News Update

2/16/2017 - CCAI forms Alabama chapter

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has hosted quality training at Alabama Power's TAC and worked with many area suppliers and end users throughout the past couple of years. There has been increased interest in learning more about the finishing industry and keeping current on the latest trends and technologies within surface finishing. Thus, the formation of the new CCAI Alabama Chapter, which will provide a plethora of events and educational offerings. The chapter's upcoming events include a fishing trip, plant tours, a golf outing, and several technical presentations.


2/15/2017 - EPA shares first-year plan for TSCA

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its first-year plan for activities and actions to enact the newly amended US chemicals law, the first such major chemical management law reform in 40 years.

In its “Implementation Plan,” the EPA notes that The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law last June and is a significant amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, imposes new responsibilities on the agency with comparatively short deadlines. Under the new law, the EPA is required to test the tens of thousands of unregulated chemicals that are currently on the market, and the roughly 2,000 new chemicals introduced each year.

The document highlights a description of the new law's requirements and EPA's goals. Specific details about how exactly the agency will reach the stated goals is not clear. The EPA has identified three main focus areas: new chemicals, confidential business information, and ongoing TSCA Section 6 rulemaking.

The plan notes that the EPA must review and make decisions on all new confidentiality claims for chemical identity within the 90-day review period. Where a chemical confidentiality claim is upheld, the agency must apply a unique identifier to the chemical and any associated information. The EPA's goal is to meet the 90-day deadline and develop a plan to link the associated information within 30 days.

As for the agency's ongoing TSCA section 6 rulemaking, the new law allows the EPA to publish proposed and final rules for chemicals with risk assessments completed prior to June 22, 2016, even if they do not cover all conditions of use. The document indicates that the EPA will move forward with rulemakings to address the risks it has identified with certain uses of trichloroethylene (TCE), methylene chloride (MC), and Nmethylpyrrolidone (NMP). Specifically, the agency hopes to have a proposed rule for MC and NMP use in paint removers soon, with a final rule anticipated by early December 2017.

The Implementation Plan also indicates several other framework actions the EPA intends to establish over the next several months in order to guide the long-term program efforts. They include completing initial risk evaluations of 10 Work Plan chemicals; publishing a prioritization process rule, risk evaluation rule, fees rule, and inventory rule; and establishing a science advisory committee. Critics have said the new law will be an enormous challenge for the EPA.


2/14/2017 - POWDER COATING 2017 Technical Conference heads to Indianapolis

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) will host its POWDER COATING 2017 Technical Conference from March 27-31 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. The conference will offer powder coating education, hands-on training, tabletop exhibits, and networking with industry peers.

The week's events begin with a workshop based on PCI's Powder Coating: The Complete Finisher's Handbook, an evening reception where attendees can interact with workshop presenters and other attendees, and a trip to PPG Industries' powder facility to experience hands-on demonstrations. After that, the technical conference sessions will take place, with general sessions each morning that are followed by more than 15 breakout sessions. There will be a tabletop exhibition as well. To round out the week, PCI will conduct its Custom Coater Forum, which allows for valuable interaction among custom coaters while they pick up plenty of great tips and information that can positively impact their business. For more info, visit www.powdercoating.org/PowderCoating2017.


2/13/2017 - Vogel family honored for contributions

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—The owners of paint and coatings manufacturer Diamond Vogel have been recognized for their efforts in helping to beautify their home state of Iowa. Established in 2000 as a state affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful program, Keep Iowa Beautiful is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to empowering Iowans to show pride and respect in the places they live by increasing the quality, beauty, and cleanliness of their neighborhoods and communities.

For service in line with that mission, the Vogel family was honored with the fourth-annual Donald F. Lamberti Hometown Pride Vision Award. Keep Iowa Beautiful started the Hometown Pride Vision Award to recognize those Iowans who work to improve and enhance the quality of the state.

Diamond Vogel provides paint to be distributed for free to a wide variety of public service projects throughout the state through the nonprofit's Paint Iowa Beautiful program. In 2016, paint was donated through the program to 81 community projects in Iowa. Diamond Vogel is a manufacturer of high-quality paints and coatings for the architectural, heavy-duty protective, industrial, traffic, and powder coating markets.


