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Researchers Look at Paint from Pine Needles

Researchers at the University of Sheffield, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, have recently found a use for pine needles beyond holiday decor.


Researchers Create New Method for Nanofiber

A discovery out of the University of Michigan could lead to a new coatings from an array of nanofibers—from sticky, to repellent, to insulating, to light-emitting.


PPG Provides NHL with Thermochromic Coating

Pittsburgh-based coatings company PPG announced earlier this week that its partnership with the National Hockey League will begin testing a thermochromic coating on game pucks.


Researchers Develop PV Systems Coating

Officials from an initiative funded by the European Union have announced that they have developed a self-cleaning coating for photovoltaic systems.


Hempel Opens New R&D Facility in Spain

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Denmark) recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting of its new research and developer Center of Excellence in Barcelona, which will focus on coating products within...


Free Webinar: Powder Coatings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 12, entitled: “High-Performance Powder Coating for Architectural Applications.”


Researchers Add Graphene to Epoxy Compound

Scientists at Rice University (Houston) are saying that they have built a “better” epoxy with the help of graphene foam.


AkzoNobel Announces Innovation Challenge

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced earlier this week a new initiative to partner with startup companies with the goal to “accelerate innovation in the dynamic world of p...


Researchers Create Bio-Bricks Out of Urine

Researchers from the University of Cape Town’s civil engineering program have created the first bio-brick grown from human urine, signaling progress in innovation.


APV, Arkema Team Up for Education Events

Coatings companies APV Engineered Coatings and Arkema Inc. announced late last week that they will be partnering up for a handful of educational opportunities in November.


Polymer Strengthens Itself Using Carbon

Chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technnology recently developed a new polymer that reacts with carbon dioxide drawn from the air, allowing the coating to strengthen its...


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Researchers Create New Cooling Coating

In a warming world, the demands for cooling solutions are increasing. In response to the demand, Columbia University researchers created a white polymer coating that reflects more than 96 pe...


SSPC Trainthepainter to Come to OH

The University of Akron will be facilitating SSPC’s Trainthepainter training program in October in Columbus, Ohio, providing five days of coating applicator training for workers seeking to f...


New Line of Interior Stains Released

A new line of stains for interior wood projects has been released by The Sherwin-Williams Company.


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New Coating for Structural Steel Released

US Coatings (St. Louis, Missouri), along with Valentus Specialty Chemicals have announced an improved polyurethane maintenance coating that the companies say is “based on groundbreaking tech...


New Glass, Ceramics Coating Line Unveiled

Philadelphia-based company Axalta Coating Systems recently announced the launch of its new portfolio of decorative coatings, designed to protect and enhance the aesthetics of glass and ceram...


Coating Remover Designed for Easy Application

Concrete construction products manufacturer W.R. Meadows’ recently announced the release of Ultrite Coating Remover, a soy gel that removes a range of one-part topical coatings, including se...


New Paint Management System Unveiled

Global coatings company AkzoNobel is introducing a new system that it says will empower customers in the pre-coated metal industry to create coatings of any gloss or color “on the spot.”


Free Webinar: Coil Coatings for Buildings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Tuesday, July 31, entitled: “Coil Coatings For Architectural Buildings.”


New Exterior Stain Unveiled

The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Consumer Brands Group recently announced the release of a new line of exterior stain products that it says provides all-weather protection in one coat.


Covestro Opens VOC Testing Facility in China

German materials manufacturer Covestro recently announced that it has opened a VOC testing laboratory in its Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai.


New Metal Primer Released

Los Angeles-based coatings manufacturer Dunn-Edwards announced on Monday the release of a new metal primer, one that the company says provides superior resistance to corrosion.


Researchers Study Self-Healing Epoxy Coating

A team of researchers based out of Isfahan University of Technology recently investigated the self-healing performance of an epoxy that contains microencapsulated alkyd resin, which is based...


Research: Coating Could Protect Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


New Texture Spray System Unveiled

Equipment manufacturer Graco Inc. recently announced the launch of a new spray system, aimed to aid on small- to medium-sized texture jobs.


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that it has developed a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete that has shown high degrees of electrical conductiv...


New Polyaspartic DTM Coating Released

Coatings manufacturer Carboline announced last week the release of a new polyaspartic coating that boasts a quick dry time.


Costco Debuts Edible Coating

Costco recently started selling avocados covered in an invisible, edible coating made from leftover plant skins and stems intended to lock in moisture and keep out gases that catalyze the ri...


Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 to Kick Off

Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 begins Wednesday in Antwerp, Belgium, promising two days of presentations and networking for those involved in the production and distribution of biobased coati...


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...


Lab Develops New 'Super Window'

A new type of window is on the horizon, according to The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California.


J.D. Power Releases Paint Company Ratings

Marketing research company J.D. Power recently released its annual U.S. Paint Satisfaction study, with Benjamin Moore and BEHR topping the lists for customer satisfaction in the interior pai...


Research Covers Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to buildings that last by better resisting dam...


Lab Looks at Vapor Corrosion on Atomic Scale

Recent research at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has shed some light on the atomic-level process of corrosion vis a vis water...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Amazon Spheres

With just a few weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (June 15) with featured selections of this ye...


New Deck Stain Technology Introduced

Global paints and coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company has unveiled a new technology to its line of desk stains that it says reduces surface temperature by up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit...


New Thermal Insulation Coating Unveiled

Houston-based coatings manufacturer Mascoat recently announced the release of a new thermal insulation coating for commercial buildings and metal roofs.


USDA Certifies Biobased Roofing Adhseive

Roofing and building maintenance company Tremco recently announced that its Powerply Endure Bio Adhesive has earned the Certified Biobased Product label from the U.S. Department of Agricultu...


Free Webinar to Address Powder Coatings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, May 23, entitled: “Everything You Want to Know About Architectural Powder Coatings but Were Afraid to Ask.”


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.


Companies Bring Plant-Based Exterior Resin to Life

A new formula for a plant-based resin for use on exterior doors is making the rounds at design and trade shows as the coating was recently used for the first time, on a recycled door to boot...


Carboline Starts on New Fire Facility

Coatings manufacturer Carboline announced Wednesday that it has broken ground on a new passive fire protection testing facility.


Solar Cell Work Requires Coating Research

Researchers based out of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have found a way to adjust solar materials so they are able to absorb the greatest possible range of the light spectrum. ...


CMU, Disney Research Paint for Smart Walls

Researchers at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and a team from Disney Research recently unveiled a development that could transform an ordinary wall into a touch screen using just a ...


Research: Graphene Could Aid Concrete

In recent years, nanomaterial graphene has been touted for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engineers sh...


PPG, Home Depot Announce Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) and major retailer The Home Depot have announced an expanded partnership, along with the release of a new PPG product.


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...


Self-Cleaning Exterior Coating Released

Coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company recently launched an exterior coating that aims to provide a clean and attractive finish paired with high-performance protection.


Case Files: Silicone Roof Coatings

In the world of restoring roofs, there are many variables—so many, in fact, that when things don’t work out as planned, it can be quite a challenge to diagnose the problem and properly decid...


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 ...


New Structural Steel Primer Released

A new industrial shop primer for structural steel and other steel substrates has been released.


Penn State Offers Corrosion Short Course

New corrosion pros and veterans looking to refresh their knowledge are the target audience for a short course this June at Penn State University, in University Park, Pennsylvania.


Latest in Airless Spraying Technology Released

Minneapolis-based Titan is introducing its latest development in airless spraying, which it calls a best-in-its-class gun.


Isocyanate-Free Polyurethane Resin Gets EPA Grant

North Dakota-based resin manufacturer Renuvix LLC was one of the latest recipients of a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for its development of an isocyanate-free polyurethane ...


Axalta Opens Color Center in Germany

Global coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems recently announced that it has officially opened a new Color Solutions Center in Frankfurt, Germany.


Houston Group Gears Up for Painting Competition

Painters will have a chance to show off their skills this spring as the Coating Society of the Houston Area holds its 29th Annual Painters Competition March 31 at the Pasadena Fairgrounds, i...


Coatings Line Unveiled for Portable Buildings

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG recently unveiled a line of coatings aimed at solving specific challenges for those manufacturing portable buildings such as sheds or barns.


Scientists Look at Bacteria to 'Grow' Paint

Researchers, in a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Dutch company Hoekmine BV, have started modifying the color of some bacteria, which they say could lead the way to “gr...


Free Webinar: FEVE Fluoropolymer Technology

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 28, entitled: “Beyond Color and Gloss: Other Benefits of FEVE Fluoropolymer Technology.”


New Metallic Powder Coating System Unveiled

Global coatings company AkzoNobel has launched a metallic powder coating that aims to provide a cost-saving alternative to chrome plating.


Profits Down, Sales Up for Jotun in 2017 Report

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun released its year-end financial report for 2017 earlier this month and noted growth in sales volumes but a decrease in profits, which was cau...


PA Professor to be Honored at Adhesion Meeting

Lehigh University recently announced that one of its own will be given the Award for Excellence at this year’s Adhesion Society Annual Meeting.


UK Coatings Organizations to Hold Meeting on Brexit

The British Coatings Federation and the British Adhesives and Sealants Association are joining forces to shed light on how Brexit—the prospective withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Eu...


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...


Team Designs Self-Healing Coating Inspired by Skin

A research team based out of China's Harbin Institute of Technology has designed a self-healing coating that is reminiscent of the human epidermis, but with the strength of tooth enamel, whi...


45th Waterborne Symposium in NOLA This Week

The 45th annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium, is taking place all this week (Feb. 4-9) at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans.


Contractors Needed for FL Library, Education Center

Monroe County, Florida, is seeking contractors for the construction of the new Marathon Library & Adult Education Center. The new two-story, 17,000-square-foot concrete-and-masonry building ...


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.


New Protective Exterior Paint Line Unveiled

Los Angeles-based paints company Dunn-Edwards has introduced a new exterior paint line, one that it says provides maximum protection.


High-Performance Waterborne Coatings for Roofing

In the late 1970s, the game-changing technology of waterborne 100-percent acrylic elastomeric polymers were introduced to the roofing market by the Rohm and Haas Company. To understand the e...


Evaluation Process Predicts Leveling Behavior of Paints

Researchers have developed a new automated method that predicts the flow outcome of a paint’s properties, which can save on both development time and cost.


Edie Laquer Files Suit Over Protective Coatings

An allegedly defective coating is to blame for a lawsuit between famed real estate broker Edie Laquer and Florida-based protective coatings company Glass-On Solutions.


Researchers Develop Safe Paint Stripper

Researchers based out of the University of Massachusetts have developed a paint-stripping solvent that reportedly acts as a safer alternative to more traditional, commonly storebought option...


SSPC 2018 Boasts Session, Exhibition Variety

This year’s SSPC conference, to be held today (Jan. 15) through Thursday, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans, is set to shed light on topics from surface preparation t...


Valentus Specialty Chemicals Acquires US Coatings

Valentus Specialty Chemicals announced last week it has acquired St. Louis-based US Coatings, a manufacturer of protective coatings.


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...


Cicada Wings Inspire Steel That Kills Bacteria

Researchers from Georgia Tech have been looking for a way to get around a microbe’s defenses amid concerns in the industry about the adaptability of bacteria. Now, the team says it has come ...


Researchers Identify Concrete Protection Method

A new piece of research out of a U.K. university suggests that a mix of additives and specialized curing agents could be the key to concrete that stands up to harsh environmental conditions.


AkzoNobel, Black Bear Ink Powder Coatings Agreement

Global coatings company AkzoNobel and Dutch carbon black company Black Bear have reached an agreement that take old tires off the road and uses them to produce powder coatings.


Titanium Dioxide Merger Challenged by FTC in US

Last week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission moved to challenge a proposed $1.67 billion merger between two major suppliers of titanium dioxide.


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 ...


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...


MIT Study Looks at Sprayed Metal Coatings

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that melting through spray painting can inhibit metal bonding, which has implications for certain coatings ...


Free Webinar: Air-Dry Fluoropolymer Coatings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Friday, Dec. 1, entitled: “Advantages of Air-Dry Fluoropolymer Coatings.”


Olympic Park Design Will Include Blackest Black

A designer working on the Olympic park for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea has said that he will be using Vantablack—the world's blackest black—to emulate the night sky for visitors ...


D+D Issues Call for Participants for 2018 Conference

Durability + Design is seeking presenters and panelists in its two-day Material Select + Connect Conference: Coatings and Treatments for Concrete Floors, Low-Slope Roofs and Architectural Me...


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.


Researchers: New Fire-Resistive Coating Developed

Officials say new research out of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has produced a fire-resistant coating that also provides corrosion protection and requires a less intensive app...


New High-Performance Floor Coating Released

Chicago-based floor coating manufacturer Florock Polymer Flooring recently launched a new family of high-performance products: the FloroEster line of vinyl ester secondary containment coatin...


Company Develops Cooling Paint That Uses Sunlight

SolCold, a firm based in Israel, has developed a coating to keep roofs cool with the help of the sun and the technology behind laser cooling.


Cleveland Coatings Society Call for Papers

The Cleveland Coatings Society has issued a call for paper abstracts for its 2018 Sink or Swim Symposium, slated to be held June 5-6, 2018, at the Cleveland Airport Marriott.


Lexus Reveals Paint it Took 15 Years to Make

Drawing inspiration from nature and the wings of a butterfly, Lexus spent the last 15 years developing a new paint color that features an iridescent element.


New Coating Developed for Extruded Aluminum

The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Coil and Extrusion Coatings division has introduced Valspar Acrylicoat, a coating and resin system that the company says delivers a smooth, glass-like finish a...


Zinc Coating Expands into Structural Steel Market

The Sherwin-Williams Company’s Protective and Marine Coatings segment has launched a new high-solids coating marketed for use on structural steel.


European Fire Forum to Explore Coatings, Specs

Intumescent coatings, specifications governing reactive coatings for steel protection and a new fire-retardant polyurethane binder will be some of the topics discussed at this year’s Europea...


New Dry Time Tool for Coatings Released

A Dutch manufacturer of measuring and testing equipment for coatings-related field and lab use recently introduced a new product for measuring and defining the stages of the drying process o...


New Product Available for High-Performance Floors

Construction materials manufacturer Laticrete announced a new product last week that aims to protect high-performance areas in commercial or industrial spaces.


PPG Offers Coating to NHL Goal Posts

PPG Industries announced last week that it is now offering its industrial coatings for use on National Hockey League goal posts.


ABRAFATI 2017 Continues Through Thursday

The Brazilian Coatings Manufacturers Association’s annual conference and exhibition is aiming to bring together professionals throughout the region in what has been called Latin America's la...


