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Specialty Chem Company Partners with UMass

Specialty chemicals company Lygos Inc. recently announced that it is partnering with the Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers.


Progress Made on Corrosion Inhibitor

A research group, originally based out of Swansea University, has continued to make progress on a corrosion inhibitor that can replace hexavalent chromium, which was banned by the EU due to ...


Researchers Closer to Germ-Proof Surface Coating

Researchers from the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at The University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) are on the verge of developing a germ-proof surface coatin...


Research Looks at Odor in Acrylic Paints

Research out of Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging has characterized the different odors of acrylic paints and identified the harmful odorous substances, a ...


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Q&A: Graphene for Corrosion Protection

After years dominating the conversation as a “supermaterial” with high conductivity, corrosion resistance and high strength, graphene has begun to go commercial in the paints and coatings ma...


Evonik Announces Silica Facility Expansion

Roughly a month after Evonik Industries announced a joint venture with Wynca to produce fumed silica, Evonik has moved its focus toward expanding production capacity at its facility in Rhein...


Evonik to Expand German Silica Facility

Roughly a month after Evonik Industries announced a joint venture with Wynca to produce fumed silica, Evonik has moved its focus toward expanding production capacity at its facility in Rhein...


Evonik Pairs with Wynca for Fumed Silica

In response to an increased global market demand for fumed silica, Evonik Industries is forming a joint venture with Chinese company Wynca to produce its Aerosil product. For Evonik, this me...


Evonik Forms Fumed-Silica JV

In response to an increased global market demand for fumed silica, Evonik Industries is forming a joint venture with Chinese company Wynca to produce Aerosil. For Evonik, this means an expan...


Coatings Leader Clive Hare Dies at Age 76

Clive H. Hare, a longtime JPCL columnist, coating-chemistry expert and author of influential books on protective coatings, passed away July 14 at the age of 76 at his home in Brookfield, New...


Coatings Luminary Clive Hare Dies at Age 76

Clive H. Hare, a longtime JPCL columnist, coating-chemistry expert and author of influential books on protective coatings, passed away July 14 at the age of 76 at his home in Brookfield, New...


New Paint Aims to Trap Odors

In response to the hazards of third-hand smoke, Ecobond Paint LLC (Arvada, Colorado) has released a new line of odor-blocking paint that it says can protect against odors from smoke, fumes a...


Ingredients Launched for Eco-Label Paints

Specialty chemicals company Clariant recently announced the development of new additives that the company says is a step for more environmentally friendly interior coatings.


Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved in US

Japan-based global paints and coatings supplier Kansai Paint Group announced last week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the company's mosquito-repellent paint.


Anti-Mosquito Paint Approved by EPA

Global paints and coatings manufacturer Japan-based Kansai Paint Group recently announced that it gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a paint that repels mosqui...


American Coatings Show Held This Week

The American Coatings Show and Conference 2018—the biannual conference and exhibition hosted by the American Coatings Society—kicked off Monday in Indianapolis, promising technical sessions ...


American Coatings Show Kicks Off

The American Coatings Show and Conference 2018—the biannual conference and exhibition hosted by the American Coatings Society—kicks off today (April 9) in Indianapolis, promising technical s...


Research Lab Develops Fossil Fuel-Free Primer

Scientists in Germany say they have developed a way to use a biobased material, lignin, as a binder for paint primers, opening the door to a potential new type of corrosion-resistant coating...


Lab Develops Fossil Fuel-Free Primer

Scientists in Germany say they have developed a way to use a biobased material, lignin, as a binder for paint primers, opening the door to a potential new type of corrosion-resistant coating...


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European Boards Approve Diisocyanate Rules

Two European regulatory bodies have agreed on new restrictions on diisocyanates, the building blocks of polyurethanes that have been under increased scrutiny in recent years due to their pot...


European Boards Approve Diisocyanate Rules

Two European regulatory bodies have agreed on new restrictions on diisocyanates, the building blocks of polyurethanes that have been under increased scrutiny in recent years due to their pot...


R&D 100 Honors Coatings Innovations

The annual R&D 100 Awards, presented by R&D Magazine to honor innovative developments across a range of industries, recognized among its honorees this year several coating and adhesive produ...


Coatings Innovations Honored in R&D 100

The annual R&D 100 Awards, presented by R&D Magazine to honor innovative developments across a range of industries, recognized among its honorees this year several coating and adhesive produ...


Firm Introduces Renewable Polyols

Global specialty chemicals supplier Perstorp recently announced the introduction of two new renewable polyol products, rounding out a new line of three renewable alternatives to the essentia...


Intestinal Bacteria, Mussels Create Super Adhesive

Intestinal bacteria working in conjunction with the underwater adhesive of mussels is on track to become the next super adhesive, but production remains limited.


Center for Polyurethanes Holds 60th Conference

With over 1,000 industry experts in attendance, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry recently held its 60th Polyurethanes Technical Conference, where the winner of the Innovation Award ...


Polyurethanes Conference Draws 1,000 Attendees

On Oct. 2, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry held its 60th Polyurethanes Technical Conference, where over 1,000 industry experts met to learn and network, with the winner of the Inno...


New Blue Pigment Cleared for Industrial Use

A new blue pigment with infrared-reflective properties is EPA-approved for use in industrial coatings, and is ready for commercial sale, according to the pigment supplier marketing the produ...


YInMn Blue Pigment Released to Market

The Shepherd Color Company recently announced that a completely new shade of shade of blue, known as YInMn Blue, is ready for commercial sale.


Polyurethanes Conference Celebrates 60th Year

The 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, marking the 60th anniversary of the event, will be hosted Oct. 2-4 at the New Orleans Marriott, in New Orleans, featuring over 60 technical prese...


Researchers Eye New Nanomaterial for Protective Coatings

A team of researchers in the U.K. say that when it comes to protective coatings, graphene—touted as a “supermaterial”—may not be the panacea some hope, but another material, hexagonal boron ...


Evonik Opens New Silicones Plant in China

German specialty chemicals company Evonik opened a new plant in Shanghai, China, earlier this month.


Sustainable Glass Coating Gets Federal Boost

A coating company that says it can lower home energy costs is getting a boost from Canada’s federal government. According to a news release earlier this month, Kitchener, Ontario-based compa...


Polyaspartic Ester Made for Coatings

Cargill recently announced its latest polyaspartic ester product, Altor 205.


Thermal Coatings Firm Wins Prize

A London-based coatings technology startup has won an award for its innovative new thermal paste.


AkzoNobel Strikes Bio-Based Polymers Deal

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel and specialty polymers company Itaconix Corporation announced this week they have finalized an agreement to work together to incorporate bio-based poly...


AkzoNobel Announces Bio-Based Polymer Agreement

The joint venture between paints and coatings company AkzoNobel and specialty polymers company Itaconix Corporation has finalized its first bio-based polymer application agreement.


Valspar Paint in UK Emits Bad Smell

Some U.K. do-it-yourselfers have been getting more than they bargained for after repainting—specifically, a "cat urine" smell.


Lab Unveils Bacteria-Fighting Coating

Researchers out of Princeton University’s Muir chemistry lab have developed new surface coatings that appear to be an incredibly effective tool in inhibiting—or, alternatively, assisting—the...


Market Brewing for New Shade of Blue

The first new shade of blue in more than 200 years—discovered via happenstance by a team of college scientists—soon will be introduced to the coatings market.


Antifouling Coating Aimed at Heat Exchangers

Scientists in Germany recently revealed a new coating that they say can help keep microbes at bay on heat exchangers, a development that could have implications in water treatment plants and...


Coatings Market Spawns Saudi Committee

Hoping to capitalize on what they feel is a prime financial opportunity, officials from Saudi Arabia announced that the kingdom will establish its first committee to maximize its interests i...


Chemistry Honor Will Go to Dow Coatings Team

Scientists at Dow Coating Materials are getting the title "Heroes of Chemistry" for their developments in acrylic resins and pre-composite polymers, according to a major scientific society.


Dow Coatings Team Receives Chemistry Honor

Developments in acrylic resins and pre-composite polymers have earned scientists at Dow Coating Materials the title of “Heroes of Chemistry,” according to a major scientific society.


Powder Protects Metals in Recessed Areas

Cortec Corporation, a corrosion-control materials manufacturer headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently introduced MCI-309, a vapor-phase corrosion inhibitor powder used for protection...


Lab Reveals Corrosion Protection Discovery

Researchers in Germany have revealed what they say is a newly developed form of zinc-phosphate particles for anti-corrosion coatings that will better protect steel substrates as a result of ...


MIT Team at Work on Nuclear Cladding Coating

A new research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the goal of identifying the ideal coating for fuel cladding in nuclear reactors.


New Additive Made for Powder Coatings

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has unveiled a new additive made for the tribological enhancement of electrostatic powder coatings.


Protective Coating Could Prevent Pipeline Clogging

Hoping to head off another disaster on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled a solution that could prevent b...


EPA to Hold Meetings on TSCA, Asbestos, Lead

Those who wish to give their input on the regulations put into place regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act have until Thursday (April 27) to register.


EPA Reveals Small Business Innovation Research Grants

A concrete alternative, an isocyanate-free polyurethane and a bio-based replacement for fumed silica are among the developments on the receiving end of a new round of Small Business Innovati...


Coatings Projects Get EPA Research Money

An isocyanate-free polyurethane, a bio-based replacement for fumed silica and an unlikely combination of pig manure and old shingles used to bind pavement are among the developments on the r...


Breakthrough Coating Heals, Repels

Engineers at the University of Michigan are touting the durability characteristics of their recently developed self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating technology designed for a pleth...


New Product in Anti-Fouling Introduced

Specialty chemicals firm Evonik (Germany) has introduced a new product that aims to improve the anti-fouling properties and product life of anti-fouling coatings.


