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Plans for Proposed Floating City Unveiled

Earlier this month, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a 10,000-resident sustainable floating city that can adapt organically. The proposal was submitted to the first U...


Dubai University Establishes 3D Printing Center

The American University in Dubai and 3DVinci Creations have come together to establish a scientific research center for 3D printing concrete buildings.


Firm to Supply Water Treatment Systems to Ships

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


Painted UK Hall Reopens after $11M Renovation

After a two-year conservation project, the Greenwich Painted Hall, dubbed by some as the “Sistine Chapel of the UK” is reopening its doors to the public.


INEOS to Acquire Cristal's North American TiO2 Business

Chemical company INOES Enterprises announced Tuesday (March 19) the intention to acquire the North American business of National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal) (Jeddah, Saudi Ara...


Evaluation Reveals Coating can Extend Blade Life

Testing has recently revealed that Hardide Coatings’ (Oxfordshire, England) nanostructured chemical vapor deposition coating, which provides resistance to water droplet erosion and solid par...


Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal Struck

Last month, Germany and France reached an amended agreement regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Germany. The endeavor is reportedly still on sch...


Progress Made on Corrosion Inhibitor

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


AkzoNobel Opens UK R&D Center

Late last week, coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced the opening of a new research and development center in the UK that allows the company to test new products in conditions that repli...


German Arena Design Reveals Green Roof

3XN Architects (Copenhagen, Denmark) has revealed its design for a new multipurpose arena in München, Germany, a plan that includes a green roof over the 673,000-square-foot structure.


English Water Tower Could Be Transformed

The top of a redundant water tower, located in Devon, England, near the Halfway Inn, could be converted into a holiday home, equipped with a glass facade pod, if plans are approved by the lo...


Garden Bridge Cost for Taxpayers Revealed

Taxpayers will be covering 81 percent of the 53 million pounds ($69.1 million) spent on the foiled Thomas Heatherwick Garden Bridge project, according to reports. The news arrives on the hee...


Study of Solutions for Internal Pipeline Coatings Begins

Offshore project technical services firm Crondall Energy will be collaborating with educators and innovators on a study to better industry understanding of the potential flow assurance benef...


Monti Werkzeuge to Combine Americas Businesses

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


Industrial Physics Acquires C&W Specialist Equipment

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


Research: Micro-Robots Could Repair Pipes

In late December, the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy announced $8.9 million in funding toward a project to develop micro-robots that can be used to...


Research: Graphene Properties Change in Humidity

In light of reports of graphite losing its lubricating ability in low humidity conditions, researchers based out of the Queen Mary University of London investigated bi-layer graphene, demons...


Fatberg Haunts English Sewer

A ghoul made of grease and used baby wipes haunts the Sidmouth, England’s sewers: The fatberg, a 210-foot-long mass, is the largest discovered in Devon or Cornwall.


PPG to Acquire German Automotive Coatings Firm

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


Approval Granted for Germany-Denmark Tunnel

The German Ministry of Transport of Schleswig-Holstein state recently granted approval for the construction of an 18-kilometer-long (11.18-mile-long) sunken-tube road and rail tunnel link th...


Jotun Coatings Protect Norway Suspension Bridge

To help protect the Arctic Circle’s longest suspension bridge, Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord) provided its Jotamastic steel coating, which equips the structure...


Plans to Replace Morandi Bridge Underway

Demolition of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge began Saturday (Dec. 15), and well-known Italian architect Renzo Piano will be overseeing the structure’s replacement, his own design featuring 43 posts,...


Donors to Sue Garden Bridge Trust Over Project

Wealthy individuals who provided financial donations to London’s Garden Bridge project are now seeking to sue the charity behind the endeavor, with one alleging that the money had been flush...


Firm Granted Approval for Timber-Clad Bridge

Bridge design firm Knight Architects, working in collaboration with engineering firm WSP, was recently granted permission to build a timber-clad pedestrian bridge in South Wales, a structure...


Latvia Anniversary Celebrated with Unique Livery

In celebration of Latvia’s 100th anniversary, airBaltic recently changed the livery of one of its new A220-300 aircraft to a color scheme that honored the country’s flag, using aerospace coa...


Genoa's Morandi Bridge to be Demolished

Three months after the collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge, testing of debris from the site has begun, and a demolition date for what remains of the span has been set.


3D-Printed Steel Bridge Ready to Be Installed

The world’s first 3D-printed metal pedestrian bridge, currently on display at Dutch Design Week until Oct. 28, is ready for installation in Amsterdam, according to reports. Next, the structu...


Ørsted Acquires Deepwater Wind for $510M

Danish energy firm Ørsted recently announced the expansion of its presence in the U.S. with the $510 million acquisition of Deepwater Wind from owner D.E. Shaw Group. The venture is to be ru...


EU Concerned Over Croatia Bridge Project

After decades of consideration, work on a bridge in Croatia, linking the country’s southernmost Dubrovnik-Neretva County to the rest of the mainland, crossing Mali Ston Bay, is finally under...


Hempel Completes Ostendorf Acquisition

Global coatings supplier Hempel announced Monday that the 65 percent acquisition of German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf is now complete, marking a move that is part of a larger strategy...


AkzoNobel Finishes Romania Paint Firm Buy

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of its acquisition of Romanian paint and plaster manufacturer Fabryo Corporation.


AkzoNobel Completes Deco Paint Acquisition

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the conclusion of its acquisition of Romanian decorative paint and plaster manufacturer Fabryo Corporation.


Hempel Completes Ostendorf Acquisition

Global coatings supplier Hempel (Kongens Lyngby, Denmark) announced Monday (Oct. 1) that the 65 percent acquisition of German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf is now complete, marking a mov...


Engineers Explore New Forms for Longer Bridges

University of Sheffield researchers, working in collaboration with a team from Brunel University London, recently identified new structural forms that could allow for the construction of ver...


Researchers Look into 'Power Plant' Facade

Researchers based out of EPFL's Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory,recently developed a building facade that harvests more power than the unit requires. The facade also actively mo...


UK Bridge Removal Successful After Highway Shutdown

In a bid to lessen congestion on the M6 highway running through England, an old bridge, no longer used, was taken down late last week. Officials originally anticipated a 24-hour closure, but...


AkzoNobel Acquires Spain Paint Firm

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


Evonik Announces Silica Facility Expansion

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


Evonik to Expand German Silica Facility

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


Studio Proposes Design for Hyperloop Stations

To account for transportation of the future, architecture firm UNStudio recently presented plans for a series of hyperloop stations that can be adapted and rolled out quickly to a variety of...


Amateur Restorer Paints 15th Century Statue

A 15th-century carved wooden statue depicting the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and Saint Anne recently received a facelift—an amateur artist used bright, almost neon-colored industrial enamel pai...


TiO2 Plant Blamed for Town Evacuation

A titanium dioxide plant is being blamed for a sulfur dioxide release that has led to the evacuation of children from a town in northern Crimea last week.


Designers Create 'Omnidirectional' Wind Turbine

To take the power of traditional wind turbines, which function only with unidirectional wind, to the next level, Lancaster University students Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani have develo...


IMechE Renames Corrosion and Coatings Consultancy

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


TiO2 Plant Blamed for Chemical Exposure

A titanium dioxide plant is being blamed for a sulfur dioxide release that has led to the evacuation of children from a town in northern Crimea last week.


Island Building Doubles as Bridge

Continuing a Faroese tradition of blending architecture with the landscape, architecture firm Henning Larsen designed the Eysturkommuna town hall, located in Nordragota in the Faroe Islands,...


Italian Architect Offers Morandi Replacement Help

In light of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge disaster, well-known Italian architect Renzo Piano has offered to help design a replacement structure signifying rebirth and redemption for the affected ar...


Self-Installing Turbine Erected Off Spanish Coast

A self-installing five-megawatt offshore wind turbine prototype has been put in place near the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, heralding a design that can be assembled in port, elimin...


Mushroom Nanostructure Coating Foils Barnacles

Researchers at Kiel University, in Kiel, Germany, say they’ve developed a silicone coating with a topographical microstructure that helps marine craft shed barnacles, providing a potential n...


Evonik Pairs with Wynca for Fumed Silica

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


Report: Experts Knew of Corrosion on Morandi Cables

More than a week after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, new reports indicate that experts found corrosion on the cables of the bridge months prior to the disaster. Several...


Evonik Forms Fumed-Silica JV

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


Aluminum, Wood Complement in Envelope Design

The three-story la Licorne office building, located in Laval, France, seems to emit a golden glow thanks to its ornate facade, which is composed of sections of perforated golden- and silver-...


Morandi Warned of Special Corrosion Risks on Genoa Bridge

The engineer who designed the Morandi Bridge, the span in Genoa, Italy, that collapsed last week, reportedly warned several decades ago that the bridge would need constant maintenance to rem...


Italy to Look at Infrastructure After Bridge Disaster

Only days after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, the government has proclaimed that there will be a nationwide safety assessment of its infrastructure, which may be mired ...


Major Highway Bridge Collapses in Italy

Dozens have been reported dead and more injured after the collapse of a 200-meter (656-foot) section of the prestressed concrete Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, on Tuesday (Aug. 14).


Apartments Designed to Recall Gasholders

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo recently converted a former gasworks in Hilversum, located in the Netherlands, into a residential area that features cylindrical apartment buildings reminisce...


Researchers Use 3D Sand Printing for Concrete

In the latest addition to the DFAB House, a structure largely made with the use of digital technologies, located in Switzerland, researchers have developed the “Smart Slab”—a concrete slab t...


UK Shipping Group Expresses Offshore Wind Concerns

The UK Chamber of Shipping recently warned that, as plans for offshore wind projects move forward, coordination will remain necessary to ensure that these endeavors do not endanger vessels o...


