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Manufacturers Press EU on Titanium Dioxide

The Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association and its member companies, as part of a wider group of TiO2 producers, submitted an action to the General Court of the European Union seeking an...


Shepherd Color R&D Looks at New IR Black

High-performance pigment manufacturer The Shepherd Color Company recently announced that it has released a new infrared reflecting black pigment that it says will aid in the recycling of bla...


Venator, Grolman Announce Co-operation

Recently, international specialty chemical ingredient distributor Grolman Group and United Kingdom-based chemical manufacturing company Venator announced that they would be entering a co-ope...


YInMn Blue Available for Commercial Use

High-performance pigment manufacturer The Shepherd Color Company announced last week that the pigment known as “YInMn Blue” has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic...


Researchers Look at White Pigment Alternative

Researchers out of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) have begun producing polymer foils as an alternative to titanium dioxide for the appearance of a white coating.


Covestro Provides COVID-19 Aid

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro (Pittsburgh) recently announced that is has been providing aid during the COVID-19 pandemic through in-kind and money donations.


Researchers Work to Convert CO2 to Black Powder

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) are currently involved in a project that’s building a test facility for the active reduction of atmospheric carbon d...


Pigments Forum, TiO2 Summit Call for Papers

The Pigment and Color Science Forum, as well as the TiO2 World Summit, have both issued a call for abstracts.


Milliken Acquires Coating Additive Company

Manufacturing firm Milliken & Company (Spartanburg, South Carolina) announced earlier this month that it has signed an agreement to acquire Borchers Group Limited—a global specialty chemical...


Research Looks at Pigment Design

A researcher out of Oregon State University’s College of Science is looking at new ways to design more pigments that are stable, durable and non-toxic with vivid hues, according to the unive...


Pittsburgh Plans 3D Printing, Additive Hub

Pittsburgh International Airport and its Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus recently announced the development of Neighborhood 91, a world-first development that is to both condense and co...


Research: Coal Ash Strengthens Concrete

Concrete, well known for requiring precise mixing conditions and components, can be susceptible to faults if these conditions are not met. Recently, Drexel University researchers developed a...


Crushing Technology Expected at Expo 2020

A new kind of crushing technology that turns demolished buildings into sand is expected to be showcased at the six-month “Expo 2020 Dubai.”


Japan Auditorium Gets 1,000-Color Makeover

An auditorium in Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture, Japan, has gotten a pop of color.


Titanium Dioxide Powder to Get Cancer Warning

Late last week, the European Commission officially decided to classify titanium dioxide in its powder form as a substance that is “suspected of causing cancer in humans.”


Nine Projects Supported by ASTM International

Global standards developer ASTM International recently announced that its second round of funding—an investment worth $300,000 and in-kind contributions—will be put towards nine projects tha...


Evonik Expands Specialty Alcohol Capacity

Evonik Industries announced that it has expanded its production capacity for the high-purity C13 alcohol isotridecanol (ITDA) at its Marl Chemical Park in Germany.


Student Turns Plant Waste into Pigments

A graduate student in the Innovation Design Engineering program—which is jointly offered by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art—has set out to bring pigments back to the bas...


EPA to Hold Evaluation Meeting on 1-BP Solvent

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will hold a Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals meeting to review the draft risk evaluati...


DIC Buys BASF's Global Pigments Business

Chemicals companies BASF and DIC announced last week that they have reached an agreement on the acquisition of BASF’s global pigments business.


Lab Develops Pigments to Slow Discoloration

Researchers based out of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory recently developed a pigment package that addresses discoloring of the exterior coating on ships, slowing down the process. The co...


Researchers Track Graphene Admixtures’ Emergence

In a new article by IDTechEX Research Director Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, “Graphene: The evolving application landscape,” projections of both early and semi-commercial prototype phases are exp...


Arkema Increases Resin Production

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


Dow Expands EMEA Distribution Agreement

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


Latest Installment of Blackest Black Paint Revealed

The paint pigment war is raging on with yet another installment of blackest black paint.


Dow Announces Increase in Methyl Cellulose

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


Dow Announces Increase in Methyl Cellulose

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


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.


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.


Researchers Add Graphene to Epoxy Compound

Researchers based out of Rice University (Houston) recently reported that they have built a "better" epoxy with the assistance of graphene foam.


Researchers Add Graphene to Epoxy Compound

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


Researchers Confirm Coolness of 'Egyptian Blue'

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently confirmed the cooling characteristics of an ancient pigment: Egyptian blue.


Carbon Black Company Makes Acquisition

Luxembourg-based Global carbon black supplier Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. recently announced that it has acquired an acetylene carbon black supplier.


