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Coating Makers See Cuban Opening

U.S. coating and building materials makers may now ship goods to Cuba for some renovation projects, under newly approved federal regulations.


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.


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.


New System Blamed in Ink Dust Blast

A squeal, sizzle, whoosh and loud thump—not an alarm from a brand-new dust collection system—heralded a blast and flash fire that burned seven employees, three severely, at a New Jersey ink ...


EPA Proposes New TDI Limits

Certain chemicals used in coatings and sealants could face restricted levels in consumer products under a newly proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Expansion Approved for NC Paint Maker

Traffic paint manufacturer Ennis-Flint will get $500,000 to expand its Thomasville, NC, operations by reusing vacant buildings, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority announced.


Paint Maker to Pay $950K in Death

Vista Paint Corp. has been ordered to pay $950,000 in the 2011 asphyxiation of two untrained workers in a paint mixing tank full of methylene chloride paint stripper vapors.


Paint-Stripper Bribery Draws in Others

A CEO indicted for bribing military base officials to buy his paint remover was the last, but not the least, person implicated in the plot, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 9).


Paint Stripper CEO Accused of Bribery

The founder of a paint remover maker faces up to 60 years in prison after his indictment on bribery charges and lying about whether his product met military standards, officials announced.


PPG Wraps Up Comex Purchase

PPG Industries' speedy acquisition of Mexico's largest paint and coatings maker is a done deal.


Fines Follow Fires at Coating Maker

Three separate, and apparently unreported, fires at an industrial coatings plant have triggered a strong response from federal health and safety officials.


Review of PPG-Comex Deal Extended

PPG Industries will wait a bit longer for Mexico's decision on the company's $2.3 billion bid to take over that country's largest paint and coatings maker.


Paint Firm's Temp Hazards Fined $84K

"Deliberately disabled" safety devices and other hazards to unsupervised temporary workers have landed a Georgia paint maker in trouble with federal regulators.


Coating Makers Seek Delay on Risk RFI

Calling the data demands too much and too soon, U.S. paint and coating makers have requested three additional months to produce information on their risk-management plans for chemical releas...


PPG Cuts Ribbon on New HQ

Working to keep pace with its ballooning architectural coatings business, PPG Industries has opened a new North American headquarters facility.


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.


Axalta Considering Public Offering

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial publ...


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.


Backlash Stalls OSHA Reporting Rule

Widespread employer concern over the public reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses has prompted U.S. regulators to rethink the plan.


Coatings Power Up Valspar’s Q3

Buoyed by a double-digit bounce in coating sales in the third quarter, Valspar Corp. announced an improved 2014 forecast on Tuesday, forecasting nine percent sales growth for the year.


ACA Retrenches in Blight Fight

Coating suppliers are sharpening their focus for the next wave in the multimillion-dollar battle against graffiti with new resources and a new name.


Sales Soar at Sherwin-Williams

Nearly all of the Sherwin-Williams Company’s segments saw sales gains in both the second quarter and first half of 2014, propelling the company to record sales.


Coatings Fraud Allegations Dismissed

A Massachusetts maker of coatings and spray equipment has withdrawn its claim that a licensee-turned-competitor built the new business on stolen information.


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 Sued over Failed Deal

Mexico’s largest coatings producer has filed suit against Sherwin-Williams, blaming the Cleveland paint maker for the implosion of its plan to buy the Latin American supplier, Reuters report...


Intumescent Offers 15-Minute Barrier

A new thin-film coating for foam insulation provides a 15-minute thermal barrier for occupied spaces, the manufacturer reports.


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...


Ups and Downs at Sherwin-Williams

Mother Nature’s wrath and currency issues bedeviled Sherwin-Williams in the first quarter of 2014, dampening profits despite record sales.


Retailers, PPG Sign Private-Label Deal

An alliance of independent North American paint dealers has agreed to make PPG Industries Inc. the exclusive manufacturer of the group's premium paint brand.


Paint Firm Funds Exorcism Ritual

An ancient Cambodian dance believed to ward off evil spirits is getting a budget boost from a paint company, just in time to save the country's fading New Year tradition.


Severe Injuries to Cost Company $185K

A coatings company outside New York City is facing $185,400 in federal fines after one worker suffered a partial amputation and another a crushed hand, the Occupational Safety and Health Adm...


‘Major’ Changes Loom for Coating Makers

With the ink barely dry on the last round of new regulatory limits, paint and coating manufacturers are in for more.


Sherwin-Williams Drops Comex Quest

Twice denied a regulatory blessing, the largest paint retailers in the U.S. and Mexico have finally broken off their $2.34 billion engagement.


Beyond Glow in the Dark: Light-Up Paint

When it comes to illumination, who would know more than the Dark Side? That’s Darkside Scientific LLC, founded by Andy Zsinko, a longtime aftermarket painter who has gone glow-in-the-dark pa...


PPG Growing South of the Border

PPG Industries is beefing up its reach in Central America, announcing both a multimillion-dollar expansion of its Mexico facility and plans to acquire a Panama-based protective and marine co...


‘Intensive’ Silica Hearings Open

The long-smoldering controversy over new silica limits in the workplace found its voice Tuesday (March 18) in Washington, D.C., as public hearings on the federal proposal opened.


U.S. Coatings Get New ‘National Player’

Working locally to compete nationally, nine regional North American paint and coating manufacturers have banded together to increase their specifying and selling power from coast to coast.


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.


Employers Call to Withdraw Silica Rule

Construction employers across the industry are urging the federal government to withdraw its proposed rule on silica exposure, saying the measure is “significantly flawed” and “will do littl...


Coating Makers Seek Silica Exemption

Monitoring paint manufacturing for excess silica exposure would cost $700,000—10 times the federal government's estimate—and is unnecessary, the American Coatings Association says.


3 New Systems Made to Stop Static

Arizona Polymer Flooring (APF) has launched StatRez Static Control Flooring Systems, three new coating systems designed to protect areas requiring static dissipative or conductive flooring.


Valspar Sales Growth Paints Q1 Green

A 10 percent boost in its Coatings segment has the Valspar Corp. off to “a good start” in 2014, the company reported Wednesday (Feb. 12).


CR Ranks Store Paint Brands No. 1

House brands from Behr Corp. and Ace Hardware have topped the latest rankings of 67 interior paints tested by Consumer Reports—earning “excellent” ratings in hiding and scrubbability.


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.


Coatings Research Group Taps New Chief

Coatings industry veteran Richard Scott has become the sixth executive director of the Coatings Research Group Inc. (CRGI), the international coating manufacturers association based in Cleve...


‘Willful’ Citation in PPG Worker’s Death

Federal authorities are accusing PPG Industries of willful and serious safety lapses in the death of a worker last summer at its facility in Barberton, OH.


Coating Maker Cited in Chemical Lapses

Federal authorities are accusing a longtime New England specialty coating maker of mishandling highly hazardous chemicals at its headquarters.


