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Arkema Increases Resin Production

Global chemicals manufacturer Arkema has announced that it has launched a 30% increase in photocure resin production capacity at its Sartomer site in Canton, China.


Covestro CEO MacCleary to Retire

Global provider of high-tech materials company Covestro LLC recently announced the retirement of chief executive officer and chairman of the board, Jerry MacCleary, effective December 31.


Covestro Announces Supplier Diversity Program

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro recently announced the launch of a new supplier diversity program.


University Sues over Stadium Defects

The University of Akron, located in Ohio, has filed a lawsuit against multiple companies over faulty concrete railings and cracking at its decade-old InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field.


PPG Taps New Architectural Coatings VP

Earlier this month global coatings company PPG announced the appointment of Jaime Irick as Vice President, architectural coatings, U.S. and Canada.


VA Offshore Wind Construction Begins

In the upcoming weeks, Dominion Energy (Richmond, Virginia) will begin construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, according to the company’s Chairman, President and CEO Thom...


Nippon Acquires Betek Boya

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. recently announced via press release that it has acquired Turkish paint manufacturer Betek Boya.


KTA-Tator Celebrates 70 Years

Coating consulting, inspection and services company KTA-Tator Inc. (Pittsburgh) has announced the celebration of its 70th anniversary.


PPG Comex Opens New $8.8M Distribution Center

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that PPG Comex has opened a new $8.8 million distribution center in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Gehry Designs Warner Bros. HQ

Architect Frank Gehry of Gehry Partners has designed a set of office buildings for Warner Bros. future headquarters in Burbank, California.


AkzoNobel Reports Flat Revenue in Q1

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently published its first-quarter financial report Wednesday, noting that the company numbers are holding steady in the beginning of this fiscal yea...


Teknos Acquires Drywood Norge AS

Industrial coatings firm Teknos announced that it has completed the acquisition of Drywood Norge AS to support its own growth strategy by entering a new business area in the architectural co...


Provide Your Thoughts on SSPC/NACE Talks

Recently, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority announced the beginning of discussions regarding “synergistic opportunities” bet...


PPG Appoints New Chief Digital Officer

Global coatings company PPG announced earlier this week that appointment of Devashish Saxena as vice president and chief digital officer, effective April 1.


$2.2B DC Wharf Kicks Off Phase Two

Last Saturday (March 30) Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. held a community celebration to kick off Phase Two of The Wharf’s construction in Southwest D.C.


AkzoNobel to Invest Millions in NC Wood Facility

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced “a multi-million-dollar” investment in updating its wood coatings facility in High Point, North Carolina, with the aim of strengthening t...


Firm to Supply Water Treatment Systems to Ships

BIO-UV Group, known for producing ultraviolet light water treatment technologies, recently announced in an emailed press release that the company will be supplying its BIO-SEA ballast water ...


Floating Solar Plant Approved in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has recently approved the installation of a 100-megawatt floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir.


Tnemec Acquires Manufacturer ProPolymer Coatings

Industrial and architectural protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec (Kansas City, Missouri) announced Monday (March 25) the acquisition of coatings company ProPolymer Coatings (St. Louis), ...


High Schooler Develops Powder Coatings Venture

A high school student living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, began his venture into the world of powder coatings with plans to coat his four-wheeler. Now, he runs his own business custom-coating t...


Army Corps Awards $712M Design-Build Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Kansas City District has recently awarded a $712 million design-build contract for its new Next National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West headquarters.


Nippon Paint Marine Eyes Middle East Expansion

Earlier this month, Nippon Paint Marine (Europe) announced in an emailed press release a 35 percent increase in consolidated sales. The company is looking to expand into new locations and ma...


Jetstream Announces Distribution Partnership

Industrial high-pressure waterblasting equipment manufacturer Jetstream of Houston LLP (Houston) announced via an emailed press release early last week a new distribution partnership with wa...


Saudia Arabia Buys Largest 3D Construction Printer

Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company has recently purchased what has been described as the “world’s largest 3D construction printer” from Danish firm Cobod Internat...


Storm Water Solutions Call for Abstracts

Recently, Storm Water Solutions put out a call for abstracts for their SWS Conference & Exhibition 2019.


Gordon Brush Co. Announces Acquisition

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. (Industry, California) announced in an emailed press release late last week that it has acquired manufacturing company Spectrum Paint Applicator Corp. (Newark, Ne...


KTA-Tator Acquires Elzly Technology

KTA-Tator (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) announced in an emailed press release late last week the acquisition of Elzly Technology Corporation, which will add the latter company’s coatings, corro...


3 NY Painting Companies Charged with Fraud

The United States federal government has recently filed a civil fraud lawsuit against three New York-area painting contractors.


Sherwin-Williams Announces Leadership Changes

Since going into effect March 1, Sherwin-Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) Board of Directors elected David B. Sewell to serve as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer.


BASF Invests $38M in New Shanghai Facility

Chemicals company BASF announced Tuesday (March 12) that it is expanding its scope in the Asia Pacific region with a 34 million-euro ($38.4 million) investment into a new 5,000-square-foot f...


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 ...


Axalta Opens Largest Refinish Center in India

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) announced earlier this week that it has opened its largest and most advanced refinish training center in India.


Evonik Acquires Polymer Powders Company

Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) announced that it has acquired Structured Polymers Inc. (Austin, Texas) for access to its new patented technology in specialty polymer powders.


Dow Expands EMEA Distribution Agreement

Safic-Alcan, independent specialty chemicals distributor (La Défense, France) and Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced the extension of their existing agree...


Nouryon Completes Organic Peroxides Expansion

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon has announced that it has more than doubled its capacity for emulsion-based organic peroxides at its site in Los Reyes, Mexico. The move aims to meet incr...


Axalta Opens Australia, New Zealand Facility

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) announced last week that it has officially opened a new regional multi-functional facility for Australia and New Zealand.


WY Utility's First Wind Farm Faces Replacement

A Wyoming utility company has filed a permit to replace its first wind farm—originally commissioned in 1998, composed of over 65 turbines—located at Foote Creek Rim I. The replacement would ...


Monti Werkzeuge to Combine Americas Businesses

Surface preparation technologies manufacturer Monti Werkzeuge GmbH recently announced reaching an agreement with its U.S. distributor, Montipower Inc., along with owner Charles “Chuck” Locka...


Industrial Physics Acquires C&W Specialist Equipment

Test and measurement equipment manufacturer Industrial Physics Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts) announced Monday (Feb. 4) in an emailed press release the acquisition of C&W Specialist Equipment ...


ACI Opens New Regional Office in Dubai

The American Concrete Institute announced earlier this month the opening of a new regional office in Dubai.


Rust-Oleum Opens New Manufacturing Plant

Leaders at Rust-Oleum (Vernon Hills, Illinois) recently opened the company’s new 110,000-square-foot floor coating manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.


Nouryon Announces New India HQ

Amsterdam-based Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) announced yesterday (Jan. 16) that it has opened a new headquarters office and research center in Mumbai, India.


Sika Moves to Acquire Parex in $2.5B Deal

Swiss chemicals company Sika has announced a binding offer to buy French coatings company Parex for a reported 2.5 billion Swiss franc ($2.53 billion).


