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Lab Equipment Directory
Published April 6, 2009
Here is a look at the latest offerings from select lab equipment manufacturers. For more information on the products listed, please contact the company directly. Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte
Published April 6, 2009
The global economic downturn has slowed the demand for paint and coatings. However, an increased demand for "green" products is one bright spot for resin manufacturers. Read More »
By Richard Prime
Published April 6, 2009
The use and application of color is a minefield in any of the creative disciplines. Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Dow to Close LDPE Plant in Freeport, TX Driven by current economic conditions and overcapacity for low density polyethylene (LDPE) in the North… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Bayer Reduces Work Time Bayer MaterialScience, in an effort to offset the effects of the financial crisis, has temporarily lowered the company’s work time by 6.7% with corresponding reductions in salaries for non-managerial employees.… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Wacker Polymers extends its vinnapas and vinnol portfolio Wacker Polymers changed the name of its Airflex, Flexbond, Flexcryl and Vinac products. All vinyl acetate homopolymer, vinyl acetate-ethylene and acrylic copolymer grades will be known as Vian… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Huntsman CUts Workforce, Closes titanium dioxide plant Huntsman Corp. has recently enacted a company-wide initiative to reduce costs across its division and functions, which will eliminate 117 jobs by year-end, or nine percent of its workforce. Full… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Evonik Registers Synthetic Amorphous Silica In compliance with the new EU REACH chemicals regulation, Evonik Industries has successfully registered synthetic amorphous silica with the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki. This authorizes the compan… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Inksolutions to sell and distribute Synkoloid/Muralo Brands of products Effective Feb. 1, 2009, Inksolutions LLC has been awarded the license to sell and distribute the Synkoloid and Muralo brands of products West of the Rockies, in Western Canada a… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Univar’s site U+ Certified Univar recently announced that its Brussels site has attained full compliance with its stringent U+ standards. Launched in 2006, U+ is a goal-based combined management system that requires each site to continually imp… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
CAS-MI LABORATORIES LAUNCHES INNOVATION CENTER CAS-MI Laboratories has opened its CAS-MI Innovation Center, an incubator for new industrial and consumer formulated products, including paints, coatings, plastics, adhesives and more. The scientists at… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Clariant, Xl Performance Chemicals form alliance Clariant’s Functional Chemicals Division and Dalton, GA-based XL Performance Chemicals have formed an alliance to serve the $2.3 billion worldwide foam-control market. In the initial phase of the… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Rohm & Haas is suing Dow Chemical in a Delaware court for failing to complete the agreed $15.4 billion takeover within the agreed time frame. After receiving the green light from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on January 23, 2009, Dow wa… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Multifunctional Additives for Aqueous Coatings BYK has launched BYK-3520 and BYK-3521, new multifunctional additives that combine good flow and defoaming properties, helping to eliminate surface defects. BYK-3520 and BYK-3521 both offer substrate we… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
BASF Launches 2-Propylheptyl Acrylate BASF is expanding its portfolio of specialty monomers and launching its new product 2-propylheptyl acrylate (2-PHA). This is a new raw material and building block for functional polymers. 2-PHA belongs to the gr… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Cytec offers modified UV epoxy acrylate for metal coatings Cytec Industries Inc. has launched the Ebecryl 3300 resin, a new modified UV epoxy acrylate for metal coatings. UV/EB curable coatings containing the Ebecryl 3300 resin demonstrate high react… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Sartomer offers hydrophobic urethane oligomer Sartomer Company has introduced a hydrophobic urethane acrylate oligomer. CN9014 offers increased chemical resistance and enhanced dielectric properties, and is compatible with hydrophobic acrylate monome… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
New Colour Index for BASF Orange Pigment BASF has developed a new brilliant orange pigment that has been listed in the Colour Index (C.I.) as Pigment Orange 82. BASF will market the orange pigment under the tradename Sicopal Orange L 2430 for coatin… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Rohm and Haas has launched a new innovative binder, Rhoplex CS-100 emulsion to the North American architectural coatings market. This new thermoplastic, water-resistant binder provides excellent resistance to water blushing, is VOC-compliant and exhi… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Valspar’s 1Q sales drop 16% First-quarter sales at Valspar dropped 16.4% from the same period last year to $639.5 million. Net income for the first quarter of 2009 dropped to $14.2 million from $24 million the year before. Excluding non-cash ad… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
RPM’s income drops 23% in 2Q RPM International’s sales of $890 million for second quarter of fiscal 2009 were down 1.7% from the $905.7 million reported a year ago. Net income for the quarter decreased 23.9%, to $41.7 million from $54.9 m… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
AkzoNobel reported a €1.52 billion ($1.93 billion) loss for the fourth quarter, due mostly to writedowns on the value of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), which it bought last year and was hit hard by the global economic downturn. The loss com… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
A Profile of the Central American and Caribbean Paint Industry Information Research (IRL) has published a report dedicated to the Central American and Caribbean paint markets titled, “A Profile of the Central American and… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Coatings & Ink Additives Report According to the consulting firm Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney, worldwide consumption of five leading additives for coatings and inks was 1.4 million pounds worth $3.1 billion in 2008. Coatings took some 80% of th… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
H.B. Fuller opens Asia Pacific technology center H.B. Fuller Company has opened a new technical center in Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, China. The new lab, part of the company’s five-year strategic plan, is the company’s first region… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
