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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 »
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 »
By Phil Phillips
Published October 30, 2008
When will outsourced services and manufacturing flow back to U.S. shores? Read More »
Published October 10, 2008
Altana acquires effect pigment business of USBP The Altana Group signed a contract to acquire the effect pigment business of United States Bronze Powders Inc. (USBP). In 2007, USBP achieved sales of approximately $8 million in this business area. US… Read More »
Published October 10, 2008
Reichhold to build resin plant in Tianjin, China Reichhold has recently announced plans to expand into the Chinese market by building a composite resins plant in Tianjin, China. Phase I of the new plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009… Read More »
Published October 10, 2008
The Dow Chemical Company is exploring divestiture options for its Clear Lake Operations acrylic acid and esters, and UCAR Emulsion Systems specialty latex business in North America. Dow has engaged J.P. Morgan to act as financial adviser in support o… Read More »
Published October 10, 2008
Dunn-Edwards to open new technology center Dunn-Edwards Corporation has announced plans to build a 40,000-square-foot coatings technology center on its Los Angeles, CA campus. The new facility will consolidate the paint manufacturer’s existing… Read More »
Published October 10, 2008
Altana acquires effect pigment business of USBP The Altana Group signed a contract to acquire the effect pigment business of United States Bronze Powders Inc. (USBP). In 2007, USBP achieved sales of approximately $8 million in this business area. US… Read More »
Published October 10, 2008
Reichhold to build resin plant in Tianjin, China Reichhold has recently announced plans to expand into the Chinese market by building a composite resins plant in Tianjin, China. Phase I of the new plant is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009… Read More »
Published October 10, 2008
The Dow Chemical Company is exploring divestiture options for its Clear Lake Operations acrylic acid and esters, and UCAR Emulsion Systems specialty latex business in North America. Dow has engaged J.P. Morgan to act as financial adviser in support o… Read More »
Published October 10, 2008
Dunn-Edwards to open new technology center Dunn-Edwards Corporation has announced plans to build a 40,000-square-foot coatings technology center on its Los Angeles, CA campus. The new facility will consolidate the paint manufacturer’s existing… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Nordson Grows in South Africa Nordson Corporation has acquired MLT Systems Holdings (Pty) Ltd. and its subsidiary MLT Application Systems (Pty) Ltd. of Cape Town, South Africa. Revenues of MLT were not disclosed. MLT employs a total of 15, operates… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Brenntag Acquires Dipol Chemical International Brenntag has acquired Dipol Chemical International, Inc., a company focused on the distribution of chemicals in Ukraine, Russia and the Baltic States and also provides its services in Belorussia and Mold… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Altana has signed a contract to acquire the effect pigment business of United States Bronze Powders Inc. (USBP). In 2007, USBP achieved sales of approximately $8 million in this business area. USBP retains its powder business as well as its aluminum… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Q-Lab Corp. has announced the opening of the new Q-Lab Deutschland GmbH Weathering Technology Centre. The facility, located near Düsseldorf, Germany, provides customers technical support, education, training and sales support. The new facility w… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Wacker Chemie will discontinue production of its Pioloform polymer binders effective Sept. 30, 2008. The Munich-based chemical group recently announced this decision citing limited expectations for polyvinyl butyral growth in industrial applications… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Rohm and Haas Kankakee, IL facility with their National Environmental Performance Track Award for progress toward achieving environmental performance goals and the breadth and challenge of th… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Lanxess AG plans to relocate its headquarters from Leverkusen to Cologne, Germany. The move is to be completed by 2011. Lanxess has begun discussions with the city of Cologne to identify possible sites. Currently approximately half of the 15,000 La… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Sherwin-Williams has announced its financial results for the second quarter and first six months ended June 30, 2008. Compared to the same periods in 2007, consolidated net sales increased $31.4 million, or 1.4%, to $2.230 billion in the quarter and… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
DuPont has announced its quarterly financial results. The Coatings & Color Technologies business unit reported a ten percent sales in­crease to $1.9 billion. Higher selling prices in all businesses and volume growth in emerging markets more t… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Tikkurila’s revenue in the second quarter rose by nine percent to €205.7 million ($188.7). Sales development was high in most markets both in decorative paints and industrial coatings. The slowdown in new construction and the decrease in s… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Valspar has reported its results for the third-quarter ended July 25, 2008. Third-quarter sales totaled $957.7 million, a 7.2% increase from the third quarter of 2007. Net income for the third quarter was $47 million. In 2007, third-quarter net incom… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
