20th August 2017

AXALTA BUYS PLASCOAT SYSTEMS

Axalta Coating Systems has acquired Plascoat Systems Ltd. a supplier of thermoplastic powder coatings, from its parent company, International Process Technologies (IPT) Ltd. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

VENJAKOB TO SHOW VEN SPRAY SYSTEM AT WMS

Venjakob will be exhibiting its equipment at this year's WMS woodworking show. The show runs from November 2-4 at Toronto's International Centre.

COROB ACQUIRES NOVAFLOW SYSTEMS

COROB (San Felice, Italy) has acquired Novaflow Systems Inc., based in Prescott, ON. Novaflow Systems Inc. provides equipment for all segments of gravimetric fluid and paste dispensing and blending processes.

DOW-DUPONT DEAL SET TO CLOSE

Chemicals giants The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Michigan) and DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware) have revealed that all required regulatory approvals and clearances have now been received, signaling a culmination date for the two companies’ merger.

PENDULUM HARDNESS TESTER

Using infrared technology, the Elcometer 3045 provides a fully automated Persoz or König pendulum hardness test with no human intervention, ensuring accurate, repeatable results. 

ENBRIDGE STARTS PIPELINE COATING PROJECT

Energy giant Enbridge Inc. has commenced work on a $6.5-billion project that will replace over 1,000 miles of its Line 3, a crude oil pipeline the company says is at risk for corrosion due to failures in its protective coating.

L.V. LOMAS BOUGHT BY DUTCH COMPANY

IMCD N.V., an international distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, announced on August 4 that it would acquire 100 percent of the Canadian and US specialty chemicals and ingredients distributor L.V. Lomas.

PALLADIUM ELECTROPLATING SYSTEM

Technic Inc. has released Pallaspeed 990, a new pure Palladium electroplating process for high-volume electronic applications. This, the company says, has proven to be a highly effective process, producing a high ductility/low stress bright deposit with no microcracking in thicknesses up to 4 µm.

HUNTSMAN-CLARIANT MERGER REPORTED ON TRACK

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) and Huntsman International LLC (The Woodlands, TX) have presented a shareholder update on their proposed merger. Huntsman also recently announced an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange for Venator, a subsidiary company that makes resins and curing agents.

PROGRAM FOR ELECTROCOATING SEMINAR

The 2017 Electrocoating Seminar, scheduled for September 26-27 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott in Cleveland, OH, starts on Day One with An Introduction to Electrocoating.

LARGE ITEM PAINT BOOTHS

Global Finishing Solutions (GFS) has introduce its new General Purpose Paint Booth line. This precision-engineered line of paint booths is designed to suit industrial and manufacturing customers that need to paint equipment, utility vehicles and trucks that are too large for traditional automotive booths but too small for the GFS Large Equipment Booth line.

AKZONOBEL REORGANIZES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Following the succession of Thierry Vanlancker (pictured) as CEO of AkzoNobel, after Ton Büchner resigned for health reasons, the company has announced a new structure for its executive committee.

POWDER COATING TO PROTECT CANADIAN FORCES TRUCKS

Tiger Drylac USA Inc. has developed a custom powder coating that was approved by Mack Defense, LLC, and is currently used successfully by King Coatings of Allentown, PA, on the Mack trucks destined for the Canadian Forces.

RPM BUYS KEY RESIN

RPM International Inc. (Medina, OH) has purchased Key Resin Co. (Batavia, OH), a manufacturer of polymer flooring and coating systems. Key Resin will become part of RPM's Euclid Group.

UV+EB CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The full program for the UV + EB Packaging Conference this October has been announced. The program now includes a special session organized by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA).

ELECTROSTATIC SPRAY GUN

The new NANOGUN-MX manual electrostatic spray gun links the expertise of Kremlin Rexson and SAMES companies, thus combining electrostatic spray technology for liquid paints with Airmix medium- to high-pressure spray technology.

MIXER AND DISPENSER

Paul N. Gardner Co. Inc. has a new unit that will mix and dispense from the same five-gallon pail. The combined pail mixer features a lid-mounted motor and locking ring to securely hold the lid in place.

AKZONOBEL CEO STEPS DOWN

Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, has stepped down from his position due to health reasons. The company has named Thierry Vanlancker as the new CEO.

POLYESTER ACRYLATE FOR UV COATINGS

Sartomer, a division of the Arkema Group, is launching PRO22019, a new polyester acrylate specifically developed to provide enhanced adhesion to a wide variety of plastic substrates.

ELECTROCOATING SEMINAR PROGRAM

The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has announced the program for the 2017 Electrocoating Seminar, scheduled for September 26-27 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott in Cleveland, OH.

SEEKING PAINT TECHNICIAN

Microcolor Dispersions is looking to hire a skilled paint technician (NOC 2211)

AKZONOBEL FACES NEW LAWSUIT

The battle for the future of AkzoNobel, which recently centered on PPG's efforts to achieve a merger, is continuing through a lawsuit. Elliott Advisors, a hedge fund that is a subsidiary of investor Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, (Singer is pictured, left) is trying to force out Antony Burgmans, chairman of the coatings maker’s supervisory board.

DIGITAL DUROMETER

The Model DD-5 digital durometer from Gardco is for performing timed hardness testing. It is equipped with an internal adjustable timer and onscreen countdown.

AKZONOBEL ACQUIRES EUROPEAN SUPPLIERS

AkzoNobel has acquired UK-based Flexcrete Technologies Ltd and signed an agreement to acquire French manufacturer Disa Technology (Disatech).

LANXESS REORGANIZES STRUCTURE

Following its acquisition of Chemtura in April, LANXESS has revised its organizational structure. The two business lines Rubber Additives Business (RAB) and Colorant Additives Business (CAB) now both belong to the Rhein Chemie business unit.

DEEPER STEEL ENCLOSURES

Hammond Manufacturing has introduced extended depth versions of its large HN4FM floor-standing double door family to address the need for more internal space. Four sizes (60x48, 60x60, 72x60, and 72x72 in.) are now available.

EVONIK REORGANIZES CROSSLINKERS BUSINESS

Evonik Industries AG has combined its isophorone chemistry and epoxy curing agents business in its new Crosslinkers Business Line. The newly formed Business Line, headed by Min Chong, will be part of the Resource Efficiency Segment.

CLOVERDALE PAINT OPENS R&D LAB

Cloverdale Paint Inc. has opened a new coatings R&D laboratory in Surrey, BC. The new facility is charged with developing liquid coatings technologies for the company

HALE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS WITH GEMA

Jeff Hale is celebrating 30 years of service with Gema USA Inc. Hale, currently the marketing director for Gema.

PCI NAMES IVANCIC TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) recently named Sue Ivancic, an account executive in Nordson Corp.’s powder coating division, to its board of directors. Ivancic begins her term immediately. 

DOW CORNING INTRODUCES SLIP ADDITIVE

The Dow Chemical Co. has introduced a new-generation silicone slip additive that it says offers optimal compatibility with modern and traditional waterborne wood-coating binders. Dow Corning 210S Additive is designed to improve the mar and abrasion resistance and anti-blocking performance of waterborne wood coatings, while reducing the tendency for surface cratering.

DYNAPOWER BOOSTS SALES AND EXECUTIVE TEAM

Dynapower, which manufactures power electronics for metal finishing, electrowinning for mining, and electrochemical production, has named a group of new executives.

DOW-DUPONT MERGER PASSES MILESTONE

While the deal still needs Canadian and and Mexican approval, the $130-billion merger between chemical giants Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont has provisional approval in the US.

NACE ACQUIRES MPI

NACE International Institute (NII) has acquired the Master Painters Institute (MPI), the primary paint performance certification organization in North America. In this new partnership, NII and MPI aim to provide a single source for information on architectural and industrial coatings.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR RADTECH

RadTech International North America is inviting abstracts for the RadTech UV+EB Technology & Conference 2018, scheduled for May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL

CHEMSPEC EXPANDS PRODUCT LINES

In response to the significant growth trajectory anticipated in the 
global polyisobutylene (PIB) market, ChemSpec Ltd.
 (Uniontown, OH), a member of the Safic-Alcan Group family of companies, continues to expand its portfolio, to a range of over 150 product series offerings.

MANUAL AIRLESS SPRAY GUN

The new SFlow manual airless spray gun from SAMES KREMLIN Inc. has been designed to make working conditions easier for painters in the field that are dealing with difficult and very long days of spray painting.

AZELIS NAMES SALES MANAGER

Azelis Canada Inc. has appointed Christopher (Chris) Ellen as its new sales manager for the C.A.S.E. Division (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers).

AXALTA COMPLETES VALSPAR PURCHASE

Axalta Coating Systems' purchase of Valspar Corp.'s North American Wood Coatings business is completed. The purchase price was $420-million.

PPG ABANDONS AKZONOBEL BID

PPG has decided not to pursue its merger efforts with AkzoNobel any further at this time. It is also not pursuing the option of a hostile takeover.

VALSPAR ACQUISITION GREEN-LIGHTED

Sherwin-Williams Co. has received regulatory approval from both the US Federal Trade Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau to complete its acquisition of Valspar Corp.

ENHANCED AMINE FUNCTIONAL SILANE

Gelest, Inc. has unveiled its new SIVATE E610 enhanced amine functional silane, which it says offers improved performance with non-siliceous surfaces.

VENJAKOB SHOWCASES AUTOMATION AT LIGNA

Venjakob used the recent LIGNA trade fair to showcase the VEN Spray Smart, Comfort and Perfect spray painting machines as well as the VARIO robot technology, all of them competing under the theme of the Le Mans 24 Hours Race.

ROBOTIC COLOR CHANGE BLOCK FOR PAINT

SAMES KREMLIN has released its new UPside CCV Color Change Block. This unit is a universal robotic color change block that contains a compact and modular design providing several solutions to integrate onto robotic arms. 

 

AXALTA BUYS SPENCER COATINGS GROUP

Axalta Coatings Group has entered an agreement to acquire the Spencer Coatings Group, a British manufacturer of industrial coatings for heavy-duty equipment, general industrial, oil and gas, and glass coatings segments.

SCI NAMES MEDAL RECIPIENT

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group has named Dr. Melinda H. Keefe of the Dow Chemical Company as the recipient of 14th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal.

 

HUNTSMAN AND CLARIANT PLAN MERGER

While the joining of DuPont and Dow Chemical Co., along with PPG's efforts to merge with AkzoNobel have been the most noticeable fusions of chemicals giants on the horizon, a third proposal has now arrived. Texas-based Huntsman Corp. and Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) announced on May 22 that they planned to merge into a business entity with anticipated annual sales exceeding $13-billion.

VISCOMETER OFFERS NEW FEATURES

AMETEK Brookfield has introduced the new KU-3 Krebs Unit Viscometer. The KU-3 is used in the paints and coatings industry to measure viscosity in accordance with ASTM D562.

SAMES KREMLIN PARTNERS WITH TRICOFLEX

SAMES KREMLIN and Tricoflex have partnered to bring their innovation and product knowledge to North America. Tricoflex is a hose manufacturer offering four types of hoses: braided, non-reinforced, knitted and spiral hoses.

CPCA ANNUAL MEETING

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association holds its Annual Conference and AGM in Montreal, on May 24 and 25. The location is the Intercontinental Hotel, 360 rue St-Antoine St. W., in Montreal.

VISCOMETER HANDLES CHANGING SHEAR STRESS

Paul N. Gardner Co. Inc. has introduced a new device for viscosity measurement of coatings. The ConePlate viscometer is specifically designed to provide stringent testing conditions to allow the measurement of coating materials as the viscosity changes according to the shear stress that is applied.

TCI POWDER NAMES MANUFACTURING DIRECTOR

TCI Powder Coatings, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has named Dale Blackwell as director of manufacturing, effective May 1

SAMES KREMLIN OPEN HOUSE

SAMES KREMLIN, designers and manufacturers of a wide range of process equipment, hosted an open house for its distributor network in early May at its Plymouth, MI, headquarters.

COATING THICKNESS GAGE

DeFelsko's new PosiTest DFT Coating Thickness Gage measures coating thickness on metal substrates.

ORION NAMES TECHNICAL MARKET MANAGER

Carlos Hernandez has joined Orion Engineered Carbons as technical market manager, coatings & specialty applications, Americas region.

RADTECH 2018 ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

RadTech returns next year to the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL. Dates for the the RadTech UV+EB Technology Expo & Conference are May 7-9, 2018.

AKZONOBEL REJECTS THIRD PPG OFFER

The board of directors of AkzoNobel has firmly rejected a third merger proposal by PPG. The offer, worth roughly $29-billion, was dismissed after an assessment by the board of directors.

CURE-TRACKING SYSTEM

The newest generation DATAPAQ EasyTrack3 system is for profiling the oven cure of painted and powder-coated products.

MAGENTA QUINACRIDONE PIGMENT

Sun Chemical Performance Pigments has launched its new Quindo Magenta 202 pigment. This new quinacridone pigment delivers highly pigmented bases in low-VOC, high-solid coatings.

 

COLOR MATCHING DEVICE

Datacolor has launched ColorReaderPRO, a professional color matching device. This is an ultra-portable, Bluetooth-connected color selection device that works standalone or connected to the ColorReaderPRO mobile app.

BIOCIDE-FREE PAINTS

Clariant is offering easily applied, biocide-free mineral paints that use the stabilizers Dispersogen SPS and Dispersogen SPG. These, the company says, lead to better handling properties of mineral paints.

RADTECH 2018 CALLS FOR PAPERS

RadTech International North America is inviting submission of abstracts for the RadTech UV+EB Technology & Conference 2018. This is scheduled for May 7-9, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

GORDIE HOWE BRIDGE GETS GREEN LIGHT

Windsor's proposed Gordie Howe International Bridge will begin construction by summer 2018, it has been announced.

OPA GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Ontario Paint Association's annual Golf Tournament is held this year on June 6, at Caledon Woods Golf Club in Palgrave, ON. It starts at 12.30 pm, with selection of golf carts, and there is a shotgun start at 1.00 pm. Dinner is at 6.30 pm.

SOLUBLE SALT TESTER

The Positector SST Soluble Salt Tester measures the concentration of soluble salts (salt contamination) on metal surfaces in accordance with ISO 8502-6, 8502-9.

MANUTROL MOVES OFFICES

Manutrol Inc. has moved its offices from Montreal to Burlington, ON.

SYSTEM TRACKS OVEN CURE

The newest generation DATAPAQ EasyTrack3 system is for profiling the oven cure of painted and powder-coated products.

ECOAT 18 DATES FINALIZED

ECOAT 18, the main technical conference for electrocoaters, will be held next year in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. The location is the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort, and the dates are April 24-26, 2018.

 

PIRRO JOINS IGM RESINS

IGM Resins USA, Inc., a global producer and supplier of radiation curable materials, has appointed Tony Pirro sales director for North America.

AKZONOBEL PLANS SPLIT OF BUSINESSES

Following two rebuffed attempts at a buyout by PPG, AkzoNobel has outlined a new strategy to accelerate growth and value creation with two of its businesses, Paints and Coatings and Specialty Chemicals. The intent is to produce a step change in value creation for shareholders and all stakeholders.

MILLIKEN BUYS KEYSTONE ANILINE

Milliken & Co. has acquired Keystone Aniline Corp., a global supplier of dyes, pigments, pigment dispersions and polymers, headquartered in Chicago, IL.

JIRAK JOINS AKZONOBEL

Jeff Jirak has joined AkzoNobel as the company’s new surface chemistry general manager for the Americas.

AXALTA BUYS VALSPAR WOOD COATINGS BUSINESS

Axalta Coating Systems has entered into a definitive agreement with Valspar Corp. and Sherwin-Williams Co. to acquire the assets of Valspar’s North American Industrial Wood Coatings business for $420-million in cash.

SICO USES SENSORS TO MATCH COLORS

Sico is trying a new promotional approach for its paints, using ads at Montreal bus-shelters.

BREMM TO HEAD BASF COATINGS

Dirk Bremm is the new president of BASF’s Coatings division.

GELEST PARTNERS FOR INVESTMENT

Gelest, Inc. (Morrisville, PA), which makes customized, highly specialized organosilicon compounds, metal-organic compounds, and silicone materials, has partnered with New Mountain Capital, LLC, a New York investment firm that currently manages approximately $15-billion in assets.

VENJAKOB HIGHLIGHTS VEN SPRAY SYSTEMS

Venjakob Maschinenbau is showing three spray painting machines at this year's Ligna trade show for wood finishers.

COMPATIBILIZER SUITS ALKYD RESINS

New TEGO Color Aid technology from Evonik expands, the company says, the potential uses of pigment concentrates in paints and coatings based on alkyd resins.

