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Published January 24, 2012
The Dow Chemical Company announced that the SCG-Dow Group, a joint venture between Dow and Siam Cement Group, has finalized the start-up of its new propylene oxide (PO) facility in Thailand by successfully completing its full capacity performance tes… Read More »
Published January 24, 2012
Honeywell has purchased Evonik Industries’ portfolio of manufacturing technology, including patents, for the production of polyethylene waxes used in a variety of applications, from paints and coatings to adhesives and inks. The technology fea… Read More »
CHINACOAT2011 Was A Massive Success
By Tim Wright, Editor
Published January 24, 2012
CHINACOAT2011 in Shanghai mirrored China's growing and dynamic coatings industry. Read More »
Growing Paint Additives Market
By Tim Wright, Editor
Published January 24, 2012
Environmental pressures and the growing shift toward water-based paint systems are fueling demand for paint and coating additives, providing tremendous growth potential for additives suppliers. Read More »
Pigments Market Update
By Kerry Pianoforte, Associate Editor
Published January 24, 2012
Although still not back to pre-recession levels, the pigments market has continued to recover. Pigment companies are reporting a decrease in supply issues and an increase in demand for certain market segments, such as automotive coatings. Read More »
Architectural Coatings Market
By Tim Wright, Editor
Published January 24, 2012
In high growth regions demand for architectural coatings continues to grow, but in the mature markets of North America and Western Europe difficult conditions remain. Read More »
If We Told You That, We’d Have To... You Know...
By Steve McDaniel, PhD, JD, Technology Litigators, Contributing Editor
Published January 24, 2012
Protecting novel compositions and processes. Read More »
Construction to begin at Emerald Kalama Chemical in The Netherlands for K-Flex manufacturing operation
Published January 24, 2012
Emerald Kalama Chemical, a division of Emerald Performance Materials, has started the construction of a new operation to produce K-Flex non-phthalate plasticizers and coalescents at its facility in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The new operation is sch… Read More »
Published January 23, 2012
The European business of Nuplex Industries, Nuplex Resins BV, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture company with KVIL Group (KVIL), a Russian paint and resins producer. Initially, the 50:50 venture will be respo… Read More »
Published January 23, 2012
Royal DSM has signed a memorandum of understanding between its US-based business unit DSM Functional Materials and Empresa Brasileira de Biotechnologia (Ebrabiotech) of Brazil for the launch of a new line of DSM-branded bio-based materials targeting… Read More »
Published January 23, 2012
PPG Industries Colombia and its Pittsburgh, Pa.-based parent, PPG Industries, have completed the acquisition of the coatings businesses of Colpisa Colombiana de Pinturas and its affiliates, including Colpisa Ecuador. The parties first announced an ac… Read More »
Published January 23, 2012
The European business of Nuplex Industries, Nuplex Resins BV, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture company with KVIL Group (KVIL), a Russian paint and resins producer. Initially, the 50:50 venture will be respo… Read More »
Published January 23, 2012
Royal DSM has signed a memorandum of understanding between its US-based business unit DSM Functional Materials and Empresa Brasileira de Biotechnologia (Ebrabiotech) of Brazil for the launch of a new line of DSM-branded bio-based materials targeting… Read More »
Published January 23, 2012
PPG Industries Colombia and its Pittsburgh, Pa.-based parent, PPG Industries, have completed the acquisition of the coatings businesses of Colpisa Colombiana de Pinturas and its affiliates, including Colpisa Ecuador. The parties first announced an ac… Read More »
Bayer MaterialScience builds multipurpose plant for coating raw materials
Published January 20, 2012
Bayer MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at Chempark Leverkusen. The products hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) and isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) are used primarily for hig… Read More »
Bayer MaterialScience builds multipurpose plant for coating raw materials
Published January 20, 2012
Bayer MaterialScience has begun construction of a multipurpose production plant for polyurethane coating raw materials at Chempark Leverkusen. The products hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) and isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI) are used primarily for hig… Read More »