2/10/2017 - CCAI scholarship applications now being accepted

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—Over the past several years, the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) has awarded scholarship money from the CCAI Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program to students who are currently enrolled in programs that could lead to a career in the finishing industry. The primary objective of this program is to encourage advanced education in finishing technologies. The scholarship program helps attract bright new talent to the industrial finishing and coatings industry for the future.

CCAI's National Office is now accepting applications for the 2017 scholarships, with winners to be announced in June. Qualified candidate applications will be reviewed by the National CCAI Education Committee for the National Scholarship Program. Applications will also be sent on to chapters that provide additional scholarship funding for students in their area. Award amounts vary and are determined by the National Office. Scholarship recipients will also receive a free 1-year student membership in CCAI.

For more info, visit www.ccaiweb.com. To apply, students must complete a CCAI National scholarship application, provide a transcript or other grade verification, and include a resume with photo. The application deadline is April 3, 2017.

CCAI has also created a Careers in Finishing Guide for those interested in learning more about the many opportunities available in the industry. The Guide can be downloaded from CCAI's website.


2/9/2017 - RadTech International names officers

BETHESDA, Md.—RadTech International has announced that Lisa Fine, Joules Angstrom UV Printing Inks, is assuming presidency of the association for a 2-year term beginning in January 2017. Peter Weissman, Quaker Chemical Corp., will move to immediate past president. Eileen Weber, Red Spot Paint and Varnish, has been nominated to serve as president elect and will assume office in 2019.

The following members have been elected to serve on the association's Board: Susan Bailey, IGM Resins; David Biro, Sun Chemical; Michael Gould, RAHN USA; Alexander Polykarpov, AkzoNobel; Jo Ann Arceneaux, Allnex USA Inc.; George McGill, Coatings and Adhesives Corp.; Xiaosong Wu, DSM Functional Materials; Mark Gordon, Inx International Ink Co.; Beth Runlet, Katecho Inc.; Paul Elias, Miwon North America; Jennifer Heathcote, Phoseon Technology; and Alrick Warner, Procter and Gamble.

In addition, Christopher M. Seubert, Ford Motor Co., has been elected to serve as an at-large board member. RadTech is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of ultraviolet and electron beam technologies, including 3D printing, UV LEDs, food packaging, electronic materials and displays, and inkjet applications.


2/8/2017 - ASTM announces new board of directors

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—ASTM International has announced that John Fletcher, Elcometer, will serve a 3-year term on the association's board of directors. A member of ASTM International since 2007, Fletcher is currently serving as the vice chairman of the Committee on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications (D01). ASTM's board of directors is made up of 25 leaders from an array of companies, associations, and government bodies worldwide. ASTM is a standards development organization that serves as an open forum for the development of international standards.


2/7/2017 - EPA's TRI Program celebrates 30 years

WASHINGTON, D.C.–In October, the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program celebrated the 30th anniversary of its creation under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). TRI tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment.

US facilities in different industry sectors must report annually how much of each chemical is released to the environment and/or managed through recycling, energy recovery, and treatment. A release of a chemical means that it is emitted to the air or water, or placed in some type of land disposal. The information submitted by facilities is compiled in the TRI. TRI helps support informed decision-making by companies, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public.


2/6/2017 - Top Gun Powder Coating expands presence in Georgia

JASPER, Ga.–Top Gun Powder Coating and Architectural Coating, a leading provider of world class architectural finishes, is opening a new location in Adairsville, Ga. In addition, the company is in the process of creating a total of 70 new jobs <\#208> 60 at the Adairsville site and 10 at its existing Jasper, Ga., location. Top Gun provides architectural coating, powder coating, industrial liquid and military coating, and media blast cleaning services.


2/3/2017 - OSHA proposes to amend respiratory protection standard

WASHINGTON, D.C.–OSHA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to add two quantitative fit-testing protocols to the agency's Respiratory Protection Standard. The protocols would apply to employers in the general, shipyard, and construction industries.

Appendix A of the standard contains mandatory respirator fit-testing methods that employers must use to ensure their employees' respirators fit properly and protect the wearer. The standard also allows individuals to submit new fit-test protocols for OSHA approval. TSI Inc. submitted an application for new protocols for full-facepiece and half-mask elastomeric respirators and filtering facepiece respirators.

