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AkzoNobel Releases Specialty, Powder Palettes

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced that it has launched two color collections for its Powder Coatings and Automotive and Specialty Coatings businesses.


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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...


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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...


Free Webinar: Fire Protection Applications

PaintSquare will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 30, entitled: “The Dangers of Extrapolation—Properly Estimating Fire Protection Applications.”


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...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: TX Milk Facility

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 18) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving r...


Free Webinar: PFP Equipment

An upcoming webinar, to be broadcast on PaintSquare next Wednesday (Oct. 2), at 11 a.m. EST, will examine changing from a fixed ratio sprayer to a variable ratio sprayer, as well as the diff...


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.


Quality Control Issues Plague Silver Line

According to the Washington Metro inspector general, new quality control concerns have been identified with the second phase work on Washington D.C. Metro’s Silver Line project.


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...


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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.


BMW Reveals Vantablack-Coated X6

German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer BMW has recently unveiled a special edition Vantablack-coated BMW X6.


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...


Sale Closes for Evonik Methacrylates Business

Specialty chemicals company Evonik recently closed the sale of its Methacrylates business to Boston-based private equity firm Advent International.


Sherwin-Williams' Coatings Protect Royal Navy Warships

Global protective coatings company Sherwin-Williams has announced the delivery of over a million square meters worth of protective coatings to two Royal Navy warships through an emailed pres...


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...


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...


Chicago's Ledge Reopens After Cracked Coating

Last Monday, The Ledge’s—a popular tourist attraction at the Willis Tower in Chicago—protective coating cracked, resulting in an immediate shut down.


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Mosquito-Repellent Paint Earns Certificate

European coatings company CIN announced on Tuesday (May 28) that its anti-mosquito paint, Artilin 3A Mate, has been awarded a five-year effectiveness certificate.


Contractor Sentenced for Defrauding NYSDOT

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York recently released information on the sentencing of Nathaniel P. Lorenz, CEO of Acme Powerwashing Inc.


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.


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...


New Fire-Retardant Coating Developed

Researchers out of the VTT Technical Researcher Center of Finland Ltd. recently announced that they have developed a highly fire-retardant coating from nanocellulose. The goal is for the coa...


DC Silver Line Faces Cracking Issues

Issues continue to plague the Washington, D.C. Silver Line project, with Capital Rail Constructors, the contractor responsible for building the second phase of the endeavor, reporting that c...


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Research: Green Antifoulant Protects Netting

To provide an environmentally friendly antifoulant option for nets used in fish farming, researchers based out of Kiel University (Kiel, Germany) are researching using polymer coatings as an...


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Nippon Paint Marine Eyes Middle East Expansion

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


Silver Line Phase 2 Still Facing Rail Tie Issues

Washington Metro expects another possible delay of the Silver Line extension project to the Dulles International Airport and Ashburn, according to WTOP.


SSPC CA-NV to Meet on Concrete Coatings

On April 18, the Northern California-Nevada chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will be holding a chapter meeting with a training session on coating new concrete, featuring ...


Evonik to Sell Methacrylates Business for $3B

Specialty chemicals company Evonik (Essen, Germany) announced earlier this week that it has agreed to sell its Methacrylates business to private equity firm Advent International, which is he...


PPG Announces SC Facility Expansion

Global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) announced in mid-February that the company would be investing $10 million in a new 82,000-square-foot facility and class A paint line,...


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...


Researchers Develop New Fire-Retardant Coating

Researchers out of Texas A&M University are reportedly developing a new flame-retardant coating using renewable, nontoxic materials that are readily found in nature, according to the univers...


Latest Installment of Blackest Black Paint Revealed

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


SSPC Sets Standard for Concrete Coating Texture

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced earlier this week of a new standard for concrete coatings.


PPG to Acquire German Automotive Coatings Firm

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


Jotun, Kansai Paint Extend Coatings Alliance

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


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.


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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...


Hempel Opens New R&D Facility in Spain

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


Hempel Opens New R&D Facility in Spain

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


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.


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Anti-Corrosion Coating Helps Prevent Biofouling

In the ongoing effort to reduce drag on ships, as well as cut down on biofouling damage, researchers based out of Swinburne University of Technology recently developed a corrosion-resistant ...


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 ...


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...


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...


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RPM Announces Building-Materials Firm Acquisition

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of brands including Rust-Oleum and Carboline, announced last week its acquisition of Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor ...


RPM Acquires ICF Manufacturer

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of brands such as Rust-Oleum, Tremco and Carboline, announced Tuesday (Sept. 11) that it has acquired Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer...


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...


Mushroom Nanostructure Coating Foils Barnacles

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


Sika Acquires Polyurethane Foam Company

Swiss specialty chemicals company Sika announced late last month that it has acquired Polypag, a Swiss-based manufacturer and developer of polyurethane foam systems.


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...


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...


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Historic NYC Fire Boat's Paint Job Dazzles

A retired fireboat in New York Harbor will be giving tourists the ol’ razzle-dazzle for the remainder of the summer and fall as part of a public-art project highlighting a unique form of “ca...


Free Webinar: Coating Specs for Concrete Floors

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, July 11, entitled: “Dealing with the Likelihood of Damp Concrete Substrates & Exposure Conditions When Specifying Floor Coatings.”


Steel Coating Innovation Wins German Award

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


Sanitized AG Forms New Business

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


Navy Backs 'Omniphobic' Marine Coatings

Anish Tuteja, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, recently spearheaded research into an omniphobic coating—an “everything repellent” th...


Sanitized AG Forms New Coatings Business

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


AkzoNobel Completes Van Gogh Recreation

Earlier this month, AkzoNobel color experts completed a digital color recreation that reconstructed the original color scheme world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh used in his painting “Fi...


AkzoNobel Expands Organic Peroxide Plant in India

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


Florida Tech to Host Marine Corrosion and Fouling Conference

Florida Institute of Technology, located in Melbourne, Florida, and home of the Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control, will be hosting the five-day International Congress on Marine Cor...


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.


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...


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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...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: NJ Luxury High-Rise

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


Workers: Tesla Paint Shop Plagued with Fires

Five Tesla employees recently reported that the company has had at least four fires at its Fremont, California, painting facility since 2014, including one in April that was enough to stop M...


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Graphene Firm Plans Antifouling Foray

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


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.


Carboline Breaks Ground for Fireproofing Facility

Coatings manufacturer Carboline Company announced Wednesday that the first steps have been taken toward a new passive fire protection testing facility.


Companies Bring Plant-Based Exterior Resin to Life

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


Carboline Starts on New Fire Facility

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


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...


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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...


MS Shipyard Opens New Blast, Paint Facility

VT Halter Marine, a shipbuilding and repair firm serving commercial and government clients, officially opened a new $10 million blasting and painting facility at its Pascagoula, Mississippi,...


Ohio River Shipyard to be Shuttered

The United States’ oldest inland shipyard will close this spring, according to its parent company.


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...


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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 ...


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Scientists Tout Seaweed to Fight Biofouling

Researchers at a university in India have proffered a novel idea for protecting the hulls of ships from fouling and corrosion: seaweed.


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...


AkzoNobel Reveals UV-Based Antifouling Tech

Coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced this week that it, along with Royal Philips, has developed a novel antifouling solution that uses ultraviolet LED light.


New Tool Helps ID Combustible Facades

On Monday, the National Fire Protection Association announced the creation of EFFECT—an Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool, which can be used by building owners, facility manage...


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...


Antifouling Tech Inspired by Carnivorous Plants

A team of chemistry researchers based out of the University of Sydney Nano Institute, led by associate professor Chiara Neto, have devised antifouling surface coatings that do not contain an...


Lessons Learned: SSPC 2018 Program Wraps

The four-day technical program at SSPC 2018 shed light on topics from surface preparation techniques to coating technology and even moviemaking, catering to everyone from industry beginners ...


SSPC 2018 Addresses Coating Concrete

Several technical sessions at SSPC 2018 featuring Greencoat, held Jan. 15-18 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, helped attendees better understand the finer points of ...


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...


German Researchers Develop Antifouling Tech

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


Latest Issue of Durability + Design Online Now

The latest edition of Durability + Design, featuring looks back on 2017, glimpses to the year ahead and discussions on coating technology, is available online.


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...


Floor Coatings Made for Quick Cure

Two new polyaspartic floor coatings from Coatings for Industry Inc. are made to cure quickly without encouraging roller overlap marks.


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...


D+D Issues Call for Participants for 2018 Conference

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


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.


Grant Bolsters Paint Firm's Antifouling Research

A marine coatings firm is the recipient of one of two matching grants from a South Carolina public nonprofit that supports innovation in businesses in that state.


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New Intumescents Made for Commercial, Industrial Use

Two new coating products from manufacturer Carboline Company (St. Louis) are made to provide fire protection for structural steel, inside and out.


Antifouling Agent Honored with Award

I-Tech AB was recently honored by a major market research firm for its development of an organic biorepellent that can supplement or replace copper antifoulants.


Researchers: New Fire-Resistive Coating Developed

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


Sika Acquires Decorative Concrete Company

Swiss specialty chemicals company Sika announced Wednesday that it has acquired decorative concrete floor products and systems company Butterfield Color Inc.


Researchers Develop New Fire-Resistive Coating

Researchers based out of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, working in conjunction with national industrial developer JTC, say they have produced a fire-resistant coating that also...


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.


European Fire Forum to Explore Coatings, Specs

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


Researchers Develop Seismic-Resistant Concrete

Researchers at the University of British Columbia say that they have engineered a new seismic-resistant, fiber-reinforced concrete that is set to begin use in retrofitting projects.


AkzoNobel Gives Update on China Facility Expansion

Coatings company AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business announced on Tuesday that it is entering the next phase of its major expansion at its organic peroxides facility in Ningbo, China.


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...


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...


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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...


ASRC Acquires US Coatings Inc.

In a move to expand its construction, maintenance and repair operating group, ASRC Industrial Services has acquired US Coatings Inc., a marine specialty coatings company based in Alabama.


European Fire Forum Explores Intumescent and More

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


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...


Evonik Opens New Silicones Plant in China

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


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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.


Concrete Decor Show to Cover Wide Range

In its eighth year, the Concrete Décor Show will be held Nov. 6-10, at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida.


Canadian City Looks to Paint to Light the Way

It’s well known that reflective road paints can help to magnify the effects of street lights and vehicle headlights for nighttime safety, but the city of Calgary may soon be joining a select...


UK Regulations Review Guidelines Released

New guidelines for the review of U.K. building regulations have been released, following the Grenfell Tower fire and the subsequent fireproofing testing that revealed over 200 buildings were...


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...


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...


Sustainable Glass Coating Gets Federal Boost

A coating company that says it can lower home energy costs is getting a boost from Canada’s federal government. According to a news release earlier this month, Kitchener, Ontario-based compa...


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...


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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.


AkzoNobel Revenue Up in Q2, Half-Year Point

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel released its second quarter earnings on Tuesday (July 25), reporting an increase in revenue driven by Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals.


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...


PPG Announces Application Acquisition

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) announced last week that it will acquire Warren, Michigan-based coating application services company The Crown Group.


PPG to Acquire Coatings Application Services Provider

PPG Industries recently announced that it has come to an agreement to acquire coatings application services business The Crown Group.


Floor System Boasts Moisture, Impact Protection

Schluter Systems recently unveiled its DITRA-HEAT-DUO floor system, which the company says is the first system to not only serve as a protective moisture membrane, but also as impact insulat...


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New Floor Epoxy Features Low Viscosity

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


Reports Indicate Millennium Tower Fire Hazard

A sinking San Francisco tower may also contain yet another hazard, reports indicate.


New Floor Epoxy Features Low Viscosity

A new self-leveling epoxy system from Polyset is designed for use on floors in applications that require high-performance coatings.


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.


Queen Mary to Get New Coat of Paint

A 1930s ocean liner docked in California will be getting a paint job for the first time in 15 years, months after a report called the corrosion-riddled vessel's future into question.


AkzoNobel Finishes Houston Expansion

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced that it has completed an expansion of the research and development facility at its Houston location.


AkzoNobel Finishes Expansion in Houston

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


Perstorp Acquires Italian Polyols Firm

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


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.


Evonik Reorganizes Resource Efficiency Segment

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


Carbon Black Marked For Environmental Safety

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


SLIPS Technologies Expands to Marine Coatings

A Massachusetts-based coatings company recently acquired funding for expansion into marine coatings.


Rolls-Royce Invests $19M In Marine Paint Shop

An international engine manufacturer recently announced its latest sizable investment, a new marine paint shop.


Nickel Plating Made to Ease Wear

A new enhanced electroless nickel plating from Carbodeon has been developed to improve performance in sliding applications, including oil and gas facilities.


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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Adhesives Firm Bostik Acquires Flooring Company

Specialty chemicals and advanced materials company Arkema (Colombes, France) announced that its subsidiary, adhesives firm Bostik (Milwaukee) has acquired CMP Specialty Products—a floor prep...


Lab Unveils Bacteria-Fighting Coating

Researchers out of Princeton University’s Muir chemistry lab have developed new surface coatings that appear to be an incredibly effective tool in inhibiting—or, alternatively, assisting—the...


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...


Axalta Acquires Spencer Coatings Group

Philadelphia-based coatings manufacturer Axalta announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire British-owned industrial coatings manufacturer Spencer Coatings Group.