Co-Binder Made for Flexibility

Chemical manufacturer Evonik has introduced a new co-binder for corrosion-resistant paints and coatings that the company says promotes resistances to damage from chemicals and ultraviolet li...


University Team Tackles Paint Settling Issue

A paint issue sparked collaboration between a U.S.-based coatings maker and a group of mathematicians from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


New High-Temp Protection Coating Unveiled

Tnemec Company Inc. has introduced a new line of products designed for protection from surface temperatures up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.


Labeling Giant Buys Coatings Firm

Avery Dennison has announced the acquisition of Hanita Coatings, an Israel-based coatings firm that serves a range of markets including construction, energy and electronics.


UK Firm Unveils Graphene Plans, US Expansion

A new high-performance graphene intermediate product for coatings formulators has been unveiled by UK company Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd., which also recently announced an expansion into the Unit...


NASA to Look at Coating in Slosh Experiment

NASA researchers will soon deploy the Slosh Coating investigation, which will test a liquid-repellant coating inside a container in micogravity.


Atomic Study Creates Anti-Corrosion Material

A research group in China recently made a discovery that may help in the development of new anti-corrosion coatings.


Paper Cautions Use of Antimicrobial Paints

Paints, flooring, door knobs and other building products made with antimicrobial additives could enable proliferation of so-called “super bugs” and their use should be approached with skepti...


DTM Polyaspartic Made for Shop or Field

US Coatings has released new polyaspartic finish UreGrip 3360 DTM, a product the manufacturer says can serve as a one-coat alternative to epoxy and polyurethane systems.


Covestro to Sell SPF Unit

Covestro LLC has agreed to sell its North American spray polyurethane foam business to Accella Polyurethane Systems.


Tronox to Buy Titanium Dioxide Business

Two major suppliers of titanium dioxide have announced plans for an acquisition that could create the world's largest TiO2 producer.


Tronox, Cristal Ink $1.67B Agreement

In a bid to become the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide, Tronox has announced plans to acquire the TiO2 business of Cristal, a privately held global chemical and mining company, ...


Pruitt Begins Tenure as EPA Head

Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indicating in his first address to employees and the nation that he would follow President Donald J...


US Suit Defends Safety Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against a global chemical company for allegedly firing two employees after they reported safety concerns regarding the handling of hazardous chemi...


Awards Honor Wood, Glass Coatings

Dow Coating Materials and SolarWindow Technologies were among 34 companies recently honored for their leadership in innovative technologies.


Pruitt Begins as EPA Leader

On Tuesday (Feb. 21) newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt delivered his first speech to his employees and the nation.


Nanotech Firm Develops Coatings for Metals

A New Jersey-based nanotechnology company is in the process of receiving full patents on two new coating developments that it says could be of use to those who paint bridges and other metal ...


NEI Touts Functional Coatings

Two new coatings and pretreatment technologies developed by NEI Corp. are in the process of receiving full patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Fire Rocks TiO2 Plant Amid Spin Off

Huntsman Corp., an American-based specialty chemical manufacturer, reported a recent fire at one of its titanium dioxide manufacturing facilities in Pori, Finland, amid plans to spin off its...


Chemical Company Deal Progresses

A $2.69 billion deal between two specialty chemical companies is moving forward after shareholders of the business that's being acquired gave the merger the green light.


Dow, SolarWindow Tapped for BIG Awards

The Business Intelligence Group, an organization that rewards businesses based on vision, creativity and persistence, has announced the winners of its annual BIG Innovation Awards, including...


Study: Algae Defense Mechanism Foils Fouling

Marine antifouling coatings are designed specifically to do away with organisms like algae, but new research out of one German university shows how these coatings for ships and other marine ...


Composite Tower, Industrial Coating Honored

An Air Force Base communications tower built with composite materials with corrosion-resistant properties and a VOC-free coating development have won Small Business Administration awards for...


German Firm Unveils Biobased Railcar Coating

A Polish rail vehicle manufacturer is reportedly working with a coating manufacturer from Berlin to test the world’s first biobased railcar coating.


Shareholders Approve Global Chemical Merger

German specialty chemicals group Lanxess AG has announced that its $2.69 billion takeover of U.S.-based Chemtura Corp. has reached an important milestone.


New Pigment Line Addition ‘Brilliant’

A new aluminum effects pigment from BASF is designed to expand options for the high-performance industrial coatings industry, as well as automotive coatings.


Architectural Coatings Trends and Technologies

"Necessity is the mother of invention" drives technology development in many markets, and is especially true in architectural coatings. Increasingly strict regulations regarding the environm...


R&D Concerns in Dow-DuPont Deal

Innovation concerns are at the center of the regulatory review of The Dow Chemical Company's multi-billion dollar bid to merge with DuPont, reports relate.


Students Share Coatings Studies

The future of the coatings industry was featured front and center during the third annual Poster Sessions presentations at SSPC 2017, which closed Thursday (Feb. 2) in Tampa, FL.


Adhesives Formulated for ‘Tough’ Jobs

Construction product manufacturer DAP (Baltimore) has released a new line of construction adhesives, reportedly formulated for tough jobs including the installation of subfloors, drywall, he...


Powder Coatings Plant Opens

Increasing its presence in Asia, AkzoNobel recently opened a new €11 million ($11.7 million) powder coatings facility in Chengdu.


AkzoNobel Opens New China Powder Coatings Plant

AkzoNobel has expanded again in Asia—the Amsterdam-based coatings company has recently opened a new €11 million ($11.7 million) powder coatings facility in Chengdu.


Floor Coating Made to Resist Impacts

A new polyaspartic floor coating from The Sherwin-Williams Company is designed for ease of application in manufacturing facilities, airplane hangars and other settings where impacts and abra...


Sherwin-Williams Touts Polyaspartic Technology

The latest polyaspartic floor coating offering from Sherwin-Williams is reportedly designed to give applicators greater flexibility and provide extended open time.


Demand Surges Amid Patent Growth

The global concrete floor coatings market is expected to reach $2.6 billion by 2022, a recent forecast suggests, meanwhile technology advances are responsible for a boom in patent activity f...


Topcoat Made for Indoor, Outdoor Uses

A high-build, fast-drying polyaspartic topcoat system for garages, decks, or restaurant flooring is the latest product offering from Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems.


Chemical Handbook Debuts

A Pennsylvania manufacturer of silicone, silane and metal-organic compounds has announced the publication of a chemical handbook focuses on metal-organic materials for many applications, inc...


Raw Material Firms Ink Deal

EMCO Chemical Distributors Canada Ltd., announced that it successfully completed the acquisition of raw materials supplier Inortech Chimie Inc., of Terrebonne, Quebec.


New Resin for Protective Coatings Launched

A new fluoropolymer resin from manufacturer Honeywell is designed for use in protective coatings for infrastructure and high-value assets.


Handbook Covers Metal-Organics

A new edition of a chemical handbook focuses on metal-organic materials for many applications, including polymers and coatings.


19th Century Painters' Trick Revealed

Oil painters of the 19th Century relied on innovative gel mixtures called “gumtions” to produce works of art with exceptional texture and volume in record time.


Dow Plans Michigan Innovation Center

The Dow Chemical Company is expanding its footprint in its hometown of Midland, MI, with plans for a new innovation center, according to a recent announcement.


DAP Acquires Touch ‘N Foam

RPM International Inc.’s DAP business has added polyurethane foam brand Touch 'N Foam to its expanding portfolio of offerings.


BASF Bows New Resins for Flooring

BASF has unveiled five new epoxy acrylates that can be used in concrete floor coatings and other coatings formulations.


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RM Lucas Introduces Single-Ply Sealant

Roof coatings and waterproofing maker RM Lucas has launched a new semi-self-leveling sealant made to seal and repair single-ply membrane roofs at any slope.


Epoxy Acrylates Bolster UV Resin Line

Chemical manufacturer BASF has introduced five new epoxy acrylates to its portfolio of UV resins.


Port Sues Former Paint Chemical Maker

The Port of Portland, OR, has recently joined eight western U.S. cities and the state of Washington in filing nuisance suits, seeking to hold Monsanto liable for allegedly polluting public w...


Dow to Add Innovation Center

The Dow Chemical Company has recently announced plans to build a new innovation center in its hometown of Midland, MI.


US, EU Focus on Governing Nanomaterials

Chemical authorities in the U.S. and Europe are making progress on transparency initiatives regarding nanotechnology-based products, including coatings.


Insect Eyes Inspire Coating Technology

Reflective coatings already have safety-boosting applications ranging from road paint to coated bicycles, but now researchers are looking at new reflective technology that could help keep bu...


Scientists Say Radiation Improves Their Coating

A team of researchers spanning two continents is at work on a nanoceramic coating that not only stands up to the effects of radiation but actually becomes stronger as well.


Kemper System Buys STS Coatings

Seneca, NY-based waterproofing and roofing product manufacturer Kemper System America Inc. has acquired STS Coatings Inc., of Comfort, TX, and its four brands.


Bug Eye Biology Enhances Coating Functions

Safety enhancement is already at the core of many reflective coating applications, such as helping to make items like road signs and lane dividers more visible to drivers at night, for examp...


Wacker Joins Process Safety Initiative

The U.S. subsidiary of global chemical manufacturer Wacker Chemie AG has joined forces with professional chemical engineering groups to support and promote the importance of process safety k...


Asbestos Goes Under EPA Microscope

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at 10 chemicals, including asbestos, using new powers granted to the agency by the recently enacted Toxic Substance Control Act reforms.


EPA to Assess Asbestos, Other Chemicals

Asbestos is listed among the first 10 chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating under new powers granted under the Toxic Substance Control Act reform.


BASF Says Brand Meets China Standards

The Coatings Division of multinational chemical manufacturing corporation BASF has announced that its portfolio of wind energy-industry products is in compliance with future emissions guidel...