Sales Drive Standout Quarter at RPM

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. delivered a record second quarter and blockbuster first half of FY 2014, riding a wave of sales volume growth on both the industrial and consumer side...


First Colorant VOC Limits Take Effect

Industrial maintenance and specialty coatings in Southern California are beginning the new year under the nation's first VOC restrictions for colorants.


Tesla Announces $50M Investment

Protective coatings maker Tesla NanoCoatings says it is poised for significant growth with a new "strategic partnership" and major investment by a Korean chemical firm.


UK Backtracking on Chemical Ban

European officials want to lift a ban on professional use of a toxic paint-stripper chemical, less than two years after the European Union largely restricted its use outside of industrial ap...


Owners Held in Coating Plant Blast

Two owners of a powder-coating factory in Mumbai have been arrested after an explosion that killed one worker and injured two over the weekend.


3rd CEO in 2 Years Joins Ben Moore

Paint maker Benjamin Moore & Company has appointed a career retailing executive as its third CEO in two years.


Roofs Get Antibacterial Protection

A new anti-microbial roof coating can protect both the substrate and the occupants below it, the manufacturer says.


Coating Makers Assail Shutdown

America’s paint and coating manufacturers have joined the growing public call on Congress to settle its budget differences and reopen the U.S. federal government.


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...


Steel-Tech Adds Spray Coating

Rust-Oleum has uncapped an aerosol version of its stainless-steel-infused Steel-Tech High Performance protective line.


Sherwin-Williams Gets Comex U.S. Unit

While the lion's share of the deal remains on hold, Sherwin-Williams has completed acquisition of the North American paint business of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., the companies announced ...


U.S. Paints, Coatings to Top $30.6B

Industrial maintenance and marine coatings in the United States will see slow but steady growth in the wake of a five-year rebound blazed by the architectural ector, according to a new marke...


SSPC Sets Wastewater Coating Standard

Performance requirements for certain concrete coatings used at wastewater facilities are the focus of a new standard by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


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.


Paint Makers Unite over Chemical Bill

U.S. coating suppliers are pulling out the stops to help pass what they call a "groundbreaking" overhaul of the nation's 37-year-old chemical safety laws.


PPG Appoints New CFO, VPs

Several executive changes were announced this week at PPG Industries Inc., including a CFO and several vice president appointments.


DuPont Ponders Sale of Chemicals Unit

DuPont may shed its Performance Chemicals segment, which produces paint pigments, after a less-than-stellar performance in the second quarter, the major chemical manufacturer announced on Tu...


Revenue Drops in RPM’s Q4

Slight sales increases for RPM International were overshadowed by a 21 percent drop in income for the fourth quarter, the parent company of Carboline and Rust-Oleum reported on Monday (July ...


Sherwin-Williams Sees Q2 Profit Gain

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported a 13 percent profit increase for the second quarter, but also announced a snag in its planned $2.34 billion acquisition of Comex Group.


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...


Going Green: Paint Shop Eyes Pot Op

Now, here's a protective coatings factory destined for a higher purpose and extended pot life.


Firestone Unveils Roof Protection Line

Elastomeric technology, formulated with 100 percent acrylic polymer, is the cornerstone of a new suite of roof coatings from Firestone Building Products Company.


Landmark Chemical Bill May Revamp TSCA

After nearly four decades, chemical makers and environmental groups may be ready to agree on new federal legislation overhauling the nation's chief chemical safety law.


Valspar Makes European Industrial Push

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


Paint, Plating Sites Join Superfund List

Abandoned paint and chrome plating operations are among nine hazardous-waste sites newly named to the Superfund National Priorities List.


Winners to Pay $10M in Lead Paint Suit

They may have won the battle, but paint makers will still have to pay for the long and costly war over lead paint, a Rhode Island judge has ruled.


Industrial No Help to Valspar in Q2

Declining demand for pipeline and other industrial coatings stunted Valspar Corp.'s growth in the second quarter, but the company notched improved performance overall, buoyed by strength on ...


ACA Fights Customer Disclosure Plan

What's more important: the privacy of a customer list or the possible need to reach those customers about product dangers?


ITW Polymers Coatings Opens New Plant

ITW Polymers Coatings North America has announced the grand opening of its newest manufacturing plant, in Houston, TX.


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.


Trimite Coatings Keeps Brands in Family

Fending off “intense international competition” for its veteran paint and coating trademarks and brand names, Trimite Global Coatings has acquired all assets of the bankrupt Trimite Ltd. bus...


New Waterproofer Goes Indoor, Outdoor

W.R. Meadows' newest waterproofing compound is a one-component product designed for interior, exterior, horizontal and vertical applications.


Carboline Parent Notches Strong Q2

Protective coatings giant RPM International Inc. reported strong sales and earnings in its second quarter, but remained weighed down by continuing charges that dampened its first quarter.


Power Outage Shuts Down PPG Plant

“A major generator transformer failure” has severely impacted production at PPG Industries' chlor-alkali complex in Lake Charles, LA, the company announced Friday (Dec. 7).


Coating Firm Fined $74K in Fire

A Connecticut urethane coatings maker is facing federal citations and $74,000 in fines after a fire in August left four workers hospitalized.


PPG Names Thiele as Treasurer

PPG Industries Inc. has named Eric K. Thiele treasurer and company officer, succeeding Vice President and Treasurer Aziz Giga, who is retiring.


Valspar Leaves 2012 on an Up Note

The Valspar Corp. ended fiscal year 2012 with a flat quarter, stronger share prices, and a modest overall sales increase for the year—overall, good enough for a solid rebound from its massiv...


Valspar’s CFO Retires

Valspar Corp. announced the planned retirement of Lori Walker, the company's chief financial officer.


RPM Takes a Licking, Keeps on Ticking

Economic turmoil in India and weakness in the roofing division punched a $56.3 million hole in RPM International’s otherwise-positive first quarter of fiscal 2013, the industrial coating gia...


SSPC Releases 4 New PA Standards

SSPC has introduced four new Paint Application (PA) standards related to profile measurement, polyurea application, steel test panels, and scribe undercutting.


Paint Firm Fined $136K in Vapor Release

An Ohio paint producer is facing 26 federal health violations and a $138,600 fine in the March release of a cloud of flammable vapors at its industrial coatings division in Columbus.


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.


Ameron Sues Insurer in Sable Project Coatings Case

Mired in years of litigation alleging widespread coating failure on Nova Scotia’s Sable Energy Project, Ameron International Corp. is now suing its own insurer for refusing to pay for Ameron...


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.


Coating Makers Fighting TSCA Overhaul

For the second time in three weeks, coating manufacturers are working to head off expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority.


DuPont Coatings Unit Sold for $4.9B

DuPont Performance Coatings, one of the world’s largest automotive coatings suppliers, has reached the finish line.


