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OSHA Issues Letter of Interpretation for Directly Exported or Imported GHS-Labeled Products
OSHA Issues Letter of Interpretation for Directly Exported or Imported GHS-Labeled Products
To provide clarity for the paint and coatings industry, ACA sent a request for a letter of interpretation outlining three scenarios regarding direct export and one scenario for importation. OSHA responded to ACA on Nov. 24, 2015, outlining the requirem...
Sun Chemical Partners With KBA-MetalPrint
Sun Chemical Partners With KBA-MetalPrint
The partnership will focus predominantly on the three-piece can market, and Sun Chemical will provide inks to KBA-MetalPrint on an ongoing basis.
Sika Automotive Commissions New Mixing Equipment and Packaging Lines
Sika Automotive Commissions New Mixing Equipment and Packaging Lines
The SikaPower product portfolio includes crash durable, structural, and e-coatable adhesives for body-in-white applications.
Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Defend Trade Secrets Act
Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Defend Trade Secrets Act
The bill would provide federal jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, as well as damages for U.S. companies beset by the theft of corporate intellectual property.
Nuplex Shareholders Vote to Combine with Allnex
Nuplex Shareholders Vote to Combine with Allnex
Talks of combining companies began on February 15. Exclusive talks with Nuplex were backed by Allnex's shareholder, Advent International.
Sherwin-Williams Completes Acquisition of Valspar
Sherwin-Williams Completes Acquisition of Valspar
Sherwin-Williams expects to achieve $320 million of annual run-rate synergies in the areas of sourcing, SG&A and process and efficiency savings, within three years.
U.S. Eases Restrictions on Financing Exports to Cuba
U.S. Eases Restrictions on Financing Exports to Cuba
The new amendments will, among other things, remove existing restrictions on payment and financing terms for authorized exports and re-exports to Cuba of items other than agricultural items or commodities.
DuPont and Dow to Combine in 'Merger of Equals'
DuPont and Dow to Combine in 'Merger of Equals'
The merger transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and approval by both Dow and DuPont shareholders.
OEHHA Releases New Proposed Regulations for "Clear and Reasonable" Warning Requirements under Pro...
OEHHA Releases New Proposed Regulations for "Clear and Reasonable" Warning Requirements under Pro...
Prop 65 prohibits a person in the course of doing business from knowingly or intentionally exposing any individual to a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving “clear and reasonable&...
PHMSA Issues Final Rule HM-233F, Adoption of Special Permits
PHMSA Issues Final Rule HM-233F, Adoption of Special Permits
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which reauthorized the federal hazmat statute, required PHMSA to review all Special Permits that had been in existence for more than 10 years and determine whether they were appropriate fo...
Solvay Silica Appoints Lintech as U.S. Distributor
Solvay Silica Appoints Lintech as U.S. Distributor
Lintech, with headquarters in Macon, Ga., is an ISO 9001:2008 certified specialty chemical distributor with 13 regional warehouses and technical sales coverage across the United States
EPA Proposes E-manifest User Fee Rule
EPA Proposes E-manifest User Fee Rule
The proposed rule, which establishes the fee formula and methodology for implementing a user fee, is the first step in the regulatory process to establish user fees. EPA is accepting comments on its proposed rule through Sept. 26, 2016.
PPG Completes Paint and Coatings Facility in Russia
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.
President Signs Law Banning Microbeads in Personal Care Products
President Signs Law Banning Microbeads in Personal Care Products
This legislation will preempt state and local laws related to plastic microbeads in rinse off cosmetics.
Congress Passes Resolution to Overturn OSHA Final Rule on Recordkeeping Citations
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...
EPA Releases Proposed Rule Amending Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act
EPA Releases Proposed Rule Amending Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act
EPA's RMP program applies to all stationary sources with processes that contain more than a threshold of a regulated substance. The plan elements are intended to prevent accidental releases and reducing the severity of releases that occur.
PPG Expands Aerospace Coatings Development, Color Capabilities in UK
PPG Expands Aerospace Coatings Development, Color Capabilities in UK
This includes environmentally controlled spray booths and a suite of complementary rooms intended to streamline new product launches and produce more exact color matches at the site.
Tax Extenders Enacted in Omnibus Appropriations Bill Signed by President Obama
Tax Extenders Enacted in Omnibus Appropriations Bill Signed by President Obama
The legislative package revives and extends through 2016 a number of tax provisions affecting business, including the R&D credit, enhanced Section 179 expensing, and deferral for active financing. It also extended the section 954(c)(6) “look-thro...