Dow, DuPont Merger Review Held Up Again

Another roadblock has popped up for The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont as their proposed merger remains under review by European regulators.


Dow, DuPont Merger Faces Hurdles

U.S.-based Dow Chemical and DuPont have once again failed to provide crucial data to European antitrust regulators—forcing the European Commission to suspend its review of the proposed merge...


Colorants, Building Envelope Businesses Make Deals

Two companies active in the coatings industry have entered acquisition agreements with U.S. private equity firm American Securities LLC.


EPA Seeks Green Chemistry Nominees

The federal government is looking for potential awardees for its annual program honoring new chemical technologies, such as those used in paints and coatings, that are helping to keep the pl...


Firm Debuts Coatings Stabilizers Line

A new range of stabilizer products for the coatings industry has been introduced by polymer stabilizers manufacturer SONGWON Industrial Co. Ltd. (Ulsan, South Korea).


Enter EPA’s Green Chemistry Challenge

New chemical technologies, including those that make paints and coatings safer, are the focus of an annual federal awards program, now accepting recommendations.


Adhesive Made for Extreme Conditions

Corrosion resistance is just one performance property 3M touts in its new adhesive, which is also made to bond bare metals and withstand extreme temperatures.


CUI and Coatings of Choice

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a huge problem, and those in the field say there is plenty of trauma associated with tackling it.


Merck Bows Out of Coatings

Known as a science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials, Merck KGaA has entered a cooperation agreement with coating specialist durXtreme GmbH.


MIT Research Strives to Upgrade Hull Coatings

An American military agency is sponsoring research on the development of a hydrogel material that could help antifouling coatings stick to metal hulls better and longer.


Adhesive Bonds Metal at Many Temperatures

A new adhesive from 3M (Maplewood, MN) is made to bond bare metals, resist corrosion and withstand extreme temperatures, according to the manufacturer.


Dewetting Findings Could Improve Coatings

A breakthrough regarding the dewetting process has led researchers at two universities in England to suggest that improvements in coating formulations and self-cleaning surfaces could be jus...


Team Studies Coatings Under Pressure

"Producing even better coatings" is a goal of a team of researchers at one Singapore science and technology agency that is looking at coating material microstructures in order to make protec...


Nanotint Gets First Federal Specification

Boasting strong infrared and ultraviolet blocking capabilities, a recently launched thermal insulation coating for glass has been selected and installed by contractors performing energy effi...


New Additives Work Across Applications

Two new flow and leveling additives from manufacturer Evonik are specially designed for use in can and coil coatings.


Good Specifications Prevent Coating Failures

A number of factors, ranging from coating selection to outside influences, can contribute to a coating failure. The next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC presents a scientific approach...


Pigment Producer Celebrates Milestone

For 90 years, LANXESS has produced iron oxide and chrome oxide pigments for numerous applications from what is reportedly the world’s largest production plant for inorganic color pigments, i...


Scientists Try to Stress Out Coatings

Researchers at one Singapore science and technology agency are looking at coating material microstructures in order to make protective coatings even tougher.


EPA to ‘Fast-Track’ Five Chemicals

Flame retardant chemicals used in polyurethane foam and consumer products are listed among the five chemicals the federal Environmental Protection Agency is looking to take “swift” action on...


Focus on: Polyaspartic Coatings

How much do you know about polyaspartic coatings? Learn about everything from formulations to performance in “Polyaspartic Coatings Technology – Improving Productivity without Sacrificing Pe...


Review Proceeds on Dow-Dupont Merger

The proposed merger between chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont is moving forward again, as an investigation by European regulators reopens after missing paperwork caused a w...


Dow-DuPont Deal Review Reopens

European regulators have restarted their investigation of the proposed merger between The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, weeks after suspending the process due to missing paperwork, though...


Firm Celebrates 90 Years in Pigments

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is commemorating a momentous anniversary, representing decades in the iron oxide business.


Lab Machine Allows Tinting on Small Scale

A new mixing instrument for the production of color samples in the lab is designed to reproduce any tint in samples of 100 cc.


Understanding Inorganic Zinc-Rich Primers

From physical properties and curing mechanism to application and topcoating challenges, the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC aims to help you gain a better understanding of inorga...


Study: Coatings Release Nanoparticles

Integrating nanoparticles into coatings is one of the most rapidly developing fields in coatings technology right now, but researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology...


Free Webinar: UHP Waterjetting in Shipyards

After about 20 years of research and development, wet surface-tolerant coating is well established, allowing the expansion of waterjetting facilities in both maintenance and new building shi...


Chemical Companies Face $90B Suit

A whistleblower lawsuit, seeking $90 billion, alleges that four of the largest global chemical manufacturers have concealed information about dangerous chemicals from the government.


Chemical Giants Face $90B Suit

Four major chemical manufacturers are facing a $90 billion lawsuit in which a large U.S. law firm claims they concealed information about dangerous substances from the American government.


EU’s Copper Approval to Benefit Shipping

The European Union’s decision this summer to approve the use of copper in marine antifoulings is expected to deliver significant benefits for both the shipping industry and environment, says...


SPF to Seal, Repair Commercial Roofs

ICP Adhesives & Sealants Inc. (Norton, OH) has announced it will unveil a new low-pressure, two-component spray polyurethane foam for commercial roofs at the Polyurethane Technical Conferenc...


Coatings for Water Treatment Plants

When it comes to water and wastewater treatment facilities, a variety of structures and areas require attention.


Robust Waterproof Coating Emerges

A new superhydrophobic protective coating may soon find a wide range of uses, including buildings, airplanes and mobile phones.


Waterborne Coatings in the Lab

What determines the performance characteristics of waterborne primers and direct-to-metal coatings? Lori Boggs, technical team leader for the Transportation and Industrial Coatings group at ...


Regulators Approve Resin Merger

European antitrust regulators have given the green light to the merger of two major resin manufacturers.


Additives Take Aim at Foam

Evonik has launched a new series of additives billed to address foam formation during architectural coating production and application.


Engineers Tout 'Ultra-Robust' Waterproof Coating

Scientists in Australia have announced a new superhydrophobic protective coating that could one day find uses ranging from preventing ice formation on airplanes and protecting boat hulls fro...


Coating Boasts Fuel, Emissions Savings

A new biocide-free fouling control coating has been launched by AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business, International.


AkzoNobel Names New Chemical Leader

Global paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel will add a long-time DuPont leader to its executive committee.


Powder Coating Resins Claim Quick Bake

A pair of new resins for architectural powder coatings are made to bake at low temperatures and cure quickly.


Resins Acquisition Gets Green Light

The merger of two major resin manufacturers is one step closer to fruition after receiving antitrust clearance from the European Commission.


Remembering a Coatings Pioneer

Paul I. Meli Jr., who passed away Aug. 29 at age 93, was a pioneer in coatings chemistry.


Covestro Celebrates Transition

One of the world’s leading producers of raw materials for polyurethanes is celebrating its first anniversary.


New Green Coating Protects Metals

Academics and commercial manufacturers teamed up to develop a new coating system that is said to be tough on corrosion and kind to the environment.


Chemists Develop Green Corrosion Protection

A partnership between a university chemist and a chemical company has culminated in a green coating system that reportedly protects metals against corrosion.


Scientists Apply Paint Element to Bone Recovery

Coatings have long had a role in biomedical applications such as implants, but a team of Scottish researchers now believe a common paint ingredient can be used to aid in bone regeneration.


BASF Expands in South Asia

Seeking to expand its reach in one of the fastest growing markets in the world, BASF has opened its first production plant in Sri Lanka.


Adding Graphene to Protective Coatings

A U.K. specialty and consumer chemicals manufacturer has announced it is about to become the first company to commercialize graphene within high-performance protective paints.


Chemist Fine-tunes Functional Coatings

Functional coatings are at the heart of research trials at a Spanish university, where a team of scientists is striving to modify the surface properties of materials to obtain specific prope...


Resin Made to Up Coating Performance

Silicone chemistry company SiVance LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Company, has introduced a new reactive silicone technology designed to create highly durable epoxy-silicone hybrid coating ...


Scientists Explore Three Functional Coatings

A group of Spanish researchers are working to modify surface properties of paints in order to obtain desired characteristics at a lower cost than those currently on the market.


Research Boosts Anticorrosive Protection

Researchers in Iran are undertaking work to improve the anticorrosive properties of polymeric coatings.


Paint Mineral Linked to Child Labor

A British newspaper has uncovered evidence that an ingredient in paints used by several major automakers may in some cases be sourced from mines in India that employ children as young as 10 ...


NIOSH App Supplies Chemical Safety Info

Workplace chemical safety can be in the pockets of workers and supervisors anytime with the release of a new mobile application from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health...


Paints, Coatings Are Integral to Saudi Future

As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) seeks to drive sustained economic growth in the region, the agency created to help manage its investment opportunities has solicited information on its p...


App Puts Chemical Info in Hand

In an effort to educate workers, employers and occupational health professionals about workplace chemicals and hazards, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has ...


Halox Expands Corrosion Inhibitor Line

A corrosion inhibitor that can be used in architectural and industrial coatings as well as concrete admixtures is now available in liquid form.


Corrosion Inhibitor Goes Liquid

An established corrosion inhibitor for use in coatings and concrete admixtures is now available in liquid form.


Nuplex Shareholders Agree to Merger

Two global resin suppliers are moving forward with a merger. Allnex, based in Brussels and owned by parent company Advent International, announced in Februrary that it was in talks with Nupl...


BASF Bundles Pigments Brand

The world’s largest chemical producer, BASF, has launched a new global pigments brand to serve customers in the coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics and agriculture industries.


Global Resins Merger Set to Advance

A deal between global resins manufacturers Allnex and Nuplex is moving forward, with shareholders from Nuplex approving a deal that would merge the two companies.


BASF Reveals New Pigment Brand

Chemical giant BASF has unveiled a new global pigments brand to serve customers across five key industries: coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics and agriculture.


