2007-12

ROHM & HAAS ANNOUNCES PRICE INCREASE FOR BIOCIDES IN NORTH AMERICA

Company press release: December 2007
Rohm and Haas announced today it will increase prices for select industrial biocides sold in the U.S. and Canada. The increases will be implemented on all list and off-list prices and will be effective on January 1, 2008, or as contracts allow.
The price increases are effective for the following biocide brands and markets:
KATHONTM biocides used in metalworking and mineral slurries (up to 5% increase).
KATHONTM, ERIDENTM AND KLARIXTM biocides used in water treatment (up to 5% increase).
VINYZENETM biocides used in Plastics (up to 3% increase).
All ROCIMATM BIT-based products (up to 10% increase).
These increases are necessitated by rising raw material, energy and freight costs, as well as, ongoing regulatory, and research and development investments.

ROHM & HAAS ANNOUNCES PRICE INCREASE FOR BIOCIDES IN EUROPE

Company press release: December 2007
Rohm and Haas Industrial Biocides announced today it will increase prices for industrial biocides sold in Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa. This includes all KATHON™, KORALONE™, KLARIX™, KORDEK™, ROCIMA™, ROZONE™, SEA-NINE™ and VINYZENE™ brand biocides. The price increases of up to 5 percent are effective on January 1, 2008, or as contracts allow.
The increases are necessitated by rising raw material, energy and freight costs as well as ongoing regulatory investments.

ROHM & HAAS ADDRESSES KEY TRENDS FOR METALWORKING FLUIDS

Company press release: December 2007
Whether you were looking for new solutions to protect metalworking fluids, novel systems to apply the right dosage every time or an update on biocide regulatory trends, Rohm and Haas had a wealth of information to share at the recent Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Annual Meeting. In addition to the introduction of new technology for the formulation of KORDEK™ LX5000 microbicide into metalworking fluid concentrates, Rohm and Haas brought the following information:
Dr. Terry Williams presented his research on the effectiveness of KORDEK™ LX5000 in metalworking fluid concentrates for broad-spectrum control of bacteria. Dr. Williams demonstrated that KORDEK™ LX5000 (when dosed in concentrates) provided superior performance versus competitive biocides in a broad range of metalworking fluid systems against a variety of microorganisms. His data also indicated KORDEK™ LX5000 was effective against key mycobacteria strains in the majority of fluids tested. Mycobacteria are difficult-to-control organisms and many traditional metalworking biocides are ineffective against them. New stabilizer technology was also presented to provide excellent compatibility of KORDEK™ LX5000 microbicide in metalworking fluid concentrates, even when heat aged at 50oC for a minimum of one month.
Deborah Purnell-Otey, Technical Sales presented the company's new Dosemaster™ Portable Biocide Dosing System, which enables customers to use the correct amount of biocide every time and has proven to be a safer way to feed biocide because it minimizes biocide handling. Originally developed for the coatings and latex industry, the system can save customers time and money with accurate, metered dosing programs. Ms. Purnell-Otey suggested the Dosemaster™ as an excellent option for tankside dosing of KATHON™ biocides from drums.
Michael Sheehan, Business Manager, Biocides, North America spoke about the new regulations that will affect biocides, such as the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) in Europe and separately, the increasing regulatory pressure on formaldehyde. He emphasized that Rohm and Haas is fully supporting its isothiazolone portfolio along with all key metalworking biocides through the BPD process. Sheehan also highlighted that Rohm and Haas' KATHON™ and KORDEK™ biocides are formaldehyde-free and do not generate formaldehyde as their mode of action.

DOW ANNOUNCES GLOBAL PRICE INCREASE FOR GLUTARALDEHYDE AND DBNPA

Chemical Online: November 2007
Dow Biocides announed a price increase for both list and off-list prices of its solid DBNPA, and its entire glutaraldehyde product portfolios, effective January 1, 2008. DPNPA products will increase by 10 U.S. cents per pound in North America and by 10 percent (10%) for the rest of the world. Glutaraldehyde products will increase by 10 U.S. cents per pound in North America and by 10 percent (10%) for the rest of the world.
"We continue to see costs escalate in this highly regulated industry leading to continued upward cost pressures in the market. This price increase is necessary to enable our continued reinvestment both in our business and within the biocides industry,” said Nanette Hermsen, global marketing manager for Dow Biocides.

ISP TO INCREASE BIOCIDE PRICES

Special Chem 4 Coatings: October 2007
International Specialty Products (ISP) will increase the prices for biocides and biocide blends sold in Europe by 5% to 8% effective November 1, 2007 or as contracts allow.
This price increase applies to in-can biocides, algaecide and fungicide products sold within ISP's European region to the paints, coatings, building and construction, and metal working markets. The price increase is necessary to cover the escalating costs of raw materials, energy, product stewardship and regulatory investments.