CROSSLINKER FOR PUR

Vencorex has launched Easaqua X D 870, a high-performance polyisocyanate crosslinker for two-component waterborne polyurethane formulations.

COMBINATION GRINDING MILL

Bühler is offering a new grinding option by combining its MacroMedia pre-dispersing unit and the MicroMedia bead mill.

VOC-FREE NEUTRALIZING AGENT

Clariant claims to break new ground for the indoor paint and coatings segment with the launch of what it says is the industry’s first renewable-based, VOC/SVOC-free1 and hazard label-free neutralizing agent: Genamin Gluco 50.

ANITICORROSION CO-BINDER

With the launch of ALBIDUR 1223, Evonik has introduced a product it says ensures long-term coating flexibility.

DOW-DUPONT MERGER PASSES REGULATORY HURDLE

Dow Chemical and DuPont are closer to becoming DowDuPont, with the European Union agreeing to their joining. In order to make the $130-billion merger happen, the two firms have agreed to sell key assets that include research and development activities.

METALLIC EFFECTS PIGMENTS

A combination of brilliance, metallic effects and opacity are the characteristics of the new Silvershine 400 series from Eckart.

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

BlueDocs is a module within Bluestreak software that facilitates management of all corporate documents. These can include quality and training manuals, operating procedures and equipment work instructions.

SPECIALTY POLYMERS NAMES REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

Specialty Polymers, Inc. has hired Steve Dobson as the company’s new regional sales manager for the northeast US and eastern Canada. He was previously production manager for the company's East Coast plant.

BIOCIDE-FREE PRESERVATIVE

Lonza is launching a new addition to its Proxel range of preservatives. This new in-can preservative is designed to address increasing market demand for methylisothiazolinone- (MIT-) free biocide formulations.

HIGH MELT FLOW COATING

Intech and Chemours have introduced 532G-9410, a new, high molecular weight PFA topcoat. Similar to 532G-7410, this Teflon-based coating, when cured, has a high melt flow rate.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS AND VALSPAR POSTPONE CLOSURE

The planned joining of Valspar Corp. and Sherwin-Williams Co. has been postponed until June. The companies reportedly need more time to satisfy regulators’ divestiture requirements.

ACTEGA ADDS TO MARKETING TEAM

Actega NA, the North American division of global specialty ink, coatings, and sealants company Altana AG, has added Kristin Tripoli to its NJ-based marketing team.

CHROMAFLO BUYS ELEMENTIS PRODUCT LINES

Chromaflo Technologies Corp. has concluded a purchase agreement with Elementis Specialties, Inc. whereby Chromaflo Technologies Corp. has acquired the Elementis Tint-Ayd line of colorant products and select Dapro driers supplied from the US. The acquisition of the product line became effective March 17, 2017.

BRIDGE BATTLE POSTPONES HUGE PAINT CONTRACTS

If and when it is built, the Gordie Howe Bridge linking Windsor, ON, with Detroit will be one of the biggest paint jobs Canada has seen in years. However, its progress has been slowed by legal actions by Manuel 'Matty' Moroun, the owner of the existing Ambassador Bridge that links the two cities.

IHEA HOLDING SEMINARS IN SEPTEMBER

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will hold its 2017 Fall Seminars at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, SC, on September 19 and 20. 

ANDICOR NAMES MARKET MANAGER FOR CASE

Jamie Dinsmore has been appointed to the newly created position of market manager, CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers) for Andicor Specialty Chemicals.

AUTOMATIC SPRAY APPLICATORS

DeVilbiss' new AG-360 series automatic spray applicators feature the company's QuickClean technology. They are available in various machine mounting formats, to provide a universal finishing solution for all industrial low pressure applications.

 

APPLICATION NOZZLES FOR AIRCRAFT COATINGS

Chemetall, the surface treatment supplier that is now a business unit of BASF’s Coatings division, has introduced Jurblami application nozzles for high-quality, fast and reproducible sealing operations.

AKZONOBEL TURNS DOWN PPG OFFER

AkzoNobel has rejected a buyout bid from PPG Industries. The Dutch-owned chemicals company said it is now exploring the possibility of spinning off one of its business units.

DEMPSEY PREPARES CROSS-CANADA SEMINARS

Once again, Dempsey Corp. is offering its Cross-Canada Seminar tour this summer. The event includes presentations from a range of the companies Dempsey represents, and provides and introduction to the company's various product lines.

PERSTORP SELLS PLANT TO SYNTHOMER

Specialty chemicals supplier Perstorp Holding AB has announced the sale of its paint and coatings additives facility at Ghent, Belgium to Synthomer plc. The stated sale price is €78 million, subject to certain adjustments.

SUN CHEMICAL BUYS RJA DISPERSIONS

Sun Chemical Corp. has acquired the assets and business of RJA Dispersions LLC, effective March 1, 2017. Based in Hudson, WI, RJA Dispersions is a producer of ultra-fine particle and pigment dispersions for the digital inks market. 

STONE-TUCKER NAMES TECHNICAL SALESPERSON

Stone-Tucker Instruments has named Tyler Heywood to its technical sales team. He brings over 15 years’ experience in the protective coatings industry to his new position

LED CURING SYSTEM

Phoseon Technology has increased the peak intensity of its FireJet FJ100 LED curing system by 50 percent, up to 12W/cm2. 

 

IWATA HAS NEW CANADIAN IMPORTER

Canadian Precision Coatings Inc. (CPC) is the new, official importer of all Iwata, EMM (Colad), and RTi products in Canada. It will also be distributing some additional supplies and accessories complementary to these lines.  

TROY CORP. APPOINTS VICE-PRESIDENT

Troy Corp. has named W. Brian Smith to the position of executive vice-president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for ensuring operational excellence throughout the organization.

CHEMETALL TAKES AIRBUS AWARD

Chemetall, which became a global business unit of BASF Coatings in December, has been honored with the highest supplier award in the Airbus Material & Parts SQIP (Supply Chain & Quality Improvement Program).

OPA TO HOLD NIGHT AT THE RACES

The Ontario Painting Contractors Association is holding its 24th annual Night at the Races on Friday, March 31. It is being held at the Woodbine Racetrack in northwest Toronto.

PCI NAMES BOARD FOR 2017

The Powder Coating Institute has announced its slate of officers and board of directors for 2017. The officers are: president, Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons; vice-president, Chris Merritt, Gema USA; secretary/treasurer, Greg Dawson, Nordson Corp.; past president, John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems.

SPECIALTY POLYMERS HIRES REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

Specialty Polymers, Inc. has hired Jorge Seuc as the company’s new regional sales manager. His territory includes southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

NEW ANTI-CORROSION TECHNOLOGY

Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), in Mainz, Germany, have developed a method to hinders hazardous seawater fouling and is reportedly effective, affordable and easy on the environment.

HAND-HELD DUROMETER

The new PosiTector SHD Shore Hardnesss Durometer is a handheld electronic instrument that measures the indentation hardness of non-metallic materials.

ACTIVATED AMINE FUNCTIONAL SILANE

Gelest, Inc. has unveiled a new SIVATE A610 activated amine functional silane, which it says improves adhesion, speeds reactivity and increases bond strength in packaging, polymer, micro-electronics and curing applications.

CASTOLIN EUTECTIC BUYS FMP

The Castolin Eutectic Group, a division of the Messer Eutectic Castolin GmbH Holding with headquarters in Bad Soden, Germany, has acquired Furnace Mineral Products (FMP), Inc. a privately owned corporation based in Toronto

EXEL BECOMES SAMES-KREMLIN

EXEL North America has changed its name to SAMES Kremlin.

DVUV REBRANDS AS KEYLAND

DVUV Holdings, LLC has announced its new corporate name and a reorganization and rebranding of its operating companies. The new corporate name is Keyland Polymer Material Sciences, LLC.

ORCO BUYS EASTERN COLOR & CHEMICAL

Organic Dyes & Pigments LLC has acquired the assets of Eastern Color & Chemical Co. of Providence, RI, effective January 4.

FASTENERS FOR RACKS

RIGHTech Fabrications is offering both metric and standard titanium fasteners, available from stock, to address all bolt, nut and washer needs.

SATA CANADA OPENS FOR BUSINESS

Sata Canada Inc. launched distribution of Sata Spray products in Canada at the start of January. Albrecht Kruse, CEO of Sata GmbH & Co. KG (Kornwestheim, Germany), welcomed customers and staff to the new SATA Canada headquarters in Vaughan, ON, at a reception on January 26.

POWDER COATING SHOW BUILDS EXHIBITORS

PCI’s Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference will include a tabletop exhibition. As of January 24, the exhibitors totaled more than 50 leading suppliers of powder coating products and services.

SARTOMER RELEASES FORMULATIONS BOOKLET

Sartomer Americas, a business unit of Arkema Inc., has released a booklet called Coatings Concepts. This free technical booklet contains six articles by industry experts to help compounders enhance their coatings formulations to advance performance in a wide variety of applications.

POWDER COATING TECHNICAL CONFERENCE 2017

From March 27 to 31, the powder coating industry’s most important annual event brings people together in Indianapolis for a week of learning, networking, and visiting with leading suppliers of powder coating products and services, at PCI’s Technical Conference 2017.

PCI AND GEMA SEEK SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and its corporate Diamond member, Gema USA Inc., are soliciting applications for the 2017-18 Gema/PCI Scholarship.

US EPA PLANS BAN ON PAINT REMOVAL CHEMICALS

The Environmental Protection Agency in the US is proposing bans or restrictions on the use of methylene chloride (dichloromethane) and n-methylpyrrolidone in paint removal products.

AXALTA BUYS ELLIS PAINT

Axalta Coating Systems has acquired Ellis Paint Co., which manufactures industrial and automotive refinish paint in North America. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS FOR FABTECH

Organizers of FABTECH 2017 have issued a call for speakers. This year's show is being held from November 6-9 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

RADTECH LAUNCHES ONLINE CURING COURSE

RadTech is launching an online course called UV/EB Chemistry Fundamentals. This free, email-based course features eight lessons sent in a weekly email.

ELECTROMETALS BECOMES EMEW CORP.

Electrometals Canada Inc. has officially changed its name to emew corporation.

ECHO ENGINEERING HITS HALF CENTURY

Echo Engineering (Indianapolis, IN) reached a milestone in 2016, celebrating its 50th anniversary.

RADTECH NAMES OFFICERS

RadTech has annouced that Lisa Fine of Joules Angstrom UV Printing Inks is assuming the presidency of RadTech International, the nonprofit for Ultraviolet and Electron Beam (UV+EB) Technologies, for a two year term beginning January 1, 2017.

EMCO PURCHASES INORTECH CHIMIE

EMCO Chemical Distributors Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc., Pleasant Prairie, WI, says its has completed the acquisition of Inortech Chimie Inc., Terrebonne, QC.

NIPPON PAINT TO MERGE WITH DUNN-EDWARDS

Dunn-Edwards Corp., one of the US' largest independent manufacturers of architectural, industrial and high-performance paints, has agreed to a merger agreement with Nippon Paint Holdings Co., Ltd., the world’s fourth-largest paint company, and with certain of its subsidiaries.

PETRUCH NAMED DIC CORP. OFFICER

Myron Petruch, president of Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments division, has been named an executive officer of DIC Corp., Sun Chemical’s parent company based in Tokyo, Japan.

AKZONOBEL COMPLETES BASF COATINGS PURCHASE

AkzoNobel has finalized the acquisition of BASF's global Industrial Coatings business.

AXALTA ADDS METALLIC POWDER COATING

Axalta Coating Systems has released AR400 Champagne Metallic, a new bonded metallic color in its architectural color pallet.

PPG APPROVES RESTRUCTURING

The board of directors of PPG has approved broad restructuring actions to reduce the company's global cost structure. The actions are focused on certain regions and end-use markets where business conditions are weakest, and they are targeting structural reductions in operating, functional and administrative costs.

ALBEMARLE COMPLETES CHEMETALL SALE

Albermarle Corp. has announced successful completion of the previously declared sale of its Chemetall Surface Treatment business and related assets to BASF, for proceeds of approximately US$3.2-billion.

CHINACOAT 2016 MATCHES PAST YEARS DESPITE DOWNTURN

This year’s Chinacoat, held in Guangzhou, was comprised of more than 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries displaying their new products and innovations on a gross exhibit area of more than 64,000 square meters in six exhibit zones.

SEMI-MATTE POWDER COATING

Alesta BK08 20 Gloss, a new, semi-matte powder coating from Axlta, yields an extremely smooth appearance and provides exceptional weatherability for a wide range of interior and exterior projects.

DESKTOP LABORATORY EXTRUDER

The new Baker Perkins MPX19 desktop twin-screw extruder is designed for applications such as powder coating, toner, EMC, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

DYNAMIX CELEBRATES TEN YEARS IN BUSINESS

Dynamix Inc. (Markham, ON) celebrated the company's 10th anniversary on November 26.

SUR/FIN ABSTRACTS DEADLINE APPROACHES

The deadline for submitting abstracts for SUR/FIN 2017 is close. Organizers have asked for all to be in by December 23.

POWDER COATING TECHNICAL CONFERENCE

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) will host the Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference from March 27-31, at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

UNIMIN RAISES FILLER PRICES

Unimin Specialty Minerals Inc., (New Canaan, CT), will raise prices for all its Minex, Imsil, Snobrite and Minbloc brand functional filler products, effective February 1, 2017, unless contractual agreements apply.

HUBBARD-HALL EXPANDS LABORATORY

Hubbard-Hall officially opened its newly-renovated lab on November 30. The company has invested over a half-million US dollars in the renovation, adding 40 percent more capacity for the product development of specialty chemicals for metal finishing.

ORION NAMES VICE-PRESIDENT

Rodney Taylor, Ph.D., has been named vice-president, innovation, Americas region, at Orion Engineered Carbons.

HUBER INCREASES SILICA PRICING

Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corp., has announced a price increase for its precipitated silica and silicate products manufactured in North America.

ALUMINUM ANODIZERS OFFICER ELECTIONS

Results of the Aluminum Anodizers Council's  election of officers and directors were announced at the 25th Annual Anodizing Conference and Exposition on October 5 in Montreal. Jack Tetrault, partner with Katahdin Industries in Massachusetts, chief operations officer for D-CHN, and president of Sanford Process Corp. in Woonsocket, RI, was elected to serve his first one-year term as chairman.

FABTECH 2017 FEATURED 1500 COMPANIES

FABTECH 2016, which ran from November 16 to 19, welcomed 1,500 exhibiting companies and a total of 31,110 attendees from over 120 countries.

RESEARCHERS DEVELOP PIGMENTLESS COATING

Researchers from three continents have developed a thin, scratch-resistant coating that they claim can be easily created in any color without use of pigments.

TROY CORP. UNVEILS TECH CENTER

Troy Corp. has unveiled its state-of-the-art Science & Technology Center at the company’s global headquarters in Florham Park, NJ.

ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS NAMES MARKETING MANAGER

Jennifer S. Granados has joined Orion Engineered Carbons as marketing manager, coatings, printing systems and specialty applications, Americas region.

EASTERN COATINGS SHOW SLATED FOR MAY

The second edition of the Eastern Coatings Show will be held next year from May 15 to 17. The location is Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.

SAUDI ARAMCO ACQUIRES CONVERGE TECHNOLOGY

Saudi Aramco has acquired the Converge product line and associated operations and technologies from US-based Novomer Inc. The transaction was valued at up to US$100-million.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS NAMES NEW CFO

Sherwin-Williams Co. has named Allen J. Mistysyn as its senior vice-president – finance, and chief financial officer, effective January 1, 2017. 

POWDER FEED SYSTEM

Nordson Corp. has introduced the Spectrum Powder Feed Center, its next-generation feed center technology.

GAUGE MEASURES CONCRETE COATINGS

The new Elcometer 500 Coating Thickness Gauge offers improved, non-destructive measurement of dry-film coatings on concrete.

PPG EXPLAINS AUTO COLOR TRENDS

PPG has released its annual automotive color popularity data, which reveals consumers again preferred cars with a neutral color.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS QUARTERLY REPORT

Sherwin-Williams Co. has reported consolidated net sales of $3.28-billion for its third quarter and $9.07-billion for the nine-month period, driven in part by high paint sales volumes in its Paint Stores Group.

SOLAR REFLECTING PIGMENT

Huntsman Pigments & Additives has launched Altiris W400 pigment, a near infrared reflecting TiO2 pigment that can improve the thermal stability and durability of white, bright and light colored plastics used in exterior applications.

SUN CHEMICAL BUYS GWENT ELECTRONIC

Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC, have acquired Gwent Electronic Materials Ltd., a UK manufacturer of conductive inks, pastes and powders for the printed electronics market.

DARKER PAINT SHADES PREDICTED FOR 2017

According to paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore (Montvale, NJ), dark and mysterious shades will pervade in 2017, as the company has declared a dark amethyst called Shadow to be its color of the year.