EPA Shares Year-One Plan for TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its first-year plan for activities and actions to enact the newly amended U.S. chemicals law, the first such major chemical management l...


Ban on Antimicrobials Sparks ACA Response

American paint and coatings manufacturers are urging one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems to modify a ban on the use of antimicrobial products, including paints, in its facilities.


EPA Outlines Chemical Law Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined initial actions it will undertake to implement the nation’s first major chemical management law reform in 40 years.


Structural Silicone Glazing 101

Join us for an exclusive webinar on the topic of silicone structural and protective glazing systems.


Dow to Lay Off 2,500

Within weeks of The Dow Chemical Company’s completion of its strategic ownership restructuring of Dow Corning Corporation, the specialty chemical giant announced the elimination of 2,500 job...


Dow to Cut Jobs, Close Plants

The Dow Chemical Company will cut 2,500 jobs in the wake of its strategic ownership restructuring of Dow Corning Corporation, and anticipates closing a number of facilities, including manufa...


Pigment Production Doubles

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant has opened a new plant that will ultimately benefit the coatings, printing, special applications and plastics industries.


Ashland Adds to Adhesives Line

Specialty chemical producer Ashland has unveiled two new acrylic emulsion-based pressure sensitive adhesives.


Colorants Made for Roof Coatings

New colorants designed for onsite tinting of silicone roof coatings aim to provide owners and contractors with more options.


'Smart Release' Coating Holds Off Rust

Researchers at a university in Wales have developed a “smart release” coating that could serve as a potential alternative to the use of hexavalent chromium as a corrosion inhibitor.


New Additive Claims Better Coverage

A new rheology modifier on the market promises performance and affordability for formulators of paints meant for use in commercial and residential settings.


TiO2: Cause for Concern?

A European institution committed to the protection of human health with respect to the environment, the workplace and food has issued a proposal to require titanium dioxide to be labeled a c...


France Says TiO2 Could be Carcinogenic

A new proposal in Europe seeks to label titanium dioxide (TiO2)—a substance commonly used in paints, construction materials and other industrial and consumer goods—as a carcinogen.


Dow Corning Restructuring Complete

After 73 years, the Dow Chemical Company and Corning Inc. have restructured their silicones joint venture.


Dow Takes Full Control of Silicones Business

With an eye toward enhanced material science capabilities, The Dow Chemical Company has completed its strategic ownership restructuring of Dow Corning Corporation, according to a June 1 anno...


Scientists Tackle Paint Fade

Paint that will never fade may become a reality if a group of researchers from Australia have any say in the matter.


Toxic Chemical Bill Passes House

Following months of negotiations in an effort to modernize the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. House of Representatives passed a final version of a bill that sets guidelin...


House OKs Chemical Update

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a final version of a bill that will update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), governing the manufacture, transportation and regulation of ...


‘World-Class’ Pigments Plant Launches

A color pigments facility, described as a showcase for world-class pigments manufacturing technology, is starting operations in the southeast United States, according to multinational consum...


Research Could Lead to Resilient Coatings

A laboratory advance involving two-dimensional materials could be a step toward new coatings technology that will fortify materials that are susceptible to projectile damage and potentially ...


Polymer Billed for Low-Odor Paints

Arkema Coating Resins has introduced an opaque polymer for use in low-odor interior and exterior architectural coatings.


System Boasts Fast Dry, Low VOCs

A new coating system from Hexion Inc. (Columbus, OH) is touted as offering performance that compares to solvent-borne systems while meeting stringent volatile organic compounds regulations, ...


Suit Targets Lead Paint Settlements

Maryland’s attorney general has sued several companies, accusing them of duping at least 100 lead-paint poisoning victims out of millions of dollars in settlement funds.


Smart Coating Fights Fouling, Cancer

Scientists at Seton Hall University say they’ve come up with a new and more effective way to fight biofouling through coatings—and the technology they’ve developed may help fight cancer and ...


Binder Helps Metal Coatings Take the Heat

Michelman Inc. has announced the availability of its waterborne binder designed for use in the formulation of intumescent coatings that protect structural and architectural steel.


Hempel Strives for Sustainable Coatings

Danish coatings supplier Hempel is working to develop sustainable antifouling coatings through a grants program sponsored by the European Economic Area (EEA), the company said in a statement...


Hexion to Offer High-Tech Powder Coatings

Hexion Inc. has introduced its line of durable powder coating resins, including low temperature cure options, to the North American market.


Topcoat Made for Demanding Markets

Manchester, U.K., paint and coatings manufacturer HMG Paints Ltd. has introduced its new high-performance two-component acrylic polyurethane finish.


New Nanocoating Inhibits Bacteria Growth

A new nanocoating developed by scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev could play an important role in marine anti-fouling coatings.


Powder Coating Resins Boast Durability

A Columbus, OH-based company specializing in thermoset resins has announced its line of durable powder coating resins, including low temperature cure options, are now available in North Amer...


Solar Cells Powered by Rain?

Researchers in China say they've found a way to make solar cells that derive power from raindrops too.


Environmental Performance Nets Award

An antifouling agent produced by Gothenburg, Sweden-based bio-tech company I-Tech has earned a European Marine Engineering Award in recognition of the marine coating ingredient’s environment...


Wacker Silicones Taps New President

Dr. Robert Gnann has been named president of Wacker Silicones, a global manufacturer whose products are used in construction, paints and coatings, and several other sectors.


Team Uses Nanoparticles to Bolster PTFE

Researchers at the University of Arkansas are studying a method of using nanoparticles to increase the sturdiness in polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings, commonly known as Teflon.


Worker Suffers Burns in Paint Plant Fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a recent blaze at a paint and coatings factory in Norfolk, MA.


New Coatings Inhibit Corrosion, Biofilms

A Saarbrucken, Germany-based research center is working on coatings advancements intended to benefit anticorrosion and antifouling applications.


Dow Coatings’ Scientist Honored for Paper

Alkyd chemistry was the focus of the technical lecture deemed most outstanding among the presentations making up this year’s American Coatings Conference.


Pigments Offer Style, Formulation Options

BASF unveiled three new globally available pigments during the recent 2016 American Coatings Show, held in Indianapolis April 12-14. The pigments are meant to offer enhanced styling and form...


Dow Research Earns Industry Accolades

Alkyd chemistry was the focus of the technical lecture deemed most outstanding among the presentations making up this year’s American Coatings Conference.


Soprema Acquires Sealants Maker

Global roofing, waterproofing, wall protection and civil engineering product maker SOPREMA has announced the acquisition of Chem Link.


Understanding Laboratory Weathering Tests

Accelerated weathering and light stability testing can be an important part of new product development and quality control.


Flexmar Touts Polyaspartics Technology

Flexmar Coatings has introduced a new line of polyaspartic coatings made for interior and exterior commercial, residential and light industrial concrete floor substrates, the company says.


Coatings Company Settles with EPA

A Massachusetts polyester resin and specialty chemical products manufacturer has settled allegations it violated federal clean water laws.


Wacker Silicones Names New President

Wacker Silicones, a global manufacturer whose products are used in construction, paints and coatings, and several other sectors, named Dr. Robert Gnann as its new president, the company anno...


Sika Inks Deal with L.M. Scofield

Specialty chemical company Sika Corp. has acquired L. M. Scofield, a 100-year-old North American producer of concrete color additives and decorative products.


Construction Surge Drives Silicone Demand

A new report shows building construction activity driving demand for silicones in the U.S., due to the construction industry’s ongoing recovery and its growing reliance upon high performance...


Adhesive Made to Bind Most Materials

PPG’s Liquid Nails brand has launched a new all-surface construction adhesive, Fuze*It, billed to ease challenges associated with using different adhesives to bind different materials.


Inmates File Suit After Coating Project

Several hundred inmates at the Santa Fe County Jail allege that renovation activities conducted in 2014 led to an “epidemic of severe ailments.”


Whiskey Glasses Stir Coatings Research

Alcohol is often cited as delivering inspiration to writers and artists, but now a team of Princeton University researchers name spirits as providing a clue to the secret to improving unifor...


Dow Corning’s New Silicone Technologies

Midland, MI-based Dow Corning has announced it will showcase four new products for the paint and coatings industry at the upcoming American Coatings Show 2016, set for April 12-14 in Indiana...


Additive Said to Improve Properties

Nanomaterials manufacturer Carbodeon of Vantaa, Finland, has announced the release of a new additive for fluoropolymer coatings.


Fine Levied for Paint Chemical Hazards

Federal authorities allege that workers were exposed to toxic levels of chemicals in adhesives and paints because a Wisconsin facility in which they were working in lacked adequate engineeri...


Whiskey Drops Inspire Coatings Technology

Whiskey may unlock the secret to improving uniformity in films and coatings, according to Princeton University researchers.


Modifier Made for Stone Paints

Ashland has announced plans to make its Natrostone H30 rheology modifier available to the American market.


Anti-Fouling Agent up for Award

Gothenburg, Sweden’s I-Tech announced that it is among three companies shortlisted in the European Marine Engineering Awards' Environmental Performance category for its Selektope antifouling...


Engineers Develop Tunable Windows

A new technology could make window blinds and drapes obsolete. Researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science


Spray-On Coating May Ease Icing Problems

Research is underway on a durable, inexpensive ice-repellent coating developed with airplanes, oil rigs, power lines and other industrial machinery or structures in mind.


UK Firm to Acquire Hexion Coatings Unit

British chemical company Synthomer says it will acquire the performance adhesives and coatings business of Ohio-based Hexion.


Dow Corning Touts New Additives, Resins

Dow Corning has introduced new silicone-based additives and resins made for the paint and coatings industry.


BASF Embraces Mass Balance Process

German chemical company BASF reports that it is now producing dispersions for interior paints based on “the mass balance” approach.


