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WJTA Expo to Feature Educational Sessions, Demos

The Waterjet Technology Association and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association will be hosting their annual conference Nov. 10-13 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Offerin...


India Project Tunnel Borer Damaged

Since the tail-end of August, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation personnel have been working on the East-West Metro in Bowbazar, India, where a tunnel-boring machine reportedly struck an aquifer...


AkzoNobel Provides Coatings for China Icebreaker

Toward the end of last month, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced that the company had provided coatings for China’s first domestically built polar icebreaker, known as Xue Long...


Report: Russia Nuclear Reactor Explosion Likely

A few weeks after the explosion at a Russian weapons testing site resulted in a temporary spike of radioactive materials in the atmosphere, new details on the incident point to the likelihoo...


PPG to Invest $15M in Singapore Aerospace Center

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced late last week that the company would be investing $15 million in its application support center in Seletar Aerospace Park, located near the ...


Nouryon Acquires Major TEAL Producer

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Zhejiang Friend Chemical Co.—reportedly the largest Chinese producer of triethyl aluminum (TEA...


India Government Approves Hyperloop Project

The government of Maharashtra, located in India, recently announced that the development of a hyperloop is as a public infrastructure project, and has named Virgin Hyperloop One has one of t...


Deadline Nears for Structure Award Nominations

The nomination deadline is nearing for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2020 Structure Awards. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon of the SSPC Coatings+ 2020 Conference...


Research: Mango Leaf Extract Prevents Ship Corrosion

Indian researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, have developed a way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound...


Graphene to Protect Chinese Military Infrastructure

Researchers in China are working on the development of a new protective coating intended for military weapons and infrastructure that’s been installed on artificial islands in the South Chin...


PPG Reports Decrease in Q2 Net Sales

In its latest earnings report, global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported a 3% decrease in net sales over this time last year, totaling $4 billion. The company reportedly ...


US Coatings Company Names Russia Represenative

Protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) recently announced in an emailed press release that BM Technologies LLC (St. Petersburg, Russia) would be its rep...


AkzoNobel Announces Production Boost in China

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) recently announced plans to add three new production lines to its powder coatings plant in Changzhou, China, which is the company’s largest faci...


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Thieves Steal Rail Bridge, Investigation Launched

Mind the gap: A decommissioned rail bridge, located in the Arctic region of Murmansk, in Russia, was stolen, according to reports. A criminal investigation has since been launched.


Jotun Announces Agreement with Shipbuilder

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord, Norway) announced earlier this month signing an agreement with Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbu...


China Rolls Out New Train Prototype

Magnetic levitation technology—also known as maglev—is the spine of new high-speed rail research in China, according to reports. The train prototype was released off the assembly line earlie...


Covestro Delivers Resin for China Turbine Blades

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro recently announced the delivery of its first commercial order of polyurethane raw materials designed for wind blades to China, one of the le...


Research: Membrane Removes Pharmaceuticals from Water

To remedy wastewater treatment plants’ inability to completely remove pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) from the water supply, researchers based out of Northeast Normal Univ...


AkzoNobel Announces Dry-Docking Tool

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced the launch of a new digital tool that can facilitate dry-docking efficiency for ship owners.


Snowflake Design Revealed for China Airport

Beijing-based architecture firm MAD Architects has released renderings for Harbin Taiping International Airport’s Terminal 3 project in Northern China, evoking the region’s landscape of snow...


Biocide-Free Antifouling Used on Cruise Ship

Nippon Paint Marine recently announced the successful application of Aquaterras, a biocide free, self-polishing antifoulant, to AIDA Cruises’ 38,531gt cruise vessel, AIDAcara. The decision t...


SSPC Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching

The abstract submission deadline for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2020 Coatings+ conference is quickly approaching.


Concrete Canoe Teams for National Event Announced

The Florida Institute of Technology is to host the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition early next month, and schools from across the globe are showing up...


Report: Joint Strike Fighters Susceptible to Corrosion

Recently, in a report obtained by ABC, Australian defense officials have been advised to consider round-the-clock dehumidification systems at the Williamtown RAAF base to avoid corrosion ris...


SSPC, NACE Leadership Discuss Unified Efforts

On March 18, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, and NACE International announced that both organizations were discussing possible “synergistic opportunities” between the two. Last we...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Sales Increase

Coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its first-quarter financial report for 2019 on Tuesday (April 23), indicating a 1.9 percent--$75.9 million—consolidated sales...


PPG Reports Decrease in Q1 Net Sales

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported a 4 percent decrease in net sales for its first quarter, while also reporting the completion of the acquisition of automotive co...


'Paint the Future' Startups Shortlist Announced

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced last week the 21 companies that had been shortlisted for its Paint the Future challenge, a new initiative to partner with startup comp...


Newsletter Schedule Alert: Friday, April 19

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Friday, April 19, in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.


Hong Kong Plans $79B Artificial Island

The Hong Kong government has recently announced its plans to build what will be one of the world’s largest artificial islands.The Lantau Vision Tomorrow scheme is slated to ease the territor...


RPM Reports Record Sales in Q3

RPM International Inc. (Medina, OH), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, reported a 3.4 percent increase in its third-quarter net sales. The compan...


Floating Solar Plant Approved in Sri Lanka

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


Norway Unveils World's Tallest Timber Tower

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has confirmed that Mjøstårnet by Voll Arkitekter in Brumunddal, Norway is the world’s tallest timber building upon its completion this month.


Glass Facade Outlines Paris Restoration

Almost 8 years after architecture firm SANAA (Tokyo, Japan) released its renderings for the redesign of la Samaritaine (Paris, France), a completion date is finally in sight.


Research Adds New Dimension to Concrete

Alan Richardson, Chairman of the UK Concrete Society and Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Construction Engineering Department at Northumbria University (Newcastle, England), is work...


Russian Ship Hits South Korean Bridge

Late last month, a Russian captain reportedly ran a ship into the £500 billion Gwangan Bridge, located in Busan, South Korea, the country’s second longest. No injuries were reported, though ...


CFTs Provide Corrosive-Free Aircraft

Those stationed at the U.S. Kadena Air Base (Okinawa, Japan) recently enlisted the help of contracted field teams to service its aircraft fleet, primarily targeting corrosion brought on by t...


Free Webinar: Surface Preparation Equipment

Making informed decisions regarding surface preparation equipment—when to buy, rent or lease, and when to choose a distributor over a manufacturer, as examples—is the topic of PaintSquare’s ...