The proposed protocols are variations of the existing OSHA-accepted PortaCount protocol, but differ from it by the exercise sets, exercise duration, and sampling sequence. The agency invites the public to comment on the accuracy and reliability of the proposed protocols, their effectiveness in detecting respirator leakage, and their usefulness in selecting respirators that will protect employees from airborne contaminants in the workplace. Individuals may submit comments electronically at www.regulations.gov. The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 6, 2016.

This proposed rulemaking would allow employers greater flexibility in choosing fit-testing methods for employees. The proposed rule would not require an employer to update or replace current fit-testing methods, as long as the fit-testing method(s) currently in use meet existing standards. The proposal also would not impose additional costs on any private or public sector entity.


2/2/2017 - Company announces rebranding

HOUSTON, Tex.–Anticorrosion coatings and lubricants provider A-76 Technologies Inc. has changed its name to Aidant Brands. As part of the rebranding initiative, its A-76 line of preservation coatings will now be identified as the Rust Patrol line. The rebranding strategy was part of an effort to better speak to its customers, both in the industrial and household space, as well as to plan for future expansion. Aidant Brands launched in 2014 under the A-76 Technologies name.


2/1/2017 - BASF acquires Chemetall in $3.2 billion deal

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany–Known as a multinational chemicals manufacturing corporation, BASF is expanding its coatings portfolio through the acquisition of a global surface treatment business. BASF has signed an agreement to acquire Chemetall, a global business unit of specialty chemical company Albemarle Corp., at a purchase price of $3.2 billion. The all-cash deal is expected to close by the end of 2016 and is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and other customary closing conditions.

Chemetall, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, specializes in metal surface treatment chemicals that offer protection from corrosion, prepare parts for the painting process, and ensure coating adhesion. These chemicals are used in a wide range of industries and end markets, primarily automotive, aerospace, coil, and metal forming. The company reported $845 million in sales in 2015.

According to BASF, the acquisition will give BASF access to key growth industries such as automotive and aerospace and further enhance its global footprint with localized production and technical centers in China and India. BASF will add surface treatment to its current portfolio. It will also add Chemetall's high-quality resources and technical expertise.


1/31/2017 - Dow to lay off 2,500 workers

MIDLAND, Mich.–Within weeks of The Dow Chemical Co,'s completion of its strategic ownership restructuring of Dow Corning Corp., the specialty chemical giant announced the elimination of 2,500 jobs as part of the integration process. In addition to the job cuts, which reduce Dow's workforce by 4 percent, the company said it would be closing two silicone manufacturing sites as well as other administrative corporate and manufacturing locations. Dow frames the actions as a means to better accelerate the anticipated benefits of the restructuring while increasing value for shareholders.

Dow anticipates its integration of Dow Corning's silicone technologies and products will help it expand its footing in high-growth, high-value markets such as building and construction, transportation, and others. Having spent $4.8 billion to end the 73-year joint venture, Dow expects the deal to achieve approximately $500 million in annual savings. It also expects the ownership change to deliver $1 billion of additional annual earnings. Dow Corning will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow, and will be headquartered with Dow in Midland.

In an effort to consolidate its workforce and operations, Dow said it plans to eliminate 2,500 positions globally over the next two years. Employee notification has already begun, but the company will work to place affected employees into other open roles within the company if eligible. In addition to the workforce reduction, the company intends to shutter select administrative, corporate, and manufacturing facilities as a means to further enhance competitiveness and streamline costs associated with the deal. Additional savings are expected from actions to institute materials and maintenance best practices, standardize energy contracts at large sites, optimize warehouse and logistics assets, consolidate IT service, and make better use of existing research and development systems.


1/30/2017 - Engineers tout ultrarobust waterproof coating

CANBERRA, Austrailia–Scientists in Australia have announced a new superhydrophobic protective coating that could one day find uses ranging from preventing ice formation on airplanes and protecting boat hulls from corrosion to waterproofing mobile phones. That's because their new spray-on material boasts a remarkable ability to repel water, according to scientists at the Australian National University (ANU).

The ultrarobust coating can be applied to clay, stone, bricks, cardboard, wood, paper, metal, plastics, windows, building materials, and marine applications. And whereas existing superhydrophobic coatings are reported to be very susceptible to wear damage, the ANU team says it was able to retain the micro nanostructures of its coating, even after extensive wear.

