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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).


Polyurethane Protection Reduces VOCs

HOUSTON—A new polyurethane coating has been developed to meet expanding Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) standards in North America.


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.


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).


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...


New Lining: 1 Coat, Many Applications

AkzoNobel has added a new lining system to its International range for North America for a broad range of temperatures and environments.


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.


New Caps Shield Steel Bolts from Fire

AkzoNobel has introduced a new product in North America for fire protection on the bolted connections of steel structures.


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.


 
 
   

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