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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 ...


In LA, Guns for Infrastructure

Call it the modern equivalent of beating swords into plowshares: melting illegal weapons into materials for bridges and roads.


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

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


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

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


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

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


New Pipe Lining Resins Go Green

Specialty chemical maker Interplastic Corp. has developed a new line of “green” Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) resins designed to “eliminate the environmental concerns in lining underground pipe...


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

A stronger, more durable new cement from Denmark holds a sweet secret.


Huntsman Makes Major Play for TiO2

Setting its sights on becoming the No. 2 global producer of titanium dioxide pigments, Huntsman Corp. has announced a $1.1 billion cash acquisition of certain business units of Rockwood Hold...


Bayer MaterialScience Warns of Cuts

One of the world’s oldest and largest producers of raw materials for coatings and construction is facing a product oversupply and rising costs that have it considering cutbacks.


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...


Bayer Coatings Unit Taps New Leader

Christine Bryant, a chemical engineer and 20-year veteran of Bayer MaterialScience, has been named to lead the Commercial Operations for the Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) business ...


Corrosives on Tap at New Coatings Show

A new U.S. coatings conference will showcase both theory and practice in the latest protective and other coatings technologies, organizers say.


Europe Eyes Hazardous Lead Labeling

Lead paint could soon take on a new "hazardous" status throughout the 27 member states of the European Union, under measures now being considered.


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).


Paint, Pigment Hits Spur DuPont Layoffs

Shedding its auto paint business and stung by declining demand for titanium dioxide, DuPont will lay off 1,500 workers as part of a “targeted restructuring plan” to improve performance, the ...


U.S. Zinc Names New President

Global zinc producer U.S. Zinc has chosen a new president from the executive ranks of its parent firm, Votorantim Metais.


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.


From Guzzler, a New Classic Vac Loader

Guzzler Manufacturing has unveiled an updated Guzzler Classic (CL) industrial vacuum loader, featuring enhanced operator ergonomics and improved air routing, filtration and maintenance.


Nordson Industrial Coating Unit Grows

Nordson Corp., maker of industrial coatings equipment, has announced the acquisition of Sealant Equipment & Engineering.


Daubert Unveils Severe Corrosion Line

Daubert Chemical Co. has introduced an extensive line of Severe Atmospheric Corrosion Inhibitors (SACI) for use in coatings, sealants and linings designed for metal structures.


Bayer Closing 3 PU Houses in Europe

Bayer MaterialScience says it will shut down its polyurethane systems houses in Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic to refocus its resources on growing demand in Asia-Pacific.


Arkema Plant Hazards Draw $117K Fine

A federal crackdown on chemical plants that are ill-prepared for a catastrophic release has now swept in Arkema Inc., the global raw materials supplier to the coatings, construction and seal...


Cytec Strips Coatings, Forges New Path

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


Lightning Sparks Fatal Paint Plant Fire

Cleanup efforts and investigations continue at an old Rohm and Haas coatings plant outside Philadelphia, where lightning torched two massive chemical tanks, triggering a three-alarm blaze.


Forecast Sees Pigment Market to Dye For

Demands for higher performance, fewer solvents, brighter finishes and the other musts of a booming 21st-century world will make pigments and dyes a 9.9 million ton, $26.53 billion global mar...


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.


Minerals Inc. Unveils TiO2 Extenders

Minerals Technologies Inc. has launched three new products to extend titanium dioxide (TiO2) in paints and coatings.


EPA Kills Green Chemistry R&D Plans

Without warning or explanation, the federal government has pulled the plug on a $20 million program to develop replacements for hazardous chemical substances and materials.


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.


PPG, Mining Company to Partner on TiO2

PPG Industries has formed a “technical collaboration” with a Canadian mining company to produce a new titanium dioxide pigment for paints and coatings.


