Materials Performance

MAY 2015

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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22 MAY 2015 MATERIALS PERFORMANCE NACE INTERNATIONAL: VOL. 54, NO. 5 MATCOR Acquired by Brand Energy & Infrastructure MATCOR, Inc. (Chalfont, Pennsylvania), a full-service provider of proprietary ca- thodic protection (CP) products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions, has been acquired by Brand Energy & Infra- structure Services (Brand). Brand also owns CP Masters, Inc., a leader in the de- sign and construction of CP and corrosion control/prevention in the North American energy markets. "This is an exciting time for MATCOR as we celebrate 40 years in business and move into a new chapter for the company," says Douglas Fastuca, presi- dent of MATCOR. "Under the ownership of Brand and our new relationship with CP Masters, MATCOR is in an excellent posi- tion to better serve its customers in the U.S. and internationally." HEMPADUR AvantGuard Wins Frost & Sullivan Award Hempel's (Conroe, Texas) HEMPADUR AvantGuard range of products won the 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product In- novation. The award recognizes the prod- uct's ability to pro- vide superior anti- corrosive protection for iron and steel structures in tough environments. Hem- pel's HEMPADUR AvantGuard activated zinc primers include patented AvantGuard technology to provide better anticorrosion protection than zinc epoxies without Avant- Guard. The coatings are developed to pro- tect industrial structures and equipment in C4 and C5 corrosive conditions, where salt water and high humidity corrode unpro- tected steel. As Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Soundarya Shankar explains, "The AvantGuard technology uses hollow glass spheres and a proprietary acti- vator to activate more zinc and enhance the anticorrosive properties of the coating." COMPANY NEWS BASF Opens New Dispersions Plant in Texas The BASF site in Freeport, Texas hosted a grand opening ceremony for its first new plant to come on- line since 2007. The dispersions plant, which manufactures acrylic emulsion polymers for architec- tural coatings, construction chemi- cals, adhesives, and applications in the paper chemicals industry, created 25 full-time jobs and generated more than 500 contractor jobs during peak construction, and also adds a new product mix to the Freeport portfolio. BASF also operates emulsion polymer plants in Monaca, Pennsylvania; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Altamira, Mexico. With the Freeport plant online, BASF can better serve its customers in the central-southern United States. "Celebrating the official grand opening of a new plant in Freeport marks a major milestone for us. It demonstrates our commitment to producing quality products that add value to our customers, support our company, and serve our community," says Chris Witte, senior vice president and general manager of the BASF Freeport site.

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