Google Announces Solar Project in Taiwan

Tech giant Google recently announced plans to move forward with a new renewable energy project: Solar panels that will be situated on top of fishing ponds in Taiwan, amounting to a 10-megawa...


Webinar Eyes Attributes in Coating Purchasing

Core concerns regarding coating system purchasing—including coating system attributes, ease of use, availability and others—is the topic of discussion in PaintSquare’s upcoming webinar “Coat...


AkzoNobel Releases Q4, 2018 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its fourth-quarter and end-of-year financial reports Wednesday (Feb. 13), indicating a 1 percent increase in revenue for Q4, and a...


ASTM Announces New Test Method for Corrosion

Late last month, ASTM International announced a new test method, to be published as D8243, that can help detect corrosion-inducing bacteria in water, which allows for faster remediation and ...


Work Progresses on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Raw laying of pipe for the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will run natural gas from Russia to Germany is slated for completion in the middle of this year, and the first line wil...


Longest 3D-Printed Concrete Pedestrian Bridge Finished

Earlier this month, the world’s longest 3D-printed concrete pedestrian bridge was completed in Shanghai’s Wisdom Bay Industrial Park, a project designed and developed by Professor Xu Weiguo,...


PPG Reports Sales Growth in Q4, 2018

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported, in a press release Thursday (Jan. 17), a 2 percent increase in constant currencies in fourth-quarter net sales, compared with t...


Anticorrosion Coatings to Protect Natural Gas Facility

United Kingdom-based anticorrosion coating manufacturer Greenkote PLC recently announced that Chinese licensee Shanghai Premier Tension Control Bolts Co. Ltd. won a contract to supply 1,200 ...


Consortium Uses Graphene in Leading Edge Development

The Graphene Flagship consortium, in partnership with Aernnova, Grupo Antolin-Ingenieria and Airbus, recently used composites enhanced with graphene in the development of a leading edge for ...


Jotun, Kansai Paint Extend Coatings Alliance

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


Nissan Develops Tool to UV Test Paint Durability

In a bid to accelerate UV exposure testing of paint samples, auto manufacturer Nissan developed the Xenon Weather-Ometer, a tool that evaluates durability in different climate conditions.


Schedule Alert: Year-End, 2019 Look

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare Daily News and Durability + DesignNews, is expanding its coverage of the coatings industry.


Often Overlooked: Safety in Abrasive Blasting

Following the proper safety guidelines when working with abrasive blasting can both prevent injury and long-term illness.


Researchers Create New Method for Nanofiber

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


JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Open

For the second consecutive year, readers will determine the year’s best offerings from the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, as voting is now open for the JPCL Readers’ Choi...


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


PPG Announces Investment in China Facility

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


PPG Announces TiO2 Deal Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27) that it has expanded a multi-year titanium-dioxide supply agreement with pigment manufacturer Lomon Billions.


Free Webinar to Investigate Coating Failure

Using premature coating failure on a security barrier at an electrical power station as a case study, PaintSquare’s upcoming webinar (Dec. 5) will take a look at the customary steps for cond...


Delhi's New Bridge Attracts Dangerous Behavior

New Delhi’s newest piece of infrastructure, the 675-meter-long (2,214-foot-long) Signature Bridge, opened earlier this month, is already attracting dangerous behavior from tourists: In just ...


Free Webinar Explores Coating Failures

Coating failure and an examination of the coating failure inspection process, along with taking a look at a case study involving a natural gas compressor, are the topics of the day in PaintS...


Nippon Paint Collabs to Launch Coil Coatings Center

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


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

In mid-October, the American Concrete Institute announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte i...


PPG to Expand Aerocoatings Training

In a move to meet customer demand for further education, global coatings supplier PPG announced early last week that it will be offering more aerocoatings training by increasing the number o...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Steady Sales Increases

Consolidated net sales were up in the third quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland), a 5 percent increase over the same quarter in 2017, totaling $4.73 billion. The upti...


World's Longest Sea-Crossing Bridge Opens

After nine years of construction, the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, connecting Hong Kong and Macao to China’s mainland, is set to open on Tuesday (Oct. 23), marked by a ceremony to be...


PPG Financials Indicate Slight Increase in Sales

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries announced in its third-quarter financial report Thursday an increase in net sales, with sales volumes remaining flat and volume growth offset by lower...


Tank of the Year Voting Deadline Nears

The deadline is nearing to vote for Tnemec Company Inc.'s Tank of the Year contest, an annual competition honoring innovative and creative uses of the company's products on water tank projec...


SSPC to Meet on High-Temperature Coatings

Miles Buckhurst, Global Concept Director for Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun, will discuss selecting coatings for high-temperature environments at an evening meeting put tog...


Polymer Strengthens Itself Using Carbon

Taking a cue from plants, chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a new polymer that reacts with carbon dioxide drawn from the air, allowing the ...


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...


Tank of the Year Voting Opens

Voting has opened for Tnemec Company Inc.’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


New Issue of PaintSquare Press, Prestige Voting

With the fall issue of PaintSquare Press on its way, readers only have a week left to make their voices heard for the Top Products section of the PaintSquare Prestige Awards.


RPM Reports Sales Up, Income Down in Q1

RPM International Inc., a holding company whose subsidiaries include industrial coatings suppliers Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, achieved a sales increase but a drop in net income in the f...


RPM Issues Q1 Report

RPM International Inc., a holding company whose subsidiaries include industrial coatings suppliers Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, achieved a sales increase but a drop in net income in the f...


Webinar Investigates Technology for CUI Service

The details of how and why multipolymeric matrix paints perform at a level above and beyond earlier coating technologies for the mitigation of corrosion under insulation is the topic of Pain...


Dow to Up Silicone Capacity

The Dow Chemical Company, a subsidiary of DowDuPont, will be increasing its silicone production capacity in the coming years, with new facilities in the U.S. and China aimed at meeting what ...


AkzoNobel Closes Specialty Chemicals Sale

Concluding a year-and-a-half long process, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of the sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and Sin...


Awards Voting Continues

As announced last week, voting in the Top Products section of the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, honoring the people and products that make the protective, marine and industrial coat...


Research Changes Views on Stress Corrosion Cracking

A team of researchers from Arizona State University has turned the idea of stress corrosion cracking on its head, showing in a new study that corrosion and stress needn’t be present simultan...


Airline Spells Its Own Name Wrong on Plane

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when the picture captures only two words, you want them both to be spelled correctly. For Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, a photo of...


