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Published March 12, 2009
Jotun to build new U.S. factory Jotun’s board of directors has approved investment in a new factory in the U.S. because, the company said, the U.S. is an important marine market and also becoming increasingly important for the protective coatin… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
AeonClad Coatings launches biomedical group AeonClad Coatings has launched a new subsidiary that will focus on biomedical applications. AeonClad Bio­medical LLC is expected to utilize the company’s AeonCoat dry coating technology that woul… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Lord Corp., AkzoNobel deal in the works Lord Corporation, headquartered in Cary, NC, retained Grace Matthews to market its Photoglaze resilient floor coatings product line to selected buyers. With operations in the U.S. and UK, the business is recog… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
X-Rite completes sale of former headquarters X-Rite, Inc., has completed the sale of its former headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Grandville, MI, to CWD Capital, LLC for a purchase price of $7.225 million. X-Rite said it will use th… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Benjamin Moore retail program honored by the CMA Benjamin Moore Rewards, a program designed to recognize those on the retail frontlines, was itself recently recognized for its ingenuity and effectiveness. The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) cit… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Dow to Close LDPE Plant in Freeport, TX Driven by current economic conditions and overcapacity for low density polyethylene (LDPE) in the North… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Bayer Reduces Work Time Bayer MaterialScience, in an effort to offset the effects of the financial crisis, has temporarily lowered the company’s work time by 6.7% with corresponding reductions in salaries for non-managerial employees.… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Wacker Polymers extends its vinnapas and vinnol portfolio Wacker Polymers changed the name of its Airflex, Flexbond, Flexcryl and Vinac products. All vinyl acetate homopolymer, vinyl acetate-ethylene and acrylic copolymer grades will be known as Vian… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Huntsman CUts Workforce, Closes titanium dioxide plant Huntsman Corp. has recently enacted a company-wide initiative to reduce costs across its division and functions, which will eliminate 117 jobs by year-end, or nine percent of its workforce. Full… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Evonik Registers Synthetic Amorphous Silica In compliance with the new EU REACH chemicals regulation, Evonik Industries has successfully registered synthetic amorphous silica with the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki. This authorizes the compan… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Inksolutions to sell and distribute Synkoloid/Muralo Brands of products Effective Feb. 1, 2009, Inksolutions LLC has been awarded the license to sell and distribute the Synkoloid and Muralo brands of products West of the Rockies, in Western Canada a… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Univar’s site U+ Certified Univar recently announced that its Brussels site has attained full compliance with its stringent U+ standards. Launched in 2006, U+ is a goal-based combined management system that requires each site to continually imp… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
CAS-MI LABORATORIES LAUNCHES INNOVATION CENTER CAS-MI Laboratories has opened its CAS-MI Innovation Center, an incubator for new industrial and consumer formulated products, including paints, coatings, plastics, adhesives and more. The scientists at… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Clariant, Xl Performance Chemicals form alliance Clariant’s Functional Chemicals Division and Dalton, GA-based XL Performance Chemicals have formed an alliance to serve the $2.3 billion worldwide foam-control market. In the initial phase of the… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Rohm & Haas is suing Dow Chemical in a Delaware court for failing to complete the agreed $15.4 billion takeover within the agreed time frame. After receiving the green light from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on January 23, 2009, Dow wa… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
H.B. Fuller opens Asia Pacific technology center H.B. Fuller Company has opened a new technical center in Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, China. The new lab, part of the company’s five-year strategic plan, is the company’s first region… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
RPM acquires interest in Chinese licensee Carboline Company, a subsidiary of RPM, has acquired a 49% interest in its Chinese licensee, Carboline Dalian Paint Production Co., Ltd. (Carboline Dalian). The remaining 51% of the joint venture will be own… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
RPM subsidiary acquires Swiss sealants company Tremco illbruck International GmbH, a subsidiary of RPM, has acquired Karochemie AG, a Swiss supplier of sealants to the construction markets in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Head­quartered in Baar… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Sherwin-Williams to acquire Altax in Poland Sherwin-Williams has agreed to acquire Altax Sp. zo.o. headquartered in Poznan, Poland. Altax is a manufacturer of protective woodcare coatings and serves multiple channels including industrial, profession… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
PPG files suit against Sherwin-Williams As reported in the Pittsburgh Business Times, PPG has filed a trademark infringement suit against Sherwin-Williams for its use of the phrase “The Color of Inspiration.” PPG says it has used the phr… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Jotun to build new U.S. factory Jotun’s board of directors has approved investment in a new factory in the U.S. because, the company said, the U.S. is an important marine market and also becoming increasingly important for the protective coatin… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
AeonClad Coatings launches biomedical group AeonClad Coatings has launched a new subsidiary that will focus on biomedical applications. AeonClad Bio­medical LLC is expected to utilize the company’s AeonCoat dry coating technology that woul… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Lord Corp., AkzoNobel deal in the works Lord Corporation, headquartered in Cary, NC, retained Grace Matthews to market its Photoglaze resilient floor coatings product line to selected buyers. With operations in the U.S. and UK, the business is recog… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
X-Rite completes sale of former headquarters X-Rite, Inc., has completed the sale of its former headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Grandville, MI, to CWD Capital, LLC for a purchase price of $7.225 million. X-Rite said it will use th… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Benjamin Moore retail program honored by the CMA Benjamin Moore Rewards, a program designed to recognize those on the retail frontlines, was itself recently recognized for its ingenuity and effectiveness. The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) cit… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Valspar’s 1Q sales drop 16% First-quarter sales at Valspar dropped 16.4% from the same period last year to $639.5 million. Net income for the first quarter of 2009 dropped to $14.2 million from $24 million the year before. Excluding non-cash ad… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
