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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS NEWS


New Architectural Coatings Product Category Rule (PCR) Now Available

A new Product Category Rule (PCR) for Architectural Coatings is now available for free, and will allow for the publication of verifiable Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The PCR for Architectural Coatings, conceived and shepherded by ACA, was facilitated by NSF International, a third party developer of public health standards and certification programs.
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Multi-Industry Letter to Congress Urges Passage of TPA

ACA has also joined with many of the same organizations to further urge that Congress reject an amendment proposed by a leading opponent of the TPA, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), which sought to create additional hurdles to the trade agreement negotiating process by requiring a vote on whether the administration could use its own Constitutional authority to initiate negotiations with any potential new entrant to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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PaintCare® Bill Passes New Jersey Senate

The bill is now before the Assembly Appropriations Committee, as AB 1603. If enacted, the legislation would bring ACA’s PaintCare® program to New Jersey.
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DHS Issues Guidance for CFATS-Regulated Facilities to Receive Expedited Approval for Site Security Plans

While participation in the new Expedited Approval Program will be voluntary, only facilities with the lowest risk levels in Tiers 3 and 4 are eligible to partake.
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Housing Starts Suggest Continued Strength in Private Residential Construction

Construction statistics are closely watched in the coating industry, as construction activity is a major driver of architectural coatings demand. New residential construction comprises over one third or construction activity, and is a bellwether of housing demand. Statistics for housing starts suggest that the private residential construction is picking up, according to figures just released by the Census Bureau.

Privately-owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,135,000. This figure was 20% higher than the revised March estimate of 944,000 and is over 9% above the April 2014 rate of 1,039,000. The April figure is the highest figure Census has published since early 2008.

The National Association of Home Builders publishes the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), which is based on a monthly survey of NAHB members and is a measure of sentiment among participants in the single-family housing construction market. As shown below, this index has generally tracked the statistics for housing starts since the bottoming of residential construction in 2009. While the Census numbers show recent strength in the market, the HMI figures have weakened slightly since the highest reading for that index in September 2014, falling from 59 to 54 in May 2015. However, the number remains positive overall, which suggests the upward trend in this area has legs.



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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY NEWS


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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Deadline Extended: ACA Members, Enter Your Company Data for an ACA Safety Award

Submissions for ACA's 2015 Safety Awards Program are now being accepted through May 30 via a 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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  Unique defoamer technology for floor coatings.

Patcham has developed a unique defoamer/deareator technology to overcome, processing and application micro foam, in high build clear and pigmented epoxy and polyurethane coatings. MORE
 


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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  FEATURED COMPANIES
Committed to your Coatings Success!

Solvay Novecare is a leading global supplier of innovative and sustainable specialty additives for emulsion polymers, paints, coatings, ink and adhesive applications.
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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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BUSINESS NEWS


Evonik Industries Expands Capacity for Methacrylic Anydride

Evonik Industries has doubled its production capacities for Visiomer® methacrylic anhydride (MAAH) at its site in Worms, Germany.
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Dowd and Guild Inc. Appointed by Stepan Company

Dowd and Guild Inc. will be the exclusive distributor for the company’s liquid polyester polyol products sold into the CASE industries for the western and southwestern United States.
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Cargill Industrial Oils & Lubricants

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OMNOVA Waterborne DTM Corrosion Protection

Featuring OMNOVA Solutions’ proprietary Hydrophobic Dispersion Technology, Pliotec® HDT-12 resin has very low water permeability to protect metal surfaces from the elements. In the ASTM B117 test, waterborne DTM formulated with Pliotec HDT 12 (A) protects metal better than national brands, including the one shown above (B). Visit our info page for literature and samples.
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.


Orion Engineered Carbons Forms Partnership with Andicor in Canada

Andicor will be the exclusive distributor in Canada for Orion’s specialty carbon blacks.
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Vencorex Chooses RAVAGO Chemicals as Distributor for Aliphatic Isocyanates

The company will serve as Vencorex’s new distributor for Central Eastern Europe for its Tolonate™ and Easaqua™ ranges of aliphatic isocyanates.
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Whatever your goal - low or zero-VOC products, APEO-free or formaldehyde-free materials, low energy curing, replacement of heavy metal pigments, latex with minimal environmental impact - BASF wants to put you in the driver's seat. MORE
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EVENTS


Save the Date: 2015 Chemical Sector Security Summit July 21-23 in Alexandria, VA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council will hold the annual Chemical Sector Security Summit July 21-23 in Alexandria, Va. The summit provides a forum for key government and industry stakeholders with a shared mission and vision to enhance the nation’s chemical security.
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