Voting Begins for Industry Awards

The fall issue of PaintSquare Press is on its way to readers this week, and with it comes the opening of voting in the Top Products section of the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, hono...


Q&A: Graphene for Corrosion Protection

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


Market and Labs Rife with Antifouling News

With some biocides, like tributyltin, long banned in marine coatings and others subject to public scrutiny in recent years, the race to find effective antifouling agents without biocides has...


Hemp-Reinforced Concrete Formula Olympics-Bound

A Canadian firm that has been at work for years on concrete fortified with hemp fibers says it has refined its product after early experimentation, and its NForce-Fiber product is set for us...


US Introduces Exemption Process for Steel Quotas

An executive order signed last week by President Donald J. Trump allows for the possibility of specific exemptions from quotas placed on some countries to limit their exports of steel and al...


Tronox-Cristal TiO2 Deal Advances in EU

The European Commission has approved a divestiture meant to pave the way for the acquisition of titanium dioxide supplier Cristal by Tronox Limited, a deal that still requires approval in th...


PPG to Build New R&D Center in China

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


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in tuition funding to indvidiual SSPC members and their chil...


Concrete Blocks Used for Power Storage

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


Concrete Blocks Eyed as Power-Storage Solution

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


Graphene Proposed to Cut Pipeline Corrosion

Researchers based out of the University of Manchester and TWI Ltd. recently developed a way to incorporate graphene into a polymer liner that can extend the lifespan of marine pipelines.


Deadline Approaches for SSPC Structure Awards

The deadline is quickly approaching for submissions to the Structure Awards, the program honoring excellent work on protective coatings projects presented annually by SSPC: The Society for P...


SSPC Structure Awards Deadline Nears

The deadline is quickly approaching for submissions to the Structure Awards, the program honoring excellent work on protective coatings projects presented annually by SSPC: The Society for P...


Evonik Pairs with Wynca for Fumed Silica

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


Evonik Forms Fumed-Silica JV

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


Senator Questions United States' Tariff Process

The United States’ tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum are garnering criticism not only from many of the countries that have been subjected to the duties, but from members of U.S. Congress...


New Steel to Double Pipeline Service Life

In response to the demands of Russian oil fields and difficult accessibility, researchers based out of the National University of Science and Technology MISiS created a new steel grade calle...


Senator Questions 'Arbitrary' Tariff Process

The United States’ tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum are garnering criticism not only from many of the countries that have been subjected to the duties, but from members of U.S. Congress...


Bridge Held Up by Giant Hands

Tourists visiting the mountains of Da Nang, Vietnam, will be uplifted by the Golden Bridge, a structure that takes the shape of two hands supporting a 150-meter-long (492-foot-long) golden s...


Industry Awards Deadline Friday

The final deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is this Friday, July 27; there will be no further extension, so individuals and companies are encouraged to s...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Record Sales in Q2

Sales were up in the second quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company, which reported consolidated net sales of $4.77 billion in its quarterly report, issued Tuesday, attributing the ...


Corrosion Officially Blamed for Mumbai Bridge Collapse

An inquiry ordered after the collapse of a rail bridge at Mumbai’s Andheri station on July 3 has yielded initial results, with corrosion of steel brackets and the presence of additional weig...


PPG Reports Sales, Volume Growth in Q2

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries reported increased net sales and sales volumes in its 2018 second-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, noting that a new restructuring program,...


RPM Fourth-Quarter, Year-End Numbers Mixed

Holding company RPM International Inc., parent of paints and coatings companies including Carboline, Tremco and Rust-Oleum, reported record sales but a dip in net income in the fourth quarte...


Sales, Volume Growth Up for PPG in Q2

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries released its second-quarter financial report Thursday, indicating increased net sales and sales volumes, noting that a new restructuring program, whic...


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Dip in Q2

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel released its second-quarter financial report yesterday, noting revenues 3 percent lower than originally forecast, owing largely to difficulties in the Marine a...


Coatings Luminary Clive Hare Dies at Age 76

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


Revenue Down for AkzoNobel in Q2

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel published the financial report for its second quarter yesterday, reporting revenue 3 percent lower than originally forecast, which can be attributed to...


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

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


Tariff Exemption Rulings Mixed for Oil and Gas

The Department of Commerce has issued some of its first decisions on oil and gas companies’ requests for exemptions from the new U.S. steel tariffs, with a major pipeline firm losing its bid...


Nominations Close July 27

With the nomination deadline for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards now less than two weeks away, there’s still time to enter your favorite product, innovation or industry figure to b...


SGS, Baker Hughes Partner on Corrosion

Global inspection company SGS announced last week a strategic alliance agreement with oil and gas firm Baker Hughes on a new real-time software- and sensor-based corrosion detection solution...


IPPIC to Present to Marine Industry on Fouling

The International Paint and Printing Ink Council announced last week that it will work with the World Ocean Council to co-present a special session on biofouling at the 2018 Sustainable Ocea...


RPM Announces Leadership Changes

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


Tronox-Cristal Deal Approved by EC

The European Commission recently approved Tronox Limited’s acquisition of the Cristal titanium dioxide pigment business, even though the original deal closure date was anticipated by the fir...


EC Approves Tronox-Cristal Deal

The European Commission recently approved Tronox Limited’s acquisition of the Cristal titanium dioxide pigment business, even though the original deal closure date was anticipated by the fir...


Airbus Gets a Whale of a Paint Job

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


EU Authorizes Steel Anti-Dumping Measures

The European Union voted Thursday to approve a combination of quotas and tariffs on steel products to offset a feared influx of “dumped” steel after the United States placed its own tariffs ...


Corrosion Questioned in Mumbai Bridge Collapse

A portion of a rail bridge collapsed at Mumbai’s Andheri station earlier this month, reportedly due to heavy rain, leaving five people injured and several thousand stranded. According to rep...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Wednesday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday in the United States.


PPG Wraps Probe of Accounting Practices

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) announced Thursday (June 28) that it has wrapped up an internal investigation of practices within its accounting department after unc...


Russian Official Proposes London-to-NYC Highway

There are road trips, and then there are road trips, but this one could beat them all: Head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin recently proposed a transport route that could theoretically ...


Covestro CSO Northcote Passes Away

Richard Northcote, chief sustainability officer for polymers giant Covestro, passed away at the age of 58, announced late last week.


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

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


US Issues First Steel Tariff Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its first round of exemptions to new steel and aluminum tariffs Wednesday, at the same time noting that it is investigating whether some companies i...