New System Aims to Protect Garage Doors

A manufacturer of coil, industrial and consumer coatings has released a new system that’s formulated specifically to protect garage doors.


Coating Made for Dry Erase Utilization

To reflect the dynamic changes occurring in workplace design, coatings company Benjamin Moore has introduced Notable, a coating that can turn almost any surface into a dry erase board.


Portable Electrostatic System Made for Efficiency

Sprayer manufacturer Titan has released a new system that aims to reduce material usage and overspray.


Facade, Surface Treatment Pair Aims to Clean Up Air

A natural facades company has teamed up with a water-based photocatalytic surface modifier manufacturer to create a self-cleaning exterior system with the goal of purifying the air.


Evonik Opens New Silicones Plant in China

Specialty chemicals company Evonik (Essen, Germany) celebrated the opening of its new plant in Shanghai, China, last week.


New Guide Published for Fluropolymer Coatings

Two new guide specifications have been released by Arkema Technical Polymers for field-applied fluoropolymer coatings for cool roof and facade restoration applications.


Free Webinar: Stucco, EIFS Advacements

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Tuesday (Sept. 19) entitled: “Advancements to Mixing and Moving Stucco and EIFS.” ToughTek Mortar Equipment’s Bryce Gapinski will discu...


Graffiti Remover Aims to Mitigate Corrosion

Corrosion-prevention company Cortec Corporation has formulated a new graffiti remover that the company says aims to protect against the flash rusting that can occur after graffiti is removed...


School Installs Graffiti-Resistant Steel Panels

A middle school in Washington is the first in the U.S. to use a new graffiti-resistant coating on its campus, and school district officials consider it a low-cost investment for preventing f...


Paint Companies Argue Lead Paint Appeal

Three current and former paint-industry companies are arguing their appeal in hopes of reversing a $1.15 billion judgment in the state of California that would require an abatement of contam...


Protective Coatings Made for Cool Roofs

Two new cool roof solutions from Kemper System America Inc. are designed to extend the life of metal roofs, built-up roofing, modified bitumen and aged single-ply roof systems.


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...


Axalta Acquires Thermoplastic Firm

On Monday, Axalta Coating Systems announced that it has acquired thermoplastic powder coatings company Plascoat Systems Limited, of Farnham, England.


New Roof System Unveiled for Challenging Repairs

Mule-Hide Products Co. has released a new roof coating system that the company says combines strength, elasticity and low moisture permeability.


New Latex Paint Aims for Better Coverage

A new latex paint with an ultra white base aims to provide better coverage for novice and professional painters alike.


Specifying Architect Reflects on Arena Coatings

The night that PPG Paints Arena (formerly Consol Energy Center) opened was one of the prouder moments of Kurt Amundsen’s career.


New Polyurea System for Industry Surfaces Released

A high-performance coating systems manufacturer has developed a new polyurea system for a variety of industry surfaces.


New Floor Coating Aims to Inhibit Hot-Tire Pickup

The Sherwin-Williams Company has launched a new water-based floor coating out of its Protective & Marine Coatings unit that’s designed to resist hot-tire pickup.


Evonik To Invest In Fumed Silica Expansion

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently announced plans to invest in the expansion of its Antwerp, Belgium, fumed silica production facility.


New Product Aimed at Reducing Bug Holes

The Scofield Company has added to its line with what it says is a useful air detrainer, aimed at reducing bug holes and large air voids that would normally interfere with flooring.


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring five articles on the challenges and growth of different architectural coatings and related materials, is now available online.


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.


Anti-Slip Epoxy System Released

Wooster Products Inc. has released a new anti-slip coating equipped with variations for each type of surface that needs safe traction.


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.


New Floor Epoxy Features Low Viscosity

Polyset has unveiled a new self-leveling epoxy system designed for use on floors require high-performance coatings.


Material Selection Conference: Panel Discussion No. 1

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


Cleaning System Made for Surface Prep

Equipment manufacturer Unimanix (Dorval, Quebec) recently announced its latest high-pressure water cleaning and surface preparation solution.


AkzoNobel Finishes Expansion in Houston

Dutch coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced that it has completed a $3.5 million expansion of its Houston research and development facility.


Sprayer Made For High Efficiency

Manufacturer Titan (Minneapolis) recently released its newest product line—the ControlMax Series High Efficiency Airless (HEA) paint sprayers.


Waterborne Epoxy Released for High-Traffic Areas

Behr Pro has stepped into the high-performance coatings realm with its new Pre-Catalyzed Waterborne Epoxy.


Air Barrier System Made for Easy Application

DuPont has recently released a new fluid applied coating system for commercial substrates.


Scuff-Resistant Coating Made For Commercial Use

Benjamin Moore Paints recently announced its latest scuff-resistant coating, Ultra Spec SCUFF-X.


New PPG Coatings Facility Opens in Russia

Lipetsk, Russia is now home to PPG Industries' newest paint and coatings facility, the company announced last week.


Powder Coatings Line Gets Premium Pigments

Axalta Coating Systems has added two new colors to its Alesta AR400 palette, a line of architectural-grade powder coatings.


US Approves $130B Dow-DuPont Merger

U.S. regulators have given conditional approval to the pending $130 billion merger between chemical giants The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont.


New Roof Coatings Program Set To Cover Areas

Coating manufacturer Rust-Oleum has unveiled a new roof coating program aimed at giving contractors easy access to everything they need, including coatings, patch and repair products and aer...


Carcinogen Label Considered for TiO2

Titanium dioxide has gotten closer to being labeled as a substance that is “suspected of causing cancer,” drawing criticism from some in the coatings industry who say the classification is n...


Valspar Releases Regional Exterior Paint Line

Valspar has rolled out what the company calls a “first-of-its-kind” line of regional exterior paints.


Waterborne Technology Unveiled in New Wood Coating

Coatings and industrial manufacturing company Michelman has recently introduced a waterborne coating solution for wood applications.


New Moisture Barrier Uses Nanotechnology

Coating company Arisfor LLC has teamed up with nanotechnology company Integricote for its new Arisfor Multi-Surface Waterproofer.


New DFT Gage Comes in Two Models

A new dry-film-thickness gage for measuring coating thickness on metal substrates has been introduced by DeFelsko, an inspection instrument manufacturer.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Transbay Transit Center

Durability + Design is continuing to provide a glimpse into the competition of our inaugural Elevation Awards, an event developed to honor architects, interior designers, painting contractor...


First Commercial Graphene Paint Now Available in UK

The first commercial graphene-infused paint is now available in the UK. Distributed by The Graphene Company, Graphenstone’s line of paints and materials are highly sustainable and ecological...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Ford Field

Durability + Design is continuing to provide a glimpse into the competition of our inaugural Elevation Awards, an event developed to honor architects, interior designers, painting contractor...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Greenhouse Floor

With just days left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (May 26) by featuring a select nomination each day, givi...


Coating System Adds Clear Silicone Sealant

New, clear sealant has been added to the stable of products at Mule-Hide Products Co.


College Students Receive SSPC Scholarship Awards

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the recipients of its 2017-18 scholarship awards for students attending universities in the United States or Canada.


Lab Boosts Resins Testing

Coating systems firm AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. recently announced the expansion of its resins testing lab, with the company adding new equipment and services.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Bakery Renovation

With just days left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (May 26) by featuring a select nomination each day, givi...


Air Barrier Technology Refines Protective Coatings

The architectural division of Polyguard Products Inc. announced that it has introduced a new line of Airlok STPE fluid-applied air barriers.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Golden 1 Center

With just days left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (May 26) by featuring a select nomination each day, givi...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Generating Station Floor

With fewer than two weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (May 26) by featuring a select nomination eac...


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.


Aerosol Sprays Mend Textured Walls, Ceilings

Paints and coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum recently announced the launch of its Zinsser Aerosol Texture Program, which the Vernon Hills, Illinois-based company says gives homeowners and pro...


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Graffiti Takes Flight Via Drone

Italian architect Carlo Ratti is taking graffiti art to new heights.


Features in Airless Sprayers Get Revamped

Graco Inc. recently introduced its Ultra and Ultra MAX airless handheld sprayers. The company says the Ultra and Ultra MAX—available in corded and cordless models—have new features that make...


Free Webinar will Discuss Overcoating Aged Metal

Durability + Design will host a free webinar entitled "Overcoating Aged Metal Panels: Providing Improved Aesthetics While Extending the Maintenance Cycle." Tnemec Company’s Jennifer Gleisber...


Curing Agents Made for Low Temperatures

Huntsman Advanced Materials of Switzerland, a division of Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, Texas) recently launched three low temperature curing agents, used for heavy-duty industrial co...


Architectural Coating Firm Expands R&D Facility

Tnemec Company Inc. announced that its new research and development facility has opened in Kansas City, Missouri.


Coatings Released for Steel, Metal Surfaces

New coatings for steel and metal surfaces have been introduced by PPG's protective and marine coatings unit. According to the company, the new formulations deliver enhanced application prope...


Polyaspartic Unveiled for Concrete Surfaces

A high-solids polyaspartic designed for direct-to-concrete application and primed concrete surfaces has been launched by coatings and linings provider US Coatings.


AkzoNobel Details Split Plan, Issues Q1 Report

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel released a series of announcements Wednesday morning to shareholders and members of the press, including a better-than-anticipated first quarter earnings repo...


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring five articles on technological advances and standards in architectural coatings, is now available online.


Manufacturing Innovation Cuts Production Step

An entire production step has been eliminated for paints and coatings manufacturers, according to specialty chemicals company Evonik.


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.


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...


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 D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on technological advances and standards in architectural coatings, is now available online.


RCMA Taps New Association Leader

An experienced association executive has been selected to lead the trade organization that represents makers of asphaltic and reflective roof coatings and suppliers to the roof coatings indu...


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar Extend Merger Plans

A timeline shift has prompted The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) and The Valspar Corporation (Minneapolis) to push back the termination date of their planned merger agreement, the comp...


Spray Paint Claims Spur Suit

Rust-Oleum now faces a proposed class action lawsuit one year after an advertising industry watchdog took aim at the company over ad claims about one of its consumer spray paint product line...


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.


Rolls-Royce Unveils Diamond Dust Paint

Luxury car company Rolls-Royce Motor Cars brought the world's first diamond paint finish into the light at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month with the unveiling of the Ghost Elega...


Coating Designed for Metal, Concrete

Polyset has launched a new polyaspartic system designed for concrete and metal surfaces.


Primer Built for Silicone Roof Coatings

The National Coatings Corporation has launched a new primer to expand its line of silicone roof products.


Cool Roof Coatings Market Heats Up

Globally, the cool roof coating market is expected to reach $5.41 billion by 2025, up from $2.8 billion in 2015, a new study suggests.


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...


New Walkway Granules Introduced

Mule-Hide Products Co. (Beloit, Wisconsin) has unveiled its new EPDM Walkway Granules, billed to provide a non-slip surface over silicone-coated roofs.


Scientists Alter Concrete Method

A Rutgers University spinoff has developed a new technology aimed at revamping the 200-year-old concrete and cement production process.


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, ...


Awards Honor Wood, Glass Coatings

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


AkzoNobel Posts 2016 Results

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel reported a dip in revenue in 2016 across all three of its business segments, due to unfavorable currency and price/mix effects.


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...


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.


Researchers Develop Plant-Based Resin

A new resin made from soybean, corn and other plant oils could be used to formulate a wide range of coatings and adhesives, according to researchers.


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...


Axalta to Acquire Century

A Pennsylvania liquid and powder coatings manufacturer has announced an agreement to purchase a Texas-based coating company that offers high-performance coatings for a variety of application...


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...


Sherwin-Williams Posts Record Sales, Merger Plans

Sherwin-Williams' Paint Stores Group helped propel the Cleveland-based coatings company to hit record net sales in 2016, the company announced Thursday (Jan. 26).


PPG Announces Leadership Change

PPG has named Vincent J. Morales senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective March 1.


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.


Flowcrete, Others Join ‘Power’ Group

Several well-known concrete coatings brands, including Flowcrete and Euclid Chemical, have united to form The Euclid Group.


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...


Rates, Charges Take Toll on PPG Q4

Paint and coatings giant PPG reported a dip in net sales and a nosedive in net income for its fourth quarter 2016 due to unfavorable currency rates and charges related to its global restruct...


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.


Sealer Made for Concrete Surfaces

W.R. Meadows says its new sealer is formulated to help prevent chloride-induced corrosion of rebar and other problems with concrete in industrial, municipal and other applications.


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.


EPA Proposes Ban on Paint Removers

Two chemicals found in consumer and commercial paint and coatings removal products are targeted in newly proposed rules by federal regulators.


3-D Graphene Form: 'Stronger than Steel'

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it has produced a material that has 5 percent the density of steel and 10 times its strength.


Axalta to Buy Los Angeles Paint Maker

Philadelphia-based Axalta Coating Systems has announced plans to acquire Los Angeles-based Ellis Paint Company.


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.


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...


Sales Increase in RPM Q2

Despite making decisions that impacted its bottom line, RPM International Inc. reported a boost in specialty, consumer and industrial coatings segment sales in its second quarter of fiscal y...


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.


New Concrete Additive Shows Versatility

A new concrete additive promises to make concrete harder, more resistant to deterioration, and quicker to dry, according to a startup company with origins at a Swiss university.


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.


Russian Lab Unveils Coated Wood Composite

Scientists at a Russian university say they have developed a way to create a wood-polymer hybrid nanocomposite that is far stronger and more durable than natural wood, and a specialized coat...


Valspar Sales Decline, Merger ‘On Track’

Ahead of its multi-billion dollar planned merger with The Sherwin-Williams Company, paint and coatings manufacturer Valspar Corp. announced its fourth-quarter and year-end results, posting d...


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...


RCMA Announces Roof Coatings Category Rule

Roof coating manufacturers and other experts have developed a resource aimed at calculating and reporting the environmental attributes of roof coating materials.


Study: Cement Absorbs Greenhouse Gas

For years, concrete—specifically the Portland cement that comprises much of the material—has gotten a bad rap in terms of carbon emissions. But new research indicates that even as the produc...


Coating Technician Death Spurs Fines

A Wisconsin aluminum extrusion and coating company is facing federal fines of $171,169 stemming from the death of a 51-year-old worker.


Evonik to Acquire Huber Silica Business

Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany) announced Monday (Dec. 12) that it is acquiring the silica business of U.S. firm J.M. Huber in a $630 million deal.


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.


Metal Coatings Made to Cool

PPG has introduced a new coating designed to enhance the appearance and extend the service life of metal roofing, siding, panels and other building components.