ONEY JOINS THERMA-TRON-X

Bill Oney has joined Therma-Tron-X Inc. as the company's newest sales engineer.

CHEMICALLY RESISTANT PUR LINING

HiChem 11‐70 from Rhino Linings Corp. is a two‐component, 100 percent solids, zero‐VOC polyurethane lining, and is the company’s most chemical resistant product to date.

OLIGOMERS OFFER HIGH CHEMICAL AND ABRASION RESISTANCE

Dymax Oligomers & Coatings has released two new oligomers that can be used by coating formulators to achieve high levels of chemical and abrasion resistance.

MARINE CORROSION PROTECTION

BullFrog products can replace conventional and hazardous petroleum-based rust preventatives. Their particular application is for ships, structures and equipment used in sea water service.

MONOCOAT COATING FOR HEAVY-DUTY USE

PPG has introduced Spectracron SPM Series DTM (direct-to-metal) monocoat, a one-component coating that helps prevent corrosion on heavy-duty, transportation, agricultural and construction equipment.

FUNCTIONAL SILANE HAS MULTIPLE USES

Gelest, Inc. has introduced its new SIVATE A200 activated acrylate functional silane for use as a primer for fiber optic cladding, a coupling agent for light-cure acrylic nanocomposites, or an adhesion promoterfor high-speed UV acrylated urethane cure systems.

DEVICE MEASURES POWDER COATINGS

TQC has introduced the PowderTAG. The instrument measures powder coating thickness up to 300 μm, before and after cure.

SILICONE-FREE CAN AND COIL COATINGS

Tego Flow 375 and Tego Flow 460 N from Evonik are two new silicone-free flow and leveling additives specifically developed for use in can and coil coatings.

NORDSON HOLDS DISTRIBUTOR SUMMIT

Nordson Corprecently hosted its first Distributor Summit.  This event gathered Nordson’s liquid and powder distributor network at its Amherst, OH, campus.

IGM NAMES GLOBAL PI BUSINESS MANAGER

Jeroen Diepgrond has joined IGM Resins as global photoinitiator business manager.

CHROMAFLO ACQUIRES NEW OWNERSHIP

American Securities LLC has partnered with management and signed a definitive agreement to acquire Chromaflo Technologies Corp., a producer of proprietary, high-performance colorants and chemical dispersions, from Arsenal Capital Partners and Nordic Capital.

HIG CAPITAL INVESTS IN DOMINION COLOUR

Dominion Colour Corp. has announced a 'significant' equity investment by affiliates of H.I.G Capital. Headquartered in Toronto, DCC was founded in 1946.

PAINT AND COATINGS STUDY SHOWS GROWTH AREAS

Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney has announced its third Global Paint & Coatings study, which covers 2016 - 2021.

UV LED CURING SYSTEM

Excelitas Technologies Corp. has expanded its OmniCure product line with a higher power UV LED curing system for fiber optic coatings.

AKZONOBEL FACILTY TAKES LEED AWARD

The $10-million relocation of its Strongsville, OH, research facility has allowed AkzoNobel to turn its biggest energy user in North America into one of the smartest and most energy efficient.

AMERICAN PLATING POWER NAMES APPLICATIONS ENGINEER

George Viola has joined American Plating Power as a senior applications engineer.

RADTECH NAMES EHS CHAIRMAN

Michael Gould of Rahn Corp. is the chairman of RadTech's new Education, Health and Safety (EHS) Committee.

FABTECH ANNOUNCES EVENTS PROGRAM

This year’s Fabtech show takes place November, 16-18 in Las Vegas. The organizers recently announced a series of special events happening throughout its three days.

DOW-DUPONT MERGER REVIEW HITS SNAG

The proposed $130-billion merger between the Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont has hit a snag in Europe, where the review of the deal is being paused. Regulators at the European Commission are asking for more information from the two companies.

SPRAY-ON CORROSION INHIBITOR

Cortec's EcoAir VpCI-337 Fogger is a biodegradable waterborne vapor corrosion inhibitor used to protect metal parts and internal void spaces.

ASTERION LAUNCHES SAMPLE ANALYSIS PROCESS

Asterion LLC has launched a sample analysis submission process for its proprietary plating and pretreatment chemistries.

RPM INTERNATIONAL BUYS SPC

RPM International Inc. has acquired Specialty Polyer Coatings (SPC), a Canadian manufacturer of high-performance coatings for the global oil and gas pipeline market.

ALLNEX AND NUPLEX JOIN FORCES

Nuplex Industries, a global manufacturer of resins, and Belgium-based Allnex, have now formed one company.

CPCA MAKES SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Anne N. R. Longakit is the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association's annual scholarship for deserving sons or daughters of staff employed at its member companies.

IHEA HOLDING ONLINE PROCESS HEATING COURSE

The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will be holding its six-week Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course, starting on October 16.

BASF TO BUY HENKEL CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS

BASF and Henkel have signed an agreement under which BASF will acquire Henkel’s professional western European flooring, tiling and waterproofing business.

ELECTROCOAT ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The Electrocoat Association has launched a new website.

ENBRIDGE TO MERGE WITH SPECTRA ENERGY

The merger of Calgary's Enbridge Inc. with Texas-based Spectra Energy will create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, with an estimated market value of $127-billion. The move was announced on September 6.

ELECTROCOATING SEMINAR PROGRAM

The Electrocoat Association and the Chemical Coaters Association International have announced the 2016 Electrocoating Seminar, scheduled for October 4-5 at the Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown Hotel in Des Moines, IA.

 

ACA SEEKS CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking submission of abstracts for its 2017 CoatingsTech Conference.

CHROME-FREE AIRCRAFT SEALANT

PPG has developed a new anti-corrosion material for use in aircraft, called PR-2870.

ANTI-CORROSION COATING USES SILICON

Researchers at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON, working with Vanchem Performance Chemicals (Burlington, ON), have created and  patented a new coating system that protects metals against corrosion.

BASF SELLS PHOTOINITIATOR BUSINESS

BASF has sold its global photoinitiator business to Netherlands-based IGM Resins BV.

BLACK OXIDE FINISH

Manufacturers contemplating taking black oxide finishing in-house are offered a low-cost entry option with the Birchwood Technologies BC40E TruTemp finishing system.

RESIDUE-FREE BRESLE TEST PATCHES

Elcometer 135C Bresle Test Patches measure the level of soluble salts on uncoated surfaces in accordance with ISO 8502-6.

PCI PRODUCES POWDER COATING VIDEO

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) is introducing a new video entitled, Powder Coating, A Better Kind of Paint. This is the first in a series of videos focused on expanding awareness about the benefits of powder coating

STEPHEN HENRY JOINS JBC SURFACE FINISHING

JBC Surface Finishing Systems Ltd., which specializes in plating lines, components and rectifiers, has named Stephen Henry to handle technical sales.

LORAMA GROUP TO REPRESENT AAKASH PRODUCTS

Effective August 1, the Lorama Group is the exclusive Canadian distributor for the Aakash product portfolio. This includes the full line of Aakash organic pigments, dyes, amide waxes, specialty Ketonic resin, and specialty dispersions. 

VANDEMARK NAMES VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

VanDeMark Chemical, Inc. has named Larry Grubb vice-president of global sales and business development.

IGM NAMES TECHNOLOGY VICE-PRESIDENT

IGM Resins B.V., a global producer and supplier of radiation curable materials, has expanded its executive team with the addition of Dr. Stephen Postle, who joins the company as vice-president of technology.

PORTABLE SPECTROPHOTOMETER FOR PAINT

Datacolor has launched the Datacolor 20D, a portable spectrophotometer designed especially for paint retailers and hardware stores.

CEFLA NAMES SALES AREA MANAGER

Cefla North America has hired Jim Bueneman as sales area manager for its North Central Territory.

HEATING SOURCEBOOK OFFERED FOR DOWNLOAD

Improving Process Heating System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry, Third Edition, is now available for download.  This Sourcebook is part of an initiative under the US Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) and the Industrial Heating Equipment Association.

REACTIVE SILICONE FOR EPOXY HYBRIDS

SiVance, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Co., has introduced SiVance C2010 resin, a reactive silicone technology designed to create highly durable epoxy-silicone hybrid coating formulations.

QC FOR DECORATIVE ANODIZED COATINGS

Using the non-destructive phase-sensitive eddy current method, the SMP 350 instrument quickly and accurately determines the electrical conductivity of nonferrous metals.

AEROGEL COATING INCREASES WINDOW EFFICIENCY

Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing a way to use liquid crystals to make windows more efficient. These are the same crystals used in many flat-screen TVs and similar displays.

CPCA SETS 2017 CONFERENCE DATE

Next year's annual conference and annual general meeting of the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association will take place on May 24 and 25. The location will be the InterContinental Hotel at 360 Saint Antoine Ouest, in Montreal.

DEFELSKO TO HOST SSPC TRAINING COURSES

DeFelsko has been selected to host several training events for the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). The courses begin this November at its headquarters in Ogdensburg, NY.

CORROSION INHIBITORS FOR REBAR

Cortec’s Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors (MCIs) combat expansion problems by stalling the onset of rebar corrosion and reducing corrosion rates once started. 

SUN CHEMICAL OPENS NEW COATINGS LAB

Sun Chemical has opened a new coatings lab in its Carlstadt, NJ, research and development facility.

WATERBORNE ACRYLIC URETHANE FOR EXTERIORS

PPG has introduced Aquacron 200 Series coating, a waterborne acrylic urethane for exterior building products.

BLACK FINISH FOR ALUMINUM

The Lumiclad aluminum blackening process from Birchwood Technologies produces a rich black finish on aluminum components and is recommended for power transmission components such as couplings, electrical card cages, and military and weapon components.

HUBER CREATES NEW SILICATE CAPACITY

Huber Engineered Materials is investing in commercial production capacity for its patented Spherilex amorphous preciptated spherical silica and silicate technology.

FILTERTECH BUYS US CENTRIFUGE

Filtertech, Inc., located in Manlius NY, has recently acquired US Centrifuge Systems.

STAIN-RESISTANT OLIGOMER

Dymax Corp. has recently released Bomar BR-970H, a stain resistant oligomer with high modulus, ideal for 2D and 3D inkjet printing applications, as well as graphic art applications.

NORDSON NAMES POWDER SYSTEM SPECIALIST

Nordson Corp., a supplier of precision powder application technology, has added Clint Eastwood to its Industrial Coating Systems Group.  Eastwood joins the company as a powder system specialist.

PPG SELLS GLASS MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS

PPG is breaking from its roots as a plate glass producer, and in future will concentrate solely on its paint and coatings business. The company that began as the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. (hence the initials in the name) is selling the glass operations to Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico's largest plate glass producer, for a reported US $750-million.

CCAI NAMES AWARD WINNERS AND OFFICERS

The Chemical Coaters Association International honored members for their service and dedication to their chapters at its 2016 annual meeting in June. It also installed its 2016-17 officers and national board members.

ABSTRACTS SOUGHT FOR COATINGSTECH

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking submission of abstracts for its 2017 CoatingsTech Conference, which will be held March 20-22, 2017 at the Westin Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, OH

ISOCYANATE-FREE TOPCOAT

Sherwin-Williams, through its Product Finishes Division, has introduces KEM NISO 8510, an isocyanate-free topcoat system that can be color matched in any package size to a wide range of colors and quickly blended at Sherwin-Williams facilities across North America.

POWDER COATING SUMMIT SLATED FOR OCTOBER

The Powder Coating Summit will be held this year in Columbus, OH, on October 4 and 5. 

BELT CONVEYOR OVEN

Model No. 853 is a 500-deg. F electrically-heated belt conveyor oven from Grieve Corp. It is currently used for curing coatings and heat shrinking plastics at a customer’s facility.

RPM BUYS CIVIL ENGINEERING FIRM

RPM International Inc. has acquired Applied Polymerics, Inc. & Marketing Associates, Inc. (API/MAI), a specialist civil engineering and construction organization focusing on bridges, roads and major structures.

POLYURETHANE COATING NEEDS NO PRIMER

Sherwin-Williams, through its Product Finishes Division, has introduced Polane D 8700, a liquid direct-to-metal polyurethane coating that eliminates the need for primer, saving processing time and other job costs.

HUBER LAUNCHES PE BAG SYSTEM

Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corp., has launched a new packaging concept implemented at its Havre de Grace,
MD, precipitated amorphous silica production facility. The multi-million dollar packaging system replaces paper bags with a conversion to more robust polyethylene bags.

CHROMAFLO NAMES GREAT LAKES AREA SALES MANAGER

Chromaflo Technologies, a global supplier of colorant systems, chemical and pigment dispersions, has named Robert Samuel as territory sales manager – coatings for the Great Lakes/Midwest Region.

EUROPEAN COATINGS SHOW 2017 DATE

The European Coatings Show will take place April 4-6, 2017 at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg, Germany.

DOW DOWNSIZES WORKFORCE FOR SYNERGIES

The Dow Chemical Co. is downsizing its workforce by 2,500. The company says this is to "achieve synergy capture and accelerate shareholder value creation from the restructuring of its ownership of Dow Corning Corp."

IMPROVED CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Datacor, Inc., a developer and provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) for process manufacturers and chemical distributors, has announced new capabilities for its CRM solution, eChempax.

WATER-BASED PRIMER

A new water-based primer from AkzoNobel can be applied in the pre-treatment stage.

AZELIS NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

Global speciality chemicals distributor Azelis has named Michael James Roney to its board of directors.

CLARIANT OPENS WATER-BASED PIGMENTS PLANT

Clariant has inaugurated a new production plant for water-based pigment preparations in Mexico.

CASF GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Canadian Association for Surface Finishing is holding its second annual golf tournament on Wednesday, September 14.

DRY SEPARATION SYSTEM

Venjakob Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG will be presenting several new developments at this year's Paint Expo. These include a new dry separation system for automatic spray painting plants, and an entirely new dry extraction system.

GEMA NAMES TERRITORY MANAGER

Keith Hoffman has joined Gema as a territory manager for the Heartland Region.

ANTI-FOULING MARKET SET FOR GROTH

According to a new report from MarketsandMarkets, the global anti-fouling coatings market is projected to reach US$9.22-billion by 2021.

BIO-BASED COATING RESINS

Arkema has partnered with major industrial coatings companies to bring to market bio-based Synolac resins.

WASHABILITY TESTER

The Automatic Washability Tester can perform abrasion and washability tests on coated panels to define the resistance of paint, varnish or related products to scratching, wearing and color loss due to wet or dry abrasion.

CEFLA NAMES NEW CEO

Cefla has named Riccardo Quattrini as its new CEO.

AMP NO LONGER RESTRICTED IN CANADA

Angus Chemical Co. says that AMP, a multifunctional specialty chemical used in paint formulations, metalworking fluids and personal care products. is no longer classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC) by Environment Canada.

BASF PURCHASING CHEMETALL

BASF has signed an agreement to acquire Albemarle’s global surface treatment business, Chemetall.

STUDY PREDICTS GLOBAL COATINGS GROWTH

The global demand for paint and coatings is predicted to rise 3.7 percent per year to 54.7-million metric tons in 2020, with a value of US $193-billion. So says a new report, World Paint and Coatings, from the Freedonia Group in Cleveland, OH.

COATING FOR WHITE DEVICES

PPG has introduced Velvecron SR (stain-resistant) coating, which is engineered to prevent staining of white and light-colored consumer and mobile electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones and e-readers.

SHORE HARDNESS DUROMETER

DeFelsko has introduced its new PosiTector SHD Shore Hardness Durometer for measuring the indentation hardness of non-metallic materials.

GEMA NAMES TERRITORY MANAGER

Gema USA Inc. has added Brian Caudill as a territory manager for the Sunbelt Region.

TCI FORMS AGREEMENT WITH BASF

TCI Powder Coatings, a subsidiary of RPM International, and BASF have entered into an agreement that allows TCI to sell the BASF CathoGuard electrocoat technology to specified TCI market segments.

PPG PURCHASES METOKOTE

PPG has reached a definitive agreement to acquire MetoKote Corp. and its affiliates.

EXPLOSION-PROOF LED FIXTURE

Larson Electronics has released a new and improved paint spray booth-rated, explosion-proof LED light fixture that is outfitted with specially designed dimming lamps.

US MANUFACTURING STATS SHOW SMALL DROP

The latest US Manufacturing Technology Orders report from AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology – shows that orders for April 2016 were down 27.5 percent compared to the same month last year.

TIO2 UNDER EUROPEAN SCRUTINY

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a dossier from the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) dossier that proposes a so-called harmonized classification for titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a carcinogen.

HANSON GROUP MOVES TO NEW FACILITY

The Hanson Group has relocated its offices, laboratories and testing facilities.