Pipeline Firms, Steelmakers Clash Over Tariffs

The battle over steel import tariffs in the U.S. is continuing to heat up, as an executive behind the Cactus II pipeline told Congress last week that the measures amounted to a “$40 million ...


AkzoNobel, Startup Collab on Additives

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced this week that it is working with Renmatix, one of the winners of the company’s Imagine Chemistry challenge in 2017, on biomass-based performance addi...


AkzoNobel, Startup Collaborate on Biomaterials

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced this week that it is working with Renmatix, one of the winners of the company’s Imagine Chemistry challenge in 2017, on biomass-based performance addi...


Architects Complete Blue Lagoon Hotel

Iceland-based architecture firm Basalt Architects recently completed a 62-suite hotel at the Blue Lagoon resort, which is located within the UNESCO Global Geopark, home to a series of pools ...


London Financial District Skyscraper Approved

Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Development Company recently received approval for the construction of The Diamond, a 56-story tower in the heart of London's financial district. There has been oppos...


RIBA to Launch UK's First Apprenticeships

UK students will be able to take advantage of architecture apprenticeships for the first time this year, thanks to the Royal Institute of British Architects and a consortium of 20 architectu...


Steel Coating Innovation Wins German Award

Reserachers at Fraunhofoer Institute for Laser Technology recently took home second prize in the Steel Innovation Prize program, presented every three years by the German steel industry, for...


Dangerous Cladding Affects 300 Tower Blocks

More than a year after the Grenfell Tower fire claimed more than 70 lives, the U.K. government has disclosed that roughly 300 private tower blocks in the country have Grenfell-style cladding...


Sanitized AG Forms New Business

Antimicrobial materials company Sanitized AC recently announced that it is consolidating its paint- and coatings-related products into a new business, Sanitized Preservation AG, to be headed...


Sanitized AG Forms New Coatings Business

Antimicrobial materials company Sanitized AC announced last week it is consolidating its paint- and coatings-related products into a new business, Sanitized Preservation AG, to be headed up ...


Asian Steel Floods Canada After US Tariffs

Steel pipes and tubes used in drilling and transporting crude oil moved largely into Canada this spring, and the government is reportedly taking action to prevent a possible further flooding...


European Coatings Show Accepting Papers

The European Coatings Show, to be held next March in Nuremberg, Germany, is now accepting proposals for papers to be presented during its two-day conference.


AkzoNobel Acquires Decorative Paint Co.

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


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...


IMCD to Acquire Chemicals Distributor Horn

Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD NV announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire U.S. chemicals distributor E.T. Horn Company, subject to regulatory approval.


Biobased Coatings Europe Conference Set to Begin

Biobased Coatings Europe 2018 begins Wednesday (June 20) in Antwerp, Belgium, promising two days of presentations and networking for those involved in the production and distribution of biob...


IMCD to Acquire Chemicals Distributor Horn

Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD NV announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire U.S. chemicals distributor E.T. Horn Company, subject to regulatory approval.


Yearlong Project to Study CUI Detection Using IoT

A British startup and a Scottish innovation center are teaming up for a 12-month study that aims to determine how sensors and Internet of Things technology could help to detect and address c...


Aggreko Acquires Australian Generator Firm

Aggreko, a Glasgow-based global provider of portable power-generation and climate-control solutions, announced last week that it has acquired Australian rental company Generator Hire Service...


Netherlands to Build 3D-Printed Houses

A new 3D-printed housing project, known as Project Milestone, is currently underway in the Netherlands, with some of the units going on the market as early as mid-2019.


US Imposes Steel Tariffs on Canada, EU

After months of discussion regarding possible exemptions, the United States allowed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and European Union countries to take effect Friday, ...


US Lays Steel Tariffs on Canada, EU

After months of discussion regarding possible exemptions, the United States allowed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and European Union countries to take effect Friday, ...


Hempel Acquires Majority of German Paint Firm

Global coatings supplier Hempel (Kongens Lyngby, Denmark) announced Tuesday (May 29) that it has agreed to acquire 65 percent of German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf in a move it says is...


Garden Bridge Trustees Aired Early Concerns

A new report indicates that the group behind the failed Garden Bridge, planned for London's River Thames, was made aware of several problems with the project before the contract was signed f...


Historic Iron Bridge to be Restored to Original Color

After concerns over funding preservation work, Shopshire, England’s historic Iron Bridge is being brought back to its original color—a dark red-brown.


British Coatings Federation Taps New President

The British Coatings Federation, which represents members of the paints, printing inks, powder coatings and wallcoverings industries in the United Kingdom, welcomed its new president, David ...


Firms Shortlisted for Eiffel Tower Area Project

In the latest move to update the amenities of the Eiffel Tower’s public space, four firms were shortlisted out of 42 applicants for the next phase of the 10-monh design contest.


British Coatings Federation Welcomes New President

The British Coatings Federation, which represents members of the paints, printing inks, powder coatings and wallcoverings industries in the U.K., officially welcomed its new president, David...


Arctic Energy Neutral Hotel Set for Construction

Architecture design firm Snohetta recently released plans for an energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle, a ring-shaped structure that consumes 85 percent less energy than other contempor...


Architects Reveal Designs for Grenfell Overhaul

Six practices working in conjunction with residents of Lancaster West Estate—the location of the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed 70 lives this past June—have started putting together ideas ...


Researchers Develop Thermal Coatings for Spacecraft

Researchers based out of the University of Southampton recently developed a new type of first-surface coating for spacecraft exteriors with light weight and durability that they say could ch...


'Singing Road' Goes Quiet After Complaints

Residents of a Dutch village are singing a different tune after the installation of rumble strips that play the regional anthem on a nearby highway: The strips were installed to keep drivers...


Robots Learn to Build Prefab Timber Modules

Researchers based out of ETH Zurich university recently created a new robotic construction method, which is being used to create a computer-designed modular house.


TQC, Sheen Combine, Rebrand

After an acquisition last fall, testing instrument manufacturer Sheen Instruments and paint test equipment manufacturer TQC have merged under the same brand—TQC Sheen.


TQC, Sheen Combine, Rebrand

After an acquisition last fall, testing instrument manufacturer Sheen Instruments and paint test equipment manufacturer TQC have merged under the same brand—TQC Sheen.


Most Powerful Wind Turbine Installed Off UK Coast

The world’s most powerful wind turbine—the first of two—was successfully installed last Monday at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, located off the coast of northeast Sc...


3-D Printed Bridge Reaches Milestone

The 3-D printed steel bridge planned for central Amsterdam is a step closer to completion as manufacturer MX3D announced this week that the full span of the bridge has been finished by four ...


Vatican Enters Venice's Architecture Biennale

The Vatican recently released details of the Holy See Pavilion for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the Vatican’s first entry into the architecture fest...


Firm Creating 3-D Model of Grenfell Tower Fire

An architecture research firm is calling for anyone and everyone to submit their video footage of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower Fire with the goal of building a 3-D model of how the fire spr...


Lufthansa to Repaint Newly Repainted Planes

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


Eiffel Tower's Original Color Could Get Restored

The iconic Eiffel Tower is due for its latest coat of paint, and French officials are debating bringing the monument back to its original color, a bright red.


Bridge Demo Reveals Victorian-Era History

Demolition work on a Victorian-era bridge in Cardiff, Wales, has revealed a note from the same time period, written two months before the bridge was completed.


Eiffel Tower Repainting Could Restore Old Color

The iconic Eiffel Tower is due for its latest coat of paint, and French officials are debating bringing the monument back to its original color, a bright red.


Firms Tapped for Grenfell Estate Redesign

Six architecture firms have been tapped to bring ideas to the table on the renovation of London’s Lancaster West Estate, the property that contains Grenfell Tower, the site of a massive fire...


More Grenfell Tower Building Materials Fail Tests

Officials investigating the fatal Grenfell Tower fire have released new details on the safety of the building’s materials.


Green Tunnel Build Underway in Sweden

A 13-mile-long tunnel, slated to house six lanes of highway in one of the most extensive tunnelling projects in history, is under construction along the Western end of Stockholm, Sweden, and...


Aphrodite Unearthed on Greek Subway Site

A headless statue of Aphrodite has been uncovered near the Greek city of Thessaloniki, thanks to subway work that is moving near the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine-era church.


Designer Creates Brutalism-Inspired Candy

Kia Utzon-Frank, trained goldsmith and descendant of architects, recently designed a series of sweets inspired by the Barbican Centre’s Brutalist architecture.


Greece Subway Construction Unearths Aphrodite

Subway work near the Greek city of Thessaloniki has uncovered a headless statue of Aphrodite, located near the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine-era church.


Norway Campus Features Seawater-Durable Panels

In a recently finished project, Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta consolidated six previously separate academic buildings for the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD), University o...


Turbine Supplier Chosen for Hornsea Two

Wind energy firm Ørsted recently announced the selection of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as the exclusive wind turbine supplier for Hornsea Project Two, a successor to Hornsea Project One...


Austrian Researchers Address MIC at Wastewater Plants

In response to the consistent concern regarding the corrosion of concrete in wastewater treatment plants, researchers based out of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and the Univers...


Swedish Bridge Connects Pedestrians with the Water

A new bridge in Kalix, Sweden, will both span the local Kalix River and act as a space for passing foot traffic to engage with the river below, while also providing protection for pedestrian...


London Fatberg Stars in Horror Movies

To mark a part of the Whitechapel fatberg being on display at the Museum of London, creative agency KK Outlet created a number of low-budget horror movies to tell the story of how the sewer ...