PPG to Acquire German Automotive Coatings Firm

Global coatings company PPG announced Jan. 7 an agreement to acquire German automotive coatings manufacturer Hemmelrath.


Jotun, Kansai Paint Extend Coatings Alliance

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord) recently announced the further development of an alliance with Kansai Paint, a leading coating supplier in Japan. Working togeth...


Dow Announces Increase in Methyl Cellulose

Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced a series of incremental methyl cellulose capacity investments, which the company says aims to help construction try mix...


Dow Announces Increase in Methyl Cellulose

Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced a series of incremental methyl cellulose capacity investments, which the company says aims to help construction try mix...


Axalta Expands China Office, Refinish Center

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced the opening of a new regional office and Refinish Training Center in Chengdu, China. The company ...


PPG Announces Investment in China Facility

Global coatings company PPG announced last least week that it is investing $1.7 million into a new dispense cell at its Kunshan, China, manufacturing facility.


PPG Announces Investment in China Facility

Global coatings company PPG announced last least week that it is investing $1.7 million into a new dispense cell at its Kunshan, China, manufacturing facility.


Axalta Announces Opening of Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


Axalta Opens Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


Nippon Paint Collabs to Launch Coil Coatings Center

During the 40th anniversary celebration of steel building systems firm Shandong Wiskind Ltd., Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. announced the establishment of a new coil coatings joint innovati...


New CRRC Member Appointed

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced in an emailed press release the appointment of David A. Cocuzzi as ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Cool...


ChemQuest Exec Appointed as New CRRC Member

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced in an emailed press release the appointment of David A. Cocuzzi as ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Cool...


CIN Invests $7.9M in 'Smart Factory'

Portugal-based coatings company CIN recently announced a 7 million-euro ($7.9 million) investment to “create the first smart factory.”


Covestro to Invest $1.7B in TX Expansion

Polymers giant Covestro recently announced that its board approved an investment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to build a new world-scale MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a key ch...


Covestro to Invest $1.7B in TX Expansion

Polymers giant Covestro recently announced that its board approved an investment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to build a new world-scale MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a key ch...


Akzo Specialty Chem Rebranded as Nouryon

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced earlier this week that it has been relaunched following its move into private ownership. The company has been relabeled Nouryon, a name that Akzo says...


Axalta Announces New Wood Coatings Center

Last week, liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced the openng of its new Learning and Development Center, which is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology. The Center i...


Akzo Specialty Chem Rebranded as Nouryon

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced Tuesday that it has been relaunched following its move into private ownership. The company will now be known as Nouryon, a name that Akzo says borrows...


Axalta Opens New Wood Coatings Center

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced last week that it has opened its new Learning and Development Center, which is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology, in Pomon...


AkzoNobel Acquires Spain Paint Firm

International coatings supplier AkzoNobel announced last week the acquisition of a Spain-based decorative paints and wood finishes firm as part of what it calls its transformational strategy...


AkzoNobel Acquires Spain Subsidiary

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel has now furthered its foothold in both the decorative paints and wood care segments in Spain with its most recent deal.


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...


Deal Ends 17-Day Crane Strike in WA

Seattle crane operators are no longer on a 17-day strike thanks to a tentative deal struck between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contrac...


Airplane Maker Paints Tiger, Shark Planes

With the true eye of the tiger, aircraft maker Embraer recently collaborated with AkzoNobel’s aerospace coatings business to develop new livery for three of Embraer’s latest line of E2 busin...


Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

As contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel continue, steelworkers in and around Pittsburgh voted Thursday to allow the union to call for a strike if necessary.


IMechE Renames Corrosion and Coatings Consultancy

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers announced on Tuesday that it will be renaming its NDT, Corrosion and Coatings Training and Consultancy business to IMechE Argyll Ruane, marking a retu...


Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

As contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel continue, steelworkers in and around Pittsburgh voted Thursday to allow the union to call for a strike if necessary.


PPG to Build R&D Facility in China

Global coatings supplier PPG recently announced plans for a new research and development center in Tianjin, China, part of a larger move to increase the company’s research footprint for cust...


PPG to Build New R&D Center in China

Global coatings supplier PPG recently announced plans for a new research and development center in Tianjin, China, part of a larger move to increase the company’s research footprint for cust...


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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...


Huntsman Expands PU Footprint

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation announced late last month that it is expanding its Polyurethanes division with the commercial registration of its business in Chile.


Huntsman Expands Footprint in South America

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation announced late last month that it is expanding its Polyurethanes division with the commercial registration of its business in Chile.


Thortex, Valentus Announce Partnership

Valentus Specialty Chemicals recently announced, in an emailed press release, its commitment to a global technology supply agreement through its protective maintenance coatings segment and t...


Axalta Names New EMEA President

Global company Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) announced last week multiple personnel changes in its European regions, including the appointment of Yves Kerstens as Vice President and ...


Axalta Appoints New EMEA President

Global coatings company Axalta announced last week multiple personnel changes in its European regions.


Valentus, Thortex Announce Partnership

Valentus Specialty Chemicals recently announced, in an emailed press release, its commitment to a global technology supply agreement through its protective maintenance coatings segment and t...


Axalta to Expand TX Liquid Coatings Facility

Coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems is undertaking a major expansion to its Jacksonville, Texas, industrial coatings production facility, according to an announcement issued July 31.


Axalta Announces TX Plant Expansion

Coatings company Axalta announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its Jacksonville, Texas, production facility.


O'Malley Named MPI Executive Director

The NACE International Institute announced Tuesday that Cynthia O’Malley, formerly of KTA-Tator Inc., will take the role of executive director of Master Painters Institute LLC.


NACE Names New MPI Executive Director

The NACE International Institute announced Tuesday the appointment of Cynthia O’Malley as its new executive director for Master Painters Institute LLC.


MARAD Announces Small Shipyard Grants

To help increase efficiency and growth for small shipyards, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded $20 million in grants to 29 shipyards as part of ...


Clariant, Lintech Expand Partnership

Specialty chemicals firm Clariant recently announced the expansion of its partnership with specialty chemical distributor Lintech International LLC—Lintech will be the sole distributor of Cl...


Clariant Expands Partnership with Lintech

Specialty chemicals firm Clariant (Muttens, Switzerland) recently announced the expansion of its partnership with specialty chemical distributor Lintech International LLC (Macon, Georgia)—Li...


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

Global coatings firm PPG (announced two leadership changes earlier this week: Diane Kappas, currently vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, was appointed as the vice pres...


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

Global coatings firm PPG (Pittsburgh) announced two leadership changes earlier this week: Diane Kappas, currently vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, was appointed as t...


RPM Announces Operation Changes

Less than two weeks after announcing new initiatives as part of a cooperation agreement with fund manager Elliott Management, coatings and sealants holding company RPM Inc. said July 6 that ...


RPM Announces Leadership Changes

Less than two weeks after announcing new initiatives as part of a cooperation agreement with fund manager Elliott Management, coatings and sealants holding company RPM Inc. said July 6 that ...


Airbus Gets a Whale of a Paint Job

In late June, Airbus made a splash with the unveiling of the new design for the BelugaXL (Airbus A330-700L), a new mega-transport aircraft painted to look like its namesake—the Beluga whale.


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PPG to Close Houston Plant

Global coatings manufacturer PPG has confirmed plans to shut down a plant in Houston after filing a notice with the Texas Workforce Commission disclosing upcoming job cuts.