Arkema to Expand MI Plant Manufacturing

Arkema Coating Resins, a unit of Arkema Inc., announced early last week that it plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for its Synaqua platform at its Grand Rapids, Michigan, facility.


Arkema to Expand MI Plant Manufacturing

Arkema Coating Resins, a unit of Arkema Inc. announced earlier this week that it plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for its Synaqua platform at its Grand Rapids, Michigan, facility.


Clariant Announces Plans with SABIC

Global specialty chemicals supplier Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) announced last week a plan to combine some of its coatings-related business units with segments of Saudi Basic Industries ...


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.


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.


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...


Company Revamps Adding Hemp to Concrete

In a search for viable concrete reinforcement materials, Canadian Greenfield Technologies dug into the potential of hemp fiber and developed NForce-Fiber, an additive that boths reinforces c...


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...


Carrots, Beets Used to Strengthen Concrete

Engineers at the United Kingdom’s Lancaster University say they have found a way to both strengthen concrete and make it more environmentally friendly by adding nano platelets extracted from...


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.


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.


Ingredients Launched for Eco-Label Paints

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


Companies Bring Plant-Based Exterior Resin to Life

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


PPG Announces Job Cuts Amid Cost Hikes

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...


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...


EPA to Hold Leadership Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


OSHA's Hearing-Loss Bulletin Targets Painters

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...


EPA Convenes Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


Isocyanate-Free Polyurethane Resin Gets EPA Grant

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


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...


Isocyanate-Free Polyurethane Resin Gets EPA Grant

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


Researchers Aim to Grow Paint from Bacteria

Researchers, as part of a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Dutch company Hoekmine BV, recently began modifying the color of some bacteria, which they say could pave the ...


Scientists Look at Bacteria to 'Grow' Paint

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


Research Lab Develops Fossil Fuel-Free Primer

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


Lab Develops Fossil Fuel-Free Primer

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


Chemical Manufacturer Reports 2 GenX Spills

A specialty chemicals manufacturer that’s come under fire in recent months over releases of potentially carcinogenic substances into the water around its North Carolina plant reportedly admi...


3-D Printed Heart to be Opened in Times Square

Love lives in Times Square, and it’s taken the shape of the world’s largest Fresnel lens, a public installation that was made to look like a heart to celebrate Valentine’s Day.


Two More GenX Spills Reported at NC Site

A specialty chemicals manufacturer that’s come under fire in recent months over releases of potentially carcinogenic substances into the water around its North Carolina plant reportedly admi...


Gougeon Brothers Acquires Entropy Resins

Michigan-based epoxy manufacturer Gougeon Brothers Inc. recently announced the acquisition of Entropy Resins, a developer of bio-based epoxy formulations for adhesives, coatings and composit...


Gougeon Brothers Acquires Entropy Resins

Michigan-based epoxy manufacturer Gougeon Brothers Inc. recently announced the acquisition of Entropy Resins, a developer of bio-based epoxy formulations for adhesive, coating, and composite...


NC Chemours Contamination Investigation Expands

North Carolina environmental officials could further expand their investigation into the contamination of groundwater near a specialty chemicals plant after GenX, a chemical used in the form...


Investigation Into Chemours Contamination Expands

North Carolina environmental officials may further expand their investigation into the contamination of groundwater near a specialty chemicals plant after GenX, a chemical used in the formul...


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...


AkzoNobel Announces Silica Expansion

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


Chemical Firm Unveils New Identity

In the wake of two recent acquisitions, specialty chemicals distributor Dunleary Inc. has rolled out a new name and identity: The Terra Firma Company LLC.


Firm Introduces Renewable Polyols

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


Ultraviolet Absorbers Made for Coatings

Songwon Industrial Co. Limited has expanded its line of ultraviolet absorbers with the addition of two new products: Songsorb CS400 and Songsorb CS384-2—both of which are geared toward use i...


Clariant Expands Agreement with Distributor

Specialty chemicals company Clariant announced Wednesday that it has expanded its partnership with raw materials distributor Palmer Holland for its Additives segment.


New Blue Pigment Cleared for Industrial Use

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


Lawsuits, Investigation Follow TX Chemical Blasts

Specialty chemicals firm Arkema is facing a criminal investigation by the Harris County District Attorney, in addition to a number of lawsuits from neighbors and first responders in Crosby, ...


TX Chemical Blasts Spawn Suits, Investigation

Specialty chemicals firm Arkema, owner of the Crosby, Texas, facility where a number of explosions were triggered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in late August, is now facing a criminal inv...


