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Published June 12, 2015
Solvay has started production at its two new large-scale and “on-pipe” alkoxylation facilities in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, and in Singapore. Both units are located in integrated petrochemical hubs and receive ethylene oxide via dedicate… Read More »
Published June 12, 2015
Cromax, one of the three premium global refinish brands of Axalta Coating Systems, has been named as an Official Partner to the Honda Racing team Sweden for the FIA World Touring Car Championships (WTCC) 2015 and 2016 seasons. The contract sees the g… Read More »
Published June 12, 2015
AkzoNobel is adding its own artistic flair to Dutch National Opera & Ballet after agreeing a two-year partnership to help modernize the institute’s theater in Amsterdam. The company will provide its Sikkens paint products and color experti… Read More »
Published June 11, 2015
DAP Products Inc. has launched enhanced formulations for its ALEX PLUS and ALEX FAST DRY acrylic latex caulk products. Already the trusted and preferred brand by professional painters, DAP improved their leading brand of acrylic caulk to meet the nee… Read More »
Published June 11, 2015
Axalta Coating Systems has formed a partnership with Young Men and Women in Charge (YMWIC) Foundation Inc., an organization focused on providing opportunities for students who are economically disadvantaged or under-represented within the science, te… Read More »
Published June 11, 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently renewed its alliance with the American Society of Safety Engineers. During the new five year agreement, OSHA and ASSE will address construction safety, temporary workers and hazards within ge… Read More »
Published June 11, 2015
PPG Industries has reached a definitive agreement to acquire IVC Industrial Coatings, Inc., a U.S.-based specialty powder and liquid coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of more than $100 million. The transaction is expected to close in the third qu… Read More »
Becker’s Group Paints New IT Systems in Microsoft Colors
Published June 11, 2015
The paint company chose Microsoft for both the solution and help with implementation of a new ERP system that enables Beckers strategic growth targets. Read More »
Voltatex 4204 Resin from Axalta Coating Systems Attains Global Certification by Underwriters Lab
Published June 10, 2015
The one-component impregnating resin is formulated for use in electrical motors and transformers. Read More »
Published June 8, 2015
Axalta Coating Systems has expanded its powder supply capabilities in the Southern California region. Axalta’s new local delivery service provides daily deliveries expanding as far north as Oxnard, California and as far south as Fontana, Califo… Read More »
Published June 5, 2015
BASF has signed a contract to sell its global paper hydrous kaolin (PHK) business to Imerys, a leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, based in Paris, France. In September 2014, BASF announced its plan to evaluate strategic options… Read More »
Published June 5, 2015
Axalta Coating Systems was the title sponsor for the  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on June 7 called, Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400. Axalta’s sponsorship reflects the company’s commitment to quality, per… Read More »
Published June 5, 2015
Delegates from Axalta Coating Systems, one of the leading global suppliers of liquid and powder coatings, representing the company’s three premium global refinish brands - Cromax, Spies Hecker and Standox - attended the International Bodyshop I… Read More »
Published June 5, 2015
PPG Industries' commercial coatings group has added CFX744 CORROKLEEN 44 Rust Remover to its ONECHOICE Commercial universal ancillary brand. The new addition is an environmentally responsible, low-impact citric acid gel cleaner that serves as an… Read More »
Published June 5, 2015
The Lubrizol Corporation's Performance Coatings business announced the addition of new acrylic emulsion capacity at its manufacturing facility in Antwerp, Belgium. The facility manufactures resin technologies for the paint and coatings, graphic a… Read More »
Licensing Agreement Reached on Brilliant New Blue Pigment Discovered by Happy Accident
By Mark Floyd, mark.floyd@oregonstate.edu
Published June 5, 2015
A brilliant new blue pigment was discovered serendipitously by Oregon State University chemists in 2009. Read More »
Published June 3, 2015
 PPG Industries has acquired Consorcio Latinoamericano, which operates a network of 57 paint stores in Central America. Financial terms were not disclosed. “This acquisition expands PPG’s operations in the growing Central American… Read More »
Published June 3, 2015
IDG's CIO Magazine announced PPG Architectural Coatings U.S. and Canada (USCA) as a recipient of the 2015 CIO 100 Award. PPG was honored for development of a digital kiosk that aids consumers in selecting paint colors for home décor projec… Read More »
Published June 3, 2015
Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. recently received a Ringier 2015 Coatings Technology Innovation Award for its Natrostone H30 rheology modifier. It is the fifth consecutive year that Ashland has won a Ringier Innovatio… Read More »
Zircotec Ceramic Coated Exhaust Manifolds Reduce Engine Bay Temperature
Published June 3, 2015
Ceramic coating helps to deliver range of benefits in marine application including lower engine bay temperature improved efficiency, simpler maintenance and protection for Kevlar and carbon fiber hull. Read More »
Published June 2, 2015
Solvay has opened a new research and innovation laboratory Solvay Nicca Tokyo Innovation Laboratory. Located near the Haneda airport and occupying a total area of 250 sqm, the laboratory will be the key innovation centre for Solvay Novecare to suppor… Read More »
Published June 2, 2015
Air Products introduces the latest additions to its innovative portfolio of defoamers—Airase 4750V and 4800 defoamers—at the Eastern Coatings Show in Atlantic City, N.J., from June 1-4. Air Products’ Airase 4750V and 4800 oil-based… Read More »
Published June 2, 2015
Rust-Oleum, a leading international manufacturer of innovative DIY coatings, has formed a  partnership with Children’s Fairyland, a Northern California non-profit organization. Beginning with the Flecto Carousel this spring, Rust-Oleum is… Read More »
Published June 2, 2015
BASF is participating in the 10th CESIO World Surfactant Congress at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey, from June 1 to 3, 2015. In keeping with the theme “Surfactants in a Globalizing World — Creating New Possibilities,… Read More »
Published June 2, 2015
