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ACA Urges Congress to Pass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017 includes nearly 1,700 petitions that the U.S. International Trade Commission reported to Congress in August were eligible for duty-relief as products not produced or available in the United States.
Cal Poly Raises $1.1 Million to Fund Expansion of Coatings Facilities
Cal Poly's Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center (WCTC) recently completed a $1.1 million fundraising campaign to support an expansion that will nearly double its available lab facilities. The additional 2,100 square feet of lab and off...
Evonik Acrylics Africa Now a Wholly Owned Evonik Company
The share purchase is in line with Evonik's worldwide core market strategy and reaffirms the commitment to strengthening the company's position as the exclusive manufacturer of PLEXIGLAS acrylic sheet in the African market, Evonik stated.
California Governor Expected to Sign Chemical Disclosure Bill
If enacted, the measure that was passed by the California Senate and Assembly earlier this month, would require companies to identify on labels and online information the chemical ingredients found in cleaning products; that is, household and instituti...
The 7,200-square-foot addition to the existing solvent-based and OEM product development laboratory will provide the necessary space for research chemists to conduct development work, the company reported.
AkzoNobel Completes Expansion of Coatings Research Facility
Carried out in phases over a period of three years, the investment in the site that employs around 40 scientists will support the company's Protective Coatings, Marine Coatings and Specialty Coatings businesses, the company stated.
Industry Observers Anticipate Global Shipbuilding Expected to Rebound
Global shipbuilding, and with it demand for marine coatings, has been driven largely by the strong growth in international trade in goods, as well as the world's increasing demand for petroleum, which is shipped worldwide from the locations where it is...
Measure to Repeal Colorado PaintCare Program Law Defeated in Legislature
ACA and PaintCare strongly opposed the measure and touted the success of the program: since its establishment, the Colorado program has collected more than 1.6 million gallons of unused paint, and recycled or otherwise utilized more than 80 percent of ...
US Coatings was purchased in 2013 by Mike Reed, Don Thomas, and Larry LeSeure, who are now partnering with Valentus to leverage the infrastructure, technology and manufacturing capacity that Valentus has assembled, the company reported.
Federal Agencies Issue Guidance on Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy
The National Security Presidential Memorandum issued in June directs the Secretaries of Commerce, State, and Treasury to take certain actions to implement the President's Cuba policy, affecting trade and commerce.
AkzoNobel Unveils Strategy to Accelerate Growth and Value Creation
Creating two separate businesses, according to AkzoNobel, will generate superior, faster, and more certain value creation than the alternatives and with substantially fewer risks, uncertainties, and social costs.
The investment, which represents tens of millions of euros, will support the strong demand in growth applications such as cable protection, lightweighting (metal replacement) in automobiles, improved high performance sports shoes (running, soccer, etc....
Clariant to Invest in New Additives' Facilities in China
The expansion of its manufacturing footprint will also reportedly enable Clariant to shorten supply lead times and deliver customized high-tech solutions more rapidly in this region. The new facilities in Zhenjiang, China are expected to be completed i...
The Northern Stacks complex will add more than three million gallons of capacity to support increasing customer demand throughout the Midwest. Upon opening, Axalta stated that it will immediately dedicate 20,000 square feet to production space for wood...
EPA Releases List of 51 Parts of Country that Fall Short of Ozone Standards
In October 2015, EPA lowered both the primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) NAAQS for ozone from the 2008-set 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb, even though the higher 75 ppb standard was never fully implemented across the country.
Sika Acquires Turkish Manufacturer of Sealants and Adhesives
Sika stated that the acquired production site will not only improve Sika's ability to serve customers in the Turkish market but will also function as a distribution and production hub for the Middle East and Africa, reinforcing the supply chain in this...
OSHA to Hold Second Public Meeting to Solicit Suggestions for Growing, Strengthening Voluntary Pr...
OSHA will hold the second of two meetings Aug. 28, 2017, in New Orleans, La., to continue the discussion on the future direction of the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The discussion will include a review of the July 17, 2017, meeti...
EPA Delays Implementation of Final Rule for Wood Composite Formaldehyde Emissions
EPA has once again pushed back the implementation date for its final rule that limits formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products because of President Trump's regulatory freeze, which initially delayed implementation until March 21, 2016. Imple...
Dow Inaugurates New Coating Materials Plant in Western China
The plant is Dow's first manufacturing site in western China and, and according to Dow, is evidence of company's firm commitment to explore China's emerging western inland markets, as well as its support of the Belt and Road initiative of the Chinese g...
