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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.


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...


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.


International Rolls Out 1-Coat Lining

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


AkzoNobel Probes Chicago Fraud

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


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.


Bio-Inspired Additive Slows Icing

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


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 ...


Fouling Control System Touts Long Life

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


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.


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.


Coating Offers Thin-Film Insulation

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


AkzoNobel Expands Again in Asia

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


New Program Offers Customized Help

International Paint has introduced Interplan, a customized maintenance painting service that offers a flexible coating survey and maintenance service package.


Coatings Coup: Compostable Cups

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


AkzoNobel Profits Plunge in Q2

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


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.


AkzoNobel Adds Potable Water Lining

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


AkzoNobel Names CFO, VPs

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


Urban Research Banks Against Beige

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


UK Boosts Sustainable Marine Coatings

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


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.


Partnership Aims to Track Raw Materials

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


PPG Retools in New Push for the Pros

Most of the U.S. purchasing power for architectural paints and coatings is now in the hands of contractors, specifiers and other professionals—a new reality that has PPG Industries rebrandin...


Powder Coating Cuts Down on Cure

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


Paint Buyers Give Top Nods to 3 Brands

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


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...


New Software Assesses Hull Coatings

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


Crooning Coating Strikes a New Note

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


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.


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.


EU Opens Multinational Biofouling Push

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


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

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


Record Q4 Seals Banner Year for PPG

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


AkzoNobel’s No. 2 to Step Down

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


Industrial Coatings Hold Back Valspar

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


AkzoNobel Adds, Nippon Paint Subtracts

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


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...


Billionaire Sues over Yacht Coatings

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


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 ...


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...


Global Auto Paint Market Accelerates

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


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.


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 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.


PPG, Axalta Name Industrial Leadership

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


Akzo to Shed Building Unit for $348M

AkzoNobel’s global corporate diet continues, as the company has announced the sell-off of its Building Adhesives business to Swiss construction products giant Sika AG.


Valspar Says ‘Ciao, Europa’

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


AkzoNobel Logs Dismal Quarter

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


PPG’s Q2 Records Sales, Income Gains

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


Polysiloxane Topcoat Eases Application

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


Dow Coating Patents Spur Akzo Lawsuit

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


AkzoNobel Dims Decorative in Germany

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


Greener AkzoNobel Coatings Ahead

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


Valspar Makes European Industrial Push

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


AkzoNobel Paint Targets Renewable Oils

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


PPG Opens 2013 on a Flat Note

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


AkzoNobel: Grim Q1 with No Quick Fix

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


PPG Fills AkzoNobel’s N. American Shoes

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


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...


AkzoNobel Regroups after Rocky 2012

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


Shakeups Continue at AkzoNobel

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


Polymer Chemist Wins AkzoNobel Award

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


AkzoNobel Names N. America Director

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


Structure Awards Show Coating's Best

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


UK Axes AkzoNobel's Can Coatings Deal

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


Protective Coatings Centers Launched

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


AkzoNobel CEO Makes ‘Full Recovery’

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


AkzoNobel Expands Mideast Operations

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


Global Coatings Market Set to Surge

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


International Paint Names VP-Protective

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


Protective Blunts AkzoNobel $3.1B Loss

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


AkzoNobel CEO Extends Sick Leave

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


Tank Lining Can Be Applied in 1 Coat

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


UK Takes Dim View of AkzoNobel Deal

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


New AkzoNobel CEO Sidelined by Fatigue

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


AkzoNobel Tops in Sustainability Again

After five years, the world’s largest paint and coating company has reclaimed its bragging rights as the sustainability leader among the world’s chemical companies.


AkzoNobel Buys Out Powder Coatings JV

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


Cement Maker to Buy AkzoNobel Unit

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


AkzoNobel Reports Progress in Q2

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


AkzoNobel Completes ICI Pakistan Split

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


UK Puts Brakes on AkzoNobel Deal

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


Industrial Markets Stuck on Adhesives

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


Q1 Blues Send Out Akzo CEO on Low Note

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


AkzoNobel Launches $75K Science Award

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


Struggling AkzoNobel Shakes Up Helm

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


Green Light for $174M AkzoNobel Plant

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


AkzoNobel, Academe Partner on Corrosion

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


AkzoNobel Swings to $89M Loss in Q4

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


$4B Sale of DuPont Coatings Unit Seen

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


AkzoNobel Seeks UK Quality Manager

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


International Paint Names Protective Coating Tech Manager

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


JPCL Names Top Authors; SSPC Confers Honors

Research articles on the “underworld” of VOCs, dehumidification, inspection, testing and other critical facets of protective coatings work garnered top editorial recognition Monday (Jan. 30)...