The team was able to develop a coating more robust than existing coatings because it was created by combining two plastics<\#208>one tough and one flexible. The two plastics, polymethyl methacrylate and polyurethane, make the coating up to 60 times more functionally robust than other test materials. They also developed two ways of creating the material, which happen to be cheaper and easier than current manufacturing processes. One method uses a flame to generate the nanoparticle constituents of the material. For lower temperature applications, the team dissolved the two components into a sprayable form. The water-repellent coating is also transparent and extremely resistant to ultraviolet radiation.

In addition to waterproofing, the ability to control the properties of materials could be applied to a wide range of other coatings. For instance, the same principles could be applied to functional coatings to make them more robust in order to be anticorrosive, self-cleaning, or oil-repellent.


1/27/2017 - CPCA lauds industry contributions

OTTOWA, Ont.–The organization representing Canada's major paint and coating manufacturers and their industry suppliers, has announced the winner of its Industry Achievement Award. The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) recognized Laura Johnston, Axalta Canada's technical and regulatory manager, with the award for her exceptional industry contributions. For the past seven years, Johnston has worked with CPCA in various roles, and also represents CPCA on the government of Canada's Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Current Issues Committee.


1/26/2017 - Paint firm recovers from disaster

JACKSONVILLE, Tex.–Ten months after a fire halted production for a Texas industrial custom coatings manufacturer, the company reports it is back up to full production on site following a recovery process that enabled it to build a stronger and safer business. Century Industrial Coatings, based in Jacksonville, Tex., suffered a catastrophic fire that leveled its production facility on August 12 shortly after midnight. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Because the blaze occurred after working hours, no employees were on site and no injuries were reported. However, because the production facility itself was destroyed, all production came to an immediate stop.

Getting production back on track was a priority. The company was prepared with a backup manufacturing plan in case of emergency. In less than one week after the incident, the company began production at a backup production facility in Grand Prairie, Tex. As a result, within 10 days of the fire, the first paint order left Texas on a truck headed to New York.

As production resumed off-site, the company tackled cleanup of the Jacksonville property. Century worked closely with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality during this process to ensure the cleanup was properly executed. As it approached its rebuild, the company took advantage of the opportunity to plan a production facility that would be even safer and more efficient than the last. Plans included an open floor plan and enclosed bulk raw material storage.


1/25/2017 - OSHA launches pilot program for severe violators of whistleblower laws

WASHINGTON, D.C.–To further protect workers who report violations of law, safety, and health, OSHA is launching a pilot program for its first severe violator enforcement program for employers that continually and willfully disregard the rights of whistleblowers. The Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program (WSVEP) will be similar to OSHA's enforcement Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which includes employers that routinely ignore federal workplace safety and health regulations.

WSVEP became effective in May 2016, in the agency's Kansas City Region, which includes employers in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and those companies under federal enforcement in Iowa. It will focus on employers that engage in egregious behavior and blatant retaliation against workers who report unsafe working conditions and violations of the law. Criteria for inclusion on the WSVEP log will include all significant whistleblower cases, those cases deemed worthy of litigation, a merit whistleblower case where the employer is already on the enforcement SVEP log, and a company with three or more merit whistleblower cases within the past three years.

Once an employer is determined to have met one of the criteria, OSHA will place them on the WSVEP log. After three years, a company may petition the regional administrator for a follow-up visit and removal from the program. At that time, OSHA will complete a comprehensive review of the company's policies and practices to determine if they have addressed and remedied the retaliation and its effects sufficiently.

Since OSHA implemented the severe violator program for health and safety enforcement cases in 2010, companies deemed as severe violators have made significant improvements. OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health care reform, nuclear, pipeline, worker safety, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws.

Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees who raise various protected concerns or provide protected information to the employer or to the government. Employees who believe that they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected conduct may file a complaint with the US Secretary of Labor to request an investigation by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program.


1/24/2017 - KECO Coatings receives ISO 9001:2015 certification

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–Keco Coatings has been certified to ISO 9001:2015. Founded in 1979, the company specializes in custom services such as research and development, prototype, and distinct production categories. It is one of 26 DuPont Teflon licensed industrial applicators in the US. Keco offers a full line of coatings, including nonstick powder, ceramic, corrosion-resistant, plasma, and thermal barrier coatings.