Prestige Awards Deadline Extended

If you missed the deadline to submit a nomination for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, you're in luck: Technology Publishing Co., publisher of the PaintSquare family of publication...


Tokyo Planning Solar Roads for Olympics

Four years after the first solar roadway was installed in the Netherlands, the technology is getting play in Tokyo, where it will be implemented ahead of the 2020 Olympics in a bid to show o...


SSPC Seeks Structure Awards Nominees

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now accepting nominations for its 2018-19 Structure Awards, to be presented at the 2019 Coatings+ Conference in February.


Researchers Develop Pipe Lining to Combat Hydrates

Researchers at Southwest Research Institute say they’ve developed a way to protect pipeline internals with a superhydrophobic coating that they believe will prevent the collection of hydrate...


Award Nominations Close Friday

The inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards will honor the protective, marine and industrial coatings industry’s top people, innovations and products later this year, and the first step toward...


PPG, DNV GL Ink Hull-Performance Deal

Global coatings firm PPG announced last week that it has entered into a partnership with Oslo-based global quality-assurance company DNV GL to further its study of hull performance and devel...


Huntsman to Build New Dubai PU Plant

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


Meet the Prestige Judges: David Boyd

The deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is approaching quickly, and this week PaintSquare Daily News profiles the last of the esteemed judges who wi...


Lab Looks at Vapor Corrosion on Atomic Scale

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


Rolls-Royce Details Program to Replace Engine Parts

To address corrosion defects on Trent 1000 Package C engines that have kept some Boeing 787 Dreamliners grounded, Rolls-Royce recently released a multipronged plan that includes an updated i...


Professor Touts Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to infrastructure that lasts, including bridge...


Researchers View Vapor Corrosion on Atomic Scale

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


Corrosion Found in Japan Nuclear Plants

Corrosion and connected damage were recently discovered in several ventilation ducts at 12 reactors at seven nuclear plants across Japan. This has provoked concerns over workers being expose...


US Imposes Duties on Vietnam Steel

The U.S. Department of Commerce ruled Monday that some steel products imported from Vietnam in recent years actually originated in China, diverted through the second country in order to circ...


Dubai Starts $107M Bridge Project

Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, recently revealed the beginning of construction of the $107....


US Lays Harsh Duties on Vietnam Steel

The U.S. Department of Commerce ruled Monday that some steel products imported from Vietnam in recent years actually originated in China, diverted through the second country in order to circ...


Work Starts on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Preparatory work for the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline recently started off the German coast, even though U.S. President Donald J. Trump has demanded that Germany drop the pipeline as...


India Bridge Collapse Kills 18

Officials are blaming weather for the collapse of an under-construction overpass bridge that killed at least 18 in Varanasi, India, Tuesday, but local police say they contacted the state-run...


Meet the Prestige Judges: Pete Ault

The nomination window for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards continues through June 15, and as applications flow in, PaintSquare Daily News is profiling each of the seven exper...


PPG Fires Controller Amid Accounting Investigation

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced Thursday that it has terminated its former vice president and controller after an internal investigation revealed improper accounting practices not...


UNStudio Design Accepted for Budapest Bridge

Dutch studio UNStudio was recently announced as the winner of a competition to design a multi-use bridge that is set to cross the Danube River in Budapest. The span will connect the Ujbuda a...


Webinar to Answer Equipment Questions

Surface preparation-related equipment—how it can help, how to use it and how to maintain safety during use—is the topic of a webinar to be broadcast Wednesday (May 16) by PaintSquare.


Meet the Prestige Judges: Robert Ikenberry

The early-bird deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is tomorrow, and as the nomination period continues, PaintSquare Daily News is giving readers a w...


Russia Unveils Floating Nuclear Plant

At the end of April, the world’s only floating nuclear power plant, created by Russia, started making its way toward Chukotka, a Russian Arctic port. There, the facility will provide power t...


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from a host of countries, including Canada and the European Union, have been delayed as the country continues negotiations that could head ...


Meet the Judges: Tony Serdenes

The early-bird deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, honoring the top people, products and innovations in the protective, marine and industrial coatings ind...


Material Costs, Lowe's Breakup Fuel PPG Job Cuts

Global coatings manufacturer PPG said Friday it will be cutting more than 1,000 jobs in a restructuring effort that comes in the wake of rising raw-material costs and the ouster of the compa...


AkzoNobel Approves New Board Chair

At its Annual General Meeting Thursday (April 26), global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel approved the appointment of Nils Andersen to its Supervisory Board in the role of chair, replacing A...


Engineers Tout Graphene-Laced Concrete

“Super” nanomaterial graphene has been touted in recent years for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engin...


PPG Gauges Sustainability in Yearly Report

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


Meet the Prestige Judges: Dudley Primeaux

With the early-bird deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards nearing, PaintSquare continues its series of introductions to the judges for the program, honoring ...


Perstorp Reports Sales Growth in 2017

Specialty chemicals company Perstorp AB (Malmo, Sweden) reported sales growth in its 2017 annual report, issued Friday (April 20), with its coatings segment representing a third of sales on ...


FAA Limits 787 Flights Over Corrosion Issue

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an airworthiness directive Tuesday placing limits on the flight of some Boeing 787 airplanes due to concerns about turbine corrosion, just hours be...


Meet the Prestige Judges: Don Schnell

As nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards roll in, PaintSquare will take the time over the next several weeks to introduce readers to the judges for the program, honoring ...


NACE Corrosion 2018 Underway

Corrosion 2018, this year’s conference and expo presented by NACE International, is underway in Phoenix, with plenty of coatings-related technical sessions and a slate of awards presented to...


Covestro Expedites CEO Succession

Polymers giant Covestro AG announced Friday that Markus Steilemann will take the helm as CEO of the company on June 1 as Patrick Thomas retires, months earlier than originally projected.


China University Develops Fire-Resistant Material

Researchers based out of the University of Science and Technology of China recently developed a new fire-retardant construction material capable of resisting flames, even those produced by s...


Safety Concerns Plague China Megaproject

As the completion of the massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge reportedly nears, leaders in Hong Kong are assuaging fears about the safety of the 34-mile-long bridge-tunnel.


PaintSquare Prestige Awards Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, a chance for the protective, marine and industrial coatings industry to recognize its most innovative and important pe...


Hempel Reports Stable Sales, Growth Plans

Global coatings company Hempel (Kongens Lyngby, Denmark) released its 2017 Annual Report Friday (April 6), touting stable sales and income numbers and a reduction in debt that it says positi...


