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By Tim Wright
Published March 20, 2006
Utek Corp. and Trio Industries Group, Inc., announced that Trio Industries Group has acquired Ultra Fine Coating Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Utek Corp. Ultra Fine Coating Systems holds a license to an innovative powder-coating technol… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 20, 2006
DSM Desotech Inc., a subsidiary of Royal DSM N.V. based in the Netherlands, and JSR Corporation have signed definitive agreements that will result in JSR acquiring the display coatings business that the two companies have jointly cooperated in as par… Read More »
Published March 15, 2006
If you're like me you hate it when work "stuff" pops into your head away from the office. Whether it's a looming deadline, remembering calls that need to be made, et cetera, I find it incredibly irritating. Well one night this wasn't so bad. Afte… Read More »
By Sean Milmo
Published March 15, 2006
Separating its pharma and paint businesses, Akzo Nobel is focused on expanding its coatings and chemicals businesses around the globe. Read More »
By Charles W. Thurston
Published March 15, 2006
As vehicle production in Mexico heats up, the market for paint and coatings is poised for positive growth. Read More »
Expo Report: PACE 2006
By Tim Wright
Published March 15, 2006
Leading contractors and manufacturers were on hand demonstrating and learning about the newest and most innovative technologies. Read More »
Automotive Coatings Market
By Tim Wright
Published March 15, 2006
Under increased price and margin pressure, automotive OEM coatings suppliers face the challenge of lowering costs while providing environmentally-friendly products that perform more efficiently. Spurred on by these challenges, paint companies are evolving, finding avenues for growth through investments in emerging markets and innovative technology. Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 15, 2006
DuPont has announced plans to close several of its facilities across Europe, including two in Spain, one in the Netherlands and one in Germany. The company will cut approximately 1,500 jobs in its performance coatings business as a result. The sit… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 15, 2006
SigmaKalon has opened its new R&D center in Kunshan, China. This facility will service SigmaKalon's marine and protective coatings business in northern Asia. Representing an investment of over $1 million on construction and equipment, the center… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 9, 2006
The U.S. Army has awarded Hentzen Coatings, Inc. an order for military vehicle protective coatings in the amount of $9.2 million. The delivery order is part of a $14.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for the chemical agent resistant coatings. W… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 9, 2006
Insl-x Superior Coating Systems and Eliokem have formed a joint promotional initiative to promote Odorless Primer/Sealer, Insl-x's low odor stain killer. Responding to the industries demand for lower VOC emissions, Insl-x's newest generation of Odorl… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 3, 2006
Akzo Nobel has agreed to sell its decorative coatings site near Barcelona, Spain as part of an expansion of its business activities there, which will include the construction of a brand new facility. The land and buildings at the Sant Adria de Be… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 1, 2006
On February 22, three paint makers—Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and Millennium Holdings—were found liable by a Rhode Island jury for creating a public nusance by selling lead paint decades ago.     While the three compa… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 1, 2006
The Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA) has confirmed more than 20 speakers for its 2006 CPMA International Color Pigments Conference–A Global Perspective, to be held April 18-20 at the Hotel InterContinental Chicago, Chicago, IL. C… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published March 1, 2006
BASF has reached an agreement with Degussa AG to acquire Degussa's construction chemicals business. The purchase price for equity is approximately €2.2 billion. As a result, the transaction value for BASF is €2.7 billion. The transaction is… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published February 22, 2006
Valspar has reported its first-quarter profit nearly doubled from a year ago, driven by favorable weather and strong retail sales of architectural finishes and coatings, according to the company. For the quarter ended Jan. 27, Valspar reported net in… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published February 22, 2006
Reichhold, Prosim and Ege Kimya have jointly announced the creation of a strategic alliance in Turkey in the fields of unsaturated polyester resins for composites applications and saturated polyester resins for powder coatings. Reichhold and Prosi… Read More »
By Tim Wright
Published February 14, 2006
Barloworld Limited has announced its intention to make a recommended cash offer for all the fully paid ordinary shares in Wattyl Limited for A$3.80 per share. The offer values Wattyl at A$321 million. The directors of Wattyl have evaluated Barlowo… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Color Pigments 2006–A Global Perspective, the 2006 International Color Pigments Conference will be held at the Hotel InterContinental, Chicago, IL on April 18-20. The conference will feature Dave Frescoln, CEO of Flint Ink/XSYS̴… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
BASF Receives Regulatory approval for Polyclear 136 BASF has received approval from the U.S. EPA to market Polyclear 136, its new, aliphatic, modified isophoronediamine (mIPDA) chain extender for use in formulating light-stable polyurea coati… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Engelhard Expands line of synergy pigments Engelhard Corp. has expanded its line of Synergy pigments. The two new colors, yellow 6213 and red 6054 pigments, offer significant value and price advantage for formulators of water- and solvent-ba… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Eckart introduces silvershine aluminum pigments Eckart America has introduced Silvershine ultra brilliant aluminum pigments, a new product line for the coatings industry. Silvershine is a thin silver dollar aluminum pigment that bridges the gap bet… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Rohm and Haas has launched Avanse resins, a new line of waterborne acrylics for the high performance coatings market. Avanse MV-100, a high-solids, acrylic binder, can be used in both primer and topcoat lines. Avanse resins offer considerable improv… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