Lufthansa Unveils New Airline Livery

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


CROWN Project Examines TSA Coating for Offshore Wind

The Welding Institute, working in conjunction with companies such as LIC Energy and Ørsted, is developing a lower cost corrosion management system for offshore wind turbines as part of a lar...


EU Places Duties on Chinese Corrosion-Resistant Steel

In a move against Chinese steel, the European Union has set new import duties on corrosion-resistant steel from the country, citing “unfairly low” prices.


Scotland House Uses Range of Material, Spatial Style

In the latest project by London-based architecture firm Hanson Architects, a traditional home was essentially flipped, setting bedrooms on the ground floor and the living room on the first, ...


New Reports Address Offshore Corrosion

Two reports commissioned by the NeSSIE project, an endeavor geared toward developing offshore renewables demonstration projects related to corrosion issues, investigated the economic potenti...


Evonik, Siemens Launch CO2 Conversion Program

As of January, Evonik Industries and Siemens Corporate Technology have teamed up to work on a research project that converts carbon dioxide into specialty chemicals, using electricity from r...


Pedestrian Bridge Works Even Underwater

A pedestrian bridge completed in 2016 has only recently had the opportunity to show its true colors—by becoming stepping stones when the river that runs below it floods.


Firm Designs Crystal Rock-Style Facade

Esslingen, Germany, will be home to a new mixed-use office building with an aesthetic twist: the exterior will feature a distinct “crystal rock” facade and a hollowed-out, pixelated core.


Evonik, Siemens Pair Up for Research

Researchers from Evonik Industries and Siemens Corporate Technology started collaborating this month to convert carbon dioxide into specialty chemicals, using electricity from renewable sour...


Massive UK Wind Farm Build Begins

The first monopiles for the world’s largest offshore wind farm have been installed 74 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, England, marking the beginning of construction.


New Big Bridges Proposed for UK

A number of new bridges that would connect Ireland and Scotland as well as the U.K. and France have been proposed to help expand economic and political opportunities, but only one span curre...


Forth Road Bridge to get First Full Paint Job

Despite most traffic using the Queensferry Crossing, the older Forth Road Bridge, located on the Firth of Forth in east central Scotland, will be getting its first full paint job since the s...


Safety of Welsh Bridges Questioned

According to a yearlong survey, 361 out 6,994 bridges in Wales are substandard, failing to meet the Department for Transport regulations for capacity and weight restrictions.


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.


Hempel CFO Boyer Resigns

Global coatings supplier Hempel recently announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Anders Boyer will be resigning from the company.


Non-Fireproof Cladding Found on UK Apartment

In a mandated safety review of buildings conducted as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire, cladding panels labeled “non-fire retardant” were discovered in the Chips apartment block, located ...


China Wins Contract for Croatia Bridge Build

A Chinese consortium has won the bid for the construction of the $340 million Peljesac bridge in Croatia, which will connect the city of Dubrovnik with the rest of the country.


Brutalist Wallpaper Brings Concrete Landmarks Inside

For those looking to add a Brutalist element to their home, British company Murals Wallpaper recently released a wallpaper collection that features details from five well-known Brutalist bui...


Chernobyl Site Converted Into Solar Plant

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, once the site of one of the worst nuclear accidents in history, will soon become something new: a solar farm.


Storytelling Igloo Teaches Children About Architecture

Aberrant Architecture recently collaborated with five north London schools and local arts center Artsdepot to create an igloo-shaped installation that served as both a way to get young peopl...


Play-Doh-Like Substance Offers Adhesive Alternative

For those who loved Play-Doh as a kid, a London designer has made a more adult-friendly version—one that doubles as an adhesive that can bond parts of furniture together.


European Boards Approve Diisocyanate Rules

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


European Boards Approve Diisocyanate Rules

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


Cracking Sidelines North Sea Pipeline

A major crude oil pipeline in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland will remain out of service for two to four weeks after an inspection turned up cracking last week.


Garden Bridge Fallout Continues

The London Assembly has summoned former London Mayor Boris Johnson to answer questions related to the ill-fated Garden Bridge plan, citing the fact that Johnson, an early bridge proponent, d...


London's New US Embassy Nears Opening Date

The new United States embassy in London, designed with governmental principles and sustainability in mind, is set to open to the public mid-January, and officials are getting ready for the o...


Grant Helps UK Firm Develop Wear-Resistant Coating

A U.K. firm that conducts research and development work in the coatings field will be working with the University of Nottingham on a project to develop wear-resistant coatings for industrial...


German Researchers Develop Antifouling Tech

Researchers from Germany’s Kiel University, collaborating with university spinoff Phi-Stone AG, have worked to develop a new antifouling coating for ships that allow for the scrubbing off of...


Pavilion Made With 30,000 Chocolates

Italian architecture firm Carlo Ratti Associati has taken a cue from Willy Wonka—by building a pavilion composed entirely of chocolate.


AkzoNobel Acquires Powder Coatings Firm

Coatings giant AkzoNobel announced Monday that it has agreed to acquire V.Powdertech Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of powder coatings for consumer products in Thailand.


AkzoNobel Acquires Thai Powder Coatings Firm

Coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Monday (Nov. 27) that it has agreed to acquire V.Powdertech Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of powder coatings for industrial and consumer products in...


World's First 3-D Printed Metal Bridge Underway

The world’s first 3-D printed metal pedestrian bridge will soon span a canal in Amsterdam, after a tumultuous series of redesigns that were required in order to factor in the limits of the o...


Historic Iron Bridge to Be Preserved

A historic bridge in England is slated to undergo much-needed repairs that will help prolong the life of the span, but some funding for the project is still in question.


World's Tallest Wind Turbine Built in Germany

The world’s tallest wind turbine has shouldered its way into the skyline of the German town of Gaildorf, where the overall project could produce enough energy to meet what equates to the ene...


UK Holocaust Memorial Designer Revealed

The winner of the United Kingdom’s Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition was announced Tuesday (Oct. 24) revealing the monument that will stand next to the House of Parliament ...


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...


Dry Time Tool Made for Range of Temperatures

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...


Paris 2024 Olympics Designers Unveil Plans

The International Olympic Committee having announced that Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics, and architecture design firm Populous and engineering firm Egis are providing an early gli...


Manhole Designs Leave an Impression

A Berlin-based artist is elevating the lowly manhole cover to new levels as a hip piece of apparel that allows the wearer to rep a favorite city or neighborhood (or sewer authority).


European Fire Forum Explores Intumescent and More

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 Europe...


Steel Coil Firm Honors Paint Suppliers

Luxembourg-based steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal recently announced the three recipients of its annual Paint Supplier Innovation Awards, issued to paint manufacturers that propose innovativ...


UK Offshore Wind Rates Drop Below Nuclear

A drop in the cost of energy generated by offshore wind farms in the U.K. is leading some in the country to rethink the future of other power technologies, including new nuclear facilities.


Paint Company Reformulates After Opacity Complaints

Paint company Farrow & Ball has reformulated its paint after customers complained about application difficulty and coverage, so much so that designers/builders have begun charging extra to u...


LEGO House Gears Up for Sept. Opening

Denmark’s new immersive LEGO experience is slated to open Sept. 28, and workers are down to the finishing touches as shown by new drone footage released by the company.


Artist Turns Garage into Giant Painting

Argentinian artist Elian Chali has turned a French parking lot into one giant anamorphic spatial painting.


Forth Bridge Honored with UNESCO Plaque

Scotland’s Forth Bridge, an engineering marvel opened in 1890, is now officially commemorated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site via a plaque dedicated Sunday.


Shards Fall From Award-Winning UK Building

A report of falling debris from the United Kingdom’s largest glass curtain wall has surfaced, though a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice maintains that the cantilevered structure is s...


German Firm Unveils New Take on Water Tank

A German architecture firm known for its unorthodox designs is taking on water—in the form of a multipurpose tower in the city of Heidelberg that will both store water for heating and serve ...


$260M Garden Bridge Plan Crumbles

More than three months after London Mayor Sadiq Khan pulled his support from the foundering Garden Bridge project, the River Thames plan is officially dead in the water.


Solar Energy Storage Product Unveiled

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has unveiled a battery-storage solution to accompany its solar panel line, a move that it estimates will save customers 70 percent on their electric bills.


Evonik Announces Fumed Silica Expansion

Specialty chemicals company Evonik announced last week that it plans to make a major investment in expanding its fumed silica production facility in Antwerp, Belgium.


Cladding Systems Fail New Tests, UK to Review

After more than 80 towers failed revamped fire tests in the United Kingdom, officials say they’re going to review building regulations and fire safety.


Color-Changing Paint Comes with One Caveat

The ongoing war sparked by the world's blackest black paint has seen another volley, as British artist Stuart Semple has released a new color-changing paint available to anyone—except Anish ...


EU Nanomaterials Site Goes Live

The European Union’s chemical regulatory body has launched a new website to help guide industry professionals and the public with matters related to nanomaterials, a growing subset of the ma...


Europe Approves Evonik Silica Buy with Conditions

German specialty chemical firm Evonik has been granted approval by the European Commission for its $630 million acquisition of Huber Silica—however, there are some conditions.


Europe Considers Carcinogen Label for TiO2

European regulators have taken another step toward classifying titanium dioxide as a substance “suspected of causing cancer,” drawing criticism from some in the coatings industry who say the...


European Nations Make Offshore Wind Pledge

Three European countries pledged Tuesday to work to increase the world’s offshore wind capacity fivefold in the next 13 years.


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...


Container Ship Refashioned into Luxury Vessel

A cargo ship is no small purchase as it is, but one marine company is taking the previously humble-if-pricey container ship to new, and even pricier, heights.