Surface Prep, Solar Tech Star in New Issue

The latest issue of D+D In Depth is now available online. The November issue includes four expert-written articles covering technology advances in commercial and architectural coating...


Fibers Give New 'Textile Concrete' Appeal

Fibers could be the key to lighter, more durable and more versatile form of reinforced concrete, according to a new report from researchers at the Technical University of Dresden.


Paint Produces Power from Hot Surfaces

Buildings, cars, and ships and other vessels are just a few of the possible applications for a new paint technology.


Tremco Group Acquires Tape Maker

RPM has announced an addition to its tremco illbruck Group with the acquisition of U.K.-based Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd.


Creating Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Salt

A team of engineers in South Korea have used salt to create a “cost-effective and environmentally friendly” superhydrophobic surface.


Sherwin-Williams’ Connor to Retire

After a 34 year run with The Sherwin-Williams Company, Executive Chairman Christopher M. Connor will retire Dec. 31, the company announced late Monday (Nov. 7).


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...


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...


UN Spotlights Lead Paint in Kenya

Public health officials are out to educate those in developing countries about the effects of lead exposure and poisoning.


Obituary: Jerry Hoyle, CEO of CTS Cement

A concrete expert with over four decades of experience in the industry has passed away.


PPG to Buy Romanian Firm

Looking to increase its presence outside the U.S., PPG has reached an agreement with the Emerging Europe Accession Fund to acquire DEUTEK, a Romanian paint and architectural coatings maker.


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...


Sherwin-Williams’ Revenues Rise

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported consolidated net sales of $3.28 billion for its third quarter and $9.07 billion for the nine-month period, driven in part by high paint sales volumes in...


Cost Cuts Could Follow PPG Q3

PPG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael H. McGarry says the company is "reviewing various restructuring scenarios" to reduce costs, following the release of its third quarter earnin...


AkzoNobel Volumes Hold, Profits Grow in Q3

Increased volumes in its Decorative Paints division are one highlight of a mixed third quarter earnings report from AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands).


Probe Launched After Deadly Blast

Three people have died and six more were left severely injured following a powerful explosion that rocked a BASF chemical plant Monday (Oct. 17) in Germany, according to multiple reports.


OSHA: PPG Workers Exposed to 11 Hazards

Federal authorities have cited paint and coatings producer PPG, alleging nine serious violations and two other-than-serious, stemming from a worker complaint investigation launched in April.


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.


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...


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...


RPM Board Director Retires

After 55 years of service, Thomas C. Sullivan has officially stepped down as director of the multinational holding company RPM International.


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...


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...


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.


New Leader for Polymer Group

German chemical manufacturer Wacker has announced that Peter Summo will lead the company's Polymers division, which produces polymeric binders and additives used in construction chemicals, p...


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...


Philly to Test Anti-Pee Paint

Seeking to solve complaints of occasional "human waste" on its subway system, Philadelphia is looking to test the impact of a special clear coating that not only resists urine, but repels it...


PPG Jettisons More Fiber Glass Business

The world's largest manufacturer of paints and coatings is continuing to eliminate non-coatings ventures, announcing recently that it will shed two more fiber glass operations.


Study: Ruby is the New White for Roofs

A new study suggests that dark colored roofs can stay just as cool as those painted white, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


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.


Regulator Questions Delay Dow-DuPont Deal

European regulators have called for a pause in their review of the proposed merger between two chemical giants due to what they're calling missing information, while a U.S. Senate committee ...


BASF, Henkel Agree on Deal

In a move to strengthen its construction chemicals portfolio, the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, plans to acquire Henkel’s professional Western European flooring, tiling and waterpr...


Robust Waterproof Coating Emerges

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


Regulators Approve Resin Merger

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


Sensing Lead Paint Using Gel

Scientists at the University of Michigan say they have developed a new lead paint test designed to provide “more clear and accurate results than its counterparts.”


Additives Take Aim at Foam

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


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.


Brick Cleaner Removes Grime Without Water

A new cleaner from Cathedral Stone Products Inc. (Hanover, MD) removes dirt from brick and stone with the help of just a wet sponge, according to the manufacturer.


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.


Coatings Block Heat, Permit Light

Scientists in Singapore report that they have developed “a smart window coating” that would allow most of the sun’s light in, while blocking most near-infrared radiation.


New Concrete Showcases Flexibility

A new kind of concrete developed by researchers in Singapore is, according to its discoverers, stronger, more reliable, and ... bendable.


Tnemec Debuts Epoxy Primer

A Kansas City, MO-based coatings manufacturer has launched a new two-component, clear epoxy primer designed to offer superior penetration and adhesion to concrete.


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.


New Window Coating Darkens in an Instant

Forget about pulling the shades when the sun starts to pour in—scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed windows that will darken themselves with the flip of a s...


New VAE Dispersion Touts Low Emissions

Global polymers manufacturer Wacker Chemie AG has released a new binder for use in formulating low-odor and low-emissions interior coatings.


Dow, DuPont Deal Under EU Antitrust Review

European Union authorities are taking a look at the proposed merger between The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, two major global chemical companies with diverse product portfolios, to deter...


Coating to Protect Building Products

PPG has introduced a waterborne acrylic urethane for exterior building products, including patio and entry doors, molding and trim, windows and siding.


Valentus Acquires Floor Finishes Firm

Valentus Specialty Chemicals Inc., a holding company owned by Huron Capital, announced Thursday (August 11) that it completed its acquisition of Absolute Coatings Inc., the wood floor finish...


Coating to Stop Moisture Intrusion

Rust-Oleum has launched a low-odor, latex-based coating designed to protect bare masonry wall and floor surfaces from water intrusion.


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.


BASF Launches Sealant

A new sealant made to help accelerate construction project schedules and keep horizontal joints weathertight has been released by BASF.


Partners Reveal New Paint Recycling Tech

Closing the paint production loop and improving how paint is recycled are goals of an ongoing initiative led by global paint manufacturer AkzoNobel, design and innovation firm Seymourpowell ...


AkzoNobel Takes Reins of Egypt Firm

The acquisition of the remaining stake in a powder coatings manufacturer in Egypt means Dutch paints and coatings company AkzoNobel is expanding further, and more quickly, in the North Afric...


EPA Rule Targets Formaldehyde Emissions

Under a new federal rule, certain wood product manufacturers in the U.S. and those abroad who sell products in the U.S. will be required to test, certify and label their products as complian...


Consumer Rockets RPM to Record Q4

Rust-Oleum, DAP and Varathane parent company RPM International Inc. reported sales were up 4 percent and net income grew 20 percent for its fourth quarter, while sales grew 5 percent and net...


Tnemec Launches Floor Coating

A new floor coating recommended for commercial environments such as kitchens and medical facilities features a rapid cure time and is low odor, according to the manufacturer


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.


Officials Ban Coal Tar Sealants

San Antonio has become the latest U.S. city to prohibit the use of coal tar-based sealants on projects throughout the area.


Flooring System Takes New Shapes

A new collection from Karndean Designflooring takes some colors and patterns that were already available and puts a geometric spin on them, creating novel formats that the company says can b...


Paint Stores Shine in Sherwin-Williams’ Q2

U.S.-based paint and coatings maker The Sherwin-Williams Company posted gains in its second quarter, led by booming architectural sales in its Paint Stores Group.


PPG Reports Modest Growth in Q2

Despite dips in its Architectural Coatings sales volumes, global paint and coatings manufacturer PPG reported consistent performance and modest growth, comparable to the previous year, in it...


DowDuPont Deal Achieves Milestone

The proposed $130 billion merger that would unite The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont Co. has been formally approved by each company's stockholders.


New Sealers Made for Concrete, Wood

Black Diamond Coatings has introduced a new line of sealers formulated for use on a variety of substrates, including concrete, pavers, stone and wood.


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...


New Coating Addresses Soapy Problem

Researchers behind a new technology say a new spray-applied coating will allow substances like soaps, which are built to stick, to slide right out of containers.


Paint Line Gets Revamp

Pratt & Lambert Paints announced the launch of Accolade Premium Paint & Primer, a 100 percent acrylic coating designed for use on interior walls, ceilings, trim, drywall, wood, masonry, meta...


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.


Valspar Shareholders Approve $11B Deal

Shareholders in Minneapolis-based paint company Valspar voted Wednesday (June 29) to approve the sale of the company to rival Sherwin-Williams.


Axalta to Acquire Dura Coat

Global powder coating maker Axalta Coating Systems has announced plans to acquire Riverside, CA-based Dura Coat Products Inc., a manufacturer of coatings for metal coil and related markets i...


Multi-Use Mortar to Launch

Building product manufacturer Laticrete has introduced Tri-Lite, billed as a lightweight, high-performance, tri-purpose mortar formulated for large and heavy tile, thin-bed and wall installa...


Ashland Adds to Adhesives Line

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


President Signs New Chemical Law

Bipartisan legislation that intends to bring the Toxic Substances Control Act into the 21st century has been signed into law.


Colorants Made for Roof Coatings

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


Team Studies Glass Coating Process

Researchers in Germany are developing an application-specific coating process for anti-reflective coatings that could benefit a range of glass surfaces.


Coating Chemistry Wins Green Award

A California producer of bio-based chemicals won a 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for a product that’s used in paints, coatings and sealants, among other materials.


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.


New Cool Roof Coating Shows Promise

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee say they’ve developed a reflective coating that could change the game in the world of cool roof coatings.


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.


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.


Study: Cool Roofs Beat Heat in all Climes

New research suggests reflective roof coatings and other technologies work to combat the “urban heat island effect” even in cities covered in snow for several months out of the year.


Dunn-Edwards Launches Duraflo

California-based paint maker Dunn-Edwards Paints has introduced new interior finishes for use on interior surfaces.


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.


Limiting Lead: A Global Issue

The vast majority of developing countries do not have regulations governing the amount of lead in paints, according to a new study.


Epoxy Formula Targets Yellowing

Coatings for Industry Inc. has introduced a new high-performance epoxy floor coating made to resist yellowing.


PPG Touts New Products, Strategy

PPG revealed its 2016 line of architectural coating products and announced moves to help consumers identify which brands are part of its family at a media event Monday (May 23).


Dow, DuPont Name Leaders

In the lead-up to their pending merger, The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont have announced a number of leadership appointments.


Nanotech Coating Deal Signed

A University of Houston spinoff company reports it has signed a distribution deal for its protective coating technology made for wood, masonry and concrete.


Dow Corning Exec to Retire

The chairman, CEO and president of Dow Corning Corp. plans to retire, Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning jointly announced in a statement released May 16.


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.


Liquid, Powder Teams Unite

AkzoNobel has announced it will combine the sales and marketing teams from its liquid and powder coatings businesses that serve the aluminum architecture and facade and cladding markets.


New Coating Protects from Superbugs

Scientists in Ireland say they’ve discovered a breakthrough coating that could protect everyday surfaces from bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”


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.


The Secret to Fresh Fruit: A Silk Coat?

You’ve heard of corn silk, but what about strawberry silk? Researchers at Tufts University say a thin coating of the material could be just what it takes to keep certain kinds of fruit fresh...


Valspar Rolls Out ‘Pure’ Coil Coating

A new addition to Valspar’s Fluropon line of architectural coatings promises to be more sustainable and better suited to meet green building needs, according to the manufacturer.


ACA Urges Chemical Bill Resolution

Coating manufacturers say the window to bring home the first overhaul of chemical safety laws in a generation is narrowing.


New Acrylic Boasts Stain Resistance

Stain-blocking properties are key in the new Glidden Complete interior two-in-one paint and primer, according to manufacturer PPG.


Polymer to Self-Heal at Body Temp

Scientists at the University of Reading have come up with technology that could eventually be developed into self-healing coatings for buildings as well as other applications.


Paint Maker Celebrates 90 Years

An Iowa-based coatings manufacturer recently marked its 90-year anniversary with a three-day celebration at its service centers.


New Binder Touts Stain Resistance

A new copolymer emulsion from Michelman boasts stain resistance and scrub resistance when used as a binder in architectural paints, wood primers and other coatings, the company says.


AkzoNobel Opens New China Plant

International coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel opened its newest decorative paints plant on Friday (April 29), in Qionglai, in China’s Sichuan province.


Dow Flashing Honored for Innovation

Dow Building and Construction, a business group of The Dow Chemical Company, has been recognized for its liquid-applied flashing product designed to provide advanced moisture- and air-sealin...


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.


Valentus Buys Wood Finishes Firm

Valentus Specialty Chemicals Inc. has announced it has acquired a Tennessee-based manufacturer of wood flooring finishes and related products.


J.D. Power Reveals Paint Ratings

Market research company J.D. Power issued its annual U.S. Paint Satisfaction Study last week, and Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams topped the charts in terms of consumer satisfaction.


Bill to Require Fire-Resistant Coatings

Fire-resistant coatings would be mandatory in all new commercial buildings in Philadelphia, under a newly introduced bill.


PPG Makes Lead-Free Commitment

The Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings giant PPG says it will phase out the use of lead in all of its products in four years, according to a newly released sustainability report.


Stores Boost Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Strong architectural paint sales volume in Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Stores helped deliver a record first quarter to the global paint company.


Growth in Europe Drives PPG Q1

PPG reported net sales of $3.7 billion in its first quarter, a 4 percent increase from the prior year, led by broadening European volume growth and acquisitions.


Solar Cells Powered by Rain?

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


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.


PPG Bows New Paints, Stains Line

PPG’s Pittsburgh Paints & Stains brand has introduced a new premium line of paints and stains geared toward professionals and DIY consumers.


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.


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 Leaders Earn ACA Honors

Nine leaders in the coatings industry took center stage at the American Coatings Show, honored for decades of achievements and industry innovation.


ChemQuest, Coatings Center Team Up

A new strategic partnership aims to advance technology and production needs of coatings end-users, suppliers, formulators and raw material producers.


Roller Covers Made for Resinous Flooring

Seymour Midwest has launched a new range of roller covers for flooring and coatings professionals, under the brand Midwest Rake Assurance.


RPM Reports Record Third Quarter

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


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.


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.


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


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.


Watching Paint Dry Yields Breakthroughs

It turns out that watching paint dry isn’t as pointless as it seems. Researchers at the University of Surrey in England, collaborating with the Universite Claude Bernard in Lyon, France, hav...


PPG Launches Rebranding Initiative

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


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.


Titan Adds to Sprayer Line

Equipment manufacturer Titan has introduced new paint sprayer models for applying protective coatings in a variety of applications, including cold-applied roofing, corrosion control, firepro...


Benjamin Moore Asks ‘Is it Still Paint?’

Benjamin Moore has launched a new ad campaign, focused on product formulation, prompting buyers to question their paint selections.