Chinese TiO2 Firm Fights Spy Charges

One of China’s largest titanium dioxide suppliers is fighting a U.S. indictment alleging that it conspired with former DuPont employees to steal TiO2 secrets from DuPont, the world’s leading...


Chinese Patriotism Lured TiO2 Spy

Chinese Communist Party officials appealed to a former DuPont employee to “work for the good of the PRC” in divulging secret titanium dioxide technology he had obtained over decades of servi...


Dow Increases Saudi Coatings Stake

Dow Coating Materials, the world’s largest supplier of raw materials for the coatings industry, plans to build a major manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia to support the growing Middle East ...


EPA Slaps Plant on Chemical Drum Mess

Hundreds of corroded, leaking, dusty, unlabeled drums have drawn a federal order that chemical producer SIC Technologies change its way, and quickly.


Coating Declines Drag Down Dow’s Q4

A widespread slump in coatings demand and Europe’s economic uncertainty dealt a sharp blow to Dow Chemical’s fourth quarter, with profit plunging by 47% to 25 cents a share.


‘Suspect Cement’ Found in Bridge Grout

Specialty chemicals maker Sika Corp. is alerting customers that “suspect cement” containing excessive levels of corrosive chlorides was used in certain batches of grout designed to protect b...


Polymer Touts More Hide, Less TiO2

Arkema Coating Resins has introduced an opaque polymer for coating hiding and whiteness that functions as a partial replacement for titanium dioxide (TiO2).


TiO2 Price Hikes Boost DuPont Earnings

Price increases of nearly 30 percent on its lion’s share of a key coatings pigment brought home record earnings for DuPont in 2011, despite declining sales volume, the company reported this ...


Coatings Compliance Chemist Needed

A Cleveland, OH, company has an opening in its liquid paint division for a coating regulatory compliance chemist.


Bayer MS Names Key Coating Sales Chief

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has appointed Marc Daniel Block as director of regional key account sales for its Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) business unit.


Dow Coating Names North America GM

Dow Coating Materials, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has named Jose Maria Bermudez as the new general manager for North America.


PPG Seeks New TiO2 Sources, Options

The world’s No. 2 paint and coatings company has officially joined the hunt for the world’s No. 1 pigment.


MPI to Move Coatings Test Lab to US

MPI, the Vancouver-based institute that establishes paint performance standards, will move its coating performance lab testing operation from its Canadian headquarters to KTA-Tator Inc., of ...


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.


BASF Plans $720M Plant in Brazil

BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, will make its largest investment in 100 years in South America with a new $720 million world-scale production site in Brazil to manufacture severa...


Dow Names Performance Products Chief

The Dow Chemical Co. has appointed Joe Harlan as president of Performance Products and Performance Systems Division and an executive vice president of Dow.


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...


Raw Material Costs Bite Sherwin’s Q2

Strong sales growth in protective and marine coatings was not enough to spare Sherwin-Williams an unexpected drop in second-quarter profit, and the company has cut its full-year profit forec...


EPA to Rein in Coating Chemical Uses

Paint and coating manufacturers will face closer federal scrutiny of 14 chemicals known as glymes, under a new rule being proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Bayer Shuffles Coatings, PU Leaders; Dow Performance Names Marketing Chief

Bayer MaterialScience has revamped its senior executive lineup to strengthen its “focus on marketing and innovation,” while Dow has made a key change in its Performance Chemicals leadership.


Huntsman Names Asia Pacific CEO

Huntsman has named Anthony P. Hankins to the new role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Asia Pacific, based in new regional headquarters in Hong Kong.


BYK-Chemie Names Managing Director

BYK-Chemie GmbH has announced the appointment of Albert von Hebel to succeed the retiring Gerd Büscher as Managing Director.


PPG, Arkema Step Up Resins Presence

Global resins production is on the front burner at major coatings manufacturers, as Arkema creates a new Coatings Resins unit and PPG Industries launches its first resins plant in China.


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.