1/23/2017 - Meridian General acquires PCS

ANAHEIM, Calif.–Meridian General Capital, a private equity group in Los Angeles, Calif., has acquired California-based PowderCoat Services (PCS), a production powder coater offering its customers a diverse range of related services. PCS serves a wide spectrum of industries, including automotive, home improvement, consumer products, sports equipment, musical instruments, electronics, cleaning and sanitizing, and the military. PCS operates in five plants within an industrial park.


1/20/2017 - Dow, DuPont deal hits regulatory snag

WILMINGTON, Dela.–The proposed merger of two chemical giants has hit a roadblock as the European Union's antitrust authority halted its review of the transaction, citing missing information. The European Commission (EC) had initiated a Phase II review in August to determine whether the proposed merger-of-equals between The Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. Just about a month later, the EC announced it was halting its review process because the companies had failed to submit required data. Extensions during EU merger reviews are not uncommon.

At the time the deal was announced, the companies forecast completion of the transaction by the second half of 2016, if federal antitrust regulatory commissioners approved the deal. The timeline later shifted to early 2017 when the EC announced a revised review deadline. With the current postponement of the investigation, the review deadline is likely to be pushed back further. Once the missing information is supplied by the parties, the clock is restarted and the deadline for the commission's decision is then adjusted accordingly.

Upon completion of the $130 billion deal, the companies plan to form a new entity, DowDuPont Inc., that would later split into three separate independent, publicly traded companies focused on material science, agriculture, and specialty products. The paints and coatings industry has focused on the side of the deal that will combine the two chemical and coatings titans into powerful innovation and material science leaders. The EC's concerns, however, lay on the agricultural side of the business, saying the proposed merger would create the world's largest integrated crop protection and seeds company. The merger is currently undergoing related reviews in the US, Canada, and Brazil.


1/19/2017 - Courses: March 2017

March 20-21: The Development, Manufacture, and Application of Powder Coatings. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at training@pra-world.com ; www.pra-world.com/training.

March 27-28: Powder Coating 101 Workshop. Indianapolis, Ind. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.


1/18/2017 - OSHA awards $10.5 million in workplace safety and health training grants

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded $10.5 million in 1-year federal safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide. The grants will provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces. They will also inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the OSH Act.

The Susan Harwood Training Grants Program funds grants to nonprofit organizations, including community or faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor and management associations, colleges, and universities. Target trainees include small-business employers and underserved vulnerable workers in high-hazard industries. The program has provided training for approximately 2.1 million workers since 1978. The training grant program's name honors Susan Harwood, a former director of the Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA's former Directorate of Health Standards, who passed away in 1996.

OSHA is awarding approximately $3.6 million in new targeted topic training grants to 28 organizations to develop materials and programs addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies. These grant types require recipients to address occupational safety and health topics designated by OSHA, including silica, confined spaces, workplace violence, and other workplace hazards. In addition, 11 organizations will receive approximately $1.5 million in new capacity building grants to provide occupational safety and health training, education, and related assistance to workers and employers in targeted populations. One of the 11 organizations will receive a capacity-building pilot grant designed to assist organizations in assessing their needs and formulating a capacity-building plan before launching a full-scale safety and health education program.

OSHA also awarded approximately $4 million in follow-on grants to 26 capacity-building developmental grantees and $1.4 million in follow-on grants to 12 targeted topic grantees that performed satisfactorily during the fiscal year 2015 grant period.


1/17/2017 - Southern Fluid Systems expands

ATLANTA, Ga.–Southern Fluid Systems Inc., a provider of powder coating and liquid coating systems and service in the southeast, has announced its expansion into a new 31,000-square-foot facility. The new facility, located in the Gateway Industrial Park in Atlanta, Ga., will be renovated and ready for a November opening date.


1/13/2017 - Verdezyne wins green chemistry award

CARLSBAD, Calif.–A component used in corrosion inhibitors and other kinds of paints, coatings, and sealants came up big as winner of this year's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Small Business Award. Verdezyne Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., was the recipient of the award in the 2016 Challenge, run by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company was honored for its development of Biolon DDDA, a bio-based chemical used in molding resins, adhesives, and paints and coatings.

