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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 »
Published April 22, 2015
Sun Chemical Performance Pigments has introduced its new Fanchon Orange 36 high performance organic pigments for coating and ink applications. Fanchon Orange 36 pigments have a high level of opacity and durability capable of replacing lead-based pig… Read More »
Published April 22, 2015
DIC has introduced MEGAFACE RS, a series of fluorosurfactant additives which have excellent compatibility with a variety of resins for UV curing on coating film surfaces. Added to formulate a variety of self-cleaning and fingerprint-resistant coatin… Read More »
Published April 20, 2015
Effective immediately, BASF and Neuss/Germany-based Gustav Grolman GmbH & Co. KG will start an exclusive collaboration in the marketing of amine-based curing agents of the Baxxodur® brand in Europe. Grolman will initially market the BASF spec… Read More »
Resins Market Update
By Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor
Published April 17, 2015
Increasing home and automotive sales are helping the resins market make gains. Read More »
Published April 13, 2015
The Coating Resins business of Arkema has expanded acrylic resin manufacturing capacity in Araçariguama, Brazil by 60 percent. The new reactor will enable manufacturing of Arkema’s product chemistries previously unavailable in the region… Read More »
Published April 13, 2015
Following two years of successful co-operation, the global chemical company Oxea has extended its distribution partnership with the Dutch chemical distributor IMCD for its Amines in Europe. Starting in April, the new contract will allow IMCD to distr… Read More »
Published April 8, 2015
BASF and the Seattle Mariners have teamed up for the fourth season to support Zero Waste promotion at Safeco Field and showcase how baseball loves chemistry. In 2011, BASF became corporate partner of the Seattle Mariners for Sustainable Saturdays, a… Read More »
Published April 7, 2015
BASF will once again be present with its polyurethane experts at the 2015 UTECH International Polyurethane Exhibition and Conference in Maastricht (NL). For the first time, the company will display a new roof module based on the PU system Elasto… Read More »
Published April 6, 2015
Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has finalized the sale of DSM Synres to Standard Investment. DSM Synres produces solventborne alkyd and acrylic coating resins at its site in Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands for t… Read More »
Published April 1, 2015
Toyo Ink (Middle East) FZE. and Toyo Ink Arets Middle East FZE., both wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Toyo Ink Group, have announced that they will jointly exhibit their latest offset inks, UV inks, packaging materials and can coatings at Gulf Print… Read More »
Published April 1, 2015
BYK Additives & Instruments is launching a new additive on the market: BYK-1640 is a polymer-based, VOC- and silicone-free defoamer for aqueous systems which is also suitable for some applications that come into direct contact with food. Mineral… Read More »
Published March 31, 2015
Eastman Chemical Company's wholly owned subsidiary, Taminco Corporation, has recently launched TamiSolve NxG (NxG), a novel next-generation high-performance solvent with a favorable safety, health and environmental profile compared with NMP and N… Read More »
Published March 31, 2015
PPG Industries has completed the acquisition of certain assets of Flood Australia, which manufactures and distributes specialty wood stain and paint additive solutions for consumer, commercial and industrial applications. Financial terms were not dis… Read More »
Published March 31, 2015
Double Bond Chemical, a manufacturer of photoinitiators and oligomers recently increased its annual output in photoinitiator production, from 4,500 tons to 9,000 tons, and its annual output in oligomers production increased to 10,000 tons. DBC’… Read More »
Published March 27, 2015
Brilliant Group, Inc. has appointed Dan McClelland to its new position of director of operations to oversee its California manufacturing facility.  He will be responsible for expanding the new manufacturing operations and is charged with oversee… Read More »
Published March 27, 2015
BASF will expand its capacity for the production of Paliocrom® effect pigments by more than 20 percent by 2017 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The investment will enable the company to accommodate for the growing demand of its aluminum-based effect pig… Read More »
Published March 27, 2015
BASF and Heidelberg University have signed a new agreement for their joint catalysis laboratory “Catalysis Research Laboratory” (CaRLa). The research cooperation at Heidelberg site ongoing since 2006 has been extended to October 2017. &l… Read More »
Published March 25, 2015
For the eighth time since 2004, recently Evonik held the “Evonik Meets Science China” symposium in Beijing, with the theme on “Industrial Biotechnology.” More than 100 experts and professors specialized in industrial biotechno… Read More »
Published March 25, 2015
Argex Titanium Inc., an emerging producer of high-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as white pigment in paint, plastic, paper, cosmetics and other applications, has signed a letter of intent (“LOI”) with PVS Chemicals a gl… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor
Published March 25, 2015
Here is a look at the latest offerings from select surfactants suppliers. Read More »
Published March 24, 2015
AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. has introduced three Fluon ETFE compounds that are reinforced with proprietary conductive, strengthening and reinforcing fillers to better tolerate extreme temperatures, pressures, harsh chemicals and v… Read More »
Published March 24, 2015
Nubiola USA has announced that Tartan Color and Chemical is their 2014 Distributor of the Year for Nubiola products sold into the NAFTA market.   Tartan Color has been representing Nubiola’s line of inorganic pigments for over 10 year… Read More »
Published March 24, 2015