Resins, Polymers Firm Settles with EPA

A West Coast specialty polymers company has reached a settlement regarding alleged violations of a federal law governing water pollution at a manufacturing facility in Fairfield, CA.


New Epoxy Base to Reduce Moisture Vapor

Laticrete International Inc. has introduced a single-coat, 100 percent solids, liquid-applied, two-part epoxy coating designed to control moisture vapor emission from concrete surfaces.


Learn More about Protective Coatings

The protective properties offered by a range of industrial and marine coatings are the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Coatings Resin Producer Settles EPA Case

A California resin and polymer company has settled allegations it violated provisions of the federal law governing water pollution at a manufacturing facility in Fairfield.


Defoamer Launches for Flooring Coatings

Multinational chemicals producer BASF has launched a new defoamer product it says offers fast and effective deaeration of 100 percent solids coating systems.


Binder Developed for Heat Resistance

Michelman has announced the availability of a new product in its ProHere line of water-based polymer dispersions and emulsions developed for use in metal coatings.


PPG Supports Paint Chemist Program

PPG has teamed up with ITECH Engineering School in Lyon, France, to help sponsor the first chemical engineering master’s degree program dedicated to paints and coatings in Europe, the compan...


PPG Backs Paint Chemist Master’s Degree

Global paints and coatings supplier PPG Industries has announced its partnership with a European educational institution in support of a new program for paint chemists.


Flame Retardant Market Remains Hot

The global demand for flame retardant chemicals is expected to surge in the coming years.


New Binder for EIFS Applications

Synthomer has added a water-based binder for use in EIFS (exterior insulation and finishing system) or ETICS (external thermal insulation composite systems) applications.


In the Lab: Low-Cost Window Coating

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory seeks to “disrupt the building retrofit market and potentially save billions in electricity” with a newly developed coat...


Toyota Tests Green as the New White

The Prius is already known as an eco-friendly, fuel-efficient car, but Toyota recently revealed a paint job that promises to make the already frugal car even more environmentally responsible...


Resin Supplier Names New CEO

Brussels-based specialty chemicals company Allnex has announced the appointment of Miguel Mantas to the position of CEO, effective Feb. 1.


Engineers Boast Glass Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that coating small pieces of glass with extremely thin layers of metal, like silver, makes it possible to enhance the amount of l...


Allnex Welcomes Mantas as CEO

A leading supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings has named a new chief executive officer.


Evonik to Increase Production Capacity

In a move it says will "solidify" its position as a powder coating powerhouse, specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries plans to build a new production line for special polyamide 12 pow...


Evonik Plans PA12 Production Increase

Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries will build a new production line for special polyamide 12 powder (PA12) in Marl, Germany, the company announced Wednesday (Feb. 10).


Grace Spins Off Construction Unit

Global building chemicals and materials supplier W. R. Grace & Co. has completed a separation into two independent, publicly traded companies: W. R. Grace & Co. and GCP Applied Technologies ...


Polymers Introduced in Indian Market

BASF has launched two new polymer dispersion products in the Indian market.


Dow to Cut Acrylate Capacity in TX

Due to market conditions, The Dow Chemical Company has announced that its Dow Performance Monomers business unit will be cutting acrylate capacity by 20 percent at its Deer Park Operations f...


Trends, Technologies Shine at WOC 2016

LAS VEGAS—More than 55,000 concrete and masonry professionals gathered in Las Vegas this week to take part in the World of Concrete 2016.


Growth Projection: Adhesives and Sealants

Demand for adhesives and sealants is projected to expand 4.5 percent annually, reaching $64 billion in 2019.


Smart Windows Could Self-Clean, Cut Heat

Nature-inspired nanostructures engraved into glass could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and increasing worker productivity.


Study: Lead Levels High on Playgrounds

Researchers in the UK have found the presence of hazardous amounts of lead paint on public playground equipment across Southern England and warn the issue may be more widespread.


Scientists Bind Metal to Metal Sans Heat

Nanotechnology experts from Northeastern University in Boston say they have a developed an adhesive that binds metal to metal, sets at room temperature and requires little pressure to seal.


New Specialty Coatings Company Formed

Two companies have combined to form a new specialty chemical company that will be based in the U.S.


Burglar Leaves Footprints in UV Paint

Now, this man painted himself in a corner. Police in the UK were recently able to catch a burglar, with the help of a bright green UV paint, according to Shropshirelive.com and other news ou...


UK Paint Company Joins Polymer Project

A coatings manufacturer in the UK has joined a European Union project to develop stronger and more flexible materials using graphene-reinforced thermosetting polymers.


Paint Transforms T-shirts Into Sounds

Warning to parents: You might want to cover your ears. Textile designer Selina Reiterer and architect Constantinos Miltiadisin have developed T-shirts that turns kids into rock stars—and fos...


New Specialty Coatings Company Formed

California Products Corp. and Nicoat have been combined to form a new specialty chemical company called Innovative Chemical Products Group (ICP Group), according to a private equity firm.


UV Paint Helps Bust Burglar

Now, this man painted himself in a corner. Police in the UK were recently able to catch a burglar, with the help of a bright green UV paint, according to Shropshirelive.com and other news ou...


Novel Polymer Product Technologies Debut

A Louisiana start-up company has commercialized two new product lines for polymeric materials, which includes paint and coatings.


PPG Uses TiO2 from New Plant in China

Pittsburgh-based global coatings giant PPG reports it has begun using chloride-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) produced by Henan Billions Chemicals Co. Ltd in China.


Flame Retardant Causes Warehouse Fire

A flame retardant stored in a California foam insulation, coatings and roofing company’s warehouse led to a hazardous materials scare for firefighters after it caught fire and then exploded.


Coating to Aid in Water, Dirt Repel

University of Massachusetts scientists say they have come up with a process for making transparent coatings that will help repel water and dirt from various substrates.


BASF Unveils Two Effect Pigments

BASF has developed two new pigments—an elegant gold and bold red-brown—billed to offer an antique look to interiors.


Coating Technology to Repel Water, Dirt

Researchers have developed a process for making transparent coatings that they say will help repel water and dirt from various substrates.


Coating Innovation Wins Recognition

A corrosion- and abrasion-resistant coating secured one fledgling Norwegian coatings company the top spot in a competition recognizing the best entrepreneurs from across a range of technolog...


Sherwin-Williams Funds Materials Study

A materials research program at an university in Cleveland is getting a boost from the paint and coatings giant that shares its hometown.


Curing Agent Made for Epoxy Coatings

Cardolite Corporation has debuted an epoxy curing agent for commercial use, including concrete coatings and grouts, mortars and adhesives.


Coating Remade to Reduce Abrasions

A.W. Chesterton Company has introduced a reformulated ARC MX1 that the company said will help reduce high-impact and extreme sliding abrasions.


Sherwin-Williams Backs IAM Research

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Company is making a $1-million commitment to materials research through the Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU),...


Steelmaker Opens Coatings Center

The opening of a new research and development center for advanced steel coatings is the first step toward a partnership between a university in the U.K. and a troubled global steel manufactu...


Cashew-Based Coating Made for Industry

Cardolite Corporation has introduced an epoxy curing agent that it says will give customers a cost-effective upgrade from common medium and high viscosity, solvent-free polyamides.


Dow Debuts Low-VOC Emulsion Tech

Dow Coating Materials has introduced a new emulsion technology for flat to semi-gloss interior paint formulations.


Paint Designed to Kill Bacteria

Sherwin-Williams is billing its latest product offering as “one of the most significant technological breakthroughs” in its nearly 150-year history.


Study Tests Nanocoating for Solar Cells

Researchers in Iran have developed a nanoparticle coating that they say helps to increase efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells.


Dow Reveals Binder for Low-VOC Paints

Dow Coating Materials has introduced a new acrylic binder designed to improve hardness in low-VOC architectural coatings.


Flame Retardant Found in Nature

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin say they have discovered a nontoxic flame retardant with the help of marine mussels.


Air Products Spins off Materials Niche

Air Products—a global provider of polyurethanes, coatings and adhesives—has announced its decision to spin off its materials technologies division into a separate company.


Chemical Giant Ashland Splits into Two

Chemical giant Ashland Inc. is splitting into two companies so that each can focus on a different share of its focused markets.


AkzoNobel Coats Record-Setting Car

With a coating normally reserved for aircraft and an engine that is more powerful than 180 Formula One race cars, a supersonic car is going to try to make land speed history – with the help ...


Ashland to Split into Two Companies

Ashland Inc. is moving forward with a plan to separate the company into two independent, publicly traded companies—one focused on specialty chemicals and the other on motor lubricants.


Silicone Coatings Made for Aging Roofs

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has introduced a new silicone-based roof coating system designed to restore and repair aging roofing systems.


Slick Advance in Engineered Surfaces

Penn State researchers say they have engineered a nano-textured, highly slippery surface capable of outperforming natural coatings that repel water and dirt.


New Polyol Protects Industrial Floors

Chemical manufacturing giant BASF has announced the release of a new polyol that is designed to increase the resistance of indoor flooring in demanding environments, such as industrial wareh...


Free Intumescent eBook Gets Fired Up

Coating the interior of a structure with intumescent finishes and analyzing fire-test methods are among the topics covered in a free new resource by Durability + Design.


Mouth-Watering Coating Tech Revealed

Strawberry lovers, rejoice! A new coating advance may help you to satisfy your cravings for a longer time period.


Polymer Material Registers Impacts

A team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes color depending on the strength of impact.


Universities Benefit From PPG Funding

Two universities are getting a boost for research development thanks to investments from coatings giant PPG.


Coatings Go Under the Microscope

A joint venture between industry and academia will work to find solutions for challenges such as corrosion, oxidation and abrasion.


PPG Funds University Research Projects

Coatings giant PPG is investing in engineering and chemistry research at the collegiate level.


