Industry News

  • Kershaw, Hanatek Announce Joint Venture

    October 25, 2005
    Kershaw Instrumentation Inc. has announced a joint venture with Hanatek Ltd. of Leatherhead, Surrey, U.K. Hanatek Ltd. is a long-standing instrument manufacturer that services the paper, cardboard and printing ink industries.      H…


  • S.P. Morell Named Agent of the Year by King Industries

    October 25, 2005
    S.P. Morell and Company, a specialty chemicals distributor and manufacturers representative of raw materials to the coating, ink and adhesive industries, was recently named “Agent of the Year” by King Industries for contributions toward s…


  • uv.eb West 2005 Set For Feb. 10-11 in L.A.

    October 25, 2005
    Is UV or EB curing technology part of your operation?   Should it be?  Learn “why” and “how” companies in several industries are rapidly transitioning to UV and EB technology at uv.eb West 2005, which will be he…


  •  Sun Chemical Performance Pigments to Raise Prices

    October 24, 2005
    Sun Chemical’s Performance Pigments group has announced price increases of 5 to 10 percent on pigments and pigment preparations. The increases apply to products sold to the ink, plastics, coatings and some specialty markets on a global basis.…


  • Sartomer to Increase Monomer, Oligomer and Norsolene Resin Prices

    October 24, 2005
    Sartomer increased the prices of its acrylate and methacrylate monomers and oligomers effective Dec. 1, or as contracts allow. Increases will vary by product, and will range from 5 to 8 percent.      According to Paul Elias, Sartome…


  • Clariant Announces Higher Prices for Pigments and Additives

    October 24, 2005
    Effective Dec. 1, the pigments and additives division of Clariant will increase the prices up to 20 percent for products in its pigment and additive product portfolio. The main reasons for the price increase are the rising costs for raw materials, en…


  • Johnson Polymer Discontinues Alliance With Essential Industries

    October 24, 2005
    Johnson Polymer, LLC will discontinue its global technical and commercial alliance with Essential Industries of Merton, WI, effective Dec. 31, 2004.  The companies joined forces to leverage their polyurethane chemistry capabilities in April 2001…


  • Engelhard to Increase Prices for Specialty Kaolin-Based Products

    October 24, 2005
    Engelhard Corporation announced it is raising worldwide prices for all specialty kaolin-based pigments for industrial markets, including coatings, inks, polymers and related industries, effective Dec. 1, 2004 or as soon as contracts permit. This incr…


  • Cognis, Eternal Chemical Announce Energy Cure JV

    October 24, 2005
    Cognis and Eternal Chemical Co., Ltd., Taiwan, announced the formation of a manufacturing joint venture for energy cure products. The joint venture – Eternal Specialty Chemical (Zhuhai) Co. Ltd – will be located in Zhuhai, Peoples Republi…


  • Seminar Set on Consistent Mixing, Uniform Quality

    October 24, 2005
    Professionals in the mixing industry are invited to attend “Consistent Mixing: The Key to Uniform Quality,” to be held in Las Vegas, Jan. 20-21, 2005.      Keynote speaker Peter Holman, P.E., president of Holman Engineer…


  • Sartomer Increases Monomer, Oligomer and Photoinitiator Prices

    October 24, 2005
    Sartomer Company increased the prices of its monomers, oligomers and photoinitiators as of Sept. 1, 2004. This announcement follows an earlier price increase, which was effective June 1, 2004.      According to Paul Elias, Sartomer&r…


  • Johnson Polymer, LLC Announces Price Increase

    October 24, 2005
    Johnson Polymer, LLC announced a per pound price increase of  5 cents per pound for emulsions, 3 cents for solutions, 5 cents for additives, and 9 cents per pound for solid resins. These products are marketed under the trade name Joncryl. The pr…


  • Wolstenholme Announces Price Increases on Black Dispersions

    October 24, 2005
    Wolstenholme International Inc. is committed to being a long-term supplier of high quality carbon black dispersions and providing high levels of service and support for its customers.  However, in order to do that, company officials say they can…


  • Fitz Chem Adds Territory For Wacker Polymer

    October 24, 2005
    Fitz Chem Corporation announced that Wacker Polymer Systems has expanded its territory to include Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and the entire state of Illinois. Fitz Chem’s current territory for Wacker includes the states of Indiana, Northern Ill…


  • Michelman Acquires Assets From Proman Coatings Ltd.

    October 24, 2005
    Michelman, Inc. recently acquired the technology and related water-based coating assets from the former joint venture Proman Coatings Ltd. Michelman believes the integration of the Michelman and Proman technologies will reinforce their position as a…


  • Rockwood Pigments to Acquire Business of Johnson Matthey

    October 24, 2005
    Rockwood Specialties Group, Inc.’s subsidiary, Rockwood Pigments (U.K.) Limited, has acquired the Pigments and Dispersions business of Johnson Matthey Plc for approximately $50 million.      The Pigments and Dispersions busine…


  • UV Composites Group Formed by RadTech

    October 24, 2005
    RadTech, the only North American trade association dedicated to the advancement of UV curing technology, recently expanded its organization by adding a Composites Focus Group.  The group is dedicated to aiding in the safe adoption of UV technolo…


  • Johnson Polymer Announces Partnership in Middle East, Africa

    October 24, 2005
    Johnson Polymer has taken an important step forward in offering more service to the coatings and printing and packaging industries in the Middle East and Africa by setting up a new alliance to bring more value to the industry and to improve customer…


  • Keim-Additec Surface USA, LLC Formed

    October 24, 2005
    Helmut Keim of Keim-Additec Surface, GmbH, Kirchberg, Germany, has announced the formation of Keim-Additec Surface USA, LLC.      Keim-Additec Surface, GmbH is a leading European producer of innovative and high quality wax micro dis…


  • Sartomer's Chatom, AL Plant Recommended for ISO 9001:2000 Registration

    October 24, 2005
    Sartomer Company today announced that the British Standards Institute, Reston, VA, has recommended its Chatom, AL plant for ISO 9001:2000 registration.      The Chatom plant is Sartomer’s seventh facility to be ISO registered…