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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.


New Army Coating May Be Real Treat

Self-healing coatings have long held promise—as long as the sun was out. Now, researchers have discovered a sweet secret that can bypass the need for UV power.


Drones Pass Pollution through Paint

Robots coated in carbon-sucking paint could collect pollution and turn it back into fuel, a group of researchers says.


Tank Coating Cures without Heat

Advanced Polymer Coatings has introduced a cargo tank coating for less severe cargoes.


Coating a Smarter, Faster Surface

Smart surfaces that can instantaneously change properties in response to their environment could be the wave of the future, with a new coating developed by a multinational team of researcher...


Garland Adds Infrastructure Division

Citing "an increasing need" to address "numerous infrastructure problems" in the U.S. and worldwide, Garland Industries Inc. has launched a division aimed at structural strengthening and res...


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.


Polymer, Heal Thyself—Over and Over

Self-healing material technology is not new, but scientists at the University of Illinois have moved the field a significant step forward.


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.


Coating Advances Top 2013 EPA Awards

New coating technologies that drastically reduce the use of toxic hexavalent chromium and costly titanium dioxide are among the top green chemistry innovations for 2013.


‘Terminator’ Polymer Heals Without Help

Taking a cue from early ’90s movie magic, scientists in Spain have reported the first self-healing polymer that “spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention.”


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).


Axalta Invests $5M in Coatings Center

The old DuPont Performance Coatings business is making a new push into scaling up its coatings research and development, with a fresh $5 million infusion into its Coatings Technology Center ...


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.


Global Polymers Acquires Perlastic

Global Polymer Solutions has announced the acquisition of the global rights to Perlastic industrial protective coatings products.


Bayer MS to Sell Off Resins Units

Bayer MaterialScience has announced plans to sell its global powder polyester resins business and its U.S.-based liquid polyester resins merchant business to Stepan Company.


$1M Chemical Blaze Guts Coating Plant

Fire ripped through a polymer coating facility in Canada over the weekend, causing $1 million in damage and requiring 60 firefighters to bring the blaze under control.


ITW Polymers Coatings Opens New Plant

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


ACA Honors Top Coating Research of 2013

The latest progress on accelerated testing, renewable materials, and organic coatings took top honors this year at the American Coatings Association's 2013 CoatingsTech Conference.


Royal Holdings Buys Adhesives Packaging

Adhesives Packaging has been acquired by Royal Packaging, with intentions of operating the company as a standalone business in packaging, mixing and applying adhesives.


International Paint Bows 3 Antifoulings

International Paint has launched three new-technology fouling-control coatings that it says offer "a sea change in hull performance" not available since the era of tributyltin coatings.


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.


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


U.S. Research to Examine Nano Safety

Nanotechnology in paints and coatings is spreading like wildfire, but how safe are the popular micro-materials for humans and the environment in the long run? That is one question that U.S. ...


Nanocoating Tackles Soil Toxins

Seek and destroy. That's how nanoparticles in a new coating could potentially rid soil of dangerous toxins, a Canadian researcher has found.


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.


Nuclear Plant Coating Takes the Plunge

Commercial nuclear divers and a protective coatings maker have teamed up to complete a dramatic underwater coatings project at a nuclear plant.


ASTM Launches 2 Materials Journals

ASTM International, developer of technical standards worldwide, has unveiled two new online journals focusing on civil engineering materials and materials performance.


Magnetic Coating Shows Sticking Power

Reports of the death of paper may be premature, as Italian researchers have developed a coating solution that can render cellulose fibers waterproof, antibacterial and even magnetic.


With New Coating, ‘Cotton Doesn’t Burn’

Materials scientists at Texas A&M University have unveiled an eco-friendly polymer coating that could keep everything from airplane seats to military tents from going up in flames.


JV to Develop Bio-Based Marine Coatings

The worldwide quest for nontoxic, low-drag, underwater marine coatings has two formidable new entrants.


Polycorp Named a ‘Best Managed’ Firm

Protective linings maker Polycorp Ltd. has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in a new ranking.


New Tech Center to Aid Corrosion Study

Corrosion technology, materials science, engineering and chemistry will be among the focuses of a new “market-driven” industrial research center being founded at North Dakota State Universit...


UT Researcher Wins Tess Coating Award

A University of Texas researcher in membrane materials science and technology will receive the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2012.


