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Published February 24, 2015
While biocides market growth in the mature markets of Europe and the United States is estimated at 2% and slightly less than 1%, respectively, the 5% growth forecast in biocides consumption in Southeast Asia during 2014-2019 makes this region one of… Read More »
Published February 23, 2015
The BASF site in Freeport, Texas, hosted a grand opening ceremony today for its first new plant to come online since 2007, adding a new product mix to the Freeport portfolio. The dispersions plant manufactures acrylic emulsion polymers that are for… Read More »
Published February 18, 2015
GCiS China Strategic Research estimates that the domestic market of flame retardant chemical in China is valued at nearly RMB 6.8 Bn, or roughly USD 1.1 Bn, as of the year end of 2014. The study finds that the market will continue to thrive in the ne… Read More »
Published February 17, 2015
Stepan Company has sold  its Specialty Polyurethane Systems business to J6 Polymers, LLC. The products associated with this business are produced at the company's Millsdale, Illinois facility and third party toll manufacturers. During a tra… Read More »
By Kerry Pianoforte, Editor
Published February 11, 2015
AkzoNobel has received the 2015 JEC Innovation Award for its patented cure system for bio fiber reinforced composites in the competition’s Resins category.  The company will receive its award during the JEC Europe Composites Show in Paris… Read More »
Published February 9, 2015
Huntsman Corporation will begin construction on a 25,000-ton capacity expansion program at its world-scale polyetheramine facility in Singapore in the first half of 2015, taking total capacity to 50,000 tons. Huntsman is investing $100 million for t… Read More »
Published February 4, 2015
PPG Industries is increasing precipitated silica production capacity at its Delfzijl, Netherlands, manufacturing location by more than 15,000 tons per year, due in part to growing global demand for AGILON performance silica products. The expansion i… Read More »
Published February 2, 2015
Royal DSM has announced a substantial investment in its Wilmington, Massachusetts manufacturing facility. The company will upgrade its facilities to produce state-of-the-art waterborne resins for inks and coatings. Patrick Niels, President of DSM Re… Read More »
Published February 2, 2015
The Lubrizol Corporation has acquired EcoQuimica Industria e Comercio Produtos Quimica Ltda., a manufacturer and supplier of coatings technology for products sold into decorative paints, textiles, cement, elastomeric coatings and paper coatings. Head… Read More »
Published January 29, 2015
BASF is expanding its production footprint in Asia Pacific with the start-up of its first production plant for polymer dispersions in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. This production plant is built at the existing BASF production site, located in the Pasir Gu… Read More »
Published January 28, 2015
Michelman has acquired its long-time sales and service partner, Supack International P/L, making it an integral part of Michelman India.  Michelman India is dedicated to the development of the Indian market, with an immediate focus on the growin… Read More »
Published January 28, 2015
Fluon ETFE powders from AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. are designed for seamless rotolining and electrostatic coatings of industrial equipment used in chemical processing applications in the in the food, petroleum and potable water/wastewater industries… Read More »
Published January 28, 2015
Michelman is introducing a number of new fiber sizings to support advanced generations of engineered resin composites increasingly being used in automotive design and manufacturing applications. As lightweight composites replace more and more metal c… Read More »
Published January 26, 2015
The Dow Chemical Company  and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) are partnering to invigorate chemistry education and support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the nation’s schools. Dow and A… Read More »
Published January 26, 2015
OMNOVA Solutions has announced the North American and Latin American introduction of PLIOTEC HDT 12 resin specifically designed for the formulation of waterborne, high-gloss, anti-corrosion direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings. Already available in Europe,… Read More »
Published January 22, 2015
AkzoNobel has received the 2015 JEC Innovation Award for its patented cure system for bio fiber reinforced composites in the competition’s Resins category. The company will receive its award during the JEC Europe Composites Show in Paris March… Read More »
Published January 21, 2015