PPG Ends Strong 2011 with Record Q4

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


International Paint Marine/Protective Names New GM for Americas

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


PSN to Recap the Year’s Highs, Lows

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


OSHA Program Targets Chemical Plants

Facilities that process and store chemicals will face heightened federal scrutiny, including more surprise inspections, under a new safety program designed to prevent catastrophic releases o...


AkzoNobel Fined for Chemical Release

AkzoNobel is facing serious federal safety citations and a $63,000 fine in the wake of a toxic chemical release at an Illinois plant in May.


Akzo Powder Coatings Get SMaRT

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


AkzoNobel Plans 29th Plant in China

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


PPG Paints a Profitable 3rd Quarter

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


Weak Q3 Spurs New Plan at AkzoNobel

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


RPM, AkzoNobel Expand European Industrial Portfolios

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


Ruling Mixed in AkzoNobel Birth-Defect Suit

A doctor should have been allowed to testify at trial that exposure to AkzoNobel solvents may have contributed to brain damage and birth defects in an employee’s child, the Supreme Court of ...


People on the Move: Hempel, Dur-A-Flex, Saint-Gobain Make Changes

New senior leadership has been installed at coatings maker Hempel USA; industrial flooring systems provider Dur-A-Flex Inc.; and Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company.


China Sees Protective Coatings Boom

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


AkzoNobel Appoints new IR Director

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


Protective Coatings Veteran Elected to Head IPPIC

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


Hempel Names Americas Marketing Manager

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


AkzoNobel to Acquire Surfactant Maker

AkzoNobel plans to strengthen its position in specialty surfactants while enhancing its manufacturing footprint in Asia by acquiring Boxing Oleochemicals, Asia’s leading supplier of nitrile ...


AkzoNobel Shuffles Global Leadership

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


Revenue Rises at AkzoNobel, but Profit Edges Down

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


AkzoNobel, PPG Expand Outside US

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


AkzoNobel Dims Profit Outlook for Q2

Squeezed hard by skyrocketing raw material prices and a still-soft Western construction market, AkzoNobel is warning shareholders not to expect much of its second-quarter performance.


AkzoNobel Uses Rainwater to Make Paint

An AkzoNobel paint factory in the UK has engineered a system that captures up to 450,000 gallons of rainwater each year, slashing the factory’s water usage.


Sulzer AG Chief to Lead AkzoNobel

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


AkzoNobel, PPG Extend China Ties

The world’s two largest coatings companies are again expanding their presence in China—AkzoNobel, with a new titanium dioxide plant; and PPG Industries, with a new headquarters.


AkzoNobel Expands Fire Protection R&D

AkzoNobel has opened a $10.2 million fire protection coatings research facility at its Felling site in the UK—part of a $14.6 million research, development and innovation initiative.


International Paint, Harsco Expand Market Reach

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


AkzoNobel Widens Global RD&I Network

AkzoNobel has expanded its research hub in Deventer, the Netherlands, opening a new laboratory that the company says will play a pivotal role in its ambition to drive future growth through i...


AkzoNobel Sells US Auto Paint Business

Vehicle repair parts maker LKQ Corporation has agreed to acquire AkzoNobel Coatings Inc.’s U.S. paint distribution business, consisting of 40 locations.


AkzoNobel to Split ICI Pakistan

AkzoNobel has announced plans to split off its paints business from ICI Pakistan and sell off the chemicals piece of the company.


AkzoNobel Boasts Banner 1st Quarter

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


Protective, Marine Aid Banner Year for Akzo

Recovery-fueled growth in Performance, Protective and Marine Coatings helped propel AkzoNobel to a banner fourth quarter and 2010, the company reports.


AkzoNobel Kicks Off $1B+ Push in India

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


AkzoNobel, Spider Expand in Mexico, C. America

The coatings and infrastructure industries are heating up down South, with AkzoNobel and Spider announcing new facilities and investments in Mexico and Central America.


Dolphins Keep Coatings R&D in the Swim

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


Bayer MS, AkzoNobel Make New Inroads in China

Bayer MaterialScience plans to significantly expand its R&D and production of high-grade materials in China, investing more than $1.3 billion to accelerate production of the polyurethane raw...