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.


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...


Rust-Oleum Acquires Seal-Krete

In its quest to conquer the concrete care category, RPM International Inc. has announced that its Rust-Oleum Corporation subsidiary has acquired Seal-Krete, a leading U.S. manufacturer of co...


CDC Estimates Cancer Risks in Flooring

Federal health regulators are estimating that excessive formaldehyde levels in select laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators could cause six to 30 cancer cases per 100,000 people.


Cabot Expands Wood Finish Line

Valspar’s Cabot Woodcare has developed Cabot Gold, a new satin finish stain that reportedly blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living.


Akron's Soucek to Receive Tess Award

The American Chemical Society's prestigious Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings will go to Dr. Mark Soucek of the University of Akron (UA) Department of Polymer Engineering.


Flame Retardant Market Remains Hot

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


Designer-Inspired Formula to Roll Out

The HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams brand has announced the upcoming release of a new designer-inspired interior and exterior paint formula for the professional and DIY markets.


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...


Nanocoating Startup Nets $746K Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded an Arkansas-based startup a six-figure grant for its work on a glass coating said to make the material anti-reflective, self-cleaning and highly t...


Flood Launches Pro Line for Wood

Flood wood care, a brand of the PPG architectural coatings business, has introduced a new comprehensive line of stains, finishes and preparation products for professional painters.


APF Acquires Super-Krete International

Arizona Polymer Flooring announced that it has acquired Super-Krete International Inc., a globally recognized manufacturer of concrete repair and restoration materials for commercial, indust...


EPA Awards Focus on Sustainable Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing in green building technologies and other innovative ideas developed by 38 student teams from around the country.


Valspar’s Revenue, Profit Down in Q1

Faced with difficult year-over-year comparisons, Valspar posted double-digit sales declines in both its Paints and Coatings segments for the first quarter of fiscal 2016.


Sales, Volumes Decline in Valspar's Q1

While both sales and volumes took hits in Valspar's first quarter of fiscal 2016, the company says its Coatings segment is "well positioned for growth."


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.


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...


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...


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.


Graphene Gets ‘F’ in Fracture Study

Graphene—a so-called "wonder material" consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms—has been showing strength in multiple applications, including coatings.


AkzoNobel Hits 2015 Targets

AkzoNobel has reported record performance for 2015, hitting the year's financial targets and posting significant increases in its operating income.


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.


New Wood Stains Set for Lowe’s

Valspar Corp. has announced that it will offer its expansive line of Cabot stains and woodcare products to more than 1,400 Lowe’s stores across America come March.


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.


Sherwin-Williams Sets Q4, Full-Year Records

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported earnings and sales records for its 2015 fourth-quarter and full year, driven by architectural paint sales volume increases in its Paint Stores and Consu...


SSPC 2016 Highlights Youth Research

Focusing on the bright future of the coatings industry was a main goal during SSPC 2016 held in San Antonio.


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.


Profit Rises in PPG’s Q4

Acquisition activity and cost cutting measures have helped Pittsburgh-based coatings giant PPG Industries Inc. to deliver an increase in profits for its fourth quarter and full year.


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...


Company Eliminates BPA in Epoxy Formula

Allied Construction Technologies Inc. has eliminated the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in its 2170 Moisture Mitigation and Alkalinity Control epoxy coating.


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.


Valspar Unveils Lifeshield Floor Coatings

Valspar’s Wood Coatings business has introduced Lifeshield, a new family of coatings formulated for North America flooring manufacturers.


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...


‘Break-Through’ Paint Gets Revamp

PPG Industries Inc.’s PPG Paints brand has reformulated its low-VOC Break-Through! interior and exterior waterborne acrylic paint.


Zero-Isocyanate Coating Hits Market

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. has announced the availability of the first zero isocyanate hybrid polyurethane coating for commercial and residential buildings.


PPG Launches Metal Coatings Series

A new metal coatings series that aims to protect rooftop HVAC systems on commercial buildings is now available through PPG Industries.


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.


Coating Could Improve Solar Panels

A new nanocoating that aims to make residential solar panels generate power more efficiently in any direction has been developed.


Coating Research Improves IAQ

Research undertaken at a Swedish university proposes a cure for “sick building syndrome” that uses coatings to take on the treatment process.


AkzoNobel Opens $10M Facility

AkzoNobel has opened a new $10 million research, development and innovation facility in Ohio, to serve the company's North American Performance Coatings businesses.


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.


Valspar Logs Growth for 2015

Valspar Corp. has posted another record year of earnings despite facing “difficult comparisons to the exceptional performance in 2014, a strengthening U.S. dollar and a product line adjustme...


Florock Adds Kits, Colorants to Line

Crawford Laboratories Inc. has expanded its FloroCrete Cementitious Urethane flooring portfolio with new cove kits and colorants designed for food and beverage plants, commercial kitchens, a...


AkzoNobel Opens Wood Coatings Center

AkzoNobel has announced the opening of a new technical center for wood coatings in Malmö, Sweden.


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.


Green Seal Revises Coatings Standard

A nonprofit certifier of sustainability products has expanded its standard for architectural coatings.


RPM Promotes Two Leaders

RPM Inc., the holding company for Rust Oleum, announced the appointment of John J. McLaughlin as a senior vice president.


Dow Debuts Low-VOC Emulsion Tech

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


Team Develops Coating for Steel

Harvard researchers say they have developed a coating that makes steel stronger, safer and more durable.


Paint Sales Up in Sherwin-Williams’ Q3

Propelled by its Paint Stores and Consumer Groups, Sherwin-Williams posted profit gains for its third quarter 2015.


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.


Copolymer for Concrete Coatings Debuts

Omnova Solutions has introduced an epoxy-modified acrylic copolymer for 1K (one part) garage floor and concrete coatings.


Income, Sales Up for AkzoNobel Q3

Amsterdam coatings giant AkzoNobel has reported income and sales gains for its third quarter amid “challenging market conditions.”


PPG Reports ‘Strong’ Q3

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


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.


Bio-Nanocoating Takes Top MIT Prize

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has received an award for its work on a biomimetic non-reflective coating for solar cells.


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).


Valspar Awards $25K in Scholarships

Students from around the globe who are studying coatings and polymeric materials at the North Dakota State University in Fargo will receive $25,000 in scholarships thanks to Valspar Corp.


Evonik Launches Glossy Paint Innovation

German special chemicals company Evonik Industries has developed a new coatings technology designed to deliver glossy exterior coatings that are permeable to water vapor from the inside.


Coating to Cool Solar Cells in Full Sun

A trio of Stanford University engineers has developed a transparent coating designed to improve the efficiency of solar cells by radiating heat into space.


New Paints, Primers for Commercial Work

Valspar Paint has announced a new line of coatings designed specifically for the professional painter.


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.


Dry Advance in Underwater Coatings

A research team at Northwestern University is the first to determine the specific “roughness” needed to keep a surface dry even when submerged in water for a long period of time.


Dunn-Edwards Revamps Interior Paint

Dunn-Edwards Paints has unveiled an improved formulation of its low-odor, zero-VOC Acri-Wall product.


Awards Focus on Green Coatings, Tech

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $2 million in a range of green technologies, including the development of greener polyurethane coatings, sustainable concrete and envir...


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.


Sales Dip, Profit Up in Valspar’s Q3

The world’s No. 6 paint and coatings company has adjusted its outlook for the rest of the year, following a “solid performance” in the company’s fiscal third quarter of 2015.


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.


Coating Designed for Building Products

PPG has added a polyester coil coating system designed for building product manufacturers to its portfolio.


Mouth-Watering Coating Tech Revealed

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


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.


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.


Intumescent Finish for Wood Launched

PyroTech has introduced a two-component, thin-film intumescent coating formulated for existing and new wood structures.


Concrete Floor Coatings Set to Soar

Forecasters are expecting a growth spurt for the global concrete floor coatings industry.


BASF Shutters Business Unit

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


Coating Made to Signal Dehydration

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


Sealer Made to Repel Water, Stains, Oils

A Tennessee concrete coatings company has released a new penetrating solvent-based sealer designed to repel water off the surface of stamped concrete and concrete pavers.


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.


American Polymers Inks Acquisition

Global coatings maker American Polymers Corp. is expanding its footprint in the floor coatings industry with the acquisition of Illinois-based Crown Polymers LLC.


'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.


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.


AkzoNobel Reports Positive Q2

Global coatings colossus AkzoNobel reported a significant jump in second quarter profitability across all three of its business areas, despite a challenging market environment.


Sherwin-Williams’ Q2 Sales, Profit Up

CLEVELAND--Sales to the professional market for home repainting and consumer groups in the U.S. continue to drive The Sherwin-Williams Company to gains in sales and earnings.


PPG Posts Q2, Names New CEO

PITTSBURGH--Coatings giant PPG has reported “all-time-record earnings” and multiple growth areas in its Q2 2015 financial results, released Thursday (July 16).


PPG Logs Q2, Announces New CEO

PITTSBURGH--Unfavorable currency translation took a toll on PPG’s second quarter and the coatings company has announced a change in leadership.


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.


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 ...


Bayer MaterialScience Exec to Lead SSPC

PITTSBURGH--William M. Worms, a longtime Bayer executive who has overseen the company's $1.5 billion Polyurethanes Raw Material Sales business, has been appointed executive director of SSPC:...


Tunable Windows Dial in Light, Opacity

CINCINNATI--Researchers from the University of Cincinnati and private industry are reporting a first in the smart-window market.


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 ...


Anti-Vandal Tech Sniffs Graffiti

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Fed up with graffiti on commuter trains, police in Australia are employing a new graffiti-smelling technology to sniff out vandals.


Solid Growth: Wood Coatings to Boom

DALLAS--The wood coatings market is projected to reach $1.9 billion by 2020, a recent market report concludes.


Material Cools Roof Below Ambient Temp

SYDNEY--Australian scientists have reportedly developed a material capable of keeping a roof cooler than the air that surrounds it, even in intense summer conditions.


eBook Tackles Coatings Technology

PITTSBURGH--Cutting-edge architectural coatings technology and applications for improved formulations are covered in a free new resource by Durability + Design.


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...


Sherwin-Williams Bows Flooring Finishes

CLEVELAND--Sherwin-Williams’ Product Finishes division has introduced a line of UV-curable coating systems designed for manufacturers of prefinished wood flooring used in residential and com...


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.


Print Job: Glowing 3D Coating

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY—German researchers have added a new dimension to coatings application.


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.


Compound Cures Without UV

MADISON, OH —ChemMasters Inc. has introduced a dissipating resin cure designed for easy removal from freshly placed concrete.


Q2 Brings Ups and Downs at Valspar

MINNEAPOLIS—Despite second-quarter declines that dampened the year's sales outlook, Valspar is setting a new course for growth in the months ahead, the paint and coatings maker reported Wedn...


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.


PPG Names Global Coatings VP

PITTSBURGH—PPG Industries has announced the appointment of Eric Thiele as vice president and business controller, global architectural coatings and protective and marine coatings.


Polyurea Primer: 3 Cs, 3 Minutes

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


Deck Care Finishing System Introduced

CLEVELAND—Products for staining, sealing, stripping, cleaning and restoring decks make up the new SuperDeck line from Sherwin-Williams.


Polyurethane Sprouts from Plant Oils

PULLMAN, WA—Plants, not petroleum, underpin a new generation of polyurethanes being developed at Washington State University.


New Topping Levels Concrete Floors

HAMPSHIRE, IL—W.R. Meadows has introduced a topping designed to smooth rough or deteriorated concrete floors.


Upgraded Retarder Aims to Come Clean

NASHVILLE, TN—Clemons Concrete Coatings has reformulated its sprayable surface retarder to provide a "cleaner, easier rinse-off," the company says.


Dimensional Colors Sparkle in New Line

MINNEAPOLIS—The Valspar Corp. has introduced a line of dimensional, color-shifting, richly saturated, sparkling hues designed to create "a whole new color space" for architects and designers...


SSPC Issues New Commercial Guides

PITTSBURGH—Floor coatings and fluoropolymer finishing are the focus of new specifying and evaluation guidance from SSPC.


Olympic Rolls Out Stucco Paint

PITTSBURGH—Olympic Paint has introduced a 100 percent acrylic latex paint and primer product formulated for use on exterior and interior stucco, masonry and brick.


Coatings Show, Congress Set Records

NUREMBERG—The world's largest coatings event has closed on a high note in Germany, drawing nearly 29,000 people from 42 countries.


Report Raises Roof on Coating Prospects

DALLAS—Rebounding along with the construction industry, the global roof coatings market is looking up in the years ahead.


Home Depot to Shed Flooring Chemical

ATLANTA—The world’s largest home-improvement retailer has pledged to phase out vinyl flooring products that contain a potentially toxic chemical by the end of the year.


3 Companies Top Paint Ratings

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA—Behr, Clark + Kensington and The Sherwin-Williams Company have topped J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Paint Satisfaction Study, ranking highest in customer satisfaction ...


Volvo Paints a Safer Streetscape

LONDON—The Swedish car maker that has built its brand on safety is thinking outside the boxy vehicle for its next improvement.


Behr Bows New Pro Line

SANTA ANA, CA—Behr Paints has launched a new professional-grade line of paints formulated for high-turnover and other price-driven environments.


Ups and Downs Open Akzo's 2015

AMSTERDAM—Favorable currency effects and cost cutting offset volume declines, yielding increases in revenues and operating income for the first quarter of 2015, AkzoNobel reported Tuesday (A...


SSPC Offers Student Aid, Seeks Papers

PITTSBURGH—Time is drawing short for SSPC college scholarship applications and presentation proposals for the society's 2016 conference.


Hempel Announces CEO Vacancy

LYNGBY, DENMARK—One of the world's top paint and coatings companies has announced the imminent departure of its CEO even before it chooses his successor.


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...


Paint Stores Fuel Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

CLEVELAND, OH—Increased architectural paint sales has propelled Sherwin-Williams to a record first quarter, the company announced Thursday (April 16).


EPA Seeks Nanoscale Reporting Rule

WASHINGTON, DC—Federal regulators want to know more about those teeny, tiny chemical substances now pervading paints, construction materials and numerous other products.


RPM Expands Intumescent, Wood Lines

MEDINA, OH—The UK's largest manufacturers of fire-stopping products and high-performance wood finishes are both joining the family of Rust-Oleum, Zinsser, Stonhard, Tremco and Dryvit.


Chromate-Free Intermediate Self-Repairs

SOMERSET, NJ—A new high-performance intermediate coating from NEI Corp. provides active corrosion protection of structures by physically healing cracks and gaps that occur.