Powder Protects Metals in Recessed Areas

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


New Offshore Coatings Focus on 'Splash Zone'

Global coatings company Hempel Group has launched two advanced coatings, which the firm says were specifically developed to protect the splash zone areas of offshore structures.


Graffiti Takes Flight Via Drone

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


UK Firm Delivers Ultra-Long Zinc-Coated Rail

British Steel has announced that 200-meter lengths of its corrosion-resistant Zinoco rail have been put into service as part of a Network Rail project in Scotland in what the company calls t...


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...


Exterior Panel Developer Unveils, Expands Line

Netherlands-based laminate plate manufacturer Trespa International BV announced a new product on April 20, and also disclosed the expansion in its line of cladding panels.


Finnish Architects Draft Beer

A group of Finnish architects, acknowledging the need for the perfect elixir after a tough day in pursuit of the ultimate design, came up with a solution for what “ales” them.


Shell, UK College Open Corrosion Lab

A new academic center at Imperial College London will focus on corrosion—a big problem that the Shell-Imperial Advanced Interfacial Materials Science Centre hopes to take on at the smallest ...


London Mayor Scraps Plan For Garden Bridge

London's controversial Garden Bridge project is all but dead: Mayor Sadiq Khan has scrapped the controversial plan for the span across the River Thames, saying on Friday (April 28) he would ...


Oslo Airport Blends Function, Energy Efficiency

When Nordic Architecture began plotting a near-total redesign of Oslo Airport in Norway, it focused on expanding the complex while embracing the tenets of energy efficiency.


Geneva Office Building Features Distinctive Facade

The vision for Giovanni Vaccarini Architects’ latest project was clear, even if the view of the facade enveloping the group’s newest building isn’t.


Long-Delayed UK Nuclear Project May Face Strike

Just weeks after the first concrete was poured on the site of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, in Somerset, England, a labor disagreement is threatening to stop work on the 1...


New Bridge Benefits Bats

You can’t say the new bridge being built in County Galway, Ireland, is for the birds. It is, in fact, entirely for the bats.


First Gaudí-designed House to Open as Museum in Barcelona

Beginning this fall, Barcelona's Casa Vicens will be open to the public in museum form. The building was, until recently, a residential or private space for over 100 years, and is notable fo...


Garden Bridge Trust Disputes Report's Findings

The squabble over the feasibility of London’s troubled Garden Bridge project continued Thursday (April 13), as a member of the charity behind the span disputed a call for it to be scrapped.


Manufacturing Innovation Cuts Production Step

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


Jotun Opens $5.6M Intumescent R&D Site

Coatings manufacturer Jotun has announced the opening of a new research and development center focused on passive fire protection and insulation coatings at its facility in Flixborough, U.K.


'SL' Road Marking Makes UK Town Say 'OW'

Jurisdictional issues are to blamed for a road in one English town that simply warns drivers: “SL.”


New Product in Anti-Fouling Introduced

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


Regulators Clear Garden Bridge Trust

Regulators in London say the charitable organization behind a controversial 1,200-foot-long pedestrian bridge that would cross the Thames River has acted financially sound. But, questions st...


Leeds Bridge Displays Colors for a Cause

A railway bridge in Leeds has been repainted with a rainbow of colors in a show of support for the city’s LGBT community.


Architect Turns Cement Factory into Castle

Architect Ricardo Bofill’s first encounter with the cement factory was in 1973, when he set out to make the abandoned structure his home.


Spanish Architects Win Pritzker Prize

Collaboration gleaned the architecture profession's highest honor as three designers from Spain, who have shared work for three decades, were named Pritzker Architecture Prize winners.


Commission: Garden Bridge Trust Acted Properly

The organization behind London’s controversial Garden Bridge project is in the clear, at least in terms of its business practices, as a government regulator has issued a report indicating th...


Delicious Design: Architects or Pastry Chefs?

It’s becoming more and more common for architects to add pastries to their portfolios, particularly in the form of cakes. And chocolate. Japanese design house Nendo, architects Dinara Kasko ...


Artist Creates Cherry-Scented Vantablack Dig

Artist Stuart Semple has unleashed his answer to Vantablack, the Black V1.0 Beta.


EDA Completes Naval Corrosion Study

A three-year study on corrosion control for Navy ships is complete resulting in the European Defence Agency finding a number of potential solutions to solve to corrosion problem.


Firm Develops ‘Modular’ Wastewater System

A Dutch company has put its new system of modular tanks for wastewater treatment into real-world use for the first time, and is experimenting with constructing the units with self-healing co...


Cost Probe into Parliament Repair Plan

A massive, multi-billion pound plan to renovate the crumbling Palace of Westminster in London is under investigation by parliamentary officials, reports relate.


Florock Marks 65 Years in Flooring Systems

Florock Polymer Flooring, a manufacturer of floor systems for commercial and industrial settings, is celebrating 65 years in business.


Spilled Paint Leads to Road Repaving

You probably know the saying about crying over spilled milk, but it was spilled white paint—more than 3,000 gallons of it—that caused some headaches, if not tears, on one U.K. road last week...


Coatings Group Promotes Safe DIY Antifouling

The British Coatings Federation has joined with British Marine and the Royal Yacht Association to promote safety with antifouling coatings to do-it-yourselfers in the U.K.


London’s Planned Garden Bridge in Jeopardy

A proposed pedestrian bridge in London that would serve as a “floating park” over the River Thames is in jeopardy, according to reports, and even if it isn’t built, it could come at consider...


RPM Adds to Rust-Oleum Europe

RPM International Inc. has announced a deal to acquire SPS Group (SPS), a Dutch decorative and specialty coatings company.


PPG to Sell Plasterboard Unit

Following its global restructuring efforts, PPG has announced plans to sell the assets of its Mexico-based Plaka plasterboard and cement-board business to Knauf International GmbH of Germany...


Eiffel Tower Strike Tied to Paint Concerns

An upcoming paint job appears to be at the center of a strike that has kept the landmark Eiffel Tower closed to the public for two days.


Flooring System Touts Antistatic Properties

A new heavy-duty antistatic industrial flooring system is now available on the European market, according to the Construction Chemicals division of BASF (Mannheim, Germany).


Green School Razed Due to Leaks

A U.K. school lauded as a “sustainable” specimen at the time of its completion in 2010 has been demolished just six years later due to pervasive roof leak issues.


UK ‘Blacklist’ Investigation Not Over

Months after contractors agreed to pay millions in settlements related to the case, the U.K. government is reopening the file on the alleged blacklisting of thousands of construction workers...


Guggenheim Helsinki Plans Sunk by Council

Plans for a Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki, Finland, look to be dead in the water after the capital’s city council voted early Thursday to reject the proposal once and for all.


‘Textile Concrete’ Offers Support Alternative

Researchers at the Technical University of Dresden are investigating a form of reinforced concrete they claim is lighter, more durable and more versatile than conventional materials.


Groups Gauge Coatings Across the Pond

If you think saltwater environments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are essentially the same when it comes to their effects on marine coatings, you’re wrong, according a current energy r...


Paint Breathes New Life into Iconic Jet

Coatings played a pivotal role in restoring a historic bomber jet that is now a key attraction at a Woodford, England, aviation museum.


BASF Says Brand Meets China Standards

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


PPG Takes Over Italy Operations

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


RPM Buys Industrial Tape Maker

Multinational holding company RPM International Inc., which owns subsidiaries that manufacture and market high-performance coatings, sealants and specialty chemicals, is adding an industrial...


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...


Stadium Official Resigns as Costs Soar

An official charged with “maximizing the legacy” of the London 2012 Olympic Games has stepped down amid an investigation involving ballooning costs of a stadium transformation project, accor...


Bridge Falls, Kills 1, after Safety Warning

Italian authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the collapse of a highway bridge near Milan late last week that left one driver dead and injured 5 others.


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.


BASF Blast Kills 2, Injures More

German authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion at a BASF chemical plant that killed two and severely injured at least six. One person remains missing after the incident, acco...


Dewetting Findings Could Improve Coatings

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


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...


RIBA Names Gold Medal Winner

Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has won the coveted 2017 Royal Gold Medal for architecture, the Royal Institute of British Architects announced.


Finland Blocks Guggenheim Funding

A planned Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki is in jeopardy after one of Finland’s ruling parties has said it will refuse to commit government funding to the project.


U.K. Board Suspends Three Architects

Failing to control the costs of a project and building in breach of planning permissions and regulations have resulted in suspensions for three U.K. architects, according to authorities.


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...


Italy Quake Takes Human, Cultural Toll

The earthquake that struck central Italy in the early morning hours Wednesday (Aug. 23) has left hundreds of casualties and widespread destruction to historic churches, frescoes and monument...


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 ...


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...


Academic Buildings Make the Grade

College and university campus designs reign supreme in this year’s list of the best buildings in the U.K., according to the Royal Institute of British Architects.


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.


Italian Paint Job Provokes British Row

A popular pizza place in London has found itself in a spat with local officials over a rather unorthodox paint job.


Red Phone Booth Revamp

Britain’s iconic red telephone boxes may have found their calling in the modern era—the mini office.


Collapse Injures 7 on Hydro Site

Authorities are investigating a concrete collapse that injured seven workers early Monday (May 30), in Labrador, Canada, the latest in a series of issues facing the Muskrat Falls hydropower ...


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.


Paint Shop Builder Sues Tesla

A worker brought in from overseas to help construct a high-volume paint shop for Tesla Motors in Fremont, CA, reports he was paid as little as $5 per hour without overtime.


Color Tool to Enhance Selection Process

AkzoNobel has unveiled an enhanced version of its color tool designed to aid in the selection of paint colors.


Evonik to Buy Air Products Unit for $3.8B

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


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.