A team of researchers, led by Dr. Wenjun Wu, Principle Scientist for Arkema Coating Resins, a business unit of Arkema, was recently awarded the Roon Award by the American Coatings Association (ACA) at the 2015 Coatings Tech Conference in Louisville,… Read More »
Published March 24, 2015
Estron Chemical Inc. has named Anna Chizhikova applications manager - powder coating raw materials, Estron Chemical. Chizhikova has more than 20 years experience in powder coatings.  She began her career in this industry in 1994 as a technician… Read More »
Published March 23, 2015
BASF has made progress in its plans to build a world-scale methane-to-propylene complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The company has selected Freeport, Texas, as the potential site. It will use Air Liquide’s proprietary Lurgi MegaMethanol and Methan… Read More »
Published March 20, 2015
PPG Industries held a ceremony to mark the completion of a $40 million, 65,000-square-foot plant for on-site resin production at its Sumaré, São Paulo, Brazil, coatings manufacturing facility. Resin produced at the facility will be use… Read More »
Published March 20, 2015
Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC, will come together as one company at the European Coatings Show 2015 to explain how its product families of pigments and resins can be used together to create enticing coatings for a full range of coatings ap… Read More »
Published March 19, 2015
Scott Bader has recently become an approved composites materials supplier of molding and structural adhesive products to all of the production facilities around the world which make up the Daimler AG Group of manufacturing companies: Mercedes-Benz Ca… Read More »
Published March 18, 2015
Sika has agreed to acquire Axson Technologies. The intended transaction was initially announced in January 2015. With annual sales of CHF 75 million and 365 employees, Axson Technologies is a leader in the field of epoxy and polyurethane polymer form… Read More »
Shamrock Technologies Announces New Director of Sales for EMEA
Published March 16, 2015
Shamrock Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Colstee as its Director of Sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Erik’s background is in the Inks and Coatings industry. He has more than 25 years of experience in che… Read More »
Published March 11, 2015
Archroma has announced that its halogen-free flame retardant powder coating additive, Pekoflam HFC, is since November 2014 officially recognized as a manufacturer certified product by the Oeko-Tex Association. Being the first powder additive to be li… Read More »
Published March 10, 2015
Double Bond Chemical, a manufacturer of photoinitiators and oligomers recently increased its annual output in photoinitiator production, from 4,500 tons to 9,000 tons, and its annual output in oligomers production increased to 10,000 tons. DBC’… Read More »
Published March 10, 2015
DIC offers two new aqueous dispersion products with plans to file an approval application for Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for both. EPICLON EXA-8530 is an aqueous dispersion of a high molecular weight solid epoxy resin from DIC Corp. The resi… Read More »
Published March 10, 2015
Production of key raw materials for Perstorp’s innovative general purpose PVC plasticizers, Valeraldehyde and 2-propylheptanol and associated chemicals at a major extension to Perstorp’s main plant in Stenugsund, Sweden has begun on time.… Read More »
Published March 9, 2015
Wacker Chemie AG is expanding its existing vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions production facilities in the United States. The Munich-based chemical company will add a new reactor with an annual capacity of 85,000 metric tons at its Ca… Read More »
Published March 9, 2015
The Carbon Company and the chemical company BASF have concluded the joint research of a new composite material system as an important development step of their collaboration. The system aims at enhancing the cost-effectiveness of manufacturing thermo… Read More »
Published March 6, 2015
BASF has made bio-based Polytetrahydrofuran 1000 (PolyTHF 1000) available for the first time. The company is now providing this intermediate to selected partners for testing various applications in a large scale. “The bio-based PolyTHF 1000 is… Read More »
Published March 6, 2015
One of the best-known and most successful brands of Munich-based chemicals group Wacker has turned 60: on March 4, 1955, the company sought trademark protection from the German Patent Office for the name Elastosil. Since then the number of different… Read More »
Published March 5, 2015
Argex Titanium Inc., an emerging producer of high-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as white pigment in paint, plastic, paper, cosmetics and other applications, announced today that its newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary, Arge… Read More »
Published March 5, 2015
The Advanced Biochemical Thailand (ABT) Epicerol plant was among the top three finalists for ‘Commercial Scale Plant of the Year.' The prestigious accolade was announced at the WBM Bio Business Awards in Amsterdam. Since its… Read More »
Published March 5, 2015
BASF is significantly expanding its production capacity for about 20 specialty amines at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen. The company will therefore invest a double-digit million euro amount in expanding current production facilities, which are plan… Read More »
Published March 5, 2015
Wacker Chemie AG is currently building a new plant for specialty monomers with an annual capacity of 3,800 metric tons at its Burghausen site. Wacker has budgeted approximately €8 million for this. The specialty monomers vinyl neodecanoate and v… Read More »
Published March 4, 2015
Accella Performance Materials, Inc., a manufacturer of polyurethane systems and recycled rubber products, has announced the acquisition of IPS Polymer Systems, Inc. (“IPS”) in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  Accella is backed by Arsenal Capit… Read More »
Published March 4, 2015
The Lubrizol Corporation has introduced a new mobile application - the Wood Coatings Product Guide - designed to help formulators of wood coatings identify advanced Lubrizol chemistries that help achieve a wide-range of performance needs. "We a… Read More »



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