• BASF opens dispersions plant in South Africa

    BASF has announced plans to invest in a dispersions plant in Durban, South Africa. The new plant will produce acrylic dispersions mainly for the coatings and construction industry. The facility will benefit from local availability of raw materials an…

  • New name for Lanxess Basic Chemicals business unit

    The Lanxess specialty chemicals company has given its Basic Chemicals business unit a new name: Advanced Industrial Intermediates (AII). The new name establishes a direct link to the product portfolio, which includes advanced intermediates for nume…

  • Merck restarts operations at Onahama production site for automotive coatings

    Merck KGaA has resumed normal operations at the Onahama production site in Japan. Among other products, the Onahama site manufactures Xirallic effect pigments, which are widely used in high-quality automotive coatings owing to their pearl-luster effe…

  • Dow Coating Materials Launches eXposure Vision Viewer

    Dow Coating Materials (DCM) has launched eXposure Vision Viewer, an on-line system that puts exposure station test panels within easy view. The system builds on DCM’s patented eXposure Vision digital imaging and analysis system. Through a sec…

  • BASF and INEOS sign joint venture contract for Styrolution

    BASF SE and INEOS Industries Holdings Limited have signed a joint venture contract, which regulates the formation of the joint venture company Styrolution. The establishment of the joint venture is subject to approval by the appropriate antitrust aut…

  • DSM sharpens strategic focus towards the coatings market

    DSM has reorganized its business units DSM Powder Coating Resins and DSM NeoResins+ into a single new unit, DSM Coating Resins. In the restructuring towards one coating resins unit, a subdivision will be made based on different market dynamics, which…

  • Lanxess acquires Syngenta’s Material Protection business

    Lanxess has agreed to acquire the Material Protection business of Switzerland’s Syngenta. As a result, the German specialty chemicals company will become one of the leading suppliers of biocides for construction materials. The transaction is…

  • Dow Epoxy to expand LER capacity

    Dow Epoxy, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has announced plans to expand liquid epoxy resin (LER) capacity at its plant in Stade, Germany. This expansion will provide additional capacity as early as fourth quarter 2012, and will increase…

  • Evonik completes purchase of hanse chemie

    Evonik Industries concluded the transaction to purchase the hanse chemie Group. The hanse chemie Group, with its workforce of approximately 100 employees, is headquartered in Geesthacht near Hamburg, where it produces high-quality components and raw…

  • Huber renames business unit

    Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) is renaming its Alumina Trihydrate (ATH) business unit Fire Retardant Additives. The new name more accurately reflects the array of non-halogen fire retardant and smoke suppressant technologies, brands and products no…

  • Dow Microbial Control opens application center in Australia

    Dow Microbial Control recently opened a Customer Application Center (CAC) in Melbourne, Australia. Dow Microbial Control customers in Australia and New Zealand will now have access to state-of-the-art testing laboratories and innovative formulation…

  • Waterborne Symposium issues a call for papers

    The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University of Southern Mississippi has issued a call for papers for presentation at the 39th Annual International Waterborne Symposium, February 13-17, 2012 in New Orleans. Papers should re…

  • AkzoNobel boosts growth momentum with China expansion

    AkzoNobel plans to invest more than €60 million in boosting production capacity for its Bermocoll cellulose derivatives (paint and building material thickeners), providing additional momentum for the company’s accelerated growth strategy,…

  • DSM Powder Coating Resins and DSM NeoResins+ merge

    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

    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…

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