Glass Paint Designed to Cool Roofs

From metal roofs to naval ships, a novel coating can supposedly keep surfaces at air temperature under the sun and prevent premature aging.


Glass-Based Coating to Protect Ships

A researcher at Johns Hopkins University set out to develop an environmentally friendly coating to deflect the damaging heat and rays of the sun and prolong the life of metal structures.


Fire Damages Industrial Coatings Plant

No one was hurt when a company that makes industrial coatings caught fire early Wednesday (Aug. 12) morning.


NSF Funds ATOMIC University Research

Finding ways to help coatings address challenges such as corrosion, oxidation and abrasion are a just a few of the solutions that will be under the microscope, so to speak, at a new Pennsylv...


Navy Hopes Coating Will Extend Sub Life

The U.S. Navy is trying out a new painting method to keep marine foul off of attack submarines in an effort to extend the vessels’ service expectancy.


Coating Made to Signal Dehydration

What if you could tell when your workers were dehydrated by the shirts on their backs?


Biocide Deters Barnacles from Ships

A Swedish company has introduced a pharmacological product to help combat barnacle settlement on a ship’s hull.


Study: White Roofs Keep the Temp Down

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have discovered that a certain reflective, white coating can decrease a building’s inside temperature when it’s applied to the roof.


'Cool Blue' Tech for Coatings, Roofs

Coatings, plastics and roofing materials may soon feature a brilliant blue pigment.


City Paints a Wee Prevention Tactic

San Francisco is coating building exteriors oft treated as public urinals with a fresh finish designed to splash urine back on the source.


Green Polyurethanes Capture Blue Ribbon

WASHINGTON--Polyurethanes tough enough for industrial use without hazardous isocyanates have bested scores of technologies to win a 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.


Green Polyurethane Takes EPA Honor

WASHINGTON--A new polyurethane technology that does not use isocyanates in the entire production process has been named one of the top green chemistry advances of 2015.


SSPC Updates Coatings Jobsite App

PITTSBURGH--SSPC has revamped its mobile app to include tools to identify coating defects and select coatings, calculators and other new features.


Tremco Buys Canadian Sealants Business

BEACHWOOD, OH--Tremco Group has acquired certain assets of Chemtron Manufacturing Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of construction adhesives, sealants and tapes for residential, commercial and ...


Formula Reported to Halt Corrosion

SKOKIE, IL--Rust Buddy has introduced a liquid-applied polymer product reported to stop active corrosion with just one coat.


SSPC Unveils Member App 2.0

PITTSBURGH--Tools to identify coating defects and select coatings, calculators and other new features are now available in SSPC's newly upgraded mobile app.


Treatment Tackles Active Corrosion

SKOKIE, IL--A new liquid-applied polymer product is designed to stop active corrosion with just one coat.


Paint Pushes Past 49,000 Years

BOULDER, CO--If durability is the gold standard of coating performance, here's a paint that passes the test.


49,000-Year-Old Paint Found on Stone

BOULDER, CO--An international team of researchers has discovered a milk- and ochre-based paint dating back 49,000 years that South African inhabitants may have used to decorate their bodies ...


Flooring Giant Suspends Chinese Products

TOANO, VA--As lawsuits pile up against U.S. flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators, the company has suspended the sale of laminated flooring products imported from China.


eBook Covers Coating Performance, Uses

PITTSBURGH--The next generation of powder coatings for architectural applications and coatings made for sustainability are among the topics discussed in a free new resource by Durability ...


Bugged, NASA Fights Back with Coatings

SHREVEPORT, LA--Not much bugs NASA scientist Mia Siochi as much as clods of insect guts that pile up on wings and cause aircraft to eat more fuel.


Coating to Kill Germs on Door Handles

PITTSBURGH—Two Hong Kong high schoolers have opened the door to a future without germy door handles.


Door Handles Made to Combat Germs

PITTSBURGH—Some of the germiest surfaces in a building may be getting new protection from a novel coating that can knock out bacteria.


Comment Time Closing on Paint Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This is the last week to submit comments on Green Seal's proposed overhaul of its standards for paints, coatings, stains and sealers.


High Court Lets Lead Cases Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Deflecting an appeal by U.S. paint makers, the U.S. Supreme Court will allow a teenager to press his claim of lead-paint poisoning, even though he cannot identify the manufa...


Supreme Court: Lead Case May Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A teenager's lawsuit alleging lead-paint poisoning may go forward, even though he cannot say which company's paint caused the problem.


MN Enacts Ban on Flame Retardants

ST. PAUL, MN—Minnesota has turned up the heat on flame-retardant chemicals, enacting the nation’s most restrictive law of its kind.


Polyurea Primer: 3 Cs, 3 Minutes

PITTSBURGH—Why, after all these years, is Dudley Primeaux still so pumped about polyurea?


Coating Makers Roll Out Hazard Labels

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Coatings Association has introduced a variety of materials to help employers comply with new federal hazmat communications requirements.


ACA Develops New Hazard Labels

WASHINGTON, D.C.—New hazardous-materials labels designed to communicate in-plant hazard information and comply with OSHA standards are now available for purchase.


Revamp Underway for Coating Standard

WASHINGTON, DC—Fire-resistant coatings, concrete and masonry sealers, and other high-performance product categories are expected to join the next generation of Green Seal's paint and coating...


Input Invited on Paint Standard Revamp

Third-party product certifier Green Seal is seeking comments on its plans to overhaul its standards for paints, coatings, stains and sealers.


Groups Urge Ban on Flame Retardants

From firefighters to pediatricians to scientists, a diverse coalition of organizations is calling for a federal ban on consumer products that contain flame retardants with organohalogens.


1-Step Slab System Speeds Projects

A new epoxy resin system can help fast-track projects by combining concrete curing, slab protection and vapor reduction in one coating, the manufacturer says.


New Concrete Floor Technology Bows

A new concrete curing, slab protection and vapor reduction system in one is designed to speed up construction projects.


Self-Cleaning Coating Withstands Abuse

Like the famous watches that took a licking and kept on ticking, a tough new paint maintains its self-cleaning properties after assault by oil, knives and sandpaper, its developers say.


‘Robust’ Self-Cleaning Paint Emerges

A new paint keeps its ability to self-clean even after being exposed to oil, scratched with a knife and scuffed with sandpaper, developers say.


Spray Foam Carries Greenguard Approval

Gaco Western has introduced GacoProFill System, an open-cell polyurethane spray-foam insulation designed for new construction and retrofits.


New Coating Controls Drone De-Icing

Scientists have developed a powered nano-coating that prevents ice build-up on in-flight aircraft and could be especially useful for drone applications.


Looks that Last: Ancient Paint Endures

Traces of red paint 2,000 years old have been discovered during an ongoing $33 million restoration of the Colosseum in Rome.


Homebuilding to Push Paints, Sealers

A “fully healed” U.S. housing market will boost demand for coatings, spray polyurethane foams and other construction chemicals past $12 billion in 2018, according to a new market study.


Court Rejects AkzoNobel Patent Suit

Dow Chemical Co. did not infringe upon AkzoNobel's patented extrusion process in developing its own coatings, a federal judge has ruled.


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.


Resin Made for DTM Protection

Omnova Solutions has launched a specialty resin formulated to protect commercial, light industrial and residential metal surfaces from the elements.


Silicone Roof Coating Debuts

Roof coatings and waterproofing maker R.M. Lucas Co. has rolled out a silicone coating designed for flat roofs that retain water.


EPA Weighs Coating TDI Restrictions

Coatings, adhesives and other products containing harmful chemicals are the focus of a new federal proposal to limit the use of those chemicals.


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.


Westcoat Brews 3 New Seamless Systems

High-build, fast-drying, urethane cement flooring systems for breweries and wineries comprise the latest product line from Westcoat.


Dow Develops Novel Polymer for EIFS

A dry mix with the performance of wet-formulated products is the boast of Dow Construction Chemicals' new redispersible polymer powder for formulations of EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finish Sy...


Powder-Coated Surfaces Go Digital

Graphics, images and natural finishes can be embedded on powder-coated metals using a new system.


Lead-Paint Work Draws $46k Fine

An Illinois painting contractor faces federal citations and nearly $50,000 in fines for allegedly exposing employees to lead-paint dust.


New Coating Touts Icing Prevention

A new nanocomposite coating that imparts anti-icing properties to the substrate is the latest offering from NEI Corp.


Coating Boasts a Power Plant Boost

A new nano-engineered coating for power plants has the potential to save millions of dollars in fuel costs and avert thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, its developers at MIT say.


Antimicrobial Coatings Set to Clean Up

Huge concerns over the tiny world of bacteria, germs and parasites will ignite and sustain strong growth in the paint and coatings market in the coming years, a new report forecasts.


Antimicrobial Market Poised for Growth

Coatings used to protect surfaces from parasites, bacteria, germs and fungi are expected to clean up in the years ahead, a new report predicts.


Coating Technologies Mix for Solar

A new aerosol deposition technology for anti-reflective (AR) coatings for solar glass applications is in the works, according to a joint announcement by the developers.


Nanotech Company Gets $300K Grant

A small California-based nanotechnology company has received $300,000 in federal funding to further develop innovative polymers for use in sustainable wood coatings.


Waste Powder Powers a Tougher Coating

Today's tons of silicone rubbish may be the secret ingredient in tomorrow's superhydrophobic, corrosion-resistant coatings.


Scientists Recycle Cup Lids for Coatings

Silicone waste may be the future of superhydrophobic, self-cleaning coatings.


New Dispersions for Wood Coatings

Allnex has introduced a pair of solvent-free, waterborne dispersions for use in two-part polyurethane coating systems.


Coating Could Lighten Landfill Load

A new bio-based coating may make the first dent in the 200 billion paper cups thrown away each year, says manufacturer AkzoNobel.


