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Sherwin-Williams Rings Up a Record

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


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.


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.


Paint Mogul Named Singapore's Richest

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


Team Structures a Tougher Coating

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


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Three leading technical organizations have teamed up to overhaul an outdated guide specification for shop painting of bridge steel.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


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.


Tool Records Corrosion for Well Work

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


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 ...


Winding Down, Looking Ahead

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


Hempel Expands Antifouling Lines

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


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 ...


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.


30 Years on, Lessons from a Catastrophe

Invoking the 1984 tank explosion that ignited the world's worst industrial disaster, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued an urgent new call for measures to improve chemical handling sa...


PA Taps Chinese to Fund I-95 Project

Leveraging an immigration program that rewards wealthy foreign investors with U.S. visas, Pennsylvania is reaching into pockets overseas to fund much of a $420 million project to link I-95 w...


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.


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.


Drones Pass Pollution through Paint

Robots coated in carbon-sucking paint could collect pollution and turn it back into fuel, a group of researchers says.


Coating Makers Score Label Reprieve

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


Marine Coatings Set Sail for Growth

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


Coating Flow Grows from China, Mideast

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


Paint Powers the Car of the Future

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


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.


Waste Powder Powers a Tougher Coating

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


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.


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...


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.


AkzoNobel Joins ‘100 Cities’ Effort

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


Flexible Topcoat Enhances Resistance

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


From China, A Bridge Jump Too Far

One of the world's tallest bridges has just hosted a competition that most people would rather die than enter: seeing who could jump off of it the best. Seriously.


Contractor Gets 2nd Confined-Space Case

Four months after settling 17 federal health and safety violations, a Kansas-based provider of railcar painting and maintenance services is facing a second case for similar issues.


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.


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.


AkzoNobel Expands Again in Asia

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


Global Protective Coatings Surge Seen

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


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.


China Aims for Twin Tower Record

Talk about high hopes: China has unveiled a new project that will include the world’s tallest pair of towers.


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

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


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

China has used more cement in the last three years than the United States used in the entire 20th century.


Coatings Boom Seen in China, Brazil

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


Super-Hard Coating Could Make the Cut

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


MIT Proposes Floating Nuclear Plants

Offshore nuclear plants, anchored in deep water, could be the answer to preventing catastrophic tsunami and earthquake damage like that inflicted on the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi complex in ...


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...


Lead Makes Veneration Risky Business

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


Coatings Report Paints Bright Future

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


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

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


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.


Bridge Snaps at Funeral, Killing 9

A one-year-old suspension bridge in Vietnam gave way during a funeral procession Monday (Feb. 24), killing nine people, injuring dozens, and spilling the coffin containing the body of a vill...


Asia to Anchor Global Coatings Surge

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


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.


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.


Bribery Scandal Snares 3rd Navy Leader

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


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...


AkzoNobel, PPG Growing Outside U.S.

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


AkzoNobel to Shutter Dutch Plant

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


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...


Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge Opens

The world’s longest cable-stayed bridge opened at the stroke of midnight Thursday (July 18) in China, after four and a half years of construction.


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...


Japan Makes Construction Safety Cute

Japan’s culture of cuteness has found an unlikely new home in the nation's construction zones.


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.


Asia Boom Seen for Marine Coatings

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


Chinese Steel Riles U.S. Bridge Group

The U.S. steel bridge industry is firing back at a new report describing the growing use of Chinese bridge steel and alleging lack of “bridge expertise at home.”


Global Construction Hot to Top $15T

China, the United States and India are set to lead “meteoric” global construction growth that will reach $15 trillion in value by the year 2025, a new study reports.


Mega-Bridge Picks Main Coating Supplier

Designed to last 120 years, a monstrous bridge project in China recently announced the coatings supplier for the main portion of work.


Cytec Coatings Unit Gains New Identity

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


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.


Vietnam Slays a Dragon of a Project

A massive fire-breathing dragon is standing guard over a Vietnamese river. But there’s no princess to save on the other side. What this dragon is rescuing is a coagulated transportation prob...


Cytec Sells Off Coatings Resins Unit

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


AkzoNobel Adds, Subtracts in China

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


 
 
   

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