DDDA (dodecanedioic acid) is a dicarboxylic acid, previously produced from butadiene, a flammable, toxic gas that's a known carcinogen. New developments have allowed DDDA to be produced using yeast instead. Verdezyne developed a way to make Biolon from low-cost, plant-oil sourced feedstocks. The company says the substance can be used in formulating epoxy resins, powder coatings, and corrosion inhibitors in addition to high-performance polyamides and synthetic lubricants.

For 21 years, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has annually recognized landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. An independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute formally judges the submissions from among scores of nominated technologies. Winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award reduce the use of energy, hazardous chemicals, and water while cutting manufacturing costs and sparking investments.


1/12/2017 - Smart release coating holds off rust

SWANSEA, Wales–Researchers have developed a smart release coating that could serve as a potential alternative to the use of hexavalent chromium as a corrosion inhibitor. The work of the Swansea University team, led by Professor Geraint Williams, is said to provide a safer, smarter way of protecting steel from rust and corrosion. Their breakthrough comes at an important time as hexavalent chromium, the corrosion inhibitor used most widely at this time, is scheduled to be banned across the European Union in 2019. Corrosion inhibitors are commonly used in a wide range of applications, including coated steel products used in building construction, as well as the aerospace, aircraft, and automotive industries.

Patrick Dodds, a graduate student in the school's College of Engineering, is credited with discovering the material and manufacturing process for a smart release coating said to outperform hexavalent chromium in laboratory tests. The team's method involves a stored reservoir of corrosion inhibitor. By channeling aggressive electrolyte anions (negatively charged ions) into the coating, the release of the inhibitor is triggered on demand in order to prevent corrosion. According to the researchers, the product outperformed hexavalent chromium in salt spray testing, the standard test for corrosion.


1/11/2017 - Axalta introduces new architectural coating

HOUSTON, Tex.–Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, has expanded its architectural-grade powder coating palette with the new Alesta AR400 Champagne Metallic color. The new color is formulated to produce a smooth, metallic coverage with excellent abrasion and corrosion resistant properties. The low VOC product was created with sustainability in mind, and it is formulated for superior storage stability and transfer efficiency.


1/10/2017 - CCAI brings education and chapter activity to Alabama

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is returning to Alabama Power's Technology Applications Center (TAC) in Calera, Ala., in February 2017 to present the popular Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar. A proven success, this seminar provides attendees with important training and valuable networking to increase every day productivity and improve processes.

The day and a half seminar features a thorough introduction to the powder coating process, including cleaning and pretreatment, powder coating materials, application equipment and booths, curing options, part movement, running an efficient system, and testing methods. All the classroom training will be instructed by industry experts from some of the leading companies in the finishing business.

Along with the educational instruction, attendees will spend time in the fully equipped lab at the TAC to experience live demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on training. This interactive format allows attendees to get applied knowledge of the technologies they are learning in the classroom. Attendees will have the chance to powder coat and cure a part onsite to take home with them. For complete details and to register, visit www.ccaiweb.com.


1/9/2017 - Maroon Group earns recognition from Ohio EPA

AVON, Ohio—Maroon Group LLC, a supplier of specialty additives, resins, and pigments, has achieved recognition from a state agency tasked with protecting the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and encouraging environmental stewardship. The company was recognized by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to reduce waste, improve efficiency, and continuously work to progress as an environmental steward.

Maroon Group successfully met the criteria for the Achievement Level of the agency's Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program, which requires participants to demonstrate significant progress in at least 7 of 22 environmental stewardship criteria. Part of the company's eligibility came from participation in Responsible Distribution, a third-party-verified environmental, health, safety, and security program administered by the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). The NACD system enables companies to demonstrate their commitment to continuous performance improvement in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal.


1/6/2017 - Tnemec's new coating targets rusted steel

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Tnemec Co. Inc., a high-performance protective coatings manufacturer, has introduced a mastic waterborne acrylic built for overcoating rusted steel. Series 118 UniBond Mastic is a single-component, mastic waterborne acrylic coating designed for use on minimally prepared sound rusted steel and previously coated surfaces in a range of environments. The rust-inhibitive coat can be used with acrylic and solventborne urethane and fluoropolymer finish coats. The coating reportedly delivers strong adhesion properties, as well as excellent flexibility and impact resistance.