GELEST APPOINTS VICE-PRESIDENT

Gelest, Inc. has promoted Edward Kimble to vice-president of product management.

CPCA CONFERS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association's highest honor for this year, the Roy Kennedy Outstanding Achievement Award, was presented to André Buisson, president and CEO of Société Laurentide Inc., at CPCA's recent annual meeting in Halifax.

CPCA HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) held its 103rd annual conference and Annual General Meeting in Halifax from May 25 to 27.

TCI NAMES DIRECTOR OF QUALITY

TCI Powder Coatings, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has named Nancy Wright its director of quality.

NEW NAME FOR FIELDING ENVIRONMENTAL

Fielding Chemical Technologies (Mississauga, ON) is operating under a new name, Fielding Environmental.

GELEST ESTABLISHES LOGISTICS DEPARTMENT

Gelest, Inc. has established a dedicated logistics and fulfillment department to improve efficiencies, reliability and overall performance.

TCI NAMES AUTOMOTIVE SEGMENT MANAGER

TCI Powder Coatings, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has named Dave Severson as its automotive market segment manager.

DRY AGITATOR BEAD MILL

The new SpheRho from Netzsch is an agitator bead mill designed for super-fine dry grinding.

VISCOSITY MEASUREMENT DEVICE

The DV2000 Viscothinner is for determination of the viscosity in P (Poise) or cP, as used in the paint, coatings and ink industries.

HUNTSMAN OPENS PIGMENTS PLANT

Global chemical company Huntsman has started operations at its new color pigments facility in Augusta, GA.

PCI SUMMIT SLATED FOR OCTOBER

The Powder Coating Summit takes place on October 4 and 5 at the Westin Columbus Hotel in Columbus, OH.

AAC NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) has chosen Jeff Henderson to be its next president, effective immediately.

DYMAX EXTEDS OLIGOMER RANGE

Dymax is offering a new oligomer, BDT 1015, primarily for flexible surfaces.

LED UV CURING UNIT

The Semray UV 4003 from Heraeus Noblelight is a 'plug-and-play' UV LED curing unit.

DUPLEX COATING SYSTEM FROM PPG

PPG has introduced the DragonHide ZRE finish system, a duplex coating system engineered with a self-healing, zinc-rich primer between the base metal substrate and electrocoat finish.

INNOVATIVE FINISHING WINS FANUC AWARD

Innovative Finishing Solutions Inc. (Orangeville, ON) has again won the Sales Leadership Award at this year’s FANUC America 2016 Authorized System Integrator conference held in Orlando, FL.

IGM TEAM WINS RADTECH AWARD

A research team from IGM Resins, a supplier of products and technical services to the global radcure industry, has been named by RadTech USA as authors of the best technical paper to be presented at RadTech UV/EB 2016.

DRYING TIME RECORDER

Gardco's Electronic Ultracycle RHT Circular Drying Time Recorder offers relative humidity and temperature measurement for coated surfaces.

CHEMETALL INTRODUCES NEW CLEANER

Gardoclean S 5411 from Chemetall is free of silicate and borate and, the company says, offers enhanced occupational safety and is easy to handle.

US MANUFACTURING ORDERS GROW

The US Manufacturing Technology Orders report (USMTO) for March 2016 showed that orders grew 36.9 percent compared to the previous month. However, orders still were down 11.8 percent compared to March 2015, and stand at 15.0 percent down year-to-date compared to the same point in 2015.

OPA GOLF TOURNAMENT

It's just four weeks till the Ontario Paint Association's Golf Tournament.

EVONIK BUYS AIR PRODUCTS SPECIALTY AND COATINGS ADDITIVES

Evonik Industries AG is acquiring the Specialty & Coating Additives business (Performance Materials Division) of  Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. for US $3.8-billion.

AKZONOBEL SHOWCASES WOOD TRENDS

Design and styling experts from AkzoNobel’s Wood Coatings used the Spring 2016 High Point International Furniture Market in April to introduce the five major lifestyle trends for 2016 that are driving styles within the wood industry.

SHAMROCK TECHNOLOGIES APPOINTS PRESIDENT

Shamrock Technologies, Inc. has named Al Pape as president.

DEMPSEY ANNOUNCES COATINGS SEMINAR

Chemicals distributor Dempsey Corp. has scheduled its 2016 Toronto Technical seminar, showcasing coatings, for Tuesday, June 14.

SUN CHEMICAL NAMES SUPPLY CHAIN OFFICER

Sun Chemical has named Jeffrey Shaw chief supply chain, quality and business improvement officer.

GRACO AND GEMA LAUDED AS TOP EMPLOYERS

Graco Inc., parent company of powder coating equipment producer Gema, has been recognized as one of the 2016 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production.

ECOBOND UPGRADES LEAD DEFENDER

Ecobond LBP's Paint-it-on Leave-it-on lead paint sealant and treatment formula has been improved to give superior lead treatment capability.

SUN CHEMICAL ISSUES SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Sun Chemical has released its 2015 Sustainability Report, which showcases the company's performance in eco-efficiency through established data-driven metrics.

GREENMANTRA NAMES EXECUTIVES

GreenMantra Technologies (Brantford, ON) has made three executive appointments.

SILICONE RELEASE COATING

Dow Corning has introduced Syl-Off EM 7978 coating, the latest addition to its portfolio of high-performance release coatings for food packaging and processing applications.

ACS BREAKS RECORDS

Organizers of the recent biennial American Coatings Show, held in mid-April at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis (pictured), say the fifth edition of the ACS was the most successful to date.

ACA NAMES NEW DIRECTORS

The American Coatings Association has elected two new officers to its board of directors.

SHIN-ETSU NAMES SALES STAFF

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc. recently expanded its silanes sales team with the addition of new regional sales managers.

CORROSION PROTECTION SYSTEM

Manufacturers needing immediate corrosion protection on small quantities of parts can get it with the quality of larger finishing systems using Birchwood Technologies’ Mini Presto Black line.

CALIFORNIA OKAYS FUME CONTROL COMPOUND

The California Air Resources Board has announced its approval of Hunter Chemical Fume Control HCA-8.4 for use in decorative chrome plating and chromic acid anodizing operations located in California.

COLOR MEASUREMENT DEVICE

The Lovibond EComparator Series provides an easy transition from subjective visual measurement to a non-subjective, accurate electronic measurement.

DOW RESEARCHER WINS COATINGS AWARD

Erin Vogel, PhD, a researcher with Dow Chemical Co., has won the American Coatings Award for the most outstanding technical presentation at the 2016 American Coatings Conference.

CYANOBACTERIA OFFER NEW CHEMICALS

Scientists at Germany’s Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) are researching a resource-efficient and sustainable approach to manufacturing chemicals.

NEW STEEL COATING OFFERS FIRE PROTECTION

Michelman has commercialized ProHere V 30290, a waterborne binder designed for use in the formulation of intumescent coatings that protect structural and architectural steel.

ACTIVE MINERALS IMPROVES ATTAPULGITE PROCESSES

Active Minerals International (AMI), a global supplier of gellant attapulgite for the coatings, adhesives, sealants, and other industries, has announced it is undertaking process improvements to expand capacity.

SIKA BUYS L.M. SCOFIELD

Specialty chemical company Sika Corp. has acquired L.M. Scofield.

AMERICAN PLATING NAMES SPARE PARTS MANAGER

American Plating Power, LLC has named Scott Brown as spare parts manager.

WATERBORNE ACRYLIC TOPCOAT

Sherwin-Williams, through its Product Finishes Division, has introduced KEM Aqua 3001, a waterborne acrylic topcoat for application on vinyl windows, trim, shutters and doors.

BECKERS GROUP OPENS MEXICAN SITE

Beckers Group, a global supplier of coil coatings, opened its new production site in Monterrey, Mexico, on April 6.

PORTABLE SPECTROPHOTOMETER

Datacolor has launched the Datacolor 200 spectrophotometer.

MACDERMID ENTHONE NAMES OEM MANAGER

Steve Wilde has been named global OEM manager by McDermid Enthone.

DATES NAMED FOR 2017 CHEM SHOW

The biennial Chem Show returns to the Javits Center in New York City in October of next year.

ALUMINUM EXTRUDERS NAME OFFICERS

Matt McMahon, president of Pries Enterprises in Independence, IA, was elected to serve a one-year term as chairman of the Aluminum Extruders Council.

PROTECTIVE ARCHITECTURAL RESINS

Lumiflon fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins from AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. are for industrial and architectural applications.

WALTER SURFACE TECHNOLOGIES REPEATS EMPLOYER AWARD

Walter Surface Technologies, a global supplier of surface treatment technologies, has been selected as one of  Mediacorp Canada Inc.’s Top Small & Medium Employers for a second year in a row.

FOAM HEIGHT MEASUREMENT

The Ross Miles Foam Analyzer from Krüss is claimed to be the world’s first instrument for measuring foam height electronically.

RESEARCH UNCOVERS BEHAVIOR OF DRYING COATINGS

Researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK, in collaboration with the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, have used computer simulation and materials experiments to show how when different sized particles in coatings such as paints dry, the coating spontaneously forms two layers.

SOFTWARE COMBINES INSTRUMENT READINGS

PosiSoft Desktop Software, available for both PC and Mac, has been completely redesigned and re-engineered for 2016.

DUST-FREE DRUM DUMPER

A new Tip-Tite Mobile Drum Dumper from Flexicon allows dust-free transfer of bulk materials from drums into process equipment and storage vessels.

RESEARCHERS FIND ICE-REPELLENT COATINGS

Researchers have discovered rubbery coatings repel ice very effectively.

HEMPEL LAUNCHES TAPS DIGITAL APP

Global coatings supplier Hempel has launched its Trusted Asset Protection Survey (TAPS) Digital Application in North America

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS ACQUIRING VALSPAR

Sherwin-Williams Co. is buying Valspar Corp. in a deal the buyer says is worth $11.3-billion.

METOKOTE RELOCATES LABORATORY

MetoKote Corp. the electrocoat, powder coat, liquid paint and specialty coatings supplier, recently relocated its Performance Test Laboratory to a larger space within its Lima, OH facility.

MONIE JOINS ORION CARBONS

Sanjay Monie has joined Orion Engineering Carbons as technical marketing manager.

AGC LAUNCHES FLUOROPOLYMER ADHESIVE

AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. has added a resin to its LM-ETFE AH series of adhesive fluoropolymers.

FLETCHER RETIRES FROM ASTM COMMITTEE

John F. Fletcher, Elcometer Ltd.'s technical support manager, has retired as chairman of the ASTM D01 Committee on Paint and Related Coatings Materials and Applications.

PCI ANNOUNCES 2016 BOARD

The Powder Coating Institute has announced its board of directors and executive officers for 2016.

FRASER TO DELIVER FABTECH KEYNOTE

Retired Canadian Army Maj. Gen. David Fraser, chief operating officer of INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, will deliver the opening keynote speech at this year's Fabtech Canada show in Toronto.

GAS-FIRED CURING OVEN

No. 887 is a gas-fired 1000 deg. F cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for curing metal coatings onto parts.

PPG LAUNCHES NEW SPU PRIMERS

PPG’s industrial coatings business has introduced Spectracron SPU conductive and non-conductive urethane primers.

INFINITY LINE COMBINES PRIMER AND PAINT

Sherwin-Williams has launched Infinity, a premium line of interior and exterior paint that is a complete, one-coat, paint and primer in one.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS GETS QUALICOAT CERTIFICATION

Sherwin-Williams has achieved Qualicoat Class 1 Normal Durable Certification for the polyester-TGIC based powder coatings manufactured at its Arlington, TX, powder plant.

OPTICAL COATINGS MARKET SET TO SOAR

The global market for optical coatings is expected to reach $19.7-billion by 2022.

DIGITAL OPTICAL MICROSCOPE

Gardco's USB Microscope's optical design combines the advantages of a USB-microscope digital camera with the precision optics of a microscope illuminated with LED lights.

CCAI OPENS STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS

The CCAI board of directors has approved the addition of a student membership category, to help generate interest in the finishing industry among students.

WATERBORNE POLYIMIDE BINDER

Michelman's new ProHere I 13002 is a waterborne polyimide binder used by manufacturers of metal coatings.

PPG UPGRADES COATINGS CENTER

PPG has completed a $7.8-million investment at its Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park, PA.

AXALTA LAUNCHES ONLINE LEARNING IN CANADA

Axalta Coating Systems has launched the Axalta Learning Campus in Canada.

CEFLA NAMES CENTRAL CANADA SALES MANAGER

Cefla Finishing North America has named Jim Trainor sales area manager for central Canada.

JET EDGE OPENS AFTERMARKET DIVISION

Jet Edge, Inc. (St. Michael, MN), has launched a new aftermarket waterjet parts division, Choice Waterjet Parts, Inc.

CARLISLE BUYS SWISS POWDER FIRM

Carlisle Companies Inc. (Charlotte NC) has acquired MS Oberflächentechnik AG (MS), a Swiss-based developer and manufacturer of powder coating systems and related components.

UNIPEX TO REPRESENT U.S. ZINC

As of February 18, Unipex Solutions Canada will represent U.S. Zinc for zinc oxide and zinc dust across all of Canada.

BIO-BASED RUST PREVENTATIVE

BioCorr is a waterbased, ready-to-use formulation intended for preservation of metals in storage and during transportation.

SOUCEK WINS ROY TESS AWARD

Dr. Mark Soucek of the University of Akron, Department of Polymer Engineering, will receive the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2016.

PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR ACS CONFERENCE

 The Conference sessions for the American Coatings Show have now been finalized.

AKZONOBEL AND BASF AGREE ON SALE

AkzoNobel has agreed to buy BASF's industrial coatings business for 475-million euros (US$531-million) to strengthen its position in coil coatings.

NEW VERSION OF OPTIFLEX SYSTEM

Gema has introduced the newest version of the OptiFlex2 F Spray manual unit.

JBC SURFACE FINISHING TO REP PLATING ELECTRONIC

Plating Electronic GmbH (Denzlingen, Germany) has appointed JBC Surface Finishing Systems Ltd. as the authorized Canadian partner for its DC and pulse-reverse power supplies.

AKZO NOBEL CONFIRMS BASF TALKS

AkzoNobel has confirmed it is discussing buying the Industrial Coatings business of BASF.

GRACE COMPLETES COMPANY SPLIT

The global building chemicals and materials supplier W. R. Grace & Co. has completed its separation into two independent, publicly traded companies.

IT'S TIME FOR SOFTER COLORS

The Paint Quality Institute and Dow Coating Materials have concluded that today's stressed-out workers are looking for a home environment featuring calming blue-green hues, and light, soft colors in general.

CCAI OPENS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Chemical Coaters Association International is now accepting applications for the 2016 Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program.

BENCHTOP SPECTROPHOTOMETERS

Datacolor has released its 850 and 550 spectrophotometers.

ELCOMETER CONSOLIDATES MANUFACTURING IN UK

Elcometer, which supplies coating inspection, physical test equipment and ultrasonic NDT products, has decided to consolidate the Group’s European manufacturing and CNC machining operations in Manchester, UK.

FABTECH TO FOCUS ON TRAINING SESSIONS

A key part of Fabtech Canada 2016 in March will be the conference segment of the event, which will feature speakers addressing training from a practical standpoint.

TESLA NANOCOATINGS DEVELOPS WET-ON-WET PROCESS

Tesla NanoCoatings has announced development of a breakthrough wet-on-wet application process for Teslan primer and topcoats, a step it says strengthens the company’s position in carbon nanotube corrosion-protection technology.

HUBER BUYS MARTINSWERK FR MATERIALS

J.M. Huber Corp., through its Huber Engineered Materials division, has acquired the Martinswerk business of Albemarle Corp.

FABTECH 2016 CALL FOR PAPERS

The show is many months away, but Fabtech 2016 has issued its call for speakers for this year's show and conference.

OPA NIGHT AT THE RACES

The Ontario Paint Association will hold its annual Night at the Races on Friday, April 1.

OMNOVA SOLUTIONS NAMES GENERAL MANAGER

Thomas Hartle has joined Omnova Solutions Inc. as general manager, specialty coatings & ingredients (SC&I).

PPG NAMES SLATE OF VICE-PRESIDENTS

PPG Industries is making a group of executive appointments, effective March 1.

TESLA NANOCOATINGS NAMES VICE-PRESIDENT

Joseph Davis has joined Tesla NanoCoatings as vice-president – sales engineering.

FUTURE BECKONS SMART COATINGS

Smart coatings, the multi-functional materials, are set to take over various markets and market niches currently dominated by more conventional coatings materials, says a new report.

PPG BOOSTS SILICA OUTPUT

PPG Industries is increasing precipitated silica production capacity at its Lake Charles, LA, manufacturing plant by more than 10,000 tons per year.