Firm Experiments with Concrete Layers

Founders of South Korean architecture firm STPMJ have taken the process of altering the constituents of concrete and turning the results into an exterior design.


Coatings Innovations Make R&D Finalist List

A number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from manufacturers and labs large and small are finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by R&D Magazine...


Evonik Opens New Silicones Plant in China

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


Evonik Opens New Silicones Plant in China

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


Solvent Aims to Extend Concrete Dye Coverage

A new solvent carrier has been developed that aims to double the coverage rate of concrete dyes.


Chemical Blasts, Storm Damage Plague TX

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey at last begin to move on from the Gulf Coast region, the storm has left in its wake massive damage, including at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas...


Harvey Sparks TX Chemical Blasts, Property Damage

A series of explosions was triggered Thursday morning (Aug. 31) at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after officials say Hurricane Harvey flooded the plant, cutting off all power so...


Paint Chemicals Trigger Blasts in Storm-Ravaged TX

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey at last begin to move on from the Gulf Coast region, the storm has left in its wake massive damage, including at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas...


Paint Chemicals Trigger Blasts in Flooded TX Plant

A series of explosions were triggered Thursday morning (Aug. 31) at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after officials say Hurricane Harvey flooded the plant cutting off all power so...


Finalized TSCA Rules Met with Resistance

Last Friday the Environmental Protection Agency published its third and final Toxic Substance Control Act Framework rule, dictating the inventory notification requirements of retrospective c...


Free Webinar: FEVE Resin Technology

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday (Aug. 23) entitled: “Architectural Protective Coatings—FEVE Resin Technology.” AGC Chemicals’ Kristen Blankenship will explore diffe...


Evonik To Invest In Fumed Silica Expansion

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


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.


Perstorp Acquires Italian Polyols Firm

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


Carbon Black Marked For Environmental Safety

A Dutch firm's carbon black has recently been certified for environmental safety.


Powder Coatings Line Gets Premium Pigments

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


Polymer Emulsion Made for DTM Coatings

Coating manufacturer Michelman (Cincinnati, Ohio) recently introduced ProHere A 03010, a new waterborne, low-VOC polymer emulsion for direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings.


Carcinogen Label Considered for TiO2

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


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...


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Huntsman, Clariant Announce $20B Merger

Global chemical companies Clariant and Huntsman Corporation are planning to merge into one company, with predicted annual sales of more than $13 billion, according to an announcement made on...


Lab Boosts Resins Testing

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


Huntsman, Clariant Announce $20B Merger

Global chemical companies Huntsman Corporation and Clariant announced Monday that they plan to merge into one company, with predicted annual sales of more than $13 billion.


Chemistry Honor Will Go to Dow Coatings Team

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


Dow Coatings Team Receives Chemistry Honor

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


New Additive Made for Powder Coatings

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


Supplier Pilots Bio-Based Material Tracking

Coatings supplier AkzoNobel is working with a raw materials manufacturer to track bio-based materials through the supply chain in what it calls a first-of-its-kind project.


Deadline Looms for EPA's Rules in New TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the home stretch of finalizing its Framework Action rules for the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act, which got its first upgrade in 40 years las...


Tool to Track Bio-based Raw Materials in Pilot

AkzoNobel, in partnership with Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co. Ltd. and professional services firm EY, has unveiled a pilot project that consists of an online tool that tracks the use of...


Manufacturing Innovation Cuts Production Step

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


EPA Reveals Small Business Innovation Research Grants

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


Coatings Projects Get EPA Research Money

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


Co-Binder Made for Flexibility

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


Europe OKs Dow-DuPont Merger

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


UK Firm Unveils Graphene Plans, US Expansion

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


German Additive Hits US Market

Chemical distributor ChemSpec Ltd. is now offering Deurex low-density polyethylene wax products in the United States.


Paper Cautions Use of Antimicrobial Paints

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


Tronox to Buy Titanium Dioxide Business

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


Tronox, Cristal Ink $1.67B Agreement

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


US Suit Defends Safety Whistleblower

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


Fire Rocks TiO2 Plant Amid Spin Off

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


Chemical Company Deal Progresses

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


Shareholders Approve Global Chemical Merger

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


New Pigment Line Addition ‘Brilliant’

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


Researchers Develop Plant-Based Resin

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


Chemical Handbook Debuts

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


RPM Acquires Infrastructure Chemicals Firm

RPM International Inc., parent company of a number of coatings firms, has acquired Conyers, Georgia-based Prime Resins Inc., according to an announcement made Tuesday (Jan. 17).