PPG Shakes Up Global Coatings Leaders

Protective and marine coatings, aerospace products, automotive refinish and other key businesses will all soon have new leaders at PPG Industries, as one senior executive steps down, the com...


Coatings Nudge Valspar Upward in Q3

Sales of industrial and other coatings fueled third-quarter growth by the Valspar Corp., but the second-quarter sunshine cooled slightly for the Minneapolis paint and coatings maker.


ACA Cheers Plan to Pre-empt EPA Rules

Coatings manufacturers, chemical makers and other business groups are cheering a new federal bill that would bar the U.S. Environmental Agency from regulating chemical facility security.


Coating Makers Join U.S. Export Push

U.S. coating manufacturers have forged a partnership with the federal government in an effort to increase the number of industry companies that export products.


SSPC Invites Structure Award Nominees

Has your firm recently completed an industrial or commercial coatings project of great peril, complexity, beauty—or all three?


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...


Sherwin-Williams’ Stores Paint Q2 Green

Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Stores, Global Finishes and higher prices helped deliver record sales and share prices in the second quarter and first half of 2012, the company reported Thursday (Ju...


PPG Trumpets Record Quarterly Earnings

PPG Industries has slam-dunked the highest quarterly earnings in its 129-year history, with growth in North America offsetting declining demand and currencies elsewhere, the company reported...


PPG, Asian Plan Protective Coating JV

Two of the world’s biggest paint and coating companies will partner on a new joint venture that will serve India’s vast, and rapidly growing, protective coatings market.


Coating Makers Work to Blunt New Rules

Coating manufacturers are making inroads against California’s plan to further tighten emission rules on metal coating operations, the American Coatings Association reports.


Hempel Acquires Blome International

Moving aggressively to expand its protective coatings reach, Hempel USA has announced the acquisition of Blome International, a global supplier of protective coatings and linings.


Benjamin Moore Confirms New CEO

Nearly two weeks after embarrassing reports of its partying CEO leaked out, Benjamin Moore has officially confirmed his replacement.


ACA Protests Fouling Standard Plan

For the fourth time, California is proposing—and coatings makers are fighting—performance standards that would establish a ranking system to determine if a ship’s hull is “clean” enough to e...


Coating Makers Lose VOC Appeal in CA

Can regulators of coating emissions actually require the use of technologies that don’t exist? Yes, the California Supreme Court has unanimously ruled, dealing a stinging blow to manufacture...


PPG Signs Chinese TiO2 Deal

Still working to secure its global supply of titanium dioxide, PPG Industries has agreed to license some of its chloride-based technologies to Henan Billions Chemicals Co. Ltd. and buy back ...


CA Drops Bid to Ban Copper Hull Paint

In a huge win for coating manufacturers, a California state senator has abruptly halted her long-fought effort to ban the use of copper antifouling paint on recreational boats in the state.


ACA to Gather, Report Coating Shipments

If the government won’t track data on coatings shipments, the manufacturers will do it themselves.


EPA to Aid Clean-up of Old Paint Sites

The New England birthplace of marine coatings and other abandoned sites long tainted by paint, coating and solvent waste will share in $69.3 million in new federal environmental funds to cle...


Answers Sought in Fire Warehouse Blaze

Authorities are still pursuing clues and clean-up in a massive blaze that gutted a paint and coating warehouse and sent products flowing into a river last week in Yonkers, NY.


Corrosion Studies Get Boost from PPG

Three University of Akron programs in corrosion and engineering will benefit this year from $25,000 in new grants from the PPG Industries Foundation.


Cytec Strips Coatings, Forges New Path

As expected, specialty chemicals maker Cytec Industries is closing the door on 52 years of coating resins production.


Cytec: Adhesives Gone, Coatings Going?

Specialty chemicals maker Cytec Industries is getting out of the adhesives business and may close the door on coatings, too.


Coating Makers Track Bills to Curb Regs

Coating manufacturers are “closely monitoring” two federal bills that would place a moratorium on all new federal rules and bar President Obama and future presidents from issuing “midnight r...


More Tests Set at Paint Superfund Site

Federal regulators have agreed to more testing at a New Hampshire tract full of toxic paint waste before approving a final plan for the 23-year-old Superfund site.


Artfully Painting a Path to Purer Air

One of the world’s dirtiest cities is harnessing both art and science in attempting to paint its way to cleaner air.


PPG Q1 Shines, Despite $266M Hit

Record sales in industrial and performance coatings helped deliver a strong first quarter for PPG Industries, despite $266 million in one-time after-tax charges that took a bite out of earni...


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


Ask Sherwin-Williams … about Record Q1

As expected, Sherwin-Williams’ paint stores, protective and marine coatings and other segments all brought home a winning first quarter and sunny 2012 outlook for the world’s No. 3 paint and...


ACA Case Heads for CA Supreme Court

Oral arguments begin May 1 before California’s Supreme Court in a high-stakes lawsuit by coating manufacturers to block tougher VOC limits on industrial maintenance and other coatings.


Carboline to Open NV Coatings Plant

Carboline Co. has announced plans to convert a 184,500-square-foot building in Dayton, NV, to a coatings manufacturing facility by September.


New Industry Emissions Rules Loom

Compliance deadlines are nearing for two new federal emissions rules that will affect the coatings industry, and the American Coatings Association is trying to help its members get ready.


Strong Q1 Surprises Sherwin-Williams

The Sherwin-Williams Company is set to unveil a better-than-expected first quarter, with stronger sales and earnings than the company itself forecast earlier this year.


Suit Pressures EPA to Rule on Coal Ash

Environmental and public health groups have filed a federal lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to complete its long-stalled rule on disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (C...


Rebuilding, Coating Maker Gets a Break

An Australian coatings maker has been convicted of two safety violations and lost its $2.4 million plant in an explosion that burned an employee—but, in the end, it could have been worse.


ACCESSA Coatings Opens New IN Office

ACCESSA Coatings Solutions has expanded again with the relocation of its northern Indiana facility to Elkhart, IN.


EU Banning Most DCM Paint Strippers

While deaths from methylene chloride paint strippers continue in the United States, most sales and use of the products are about to be banned in Europe.


CA Tank Painter’s Death Spurs Alert

California occupational safety officials have issued a Fatality Alert about methylene chloride paint strippers after a painter died while using the toxic solvent in a tank.


Dismissal, Plea in DuPont Secrets Cases

DuPont Chemical Co. has dropped a civil lawsuit against one former employee accused of sharing trade secrets, while another ex-employee has pleaded guilty in a similar criminal case.


Hempel Opens 1st S. American Factory

Hempel has opened its first manufacturing facility for marine and protective coatings in South America, bringing production thousands of miles closer to that burgeoning market.


Coatings Maker Fined $55K for Waste

A South Carolina industrial coatings company will pay a $55,000 fine and develop a training regimen to settle federal allegations of hazardous waste violations at its facility.


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.


Coating Maker Seeks R&D Manager

A leading global provider of protective and marine coatings is looking for a “forward-thinking R&D Technical Manager” at its Chicago location.