HIGH-HEAT RESISTANT SILICONE

Dow Corning Corp. has introduced a new silicone to meet the need for high-temperature-resistant, room-temperature-curing coatings with improved flexibility, impact resistance and film build.

MORANTA NAMED VP AT INORTECH

Jean-Baptiste Moranta has been promoted to vice-president, sales, marketing and operations, with Inortech Chimie Inc., of Terrebonne, QC.

HIGH TEMPERATURE RESISTANT SILICONE

Dow Corning Corp. has introduced a new silicone resin to meet the need for high-temperature-resistant, room-temperature-curing coatings.

TESTER MEASURES POWDER CHARACTERISTICS

Freeman Technology has launched the Uniaxial Powder Tester (UPT) a standalone uniaxial tester for simple, sensitive and cost-efficient powder characterization.

PPG BECOMES LICENSEE FOR PVDF RESIN

PPG Industries’ coil and building products – exterior coatings group has become the only North American licensee for Kynar ADS II polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin.

VOC-COMPLIANT SOLVENT

TBF Environmental Technology Inc. is commercially launching BerdeSol, the company’s latest volatile organic content (VOC)-compliant alternative.

AXALTA CELEBRATES 150 YEARS

This year, Axalta Coating Systems is celebrating 150 years of creating innovative industrial coatings. The company's heritage dates to 1866.

ASHLAND OPENS COATINGS LABORATORY

Ashland is transforming its technical and analytical services for the paint and coatings industry by adding a dedicated laboratory to its campus in Wilmington, DE.

WIRELESS THICKNESS SENSOR

The SmarTest concept from Paul N. Gardner Co. consists of an app and a wireless sensor. It offers a solution for measuring coating thickness with the help of smart phones and tablets.

WALTER LAUNCHES NEW FINISHING DISC

Walter Surface Technologies has introduced the Enduro-Flex 2-in-1 TURBO, the latest addition to the company’s Enduro-Flex portfolio of finishing flap discs

VENCOREX EXPANDS TEXAS PLANT

Vencorex has completed the expansion of its waterborne production in Brazosport, TX. The plant, close to Freeport, TX, is now manufacturing the Easaqua product range in North America.

AKZONOBEL CREATES CENTER FOR WOOD COATINGS

AkzoNobel is creating a Regional Service Center for Wood Coatings at its Warwick, QC site. The facility will become the commercial headquarters for its wood coatings business in Eastern Canada

ROYAL ADHESIVES & SEALANTS BUYS ASI

Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC has acquired the stock of Adhesive Systems Inc. of Frankfort, IL.

BIRCHWOOD LAUNCHES UPGRADED WEBSITE

Birchwood Technologies has launched newly redesigned and expanded website.

UNIVAR PURCHASES POLYMER TECHNOLOGIES

Univar Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Univar Inc. has acquired all outstanding stock of Polymer Technologies Ltd.

PPG APPOINTS SENIOR EXECUTIVES

PPG Industries has made two executive appointments.

HIGH TEMPERATURE TRUCK OVEN

Number 899 is a high temperature truck oven from Grieve, currently used for curing a coating on parts hanging from rods.

HUBER BUYS MARTINSWERK FR MATERIALS

J.M. Huber Corp., through its Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) division, has reached an agreement to acquire the Martinswerk mineral flame retardants and specialty chemicals businesses of Albemarle Corp.

EVALUATION SHOWS DROP IN LOW-LEVEL SOLVENT EMISSIONS

Environment Canada's recently completed evaluation of the VOC Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations reveals that the Canadian paint and coatings industry has significantly cut low- level emissions over the past four years.

AKZONOBEL POWDER COATING USED ON TRUCK BODIES

AkzoNobel and Chinese automaker JAC Motors say they have commercialized VOC-free powder technology in automotive body coatings.

UNIMIN RAISING FILLERS PRICES

Unimin Specialty Minerals Inc., New Canaan, CT, will raise prices for all Minex, Imsil, Snobrite and Minbloc brand functional filler products effective February 1

NEW HIGH-SOLIDS COATINGS FOR METALS

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has introduced Spectracron 380 poly-iothane HS (High-Solids) series coatings.

HUBER BOOSTS GROUND CALCIUM CARBONATE CAPACITY

Huber Carbonates, LLC, a subsidiary of J.M. Huber Corp., is substantially increasing capacity at its ground calcium carbonate (GCC) operation in Marble Hill, GA.

CCAI AND PCI TO CO-LOCATE 2016 MEETINGS

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) and the Powder Coating Institute (PCI) will co-locate for their 2016 Annual Meetings.

DOW-DUPONT MERGER FACES LONG APPROVALS PROCESS

The impending merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont, announced on December 10, will take until well into 2017 to pass all regulatory hurdles.

FABTECH FINISHING PAVILION BROKE RECORDS

The Finishing Pavilion and Conference organized by the Chemical Coaters Association International at Fabtech 2015 in November broke records set the previous year.

DETERS JOINS ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS

David Deters has joined Orion Engineered Carbons as senior vice-president and chief innovation officer.

VACUUM BED TABLE FOR SAMPLES

The new heated perforated vacuum bed table from Paul N. Gardner Co. can be used to create smooth and consistent thin films of paint, lacquers and other materials on sample specimen such as opacity test charts, sample panels, foils or other flat substrates.

EPOXY PROTECTS CONCRETE AND STEEL

Dura-Plate 6100 is a 100 percent solids high build, high physical performance, amine-cured epoxy designed for corrosion protection of concrete and steel in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.

LOW VOC SOLVENT SUBSTITUTE

TBF Environmental Technology has introduced ZemaSol as a solvent alternative for xylene, parachlorobenzotrifluoride (PCBTF), tertiary butyl acetate (TBAc) or toluene.

GRACE ENTERS PAINTS MARKET

W. R. Grace & Co. is launching Syloid A matting agents for the architectural market to meet consumer demand for high-performance, low-gloss paints.

REPLACEMENT SCREENS PROGRAM

A new K-Series replacement screens program for all makes and models of centrifugal sifters has been released by Kason Corp.

POWDER COATING 2016 COMING IN APRIL

Powder Coating 2016 will be held April 11 through 14 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

COATING FOR WINDOWS TO BLOCK IR

Researchers at the University of Colorado – Boulder are developing an inexpensive, do-it-yourself coating to retrofit energy-inefficient windows in residential and commercial buildings.

CHEMLINE BUYS T. A. DAVIES CO.

Chemline, Inc. of St. Louis, MO, has purchased the T. A. Davies Co. of Rancho Dominguez, CA.

PLATFORM BUYS ALENT PLC

Platform Specialty Products Corp., a global diversified specialty chemicals company, has acquired Alent plc. The closing of this transaction will prompt the launch of MacDermid Performance Solutions

CPCA SUPPORTS ONTARIO’S ZERO-WASTE ACT

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association is publicly supporting the Government of Ontario for its latest move to achieve greater waste reduction in Ontario.

UK PROJECT STUDIES THIN-FILM COATINGS

Teer Coatings, Cobham Technical Services and The Open University in the UK will develop a practical tool for simulating sputter coating, thus helping deliver a right-first-time process.

ELECTRICALLY HEATED TRUCK OVEN

Grieve Corp.’s No. 911 is an electrically-heated, 500-deg. F truck oven, used for paint baking.

WAGNER GROUP BUYS C. A. TECHNOLOGIES

The Wagner Group has acquired C.A. Technologies LLC, of Louisville, CO, a US manufacturer of spray guns and paint finishing equipment.

NOMINATIONS WANTED FOR HALL OF FAME

Products Finishing magazine wants to hear about historically significant individuals who were instrumental in the development and growth of the electroplating industry for induction into the Electroplating Hall of Fame.

DYMAX DEVELOPS NEW CELLULOSE ESTERS

New UV-curable cellulose ester additives and binders from Dymax researchers provide are claimed to offer improved surface hardness and solvent resistance in hard coating and ink applications.

ENTHONE LAUNCHES ALKALINE ZINC-NICKEL PROCESS

Enthone has introduced an alkaline zinc-nickel process engineered to consistently deliver high throughput plating in bulk operations, on complex parts commonly used in automotive and other high value applications.

PPG APPOINTS SENIOR EXECUTIVES

PPG has appointed Dave Cole and Ken West to vice-president positions.

AXALTA NAMES NEW VICE-PRESIDENT

Axalta Coating Systems has appointed Mike Carr vice-president, and president, North America. He will be responsible for the company’s business in the US and Canada.

CONTINUING THE BUMPY RIDE

Earl Sweet, managing director and senior economist, BMO Capital Markets, told the Canadian Association for Surface Finishing’s conference on November 18 that while there we should expect moderate improvement in 2016, “the risks are skewed to the downside.”

OPCA CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The Ontario Painting Contractors Association is holding its Christmas Lunch on Wednesday, December 2.

ONTARIO MOVES AHEAD ON AIR STANDARDS

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is continuing to progress with its Metal Finishers Industry Standards and Registration Process. This program was initiated in 2011, at the instigation of the Canadian Association for Surface Finishing (CASF).

EUROPE'S LEAD DOMINATES TOXICITY RULES

Regulation of toxic substances used to be done on a country-by-country basis. This has changed significantly in the past dozen years, as European Union’s REACH system (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals) has had knock-on effects globally.

CPCA ANNOUNCES XMAS LUNCH

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association is holding its Christmas lunch on December 3. The location is the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, on Dixon Rd. in Etobicoke, ON, and the cost is $60.

FABTECH DRAWS RECORD NUMBERS

FABTECH 2015 welcomed more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and a total of 43,836 attendees from over 90 countries last week at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

VERSUM MATERIALS REPLACES AIR PRODUCTS NAME

Air Products has renamed its Materials Technologies business Versum Materials.

NEW NANOTECHNOLOGY CAN CHANGE COLORS

A research team in China has developed a coating that can deflect visible light in different wavelengths. The result is painted surfaces that act like chameleons and change color to match environmental shifts.

HUBER RAISES FILLER PRICE

Huber Carbonates, LLC has declared a price increase for its industrial calcium carbonate products.

METOKOTE NAMES SENIOR EXECUTIVES

MetoKote Corp. has appointed Jon Barrett global vice-president and chief operating officer (COO) and John Shaffer as global vice-president of sales.

WILDEN REACHES 60-YEAR MILESTONE

Wilden, the developer of air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump technology, is celebrating its 60-year anniversary in 2015.

CITRIC ACID-BASED GEL CLEANER

CorroKleen 44 rust remover is a citric-acid-based gel cleaner that PPG claims is more effective at removing rust and mill scale than traditional grinding, sanding, media blasting or chemical-based solutions.

ASHLAND LAUNCHES MICRO-WEBSITE FOR PAINT

Ashland Specialty Ingredients has launched a new microsite that aims to address the needs of an increasingly sophisticated retail buying audience.

AKZO NOBEL REPORTS Q3 GROWTH

Akzo Nobel N.V. has reported third quarter results which show profitability in all three Business Areas, despite what it describes as a challenging market environment.

L.V LOMAS TO REP LANXESS INORGANICS

L.V. Lomas is the new exclusive distributor of LANXESS’ Bayferrox inorganic pigments in Canada, starting November 1.

VINYL ACRYLIC BINDER

Dow Coating Materials has introduced ROVACE 10, a new vinyl acrylic binder.

BECK TAKES NEW POSITION AT TROY CORP.

Troy Corp. has named Jan S. Beck vice-president & general counsel.

MODIFIED EPOXY PRESERVES CONCRETE

Omnova Solutions has introduced an epoxy-modified acrylic copolymer for 1K (one part) garage floor and other concrete coatings.

NY LANDMARK GETS MAKEOVER

Long neglected, the New York State Pavilion’s ‘Tent of Tomorrow’ has been returned to its original yellow color, following to a pro-bono paint job worth approximately $3.25-million.

IPPIC CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS ON LEAD ELIMINATION

This is the World Health Organization’s International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action.

WACKER STARTS UP VAE REACTOR

Wacker Chemie AG has officially started up a new reactor for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer (VAE) dispersions at its Calvert City site in Kentucky.

CAF BROADENS APPRENTICE SKILLS

A new labour mobility tool for apprentices has been introduced by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) in Ottawa.

ORION CARBONS NAMES SENIOR VP

Mark Peters has joined Orion Engineered Carbons as senior vice-president and general manager, Americas region.

COATINGS REDUCE FROST FORMATION

Biphilic surface coatings are showing promise in reducing icing on metal surfaces.

BIO-CIRCLE EXPANDS STAR LINE OF CLEANERS

ALUSTAR 100 is specifically optimized for cleaning and degreasing aluminum in automated and ultrasonic parts washers.

DYMAX NAMES SALES MANAGER

Dymax Oligomers & Coatings has appointed David Robitaille sales manager, oligomers and coatings in the Americas and Asia.

PORTABLE COLOR DIGITIZER

Paul N. Gardner Co. Inc. has a new portable color digitizer. The Cube removes the guesswork from color matching, and makes it easy to save, store, and work with colors.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS NAMES NEW CEO

Sherwin-Williams' board of directors has named John G. Morikis, an executive with over 30 years of experience with the company, to serve as its next chief executive officer.

NASA OPENS PATENTS TO START-UPS

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the US is offering the opportunity for start-up companies to license patented NASA technology with no up-front payment.

CHEM SHOW TO CELEBRATE CENTENARY

The Chem Show, which is held November 17-19 at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is marking its centenary this year.

ANTI-CORROSION PROCESS PROVIDES BREAK-IN LUBRICITY

Gear component manufacturers need an in-house metal finishing process to provide break-in lubricity, robust corrosion protection and galling resistance on critical components. Birchwood Technologies’ TRU TEMP low-temperature black oxide process, the company says, meets all these requirements.

CORROSION REMOVAL COMPOUND

VpCI-426 Descaler/Rust Remover enhanced with Nano-VpCI is a water-based, heavy duty rust remover available in the form of liquid, powder and gel. It is offered as an economical rust remover for corrosion, scale and naturally occurring oxides.

WESTERN WOODWORKING SHOW HAILED AS SUCCESS

Organizers of Canada Woodworking west, held October 7 and 8 at Tradex in Abbotsford, BC, are hailing the show as a success.

KURARAY INTRODUCES PHOTOCURABLE ELASTOMER

Employing one of its proprietary technologies, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has developed a photocurable elastomer. This technology, the company says, enables good control of the molecular weight as well as distribution of the elastomer and the photocurable portions within the molecular structure of a polymer.

SELF-HEALING ANTIFOULING COATINGS

Chinese researchers have produced multifunctional self-healing hydrogel coatings based on a dynamic disulfide exchange reaction. They were developed via surface-initiated thiolene photopolymerisation.

AMT REPORTS DROP IN METALS MANUFACTURING

The Association For Manufacturing Technology (McLean, VA) reports that manufacturing technology orders in the US in August totaled $285.92-million. This figure, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 10.2 percent from July’s $318.48-million.

MICHELMAN NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

Michelman (Cincinnati, OH) has named Dr. Karen A. Smith Bogart, president of Santa Barbara, CA-based Smith Bogart Consulting, to its board of directors.

FAST DRYING ALKYD TOPCOAT

Cortec Corp., which supplies corrosion protection solutions, is now offering VpCI-280. This is a fast drying, solvent-based alkyd topcoat.

ROOFING SYSTEM ADDRESSES LEAKAGE PROBLEM

Belzona (Harrogate, UK, and Miami, FL) uses a combination of its 3000 series materials to deal with deteriorated roofs. While the principle involved is hardly new, the materials combination is.

CHEMFIL REPOSITIONS AFTER SALE TO PPG

Chemfil Canada (Windsor, ON) has shifted the focus of its operations, as its pretreatment and total chemical management (TCM) businesses have now been sold to PPG.

PAINT COUPON OVEN

Grieve’s model 915 is a gas-fired, 650-deg. F cabinet oven, currently used for testing paint coupons. Workspace dimensions measure 26 x 26 x 38 in.

VALSPAR ADDS EFFECTS LINE

The latest addition to Valspar’s Fluropon coatings is the Fluropon Effects line. This consists of three product families: Nova, Rustica and Kameleon.

ASHLAND SPLITS INTO TWO COMPANIES

Ashland Inc. (Covington, KY) is separating itself into two independent, publicly traded companies, one focused on specialty chemicals and the other on motor lubricants. The new Ashland Inc. will be entirely focused on specialty chemicals and Valvoline Inc. will be focused on high-performance lubricants.

OMNOVA ANNOUNCES PRICE INCREASE

Omnova Solutions Inc. has announced a general price increase of up to 20 percent for all products and across all markets served by its Performance Chemicals business, effective October 1, or as contracts allow.