Researchers Develop Stronger Glass

LOS ANGELES—A team of French and American researchers say they have identified the optimum conditions to increase the lifespan and durability of glass.


PPG Adds French, Australian Firms

Two acquisitions on two continents in two days have yet again expanded the geographical and product footprint of the world's largest paint and coatings company.


RPM Sees $57M Loss in Q3

The parent company of Rust-Oleum, Stonhard and other leading paint and coating brands has reported an eight-figure net loss for the third quarter, due to an $83.5 million one-time net charge...


Kelly-Moore Bows Flat Finish

Kelly-Moore Paints has expanded its interior paint line to include a flat, matte finish for residential and commercial projects.


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.


Coating Line Colors Concrete Protection

Mortar and concrete admixture giant MAPEI is bringing its colorful line of elastomeric coatings for above-grade concrete and masonry to the Americas.


PPG Trio Touts Green High Performance

Three new commercial and industrial coatings from PPG Industries claim high performance with low environmental impact.


Olympic Rolls Out Exterior Primer/Paint

Olympic Paint has launched a low-VOC, latex paint-and-primer combination for use on exterior wood, brick, concrete and other surfaces.


Metallic Epoxy Touts Concrete 'Dazzle'

A new metallic concrete floor coating replicates the look of shimmery patinas for worn garage and shop floors, the manufacturer says.


Squid-spiration Guides New Camo

Cheap, versatile, coated stickers inspired by nature's masters of disguise may protect tomorrow's soldiers from enemy detection, developers say.


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.


New Powder Coating Steps into Light

Amsterdam's paint, coatings and chemical giant has launched a new ultra-reflective powder coating for lighting fixtures.


New Concrete Floor Technology Bows

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


RPM Buys South African Paint Leader

The Rust-Oleum Group has acquired Spraymate Group, the producer of South Africa's top aerosol paint brand, Rust-Oleum parent RPM International Inc. has announced.


Watco Adds Fast Floor Coating Option

Watco, maker of industrial-strength flooring products, has introduced a one-day prep-and-paint system for concrete floors that employs a rapid-cure polyaspartic resin technology.


Fine Print Follows Paint Label Reprieve

U.S. coating makers will get more time to revise hazard labeling and safety data sheets for their products if they can prove "reasonable diligence" on their progress, federal regulators 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.


Pants Pop for Paint Recycling

A comical case of “telephone"-style miscommunication among neighbors drives the winning entry in PaintCare’s video contest to raise awareness about paint recycling.


Fed-Up Town Makes Buildings Pee Back

Revelers with swollen bladders should be ready to wear what they relieve on the buildings of St. Pauli.


Rust-Oleum Coating Suits Mount, Merge

Homeowner lawsuits over the performance of a deck coating have been merged into multidistrict litigation in federal court in Chicago.


Energy Dept. Seeks Bright Ideas

Building scientists, designers, students and other experts are invited to conjure, discuss and choose the next big energy-efficient technologies for homes and buildings in a new crowdsourcin...


PPG Adds 'Extreme' Adhesive to Line

PPG Industries has launched a latex-based construction adhesive designed to bond and repair stone, block and timber, even in extreme conditions.


Copper to Clad London's New Garden

A massive public garden that will span the River Thames will sport a specially developed finish designed to keep the structure maintenance free for more than a century.


Paint, Dollar Flatten Valspar's Outlook

Valspar Corp. increased its profits in the first quarter of 2015, with the coatings business offsetting setbacks in paints, but the company still reduced its sales outlook for the rest of th...


PPG Veteran to Become Next President

Michael H. McGarry has been named president of PPG Industries Inc., capping a 34-year company tenure that has included senior management roles on three continents.


New Paint Tax to Help Clean China's Air

In a move sure to sting worldwide, China has decided to tackle its smoggy skies with a new tax on Volatile Organic Content in paints and coatings.


2 New Urethanes Protect Floors

Sherwin-Williams has introduced two ultra-high-solids urethane floor coatings for commercial and industrial projects.


Ex-VP 'Remorseful' in Homicide Plea

Former PPG Industries senior vice president Robert J. Dellinger has pleaded guilty to killing a pregnant woman, her fiance and their fetus in a deliberate head-on collision that he called a ...


Sherwin-Williams Updates Exterior Lines

Sherwin-Williams is promising better resistance to dirt and color fading with the reformulation of its Resilience and SuperPaint Exterior Acrylic Latex Paints.


Green Resins Tackle Commercial Needs

Keeping up with green building trends in commercial and institutional architecture, Dow Coating Materials has introduced two new resin technologies for low- and ultra-low-VOC coatings.


Billion-Dollar Lead Ruling on Appeal

Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and ConAgra Grocery Products are trying to reverse a trial judge’s $1.1 billion decision requiring them to remove lead paint from 3.5 million California homes...


‘So, 2 Painters Walk into a Recycler…’

Paint recycling is responsible and environmentally beneficial. But is it funny? The nation's leading paint recycling organization thinks that it can be—and that funny beats preachy when tryi...


Aluminum Finishing Guide Gets Revamp

Specifiers and other building professionals have a newly updated resource on paint and anodized finishes for aluminum building components.


Akzo Sees Progress Amid 2014 Setbacks

Decorative Paints struggled and profits slid, but AkzoNobel emerged from 2014 optimistic that its years-long restructuring remained on track.


Acquisitions Swallow 3 Coating Firms

The paint and coatings industry continues to contract, with Miller Paint, Hempel and Lubrizol all newly acquiring other coating companies.


Quikrete Mix Touts Speed, Strength

A new concrete mix for floors, steps and sidewalks promises a fast set, high strength, and crack resistance all in one.


Concrete for Fast Set, High Strength

Quikrete has introduced what it calls the first concrete mix with one-hour working time, three-hour walk-on time, and 6,500 PSI compressive strength with crack, freeze-thaw and corrosion res...


Now, Jotun is a Girl's Best Friend

Some companies give away tools, or trailers, or even a truck to thank contractors for their business. In Saudi Arabia, Jotun Paints does it with diamonds.


Architectural Coatings Get Expert Assist

LAS VEGAS—Hands-on QC for commercial coatings was the name of the game at SSPC 2015, amid a daylong architectural track that kept attendees busy.


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.


Coating Makers Form Latin Federation

Consolidating the strength of one of the world's booming paint markets, Latin American manufacturers have joined forces in a new federation.


PPG Sunsets a Veteran Brand

The world’s No. 1 coatings company has announced a shift in its oldest architectural brand identity.


Sherwin-Williams Paints a Top Year

Fueled by architectural paint sales, Sherwin-Williams set a record $11.13 billion in consolidated net sales for 2014.


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.


Smart Coatings Eye Brilliant Growth

Despite plunging oil prices that have temporarily back-burnered energy concerns, new technologies for smart coatings will drive this year's $610 million market to $5.8 billion in 2020, accor...


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.


Beyond Teflon: Etching a Dryer Metal

Hydrophobic coatings, the mainstay of materials protection, may have met their match in a new laser technique that reportedly makes metal surfaces repel water permanently.


Nippon Paint Mogul Tops Wealthy List

Riding the crest of the booming Asian paint and coatings market, the founder of Nippon Paint South-East Asia Group (NIPSEA) has become the richest man in Singapore, and one of the richest in...


Steel Structures Get New Fire Option

Fast-drying fire protection for steel beams, columns and braces in major building projects is the promise of Sherwin-Williams' new Firetex FX6000.


U.S. Coatings Market to Hit $28B

Architectural coatings will account for more than half of the 8.8 billion pounds of paint and coatings likely to be used in the U.S. during 2015, according to a market research firm.


Paint Line Nears 2,000 Colors

From Arizona Clay to Zucchini Flower, Dunn-Edwards Paints has infused its Perfect Palette system with 300 new colors.


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.


Deal Fuels PPG’s Record Year

PPG Industries’ year-end acquisition of Mexico’s Comex helped deliver record net sales and earnings to the Pittsburgh, PA-based paint and coatings maker.


‘Smart Paint’ Debuts in Middle East

A paint maker in the Middle East says it has launched a line of “Smart Paints” designed for a variety of applications—from roads to houses.


Atomic-level Forces at Play in Concrete

By examining concrete at the atomic level, researchers at Rice University have suggested new ways to improve the most widespread building material's crack resistance.


Service Group Buys Five Star Painting

A Texas holding company has added Five Star Painting to its stable of service-based franchise companies.


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.


Consumer Declines Ding RPM's Q2

Slumping sales, legal bills, Eurozone instability, and a disappointing acquisition drove Rust-Oleum parent RPM International on Wednesday (Jan. 7) to shave its earnings guidance for fiscal y...


Flashing Cement Tackles Weather, Water

Roof coating supplier RM Lucas Co. has expanded its line of repair and maintenance products with the introduction of Lucas #6500 Universal Flashing Cement.


Coloring with Barely-There Coating

A new lightweight, ultra-thin color coating technology for smooth and rough surfaces is gaining traction at Harvard University.


New Lead Paint Law Keeps MD Busy

Although three years in coming, a sweeping new lead paint law for Maryland landlords has unleashed an avalanche of inquiries to state environmental officials.


Taking Time to Turn the Page

With this issue, Durability + Design News wraps up its regular daily coverage of 2014.


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...


Scientists Simplify Spray-On Solar

Canadian engineers say they have developed a new method of spray-coating solar cells.


Epoxy Made for Decorative Concrete

Clemons Concrete Coatings has introduced a new product for indoor decorative concrete.


Sherwin-Williams Adjusts Outlook

The world's No. 3 paint and coatings company has narrowed its 2014 earnings forecast and offered a tempered look at 2015.


Texture Makes Surfaces Repel Liquids

A new surface texture that can reportedly repel any type of liquid from any type of substrate is well into development at UCLA.


Metal Panels Offer Graffiti Resistance

AEP Span has armed its architectural metal panels with a new graffiti-resistant coating system for use in the commercial and industrial markets.


Farrow & Ball Paints Sold for $430M

Farrow & Ball, the elite UK paint and wallpaper maker that once supplied paint to England's Admiralty and War Office, has been sold to a U.S. asset management group for £275 million (about $...


Coating Zaps Building Heat into Space

A high-tech coated mirror that can beam heat away from buildings and into space is in the works at Stanford University.


Cove Base Finish for Seamless Flooring

A new plural-component urethane product is designed to deliver a quick and seamless seal between a concrete floor system and wall.


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.


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.


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.


Coated Drones to Combat Pollution

Researchers in Hong Kong say they have developed drones capable of collecting pollution and turning it into fuel.


Surfkoat Debuts 3 Concrete Sealers

Surfkoat's newest masonry sealers for architectural and industrial settings are designed for improved resistance to de-icing salt and moisture intrusion from all kinds of wet weather.


OSHA Delays Date for New Labels, MSDS

Paint makers will have more time to align their product labeling and Material Safety Data Sheets with global standards, according to the American Coatings Association.


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.


Coating Tackles Multimetal Corrosion

Cortec Corp. has rolled out an environmentally friendly, temporary coating designed to protect metals in indoor, outdoor and salt-spray environments.


Recovery Rekindles Wood Coatings Market

The comeback in the U.S. construction industry is carrying strong growth for wood coatings and preservatives, a new report concludes.


MN Becomes 6th to Start Paint Recycling

The U.S. coating industry’s product recycling program has arrived in the Midwest.


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.


Solar Material Shows Hot Potential

A spray-applied, solar-harvesting nanomaterial that may replicate the reflective power of 100,000 mirrors has a group of California engineers all fired up.


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.


Sherwin-Williams OKs $50K Settlement

The Sherwin-Williams Co. has agreed to pay $50,000 to a Florida school district to resolve a 2011 lawsuit alleging paint defects at three schools, under a newly approved settlement agreement...


Scientists Recycle Cup Lids for Coatings

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


Sherwin-Williams Rings Up a Record

Robust sales across its architectural paint businesses helped deliver a record third-quarter showing for The Sherwin-Williams Company, the manufacturer reported Tuesday (Oct. 28).


New Dispersions for Wood Coatings

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


Akzo Q3 Profits Fight Headwinds

Mixed, yet ultimately flat, sales in Decorative Paints offered little help to AkzoNobel in a third quarter that showed an increase in profit built more on efficiencies than revenues.


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 Overcomes 'Uneven' Q3

PPG Industries closed the books on its third quarter in the plus column, despite ups and downs in its global architectural coatings business.


Insect Colors Inspire Fade-free Future

The brilliant color of butterfly wings and beetle shells may just hold the key to producing a paint that never fades.


RPM Reports Profit Down in Q1

Commercial and industrial coating giant RPM declared its growth on track despite a dip in profits for its first quarter of 2015.


Cooling Roofs in the Middle East

Dow Construction Chemicals will turn to the Middle East to manufacture a new cool-roof coating material designed for the environmental rigors of that region.


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 ...


Bayer to Separate Coatings Unit

The Bayer Group has announced that it will split off MaterialScience, its polymer and coatings unit, as an independent, publicly traded company within two years.


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.


AkzoNobel Tops Sustainability Index

From its community service and labor practices to its urban focus and product stewardship, paint and coatings multinational AkzoNobel remains the corporate sustainability leader in the world...


New Pore Filler Formula Saves Steps

Ecoguard has reformulated its eco-friendly pore filler for a one-step process, saving users time and money.


Study Boosts Germ-Fighting Coating

A new coating containing silver nanoparticles has been found effective in reducing germs on nurse call buttons, bedside tables, and other high-touch surfaces in hospital rooms.


Rust Blocker Gets Water-Base Update

Dunn-Edwards has reformulated its metal primer with waterborne technology instead of solvents.


CA Product Survey May Bring VOC Cuts

California has announced its largest product survey initiative ever—a multiyear paint- and coating-focused data collection that could presage new reductions in VOC emissions.


Best Practices:
Winter Painting—Weather or Not

Almost all the premature coating failures we see are for one of three reasons: The wrong coating system was specified for that substrate or service environment; the painter failed to conduct...


Axalta Coatings Plans IPO

The $4.9 billion paint and coatings multinational long known as DuPont Performance Coatings may soon be going public.


Epoxy Touts Low Odor, High Performance

Solvent-style performance in a waterborne formulation is the promise of Seal-Krete’s new high-performance epoxy for interiors.


Roof Restoration Boasts New Option

Garland has introduced a restoration system for mineral asphalt and metal roofs that is designed for easy installation and versatility.


Coating Makes for Smarter Surfaces

A new polymer coating that would allow surfaces to respond instantly to changes in environmental conditions is under development by a multinational team of researchers.


New Black Coating is Out of This World

When it comes to protecting delicate instrumentation in brutal and alien environments, black is the new black.