RPM Sets Sales Record in Q3, Names New VP

Holding company RPM Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of coatings firms including Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, as well as consumer paints companies like Rust-Oleum, saw record sales and...


Bahrain Touts Its Largest Oil Discovery

Officials from Bahrain say the country has struck black gold in the form of a new oil field off the country's western coast that represents the biggest petroleum find in the country in decad...


Dardanelles Bridge Construction to Begin

The foundations of the towers for Turkey’s new 1915 Canakkale Bridge were laid last month, marking the beginning of construction of the world’s longest suspension bridge after 2.3 billion eu...


AkzoNobel to Sell Specialty Chemical Business

In the culmination of a process announced nearly a year ago, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Tuesday the 10.1 billion euro sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Ca...


PaintSquare Press: Industry at Work

The PaintSquare family of publications has grown, and copies of the inaugural issue of PaintSquare Press, the new quarterly print magazine from Technology Publishing Co., is on its way to re...


Painters Targeted in OSHA Hearing-Loss Bulletin

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new bulletin related to hearing loss, with special attention paid to ototoxicity, hearing loss brought on by chemical ex...


US Opens Steel Tariffs to Exclusions

Days before new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the U.S. go into effect, the Department of Commerce announced Monday how companies seeking to bring steel into the country without ...


New SSPC Guide Addresses Salts on New Steel

Detecting soluble salts on new and shop-coated steel is the topic of a new technology guide from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


UK Firm Buys PPG Metal Deco Ink Assets

Sun Chemical a member of the Japan-based DIC Group, announced last week that it has acquired a portion of the metal decorative ink business of PPG in a deal the financial terms of which have...


Fix for Corroded 787 Turbines Costs Millions

Rolls-Royce will spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years to fix corrosion-prone Trent 1000 engine turbines on more than 200 of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner models, according to ...


Trump Officially Institutes Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

A week after announcing he would institute new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, President Donald J. Trump acted on his promise Thursday (March 8), imposing new tariffs but exempting th...


Trump Officially Institutes Steel Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump, a week after announcing he would institute new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, acted on his promise Thursday (March 8), imposing new tariffs but exempting t...


SSPC Accepting Scholarship Applications

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now accepting applications for its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awards tuition money to SSPC members and their children.


Nippon Paint Allows Wuthelam Board Majority

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


GE Introduces Largest Offshore Turbine

GE Renewable Energy, a Paris-based division of General Electric, last week unveiled its Haliade-X, a 12-megawatt turbine for offshore wind facilities that boasts an industry-leading generato...


Sales Up for AkzoNobel as Separation Nears

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) reported positive volumes and earnings for 2017 in its fourth-quarter and year-end report, issued Thursday (March 8), as the company prepar...


Turbine Corrosion to Blame for 2016 Jet Incident

A 2016 incident that grounded a passenger jet in India has been blamed on the corrosion of an power turbine blade in the plane’s engine, according to a newly released investigation report.


Nippon Paint Allows Wuthelam Board Majority

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


SSPC Welcomes Malaysia, Brazil Chapters

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the approval of two new chapters, made official with votes at January’s SSPC 2018 conference.


AkzoNobel Names Andersen New Board Chair

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


US Announces Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump announced Thursday that he plans this week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the country, drawing praise from American steelmakers but stoking fe...


SSPC Issues Call for Abstracts

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has started accepting paper abstracts for its 2019 Coatings+ conference, which may cover topics across the protective and marine coatings industry.


New 'Cracking' Glass Bridge Opens in China

Some of us use haunted houses and roller coasters to get a thrill; in China, the current trend is to give yourself a scare by heading out on a glass bridge—and daredevils have another opport...


Tokyo Plans World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper

Tokyo will be home to the world’s tallest timber skyscraper by 2041, according to reports, which will also mark the 350th anniversary of Japanese developer Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd, the com...


Gas Leak Blamed for India Shipyard Blast

Officials are blaming a leak of acetylene for an explosion that killed five workers in the ballast tank of a ship last week at the Cochin Shipyard in Kerala, India.


Aviation Coatings Firm Permagard Expanding into Asia

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


Self-Healing Coating Inspired by Skin

A research team based out of the Harbin Institute of Technology, led by researcher Ming Yang, has designed a self-healing coating that is reminiscent of the human epidermis, but with the str...


Air-Purifying Tower Removes Pollutants

What has been dubbed the “world’s biggest air purifier” is making a positive impact on air quality and pollution, according to preliminary studies.


Firm Looks to Control Nippon Paints Board

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


'Solar Highway' Closes After Solar Panels Pilfered

A 6-foot solar panel was stolen earlier this month from China’s first photovoltaic highway. Those who committed the theft also damaged seven surrounding panels in the process.


Life-Sized Titanic Replica Under Construction

Billionaire Australian businessman Clive Palmer has his sights set on making the Titanic sail across the seas of the imagination once again, by building a full-scale $600 million replica tha...


Oil Tanker Ruptures, Catches Fire Off China

An oil tanker that was damaged in a collision Saturday in the East China Sea remained ablaze Tuesday amid rain and dangerous waves as speculation mounted as to the incident’s ultimate enviro...


Singapore Shipyard Fined for 2011 Blaster Fall

Years after two workers fell to their death on a jobsite, Singapore-based Jurong Shipyard was fined $173,000 (S$230,000). Reports indicate the cause lies in the equipment being used at the t...


Researchers: Nanotextured Steel Kills Bacteria

In response to increasing concerns over the adaptability of bacteria, researchers from Georgia Tech have been looking for a way to get past the microbe’s defenses. The result? The production...


Workshops, Sessions Color SSPC 2018 Technical Program

This year’s SSPC conference, to be held Jan. 15-18 in New Orleans, is set to shed light on topics from surface preparation to coating inspection, safety to leadership.


140 Firms and Groups to Grace Exhibit Floor

The exhibit floor at SSPC 2018 promises approximately 140 booths featuring information and demonstrations from exhibitors from every corner of the protective and marine coatings industry


World Bank to Stop Funding Oil, Gas in 2019

The World Bank has announced that it will no longer offer financial support for gas and oil exploration after 2019, citing a need to change with a rapidly changing world.


DIY Painter Hits the Road

Some commuters get annoyed when a crew is out painting markings on the road and holding up traffic; late last month, a man in one China city got annoyed with traffic and decided to paint som...


