• DSM Powder Coating Resins and DSM NeoResins+ merge

    May 9, 2011
    DSM has announced a reorganization that will see its business units DSM Powder Coating Resins and DSM NeoResins+ merged into a single new unit—DSM Coating Resins. In the restructuring towards one coating resins unit, a subdivision will be made…

  • Cabot plans to expand carbon black capacity

    May 9, 2011
    Cabot Corp. plans to invest more than $180 million between now and 2013 to expand manufacturing capacity at plants in China, Indonesia, Brazil and Argentina, as well as adding capacity at three facilities in Europe. The expansions will increase Cabot…

  • Celanese appoints Algol Chemicals distributor for Russia and Ukraine

    May 9, 2011
    Celanese Emulsions Polymers has appointed Algol Chemicals as its distributor in Russia and the Ukraine for all its water-based binders into all end use applications. Algol Chemicals plans to open a coatings laboratory in the Moscow area, to provide f…

  • Lucite Int’l to open methacrylic acid manufacturing facility

    May 9, 2011
    Lucite International Group Ltd., Southampton, UK, a group company of Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd., has decided to construct a new plant for the manufacture of methacrylic acid (MAA) at its facility in Beaumont, Texas/USA. Total planned investment is ap…

  • Evonik agrees to sell carbon black business to Rhone Capital

    May 9, 2011
    Evonik Industries signed an agreement with affiliates of Rhône Capital LLC to sell its carbon black business, which achieved sales revenues of some €1.2 billion in 2010. The transaction is valued in excess of €900 million including th…

  • Arkema expands production in China

    May 9, 2011
    Arkema has brought on stream its new Kynar PVDF production fluorinated polymer plant at its Changshu site in China. With this additional capacity, Arkema now has significant VF2 and PVDF production resources on three continents - Europe, North Americ…

  • Momentive sells NA resins business

    May 9, 2011
    Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. and PCCR USA, Inc. have signed a definitive agreement for Momentive to sell its North American composites and coating resins business to PCCR USA, a subsidiary of Investindustrial, a European investment group with o…

  • ADM begins production of biobased propylene glycol

    May 9, 2011
    Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has announced the successful start-up of its biobased propylene glycol facility in Decatur, IL. The facility began start-up operations in late March and is now producing industrial-grade, biobased propylene glycol…

  • Clariant closes Süd-Chemie acquisition

    May 9, 2011
    Clariant has completed the purchase of Süd-Chemie from One Equity Partners and the family shareholders. Clariant will make a public offer to acquire the outstanding shares from Süd-Chemie minority shareholders. The overall transaction value…

  • Buhler acquires stake in Micronisers Australasia

    May 9, 2011
    Buhler Group acquired a strategic stake in the Australia-based company Micronisers Australasia Pty. Ltd. effective April 20, 2011. Buhler therefore strengthens the existing strategic collaboration with Micronisers Australasia Pty. Ltd. in view of pro…

  • Albert von Hebel appointed member of the management team of BYK-Chemie GmbH

    May 9, 2011
    Albert von Hebel has succeeded Gerd Büscher as managing director of BYK-Chemie GmbH. In his new role, he is responsible for the areas of finance, controlling, purchasing, IT, integrated management systems and general administration. von Hebel is…

  • Alexander Serbin named sales manager of Azelis Rus

    May 9, 2011
    Specialty chemicals distributor Azelis is expanding its operations in Russia into the coatings market. Alexander Serbin has been appointed as sales manager dedicated to grow sales in this market, which is estimated to be worth in the region of 1.2 mi…

  • Steven Reinstadtler elected to board of Polyurea Development Association

    May 9, 2011
    Bayer MaterialScience LLC coatings expert Steven Reinstadtler has been elected to the Polyurea Development Association (PDA) board of directors. Reinstadtler, industrial marketing manager, construction for the coatings, adhesives and specialties (CAS…

  • Ray Hurst joins Dowd and Guild

    May 9, 2011
    Ray Hurst has joined Dowd and Guild Inc., representing the company in the Southwest region. He will cover Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. In this new position, he will be responsible for sales as well as recruiting new suppliers for the terr…

  • Eva Müller appointed new member of the management board at BASF Coatings GmbH

    May 9, 2011
    The supervisory board of BASF Coatings GmbH has appointed Eva Müller as managing director of BASF Coatings GmbH, Münster, effective May 1, 2011. Müller is currently vice president corporate communications at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen as…