‘Blacklisted’ Construction Workers Settle

More than 400 construction workers and union members who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects have settled an ongoing High Court case involving major UK builders.


Burgling Brit Foiled by Can of Paint

You’ve heard of the thief who was caught red-handed, but a burglar in the U.K. recently was apprehended because of white feet.


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.


Volume Up, Revenue Dips in AkzoNobel’s Q1

AkzoNobel opened 2016 with volume increases across the board and a warning that the market environment remains uncertain with challenging conditions.


Timber Skyscraper Would Soar 985 Feet

Researchers have presented London’s mayor with conceptual plans for what would be the city’s first timber skyscraper, according to Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture.


Spotted: Blue Drawing Studio Makes Waves

A new art studio at a university in Dorset, UK, is making a big splash.


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.


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...


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.


‘Space Oddity’ Mural Adorns Hallway

Italian street artists Truly Design have painted a large circular anamorphic mural in an office building in Switzerland.


Work Halts After WWII Devices Unearthed

Work on a £90 million ($126 million) luxury multi-family residential project in Liverpool, England, remained halted Wednesday (March 16) after several World War II devices were discovered at...


Artist Wins Rights to 'Blackest Black' Color

A color described as the world's blackest black is set to revolutionize the art world, but there's just one catch.


Metal Band Can Keep ‘Architects’ Name

Misuse of the title “architect” can result in some serious penalties in the UK, but one recent case suggests the profession’s regulatory body takes a more relaxed view when the title is used...


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...


No Grid Needed: Wall that Heats, Cools

A researcher from the Lund University in Sweden says she has adapted a 19th century construction technique that can reportedly heat and cool buildings, while drastically reducing associated ...


Beloved Dinosaur Mural Gets Painted Over

A British town is in an uproar over a new paint job that mistakenly covered an adored dinosaur mural.


Roman-Era Fresco Revealed in London

An ornate Roman wall painting buried for 2,000 years has been unearthed from 20 feet below a street in London.


AkzoNobel to Buy BASF Unit for $531M

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


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.


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.


Study Links Beautiful Architecture to Health

Attention architects and urban planners: A team of researchers in the UK has investigated the relationship between our health and the beauty of the environment we live in.


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.


Elcometer to Merge Two Facilities

A global manufacturer and supplier of inspection equipment to the coatings, concrete and metal detection industries, has announced that two of its European sites will merge.


Woman Paints House in Stripes as Protest

Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring has said she would be glad to repaint her house—as long as officials stop a nearby development the English property owner has called a “monstrosity.”


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.


GAF to Buy Roofing Co. for $1.1B

In a move to become the largest manufacturer in the global roofing industry, GAF has announced a deal to purchase its Danish peer, Icopal A/S, for €1 billion ($1.08 billion).


Steel Fallout Felt Throughout Europe

Following in the footsteps of other European steelmakers in crisis, the world’s largest steel producer has said it is idling one of its plants in Spain.


Burglar Leaves Footprints in UV Paint

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


UK Paint Company Joins Polymer Project

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


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...


Japan, ZHA Argue Stadium Copyrights

Zaha Hadid Architects and the Japanese government are at odds over payment and copyright issues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Stadium.


Aim of Design to Dignify War Casualties

Described by its designer as a “place of remembrance,” the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages is nearing the end of its construction phases.


Birds Inspire Color-Fade Research

U.K. scientists are looking to the sky to better understand why colors fade, and what they have discovered may one day lead to paints and coatings that will keep their color for longer


Sweet Swap for Portland Cement?

A team of Spanish and Brazilian researchers says it has developed a more environmentally friendly version of concrete.


Three Theatre Designs Take Honors

Sometimes theatres are designed to not only put on a show, but be a part of the show themselves—in terms of architecture and design, of course. Theatre arts venues in Chicago, Liverpool, U.K...


Pantone Picks 2 Colors for 2016

For 2016, Pantone has veered from tradition and selected not one, but two colors deemed worthy of its coveted “Color of the Year” title.


Forth Bridge Could Reopen in January

After closing the Forth Bridge over concerns about structural steel damage, the company that has been managing the bridge since earlier this year said it may have found a solution to solve t...


Dow, DuPont to Unite in $130B Deal

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


Own a Piece of Julia Child’s France

Perhaps the former French holiday home of renowned French Chef Julia Child will inspire its new owner to cook up some Coq au Vin while sipping on a glass of sweet Sauternes white burgundy (e...


SUV Crosses Bridge Made of Paper

Land Rover’s Range Rover bills itself as one of the most luxurious off-road SUVs on the market—capable of delivering “performance in varying terrain or conditions.”


Group Balks at ‘Paddington Pole’ Height

London’s heritage group hopes an architect and developer who want to add another seven stories to a planned 65-story London skyscraper in an historic part of the city will change their tune,...


Steel Issue Closes Forth Bridge

Scotland’s Forth Bridge might never see traffic again after inspectors there found a fault in the bridge’s steel structure.


Wailing Building Irks Brit Neighbors

It howls, it hums, it screams, and it’s been said to be “annoying the heck” out of the people who live near it.


New Shake-Absorbing Brick on the Block

A newly developed building material may help buildings stand strong in the face of an earthquake.


Denmark Nixes 'Unique' Harbor Gate

If reports of a cable-stayed bridge suspended 30 stories above the Copenhagen harbor and connected between two skyscrapers sounded too wild to be true, that’s because they were.


Parliament Hears PaintCare UK Agenda

A paint recycling initiative is gaining ground in Great Britain where coatings manufacturers recently made recommendations for a plan to Parliament.


Unique Walking-Biking Bridge Proposed

A pedestrian-bicycle bridge in east London is expected to become the first draw bridge built across the Thames River in more than 120 years.


Campaign to Produce a Dull Paint Film

Is watching paint dry your thing? Well, imagine if you could enjoy the pensive pastime on the big screen.


Bridge Connects Harbor, Points to Sea

Forget the quintessential statue marking a city’s harbor entrance. Danish designers have come up with an idea that’s more multimodal.


Judge Suspends Sentence in Fall Case

A U.K. court has suspended the 18-month prison sentence of a roofer after one of his employees fell 30 feet to his death in May 2014.


AkzoNobel Opens Wood Coatings Center

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


Trevi Fountain Flows after Restoration

Rome’s nearly 300-year-old Trevi Fountain is flowing once again thanks to a $2.2 million, 17-month-long restoration project, according to reports.


Controversial Passport Honors Architects

Architects Elisabeth Scott and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott are among the prominent U.K. figures and landmarks featured in the country’s controversial new passport design.


Garden Bridge Shows Signs of Life

Despite being classified by many as an unneeded vanity project, London’s controversial Garden Bridge project appears to have gotten a new lease on life.


Steelmaker Opens Coatings Center

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


Design Charity Manager Admits Theft

A former office manager of a global architectural charity organization has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and false accounting.


Big Time Repairs Needed for Big Ben

Time is precious for Big Ben; the iconic 156-year-old London monument needs £29 million ($45 million) in “urgent repairs,” reports relate.


Abrasive Blast Recovering Unit Debuts

Airblast AFC has designed a portable abrasive recovery unit that the company says is capable of removing grit from the size of dust particles to debris as large as 2 inches.


UK Contractors Apologize for Blacklist

Eight of the biggest construction firms in the U.K. have issued an “unprecedented” apology to thousands of workers who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects.


3D Death Star Art Painted Under Bridge

It’s that moment when Luke Skywalker ignores his computer and uses The Force to take down the Death Star, all while flying his X-Wing seamlessly through a tight trench while the Imperial Fle...


Artist Can Keep ‘Un-Swedish’ Paint Job

Artist Bernth Uhno will be allowed to keep the paint job that officials had ordered removed after saying the choice of a gradient color was not "Swedish."


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.


Drones Build Sturdy Rope Bridge

A Swiss research team has found a way to build a rope bridge using drones.


Hadid Wins 2016 Royal Gold Medal

Dame Zaha Hadid, an architectural icon whose body of work spans more than three decades, has become the first woman to receive the top British architecture prize.


MSA to Buy UK Fall Protection Business

Seeking to double its fall protection footprint globally, Pittsburgh-based safety products manufacturer MSA Safety Inc. plans to purchase a UK-based fall protection safety product group.


Gold Takes ‘Color of 2016’ Crown

Color experts over at AkzoNobel have crowned a true yellow gold as its “Color of the Year for 2016.”


Oldcastle Buys Glazing Leader for $1.3B

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


‘Talkie’ Tops UK List of Ugly Designs

A building that has been blamed for melting cars, knocking over people on the ground with its downdraughts and chided with nicknames such as “Walkie Scorchie” is also Britain’s ugliest build...


Norwegian 'Street' Mural Fit for a King

If you happen to be flying over the Norwegian countryside anytime soon, do yourself a favor and forget the advice of not looking down.


Scrapped Stadium Design at Issue

Renowned architect Zaha Hadid is calling for Japanese government officials to reconsider her controversial, 252 billion yen ($1.9 billion) design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium.


Architects Hope for Real Minas Tirith

Let’s say that in the darkest depths of Mordor, you meet a girl so fair. So of course, you want to take her to the city of Minas Tirith where she will be protected by Elves, Dwarves, the Whi...


Green Group Expands Certifications

An apartment building in Europe has become the first to be certified under a new classification of energy-efficiency that has a rigorous performance-based standard.


It’s Not Graffiti if it’s Just Dam Dirt

Sometimes cleaning off decades of industrial dirt and grime can stir the imagination.


‘Ribbon’ Hotel OK’d Amid Controversy

Bucking the recommendation of its own planning commission, the City of Edinburgh has approved a development that has become known as the “ribbon” hotel.


