• LOWE’S EXPANDS INTO CANADA

    October 14, 2005
    LOWE’S EXPANDS INTO CANADA Lowe’s Companies, Inc., has unveiled an aggressive plan to expand into Canada. The Mooresville, NC-based retailer expects to open its first Canadian stores in Toronto in 2007. Initially, Lowe’s plans…

  • AKZO NOBEL EXPANDS

    October 14, 2005
    AKZO NOBEL EXPANDS CHINESE COATINGS ACTIVITIES Akzo Nobel has reinforced its commitment to becoming China’s top coatings company by signing an agreement to acquire the coatings activities of Guangzhou Toide Manufacturing Co. Currently ra…

  • BASF ACCREDITIED

    October 14, 2005
    BASF ACCREDITED BY COOL ROOF RATING COUNCIL The Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) has named BASF as an accredited manufacturer testing laboratory (AMTL). This designation means that BASF is accredited to test and certify the radiative properties…

  • BARLOWORLD ACQUIRES

    October 14, 2005
    BARLOWORLD ACQUIRES MIDAS PAINTS OF SOUTH AFRICA Barloworld has acquired Midas Paints Limited for approximately $6.3 million. The company sells Earthcote, a premium range of wall coatings through 34 franchised stores in South Africa. Midas wil…

  • BAYER MATERIALSCIENCE

    October 14, 2005
    BAYER MATERIALSCIENCE ACQUIRES POLYTHANE SYSTEMS Bayer MaterialScience LLC has acquired Polythane Systems, Inc. (PSI), a supplier of spray polyurethane foam roofing systems in the U.S. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Bay…

  • CORUS PACKAGING PLUS,

    October 14, 2005
    CORUS PACKAGING PLUS, VALSPAR FORM ALLIANCE Corus Packaging Plus and Valspar have formed a joint polymer coatings development program, with the main objective being of expanding Corus’ Protact polymer-coated steel business and providing…

  • FIRST NEWBUILDING CONTRACT FOR INTERNATIONAL PAINT JAPAN

    October 14, 2005
    International Paint Japan (IPJ) has been awarded its first newbuilding contract for the supply of coatings for two Medmax LNG ships. The 75,500 cbm ships, to be built at Universal Shipbuilding Corporation’s Tsu works, are scheduled for deliv…

  • REACH $3.4 BILLION IN 2009

    October 14, 2005
    REACH $3.4 BILLION IN 2009 Demand in the U.S. for color pigments, including inorganic, organic and specialty types, is forecast to increase 5.2% per year to $3.4 billion in 2009, driven by above average gains in high-performance organic pigment…

  • ASIAN COATING SALES VALUED

    October 14, 2005
    ASIAN COATING SALES VALUED AT $20.5 BILLION IN 2004 According to a new study by Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney, Asian coating consumption surged to 7.9 MM metric tons (MT) with a sales value of $20.5 billion in 2004. An eight percent annual gr…

  • ACE HARDWARE AND JOHN MADDEN REMAIN TEAMMATES

    October 14, 2005
    ACE HARDWARE AND JOHN MADDEN REMAIN TEAMMATES John Madden and Ace Hardware will remain advertising teammates into the next decade. Ace has renewed its contract with the legendary football coach and TV analyst for six additional years. Madden will…

  • PPG acquires Crown Coating of

    September 19, 2005
    PPG Industries has acquired Crown Coating Industries, a privately held manufacturer of specialty wood coatings based in Singapore. Terms of the accord were not disclosed. Incorporated in 1991, Crown is a leader the Asian flooring industry in UV coat…

  • AKZO’s ROLLER TRAY LID EARNS DESIGN AWARd, INCREASES SALES

    September 19, 2005
    The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has presented a gold Design Excellence Award (IDEA) to Akzo Nobel for its 1-2 Paint System, in which the lid of the rectangular packaging transforms into a paint tray when opened. Originally launc…

  • BASF COATINGS DE MEXICO

    September 19, 2005
    For the second time since 2002, BASF Coatings de Mexico has received a General Motors “Supplier of the Year” award for outstanding performance as an automotive coatings supplier for the automaker’s Silao and Ramos Arizpe assembly pl…

  • Dunn-EDWARDS CREATES

    September 19, 2005
    Dunn-Edwards is making it easier for architects, designers and contractors involved in green building projects to navigate the complicated requirements for paint and coatings. The paint maker has published the Green Building Guide, a quick-read refe…

  • RPM ACQUIRES GERMAN

    September 19, 2005
    RPM ACQUIRES GERMAN SEALANT MAKER ILLBRUCK RPM’s Tremco unit has acquired Illbruck Sealant Systems, a high-performance sealant and installation systems maker based in Leverkusen, Germany. The purchase gives Tremco a “global…