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Patent Pendency: A Great Reason to Cherish Your Trade Secrets
By Steve McDaniel, JD, PhD; and Jon Hurt, PhD, Technology Litigators
Published April 19, 2012
So, rather than protecting your product and your market share using trade secrets, you opt to patent your new and exciting additive, coating formulation, paint container, paint sprayer, etc., in the United States. Let’s say the U.S. is a huge m… Read More »
Cross Over The Bridge
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Writer
Published April 19, 2012
Making the transition from idea to the marketplace. Read More »
BASF Building New Acrylic Plant in Brazil
By Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
Published April 19, 2012
Production cost of its Suvinil paint line to drop. Read More »
Coatings Industry Continues Strong Push To Recovery
By Sean Milmo, Europe Correspondent
Published April 19, 2012
Q1 results better than expected. Read More »
Published March 28, 2012
ShawCor Ltd. announced that its pipecoating division, Bredero Shaw, has received contracts with a value in excess of US$30 million from PEARLOIL (Sebuku) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pearl Energy, which is the Southeast Asia operating arm of… Read More »
Published March 28, 2012
ShawCor Ltd. announced that its pipecoating division, Bredero Shaw, has received contracts with a value in excess of US$30 million from PEARLOIL (Sebuku) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pearl Energy, which is the Southeast Asia operating arm of… Read More »
Published March 27, 2012
Dunn-Edwards has received a Real Estate and Development (RED) Award from the Arizona Commercial Real Estate (AZRE) for Best Industrial Project for its new 336,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The 7th Annual RED Awards recognize the most notabl… Read More »
Published March 27, 2012
Dunn-Edwards has received a Real Estate and Development (RED) Award from the Arizona Commercial Real Estate (AZRE) for Best Industrial Project for its new 336,000 square foot manufacturing facility. The 7th Annual RED Awards recognize the most notabl… Read More »
Published March 22, 2012
Lucite International, Inc. said it is progressing with its investment to establish 150kte per year production of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in 2012 at its Beaumont, Texas, facility. The company will continue to produce MMA at its Memphis, Tenn., facil… Read More »
Published March 22, 2012
Lucite International, Inc. said it is progressing with its investment to establish 150kte per year production of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in 2012 at its Beaumont, Texas, facility. The company will continue to produce MMA at its Memphis, Tenn., facil… Read More »
Published March 21, 2012
Sherwin-Williams and Riverstone Residential Group, a national, privately-owned, third-party multifamily management provider, have formed a multi-year supply partnership. Under the agreement, Riverstone's extensive portfolio of properties will dir… Read More »
Published March 21, 2012
Jotun's new paint production facility at Vindal in Sandefjord has officially opened. The new 13,000 square meter factory will serve the Scandinavian market with as much as 80 million liters of paint per year. At a cost of about $86 million (NOK… Read More »
Published March 21, 2012
Sherwin-Williams and Riverstone Residential Group, a national, privately-owned, third-party multifamily management provider, have formed a multi-year supply partnership. Under the agreement, Riverstone's extensive portfolio of properties will dir… Read More »
Published March 21, 2012
Jotun's new paint production facility at Vindal in Sandefjord has officially opened. The new 13,000 square meter factory will serve the Scandinavian market with as much as 80 million liters of paint per year. At a cost of about $86 million (NOK… Read More »
Published March 19, 2012
PPG Industries reported net sales for the fourth quarter 2011 of $3.5 billion, an increase of four percent versus the prior year’s fourth quarter. Net income for the quarter increased to $216 million, or $1.39 per diluted share. Fourth quarter… Read More »
Surfactants Update
By Kerry Pianoforte, Associate Editor
Published March 19, 2012
Surfactants manufacturers focus on environmental issues and developing “greener” technologies. Read More »
Auto OEM Coatings
By Tim Wright, Editor
Published March 19, 2012
Lower costs, reduced air pollution and better performance are key drivers in automotive coatings and suppliers like BASF continue to offer new technologies and new products for the automotive industry. Read More »
Trade Secrets and Employees: Are you covering your Ass(ets)?