POLYURETHANES SURVEY RELEASED

The 2014 End-Use Market Survey on the Polyurethanes Industry in the US, Canada and Mexico shows that polyurethane production rose in all major product segments between 2012 and 2014.

EXPLOSION-PROOF UV LIGHT

Larson Electronics’ new explosion proof ultraviolet fluorescent light fixture is US and Canada approved Class 1 Division 1, Class 2 Division 1 and uses a special ballast and bulb combination to produce ultraviolet light.

COATING IMPROVES SOLAR TECHNOLOGY

Three Stanford University engineers have developed a coating technology that improves on solar panel performance. Their invention shunts away heat generated by a solar cell under sunlight.

PROTECH/OXYPLAST BUYS UNION CITY INDUSTRIES

The Protech/Oxyplast Group (Montreal) has reached an agreement to purchase the thermoplastic powder coating business and assets of Union City Industries (Union City, MI). The transaction is expected to close by mid-October.

SUN CHEMICAL ADDS PIGMENTS

Sun Chemical Performance Pigments is introducing new pigment shades that it says significantly expand the color options for coatings formulators.

L.V. LOMAS ADDS NEW PRODUCT LINES

L.V. Lomas (Brampton, ON) has added two new supplier companies to its line-up of products for paint and coatings. These are Functional Products Inc. (Macedonia, OH), which produces lubricants, viscosity modifiers and bio-based additives; and Imerys SA, of France, which produces talc.

KASON BUYS UK'S KEK-GARDNER

Kason Corp. (Millburn, NJ), a manufacturer of screening, sifting and fluid bed processing equipment, has acquired Kek-Gardner Ltd., a UK-based manufacturer of sifting, mixing and size reduction equipment.

AKZONOBEL PREDICTS GOLDEN YEAR

AkzoNobel's annual global study of color trends has identified a shade of gold as Color of the Year for 2016. The color was chosen by an invited panel of design and color experts.

PPG BREAKS GROUND FOR APPLICATIONS CENTER

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has broken ground on a new application development center for liquid coatings at its Oak Creek, WI, plant. The facility will support development of custom formulations of liquid coatings.

PUMPS FOR FLUIDS MANAGEMENT

Stallion Original Metal AODD Pump models incorporate design features that make the handling and transfer of fluids with high solid content more efficient and effective.

MANUAL SPRAY GUN

The Walther Pilot Terra manual spray gun is a budget-minded spray gun that has a stainless steel needle/nozzle combination as well as a high precision nozzle/air cap system.

CCAI FABTECH FINISHING PAVILION SOLD OUT

Two months before the doors open at Fabtech, the Chemical Coaters Association International Finishing Pavilion is completely sold out.

MICROFIBRILLAR CELLULOSE FOR MUD-CRACKING

Exilva is Borregaard’s new microfibrillar/microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) that decreases mud-cracking in exterior acrylic paint when applied in cold weather.

TCI NAMES BUILDING SECTOR MANAGER

TCI Powder Coatings (Ellaville, GA) , a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has appointed Steve Jones to the new position of architectural & building products segment manager.

CORROSION INHIBITOR FOR METAL COMPOSITES

Socomore has developed a temporary, yet innovative water-borne corrosion inhibitor compound, SOCOPAC WBP, with short drying time (30 minutes), and the company claims, outstanding anti-corrosion properties.

ANTIFOULING PAINTS UNDER SCRUTINY IN UK

Antifouling paints for boats are a popular option with many owners. However, the UK is looking at restricting their application to professional applicators and organizations.

AMERICAN ULTRAVIOLET NAMES UV SALES MANAGER

Ed Reiner has joined American Ultraviolet (Lebanon, IN) as sales manager for the UV Coating Solutions Division.

MAGNETIC DRILLS PREPARE METAL PARTS

Walter Surface Technologies has introduced its newly redesigned Icecut 100 and Icecut 200 magnetic drills.

CORROSION-INHIBITING REBAR COATING

Cortec's MCI (Migratory Corrosion Inhibitor) Coating for Rebar is a water-based, environmentally friendly product that provides corrosion protection in outside storage as well as offering powerful corrosion resistance for embedded rebars.

COATINGS FOR PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS

Valspar has a new line of coatings specifically designed for the painting contractor. The company says professional painters will find an expanded lineup of water-based coatings, including direct-to-metal primers and topcoats, pre-catalyzed epoxies, catalyzed epoxies, DryFall and a zero-VOC primer.

PLANT-BASED POLYESTER ACRYLATE

Ebecryl 5849 resin is the latest addition to Allnex’s portfolio of energy-curable polyester acrylates. This new resin is plant‐based, and is thus made mostly from bio‐preferred materials.

GAS-FIRED OVEN CURES PAINT COUPONS

Model 915 is a gas-fired, 650-deg. F cabinet oven from Grieve Corp., used for testing paint coupons. Workspace dimensions measure 26 x 26 x 38 in.

REPORT PROJECTS GROWTH IN PAINT AND COATINGS

The Freedonia Group, a consultancy based in Cleveland, OH, is predicting growth in the US paint and coatings market of 3.8 percent through to 2019. This would represent a total output of 1.4-billion US gallons of paint per year, which Freedonia values at US$31.5-billion.

BUCKMAN CELEBRATES SEVEN DECADES IN BUSINESS

Buckman Laboratories International Inc. (Memphis, TN) is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The company was launched in 1945 by Dr. Stanley J. Buckman.

CORROSION INHIBITOR USES NANOTECHNOLOGY

Recessed spaces are easily missed by common corrosion inhibitors leaving areas exposed to the dangerous effects of corrosion. Cortec Corp. has introduced EcoFog VpCI-309 Nano to reach these hidden areas.

BLACK OXIDE FOR SMALL OPERATIONS

Presto Black room temperature black oxide from Birchwood Technology (Eden Prairie, MN) is offered for small to medium production operations requiring robust corrosion resistance and galling protection on critical surfaces for machine components.

GLOBAL E-COAT MARKET GROWING

The global e-coat business, a new report says, is at US$2.87-billion. And by 2020, it will hit $3.69-billion.

AMERICAN PLATING POWER PARTNERS WITH SERVICE FILTRATION CANADA

American Plating Power (Fort Myers, FL) has enlisted Service Filtration Canada (Mississauga, ON) as a strategic partner for sales of its industrial power supplies in Canada.

NASF AWARD WINNER DIES

Dave Roach, 71, owner of Peninsula Metal Finishing, Orlando, FL, passed away suddenly on August 7.

CANADA WOODWORKING WEST ANNOUNCES SEMINARS

Canada Woodworking West, Western Canada’s new secondary woodworking show, has announced a variety of educational seminars as part of its inaugural edition, taking place October 7-8 at Tradex in Abbotsford, BC.

CARBON PRICE INCREASE ANNOUNCED

Orion Engineered Carbons is announcing price increases of up to eight percent on its specialty carbon blacks, effective October 1.

INSPECTION SYSTEM USES ANDROID DEVICES

Following the introduction of its PosiTector SmartLink for iOS devices, DeFelsko is releasing the PosiTector app for Android. The PosiTector SmartLinkTM and free mobile app turns a cellphone or tablet into a multi-functional inspection instrument.

CHEMOURS TO CLOSE TWO Tio2 FACILITIES

The Chemours Company will close its Edge Moor, DL, manufacturing site located outside Wilmington, DL, which produces titanium dioxide (TiO2), and will shut down a TiO2 line (line 3) at its Johnsonville plant in New Johnsonville, TN.

AIR-OPERATED DIAPHRAGM PUMPS

Binks (Glendale Heights, IL) has introduced its new DX70 series of air operated 1:1 ratio diaphragm pumps.

TCI NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

TCI Powder Coatings (Ellaville, GA), a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has named Thomas G. Whalen as director of marketing and segment strategy. He brings over 25 years of experience

UNDERHILL JOINS PARKER IONICS

David Underhill has joined Parker Ionics (Westland, MI) as its national sales manager. He has a wide-range of expertise in marketing, sales management, dealer relations and industry networking.

HENKEL REPORTS DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH

Henkel is reporting double-digit growth for both sales and earnings in the second quarter of this year. The main drivers, according to CEO Kasper Rorsted, were solid sales in organics, the strong US dollar and acquisitions the company made last year.

GM ADDS CAPACITY FOR EQUINOX OUTPUT

GM Canada is investing C$12-million to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at its Oshawa Assembly plant, as well as for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly.

CORROSION INHIBITING PAPER

Cortec has introduced CorShield VpCI-146 Creped Paper that uses Nano VpCI, a premium corrosion inhibiting paper that is environmentally safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, and does not contain nitrites, phosphates, or silicates.

PLASMA SYSTEM FOR PAINT REMOVAL

Plasmatreat has worked in conjunction with Fraunhofer IFAM to develop a plasma-based solution to cleaning grates and jigs, and is now commercializing PermaCLEANPLAS coating.

DIPODAL SILANES PROMOTE ADHESION

Gelest, Inc. has new line of dipodal silanes that function as adhesion promoters. They have intrinsic hydrolytic stabilities the company claims are far greater than conventional silanes, extending coating service life.

AXALTA BACKS WETLANDS CONSERVATION

Axalta Coating Systems has joined Ducks Unlimited as its newest corporate partner. A major developer, manufacturer and seller of industrial coatings in the US and 130 countries around the world, Axalta is now involved in a five-year, US$10-million wetlands conservation program with DU.

US COATINGS MARKET TO HIT $25-BILLION

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is predicting the US paint and coatings industry will reach an annual value of US$25-billion by 2019.

COURSE IN VISCOSITY MEASURING

Brookfield Engineering is offering its Practical Course on Viscosity Measurements several times this fall at its HQ in Middleboro, MA, as well as in major US cities.

OLIGOMER INHIBITS CORROSION

Sartomer has released CN9030, a new difunctional aliphatic urethane acrylate. When paired with a corrosion-resistant base coat, CN9030 can be used to provide a weatherable top coat in high-performance UV/EBcure coating applications.

DYE-FREE COPPER PROCESS

Enthone’s Cuprostar 1610 bright acid copper process is a dye-free and methanol-free process that produces brilliant and highly ductile copper layers with low internal stress.

MICHELMAN NAMES DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Michelman (Cincinnati, OH) has hired Andrew Michelman as director of business development. He will be responsible for supporting the company’s aggressive strategic growth initiatives globally

WATER-BORNE COATINGS FOR VINYL

Sherwin-Williams has introduced KEM AQUAFluor 5001 and 5002, premium waterborne coatings formulated with Kynar Aquatec polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin.

ACA SEEKS MATTIELLO AWARD NOMINATIONS

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking nominations for the  2016 Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award. The lecture and award will be presented at the American Coatings Conference, April 11-13 next year.

G.N. JOHNSTON BUYS ECONO-RACK

G.N. Johnston Equipment Co. Ltd., a sales and service center of Raymond Corp., has acquired the assets of Econo-Rack Group Inc. (Mississauga, ON).

MACDERMID PROMOTES BREAULT TO GLOBAL OEM MANAGER

MacDermid, which supplies specialty chemicals for surface finishing and related applications, has promoted Glen Breault to global OEM manager.

LANXESS MERGES WITH RHEIN CHEMIE UNIT

The US legal entity Rhein Chemie Corp. has been merged into its parent LANXESS Corp., as the business unit Rhein Chemie Additives.

ALTANA REPORTS SOLID SALES

Specialty chemicals Group ALTANA increased sales by nine percent to €1,070-million in the first half of 2015. In 2014, the same period yielded €985-million

APPRENTICESHIP FORUM LINES UP PRESENTATIONS

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) is making presentations in major Canadian cities on the demand for skilled tradespeople as well as mobility of apprentices.

BASF TO EXIT DECLINING BUSINESS

BASF Corp. plans to exit the dimer and polyamide resin business due to the North American market decline over the past 15 years. The decline, the company says, is driven by excess market capacity and a reduction in key markets such as printing.

BRAZILIAN SHOW & CONFERENCE FINALISES PROGRAM

The program for the International Coatings Congress, part of the Brazilian trade show ABRAFATI 2015, has been finalised and can be viewed on the website for the show.

WEATHERABLE TOPCOAT FOR DIFFICULT SUBSTRATES

Sartomer (Exton, PA) has released CN9030, a new difunctional aliphatic urethane acrylate. When paired with a corrosion-resistant base coat, CN9030 can be used to provide a weatherable top coat in high-performance UV/EB-cure coating applications.

CYTEC AND SOLVAY TO MERGE

Cytec Industries Inc. (Woodland Park, NJ) has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Brussels-based Solvay. The total cash consideration will amount to US$5.5-billion, corresponding to an enterprise value of US$6.4-billion.

SANSIN FORMS DEAL WITH MILLER PAINT

Sansin Corp., which produces environmentally friendly wood protection, has announced that Miller Paint Co., Inc., a manufacturer-retailer of paint and coatings in the Pacific Northwest, will carry Sansin’s Dec deep-penetrating two-coat protection and ENS, a durable finish for exterior wood, in all 51 Miller Paint locations.

BROAD SPECTRUM WOOD PRESERVATIVE

Troy Corp. has introduced advanced Mergal WP45, a broad-spectrum wet-state preservative for the control of contamination and spoilage-causing microorganisms in the wood manufacturing environment.

MAROON GROUP BUYS D.B. BECKER

Maroon Group LLC has acquired 100 percent of the assets of D.B. Becker Co., Inc. (Clinton, NJ), a distributor of specialty chemicals. Becker’s management team will continue to manage the business.

PHTHALATES ASSESSMENT IS BROADENED

Phthalates are back in the news as the Federal Government moves to broaden its risk assessment process for these substances.

GM EXPANDS FLINT BODY AND PAINT OPERATIONS

General Motors’ oldest assembly plant in North America in Flint, MI, will undergo transformation in the coming years. GM officials have announced plans to invest US$877-million to build a new body shop and paint shop.

GAS ATOMIZER FACILITY OPENS IN QUEBEC

Castolin Eutectic has launched its next-generation gas atomizer program at its plant in Granby, QC. This permits the company to produce high quality thermal spray & PTA coating powders.

Q-LAB MARKS CHINA ANNIVERSARY

Q-Lab Corp., supplier of accelerated weathering and corrosion equipment and exposure test services, says 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of its representative office, Q-Lab China.

DEFELSKO TO HOST TRAINING MEETINGS

DeFelsko Corp. has been selected to host several training events for the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) beginning this September.

ECOAT16 PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

The Electrocoat Association and Products Finishing magazine have announced the program for the ECOAT16 Conference. The event will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL, from February 15 through 17.

NEW PROCESS PRINTS ON NANOMATERIALS

Researchers at Missouri University of Science & Technology have developed a method to print high-resolution images on nanoscale materials.

ISOCYANATE-FREE POLYURETHANE

A polyurethane that eliminates the use of isocyanates has won the 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award given by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

UV LED CONFERENCE PROGRAM READY

The conference program is now available for UV LED 2015. This event, hosted by RadTech International North America, is being held on October 28 and 29, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

SWISS TEAM DEVELOPS HEAT-ABSORBING COATING

Researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, have developed a coating capable of absorbing heat as well as repelling it. Invisible to the naked eye, this coating can prevent over-production of energy and overheating of facilities.

BELT CONVEYOR OVEN

Wisconsin Oven Corp. (East Troy, WI) has shipped an electrically heated belt conveyor oven that quickly dries a coating on titanium and stainless steel fasteners.

CHINESE PAINT MARKET IN TRANSITION

The China National Coatings Industry Association has released a report on its marketplace. China, it states, is the largest national market for paints and coatings in the Asia-Pacific region, followed at some considerable distance by India and Japan.

CLOVERDALE PAINT NAMES NEW CEO

Tim Vogel has been appointed CEO of Cloverdale Paint (Surrey, BC). He succeeds Al Mordy, who passed away in early June.

PLATFORM TO PURCHASE ALENT

Platform Specialty Products Corp., the parent of Macdermid, has agreed to acquire Alent plc, the parent company of Enthone, in a cash and stock transaction for approximately US$2.1-billion.

BASF REORGANIZES PIGMENTS BUSINESS

BASF SE plans to form a global business unit next year to combine all its pigments activities. These generated sales of about US$1.08-billion in 2014.

MOCAP PURCHASES BECKETT PACKAGING

Mocap LLC (Park Hills, MO), through its subsidiary Mocap Ltd., has completed its acquisition of William Beckett Plastic Packaging of Sheffield, England, a manufacturer of specialized protective plastic packaging & containers for applications including cutting tools, DIY, technical and consumer/retail.

SOFTWARE FOR DATA COLLECTION AND VISUALIZATION

Mettler Toledo has introduced Collect+ data collection and visualization software. This gives quality, production, maintenance and procurement managers new insight into production processes.

PPG NAMES NEW CEO

PPG Industries has announced that Michael H. McGarry will become president and CEO, effective September 1.