Bridge Job Includes China's Largest Concrete Pour

In the largest concrete pour in the history of the country, the construction of a pier base for a bridge in eastern China used a total of over 140,000 cubic feet of concrete, according to re...


AkzoNobel Spin-Off Gets Official Green Light

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


'Lazy' Tech Sentenced in Concrete Scandal

One of the 19 lab workers charged in relation to the falsification of concrete test results on a Hong Kong bridge megaproject was sentenced to eight months in jail Friday after pleading guil...


AkzoNobel Shareholders OK Split

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


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...


19 Charged in Concrete Testing Fraud

Nearly six months after Hong Kong authorities arrested 21 workers over the alleged falsification of concrete lab test results on the region’s biggest bridge-and-tunnel megaproject, officials...


China Center Becomes Crustacean Station

In a province in eastern China, a three-story structure in the shape of a crab acts as an homage to local industry, while also providing a space for ecological studies.


US Leads World in Oil and Gas Production

The International Energy Agency’s latest energy outlook indicates that the United States is taking the lead as the world’s largest oil and gas producer, with China filling the role of world’...


China Signs onto Alaska Gas Pipeline Plan

An agreement with state-owned corporations in China may revive a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska that had been all but abandoned as of a year ago.


China Glass Bridge Features Optical Illusions

A new glass bridge spanning the Yellow River in China provides more than just a river view: Parts are adorned with three-dimensional murals that are custom-made for selfies.


AkzoNobel, Axalta Confirm Merger Talks

Dutch coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) confirmed Monday (Oct. 30) that it is in discussions with Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) about a potential merger of equals that reports say...


Zinc Primer Made for Corrosion Protection

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched Hempadur Avantguard 860, an activated zinc primer that the company says protects against corrosion at the level of an inorganic zinc silicate...


Huntsman-Clariant Deal Scuttled

Chemical giants Huntsman Corporation and Clariant announced Friday that they will not continue to pursue their $20 billion merger plan, after receiving pressure from activist investors who e...


Roller Made for More Even Paint Coverage

The Wooster Brush Company recently expanded its Pro/Doo-Z FTP line with the addition of a 14-inch-by-3/4-inch nap roller that features controlled paint release and shed resistance.


Sun Storms May Cause Pipeline Corrosion

New research out of New Zealand supports the contention that solar storms may promote corrosion in pipelines with damaged coatings, and can negatively impact the electrical networks the glob...


Steelmaker Under Fire for Falsifications

One of Japan’s largest steelmakers is facing questions after recent reports revealed data on the strength of some of its aluminum, copper and steel products was falsified.


Product Line Expanded for Additional Strength

Rust-Oleum recently expanded its RockSolid floor coatings product line, which now includes coatings that are reportedly significantly stronger than traditional epoxies.


Polyurethanes Conference Draws 1,000 Attendees

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


Coatings Society Issues Call for Papers

For its 2018 Sink or Swim Symposium, the Cleveland Coatings Society has released a call for paper abstracts pertaining to coatings in a changing world.


Upcoming Conference Aims to Educate

The Waterjet Technology Association and Industrial & Municipal Cleaning Association will be hosting their annual conference Oct. 25-27 in New Orleans, at the Morial Convention Center, functi...


New Coating Cools When Exposed to Sunlight

An Israel-based firm SolCold says that it has developed a coating that keeps roofs cool with the help of an unexpected source: the sun.


Western Coatings Show Gears Toward Manufacturers

This year's Western Coatings Symposium began Sunday (Oct. 15) and continues through Oct. 18, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The biennial event aims to provi...


AkzoNobel Announces China Facility Expansion

Earlier this week, AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business announced that it is entering the next part of the expansion at its Ningo, China, organic peroxides facility.


Lexus Took 15 Years to Make Paint

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


Tank of the Year Voting Opens

Voting has opened for Tnemec Company Inc.’s Tank of the Year contest, a yearly competition that features innovative uses of the company’s coatings on water tank projects.


Research Reveals Benefits of Locally Made Concrete

In response to the decay of the U.S.’s concrete-based infrastructure, much of which has not been designed to accommodate modern-day stressors, researchers based out of the Massachusetts Inst...


Antifouling Coating Made for Vessels

With the release of the new, reduced-VOC version of 3400 Series of Cukote Self-Polishing Copolymer Antifouling Bottom Paint, nautical coating company Sea Hawk Paints has created a coating th...


SSPC 2018 Registration Open

Registration is now open for SSPC 2018 featuring Greencoat, to be held Jan. 15-18 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.


RPM Reports Record Sales in Q1

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of industrial coatings companies including Carboline, Tremco and Illbruck, reported record sales and net income in the first quarter of ...


New System Aims to Protect Garage Doors

Beckers Group, a manufacturer specializing in coil, industrial and consumer coatings, recently released a new system designed specifically for the protection of garage doors.


Researchers Eye Crude and Corrosion

Researchers at a Stanford University lab are working on a method of analyzing crude oil for sulfur content in hopes of more easily determining corrosion risks to surfaces in contact with the...


Alkyd Coatings Made for Industrial Sector

Coating manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced an expansion to its Tufcote line of topcoats and primers, adding three new alkyd products designed for industria...


MIT Research Could Impact Spray Coatings

New research from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology team regarding droplet behavior could, the scientists say, have implications for how some coating spray application is performed.


Epoxy Primers Made for Anti-Corrosion

AkzoNobel has expanded its anti-corrosive primer offerings with Intergard 251HS and Intergard 2575, which are both high-build, low-VOC epoxies.


Tank of the Year Deadline Nears

The deadline is nearing for submissions to coating manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc.'s Tank of the Year contest, an annual competition honoring innovative and creative uses of the company's p...


Tata, ThyssenKrupp Announce Merger Plan

Two major global steelmakers announced Wednesday that they plan to combine their flat steel businesses into a joint venture unit that they say will ship 21 million tons of product each year.


Researchers Eye New Nanomaterial for Protective Coatings

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


AkzoNobel Announces De Vries as CFO

After an announcement earlier this month detailing changes in management, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) has named its new chief financial officer: Maarten de Vries.


A Contractor Talks Industrial Fireproofing

MJ Painting Contractor’s manager of sales and marketing, Pete Dandrea, spoke with PaintSquare News about some of the challenges and rewards of working with specialized coatings for fi...


Coating Made for Paint Booth Protection

To protect paint booth components, Global Finishing Systems recently released Booth Shield, a peelable protective coating that is compatible with all types of booths, and can be applied to w...