Raw Material Firms Ink Deal

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


New Resin for Protective Coatings Launched

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


RPM Acquires Raw Materials Firm

RPM International, parent corporation of a number of industrial and architectural paints and coatings companies, has acquired specialty chemical raw materials manufacturer Arnette Polymers L...


BASF Bows New Resins for Flooring

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


Epoxy Acrylates Bolster UV Resin Line

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


Port Sues Former Paint Chemical Maker

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


Swiss Firm Develops New Concrete Additive

A startup firm associated with a Swiss university says its newly developed additive can help to control many properties of concrete, leading to harder material that's slower to deteriorate.


New Concrete Additive Shows Versatility

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


Evonik to Buy Huber Silica Unit

In a deal valued at $630 million, Evonik Industries AG has agreed to purchase the silica business of U.S. firm J.M. Huber in an effort to expand its specialty chemicals business, the Essen, ...


Evonik to Acquire Huber Silica Business

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


Wacker Joins Process Safety Initiative

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


Material Measures the ‘Mood’ of Structures

Mood rings may have been a fleeting fad of the 1970s, but researchers at Vanderbilt University are using the basic concept as a means of detecting damage in failing infrastructure before it ...


Dow, DuPont Merger Review Held Up Again

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


Huntsman to Spin Off Pigments Business

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


Dow, DuPont Merger Faces Hurdles

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


Huntsman Spinoff to Focus on TiO2

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


BASF Blast, Fire Impacts Supply Chain

Two weeks after a fire and explosion in a pipeline at BASF’s chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the company is still dealing with the aftereffects in its supply line and investigating ...


Colorants, Building Envelope Businesses Make Deals

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


First Full ‘Biobridge’ Opens to Foot Traffic

The campus of a Dutch university reportedly boasts the world’s first “biobridge,” a span built to test and exhibit the potential of building with more environmentally friendly construction m...


Firm Debuts Coatings Stabilizers Line

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


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...


Pigment, Building Envelope Firms Ink Deals

New York-based private equity firm American Securities LLC recently announced the acquisitions of two architectural coatings industry players.


New Additives Work Across Applications

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


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...


Firm Celebrates 90 Years in Pigments

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


Axalta Launches Insulation Coatings Series

Global liquid and powder coatings supplier, Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) has announced the introduction of its Voltahyd 2250 series T, M and E electrical insulation coatings, the co...


Surfactant Touts Low Environmental Impact

A new ingredient for degreasers and outdoor cleaning products has been developed by AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) for both consumer and commercial applications that involve direct relea...


Resins Firms' Merger Complete

Allnex, an international resins supplier of resins for architectural, industrial, OEM and special purpose coatings, has completed its acquisition of global resins manufacturer Nuplex Industr...


Industry Report: OEM Up, Oil and Gas Slow

An industry analysis report issued by The ChemQuest Group Inc. shows lags in the specialty coatings segment of the U.S. market, brought on by decreased oil and gas activity and weak infrastr...


Regulators Approve Resin Merger

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


Additives Take Aim at Foam

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


Powder Coating Resins Claim Quick Bake

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


Resins Acquisition Gets Green Light

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


Sika Buys Concrete Fiber Producer

Specialty chemical company Sika Corp. has announced the acquisition of FRC Industries, an Alabama-based producer of polypropylene fibers for concrete.


Covestro Celebrates Transition

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


Scientists Apply Paint Element to Bone Recovery

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


Additives Made for Cement Production

Cement makers in North America now have access to the C-ADD line of additives from global coatings and adhesives manufacturer MAPEI.


Additives Made for Stronger Cement

Coatings and adhesives manufacturer MAPEI has announced it is introducing its C-ADD cement additives division to the North American market.


OSHA Cites NJ Chemical Facility

Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC is facing up to $115,000 in penalties after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited it for 11 alleged violations, including exposing em...


Resin Made to Up Coating Performance

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


Solvay Cited for 11 Hazards

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC with 11 alleged violations, including exposing employees to dangerous chemical hazards at i...


Paint Mineral Linked to Child Labor

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


Paints, Coatings Are Integral to Saudi Future

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


Halox Expands Corrosion Inhibitor Line

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


Corrosion Inhibitor Goes Liquid

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


Nuplex Shareholders Agree to Merger

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


BASF Bundles Pigments Brand

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


Global Resins Merger Set to Advance

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


BASF Reveals New Pigment Brand

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


Pigment Production Doubles

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


Follow the Glowing Road

Could roadways of the future illuminate themselves? If research proceeds the way scientists at a Mexico university plan, glow-in-the-dark cement could light the way without the need for elec...