OUTDOOR CORROSION INHIBITOR

Cortec patented Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) technology, VpCI-391 provides a water-borne coating for medium to long-term outdoor protection.

MINI SYSTEMS FOR METAL FINISHING

Birchwood Technologies (Eden Prairie, MN) offers three mini systems for use in small batch metal finishing at low temperatures. Mini systems are for manufacturers looking to add in house capabilities without the necessary volume or space for a full sized process line.

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE POWDERS

Milliken Chemical’s Zelec electroconductive powders (ECPs) are for manufacturers wanting a high-performing static-dissipative additive for coatings and plastics.

ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS GROW YEAR OVER YEAR

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the Aluminum Association have released their estimates of aluminum extrusion shipments in North America by major market for 2014. Among key findings, domestic consumption of aluminum extrusions in the US and Canada, which includes imports, totaled an estimated 4.9-billion lb in 2014.

POLYESTER COIL COATINGS

PPG Industries’ (Pittsburgh, PA) coil and building products group has introduced Duraform polyester coil coatings.

UV AND EB CURING SEMINAR

RadTech, the Association for Ultraviolet (UV) and Electron Beam (EB) Technology, has announced a new conference that explores the continued emergence of UV and EB technologies used in curing applications.

POLYESTER ACRYLATE FOR WOOD FINISHING

Allnex has introduced an energy-curable polyester acrylate that offers balanced properties to UV-cured sealers for wood applications.

NEW GREEN BUILDING RULE

The global public health organization NSF International has collaborated with the American Coatings Association to develop the first North American product category rule (PCR) for architectural coating products for interior or exterior applications.

PCI NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Powder Coating Institute has hired Goyer Management International to provide complete management services of the association, and named Trena Benson PCI's executive director.

CCAI HONORS BOB NEW FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

The Chemical Coaters Association International recently honored members for service and dedication.

YORKE TOWNE SUPPLIES PROMOTES STAFF

Doug Taylor and Sam Cesario have new positions at Yorke Towne Supplies (Richmond Hill, ON).

BYK LAUNCHES NEW WAX ADDITIVE

BYK Additives and Instruments has launched a new wax additive that is characterized by its low melting point.

DUPONT SPINS OFF CHEMOURS CO.

As of July 1, the new Chemours Company has officially been spun off from the DuPont Co. This venture has been created out of DuPont’s performance chemicals businesses.

ELECTROSTATIC FINISHING APPLICATORS

Ransburg (Toledo, OH) has introduced its RansFlex manual applicator series as advanced electrostatic finishing applicators. They are engineered to incorporate DeVilbiss proprietary atomization technology.

NEAR-NEUTRAL METAL CONDITIONER

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has introduced ULTRAR metal conditioner 257, a near-neutral descaler solution that removes weld scale, light oxide and other impurities from steel surfaces.

TREMCO GROUP PURCHASES CHEMTRON

Tremco Group (Beachwood, OH) has acquired certain assets of Chemtron Manufacturing Ltd., the Calgary-based manufacturer of construction adhesives, sealants and tapes.

WOODWORKING EXPO TO HIGHLIGHT INDUSTRY 4.0

The topic of Industry 4.0 will be a major theme for the conference combined with the 2015 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo. This technology, or combination of technologies, is described by the show’s program coordinator, Bill Esler, as a long-term, full factory automation strategy.

OMNOVA BOOSTS STYRENE BUTADIENE LATEX PRICES

OMNOVA Solutions has announced a price increase of up to US$0.05/wet lb (US$0.10/dry lb) on all styrene butadiene latex products to all markets it serves in the Americas.

REPORT ANALYZES NEXT FOUR YEARS

The technology consultancy Technavio has issued a new report on the global acrylic surface coatings market 2015-2019. This is part of a coatings market portfolio, which covers different markets and countries over the same four-year period.

PASSIVATION TESTER USES CLOUD-BASED APP

Walter Surface Technologies (Montreal), a supplier of surface treatment technologies for over 60 years, is encouraging machine shops and fabricators to utilize the new SURFOX Smart Passivation Tester. This is a component of its SURFOX electrochemical cleaning system, to analyze passivation levels in stainless steel.

AXALTA BUYS METALAK BENELUX

Axalta Coating Systems has completed its acquisition of Metalak Benelux BV. For over 60 years, Metalak has been the exclusive distributor of Axalta’s Spies Hecker refinish coating products sold in The Netherlands and in Flanders, Belgium.

WALTER SURFACE TECHNOLOGIES NAMES SPECIAL INTERNS

Walter Surface Technologies (Montreal), which designs and develops high performance products for the metalworking industry, has selected two of Canada’s brightest students for its innovative internship program, Next to Succeed. This program aims to help close the leadership gap among millennials and upper management.

WATER-REDUCIBLE ENAMEL FOR METALS

Sherwin-Williams has introduced its KEM AQUA 8710 Water Reducible Enamel for general metal applications. The new coating dries to touch within 30 minutes and dries to handle within 75 minutes, allowing manufacturers to increase throughput.

PPG EXPANDS WUPPERTAL FACILITY

PPG Industries recently completed a US$5-million expansion at its coatings manufacturing facility in Wuppertal, Germany. The project added equipment to existing buildings on the campus, providing up to a 35 percent increase in annual production capacity of environmentally sustainable waterborne coatings for automotive and industrial applications.

ELECTROSTATIC SPRAY GUN

EXEL North America, Inc. has launched the new SAMES Nanogun MV manual electrostatic low-pressure spray gun. This has been designed for spraying 1K and 2K solvent and water-based materials with low pressures in a variety of markets such as the aerospace, agricultural & construction, metallic furniture, wood and automotive Industries.

IGM RESINS BUYS LAMBERTI PHOTOINITIATORS

Dutch-based IGM Resins, a developer and supplier of products and technical services to the global radcure industry, has acquired the photoinitiator business of Lamberti. The acquisition adds to IGM’s technical development capabilities and brings an advantaged product line that includes materials compliant with US FDA and stringent European regulatory requirements, and which are complementary to the company’s extensive photoinitiator offerings.

LANGGUTH BUYS ASSOCIATED PACKAGING EQUIPMENT

Langguth Engineering (Waterloo, ON), has acquired Associated Packaging Equipment Corp. (Markham, ON), a supplier of globally branded labeling technology. The sale includes the entire portfolio of Associated’s PolyClad labelers.

INORGANIC BLUE USES NEW CHEMISTRY

A new pigment - YInMn blue – that was discovered by accident by Oregon State University chemists, will enter the marketplace later this year. Researchers say it has no toxic ingredients, and be used in a wide range of coatings and plastics. It is being marketed by The Shepherd Color Co.

EXPLOSION-PROOF LED LAMP

Larson Electronics has a new explosion proof LED light fixture that is approved for paint spray booths, and combines one visible white light with a 365NM ultraviolet light. This 4-ft, two-lamp Class 1 Division 1 light fixture has a T6 temperature rating and paint spray booth certification.

AXALTA AND HEMPEL FORM ALLIANCE

Axalta Coating Systems has formed a strategic relationship with Hempel (USA) Inc. This arrangement facilitates the formulation and availability of a coating system for external coatings with significant corrosion protection, and internal coatings with advanced flow efficiency for natural gas transmission pipes in the North American oil and gas pipeline market.

IHEA FALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE

The Fall Business Conference of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association will be held on Tuesday & Wednesday, September 1 & 2, at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, following the IHEA fall seminars in Columbus, OH. The association holds this conference each fall for the purpose of bringing IHEA member company representatives together for committee meetings and key informational presentations on issues important to members.

AESF MAKES SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

AESF Foundation, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) in the US, has named the winners of the 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Yunfei Xu, PhD candidate at Harvard University, and Manish Shinde, PhD candidate at Wichita State University, have been chosen as the 2014 Scholarship Award Program recipients for their research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering.

BASF OPENS NEW WINDSOR ART CENTER

BASF Canada has opened its new Automotive Refinish Technologies (ART) store and fulfillment centre. The photo with this news item shows the opening ceremony on June 19, and was taken at the new location, 5850 Rhodes Dr. in Windsor.

Water-borne carbon blacks

Orion Engineered Carbons has new carbon black pigments for water-borne, solvent-borne, powder and conductive coatings. These are Colour Black FW 255; Special Black 40; Colour Black FW 171 and XPB 545.

Stain-resistant binder

Arkema Coating Resins, a business unit of Arkema Inc., has introduced ENCOR 662 acrylic latex, a high performance all acrylic binder the company says delivers outstanding scrub and stain resistance, and washability, in low-VOC interior architectural coatings.

FLEXIBLE HOSE

A new, clear and lightweight, static dissipative polyurethane hose that can replace heavier PVC and polyethylene conductive hoses in many fume and dust collection applications is being introduced by Flexaust of Warsaw, IN.

NEW BAYFERROX RED SHADES

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS (Pittsburgh, PA) has a new line of red shades. Marketed globally under the Bayferrox brand name, the new products will be manufactured using a new sustainably optimized Penniman process.

SOLVAY OPENS ALKOXYLATION PLANTS

Solvay has begun commercial output at two new large-scale, ‘on-pipe’ alkoxylation facilities in Moerdijk, the Netherlands, and in Singapore. Both units are located in integrated petrochemical hubs and receive ethylene oxide via dedicated pipelines, for a wide range of specialty surfactants made by Solvay’s Novecare business.

NEW EDITOR JOINS CFCM

Edward Mason has joined Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing as the magazine’s editor. He has a background of over 35 years in trade publications.

HUBER ACQUIRES SAFIRE TECHNOLOGY

Huber Engineered Materials (Atlanta, GA), a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, has acquired the Safire nitrogen and phosphorus halogen-free fire retardant technology from Floridienne Group and Catena Additives, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Floridienne. Huber’s goal is to take the patented Safire technology, integrate it within its existing halogen-free portfolio of flame retardants and smoke suppressants, and rapidly develop a line of commercial products.

AL MORDY PASSES ON

Al Mordy, who was president of Cloverdale Paint Inc. (Surrey, BC) died on June 4 after a short illness and ensuing complications. He had been with the company since 1976.

EXPLOSION-PROOF LED LAMP

Industrial lighting specialist Larson Electronics has released a 52-watt, explosion proof, low profile LED light fixture that provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries.

SARTOMER NAMES JOHN ERBECK SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Sartomer Americas (Exton, PA), a business unit of Arkema Inc. and a supplier of specialty acrylate and methacrylate monomers and oligomers, has named John Erbeck senior account manager. In his new role, Erbeck will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic sales plan for Sartomer and marketing Sartomer’s specialty chemicals to formulators in New England, Michigan and Canada.

Al Mordy of Cloverdale Paint passes on

Al Mordy, who was president of Cloverdale Paint Inc. (Surrey, BC) died on June 4 after a short illness and ensuing complications.

 

DuBois Chemicals completes Heatbath purchase

DuBois Chemicals, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Heatbath Corp. / Park Metallurgical based in Indian Orchard, MA. The acquisition combines DuBois paint pre-treatment, cleaning and metalworking expertise with Heatbath’s heat treating and metal finishing proficiency. The Heatbath acquisition extends and enhances the full range of cleaning and process chemical solutions that DuBois delivers to a diverse range of manufacturing customers.

Lubrizol expands acrylic emulsion capacity

Lubrizol Corp.'s Performance Coatings business has added new acrylic emulsion capacity at its manufacturing facility in Antwerp, Belgium. The facility manufactures resin technologies for the paint and coatings, graphic arts, engineered paper, textile and other industries under such brand names as Hycar, Carboset and Printrite.

MICHELMAN TAKES DEAL MAKER AWARD

Michelman (Cincinnati, OH) has been recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) with a Deal Maker of the Year award. This stems from its successful growth initiatives over the past two years.

CEFLA NAMES NEW EXECUTIVES

Cefla Finishing Group (Charlotte, NC), which performs finishing, decorating and digital printing for woodworking and other industries, has hired Brent Warren as sales manager. It has also named Massimo Di Russo general manager for both its divisions.

RED HEATS UP FOR CARS

Axalta Coating Systems (Clinton Township, MI), which supplies liquid and powder coatings globally, has a new post on its colour blog titled. The piece, titled Are You Ready to Fall in Love with Red Again? and written by Axalta color marketing manager Nancy Lockhart discusses the renewed popularity of red cars.

BUZZ BUILDS FOR CANADA WOODWORKING WEST

The woodworking community is buzzing about finally having a show specifically for Western Canada’s cabinet manufacturers, residential and commercial furniture manufacturers, custom wood product manufactures, architectural woodworkers and millworkers. Organizers report that interest and participation in Canada Woodworking West are on the rise, from industry associations, exhibitors and visitors alike.

BEND TEST SYSTEM

The TQC Cylindrical Bend Test from Paul N. Gardner Co. Inc. is a robust yet elegant testing instrument to indicate the elasticity, elongation and adhesion of a paint film at bending stress.

TROY BUYS ASHLAND BIOCIDES BUSINESS

Troy Corp. (Florham Park, NJ) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the industrial biocides business from Ashland Inc. The transaction is expected to close by the end of July, contingent on standard closing conditions and completion of required employee information and consultation processes. Financial terms were not disclosed.

WATER-BASED METAL SEALANTS

Birchwood Technologies (Eden Prairie, MN) is offering two all-purpose Clearlok water-based sealants formulated to provide a protective topcoat on most metal surfaces.

Binks Cuts Into The New Maple Horizontally Opposed Piston Pump Series

Finishing Brands, manufacturer of Binks industrial spray finishing and fluid handling equipment, introduces the new Binks Maple horizontallly opposed piston pumps.

Binks Introduces New Gemini II Diaphragm Short Stroke Pump

Finishing Brands, manufacturer of Binks industrial spray finishing and fluid handling equipment, is introducing the new Binks Gemini II Short Stroke pump which features a new diaphragm design that reduces pulsation compared to the previous Gemini I model. 

Innovative Plural Component Technology Made With The New Binks EMS

Binks, a global leader in finishing technology for industrial applications, has introduced a new innovative plural component system manufactured in the USA.

Devilbiss Expands Dekups Disposable Cups Line and new Spray Gun

Finishing Brands, manufacturer of DeVilbiss industrial spray finishing equipment announces that the DeVilbiss DeKups line has added a new 3 oz cup, as well as expanded the filter and adapter offerings.

BGK Gas Catalytic Oven and Portable Modular Finishing System

Finishing Brands introduces the new BGK Gas Catalytic Oven, which has been developed as a low cost, high quality curing solution for powder or liquid finishing applications.

Stephen Edwards Named Business Manager for Sartomer Americas

Sartomer, a business unit of Arkema Inc. and a global leader in specialty acrylate and methacrylate monomers and oligomers, announces that Stephen Edwards has been named business manager

New at Estron Chemical

Estron Chemical Inc. is pleased to announce that Anna Chizhikova has joined Estron as Applications Manager – Powder Coating Raw Materials.

Orion Engineered Carbons Appoints Kane Henneke As Marketing Manager, Polymers & Inks

Kane Henneke has been appointed Marketing Manager, Polymers & Inks, Americas Region at Orion Engineered Carbons.

Brookfield Names Nilay Shah as International Sales and Marketing Manager

Brookfield Engineering Laboratories is pleased to announce the appointment of Nilay Shah to the new position of International Sales and Marketing Manager for laboratory products and services.

Roberto Bolognini Brings Additional Expertise To Cefla

Cefla North America, a leading provider of finishing, decoration and digital printing solutions for wood, metal, glass and other applications, is pleased to announce the promotion of Roberto Bolognini to Finishing Group Sales Manager.

New at Therma-Tron-X

Therma-Tron-X, Inc. is pleased to announce that Joe Laubenthal of Elgin, Ill., has joined TTX as a sales engineer.

Level 1 – Anodizing Essentials Workshop

The Aluminum Anodizers Council will hold their Level 1 – Anodizing Essentials Workshop on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
 

MacDermid Hosts Plating on Plastic Summit

MacDermid held a Plating on Plastic Summit on October 1st and 2nd at the impressive Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

2015 POWDER COATING SHOW & EXPO

The 2015 Powder Coating Show will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, May 6-7, 2015.

Sher-Wood Hockey Stick Maker Acquired from Callidus Capital

VAUGHAN, ON - Sherwood Athletics Group Inc., a newly-formed division of Gracious Living, has acquired all assets and liabilities of Sher-Wood Hockey Inc., from Callidus Capital Inc..

