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ACA members are eligible to receive special pricing on the Powder Coating Institute’s (PCI) World of Powder Coating Study.

KH Neochem Co., Ltd. has increased production capacity of 2-ethyl hexanoic acid by 10 percent at its plant in Yokkaichi, Japan.

Lintech International has been named distributor of the year for the second time in a row by Evonik Corporation.

Bayer MaterialScience is closing its site in Darmstadt, Germany.

Huntsman recently celebrated the completion of a new €38 million iron sulfate plant at its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment manufacturing facility in Scarlino, Italy.

On June 24, ACA testified before the New Jersey Assembly Environment and Sold Waste Committee on Assembly Bill 1603, “The Architectural Paint Stewardship Act."

On July 7, ACA filed an amicus brief in the Texas Supreme Court in a case in which the Houston Court of Appeals imposed forever liability on a previous owner of real property for improvements designed by licensed engineers and constructed by the plant owner, notwithstanding two statutes of repose that require that any claims be brought within 10 years following design or construction.

On June 30, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics on the agency’s Framework for Identifying Lead-Based Paint Hazards from Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Building.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has formally adopted the ballast tank treatment system compatibility test method created by the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) in conjunction with the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

Bayer Pearl has broken ground for construction of its new headquarters in Dubai Investments Park, UAE.

AkzoNobel is investing more than €6.5 million in its Songjiang site near Shanghai, China.

Carestream Tollcoating is upgrading its Oregon plant to enable cleaner, more precise coating operations and improve coater flexibility.

Clariant and Ashland Inc. have closed on the previously announced sale of their joint venture ASK Chemicals.

PPG Industries has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V. (“Comex”).

On June 13, ACA submitted comments to California’s Office of Environment Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) regarding their pre-regulatory proposal to amend the “clear and reasonable” warning requirements under California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or Proposition 65 (Prop 65).

On June 18, ACA filed an amicus brief in the Colorado Supreme Court in a case examining whether Colorado trial courts may use discretionary case management tools to limit the duration and cost of litigation by requiring plaintiffs to produce evidence essential to their claims after initial disclosures but before further discovery.

On June 9, ACA joined in a coalition amicus effort in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of a challenge — National Association for Surface Finishing, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. — to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) improper decision in its periodic review of MACT (maximum achievable control technology) standards for chromium electroplating and anodizing to tighten the existing standards, notwithstanding the lack of any technological advancements since the MACT standards were first enacted.

On June 5, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate for Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.V.) storage tank legislation, the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act.

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