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AkzoNobel has broken ground on its new decorative paints site in Chengdu, China.

PPG Industries has appointed Michael H. McGarry as chief operating officer.

Novomer Inc. has appointed Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH, a distributor of specialty chemicals, as its distributor of polypropylene carbonate (PPC) polyols in Germany.

Axalta Coating Systems will invest $10.5 million in expanded capacity in Tlalnepantla, Mexico.

Benjamin Moore & Co. will open a new distribution center in Oakland, Calif. by early 2015.

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.

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