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.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Bakery Renovation

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


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Generating Station Floor

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


Antifouling Coating Aimed at Heat Exchangers

Scientists in Germany recently revealed a new coating that they say can help keep microbes at bay on heat exchangers, a development that could have implications in water treatment plants and...


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.


App Offers Updated Marine Coatings Data

AkzoNobel last week launched its International mobile app, which the Dutch coatings manufacturer says will provide convenient data access to marine coatings customers.


New Offshore Coatings Focus on 'Splash Zone'

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


Huntsman Acquires UK Polyurethane Firm

Chemical firm Huntsman Corporation has completed the acquisition of IFS Chemicals Limited, a U.K.-based formulator of polyurethane products, including marine coatings and pipeline protection...


Paint's Swirls, Scarcity Spur Eye-Catching Jewelry

A bygone method of painting cars in automotive factories has given rise to a market for collectors scrambling to acquire color-swirled chunks that are, for some, akin to gems.


Berger Strikes Deal with Japan's Rock Paint

Berger Paints India Ltd. announced Friday that it has reached an agreement to market automotive refinish paints in India manufactured by Rock Paint Co. Ltd. of Japan.


New Additive Made for Powder Coatings

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


PPG Reports Q1 Growth Amid Marine Challenges

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries reported growth in net sales and sales volumes in its first quarter, bolstered in part by a 7 percent jump in sales in the Industrial Coatings seg...


Carbon Black Liquid Prep Made for Easy Dispersion

Orion Engineered Carbons recently introduced its Derussol B230 water-borne liquid pigment preparation.


PPG Releases Q1 Numbers, Nods to AkzoNobel Offer

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries reported growth in net sales and sales volumes in its first quarter, bolstered in part by a 7 percent jump in sales in the Industrial Coatings seg...


Polyaspartic Unveiled for Concrete Surfaces

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


3M Sues Over Spray Gun Equipment Patents

Global adhesives and auto products manufacturer 3M has filed suit against a China-based manufacturer and a California-based auto refinish products retailer over what it calls patent copyrigh...


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.


Fire-resistant, Wood-veneered Frame Products Unveiled

A new line of wood frames has combined steel with a wood-veneered metal for an aesthetically pleasing barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer, according to Technical Glass Products.


Berger Paints, Chugoku Partner on Marine

Putting into action its plan to expand its presence in the Indian marine paints market, Chugoku Marine Paints of Japan has announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Be...


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...


Valspar Sells Wood Coatings Unit for $420M

In a transaction that The Sherwin-Williams Company and Valspar hope will pave the way for the close of their pending merger, the firms announced on Wednesday (April 12) they have reached an ...


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...


Hempel Catalogs 2016 Challenges in Report

After what Hempel Group described as a “landmark” year financially in 2015, the Kongens Lyngby, Denmark-based global coatings company announced a plan to accelerate its “Journey to Excellenc...


New Polyaspartic Made for Concrete Floors

Coatings and linings provider US Coatings (St. Louis) has announced the launch of a high-solids polyaspartic designed for direct-to-concrete and primed concrete surfaces.


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...


Jotun Opens $5.6M Intumescent R&D Site

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


PPG Reiterates Akzo Invitation

For the third time in under a month, PPG Industries is trying to set up talks with Dutch coatings firm AkzoNobel.


PPG Makes Public Appeal to AkzoNobel

The ongoing courtship between the world's largest coatings company and its biggest competitor took another very public turn this week as PPG Industries issued an open invitation to AkzoNobel...


Breakthrough Coating Heals, Repels

Engineers at the University of Michigan are touting the durability characteristics of their recently developed self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating technology designed for a pleth...


Hempel Opens New Kuwait Factory

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel recently opened a new factory in Kuwait, allowing the company to up its production of marine, protective and decorative paints for the Middle East.


New Product in Anti-Fouling Introduced

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


Floor Coating to Deliver ‘Designer’ Look

Florock Polymer Flooring has launched the FloroMica System, which it says combines “heavy duty epoxy floor coating resins with natural, decorative mica flakes.”


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.


AZ Flooring Firm Opens New Hub

Industrial and commercial flooring and concrete coating firm Arizona Polymer Flooring has opened a new headquarters in Phoenix, to serve as an international hub, and host research, manufactu...


Concrete Coating Maker Opens New Hub

Arizona Polymer Flooring, a growing flooring products and concrete coating manufacturer, has opened a new 50,000-square-foot mixed-use facility, set to serve as the company’s international h...


Study: Flame Retardants Impact Child Behavior

In a new pilot study, Oregon State University researchers report that they have found a significant link between social behaviors in children and their exposure to flame retardant chemicals.


Rolls-Royce Unveils Diamond Dust Paint

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


Study: Corroded Queen Mary Needs $300M Fix

Fans of one 20th century Cunard Line ocean liner may soon be singing “God Save the Queen,” after a report on the Queen Mary revealed extensive corrosion and damage that could cost nearly $30...


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...


Startup Introduces Cement Alternative

Upping the recycled materials is the key to what engineers from the University of Arizona say is a lighter, stronger and less expensive alternative to Portland cement.


Coating Designed for Metal, Concrete

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


Concrete Alternative Spurs Startup

Engineers from the University of Arizona say their new development, Acrete, is a lighter, stronger and less expensive alternative to Portland cement.


German Additive Hits US Market

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


Rolls-Royce Shows Car with Diamond Paint

Luxury car company Rolls-Royce Motor Cars shined at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the Ghost Elegance, a car with the world’s first diamond paint finish.


Polyaspartic Made for Steel or Concrete

Coating manufacturer Polyset has introduced a new polyaspartic system for concrete and metal surfaces, recommended for use on tanks, bridges, railcars, pipelines and other steel structures a...


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...


AkzoNobel Program Backs Hull Standard

The marine coatings business of coatings supplier AkzoNobel is launching an international program to encourage the adoption of a recently created standard for hull and propeller performance ...


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, ...


Boston to Consider Harbor Barrier

The city of Boston is considering a permanent solution to combat climate change and its accompanying rise in tide and rainfall levels. The billion-dollar fix might come in the form of a sea ...


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...


Nanotech Firm Develops Coatings for Metals

A New Jersey-based nanotechnology company is in the process of receiving full patents on two new coating developments that it says could be of use to those who paint bridges and other metal ...


NEI Touts Functional Coatings

Two new coatings and pretreatment technologies developed by NEI Corp. are in the process of receiving full patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Fire Rocks TiO2 Plant Amid Spin Off

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


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.


Study: Algae Defense Mechanism Foils Fouling

Marine antifouling coatings are designed specifically to do away with organisms like algae, but new research out of one German university shows how these coatings for ships and other marine ...


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.


Axalta to Acquire Century

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


Axalta to Buy Century Industrial Coatings

Coatings manufacturer Axalta has announced plans to acquire Century Industrial Coatings, a 50-year-old company that makes coatings for structural steel, oil and gas, rail cars and other OEM ...


ACI Issues ‘Comprehensive’ Concrete Guide

A new guide seeks to answer any questions related to concrete, including design and specification, inspection and testing topics.


Marine Gelcoat Line Made to Last

A new line of marine coatings from manufacturer Ashland is designed to coat boats that are designed for aesthetics as well as performance.


Florock Marks 65 Years in Flooring Systems

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


Eight Firms Form Euclid Group

A group of RPM International Inc. subsidiaries that produce coatings and related chemicals to construction and engineering sectors have recently united to form The Euclid Group.


New Mortar Designed for Concrete Repair

An Illinois-based manufacturer has developed a new epoxy resin mortar made to repair concrete floors and surfaces as well as protect them from chemical damage.


Mortar Patches Concrete in Chemical Settings

A new epoxy resin mortar is designed to repair concrete floors and surfaces and protect them from chemical damage, with high resistance to the effects of acid.


Sherwin-Williams Posts Record Sales in 2016

Paints and coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company reported record consolidated net sales in 2016, and the company expects its acquisition of Valspar to close within 90 days, but ...


ICP Group Acquires Floor Coating Firm

The parent company of a number of architectural and specialty coating and adhesive brands has added polymer floor coating manufacturer Rock-Tred Corp. to its portfolio.


Sherwin-Williams Posts Record Sales, Merger Plans

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


Floor Coating Made to Resist Impacts

A new polyaspartic floor coating from The Sherwin-Williams Company is designed for ease of application in manufacturing facilities, airplane hangars and other settings where impacts and abra...


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Sherwin-Williams Touts Polyaspartic Technology

The latest polyaspartic floor coating offering from Sherwin-Williams is reportedly designed to give applicators greater flexibility and provide extended open time.


Demand Surges Amid Patent Growth

The global concrete floor coatings market is expected to reach $2.6 billion by 2022, a recent forecast suggests, meanwhile technology advances are responsible for a boom in patent activity f...


Flowcrete, Others Join ‘Power’ Group

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


Topcoat Made for Indoor, Outdoor Uses

A high-build, fast-drying polyaspartic topcoat system for garages, decks, or restaurant flooring is the latest product offering from Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems.


Chemical Handbook Debuts

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


ICP Group Acquires Rock-Tred

The Innovative Chemical Products Group has acquired the Illinois-based polymer floor coating manufacturer Rock-Tred Corp.


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.


Coatings Group Promotes Safe DIY Antifouling

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


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...


New Epoxies Made for Offshore Assets

A pair of new marine coatings from Hempel are designed to protect offshore assets from corrosion, above and below the waterline.


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...


RPM Reports Increased Sales in Q2

RPM International Inc. (Medina, OH), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, saw a 3 percent increase in sales in the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal...


Sales Increase in RPM Q2

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


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 Mazda Car Material Eliminates Painting

Automaker Mazda has unveiled its first cars to be made partly of a bio-plastic material that doesn’t need to be painted, and is said to provide superior strength and scratch-resistance.


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.


Dubai to Address Fire Safety in Lab

Officials in Dubai have announced plans for a new laboratory designed to test and certify the fire-resistance of materials and products used in buildings throughout the United Arab Emirates,...


Selecting Coatings by Brand: An SSPC 2017 Workshop

A novel workshop at SSPC 2017, scheduled for Jan. 31 in Tampa, FL, will describe the capabilities and uses of proprietary products for exterior concrete and masonry substrates.


Selecting Coatings by Brand: A Novel SSPC Workshop

A novel workshop at SSPC 2017, scheduled for Jan. 31 in Tampa, FL, will describe the capabilities and uses of proprietary products for exterior concrete and masonry substrates.


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, ...


AkzoNobel Closes BASF Coatings Deal

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


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...


Flooring System Touts Antistatic Properties

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


Join Us for Concrete Floor Guidance

A new free webinar will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of various concrete flooring options as well as their maintenance requirements and costs.


CA Proposes Antifouling Paints Rule

Antifouling coatings are the focus of regulatory actions being considered for addition to data requirements under the California Code of Regulations.


Surface Prep, Solar Tech Star in New Issue

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


Study: Conservation on the OEM Coatings Line

Elimination of one step in the paint process at BMW Group’s Munich plant has allowed the German vehicle manufacturer to save 12,000 tons of CO2 annually during automotive production, accordi...


Paint Converts Solar Heat to Electricity

A new paint technology is being touted for its ability to harness and repurpose the heat collected by large exposed surfaces like ships, buildings and cars.


Testing Firm Opens Dedicated Coatings Center

A materials and product qualification testing provider based in the United Kingdom is expanding its coatings testing services with a facility offering enhanced offerings to the oil, gas and ...


Paint Produces Power from Hot Surfaces

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


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 ...


Team Focuses on Coating Color Changes

New coatings could produce a range of colors based on nanostructures rather than pigments, says a group of researchers at work on a thin, scratch-resistant coating they say “could be a real ...


Urethane Made for OEM, Industrial Markets

High-performance coatings and linings provider US Coatings has announced the launch of a new urethane it says is rapidly customizable in order to meet the unique needs of original equipment ...


Tool Made to Measure Concrete Coatings

A U.K.-based inspection equipment manufacturer has launched a new tool for coating thickness inspection on concrete substrates.


Groups Gauge Coatings Across the Pond

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


Gel-Based Coating Fights Off Ice

Researchers at Colorado State University believe they have made a breakthrough in the realm of anti-icing coatings with the invention of a new ice-repellent coating they claim outperforms to...


New Epoxies Target Humidity, Low Temps

In an effort to give contractors a wider window for the application of coatings in harsh environments, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings (Cleveland) has expanded its Dura-Plate S...


Gauge Measures Coatings on Concrete

A new tool for coating thickness inspection on concrete substrates has been launched by inspection equipment manufacturer Elcometer.


Specialty, E-coat Products Make R&D List

Industrial and specialty coating products from automotive and aerospace electrocoats to corrosion- and chemical-resistant coatings for food packaging were honored in this year's R&D 100, a l...


Coating, Building Envelope Products Lauded

Tools and products to help promote energy efficiency via an airtight building envelope, along with a number of specialty coatings advancements, were honored as winners in this year’s R&D 100...


Explore Marine Tank Coating Solutions

Corrosion reportedly cost the United States Department of Defense $21.9 billion in 2014. For the U.S. Navy alone, annual corrosion costs are said to be $7.5 billion with vessel corrosion cos...


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.


Polymer Boasts Fast Concrete Repair

A new concrete repair polymer has been introduced by VersaFlex Inc. (Kansas City, KS), a supplier of polyurea coatings, linings, joint fillers, and concrete repair products.