Polycoat Expands Sales, Tech Force

Swimming against the cutback tide, protective coatings maker Polycoat Products has beefed up its North American sales and technical support staff with 20 new additions.


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).


Epoxy Maker Seeks Tech Service Manager

Emerald Performance Materials LLC, producer of polymers and performance materials, is seeking a highly skilled chemist to plan and direct technical service activity related to the company’s ...


Heater Eyed in Blast at Pipe Coater

A kerosene space heater near a cloud of polymer dust is believed to be the cause of an explosion that injured four employees at an Oklahoma pipe coating plant, officials say.


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.


WVU Method Wraps Up Bridge Problems

A unique structural wrapping technique, developed over the last 20 years, is providing a new affordable option to replacement of West Virginia’s many structurally deficient bridges.


Dur-A-Flex Names R&D, Marketing VP

Polymer floor and wall systems supplier Dur-A-Flex has named David Hughes vice president of marketing, research & development.


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.


Wilhelm to Distribute Cor-Tain Coatings

WinTec Protective Systems Inc. has signed a distribution deal with Wilhelm Security Solutions to supply its nano-based polymer anti-corrosive coating line called Cor-Tain.


Companies Settle Coatings Patent Suit

Seattle-based Modumetal Inc. has reached an agreement with Toronto-based Integran Technologies Inc. to end litigation in a patent dispute.


Coating Said to Heal Without Catalyst

Scientists are reporting the development of a coating for steel that heals itself after being scratched, without any catalyst and at relatively low temperatures.


Dings Undone: Coating Heals Itself

A new polymer that heals itself within seconds under light offers a future vision of cars, floors and other coated surfaces free of scratches, scuffs and dings.


ND Researcher Wins Tess Coating Award

Dr. Dean C. Webster, a veteran researcher in high-performance polymers and non-toxic antifouling coatings, will receive the American Chemical Society’s Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2011...


BASF Posts Record Year

2010 was a record year for BASF, fueled by sales gains in every segment, including Catalysts and Coatings.


UV Heals New Polymer Repeatedly

U.S. and Japanese scientists have developed a polymer that can heal itself over and over again when irradiated with UV light.


Bayer MS, AkzoNobel Make New Inroads in China

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


Swiss R&D Team Focuses on Anti-Freeze Coatings

Specialty chemicals supplier Clariant is working with a Swiss engineering school and other organizations to develop coatings that will prevent ice from sticking to surfaces and water from fr...


Arkema to Invest $110M in US Acrylic Production

Specialty chemicals maker Arkema has announced a three-year, $110 million investment in acrylics production at two Houston-area facilities, targeting applications in water treatment, super a...


Coatings De-Ice, Defoul Subs, Jets in Operation

A Connecticut technology start-up has patented a multilayer composite polymer coating system that can de-ice aircraft in flight and defoul periscope head windows.


Scientists Develop ‘Self-Healing’ Metal Coating

Researchers in Japan are developing a self-healing polymer that can protect metals from corrosion and restore the substrate to its passive state.


Nanocoatings May Go for the Gold

More durable paint with an intensified color spectrum is among the possibilities now that an Australian scientist has discovered a way to disperse gold nanoparticles evenly through plastic.


Employer Cited in Fatal Confined-Space Fire

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 32 citations against Thermal Polymer Systems LC of Angleton, TX, in connection with an explosion Jan. 28 that killed one wor...


William Dimmick Dies; Co-founded Crown Polymers

Crown Polymers executive William "Bill" Dimmick, a respected and popular leader of the polymer industry, passed away unexpectedly at his home July 15 in Crystal Lake, IL. He was 47.


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.


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.


Seamless Floors Prescribed for Med Exam Facility

Stonhard, a manufacturer of seamless, high-performance flooring systems, supplied and installed epoxy- and urethane-based flooring at the new District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office in Orlan...


Stain Guard for Composite Wood Decking Introduced

Advanced Polymer, Inc. (Carlstadt, NJ) has introduced a one component, water-based polymer/oligomer dispersion designed to protect the appearance and surface aesthetics of composite wood dec...


Wacker Opens U.S. Polymer HQ, Tech Center

Wacker Chemie AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, opened its new Wacker Polymers U.S. headquarters and new technical center in Allentown, PA, on October 22.


Stonhard Introduces Polymer Flooring Product Line

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


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.


 
 
   

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