Ferrari introduces world’s first low-bake paint tech in partnership with PPG

With the on-going collaboration with PPG Industries, Ferrari has introduced an innovative low-temperature paint system. Making the Prancing Horse, the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt the new Low Cure clear coats technology. This move further underscores Ferrari’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of both excellence and sustainability. In 2004, it became one of the first companies in the world to introduce a water-based paint system which significantly lowered the environmental impact of its cars. The Low Cure resins contain a new hardener which enhances the chemical and mechanical resistance of the coating.

Saudi Aramco has appointed Khalid Al-Dabbagh as senior vice president of finance, strategy & development, effective 1 Sept 2018. Al-Dabbagh has been the company’s financial controller since January 2012. He was responsible for Saudi Aramco’s global accounting activities, issuance of the annual financial report and the maintenance of effective internal controls. He provided business intelligence and advisory services, and was responsible for developing and maintaining corporate performance programs. Al-Dabbagh also oversaw the annual operating and capital budgeting processes, and the evaluation of proposed investments by the company. Read More

Evonik Industries has made the strategic decision to launch its own guanidinoacetic acid-product (GAA) used to enhance energy metabolism in livestock production. The market launch is planned as soon as possible and became necessary after Trostberg-based, AlzChem Group AG terminated its supply agreement with Evonik as of 31.12.2018. The GAA product CreAMINO currently distributed by Evonik is manufactured by AlzChem. Evonik will continue to supply its customers until at least the end of 2018. The termination of the contract with AlzChem AG will open options for Evonik to further develop the use of GAA in animal nutrition and to supply the global market with its own GAA product. Read More

Tomorrow’s mobility ecosystem, with fleets of autonomous and/or electric vehicles, may require a new catalogue of materials and chemicals to make everything from batteries to simplified powertrains and customizable interiors. For manufacturers, the future of mobility means challenges and opportunities. By Robert Kumpf, Shay Eliaz, Tom Aldred: A new “oil shock”? Four decades ago, the auto industry saw the role of chemicals and materials fundamentally reshaped, as the oil shock spurred the need for lighter-weight and lower-cost components. Today, a new series of converging trends could even more profoundly affect how-and of what-vehicles are made. Read More