Painters Think ‘Outside the Can’

A paint can is a paint can is a paint can… unless it’s also R2-D2, a pineapple or Iron Man. At least that’s how contestants see it in Axalta Coating System’s annual “Paint Outside the Can” c...


New Polymer Repairs Cracking Concrete

VersaFlex Inc., a supplier of polyurea coatings, linings, joint fillers, and concrete repair products, has announced the launch of new concrete repair polymer.


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).


New DTM Coating Offers Corrosion Resistance

A new one-layer direct-to-metal coating launched by PPG (Pittsburgh) was reportedly designed to perform in the manner of primer-topcoat systems.


Sherwin-Williams’ Revenues Rise

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


Sherwin-Williams Reports Earnings, New CFO

The Sherwin-Williams Company has reported an increase in consolidated net sales for both the third quarter and nine-month period of 2016, as well as the appointment of a new chief financial ...


PPG Sees Volumes Grow in Q3

Led by growth in its Industrial Coatings segment, PPG reported an improvement in year-over-year volumes across both its coating segments in the third quarter of 2016, the company announced w...


Cost Cuts Could Follow PPG Q3

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


AkzoNobel Q3: Volumes Flat, Profits Up

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, Netherlands) announced slight growth in profits despite largely flat volumes in its third quarter earnings report, released Wednesday (Oct....


MIT Research Strives to Upgrade Hull Coatings

An American military agency is sponsoring research on the development of a hydrogel material that could help antifouling coatings stick to metal hulls better and longer.


AkzoNobel Volumes Hold, Profits Grow in Q3

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


Probe Launched After Deadly Blast

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


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.


New Admixture Made to Fight Bacteria

A new concrete admixture offered by BASF (Cleveland, OH) is designed to prevent biodeterioration through the use of an electrophysical antibactercial mechanism.


New Sub Coating to Distort Sonar

A Russian shipbuilding research and development institute is working on a polymer film coating intended to make the nation’s submarines invisible to sonar.


Tesla Denies Paint Shop Bottleneck Report

Growing electric automaker Tesla is denying reports that its paint shop could be the source of a bottleneck that could slow its expanding production capacity.


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...


Australia Settles in Reef Disaster Case

The Australian government has come to a settlement with representatives of Shenzhen Energy, whose Shen Neng 1 ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in 2010, causing considerable environ...


BASF Aims to Extend Bridge’s Service Life

Sited in an active seismic zone and now the longest span in the country, Turkey’s Osman Gazi Bridge brought some unique needs to its construction.


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...


EU’s Copper Approval to Benefit Shipping

The European Union’s decision this summer to approve the use of copper in marine antifoulings is expected to deliver significant benefits for both the shipping industry and environment, says...


Study: Indoor Spaces Rampant with Toxins

Indoor dust is often laden with toxic chemicals from building materials, cleaning products, furniture, electronics and other common items, a new study suggests.


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...


Coating Guards Offshore Turbines from Sun

A new protective coating primarily for offshore turbines is designed to protect against UV damage in addition to corrosion and abrasion.


Concrete Trade Groups to Merge

The American Society of Concrete Contractors will be augmenting its concrete polishing programming through a merger with the Concrete Polishing Association of America, the two groups have an...


Steamship Restoration Gets Coatings Boost

A historic steamship in Scotland is being restored to what it looked like 80 years ago, with the help of a marine protective coatings manufacturer.


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.


Coating Boasts Fuel, Emissions Savings

A new biocide-free fouling control coating has been launched by AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business, International.


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.


Vehicle Coatings Brand Gets New Look

A longstanding global brand of polyurethane coatings for vehicles is getting a new look, but the product will remain the same.


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.


Tnemec Debuts Epoxy Primer

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


Primer Made to Inhibit Moisture Vapor

A new moisture vapor-tolerant, high solids epoxy primer for newly poured and existing concrete slabs is now available from protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc.


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.


Energy Department Funds Coatings Research

Three organizations will be able to make use of federal funding to perform research on ways that coatings can contribute to reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy.


Cycling Captures Color-Changing Coating

The 2016 Summer Olympics may be coming to a close, but one bicycle manufacturer commemorated this year’s sporting event with a bold, responsive paint scheme for Olympians and the average rid...


NASA Thinks Pink with Pressure-Sensitive Paint

Hot pink is not a color most people would associate with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but it happens to be the hue of a special paint the agency relies on when it comes...


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...


EPA Seeks Comments on Copper Toxicity Test

The federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment is seeking public comment on water quality criteria that includes a copper toxicity testing method relevant to ...


Tennant Grows with Florock Purchase

Minneapolis-based Tennant Company announced the expansion of its floor coatings portfolio through the purchase of the Florock Polymer Flooring brand from Crawford Laboratories Inc.


Paint Preserves WWII Shipwreck

Researchers and naval history buffs have paint to thank for the preservation of a WWII shipwreck site, and for some insights into the battle that took place between a German merchant raider ...


Tennant Coatings Buys Florock

In a move to expand its floor coatings portfolio, the Tennant Company has acquired the Florock Polymer Flooring brand from Crawford Laboratories Inc.


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 ...


AkzoNobel Takes Reins of Egypt Firm

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


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...


RPM Reports Record Quarter, Fiscal 2016

Carboline parent company RPM International Inc. reported sales were up 4 percent and net income grew 20 percent for its fourth quarter, while sales grew 5 percent and net income increased 48...


Specifying, Green Coatings Top New Issue

Expert advice on fire-resistive coatings and specification writing are a part of the new issue of Durability + Design In Depth, now available free online.


Consumer Rockets RPM to Record Q4

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


AkzoNobel Takes Ownership of Egypt Venture

As part of its accelerated growth strategy for Egypt and the wider North Africa region, Dutch paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has bought out the remaining stake in Akzo Nobel Powd...


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.


Foreign Worker Settles Tesla Suit

Tesla Motors and the Slovenian worker injured during construction of its high-volume paint shop have settled a case that brought to light questionable wage and hiring practices involving the...


Corrosion Inhibitor Goes Liquid

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


Worker, Tesla Settle Low Wage Suit

A Slovenian worker who was injured in a three-story fall at a Tesla Motors paint shop factory in California has settled a worker’s compensation and wage case against the electric automaker a...


Industrial Coatings Boost PPG's Q2

Pittsburgh-based paint and coatings manufacturer PPG delivered consistent performance and modest growth, comparable to the previous year, in its second quarter financial results, released Th...


PPG Reports Modest Growth in Q2

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


AkzoNobel Sees Modest Gains in Q2

Dutch paints, coatings and chemicals company AkzoNobel reported positive developments in all three of its business lines for the second quarter of 2016, despite the pressures of a challengin...


Coating Developed for Wear Resistance

An Arkansas startup has won a National Science Foundation grant meant to help it bring its patent-pending coating technology to market.


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.


A ‘Dazzling’ Commemoration

Dazzle camouflage may have been a functional painting method used on World War I ships to confuse the enemy’s visual perception, but right now it’s part of an eye-catching art project markin...


Marine Epoxy for North America Unveiled

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel has introduced a new marine coating that the company says provides protection while limiting VOC content.


Testing Coatings in Flight

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. is putting non-stick coatings to the test in an operational testing later this summer.


Corrosion Inhibitor Made to Withstand Salt

A new anticorrosion coating from Cortec Corporation is said to boast considerable salt spray resistance at very low film thickness.


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.


Ashland Adds to Adhesives Line

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


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.


BASF Grows Coatings Arm in $3.2B Deal

Known as a multi-national chemicals manufacturing corporation, BASF is expanding its coatings portfolio through the acquisition of a global surface treatment business.


Abrasion Resistance from Marine System

A new coating system from PPG’s protective and marine business is said to be ideal for the cargo holds of dry bulk carriers.


Concrete Repair Code Sets Standards

Highlighting the need for consistent practices in concrete repair, the American Concrete Institute has published what it calls “a major milestone” in the industry: A new code that focuses on...


Standard Touts Fuel Savings

A long-awaited International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for ships and marine technology—expected to save the shipping industry billions in fuel costs—is nearing final pu...


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.


PPG Expands Reach with New Acquisition

Pittsburgh-based coatings giant PPG has announced it will acquire global coatings services provider MetoKote and its affiliates.


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.


PPG Bows Waterborne Intumescents

PPG has announced new products in the Steelguard range of intumescent fire protection coatings for steel structures.


New Paint Robot Cable Touts Durability

German cable and wire manufacturer SAB Brockskes GmbH & Co. KG has introduced a new control cable for use in robotic paint applications.


Marine Coatings Firms Partner Up

Japan’s Nippon Paint Marine Coatings and Germany’s Wilckens Farben GmbH have announced a joint venture that will supply Nippon’s marine paints throughout Europe and Turkey.


Scientist Adds Motion in Coatings Test

One doctoral candidate at a Danish technical university has developed a coating test method that takes a novel approach to analyzing coatings performance.


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...


Tesla Suit Exposes Labor Issues

A new paint shop for a Tesla Motors factory expansion is at the center of a controversy over whether the contractors responsible for its construction were grossly underpaid.


Paint Shop Builder Sues Tesla

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


Nanotech Coating Deal Signed

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


Google’s New Coating Catches Pedestrians

Pedestrians could be stuck to the hoods of cars as the result of a new coating technology developed by Google—and in this case, that’s a good thing, the company says.


Polymer Billed for Low-Odor Paints

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


Axalta Labs Earn Accreditation

Global liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems has been accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), the company announced Monday (May 1...


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, ...


Sherwin-Williams Receives Royal Honor

A Sherwin-Williams Company division is one of 243 firms selected for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2016, celebrating British business contributions to international trade, innov...


Coating Nets Shipper $60K in Credits

A Greek maritime freight company has been named the first ship owner recipient of carbon credits through an eco-friendly program developed by AkzoNobel.


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...


Dunn-Edwards Expands Its Catalog

Architectural, industrial and high-performance paint manufacturer Dunn-Edwards is growing its industrial coatings lineup with the addition of US Coatings products, the company announced Tues...


News Team Puts Coatings to the Test

Truck owners are known to take advantage of protective coatings to safeguard the beds of their vehicles against damage from the loads they haul.


Free Webinar Offers Concrete Floor Advice

Coatings for aggressive environments are the topic when Durability + Design presents the third installment of its webinar series on concrete floor coatings on Thursday, May 19.


Costs Balloon for Reef Paint Cleanup

Australian Sen. Larissa Waters is continuing her fight to have toxic paint residue removed from the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, even as the costs of su...


Smart Coating Fights Fouling, Cancer

Scientists at Seton Hall University say they’ve come up with a new and more effective way to fight biofouling through coatings—and the technology they’ve developed may help fight cancer and ...


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.


Award Lauds Water, Wastewater ‘Impact’

With an eye on exceptional projects in the water and wastewater industry, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has launched a new award program.


New Train Paint Claims Flame Resistance

A new coating from Finnish firm Finnester Coatings claims it is able to protect train and subway cars from fire and smoke damage, conforming to new EU standards for fire safety.


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.


New Nanocoating Inhibits Bacteria Growth

A new nanocoating developed by scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev could play an important role in marine anti-fouling coatings.


Longtime PPG Official Advances

PPG has tapped one of its veteran employees to take on an executive role in its Latin America market.


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...


Bill to Require Fire-Resistant Coatings

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


Marine Primer Targets Maintenance

AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business has announced the release of a new anticorrosive primer developed to support simplified maintenance, waste avoidance and enhanced corrosion protection.


PPG Reports Record Q1 Performance

Crediting six acquisitions completed during 2015, Michael H. McGarry, PPG president and chief executive officer, announced improved financial results for the company’s two coatings segments ...


Stores Boost Sherwin-Williams’ Q1

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


Sherwin-Williams Sees Q1 Net Sales Grow

While The Sherwin-Williams Company saw a slight dip in net sales for in its Global Finishes Group in the start of 2016, strong performance by the PaintStores Group helped push the company in...


Growth in Europe Drives PPG Q1

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


Free Webinar Covers Retail Flooring

Selecting and specifying floor finishes for high volume retail buildings is the topic of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Environmental Performance Nets Award

An antifouling agent produced by Gothenburg, Sweden-based bio-tech company I-Tech has earned a European Marine Engineering Award in recognition of the marine coating ingredient’s environment...


AkzoNobel Confronts Challenging Q1

AkzoNobel reported growth in volumes and profitability in all three business areas in its first quarter 2016 results, despite a challenging market environment.


Team Uses Nanoparticles to Bolster PTFE

Researchers at the University of Arkansas are studying a method of using nanoparticles to increase the sturdiness in polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings, commonly known as Teflon.


Style, Function Shine in Concrete Floor

It’s not just the activities taking place inside Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center that make the building interesting. The 86-year-old former trade school itself combines environmentally...


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...


New Coatings Inhibit Corrosion, Biofilms

A Saarbrucken, Germany-based research center is working on coatings advancements intended to benefit anticorrosion and antifouling applications.


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...


Flexmar Touts Polyaspartics Technology

Flexmar Coatings has introduced a new line of polyaspartic coatings made for interior and exterior commercial, residential and light industrial concrete floor substrates, the company says.


Coatings Company Settles with EPA

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


New Heat-Resistive Pipe, Tank Lining

Denso USA has announced its new internal pipe and tank lining, Archco 453HT. The lining has been designed to protect steel tanks and internal pipes from corrosion and to disperse heat in hig...