EPA to Clarify Definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS)
During the 2014-2015 rulemaking process, ACA opposed EPA and the Army's efforts to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the United States. Because of the expanded WOTUS definition, the federal government wa...
As part of the transaction, Axalta will acquire the personnel, both dedicated manufacturing sites, R&D assets, and the underlying intellectual property of Valspar's North American Industrial Wood Coatings business.
J. Tech's management team, led by Jeff Tannenbaum and Barry Tannenbaum, will remain in place and continue to actively manage the business as an operating vertical within Maroon Group, the companies reported.
BASF Expands Distribution Relationship with Azelis Americas
Through this expansion, GMZ becomes the sole distributor of BASF's Dispersions & Resins Division portfolio of products across the Midwest and Northeast markets including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan.
The final nano-reporting rule requires a one-time reporting and recordkeeping of existing exposure and health and safety information on nanoscale chemical substances in commerce, and that companies that manufacture (including importing) or process cert...
Specialty Polymers, Inc. Partners with Kathion Chemie de Mexico
Based in Nuevo Leon, Kathion Chemie de Mexico distributes specialty chemicals and raw materials in the coatings, ink, construction, cosmetic, personal care, and agrochemical industries throughout Mexico.
Frank C. Sullivan Receives ACA's George Baugh Heckel Award
Frank C. Sullivan, chairman and CEO of RPM International Inc., received the George Baugh Heckel Award - the association's highest honor - in recognition of his leadership efforts on behalf of the association and the industry.
Department of Labor Data Show Slight Slowing of Compensation Cost Increase
Looking at longer term trends in manufacturing, manufacturing compensation has risen at a rate slightly below all workers (since the end of 2005), with retail trade, transportation, and utilities outpacing manufacturing.
Congress Passes Resolution to Overturn OSHA Final Rule on Recordkeeping Citations
Last December, OSHA released its final rule clarifying an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain accurate injury and illness records. The final rule extended the statute of limitations for which the agency can issue citations for recordi...
PPG Completes Paint and Coatings Facility in Russia
In addition to facilities for manufacturing and distributing coatings for automotive, industrial, packaging, and protective and marine applications, the facility includes administrative offices and technical laboratories.
New U.S. Trade Rep Readies to Take on NAFTA, Seeks Industry Comment
Trade policy is one of ACA's top federal priorities since the clear majority of U.S. paint and coatings companies are in the global marketplace. ACA is encouraging the Trump Administration and Congress to work together to promote U.S. exports, remove t...
The Western Coatings Technology Center at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo will offer the annual winter Polymers and Coatings Short Course Feb. 12-16, 2018. The one-week course will cover many aspects of coating and polymer tech...
The amendments designate hazardous non-empty aerosol containers, hazardous antifreeze, and hazardous paint and paint-related wastes as "universal wastes," to promote proper handling, recycling, or disposal of the hazardous waste.
Chemical Distributors Maintain Important Role in Supply Chain
The Census reported on Aug. 9 that sales of chemical distributors (not including manufacturers’ sales branches and offices), were $465.8 billion, up 0.7 percent from the revised May level, and up 5.5 percent from the June 2016 level on a seas...
In Time of Low Overall Unemployment, State Level Data Shows Significant Variance
The coatings industry is concentrated in states such as Ohio and Illinois, for example, where unemployment is currently higher than average; both states show 4.7 percent unemployment rates as of Q1 2018.
According to the company, the facility will be a production hub for solventborne and waterborne coatings, closely connected to the company's existing infrastructure for automotive coatings, resins, and electrocoat production as well as R&D laboratories.
EPA Administrator Pruitt Issues Directive to End EPA "Sue & Settle"
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued an agency-wide directive designed to end "sue and settle" practices within the agency, signaling that it will not resolve litigation through backroom deals with any type of special interest group.
The center will be the key training destination for refinishers from the Western Australian region, focusing on the use of Axalta's refinish and industrial products to help maximize refinishers' skill-sets and keep them up-to-date with latest technolog...
ACA's Steve Sides Among CPCA Honorees at CPCA 105th Annual Conference
CPCA's Industry Achievement Award is presented to individuals or an organization that has demonstrated exceptional achievement in advancing the interests of the industry and the association's objectives.
Missouri Adopts Daubert Standard for Expert Witness Testimony
ACA is a strong proponent of Daubert - a stricter test for the admissibility of expert testimony in product liability cases - as the paradigm for a national standard for admissibility of scientific expert testimony.
ACA's Paint Councils Focus on Issues at the State Level
ACA's Government Affairs division oversees a network of Paint Councils - grassroots groups representing the association in its efforts to promote the interests of the paint and coatings industry at the state level.