AkzoNobel Plans New Chinese Paint Plant

AkzoNobel is spreading its reach even further in China by investing €50 million ($83.2 million USD) in a new decorative coatings facility.


Making Whiter Whites, with Less Work

So you think you know white? Mother Nature suggests otherwise, turning researchers on to a Southeast Asian beetle that effortlessly out-whites today's whitest white.


Paint Launches Highlight Valspar Q3

The marketing effort nibbled on earnings in the short term, but two paint rollouts helped deliver overall success in Valspar Corp.'s third quarter, the company announced Tuesday.


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...


Paint Recycling Rolls Out a Milestone

Virtually non-existent just five years ago, paint recycling is nearing mainstream status in the United States, as the leading stewardship program hits a major milestone: 1,000 drop-off sites...


New Intumescent for Structural Steel

Complex steel structures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have a new fire-protection coating option.


Solar Panels Paint a Better Black

Swiss researchers have created a coating for solar thermal panels that is greener than current coatings and may last as long as the panel itself.


PPG Debuts New Intumescents for Steel

Specifiers on steel structures have several new intumescent coating options for hollow and solid building components.


Paint Shifts Shades to Signal Heat

Imagine walls and doors that could warn firefighters of the intensity of a fire by changing color, or equipment that turns from blue to red when it's too hot to handle.


New Waterproof Roof Coating Launched

Garland Canada has introduced a cold-applied waterproof coating that aims to improve long-term performance of coal tar and asphalt roofing systems.


Rollercoaster Finish for RPM’s 2014

Rust-Oleum parent RPM International ended its fiscal year Monday (July 28) with strong sales and two surprises: an $800 million asbestos settlement and news of another federal inquiry.


Paint Makers Take Fresh Aim at Graffiti

Tired of seeing their products used for blight rather than beauty, coating makers are putting new muscle and a new name behind the fight against graffiti.


Making a Good Trip for a Great Cause

The fight against multiple sclerosis got some help from coatings industry publisher Technology Publishing Co. last weekend when employees and friends biked 150 miles to raise nearly $9,000.


AkzoNobel Profits Plunge in Q2

Profits plummeted at AkzoNobel in the second quarter of 2014, despite improved sales volume across the coating and chemical giant's three businesses, the company reported Wednesday (July 23)...


AkzoNobel Sales Hold, But Profits Drop

With improving sales but declining revenue, Akzo Nobel’s Decorative Paints business provided a good microcosm Wednesday (July 23) of the company’s mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 201...


Roof Coatings Boast Energy Savings

Polyglass USA Inc. has introduced a white roof option with a line of advanced silicone coatings products.


PPG Secures Q2 Sales Gain

Despite modest growth throughout performance coatings businesses, PPG Industries says healthy results in major markets and a big European boost helped secure a second quarter sales gain and ...


Sherwin Sets Record 6-Month Sales

The first half of 2014 left the Sherwin-Williams Company seeing record sales, thanks to double-digit gains of 12.1 percent in the second quarter and 10.8 percent in the first six months, the...


NIST Shells Out Greener Fire Retardant

Clay, crab shells and DNA are the unlikely key ingredients in a promising nontoxic flame retardant being developed by federal researchers.


PPG Makes $2.3B Play for Comex

Even before the legal dust settles over the failed Sherwin-Williams/Comex deal, PPG Industries has moved in with a $2.3 billion plan to take over the Mexican paint and coatings giant.


‘Skin’ Senses Structural Defects

A new “sensing skin” developed for nuclear plants could flag damage on a multitude of concrete structures, allowing more response time before a potential failure, researchers say.


Keys to a Mondo Condo Failure (II)

After the Epic Fail of a paint job that caused an unbudgeted $165,000 do-over on a posh young condo tower, one big question remained: What went wrong in the first place?


New Coating to Revive Vinyl Siding

Benjamin Moore & Co. has launched a new coating specially formulated for use on vinyl siding.


Keys to a Mondo Condo Failure (I)

This inspector was asked to write a repaint spec for a project that involved a premature (and fairly thorough) coating failure on a very posh condo complex in a high-priced area of town.


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.


New Coating Repels Water Colorfully

BASF Corp.’s Wall Systems business has introduced a high-build exterior protective coating designed to repel water and resist dirt.


‘Crinkle’ Offers New Finish Wrinkle

The Valspar Corp. has expanded its new WeatherXL coatings line with a textured “crinkly” finish designed to provide visual depth to a wide variety of building components.


Functional Coatings in Demand

From stadiums to skyscrapers, building blitzes are heating up the global coatings market in China and Brazil.


Healthy Outlook for Anti-Germ Coatings

American germophobia—in health care, schools, industrial settings and even inside the human body—will help drive a nearly 10 percent annual surge in antimicrobial coatings in the years ahead...


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...


New Coatings Demand New Credentials

Commercial coatings technology is advancing faster than the skills of the painters who apply it, stepping up the need for applicator certification and training, says the man who is leading t...


Primer Made to Fight Mold, Mildew

Rust-Oleum Corp. has introduced Zinsser Mold Killing Primer, a fungicidal coating for residential, commercial and industrial applications.


Standards Don’t Give Paint the Love

CINCINNATI—The durability of paint and coatings has been overlooked in building envelope standards to date, says expert Kevin Knight, who is on a mission to get these critical functional mat...


Valspar Paints Deliver Q2 Gains

Valspar Corp. saw soaring sales and income in its second quarter, driven by booming volume growth in its consumer paints segment.


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 Adds to Stain Lineup

Sherwin-Williams has rolled out a new wood stain for log home exteriors and has improved its semi-transparent stain for decks.


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.


New Primer/Sealer Made for High Hide

Masterchem Industries has introduced a high-hiding, primer-sealer designed to minimize issues caused by dark colors and minor surface stains.


SSPC Updates Concrete Floor Guide

From pre-bid to post-punchlist, full guidance for concrete floor projects is wrapped up in SSPC’s newly revised Technology Guide 20: Guide for Applying Thick Film Coatings and Surfacings ove...


Intumescent SPF Coating Launched

Flame Control Coatings has developed a water-based, thin-film intumescent coating for spray polyurethane foam insulation.


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.


Aluminum Coating Boasts High Gloss

The Valspar Corp. has introduced a two-coat acrylic resin coating system for storefronts, entrances, handrails, column covers, panel systems and other extruded aluminum products.


Primer/Topcoat Goes Inside, Outside

Cortec has introduced a waterborne acrylic for metal substrates in aggressive environments.


Scientists Milk Dairy to Repel Flames

Italian scientists have churned up a recipe for non-toxic flame retardants using a byproduct of milk.


PPG’s New Direction to Target Pros

PPG Industries plans to rebrand and revamp thousands of U.S. retail and distribution points to better reach the contractors, specifiers and other professionals who now buy most of its archit...


Ben Moore, Sherwin Top Paint Ratings

Happy customers—the golden geese that will buy your product over and over again—have put Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams at the top of J.D. Power's 2014 Paint Satisfaction Study.


EPA Looks Closer at Nanomaterial Impact

The federal government is investing nearly $10 million in research aimed at understanding the impact of nanomaterials throughout their life cycle—from design to disposal.


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.


PPG Notches Banner Quarter

One record quarter apparently deserves another at PPG Industries, which reported double-digit sales growth in the first quarter of 2014 and a three-year high in global volume growth.


Paint Sales Soar in Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Increased architectural paint sales and acquisition activity in its Paint Stores Group propelled the Sherwin-Williams Company to log a 9.2 percent increase in sales in its first quarter, the...


AkzoNobel Starts 2014 on Hopeful Note

AkzoNobel remains on track toward its 2015 targets despite setbacks, with first-quarter volume growth across all areas a big step in the right direction, the company reported Thursday (April...


Concrete Protection Made to Penetrate

W.R. Meadows has introduced a water-based compound designed to seal and protect pavement, driveways and other exterior concrete surfaces.


PPG to Produce for Independent Dealers

Further expanding its reach in North America, PPG Industries Inc. will become the exclusive paint manufacturer and sales representative for The Coatings Alliance LLC.


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.


Coatings Industry Honors Leadership

Decades of paint and coating innovation, service, achievement and expertise took the stage this week as the American Coatings Association presented its annual honors to leaders across the in...


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.


New Latex Enamel for Wood Launched

Diamond Vogel Paints has introduced a new, low-VOC acrylic latex enamel for woodwork, doors, frames and trim.


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...


Winter Ices RPM’s Consumer Market

The everlasting winter of 2013 put the big chill on sales of Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP and other popular repair and maintenance brands, nicking the third-quarter results for parent company RP...


‘Singing Paint’ Tuned to the Times

AkzoNobel has—or has it?—introduced the next new phenom in coatings: an “ultrasonic coating” that it calls singing paint.


Global Coatings Market: $186B by 2017

Construction, cars, manufacturing—and the billions of painted and coated surfaces they generate—are all on the rebound, driving steady global growth in paint and coatings for the next few ye...


PPG on the Rise in Latin America

With a larger footprint in Mexico and a fresh one in Panama, PPG Industries is amping up its presence in the hot paint and coatings market south of the U.S. border.


Parex USA Unveils Zero-VOC Colorants

Building materials supplier Parex USA Inc. has introduced new colorant technology that meets Southern California's newly updated VOC limits on tinted exterior coatings and finishes.


19th ‘Green Chemistry’ Challenge Opens

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


Coatings Cited in USACE Lab Blaze

Unpermitted welding likely sparked a $10 million blaze that was then fueled by epoxy coatings last summer at a U.S. Army high-security research lab in Maryland, a new report indicates.


S-W Still Pursuing Comex Deal

Months after its bid was twice rejected, the Sherwin-Williams Co. still has designs on Central and South America's largest paint producer.


Event Lights Up the Future of Curing

UV and EB curing—technologies that are igniting advances in materials and coating science—will be focus of RadTech 2014, the world's largest UV and EB event, coming in May.


Regional Paint Firms Make National Push

Contending that local is better for coatings and services, a network of regional manufacturers has developed a new alliance to give them national clout.


Sto Corp. Adds Smooth Finish to Portfolio

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


New Floor Line for Restaurants Bows

Stuart Dean has introduced a new floor and wall resurfacing, restoration and protection system designed for restaurant back-of-the-house projects.


Deco Flooring Designed for Tough Wear

Floor protection and restoration provider Thermal-Chem Corp. has rolled out a new decorative system designed to be LEED-friendly and traffic-tough.


Valspar Invests $1M in Student Research

The world's sixth-largest paint and coatings maker has given $1 million to the University of Minnesota to further materials-science research at its Minneapolis campus.


Paint Shipment Errs in the Air

Forget the Free Shipping option: The recent delivery of a quart of high-gloss enamel will cost Amazon Fulfillment Services $78,000.


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.


Global Paint Market Ready to Rebound

Powered by surging demand from Asia-Pacific, the coating industry’s next few years should look much stronger and steadier than the last few, a new forecast reports.


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.


Low-Cost Polymer Heals without Help

A simple new polymer made from off-the-shelf materials can knit itself back together repeatedly without an external catalyst, University of Illinois researchers report.


Floor Line Takes Aim at Static

A new coatings line may help facility owners and managers tackle the multibillion-dollar problem of static generation on commercial and industrial flooring, the manufacturer reports.


Cement Line Offers Paint Alternatives

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


Valspar ‘Off to Good Start’ in 2014

Increased volume growth in the U.S. and abroad delivered a double-digit sales increase for Valspar’s Paints segment in the first quarter of 2014, the company reported Wednesday (Feb. 12).


Commercial Coatings Play Catch-Up

ORLANDO—Sure, commercial coatings make a building look good, but their many other functions must be rigorously addressed with standards, or they risk losing ground to their industrial counte...


New Coating Protects Metal Panels

Architectural metal wall and roof system manufacturer CENTRIA has expanded its coatings line to add Versacor Elite Coating System.


New Concrete Floor Products Launched

Rust-Oleum Corp. has introduced two new products made to repair and refinish commercial and industrial concrete floors quickly.


eBook Tackles Graffiti Solutions

The latest tools and technologies to fight the multibillion-dollar epidemic of graffiti defacing U.S. buildings and infrastructure are the topic of a free new resource by Durability + Des...


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.


2013 Buffets AkzoNobel's Bottom Line

AkzoNobel’s volatile 2013 struggled to a close with declining revenues and a leaner (if not meaner) outlook on 2014.


Coatings Veteran to Lead Research Group

An international group of coating makers has appointed an industry veteran as its new executive director.


PPG Deal to Expand High-Temp Line

PPG Industries foresees “multiple growth opportunities” with its planned acquisition of Hi-Temp Coatings Technology Co. Inc., the companies announced this week.


2 Killed at Benjamin Moore Facility

A driver for Benjamin Moore & Co. apparently shot and killed his manager and then himself this week at a Vancouver, WA, distribution center, in an episode of workplace violence that stunned ...


2 House Brands Top Paint Rankings

Interior paints from Behr and Clark + Kensington earned top marks in Consumer Reports’ latest performance evaluation—measuring “excellent” in terms of hiding and scrubbability.


Stores Pump Sherwin-Williams’ Profit

Sherwin-Williams’ 3,500-plus retail stores delivered a fine finish to the paint and coating maker’s 2013, helping the company ring up a record $10.19 billion in consolidated net sales for th...


New Flooring Systems Slash Downtime

Dur-A-Flex Inc. has added Accelera Fast Track Flooring line to its line of high-performance, seamless, resinous flooring systems.


Smart Coatings Market Set to Surge

Forecasters are expecting a “staggering” and sustained across-the-board growth spurt for the global smart coatings industry.


PaintPAC Aims to Color 2014 Elections

The polls won’t open for months, but U.S. paint makers are already scouring the landscape for congressional and gubernatorial candidates to look after the industry after the November electio...


Rust-Oleum, Laticrete Ink Acquisitions

Newly announced corporate takeovers will expand the concrete coatings portfolios of two well-known industry players.


AkzoNobel’s CFO to Depart

Coatings giant AkzoNobel says its chief financial officer Keith Nichols, 53, will step down at the end of June.


Masonry Primer/Sealer Gets a Makeover

Dunn-Edwards has rolled out a more alkali-resistant version of its Eff-Stop Premium epoxy-fortified acrylic primer/sealer for interior and exterior masonry.


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.


PPG Paints a Green ’13

PPG Industries rode a fourth-quarter wave of whopping sales growth in architectural and other coatings to cap one of the most successful years in its 130-year history, the company reported T...


Exhibitors Can Get Digital at SSPC 2014

Scores of exhibitors now ramping up for SSPC 2014 next month will have a new opportunity at this year’s show: digital exhibits.