 

VAUGHAN, ON - Sherwood Athletics Group Inc., a newly-formed division of Gracious Living, says it acquired all assets and liabilities of Sher-Wood Hockey Inc., from Callidus Capital Inc. (CBL:TSX) last month. - See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/canadian-woodworking-news/Sher-Wood-Hockey-Stick-Manufacture-Acquired-from-Callidus-Capital-279721332.html?utm_source=7677H0203356E6B&utm_medium=eNL&utm_campaign=Woodworking+Network+Daily_20141022&utm_term=&utm_content=#sthash.E8V34sgf.dpuf

MacDermid Annual Sales Meeting

In September MacDermid North America held its Annual Sales Meeting in Atlanta, GA and were fortunate to have Mr. Christian Richter of the NASF/Policy Group as a guest speaker. 

CPCA Launches Education Campaign for 2-Butanone Oxime (MEKO) Code of Practice

December 2, 2014, OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) today announced the launch of its education campaign to promote the implementation of the recent Code of Practice for 2-Butanone oxime (MEKO).

CPCA Announces New Board Chair and Board Directors for 2014- 2015

December 9, 2014, OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) is pleased to announce that Tim Vogel, Vice-President of Cloverdale Paint, has been appointed Chair of its Board of Directors.

PPG highlights new corrosion-resistant, green coating technologies

Jan. 7, 2015 – PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business introduces new products designed to help global automakers fight metal corrosion and meet increasingly stringent environmental standards around the world.

Jessica Ding to lead North American marketing efforts in coatings, construction chemicals for Dow Corning

Ph.D. polymer chemist brings technology, manufacturing, business experience to role

Canadian Paint Manufacturers Applaud Approval of New Program Operator for Paint Recycling in Ontario

December 10, 2014, Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) is pleased that Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has approved the paint and coatings application for an Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) in Ontario.

Unimin Price Increase

December 29, 2014 – Unimin Specialty Minerals Inc. of New Canaan, CT will raise prices for all MINEX, IMSIL, SNOBRITE, and MINBLOC brand functional filler products effective February 1, 2015.

Clariant BU Additives increases prices for Polymer Additives products

December 3, 2014 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announces a price increase for its Polymer Additives products.

Alesta Global Color Collection Joins Axalta’s Global Product Portfolio

Philadelphia, PA- December 1, 2014─ Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, announces the expansion of its global product portfolio to include the Alesta Global Color Collection, an architectural powder coatings line.

AXALTA North America Headquarters Receives 2014 Excellence in Construction Award

Glen Mills, PA, December 2014 – Axalta Coating Systems recently received an award from Associated Builders and Contractors. 

EQMBO-Entreprises launches its new laboratory, unique in North America

Victoriaville, QC, November 26th 2014 – EQMBO-Entreprises, one of the three reference centers  managed (CCTT) by Victoriaville College  inaugurated Wednesday afternoon, a brand new research laboratory dedicated to industrial finishing processes with  low impact on environment., a unique concept in North America.  This laboratory will allow to develop new finishing or drying processes, aiming at reducing VOC while maintaining profitability for the wood and furniture industries.

Report: U.S. Aluminum Extruders See 10-15 Per Cent Increase in Business
Thanks to Tariffs on Chinese Imports

(Wauconda, Illinois; December 2, 2014) Ducker Worldwide, an independent consulting and research firm, recently concluded a study on behalf of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) focused on identifying the benefits from and future risks to the U.S. Aluminum Extrusion market’s trade case against the People’s Republic of China.

Ashland announces price increase for N-Methylpyrrolidone

DUBLIN, Ohio, December 3, 2014 – Ashland Performance Materials, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., is increasing the price of all grades of N-methylpyrrolidone sold globally effective January 1, 2015 or as contracts allow.

CEFLA FINISHING GROUP ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

(December 1st, 2014) The Cefla Finishing Group, a leading provider of finishing, decoration and digital printing solutions for wood, metal, glass and other applications, is pleased to two promotions of management personnel in Italy, effective January 1, 2015.

Stephen K. Carlisle to Lead GM Canada, Kevin W. Williams to retire after 31 years with GM

(November 20, 2014) Stephen K. Carlisle has been named president and managing director of General Motors of Canada Ltd., succeeding Kevin W. Williams, who has led GM Canada since 2010. Williams will assist in the transition through the end of the year.

Dow Corning launches new family of foam control agents for waterborne inks, OPVs and paints

Formulators of waterborne inks, overprint varnishes (OPVs) and low/medium PVC paints can now achieve efficient foam control with fewer worries about the formation of surface defects.

New From WALTHER PILOT

The PILOT Premium 2K is WALTHER PILOT‘s brand new spray gun for two-component water-based adhesives.

Axalta Hosted Community During Doors Open in Ajax

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, was pleased to host members of the Ajax and surrounding communities during Doors Open in Ajax, ON on September 26, 2014. 

Waterborne polyurethane coatings match performance of solventborne coatings in metal applications

Tighter government regulations and heightened consumer awareness have led to demand for increased use of waterborne paints and coatings.

Huber Completes Initial Capacity Expansion

Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces it has increased capacity at its precipitated alumina trihydrate (ATH) plant in Bauxite, Arkansas (U.S.) by 30 per cent.

Wilden Wins Award

Wilden, part of Dover Corporation’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG) and a worldwide leader in air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump technology, is excited to announce that its Pro-Flo SHIFT is a winner of Flow Control Magazine’s 2014 Innovation Award.

Specialty Chemicals Company ALTANA Enlarges Management Board

The specialty chemicals company ALTANA is enlarging its Management Board.

PPG’s Waterborne in Collision Centers

PPG Industries' has now converted more than 10,000 automotive refinish collision centers in Canada and the United States to its waterborne systems.

Carlisle to Acquire Liquid Finishing Business Assets from Graco

Gives Carlisle a leading position in a new industry segment with widely recognized premium brands in industrial liquid finishing equipment and systems

Bayer to Split Off MaterialScience

Bayer Group has announced that it will spin off its polymer and coatings MaterialScience unit as an independent, publicly traded company within two years.

 

Royal Buys Chemque

Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC (Royal), a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners (Arsenal), announced that its subsidiary Royal Adhesives & Sealants Canada LTD will acquire substantially all of the assets of Chemque, Royal’s seventh add-on acquisition since 2010.

ACA to Host Coatings Tech Conference

The American Coatings Association (ACA) will host its 2015 CoatingsTech Conference, March 9-11, at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Ky.

Dow and Preferred Sands Collaboration Wins
 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award


The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that Dow Chemical Company and Preferred Sands’ innovation, TERAFORCE Technology, won the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award.

Paint Manufacturers Remain Focused on Obtaining a New Program Operator for Post-consumer Paint in Ontario

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) is pleased that Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has now posted information on the Ontario Environmental Registry (EBR) regarding the proposed new paint Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) in Ontario. This follows the Ministerial Directive of July 17, which delayed ISP approval and requested further consultations.

FABTECH 2014 Keys up for Atlanta

FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, features an all-star lineup of speakers and panels this November.

CPCA Ontario Christmas Luncheon

The 2014 Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) Christmas luncheon will be held on Tues Dec 9, 11:30 to 1:00 pm.  

5th Annual Nano Ontario Conference

The 5th Annual Nano Ontario Conference to be held November 6, 7, in Windsor, ON addresses issues relevant to innovation and commercialization activities involving nanotechnology.

CACD Training Program, Chemical Supply Chain Management

The Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD) recognized that there was a need for a training program for the chemical industry. 

CPCA Grants Diploma in Coatings Technology

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) is proud to announce that Eric Bockus is the latest recipient of the Diploma in Coatings Technology.

Therma-Tron-X Expansion

Therma-Tron-X (TTX), a Sturgeon Bay, WI, manufacturer that specializes in complete finishing systems for industrial customers, have recently completed a 26,800-square-foot expansion – the fourth addition in the last three years.

CPCA Installs New Board at Annual Conference and AGM

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) celebrated its 101st anniversary last week, marked by its annual conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) in historic Quebec City.

BYK Additives & Instruments signs marketing agreement with ITENE

BYK Additives & Instruments has concluded an exclusive agreement with the Spanish technology research center ITENE of Valencia on the production and marketing of new, innovative clay-based additives for the packaging industry.

RANSBURG MICROPAK 2E PROVIDES USER FRIENDLY OPERATION IN A COMPACT, SOPHISTICATED HIGH VOLTAGE CONTROL FOR ELECTROSTATIC EQUIPMENT

Ransburg, a global leader in finishing technology for industrial applications, has enhanced its line of process controls with the MicroPak 2e.

 

RANSBURG INTRODUCES “PLATINUM PERFORMANCE” IN RMA 500 SERIES ROTARY ATOMIZERS

Ransburg, a global leader in finishing technology for industrial applications, announces a new line of standard setting RMA 500 Series Rotary Atomizers.

Axalta Releases Global Automotive 2014 Color Popularity Report and Future Trends

Annual Report Most Comprehensive in Automotive Industry for 62 Years. Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings and an authority on automotive color and color trending information, announces its Global Automotive 2014 Color Popularity Report.

PPG recognized with Chairman’s Awards for three projects at METALCON 2014

PPG Industries’ coil and building products group received three 2014 Chairman’s Awards from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) at METALCON 2014, the only annual conference dedicated to metal construction products, technologies and solutions.

New Dispersions for Wood Coatings

Allnex has introduced a pair of solvent-free, waterborne dispersions for use in two-part polyurethane coating systems.

New Brookfield Model QB Quick Action Lab Stand

Brookfield Engineering is making viscosity measurement easier than ever with the new Model QB Quick Action Lab Stand.

New Design FILL TUBE with Built-in Fume Eliminator

AMI has developed yet another innovative safety product to simplify the venting of noxious, dangerous or hazardous fumes while at the same time providing filling of drums, totes or tanks with solvents or chemicals.

Abcite Thermoplastic Powder Joins Axalta’s Global Product Portfolio

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, announced the expansion of its global product portfolio to include Abcite, a thermoplastic powder coating formulated for toughness, durability and outstanding corrosion protection, without the need of a primer.

Sherwin-Williams Launches Fast-Curing Powder Coating System for MDF Applications

Sherwin-Williams announces the availability of Powdura Sprint, a low-cure polyester resin-based powder coating system for use on medium density fiberboard (MDF).

Sherwin-Williams Introduces Two-Coating, Mono-Cure System for Heavy Equipment and General Finishing Products

Sherwin-Williams has launched Powdura OneCure, a two coating, one cure dry-on-dry coating system designed to save finishers time and money by reducing the steps needed to achieve enhanced edge coverage and corrosion resistance.

NEW ELCOMETER 480

With all the features that you have come to expect from an Elcometer designed and manufactured product, such as ease of use, menu driven colour display, robust and ergonomic design, statistics and graphing, USB & Bluetooth to Android and iPhone mobile devices, the new Elcometer 480 single, dual and triple angle glossmeters offer more.

The New DV1 Viscometer

Brookfield Engineering introduces the new DV1 Viscometer - the lowest-cost, continuous sensing digital viscometer in the Brookfield family of instruments.

Sata Special Edition Surfer Gun

Beginning mid-October, Sata began offering the special edition SATAjet 4000 B Surfer.

Steelscape offers graffiti-resistant DURANAR, CORAFLON coatings by PPG

PPG Industries’ building products group announced Steelscape is now offering metallic-coated and pre-painted steel with DURANAR GR (graffiti-resistant) and CORAFLON GR coatings.

Perma SHIELD 1000 Zinc-Nickel System Approved by General Motors

Enthone is proud to announce yet another approval of a Perma SHIELD 1000 zinc-nickel system by General Motors to meet the newly revised GMW4700 Zinc Nickel Type B requirement.

Graco to Sell Liquid Finishing Business Assets

Graco Inc., a manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, has signed a definitive agreement to sell the Liquid Finishing business assets that were purchased as part of Graco’s acquisition of the Finishing Brands business from Illinois Tool Works (ITW) on April 2, 2012.

GELEST OFFERS TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR BIOSAFE ORGANOSILANE ANTIMICROBIAL TECHNOLOGY

Gelest, Inc. announces the release of its “Technical Guide for Performance and Regulatory Compliance of BIOSAFE Organosilane Antimicrobials.”

HEAT RESISTANT WHITE PAINT STAYS WHITE AND WON’T YELLOW AT 1200°F

A new, ready to use heat-resistant white paint that is non-yellowing at elevated temperatures for a wide range of coating applications is being introduced by Dampney Company, Inc. of Everett, Massachusetts.

REVOLUTIONARY THERMAL PAINT ADDITIVE

Comfort Tech Industries, LLC announced the debut of its unique thermal paint additive, called Comfort Coat.

Novomer Announces Commercial Launch of Converge Polyols for Broad Use in Polyurethanes Industry

Novomer Inc., a sustainable materials company pioneering a family of high-performance polymers and other chemicals from renewable feedstocks such as carbon dioxide (CO2), has announced the commercial introduction of  Converge® polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyols for use in polyurethane formulations targeted at adhesive, coatings, sealants, elastomers, and rigid and flexible foams.

Self Cleaning Car Paint

Washing a car can be a chore and a costly one at that. In response, earlier in 2014 Nissan in Europe began tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt.

HARDNESS TEST PEN

The TQC Hardness Test Pen is a pocket instrument for testing the hardness and wear/scratch resistance of materials such as coatings, lacquers, plastics or related products.

Low-emission impregnating resins

Axalta Coating Systems (previously DuPont Performance Coatings) has a growing range of solvent-free impregnating resins

HUBER LAUNCHES HYDRAL COAT 2

Huber Engineered Materials, a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, is introducing Hydral Coat 2 Ultrafine Alumina Trihydrate (ATH) for use in coil coatings and other high performance coating-related applications.

New From Sherwin-Williams

Wind-driven rain and harsh weather conditions can quickly deteriorate coatings, creating the need for frequent touch-ups and increasing the cost of maintenance.

Measuring PVD coating thickness using X-Ray Fluorescence

High-precision industrial saws, drills and dies used for the cutting, punching and forming of steel, hard metal or aluminum parts are subject to extreme wear and tear.

Nordson Introduces a New Line of Liquid Diaphragm Pumps and Accessories for Low-Pressure Liquid Painting Applications

Nordson Corporation introduces a complete line of liquid diaphragm pumps designed to maximize efficiency, compatibility and economy in many applications. Nordson diaphragm pumps are engineered for low-pressure applications and can handle even the most abrasive or shear-sensitive materials.

New Encore Porcelain Enamel Manual System Provides Excellent Transfer Efficiency in an Easy-to-Use, Plug-in-Play Configuration

Nordson Corporation, a recognized leader in powder coating technologies, introduces the new Encore Porcelain Enamel (PE) Manual System, which combines proven performance with advanced design for the high-efficiency application of porcelain-enamel powder coatings.

DuPont Vertrel Sion Specialty Cleaning Fluid Now Available in Canada

DuPont Fluorochemicals launched Vertrel Sion specialty cleaning fluid for use in Canada.

Double-Dipped

MOCAP’s line of Round, Flat or Finger-Nub Style Vinyl Grips are also available with a dual-wall (Double-Dipped), whereas the grip can be double-dipped in various materials, colors or hardness durometers (soft, semi-rigid or hard) to fit your thicker wall or unique handle cover application.

Introducing Wireless Access Point for the PosiTector Advanced

DeFelsko is pleased to announce the addition of a Wireless Access Point feature to the PosiTector Advanced body.

Troy Introduces New Fungicide + Algaecide for Wood Protection

Manufacturers of solvent-based wood protective paints and stains are witnessing increased demand for protection against both fungi and algae in their formulated products.

New Electric Supply Pump for High Pressure Applications Delivers Energy Efficiency and Consistency

Graco Inc., a leading manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, unveils its new E-Flo DC (Dual Control) electric supply pump ideally suited for high pressure applications.

2014 NASF SUR/FIN Draws Largest Attendance in Recent History

The NASF SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Tradeshow did extremely well this year.

Fischer Technology, Inc. Attains ISO 17025 Accreditation

Fischer Technology is pleased to announce accreditation to ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 by the American Association of Accreditation Laboratories. 

Pricing Updates

Arkema Coating Resins Announces Price Increase for All Latex Products Sold in North America

Effective September 23, 2014, or as contracts allow, Arkema Coating Resins will increase pricing on all latex products sold in North America.

JERVIS B. WEBB COMPANY Recognizes Top Distributors

JERVIS B. WEBB COMPANY Recognizes Top Distributors

Jervis B. Webb Company, a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, hosted its 31st annual Unibilt/Unibeam conveyor distributor conference in early April in New Orleans, Louisiana.  During the conference, Webb recognized the following top ten conveyor chain distributors based on sales in 2013.

CPCA Awards Annual Scholarship to Deserving Student

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association’s (CPCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Alexandra Bennett is the 2014 recipient of its annual scholarship for the deserving children of staff at its member companies.

Innovative Finishing Solutions Inc. makes the 2014 PROFIT 500 List

Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Innovative Finishing Solutions Inc, on the 26th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the July issue of Canadian Business and online at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their revenue growth over five years.