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Published June 23, 2015
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, has acquired the Safire nitrogen and phosphorus halogen-free fire retardant technology from Floridienne Group and its subsidiary Catena Additives. The goal of this acquisition i… Read More »
Published June 19, 2015
BASF inaugurated its world-scale production complex for acrylic acid, butyl acrylate and superabsorbent polymers in Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil. These are the first plants for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers in South America. The complex… Read More »
Published June 17, 2015
Air Products’ Materials Technologies segment has recently won the 2015 Ringier Technology Innovation Awards for the Coating Industry in China for its Carbowet GA-series grind aids. This is the fifth consecutive year Air Products as one of the g… Read More »
Published June 17, 2015
BioAmber announced that construction of its 30,000 MT succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario is complete. Commissioning is progressing as planned and the plant is on schedule to begin commercial operations in Q3 2015. All piping work has been comple… Read More »
Metallic  Pigments  Market
By Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor
Published June 17, 2015
Growth is on the horizon thanks to a revitalized automotive market and increased acceptance of aluminum. Read More »
Published June 16, 2015
The Lubrizol Corporation's Performance Coatings business announces an expansion at one of its European Formulations & Applications Centers of Excellence in Blackley, UK. In addition to a formulations and applications technical team, the Black… Read More »
Published June 16, 2015
AkzoNobel and Evonik Industries have joined forces to build and operate a new membrane electrolysis facility for potassium hydroxide solution and chlorine in Germany. Start-up is expected by the end of 2017. The 50-50 joint venture involves the co… Read More »
Published June 15, 2015
Hexion Inc. and North American Composites (NAC), a wholly owned entity of IP Corporation, have announced a distribution agreement for epoxy resins in the U.S. NAC will represent Hexion and its extensive line of epoxy resins, curing agents and modifer… Read More »
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 »
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 9, 2015
Dymax Corporation’s new SpeedMask 731 masking resin is yellow in color, making it ideal for use on darker colored substrates where other maskants might be difficult to see. It also fluoresces bright yellow under black light, making it easy to c… 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
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
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 »
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
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
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 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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
Published May 18, 2015
Volatile Free, Inc. has launched a new addition to the SEALGUARD line; VFI-991 SILICONE. SEALGUARD VFI-991 SILICONE is UL rated and contains a 70 percent solids formulation. “One of our goals this year was to offer a more diverse line of silic… Read More »
Published May 18, 2015
Eastman Chemical Company recently announced that it is expanding its polyolefin portfolio with the addition of Aerafin polymer. Aerafin is an innovative polymer created for use in hygiene construction hot melt adhesives. It enables a broad processing… Read More »
Published May 15, 2015
Dow Polyurethanes, a business of The Dow Chemical Company announced the successful start-up of a new state-of-the-art polyether polyols plant in Asia Industrial Estate, Rayong, Thailand. The Company invited customers to the site for a celebration and… Read More »
Arkema Adds Premium Acrylic Capacity in Brazil
By Charles W. Thurston, Latin America Correspondent
Published May 15, 2015
Arkema is boosting production of premium acrylic resin products by 60 percent for paints and coatings manufacturers in Brazil Read More »
Biocides Directory
Published May 15, 2015
Here is a look at the latest offerings from select biocide suppliers. For more information please contact the company. Read More »
Published May 13, 2015
AkzoNobel is helping customers in China to make more efficient use of limited land resources by expanding its portfolio of locally produced agrochemical products. China has a well-documented shortage of arable land, which means sustainable technol… Read More »
Published May 13, 2015
BASF now offers all five effect pigments of its Lumina Royal product series for plastics applications. This will enable producers of plastics all over the world to create attractive design options in blue and copper color shades. Already in 2010, BAS… Read More »
Published May 13, 2015
In a move to alleviate the impact of the tight C8/C10 fatty acid market situation, the chemical company Oxea has launched n-Pelargonic Acid HP (high purity). It is a special grade of its existing product n-Pelargonic Acid, also known as n-Nonanoic Ac… Read More »
Published May 13, 2015
The Performance Products division of Huntsman Corporation announced plans to expand capacity of specialty amines at its manufacturing facilities in Petfurdo, Hungary and in Conroe, Texas. The new multipurpose unit at Petfurdo extends the Huntsman man… Read More »
Published May 11, 2015
An innovative Versatic Acid Derivative from Hexion has been shown in recent studies to deliver superior durability and unique performance characteristics in coatings applications, the company recently announced. The monomer known as VeoVa vinyl es… Read More »
Published May 11, 2015
Patcham, a global suppliers of wide range of coatings additives and paint driers, will showcase its Pat-Add portfolio at the Coatings for Africa Expo (Sandton convention center, Johannesburg, South Africa, Stand No.827). Patcham will promote :… Read More »
Published May 11, 2015
Huntsman Corporation reported first quarter 2015 results with revenues of $2,589 million and adjusted EBITDA of $285 million. Peter R. Huntsman, President and CEO, commented - “I am pleased with the strong first quarter earnings demonstrated… Read More »
Published May 11, 2015
Nuplex unveiled the latest technological breakthrough in coatings, Acure, an innovative technology that will significantly benefit manufacturers around the world, the company reported. Manufacturers traditionally need to balance the dry time of a… Read More »
Published May 11, 2015
The Dow Chemical Company has closed on the acquisition of ExxonMobil Chemical Company’s ownership share of Univation Technologies previously a 50/50 joint venture with Dow. In October 2014, Dow and ExxonMobil announced jointly the signing of… Read More »
Published May 8, 2015
Oxea has lifted the Force Majeure notice issued in March for the production of Trimethylolpropane and Potassium Formate at its production site at Bishop, Texas. All of the safety recommendations at Oxea’s primary third-party services supplier,… Read More »
Published May 8, 2015
Clariant  has introduced innovative solutions for wood coatings based on renewable sources, that can protect effectively against surface damages and meet the demand for more sustainable coating systems. Ceridust 8090 TP and the latest innovatio… Read More »
Published May 8, 2015
BASF and LANXESS have signed an agreement on BASF’s purchase of the polyisobutene business consisting mainly of intellectual property for a new, innovative technology to produce high molecular weight polyisobutene (HM PIB). On behalf of BASF, L… Read More »
Published May 6, 2015
Albemarle Corporation provided an update to the previously announced realignment of its global business units resulting from its acquisition of Rockwood Holdings in January. The company has announced its senior leadership team and business and functi… Read More »
Published May 6, 2015
BASF inaugurated its new Ultramid (polyamide 6 and 6/6.6) polymerization plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Shanghai, China. The new plant, with a capacity of 100,000 metric tons per year, will further strengthen BASF’s local produ… Read More »
Published May 6, 2015
The Oman Oil Company (OOC) together with its subsidiary, the chemical company Oxea, has signed an agreement with the German University of Technology (GUtech) in Maskat, Oman. According to this agreement, GUtech, a private university that is associate… Read More »
Published April 29, 2015
Evonik Industries recently awarded Chem-Materials, Inc, its Distributor of the Year award for Highest Sales Growth in 2014. This award was based on sales growth in 2014 relative to a previous three year average. The award was presented on April 14,… Read More »
Published April 23, 2015
Sun Chemical Performance Pigments has added new transparent red and yellow iron oxide pigments to its range of Sunsperse ECO aqueous pigment dispersions for waterborne emulsion architectural and industrial paints. The new transparent red and yellow… Read More »

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