In addition to its current extensive portfolio of inorganic pigment products, specialty chemicals company LANXESS will promote its line of new red shades at the Eastern Coatings Show in Atlantic City, New Jersey from June 1 – 4.  Marketed… Read More »
Published June 2, 2015
PPG Industries has announced plans to expand its investments in global communities where the company operates with the launch of a $10 million initiative called “Colorful Communities.” The program, which will focus on renewal projects th… Read More »
Published June 2, 2015
Troy Corporation has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the industrial biocides business from Ashland Inc. The transaction is expected to close within 60 days, contingent on standard closing conditions and completion of re… Read More »
Published June 1, 2015
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are teaming up to support further expansion of Grupa Azoty, Poland’s leading chemical and fertilizer company. The agreements, signed in London on… Read More »
Published May 28, 2015
Variable Inc., maker of the NODE+ wireless sensor platform, has released the NODE+chromaPro, powered by the new Inspire™ app for smart devices. Building upon the success of its first-generation color referencing system NODE+chroma, developers f… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Edtor
Published May 28, 2015
The Sherwin-Williams Company and Lowe's recently held an event at HomeStudios 873 Broadway in New York to announce that HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams brand paints will be available at Lowe's stores and on Lowes.com. The event featured small… Read More »
Published May 27, 2015
Clariant has created the complete toolbox for formulators to design hot melts with superior performance for any need, using sustainable processing. It features Clariant’s acclaimed Licocene metallocene-based systems and formulating guidelines,… Read More »
Published May 26, 2015
Perstorp officially opened a major extension to its capacity to produce PVC plasticizers and key chemical intermediates. The new state-of-the-art Oxo plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, began producing material soon after its start-up in January, and is no… Read More »
Moto2 Testing of Zircotec Ceramic Coated Exhaust Manifold Records 55% Reduction in Exhaust Temp
Published May 26, 2015
Reduced surface temperature improves reliability, driveability, and lessens rider fatigue, even under the most arduous race conditions. Read More »
Published May 26, 2015
Behind the scenes at Zircotec showing how its ceramic coating is applied. Read More »
Published May 25, 2015
The Lubrizol Corporation's Performance Coatings business has completed a significant project to expand capacity and increase manufacturing efficiencies at its solvent acrylics production facility in Sant Cugat (Barcelona), Spain. Solvent acrylic… Read More »
Published May 25, 2015
With its streamlined design featuring BASF’s exclusive “Mid-night Glimmer” coatings, Chevrolet-FNR concept car has made its global debut at Shanghai GM Gala Night before Auto Shanghai 2015. The car’s special design is attribut… Read More »
Published May 25, 2015
Maersk Container Industry's factory in Dongguan has begun full production of dry containers coated with Valspar Aquaguard, a zinc-free waterborne coating solution that provides industry-leading protection against corrosion. Maersk and Valspar beg… Read More »
PPG Show Truck Gets Bold New Look
Published May 25, 2015
PPG Industries’ automotive refinish business has repainted its popular show truck. The truck, a 75-foot 2016 Freightliner Cascadia tractor-trailer rig, now features a fresh red, white and blue paint scheme reminiscent of the stars and stripes o… Read More »
Published May 21, 2015
Munich-based chemicals group Wacker has expanded its technical center in Moscow, Russia. Auguste Willems of Wacker’s Executive Board and Dr. Christian Hartel, head of Wacker Silicones, dedicated the new service lab in the presence of several cu… Read More »
HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Features Palettes Inspired by Nature, the City and Fashion
By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor
Published May 21, 2015
The HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams product line will feature a new and improved interior and exterior paint program available at both Sherwin-Williams' company stores and Lowe's stores nationwide. Read More »
Published May 20, 2015
PPG Industries recently hosted a series of career lectures at 11 top universities across China, discussing issues related to future careers and offering tips for job hunting to college students. Building on years of cooperation with universities for… Read More »
Published May 20, 2015
PPG Industries  and Walker Glass Co., Ltd., have combined proprietary technologies to create AviProtek with SOLARBAN® glass, an advanced architectural glass that unites bird-friendly, acid-etched patterns by Walker TEXTURES™ glass with… Read More »
Published May 20, 2015
Hempel has launched a new combined primer and mid-coat designed specifically for wind towers. The new coating, HEMPADUR 4774D, will be used in Hempel’s well-known two-coat anti-corrosive system for wind turbine towers to address previous UV sta… Read More »
Published May 20, 2015
Shares of the specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries AG will be added to the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) World and Germany Indexes effective June 1, 2015. MSCI announced the results of the May 2015 Annual Index Review yesterday… Read More »
Published May 20, 2015
 U.S. Zinc has begun implementation of its project to expand production at its Changshu, China zinc oxide plant. The expansion is slated for completion by the first quarter of 2016. The full project, which includes facility additions, new emplo… Read More »
Published May 20, 2015
Jotachar JF750, the mesh-free Passive Fire Protection (PFP) for all jet fire scenarios, an epoxy coating system for structural steel, has generated significant industry interest, securing numerous global contracts and praise from applicators, fabrica… Read More »
Nikola Juhasz, Senior Director, Global R&D at Sartomer Division, Arkema Group
Published May 19, 2015
Nikola Juhasz, Senior Director, Global R&D at Sartomer Division, Arkema Group, discusses the latest developments at Sartomer. Read More »
Published May 19, 2015
Evonik Industries, a supplier of methacrylate chemistry products, has doubled its production capacities for VISIOMER MAAH (methacrylic anhydride) at its site in Worms, Germany, in 2015.    VISIOMER MAAH is an important building block… Read More »



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