Colorants Made for Roof Coatings

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


New Additive Claims Better Coverage

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


TiO2: Cause for Concern?

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


When It Rains, It Shows

Boston’s sidewalks look just like any other city’s sidewalks…until it rains. A rainy day quickly exposes lines of poetry to the city’s pedestrians.


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.


Toxic Chemical Bill Passes House

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


House OKs Chemical Update

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


‘World-Class’ Pigments Plant Launches

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


Polymer Billed for Low-Odor Paints

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


System Boasts Fast Dry, Low VOCs

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


Lawsuit Claims Castle is Short on Steel

Designed as a residence that could withstand a hit from an F5 tornado, earthquake, bomb blast and remain standing for 2,000 years, Chateau Pensmore’s fate in Highlandsville, MO, is left unce...


Binder Helps Metal Coatings Take the Heat

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


Hempel Strives for Sustainable Coatings

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


Hexion to Offer High-Tech Powder Coatings

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


Topcoat Made for Demanding Markets

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


Powder Coating Resins Boast Durability

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


Mexican Chemical Plant Blast Claims 24

An explosion at a petrochemical plant on the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico has reportedly claimed the lives of 24 workers, injured more than 100 others, and released a cloud of toxins into t...


Environmental Efforts Earn Recognition

An Avon, OH-based supplier of specialty additives, resins and pigments has achieved recognition from the state agency tasked with protecting the environment and public health by ensuring com...


Pigments Offer Style, Formulation Options

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


Coatings Company Settles with EPA

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


Sika Inks Deal with L.M. Scofield

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


Dow Corning’s New Silicone Technologies

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


Additive Said to Improve Properties

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


Modifier Made for Stone Paints

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


Dow Corning Touts New Additives, Resins

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


Resins, Polymers Firm Settles with EPA

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


New Epoxy Base to Reduce Moisture Vapor

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


Coatings Resin Producer Settles EPA Case

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


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.


Artists See Red over 'Blackest Black'

Can anyone really own a color? If you’re artist Anish Kapoor, the answer is yes. If you’re among his fellow artists, that’s a definite no.


Zinc Firm Expands Distribution

Houston-based zinc oxide manufacturer U.S. Zinc announced it is expanding its relationship with Unipex Solutions Canada, an Azelis Americas company (formerly KODA Distribution Group).


Firm Offers Low-VOC Solvent Alternative

Environmentally friendly industrial solvents manufacturer TBF Environmental Technology Inc. has announced the commercial availability of its latest volatile organic content (VOC)-compliant a...


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.


Allnex Welcomes Mantas as CEO

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


Coating Signals Critical Unseen Damage

Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing a coating meant to deliver a clear indication of structural damage so small that it would otherwise be undetectable to the naked eye ...


Dow to Cut Acrylate Capacity in TX

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


Color-Matching Grout Pigment Debuts

Laticrete has introduced a dispersible pigment grout solution that the company says offers customers a wider range of color-matching grout options.


Measure Viscosity in Lab, Production

Dutch developer and manufacturer of paint test equipment TQC has announced its release of the first series of the ViscoThinner, a benchtop instrument designed to measure material viscosity d...


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.


Novel Polymer Product Technologies Debut

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


PPG Uses TiO2 from New Plant in China

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


BASF Unveils Two Effect Pigments

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


New Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator

In an effort to make hazardous waste regulations more user-friendly, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an update to its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).


Hexion Expands Production Capacity

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


Huntsman Debuts Polyol for SPF

Huntsman Corp.’s Polyurethanes Division has introduced a new aromatic polyester polyol formulated for rigid foam systems, particularly spray polyurethane foam.


Flame Retardant Found in Nature

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


Pigments Keep a Black Yacht Cool

The first all-black racing yacht has just hit the water, and it’s the heat-reflecting properties of the pigments in the coatings that make it possible.


Chemical Giant Ashland Splits into Two

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


Ashland to Split into Two Companies

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


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.


Protect Your Skin, Hurt Your Car

If you Google the phrase “bug spray car paint,” you might be surprised to see a list of top posts that proclaim “Just ruined paint with bug spray! Unbelievable!”; “Just messed up my paint, H...


Paints, Coatings Spur Epoxy Resins Need

Forecasters are predicting a favorable growth period for the epoxy resins market in the coming seven years.


AkzoNobel Eyes New Test Facility

Multinational coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced plans to invest in construction of a test plant for coating resins production.


Silicone Resin Made for High-Heat Uses

A German-based chemical company has introduced a silicon resin meant to be used in high-temperature applications.