Roller Covers Made for Resinous Flooring

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


Insulative Coating Made for Marine Use

Carboline has launched a new insulative coating developed for marine use. The water-based epoxy insulative coating, Carbotherm 551, was designed to present an alternative to acrylic-based in...


RPM Reports 'Pleasing' Q3 2016

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


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.


RPM Reports Record Third Quarter

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


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...


Hempel Highlights Its ‘Landmark’ 2015

2015 was a momentous year for Denmark-based Hempel Group in both corporate strategy and financial terms as it reported strong results for the third year in a row in terms of turnover, earnin...


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.


Anti-Fouling Agent up for Award

Gothenburg, Sweden’s I-Tech announced that it is among three companies shortlisted in the European Marine Engineering Awards' Environmental Performance category for its Selektope antifouling...


Spray-On Coating May Ease Icing Problems

Research is underway on a durable, inexpensive ice-repellent coating developed with airplanes, oil rigs, power lines and other industrial machinery or structures in mind.


Dow Corning Touts New Additives, Resins

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


New Products Made for Building Envelope

A Washington-based developer of breathable membrane systems for walls and roofs has announced the addition of two new accessories designed to provide superior building envelope ventilation a...


Webinar: Institutional Floor Coatings in Focus

From aesthetics to maintenance costs, there are many important factors to consider when selecting and specifying floor coatings for schools and hospitals.


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 Tool Adds Cruise Ship Data

Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced the addition of a new data source to its recently launched data analysis tool, Intertrac Vision.


Learn More about Protective Coatings

The protective properties offered by a range of industrial and marine coatings are the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


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.


Barrier System to Reduce Install Time

PROSOCO Inc. has teamed up with Georgia-Pacific Gypsum to offer a new, patent-pending sheathing barrier system developed to reduce the time it takes to weatherize buildings.


Mesh-Free PFP Launches for Energy Sector

Global paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun has announced the release of its new mesh-free epoxy passive fire protection coating for the hydrocarbon processing and energy industries.


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.


Scientists Unveil Ice-Melting Coating

Researchers at Rice University are working on developing a composite coating to help remove ice in cold-weather applications ranging from wind turbines to aircraft wings.


Below-Grade Waterproofing Line Bows

Global coatings and waterproofing product manufacturer MAPEI has introduced a below-grade waterproofing product line to the North American construction market.


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.


New Primers to Match Range of Surfaces

The PPG commercial coatings group has announced the addition of F4921WH–2.1 White Epoxy Primer and F4921BK–2.1 Black Epoxy Primer to its DELFLEET Evolution premium commercial paint system.


Hempel Begins CEO Transition Period

Global protective coatings supplier Hempel has announced that its incoming chief executive officer has officially come on board.


Flame Retardant Market Remains Hot

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


Team Lauds ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Coatings

Scientists at a Swiss university have developed a polymer coating they say is so versatile they compare it to the iconic Swiss army knife, with future applications cutting into the wastewate...


Hull Coating Leads to Carbon Credits

Paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has issued its first round of carbon credits to ship owners switching to biocide-free hull coating systems to reduce their emissions.


D+D to Host Free Concrete Floor Webinars

Durability + Design, the leading publisher in architectural coatings technology, will present a free three-webinar series on specifying coatings and other treatments for concrete floors in M...


Research Brings Antifouling to Oman

A university in Oman has developed the region’s first antifouling marine nanocoating, according to an announcement following a month-long field test of the coating at a local marina.


APF Acquires Super-Krete International

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


PPG Launches $7.8M Coatings R&D Hub

Paint and coatings giant PPG Industries has unveiled its newly completed research and development facility just outside of Pittsburgh, home to its global headquarters.


Los Angeles Sues Developer after Fire

The City of Los Angeles has filed a $20 million negligence lawsuit against the developer of a seven-story apartment under construction that was destroyed in a massive blaze on Dec. 8, 2014.


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...


Toyota Tests Green as the New White

The Prius is already known as an eco-friendly, fuel-efficient car, but Toyota recently revealed a paint job that promises to make the already frugal car even more environmentally responsible...


Resin Supplier Names New CEO

Brussels-based specialty chemicals company Allnex has announced the appointment of Miguel Mantas to the position of CEO, effective Feb. 1.


Engineers Boast Glass Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that coating small pieces of glass with extremely thin layers of metal, like silver, makes it possible to enhance the amount of l...


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.


Architectural Concrete Wins Top Prize

Baker Concrete Construction, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, wowed the judges of the Decorative Concrete Council's Decorative Concrete Awards competition with a striking architectural concrete instal...


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 ...


Coatings for the Oil & Gas Industry

The unique challenges of coatings for the oil and gas industry is the focus of the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


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.


Trends, Technologies Shine at WOC 2016

LAS VEGAS—More than 55,000 concrete and masonry professionals gathered in Las Vegas this week to take part in the World of Concrete 2016.


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...


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

PPG Industries has named a new senior vice president for global architectural coatings and announced three other changes in executive management, too.


Executive Promotions Underway at PPG

PPG Industries has announced several new leadership appointments, including senior vice presidents in three divisions, as well as the retirement of the current senior vice president, automot...


Behr Offers Decorative Concrete Coating

Behr Pro has released a premium floor coating formulated to offer a “unique multi-speckled finish for horizontal interior and exterior concrete and masonry surfaces.”


Beetle Shell Inspires Anti-Frost Coating

Researchers from Virginia Tech are looking to inhabitants of one of the hottest areas on the planet for inspiration in developing a coating that would inhibit ice formation on critical surfa...


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.


Meter Made to Detect Concrete Moisture

TQC has introduced a concrete moisture reader that the company says is designed to test large concrete floors and construction that require coating.


Axalta Celebrates 150-Year History

Global coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems is celebrating 150 years in the industry this year.


Air Force Discusses Corrosion Control

Coatings and corrosion control help more than just metal—they also help in national defense.


Nature Inspires Anti-Reflective Coating

Using millions of tiny hollow spheres of carbonized sugar, arranged in a tightly packed hexagonal monolayer, a team of researchers has developed a lightweight anti-reflective coating that co...


Learn to Evaluate, Specify for Slip Resistance

Various standards for evaluating slip resistance are among the topics to be discussed in the next free webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Science Crafts Concrete for Life on Mars

As NASA sets its sites on developing the resources to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, some scientists are looking ahead to the next phase—the technologies astronauts will need to one day l...


Floor Coatings Market Set to Soar

The North American concrete floor coatings market is expected to reach $546.8 million by 2023, a new forecast suggests.


A Martian Mixture for Concrete

First we have to get to Mars, but once there…how will we be build?


3M Sues over Alleged Patent Infringement

Global manufacturing giant 3M, headquartered in St. Paul, MN, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit


Novel Polymer Product Technologies Debut

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


Silica, Beryllium Top 2016 OSHA List

As 2015 came to a close, new rules on silica, beryllium and record-keeping were among those on the horizon—but not final yet.


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.


Flame Retardant Causes Warehouse Fire

A flame retardant stored in a California foam insulation, coatings and roofing company’s warehouse led to a hazardous materials scare for firefighters after it caught fire and then exploded.


Biocide-Free Antifouling Coating Debuts

Hempel has introduced a new high-solids marine antifouling coating that the company says leads to cleaner hulls for a longer period.


Standard Announced Ahead of SSPC 2016

Performance requirements for elastomeric, water-based, high-build coatings used to protect exterior masonry and concrete commercial structures are the focus of a new technical standard by SS...


Hospital Giant Bans Antimicrobial Use

With insufficient evidence that antimicrobial coatings improve the fight against germs and an increasing concern about spreading toxins, a major health care company has decided to ban the pr...


Coatings Courses for Military, DoD Use

From corrosion prevention to chemical agent resistance, coatings professionals will have the opportunity to delve into a range of topics specific to military and Department of Defense applic...


Hempel Appoints New CFO

One of the world’s top paint and coatings companies has hired a new chief financial officer to fill the vacancy left by the departing incumbent.


High-Bake Phenolic Tank Lining Debuts

US Coatings has introduced a high-bake phenolic tank lining that the company says offers chemical resistance for a range of applications.


Get to Know Marine Coating Standards

What do you need to know when specifying coatings for marine environments? What training opportunities are available to keep you up to date on the latest certifications and standards?


Tank Linings to Resist Chemicals

PPG Protective and Marine Coatings has introduced Phenguard Pro, a tank coating system that the company says offers wide chemical resistance for shipyards and ship owners.


Floor Machine Designed to Refresh

Aztec Products Inc. has introduced a new machine designed for terrazzo and concrete polishing and maintenance projects.


Sub Museum Gets New Exterior Coat

Although officially retired from naval service since 1971, a Cold War-era submarine has remained on duty as an educational tourist attraction moored along the north shore of Pittsburgh.


Slippery Paint? Not Quite, Skaters Say

Non-stick coatings have their places, but a skating park apparently is not one of them.


Coating Made for Concrete Refill

The Sherwin-Williams Company Protective & Marine Coatings division has introduced an epoxy-modified cementitious resurfacer that the company says patches and refills voids and bug holes in c...


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.


SSPC Surveys Shipping, Marine Topics

With SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT just weeks away, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings spotlights the lineup of shipping and marine conference sessions available on site.


Axalta Taps New VP, Division President

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


NASA Sets Sights on Thermal Coating

When it comes to protecting its spacecraft—and the human occupants—from both heat loss and extremely high temperatures during space travel and reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, NASA is turnin...


Florock Adds Kits, Colorants to Line

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


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.


Byron Lapin, Seal-Krete President, Dies

Like his father, Byron Lapin believed in providing his customers with “convenience in a can.”


Seal-Krete President Byron Lapin Dies

Byron Lapin believed in his father’s idea of “convenience in a can.”


SSPC Course Available Down Under

The Society for Protective Coating’s popular Concrete Coating Inspector (CCI) course will now be available in Australia and New Zealand, the association announced Thursday (Nov. 12).


Curing Agent Made for Epoxy Coatings

Cardolite Corporation has debuted an epoxy curing agent for commercial use, including concrete coatings and grouts, mortars and adhesives.


Cracks Worry Nuclear Plant’s Opponents

Environmental groups have said an Ohio nuclear power plant’s license should not be renewed because cracks in the plant’s concrete reactor shield pose an ongoing danger.


Cashew-Based Coating Made for Industry

Cardolite Corporation has introduced an epoxy curing agent that it says will give customers a cost-effective upgrade from common medium and high viscosity, solvent-free polyamides.


Team Develops Coating for Steel

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


Paint Sales Up in Sherwin-Williams’ Q3

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


Sherwin-Williams: Q3 2015 Sales Up

Despite a drop in the group that includes protective and marine coatings, the second-largest paint company in the U.S. showed an increase overall in its third quarter of 2015.


Paint Designed to Kill Bacteria

Sherwin-Williams is billing its latest product offering as “one of the most significant technological breakthroughs” in its nearly 150-year history.


Hull Paint Threatens Reef System

When the Chinese oil tanker Shen Neng 1 ran into the Great Barrier Reef and scraped off part of its bottom coating in the process, it was just the beginning of the event’s environmental impa...


Now Testing: Self-Healing Concrete

With several researchers experimenting over the past few years with self-healing concrete methods, a company in the United Kingdom is being recognized for leading the way in testing how well...


Self-Healing Concrete Effort Recognized

A company in the United Kingdom is up for a sustainability award for its work in testing self-healing concrete methods.


Concrete Floor Coatings on the Rise

A growing awareness of concrete floor coatings combined with increased construction activity throughout the world are expected to grow the concrete floor coatings industry over the next five...


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.


Data Predicts Coatings Performance

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


Crews Keep the Concrete Moving

Motorists in Utah are catching sight of a new bridge over I-15, but it’s not meant for vehicles, cyclists or even pedestrians, and it’s not a permanent addition.


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.


RPM Eyes Solid Growth after ‘Tepid’ Q1

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


Poor Weather Drives RPM’s Q1

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


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.


Trunk Show: Lucy Gets a Paint Job

The New Jersey beachfront stomping ground has not been kind to "Lucy the Elephant."


A NJ Icon Gets a Makeover

A 134-year-old American icon is in need of more than a bit of restoration, as rust and years of exposure to sand and salt air have eaten away at its layers of protective coatings.


Coatings Give Marine Life the Slip

A technology company known for their work with super-repellant surfaces is turning its attention to the marine applications market.


Strict Liability Asbestos Case on Appeal

A California appeals court will soon determine whether to uphold a lower court’s decision that a subcontractor cannot be held strictly liable for installing asbestos-containing material on a...


'Green' Advances Coatings Market Growth

“Green” coatings are becoming an essential part of the consumer-based paints and coatings market, according to a recent report by P&S Market Research.


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.


AkzoNobel Coats Record-Setting Car

With a coating normally reserved for aircraft and an engine that is more powerful than 180 Formula One race cars, a supersonic car is going to try to make land speed history – with the help ...


Navy Science Team Advances Coatings

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have been recognized for money-saving and performance advancements they made to nonskid and topside coatings used on the naval fleet.


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.


Waterproofing System, Coating Debuts

Gaco Western has added new elastomeric coating and system to its line of concrete deck products.


Paints and Coatings Market Grows

Among the various paints and coatings segments, the industrial paints and coatings market is predicted to grow the fastest in terms of value, according to Global Paints and Coatings Market S...