By Beth McDaniel, JD & Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Contributing Writers
Published March 19, 2012
Secret formulas, manufacturing pro­cesses, financial information, future product plans, customer lists…what are your trade secrets and what are you doing to protect them from inadvertent or intentional misuse or misappropriation by your ow… Read More »
Published March 19, 2012
PPG Industries reported net sales for the fourth quarter 2011 of $3.5 billion, an increase of four percent versus the prior year’s fourth quarter. Net income for the quarter increased to $216 million, or $1.39 per diluted share. Fourth quarter… Read More »
Published March 8, 2012
Arsenal Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrial, healthcare and financial services companies, has entered into an agreement to acquire the global colorants business from Evonik Industr… Read More »
Published March 8, 2012
Arsenal Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrial, healthcare and financial services companies, has entered into an agreement to acquire the global colorants business from Evonik Industr… Read More »
Published March 2, 2012
Wacker has completed the expansion and relocation of its technical laboratories and offices in South Korea, and inaugurated the upgraded technical center, with integrated training facility, near the capital Seoul. The regional competence center now h… Read More »
Published March 2, 2012
Wacker has completed the expansion and relocation of its technical laboratories and offices in South Korea, and inaugurated the upgraded technical center, with integrated training facility, near the capital Seoul. The regional competence center now h… Read More »
Published February 28, 2012
RAHN-Group, with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, has established a subsidiary in China. From April 1, 2012, RAHN Trading (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. will handle all aspects of RAHN’s business relations in China. Mr. Zou Yue is the general manager… Read More »
Published February 28, 2012
RAHN-Group, with headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, has established a subsidiary in China. From April 1, 2012, RAHN Trading (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. will handle all aspects of RAHN’s business relations in China. Mr. Zou Yue is the general manager… Read More »
By Panos Scarlatos, Director General, Helenic Association of Chemical Industries (HACI)
Published February 28, 2012
Our country for the past two years has been in the spotlight of the economic world. Negative publicity for the last couple of months has created a sense of insecurity to the stakeholders of the Greek economy as well as to all those who trade with Gre… Read More »
Published February 23, 2012
Sauereisen, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based manufacturer of specialty cements and corrosion resistant materials for construction, was awarded a 2011 Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award by the Society of Financial Services Professionals, the David Berg Center fo… Read More »
Published February 23, 2012
Sauereisen, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based manufacturer of specialty cements and corrosion resistant materials for construction, was awarded a 2011 Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award by the Society of Financial Services Professionals, the David Berg Center fo… Read More »
Published February 22, 2012
BASF is going to stop producing lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014 at the latest and concentrate worldwide on the production and marketing of alternative products the company said. These are offered by the company for the yellow as well as the… Read More »
Published February 22, 2012
Jotun's long-term growth trend continued in 2011 with improved sales in most segments and divisions, due to improved markets in Asia and parts of the Middle East said the company, however the paint maker's profit took a dip. The company repo… Read More »
Published February 22, 2012
A £100 million world-class high-tech manufacturing facility to be built in the north-east of England has been given the go-ahead. The AkzoNobel factory—to be based in Ashington, Northumberland—was granted planning permission yester… Read More »
Published February 22, 2012
BASF is going to stop producing lead chromate pigments by the end of 2014 at the latest and concentrate worldwide on the production and marketing of alternative products the company said. These are offered by the company for the yellow as well as the… Read More »
Published February 22, 2012
Jotun's long-term growth trend continued in 2011 with improved sales in most segments and divisions, due to improved markets in Asia and parts of the Middle East said the company, however the paint maker's profit took a dip. The company repo… Read More »
Published February 22, 2012
A £100 million world-class high-tech manufacturing facility to be built in the north-east of England has been given the go-ahead. The AkzoNobel factory—to be based in Ashington, Northumberland—was granted planning permission yester… Read More »
