Industry News

  • Wacker Raises Prices for Silicones

    September 11, 2008
    Wacker is raising its prices for silicone products worldwide effective Oct.1, 2008. Prices will rise by up to 10 percent or more, depending on the product family. The reason for this step is the continued increase in raw material, energy and logistic…


  • Silberline Announces Energy Surcharge

    September 11, 2008
    Due to unprecedented increases in costs precipitated by record energy prices, Silberline must add an energy surcharge of $0.20/pound to all invoices beginning Sept. 15, 2008.      This action is necessary to recover partially the cos…


  • Cray Valley Lifts Sales Control For Norsolene Resins

    September 11, 2008
    Cray Valley announced it was lifting sales control on its Norsolene A series and S series hydrocarbon resins manufactured in its Channelview, TX, facility, effective immediately. The sales control was placed on the product in late May, affecting only…


  • Wacker Discontinues Pioloform Production

    September 11, 2008
    Wacker Chemie AG will discontinue the production of its Pioloform polymer binders effective Sept. 30, 2008, citing limited expectations for polyvinyl butyral growth in industrial applications such as coatings, paints and printing ink. At the same tim…


  • Ashland Inc. to Acquire Hercules

    August 11, 2008
    Ashland Inc. and Hercules Inc. have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Ashland would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hercules for $18.60 per share in cash and 0.093 of a share of Ashland common stock for each share of Her…


  • Cognis Sells Pulcra Chemicals Business

    August 11, 2008
    Cognis has signed an agreement to sell its Pulcra Chemicals subsidiary to Fashion Chemicals GmbH & Co. KG for €26.3 million.      The sale is in line with Cognis’ strategy of focusing on its core businesses driven by…


  • Evonik Restructures Colorants Business

    August 11, 2008
    Evonik Industries AG’s Coatings & Additives Business Unit is reorganizing its colorants business to position itself early in the fiercely competitive international market. Under a matrix model, market responsibility will be exercised in the…


  • Dow Chemical to Buy Rohm and Haas

    August 11, 2008
    Rohm and Haas Company has entered into an agreement with the Dow Chemical Company, under which Dow will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Rohm and Haas common stock for $78 per share in cash or more than $15 billion. Under the terms of agreeme…


  • Sartomer Company Increases Monomer, Oligomer Prices

    July 16, 2008
    Sartomer Company will increase the price of its acrylate and methacrylate monomers and oligomers 6 percent to 12 percent in the Americas region, effective July 1, 2008. Increases will vary based on the product line.       The in…


  • Sun Chemical Performance Pigments To Increase Global Pigment Prices

    July 16, 2008
    Due to a dramatic spike in raw material, energy and transportation costs, Sun Chemical Corporation’s Performance Pigments Division will increase global pigment prices on average by 10 to 30 percent effective July 1.      &ldquo…


  • Accu-Chem Completes Move to Larger Facilities

    July 16, 2008
    Accu-Chem Industries, Inc. recently completed its move to larger manufacturing  facilities in Melrose Park, IL, doubling its previous space. The new street address is 1930 N. George St., Unit C, Melrose Park, IL 60160. They also have new phone (…


  • Membrana Launches Chinese, German Website Portals

    July 16, 2008
    Membrana, a leading membrane and device manufacturer, has expanded the Liqui-Cel Business unit’s website by launching fully-functional website portals in Chinese and German at http://www.liqui-cel.cn and http://www.liqui-cel.de. These portals,…


  • Elementis to Acquire Deuchem Co., Ltd.

    June 9, 2008
    Elementis plc announced that it has agreed, through its wholly owned subsidiary Elementis Holdings Limited, to purchase Deuchem Co., Ltd., a Taiwan-based company, for a cash consideration of £40.4 million. Deuchem had £37.9 million in sal…


  • MNYPIA Names Sal Moscuzza 2008 Man of the Year

    June 9, 2008
    Sal Moscuzza, a 47-year veteran of the ink industry who recently retired as senior vice president and principal ink technologist at Superior Printing Ink, has been named the 2008 Man of the Year by the Metro New York Printing Ink Association (MNYPIA)…


  • Hangzhou Baihe Clariant Expands HPP Plant

    May 9, 2008
    Clariant International Ltd. and Zhejiang Baihe Chemical Holding Group have announced the expansion of the Hangzhou Baihe Clariant Pigments Co. Ltd. joint venture by investing in a world-scale plant for the production of quinacridone specialty organic…


  • Micro Powders Appoints Archway Sales as Midwest Representative

    May 9, 2008
    Effective April 1, 2008 Micro Powders, Inc. has appointed Archway Sales (formerly Deeks & Co.), Cincinnati, OH as their exclusive agent in the Ohio territory to represent their product line of high-performance wax additives. This territory includ…


  • Cytec Launches Updated Web Site

    May 9, 2008
    Cytec Industries Inc. has launched new web pages related to its activity in the paint and coatings and graphic arts and inks industries on www.cytec.com.      By significantly expanding the depth of content of its web pages about liq…


  • Ciba Announces Global Price Increases

    May 9, 2008
    Ciba will increase prices across its pigment and additive product ranges for coatings applications. Price increases of 5 to 20 percent will be applied immediately or as contracts allow.      “In addition to our ongoing efforts…


  • Price Increase for Evonik's Pigment Carbon Blacks

    May 9, 2008
    The Business Unit Inorganic Materials of Evonik Industries is announcing a price increase of 10 percent for its pigment carbon blacks. The price increase will be effective for all deliveries as of May 15, 2008.      The price increase…


  • Cognis Announces NAFTA Price Increases

    May 9, 2008
    Cognis Corporation’s Functional Products Business announced today for the NAFTA region that, effective May 1, 2008, or as provided by individual contracts, prices for TOFA based dimer acids will increase by $0.08/lb; distilled and hydrogenated…