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.


Axalta Names New VP, EMEA President

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


PPG Launches Single-Component Line

The Protective and Marine Coatings division of PPG Industries has announced the introduction of its PPG ONE Series of single-component coatings.


In Memoriam: Dr. Richard W. Drisko

Longtime SSPC writer, editor, consultant and educator Dr. Richard W. Drisko (“Dr. Dick”) passed away late last month (Aug. 28).


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...


Hempel Names New CEO

One of the world’s leading paint and coatings companies has named its new CEO, following a search initiated earlier this year.


Paints, Coatings Spur Epoxy Resins Need

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


Shore Study Reveals Opportunity for Growth

Contractors and manufacturers should see an opportunity to grow and be innovative following a recent study on shoreline hardening, its author says.


Shore Hardening Study: An Opportunity?

Researchers who have been studying shoreline degradation in the U.S. said they hope engineers, contractors and ecologists can work together to create more natural seashore solutions as coast...


Axalta Tackles Panama Canal Contract

A global supplier of liquid and powder coatings has announced its participation in a major restoration job.


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.


Coil Coating Group Offers Tool Kits

The National Coil Coating Association has released a new resource for users and specifiers of prepainted metal products.


Free Intumescent eBook Gets Fired Up

Coating the interior of a structure with intumescent finishes and analyzing fire-test methods are among the topics covered in a free new resource by Durability + Design.


Navy Sub Project Awarded

Newport News Shipbuilding will be undertaking maintenance and modernization efforts on the Navy’s USS Columbus submarine.


Universities Benefit From PPG Funding

Two universities are getting a boost for research development thanks to investments from coatings giant PPG.


PPG Funds University Research Projects

Coatings giant PPG is investing in engineering and chemistry research at the collegiate level.


Satin Finish Made for Masonry

Benjamin Moore & Co. has added a masonry coating formulated for commercial and residential applications to its line of Ultra Spec paints.


Zero-VOC Intumescent Finish Launches

A new zero-VOC intumescent product for wood structures is now available.


Fire Damages Industrial Coatings Plant

No one was hurt when a company that makes industrial coatings caught fire early Wednesday (Aug. 12) morning.


Intumescent Finish for Wood Launched

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


Concrete Floor Coatings Set to Soar

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


Gauges Measure Steel Thickness

A quality-control company has introduced a handheld ultrasonic thickness measuring device that the company says is useful on primarily steel structures.


Navy Hopes Coating Will Extend Sub Life

The U.S. Navy is trying out a new painting method to keep marine foul off of attack submarines in an effort to extend the vessels’ service expectancy.


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.


Biocide Deters Barnacles from Ships

A Swedish company has introduced a pharmacological product to help combat barnacle settlement on a ship’s hull.


Sika Bows Metallic Effects System

Sika Flooring has announced the addition of the Sikafloor Metallic FX decorative floor system to the company’s portfolio of commercial and industrial flooring products.


Prosoco Adds Surfactant Blend to Line

A Kansas manufacturer of concrete floor products has introduced a new cleaning solution that it says helps reduce scratches and increases the efficiency of diamonds during wet-grinding.


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.


Unwanted Paint Job Costs $90K

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA--The right coat of paint can make a masterpiece out of an already luxurious car.


Free eBook Examines Pipeline Coatings

PITTSBURGH--From specification to performance, exploring the critical role of protective coatings in transmission pipelines is the subject of a new eBook from JPCL.


Floor Hardener Offers 1-Step Treatment

LAWRENCE, KS--Prosoco has introduced a densifier to create harder, denser surfaces on interior and exterior concrete floors.


New Antifouling Line Touts Fuel Savings

PITTSBURGH--PPG has launched a new line of antifouling coatings designed for a wide range of operating conditions.


U.S. Probes Steel Dumping Complaint

WASHINGTON--Two federal agencies are investigating claims by American steel makers that their industry is unlawfully being buried by a flood of cheap imports.


Free eBook Focuses on Quality Control

PITTSBURGH--Quality control can mean the difference between project failure and success, and a new resource from JPCL’s experts helps steer contractors toward the latter.


Concrete Repair Material Bows

HAMPSHIRE, IL--W.R. Meadows Inc. has introduced a new polymer-modified mortar designed to help renovate and repair concrete surfaces.


U.S. Agencies Investigate Steel Dumping

WASHINGTON--Under pressure by America's top steel producers, the federal government has launched dual investigations into the alleged dumping of steel by five other nations.


New Mortar Repairs Failing Concrete

HAMPSHIRE, IL--A new polymer-modified mortar has been developed to help renovate and repair concrete surfaces.


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.


Bad Paint Job Proves Pirates' Undoing

MALAYSIA--Professionals know that a slapdash coating job will always come back to bite you. Now, pirates know it, too.


Owls Impart Quiet Coating Wisdom

CAMBRIDGE, UK--Listening carefully to the silent flight of owls, researchers have developed a coating that may help quiet the roar of wind turbines and other fan blades.


Free eBook Helps Keep Surface Prep Safe

PITTSBURGH—The hard work of surface preparation can be as dangerous as it is important—risks addressed by a variety of experts in a new resource from JPCL.


Floor Film Designed to Protect

ST. PAUL, MN--3M has created a new product designed to reduce stripping and refinishing needs on multiple surfaces.


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...


PPG Pledges $10M for Projects

PITTSBURGH--From a children's hospital in Italy to a charter school in Pennsylvania, more than 14 projects worldwide will get a boost this year from a program designed to provide paint and v...


Insulating Coating Gets an Upgrade

NAPLES, FL--Industrial Nanotech Inc. is promising better thermal insulation in a non-hazardous formulation at a lower cost with the second generation of its Heat Shield EPX4.


Lasers Get High Thickness at High Speed

DRESDEN, GERMANY--Fuel savings of 100 billion liters a year are the promise of a new laser-assisted carbon coating application method now in development.


PPG to Acquire Industrial Coating Maker

PITTSBURGH--PPG Industries has announced an agreement to acquire IVC Industrial Coatings Inc., a U.S.-based specialty powder and liquid coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of more than $10...


MIT Serves Up Surfaces on Demand

CAMBRIDGE, MA--Given a squeeze, ship hulls could self-clean, camouflage could transform itself, and surface friction could adjust with a new printable material now in development.


Breezing through a Paint Job

MARANELLO, ITALY--What's the difference between vandalism and art? About 150 mph, apparently. And a really good photographer.


Steel Makers Urge Antidumping Action

WASHINGTON--Six U.S. steel producers are alleging unfairly traded imports of corrosion-resistant steel from China, India, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan are causing material injury to the U.S...


Steel Makers Demand Action on Dumping

WASHINGTON--Joining forces against a tsunami of inexpensive imports, six U.S. steel producers are seeking trade protections from the federal government.


New Coating May Dim Laser Attacks

ROMEOVILLE, IL—The distraction of pilots by thousands of laser attacks each year could be thwarted by a new aircraft coating being developed at Lewis University, researchers say.


Deal Drives U.S. Steel's Auto Goals

PITTSBURGH--Accelerating its presence in the automotive industry, U.S. Steel has bought out the world's largest producer of electro-galvanized steel.


PPG Names New Global PFP Director

PITTSBURGH--A veteran mechanical and offshore engineer has been tapped to lead PPG's hydrocarbon passive fire protection business worldwide, the company has announced.


Sherwin-Williams Bows Flooring Finishes

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


Bugged, NASA Fights Back with Coatings

SHREVEPORT, LA--Not much bugs NASA scientist Mia Siochi as much as clods of insect guts that pile up on wings and cause aircraft to eat more fuel.


ACI Updates Concrete Manual for 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—The newly revised bible of best practices for concrete is now available from the American Concrete Institute.


Print Job: Glowing 3D Coating

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


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.


3D Coating Sees Glowing Future

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY—A new printing process is literally adding a new dimension to coatings application.


Compound Cures Without UV

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


eBook Blasts Abrasive Cleaning How-tos

PITTSBURGH—From set-up to safety, the technical ins and outs of abrasive blast cleaning are laid out by the experts in a handy, free new eBook from JPCL.


Valspar Seeds Growth Amid Q2 Declines

MINNEAPOLIS—Industrial and coil coatings grew while paint sales stalled in Valspar's second fiscal quarter of 2015, the company reported Wednesday (May 27).


Q2 Brings Ups and Downs at Valspar

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


ACI Releases Updated Concrete Manual

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—A “must-have” encyclopedia of concrete technology for engineers, architects, contractors and concrete product producers is now available from the American Concrete Insti...


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.


PPG Names Global Coatings VP

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


Paint Shop Will Be One for the Books

FLINT, MI—What does a $600 million paint shop look like?


A New Makeover for 'Old Ironsides'

BOSTON—A few months shy of her 218th birthday, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat has left the water for a multiyear restoration.


Bio-Concrete Designed to Self-Repair

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


PPG Shifts Coatings Execs

PITTSBURGH—PPG Industries will have a new hand at the coatings helm as of June 1.


Upgraded Retarder Aims to Come Clean

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


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.


Lighter Coating Offered for Offshore

AMSTERDAM—AkzoNobel has introduced a reduced-weight passive fire protection product for the offshore oil and gas industry.


SSPC Issues New Commercial Guides

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


Floor, Finish Coats Get New Guides

PITTSBURGH—SSPC has announced two new standards intended as guides for slip-resistant floor coatings and ambient-curing fluoropolymer finish coats.


Sealer 'Melts' into Weathered Concrete

PHILADELPHIA—Vexcon Chemicals has introduced a low-viscosity sealer formulated for use on aged or weathered previously sealed concrete.


Coatings Show, Congress Set Records

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


European Coatings Show Sets Record

NUREMBERG—Cementing its status as the world's largest coatings event, the European Coatings Show and Congress shattered attendance, exhibitor and delegate records as it closed a three-day ru...


SSPC Updates 2 Standards

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


Volvo Paints a Safer Streetscape

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


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...


Hempel Announces CEO Vacancy

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


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

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


Restructuring to Follow PPG's Q1 Report

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


eBook Dives into UHP Waterjetting

PITTSBURGH—The ins and outs of ultra-high-pressure waterjetting for surface preparation get a closer look in a new, free technical resource from JPCL.


RPM Expands Intumescent, Wood Lines

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


Hempel Seeking New CEO

LYNGBY, DENMARK—In an unusually public statement, Hempel A/S has announced both the impending retirement of its chief executive officer and the search for his successor.


Hue Knew? Concrete Protected with Color

A European family of colorful elastomerics for above-grade concrete and masonry is making its debut in the Americas.


Eggplants, Bugs Send Coatings Sky High

HAMPTON, VA—Souped-up coatings that can make aircraft faster, cleaner, cooler and more colorful are taxiing for takeoff under private and public developers.


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.


Safety Strategy Paints Cyclists

Car manufacturers often boast the safety statistics of their latest vehicles, but one auto maker has taken its safety initiative to the streets with a reflective paint aimed at making cyclis...


Webinar Offers Coatings Spec How-Tos

Expert guidance on the continual challenge of specifying and selecting the best coating for a specific substrate will drive a free upcoming webinar from JPCL and SSPC.


Coating Resurfaces Wood, Concrete

Olympic Paint has introduced a resurfacer and sealant for lightly worn, structurally sound decks, porches, patios and sidewalks.


PPG Takes Over Auto, Wood Companies

PPG Industries has stretched its wings from Australia to France and from additives to wood stains, closing two acquisitions on two continents in two days.


Protection Beyond 50 Shades of Gray

Like Henry Ford's black Model Ts, protective coatings users could always have any color they wanted, as long as it was battleship gray. But that may be about to change—and not just for reaso...


Fabricator Paint Shop Draws OSHA Case

Combustible liquids left in spray booths, electrical hazards in the Dip Tank Paint Building, respirator lapses, and an ersatz sprinkler system for the finishing operations head a list of 20 ...


Groups Urge Ban on Flame Retardants

From firefighters to pediatricians to scientists, a diverse coalition of organizations is calling for a federal ban on consumer products that contain flame retardants with organohalogens.


Coating Line Colors Concrete Protection

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


PPG Trio Touts Green High Performance

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


Concrete Gets 12-Hour Recoat Option

A new heavy-duty concrete floor coating system is designed to deliver a highly durable, abrasion-resistant surface—from initial cleaning to walk-on—in one day.


Metallic Epoxy Touts Concrete 'Dazzle'

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


Acrylic Silicone Made to Take the Heat

Cortec Corp. has introduced a high-heat-resistant, water-based, acrylic silicone primer/topcoat designed to provide protection in harsh, outdoor, unsheltered applications.


Squid-spiration Guides New Camo

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


Updated Guides Focus on Finishing

The risk of finish damage in architectural aluminum is addressed in two newly revised publications by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.


Production Pressure Blamed in 2 Deaths

Unwilling to slow production, U.S. Steel managers directed employees to work on a high-pressure valve while a furnace was still running—causing an explosion that killed two workers and criti...


$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 ...


Squid Light the Way to Camo Coatings

Tomorrow's U.S. soldiers may be able to avoid detection, even from infrared cameras, thanks to the unlikeliest of bio-inspirations: squid skin.


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.


Profit Preps Hempel for Happy 100th

Coming down the home stretch of its ambitious five-year growth strategy, the Denmark-based Hempel Group is entering its 100th year with record profits and earnings, as well as tailwinds for ...