BASF Shutters Business Unit

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


BASF Exits One Stream, Expands Another

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


Sealer Made to Deter Stains, Damage

Nashville company Clemons Concrete Coatings announced the release of its new penetrating solvent-based sealer designed to repel water off of all types of concrete, especially concrete pavers...


Sealer Made to Repel Water, Stains, Oils

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


American Polymers Inks Acquisition

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


'Cool Blue' Tech for Coatings, Roofs

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


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.


Italy Confronts Europe's Largest Dump

NAPLES, ITALY--Acres and acres of solvents, plastics, construction materials and other toxic waste are now being unearthed in Italy as that nation confronts what appears to be the largest il...


Coating to Kill Germs on Door Handles

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


Door Handles Made to Combat Germs

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


High Court Lets Lead Cases Proceed

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


Supreme Court: Lead Case May Proceed

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


MN Enacts Ban on Flame Retardants

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


Paint Truck Explodes on Highway

STAVROPOL, RUSSIA—A dramatic video showing the massive explosion of a paint truck on a Russian highway is grabbing attention, but providing few answers, worldwide.


SSPC Updates 2 Standards

PITTSBURGH—SSPC committees have announced updates to two standards: one for surface preparation and one for polyurea topcoats.


AkzoNobel Reports 'Solid' Q1

AMSTERDAM—Rising revenues and operating income across all businesses graced the first quarter of 2015, despite continuing economic headwinds, AkzoNobel reported Tuesday (April 21).


Ups and Downs Open Akzo's 2015

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


PPG Adds French, Australian Firms

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


$2.5M EPA Reporting Fine Vacated

The world's top producer of chromium chemicals for coatings, preservatives and plating had no obligation to provide federal environmental officials with a 2002 industry report on the cancer ...


1-Step Slab System Speeds Projects

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


New Concrete Floor Technology Bows

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


Intelligent Pigments Heat, Clean, Save

Pigments are getting smarter, enabling a new generation of coatings, concrete and plastics with greater potential than ever to store heat, fight corrosion, self-clean and stop fungi.


Plant Blast Draws $110K Fine

A resin plant that has been the site of hazardous-waste sanctions and accidents that left three workers burned is facing its third federal case in four years.


Green Resins Tackle Commercial Needs

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


Resin Made for DTM Protection

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


New System Blamed in Ink Dust Blast

A squeal, sizzle, whoosh and loud thump—not an alarm from a brand-new dust collection system—heralded a blast and flash fire that burned seven employees, three severely, at a New Jersey ink ...


Paint Maker to Pay $950K in Death

Vista Paint Corp. has been ordered to pay $950,000 in the 2011 asphyxiation of two untrained workers in a paint mixing tank full of methylene chloride paint stripper vapors.


Dow Develops Novel Polymer for EIFS

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


Texture Makes Surfaces Repel Liquids

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


New Surface Repels, Well, Everything

Teflon? That's so 20th century. A new surface texture being developed by UCLA engineers reportedly "can repel all liquids, no matter what material the surface is made of."


Huntsman Sheds Pigment Jobs, Plans

A year after announcing major expansion of its global pigment business, Huntsman Corp. is making sharp course corrections, with new plans for hundreds of layoffs and cuts in production capac...


2 New Options for Harsh Environments

Dow has unveiled two polyurethane products for protecting infrastructure in the harshest environments.


New Dispersions for Wood Coatings

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


Coatings Maker Accepts EPA Waste Fine

An industrial-coatings manufacturer will pay a $20,240 penalty to settle claims that it violated federal hazardous-waste regulations at its Pennsylvania plant.


New Standard Underway for Pigment Loss

ASTM is proposing a new standard that will provide definitive instructions for conducting a pigment loss on ignition test.


Data Demands Rile Coating Makers

A sweeping plan to collect years of sales and formulation data on paints and coatings in California is not sitting well with manufacturers. And the new round of VOC-cutting that may follow i...


CA Product Survey May Bring VOC Cuts

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


Beetle Outwits the Whitest Whites

Coatings biomimicry has a new poster child: a Southeast Asian beetle that is leading researchers to the development of a whiter white, with less expense and fewer materials than the current ...


In LA, Guns for Infrastructure

Call it the modern equivalent of beating swords into plowshares: melting illegal weapons into materials for bridges and roads.


Making Whiter Whites, with Less Work

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


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 ...


EU Backs Philippines’ Anti-Lead Push

The European Union is throwing its support behind an effort to eliminate lead and mercury exposures among millions of Filipino schoolchildren.