Judge Hikes Lead Tab to $1.15B

A California judge has added $50 million to his earlier $1.1 billion judgment against Sherwin-Williams and other former manufacturers of lead paint in finalizing his ruling this week.


Seal-Krete to Bow 3 New Coatings

Seal-Krete reports it is adding three new products to its portfolio of concrete and masonry coatings.


State Pen Bakery Invites Painting Bids

The Oregon Department of Corrections is seeking a contractor to apply coatings on a bakery wall at the State Penitentiary in Salem.


Consumer Rockets RPM to Q2 Record

Double-digit sales growth on the Rust-Oleum, DAP and Varathane side of the business propelled RPM International to a record second quarter, a strong first half, and a brighter full-year outl...


PPG Names Industrial Coatings VP

Pittsburgh, PA-based PPG Industries has announced a new vice president for its global industrial coatings business.


Carboline Launches New Intumescent

Fire protection for commercial structural steel elements has a new option in Carboline Company’s Thermo-Lag E100, an advanced epoxy intumescent.


D+D News Looks Back, and Ahead

With this issue, D+D News ends its regular coverage for 2013. But there are two special features to come.


Coating Technologies Take EPA Honor

A new architectural coating technology that purportedly improves performance while using less titanium dioxide has been named one of the top green chemistry advances of 2013.


Liquid Flashing Joins Air Barrier Line

W.R. Meadows has expanded its line of air-barrier line of products with a new polyether liquid-applied flashing and detailing membrane.


Bids Invited for $2M Fireproofing Job

Authorities are seeking a new round of bids for a project to fireproof metal surfaces in a new eight-story academic building at the New York City College of Technology.


Report Ties Building Products to Asthma

Paints, flooring, carpets, insulation and other building products formulated with asthma-causing chemicals should be avoided to slow the growing “epidemic” of the chronic inflammatory lung c...


Free Webinar Highlights Polyaspartics

An overview of the successful use of polyaspartic coating technology will be the topic of a free upcoming D+D Education Series Webinar.


Study Reveals High Lead Levels in Paint

Decorative household paints being sold in some developing countries have more than 10 times the lead concentrations allowed in North American paints and pose a serious risk to young children...


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.


PPG Tops Corporate Governance Ranking

PPG Industries’ board of directors ranks first among the boards of more than 600 U.S. public companies, according to a new study of governance capacity by executive search firm JamesDruryPar...


Award Focuses on Safe Graffiti Removers

Federal environmental authorities are investing nearly $75,000 in the development of less-toxic paints and graffiti removal products.


Valspar Paint Sales Up, But Profit Down

Record fourth-quarter paint sales battled with restructuring costs and weakness in other markets to bring home a mixed bottom line for FY2013 at the Valspar Corp.


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.


Self-Cleaners Lead Smart Coating Surge

Paints and coatings that resist water, bacteria and other elements will clean up the lion's share of a global smart coatings market that is set to grow eight-fold in the next five years, a n...


$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.


AkzoNobel Deco Grows in India, Mideast

AkzoNobel is expanding its decorative paints footprint in both the Middle East and India, with a new joint venture agreement and a new production facility.


Sherwin-Williams’ Finish Called Copycat

The Mississippi manufacturer of a durable wall coating sold for years through Lowe's and other stores has filed suit against the Sherwin-Williams Co., alleging infringement of the product’s ...


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...


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.


Ecofriendly Paint Protects Wood

A California manufacturer of treated wood products has teamed up with North America's largest paint recycler to introduce a new protective coating for exterior lumber.


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.


Sherwin-Williams Takeover Nixed Again

In a stunning setback for Sherwin-Williams, the government of Mexico has again rejected the company's year-long, $2.34 billion bid to acquire the operations of rival Consorcio Comex, S.A. de...


PPG Unveils Anti-Graffiti Clear Coats

PPG Industries has rolled out an anti-graffiti system that combines two new clear coatings with its graffiti-removing cleaner.


Sherwin-Williams’ Profit Climbs in Q3

Higher architectural paint sales volume across all end market segments helped deliver a 9.4 percent increase in consolidated net sales for Sherwin-Williams in the third quarter of 2013, the ...


Ben Moore Prank Puts Scare in Painters

Times must be harder for commercial painters than we realized. Why else would several of them sign on for a midnight gig at an abandoned hotel, where zombies roam and—seriously—the paint job...


Painter Loses in Sherwin-Williams Case

A Missouri commercial painting contractor who accused the Sherwin-Williams Company of negligently misrepresenting one of its products has lost again in court.


Green Coating Market Primed to Bloom

When it comes to paint and coatings, green is as green does, with the global market for eco-friendly products well rooted for growth in the years ahead, according to a new market forecast.


CA PaintCare: 1 Year, 632K Gallons

California’s paint recycling program marked its first birthday Saturday (Oct. 19) with hundreds of thousands of gallons of paint reused; tons of paint cans recycled; and a few operational wr...


Paint, Currency Scuff Akzo’s Q3 Gloss

Tanking currency rates knocked the wind out of AkzoNobel in the third quarter, flattening architectural revenues and driving down revenues companywide by 5 percent.


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.


PPG Delivers Double-Digit Gains in Q3

Boosted by its newly fattened architectural coatings business, PPG Industries has reported a 17 percent spike in net sales and record adjusted earnings in its third quarter.


Insects to Slip on New Surface Coatings

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


Hot Consumer Sales Drive RPM Record

Soaring sales on the Rust-Oleum and Zinsser side of RPM International's business rocketed the coating and building products company to a record first quarter, the company announced Wednesday...


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.


Coil Coating Amps Up Weather Resistance

The Valspar Corp. has introduced the next generation of its WeatherX coil coating system for commercial, residential and industrial applications.


PureColor Expands Wood Stain Line

PureColor Inc., a manufacturer of sustainable wood finishes, has rolled out its newest collection of wood stains.


AkzoNobel Honors 2 Material Scientists

Two prominent researchers in the fields of materials and surface engineering have received AkzoNobel’s 2013 Science Award.


KILZ Revamps Interior Latex Line

Masterchem Industries LLC has announced a new formulation of its KILZ PRO-X100 Series interior latex paint line, recommended for large, time-sensitive, multi-family residential and commercia...


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.


ACA to Congress: End the Shutdown

The U.S. paint and coatings industry has added its voice to the rising tide of public demands that Congress break its budget deadlock and put the government back in business.


Best Practices:
When the Substrate Rejects the Coating

A tidy few years ago, the inspector found himself on a project that should have been a breeze: a new arts center with four levels of poured-in-place concrete ceilings.


Free 2014 D+D Buying Guide Released

From air barriers and access equipment to decorative and protective finishes, the building performance and aesthetics community has a comprehensive, free new guide for specifying and purchas...


Power Polymer Self-Heals Solo

Hollywood’s “Terminator” is hardly known as a healer, but a new polymer namesake has gained a tough reputation for doing just that: healing itself—hard, fast, and without any help.


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.


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.


Urethane Made for Weather Protection

Sports complexes, schools and public buildings that take a pounding from the elements have a new coating option from Sherwin-Williams.


Steel-Infused Spray Coating Bows

Rust-Oleum Industrial Brands has expanded its line of high-performance stainless-steel-rich coatings to include a spray coating.


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...


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...


PPG Plans New Architectural Coatings HQ

PPG Industries will consolidate its newly expanded North American architectural coatings operation into a new headquarters in southwestern Pennsylvania and enlarge its coatings R&D operation...


AkzoNobel Seeks New Life in Old Paint

The world's leading paint and coatings maker is making a new push to explore and improve paint recycling by closing the paint production loop.


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.


EPA Retreats on 2 Chemical Rules

U.S. regulators have quietly dropped longstanding safety proposals to step up oversight of flame retardants and building chemicals and require companies to disclose more chemical information...


Cicada Wings Fan Self-Cleaning Secrets

Cicadas, whose wings inspired anti-reflective coatings on solar panels and windows, could now help usher in a new era of self-cleaning construction materials, according to new research.


Sherwin-Williams, Comex Seal U.S. Deal

While progress south of the border remains stalled, the Sherwin-Williams Company has completed the acquisition of the U.S. and Canadian paint business of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., the C...


Huntsman Makes $1.1B Pigment Deal

Chemical giant Huntsman Corp. plans to become the No. 2 global producer of titanium dioxide pigments with a $1.1 billion cash acquisition of certain business units of Rockwood Holdings Inc.


AkzoNobel Tops Sustainability Index

For the second straight year, AkzoNobel has been crowned a global industry leader for its sustainability practices.


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...


Elcometer to Expand UK Facility

Coatings inspection instrument designer and manufacturer Elcometer has announced that it will expand its production capabilities in Manchester, UK.


Foam Group Bounces to Record

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


OR Recycles 580K Gallons of Paint

Oregon paint consumers and contractors have recycled a record 580,693 gallons of paint in the third year of PaintCare, the state-legislated paint-recycling program.


New Coating Protects against Wildfire

Approaching wildfires have typically left no options for vulnerable homes in their path. Now, researchers say, they have one.


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...


Dunn-Edwards Bows New Interior Acrylic

Dunn-Edwards Corp. has introduced Everest, a new line of interior paints recommended for high-end residential and commercial projects.


Windows Get ‘Smarter’ with Coatings

A new window coating that allows users to control both visible and near-infrared light has emerged from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


New Epoxy System Tackles Static

SelecTech Inc. has introduced a water-based, two-component epoxy system specifically designed for floors requiring guaranteed static protection.


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.


New Pigments Mimic Wood Types

Global paint and coatings tinting producer CPS Color has introduced two transparent iron oxide (TROX) colorants designed to mimic different wood types.


Publishing Veteran to Lead D+D

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of Durability + Design, has named Gina R. Johnson as the magazine’s editor in chief.


‘Smart’ Paint Aims for Energy Savings

Intelligent Shield, new from EnviroECOats, is a “smart” exterior coating designed to be highly reflective, self cleaning, mold resistant, and energy saving, the manufacturer reports.


DuPont Settles ‘Cartel’ Suit for $72M

DuPont, the top global producer of titanium dioxide, will pay $72 million in cash to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the chemical giant of colluding with other makers to fix prices fo...


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...


Free eBook Tackles High-Rise Coatings

Collected technical expertise on coatings for high-rise structures is now available as a free new eBook from Durability + Design.


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.


Cladding Giant Taps N. American Chief

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


Out with the New(lar) at PPG

PPG Industries is shelving a new powder coating brand name that did not resonate with architects.


Cansto Coatings Names New President

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


A Middle East Push for Greener Paints

Safer architectural paints and coatings should accompany the construction boom in the Arab world, Abu Dhabi officials have announced in unveiling a new certification program.


Experts Testify in CA Lead Suit

Expert testimony about poisoned children and pricey cleanups has dominated the country’s last public nuisance case against five former makers of lead-based paint.


ACA Urges Members to Push Chemical Bill

Smelling a long-awaited victory, coating manufacturers are beating the bushes to bring home the first overhaul of chemical safety laws in a generation.


Cool Webinar Topic: Pavement Coatings

Cool pavement coating technologies, projects and research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be discussed in a free upcoming webinar sponsored by Durability + Design.


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.


DuPont Weighs Sale of Chemicals Unit

DuPont says it is considering the sale of its Performance Chemicals segment, which produces paint pigments.


PPG Announces Key Leadership Moves

PPG Industries Inc. has announced several key executive appointments including the naming of Thomas E. Maziarz as vice president stores and dealers, architectural coatings, North America.


RPM Posts Double-Digit Dip in Income

Rust-Oleum and Tremco roofing parent company RPM International Inc.'s slight sales gains for its fourth quarter of 2013 were overshadowed by a near 21 percent drop in income.


Former Lead Paint Makers on Trial in CA

Ten California cities and counties want paint manufacturers to pay nearly $1 billion to strip lead paint from millions of older California homes in a case that dates back to 2000.


Sherwin-Williams’ Comex Deal Hits Snag; Q2 Profit Up

The Sherwin-Williams Company announced that its planned $2.34 billion acquisition of Comex Group was not approved by regulators in Mexico and also reported a 13 percent increase in profit fo...


PPG Reports Record Q2, Restructuring

After opening 2013 on a flat note, the world’s No. 2 paint and coatings company scored a record second quarter and made a restructuring announcement.


Flame Retardants Hailed in Jet Crash

Flame-retardant materials may have helped many passengers survive the Asiana Airline crash July 6 at San Francisco International Airport, according to various news reports.


Akzo Cries Foul on New Dow Patents

AkzoNobel is accusing Dow Chemical Co. of sidestepping an R&D partnership by attempting to single-handedly patent coating products that the companies developed together.


Rust-Oleum Acquires XIM Products

Rust-Oleum Corp. has announced the acquisition of certain assets of XIM Products Inc., an Ohio-based producer of specialty primers and coatings.


Color’s Casualties: Mummies and Cattle

Add pigments to the list of things (like sausage and legislation) you don't want to see being made. At least, not the coloring agents of yesteryear.


One-Step Topcoat Aims for Ease, Savings

International Paint has introduced an acrylic polysiloxane topcoat for commercial applications that aims to provide cost savings in an environmentally friendly formula.


Webinar Highlights Cast Intumescents

Cast intumescent fireproofing as an alternative to spray-applied coatings will be the focus of a free upcoming product-oriented webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Hybrid Expands Application Window

A new high-performance elastomeric coating for commercial applications offers a wide-ranging application window that accommodates both low temperatures and high humidity.


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.


CT Recycles Paint; More States Sign On

Connecticut will begin recycling unused and unwanted paint Monday (July 1), as legislation establishing the coatings manufacturers’ PaintCare recycling program recently received the green li...


AkzoNobel to Shed German Paint Stores

AkzoNobel continues to shrink its global decorative paints business, announcing that it will divest its decorative paints stores for professionals in Germany to independent wholesale distrib...


SSPC Board Shifts after Election

Two new faces will represent painting contractors and other product suppliers on SSPC’s Board of Governors in the coming year, and a familiar face becomes vice president, the society has ann...


New Floor Coatings Boast Instant Cure

DSM has introduced a protective single-coat system designed to be applied directly to vinyl composite tile (VCT) floors that can then be returned to immediate use.


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.


Sand Coating, 3D Tech Make the Grade

A naturally occurring coating that would enable sand to clean water pollutants and 3D technology that creates printable building components are among seven award-winning solutions developed ...


‘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.


Coatings to Reach Dizzying Heights

Designers of tomorrow's tall buildings will demand more efficient and innovative processes from the coatings industry.