Huntsman to Pay $33M to Settle Suit

Chemical conglomerate Huntsman International LLC has agreed to pay $33 million to settle competitors’ allegations of price fixing on raw materials used in coatings, adhesives and other mater...


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.


Chemical Mix: Momentive Sells, Ashland Buys, Thatcher Pays

The specialty chemical market is on the move, with Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. shedding a coatings resins unit, Ashland Inc. expanding, and Thatcher Chemical facing sanctions.


DuPont Expands Global TiO2 Production

DuPont, already the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide, is about to dramatically expand production of the pigment, which has been subject to spot shortages in recent years.


Pigment Prices Paint Profit for DuPont

Double-digit price increases rang up a spectacular first quarter for the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide—the most widely used pigment in coatings.


Buffett Buys Lubrizol for $9.7B

The “Oracle of Omaha” is making a big splash into the global lubricants business, with one of his largest acquisitions ever: a $9.7 billion cash deal for specialty chemical maker Lubrizol Co...


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.


BASF Closes Cognis Deal, Sees Greener Products

BASF has completed its $4.1 billion acquisition of German specialty chemicals company Cognis and says the deal will mean more, and greener, high-performance products for customers worldwide.


TiO2 Restriction Lifted; Supplies Still Tight

Cristal Global, the world’s No. 2 producer of titanium dioxide, has lifted its declaration of Force Majeure with respect to all TiO2 products for coatings applications manufactured at...


EPA to Screen More Coating Chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency will screen 134 chemicals, including some used in paints and coatings, for their potential to disrupt the endocrine system.


Recovering Traffic Paint Supply Hits Road Bump

There’s good news and bad news for all of those transportation departments and contractors who have been awaiting coatings for their unmarked roads and highways.


Strong Growth Seen for India Coatings Market

Fresh off a blockbuster second quarter that included a 48% sales increase, the specialty chemical giant LANXESS is predicting a double-digit boon for India’s paint and coatings industry.


Report Finds Mixed Global News on TiO2 Pigment

Demand for titanium dioxide pigment is on the rise in China and maturing in the West, but the production process—tightly held by a handful of companies—has not significantly changed in 30+ y...


MaterialScience Drives Bayer Gains

Significant improvement in its high-tech materials business fueled strong second-quarter gains in earnings and sales by The Bayer Group, prompting its chairman to declare. “MaterialScience h...


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.


Evonik Launches Separate Carbon Black Unit

Evonik Industries announced a reorganization of its carbon black activities with the launch of Evonik Carbon Black GmbH, an independent management company operating under the umbrella of Evo...


Citing Hazards from Paint Shortage, Group Offers Options

The global shortage of roadway marking paint means not only widespread project delays but public safety hazards—a situation that will not improve soon, a new report advises.


Celanese Offers New ‘VAE’ Resins

Celanese Emulsion Polymers recently introduced two vinyl acetate ethylene resins for environmentally friendly paint and coatings products. The EcoVAE® 405 and 408 emulsions have been added t...


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...


Reports: BASF ‘Close’ to Deal for Cognis

Chemicals and coatings giant BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany) is reported to be close to a deal to acquire Cognis (Monheim, Germany), with a purchase price put at approximately 3 billion euro...


Eliokem Says Resin Offers Low VOCs, Water Resistance

Eliokem introduced Pliotec® SA40, an APE-free (alkyl phenol ethoxylate) carboxylated styrene acrylic latex recommended for use in low-VOC waterproofing sealers, concrete sealers, swimming-po...


ISP Introduces Acrylate-Based Additives

International Specialty Products Inc. (Wayne, N.J.) introduced Jaypol™ performance additives for water-based coatings, a series of dispersants, co-binders, and rheology modifiers based on ac...


Bayer MaterialScience Names Sales Director

Bayer MaterialScience LLC named Xiaobin Zhong sales director, regional key accounts, for the company’s Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS), North America business.


