• ICI Sells Wood FINISHES Business in Germany

    September 19, 2005
    || Akzo Nobel has acquired ICI Group’s Zweihorn Gmbh, a maker of industrial wood finishes for the professional joinery sector with sales of approximately €18 million in 2004. Akzo Nobel will acquire all shares of Zweihorn, which has 55 emplo…

  • HOMEOWNERS SAY PRODUCT AVAILABILITY and CONVENIENCE DICTATE WHERe THEY SHOP

    September 19, 2005
    || Today’s homeowners overwhelmingly head to the home center when it comes to home improvement products, according to a new survey from the National Hardware Show and the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI). According to the poll, 67% of ho…

  • PPG Aerospace Coatings Take Flight on First Airbus A380

    September 19, 2005
    || While the world watched the first A380 airplane successfully complete its first flight earlier this year, the PPG Aerospace–PRC-DeSoto coatings staff watched closely too as the flight marked a new livery that they helped create. The A380 was co…

  • CCAI Honors Members

    September 19, 2005
    || At its annual meeting in Tucson, AZ, the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) recognized user and supplier members for their year-long service and dedication. Among those honored was Fred Wells of Hentzen Coatings, Inc. (Wisconsin Chap…

  • IN BRIEF

    September 19, 2005
    || California Paints’ Fres~Coat premium paint once again ranked at the top of the list in a study of exterior paints conducted by a leading consumer reporting magazine. The independent study tested the overall performance of exterior paints in the…

  • WI court says teen can sue paint

    August 16, 2005
    || In a split decision, a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a Milwaukee teenager can sue paint manufacturers for his injuries even though he cannot prove which ones may have made the paint that may have sickened him, and he has already been awarded mor…

  • RI Drops DuPont from Lead Suit

    August 16, 2005
    || Rhode Island has dropped its lead lawsuit against DuPont. The state is still suing Atlantic Richfield, American Cyanamid, ConAgra, Millennium, NL Industries Inc. and Sherwin-Williams. DuPont said that its dismissal was based upon the facts and that…

  • Whitford Acquires

    August 16, 2005
    || Whitford Worldwide, Frazer, PA, has acquired Polymeric Systems, Inc. (PSI), a Phoenixville, PA-based maker of epoxy adhesives, sealants and caulks. The deal included PSI’s seven-acre campus and its 60,000-sq.ft. multi-story manufacturing facili…

  • UV-curable Refinish primer, Nonvolatile Coalescent Win

    August 16, 2005
    || The U.S. EPA has presented Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards to a UV-curable refinish primer from BASF Coatings and a coalescent from ADM. BASF’s primer cures in just a few minutes when exposed to visible or near UV light from UV-A…

  • French Paint Market TO 

    August 16, 2005
    || The French paint market—estimated at 854,000 tons in 2004—could grow to 916,000 tons in 2009, if average annual growth of 1.4% per annum can be achieved, according to a new market study from Informational Research (IRL). This growth beli…

  • CEPE Chairman Monteny Meets with EU To Discuss REACH

    August 16, 2005
    || Jean-Pierre Monteny, chairman of the European Council of Paint, Printing Ink and Artist Colours’ Industry (CEPE) met with members of the EU Parliament in Brussels on June 21 to suggest means by which the ink industry wants to improve REACH. CEP…

  • CPSC, EPA release interim CCA study results

    August 16, 2005
    || The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have posted interim results of their two year joint study focused on reducing the amount of dislodgable arsenic from chromated copper arsenate-treated w…

  • AutoVAZ awards Contract

    August 16, 2005
    || A PPG-Helios joint venture has won a five-year contract with AutoVAZ to provide the Russian vehicle maker with chemical management at its new paint shop in Togliatte. The JV—which has been handling process management services for AutoVAZ since…

  • Fuji Hunt, Pantone Team Up For Ink and Coatings Swatch Book

    August 16, 2005
    || Makers of coatings for the graphic arts market know how essential the right gloss or matte finish can be to the overall appearance of a project. Many times, however, the designer isn’t the decision maker when it comes to matte versus gloss. Fu…

  • Aging Americans to Fuel MARKET FOR MediCal and Dental Adhesives and Sealants

    August 16, 2005
    || Although an aging U.S. population is putting a strain on Social Security and Medicare, it may offer riches for some adhesive and sealant suppliers. Demand for medical and dental adhesives and sealants in the U.S. is forecast to rise 8.4% per year t…