Coatings Coup: Compostable Cups

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


Green Seal Weighs New Coating Standard

More coatings, stains, paints, sealers and finishes than ever may be eligible for Green Seal certification as the organization works to revise its standards.


Green Seal to Revamp Paint Standards

More coatings, stains, paints, sealers and finishes than ever may be eligible for Green Seal certification as the organization works to revise its standards.


Coatings Get Charge from Old Cig Butts

About 5.6 trillion cigarette butts are tossed into the environment each year, but researchers say this toxic trash could be a coating treasure with the capability of storing large amounts of...


Cigarettes Butt in on Coatings

Smoking may be a dirty and deadly habit, but the butts it leaves may hold the surprising key to a coating that can store large amounts of electrical energy.


Silver Loses Luster as Rust Buster

Silver may not always be so protective in protective coatings for some steels, researchers in Iran are reporting.


EPA Touts Flame-Retardant Options

Federal regulators have identified safer alternatives to flame-retardant chemicals used in building insulation and products containing flexible polyurethane foam.


Coating Kills Germs of Tomorrow

A new coating under development in Germany may help medical, culinary and other environments combat and prevent germ growth for several years.


In the Lab: Keeping White Roofs White

A white roof coating that can repel both water and dirt, even in the smoggiest cities, is the latest focus of a U.S.-China building science research partnership underway at several federal f...


Coating Changes Color under Pressure

New research has produced a coated material that can reveal pressure points by changing color.


Fluoropolymer Coatings Stage Comeback

PPG Industries Inc. says it will introduce a revamped version of its Duranar ADS (air-dried system) fluoropolymer coatings this summer—three years after the products were withdrawn from the ...


Color System Stars in New Paint + Primer

Valspar has introduced a new premium latex paint and primer in one formulated to offer a broader range of deeper colors for indoor and outdoor residential applications.


Slick Coating Rids Last Drop of Paint

A “super-slippery coating” for, well, other coatings holds the key to less waste and cost savings, developers say.


New Technology Makes Paint Glide

MIT scientists have unveiled a technology that can prevent paints and paint colorants from sticking to cans and manufacturing equipment, thus saving money and cutting waste.


Jet Coatings Honored for Sustainability

A novel lightweight, longer-lasting aircraft coating system has drawn top honors from the Department of Defense, which plans to use it on a new generation of stealth jets.


Dow Bows Two Paint Innovations

Dow Coating Materials has introduced two new polymer technologies: one designed to tackle an indoor air pollutant; the other, household stains.


Making Roofs Both Cool and Colorful

Dark, attractive metal roof and façades that are just as "cool" as their traditional white counterparts are the goal of a new research partnership by PPG Industries and the Department of Ene...


Tracing the Artful Roots of Asbestos

California researchers say they have discovered one of the earliest uses of asbestos—12th-century wall-painting finish coatings.


‘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.


DOE Funds ‘Cool’ Pigment Research

The world’s largest coating manufacturer has been awarded $224,000 to help develop new pigment technology for cool metal roof and façade coatings.


ACA Warns of Rule 1113 Changes

Sounding an early alarm for coating makers, the American Coatings Association says the nation’s toughest VOC rules on field-applied paints and coatings could be changing again soon.


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...


EPA Seeks Entries for Green Challenge

Safer, cleaner, more efficient industry technologies are invited to compete in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual green chemistry competition.


19th ‘Green Chemistry’ Challenge Opens

Federal environmental officials are recruiting greener chemicals, products and reactions for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.


Sto Corp. Adds Smooth Finish to Portfolio

Sto Corp. has introduced Stolit Milano, a new water-based acrylic finish for interior or exterior walls.


Team Eyes Self-Cleaning AR Coating

Inspired by the eyes of nocturnal insects, University of Cambridge researchers have developed a new self-cleaning, anti-reflective coating for glass and plastics.


New Paint Served Up Farm Fresh

Goat farmers in Pescadero, CA, have introduced a paint they say is safe enough to lick from the brush.


Cement Line Offers Paint Alternatives

Cresco Concrete Products has launched Premocoat, a new line of cement-based coatings for masonry, stucco and EIFS surfaces.


Polymer Made for Building Envelope Uses

Raw-material producer Mallard Creek Polymers Inc. has introduced BarrierPro 4551, a performance emulsion polymer designed for use in waterproofing, moisture-vapor and air-barrier-coatings fo...


DOE Develops ‘Self-Cleaning’ Coating

A low-cost, transparent coating designed to combat soiling on solar panels is in development at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


W.R. Grace Pays $63M Asbestos Tab

Global building chemicals and materials supplier W.R. Grace & Co. has paid $63 million to resolve 10-year-old claims for environmental cleanups at nearly 40 sites in 21 states, according to ...


Silicone Air-Barrier System Bows

Dow Corning Corp. says it set out to “build a better barrier” with its latest collection of silicone technologies formulated to protect the building envelope.


EU Authority Fines Foam Cartel $156M

Four major global producers of flexible polyurethane foam rigged sales prices of various foams for nearly five years as part of an international cartel, European authorities report.


Roof Membrane Reflects, Protects

AVM Industries Inc. has introduced Sky Roof Coating 880, a two-part, water-based 100 percent polyurethane membrane designed for horizontal and vertical waterproofing.


New Roof Membrane Reflects, Protects

Waterproofing products supplier AVM Industries has rolled out a two-part liquid-applied roof membrane for horizontal and vertical waterproofing.


New NIST Coating Quells Foam Ignition

Government scientists have developed a nanocoating that dramatically cuts the flammability, melting and pooling of polyurethane foam—the source of hundreds of deaths and thousands of house f...


Insulation Seals Without Added Barrier

FireStop2, new from Gaco Western, is reportedly the first single-application, open-cell, spray-foam insulation that requires no additional ignition barrier, according to the manufacturer.


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.


Foam Coating Advance Cuts Flammability

A new nano-based coating that drastically reduces the deadly ignition, melting and pooling of polyurethane foam is now in the works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


OSHA Fine Follows Chemical Spill

A longtime manufacturer of intumescent and specialty coatings is facing a raft of serious federal safety citations alleging mismanagement of highly hazardous chemicals at its Connecticut hea...


New Spray Foam Seals in One Step

Gaco Western has introduced GacoFireStop2, billed as the first one-step, open-cell polyurethane foam insulation of its kind that requires no additional ignition barrier.


Paint Makers to Pay $1.1B for Lead

Reversing years of legal victories, the Sherwin-Williams Co., NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead paint from millions of Californi...


Judge Says Lead Paint Makers Must Pay

A California judge has ordered Sherwin-Williams and other former producers of lead-based paint to pay $1.1 billion to replace or contain lead paint in millions of homes.


New Synthetic Shellac Primer Bows

Rust-Oleum Corp. has introduced a primer and sealer made with synthetic shellac that mirrors the properties of traditional shellac for new construction, remodeling and restoration projects.


Edwards Coating Research Center Opens

Tomorrow’s coating technology is now in the pipeline at the new $2.5 million California Polytechnic State University research center honoring the late Kenneth N. Edwards.


$3K Awarded in Paint Yellowing

A British homeowner has taken paint maker Dulux to task after its brilliant white paint turned yellow on his walls just weeks after application.


New Report Aimed at Nanomaterial Safety

Federal health and safety officials have released a new guidance document aimed at controlling worker exposure in the development of nanomaterials, which are being used in a range of new pro...


Feds Recommend Nanomaterial Controls

As makers of paints, coatings and other products reap the rewards of the nanotech boom, federal health and safety experts are racing to keep up with the risks.


Insulating Aerogel Takes Top Honor

A versatile hydrophobic silica aerogel used in a remarkable range of insulating, building and coating products has been named "2013 Best Overall Innovation” by a panel of chemical experts.


Team Harvests Potato-based Boards

UK chemists have dug up a new wood-based product similar to medium-density fibreboard (MDF) that replaces urea-formaldehyde resin with one based on potato starch.


Fighting Disease, Wall by Wall

A new bio-inspired surface that denies a foothold to cockroaches and ants joins other recent materials advances aimed at reducing pest-borne disease worldwide.


Hidden Da Vinci Mural Revealed in Italy

Italian restoration experts report they have revealed a portion of a tree mural believed to have been painted in the late 1400s by a young Leonardo da Vinci.


Coating Claims Germ-Free Finish

German researchers are reporting the development of a coating with the potency to kill and deflect fungal and bacterial growth for years.


Coating Slays Germs for Years

A new antimicrobial coating reportedly has the power to kill and prevent bacteria and fungi growth for several years, its developers say.


Insects to Slip on New Surface Coatings

A new coating may be able to deter beetles, cockroaches and ants from entering your home.


CA to Review Flame Retardants

The days of using hazardous flame-retardant chemicals in building foam insulation may be numbered in California, under a new law that will take a closer look at those chemicals.


EPA Issues Flame Retardant Risk Report

Safer options are available for a flame-retardant chemical commonly used in polystyrene building insulation, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


High-Stakes Verdict Looms in Paint Case

Attorneys for five former producers of lead-based paint and 10 California jurisdictions have rested their cases to end a landmark trial 13 years in the making and potentially worth $2 billio...


CA Antifouling Bill Nears Finish Line

After several years, California legislation targeting copper-based antifouling coatings has just one step to go before becoming law.


PCB-Tainted Buildings Spark EPA Fine

Allegations of PCB contamination and waste mismanagement at two buildings will cost an Arizona-based copper mining company $146,600 to resolve, according to federal authorities.


Paints, Transparency Awarded in LEED v4

Project teams that specify paints and coatings by manufacturers committed to material transparency may qualify for a revamped building product credit under LEED v4, rating system officials s...


Bayer: Product Glut May Force Cuts

Global demand for polyurethanes, polycarbonates and coating chemicals has cooled after several heated years, leaving a top world producer with an oversupply that may spur cutbacks.


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.


