1.23 Printing inks grow

Chemical Week, June 1997

Consumption of printing inks in Latin America is projected to increase 42 % to $ 631 million and 120,000 tonnes by 2000 according to Consultants Hochberg & Co. (Chester, NJ). Mexico and Brazil consume the greatest volume of printing inks accounting for 70 % of the market.

1.22 Paints acquisition

Chemical Week, June 1997

Coatings maker ThermaCell Technologies (Holiday, FL) has signed a letter of intent to acquire the assets of Atlas Chemical (Miami), a privately held paints and coatings manufacturer. Terms were not disclosed.

1.21 Bergolin restructures distribution activities.

Farbe und Lack June 1997

German coatings manufacturer Bergolin reorganised the distribution activities for the corrosion inhibitor and building protection materials sectors. Coatings produced by the subsidiary TMP Tenax Marine Paints GmbH in Hamburg have now been directly integrated into the sales organisation of the parent company Bergolin. The product range includes paints, corrosion inhibitors, building protection products and some speciality products. Other sectors of the parent company Bergolin include wood varnish for the furniture industry, wood preservatives, industrial coatings, paper glues and marine paints.

1.20 French precipitated calcium carbonate plant for Speciality Minerals.

European Chemical News, June 1997

A facility for production of precipitated calcium carbonate, with a capacity of 25,000-35,000 tonne/y, is to be built and operated at Docelles, France, by Speciality Minerals France, under contract to Papeteries de Docelles. The facility will be located at the paper mill operated by Papeteries de Docelles and is due to begin production in 1Q 1998.

1.19 Safer tributylin oxide alternative developed.

Pesticide and Toxic Chemical News June 1997

The US Antifoulant Paint Control Act of 1988 restricted the use of organotins as marine antifoulants after the Environmental Protection Agency found that tributylin oxide could cause ecological damage. Rohm &Haas Co announced the development and marketing of an alternative marine antifoulant after the screening of over 140 compounds from the 3-isothiazoles. The chosen compound was 4,5-dicloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, now sold under the name Sea-Nine. It degrades rapidly in water, is not a chronic or reproductive toxin and does not accumulate in marine creatures. It is being tested by the US Navy.