1/5/2017 - Huntsman launches color pigments plant

THE WOODLANDS, Tex.—Huntsman Corp., a global consumer and industrial chemical manufacturer, is building a color pigments facility in Augusta, Ga. The facility represents an investment of more than $172 million and reportedly has the capacity to produce 30,000 metric tons of yellow, red, and black iron oxide pigments annually. The new site will serve as the North American hub for Huntsman's global pigments and additives business.


1/4/2017 - PPG backs its hometown team

PITTSBURGH, Pa.–With its global headquarters in town and 2,300 employees in the region, PPG says it's proud to call Pittsburgh home. The coatings giant took that pride one step further by acquiring the naming rights of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins arena. The facility will now be known as PPG Paints Arena.

Previously known as the Consol Energy Center, the facility, which opened in 2010, has hosted more than 150 events each year as well as serving as the home ice for the Stanley Cup champions. Financial terms of PPG's agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins were not disclosed. The agreement calls for the building to be renamed immediately and to remain so named for 20 years.

PPG also says it has become the team's official paint supplier and that signage both inside and outside the arena will soon bear the new name and logo. The company's paints and protective coatings products were used throughout the facility at the time of construction.

In addition to the new brand presence at the arena, PPG says it will also have name recognition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Lemieux Sports Complex in nearby Cranberry, Pa., which serves as the primary practice and training facility for the NHL team as well as an outpatient facility for UPMC Sports Medicine.


1/3/2017 - OSHA cites automotive parts manufacturer

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Nakanishi Manufacturing Corp.'s Winterville, Ga., facility for proposed penalties of $144,995. The agency issued citations to the manufacturer for 1 willful, 18 serious, and 1 other-than-serious safety and health violations.

The citations are in relation to a 33-year-old maintenance technician worker's injuries in September 2015. The worker was operating a dust collector when an explosion occurred. Flames engulfed the man, causing third-degree burns to his upper body. OSHA opened an investigation after learning of the employee's hospitalization. The employee continues to recover from his injuries.

OSHA states that Nakanishi had four previous fires in the dust collection system in Winterville and management knew that the combustible dust hazard was not corrected, yet they continued to let workers operate the system. The employer has 15 business days from receipt of their citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


1/2/2017 - OSHA proposes rule to improve provisions in its standards

WASHINGTON, D.C.–As part of an ongoing effort to revise provisions in its standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary, OSHA is proposing 18 changes to the agency's recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards. The changes would modernize OSHA standards, help employers better understand their responsibilities, increase compliance, and reduce compliance costs. The revisions would improve the safety and health protections afforded to workers across all industries.

The proposed revisions would save employers an estimated $3.2 million per year. They are based on responses to a public Request for Information issued in 2012 as well as recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, OSHA staff, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Individuals may submit comments electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Comments must be submitted by Dec. 5, 2016. This is the fourth rule proposed under OSHA's Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.


12/30/2016 - Courses: February 2017

Feb. 7-8: 2017 NACE 10,000 Lakes Pipeline Corrosion Control Seminar. Mystic Lake Hotel and Conference Center, Prior Lake, Minn. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact Jennifer Sweney at 763/784-9144; fax 281/228-6300; jsweney@generalcorrosioncorp.com; www.nace.org.

Feb. 7-8: Powder Coating 202 Workshop. Westland, Mich. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

Feb. 8-9: Liberty Bell Corrosion Course. Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center, Montgomery County, Pa. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact David Krause at 610/868-9352; fax 281/228-6300; corban598@outlook.com; www.nace.org.

Feb. 13-17: Polymers and Coatings Winter Short Course. Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Sponsored by the Polymers and Coatings Program of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the College of Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) State University. Contact Ray Fernando at 805/756-2395; pandc@calpoly.edu; www.polymerscoatings.calpoly.edu.

Feb. 21-22: Powder Coating and Curing Processes Seminar. Alabama Power Technology Applications Center, Calera, Ala. Sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA). Contact Kelly LeCount at 859/356-1030; fax 859/356-0908; kelly@goyermgt.com; www.ihea.org.