Weather Study to Aid Building Design

What may be the longest-range weather forecast ever predicted will be used to help building designers better create structures that are able to withstand Mother Nature’s fluctuating changes.


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?


Group Studies Solar House Efficiency

Imagine a house so efficient it can produce 60 percent of its own power and cost its owner nearly nothing out of pocket every year.


First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins

With the first “steel in the water,” an offshore wind farm is pioneering what its owners and environmental proponents hope will be a trendsetting moment in the United States.


Tall, Thin Testing Tower Goes Up

Nestled among historic towers and steeples in Rottweil, Germany, stands a 761-foot-tall concrete observation tower—the tallest in the country—built specifically to test elevators of the futu...


London Building Faces Wind, Design Woes

Two years after its facade produced a light reflection strong enough to sizzle parked cars nearby, a new London skyscraper is once again at the center of controversy.


NACE Shares 2015 Career Data

Compensation for corrosion professionals in the U.S., Canada and Europe has grown, while those in the United Kingdom experienced a slight decline in salary, as reported by a new survey from ...


Artist Sees Recycled Beauty in Trash

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--Sometimes one man’s pile of scrap wood is another man’s “Happy Mountain.”


Could Plastic Roads Replace Asphalt?

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--A city known for its openness to innovation could become the trial center for a plastic road that someday may replace asphalt.


Design Charity Manager Charged in Theft

LONDON--A former office manager of a United Kingdom-based architecture charity has been charged with fraud and false accounting after £200,000 ($312,732 USD) went missing from the charity’s ...


Barracks Collapse in Russia; 23 Perish

OMSK, SIBERIA--Officials are searching for what caused a four-story military barracks to collapse Sunday (July 12) evening, killing 23 people and injuring at least 19 others in south-central...


Color Experts Aid in Van Gogh Project

AMSTERDAM--A new digital color restoration project aims to show what Vincent Van Gogh’s famous Field with Irises near Arles might have looked like when it was first painted in 1888.


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 ...


Study: Construction Dispute Costs Drop

AMSTERDAM--Unlike many other parts of the world, construction disputes in North America are taking longer to resolve but costing less in the end, a new study suggests.


Roof Collapse Smashes Luxury Cars

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND--Authorities are trying to determine what caused the roof of a new Audi dealership to collapse, damaging 34 luxury vehicles.


Olympic Arena Transformation Costs Soar

LONDON--UK politicians are demanding publication of the full details of a costly and controversial redevelopment deal involving the 2012 Olympic stadium.


Europe's Biggest Illegal Dump Uncovered

NAPLES, ITALY--Sixty acres packed with tons of industrial trash including solvents, plastics and construction waste has been discovered in Italy.


'Rot and Decay' Seen in Doomed Balcony

BERKELEY, CA--Confirming earlier suspicions, city building inspectors have reported severe dry rot in the balcony that tore loose from an apartment building in California, killing six studen...


Robots to 3-D Print a Footbridge

AMSTERDAM--The future of construction may involve robots capable of 3-D printing structures out of thin air.


Questions Grow in Garden Bridge Plans

LONDON--From funding to function, the London Assembly has unanswered questions concerning Mayor Boris Johnson's plan to build the world's most expensive footbridge across the River Thames.


Design Critique Tool Launched

NEW YORK CITY--A new messaging app aims to rid architects’ inboxes of endlessly confusing email chains.


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...


Print Job: Glowing 3D Coating

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


Bio-Concrete Designed to Self-Repair

DELFT, NETHERLANDS—Materials scientists are putting the finishing touches on a decade-long project to make a self-healing concrete infused with bacteria.


Pothole Provocateur Presses Penile Plot

MANCHESTER—Forget those local "road hotlines." One artful Brit has found a better way to call attention to untended potholes: Festoon them with genitalia.


Floating a Future for Homes in Harmony

LONDON—Here’s a fluid design for those looking for a home by the water…err, we mean, on the water.


Mansion Owner Admits Illegal Upgrades

ABERGAVENNY, WALES—Installing a mosaic-clad bath, replacing cobblestone, and removing staircases are just a few of the tony upgrades that may send a Welsh developer to prison for a year, acc...


‘Unauthorized’ Mural Roils Dublin Vote

DUBLIN—A giant, apparently unpermitted, public mural of two men embracing has stoked the fire raging around Ireland's upcoming marriage-equality referendum.


So Long, Man Cave; Hello, She Shed

UNITED KINGDOM—Think backyard sheds are just a storage spot for gardening tools and lawn mowers? Think again.


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.


‘Smart’ Building Envelope Shields Sun

Facade modules that bloom open when the sun pours in may drastically reduce energy consumption in glass-fronted buildings, the system's developers say.


Swiss Miss: Skyscraper Causes Stir

Chances are that when you visit the Swiss Alps, you'd expect to stay in a quaint cottage or bed and breakfast...not a luxury 82-story hotel.


UK Adopts Home-Size Minimums

New homes in the UK will be less cramped under newly approved minimum space standards.


Urban Treehouse Designed for Grown-Ups

Ever yearn to put down your roots in a tree? Well, in Turin, Italy, you can.


Colorful Paint Job Found ‘Not Swedish’

Officials in eastern Sweden have ordered an artist to repaint his home because the chosen color scheme is not “Swedish,” according to reports.


Tower's Bolt Failure Tabbed at $1.5M

Replacing large steel bolts on London’s tallest skyscraper has cost the UK’s biggest structural steel contractor £1 million (about $1.5 million).


Tower Lets There Be Light Down Below

A global architecture firm has unveiled a design concept to help solve a dark problem in London.


Otto Awarded 1st Posthumous Pritzker

The day after his death at age 89, German architect and engineer Frei Otto received one of his profession's greatest honors: the Pritzker Architecture Prize.


‘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.


Copper Tops Trendy Hue Report

Step aside, ho-hum blues and greens of yore. Color experts at AkzoNobel say the go-to hue for 2015 is an elegant and warm copper.


New Design Contest Digs Below

A UK competition is looking for a few good bunkers, spy lairs and more.


Architect Says Revamp ‘Mutilates’ Design

A Dutch architect has hit a natural-history museum with a lawsuit, saying a planned renovation will “mutilate” his design.


Looks that Last: Ancient Paint Endures

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


New Lid Brings New Life to Church

A relic of the Spanish Civil War has been brought back to life with a new roof in Corbera d’Ebre, Spain.


NY Architect Files for Bankruptcy

A well-known, 109-year-old New York-based architecture firm has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, claiming it has failed to receive more than $2 million in fees from a Russian clie...


Brick Home Melts in London

Some things are destined to melt: Ice, butter, snow and hearts…but what about houses?


3 Bolts Fail on London’s New Tower

A number of large steel bolts on London’s tallest skyscraper will be replaced, after three bolts have fractured and fell from the building in just over two months, according to its developer...


UK Axes Architects in Dues Dustup

A row between British architects and their professional board has erupted for a second straight year, with hundreds of professionals finding themselves cast off the registry rolls.


Cladding Breaks Off New Hadid Design

An investigation is underway after a nearly 200-pound chunk of concrete cladding fell off the facade of a recently constructed Zaha Hadid-designed building in Vienna, Austria, according to r...


N. America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market ...


Secret to Roman Concrete Revealed

When today's buildings seem so vulnerable to collapse, how is it that Imperial Roman structures like The Pantheon, Trajan’s Markets, and The Colosseum have endured for nearly 2,000 years?


London Cracks Down on Dream Digs

London's toniest community is going after its icebergs, before the icebergs take down the community.


Home Maintenance? Not Here

It took only two weeks and one tool to build a home that won't need maintenance for at least 50 years.


Architects Work Longer, Without Pay

Many architects in the UK are expected to work longer hours without pay, a new survey suggests.


Glass-Bottom Bridge a Terrifying Thrill

A new glass floor designed like a "big, gaping hole" in London's storied Tower Bridge is offering visitors a heart-stopping view of the city from nearly 140 feet up.


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.


'Cheesegrater' Bolts Raise Concern

Two bolts the size of a human arm have fallen off London's brand-new skyscraper, sending engineers scrambling to inspect thousands of others on the structure.


Bridge Debuts 'Big, Gaping Hole'

A new glass floor on London's famous Tower Bridge gives visitors a new view of part of the city—from 42 meters (138 feet) above the River Thames.


Michelangelo’s Frescos Show Whitening

The six million tourists a year who visit the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s centuries-old frescos have taken a toll on the artwork, according to various reports.


Bio-Inspired Additive Slows Icing

Inspired by the ability of certain animals to withstand cold and prevent ice from forming in their bodies, AkzoNobel has introduced a fully biodegradable additive for road salt designed to s...


USGBC Extends Phase-in for LEED v4

Conceding that the transition to LEED v4 will not be easy, the U.S. Green Building Council has extended the deadline for registering projects under the current LEED 2009 rating system.


Gehry Flips Off Critics in Spain

Renowned architect Frank Gehry has a middle finger for his critics, according to various reports.


Stirring Up New Batch of Paint Chemists

The European coatings industry is making a fresh push to recruit students with an intensive new graduate-level engineering specialty program backed by suppliers.


Council Erases ‘Offensive’ Banksy Mural

A satirical immigration-themed mural painted by the elusive street artist Banksy has been removed by local authorities following a complaint.


New Method Cuts Finish-Coat VOCs

A new gel coating used during manufacturing finishing could virtually eliminate the health and environmental risks of the organic compound styrene, researchers say.


Myths, Mistakes Raise Asbestos Toll

Neither drinking a glass of water nor opening a window will protect a worker from asbestos.


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.


