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House Energy and Commerce Committee approves TSCA Modernization Act

After many years of Congressional attempts to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the passage of H.R. 2576 and S. 697 by their respective Committees marks a historic opportunity for TSCA reform legislation to finally be voted on by Congress.
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New OSHA Memo Addresses Agency Enforcement Discretion Policy for HCS 2012 Implementation

This memorandum builds off of OSHA’s Feb. 9, 2015 memorandum to regional administrators, which outlined the agency’s enforcement discretion policy for the implementation of Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) 2012.
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EPA Finalizes Waters of the U.S. Rule

Many industries, as well as members of Congress, criticized the proposed rule because it did not simply clarify Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, but rather, that it effectively was an expansion of CWA jurisdiction and would expand federal authority over streams, ditches, ponds, and other local water bodies.
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EPA Releases Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment for 1,4-Dioxane under TSCA Work Plan

EPA plans to review and evaluate the results of previous exposure assessments and health benchmarks for this chemical, and is seeking information from industry to inform its risk assessment activities.
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Register Today for the 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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First Quarter GDP Decline Largely Driven by Foreign Trade

The recently reported decline in GDP for Q1 2015 was met with surprise by many media sources and was below the expectations of many economists. A closer look at the figures indicates that much of the decline was attributable to the impact of the GDP component, exports of goods and services, which declined 7.6% in Q1, combined with imports of goods and services, with rose 5.1%. This component of GDP, along with government consumption and investment, was the primary drag on overall GDP, particularly in light of small gains in personal consumption and private investment.

The strong U.S. dollar was clearly a contributor to this decline, although the West Coast port strike may have contributed as well (the directional effect of the strike’s impact is not as clear, given that it affected both imports and exports). Figure 1, below, shows the movement in exports of goods and services, and shows clearly the drop in exports, particularly of durable goods in the quarter. Given that durable goods production is a major driver of coatings demand, this major drop in exports of durable goods is somewhat troubling. However, preliminary Census figures show that durable goods manufacturing was relatively flat in Q1 (as compared with Q4 2014) on a seasonally adjusted based, suggesting that domestic demand is moderating the decline in exports somewhat.



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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


Call for Papers: American Coatings Conference 2016

The American Coatings Association, in partnership with Vincentz Network (VN), is issuing a call for papers to be presented at the American Coatings Conference 2016. This major technology forum for the coatings industry will take place April 11-13, 2016 in Indianapolis, Ind., and is held in conjunction with the American Coatings Show. Innovative companies, as well as academic, governmental, and research institutes, are invited to submit abstracts detailing high-level technical contributions that highlight advancements important to coatings, as well as printing inks, adhesives, and sealants.
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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
 


ASSOCIATION & INDUSTRY NEWS


2015 ACA Company Performance Survey Deadline Extended

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 has been extended to July 31, 2015.
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  FEATURED COMPANIES
Committed to your Coatings Success!

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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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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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BUSINESS NEWS


Bayer MaterialScience Changes Name to Covestro

Bayer has announced that the new name of its MaterialScience business will be Covestro, effective on Sept. 1, 2015.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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.


PPG to Acquire Specialty Coatings Manufacturer Cuming Microwave

PPG Industries will acquire Cuming Microwave Corporation, as well as its wholly-owned subsidiary Cuming-Lehman Chambers, Inc.
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Valspar Completes Acquisition of Performance Coatings Businesses from Quest Specialty Chemicals

The previously announced acquisition of the performance coatings businesses of Quest Specialty Chemicals, Inc., has been finalized.
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Lubrizol Adds Acrylic Emulsion Capacity to Facility in Belgium

Over the past 18 months, new reactors have been installed to enhance acrylic emulsion capacity at the company’s manufacturing facility in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Troy Acquires Industrial Biocides Business from Ashland

Troy Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the industrial biocides business of Ashland Inc., which includes the Fungitrol™ and Nuosept™ brands.
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