New Research Report Sees Growth in African Coatings Market

Sub-Saharan African countries Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa can anticipate strong growth in their coatings markets in coming years due mainly to government investment in infrastructure, acc...


Sherwin-Williams Revenues Jump in 2011

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported a robust, 12.7% increase in 2011 sales, as the company finished strongly with a 9.2% fourth-quarter gain in sales compared to the same period a year ear...


2 Leaks in 4 Days at PPG Plant in UK

PPG Industries is investigating two chemical spills in four days at one of its resin plants in Stowmarket, UK.


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...


Jotun Hikes Protective Coatings Output

Already running record production levels, the Jotun Group has expanded the operation and product range at its European hub for protective coatings.


NYC May Ban Protective, IM Coatings

Protective, fire-resistive, maintenance and other industrial coatings would be banned from sale or application in New York City, if the City Council approves new limits on VOC content next w...


Paint Plant Fumes Kill Man, Injure 2nd

One man has died and another was critically injured after they were overcome by chemical paint remover fumes while working in a storage tank at a California paint company.


ACA Challenges VOC, Ozone Connection

Although tighter ozone regulations have been back-burnered for now, coatings makers aren’t taking any chances, continuing to muster data to build their case against tougher VOC limits.


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.


Coating Makers Slam EPA Disposal Plan

Onerous, far-reaching, expensive and unwarranted is the verdict by coatings manufacturers on a proposed federal rule that would increase requirements for recycling hazardous materials.


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.


IRS Audit Dings Sherwin, But Q3 Booms

Sherwin-Williams is reporting good news for its third quarter and bad news for its fourth, with record Q3 net sales trailed by a $75 million tax charge to end the year.


Sherwin, PPG to Buy Back 30M Shares

Seeking to reassure and reward investors, both The Sherwin-Williams Co. and PPG Industries announced plans Friday (Oct. 21 for major stock buybacks along with their regular quarterly dividen...


Sherwin-Williams Fined $570K for Waste

Sherwin Williams will pay a $570,000 civil penalty to settle federal allegations of hazardous-waste violations at a paint production plant in Baltimore, MD, the Environmental Protection Agen...


New Center Honors Coatings Leader

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials has paid tribute to a leader in the coatings industry with the opening of the Sidney Lauren Memoria...


Report Paints Industry Profit at 37%

The U.S. paint and coatings industry notched about $20.6 billion in revenue in 2010, with a very healthy estimated gross profit of nearly 37 percent, a new market report reveals.


Dow Coating Names W. Coast Sales Chief

Dow Coating Materials has appointed veteran specialty chemical sales professional Michael Lewis to the position of West Coast Sales Manager, responsible for all aspects of sales operations a...


New ASTM Paint Guide Eases Sampling

A new ASTM guide standardizes a useful, fast and easy technique for collecting infrared spectra of non-aqueous liquid paints right out of the can.


PPG Names EHS VP, Asia-Pacific Coatings Chief

PPG Industries has announced the appointment of Diane Kappas as vice president, environment, health and safety (EHS), effective Oct. 1. Kappas will succeed John Richter, who has been named v...


Dow Coating Names New GM for EMEA

Dow Coating Materials has appointed Anton G. Van Beek as General Manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.


Ozone Game Back On, As Suits Resume

She may be tuning up, but the fat lady has not yet sung in the battle over federal smog rules, as long-stalled lawsuits on all sides have now reignited with the Obama administration’s decisi...


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 ...


Coatings Makers Gain Delay in EPA Rule

Coatings manufacturers have won a temporary reprieve in an impending federal rule that will increase requirements for recycling hazardous materials.


Obama Kills EPA’s Tougher Ozone Rule

Bowing to 20 months of pressure from Republicans and the business community, the Obama administration has finally withdrawn its plan to further tighten ozone emission standards.


3 Arrested in Fake Paint Scam

Three men in Beijing have been arrested on charges of manufacturing tens of thousands of gallons of ersatz paint and reselling it in used cans bearing popular brand names.


Concrete Coatings Maker Names Manager

Arizona Polymer Flooring (APF), a manufacturer of high-performance flooring products and concrete coating systems, has announced the appointment of Gilbert Hernandez as production manager.


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.


Historic Marine Paint Site Crumbling

Part of the global birthplace of marine paint—the Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory in Gloucester, MA—is failing and facing demolition, officials say.


Firms to Pay $1.4M in MA Paint Blast

The owners and former operator of a Massachusetts paint and ink manufacturing plant have reached a $1.4 million federal settlement in a massive explosion and fire that destroyed dozens of ho...


EPA Rule Increases Chemical Reporting

Despite objections from the coatings and chemical industries, the Environmental Protection Agency will increase the type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from ch...


EPA Retreats 4th Time on Ozone Rule

Coatings makers and other manufacturers have won another 11th-hour reprieve on an unpopular federal rule that would further tighten ozone emission standards.


RPM on a Roll: Company Says Sales Grow 10% in Quarter, 8.5% for Year

RPM International Inc. reported a 10.9% increase in sales for the company’s fourth quarter ended May 31, and said sales for its fiscal year rose 8.5%, to $3.38 billion, driven by sales gains...


PPG Rides Strong Second-Quarter Sales to New Earnings Record

PPG Industries Inc. reported record earnings for any quarter in its history, as second-quarter sales and earnings rose sharply and the company’s coatings businesses delivered “excellent resu...


PPG Industries Announces New CFO

PPG Industries Inc. has appointed David B. Navikas senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer, reporting to Chairman and CEO Charles E. Bunch.


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.


Industry Fights Looming Emissions Laws

Coatings manufacturers are racing the clock to fend off tighter emissions rules impending in Southern California and at the federal level.


People on the Move: Changes Afoot At BASF, Bayer MS, Michelman, US Zinc

The raw materials industry is on the move again, with a new helmsman at BASF; honors and appointments at Bayer MaterialScience; a new EVP at US Zinc.


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.


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.


CA Aims to Ban Copper Antifouling

The legislative noose is tightening on copper-based antifouling paints, as California has become the second state poised to ban their use in recreational vessels.


EPA Retreats on Boiler MACT Rules

Manufacturers are declaring victory after the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it would indefinitely defer implementing controversial air quality standards for boilers and...


Hempel Expands Global Paint Production

Fresh off a year of record profit and a new plant in Poland, international protective coatings maker Hempel Group is planning new facilities on several other continents.


Sherwin-Williams Trumpets Record Q1

Stronger protective and marine sales, higher selling prices, strategic acquisitions and favorable currency rates all helped reap a record $1.86 billion in first-quarter net sales—an 18.5% ye...


ACA Paints Industry By the Numbers

Want a raise? Head for Ohio or New Jersey. Need a market for your paint? Think Canada or Mexico, and keep China in mind.