New Powder Coating Steps into Light

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


Drain Artistry Beautifies, Informs

Always critical but seldom beautiful, dozens of storm drains in Arkansas are getting an artistic boost designed to highlight their importance to the community.


New Concrete Floor Technology Bows

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


Tower Lets There Be Light Down Below

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


Artists to Paint a Pollution Lesson

Usually discreet, storm drains on the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus will soon play the prominent role of canvases as part of a community awareness campaign.


Watco Adds Fast Floor Coating Option

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


AkzoNobel Cleared in Product Claim

Akzo Nobel Paints LLC was not negligent in its manufacture of a coating applied by an automotive-plant painter who later died of cancer, a federal-court jury has found.


Range of Epoxies Suits Marine Apps

Hempel has launched a new high-performance range of pure epoxy coatings for marine newbuild.


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.


PPG Debuts Industrial/Commercial Trio

New environmentally friendly, high-performance powder, liquid and e-coat coatings for a variety of industrial and commercial applications are rolling out at PPG Industries.


New Caps Shield Steel Bolts from Fire

AkzoNobel has introduced a new product in North America for fire protection on the bolted connections of steel structures.


WorkBoat Set for New Maintenance Show

A new conference and expo targeting marine maintenance and repair is docking in New Orleans next month.


Rust-Oleum Coating Suits Mount, Merge

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


Tackling Specialty, Pipeline Coatings

Fire protection, pipeline integrity and other critical structural issues depend on choosing the right protective coating system—decisions informed by new, free technical resources from JP...


Yard's 3rd OSHA Strike Nets $243k Fine

Cited over and over for similar hazards, including one that cost a worker his arm, a Michigan shipbuilder must now answer to 18 new federal citations and $242,940 in penalties.


Solar Car Gets its Glow (Paint) On

Nissan in Europe is all aglow over its latest coup: glow-in-the-dark paint for its all-electric Leaf.


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.


Profits Fall, But Akzo Stays the Course

Gains in protective and marine coatings, operating income and sales volume all helped AkzoNobel battle the 2014 headwinds of decorative paints and adverse currencies, leaving the company blo...


Akzo Sees Progress Amid 2014 Setbacks

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


Acquisitions Swallow 3 Coating Firms

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


EPA Floats Aerospace Coating Rule

U.S. environmental authorities are proposing to tighten emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coatings used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing or repair.


New Deals to Absorb 3 Coating Firms

A fresh round of coatings acquisitions is in the works, including Hempel's purchase of a North American supplier for the protective and waterproofing markets.


Clear Protection Made for Concrete

BASF has introduced a water-based, 100 percent acrylic coating to protect vertical concrete exteriors from water and dirt.


New eBooks Whet Water Coating Know-how

Water, water everywhere...but how to coat around it? That is the focus of two new free technical eBooks published by JPCL.


Looks that Last: Ancient Paint Endures

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


OSHA Cites Northrop Grumman Painting

Complaints about excessive painter exposure to methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium have led to serious federal citations against defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.


BASF Launches Concrete Wall Coating

BASF has rolled out a new hydrophobic protective coating engineered to protect vertical concrete, concrete masonry units (CMU), and masonry.


Tank Maker Held Liable in Fatal Fall

A nine-foot fatal fall from a faulty forklift has triggered a variety of federal safety citations against an Idaho tank manufacturer, including many related to its painting operation.


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.


Hempel Adds Epoxies for Marine, Tanks

Newbuild cargo tanks and the marine maintenance market have two new epoxy options in the Hempadur line from global coatings maker Hempel.


Steel Structures Get New Fire Option

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


Shrink Wrap Offers Protection Option

A new heavy-duty shrink film with flame-retardant additives and UV inhibitors may replace conventional rust preventatives while extending equipment life, according to manufacturer Cortec Cor...


Shipyard Fined for Waste, Collapse

A Mississippi shipyard will pay $144,545 to resolve a host of state environmental violations related to abrasive blasting and painting at its Pascagoula facility.


Steel Bridge Coating Guide Revised

Three leading technical organizations have teamed up to overhaul an outdated guide specification for shop painting of bridge steel.


Gemini Buys Deck Coating Maker

Gemini Coatings Inc. has purchased a global protective coatings company to boost its exterior wood coatings portfolio.


Steel Intumescent Made for Fast Cure

A new fire-protective coating for steel structures promises one-hour drying and high durability.


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 ...


PPG Announces 'Successful' 2014

PPG Industries has continued its financial hot streak, posting record full-year sales and yearly and quarterly gains in each segment.


Deal Fuels PPG’s Record Year

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


‘Smart Paint’ Debuts in Middle East

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


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.


Westcoat Brews 3 New Seamless Systems

High-build, fast-drying, urethane cement flooring systems for breweries and wineries comprise the latest product line from Westcoat.


From Thinner Coating, a Stealthier Sub

The images of sound-absorbing rubber tiles peeling off a fairly new $2 billion U.S. nuclear sub made the technology's shortcomings painfully apparent.


RPM's World is Flat in Q2

Carboline parent RPM International Inc. squeezed out increases in net income and earnings in the second quarter, despite flat sales, shakiness in Europe, and a disappointing nail-polish acqu...


Consumer Declines Ding RPM's Q2

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


Coating Oversight Breeds $2.6M Verdict

The lack of a nonskid sidewalk coating at a church in Florida has led to two falls, one disabled knee, and one seven-figure judgment.


Material Offers Non-Skid Alternative

A new aluminum ceramic non-skid peel-and-stick material can replace traditional epoxy non-skid coatings in indoor and outdoor applications, according to manufacturer Silva Non Skid Solutions...


Ill-Coated Walk Yields $2.6M Verdict

A jury in Florida has awarded nearly $2.6 million to a churchgoer who crushed her knee in a fall on a new sidewalk that lacked a nonslip coating.


WWII Ship Enlisting Restoration Help

A rare veteran of the Allied invasion of Normandy is in need of a facelift, and her minders have put out a call to make that happen.


Dampney Unveils High-Heat Epoxy

A high-performance coating for insulated and uninsulated steel and concrete surfaces is the newest offering from Dampney Company Inc.


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...


Hempel Expands Antifouling Lines

Hempel has added two antifouling products to its Globic and Dynamic product ranges for dry-dockings and new buildings.


Epoxy Made for Decorative Concrete

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


RPM's Asbestos Woes Near an End

Nearly 40 years after it stopped making asbestos-containing products, Carboline's parent company will close its $800 million book on the issue and reunite the company's pieces.


Prison Terms Set in Marine Coating Case

The brother-owners of a Florida-based marine coatings company will serve time in prison for producing and selling a TBT-containing antifouling for years after the toxic product was banned.


RPM to Close $800M Book on Asbestos

The parent company of Rust-Oleum, Carboline and other leading coating brands will again be whole—and far more profitable—under a bankruptcy reorganization plan approved this week.


EU Hot on Novel High-Temp Coating

A multinational effort is well underway to develop an unconventional coating that would combine a thermal barrier, oxidation and corrosion protection, lotus effect, and fire protection in on...


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 Paint Protects High-Heat Steel

A new high-heat stainless steel paint reportedly will not discolor, chip, crack or peel at temperatures reaching 1200°F, manufacturer Dampney Company Inc. announced.


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...


Concrete Colors Take Nature’s Cues

L.M. Scofield Company has introduced a set of colored admixtures for concrete projects where a darker, more recessive soil or vegetation color scheme is desired.


Cove Base Finish for Seamless Flooring

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


International Rolls Out 1-Coat Lining

AkzoNobel’s International brand has launched Enviroline 2405, an advanced hybrid epoxy lining system, in North America.


Valspar Deal Expands Protective Reach

Moving deeper with one stroke into the global infrastructure market, the Valspar Corp. has acquired protective and marine coatings maker Madison Chemical Industries Inc.


Surfkoat Debuts 3 Concrete Sealers

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


White Cars on Popularity Hot Streak

Holding on to its title for four years in a row, white was named the most popular shade on vehicles around the world.


A Wooden Wonder Planned for MN

The T3 project planned for an area near downtown Minneapolis will be the first modern American high-rise to be constructed entirely out of wood, according to various reports.


Concrete Sealers Tout Water Resistance

Three new concrete sealers boast a proprietary chemical reactive formula that gives them improved resistance to de-icing road salts, rain, sleet and snow, according to manufacturer Surfkoat....


Marine Coatings Set Sail for Growth

Propelled by the winds of oil and gas expansion and new products, the global marine coatings market will be worth a shipshape $10.4 billion by 2019, according to a new forecast.


Coating Flow Grows from China, Mideast

Major coating suppliers have been increasing their global operations outside the U.S., with recent expansions throughout China and the Middle East.


Paint Powers the Car of the Future

Mercedes-Benz is turning to paint to power its newly unveiled concept car, which debuted with the company's new Product Engineering Center in Beijing.


2 New Options for Harsh Environments

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


Lawsuits Hit Deck Coating

Homeowners in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have become the latest to take Rust-Oleum Corp. to court over a deck coating that they say is prone to premature peeling and requires costly repairs...


U.S. Advances on Mussel Control

After spending six years testing more than 100 coatings, federal researchers have learned a lot about what works, and what doesn't, in fighting invasive marine species.


New Base Mix for Decorative Concrete

Walttools has rolled out a new concrete bond coating mix for use on decorative concrete projects.


Sherwin-Williams Rings Up a Record

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


Sales Nail a Q3 Record for Sherwin

Protective, marine, automotive and OEM coatings all did their part, but it was the architectural business that ruled Sherwin-Williams' third quarter, ringing up a record in the process, the ...


Shipyard Fined for Paint-Laden Runoff

A New England shipyard will pay a $20,000 fine and spend $30,000 to raise awareness of clean water laws after allegedly discharging stormwater contaminated with toxic paint chips into a cove...


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.


Akzo Q3 Profits Fight Headwinds

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


Cuts Wring Profits from Akzo's Q3

Sales growth in both protective and marine coatings helped boost AkzoNobel's third-quarter performance, with the company showing an increase in profits despite declining revenues across all ...


Auto Coater Cited for Dust Hazards

An Ohio powder coating company faces $62,300 in penalties for allegedly exposing workers to combustible dust and amputation hazards, federal officials say.


Review of PPG-Comex Deal Extended

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


Cloaking Coating Shows Visible Progress

The quest for a cloak of invisibility may be one step closer to reality, with a new "illusion" coating taking shape at Pennsylvania State University.


Nanocoatings Set for Mega Growth

Good things come in small packages, as the global market for nanotech-based coatings is poised to show, according to a new forecast.


PPG Puts Q3 in the Plus Column

Aerospace, automotive and industrial coatings growth helped fill the gaps in PPG's third quarter, giving the world's largest paint and coatings company an increase in earnings, sales and net...


PPG Overcomes 'Uneven' Q3

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


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.


Four Plead Guilty in TBT Paint Scam

Four Florida men and two companies have pleaded guilty to selling toxic boat paint they had previously agreed to stop manufacturing.


AkzoNobel Joins ‘100 Cities’ Effort

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


AkzoNobel Sets Committed, Colorful 2015

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


$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research

Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Virtual Tour Reveals New Paint Shop

Chrysler is showing off its brand-new Michigan paint shop with a little help from Google, giving anyone with Internet access an up-close look at its shiny new facility and fancy robots.


Bayer to Separate Coatings Unit

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


Bayer to Split Off MaterialScience

With its corporate "center of gravity" shifting, the Bayer Group has announced that it will spin off its polymer and coatings MaterialScience unit as an independent, publicly traded company ...


Paint Paperwork Draws $100K Fine

A Vermont ferry service will pay $100,000 to resolve federal allegations of recordkeeping violations and improper paint use.


Bids Sought for Vessel Repairs

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is seeking contractors to repair the M.V. Del Norte Ferry in San Francisco, CA.


Densifier Fills, Hardens in 1 Step

In2Crete has updated its Ecoguard pore filler, offering a green approach to filling and hardening surface depressions and hairline cracks in one step.


New Pore Filler Formula Saves Steps

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


Coating Industry Loses a Leader

"A consummate professional with a big warm heart" is just one of the tributes being paid to Scott B. Rice, a KTA-Tator Inc. vice president who was killed Monday (Sept. 9) in an automobile cr...


From Waste, a Hot New Coating

While the U.S. awaits a federal decision on the safety of coal ash, Mexican researchers have found a new use for the industrial waste: high-temperature coatings.


Curing Compound Boasts Early Start

BASF has introduced an evaporation retardant and finishing aid for concrete that can help prevent shrinkage cracks as industrial flooring concrete dries.


Industry Mourns KTA Executive

The coatings industry is mourning the sudden loss of KTA-Tator Inc. vice president Scott B. Rice, who perished Monday (Sept. 9) in a traffic accident near Pittsburgh.


Coating Operation Fined $341K

Workers repeatedly inhaled, absorbed and even ingested toxic hexavalent chromium through a variety of coating tasks at an Oklahoma contractor, federal authorities are alleging.


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.


Ceiling Market Sports High Hopes

Rebounding nonresidential construction will fuel a $2.5 billion annual market for ceiling products both fancy and functional by 2018, according to a new report.


Judge Tosses Flame Retardant Challenge

A California court has upheld the state's new standard on furniture flammability, rejecting a challenge by a major flame-retardant maker and the chemical industry.


