Alkyd resins are among the most mature raw materials the protective coatings industry uses. At the same time they are the largest volume oil‐based vehicles used in paints around the world. This might raise the question “is there anything really new with alkyds?” The answer is a resounding “yes!” There is new commercial as well as technical activity. In the former category one finds activity in the Arab world where oil‐based affluence has created a need for protective coatings raw materials. Thus in Jordan a company known as Universal Chemical Industries has set up to produce alkyd resins as well as poly(vinyl acetate) emulsions with the objective of supplying the domestic coatings industry. Technology comes from Ashland Chemicals' European subsidiaries. Similarly, in Saudi Arabia, Arabian Gulf Resins International announced plans to build a large alkyd resin plant at Damman using Deutsche Texaco's technology.
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