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ACA's Paint Councils Focus on Issues at the State Level
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.
Wacker Expands Production Plants in South Korea
Wacker Expands Production Plants in South Korea
Capital expenditures of around €60 million are budgeted for the capacity increase and for expanding local infrastructure.
EPA Administrator Pruitt Issues Directive to End EPA "Sue & Settle"
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.
ACA Hosts Member Webinar Series on Regulatory Issues
ACA Hosts Member Webinar Series on Regulatory Issues
ACA offers corporate member complimentary webinars that focus on topical regulatory issues.
Grace Acquires Albemarle Polyolefin Catalysts Business
Grace Acquires Albemarle Polyolefin Catalysts Business
The acquired business primarily develops and manufactures proprietary and custom-manufactured single-site catalysts as well as metallocenes and activators used in the production of plastic resins.
Cal Poly Raises $1.1 Million to Fund Expansion of Coatings Facilities
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ohio Universal Waste Rule Amendments Nearly Final
Ohio Universal Waste Rule Amendments Nearly Final
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.
ACA Responds to Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Report
ACA Responds to Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Report
Washington State is requiring that copper used as a biocide in anti-fouling boat paint be phased out for recreational use (vessels under 65 ft.) by 2020.
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.
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.
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...
PPG Opens Automotive Refinish Training Center in Argentina
PPG Opens Automotive Refinish Training Center in Argentina
PPG will train technicians from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay on all of PPG's automotive refinish product lines and color modules, as well as application techniques, the company stated.
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.
DuPont and Dow Set Merge Date
DuPont and Dow Set Merge Date
Shares of Dow and DuPont will cease trading at the close of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Aug. 31.
Federal Agencies Issue Guidance on Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy
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.
Jebsen & Jessen and Jebsen Group Announce Joint Venture
Jebsen & Jessen and Jebsen Group Announce Joint Venture
According to the companies, this partnership combines the expertise of both organizations, establishing a stronger regional presence that provides better service capability to customers in Asia.
Polymers & Coatings Winter 2018 Short Course
Polymers & Coatings Winter 2018 Short Course
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...
Industry Observers Anticipate Global Shipbuilding Expected to Rebound
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...
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...
California Governor Expected to Sign Chemical Disclosure Bill
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...
BASF Opens Automotive Coatings Plant in Shanghai
BASF Opens Automotive Coatings Plant in Shanghai
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.
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.
BASF Expands Distribution Relationship with Azelis Americas
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.
Compliance Date for Amended Prop 65 "Clear and Reasonable Warnings" is August 29
Compliance Date for Amended Prop 65 "Clear and Reasonable Warnings" is August 29
Under Prop. 65, individuals must provide warnings prior to exposure to a chemical identified by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm.
Frank C. Sullivan Receives ACA's George Baugh Heckel Award
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.
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.
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.
Supreme Court WOTUS Decision Brings State Lawsuits
Supreme Court WOTUS Decision Brings State Lawsuits
ACA supports EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' efforts to effect changes to the rule that will provide continuity and certainty for regulated entities, the states, agency staff, and the public.
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...
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...
Evonik Acrylics Africa Now a Wholly Owned Evonik Company
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.
Coatings and Adhesives Manufacturing Show Increased Shipments, Leaner Inventories
Coatings and Adhesives Manufacturing Show Increased Shipments, Leaner Inventories
Manufacturers seek to maintain lean, but not overly lean, inventory levels, and it appears that the coatings and adhesives industries have done well in this regard since the end of the recession.
Sika Acquires Turkish Manufacturer of Sealants and Adhesives
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...
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...
ChemiK and Omya Announce Distribution Partnership
ChemiK and Omya Announce Distribution Partnership
Omya will represent ChemiK as a national distributor of their full line of synthetic iron oxide pigments in the coatings, plastics, and construction markets throughout the United States and Canada.
Maroon Group Acquires J. Tech Sales
Maroon Group Acquires J. Tech Sales
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.
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.
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.
OSHA to Hold Second Public Meeting to Solicit Suggestions for Growing, Strengthening Voluntary Pr...
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...
Measure to Repeal Colorado PaintCare Program Law Defeated in Legislature
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 ...
ACA Urges Congress to Pass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
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.
Arkema to Produce Polyamide 12 in China Mid-2020
Arkema to Produce Polyamide 12 in China Mid-2020
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....
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.
In Time of Low Overall Unemployment, State Level Data Shows Significant Variance
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.
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.
Dow Inaugurates New Coating Materials Plant in Western China
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...
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.
Huron Capital Acquires US Coatings
Huron Capital Acquires US Coatings
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 Debt Exceeds $20 Trillion and Might Rise Higher as Result of Recent Legislation
Federal Debt Exceeds $20 Trillion and Might Rise Higher as Result of Recent Legislation
The current market value of gross federal debt now exceeds $20 trillion, a value that was first passed in early 2016.
EPA Releases List of Substances Reported under TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule
EPA Releases List of Substances Reported under TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule
The Toxic Substances Act (TSCA) requires EPA to designate certain substances as either "active" or "inactive" in U.S. commerce.
Axalta Announces New Names for the Spencer Coatings Group
Axalta Announces New Names for the Spencer Coatings Group
Axalta has announced the new legal entity names for Spencer Coatings after its acquisition by Axalta in May 2017.
EPA Proposes Delay of WOTUS Rule until 2020
EPA Proposes Delay of WOTUS Rule until 2020
ACA supports EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' efforts to effect changes to the rule that will provide continuity and certainty for regulated entities, the States, agency staff, and the public.
Specialty Polymers, Inc. Partners with Kathion Chemie de Mexico
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.
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.
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.
Axalta Opens Technology Center in Vadodara, India
Axalta Opens Technology Center in Vadodara, India
The new laboratory space will feature contemporary robotic spray applicators that can reportedly simulate line application conditions inside customer manufacturing plants.
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.
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.
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...
EPA Proposes Universal Waste Designation for Aerosol Cans
EPA Proposes Universal Waste Designation for Aerosol Cans
Under the proposed reclassification, aerosol cans, pressurized or spent - including spray paint cans - would be treated and handled as universal waste.
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...
Spherix Mineral Products Partners with ChemSpec
Spherix Mineral Products Partners with ChemSpec
The partnership will allow ChemSpec to deliver enhanced solutions to the silicone compounding market, the company stated.
Synthomer Sells Leuna Site to Alberdingk Boley
Synthomer Sells Leuna Site to Alberdingk Boley
The ongoing operational savings related to the sale of the site form the final part of Synthomer's $12 million synergy target relating to that acquisition, the company stated.
AkzoNobel Seals Two-year Intersleek Supply Deal with Nakilat
AkzoNobel Seals Two-year Intersleek Supply Deal with Nakilat
The new agreement means that by the end of 2018, more than 640,000 liters of Intersleek 1100SR will have been applied to 108 of Nakilat's LNG vessels across the globe, according to the company.
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.
Chemical Distributors Maintain Important Role in Supply Chain
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...
Ohio Proposes Amendments to Universal Waste Rule
Ohio Proposes Amendments to Universal Waste Rule
Ohio EPA is in the process of adopting universal waste regulations for paint and paint-related wastes largely based on Texas' universal waste rules.
ACA's Steve Sides Among CPCA Honorees at CPCA 105th Annual Conference
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.
Axalta Expands Industrial Wood Manufacturing Capability
Axalta Expands Industrial Wood Manufacturing Capability
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
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.