President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act
President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act
The new law establishes federal jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, and also provide damages for U.S. companies who are victims of the theft of corporate intellectual property.
EPA Extends TSCA Nano-reporting Rule Effective Date, Releases Draft Guidance
EPA Extends TSCA Nano-reporting Rule Effective Date, Releases Draft Guidance
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...
OSHA Issues a Letter of Interpretation to ACA Regarding Ready-to-Ship Stock in Warehouses and Exi...
OSHA Issues a Letter of Interpretation to ACA Regarding Ready-to-Ship Stock in Warehouses and Exi...
While OSHA did not directly respond to ACA’s concerns regarding the difficulties for manufacturers to distribute one label per shipped container and one SDS per shipment, it did address the issue of product that is already in the distribution chain.
Emerald Performance Materials Sells Specialties and Polymer Additives and Nitriles Businesses
Emerald Performance Materials Sells Specialties and Polymer Additives and Nitriles Businesses
The sale will involve five of the company’s nine dedicated plants in Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Henry, Ill.; and a portion of a shared site in Akron, Ohio.
Axalta Launches its Nason Finishes Brand in Russia
Axalta Launches its Nason Finishes Brand in Russia
Axalta’s Nason Finishes’ regionally-specific product portfolios are well-established in the economy refinish paint sectors in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Asia Pacific, the company says.
OSHA Lowers Permissible Exposure Limit for Occupational Exposures to Crystalline Silica
OSHA Lowers Permissible Exposure Limit for Occupational Exposures to Crystalline Silica
The final rule establishes a new, lower PEL of 50 micrograms of respirable crystalline silica per cubic meter of air (50 μg/m3) as an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA) in all industries covered by the rule. This new limit is 2-5 times lower than ...
New U.S. Trade Rep Readies to Take on NAFTA, Seeks Industry Comment
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...
RMP Final Rule Delayed until February 2019
RMP Final Rule Delayed until February 2019
EPA is delaying the effective date of the RMP final rule amendments until February 2019. This latest delay will allow EPA more time to review and reconsider the final RMP rule amendments.
Coatings Raw Materials Cost Reflects Commodities Pricing Trends
Coatings Raw Materials Cost Reflects Commodities Pricing Trends
Since energy consists of a number of components, a good metric for the cost of energy goods is the Producer Price Index for Crude Energy Materials.
Sherwin-Williams to Acquire Valspar for $11.3 Billion
Sherwin-Williams to Acquire Valspar for $11.3 Billion
The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2017, subject to approval by Valspar shareholders.
Axalta Opens Training Facility in Australia
Axalta Opens Training Facility in Australia
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...
California's OEHHA Releases Revised Draft of Proposed Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings Re...
California's OEHHA Releases Revised Draft of Proposed Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings Re...
ACA has been actively participating in the regulatory process, meeting with OEHHA and providing substantive comments regarding its concerns with OEHHA’s numerous proposed revisions.
Axalta to Acquire Wood Coatings Business
Axalta to Acquire Wood Coatings Business
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.
AkzoNobel Completes Expansion of Coatings Research Facility
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.
CDC Issues Statement on Errors in its Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring Report
CDC Issues Statement on Errors in its Formaldehyde in Laminate Flooring Report
CDC’s statement said that “health risks of people who have the laminate flooring are being revised to reflect greater exposure to formaldehyde, which could cause eye, nose, and throat irritation for anyone. The estimated risk of cancer asso...
Cargill Acquires BioBased Technologies' Polyols Products
Cargill Acquires BioBased Technologies' Polyols Products
Reportedly, Cargill can now offer customers products that incorporate higher levels of natural polyols, which reduces dependence on petroleum polyols.
Peninsula Polymers to Represent Allnex Additives
Peninsula Polymers to Represent Allnex Additives
Peninsula Polymers will serve as a national distributor for Allnex’s additives, specifically the ADDITOL® and MODAFLOW® products.
Sun Chemical Creates New Advanced Materials Division
Sun Chemical Creates New Advanced Materials Division
The newly formed Sun Chemical Advanced Materials will deliver technologies to broad markets, including automotive, inkjet, electronics, architectural and industrial coatings, aerospace, printed circuits, photovoltaics, printed electronics, plastic card...
OSHA Releases Final Rule to Amend Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements
OSHA Releases Final Rule to Amend Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements
OSHA's stated purpose of the final rule is to have certain injury and illness data that companies already collect to be reported electronically, and to inform the public about companies’ injury and illness data. The final rule presents a number o...
