• AkzoNobel Car Refinishes in Deal with GM Europe

    February 8, 2010
    || General Motors Europe (GME) and AkzoNobel Car Refinishes formed an agreement under which AkzoNobel will participate in GME’s Body and Paint Program. AkzoNobel Car Refinishes will supply GME’s Opel and Vauxhall dealer network all across Eu…

  • Miller Paint Acquires ICI Paint Stores

    February 8, 2010
    || Miller Paint, Portland, OR/USA, is buying two ICI Paints Stores in its home state located in Portland and Salem, and owned by AkzoNobel. Miller plans to operate the Portland store as a new Performance Coatings Center, and consolidate the ICI Salem st…

  • Chase Corporation Acquires ServiWrap Product Line

    February 8, 2010
    || Chase Corporation, a global manufacturer of protective tapes and coatings, has acquired the full range of ServiWrap pipeline protection products from Grace Construction Products, a unit of W.R. Grace & Co. ServiWrap high performance tapes, which…

  • Pipe Coatings Plant Slated for Bessemer, Alabama

    February 8, 2010
    || Liberty Coating Company of Morrisville, PA an applicator of industrial coatings for the oil, gas and water industries said it’s planning to put a pipe coatings plant in Bessemer, Alabama’s Interstate Industrial Park. Liberty Group of Morr…

  • Name Change for Elastogran Companies

    February 8, 2010
    || Following the introduction of the BASF corporate brand for Elastogran European polyurethane sites, the next step BASF is taking is to change the names of Elastogran companies. Elastogran GmbH with its head offices in Lemförde will be called BASF…

  • ShawCor Forms Joint Venture in Russia

    February 8, 2010
    || The pipe coating division of Toronto, Canada’s ShawCor Ltd., Bredero Shaw, has entered into a joint venture agreement with ArkhTekhnoProm, an affiliate of Mezhregiontruboprovodstroi, the leading Russian offshore pipeline contractor. The joint v…

  • AkzoNobel Strikes Deal with Chevrolet Dealership in U.S.

    February 8, 2010
    || Karl Chevrolet of Ankeny, IA, the third largest Chevrolet dealership in the U.S. as well as the largest Chevrolet dealership in the state of Iowa, has chosen AkzoNobel as its preferred supplier. In a move to expand its position in the greater Des Moi…

  • AkzoNobel starts-up Ningbo plant

    February 8, 2010
    || AkzoNobel has started production at its €275 million chelates facility located in Ningbo, China. The start-up of the Ningbo facility means that AkzoNobel is now the only major producer of chelates with plants in Europe, North America and Asia. N…

  • Tor Invests 2m in Aerosol Facility

    February 8, 2010
    || County Durham, UK-based specialist paints manufacturer, Tor Coatings has invested £2 million in a state-of-the-art aerosol manufacturing facility, creating over 150 jobs. The investment allows the firm to manufacture and market a new range of a…

  • Trust Chem opens organic pigments warehouse

    February 8, 2010
    || Hangzhou, China-based Trust Chem Group opened its European warehouse in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. From this 4,000 square meter hub, an extensive range of organic pigments will be supplied to the European market. The Rotterdam warehouse will be oper…

  • Hempel Expands R&D Center in Barcelona

    February 8, 2010
    || Hempel officially opened a new R&D center at a ceremony on January 13 in Barcelona. The newly expanded center will enable Hempel to develop and customize products faster, respond to customer needs more efficiently and help customers conform to ra…

  • Cabot expands fumed silica facility in China

    February 8, 2010
    || Cabot Corporation and China National Bluestar Co. Ltd. have announced that Cabot (China) Ltd., a subsidiary of Cabot and Bluestar New Chemical Materials, have signed an agreement to expand the fumed silica capacity at the companies’ joint ventu…

  • Commission Ponders Paints Directive Extension

    February 8, 2010
    || The 2004 directive on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints and varnishes could be extended to other products such as hairsprays, window cleaning products and wood coatings, according to an EU consultancy study published in December.  &nb…

  • Lanxess streamlines global PRODUCTION network

    February 8, 2010
    || Lanxess AG has taken further steps to streamline its global production network and reduce operating costs in the face of the economic crisis and competitive business environment. The specialty chemicals group announced its Functional Chemicals busine…

  • DuPont Licenses Teflon to National Paints in EMEA

    February 8, 2010
    || DuPont signed a DuPont Teflon surface protector trademark license agreement with National Paints Factories Co. Ltd., the largest architectural coatings producer in the Middle East. This marks the third DuPont Teflon license to be signed in the Middle…