Coatings Makers Urge New Spill Rules

The American Coatings Association has a message for the U.S. Department of Transportation: Small paint spills should not be grounds for federal hazmat reporting.


EPA Battle Helped Push Budget to Brink

The congressional divide over the power of the Environmental Protection Agency—captured in dueling 11th-hour bills in the federal budget battle—was a key piece of the budget deadlock that pu...


ShawCor to Buy Altus Coating Business

Shaw Pipe Protection Limited, a subsidiary of ShawCor. Ltd., has agreed to buy the coating assets and business of Altus Energy Services Partnership, Altus Energy Services Ltd. and Nusco Nort...


European Paint Plant Safety: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” could be the motto for workers in paint manufacturing and related industries, when it comes to seeking safety information and voicing concerns, a new study concludes.


Jotun Reports Record Year Results

Norway-based coatings giant Jotun reported record operating revenues and profits in 2010, notching volume increases in every segment and strong performances in high-growth markets.


Antifouling Boasts 9% Fuel Savings

International Paint has introduced an antifouling coating that purports to significantly reduce emissions and fuel costs by reducing hull roughness.


Bayer Coatings Unit Back on Track

The global economic recovery showered unexpected sales volume on Bayer MaterialScience’s coatings, polyurethanes and other segments in 2010, reaping triple earnings and double-digit sales fo...


Coatings Makers Appeal for Reg Relief

America’s coatings manufacturers have a few requests for President Obama: Cut the red tape on pipeline permits. Expand the allowable compounds in aerosol coatings. Ditch the emissions crackd...


Flash Fire at Sherwin-Williams’ Plant Probed

North Carolina authorities are investigating a flash fire at a Sherwin-Williams plant that left an employee with minor burns.


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.


Valspar Names New CEO, CTO

Valspar Corp. president and chief operating officer Gary E. Hendrickson will succeed William L. Mansfield as the company’s chief executive officer, effective June 1, the company’s Board of D...


Valspar Posts Gains, But Coatings Lag

Valspar Corp. notched a 25.3% overall increase in sales for the first quarter, but performance in the coatings segment carried “concern, uncertainty and hopefulness” for the company’s CEO.


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.


Coatings Help Dow Post Record Numbers

Modest gains in Coatings and Infrastructure and record sales in emerging regions helped propel The Dow Chemical Co. to double-digit growth for both the fourth quarter and full year of 2010.


Sherwin-Williams Sales Up 9.6% in 2010

Strong gains in Global Finishes, rebounding retail paint sales, and price increases powered the Sherwin-Williams Co. to a better-than-expected fourth quarter and year-end report.


Asian PPG to Add Protective Coatings

PPG Industries and Asian Paints will expand their transportation coatings joint venture and launch a new protective-coatings JV in India, the companies have announced.


PPG, Plasticolors Plan Wind Turbine Coating

PPG Industries plans to introduce a new urethane gel coat developed by Plasticolors Inc. for the global wind energy market.


PPG Hunkers Down, Hones Coating Focus

A “leaner, stronger, more global” focus has made PPG Industries Asia’s second-largest coatings company and the only one in the $90 billion coatings industry with sizable positions in every m...


Valspar Delivers Double-Digit Gains

Fourth-quarter sales for the Valspar Corp. increased by nearly 13% over 2009, lifting the company to a 12.1% sales increase for fiscal year 2010 and a promise of a strong 2011.


Valspar Names Global Industrial VP

The Valspar Corp. has announced the appointment of Roeland H. Polet as Senior Vice President, Global Industrial, with worldwide responsibility for the General Industrial and Coil Coatings li...


Performance Coatings, Materials Lift DuPont’s Q3

DuPont notched double-digit percentage increases in sales during the third quarter, with all segments recording “robust volume increases,” the company said.


Valspar Completes Acquisition of Wattyl

The Valspar Corp. has completed its previously announced acquisition of Australian paint manufacturer Wattyl Ltd., the companies have announced.


Free JPCL Coatings Buying Guide Entries Due Friday

Time is running short for coatings manufacturers to list their coating products by brand name and for free in the JPCL October 2010 Coatings Systems Buying Guide.


Marine Coatings Conference Set for Sept.

Protective Coatings Europe (PCE) magazine will again hold a two-day international Marine Coatings Conference during the SMM trade show in Hamburg, Germany.


DuPont Q2 Sales Rise 26%; Net Income Tops $1 Billion

DuPont Co. has reported second-quarter sales of $8.6 billion, a 26% increase from the second quarter of 2009. Net income for the quarter was $1.2 billion, up from $400 million for the prior-...


RPM Reports Strong Upturn in Sales, Earnings

RPM International Inc. has reported sharp increases in fourth-quarter sales and net income, as the company’s industrial and consumer segments both recorded double-digit sales increases.


3M Earnings Top $1B in Q2, $2B for First Half

3M Company sales and net income surged in the second quarter, with strong performances reported for all businesses and geographic regions, the company said.


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.


Sherwin-Williams’ Sales Up 10% for Q2, 6% for Half

The Sherwin-Williams Company posted solid gains in sales and net income in the second quarter, led by sales to the professional market for home repainting and stronger industrial maintenance...


PPG Reports Solid Gains in Sales, Income

PPG Industries Inc. reported solid gains in sales and earnings in the second quarter compared to 2009, as stronger demand drove volume growth both regionally and by end-use market, the compa...


Valspar Rolls out ‘Signature Colors’ Line

The Valspar Corp. announced the launch of Valspar® Signature Colors® with Hi-DEF Advanced Color System™, reported to offer “the ultimate hiding formula” that “covers most old colors in one c...


Rhino Linings Expands Offerings with 1:1 Ratio Products

Rhino Linings Corp. expanded its range of protective coatings products with the introduction of 1:1 mix-ratio spray coatings, designed to simplify the use of rapid-set polyurethanes and poly...


Zolatone Launches Website, Color-Formula System

Zolatone Automotive, Industrial & Marine announced the launch of its new web site (www.z-linehighperformancefinishes.com) and its color formula search (www.zolashade.com).


5th Coatings Summit to Convene Jan. 17-19

The fifth Coatings Summit, described as a leadership event for senior representatives of coatings manufacturers and suppliers, will be convened Jan. 17-19, 2011, in Washington, D.C.


PPG’s West Earns LEED Associate Accreditation

Victor West, architectural manager, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, has earned the LEED-Green Associate accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the credentialing affilia...


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...


Sansin Corp. Offers Low-VOC Wood Stain

Sansin Corp. (Strathroy, Ontario) says its 2-Coat DEC™ Formula wood stain offers deep-penetrating, lasting protection of wood decks in a water-borne formulation.


PPG Names Bost VP, General Counsel

PPG Industries Inc. named Glenn E. Bost II senior vice president and general counsel. Bost becomes a member of PPG’s executive and operating committees, reporting to chairman and CEO Charles...