RPM International, Inc., has reported record sales of $739.4 million for its fiscal 2006 second quarter ended November 30, 2005. Net income for the quarter increased 103% to $18.5 million from $9.1 million a year ago, as a result of lower asbestos re… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Hempel Paints celebrated the relaunch of its products and renovated showroom at an event held at the company’s headquarters in Mina Salman Industrial Area, Bahrain in December. In othe news, as part of the company’s plan to regionalize i… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Specialty Coating Systems (SCS), Inc., has been acquired by Bunker Hill Capital (BHC), a private equity firm. SCS, which will continue to do business as Specialty Coating Systems, is a manufacturer of specialized conformal coating technologies and op… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Information Research (IRL) has recently published a new statistical study which highlights the best growth opportunities for paint exporters in the “The World’s Fastest-Growing Paint Export Markets.” About half of these markets are… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
PPG Automotive Refinish has introduced its new customer support center (CSC). The new center has been designed to enhance PPG’s customer relations practices. The center’s first action has been to expand the hours of operation for all colo… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Los Angeles-based paint manufacturer Diversified Coatings, Inc. (DCI) has acquired the Morwear brand of high quality architectural paints and coating products from Morwear Manufacturing, Inc. (MMI). After buying Morwear from the former Smiland Paint… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Jotun has opened a new paint manufacturing plant in Zhangjiagang outside Shanghai in China. The plant, which is one of the largest and most advanced paint production sites in China, is a $30 million investment for Jotun and was necessary in order to… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
An advanced-technology aerospace coatings system has been developed by Akzo Nobel for the revolutionary A380 superjumbo. This coatings system—a second generation Selectively Removable System marketed by Akzo Nobel’s Aerospace Coatings (A… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
BASF Receives Regulatory approval for Polyclear 136 BASF has received approval from the U.S. EPA to market Polyclear 136, its new, aliphatic, modified isophoronediamine (mIPDA) chain extender for use in formulating light-stable polyurea coati… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Engelhard Expands line of synergy pigments Engelhard Corp. has expanded its line of Synergy pigments. The two new colors, yellow 6213 and red 6054 pigments, offer significant value and price advantage for formulators of water- and solvent-ba… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Eckart introduces silvershine aluminum pigments Eckart America has introduced Silvershine ultra brilliant aluminum pigments, a new product line for the coatings industry. Silvershine is a thin silver dollar aluminum pigment that bridges the gap bet… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Rohm and Haas has launched Avanse resins, a new line of waterborne acrylics for the high performance coatings market. Avanse MV-100, a high-solids, acrylic binder, can be used in both primer and topcoat lines. Avanse resins offer considerable improv… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Color Pigments 2006–A Global Perspective, the 2006 International Color Pigments Conference will be held at the Hotel InterContinental, Chicago, IL on April 18-20. The conference will feature Dave Frescoln, CEO of Flint Ink/XSYS̴… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Hempel Paints celebrated the relaunch of its products and renovated showroom at an event held at the company’s headquarters in Mina Salman Industrial Area, Bahrain in December. In othe news, as part of the company’s plan to regionalize i… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Specialty Coating Systems (SCS), Inc., has been acquired by Bunker Hill Capital (BHC), a private equity firm. SCS, which will continue to do business as Specialty Coating Systems, is a manufacturer of specialized conformal coating technologies and op… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Information Research (IRL) has recently published a new statistical study which highlights the best growth opportunities for paint exporters in the “The World’s Fastest-Growing Paint Export Markets.” About half of these markets are… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
PPG Automotive Refinish has introduced its new customer support center (CSC). The new center has been designed to enhance PPG’s customer relations practices. The center’s first action has been to expand the hours of operation for all colo… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Los Angeles-based paint manufacturer Diversified Coatings, Inc. (DCI) has acquired the Morwear brand of high quality architectural paints and coating products from Morwear Manufacturing, Inc. (MMI). After buying Morwear from the former Smiland Paint… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
Jotun has opened a new paint manufacturing plant in Zhangjiagang outside Shanghai in China. The plant, which is one of the largest and most advanced paint production sites in China, is a $30 million investment for Jotun and was necessary in order to… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
An advanced-technology aerospace coatings system has been developed by Akzo Nobel for the revolutionary A380 superjumbo. This coatings system—a second generation Selectively Removable System marketed by Akzo Nobel’s Aerospace Coatings (A… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
RPM International, Inc., has reported record sales of $739.4 million for its fiscal 2006 second quarter ended November 30, 2005. Net income for the quarter increased 103% to $18.5 million from $9.1 million a year ago, as a result of lower asbestos re… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
With impending VOC regulations casting its net around the coatings industry, suppliers and manufacturers alike are being forced to evolve to meet these new demands. The main challenge is finding ways to deliver the high quality performance customers… Read More »
Published February 9, 2006
In the coatings industry we are mainly concerned about 'selling' and 'servicing' a tangible product. We are what some call a 'product-oriented business.' However, in ours and other product-oriented businesses, we are finding it increasingly more… Read More »
By Sean Milmo
Published February 9, 2006
While the European Parliament and Council of Ministers have agreed upon much of the REACH legislation, several issues still reamain. Read More »
By Charles W. Thurston
Published February 9, 2006
The Devcon-Permatex merger will increase sales and distribution activity in Latin America. Read More »
2005 M&A Update
By Stephen Einhorn & Jackie Christiansen
Published February 9, 2006
Marked by increases in raw material costs, 2005 was a quiet year for mergers and acquisitions. Read More »
Balancing Act
By Christine Canning Esposito
Published February 9, 2006
Battling corrosion is a never-ending quest in which paint formulators need to supply their customers with solutions that balance performance with health, safety and environmental issues. Read More »



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