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Industry News (Week of 8/14/06)

August 15, 2006
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CHEMSULTANTS OPENS NEW HEADQUARTERS, CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Chemsultants International, Mentor, OH, has announced the opening of a new 10-acre campus with state-of-the-art testing, product development, and research and training facilities to serve its growing customer base in the global adhesives and sealants industries. The opening of the new 35,000-sq.-ft. building coincides with the company's 20th anniversary. Chemsultants founder and president Richard P. Muny launched his career in adhesives and sealants consulting in a leased 550-sq. ft. office in Painesville, OH. During those early years, he consulted with companies to set up quality-assurance testing programs. He later added adhesive formulation and testing services for pressure-sensitive adhesives and products.

For more information, visit http://www.chemsultants.com or call (440) 352-0218.

CHRISTOPH HENKEL AWARDED HONORARY DOCTORATE

Christoph Henkel, vice chairman of the Shareholders' Committee of Henkel KgaA, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf in recognition of both his professional achievements and his services to the university's Economics faculty. Henkel's achievements in science and practice are many and varied. Since 1994, he has established a number of successful companies. The many initiatives he has promoted include the foundation of various companies and partnerships in the hotel sector, the establishment of a property fund, and the establishment and entrepreneurial management of a portfolio of direct shareholdings in the biomedical and high-tech segments.

COGNIS CONSOLIDATES EUROPEAN MANUFACTURE OF RHEOLOGY ADDITIVE RANGE IN SPAIN

Cognis, Monheim, Germany, has consolidated the European production of its DSX range of rheology additives at its site in Castellbisbal, Spain, near Barcelona. One of the innovative green additives produced in Castellbisbal, DSX® 3800 is an effective rheology modifier for environmentally friendly water-based coatings. Despite containing no solvents or heavy metals, it still delivers excellent performance. The production and service center at Castellbisbal will complement the company's existing production facilities in the U.S. and mainly serve the European market, where demand for high-quality, environmentally friendly coatings is on the rise.

For more information, visit http://www.cognis.com .

DOW NAMES MANAGER FOR COATED PAPERBOARD

R. Todd Crook has been named senior marketing manager for coated paperboard at Dow Latex, Midland, MI. Crook will be responsible for product development, market strategy and pricing for the line of latexes the company markets for production of coated paperboard. In making the announcement, Cindy Elliott, commercial director for Dow Latex, noted the overall experience that Crook brings to his new assignment. "Todd is a strong addition to our marketing team for Dow Latex in North America," she said. "He has over 15 years of experience in a variety of latex-related positions, and understands both the dynamics of the market as well as the technology platforms we offer our customers. In his new role, he will focus specifically on the needs and opportunities to support our customers who specialize in coated paperboard."

SEKISUI VOLTEK LLC ACQUIRES YOUNGBO AMERICA

Sekisui Voltek LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, has acquired 100% of the stock of Youngbo America Inc., a California Corporation, from Youngbo Chemical Co. Ltd. of Korea. Sekisui Japan is already a 51% shareholder of Youngbo Korea. Youngbo America's California facility will serve as a West Coast sales office and distribution center. In addition to this acquisition, Sekisui Voltek also announced that it has significantly expanded capacity of both XLPE and XLPP Volara foam production to meet predicted strong growth in their three major business sectors of Automotive, Industrial and Tape & Healthcare.

For more information, visit http://www.SekisuiVoltek.com .

SPECIALTY COATING SYSTEMS OPENS COSTA RICA FACILITY

Specialty Coating Systems Inc. (SCS), Indianapolis, has opened its newest Parylene coating facility in Heredia, Costa Rica. The 8,000-sq.-ft. facility, located in the Global Park Free Zone, is the company's first in Costa Rica and its 10th location worldwide. "We are pleased to be able to expand to meet the needs of our current customers and position the company for future growth," said Terry Bush, COO of SCS. "SCS' location in Costa Rica enables us to better serve our worldwide markets."

For more information, visit http://www.scscoatings.com/locations .

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