Published January 19, 2012
Reichhold launched its new manufacturing facility in Tianjin in northern China in December 2011. With 20 manufacturing sites and five technology centers across the globe, Reichhold has further strengthened its presence in the global market with its e… Read More »
The Growing Need For Mentoring Senior Executives
By Ira Miller, Contributing Editor, irachemark@aol.com
Published January 19, 2012
The second of a two-part series exploring the topic of mentoring. Read More »
Suvinil Invests Nearly $100 Million in Brazil Positioning
By Charles Thurston, Latin America Correspondent, thurstoncw@rodpub.com
Published January 19, 2012
Abrafati says Brazil’s architectural segment will double expansion this year. Read More »
Europe’s Economies Brace For A Tough 2012
By Sean Milmo, Europe Correspondent, milmocw@rodpub.com
Published January 19, 2012
With a recession looming on the horizon, Europe’s paint and coatings industry is readying itself for a rough year. Read More »
Impact Of A Lower Growth Chinese Economy
By Dan Watson, China Correspondent, watsoncw@rodpub.com
Published January 19, 2012
After years of unprecedented growth, China’s economy is cooling off a bit. Read More »
Published January 19, 2012
Reichhold launched its new manufacturing facility in Tianjin in northern China in December 2011. With 20 manufacturing sites and five technology centers across the globe, Reichhold has further strengthened its presence in the global market with its e… Read More »
Published January 12, 2012
AkzoNobel has completed its acquisition of China’s leading specialty surfactant producer, Boxing Oleochemicals. Boxing is a supplier of nitrile amines and derivatives, which are used in a variety of industrial and consumer applications includin… Read More »
Published January 12, 2012
AkzoNobel has completed its acquisition of China’s leading specialty surfactant producer, Boxing Oleochemicals. Boxing is a supplier of nitrile amines and derivatives, which are used in a variety of industrial and consumer applications includin… Read More »
Published January 11, 2012
AkzoNobel plans to strengthen its position in packaging coatings by exercising the right to buy the remaining shares of Metlac, an Italian-based packaging coatings producer. AkzoNobel currently is a shareholder in Metlac. This position was inherited… Read More »
Published January 11, 2012
AkzoNobel plans to strengthen its position in packaging coatings by exercising the right to buy the remaining shares of Metlac, an Italian-based packaging coatings producer. AkzoNobel currently is a shareholder in Metlac. This position was inherited… Read More »
Published January 10, 2012
Celanese Corporation has completed the acquisition of certain assets from Ashland Inc., including two product lines—Vinac and Flexbond—which will support the growth of the Celanese Emulsion Polymers business. “This acquisition will… Read More »
Published January 10, 2012
Celanese Corporation has completed the acquisition of certain assets from Ashland Inc., including two product lines—Vinac and Flexbond—which will support the growth of the Celanese Emulsion Polymers business. “This acquisition will… Read More »
Published January 6, 2012
H.B. Fuller said it agreed to buy Swiss firm Forbo's industrial adhesives business for $395 million, as the specialty chemicals maker bulks up its presence in Europe. Europe, India, Middle East and Africa together form the second-largest mark… Read More »
Published January 6, 2012
H.B. Fuller said it agreed to buy Swiss firm Forbo's industrial adhesives business for $395 million, as the specialty chemicals maker bulks up its presence in Europe. Europe, India, Middle East and Africa together form the second-largest mark… Read More »
Published January 5, 2012
Effective Feb. 1, 2012, DuPont Titanium Technologies will implement a net price increase of 200 Euros per metric ton, or as permitted by contract, for all DuPont Ti Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades for all countries in which invoicing is in Euro,… Read More »
Published January 5, 2012
Effective Feb. 1, 2012, DuPont Titanium Technologies will implement a net price increase of 200 Euros per metric ton, or as permitted by contract, for all DuPont Ti Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) grades for all countries in which invoicing is in Euro,… Read More »
Published January 4, 2012
The joint venture for the worldwide manufacturing and sales of products for the polyurethane industry between specialty chemicals company Perstorp and PTT Global Chemical has been signed. At a ceremony in Grenoble, France, the future cooperation agr… Read More »
Published January 4, 2012