PPG Announces Houston Plant Closure

Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG is planning to close a Houston manufacturing plant, according to documents filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.


AkzoNobel Expands Organic Peroxide Plant in India

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals recently announced that is has broken ground on a project to expand production capacity and update its organic peroxides facility in Mahad, India.


AkzoNobel Acquires Decorative Paint Co.

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced the acquisition of decorative paint and plaster manufacturer Fabryo on Monday, which includes two production facilities and six distribution ...


Huntsman Announces New Dubai PU Plant

Global chemical company Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, Texas) recently announced plans to build a new polyurethanes systems house in Dubai. The new facility, to be located in the Jebel...


Huntsman to Build New Dubai PU Plant

Global chemical company Huntsman Corporation announced plans at the end of May to build a new polyurethanes systems house in Dubai. The new facility, to be located in the Jebel Ali Free Trad...


AkzoNobel Opens Powder-Coating Plant

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced that the company will be continuing its expansion in Asia with the start of production at a new powder coatings plant in Changzhou, ...


AkzoNobel Opens New Powder Coatings Plant

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel is continuing its expansion in Asia with the start of production at its new powder coatings plant in Changzhou, China.


TX Firm Claims Millions in Savings from iPads

A Dallas construction company recently made headlines when it reported that the use of iPads in the field has saved the company an estimated $1.8 million a year.


Graphene Firm Plans Antifouling Foray

Advanced materials company First Graphene Limited (Nedlands, Australia) recently announced it has entered into an agreement with Engage Marine (Perth, Australia) to develop graphene-enhanced...


General Dynamics to Expand Groton Shipyard

General Dynamics Electric Boat recently announced that it will be spending roughly half of its $1.7 billion multi-year capital expenditure plan on upgrading its Groton, Connecticut, manufact...


Perkins Eastman, Dougherty Announce Merger

Global architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman and California-based firm Dougherty recently announced that the two have agreed on a merger, effective May 1.


PPG Gauges Sustainability in Yearly Report

Global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) detailed its sustainability efforts from the past year in its recently released 2017 Sustainability Report, an annual publication examining the comp...


Sales Up, Volumes Largely Flat for PPG in Q1

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Thursday (April 19), indicating a 9 percent increase in net sales over the prior year, totaling $3....


PPG Reports Sales Up, Volumes Flat in Q1

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Thursday (April 19), indicating a 9 percent increase in net sales over the prior year, totaling $3....


Lufthansa to Repaint Newly Repainted Planes

Germany-based Lufthansa Group has had to reverse the recent changes made to its livery due to the new dark blue being too dark, especially in adverse weather conditions.


Southwest Airlines Honors Louisiana with Pelican Plane

To celebrate Louisiana and 39 years of service to the region, Southwest Airlines released the company’s latest state-dedicated aircraft—Louisiana One—a Boeing 737-700 painted with both the f...


Nippon Paint Allows Wuthelam Board Majority

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. recently announced the decision to make Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam a majority on its board, allowing the company to essentially be in control of N...


AkzoNobel Names Andersen New Board Chair

Coatings giant AkzoNobel announced earlier this week the nomination of Nils Smedegaard Andersen as a member of the Supervisory Board, with the intention to elect him as Chairman, granted his...


Voorhees Named Rust-Oleum CEO

Holding company RPM International Inc. announced March 1 that President of Rust-Oleum North America Edward J. Voorhees III will become Rust-Oleum Group's CEO, effective immediately.


Nippon Paint Allows Wuthelam Board Majority

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. recently announced that it has decided to make Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam a majority on its board, allowing the company to essentially be in contr...


Voorhees Named CEO of Rust-Oleum Group

Holding company RPM International Inc. announced late last week that Edward J. Voorhees III, president of Rust-Oleum North America, will take over the role of CEO of the Rust-Oleum Group, ef...


AkzoNobel Names Andersen New Board Chair

Coatings giant AkzoNobel announced yesterday the nomination of Nils Smedegaard Andersen as a member of the Supervisory Board, while also intending to elect him as Chairman, granted his appoi...


DowDuPont Reveals Upcoming Company Names

The recently merged DowDuPont announced Monday the names for the three independent companies that each division will assume, continuing the company’s plan to separate.


Aviation Coatings Firm Permagard Expanding into Asia

In a move to expand into the Asian aviation market, Australia-based aircraft protective coatings company Permagard Aviation recently announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding wit...


Lufthansa Unveils New Airline Livery

Germany-based Lufthansa Group recently unveiled new livery for its airline, which was part of a redesign to mark the 100th anniversary of the airline’s iconic crane. The reveal also featured...


AkzoNobel Releases Preliminary 2017 Numbers

On Thursday, global coatings firm AkzoNobel released a preliminary report of its unaudited financial numbers for 2017, which indicated the complete internal separation of the Specialty Chemi...


AkzoNobel Preliminary 2017 Sales Numbers Up

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released preliminary 2017 year-end financial numbers Thursday (Feb. 8), indicating a slight increase in overall revenues as the company's plan to ...


Coating Firm to Open E-Coat Factory in KY

Illinois-based industrial e-coating manufacturer Tru-Tone Finishing Inc. recently announced that it will be opening a plant in Lexington, Kentucky, which will open up 120 jobs in the region.


PPG Opens Wood Coating R&D Facility

Pittsburgh-based coatings giant PPG recently announced the opening of a new wood coatings research and development lab at its Springdale, Pennsylvania, facility.


Activist Shareholder Sells Clariant Stake

Chemical firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp recently purchased a 25 percent stake in specialty chemicals firm Clariant, effectively ending the company’s fight with an activist holding company ...


Aegion Names Head of Corrosion Protection

Pipeline services provider Aegion Corporation announced earlier this week that Brian Groody had joined the company as president of the Corrosion Protection platform.


Saudi Firm Buys Clariant Stake from Activist Fund

Chemical firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp recently purchased a 25 percent stake in specialty chemicals firm Clariant (Muttens, Switzerland), effectively ending the company’s fight with activ...


Firm Looks to Control Nippon Paints Board

Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam recently announced that it is looking to become a majority on the board for Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., citing a belief that the group can create ...


Firm Looks to Control Nippon Paints Board

Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam recently announced that it is looking to become a majority on the board for Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., citing a belief that the group can create ...


PPG Releases Q4, Year-End Financials

Global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced its fourth-quarter earnings report Thursday morning (Jan. 18), as well as its 2017 year-end report, boasting net sales increases in ea...


PPG Releases Q4, Year-End Financials

Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG announced its fourth-quarter financial report Thursday morning, as well as its end-of-year report for 2017. Each report indicated an increas...


AkzoNobel to Expand Organic Peroxide Facility

Dutch coatings company AzkoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced Wednesday that the company is investing more than 12 million euros ($14.7 million) to expand a facility in Los Reyes, Mexico.


Large UK Construction Firm Financially Collapses

The United Kingdom’s government is doing damage control after one of the largest construction and outsourcing firms financially collapsed on Monday, prompting unions to call for an investiga...


PPG Agrees to Acquire Paints, Coatings Wholesaler

Global coatings company PPG announced Jan. 2 that it had reached an agreement to acquire ProCoatings, a Netherlands-based paint and coatings wholesaler.