Funds Increase Stake in Clariant, Target Merger

A holding company seeking to prevent the pending merger between specialty chemical companies Clariant and Huntsman International LLC has increased its stake in the Swiss company, but Clarian...


Evonik Opens New Silicones Plant in China

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


UCSB Team Observes Pitting Corrosion in Real Time

Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara say a new tool they’ve developed allows them to observe crevice and pitting corrosion in real time, helping them to understand when ...


Elzly Seeks Participants for Salts Survey

Time is running out to provide your input on a survey on soluble salt detection and remediation. The survey will close Sept. 26.


Portable Electrostatic System Made for Efficiency

The recently released Titan GM5000 Electrostatic System, combining the use of the GM5000 electrostatic gun and the AirCoat air-assisted airless sprayer, is designed to reduce material usage ...


Obituary: Angus Wurtele, Valspar CEO

C. Angus Wurtele, the CEO who built Minnesota Paints Inc. into Valspar over his 36-year career at the company, passed away earlier this month at age 83.


DowDuPont Makes Changes to Spinoff Units

Newly merged chemical giant DowDuPont says it has completed a portfolio review of the three companies it intends to split into, and has decided that adjustments will be made to the Materials...


Tank Linings Figure into Free Webinar

Tank lining failures and how to avoid them will be the topic of a free webinar broadcast Thursday on Paintsquare.com.


Free Webinar Discusses Adhesion Testing

The proper use of testing methods to determine if a coating is adhering to a substrate will be the topic at hand for a free webinar Wednesday (Sept. 20) on Paintsquare.com.


Biofouling Treatment Initiative Announced

A new endeavor to protect marine ecosystems from invasive aquatic species through biofouling has been approved for preparation.


Linings Made for Use in Railcars

Devchem 253HS and Interline 994, two new railcar linings developed by AkzoNobel, were designed to withstand a variety of conditions, and one has gained FDA approval.


Applicator Made for Automatic Drawdown

For labs that apply drawdowns manually but are interested in moving to an automatic tool, paint testing equipment firm TQC (Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands) has introduced its new Au...


AkzoNobel Announces Management Changes

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced changes in management personnel and structure, including the official appointment of CEO Thierry Vanlancker to its Board of Manag...


Dow-DuPont Merger Complete

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


PPG Finalizes Last Fiberglass Sale

PPG Industries has finalized the sale of its last remaining fiberglass business, the company announced Tuesday, leaving the manufacturer to concentrate solely on coatings.


AkzoNobel Finalizes Disa Acquisition

AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Monday (Sept. 4) that it has finalized its acquisition of Disa Technology (Limoges, France), a leader in aerospace technical marking systems.


Nonslip Coating Made for Industrial Environments

A new powder coating from Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) provides a non-slip solution for aggressive areas, designed to hold up against heavy traffic and harsh chemicals.


Coil Coatings Firm Unveils Universal Primer

Global coil coatings manufacturer Beckers Group recently introduced a new primer that the company says can take the place of multiple other primers under polyesters, urethanes, PVDF and othe...


Study Eyes Fungus for Concrete Self-Repair

Researchers at Rutgers University believe they’ve found a useful fix for cracking concrete that could prevent major problems before they start—and it comes in the form of a fungus.


Covestro Names New Polyurethane, Coating Leaders

Polymer company Covestro announced Thursday that its Polyurethanes segment and its Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment will each be getting a new head.


Epoxy Primer Made for Fast Dry Times

WearCOAT 1080, a new epoxy primer from Coatings For Industry Inc., is designed to reduce wait time for priming “green concrete” surfaces by activating a bond to the substrate to reduce vapor...


Painters Killed in South Korea Shipyard Blast

Four men were killed in an explosion while performing painting work at a shipyard in the South Gyeongsang Province of South Korea on Sunday (Aug. 20).


Getting to Know the 'Bridge Brothers': Damon

Each week, PaintSquare Daily News, in partnership with 4th Coast Productions, will be introducing you to a different worker featured in the new documentary Bridge Brothers. Our first ...


Urethane Coating Made for High-Performance Systems

A new urethane coating from Induron Protective Coatings is designed to provide an automotive-grade gloss and appearance in aggressive applications, from railcars to oil and gas equipment.


Floating Bridge Design Sets Sail

A futuristic floating bridge may sail the local waters of the Mongolian city of Ordos, according to plans recently revealed by architect Margot Krasojevic.


AkzoNobel Reaches Agreement with Elliott Advisers

Paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with hedge fund Elliott Advisors, bringing at least a temporary end to the dispute over the Du...


JPCL Establishes Industry 'Monopoly'

There's a new "Monopoly" in the coatings industry, but it's not one the Federal Trade Commission will need to investigate.


Axalta Acquires UK Thermoplastic Firm

Axalta Coating Systems announced Monday that it has acquired Plascoat Systems Limited, a Farnham, England-based supplier of thermoplastic powder coatings.


Hardness Tester Removes Human Element

A new hardness tester from Elcometer is designed to provide fully automated testing of coating hardness, removing the potential for human error from the process.


Optical Analysis Evaluates Jet Engine Coatings

Researchers in the U.K. say they’ve pioneered a method of detecting areas of weakness in the thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines, an innovation that could help with qua...


Society Calls for Coatings Fest Papers

The Pacific Northwest Society of Coatings Technology has issued an invitation for paper submissions for Coatings Fest, which is slated to be held in October 2018 in Victoria, British Columbi...


Dow-DuPont Merger Close Date Set

A close date of Aug. 31 was been set for the merger between two chemical-industry giants, as the companies say all necessary regulatory approvals have been made.


Lubricious Coating Made for Surface Protection

A new protective coating offered by WirxGroup LLC (Winlock, Washington) offers consistent lubricity in a nonsacrificial formula, according to the company.


Polyurea Product Designed for Multiple Industries

Coating manufacturer Polyset has introduced a polyurea coating suitable for various applications to its flagship Ply-Guard line of protective coatings.


New Tall Turbines Highlight Drive for Size

Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa announced Tuesday that it has successfully installed the tallest wind turbines in Asia, at a wind farm in Thailand, underscoring an industry trend toward lar...


Concrete Research Takes a Butt Out of Pollution

To address one of the most chronic pollution issues and add an extra punch to pavement, researchers based out of RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have experimented with adding an unu...


Free Webinar Explores Coating Failures

The focus will be on failure—and preventing it—during a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 16, on PaintSquare.com, part of the 2017 SSPC-JPCL Webinar Education Series.