PPG’s Performance Coatings segment sales in the second quarter 2008 increased $295 million, or 30%, versus the prior year's quarter, primarily as a result of the acquisitions of Sigma­Kalon's protective and marine coatings business… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
DuPont venture opens R&D center in Russia DuPont Russian Coatings LLC has opened the largest technical center in Russia dedicated to the development of high-performance automotive coatings. The $3 million facility is located at the Yaroslav head… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Nordson Grows in South Africa Nordson Corporation has acquired MLT Systems Holdings (Pty) Ltd. and its subsidiary MLT Application Systems (Pty) Ltd. of Cape Town, South Africa. Revenues of MLT were not disclosed. MLT employs a total of 15, operates… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Brenntag Acquires Dipol Chemical International Brenntag has acquired Dipol Chemical International, Inc., a company focused on the distribution of chemicals in Ukraine, Russia and the Baltic States and also provides its services in Belorussia and Mold… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Altana has signed a contract to acquire the effect pigment business of United States Bronze Powders Inc. (USBP). In 2007, USBP achieved sales of approximately $8 million in this business area. USBP retains its powder business as well as its aluminum… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Q-Lab Corp. has announced the opening of the new Q-Lab Deutschland GmbH Weathering Technology Centre. The facility, located near Düsseldorf, Germany, provides customers technical support, education, training and sales support. The new facility w… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Wacker Chemie will discontinue production of its Pioloform polymer binders effective Sept. 30, 2008. The Munich-based chemical group recently announced this decision citing limited expectations for polyvinyl butyral growth in industrial applications… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Rohm and Haas Kankakee, IL facility with their National Environmental Performance Track Award for progress toward achieving environmental performance goals and the breadth and challenge of th… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Lanxess AG plans to relocate its headquarters from Leverkusen to Cologne, Germany. The move is to be completed by 2011. Lanxess has begun discussions with the city of Cologne to identify possible sites. Currently approximately half of the 15,000 La… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
DuPont venture opens R&D center in Russia DuPont Russian Coatings LLC has opened the largest technical center in Russia dedicated to the development of high-performance automotive coatings. The $3 million facility is located at the Yaroslav head… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Sherwin-Williams has announced its financial results for the second quarter and first six months ended June 30, 2008. Compared to the same periods in 2007, consolidated net sales increased $31.4 million, or 1.4%, to $2.230 billion in the quarter and… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
DuPont has announced its quarterly financial results. The Coatings & Color Technologies business unit reported a ten percent sales in­crease to $1.9 billion. Higher selling prices in all businesses and volume growth in emerging markets more t… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Tikkurila’s revenue in the second quarter rose by nine percent to €205.7 million ($188.7). Sales development was high in most markets both in decorative paints and industrial coatings. The slowdown in new construction and the decrease in s… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
Valspar has reported its results for the third-quarter ended July 25, 2008. Third-quarter sales totaled $957.7 million, a 7.2% increase from the third quarter of 2007. Net income for the third quarter was $47 million. In 2007, third-quarter net incom… Read More »
Published September 12, 2008
PPG’s Performance Coatings segment sales in the second quarter 2008 increased $295 million, or 30%, versus the prior year's quarter, primarily as a result of the acquisitions of Sigma­Kalon's protective and marine coatings business… Read More »
Published August 11, 2008
U.S. Solvents demand to reach 11.8 billion pounds in 2012 Demand for chemical solvents will rise less than one percent per year to 11.8 billion pounds in 2012. Gains will continue to lag the overall economy, as manufacturers of coatings, printing ink… Read More »
Published August 11, 2008
Gelest doubles production capacity Gelest Inc. recently completed the final phase of a multi-year project to double the capacity of its Morrisville, PA headquarters and product plant. The expansion was necessitated by the increased demand for speci… Read More »
Published August 11, 2008
SCG-Dow Group breaks ground on Propylene oxide plant The SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture between Dow and The Siam Cement Group (SCG), has broken ground on a propylene oxide (PO) facility in Thailand. The world-scale plant, located within the Asia Ind… Read More »
Published August 11, 2008
Rockwood Holdings to Acquire Holliday Pigments Rockwood Holdings, Inc. has reached an agreement with Yule Catto and Co. plc to purchase Holliday Pigments, a global manufacturer of technical grade ultramarine and manganese violet pigments. The purch… Read More »



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