Two years after being launched in the European markets, BASF's MasterSeal 6100 FX has become a reality used in several European countries and in the most complex and demanding waterproofing projects. MasterSeal 6100 FX is a highly flexible a… Read More »
Published January 21, 2015
BASF will increase its production capacities for the chemical intermediate 1,4-butanediol (BDO) by 10 percent at its site in Geismar, Louisiana, as of 2016. The company will then have a global capacity of BDO of 670,000 metric tons per year. BASF wi… Read More »
Published January 20, 2015
The paints and coatings industry in Europe faces substantial challenges. Efficient production is meant to go hand in hand with ever better performance. At the same time, coatings must meet the increasing demand for health-friendly and resource-saving… Read More »
Pigment Market Update
By Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor
Published January 19, 2015
The pigment market has been given a boost by a recovering economy and an invigorated automotive market. Read More »
Additives Industry Update
By Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor
Published January 19, 2015
Pricing stability and a unique market position have industry suppliers hopeful for the coming year. Read More »
Published January 14, 2015
Alberdingk Boley, Inc. - a global manufacturer of waterborne emulsions, polyurethane dispersions, water based UV dispersions, castor oil and modified polyols and linseed oil - has announced the addition of the Vanora product line to its pro… Read More »
Published January 14, 2015
Methacrylate binders from Evonik, marketed as DEGALAN, are designed to offer multiple possibilities for the formulation of heat-sealing lacquers. They are used in the sealing of yogurt containers and pharmaceutical blister packaging. The requirement… Read More »
Published January 9, 2015
A new technical brochure (TI 1459) that details the use of regular- and low-color Carbon Black Pigments dedicated to tinting applications in paints and coatings is now available from Orion Engineered Carbons. The 12-page brochure explains product and… Read More »
Published January 7, 2015
Michelman has introduced what it calls "an improved organizational structure" consisting of three Strategic Business Groups. "The new structure will help Michelman better anticipate and serve its customers’ needs by driving coll… Read More »
Published January 6, 2015
Cardolite introduced a comprehensive line of cashew nutshell liquid (CNSL) based polyols for adhesives, coatings, foam and elastomer applications. Polyols derived from CNSL have unique qualities compared to widely known polyester and polyether polyol… Read More »
Published January 5, 2015
Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company Royal DSM has reached an agreement with Cathay Investments for the sale of Euroresins. Subject to customary approvals and notifications, the transaction is expected to close in Q1 2015. Financial details w… Read More »
Published December 30, 2014
Eastman Chemical Company has announced it will join Together for Sustainability (TfS). Eastman and TfS have confirmed acceptance of Eastman's application to the consortium as the first U.S.-based company to join, with plans to finalize Eastman… Read More »
Published December 29, 2014
BASF and Shell have reached an agreement for BASF to sell its share in the 50-50 joint venture ELLBA Eastern, Jurong Island, Singapore to Shell. The joint venture, which is operated by Shell, produces styrene monomer and propylene oxide. BASF remain… Read More »
Novel Polyurethane Coatings Obtained with Polycarbonate Diol
Published December 15, 2014
Novel Polyurethane Coatings Obtained with Polycarbonate Diol for pipelines with improved mechanical properties and hydrolysis resistance. Read More »
Biocides, Fungicides & Algicides Directory
Published December 15, 2014
Here is a look at the latest offerings from select biocide suppliers. For more information on the products listed, please contact the company directly. Read More »
Published December 2, 2014
Munich-based chemical company Wacker is expanding its product range of functional silanes with a new arylalkoxysilane monomer. Marketed as Geniosil XL 70, this additive is designed as a water scavenger for silane-curing adhesive and sealant formulati… Read More »
Published December 2, 2014
BASF announced the North American launch of Irgazin Orange EH1287 for industrial applications which include agriculture, construction and earth moving equipment coatings. Irgazin Orange EH1287 improves material flow allowing formulators to… Read More »
Published December 2, 2014
Vencorex is significantly expanding its capacity of isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI). The expansion of this monomer capacity will take place at Pont de Claix site, France. The new capacity will be 20 kT to be available by the end of 2016. “This… Read More »