PPG Set to Acquire Paints, Coatings Wholesaler

Early last week, global coatings company PPG announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire ProCoatings, a paint and coatings wholesaler based in The Netherlands.


Swiss Coatings Firm Enters Reinforcing Fiber Market

Coatings and specialty chemicals firm Sika recently announced its entry into the market for high-performance concrete reinfocing fibers, producing the material at its Troisdorf, Germany, fac...


Sika Commences Concrete Reinforcing Fiber Production

Swiss coatings company Sika recently announced that it has started producing high-performance concrete reinforcing fibers at its manufacturing facility in Troisdorf, Germany.


AkzoNobel Announces Silica Expansion

The Specialty Chemicals business of global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Wednesday (Dec. 6) that it will undertake a nearly $5 million expansion to its surface-modified collo...


AkzoNobel to Expand Colloidal Silica Capacity

Amsterdam-based global coatings giant AkzoNobel announced Wednesday that its Specialty Chemicals business is expanding production capacity at a facility in Sweden for its Levasil CC-branded ...


SPF Companies Icynene, Lapolla Finalize Merger

Spray polyurethane foam manufacturers Icynene U.S. Holding Corp. and Lapolla Industries Inc. have announced the completion of their merger.


AkzoNobel Spin-Off Gets Official Green Light

Amsterdam-based coatings giant AkzoNobel held an Extraordinary General Meeting with its shareholders late last week that gave the company the official go-head to spin off its Specialty Chemi...


AkzoNobel Shareholders OK Split

AkzoNobel shareholders have indicated approval of the Amsterdam-based company’s decision to separate its Specialty Chemicals business into a separate entity. This move is part of a larger pl...


ICP Construction Acquires Specialty Coatings Company

A division of the Innovative Chemical Products Group (Andover, Massachusetts), ICP Construction, announced last week that it had acquired Master Coating Technologies, a manufacturer of speci...


Covestro Expands Operations, Production Capacity

Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) has announced the beginning of operations at a new production facility for aqueous polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) at its Dormagen, Germany, site.


Covestro Expands Production Capacity

Covestro, a global supplier of polyurethane dispersions, has announced the commencement of operations at a new production facility for aqueous PUDs at its Dormagen, Germany, site.


PPG Releases Third-Quarter Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced its third-quarter earnings report Thursday morning (Oct. 19), noting a small increase in net sales over this period in 2016.


PPG Announces Third-Quarter Financials

On Thursday morning, Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG announced its third-quarter earnings report, noting a small increase in net sales over the same quarter in 2016.


AkzoNobel Releases Third-Quarter Numbers

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its third-quarter earnings report on Wednesday (Oct. 18), along with a notice of changes to its supervisory board and the announcement fo...


Third-Quarter Numbers for AkzoNobel Released

On Wednesday, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel released its third-quarter earnings report, along with additionally announcing changes to its supervisory board and an Extraordinary Gene...


PPG VP Announces Retirement

Last week, PPG Industries announced a number of personnel changes, including the retirement of executive vice president Viktor Sekmakas.


PPG VP Sekmakas to Retire

PPG last week announced the retirement of executive vice president Viktor Sekmakas, along with other personnel moves that see Tim Knavish stepping into the role of senior vice president of i...


Clariant Partners Up for Polymer Production

In a move to expand its high-end polymer business in Asia, Clariant recently announced its new partnership with Tiangang Auxiliary Co. Ltd., a UV light stabilizer supplier.


Sika Acquires Turkish Manufacturer

Specialty chemicals company Sika has acquired ABC Sealants, a Turkish-based sealants and adhesives manufacturer.


MARAD Issues Small Shipyard Grants

In a move aimed at investing in small shipyards and strengthening their competitiveness, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $9.8 million in gra...


DowDuPont Says Merger is Successfully Complete

The merger of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont was completed right on schedule, according to a press release issued by the new company, DowDupont.


Dow-DuPont Merger Complete

The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont officially completed their merger last week, creating a new company that will now divide into three separate businesses.


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Huntsman-Clariant Present First Update on Merger

Clariant and Huntsman recently presented the first merger update for shareholders. Huntsman also recently announced a subsidiary company’s IPO.


PPG Releases Q2 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries announced its second-quarter earnings Thursday morning, touching on a slight uptick in net sales year over year and also discussing the impact tha...


PPG Steady in the Second Quarter

PPG Industries reported a modest increase in net sales despite a slight dip in volumes in the Performance Coatings segment in its second quarter, according to the coatings manufacturer's Q2 ...


Dow Opens Polyurethanes Center in Romania

The Dow Chemical Company recently announced the opening of a new polyurethanes service center in Romania.


Dow Polyurethanes Opens Center in Romania

The Dow Chemical Company recently announced the opening of a new polyurethanes service center in Romania.


Investor Wants to Stop Huntsman, Clariant Merger

Investment firm 40 North and hedge fund Corvex, led by activist investor Keith Meister, have recently acquired 23.9 million shares (or 7.2 percent) of Clariant and are actively trying to pus...


Evonik Reorganizes Crosslinkers Line

Raw materials and specialty chemicals firm Evonik Industries AG recently announced changes to the organization of its crosslinker and epoxy businesses.


Evonik Reorganizes Resource Efficiency Segment

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Evonik Industries AG recently made a change to utilize its expertise in crosslinker technology, the company says.


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Covestro Appoints Steilemann as CEO

German polymer giant Covestro announced that Markus Steilemann has been appointed as the firm's next CEO.


Polymer Giant Covestro Appoints Steilemann as CEO

German polymer company Covestro (Leverkeusen) announced that Markus Steilemann has been appointed as the firm's next CEO.


AkzoNobel Rejects Meeting Request, Backs Chair

Dutch coatings company AkzoNobel has officially declined a shareholder request for an Extraordinary General Meeting.


AkzoNobel Denies Hedge Fund's Meeting Request

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Tuesday (April 25) that it officially rejected a request by sharefholders to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss an ouster of the firm'...


Kansai Acquires European Coatings Firm

Paints and coatings company Kansai recently announced that it completed its acquisition of Helios Group, a coatings company headquartered in Kolicevo, Slovenia.


Kansai Completes Helios Acquisition

Osaka, Japan-based chemical company Kansai acquired 100 percent of shares of coating manufacturer Helios Group, which is headquartered in Kolicevo, Slovenia.


Europe OKs Dow-DuPont Merger

After months of review, the European Union has approved the pending merger between Dow Chemical and DuPont, setting the two companies one step closer to combining.


Dow-DuPont Merger Gains EU Approval

Dow Chemical and DuPont are one step closer to becoming DowDuPont, with the companies’ recent merger approval coming from the European Union.


AkzoNobel Rejects $22B PPG Proposal

Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel said Thursday that it is reviewing its options to separate its Specialty Chemicals business after rejecting outright an offer from PPG Indus...


PPG Makes Bid for AkzoNobel

PPG Industries made an offer to buy its largest competitor in the paint and coatings industry, AkzoNobel, but the Dutch firm rejected the bid, and is now exploring the possibility of spinnin...


Paint Contractor Bookkeeper Faces Charges

A former bookkeeper of a Syracuse, New York-area painting contractor has been charged with stealing nearly $700,000 from his employer, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.