According to a new report released by First Research, the U.S. paint and coatings manufacturing industry includes about 1,100 companies with combined annual sales of $20 billion. Large companies include Benjamin Moore, RPM International, Sherwin-Will… Read More »
Published January 4, 2012
In 2010, the global market scale of coatings hit about USD90 billion and was expected to grow around 10 percent to USD99 billion in 2011. Building decorative coatings accounts for approximately 45 percent of the total market, the most among all coati… Read More »
Published January 4, 2012
The joint venture for the worldwide manufacturing and sales of products for the polyurethane industry between specialty chemicals company Perstorp and PTT Global Chemical has been signed. At a ceremony in Grenoble, France, the future cooperation agr… Read More »
Published January 3, 2012
OAO Severstal, one of the world's leading vertically integrated steel and steel related mining companies, announced that its steel production unit, the Cherepovets Steel Mill, has commissioned its second color-coating line (CCL-2). The total inv… Read More »
Published January 3, 2012
OAO Severstal, one of the world's leading vertically integrated steel and steel related mining companies, announced that its steel production unit, the Cherepovets Steel Mill, has commissioned its second color-coating line (CCL-2). The total inv… Read More »
Published November 16, 2011
BASF plans to establish the global headquarters of its dispersions and pigments division in Hong Kong. As of January 1, 2012, the division head and about 50 global positions, currently located in Ludwigshafen and Basel, Switzerland will transition to… Read More »
Published November 11, 2011
Celanese Corporation is set to acquire certain assets from Ashland Inc., including two product lines, Vinac and Flexbond, which will support the growth of the Celanese Emulsion Polymers business. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days. R… Read More »
Published November 11, 2011
Celanese Corporation is set to acquire certain assets from Ashland Inc., including two product lines, Vinac and Flexbond, which will support the growth of the Celanese Emulsion Polymers business. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days. R… Read More »
Published November 10, 2011
Lanxess is strengthening its portfolio of biocides with the acquisition of U.S.-based Verichem Inc. headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. As a result, the German specialty chemicals company will  bolster its position in the U.S. material protection m… Read More »
Published November 10, 2011
Cristal Global, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has partnered with Outotec of Espoo, Finland to build a new fully scalable ilmenite-processing plant for Cristal Global in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, estimated to become operational in Q4 2013. The plant will be constr… Read More »
The Adhesives and Sealants Market
By Kerry Pianoforte, Associate Editor
Published November 10, 2011
The adhesives and sealants market continues to be affected by the recession and raw material issues. Read More »
Differentiation: The Anecdote to a Disruptive Threat
By Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Editor
Published November 10, 2011
The core of any successful strategy is differentiation. Read More »
By Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
Published November 10, 2011
The largest car producer in Latin America, Brazil is a key market for auto OEM paint suppliers. Read More »
Nanomaterials Defined?
By Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
Published November 10, 2011
Confusion still remains over what exactly nanomaterials are being defined as. Read More »
Published November 10, 2011
Lanxess is strengthening its portfolio of biocides with the acquisition of U.S.-based Verichem Inc. headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. As a result, the German specialty chemicals company will  bolster its position in the U.S. material protection m… Read More »
Published November 10, 2011
Cristal Global, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has partnered with Outotec of Espoo, Finland to build a new fully scalable ilmenite-processing plant for Cristal Global in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, estimated to become operational in Q4 2013. The plant will be constr… Read More »
Published November 8, 2011
Evonik has opened its first research and development center for additives for paints and coatings in Asia. A single-digit million US dollar amount has been invested to set up the “Tego Innovation Center” in two locations, Singapore and Sh… Read More »



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