PPG Joins Trend in Expanding Share Repurchase

PPG Industries has added 10 million shares to its existing stock buyback program, fueling the spreading repurchasing boon among coatings and chemical companies.


AkzoNobel Posts 13% Revenue Increase for Q3

Double-digit gains in Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals boosted AkzoNobel to a 13% overall increase in third-quarter revenue, the company reported Thursday (Oct. 21).


Chemical Makers Challenge EPA on Cr(VI) Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving too quickly, and without sufficient information, on a scientific review that could pave the way for stricter standards on Hexavalent Chromium ex...


AkzoNobel’s ‘New Era’ Has $27B Goal

AkzoNobel is embarking on a “new era of accelerated and sustainable growth” that includes a revenue goal of 20 billion euros ($27.4 billion US) and aggressive market gains in China, India an...


AkzoNobel Expands, Shuffles Global Leadership

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


End of EPA Program Catches Companies Off-Guard

AkzoNobel, Turner Construction and other industry leaders are expressing surprise and disappointment at the Environmental Protection Agency’s abrupt decision to end its Climate Leaders progr...


AkzoNobel Ranked No. 1 in Sustainability

AkzoNobel has been named the 2010-11 “Supersector leader” for the chemicals industry in Dow Jones’ Sustainability World Index, the largest global analysis of corporate sustainability leaders...


Reports Probe Global Coatings Players, Markets

Three new market reports shed light on the world’s top 10 paint and coatings companies, the world coatings market, and the industry in Asia Pacific.


‘Landmark Deal’: AkzoNobel to Supply Walmart

AkzoNobel will become the primary paint supplier to Walmart’s retail stores in the United States, the coatings giant has announced.


AkzoNobel Consolidates in Quebec

AkzoNobel’s International Paint Protective Coatings business has consolidated sales and distribution operations with the company’s Decorative Paints Canada group in a “store-within-a-warehou...


AkzoNobel Reports 13% Revenue Gain for Q2

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AkzoNobel) reported strong second-quarter gains in sales and earnings, and said the results reflect continued economic recovery and ongoing restructuring programs.


AkzoNobel Says it Will Double China Sales by 2015

AkzoNobel will seek to double its current revenue in China within five years, setting a target of $3 billion in annual sales by 2015, the company’s CEO said recently during remarks at the Sh...


AkzoNobel Announces Sale of National Starch

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AkzoNobel) on Monday announced the sale of its National Starch business to Illinois-based Corn Products International for $1.3 billion in cash and the assumption of certain ...


International Paint Opens Marine Development Lab

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


International Paint Introduces ‘Firesthetics’ Technology

AkzoNobel’s International® Paint, a manufacturer of high-performance protective coatings and fire-protection products, formally introduced Firesthetics™, fire-protection solutions, describe...


Wastewater Recycling System Introduced

AkzoNobel announced the launch of the Glidden Professional™ Wash System, which separates water-borne paint into clear, reusable water and solid waste, and is described as a “revolutionary so...


Glidden Issues ‘Top 10 Growing Up’ Color List

AkzoNobel’s Glidden™ paint issued a “Top 10 Growing Up Colors” list, reflecting the most popular decorative-paint color choices for children.


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Increase for Q1

Akzo Nobel N.V. (AkzoNobel) reported first-quarter net income of 81 million euros (approximately $108 million), a decline of 7% from the first quarter of 2009. Increased sales for the compan...


AkzoNobel Announces ICI India Name Change

AkzoNobel announced the renaming of the former ICI India business to Akzo Nobel India Ltd., with the change to be phased in during a transitional period.


Akzo Takes ‘Let’s Color’ Campaign on the Road

AkzoNobel’s four-nation “Let’s Color” tour—a worldwide initiative aimed at encouraging the use of color in the built environment—headed for India following stops in England and France, the c...


Akzo Says ‘Invisible’ Coating is no Illusion

AkzoNobel, the Netherlands-based coatings giant, announced April 1 that it has developed a “revolutionary” paint that “cracks one of the biggest-ever scientific challenges—invisibility.”


AkzoNobel Sees Progress Despite 4th-Quarter Loss

AkzoNobel reported a fourth-quarter 2009 net loss of 60 million euros (approximately $82.2 million), compared to a net loss of 1.5 billion euros (appr. $2.1 billion) in the fourth quarter of...