Evonik Unveils Istanbul Lab

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Evonik has opened a new coating additives lab at its site in Istanbul, Turkey, expanding its services for customers in the Middle East.


ChemQuest Adds Tech Expert

Dr. Sudhir Hublikar has been hired by The ChemQuest Group Inc. to fill the role of Technology and Innovations Director, bringing expertise in coatings and chemical technology, the company re...


Technology Expert Joins ChemQuest

The ChemQuest Group Inc. has announced the appointment of coatings and chemical expert Dr. Sudhir Hublikar as its new Technology and Innovations Director.


Dunn-Edwards, Nippon Paint Agree to Merger

Asian paint manufacturing giant Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) has received approval from its board of directors to move ahead with plans to acquire Los Angeles-based paint ma...


Nippon Paint to Buy Dunn-Edwards

Osaka, Japan-based Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., the world’s fourth largest paint company, has entered into a deal to acquire the Los Angeles-based paint maker Dunn-Edwards Corp.


Boeing Launches SC Paint Operations

With the completion of a new 360,000-square-foot paint facility, Boeing South Carolina announced that its North Charleston, SC, production campus will no longer have to fly the 787-10 Dreaml...


AkzoNobel Closes BASF Coatings Deal

Ten months after confirming its intentions, Dutch coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has completed its acquisition of BASF’s Industrial Coatings business, which supplies products for the constr...


PPG Announces Global Cost-Cutting Plan

In an effort to recognize $125 million in savings in the coming year, paints and coatings manufacturer PPG announced Friday (Dec. 9) the planned implementation of a “significant and broad” g...


PPG to Shed Jobs in Restructuring

As many as 1,700 jobs, about 3.6 percent of PPG's 44,700-member workforce, are expected to be affected by a global restructuring program in the coming year.


Boeing Paint Firm to Close Plant, Dismiss 200

A painting subcontractor providing services to The Boeing Company will lay off nearly 200 workers early next year when its contract with the multinational aerospace corporation expires.


PPG Takes Over Italy Operations

As part of its efforts to expand its reach in Europe, PPG has bought out the remaining 50 percent ownership interest of a joint venture in Italy, the company announced Friday (Nov. 11).


Huntsman to Spin Off Pigments Business

Huntsman Corporation, an American-based global chemical manufacturer with more than $10 billion in revenue last year, is looking to move ahead with a plan to spin off its Pigments & Additive...


Huntsman Spinoff to Focus on TiO2

American chemical manufacturer Huntsman Corporation has announced it is moving forward with plans to spin off its Pigments & Additives business and create a new publicly traded company.


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.


Hempel Fires 4 in Bribery Scandal

Danish coatings manufacturer Hempel A/S is under the scrutiny of German authorities for alleged bribery activities on the part of its employees.


RPM Reports Q1 Growth Amid Challenges

Despite a reportedly soft market in the energy and heavy equipment industries, RPM International Inc., parent company of Carboline, posted a record first quarter for its 2017 fiscal year, wh...


RPM Posts Record First Quarter

North American commercial construction markets bolstered results for RPM International Inc.'s first quarter of 2017, which ended Aug. 31.


Paint Disposal, Project Procedures at Issue

The Texas Department of Transportation is facing scrutiny on two fronts this month: improper paint disposal in one of its districts and a state audit suggesting that its design-build program...


Two Firms to Pay $2.4M in Wage Probe

A New England construction concern and a related company have been ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million in back wages and damages to almost 500 employees for misclassifying them as independent...


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...


RPM Inks Australian Waterproofing Deal

Seeking to widen their footprint in the Australian market, RPM and its Tremco Group have announced the acquisition of New South Wales-based Duram Industries Pty Ltd., a manufacturer of comme...


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.


Laticrete Expands TX Operation

Laticrete International Inc. says it is building a 70,000-square-foot addition to an existing 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Grand Prairie, TX.


Florida Paint Makers Ink Deal

Orlando-based Florida Paints announced it has acquired the Scott Paint Company.


Will Overtime Rule Hurt or Help Workers?

While the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new rule implementing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations governing who is exempt from overtime, construction ...


Industry Groups Slam Overtime Rule

Construction industry groups argue that the new overtime wage rule aimed at increasing wages for middle-income Americans will actually do the opposite.


Emerald to Shed Chemical Plants

A newly announced deal will result in DyStar LP and a subsidiary of China-based Sinochem acquiring several units and facilities from U.S.-based Emerald Performance Materials.


FTC Reviews Acquisition

As part of The Sherwin-Williams Company’s pending acquisition of The Valspar Corporation, the companies have been asked to provide additional information and documentary material to federal ...


FTC Probes Sherwin-Williams Deal

Federal trade regulators want to know more about The Sherwin-Williams Company’s quest to acquire Valspar in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s largest paint and coatings produ...


Contractor Pays $682K for Unpaid Overtime

A Texas contractor has paid $682,318 in back wages to 161 employees to resolve allegations the company did not pay the workers overtime wages, according to federal officials.


Evonik Grows Its Additives Portfolio

Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries AG seeks to strengthen its position in the specialty and coating additives market by purchasing a division of Allentown, PA-based Air Products a...


Evonik to Buy Air Products Unit for $3.8B

German chemical company Evonik has announced plans to buy U.S.-based Air Products & Chemicals’ performance materials unit, which produces raw materials used in paints and coatings.


Undercover Stings Snag Painters

Painters were listed among nearly 30 contractors recently accused of unlicensed contracting in California.


Feds: Payroll Scam Nets $17.4M

An Orlando woman faces decades in prison for allegedly running a scam that allowed construction contractors and subcontractors, including painters, to conceal the use of undocumented workers...


‘Serial Violator’ Hit with $385K OSHA Tab

A New Jersey contractor with a lengthy record of recent past safety violations, now faces more than $385,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards.


RPM Reports 'Pleasing' Q3 2016

Multinational holding company RPM International, parent company of Carboline, announced a record third quarter in its 2016 fiscal year, which ended Feb. 29.


RPM Reports Record Third Quarter

Rust-Oleum parent company RPM International Inc. reported record sales and income increases for its fiscal 2016 third quarter.


PPG Gives $385K to Area Education

In support of educational outreach programs in the Pittsburgh area, PPG recently donated more than $385,000 in grants to local organizations through its charitable arm, The PPG Foundation.


PPG Invests $385K in Educational Programs

PPG Industries Inc.’s charitable arm reports it has donated more than $385,000 to support educational programming in the Pittsburgh area.


Merger to Form Energy Pipeline Giant

The company known for the controversial Keystone Pipeline project, which sought to carry crude oil from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. and on to the Gulf of Mexico, has a...


Sherwin-Williams to Buy Valspar for $11B

The Sherwin-Williams Company has announced it will acquire competitor paint and coatings producer Valspar in an all-cash deal valued at approximately $11.3 billion.


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Make $11.3B Deal

In a deal valued at $11.3 billion, The Sherwin-Williams Company and The Valspar Corporation jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sherwin-Williams ...


PPG Launches Rebranding Initiative

The Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings giant PPG has unveiled an update to its corporate brand.


Painters Caught in CA Sting

Authorities in California have nabbed 10 suspected unlicensed contractors, including eight who submitted bids for painting, in an undercover sting operation in the San Francisco Bay area.