RPM acquires interest in Chinese licensee Carboline Company, a subsidiary of RPM, has acquired a 49% interest in its Chinese licensee, Carboline Dalian Paint Production Co., Ltd. (Carboline Dalian). The remaining 51% of the joint venture will be own… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Kansai Nerolac to open new facility Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited, India’s second largest paint manufacturer, is setting up its second manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu at Hosur. The company has a similar facility in Perungudi at Chennai. H… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
PPG awarded Military Sealift Command contract PPG’s protective and marine coatings (PMC) business has been awarded the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) Fleet Paint and Related Services contract. During this multi-year contract,… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
RPM subsidiary acquires Swiss sealants company Tremco illbruck International GmbH, a subsidiary of RPM, has acquired Karochemie AG, a Swiss supplier of sealants to the construction markets in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Head­quartered in Baar… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Sherwin-Williams to acquire Altax in Poland Sherwin-Williams has agreed to acquire Altax Sp. zo.o. headquartered in Poznan, Poland. Altax is a manufacturer of protective woodcare coatings and serves multiple channels including industrial, profession… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Mercedes-Benz approves PPG paints for repair work Daimler AG, manufacturer of Mer­cedes-Benz vehicles, has approved the Global Refinish System from PPG, including the Envirobase High Per­formance waterborne basecoat, for repair in North Amer… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
PPG files suit against Sherwin-Williams As reported in the Pittsburgh Business Times, PPG has filed a trademark infringement suit against Sherwin-Williams for its use of the phrase “The Color of Inspiration.” PPG says it has used the phr… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Jotun to build new U.S. factory Jotun’s board of directors has approved investment in a new factory in the U.S. because, the company said, the U.S. is an important marine market and also becoming increasingly important for the protective coatin… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Valspar extends relationship with Habitat for Humanity The Valspar Corporation Foundation has extended its long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity International with a multi-year commitment totaling more than $20 million in cash and pain… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
AeonClad Coatings launches biomedical group AeonClad Coatings has launched a new subsidiary that will focus on biomedical applications. AeonClad Bio­medical LLC is expected to utilize the company’s AeonCoat dry coating technology that woul… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Lord Corp., AkzoNobel deal in the works Lord Corporation, headquartered in Cary, NC, retained Grace Matthews to market its Photoglaze resilient floor coatings product line to selected buyers. With operations in the U.S. and UK, the business is recog… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
X-Rite completes sale of former headquarters X-Rite, Inc., has completed the sale of its former headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Grandville, MI, to CWD Capital, LLC for a purchase price of $7.225 million. X-Rite said it will use th… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Benjamin Moore retail program honored by the CMA Benjamin Moore Rewards, a program designed to recognize those on the retail frontlines, was itself recently recognized for its ingenuity and effectiveness. The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) cit… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
International Paint Germany (Inter­national Farbenwerke GmbH) has been named Shipbuilding Partner of the Year 2008 by Meyer Werft Papenburg. This is the third year running that Meyer Werft has awarded the Partner des Jahres prize to their top sup… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Multifunctional Additives for Aqueous Coatings BYK has launched BYK-3520 and BYK-3521, new multifunctional additives that combine good flow and defoaming properties, helping to eliminate surface defects. BYK-3520 and BYK-3521 both offer substrate we… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
BASF Launches 2-Propylheptyl Acrylate BASF is expanding its portfolio of specialty monomers and launching its new product 2-propylheptyl acrylate (2-PHA). This is a new raw material and building block for functional polymers. 2-PHA belongs to the gr… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Cytec offers modified UV epoxy acrylate for metal coatings Cytec Industries Inc. has launched the Ebecryl 3300 resin, a new modified UV epoxy acrylate for metal coatings. UV/EB curable coatings containing the Ebecryl 3300 resin demonstrate high react… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Sartomer offers hydrophobic urethane oligomer Sartomer Company has introduced a hydrophobic urethane acrylate oligomer. CN9014 offers increased chemical resistance and enhanced dielectric properties, and is compatible with hydrophobic acrylate monome… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
New Colour Index for BASF Orange Pigment BASF has developed a new brilliant orange pigment that has been listed in the Colour Index (C.I.) as Pigment Orange 82. BASF will market the orange pigment under the tradename Sicopal Orange L 2430 for coatin… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Rohm and Haas has launched a new innovative binder, Rhoplex CS-100 emulsion to the North American architectural coatings market. This new thermoplastic, water-resistant binder provides excellent resistance to water blushing, is VOC-compliant and exhi… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Dow to Close LDPE Plant in Freeport, TX Driven by current economic conditions and overcapacity for low density polyethylene (LDPE) in the North… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Bayer Reduces Work Time Bayer MaterialScience, in an effort to offset the effects of the financial crisis, has temporarily lowered the company’s work time by 6.7% with corresponding reductions in salaries for non-managerial employees.… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Wacker Polymers extends its vinnapas and vinnol portfolio Wacker Polymers changed the name of its Airflex, Flexbond, Flexcryl and Vinac products. All vinyl acetate homopolymer, vinyl acetate-ethylene and acrylic copolymer grades will be known as Vian… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Huntsman CUts Workforce, Closes titanium dioxide plant Huntsman Corp. has recently enacted a company-wide initiative to reduce costs across its division and functions, which will eliminate 117 jobs by year-end, or nine percent of its workforce. Full… Read More »
Published March 12, 2009
Evonik Registers Synthetic Amorphous Silica In compliance with the new EU REACH chemicals regulation, Evonik Industries has successfully registered synthetic amorphous silica with the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki. This authorizes the compan… Read More »



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