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James A. Graner, 63, Chief Financial Officer of Graco Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA, has deferred his retirement.

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BASF Coatings has started up its new production site for paints in Russia.

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Matt Kolb, president of National Coatings Corporation, Camarillo, CA, USA, has been elected to the open Board of Director position at the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC).

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Pathway Polymers Inc. and Urethane Holdings LLC have announced an agreement that is said to will create one of the world’s most complete “One Stop Shops” for TyrFil and other flatproofing products.

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Polyurethane flatproofing product maker Arnco Inc. is expanding production capacity by about 50 % at its processing plant in Berea, OH, USA. It is the second capacity expansion at the facility since it opened in 2005.

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Fredrick Altieri has recently joined Archway Sales. He will be responsible to expand the company’s presence and sales in the New England states.

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Rampf Group, Inc., the American subsidiary company of the German Rampf-Gruppe, is enhancing its presence in North America.

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Huntsman Corporation's polyurethanes division will increase prices in the NAFTA region for its Rubinate MDI products and Suprasec MDI products by USD 0.15 per pound, and its Jeffol polyols and all polyurethane systems by USD 0.12 per pound, on 1USD AugustUSD 2008, or as applicable contracts allow.

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Advanced Medical Solutions Group plc (AMS), Winsford, Cheshire, UK, and Belgian Recticel Group have reached an agreement to form a joint venture relating to Recticel’s fully owned subsidiary Corpura B.V.

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he Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council has issued a call for entries for the 2008 Polyurethane “Innovation Award” nominations.

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