Dow Chemical Company Research Team Receives 2016 American Coatings AWARD
Dow Chemical Company Research Team Receives 2016 American Coatings AWARD
The American Coatings AWARD recognizes the most outstanding paper at the biennial American Coatings CONFERENCE. Dow Chemical’s Erin Vogel, Marty Beebe, Bob Bills, Christina Ellison, Sue Machelski, Jamie Sullivan, Jay Romick, and Vennesa Williams ...
Reichhold and Polynt Complete Merger
Reichhold and Polynt Complete Merger
The new Polynt-Reichhold (the Group) is a global company in the Intermediates, Coating and Composite Resins, Thermoset Compounds, Gel-coats, and niche specialties with more than $2 billion in revenue.
Elco Corporation Appoints Azelis as Distributor
Elco Corporation Appoints Azelis as Distributor
Many products from Elco's portfolio are stored at the Azelis warehouse in Germany, allowing Azelis to offer customers short lead times without a minimum order quantity, the companies stated.
Arizona Polymer Flooring Acquires Super-Krete International
Arizona Polymer Flooring Acquires Super-Krete International
The California-based Super-Krete International is a manufacturer of concrete repair and restoration materials for residential and commercial projects.
Missouri Adopts Daubert Standard for Expert Witness Testimony
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.
Oil Stocks Continued Rise Suggests Continued Low Prices
Oil Stocks Continued Rise Suggests Continued Low Prices
Currently, global demand has fallen behind rising global oil production, and has done so for at least the past two years.
Sherwin-Williams and Valspar Extend Term of Merger Agreement
Sherwin-Williams and Valspar Extend Term of Merger Agreement
The extension of the merger agreement to June 21, 2017, is intended to provide sufficient time to complete the Valspar acquisition.
PHMSA Issues Final 'Reverse Logistics' Rule
PHMSA Issues Final 'Reverse Logistics' Rule
The final rule creates a new section in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to identify the regulatory responsibilities of the shipper for reverse logistics, that is, the safe return of goods from the consumer/marketplace to the vendor, manufactu...
Senate Passes TSCA Reform Legislation
Senate Passes TSCA Reform Legislation
The legislation will bring up to date the country's primary chemicals management law to ensure the safe use of chemicals, encourage the development of new products, and keep the United States globally competitive.
President Obama Signs into Law the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
President Obama Signs into Law the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
The new law should eventually eliminate or reduce hundreds of import duties on raw materials and intermediate products that are not produced or available domestically.
Henkel Invests in Adhesives Production Expansion
Henkel Invests in Adhesives Production Expansion
The new line will serve the growing demand for high impact solutions, supporting key trends in the global aerospace industry such as light weighting and automation, the company stated.
House Committee Passes ACA-Supported Tariff Bill
House Committee Passes ACA-Supported Tariff Bill
The House Ways and Means Committee on April 20 passed by voice vote bipartisan legislation that would create a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process to eliminate tariffs on inputs and other products that are not produced or available in the United St...
Wal-Mart Seeks to Remove Eight Chemicals from Household Products, Leans on Suppliers
Wal-Mart Seeks to Remove Eight Chemicals from Household Products, Leans on Suppliers
Wal-Mart developed this list in coordination with the Environmental Defense Fund, and it builds upon Wal-Mart's Sustainability Policy released in 2013. The policy will require products still containing these chemicals to disclose these ingredients on t...
Active Minerals International Improves Process to Add Capacity
Active Minerals International Improves Process to Add Capacity
AMI's process improvements include debottlenecking, mill feed automation, process flow changes, and enhanced utilization of manufacturing data management software. Existing classifiers are also being upgraded to produce more paint grade products.
Cloverdale Paint Opens R&D Facility
Cloverdale Paint Opens R&D Facility
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 Unveils Strategy to Accelerate Growth and Value Creation
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.
Existing Home Sales Rebound in March
Existing Home Sales Rebound in March
The increase in the annual home sales rate was strongest in the Northeast and Midwest, and lower in the South and West.
Dow and DuPont Receive Conditional Approval for Proposed Merger
Dow and DuPont Receive Conditional Approval for Proposed Merger
China is a critical market for both Dow and DuPont and will be for the three intended independent companies that will be created following the merger.
Worldwide Motor Vehicle Production Tops 90 Million in 2015
Worldwide Motor Vehicle Production Tops 90 Million in 2015
The 2015 figure of 90.683 million units is up nearly 50% from the 2009 figure of 61.762 million units worldwide.