New Coatings Carry a Gourmet Touch

The latest coatings research has taken a tasty turn toward ingredients that non-chemists can not only pronounce, but actually consume: Wine. Tea. Chocolate.


Squid Teaches a Camo Coating Lesson

Want to learn how to hide from your enemies? Ask a squid. Or an octopus. They are the masters at blending into their environment. Researchers of coatings—especially military coatings—want to...


Sika Names New Technology Manager

Chemist Thomas Hasler has been named the Chief Technology Officer and a Member of Group Management at Sika AG.


Free Webinar Covers Polyurea Standard

Polyureas, polyurethanes and the latest industry standard for field application of those coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Foam Group Bounces to Record

The Polyurethane Foam Association has reported record membership growth of more than 30 percent in 2013.


Antibacterial Coatings Take a Tasty Turn

For the latest antibacterial coating advance, look no further than your kitchen. Researchers at Northwestern University have developed new multifunctional coatings based on the sticky polyph...


Axalta Scales Up Coatings R&D

Axalta Coating Systems (the old DuPont Performance Coatings business) has announced a fresh $5 million infusion into its global research and development headquarters in Wilmington, DE.


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 ...


Ocean Animals Inspire Camo Coatings

Inspired by the color-changing creatures of the sea, researchers are trying to develop camouflage coatings that could shift color properties when triggered by the user’s surroundings.


Nature Inspires Slippery Glass Coating

An ultra-slick new bio-inspired coating could make windows, solar panels and other glass surfaces more durable and self-cleaning, without diminishing clarity, Harvard University researchers ...


Sto Bows New Heat-Reflective Coating

Sto Corp. has introduced a new heat-reflective exterior wall coating that is available in 570 colors and can be applied on most cladding.


Ancient Gilders Best Modern Methods

Today, protective coating durability is measured in years—decades, if you're lucky. So how come some thin-film metal coating technology developed 2,000 years ago is still holding up?


Experts Unlock Ancient Gilding Method

Today’s metal coatings simply can’t touch thin-film metal coating technology developed by gilders 2,000 years ago, according to a group of Italian scientists.


Spray Coating Made to Repel Moisture

Rust-Oleum has introduced NeverWet, a multi-surface spray-coating, designed to repel water, mud, ice and other liquids.


1-Part Sealant Made for Primerless Use

Architectural weatherproofing supplier Pecora has added AVB Silicone, a one-part silicone sealant, to its commercial construction line.


After Long LEED Time, ‘v4’ Approved

The U.S. Green Building Council’s controversial update to its green-building certification system has gained strong member approval, paving the way for an official launch this fall.


Sika Acquires Sealant Maker Everbuild

Global structural materials conglomerate Sika AG has acquired Everbuild Building Products Ltd., a UK-based manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and construction chemicals.


U.S. to Crack Down on Isocyanates

A chemical used in everything from paints and varnishes to spray foam insulation and building materials is the target of new federal scrutiny aimed at protecting workers.


Greener AkzoNobel Coatings Ahead

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


OSHA to Target Key Coating Chemical

Federal health and safety authorities have announced a new crackdown on worker exposure to a chemical widely used in protective and marine coatings.


AkzoNobel Grows Greener with Solvay

AkzoNobel and Belgian chemical producer Solvay have signed a three-year agreement to increase the use of renewable raw materials in AkzoNobel's paints and coatings.


‘Self-Cleaning’ Paint Draws New Scrutiny

Some “self-cleaning” paints touted for their ability to break down airborne pollutants may be doing more harm than good, a group of environmental chemists now say.


‘Self-Cleaning’ Coatings Raise Concerns

A group of environmental chemists say widespread use of technology used in “self-cleaning” paints on building surfaces may do more harm than good.


SPF to Seal in Extreme Climes

Rhino Linings Corp. has expanded its insulation portfolio with a new closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) product for buildings in extreme hot and cold climates..


New Rules on Formaldehyde Proposed

Plywood, particle board, adhesives and other building materials made with formaldehyde would face new curbs on emissions under a rule newly proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen...


Conductive Paint Proves a Turn-on

A new electrically conductive paint that acts as “liquid wiring” is lighting up interest across the coatings industry.


Coating Made to be Bulletproof

Developed for a “dangerous world” of school, mall and theater shootings, a new protective coating is being billed as a bullet-stopping life saver.


PPG Broadens Antifouling Line

PPG Industries Inc.’s protective and marine coatings business has introduced an “entry-level” version of its premium antifouling Sigma Syladvance 800.


A Coat of Armor for Homes, Schools

In a clear sign of the times, a Nevada building materials maker has developed a plaster product that can reportedly protect homes and buildings from gunfire.


Self-Cleaning Nano Paint Leans on Light

A new nanotech company has developed a coating product that can reportedly combat pollutants through a proprietary nanoparticle formula and natural light.


Feds Urge Curbs on Nano Exposures

Nanotechnology may be the future of paints and coatings, but federal health officials are recommending strict limits on worker exposures to some of those tiny particles.


NIOSH Urges Nano Exposure Limits

Nanotechnology holds great promise for paints and coatings, but those microscopic carbon nanotubes and fibers may also carry large risks for workers exposed to them, federal health officials...


BASF to Cut Jobs in Resins, Pigments

German chemicals giant BASF has announced a global restructuring plan that will eliminate 500 positions by the end of 2015.


Maya Blue Paint Mystery Solved?

Spanish researchers say they have unraveled clues to the mysterious and durable blue paint used by ancient Maya.


New Paint Technology Lights, Animates

From walls to motorcycles, a newly developed electroluminescent paint is lighting things up.


Powering Up Buildings with Paint

UK researchers are developing coatings for steel and glass that can turn new and existing buildings into power stations.


2 Paint Makers Settle FTC Green Suit

Sherwin-Williams and PPG Industries must tread carefully on future zero-VOC labeling claims, under a settlement just finalized with the Federal Trade Commission.


Final Order for ‘Zero VOC’ Claim Cases

Settlement orders against two leading paint and coating companies for alleged false “zero VOC” claims are now final, according to the Federal Trade Commission.


Dunn-Edwards Bids Farewell to Leader

Renowned polymer chemist Kenneth N. Edwards, retired CEO of the Dunn-Edwards Corp. and a champion of the coatings industry, died Feb. 20 at his home in Glendale, CA. He was 80.


Coating May Power Up Tablet Screens

Electronics users who panic at being stranded without a charger may find reassurance in an energy-harvesting coating being developed by an MIT spinoff company.


Sherwin-Williams Revamps Harmony Line

The Sherwin-Williams Company has reformulated its Harmony Paint to reduce airborne concentrations of formaldehyde and other aldehydes.


Shark Skin Inspires Aircraft Coatings

Shark skin-inspired coatings research is underway on dry land and could soon take flight, as German airline giant Lufthansa Technik AG prepares to test the new paint system on two jets.


New 2K Epoxy for High-Traffic Areas

Omnova Solutions has introduced a colloidal dispersion designed to form a 2K coating system for schools, hospitals and other high-traffic areas.


New Roof Membrane Smooths, Reflects

A global roof coating and membrane producer has added a self-adhering, white, reflective product to its lineup of “Kool Roof Solution” products.


TQC Heats Up New Temperature Line

TQC will introduce new options and products focusing on the effect of temperature on paint-related chemistry at the 2013 European Coatings Show.


Brushes with Greatness, and House Paint

One long-coveted secret of Pablo Picasso's genius may be out. It's house paint.


AkzoNobel Taps R&D Head for N. America

Graeme Armstrong, who oversees research, development, and innovation for AkzoNobel, has been appointed to lead the company's North American operations.


AkzoNobel Names N. America Director

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


Nanocoating to Ward Off Flames

Flame-retardant research is heating up in Texas, where researchers report the development of an environmentally friendly nanocoating that can be used on fabrics and foams.


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.


Group Studies Non-Toxic Drier for Paint

Toxic drying agents used in paints and coatings may soon be swapped with an environmentally friendly option, according to a group of Austrian researchers.


First Eastern Coatings Show to Bow

Nanotechnology and new developments in architectural coatings are among the 21st-century topics to be covered at the first Eastern Coatings Show slated for April 29 to May 2 in Atlantic City...


Oilseed for Coatings Research Gets $5M

A $5.08 million award will help researchers study how to convert camelina oilseed to produce resins, coatings, sealants and more.


Zero-VOC Colorant System Debuts

Diamond Vogel has announced the debut of its PureColor Zero-VOC Colorant System.


Oilseed Study Turns to Coatings

A group of researchers hope to uncover new purposes for the camelina oilseed in coatings, sealants and other applications.


Nanocoating Gives Liquids the Bounce

A new nanoscale coating that bounces liquids—from coffee to acids to custard—from its surface could eventually protect everything from military uniforms to ship hulls, according to its devel...


Antimicrobial Market Set to Clean Up

The global antimicrobial coatings market is on track to reach to $3.3 billion by 2018—doubling its value in six years—with North America leading revenue and demand, a new market forecast con...


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.


EU Deliberates Lead Paint Limits

Lead paint used in restoring and maintaining Europe's historic interiors, monuments and artworks could take on special "hazardous" status, under new measures being weighed by the European Un...


U.S. Reviews Paint Stripper Chemicals

Largely banned in Europe and linked to multiple deaths in the U.S., toxic paint-stripper chemicals are finally getting a serious look from the Environmental Protection Agency.


EPA Weighs Thinners, Coating Chemicals

Federal regulators are taking a fresh and sharp look at the safety of chemicals used in paint strippers, spray-on protective coatings and halogenated flame retardants .


Bonsal American Buys Surface Coatings

Pavement coatings maker Bonsal American Inc. has acquired Surface Coatings Company Inc., a manufacturer of asphalt pavement maintenance coatings and products.


Scientists to Test Smog-Eating Coatings

German researchers are testing paints that promise to purify and rid the air of nitrogen oxides.


 
 
   

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