TSCA Could See Overhaul in New Bill

With the support of the painting industry, a new bill is on track to revamp the nation's chief chemical safety law after nearly 40 years.


Aluminum Finish for High-End Sectors

Global paint and coatings giant AkzoNobel has debuted a new aluminum coating system for the high-end residential, retail and monumental interiors markets.


Valspar to Buy European Coating Maker

The Valspar Corp. is plunging into Europe’s high-performance coatings market with the acquisition of Italy's Inver Holding S.r.l., an international group and market leader in industrial coat...


New Rhino Coating Touts Gloss, Color

Rhino Linings Corp. has introduced a high-performance polyurea aliphatic coating for consumer and industrial applications that require exceptional gloss and color retention.


New Name Caps Cytec Resins Transition

So long, Cytec; hello, Allnex.


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.


Behr Rolls Out Exterior Primer/Paint

Behr has introduced an exterior paint "with primer qualities" that is designed to provide "exceptional" dirt and rain resistance and fade protection in residential applications.


Bayer Names New Coatings Chief

Bayer MaterialScience veteran Christine Bryant has been appointed to head Commercial Operations for the company's Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) business in the NAFTA region.


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.


RPM Unit May See $1B+ Asbestos Tab

Bondex International Inc., a bankrupt division of RPM International Inc., may owe current and future asbestos product victims nearly $1.17 billion, a judge has ruled in rejecting RPM’s “nove...


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.


Paint Recycling Hits Snag in Maine

PaintCare, the coating industry's recycling program, is rolling into Connecticut, but the spreading initiative has hit a bump on its road to Maine.


Antimicrobial Addition for Metal Coats

Linetec has added antimicrobial technology to select fluoropolymer finish systems for exterior and interior architectural metal surfaces, such as curtainwalls, doors, windows, entrances, pan...


U.S. Paint Sales Grow Valspar’s Q2

Valspar Corp. saw a slight uptick in net income in its 2013 second quarter, as results strengthened for the company’s U.S. consumer paints segment.


Paint Makers Told to Pay $10M Lead Tab

Although they prevailed after the longest civil jury trial in state history, paint manufacturers must cover their own multimillion-dollar legal bills in the case, the Rhode Island Supreme Co...


ASTM Drafting Wood Coatings Standard

The demand for high-quality coatings capable of performing on a wide range of wooden surfaces, including composites, is among the factors driving a newly proposed standard.


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.


Paint to Power Tomorrow’s Homes

Paper-thin layers of graphene, sandwiched with other one-atom slices of materials, could provide the next solar coating for building exteriors, researchers say.


Clear Coat Fights Graffiti, Corrosion

Protecting commercial exteriors from graffiti and corrosion just got a new tool with a coating that protects within 24 hours and dries to the touch within two hours, Cortec Corp. has announc...


Floor Prep Compound Touts Fast Set

Parex USA Inc. has added a new fast-setting floor patching compound to its Merkrete surface preparation family.


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.


New Textured Finishes for Walls Systems

A new line of modified acrylic finishes for wall cladding and exterior surfaces has been introduced by the Wall Systems business of BASF Corp.’s Construction Chemicals Division.


Smart Coating Learns Lotus’ Lessons

Mother Nature, the fairy godmother of much new coating technology, has done it again, with a new “super protective” smart coating inspired by the famously water-repellent lotus leaf.


New Concrete Fillers Go with the Grain

Engineers in America’s heartland are cooking up a new recipe for the world's most common building material, using post-harvest leftovers from rice, corn and wheat.


Insect-Killing Paint Rolls Out in Africa

Malaria-ravaged Ghana has a new weapon to combat the deadly disease: an insecticide paint from Coral Dulux Ghana, an AkzoNobel brand.


Clear Coat Made to Protect Vinyl Siding

Nanotech coating maker Industrial Nanotech Inc. has introduced Nansulate Vinyl Fresh, a waterborne latex-based clear coat for revitalizing aged vinyl siding and preserving new vinyl siding.


New Organic Paint Makes Quiet Splash

A New Hampshire mother-daughter team has launched a line of nontoxic paints for baby nurseries, classrooms and other rooms used by children.


Reinstadtler to Head Polyurea Group

Distinguished industry expert and Durability + Design contributor Steven Reinstadtler has been elected to lead the Polyurea Development Association for the next year.


Europe, Deco Unit Sale Ding Akzo’s Q1

The world’s largest paint maker bled revenue in its first quarter of 2013, reflecting the sale of its North American Decorative Paints business and continuing economic shakiness in its large...


Stores Brighten Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

Booming architectural paint sales in its Paint Stores Group drove up Sherwin-Williams' first-quarter earnings by 16 percent, to $116.18 million, the company has announced.


PPG on the Move, But Sales Stall

The world’s No. 2 paint and coatings company racked up major acquisitions in the first quarter of 2013, but weakness in Europe kept PPG Industries’ overall sales flat.


Frogs Give Researchers Grip on Adhesion

When it comes to clinging to a wet, slippery, vertical surface, no one hangs in there like a tree frog.


Free Webinar Looks at Coating Resins

The ins and outs of using fluoropolymer resins for powder coatings will be the topic of a free product-focused webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Smart Window Coatings Get $3M Boost

Researchers are one step closer to developing a smart window coating that can respond to changing weather conditions by regulating the amount of visible light and heat permitted to enter a b...


Exterior Offers Economical Option

Diamond Vogel has introduced an exterior latex that promises contractors "a great paint job" at an affordable price.


Coatings Market Split in Europe

Driven by a growing construction sector in Eastern Europe, the market for decorative paints and coatings in Europe is poised to reach revenues of €11,6 billion ($15.1 billion USD) in 2019, a...


New Premium Interior Line is Zero VOC

Dunn-Edwards has introduced a new line of interior, low-odor, zero-VOC paints for schools, hospitality, hospitals and other commercial and residential applications.


Flakes Give Glow to Garage Floors

Garage Flooring LLC has introduced glow-in-the-dark flakes for garage floor epoxy, garage floor coatings, industrial coatings and safety applications.


Maya Blue Paint Mystery Solved?

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


Home Depot to Settle VOC Case for $8M

The Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $8 million to settle claims that it sold architectural paints and finishes with higher-than-permitted VOC levels in Southern California.


PPG Veteran to Lead Expanded Unit

PPG Industries’ vastly expanded North American architectural coatings business will be a blended family led by a familiar face, the company says.


PPG Seals AkzoNobel N. American Deal

PPG Industries Inc. has completed the purchase of AkzoNobel’s North American decorative paints business for $1.05 billion—more than doubling PPG's architectural coatings footprint on the con...


EPA Turns up Heat on Flame Retardants

Amid mounting concerns and evidence of their risks, 20 flame-retardant chemicals will undergo new assessments this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Adhesives, Sealants Bond in Growth Mode

Anticipated growth in the U.S. building construction market will bolster a demand for adhesives and sealants that should reach 9.8 billion pounds in 2017, a new market study predicts.


Room Paint Made to Reduce Sound

A new Florida-based coating maker has unveiled Serenity, billed as the “highest-performing sound-reduction coating on the market.”


New Paint Technology Lights, Animates

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


PPG Revamps Zero-VOC Line

PPG Architectural Coatings has updated its "Speedhide zero" interior latex line with a new sheen option, anti-microbial capability, and a more environmentally friendly formulation.


Powering Up Buildings with Paint

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


Study Hits PPG on Lead Paint in Africa

PPG Industries is selling house paint with “significant lead concentrations” in the African nation of Cameroon without labeling that warns users of the lead content, a new study by environme...


New Coating Video Scores on YouTube

Industrial product commercials aren't typically a must-see, grab-the-popcorn event, but a video for a new waterproof coating is proving to be the exception.


Miller Paint Evolves Away from Devine

Miller Paint Company will sever its 12-year relationship with the Devine Color brand and products in May, adapting the line's formulations to a new interior paint series called Evolution.


Corroded Organ Music to Chemist’s Ears

Ancient organ pipes throughout Europe are suffering corrosion damage—so much so that some instruments can no longer produce sound.


Cool Coating Clears Fog, Frost

A novel hybrid nanocoating developed and tested at MIT could someday put your car's defroster and defogger out of business.


SSPC 2013 Video Sessions Released

Floor coating adhesion, concrete coatings, quality control and other topics are among nearly two dozen newly released video presentations from SSPC 2013.


Berger Buys Sherwin-Williams Unit

Plugging key market gaps in India, Berger Paints India Limited has announced plans to purchase the architectural operations of Sherwin-Williams Paints India.


New Coatings Catch: Fire-Retardant Fish

Italian researchers see a new bio-based future for flame-retardant coatings in a novel source: DNA extracted from the sperm of herring.


VT, MN to Hop on Paint Recycling Train

Two more states are preparing to join a growing nationwide effort to collect and recycle leftover and unwanted paint.


Primer Seals, Bonds to Rough Exteriors

Sherwin-Williams has introduced PrimeRx Peel Bonding Primer, a high-build product designed to bond even to alligatored or peeling exterior coatings.


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.


MPI Unveils Online Specifying Tool

MPI has rolled out a new web-based tool that allows paint buyers and specifiers to navigate hundreds of paint and coating types to determine the best product for a chosen application.


New ACA Panel to Focus Green Efforts

U.S. coating makers will coordinate their wide-ranging sustainability initiatives under one green umbrella with the formation of a new Sustainability Workgroup.


First Coating to Heal Concrete Emerges

A team of Korean scientists say they have developed the world’s first self-healing protective coating for cracks in concrete.


Sherwin-Williams Revamps Harmony Line

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


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.


Tech Pipeline: Paint to Fight Malaria

The world’s biggest paint and coatings company is targeting one of the world’s biggest killers—malaria.


Coating Veteran Named Rudd Sales VP

Paint and coatings maker Rudd Company Inc. has announced the appointment of Jeff Takac as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.


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.


Dur-A-Flex Expands Decorative Flooring

Resinous flooring producer Dur-A-Flex has introduced Reflexions, a poured-in-place decorative flooring system that combines the company's resin systems with the latest in effects pigments.


Roof Coaters Offer Interactive VOC Maps

Trying to navigate which of the many VOC regulations govern your coatings project area? Now, there's a tool that can help.


Scientists Spray Paint Solar Power

UK researchers have developed a method of spray coating for solar cells that could reduce the cost significantly, accelerating the technology's spread to developing countries.


Sherwin-Williams Adds Texture to Line

The Sherwin-Williams Company has introduced TuffWall Premium Texture Finish, a 100 percent acrylic interior coating for restaurants, offices, retail and other commercial spaces.


Valspar’s Q1 Finishes Flat

The gloss came off the paint sector, and the coatings business fared only slightly better, producing a weak 2013 first quarter for the Valspar Corp., the company reported Tuesday (Feb. 12).


New Zero-VOC Paint for Commercial Work

Diamond Vogel has introduced Zero Plus Interior Latex Enamel for commercial projects that require maintaining indoor air quality.


Brushes with Greatness, and House Paint

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


So Long, DPC; Hello, Axalta

A coatings company grounded in the dawn of the Automobile Age is no more, as DuPont Performance Coatings gives way to a new entity called Axalta Coating Systems.


Canada Plans to Lower Paint VOC Limits

Working from a U.S. template, Canada is proposing Volatile Organic Compound concentration limits for paints, coatings and other consumer products.


Erasable Paint Clears Wall Scrawls

Kids can doodle, students can figure, and office workers can brainstorm all over their walls with Sherwin-Williams' new Dry Erase 2K Waterborne Clear Gloss.


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.


Stores Fuel Sherwin-Williams’ Top Year

Sales growth and price hikes in its Paint Stores Group propelled The Sherwin-Williams Company to record highs for 2012 and its fourth quarter, the company reported Thursday (Jan. 31).


QUIKRETE Revamps Concrete Coatings

The QUIKRETE Companies have introduced an enhanced line of concrete coatings and a variety of changes to its suite of Zip & Mix and stucco products.


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.


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.


ACA Fights Impending Minerals Rule

The American Coatings Association has joined forces with opponents of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plan to require greater disclosures involving products that use so-called "Con...


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...


ACA Fights Rule on Conflict Minerals

Coating makers have joined the opposition to a U.S. rule that would expand disclosure of the use of so-called "conflict minerals" in various products.


Evonik Degussa Corp. Trims Name

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


Deck Coatings Enter U.S. Market

Global flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group Ltd. has announced it will introduce its Deckshield parking protection coating systems to the Americas market.


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.


Canadian Paint Makers Plan to Recycle

Taking a page from their U.S. counterparts, Canada’s paint and coatings manufacturers say they will operate a post-consumer paint recycling program in Ontario, according to the industry asso...


Concrete Blooms a Mossy Façade

Concrete generally doesn’t remind us of lush, green gardens. But a group of Spanish researchers has set out to change that mindset.


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...


Women Paint New Level of Influence

SAN ANTONIO—The third time around proved a charm, and a watershed, this week for women in the paint and coatings industry, as the Women's Café Round Table convened as part of the President's...


Architectural Coatings: All of the Above

Good looks or protection? What is the true purpose of a commercial architectural coating? The answer is "both," experts say, despite much of the industry's persistence in dividing coatings t...


PPG Profits Surge in Q4

Pittsburgh, PA-based architectural coatings giant PPG Industries Inc. reported record profits for its fourth quarter, as total coatings segment earnings grew by nearly 30 percent from the pr...


Commercial Track to Roll at SSPC 2013

SAN ANTONIO—Coatings issues and solutions for commercial structures will be on the front burner when SSPC 2013 opens today in San Antonio, TX.


Zero-VOC Flat Made for New Housing

Dunn-Edwards has introduced low-odor, zero-VOC Acri-Wall, an interior flat paint designed for new residential, commercial and multi-tenant housing projects.


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 .


Sales Up, Income Down for RPM Q2

Rust-Oleum's parent company RPM International Inc. reported a double-digit increase in sales and a double-digit dip in income for its fiscal 2013 second quarter.


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.


New Epoxy System Tackles Moisture

Stonhard has introduced a two-component epoxy system specifically designed to suppress excess moisture in concrete.


Scientists to Test Smog-Eating Coatings

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


Valspar Inks Supply Deal with Ace Paint

The Valspar Corp. has acquired Ace Hardware Corp.'s paint manufacturing assets, including two plants—and entered into a long-term supply relationship with the global retailer.


PPG Chemical Unit Split Proceeding

PPG Industries' split-off transaction of its commodity chemicals business is underway, having gained all required approvals, the company has announced.


Reports; DuPont Considering Sale of Powder-Coatings Unit; No Comment from Company

DuPont Company is considering the sale of its powder-coatings business and another joint-venture unit, according to business-media reports.


 
 
   

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