PPG Expands Latin American Presence

PPG Industries Inc. is working to cut itself a larger slice of the coatings market in Latin America with expansion plans in Brazil and a completed acquisition of a protective and marine coat...


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.


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.


In the Lab: Keeping White Roofs White

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


FL Tank Maker Fined $106K for Hazards

Painters, blasters and other temporary and full-time workers at a longtime manufacturer of tanks and pressure vessels are the focus of concern in 23 federal health and safety citations alleg...


Fluoropolymer Coatings Stage Comeback

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


Solvents Tied to Later Brain Problems

Time supposedly heals all wounds, but it may not be able to repair the brain problems caused by longtime on-the-job exposure to industrial coatings and other solvent-based products, a new st...


Partnership Aims to Track Raw Materials

AkzoNobel and Solvay are working together to increase and track the use of renewable raw materials in coatings.


Painter’s Suit Ties Solvents to Cancer

For three years, Walter Sarrat used a soaking mist of undiluted toluene to remove the workday’s protective coatings from his skin, clothing and equipment.


Aluminum Coating Boasts High Gloss

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


Dow Bows Two Paint Innovations

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


Dow Offers Coating to Cool Hot Apps

Dow Coating Materials has announced a new “safe touch” acrylic resin with low thermal conductivity for industrial infrastructure prone to unintended heat transfer.


Making Roofs Both Cool and Colorful

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


DOE Funds ‘Cool’ Pigment Research

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


Fade-Free Paint Takes Wing

Polly may want a lot of crackers, but her gorgeous colors never seem to need a touch-up. Why is that? The answer has given Ivy League researchers an idea for paint that never fades.


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.


Study Finds High Lead Levels in Asia

Despite a global push to ban lead in paint, “extreme levels” of the toxin are still present in many paints manufactured and sold for use in developing countries, a new study reports.


Navy Additive Helps ‘Heal Like Skin’

A new powder added to off-the-shelf commercial primers is helping scratched military vehicles heal themselves before corrosion starts, U.S. Navy developers say.


Feathers Inspire Fade-Free Paint

When pores on a bird’s feathers flock together, they give Ivy League researchers an idea for paint that never fades.


New Foam Insulation Devised from Wood

German researchers say they have developed a greener alternative to using petrochemical plastics for building insulation.


Best Practices:
When the Color Makes the Paint Fail

Here’s a scenario known to frustrate all parties on a paint project—and although this incident involved new construction, the same problem can surface on a maintenance repaint.


Polymer Made for Building Envelope Uses

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


DE: Stripping Operation Violates Law

An aircraft painting contractor accused of providing “inconsistent” answers regarding its waste practices and operating a paint-stripping operation unlawfully is facing multiple violations a...


First Colorant VOC Limits Take Effect

Industrial maintenance and specialty coatings in Southern California are beginning the new year under the nation's first VOC restrictions for colorants.


New Colorant VOC Limits Set for 2014

The United States’ first VOC regulation on colorants for architectural and industrial maintenance coatings is poised to take effect New Year’s Day.


Coating Technologies Take EPA Honor

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


Coating Advances Top 2013 EPA Awards

New coating technologies that drastically reduce the use of toxic hexavalent chromium and costly titanium dioxide are among the top green chemistry innovations for 2013.


Paint/Graffiti Remover Touts Safety

Cortec Corp. has unveiled two heavy-duty, anti-corrosion paint strippers and graffiti removers that the company calls “the safest on the market.”


New Pipe Lining Resins Go Green

Specialty chemical maker Interplastic Corp. has developed a new line of “green” Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) resins designed to “eliminate the environmental concerns in lining underground pipe...


$3K Awarded in Paint Yellowing

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


MN Warns of Solvent Vapors in Homes

Industrial solvent vapors from contaminated groundwater at an old Superfund site may be intruding into homes and properties in southeast Minneapolis, state officials have announced.


Insulating Aerogel Takes Top Honor

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


Team Harvests Potato-based Boards

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


Fighting Disease, Wall by Wall

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


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.


$46.7M Paint Sludge Cleanup Planned

The next step in removing tens of thousands of tons of paint sludge, paint waste and tainted soil from an old Ford Motor Co. site in New Jersey will cost $46.7 million, under a cleanup plan ...


High-Stakes Verdict Looms in Paint Case

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


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

A stronger, more durable new cement from Denmark holds a sweet secret.


Scientists See Sweet Deal for Cement

Waste ash from sugar production may prove to be an environmentally sweet ingredient in one of the world’s most common building materials, new research suggests.