Axalta Coatings Plans IPO

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


Axalta Considering Public Offering

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial publ...


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.


Green Seal Weighs New Coating Standard

More coatings, stains, paints, sealers and finishes than ever may be eligible for Green Seal certification as the organization works to revise its standards.


Research Reveals a Paint-Dusted Sea

Even when the ocean looks clean, the top layer is chock full of paint dust and particles, researchers have found.


New Intumescent for Structural Steel

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


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 ...


PPG Debuts New Intumescents for Steel

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


Protective Line Offers 3 Systems

Sherwin-Williams’ Protective and Marine Coatings has launched three polyaspartic urethanes, each suited for a different shop or field coating challenge.


PPG Adds Steel Intumescent Coatings

PPG Protective & Marine Coatings has announced new products in the Steelguard range of intumescent fire protection coatings for steel structures.


A Dazzling Homage to Camouflage

Hiding in plain sight has always been a crafty ruse, but if you want to completely confuse the enemy, you need to razzle-dazzle him.


EMEA Gets New Fire Protection Option

Sherwin-Williams has unveiled a new coating option for fire protection of structural steel in civil construction in Europe, Middle East and Africa.


AkzoNobel Profits Plunge in Q2

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


AkzoNobel Sales Hold, But Profits Drop

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


A New Look at Coatings News from EMEA

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


ROV Boasts Quick Hull Cleaning

GAC EnvironHull has launched a high-speed, remote-controlled underwater hull cleaning vehicle designed to minimize surface damage.


PPG’s Earnings Streak Continues in Q2

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


PPG Secures Q2 Sales Gain

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


Tackling the Hidden Sins of Aged Floors

Floor projects can be tricky, even when the slab is new and the design specs are mindful of best practices for coating.


Coatings Fraud Allegations Dismissed

A Massachusetts maker of coatings and spray equipment has withdrawn its claim that a licensee-turned-competitor built the new business on stolen information.


NIST Shells Out Greener Fire Retardant

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


Paint Protects Hot Substrates from CUI

PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings business has launched a high-temperature coating to protect substrates from corrosion under insulation.


Navy Project to Spy Hidden Corrosion

High-speed, nondestructive imaging that can detect corrosion under marine coatings has taken a million-dollar step forward, under a new U.S. Navy contract.


Painting, Amputation Hazards Draw Fines

A Missouri manufacturer is facing new federal allegations and fines involving its paint shop and other areas of operation.


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.


Flame-Retardant Decision Challenged

Chemical makers are urging a leading heath-management organization to reconsider its decision to stop buying furniture made with flame-retardant chemicals.


Experts to Deliver Concrete Advice

The world’s most widely used building material is the focus of a new column in Durability + Design magazine.


Ship Hull Foil Prevents Fouling

Dutch maritime technology company Micanti has introduced an alternative to paint for ship hull antifouling.


Seal-Krete Adds Pre-Mixed Tints to Line

Seal-Krete, a manufacturer of concrete and masonry coatings products, has introduced two new pre-mixed color options for its Floor-Tex concrete coatings line.


RPM Buys Brazilian-Based Waterproofer

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


EPA Touts Flame-Retardant Options

Federal regulators have identified safer alternatives to flame-retardant chemicals used in building insulation and products containing flexible polyurethane foam.


Coating Kills Germs of Tomorrow

A new coating under development in Germany may help medical, culinary and other environments combat and prevent germ growth for several years.


Hospital Giant to Shed Flame Retardants

Citing health concerns, one of the nation’s largest health-management organizations will phase out furniture containing toxic flame-retardants at its hundreds of facilities.


In Pakistan, Looking Out for No. 1

Jotun Pakistan has been ordered to stop calling itself the “No. 1 paint in Pakistan” after complaints by competitors bearing superlatives of their own.


Cladding Panels Meet Fire Standard

A new, ultra-lightweight cladding panel system combines fire safety with the design versatility of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), the manufacturer says.


UK Boosts Sustainable Marine Coatings

Fostering research to develop sustainable antifoulants, the UK has awarded £500,000 ($837,400 USD) to a consortium of businesses and universities.


Functional Coatings in Demand

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


Antifouling Touts Slick Slime Trick

PPG Industries has launched Sigmaglide 1290, a 100 percent silicone-binder system that uses surface regeneration technology to maintain a slime-resistant substrate.


Coatings Boom Seen in China, Brazil

The still-dizzying pace of urbanization in China and mega-venues in Brazil will drive strong coating sales in those regions over the next few years, new reports forecast.


In the Lab: Keeping White Roofs White

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


New Primer Zaps Bacteria, Mold

Rust-Oleum Corp. says its new fungicidal primer can kill mildew, mold and odor-causing bacteria on industrial and other applications.


Primer Made to Fight Mold, Mildew

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


In Pakistan, Who’s No. 1?

Authorities have ordered Jotun Pakistan to stop calling itself the “No. 1 paint in Pakistan” after complaints by competitors—who make No. 1-type claims of their own.


Tree Bark Banishes Barnacles

A new antifouling paint could repel organisms from ship hulls without killing them, researchers say.


Harmful Chemicals Cited in Daycare

Researchers in California say the presence of hazardous flame-retardant chemicals is widespread in child care facilities.


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...


Getting the Most from Concrete Coatings

Coatings can solve many of concrete’s problems—from durability concerns to deterioration issues—while enhancing the beauty of the building material.


Intumescent Offers 15-Minute Barrier

A new thin-film coating for foam insulation provides a 15-minute thermal barrier for occupied spaces, the manufacturer reports.


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.


SSPC Updates Concrete Floor Guide

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


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.


Intumescent SPF Coating Launched

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


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.


A Coating Cure for the Car-Wash Blues?

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


Powder Coating Cuts Down on Cure

AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business has launched a dry-on-dry primer and topcoat application process with only one heating stage.


Scientists Milk Dairy to Repel Flames

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


Copper Coating Gives Water the Bounce

Coatings research has once again shown the hydrophobic lotus some love, with a new metal coating technology that mimics the plant's water-repellent features.


Webinar Focuses on Resinous Flooring

The various types of resinous flooring systems and their specific uses will be the focus of a free upcoming educational webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


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.


New Coating Has Tie-Coat Properties

Hempel USA has introduced an anti-corrosive coating and primer with antifouling tie-coat properties for atmospheric and immersion service.


AkzoNobel Opens Year With Sales Gains

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


PPG Launches 2014 on a High Note

Shedding some businesses and adding others, the world’s largest paint and coatings company started 2014 with a bang, ringing up double-digit sales growth in the first quarter and its highest...


PPG Notches Banner Quarter

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


AkzoNobel Starts 2014 on Hopeful Note

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


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.


Concrete Protection Made to Penetrate

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


Concrete Sealer Protects Exteriors

A new water-based, penetrating sealing compound is designed to limit the intrusion of moisture and chlorides into exterior concrete surfaces.


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...


Severe Injuries to Cost Company $185K

A coatings company outside New York City is facing $185,400 in federal fines after one worker suffered a partial amputation and another a crushed hand, the Occupational Safety and Health Adm...


Coatings Industry Honors Leadership

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


DOE Funds ‘Cool’ Pigment Research

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


Turbine Coating Made to Fight Ice

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


Scofield Adds New Interior Sealer

L.M. Scofield Company has introduced Selectseal Plus, a urethane-fortified acrylic concrete sealer designed to protect uncolored or previously stained interior concrete surfaces.


ACA Honors Paint and Coating Leaders

Thought leaders, industry champions, innovators and distinguished professionals across the paint and coatings industry are being recognized this week for their achievements and decades of se...


New Software Assesses Hull Coatings

AkzoNobel has introduced a digital tool that enables operators in the shipping industry to assess and predict the risk of hull fouling depending on which routes are being traded.


Spraying on a Longer Engine Life

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


Industrial Warms Cold Winter for RPM

“Outstanding results” by the industrial segment of Carboline’s parent company helped keep the chill off RPM International's bottom line and heat up record results in the third quarter, the c...


Winter Ices RPM’s Consumer Market

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


‘Singing Paint’ Tuned to the Times

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


Crooning Coating Strikes a New Note

Attention, Aloe Blacc, Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5: Coatings stardom could be yours for the asking!


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.


PPG on the Rise in Latin America

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


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.


Beyond Glow in the Dark: Light-Up Paint

When it comes to illumination, who would know more than the Dark Side? That’s Darkside Scientific LLC, founded by Andy Zsinko, a longtime aftermarket painter who has gone glow-in-the-dark pa...


PPG Growing South of the Border

PPG Industries is beefing up its reach in Central America, announcing both a multimillion-dollar expansion of its Mexico facility and plans to acquire a Panama-based protective and marine co...


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.


Manufacturer Defends Coatings in Fire

A protective-coatings maker is taking strong exception to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report that cites his products as contributors to a devastating 2013 fire at a high-security research...


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.


Coatings Cited in USACE Lab Blaze

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


New Foam Insulation Devised from Wood

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


‘Unlucky’ Coatings Exec Indicted

A marine coatings maker who survived a shark attack last year has now been bitten by a federal indictment charging him with making and selling thousands of gallons of toxic boat paint he had...


Outside U.S., Industrial Coatings Grow

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


New Floor Line for Restaurants Bows

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


GM Spends $1.2B on New Paint Plants

General Motors broke ground Monday (March 3) on a $600 million environmentally friendly paint shop in Flint, MI, bringing to $1.2 billion the automaker’s paint plant investment in the last y...


2 Countries Struggle to Sink Ship

A 50-year-old former Canadian naval ship may have found herself a new home—at the bottom of the ocean off Southern California.


Water-Based Epoxy Shields Tanks

Industrial-grade thermal tank insulation from a water-based epoxy is the promise of Carboline Company's new Carbotherm 551.


New Coating Nixes Chromate

A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anti-corrosion properties, developers say.


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.


Anti-Corrosion Spray Underway

A graphene-based spray coating that would help multiple industries “easily and inexpensively” fight corrosion is the focus of a new program at the University of Central Florida's NanoScience...


Low-Cost Polymer Heals without Help

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


Polymer, Heal Thyself—Over and Over

Self-healing material technology is not new, but scientists at the University of Illinois have moved the field a significant step forward.


Painter Arson Prompts New Navy Recs

The loss of a U.S. nuclear submarine torched by a painter has yielded a new fire prevention manual by the U.S. Navy.


Cement Line Offers Paint Alternatives

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


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...


Valspar ‘Off to Good Start’ in 2014

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


Valspar Sales Growth Paints Q1 Green

A 10 percent boost in its Coatings segment has the Valspar Corp. off to “a good start” in 2014, the company reported Wednesday (Feb. 12).


Top Coating Projects of 2013 Honored

ORLANDO—Coatings projects dazzling, daring and dangerous joined industry leaders in the winners circle Monday (Feb. 10) as SSPC 2014 opened to a record crowd in Orlando, FL.


New Concrete Floor Products Launched

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


JPCL at 30: Evolution and Revolution

Anniversaries and birthdays are funny things, and can be seen in positive and negative lights: They speak to endurance, repetition, the inevitability of time passing, growth, and decline.


Coatings Crowd Converges on FL

Exhibit and housing space are long gone, and dozens of expert-led sessions are ready to roll, as more than 2,000 industry professionals pour into Orlando, FL, today (Feb. 10) for SSPC 2014 f...


AkzoNobel Sees Losses in 2013

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


2013 Buffets AkzoNobel's Bottom Line

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


eBook Tackles Environmental Controls

Dehumidification, ventilation and other environmental controls can have high-stakes consequences for coating and blasting workers and projects alike.


PPG Deal to Expand High-Temp Line

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


PPG to Acquire Hi-Temp Coatings

PPG Industries will reach deeper into the petrochemical and other industrial markets with the acquisition of Hi-Temp Coatings Technology Co., Inc., the Pittsburgh-based company announced Mon...


EU Opens Multinational Biofouling Push

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


USS Yorktown Gets 500-Gallon Facelift

A World War II veteran is getting a stopgap coating job after 20 years while her tenders seek funds for a complete $3 million redo.


Stores Pump Sherwin-Williams’ Profit

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


Sherwin-Williams Finishes Fine in 2013

Paint stores popped and protective and marine sales held to wrap Sherwin-Williams’ 2013 fiscal year with a record $10.19 billion in consolidated net sales.


New Flooring Systems Slash Downtime

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


Smart Coatings Market Set to Surge

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


Free eBook Buffs Concrete Competence

Taken a shine to polished concrete? A free, new compilation of expert advice can help make the most of that investment.


Rust-Oleum, Laticrete Ink Acquisitions

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


The White Stuff: Cars Stay in Neutral

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


Aegion, PPG Land DOD Contracts

Corrpro Companies and PPG Industries have both just inked major corrosion-protection and coatings contracts with two branches of the Department of Defense.


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Enlisted by the military, tended by the medical field, and built up by the construction industry, smart coatings have a brilliant future.


Coating Maker Cited in Chemical Lapses

Federal authorities are accusing a longtime New England specialty coating maker of mishandling highly hazardous chemicals at its headquarters.


Record Q4 Seals Banner Year for PPG

PPG Industries crowned 2013 with a blockbuster fourth quarter dominated by double-digit growth in Performance and Industrial Coatings.