Published December 2, 2014
PolyOne Corporation, a global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, has announced the acquisition of specialty assets from Accella Performance Materials, a leading North American manufacturer of liquid polymer formulation… Read More »
Published December 1, 2014
U.S. Zinc is commemorating the company’s opening in 1949, celebrating 65 successful years in the zinc products marketplace. The company’s roots were as a wholesaler of nonferrous metals. Now, U.S. Zinc is a premier global supplier of zinc… Read More »
Published November 25, 2014
BASF is one of the first European manufacturers to have switched its entire portfolio of polystyrene-based insulation products for the European market to a new flame retardant, nine months ahead of the deadline laid down in the EU REACH Regulation on… Read More »
Published November 25, 2014
AkzoNobel has joined forces with SuikerUnie, Rabobank, Deloitte, Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands (NOM), Groningen Seaports, and the Province of Groningen, to investigate the possibility of producing chemicals from beet-… Read More »
Published November 24, 2014
BASF and Glunz, a manufacturer of wood-based panels, have jointly developed four new colors for medium-density fiberboards (MDF). The color shades – Royal, Curry, Berry and Terra – are based on BASF pigment preparations from the Dispers r… Read More »
Published November 13, 2014
The Dow Chemical Company has signed a definitive agreement under which ANGUS Chemical Company will be sold to Golden Gate Capital for $1.215 billion. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015, subject to completion of cust… Read More »
Published November 11, 2014
Superior Materials Inc., a fourth generation independent specialty chemical distributor, located in Garden City NY, has announced the following personnel changes and promotions. Alex Blakeman has been promoted to senior director of technology. Blakem… Read More »
Published November 10, 2014
Clariant, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals, has added a new color to designers' palettes with the launch of orange pigment PV Fast Orange HGR. This mid-shade orange can be used as a shading pigment or to create new full orange shades. PV Fa… Read More »
Self Cross-Linking Resin Coatings Offer Siding Manufacturers An Edge
By Bob Cregg, Industry Directory Building Products,Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes
Published November 7, 2014
New coatings that utilize a cross-linking resin meet the finishing challenges siding manufacturers face. Read More »
Published November 7, 2014
A new 20-page brochure from Orion Engineered Carbons discusses coloristic properties of carbon black pigments in full tone and tinting applications. In addition to describing the Carbon Black manufacturing process, it covers the basics of colorimetry… Read More »
Published November 7, 2014
Advenira Enterprises, Inc., a developer of Solution Derived Nanocomposite (SDNTM) coating technology, is this month presenting findings from its novel F1A12 protective coating at two major corrosion events: NACE Western Area Conference and CORCON 201… Read More »
By Sean Milmo, European Correspondent
Published November 6, 2014
The dispersions segment is continuing to be one of the most active in the European coatings sector in the development of new technologies as well as investing in mergers and acquisitions  and expansions in production capacity. Demand for disper… Read More »
Published November 6, 2014
Quest Specialty Chemicals CEO Doug Mattscheck has promoted Laura Yerkey to corporate director, marketing communications and strategy. Yerkey previously was director of marketing for Quest Automotive Products (QAP) in Massillon, Ohio, the largest of… Read More »
Published November 4, 2014
BASF Wolman GmbH, the European market leader in wood protection, has officially launched its new corporate brand design during a two day customer symposium in Baden-Baden, Germany. About 90 global key customers and business partners attended the even… Read More »
Published October 29, 2014
BASF Venture Capital has led a $3 million Series A financing with a $1.5 million investment in SLIPS Technologies Inc. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts . The Swiss entrepreneur and private investor Hansjörg Wyss has also participated in the fin… Read More »
Published October 29, 2014
AkzoNobel has launched an additive for road salt which helps to protect against frost damage and makes driving safer. Inspired by the ability of certain animals to withstand cold and prevent ice forming in their bodies, Ecosel AsphaltProtection is a… Read More »



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