Bayer: Product Glut May Force Cuts

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


Huntsman Makes Major Play for TiO2

Setting its sights on becoming the No. 2 global producer of titanium dioxide pigments, Huntsman Corp. has announced a $1.1 billion cash acquisition of certain business units of Rockwood Hold...


Bayer MaterialScience Warns of Cuts

One of the world’s oldest and largest producers of raw materials for coatings and construction is facing a product oversupply and rising costs that have it considering cutbacks.


Huntsman Makes $1.1B Pigment Deal

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


Paint Worker Found on Tank Dies

A paint plant worker in New Jersey died after he was overcome by fumes and toppled onto a solvent tank, local police reported.


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

The toxic sludge polluting streams from abandoned coal mines is going green—and yellow and red and orange.


Newest Corrosion Weapon: Poison

For those who find blasting and coating too much work to fight corrosion, Australian materials engineers are reporting a new option: arsenic.


New Pigments Mimic Wood Types

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


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...


New Spray Gun Cleaner Made Greener

VersaFlex Inc. has introduced a new solvent/stripper designed to remove uncured polyurea, polyurethane, epoxies and polyester resins from spray guns and equipment parts.


2-in-1 Protective Semi-Gloss Unveiled

International Paint LLC has announced a new protective semi-gloss primer finish for its North American market.


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.


Hempel Launches New Offshore Coating

A new epoxy mid-coat from Hempel can reduce drying times by up to 25 percent for offshore wind tower manufacturers, the company says.


VersaFlex Launches Equipment Cleaner

Painters facing spray equipment cleaning challenges have a new option from VersaFlex Inc.


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.


Akzo Cries Foul on New Dow Patents

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


Color’s Casualties: Mummies and Cattle

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


Dow Coating Patents Spur Akzo Lawsuit

Coatings giant AkzoNobel has filed suit against Dow Chemical Co., accusing the raw materials maker of misusing confidential information gained from a partnership to apply unilaterally for tw...


Mummies, Mucus and Other Pigments Past

The stuff of cattle urine, snail mucus, and mummies, it’s not hard to see why some paint pigments of the past fell by the wayside.


‘Self-Cleaning’ Paint Draws New Scrutiny

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


‘Self-Cleaning’ Coatings Raise Concerns

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


Bayer Coatings Unit Taps New Leader

Christine Bryant, a chemical engineer and 20-year veteran of Bayer MaterialScience, has been named to lead the Commercial Operations for the Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) business ...


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.


Bayer Names New Coatings Chief

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


Winners to Pay $10M in Lead Paint Suit

They may have won the battle, but paint makers will still have to pay for the long and costly war over lead paint, a Rhode Island judge has ruled.


Paint Makers Told to Pay $10M Lead Tab

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


ASTM Drafting Wood Coatings Standard

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


Bayer MS to Sell Off Resins Units

Bayer MaterialScience has announced plans to sell its global powder polyester resins business and its U.S.-based liquid polyester resins merchant business to Stepan Company.


BASF to Cut Jobs in Resins, Pigments

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


Free Webinar Looks at Coating Resins

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


Static-Busting Paint Team Tops Contest

A team of university students has developed an additive that converts paint to a conductive coating for transportation—an invention that has netted them a $10,000 grand prize.


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.


Maya Blue Paint Mystery Solved?

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


ACA Honors Top Coating Research of 2013

The latest progress on accelerated testing, renewable materials, and organic coatings took top honors this year at the American Coatings Association's 2013 CoatingsTech Conference.


Study Hits PPG on Lead Paint in Africa

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


New 2K Epoxy for High-Traffic Areas

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


Dur-A-Flex Expands Decorative Flooring

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


Polymer Chemist Wins AkzoNobel Award

The ability to tailor make finely tuned materials for specific applications one molecule at a time has earned a Carnegie Mellon researcher AkzoNobel's first North America Science Award.


Corrosives on Tap at New Coatings Show

A new U.S. coatings conference will showcase both theory and practice in the latest protective and other coatings technologies, organizers say.


Group Studies Non-Toxic Drier for Paint

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


First Eastern Coatings Show to Bow

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


Evonik Degussa Corp. Trims Name

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


Europe Eyes Hazardous Lead Labeling

Lead paint could soon take on a new "hazardous" status throughout the 27 member states of the European Union, under measures now being considered.


EU Deliberates Lead Paint Limits

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


OSHA Fines MT Tank Maker $75K

Spray area and confined-space hazards, improper resin storage and a variety of other dangers have led to a dozen federal safety citations and a $75,600 fine against a Montana tank maker.


 
 
   

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