Boss Gets Prison in Worker’s Death

A UK scaffolding contractor recently convicted of murdering his brother has now received a second prison sentence in the fatal fall of an employee.


A Pipeline Good for What Ales This Town

An unusual pipeline project is brewing underneath the historic Belgian city of Bruges, where government officials have raised a glass in approval.


Paris Battles Love for Bridge Control

Fed up with the romantic gesture that is weighing heavy on its bridges, Paris is making a new push to block its lovebirds from "Love Locking" the city’s historic spans.


Grants Address Modern Architecture

With its sights set on conserving iconic 20th century architecture, the Getty Foundation says it will award a series of grants to preserve the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Jørn Utzon, amo...


Glossmeter Made for Speed, Data Loads

Elcometer has rolled out a hand-held gloss measurement tool that is designed for speed and can store up to 40,000 readings.


Graphene Wages Rust-Busting Revolution

While no one is declaring victory in the war on corrosion, new coatings formulated with graphene could help stave off rust and resist chemicals on everything from metal structures to food pa...


Paint Can Claims Uncork a Lawsuit

Wine-filled paint cans trumpeted in a recent marketing campaign are now at the center of a vintage trademark tussle.


UK Construction Giant Strikes a Deal

Balfour Beatty has announced the sale of consulting arm Parsons Brinckerhoff to Montreal-based WSP Global Inc. for £820 million ($1.35 billion USD).


A Wall, Long Gone, Ripe for Painting

Now, you can have your history and paint it, too. In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own piec...


Building Efficiency to Boom in Europe

Energy efficiency will sweep across Europe’s buildings to the tune of nearly $800 billion in the years ahead, a new report forecasts.


History Unveils Paint-Your-Own Keepsake

In what may be a perfect convergence of artistic, economic and historical opportunity, a German cement maker is peddling paint-your-own pieces of the Berlin Wall.


REACH Targets Corrosion Chemicals

Nine chemicals, including one used to make coated galvanized steel and several used in anti-corrosion surface treatments, have joined the European Commission’s list of "substances of high co...


Lighter Bridge Stretches its Wings

A new UK bridge boasts the same advanced composite materials as those used in aircraft, allowing the structure to resist weather and last longer without maintenance coating.


Report: Road Paint Revenues to Climb

The need for safer roads will drive the traffic paints and coatings market in North America and Europe, boosting revenue 17 percent by 2020, according to a new report.


Disappearing Paint Gets Permanent Role

Vanishing spray paint, which became immensely popular during the World Cup in Brazil, will become a permanent fixture in the game it has forever changed: European football.


Coatings Power Up Valspar’s Q3

Buoyed by a double-digit bounce in coating sales in the third quarter, Valspar Corp. announced an improved 2014 forecast on Tuesday, forecasting nine percent sales growth for the year.


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.


Paint Packaging Made to Cut Waste

Taking a tip from toothpaste, an award-winning new spin on the 150-year-old paint can could slash both product and packaging waste, its designer says.


Paint-Saving Package Bags Award

A new paint container design that reduces both paint and packaging could help stanch the waste of millions of liters of unused paint each year in the UK, its designer says.


Construction Mega-Merger Runs Aground

The ink was barely dry on a $5 billion proposal to merge two global construction giants when one called the deal off.


UK Construction Giant Nixes Merger

Balfour Beatty has shut down merger talks with Carillion only one week after announcing the possible £3 billion ($5 billion USD) deal, citing disagreement over the terms.


Global Protective Coatings Surge Seen

Riding a wave of "remarkable growth,” the global protective coatings market is in for some boom years, boosted by spiking end-user demand and a push for environmentally friendly products, a ...


Corrosion Salaries Head Up and Down

North American corrosion professionals are significantly outearning their European counterparts, according to a new survey by NACE International.


A New Look at Coatings News from EMEA

UK refineries, Middle East coatings, and the professional perils of arrogance top the new issue of JPCL Europe, a publication for protective and marine coatings professionals in Europ...


Scotland Touts Steel Steeds

Standing nearly 100 feet tall and weighing 300 tons a piece, “The Kelpies” are one of the largest equine sculptures in the world and are the largest public artworks in Scotland.


Steel Horses Stun in Scotland

Two colossal steel horse sculptures, each 30 meters tall and weighing 300 tons, are standing guard over the new Forth & Clyde Canal extension at the Helix in Falkirk, Scotland.


PPG’s Earnings Streak Continues in Q2

PPG Industries says a strong European market, coupled with healthy results in all major markets, helped the coatings giant secure a second quarter sales gain and "all-time" record quarterly ...


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 ...


Statue to Live with its Unkind Cut

The bronze King of the Beasts that has stood sentry outside Spain’s Parliament for more than a century will remain anatomically incorrect.


UK Service Reclaims its Rusty Roots

The UK's National Physical Laboratory has decided to let corrosion be corrosion, rebranding its materials management arm simply as the National Corrosion Service (NCS).


Spain Denies Lion New Loins

Worried about corrosion, Spanish officials have sacked a petition to add testicles to a bronze lion statue in front of the country's Parliament building in Madrid.


3D Printing Takes a Steely Turn

Looking for that structural steel component? Check the printer. A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the...


Locals Gallop to Landmark’s Aid

It takes a village to paint a horse—especially when that critter blankets nearly two acres of a remote hillside.


3-D Printed Steel: ‘Whole New Direction’

A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and ...


A Landmark Trots Out the White Stuff

So the old gray mare maybe ain’t what she used to be—but thanks to a 220-gallon facelift, she ain’t half bad.


A Call to Grow Better, Not Just Bigger

All of the advanced materials and energy efficiencies on Earth will help little if they are fed to a development model simply that consumes more and more, some experts are warning.


European Coatings to See Little Growth

The long-struggling Western European paint and coatings market should hold its ground in the short term, but annual growth will average no more than 2.2 percent for the next five years, acco...


Grappling with Growth by the Gigaton

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


Germ Resistance Suffers Sweaty Defeat

Human perspiration can quickly cause enough corrosion of brass objects in schools and hospitals to render them powerless against some bacteria, scientists in the UK have found.


Vanishing Spray Paint is a Real Kick

Armed with an arsenal of aerosol, World Cup referees have a new trick up their sleeves to stave off a sneaky soccer move.


Global Industrial Painter Training Set

SSPC has thrown its weight behind a leading UK painting and blasting training curriculum as part of an effort to expand the program worldwide.


Pipeline Corrosion Firm Sold for $116M

Global HSE concern Halma plc has acquired California-based Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS), the leading U.S. corrosion monitoring firm, the companies have announced.


Smart Coating Could Clean Oil Spills

A new coating that instantly separates oil from water offers significant promise in cleaning up major oil spills and reducing the massive water demands of fracking, researchers say.


Report Ranks Green Building Nations

Canada, China and India have nailed the top three spots in a new ranking of the top 10 countries outside the U.S. that are embracing the LEED movement.


A Coating Cure for the Car-Wash Blues?

If you’ve resisted buying a white car for fear it would show too much dirt, fear no more.


Scientists Milk Dairy to Repel Flames

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


AkzoNobel Opens Year With Sales Gains

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...


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...


Turbine Coating Made to Fight Ice

Global wind energy provider Gamesa has introduced a new protective coating designed to prevent icing and withstand wear on turbine blades.


Spraying on a Longer Engine Life

Scientists in Sweden are working on a new sprayable coating that can protect an aircraft's engine far longer than current methods.


Fashioning a Fix for Medieval Bridge

Bridges are the new black in Italy, where fashion-funded infrastructure projects are becoming a more common, if not controversial, way to boost cash-strapped public funds.


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

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


EPA Lifts BP Contract Suspension

Nearly four years after 11 oil-rig workers perished in BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, the British oil giant is fully back in business with the U.S. government...


New Leaders for RCMA, BCF, ASA

Industry veterans have been tapped to lead the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, the British Coatings Federation, and the American Subcontractors Association.


Crossrail Worker Killed by Concrete

Europe’s largest construction project has been marred by its first worker fatality, after a contractor died Friday (March 7) when he was struck by a piece of concrete.


Outside U.S., Industrial Coatings Grow

While the North American industrial coatings market plods along, the market worldwide has taken a leap forward, with sizable new investments by Axalta Coating Systems and AkzoNobel.


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.


Asia to Anchor Global Coatings Surge

Riding a 50 percent increase in coatings consumption in the last five years, the Asia-Pacific region will remain the main engine for that growing global market in the next five, a new report...


‘Energy Bunker’ Rises from Nazi Roots

Combining a dark page from Germany’s past with the energy of the future, a German developer has transformed a World War II air-raid bunker into a cutting-edge energy facility.


Powerful 2nd Act for Nazi Bunker

Seventy years after its service to Germany's Third Reich, an air-raid bunker in Hamburg has morphed into an energy plant serving thousands of homes.


AkzoNobel Sees Losses in 2013

AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner warned that 2013 would be a tough year for the Dutch coatings giant, and he was right.


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.


EU Opens Multinational Biofouling Push

Eco-friendly marine coatings that leave slime behind are the focus of a new multimillion-dollar European Commission initiative spearheaded by AkzoNobel and the Dutch Polymer Institute.


Paint Sales Outpace UK Economy

Robust coatings sales in the UK outperformed that nation’s overall economy in the fourth quarter of 2013, the British Coatings Federation has announced.


The White Stuff: Cars Stay in Neutral

Forget red. What is black and white all over? Answer: The global automotive coatings industry—which may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


Thermal Paint Pops Out Icy Warning

Dangerously icy roads in Austria have officials experimenting with painted signs that appear only when the temperature plummets.


On the Road, White Flexes its Might

The automotive coatings industry may be the only place where people see black and white through rose-colored glasses.