Sherwin-Williams Introduces 1K Polysiloxane

The Sherwin-Williams Company introduced Polysiloxane 1K, a single-component polysiloxane finish coat reported to provide superior weathering and chemical resistance and extended service life...


Valspar to Acquire Australia’s Wattyl Ltd.

The Valspar Corp. announced plans to acquire Australian paint manufacturer Wattyl Ltd.


XIM Introduces New Primer Formulations

XIM Products Inc. announced upgrades to three primer products, including high-build and bonding primers.


Sherwin-Williams Introduces ‘Acrylic-Alkyd’ Paints

The Sherwin-Williams Company introduced water-borne acrylic-alkyd versions of the company’s ProMar 200 and ProClassic coatings, reported to deliver durable, smooth, high-performing finishes ...


BASF Announces Deal to Acquire Cognis

As widely speculated, chemicals and coatings giant BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany) will acquire specialty chemicals company Cognis from Cognis Holding Luxembourg S.à r.l., a company controll...


Benjamin Moore Debuts ‘Advance’ Alkyd Paint

Benjamin Moore & Company (Montvale, N.J.) announced the introduction of Advance, an alkyd-based interior paint built on the company’s Gennex water-borne colorant system.


Tnemec Introduces Low-VOC Polyurethanes

Tnemec Company Inc. introduced two low-VOC hybrid polyurethane finishes, reported to offer a high degree of color and gloss retention and resistance to UV and weathering.


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 ...


Dow Corning Names Green-Building Marketer

Dow Corning Corp. named Saulo Rozendo global green building marketer for Dow Corning Construction Industry, with responsibility for identifying and partnering with global building leaders an...


Increte Introduces Decorative-Concrete Products

Increte Systems introduced Thin-Crete™ Tintable Stamped Overlay Grout and Thin-Crete™ Color-Packs for decorative-concrete applications.


Behr Offers Reformulated Stains Product Line

Behr Process Corp. introduced a reformulated line of BEHR Premium Exterior Weatherproofing Wood Stains and Finishes for use on decks, siding, fences, and other wood elements.


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...


RPM Acquires Flooring-Systems Maker Hummervoll

RPM International Inc.’s Performance Coatings Group has acquired Hummervoll Industribelegg AS, a supplier and installer of industrial flooring systems based in Bergen, Norway, with annual sa...


Major RPM Unit Names Randall Korach President

RPM Building Solutions Group Inc. announced the appointment of Randall J. Korach as president. Korach succeeds his father, Jeffrey L. Korach, who retired June 1.


Tremco to Turn HQ into Sustainability ‘Showcase’

Tremco Inc., a part of RPM International Inc.’s RPM Building Solutions Group, said a $5 million renovation program for its headquarters building in Beachwood, Ohio, will “transform the build...


Grace Expands Air-Barrier Product Offerings

Grace Construction Products introduced Perm-A-Barrier VP LT (Low Temperature), a two-component, fluid-applied, acrylic air-barrier membrane specifically formulated for low-temperatures appli...


Neutrals Permeate PPG’s ‘Atmospheric’ Collection

PPG Industries Inc.’s Pittsburgh® Paints introduced the “Atmospheric” color collection, comprised of 100 “complex” neutrals that are new additions to the company’s The Voice of Color® progra...


NeverFade Paint Certified-Contractor Program Launched

APV Engineered Coatings®, the manufacturer of NeverFade™ paint based on Kynar Aquatec® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resins, announced the launch of the Pro-X Certified Contractor™ Program...


Sto, ARDEX Announce U.S. Marketing Deal

Sto Corp. announced an agreement with specialty construction materials manufacturer ARDEX to expand the marketing of concrete restoration and repair systems in the U.S.


Polyguard Products Wins U.S. ‘E’ Award for Exports

The Commerce Department has presented Polyguard Products Inc. with the President “E” Award, recognizing individuals, companies, or organizations that contribute to U.S. export trade.


Kelly-Moore Offers Water-Borne Primers

Kelly-Moore Paint Company Inc. San Carlos, Calif. introduced Kel-Bond Ultra and Kel-Bond Adhesion Plus, described as low-VOC, high-performance interior/exterior water-borne primers-sealers o...


Johns Manville Introduces SPF Insulation

Johns Manville Company introduced JM ocSPF insulation, a low-density polyurethane open-cell spray foam insulation designed for use in commercial and residential applications.


RPM Announces Move to Address Bondex Asbestos Claims

RPM International Inc. said it has taken actions to permanently resolve current and future asbestos claims associated with its Bondex International Inc. with the filing of Chapter 11 reorgan...


Kelly-Moore Offers ‘Hybrid’ Water-Based Alkyd

Kelly-Moore Paint Company Inc. introduced KM Professional Water-Oil Hybrid, described as a low-VOC, high-quality interior/exterior alkyd enamel that offers durability and water cleanup.


Jamestown to Market New Antimicrobial Paint Line

Jamestown Coatings Technologies (Bellefonte and Jamestown, Pa.) said its new SurfaGuard™ protective antimicrobial paints are formulated using NanoHorizons Inc.’s SmartSilver™ additives.


California Paints Tops Exterior Paint Ratings

California Paints tops Consumer Reports’ new ratings for durability of exterior paints and stains, with finishes by Behr and Sears close behind.


Rodda Offers ‘More Affordable’ Premium Exterior Paint

Rodda Paint Company (Portland, Ore.) introduced Ultimate II, described as a “more affordable” lifetime-warranty paint.


Concrete Products Earn NSF Registration

L&M Construction Chemicals reported that several concrete-polishing and treatment products have earned NSF International health and safety approval and registration.


Valspar Reports Sharp Gains in Sales, Earnings

The Valspar Corp. reported net income of $61.7 million for the company’s second quarter ended April 30, a significant increase from net income of $31.1 million for the same period a year ear...


Website Offers Details on Metalcoating Technology

Landmark MetalCoat announced the launch of a new website (www.landmarkmetalcoat.com) offering comprehensive information on the company’s metalcoating technology, reported to give a variety o...


SOPREMA Aligns U.S., Canadian Operations

SOPREMA, a manufacturer of liquid- and sheet-applied roofing and waterproofing materials, announced the alignment of its U.S. and Canadian operations.


ITW Inc. Launches LEED Sourcing Program

ITW Inc.’s Performance Polymers & Fluids Group announced the launch of a coordinated “Building Green” program that the company says streamlines the process of sourcing products that can be u...


‘Super-Strength’ Colorant System Rolled Out

California Paints (Andover, Mass.) introduced Trillion™-Super Strength Colorant, a zero-VOC colorant system reported to offer increased color saturation with less colorant.


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...


'Eco Office' Features Stucco/Coating Exterior

Sto Corp. reports that its StoPowerall™ stucco system was selected as the exterior cladding for the Southface Energy Institute's Eco Office in Atlanta, a LEED Platinum-designated project.


Meadows Offers BIM Details for Air Barriers

W.R. Meadows Inc. (Hampshire, Ill.) announced the creation of its first building information model (BIM) for the company’s AIR-SHIELD™ line of air and moisture barriers. The BIM file can be ...