Feb. 21-23: 56th Annual Underground Corrosion Short Course. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Sponsored by NACE International. Contact Ray Bingman at 812/491-4573; fax 281/228-6300; erbingman@vectren.com; www.nace.org.


12/29/2016 - Evonik grows its additives portfolio

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries AG has strengthened its position in the specialty and coating additives market by purchasing the Performance Materials Division of Air Product and Chemicals Inc., Allentown, Pa. The proposed deal is valued at $3.8 billion and is expected to close at the end of 2016, subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions. The Performance Materials Division consists of epoxy curing agents, polyurethane additives, and specialty additives businesses. The products are used in a variety of markets, including construction, marine, automotive, and industrial cleaning.


12/28/2016 - Winona Powder Coating gains UL recertification

ETNA GREEN, Ind.—Winona Powder Coating, a high-volume powder coater, has announced that it has been awarded recertification by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), meeting standards in both the US and Canada. Winona's UL recertification, along with the company's ISO9001 and JDM F17 certifications, conveys its dedication to meeting customers' high expectations. In addition to the UL recertification, Winona is currently in the process of seeking the AAMA 2604 specification. This specification is applicable to coatings of at least 30 microns thickness and intended primarily for commercial and architectural-grade applications. Over the next few months, tests will be conducted to evaluate abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, and weathering. This specification recognizes high-performance coatings that can involve nonphosphate pretreatments, a necessity in some markets where phosphate pretreatments are not allowed due to environmental concerns.


12/27/2016 - AGC notes that the construction market is expanding

ARLINGTON, Va.—According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), all signs point to a strengthening construction market. Two recent federal reports showing a sharp rise in construction employment and a solid increase in construction spending have led AGC officials to analyze and conclude that the industry is steadily expanding to meet growing demand.

Between February and March, employers added 37,000 construction jobs, bringing the total to 6,672,000. Between March 2015 and March 2016, the US added 301,000 construction jobs, and unemployment in the industry decreased to 8.7 percent, a 10-year low. The number of unemployed construction workers totaled 768,000, the lowest March total since 2001.

Employment expanded in both residential and nonresidential construction. Nonresidential building, specialty trade, and heavy and civil engineering construction firms increased their headcount by 23,900 workers in March and by 134,800 since March 2015. Residential building and specialty trade contractors added 13,400 employees in March and 166,000 over the last 12 months.


12/26/2016 - President Obama signs bipartisan bill to update the TSCA

WASHINGTON, D.C.–President Barack Obama has signed a bipartisan bill that would update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the federal law governing how chemicals are managed, for the first time in 40 years. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed by President Obama in June. The landmark law was named after the late senator who introduced a version of the bill in 2013. The measure passed in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

For decades, environmental and health advocates have complained that the country's primary chemical management law was broken and weak, allowing as many as 85,000 untested chemicals to enter the marketplace. Under the new law, the enforcement responsibility of the EPA is expanded. The EPA is required to test the tens of thousands of unregulated chemicals that are currently on the market, and the roughly 2,000 new chemicals introduced each year.

The process of evaluating chemicals will take time. The EPA will review a minimum of 20 chemicals at a time, and each has a seven-year deadline. After a new rule is promulgated, industry may have years to phase out the chemicals, reports add. Other updates include making it more difficult for manufacturers to keep chemical information confidential based on trade secret claims. The new law also allows EPA determinations to preempt state regulations. States will still be able to regulate chemicals before the agency reviews them, but they ultimately must uphold the EPA's final action on a chemical.

Along with 138 other associations, the American Coatings Association (ACA) pushed lawmakers to move quickly to pass the legislation, stating that the measure creates a transparent, evidence-based, cohesive national program that will improve the regulation of chemicals used in commerce, provide more certainty and confidence in the regulatory framework, and have a significant impact on many industries.

Critics say the new law will be an enormous challenge for the EPA. In particular, they note that the bill doesn't provide the EPA enough money to get through the enormous backlog of old and, in some cases, very dangerous chemicals to assess whether they need to be regulated or banned. Because of this, it could take the EPA decades to work though the chemicals. Further, some fear that strong state protections against certain chemicals could be preempted by weaker federal protections.

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