Ecosense to Debut in UK

Dulux Ecosense, designed in cooperation with Forum for the Future, is scheduled to roll out in the U.K. in March with half the carbon and water footprint of standard paint, says manufacturer...


International Paint Invests in New Lab for Fire Protection

International Paint (London, UK), part of AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), announced that it will invest $10.3 million to build a new testing laboratory for fire protection products a...


AkzoNobel Launches Glidden Pro

AkzoNobel, the largest global paint and coatings company, has launched a new Glidden Professional brand, dedicated to the U.S. commercial paint market.


Miller Paint, AkzoNobel Set Deal

Miller Paint has established “a new strategic alliance” with AkzoNobel that includes acquisition of two ICI Paints Stores in Oregon, according to a statement by Miller.


AkzoNobel Launches Science Award in China

Major coating and chemical maker AkzoNobel has launched its Science Award in China.


Coatings Score Points in Space Needle Project

The sloped roof of Seattle’s 605-foot Space Needle was recently painted in the image of the MLS Cup ball to commemorate MLS Cup 2009, Major League Soccer’s championship game, using a Devoe C...


AkzoNobel to Buy Dow Powder Coatings

AkzoNobel has announced signing an agreement with The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) to acquire its powder coatings activities. Financial details were not disclosed.


Akzo Sees Net Income Gain

AkzoNobel (Strawinskylaan, Amsterdam), a supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty chemicals, announced a third quarter net income gain of 30% and a revenue loss of 10% compared to Q3 2008...


Int’l Paint Names PC Manager, Canada

International Paint LLC (Houston, TX), part of AkzoNobel, has promoted Darrin Andrews to the position of protective coatings manager, Canada.


Int’l Paint Takes Ceilcote® Worldwide

International Paint LLC (Houston, TX) has announced that the company’s specialty linings and coatings brand, Ceilcote®, is now available to protective coatings customers throughout Europe, A...


Int’l Paint Completes Devoe Lab Integration

International Paint LLC has announced that the Devoe High Performance Coatings research and development laboratory in Strongsville, OH, has been fully vetted to meet all International Paint ...


AkzoNobel to Realign Units, Shift Directors

Global coating and chemical maker AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) has announced plans to introduce more balance to its Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals portfolios as part ...


Int’l Paint Promotes Costello to Manager

International Paint LLC (Houston, TX) has promoted Laura Costello to the position of manager of Strategic Marketing Protective Coatings North America.


Study Links Economy to Color Choice

The state of the economy exerts a surprisingly strong influence on people’s use and choice of color, according to a new study by AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company.


AkzoNobel Releases Q2 Results

AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) reported that the second quarter of 2009 saw a 10% revenue decline to €3,668 million with a 9% drop in EBITDA.


Int’l Paint Names VP for Gulf and Mexico

International Paint LLC (Houston, TX), an AkzoNobel company, has promoted Eifion Jones to vice president of Gulf and Mexico Protective Coatings.


AkzoNobel Names New CIO

AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) appointed Pieter Schoehuijs as the new chief information officer (CIO).


Akzo to Integrate Two Major Brands

Akzo Nobel announced plans for a two-year integration program for its International Paint Protective Coatings and Devoe High Performance Coatings companies.


AkzoNobel Announces Board Change

AkzoNobel (Strawinskylaan, Amsterdam) announced that Maarten van den Bergh, chairman of the supervisory board, decided to resign from his position due to temporary illness.


Companies Provide Products to Canada

International Paint LLC and its subsidiary, Ceilcote USA, Inc., have partnered with Devoe Coatings of Canada to provide fire protection and corrosion control coatings to Western Canada.


AkzoNobel Acquires Nippon

AkzoNobel (Strawinskylaan, Amsterdam) acquired the 25% minority shareholding from Nippon Paint in the joint venture company AkzoNobel Nippon Paint Holding B.V.


Kao Sells Part of Business to AkzoNobel

A subsidiary of Kao Corporation (Japan), Kao Chemicals Europe, S.L. (Barcelona, Spain), signed an agreement to sell part of its fatty amine business in Europe to AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistr...


AkzoNobel Acquires Enviroline

AkzoNobel (Strawinskylaan, Amsterdam) has acquired Enviroline (Pompano Beach, FL); a move the company says will strengthen its marine and protective coatings portfolio.


 
 
   

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