‘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.


Evonik Announces Process Advance for Colorants

Evonik (Marl, Germany) said its investment in high-throughput experimentation (HTE) technology in its global Colorants Product Line will reduce the development time for colorant design.


Bayer Joins MPI’s ‘Starting Point Formula’ Club

Bayer MaterialScience LLC has joined an exclusive group of coatings raw materials manufacturers—exclusive for now, at any rate—that have succeeded in getting “starting-point formulations” l...


BASF Wins Best Paper Award for
Water-borne Anticorrosion Coatings

Three BASF researchers received the outstanding paper award Monday at the American Coatings Show in Charlotte, N.C., for their work on the development of high-performance water-borne anticor...


Cognis to Sell UV Acrylates Business

Cognis, a global specialty chemicals producer based in Monheim, Germany, announced an agreement to sell its UV acrylates business to IGM Resins B.V., based in Waalwijk, The Netherlands.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Resin for High-Performance Masonry Coatings

Eliokem (Akron, Ohio) introduced Hyro Pliolite® 040, a water-based acrylic copolymer emulsion formulated for use in high-performance masonry coatings.


Cray Valley Names Sales Director

Cray Valley USA LLC has named Dallam (Ted) Blandy director of sales, with responsibility for management of sales and customer service for the Americas.


Barthelmes Named Eliokem CEO

Eliokem, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals including resins for paints and coatings, announced the appointment of Patrice Barthelmes as CEO.


Arkema Completes Purchase of Dow Acrylics Unit

Arkema formally completed the acquisition of The Dow Chemical Company’s Acrylic Monomers and Acrylic Latex Polymers business in North America.


Construction Material Costs Rising

Construction costs, which have been relatively low for a year, are beginning to climb at an increasing rate, signaling the end to the “limited time” sale for construction, according to a new...


New Isocyanate Improves Coating Clarity

Dow Polyurethanes (Horgen, Switzerland) has launched Echelon™ MU 290 specialty isocyanate, which can improve clarity in coatings and related products.


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Wood-Care Website

International Specialty Products (ISP) announced the launch of a new Internet website focused on major sources of wood degradation and offering technical solutions designed to produce higher...


Evonik Raises Polyester Prices

Evonik Industries’ Coatings & Additives business unit will increase prices for coating polyesters starting July 1, 2009.


Bayer and Nano to Collaborate

Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) announced that it will collaborate with Nano Terra Inc. (Cambridge, MA) on surface engineering on films.


BYK Additive Aids Matting in High-Solids

BYK Additives & Instruments (Wesel, Germany) has produced a new additive based on CPT (controlled polymerization technology) to reduce viscosity with silica-based matting agents used in high...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: ‘Whiter White’ Mica Pigment

BASF introduced Glacier™ Frost, described as a “whiter white” pigment consisting of titanium dioxide-coated synthetic mica flakes.


Cognis Opens New Branch Office

Cognis (Monheim, Germany), a specialty chemicals supplier for coatings and other applications, opened a branch office in Auckland, New Zealand, to manage the marketing and sales of its produ...


LyondellBasell To Idle Two Plants

LyondellBasell Industries (Rotterdam, Netherlands) has taken steps to temporarily idle two of its low-density polyethylene units in Carrington, UK, and Fos-sur-Mer, France.


Dow to Buy Rohm and Haas under New Terms

The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI) announced that it has reached agreement with Rohm and Haas Company (Philadelphia, PA) to permit Dow to close on its acquisition by April 1, 2009, on fi...


MiniFibers and Omya to Partner

MiniFibers Inc. (Johnson City, TN) and Omya International (Switzerland) have announced an agreement to introduce MiniFiber’s synthetic pulp products into Asia Pacific.


BASF Increases Polyetheramine Prices

BASF Corporation (Florham Park, NJ) raised all list and off-list prices in North America for its polyetheramine products.


 
 
   

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