AkzoNobel to Buy BASF Unit for $531M

In a shift of the global performance coatings landscape, global paint and coatings giant AkzoNobel has agreed to buy BASF’s industrial coatings business for €475 million ($531 million), the ...


AkzoNobel, BASF Agree to $531M Deal

In a move it says will strengthen its coil coatings market presence, AkzoNobel will pay €475 million ($531 million) to acquire BASF’s industrial coatings business.


AkzoNobel Weighs Deal with BASF

A recent industry speculation concerning Dutch paint and specialty chemicals firm AkzoNobel and German chemical giant BASF has been put to rest.


AkzoNobel Eyes a BASF Coatings Segment

Dutch paints and specialty chemicals firm AkzoNobel has put to rest recent industry speculation that it is pursuing the purchase of BASF’s Industrial Coatings business.


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 ...


Construction Jobs Rise Throughout 2015

Most states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs last year, while states that support energy production and concern about worker shortages continued to be the dark spots in t...


PPG Settles Employee Pay Lawsuit

PPG Industries will pay $5 million to settle claims filed by current and former employees who said they were misclassified as exempt while performing paint-related sales work at Home Depot s...


Wooster Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

One of the nation’s oldest manufacturers of paint applicators is celebrating its 165th anniversary this year.


U.S. Hotel Construction Up in 2016

A recent report indicates that U.S. business travelers could have thousands of new choices in places to stay by the end of this year.


Recovery, Challenges Ahead in Construction

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Grants Available for Small US Shipyards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) is making funding available in support


Construction Outlook Mixed for 2016

Nearly three-quarters of American construction firms plan to add workers in 2016, according to a survey released this week.


Valentus Acquires National Paint Industries

National Paint Industries Inc., a New Jersey-based high-performance coatings manufacturer, has been acquired by Valentus Specialty Chemicals.


Former Benjamin Moore Exec Leads EasyPaint

The new president of an on-demand painting service is a familiar face in the coatings industry.


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.


Paint, Volunteers Brighten Habitat Homes

A small group of volunteers, wielding brushes and rollers, have given two newly constructed Habitat for Humanity homes in Twinsburg, OH, paint makeovers just in time for the holidays.


Dow, DuPont to Unite in $130B Deal

Coatings and chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont Co. announced Friday (Dec. 11) that they are merging in a deal valued at $130 billion.


Axalta Taps New VP, Division President

Global liquid and powder coating supplier Axalta Coating Systems has appointed a new executive to its leadership team.


Hexion Expands Production Capacity

Hexion Inc., based in Columbus, OH, announced Wednesday (Nov. 18) that it is expanding its waterborne epoxy resin production capacity in Tianjin, China.


‘Big 3’ Continue Financial Struggles

Hampered by cancelled orders and delays in construction of offshore facilities, the world’s three largest shipbuilders are tracking to record major financial losses in 2015.


Sherwin-Williams Announces New CEO

Sherwin-Williams has turned to one of its long-standing managers to lead the company starting next year.


Sherwin-Williams Names New CEO

The Sherwin-Williams' board of directors has tapped a man with more than 30 years of experience with the company to serve as its next chief executive officer.


Data Predicts Coatings Performance

Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel has launched what it calls the “first ever digital tool” for the shipping industry, it said in an announcement Thursday (Oct. 15).


PPG Reports ‘Strong’ Q3

Recent acquisitions and “aggressive” cost reductions helped deliver a third quarter record for PPG Industries Inc.


PPG: Record Income in Q3

Protective and marine coatings sales helped improve the bottom line for PPG Industries Inc. during the company’s third quarter of 2015.


New Lab Caters to Oil, Gas Industry

Global laboratory-based testing group Exova has opened its first facility in the northeast United States, according to the company’s announcement Monday (Oct. 12).


RPM Eyes Solid Growth after ‘Tepid’ Q1

Carboline parent company RPM International Inc. acknowledged unfavorable weather conditions and exchange rates contributed to “tepid results” in the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, wh...


Poor Weather Drives RPM’s Q1

Rust-Oleum parent company RPM International Inc. posted “tepid results” for the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, the company announced Wednesday (Oct. 7).


GAF Teams up With Free Roof Program

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer has once again joined forces with a program that provides a free roof to needy families throughout the U.S. and Canada.


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.


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.


Startup Pitches Paint Service in Contest

An online paint service startup launched by industry veterans and designed to take the “pain out of painting,” has participated in a battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Fran...


Decreased Workload Prompts Downsizing

Citing a drop in available work, Newport News Shipbuilding—the sole builder of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two builders constructing nuclear-powered submarines—laid off 480 salari...


Axalta Names New VP, EMEA President

Axalta Coating Systems has announced the appointment of Matthias Schönberg as Vice President of Axalta and President of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.


Workers Walk Out in Korean Shipyards

South Korea’s troubled shipyards are dealing with yet another blow: striking workers.


Oldcastle Buys Glazing Leader for $1.3B

Hoping to expand its reach in the glazing market, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope has announced a binding agreement to acquire C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), of Los Angeles.


USGBC Taps Fedrizzi’s Successor as CEO

The United States Green Building Council has tapped one of its own to take the lead when current CEO and co-founder Rick Fedrizzi leaves the organization at year’s end in 2016.


PPG Completes IVC Acquisition

Coatings giant PPG Industries has formally acquired IVC Industrial Coatings, Inc., the company announced Tuesday (Sep. 1).


Marketing Mission: ‘Born to Build’

An 85-year-old Chicago-based concrete company has rolled out a marketing campaign designed to “celebrate and honor” the American construction workforce.


BASF Shutters Business Unit

German chemicals giant BASF has announced plans to exit the dimer and polyamide resin business and consolidate its pigment activities.


BASF Exits One Stream, Expands Another

A decline in the North American market has led German chemicals giant BASF to exit the dimer and polyamide resin business.


Developer Charged in $2M Scheme

A real-estate developer faces 20 years in prison and hefty fines after allegedly bilking investors in a $2 million Ponzi scheme, according to authorities.


RPM Announces Record Q4, Staff Changes

Multinational holding company RPM International announced historic results for its fourth quarter in fiscal 2015, which ended May 31.


Sales, Income Rise in RPM Q4

Rust-Oleum parent company RPM International Inc. reported record sales and income increases for its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter.


Roofer to Pay $1.6M in Wage Case

MILWAUKEE--A Wisconsin roofing contractor will pay $1.6 million in restitution and damages after underpaying workers on federally funded housing projects, according to authorities.


Exposing Kids to Asbestos Ends in Prison

FRESNO, CA—A former executive of a now-defunct nonprofit construction training company will serve nearly two years behind bars after exposing dozens of California high school students to asb...


Bayer MaterialScience Gets New Name

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY--Bayer MaterialScience, the world's largest producer of raw materials for polyurethanes, is changing its name to Covestro ahead of courting investors for its planned spin...


PPG Acquires Central American Stores

Pittsburgh--The world’s largest paint and coating maker has expanded its presence in the booming Latin American coatings market with the acquisition of a network of 57 paint stores.


Adios, MaterialScience; Hello, Covestro

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY--The venerable Bayer MaterialScience business will be sporting a "new, colorful and vibrant" identity when it starts courting investors for its planned spinoff next year.