RPM’s income drops 23% in 2Q RPM International’s sales of $890 million for second quarter of fiscal 2009 were down 1.7% from the $905.7 million reported a year ago. Net income for the quarter decreased 23.9%, to $41.7 million from $54.9 m… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
AkzoNobel reported a €1.52 billion ($1.93 billion) loss for the fourth quarter, due mostly to writedowns on the value of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), which it bought last year and was hit hard by the global economic downturn. The loss com… Read More »
Published February 11, 2009
AkzoNobel to divest non-stick coatings activities AkzoNobel has agreed to divest its non-stick coatings business to privately-owned, U.S.-based company Whitford Worldwide. The deal involves Akzo­Nobel’s global cookware and bakeware activit… Read More »
Published February 11, 2009
Industrial Nanotech expands to Germany Industrial Nanotech is continuing its expansion of manufacturing locations for their Nansulate coatings and will begin producing the products in Germany in the first quarter of 2009. This brings the total numbe… Read More »
Published February 11, 2009
AkzoNobel to divest non-stick coatings activities AkzoNobel has agreed to divest its non-stick coatings business to privately-owned, U.S.-based company Whitford Worldwide. The deal involves Akzo­Nobel’s global cookware and bakeware activit… Read More »
Published February 11, 2009
Industrial Nanotech expands to Germany Industrial Nanotech is continuing its expansion of manufacturing locations for their Nansulate coatings and will begin producing the products in Germany in the first quarter of 2009. This brings the total numbe… Read More »
Wood Coatings Market
By Kerry Pianoforte
Published February 2, 2009
Tough economic conditions and a trend toward using composite materials in place of wood, mean another challenging year for wood coating manufacturers. Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
Sartomer americas announces restructuring Sartomer Company is restructuring its Americas division. The restructure reflects the growth and independence of the European and Asian operations, which have functionally been supported by the Americas group… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
AkzoNobel has submitted its list of substances in compliance with the European Union’s REACH legislation. The company completed the process ahead of the Dec.1 cut-off date and has pre-registered approximately 6,000 substances following the intr… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
Tikkurila to acquire a sales company in Slovakia Tikkurila will strengthen its position in Eastern Europe by acquiring the sales company Finncolor Slovakia s.r.o. operating in Martin, Slovakia. Tikkurila will purchase 100% of the company’s sha… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
Henkel closes four adhesives plants in Europe Henkel is streamlining its expanded adhesives production and is to close four adhesives plants in Europe, following a major purchase. The integration of National Starch into the Düsseldorf-based gro… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
BASF reduces production worldwide BASF is temporarily shutting down approximately 80 plants worldwide. In addition, BASF is reducing production at approximately 100 plants. Worldwide, approximately 20,000 employees will be affected by the production… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
Sartomer americas announces restructuring Sartomer Company is restructuring its Americas division. The restructure reflects the growth and independence of the European and Asian operations, which have functionally been supported by the Americas group… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
AkzoNobel has submitted its list of substances in compliance with the European Union’s REACH legislation. The company completed the process ahead of the Dec.1 cut-off date and has pre-registered approximately 6,000 substances following the intr… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
Tikkurila to acquire a sales company in Slovakia Tikkurila will strengthen its position in Eastern Europe by acquiring the sales company Finncolor Slovakia s.r.o. operating in Martin, Slovakia. Tikkurila will purchase 100% of the company’s sha… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
Henkel closes four adhesives plants in Europe Henkel is streamlining its expanded adhesives production and is to close four adhesives plants in Europe, following a major purchase. The integration of National Starch into the Düsseldorf-based gro… Read More »
Published January 12, 2009
BASF reduces production worldwide BASF is temporarily shutting down approximately 80 plants worldwide. In addition, BASF is reducing production at approximately 100 plants. Worldwide, approximately 20,000 employees will be affected by the production… Read More »
Published November 14, 2008
Lanxess to use raw material for energy generation Lanxess AG is building a cogeneration plant at its Brazilian site in Porto Felize for the combined generation of steam and electricity. The new plant, which will have a capacity of 4.5 MW, will oper… Read More »
Published November 14, 2008
Imerys Acquires Mica Business from Zemex Minerals Group Imerys has acquired Kings Mountain Minerals Inc. and Suzorite Mining Inc. from Zemex Minerals Group Inc. These companies have two plant sites totaling 100 employees, one located in Kings Mountai… Read More »
Published November 14, 2008
Arkema will open a new 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate production unit at its Carling site in France to keep up with the strong growth of the acrylic esters market. Due to come on stream in the fall of 2009, this 50,000 metric ton production unit will use a n… Read More »
Published November 14, 2008
Rohm and Haas Company has opened a new Southeast Asia Technical Laboratory in Singapore. The lab supports Rohm and Haas’ latest efforts to bring new technology to the Southeast Asia market. “Rohm and Haas has been adapting its technology… Read More »
Published November 14, 2008
Lanxess to use raw material for energy generation Lanxess AG is building a cogeneration plant at its Brazilian site in Porto Felize for the combined generation of steam and electricity. The new plant, which will have a capacity of 4.5 MW, will oper… Read More »
Published November 14, 2008
Imerys Acquires Mica Business from Zemex Minerals Group Imerys has acquired Kings Mountain Minerals Inc. and Suzorite Mining Inc. from Zemex Minerals Group Inc. These companies have two plant sites totaling 100 employees, one located in Kings Mountai… Read More »
Published November 14, 2008
Arkema will open a new 2-ethyl hexyl acrylate production unit at its Carling site in France to keep up with the strong growth of the acrylic esters market. Due to come on stream in the fall of 2009, this 50,000 metric ton production unit will use a n… Read More »



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