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Stepping Away from the Gray

When it comes to painting military aircraft, painters in the U.S. Air Force are accustomed to applying one color more than others: the customary flat gray seen on weapons systems around the ...


NASA Thinks Pink with Pressure-Sensitive Paint

Hot pink is not a color most people would associate with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but it happens to be the hue of a special paint the agency relies on when it comes...


Industrial Coatings Boost PPG's Q2

Pittsburgh-based paint and coatings manufacturer PPG delivered consistent performance and modest growth, comparable to the previous year, in its second quarter financial results, released Th...


Testing Coatings in Flight

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. is putting non-stick coatings to the test in an operational testing later this summer.


BASF Grows Coatings Arm in $3.2B Deal

Known as a multi-national chemicals manufacturing corporation, BASF is expanding its coatings portfolio through the acquisition of a global surface treatment business.


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...


Magnesium-Rich Primer Challenges Chromate Systems

A team of materials science researchers at the University of Virginia has identified a magnesium-rich primer—used as part of a normal paint system—as a promising candidate to replace chromat...


Vantablack Coating Hits Space

The blackest coating on earth has made it into orbit.


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.


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.


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.


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 ...


Additive Said to Improve Properties

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


UK Paint Company Joins Polymer Project

A coatings manufacturer in the UK has joined a European Union project to develop stronger and more flexible materials using graphene-reinforced thermosetting polymers.


Giving Planes Coats of Many Colors

Just how much work goes into painting a brand-new jumbo jet? One U.S. airline decided to give online video viewers a little taste of what the process is like.


Air Force Discusses Corrosion Control

Coatings and corrosion control help more than just metal—they also help in national defense.


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...


AkzoNobel Coats Record-Setting Car

With a coating normally reserved for aircraft and an engine that is more powerful than 180 Formula One race cars, a supersonic car is going to try to make land speed history – with the help ...


Air Force Sues Contractor Over Paint

The U.S. Air Force has sued an Oklahoma company for more than $1.7 million for a breach of contract, saying that the company supplied a cheaper paint than what the contract specifications re...


Eggplants, Bugs Send Coatings Sky High

HAMPTON, VA—Souped-up coatings that can make aircraft faster, cleaner, cooler and more colorful are taxiing for takeoff under private and public developers.


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.


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.


EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.


Spraying on a Longer Engine Life

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


60K Airline Workers Pick New Paint

It was a close race, but American Airlines employees have spoken, voting to repaint hundreds of aircraft with a new red, white and blue flag design.


Sky-High Paint Job Goes to a Vote

A recent merger has American Airlines saying “out with the old and in with the new.” Wait, maybe they want “in with the old and out with the new.”


NASA Coatings Seek Smoother Splats

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


N. Korea Faked Military Jets with Camo

Apparently attempting to paint a stronger military presence, North Korea reportedly slapped a camouflage coating on several cargo planes and flew them over Pyongyang during a parade, news re...


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 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...


New Paint Criticized on Canadian Plane

A new paint job on a government airplane is sticking Canada’s taxpayers with a $50,000 bill and leaving them seeing red, white and blue.


Boeing’s New Bots Slash Painting Work

New robotic aircraft painters deployed by Boeing Corp. have reduced a multi-day production process to just minutes, with perfect quality each time, the company says.


Plane’s Paint Called Plain Plagiarism

Finland’s largest airline will strip a new paint scheme from one of its aircraft after the designer admitted copying the work from a Ukrainian folk artist.


PPG Lands Aerospace Coating Unit

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


AkzoNobel: Grim Q1 with No Quick Fix

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


Castolin Acquires Monitor Coatings

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


 
 
   

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