Coatings

Years of heavy-duty coatings have apparently become too heavy for Israel’s attack helicopters, prompting authorities to peel off the paint to lighten the choppers’ load.


U.S. Infrastructure Misses Top 10

The U.S. is falling behind 11 other economies in the latest global ranking of infrastructure competitiveness.


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.


AkzoNobel to Revamp Performance Coatings

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


Graffiti Strikes a Russian Nerve

Russian officials are pleading with Bulgarians: Lay down your paint brushes, and please stop desecrating the Monument of the Soviet Army.


U.S. Firms Eyeing Middle East Boom

Aiming to tap a trillion-dollar pipeline of megaprojects, the American Institute of Architects is developing its first trade mission to the Middle East.


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...


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...


ROV Boasts Quick Hull Cleaning

GAC EnvironHull has launched a high-speed, remote-controlled underwater hull cleaning vehicle designed to minimize surface damage.


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 ...


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.


Silver Loses Luster as Rust Buster

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


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.


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.


U.S. Builder Forfeits $55M in Felony Fraud

A New York-based construction multinational has pleaded guilty to defrauding some of the world’s largest companies of tens of millions of dollars.


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...


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 ...


And Now, A Project to Really Move You

Think of it as a mobile home for really, really rich people, who want the changing scenery brought to them.


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.


3 Nations to Develop Structural Sensors

An international team of engineers will spend the next three years collaborating on a real-time monitoring system to sense potentially catastrophic structural weaknesses before they fail.


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.


Gaffe Plugs New Sewers with Concrete

London's water utility is on the lookout for which of its contractors accidentally poured concrete into more than 200 feet of new underground pipe.


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.


On the Road, White Flexes its Might

The automotive coatings industry may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


AkzoNobel Revenues Slide in Q3

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


PPG Rockets and Rolls in 3rd Quarter

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


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 ...


Director Sacked after 2nd Shipyard Fire

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


Bot Boasts the Stroke of Genius

Industrial painting robots are nothing new, but their strength has always been technical precision and perfect replication—not sophisticated artistry.


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

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


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.


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.


Broken Bridges Are an India Hotspot

Man-made infrastructure marvels often attract tourist attention in countries all over the world, but in India, busted concrete piers are drawing crowds to areas usually only populated by fis...


Abu Dhabi to Certify Safer Paints

End users of certain interior and exterior paints in the United Arab Emirates will soon have a new tool to determine the safety of the products they choose.


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...


Suits Claim Shipyard Guest Worker Abuse

A new series of federal lawsuits accuses shipbuilder Signal International of swindling and mistreating hundreds of Indian guest workers recruited for work in the United States.


Bid-Rigging Scandal Engulfs 15 Firms

Years of contract collusion involving six World Cup stadiums and hundreds of other public and private projects have 15 South African construction firms facing $140 million in potential fines...


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.


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

Construction disputes around the world are taking longer and longer to resolve, with increasing project complexity and multinational projects complicating resolutions, a new study reports.


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.


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.


 
 
   

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