Worker Poisoning Spurs $4M Suit

PORTLAND, OR—A home-improvement contractor and four other companies are facing a $4 million lawsuit in the death of a worker who was told to use a bucket as a toilet in the back of a work va...


Wage Theft at Home in Construction

AMHERST, MA—It's not fraud; it's a new business model.


Study Sounds Wage-Theft Alarm

AMHERST, MA—Wage theft in residential construction has reached such “epidemic” levels in Massachusetts that the illegal practice is becoming an accepted "business model," a new study suggest...


AkzoNobel Cuts Paper Chemicals

AMSTERDAM—AkzoNobel has finalized a €153 million ($170.4 million USD) divestment of its paper chemicals business to Kemira Oyj, the Netherlands-based company announced Monday (May 4).


PPG Q1: 'Modest' Sales, 'Subdued' Times

PITTSBURGH—Flattened sales growth and an unfavorable currency translation hit hard, but earnings climbed for PPG Industries in the first quarter of 2015, the company reported Thursday (April...


Restructuring to Follow PPG's Q1 Report

PITTSBURGH—Despite "all-time-record first-quarter earnings," the world's biggest paint and coatings company announced plans Thursday (April 16) to "right-size employee headcount and producti...


Amazon Opens Virtual Bidding Service

Would you bid on a project without seeing it in person first? Well, Amazon hopes so. The Seattle-based online shopping giant has launched a new marketplace to connect its 100 million U.S. cu...


Access Companies Strike $251M Deal

A multinational deal now underway will create an industrial access, insulation and corrosion-protection giant with the reach of 17,000 employees across Europe and the Middle East.


Jotun Slapped on ‘No. 1’ Claims

Jotun Pakistan has no basis for asserting the top position in its market and has been fined for perpetuating the boast in its ads, the government's anti-trust agency has said.


Jotun's Ad Boasts Draw Sanctions

Jotun Pakistan's blanket marketing claim of being "No. 1 in Paints" has again drawn the wrath of that country's antitrust agency, which has ordered the coating maker to drop the boast and pa...


Permasense Moves into North America

Permasense, a global manufacturer of remote pipeline monitoring technology, has opened its first North American office in Houston, TX.


$1M Embezzlement to End in Prison

A former Ennis Paint executive has been sentenced to four years and five months in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the pavement coatings manufacturer.


U.S. Investigates Flooring Giant

North America's largest hardwood flooring retailer may face federal criminal charges over its importing practices—and an unpleasant report on its troubles by 60 Minutes.


Stings Snare Dozens of CA Contractors

More than 30 contractors, including nine painters, are facing licensing and other charges after two undercover sting operations by California authorities.


Tech Tool Invites Texts of Job Hazards

A new system is designed to ease, and offer anonymity for, employee reporting of workplace hazards and near-miss incidents.


CA Prevails on Paint Recycling Rules

U.S. coating makers have lost a two-year legal fight to block California from imposing detailed reporting requirements on the industry's paint recycling program.


Paint Makers Lose Clash with CalRecycle

Architectural paint manufacturers have failed in their two-year bid to block California rules specifying what they must include in recycling plans and reports.


Construction Set to Fill 225k+ Jobs

Construction firms from Los Angeles to London will be posting "Help Wanted" signs by the hundreds of thousands in the years ahead, according to two new job forecasts.


U.S., UK Construction Hiring to Surge

New forecasts on both sides of the Atlantic put construction job seekers in the driver's seat this year, with projects on the upswing and many firms planning to expand.


EPA Proposes Changes to Lead Rule

Lead-safe training requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule could be eased under proposed revisions.


Probation, Fine Set in Workplace Death

The owner of a Montana residential and commercial asphalt company has avoided a jail sentence, but must pay $20,00 in fines and restitution after an employee was killed on the job.


Concrete Maker's Plea Averts Prison

The owner of an asphalt company who doctored the scene of his employee's fatal accident will pay $20,000 in fines and restitution to the victim's widow, but avoid a jail sentence, under a fe...


Valspar Seals a Record Year

The Valspar Corp. closed out fiscal year 2014 with double-digit sales and earnings increases that set full-year records for the world's sixth-largest paint and coatings company.


2014 Coated in Success at Valspar

The Valspar Corp. is giving thanks this week for its coatings segment, where booming sales of general industrial, coil and other coatings helped deliver record results for 2014.


AkzoNobel Reports $66.5M Fraud

Some type of "external fraud" at AkzoNobel's office in Chicago has left the paint and coating maker looking for $66.5 million.


AkzoNobel Probes Chicago Fraud

AkzoNobel says it has been the victim of up to $66.5 million in "external fraud" at its Chicago office.


PPG Wraps Up Comex Purchase

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


PPG Finalizes Comex Acquisition

Less than a week after PPG Industries announced that Mexican regulators had approved its purchase of Consorcio Comex, the deal is done.


PPG’s Play for Comex Gets Green Light

Anti-trust regulators in Mexico have approved PPG’s plan to acquire the country’s largest paint manufacturer for $2.3 billion.


Review of PPG-Comex Deal Extended

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


Mexico Extends Review of PPG Deal

Mexican antitrust regulators need more time to examine PPG’s $2.3 billion offer to acquire the country’s largest paint company.


PPG Cuts Ribbon on New HQ

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


AkzoNobel Joins ‘100 Cities’ Effort

Building on its own Human Cities urban renewal campaign, AkzoNobel has now thrown its support behind 100 Resilient Cities, a new global project of The Rockefeller Foundation.


AkzoNobel Sets Committed, Colorful 2015

Expanding its commitment to global urban renewal, and the power of color within it, AkzoNobel has pledged support to 100 Resilient Cities, a worldwide project pioneered by The Rockefeller Fo...


PPG Architectural Opens New HQ

PPG Industries' North American architectural coatings business has a new home. On Thursday (Sept. 25), the company cut the ribbon on a regional headquarters in Cranberry Township, PA, about ...


Backlash Stalls OSHA Reporting Rule

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


OSHA Delays Injury Reporting Rule

Facing criticism from the business community, federal regulators have extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to put injury and illness data online.


RPM Buys Brazilian-Based Waterproofer

Seeking to expand its waterproofing footprint in South America, RPM International Inc. has acquired Brazilian manufacturer Betumat Quimica Ltda.


Architect Suit is All in the Family

When your name is part and parcel of your corporate identity, what do you do when a relative—your dad, say—gives the same name to your crosstown competitor?


Comex Sues over Derailed Sherwin Deal

Shareholders of Mexico’s largest coatings producer are accusing Sherwin-Williams of “dishonor” in failing to complete its $2.34 billion takeover of the Latin American supplier, reports say. ...


Sherwin-Williams Sued over Failed Deal

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


DBE Fraud Costs Company $2.4M

A construction contractor will pay $2.4 million for faking a disadvantaged-business requirement in order to win a $39.6 million contract in Connecticut, the FBI announced Monday (April 7).


Sherwin-Williams Ends Bid for Comex

After nearly a year and a half, America’s largest paint retailer has ended its pursuit to purchase Mexico’s largest paint maker—a $2.34 billion bid that has been quashed by Mexico’s antitrus...


Sherwin-Williams Drops Comex Quest

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


Undercover Sting Nets 121 Contractors

More than 120 California-based contractors, including 56 painters, were nabbed in the state’s latest round of undercover sting operations, aimed at cracking down on unlicensed operators.


