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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS NEWS


Bill Introduced in Washington State Legislature to Expand Chemicals Management Program

The legislation would expand Washington’s current chemicals management program with similar features to California’s Safer Consumer Products law.
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  Paint Green

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ACA Urges Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

Key members of Congress and the Obama Administration are united in calling for early action on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, which could pave the way for new trade agreements that eliminate barriers and level the playing field in overseas markets.
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ACA's Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS®) Implementation Manual, Fourth Edition Now Available

ACA's landmark Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS®) program and manual aids employers with the development and implementation of a comprehensive Hazard Communication Program.
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EPA Proposes New MACT Standard for Aerospace Coatings

The rule impacts facilities manufacturing aerospace vehicles and components that will be required to meet new standards for emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from the application of specialty coatings.
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Chinese Officials Impose VOC Tax

In order to improve deteriorating air quality in China, the government’s Ministry of Environmental Protection announced that on Feb. 1, 2015, a 4% consumption tax will be imposed on coatings that exceed 420 g/L of volatile organic chemicals (VOC); coatings that fall below that will be exempt from the tax. The tax applies to all coatings. ACA is working to gather more information on this development. Please contact ACA’s John Hopewell for more information at (202) 462-6272.
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Call for Papers: Coatings Regulations & Analytical Methods Conference

ACA is seeking submission of abstracts for its Coatings Regulations & Analytical Methods Conference, to be held May 19-20, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio. Abstracts should provide the latest information on regulations affecting the coatings industry, testing methods, and new technology germane to regulatory guidelines, and must be submitted by Feb. 15, 2015.
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  New! AC 2403 DTM Multiphase Emulsion

Alberdingk Boley is a global manufacturer of waterborne emulsions, polyurethane dispersions, water base UV curable dispersions, castor oil and modified polyols as well as linseed oils. Our water-based emulsions and dispersions are designed for coatings over a variety of substrates – Wood, Concrete, Plastic, Metal, Textiles, Leather and Paper. Visit www.AlberdingkUSA.com for further information.
 


U.S. GDP Grew at an Approximately 2.6 Rate in the Fourth Quarter of 2014

The U.S. economy, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), grew at a 2.6% annual rate in the October-December period, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Jan. 30. Figure one shows the contributions of its major components to GDP. Personal consumption expenditures are far and away the largest contributor to GDP, and rose to $12.112 billion. Personal consumption rose 2.87% in the quarter, a rate exceeding that of GDP as whole. The biggest negative influence on GDP was net exports, which declined 1.03%, largely due to the growing strength of the U.S. dollar.



Figure 1: Components of GDP (2008-14)


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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


2015 CoatingsTech Conference: There's Still Time to Take Advantage of Early Bird Registration Rates

Early Bird Registration for ACA’s CoatingsTech Conference, March 9-11, 2015, at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, Ky. is open until Feb. 15. Take advantage of the savings, and register today.
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  Associative Thickeners:

TAFIGEL® PUR associative thickeners are recommended for use in a variety of paints, coatings and adhesives. Excellent flow, leveling and gloss, and high sag resistance are among the advantages of using TAFIGEL® PUR thickeners. Visit our website www.munzing.com for a complete listing of associative thickeners.
 


BUSINESS NEWS


DSM to Invest in Sustainable Coatings

The facility upgrade at its Massachusetts facility meets company goals of sustainable production of waterborne resins for inks and coatings.
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AXALTA Opens New U.S. Product Development Center

The new product development center in Lionville, Penn., will strengthen the company’s performance testing capability.
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  We Brighten Lives

The Shepherd Color Company, one of the world's leading producers of high-performance Complex Inorganic Color Pigments (CICP's) has a wide range of colors available and used in the coatings industry.
 


BASF to Invest up to €56 Million in PVP Production

The company will increase PVP production by up to 6,000 metric tons through improvements to existing plants in Germany and the United States and new technology at a site in Shanghai.
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Specialty Chemicals and Coatings

Quest Specialty Chemicals, a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals and coatings, provides an advanced line of products and services that enable repair, restoration, and preservation of the assets of our customers. We provide branded solutions in the construction, industrial, and automotive markets as well as private-labeled solutions. Learn more at quest-sc.com.
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Michelman Acquires Supack International and Appoints Directors

The acquisition of Michelman’s longtime sales and service partner, Supack International P/L, will make it part of Michelman India.
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PPG Submits Offer to Acquire Majority Interest in Two Businesses of Le Joint Francais

In the proposed acquisition, PPG would be majority owner of a new, separate entity based on LJF’s aerospace and automotive sealants businesses.
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ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY NEWS


Order IPPIC's Global Paint and Coatings Industry Market Analysis Report (2013-2018) Today

The Global Paint & Coatings Industry Market Analysis Report (2013–2018), produced by the International Paint and Printing Ink Council, is now available for purchase. The comprehensive market research report offers in-depth insight into the size, growth rate, market dynamics, customer and competitive movements, and important trends and driving forces within the global paint and coatings industry.
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  Superior Waterborne DTM Corrosion Protection

Featuring OMNOVA’s proprietary Hydrophobic Dispersion Technology, Pliotec® HDT-12 resin has very low water permeability characteristics to protect metal surfaces from the elements. This latex resin permits formulation of DTM paints with excellent UV aging and can withstand sustained periods of salt spray without anti-corrosive pigment. Email Eric.Noggle@OMNOVA.com for samples.
 


ACA Corporate Members May Receive Discounts on Subscriptions to The Journal of HazMat Transportation

ACA is collaborating with The Journal of HazMat Transportation to offer ACA Corporate Members a discount on the annual cost of a subscription license to the Journal. The Journal of HazMat Transportation is widely recognized as the most respected and authoritative source of information and analysis on U.S. and International hazardous materials transportation regulations. ACA Corporate Members who are new subscribers to the Journal will receive a discount of 15 percent; current ACA Corporate Member subscribers will receive 5 percent off their renewal.
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ACA Video Highlights Added-Value and Sustainable Nature of Coatings

ACA has released a video, entitled “Coatings Protect, Preserve, Provide,” highlighting the value that coatings add to a vast array of man-made objects, and showing how coatings contribute to sustainability by protecting and preserving the useful life of the things to which they are applied. The video also underscores just how pervasive coatings are in our society.
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Do you Have ACA's 'Mobile Tools' App for iOS? Get it for Free!

What’s best way to access information from ACA and the paint and coatings industry anytime, anywhere — the ACA Mobile Tools app for Apple iOS. This free app allows users to quickly search for industry products and services on the Paint & Coatings Buyer's Guide; keep up with weekly industry news through Coatings Today; stay informed about upcoming ACA events; store and access your ACA member identification information; and easily access ACA's website. ACA Mobile is available by searching for "ACA Mobile Tools" on the iTunes app store.
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EVENTS


Save the Date: 5th Global Marine Coatings Forum

The International Paint & Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) will hold its 5th Global Marine Coatings Forum April 23-24, 2015 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Keyed to the theme, “Between the Water and the Steel,” presentations will focus on antifouling and corrosion protection coatings, and cover topics including the role and concerns with biocides in marine coatings, robust risk assessment, greenhouse gas reduction, and ballast water treatment.
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