ACA Backgrounder Addresses Issues with EPA's Proposed Rule for Nano Reporting
ACA Backgrounder Addresses Issues with EPA's Proposed Rule for Nano Reporting
ACA addresses why EPA should make practical changes to its proposal — which is scheduled to be finalized in fall of 2016 — in order to make the rule workable for the coatings industry, and to allow the agency to appropriately focus its info...
EPA to Clarify Definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS)
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...
TSCA Reform Compromise Bill Passes House, Headed to Senate for Vote
TSCA Reform Compromise Bill Passes House, Headed to Senate for Vote
The bill creates a framework to reset the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) inventory, prioritize chemical substances, make it easier for EPA to obtain information on chemicals through testing, require risk evaluations of high priority substances, cr...
U.S. Zinc Expands Relationship with Azelis Americas Canada
U.S. Zinc Expands Relationship with Azelis Americas Canada
Azelis Americas will represent U.S. Zinc for zinc oxide and zinc dust across all of Canada.
CDC Issues Report on Possible Health Implications from Exposure to Formaldehyde Emitted from Lami...
CDC Issues Report on Possible Health Implications from Exposure to Formaldehyde Emitted from Lami...
Because of concerns raised by the 60 Minutes report, CPSC conducted an in-depth test of laminate flooring samples manufactured in China during 2012-2014 that were sold at Lumber Liquidators® stores.
Senate Passes Defend Trade Secrets Act
Senate Passes Defend Trade Secrets Act
The bill would provide federal jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, and also provide damages for U.S. companies beset by the theft of corporate intellectual property.
EPA Delays Implementation of Final Rule for Wood Composite Formaldehyde Emissions
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...
Siegwerk Transfers Business to Flint Group
Siegwerk Transfers Business to Flint Group
This acquisition allows Siegwerk to focus on its core business of packaging printing, the company said.
Clariant to Invest in New Additives' Facilities in China
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...
BASF to Collaborate with HP Indigo
BASF to Collaborate with HP Indigo
The expansion of HP Indigo digital printing into mainstream flexible packaging required a validation of various adhesive performances with the HP Indigo ElectroInk.
OSHA Delays Effective Date for Enforcing Employees' Rights to Report Workplace Injuries, Illnesses
OSHA Delays Effective Date for Enforcing Employees' Rights to Report Workplace Injuries, Illnesses
Originally scheduled to begin Aug. 10, 2016, enforcement will now begin Nov. 1, 2016.
ACA Comments on EPA's Proposed Rule for Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements
ACA Comments on EPA's Proposed Rule for Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements
EPA proposed substantive changes to its hazardous waste generator regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, in order to streamline the rules and increase flexibility for hazardous waste generators. Many of ACA's member companies are...
OSHA Proposes Compliance Date Delay for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports
OSHA Proposes Compliance Date Delay for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports
OSHA's proposed delay would push the electronic reporting compliance date from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017.
Defend Trade Secrets Act Awaits President Obama's Signature
Defend Trade Secrets Act Awaits President Obama's Signature
The bill would provide federal jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, and also provide damages for U.S. companies beset by the theft of corporate intellectual property. The President is expected to sign the bill into law.
Two New Executive Orders Focus on Trade
Two New Executive Orders Focus on Trade
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.
Dow Announces 20 Percent Reduction of Acrylate Capacity, Additional Actions to Address Current Ma...
Dow Announces 20 Percent Reduction of Acrylate Capacity, Additional Actions to Address Current Ma...
Acrylates are used in a variety of applications including adhesives, coatings, inks, plastics, and superabsorbent products.
Wisconsin Attorney General Submits Brief in Support of State Legislature's Overruling of <i>Thoma...
Wisconsin Attorney General Submits Brief in Support of State Legislature's Overruling of <i>Thoma...
Under Thomas, a plaintiff can sue all the manufacturers who were in the market at the relevant time and, if the case is successful, each will share liability for the "risk" to which they have "contributed." However, in 2011, the Wisconsin legisl...
Department of Labor Data Show Slight Slowing of Compensation Cost Increase
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.
Bill Introduced in House to Delay Ozone Standard Implementation
Bill Introduced in House to Delay Ozone Standard Implementation
The bill would require EPA to freeze implementation of the new 70 ppb ozone standard while it conducts a study on the effect of foreign pollution on areas that are unable to comply.
Volume of U.S. Seaborne Trade Doubles since 2000
Volume of U.S. Seaborne Trade Doubles since 2000
The United States is a trading nation, and much of its international trade in merchandise arrives and departs on ships, primarily container vessels. The physical volume of such seaborne trade has risen dramatically since the turn of the century, rising...