• 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…

  • Cognis expands in malaysia

    February 8, 2010
    Cognis has opened an affiliate in Selangor, Malaysia. The new company, Cognis Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cognis Group.…

  • Sherwin-Williams Awarded $24 Million U.S. Navy JIT Marine Coatings Contract

    February 8, 2010
    Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has been awarded a $24 million, five-year U.S. Navy contract to supply marine coatings per Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery to four U.S. Navy shipyards. The company was one of two low bidders in the first…

  • Huntsman forms JV in China

    February 8, 2010
    The poly­urethanes division of Hunts­man Corp. has created a new China-based joint venture with Jurong Ningwu Chemical Co. Ltd. to manufacture polyether polyol products. The JV will be known as Jurong New Ningwu Chemical Co. Ltd. and will be…

  • RPM Acquires UK-based Universal sealants

    February 8, 2010
    RPM International Inc. has acquired the Universal Sealants (U.K.) Limited group of companies, a UK-based supplier of coatings and construction products and services for bridges and large infrastructure projects. Universal Sealants, which is headquart…

  • Eastman Acquires Polymers Facility in China

    February 8, 2010
    Eastman Chemical Company has completed the acquisition of Tongxiang Xinglong Fine Chemical Co., Ltd., a cellulose-based specialty polymers manufacturing facility located near Shanghai, China.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acq…

  • Harald Pflanzl New Head of BASF Coatings Automotive Refinish Europe Business Unit

    February 8, 2010
    On January 1, 2010, Harald Pflanzl became the head of BASF Coatings’ Automotive Refinish Europe business unit. Pflanzl succeeds Christoph Hansen, who now heads the Dis­persions for Adhesives and Con­structions Europe unit in Ludwig­…