Hempel opens new factory in Argentina
Published February 21, 2012
With the opening of its 24th factory, the first in South America, Hempel will be better placed to serve the rapidly growing South American market. The new plant will mean shorter lead times for customers and will enable Hempel to develop and customiz… Read More »
Hempel opens new factory in Argentina
Published February 21, 2012
With the opening of its 24th factory, the first in South America, Hempel will be better placed to serve the rapidly growing South American market. The new plant will mean shorter lead times for customers and will enable Hempel to develop and customiz… Read More »
Published February 16, 2012
Mauser Group, a worldwide industrial packaging company, has acquired Varicon Solutions in North America. Mauser will take over the plastic packaging part of the business, which includes HDPE tight head and open head drums made out of virgin as well a… Read More »
Published February 16, 2012
Precision Coating Co., Inc. has acquired a controlling interest in Medi-Solve Coatings, LLC of Natick, Mass. Medi-Solve Coatings is a hydrophilic coating provider focusing on medical device applications. Medi-Solve Coatings adds formulation and appli… Read More »
Published February 16, 2012
Dunn-Edwards recently received the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 award for Operational Excellence, by Manufacturing Executive. The company’s new LEED Gold-certified manufacturing facility was honored for its innovation and superiority in op… Read More »
German-Russian Coil Coatings Partnership
Published February 16, 2012
BASF Coatings and NLMK celebrate 20 years of successful cooperation. Read More »
Published February 16, 2012
Precision Coating Co., Inc. has acquired a controlling interest in Medi-Solve Coatings, LLC of Natick, Mass. Medi-Solve Coatings is a hydrophilic coating provider focusing on medical device applications. Medi-Solve Coatings adds formulation and appli… Read More »
Published February 16, 2012
Mauser Group, a worldwide industrial packaging company, has acquired Varicon Solutions in North America. Mauser will take over the plastic packaging part of the business, which includes HDPE tight head and open head drums made out of virgin as well a… Read More »
Published February 16, 2012
Dunn-Edwards recently received the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 award for Operational Excellence, by Manufacturing Executive. The company’s new LEED Gold-certified manufacturing facility was honored for its innovation and superiority in op… Read More »
Would You Even Know A Trade Secret If It Jumped Up and Bit You Somewhere?
By Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Contributing Editor
Published February 15, 2012
OK. We all know what trade secrets are, right? The formula for Coca Cola is supposedly in a heavily guarded vault in Atlanta (yeah, right). We can all probably agree that if someone swipes the Coke formula, they are guilty of trade secret theft (amon… Read More »
Marketing Mistakes
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Editor
Published February 15, 2012
Ever since I took several MBA courses, at Northwestern, I’ve been a fan of Dr. Philip Kotler (Professor of International Marketing at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management). So when he discusses anything about marketing, I listen. K… Read More »
Sherwin-Williams Markets With QR Codes in Brazil
By Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
Published February 15, 2012
The Brazilian consumer market has yet to catch on with quick response codes, but it’s getting there. Read More »
Published February 14, 2012
Pump Solutions Group (PSG), a business unit within the Engineered Systems segment of Dover Corporation, has agreed to acquire the Maag Group headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The acquisition includes Maag Pump Systems, Automatik Pelletizing Syste… Read More »
Published February 14, 2012
Pump Solutions Group (PSG), a business unit within the Engineered Systems segment of Dover Corporation, has agreed to acquire the Maag Group headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The acquisition includes Maag Pump Systems, Automatik Pelletizing Syste… Read More »
BYK Additives & Instruments opens laboratory in Dubai
Published February 9, 2012
BYK Additives & Instruments has opened a new lab in Dubai, the commercial metropolis of the Arab Gulf states and one of the fastest growing regions in the world. With the lab opening in Dubai, BYK Additives & Instruments has laid the foundat… Read More »
BYK Additives & Instruments opens laboratory in Dubai
Published February 9, 2012
BYK Additives & Instruments has opened a new lab in Dubai, the commercial metropolis of the Arab Gulf states and one of the fastest growing regions in the world. With the lab opening in Dubai, BYK Additives & Instruments has laid the foundat… Read More »



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