• AkzoNobel’s powder prices surge in Europe

    March 15, 2011
    AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Europe West will increase prices between 8.5 and 19 percent. This rise is in response to continued shortages in raw material supplies and the associated increase in raw material costs. Gordon MacLeman, managing director of P…

  • PPG PMC announces global price increases

    March 15, 2011
    PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business is raising prices globally, as permissible by contract. “As economies recover from the global recession, prices for basic commodities such as copper are increasing at alarming…

  • International Paint drives up prices

    March 15, 2011
    International Paint Ltd. is set to initiate product price rises in response to spiraling global raw material costs. “During 2010 the cost of raw materials critical to the manufacture of both our marine and protective coatings product ranges inc…

  • Henkel to raise prices for industrial adhesives

    March 15, 2011
    Against the background of rising raw material costs, and with immediate effect, Henkel is implementing a price increase for certain product groups of its industrial adhesives. Increase amounts will vary based on market segment and technology. On aver…

  • Dean Webster to receive 2011 Roy W. Tess Award

    March 15, 2011
    The Officers and the Award Committee of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) of the American Chemical Society have named Dr. Dean C. Webster of North Dakota State University, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materia…

  • ABRAFATI 2011 issues call for papers

    March 15, 2011
    ABRAFATI (Brazilian Coatings Manufacturers Association) has issued a call for papers for its 12th International Coatings Congress, which will take place November 21-23 2011 at the Transamerica Expo Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Technicians, professors…

  • EPA awards $5.5 million to support nanotechnology research

    March 15, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $5.5 million to three consortia to support research on nanotechnology. EPA, in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council, is leading this scientific r…

  • Buhler Technology Group marks milestone in 2010

    March 15, 2011
    The  Buhler Technology Group can look back on an encouraging business year in 2010. For the first time in the group’s 150-year history, order intake exceeded the mark of two billion Swiss francs. Sales and operating result (EBIT) for the c…

  • Brenntag opens chemical distribution facility in Indonesia

    March 15, 2011
    Brenntag, a global chemical distributor, has unveiled its new distribution facility in Jakarta built to meet growing market demand. The facility will provide a bigger storage capacity than the current warehouse in Jakarta, and allow Brenntag to impro…

  • Color Communications, RAL form distribution partnership

    March 15, 2011
    Color Communications, Inc. is now the distributor of RAL products in North America. RAL means precision and standardization of color communication. Color Communications, one of the leading producers of color tools for the decorative, automotive refin…

  • Heucotech opens universal colorants plant

    March 15, 2011
    Heucotech Ltd., a member of the Heubach Group, has completed construction of a facility in Fairless Hills, PA/USA. The new plant will produce universal colorants for decorative coatings for the NAFTA market and employs state-of-the-art technology to…

  • Bayer opens polyisocyanates unit for production of polyurethane coatings

    March 15, 2011
    Bayer MaterialScience has inaugurated a manufacturing facility for polyisocyanates at Ankleshwar, in the state of Gujarat, India. Polyisocyanates are used as raw materials for the production of polyurethane coatings and adhesives. With the investment…

  • Clariant to acquire Süd-Chemie

    March 15, 2011
    Clariant AG is planning the acquisition of a controlling majority in Süd-Chemie AG. As part of the planned transaction, Clariant has come to agreements with the majority shareholder One Equity Partners (50.4 percent) and the family shareholders…

  • Cytec sells building block chemical business

    March 15, 2011
    Cytec Industries Inc. has reached an agreement to sell its building block chemicals business, with 2010 sales of $600 million, to an affiliate of HIG Capital, LLC. Total consideration to be received of $180 million includes cash consideration of $165…

  • Eastman completes sale of performance polymers PET business

    March 15, 2011
    Eastman Chemical Company has completed the sale of its performance polymers segment’s PET business, related assets and technology to DAK Americas, LLC. The total cash proceeds of the transaction were $600 million, subject to post-closing adjust…