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.


7 Charged in $50M Fraud Scheme

An engineer, loan officer and five other Florida residents are facing decades in prison in an elaborate residential development scheme in North Carolina that defrauded lenders of $49.6 milli...


Contractor Charged in $330K Fraud Case

A California general contractor and his foreman are facing more than a dozen years behind bars in an alleged scam that raked in more than $330,000 from their employees, prosecutors announced...


Survey: Sexism Rising in Architecture

Unequal pay and a lack of respect within the building community are among the gender inequality issues facing women in architecture and a new survey suggests those problems are far from over...


Designer Held in $1.2M Veteran Fraud

The owner of a New Jersey-based interior design company is facing two decades in prison in an alleged scheme that siphoned more than $1.2 million from a federal program designed to help disa...


Rhino Expands with Stucco Acquisition

Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired a San Diego, CA-based, 84-year-old stucco product manufacturer in an effort to expand its building product footprint.


EPA Honors Building Material Recycler

A Phoenix, AZ-based business that has steered the reuse of hundreds of tons of building materials has won a federal environmental award for its efforts.


Tesla Announces $50M Investment

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


Insulation Contractor Admits $1M Fraud

A convicted felon who ran four contracting companies in Connecticut may be headed back to federal prison after pleading guilty in a million-dollar fraud scheme.


Contractor, Family Sentenced for Fraud

A California home-improvement contractor, his daughter and son-in-law have been sentenced for failing to pay payroll taxes and workers’ compensation insurance premiums.


Undercover Sting Nets 75 Contractors

California-based painters were among 75 contractors nabbed in the state's latest round of undercover sting operations, aimed at cracking down on suspected unlicensed operators.


3rd CEO in 2 Years Joins Ben Moore

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


Benjamin Moore Appoints New CEO

A retail veteran has been appointed to take the helm of Benjamin Moore & Company as its third CEO in two years.


AkzoNobel Plans Global Restructuring

Having wrapped the sell-off of major segments of its architectural coatings division, AkzoNobel has announced plans to aggressively reorganize and streamline the rest of the business by the ...


AkzoNobel to Restructure Deco Unit

AkzoNobel will whip what is left of its global Decorative Paints portfolio back into shape with a "streamlined management structure" and lean "new operating model" in 2014.


PPG Expanding in Russia, Greece

PPG Industries is taking two major steps to enlarge its European footprint, with separate announcements this week of new coating facilities in Russia and in Greece.


AkzoNobel, PPG Growing Outside U.S.

PPG Industries and AkzoNobel will invest more than $125 million in new coating manufacturing facilities in Russia and China to expand production in those regions, the companies have announce...


Another CEO Fired at Benjamin Moore

For the second time in 15 months, Warren E. Buffett has abruptly canned the head of his paint and coatings business.


Ben Moore Shake-up Ousts New CEO

Scarcely a year after abruptly announcing the departure of its CEO, Benjamin Moore has just as suddenly sent his replacement packing.


AkzoNobel Plans $67M China Expansion

In a move it says will solidify its position as a leading coating supplier in China, AkzoNobel will invest €50 million (about $67.5 million) to build two new manufacturing facilities in Chen...


Firms Plan Industrial Services Giant

Diversified global industrial company Harsco Corp. has announced the $300 million sale of its Infrastructure division into a $3 billion joint venture that will combine the business with Bran...


Paints Prop Up Valspar’s Tough Q3

Strong growth in new consumer paint, packaging and wood product lines gave the Valspar Corp. a much-needed boost amid a generally disappointing third quarter, the company reported Tuesday (A...


Coatings, Markets Dim Valspar’s Outlook

Sluggishness in industrial coatings and international markets led the Valspar Corp. to reduce its annual earnings guidance Tuesday (Aug. 13) in the wake of a disappointing third quarter.


Cladding Giant Taps N. American Chief

Aluminum giant Alcoa has announced the appointment of Nick Randall as general manager, Alcoa Architectural Products, North America.


Cansto Coatings Names New President

Specialty coatings manufacturer Cansto Coatings has tapped an industry veteran of three decades as its new president.


2 Get Prison in Public Housing Scandal

Two former ranking officials with the nation’s largest municipal public housing agency will each serve 18 months in prison in a growing corruption scandal that netted them thousands of dolla...


Court Battle Pits Elcometer, TQC-USA

Global coatings instrument maker Elcometer Inc. is locked in federal-court litigation with a former employee and distributor over allegations of unlawful marketing tactics designed to steal ...


Subs Get Rx for New Health-Care Law

Obamacare “is here to stay—and for government contractors, the time to act is now,” the nation's leading subcontractor group is alerting its members in a new overview of the federal health-c...


ASA Advises Contractors on ‘Obamacare’

Subcontractors who must soon navigate the complex dictates of the new federal health-care law have a new guide from the American Subcontractors Association.


ACA Fights Customer Disclosure Plan

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


Paint Makers Fight Customer Disclosures

Unenforceable, intrusive and unnecessary are just a few of the descriptions that paint manufacturers are giving a newly revived California plan that would expand reporting requ...


OH Roofer Target of Illegal Worker Case

An Ohio roofing company and its owner are at the center of an ongoing federal investigation involving the alleged use of illegal workers.


Painters Caught in CA Sting

Painters numbered among nearly a dozen off-the-book contractors newly nabbed in an undercover sting operation in the Sacramento, CA, area.


Roof Coaters Get Prison in $3.7M Scam

Two members of a UK roof coatings company will each serve a year in prison for a scheme that defrauded hundreds of elderly homeowners of $3.7 million over two years.


Firm’s Scandal Jeopardizes Projects

Indictments and mass layoffs at a politically connected New Jersey engineering firm have cast doubt on the fate of millions of dollars in ongoing construction projects across the region.


‘Pay to Play’ Charges Threaten Projects

The future of some public-works and other major construction projects in the Northeastern U.S. is uncertain following the indictment of a New Jersey engineering firm and seven executives in ...


2 Coating Company Owners Get Prison

Two owners of a western Pennsylvania powder coating company have been sentenced to federal prison for bilking investors out of $1.4 million.


ITW Polymers Coatings Opens New Plant

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


Study: Making a Case for Building Green

Building green makes “clear business sense”—it’s not just about saving the planet, according to a recent report.


Sherwin-Williams Absorbs Leighs Name

After 153 years, Leighs Paints is no more. The U.S.-based Sherwin-Williams Company, which bought the long-independent UK coatings producer in 2011, has announced that it has officially folde...


Paint Store Manager Admits $168K Theft

A former Diamond Vogel paint store manager will serve up to four years in prison for siphoning off $168,000 from the operation he managed for 13 years.


Evonik Degussa Corp. Trims Name

Specialty chemicals maker Evonik Degussa Corporation has dropped "Degussa" from its name and is now operating as Evonik Corporation.


UK Axes AkzoNobel's Can Coatings Deal

Britain's Office of Fair Trading has blocked AkzoNobel's proposed acquisition of Metlac Holding, ruling that the deal would substantially reduce competition in metal coatings for beer and be...


Protective Coatings Centers Launched

International Paint LLC, an AkzoNobel company, has announced the opening of Protective Coatings Centers across the U.S. and Canada.


 
 
   

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