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House Introduces TSCA Discussion Draft

This discussion draft seeks to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in an effort to improve chemical safety while also encouraging economic growth and innovation.
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ACA Submits Comments to OEHHA on Proposed Amendments to Prop 65

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” warning to the individual.
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ACA Comments to PHMSA Address Incorporating Special Permits in the Hazardous Materials Regulations

Many ACA members transport raw materials, finished products, and samples under special permits.
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ACA Signs Comment Letter Urging CPSC to Improve Transparency in Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel Process

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on phthalates and phthalate alternatives in children’s toys and child care articles under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
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Construction Activity Drives Coatings Demand

Construction activity, both public and private, is a prime driver of coatings demand. According to Census Bureau data released on April 1, spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $698.2 billion, 0.2 percent above the revised January estimate of $696.9 billion. Residential construction was $349.9 billion (SAAR) in February, and was slightly below the revised January estimate of $350.5 billion. Nonresidential construction was $348.4 billion (SAAR) in February, 0.5 percent above the revised January estimate of $346.5 billion. The Census also provides a detailed breakdown of construction spending, showing spending that takes place in a number of key segments. For example, the Bureau reports on construction spending on manufacturing facilities, along with a number of sub-segments, such as chemical manufacturing. The chemical construction figure not only drives some coatings demand, but is potentially a useful proxy for the industries direction, as rising investment in chemical manufacturing infrastructure would indicate current strength and potentially additional capacity going forward.

The graph below shows that after steep declines during and after the recession, both manufacturing construction and chemical manufacturing rose, although chemical has risen more steeply than manufacturing in general. This is likely reflective of some major investment in the sector since 2011m when the rate of construction activity was roughly 25% of its current level.


The recent boom in shale oil and gas has generated much of this increased construction activity and is likely to continue to have a major impact going forward. The American Chemistry Council has identified 226 U.S. chemical industry projects tied to shale oil and gas, representing cumulative capital investments totaling $138.0 billion, with approximately 61% representing foreign direct investment. These include debottlenecking projects, additions/expansions, and greenfield projects and all are related to the new availability of shale oil and gas.

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ACA and Texas Paint Council Support Texas Bill to Add School Art Supplies to Texas' Sales Tax Holiday

ACA and its Texas Paint Council support this bill because art classes and school art supplies are important to the intellectual and emotional development of young children, especially those of primary school age.
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ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY NEWS


ACA Members, Enter Your Company Data for an ACA Safety Award

Submissions for ACA's 2015 Safety Awards Program are being accepted through April 30 via its Web-based electronic entry form. The awards will be presented for safety performance on a plant's eligibility. Note: This program is for ACA members only. To access the Safety Awards program information and forms, please use your username and password.
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Pre-order the ACA Industry Market Analysis, 9th Edition (2014-2019)

ACA's indispensable guide to the coatings industry — the ACA Industry Market Analysis, 9th Edition (2014-2019) — is now available for pre-ordering. The incomparable market study, prepared by the ChemQuest Group, will be available in July and will include authoritative figures for value and volume of each coatings segment, and a project growth rates and forecasts for the industry through 2019. This value-added feature is intended to address the absence of the detailed industry figures previously provided by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Industrial Reports on the industry, which were discontinued after 2010.
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PaintCare® Site Locator Now Uses Google Maps

The PaintCare® Site Locator allows users to search by zip code, city, state, or street address for a comprehensive listing of locations throughout the United States that accept leftover paint from the public.
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2015 ACA Company Performance Survey is Open

This survey of coatings manufacturers was developed by ACA's Management Information Committee to provide ACA member participants with a meaningful report card to determine how they are faring in relation to their peer competitors. The deadline for member submissions is June 1, 2015.
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EVENTS


Today is the Last Day to Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing! Register Now for ACA's Coatings Regulations & Analytical Methods Conference

Don't miss the early bird registration rates for ACA's Coatings Regulations & Analytical Methods Conference, which end later day. The conference, to be held May 19-20, 2015, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, will address the latest information on regulations affecting the coatings industry, testing methods, and new technology germane to regulatory guidelines.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


IPPIC Annual Meeting Provides Forum for Global Paint Industry

The International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) is comprised of paint and printing ink trade associations representing Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States.
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BUSINESS NEWS


Lubrizol Upgrades Solvent Acrylics Facility in Barcelona and Forms Global Center of Excellence

Along with enhancements to its solvent acrylics production facility in Barcelona, Spain, the company's performance coatings business is forming a new global Center of Excellence in Ritterhude, Germany.
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PPG Acquires Wood Stain and Paint Company Flood® Australia

PPG Industries has acquired certain assets of the Australian manufacturer and distributer specialty wood stains and paint additives for an undisclosed sum.
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Rust-Oleum Acquires Aerosol Company Spraymate Group

Based near Johannesburg, Spraymate Group produces a major aerosol paint brand in South Africa.
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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.
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AkzoNobel to Invest €20 Million in Organic Peroxide Production

The investments to facilities in Belgium and the United States will introduce new technologies and efficiencies for the improvement of production capacity and customer service.
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Scholle Chemical Rebrands as Alchemix

As part of a major rebranding effort, Scholle Chemical is changing its name to Alchemix Corporation, accompanied by a new logo and website.
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Evonik Expands Silicone Production in Germany and China

The global initiative involves a triple-digit-million-euro investment and gradual increase in the production volume of Evonik specialty silicones.
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