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PPG Industries is investing approximately $40 million in its coatings manufacturing facility in Sumare, São Paulo, Brazil.

Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc., has announced that it will expand capacity at its Natrosol™ hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) production facility in Nanjing, China.

VanDeMark Chemical Inc. of Lockport, N.Y., an independent manufacturer of phosgene and phosgene derivatives in North America, has acquired Framochem Kft, a manufacturer of phosgene products based in Hungary.

Emerald Performance Materials, LLC, has completed its sale to an affiliate of private equity firm American Securities LLC.

Flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Americas has moved its center of operations to a new facility in Spring, Texas.

RPM International Inc. has announced that its Rust-Oleum Group has acquired Krud Kutter, Inc., a marketer of specialty cleaning products for both residential and industrial markets.

Kelly-Moore Paints has announced an alliance with the Rodda Paint Co., based in Portland, Ore.

BASF has begun work on the second phase of the Innovation Campus Asia Pacific at its Pudong site in Shanghai, China.

KH Neochem Co., Ltd. has increased production capacity of 2-ethyl hexanoic acid by 10 percent at its plant in Yokkaichi, Japan.

Lintech International has been named distributor of the year for the second time in a row by Evonik Corporation.

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