American Biltrite Inc. provides flooring products, tape products, jewelry, and rubber products worldwide. The company produces adhesive-coated, pressure-sensitive papers, and films used to protect material during handling or storage, or to serve as a carrier for transferring decals or die-cut lettering; and pressure sensitive tapes and adhesive products used for applications in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning, footwear, automotive, electrical, and electronic industries. It also manufactures vinyl and vinyl composition floor coverings and sells them primarily through floor covering distributors, to retailers and contractors for commercial and residential use. In addition, American Biltrite supplies costume jewelry to mass merchandisers and department stores; and produces flooring and rubber products, including materials used by footwear manufacturers, and other industrial products. The company was founded in 1908 and is based in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.
Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc., a development stage company, focuses on developing and commercializing gasification technology primarily in China and the United States. The company intends to build, own, and operate coal gasification plants that utilize its proprietary U-GAS fluidized bed gasification technology to convert low rank coal and coal wastes into higher value energy products, such as transportation fuels and ammonia. Synthesis Energy Systems was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Chem-Pak packs a chemical punch into its private-label products. The company provides contract chemical manufacturing services for specialty coatings, cleaners, paints, music accessories (instrument cleaners), lubricants, and degreasers. Chem-Pak also provides packaging services for steel aerosol cans and specialty filling of aluminum tubes, pails, and drums. It operates from a facility in West Virginia.
The Unitika Group got its start in 1889, with the founding of Amagasaki Spinners, a historic first step in the start of Japan's textile industry. When the company changed its name to Dainippon Spinners in 1918, it was already helping to support the Japanese fiber industry as one of Japan's three largest textile makers. In 1969, the company merged with Nippon Rayon and the new company became known as Unitika. Today, Unitika's fiber and textile business and the dynamic array of its other business activities are made possible by the interactions among all the Group members. As Unitika continues to evolve into the future, its wealth of experience is an asset shared throughout the Group.At the Unitika Group, we are reinforcing our corporate constitution and enhancing our corporate value in accordance with our management principle of "contributing to the good of society by connecting people's lives and technologies." As an advanced material manufacturer, we engage in an extensive range of businesses: manufacture of films, resins, nonwoven fabrics and other polymer or synthetic fiber materials, glass fiber and other highly functional materials, all based on our original polymer technologies developed over many years; and in environment- and biotechnology-related businesses. Through these activities, we seek to become a company with a strong social presence that contributes to people's lives and to the natural environment. This is in fact our management vision.
Penford Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of specialty natural-based ingredient systems for various industrial and food applications in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It develops and manufactures ingredients with starch as a base. The starch products are manufactured primarily from corn, potatoes, and wheat, and are used as binders and coatings in paper and food production. The various forms of starches include ethylated, oxidized, and cationic. The ethylated and oxidized starches are used in coatings and as binders, providing printability to fine white, magazine, and catalog paper. Cationic and other liquid starches are used in the paper forming process in paper production, providing bonding of paper fibers and other ingredients. Penford sells its products through a direct sales force, as well as through distributor agreements. The company was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Centennial, Colorado.
Airgas, Inc.(NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related hardgoods, such as welding supplies. Airgas is also a leading U.S. distributor of safety products, the largest U.S. producer of nitrous oxide and dry ice, the largest liquid carbon dioxide producer in the Southeast, and a leading distributor of process chemicals, refrigerants and ammonia products.
Not only can you paint the town red with Benjamin Moore paints, you can stain and finish it as well. In addition to ready-mixed colors -- sold under such brands as Benjamin Moore Paints, Moorcraft, and Benwood -- the company can match almost any shade with roughly 3,300 colors. Benjamin Moore also makes industrial coatings and coatings for manufacturers of furniture and roof decking. The company sells its paints through a dealer network of about 4,000 independent paint and decorating stores, most of which are in North America. Benjamin Moore became a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in 2000.
From painting to printing, Clariant GmbH makes it brighter. The company makes pigments for paints, lacquers, plastics, and other specialty applications. The company also makes masterbatches, printing inks for ink jet and laser printing, additives to improve heat resistance, and aluminum paints. Other divisions make surfactants, polymers, pharmaceutical and agricultural fine chemicals, and distribute color and additive concentrates. Clariant GmbH sells to the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, medical, packaging, and textiles markets. The company is the German unit of Swiss specialty chemical giant Clariant International and accounts for about 15% of its parent's total sales.
Mawana Sugars helps make India a bit cleaner and fatter. The company's businesses manufacture chlor-alkali chemicals used in cleaning products (caustic soda, chlorine, bleaching powder) and retail sugar (under its eponymous brand). The chemical business operates through Siel Chemical Complex. The company had been known as Siel Limited until early 2008, when it completed its merger with Mawana Sugars and took that company's name. The former Siel Limited had spun off Mawana earlier in the decade, but the two companies decided to re-combine in 2007.
SABIC isn't meant to be an anagram for basic; that's just a happy accident. SABIC Europe manufactures basic and intermediate petrochemicals, including polyethylene, polypropylene, and other polyolefins, for customers throughout Europe. SABIC Europe is the European arm of Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC), the largest non-oil producing company in the Middle East, and one of the world's leading petrochemical producers. The company also distributes its parent's products throughout the continent; its manufacturing complexes are in Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.
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