PPG Paints a Green ’13

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


On the Road, White Flexes its Might

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


TBT Ban Lets Girl Snails Be Girls

Female snails burdened with penises on their heads are finally seeing some relief to their decades-long struggle with unwanted (and unusable) sex changes, thanks to—of all things—a coatings ...


OSHA Fine Follows Chemical Spill

A longtime manufacturer of intumescent and specialty coatings is facing a raft of serious federal safety citations alleging mismanagement of highly hazardous chemicals at its Connecticut hea...


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...


$740K Fine May Close CT Contractor

A four-generation coating and abrasive blasting business says it will shut down most of its operations in the face of a $743,500 state fine for hazardous waste, training and other violations...


Carboline Launches New Intumescent

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


Navy Likes Ike’s New Paint Protocol

A promising new painting technique being piloted aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may change the way the Navy does industrial painting on all of its aircraft carriers.


New Fire Protection for Structural Steel

Carboline Co. has introduced Thermo-Lag E100, an advanced epoxy intumescent for the protection of exterior and interior commercial structural steel elements.


5 New eBooks Offer Coatings Guidance

From bridges to chemical plants, free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for a variety of structures and environments is the focus of five new eBooks published by
JPCL: J...


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.


Green Building Technologies Set to Grow

Insulation, siding and smart windows—all key components of higher-performing buildings—are on course to flourish, with strong gains this year and beyond, according to new market forecasts.


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.


JPCL Releases 5 New Coatings eBooks

Free technical guidance on choosing and buying coatings for a variety of structures and environments is the focus of five new eBooks published by JPCL: Journal of Protective Coatings & Linin...


Bids Invited for $2M Fireproofing Job

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


Bids Open for San Fran Ferry Work

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is seeking contractors to provide routine drydocking and repair of the M.S. Sonoma Ferry in San Francisco, CA.


House Panel Pushes Corrosion Covers

The Department of Defense is getting a little corrosion advice along with its 2014 budget plan. The message: Cover up.


Webinar Tackles Polyaspartic Protection

Polyaspartic coatings, a relatively new class of coatings, and their successful use in protective and marine applications will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL...


OSHA Floats 4 Possible Rule Changes

From spray finishing to chemical safety, the federal government is seeking input on four potential rule changes that could affect the coating and blasting industry.


U.S. Dismisses $117M Shipyard Bid Suit

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has thrown out a lawsuit by a Virginia shipyard protesting the Navy's rejection of its $117 million ship maintenance bid—the highest, by far, of eight propos...


OSHA Seeks Comment on 4 Standards

From flammable liquids to blasting and chemical safety, the federal government is seeking input on four potential rule changes that could affect the building industry.


PPG Navy Contract Could Top $44M

PPG Industries could see $44.5 million in U.S. Navy coatings contracts over the next five years, the Department of Defense announced.


New Continuous Insulation Suite Offered

Firestone Building Products has launched a new line of building envelope products formulated to improve thermal performance and prevent thermal bridging in commercial buildings.


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.”


Best Practices: How Much is Too Much?
Tips for Repainting with Elastomerics

In our experience, many architects and owners specify elastomeric coatings for exterior concrete and masonry walls as a reflex.


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...


Bribery Scandal Snares 3rd Navy Leader

Alleged gifts of prostitutes, luxury travel and thousands of dollars in cash have led to charges against a third senior U.S. Navy official in a widening bribes-for-intelligence scandal invol...


$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.


Zapping a Safer Nanocoating

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


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.


Rhino Buys Protective Coating Supplier

Rhino Linings Corp. has acquired Advanced Coating Solutions, a protective and marine coatings maker and longtime Rhino supplier.


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.


Historic UK Shipyard to Shut Down

Five centuries of shipbuilding will come to an end next year, as British defense contractor BAE Systems has announced plans to close its dockyard in Portsmouth, England, the home of the Roya...


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.


PPG Announces Protective/Marine VP

PPG Industries has put its entire protective and marine coatings business in the United States, Canada and Latin America under the leadership of Diane M. Kappas.


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.


Lexus Hybrid Will Paint Your Potrait

What has your car done for you lately? Lexus has taken the intuitive driving trend to the next level, creating a car that paints a portrait of the driver based on his or her driving habits.


From CA, a Turning Point on Antifouling

With the support of the coatings industry, California has approved a new law that will help shape the future of antifouling technology.


Sherwin-Williams’ Profit Climbs in Q3

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


Ups and Downs Mark Sherwin-Williams’ Q3

Sherwin-Williams reported a record third quarter Friday, with a lot of help from its paint stores, a little from protective and marine, and none from Brazil's tax man.


Green Coating Market Primed to Bloom

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


AkzoNobel Revenues Slide in Q3

Divestments and exchange rates clobbered third-quarter sales gains in protective, industrial, automotive and aerospace coatings at AkzoNobel, driving down overall revenues 5 percent, the com...


Paint, Currency Scuff Akzo’s Q3 Gloss

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


Urethane Fights Corrosion at High Temps

Corr-Paint CP2010, new from Aremco Products Inc., is formulated to provide high-temperature corrosion resistance on copper and steel components and structures exposed to oxidation and corros...


PPG Delivers Double-Digit Gains in Q3

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


PPG Rockets and Rolls in 3rd Quarter

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


JPCL Europe Announces October Edition

Mitigating corrosion under insulation, using epoxy systems, and properly preparing concrete are a few of the topics covered in the free, digital October edition of JPCL Europe, availa...


British Coatings Group Taps New Leader

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


Blast-Proof Light for Paint Booths

Larson Electronics has introduced a two-foot-long explosion-proof light fixture for paint booths and other hazardous locations with the potential for flammable vapors.


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.


Color-Changing Car Paint is Hot

A viral video of a car coating that changes color in hot water, à la Hot Wheels Color Shifters, has garnered 2.7 million views and sent people worldwide lining up to try it.


CA to Review Flame Retardants

The days of using hazardous flame-retardant chemicals in building foam insulation may be numbered in California, under a new law that will take a closer look at those chemicals.


Hot Consumer Sales Drive RPM Record

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


Industrial Growth Helps RPM Rebound

Withstanding the hit from a recent $65 million legal settlement over roofing problems, Carboline parent RPM International Inc. has racked up a record first quarter for 2014.


Billionaire Sues over Yacht Coatings

Unhappy with the paint job on his mega-yacht, a Russian billionaire is taking AkzoNobel to court, seeking $100 million in a claim of unsatisfactory work.


PureColor Expands Wood Stain Line

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


AkzoNobel Honors 2 Material Scientists

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


$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 ...


DuPont Refinish Reborn as Cromax

Automotive coatings formerly from DuPont are getting a fresh new face with a rebranding campaign taking place throughout the rest of the year.


PPG Expanding in Russia, Greece

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


Best Practices:
When the Substrate Rejects the Coating

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


Railcar Finishing Work Nets $170K Fine

A New York manufacturer of rail and aircraft interiors is facing 24 federal health and safety citations and $170,100 in fines for coating, sanding and related hazards at its plant in Champla...


Director Sacked after 2nd Shipyard Fire

The director of a large Russian shipyard is getting axed after a nuclear submarine caught fire during maintenance operations, injuring 15 people.


Global Auto Paint Market Accelerates

Firmly on its mark with economic and environmental trends, the automotive coatings industry is set to grow, crossing an $11.7 billion finish line within five years, a new market forecast rep...


EPA Issues Flame Retardant Risk Report

Safer options are available for a flame-retardant chemical commonly used in polystyrene building insulation, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Bot Boasts the Stroke of Genius

Industrial painting robots are nothing new, but their strength has always been technical precision and perfect replication—not sophisticated artistry.


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...


Best Practices:
The Perils of Pre-Finished Steel

Specifying that new steel be prepped and primed in the controlled and predictable environment of the fabricating shop can offer many advantages.


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

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


EPA Drops Chemical Safety Proposals

Environmental regulators have quietly scrapped their plan to tighten oversight of several controversial building and flame-retardant chemicals and require more transparency by manufacturers.


More Cracks Found at Nuke Plant

The owner of an Ohio nuclear plant with a cracked concrete shield building says that it has found new cracks in the structure and that some of the old cracks have lengthened.


CA Antifouling Bill Nears Finish Line

After several years, California legislation targeting copper-based antifouling coatings has just one step to go before becoming law.


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.


EPA Retreats on 2 Chemical Rules

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


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.


JPCL Launches Free European Edition

JPCL has introduced a free digital edition focusing on the European protective and marine coatings market.


New Coatings Journal Focuses on Europe

JPCL Europe debuted Monday, bringing an interactive new source of technical expertise to the European protective and marine coatings market.


Jotun Offers Mesh-Free Fire Protection

Jotun has announced a new, mesh-free passive fire protection coating system for steel.


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.


Prisons Test the Power of Pink

Pink paint is being used in jails throughout Switzerland as part of a plan designed to curb tempers and soothe prisoners.


New Hempel Antifouling Touts Guarantee

Protective and marine coatings maker Hempel has introduced Hempaguard, a line of two new hull coatings designed to resist fouling during idle periods and improve fuel efficiency.


Best Practices:
When Bad Priming Happens to Good Steel

The majority of new construction projects specify that structural steel components be prepared and primed by the steel fabricator prior to delivery to the jobsite. However, time and time aga...


PPG Adds Dual-Performance Coating

PPG Industries has launched a new application of an epoxy-based coating to protect against extremely high and low temperatures in marine and industrial environments.


New Coating Protects against Wildfire

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


Hempel’s Market Growth Draws Honor

Global coatings supplier Hempel has been recognized for overcoming a struggling economy and promoting market leadership in the protective and marine coatings market.


AkzoNobel to Shutter Dutch Plant

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


Mine Muck Sustains Painter’s Palette

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


Protective Coating Withstands 1400°F

A new heat-resistant coating for a variety of metal applications is the latest offering from Flame Control Coatings.


New Floor Epoxy Made to Stop Static

Warehouses, production floors, shipping and receiving areas, high-traffic aisles and other industrial and open-air environments that demand static protection have a new floor coating option ...


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 Epoxy System Tackles Static

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


H&C Offers Topping for Indoor Concrete

H&C Decorative Concrete Products has launched Micro-Topping, a new decorative concrete product reported to restore old and worn concrete.


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...


Altana Buys Henkel Coatings Unit

Global specialty chemicals group ALTANA is pushing deeper into the North American coatings market with the acquisition of Henkel's $15 million specialty coatings business.


NSRP Seeks New Research Proposals

New coatings and surface prep technologies and other solutions for decreasing ship ownership costs, improving standards and reducing environmental impacts are some of the goals for a new rou...


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.


SSPC Sets Wastewater Coating Standard

Performance requirements for certain concrete coatings used at wastewater facilities are the focus of a new standard by SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Ancient Gilders Best Modern Methods

Today, protective coating durability is measured in years—decades, if you're lucky. So how come some thin-film metal coating technology developed 2,000 years ago is still holding up?


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.


Knit Wits Spin a Good Bridge Yarn

Protective coatings do a great job of keeping corrosion off bridges, but they don't exactly convey a warm, fuzzy feeling. For that, fortunately, there's Knit the Bridge, a grassroots communi...


Webinar Details Masonry Wall Success

Selecting air barrier systems, through-wall flashings, reinforcement/anchoring systems and other masonry wall components for optimal compatibility and effectiveness will be the topic of a fr...


12 Shipyard Operations to Share $9.46M

Ship painting, blasting and manufacturing operations in 10 states will see expanded capabilities, facility upgrades and new technologies from $9.46 million in newly released federal grants.


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.


Experts Unlock Ancient Gilding Method

Today’s metal coatings simply can’t touch thin-film metal coating technology developed by gilders 2,000 years ago, according to a group of Italian scientists.


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.


Cool Webinar Topic: Pavement Coatings

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


New eBook Covers Specialty Coatings

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


DuPont Weighs Sale of Chemicals Unit

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


$850M Revives Auto Paint Plant Plans

Once on the chopping block, an automotive paint shop in Michigan is now being transformed into a state-of-the-art facility as part of an $850 million investment by Chrysler Group LLC.


DuPont Ponders Sale of Chemicals Unit

DuPont may shed its Performance Chemicals segment, which produces paint pigments, after a less-than-stellar performance in the second quarter, the major chemical manufacturer announced on Tu...


Plane Crash Aided by Flame Retardants

Jetliner improvements, such as flame-retardant materials in seats and carpeting, may have bought many passengers the extra time needed to escape the Asiana Airline crash July 6 at San Franci...


Quikspray Unveils Compact Pumps

New mini-pump units from Quikspray enlarge the options for spray application in small spaces.


AkzoNobel Logs Dismal Quarter

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


Mini-Pumps Serve Tight Spray Spaces

Quikspray Inc. has introduced two mini-pumps—one electric and one manual—designed to dispense a wide variety of materials in tight spaces.


Flame Retardants Hailed in Jet Crash

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


Akzo Cries Foul on New Dow Patents

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


XIM Line to Fatten Rust-Oleum Portfolio

Rust-Oleum Corp. is expanding its family of specialty primers and coatings with the acquisition of XIM Products Inc., founded generations ago as a manufacturer of bonding primers and sealers...


Rust-Oleum Acquires XIM Products

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


Color’s Casualties: Mummies and Cattle

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


PPG Adds Anticorrosive Marine Epoxy

PPG Industries has launched Sigmacover 580, an epoxy anticorrosive/tiecoat designed for fast turnaround of vessel maintenance in dry dock.