Suppliers Lend Hand for UK Hearts

Members of the British Coatings Federation are donating red paint to transform obsolete phone booths across the UK into life-saving defibrillator stations.


Titanic’s Home Faces Future with Hope

An 11-acre portrait of a young girl, created from sand and soil, has briefly transformed the birthplace of the doomed RMS Titanic into a message of hope for the future.


Zapping a Safer Nanocoating

“Serious health and safety concerns” over nanoparticles in the newest paints and coatings is driving innovative European technology to make those products safer and less environmentally dama...


UK Backtracking on Chemical Ban

European officials want to lift a ban on professional use of a toxic paint-stripper chemical, less than two years after the European Union largely restricted its use outside of industrial ap...


Spray-on Coating Lights Up the Road

A UK company has rolled out a spray-applied aggregate surfacing that reportedly absorbs and stores UV energy during the day to illuminate roads and pathways at night.


PPG Rockets and Rolls in 3rd Quarter

PPG Industries’ aerospace and automotive OEM coatings businesses took a bow Thursday (Oct. 17) as the company reported a 17 percent spike in net sales and record adjusted earnings in its thi...


British Coatings Group Taps New Leader

UK paint, coating and wallcovering manufacturers have chosen a new president from the pigments and printing inks industry.


UK Coatings Federation Names President

Sun Chemical managing director Nick Smith has been appointed president of the British Coatings Federation (BCF)—the association's first leader from the printing inks industry since 1998.


AkzoNobel Plans Global Restructuring

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


AkzoNobel to Restructure Deco Unit

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


PPG Expanding in Russia, Greece

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


Adhesive Mixer Death Draws $200K Fine

Calling the gruesome death of a temporary worker “completely preventable,” California authorities have slapped a leading industrial adhesives maker with a list of safety citations and a $200...


Elcometer to Increase UK Production

Six years after doubling its UK manufacturing space, Elcometer has announced another expansion.


AkzoNobel Plans New Wave of Downsizing

AkzoNobel continues to shrink its European footprint, with a new plan to close more than half of its German offices in the wake of recent divestments.


Offshore Workers Target Troubled Copter

Tens of thousands of offshore inspectors, technicians and other professionals are seeking to ground a transport helicopter that has been involved in five major incidents in four years, inclu...


AkzoNobel to Shutter Dutch Plant

AkzoNobel will phase out a chemical plant in the Netherlands as the paint and coating maker's markets shift from Europe to Asia and North America, the company announced Friday (Aug. 30).


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...


DuPont to Pay $72M in Price-Fixing Case

DuPont, the world’s largest producer of titanium dioxide, has agreed to pay $72 million in cash to settle allegations by several paint companies that it fixed prices for the common paint pig...


Painting a Solution to Eagle Deaths?

Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy is undertaking a major research effort to see if strategic painting of wind turbines can help reduce one of the industry’s toughest problems: p...


AkzoNobel to Sell Off Adhesives Unit

AkzoNobel’s Decorative Paints business will shrink yet again, as the company has announced plans to sell its Building Adhesives business to specialty chemical provider Sika AG for €260 milli...


Akzo to Shed Building Unit for $348M

AkzoNobel’s global corporate diet continues, as the company has announced the sell-off of its Building Adhesives business to Swiss construction products giant Sika AG.


Valspar Says ‘Ciao, Europa’

U.S.-based Valspar Corp. is now a player in the European industrial coatings market, with its newly completed acquisition of an Italian company.


2013 Corrosion Salaries Set Records

Call it a rust-to-riches story. Corrosion careers are paying better than ever, with record-high average annual salaries for professionals in the United States, Canada and the European Union,...


Report: Coatings Need Novel Solutions

Developing new technology for harsh environments will be key in the future of the protective and marine markets in North America and Europe, new research says.


New eBook Covers Specialty Coatings

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying specialty function coatings, such as anti-graffiti, fire-resistant and heat-resistant coatings, is the focus of two new eBooks published by ...


UK Ship Company Fined for Paint Waste

A ship repair company in the United Kingdom was fined after it released toxic waste paint into a protected environmental area, the local government announced.


AkzoNobel Logs Dismal Quarter

With revenues and volumes decreasing across all segments, AkzoNobel’s second quarter report echoed trends from the coating manufacturer’s dim first quarter and renewed a call for restructuri...


Smog-Battling Concrete Gains Support

Titanium dioxide-laced concrete could help cut down air pollution when incorporated into roads, lab and field tests in the Netherlands have concluded.


Asia Boom Seen for Marine Coatings

Global growth in shipping and the offshore industry, aided by new coating advances, are poised to kickstart the Asia-Pacific marine coatings market in the years ahead, a new forecast reports...


70% Surge Seen in Building Worldwide

Massive-scale homebuilding in India and China will drive skyrocketing construction activity worldwide over the next decade, according to a new forecast.


Global Construction Hot to Top $15T

China, the United States and India are set to lead “meteoric” global construction growth that will reach $15 trillion in value by the year 2025, a new study reports.


Coating eBooks Cover Railcar, Pipelines

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for railcars and transmission pipeline is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings


Bredero Shaw Snags $30M Pipe Deal

ShawCor Ltd. has announced a $30 million contract between its pipe coating division, Bredero Shaw, and Statoil Norway to provide coatings for the Edvard Grieg Oil and Utsira High Gas pipelin...


Graffiti Defaces 4,000-Year-Old Marker

UK preservationists and paint specialists are working to remove graffiti newly spray-painted on a Bronze Age-era national archaeological site in Wales.


AkzoNobel Dims Decorative in Germany

AkzoNobel's Decorative Paints business continues its crash diet, with a newly announced plan to shed its German paint stores immediately after selling off its North American unit.


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...


New eBooks Guide Plant Coatings

Free technical guidance on coatings for power and wastewater plants is the focus of two new eBooks published by JPCL.


Corrosion, Overloaded Cargo Sank Ship

Corrosion and a significantly weakened structure contributed to a sinking cargo ship that saw the loss of six lives, according to an investigation report published on Wednesday (June 12).


PPG’s Polish Plant Starts Production

PPG Industries recently announced it started manufacturing protective and marine coatings at its facility in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland.


Inflatable Concrete Simplifies Shelter

Need sturdy shelter fast? Then a concrete building in a bag might be for you. Just add air and water!


Sour Grapes and Solar Panels

Trade wars, like politics, make strange bedfellows. And so it is that a fine and costly whine has erupted between the European Union and China over—sacré bleu!—solar panels and bottles of bu...


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...


Valspar Makes European Industrial Push

The $6 billion European industrial coatings market is getting a new player from across the pond.


New Name Caps Cytec Resins Transition

So long, Cytec; hello, Allnex.


Cytec Coatings Unit Gains New Identity

Two months after becoming an independent company, Cytec Industries’ old coating resins business officially has a new name: Allnex.


Plane’s Paint Called Plain Plagiarism

Finland’s largest airline will strip a new paint scheme from one of its aircraft after the designer admitted copying the work from a Ukrainian folk artist.


Report: Construction Disputes Lengthen

Construction disputes around the world are taking longer and longer to resolve, with increasing project complexity and multinational projects complicating resolutions, a new study reports.


‘Stupid,’ ‘Bizarre’ Lines Draw Laughs

It was both confusing and amusing when a contractor in a UK town painted double yellow lines in an alleyway, leaving only 13 inches of space between them. But the fix was what really set peo...


Corrosion Takes Center Stage at NATO

The U.S. military has teamed up with its European counterparts in what is rapidly becoming a worldwide effort to combat corrosion.


Jotun to Eliminate Lead Chromates

Global coatings manufacturer Jotun will phase out lead chromates in 2014 and invest more resources to produce safer, more environmentally responsible paints and coatings.


PPG Opens 2013 on a Flat Note

Cooling off after a record earnings year, PPG Industries’ sales remained static for the first quarter of 2013, with weak European markets taking the brunt of the blame.


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.


Gild Trip: Fancy Feast is a Spray Away

The goose that laid the golden egg didn't have to die, as it turns out.


Castolin Acquires Monitor Coatings

Veteran European protective coatings maker Castolin Eutectic has acquired the Monitor Coatings Group, a UK-based provider of coatings for surface engineering in harsh environments.


Cytec Sells Off Coatings Resins Unit

Cytec’s longtime coating resins business is now an independent company, yet to be named, after being sold to a global private equity firm.


New Coating eBooks Focus on Oil and Gas

Technical guidance on coatings for chemical and petrochemical plants and offshore platforms are the focus of two new, free eBooks published by JPCL.


Rail Work Brakes for Plague Skeletons

Construction workers try to avoid project glitches like the plague. But what if the actual plague is the cause of the glitch?


New eBook Offers Marine Coating Advice

Free technical guidance on selecting coatings for marine applications is the focus of a new eBook published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings.


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.


Protective Coating Skips Pretreatment

Researchers in Spain have developed a coating that reportedly offers enhanced corrosion protection to steel and other metals while eliminating the need for pretreatment.


Fish Sperm Holds Hot Coating Potential

DNA extracted from—believe it or not—the sperm of herring may unlock a new bio-future for flame-retardant coatings, according to novel research being conducted by Italian researchers.


1 Injured in Explosion at BASF Site

An explosion at BASF’s plant construction site in Germany has injured one worker, the giant chemical manufacturer said on Tuesday (Feb. 26).


Printing a Building: Out of this World

How do you construct a building on the moon? With the push of a remarkable button, if a new European research consortium is correct.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


Spencer Coatings Flexes New Dominance

Spencer Coatings Ltd. has become the largest independent and British-owned industrial coatings manufacturer in the UK with its recent acquisition of Stokes Paints, the company says.


 
 
   

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