International Rolls Out Cargo-Hold Coating

International Paint Ltd. introduced Intershield®803Plus, a cargo-hold coating specifically designed to address the issue of impact damage from the loading of dry bulk cargoes.


Sto Samples Offered on Recycled Material

Sto Corp. (Atlanta, Ga.) announced an upgrade of its sample-product program with the use of a recycled plastic substrate material for its 8-by-8-inch and 2-by-8-inch samples.


Masco Trims Loss as Sales Edge up

Masco Corp., the parent company of paint and coatings manufacturers Behr and Masterchem, reported a first-quarter loss from continuing operations of 2 cents per share, compared to a loss of ...


BASF Reports Strong Sales, Earnings Gains

BASF AG reported first-quarter net income of 1.029 billion euros (approximately $1.363 billion), a sharp increase from 375 million euros for the first quarter of 2009. Sales rose 26.5%, to 1...


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.


Hempel Opens
Manufacturing Site in Poland

Hempel, the Denmark-based producer of protective, marine, and decorative coatings, announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility near Buk, Poland. The company said the plant will hel...


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...


S-W Sales Edge up, But Earnings Retreat

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported first-quarter net income of $32.6 million, a 13% decline from the first quarter of 2009, as sales weakness and the effects of health-care legislation we...


Matejka to Return as RPM CFO, Succeeding Tompkins

RPM International Inc. announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer P. Kelly Tompkins will resign to take a position with another company. Former CFO Robert L. Matejka...


Coatings Sales, Earnings Help Drive
Strong First-Quarter Results for PPG

PPG Industries Inc. reported first-quarter net income of $30 million, including a one-time charge of $85 million related to a change in U.S. tax law, compared to a loss of $111 million for t...


RPM Reports Narrower Loss for Quarter

RPM International Inc. reported a net loss of $9.4 million for the company’s third quarter ended Feb. 28, but said the results represented a marked improvement from the same quarter a year e...


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...


RPM Acquires Dutch Company Chemtec

RPM International Inc.’s Rust-Oleum Corp. subsidiary has acquired Chemtec Chemicals BV, a manufacturer of industrial cleaners and specialty coatings based in The Netherlands.


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...


Valspar Posts Gains in Sales, Earnings

The Valspar Corp. reported net income of $33.9 million for the company’s first quarter ended Jan. 29, up sharply from net income of $14.2 million for the same period a year earlier. Sales fo...


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.


S-W Profit up for Quarter, Despite Sales Decline

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported fourth-quarter 2009 net income of $65.3 million, a 30% increase from the fourth quarter of 2008. Sales for the quarter fell 5.9%, to $1.59 billion.


DuPont Posts Profit Gain, Sees Strong 2010

DuPont Co. Inc. reported fourth-quarter 2009 net income of $441 million, a swing from a loss of $629 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. Sales for the quarter rose 10%, to $6.4 billion.


PPG Reports Earnings Gain for 4th Quarter

PPG Industries Inc. reported fourth-quarter 2009 net income of $142 million, a 50% increase from the fourth quarter of 2008. Sales for the quarter declined 2%, to $3.1 billion.


RPM Expands Protective Coatings Portfolio

RPM International Inc. (Medina, OH) announced that it has acquired the Universal Sealants (U.K.) Limited group of companies, a United Kingdom-based supplier of coatings and construction prod...


H.B. Fuller Reports Earnings Gain for Quarter, Year

H.B. Fuller Company reported fourth-quarter 2009 net income of $24.6 million, a swing to a profit from a loss of $42.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.


Republic Powdered Metals Names Sales Rep

Randy Elo of East Coast Pool Products Inc., based in Freehold, NJ, has been named an independent representative for Republic Powdered Metals, Medina, OH.


RPM Reports Earnings Gain for Quarter

RPM International Inc. reported net income of $55.9 million for the company’s second quarter ended Nov. 30, 2009, a 34% increase from the second quarter a year earlier. Sales for the quarter...


Gaco Western Names Sales Manager

Jim Martin has joined Gaco Western as area sales manager in the commercial coatings division for the Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina territory.


RPM Announces Appointments

Tracy D. Crandall has joined RPM International Inc. as associate general counsel, and Brian Rufus has joined the company as senior internal auditor.


Economic Pulse: RPM CFO Says Company Enjoys Strong Position as Economy Rebounds

RPM International Inc. Chief Financial Officer P. Kelly Tompkins, addressing an economic conference last week, said the company figures to be well positioned to capitalize on key market dyna...


LINE-X Announces Merger, Names CEO

LINE-X Protective Coatings, a manufacturer of high-performance protective coatings, announced a merger of Advanced Protective Coatings and LINE-X Franchising LLC, and named Kevin Heronimus C...


Dur-A-Flex Issues 2010 ‘Academy’ Schedule

Dur-A-Flex Inc. announced the dates for the company’s 2010 Contractor Academy sessions.


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...


Economic Pulse: Valspar Reports Sales Decline, Earnings Gain

The Valspar Corp. reported net income of $49.9 million for the company’s fourth quarter ended Oct. 30, a gain of 28% from $38.9 million for the same quarter a year earlier. Sales for the qua...


EPA, Coatings & Inspection Co. Settle

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the testing and metal coating firm, Magnetic Inspection Laboratory, Inc. (Elk Grove Village, IL), reached an agreement in October for the c...


Joint Filler for Air-Barrier Systems

W.R. Meadows Inc. introduced Air-Shield Joint Filler for use with the company’s air –barrier line of products.


Stonhard Introduces Polymer Flooring Product Line

Stonhard introduced the Stontop line of polymer flooring, designed to provide the look of stained concrete.


Spray-Foam Dispensing System

Convenience Products Inc. introduced the Touch ‘n Seal® CPDS™ 1000 portable spray-foam dispensing system.


Fast-Dry Primer for Concrete, Steel

The Sherwin-Williams Company introduced the Envirolastic® LT Primer, a fast-drying, low-viscosity polyurea.


Building-Envelope System

Carlisle Construction Materials announced the launch of NVELOP™ Building Envelope Solutions, described as a comprehensive air- and water-tight building-envelope program.


Sto Corp. Introduces Air Barrier/Waterproofing

Sto Corp. introduces StoGuard RapidSeal™ a one-component air barrier and waterproof material.


PPG Helps Spruce up Conservatory for G-20

PPG Industries has donated 23 gallons of paints and 12,400 square feet of ultra-clear glass to Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to help the site prepare for the upcomin...


Tikkurila Buys Remainder of Joint Co.

Finnish coatings maker Tikkurila Oy (Vantaa) has announced acquiring the remaining 50% stake of the trading company, Tikkurila JUB Romania SRL.


California Paints Acquires Progress Paint

Coatings manufacturer California Products Corp. acquired key assets of Progress Paint Manufacturing Company.