MA Firm Introduces New Superblack Coating

A Massachusetts nanotechnology company has developed a carbon nanotube paint that absorbs nearly all of the light that hits it—and it's finding uses from outer space to the art studio.


Corrosion Blamed for Deadly Ohio Fair Incident

Corrosion is being blamed for an incident at the Ohio State Fair last month that left one person dead and seven others injured.


Water-Based Floor Coating at Home in Hangars

A new water-based urethane from The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) is made to protect floors in airplane hangars, warehouses and other aggressive environments with regular tire traffic...


DoD Corrosion Conference Commences

The U.S. Department of Defense’s DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference officially kicked off Monday, and continues through Thursday at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex...


Study: Rebar Corrosion Testing Needs a Revamp

Switzerland’s newest concrete span may already be subject to corrosion under the surface—but, say researchers at ETH Zurich, it is hard to know for sure, because the size of concrete samples...


SSPC Issues One New Standard, Revises Second

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has released one new standard—moisture determination on commercial coating projects—and revised another, pertaining to polyurethanes.


Polyaspartic Ester Made for Coatings

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


Self-Driving Ship to Set Sail in 2018

The world’s first autonomous ship is slated to set sail along Norway’s coastline in 2018, carrying cargo between Norwegian towns.


Thermal Coatings Firm Wins Prize

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


Epoxy Made for Pipeline Applications

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced its latest addition to its internal pipe coatings line.


ACA Issues 2018 Call for Papers

The American Coatings Association has issued a call for papers for its 2018 conference.


Huntsman TiO2 Spinoff Launches IPO

Global chemical firm Huntsman International LLC announced last week that subsidiary company Venator Materials PLC has launched its initial public offering and will be listed on the New York ...


Documentary Sheds Light on Bridge Painters’ Lives

A new documentary looking at the lives of the men and women who paint America’s bridges illuminates both the importance of their work and the bonds that connect them as a team.


AkzoNobel Strikes Bio-Based Polymers Deal

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


Report Highlights Infrastructure Spending Gap

According to a new report issued by the Global Infrastructure Hub, nearly a fifth of needed global infrastructure investment could go unfunded if spending forecasts hold true.


Fast-Dry Epoxy Made for Industrial Sector

Hempel, a global coatings manufacturer, recently introduced a new high-build epoxy intermediate coating for industrial applications.


AkzoNobel Reports Q2 Revenue Bump

Paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel saw an increase in revenues in the second quarter of 2017, including in its Performance Coatings segment, despite a lag in demand in the Marine and...


RPM Reports Fourth Quarter, Year-End Results

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), the parent company of paints and coatings firms including Carboline and Tremco, reported record net sales in the fourth quarter of its 2017 fiscal year...


SSPC, Industry Investors Partner with Saudi Arabia

With the support of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority recently signed 13 Statements of Intent with a group of local and i...


DTM Coatings Made for Faster Turnaround

PPG recently announced two new additions to its direct-to-metal coating lines—Kwikspar 600 and Kwikspar 600SG.


Sherwin-Williams Q2 Bolstered by Valspar Buy

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported an increase in overall net sales in its second quarter compared with prior-year numbers, and unveiled a new structure in the wake of its blockbuster acq...


PPG Steady in the Second Quarter

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


New Surface Prep Products

A number of manufacturers and suppliers have recently introduced new products to help with specific aspects of surface preparation work.


Primer Made for Corrosion Prevention

A new primer can assist with corrosion prevention in the industrial, marine and heavy equipment sectors, and its creator is marketing it to paint companies as a potential addition to their p...


Tower Prep: An Interview with Curt Hickcox

You might call Curt Hickcox a “towering” figure in the coatings industry: Hickcox is vice president of business development for Public Utilities Maintenance Inc., an SSPC QP-1, QP-2 and QS-1...


Research Sheds Light on Biofouling

A recent biofouling study may be the first step toward preventing damage throughout the desalination industry.


Büchner Resigns, Vanlancker in at AkzoNobel

Global paint and coatings firm AkzoNobel announced early Wednesday that CEO Ton Büchner has resigned effective immediately, citing health reasons, and has been replaced by the firm's former ...


Coating Inspectors’ Input Sought

Technical consulting firm Elzly Technology Corporation is conducting a survey related to soluble salt detection and remediation, and your input is needed.


Breaking: AkzoNobel's Buchner Steps Down

Global paint and coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced Wednesday morning (July 19) that CEO Ton Büchner has stepped down immediately, citing health reasons.


Collaboration Begins on Corrosion Research

A multimillion-dollar research endeavor will begin cracking the code to determine what makes corrosion so destructive.


Hedge Fund Questions Chemical Merger

The pending merger between chemical firms Huntsman International LLC (The Woodlands, Texas) and Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is being questioned by shareholders of the Swiss company.


HMG Paints Partners on Graphene Coatings

A U.K. coatings company recently announced a new partnership with a graphene manufacturer for the development of graphene-based coatings.


CT Firm Unveils Chromate-Free Airplane Primer

A Connecticut aerospace firm has developed a new non-chromate primer for commercial airplanes that it says protects steel landing gear surfaces from corrosion as effectively as existing chro...


Hong Kong Megaproject Reaches Milestone

The massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project reached a milestone last week, as the construction of the world’s longest and deepest underwater tunnel wrapped up.


Webinar Illuminates SSPC-PA 2

Measuring dry coating thickness according to SSPC-PA 2 will be the topic of a free webinar presented by KTA-Tator’s Bill Corbett next Wednesday, July 19, on PaintSquare.com.


Perstorp Acquires Italian Polyols Firm

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Perstorp has announced the acquisition of a polyol business unit from Italian firm Polioli SpA.


Roman Concrete Could Be Key for Seawalls

Ancient technology may be what helps prevent future damage for coastal cities, according to experts in concrete.


Hedge Fund Sues AkzoNobel Over Chair

An activist hedge fund has filed a new suit in an effort to oust the supervisory board chair of coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel in the wake of the Amsterdam firm’s denial of a months-long me...


Alkyd Primer Made for Onboard Maintenance

Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel recently expanded its ship maintenance line with the launch of a new multi-purpose one pack primer.


Evonik Reorganizes Crosslinkers Line

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


AkzoNobel Announces Double Acquisition

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced the acquisition of one coatings firm and an agreement to acquire a second.


Epoxy Made for Aerospace Applications

The latest epoxy from Master Bond—Master Bond EP93FRHT—meets Airbus specifications and passes a number of important tests.


 
 
   

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