Polyurethane Concrete-Repair Material from Roadware

Roadware Inc. introduced Roadware MatchCrete™ Clear, a two-component polyurethane for repairing cracks, spalls and joints in concrete.


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 ...


Valspar Fined for Air-Quality Violations

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently levied a $218,000 fine against The Valspar Corp. for air-quality violations.


Zinsser Introduces Water-Based Primer

Zinsser introduced the Zinsser Smart Prime water-based primer.


Roof Coatings Products from Rhino Linings

Rhino Linings Corp. introduced several roof-coatings products.


Waterborne Fluoropolymer Coatings Resins

Arkema introduced Kynar Aquatec® FMA (fluoropolymer-modified acrylic) resins, designed for the formulation of VOC-compliant cool-roof coatings and protective topcoats for exterior building p...


BASF Building Earns LEED-EB Designation

BASF Construction Chemicals-Building Systems said its headquarters complex in Minnesota has earned a LEED® EB Silver designation.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Polyester Coating for Metal

The Valspar Corp. introduced “Granite,” a polyester coating for prepainted metal.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Concrete Densifier/Hardener

W.R. Meadows Inc. introduced LIQUI-HARD ULTRA concrete densifier and chemical hardener, a ready –to-use, colorless liquid that hardens and dustproofs concrete at a molecular level.


Cronk Joins Nawkaw as Sales Representative

Collyer Cronk has joined Nawkaw Corp. as a sales representative for the company’s Pacific Southwest territory.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Urethane Concrete Sealer

Anvil Paints & Coatings introduced the 1800 Two-Part Water Based Clear Urethane Concrete Sealer, a high-solids product with reduced VOC content and low odor.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Decorative Concrete Stains

H&C® Concrete Coatings introduced a collection of Semi-Transparent Decorative Stains, which can be used to create a layered, faux, or single-color look.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Rapid-Tinting Program for Deck Coatings

Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing introduced Custom Colors on Demand for Vulkem® 351 (LV) Pedestrian Topcoat, offering reduced lead times for custom-tinted orders.


Lapolla Names Regional Sales Manager

Greg Williams has joined Lapolla Industries Inc., as regional sales manager.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Waterproofing Surfacing System

Dow Hyperlast introduced the TRAFFIDECK™ waterproofing and anti-slip surfacing system, described as a fast-setting polyurethane membrane.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Premium Interior Coatings

InPro Corporation has expanded its interior-coatings product line with the InPro Armorwall™ durable paints and primers.


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.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Premium Acrylic Coating

ParexLahabra announced the launch of Parex DPR Optimum Premium Acrylic Finishes with the introduction of DPR Optimum, described as a premium acrylic finish formulated for a high degree of du...


Wrigley Elements Get New Coat of Paint

The Valspar Corp. kicked off its 2009 Wrigley Field sponsorship by unveiling the historic stadium’s newly painted marquee and scoreboard.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Decorative Polymer Floor Overlay

Crown Polymers introduced Crown Mother-of-Pearl decorative polymer floor overlay, offering a pearl-essence effect.


Tremco Acquires Building-Envelope Firm

Tremco Inc. acquired Canam Building Envelope Specialists, a major building-envelope contracting company. Included in the acquisition is Zerodraft, a related company.


Tremco Announces Promotions

Tremco Inc. named Randall J. Korach president and chief operating officer and appointed presidents of two business divisions.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Penetrating Stain Repellents

Dow Corning Corp. announced the expansion of its stain- and water-repellent product line with the introduction of two water-based fluorosilane penetrating stain repellents.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Lightweight Wall-Cladding Basecoat

Sto Corp. introduced Sto BTS Xtra, a one-component, polymer-modified, cement-based dry powder material used as a lightweight adhesive, basecoat and leveler in insulated wall claddings.


Gaco Opens New Facility in Wisconsin

Gaco Western LLC, a manufacturer of roof-coatings, waterproofing, and insulation products, recently opened a new, 60,000-square-foot manufacturing and office facility in Waukesha, WI.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Zero-VOC Paint Colorants

BASF introduced PureOptions, described as a point-of-sale colorant tinting system for paints with zero VOCs and low odor.


Sherwin Talks up Color, Green Initiatives

The Sherwin-Williams Company’s EcoVision initiative and colormix ’09 color-trend forecast were given top billing by the company during the recent PACE 2009 (Paint and Coatings Expo) in New O...


ParexLahabra Names Tech Services Director

ParexLahabra named Robert Dickson technical services director, with responsibility for management of the Technical Services Group and color department.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Coatings-Formulation Enhancements

The Sherwin-Williams Company issued several product announcements at the recent PACE 2009 (Paint and Coatings Expo) regarding product enhancements and expanded product lines.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Polished-Concrete Materials

Vexcon Chemicals Inc. introduced stain, sealer, and repair products for the company’s Certi-Shine® polished-concrete floor system.


Tnemec Names Wallace VP, Sales

Tnemec Company Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance protective coatings for industrial and specialized architectural markets, named Terry Wallace vice president of sales.


Sto Corp. Names CFO

Sto Corp. named Christopher M. Thomas chief financial officer.


Sika Acquires Liquid-Membrane Maker

Sika AG has acquired Iotech Group Ltd., a manufacturer of polyurethane liquid membranes for roofing and waterproofing. Iotech is based in the UK, and operates subsidiaries in England the U.S...


Reassuring Paint Colors Seen for 2009

Colors that promote feelings of comfort and security will drive interior and exterior residential paint preferences in 2009, reports Color Guild, an international association of independent ...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Construction-Products Literature

BASF issued “The Chemistry of Construction,” a magazine-format brochure that details how chemistry contributes to the built environment, and “Energy Efficiency in Buildings,” a global report...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Coatings Website Launch

International Protective Coatings announced the launch of a revamped company website offering information on the company’s passive fire-protection materials and protective anticorrosion coat...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Coil, Extrusion Coatings Color Guide

PPG Industries Inc.’s industrial coatings business recently published a color guide for Duranar liquid coil and extrusion coatings. The company previously published separate color guides for...


BASF Plans Greenbuild Seminars

BASF announced plans to conduct a series of 15-minute “micro-seminars” on advances in building products during the 2008 Greenbuild Conference.


Global Coatings Dominance Shifting East

Market share for the global paint and coatings industry is going through a phase of acquisitions, shifting from large U.S. and Europe-based manufacturers to those based in Japan, Korea, Chin...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Reformulated Low-VOC Coatings

Sto Corp. announced that the majority of its coatings line of building products has been adjusted to meet new, low-VOC regulations in effect in southern California.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Green-Products Brochure

W. R. Meadows Inc. issued a GREEN LINE brochure on products for use in environmentally friendly design and building.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Reformulated Low-VOC Coatings

Sto Corp. announced that the majority of its coatings line of building products has been adjusted to meet new, low-VOC regulations in effect in southern California.


 
 
   

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