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Effective with the release of Producer Price Index (PPI) data for January 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) made the new industry input index for the coatings industry a permanent series, and expanded the number of industries for which these indices are calculated. 

On Feb. 17, ACA submitted comments to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in response to a proposed rule initiated by a citizens’ petition that would designate four phthalates as priority chemicals under Maine’s Kid-Safe Products Act and require reporting for manufacturers of children’s products containing one or more of the listed phthalates. 

On Feb.13, ACA joined an industry coalition in an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari (cert) in American Cyanamid Co. v. Gibson, challenging collective liability without proof of causation.

On Feb.11, Health Canada published its final updates to the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) implementing the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in Canada.

On Feb. 20, ACA received a memorandum from the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) addressed to Regional Administrators regarding the Enforcement Discretion Policy Guidance for the Hazard Communication Standard’s (HCS 2012) June 1, 2015 effective date.

JNS Smithchem LLC has been named the distributor for Invotec LLC.

Hexion Inc. has named Specialty Chemical Sales, Inc. (SCS) as the national distribution partner for its Versatic™ acids and derivatives business in the United States.

Michelman has been selected as one of 122 members to join a new consortium, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

AkzoNobel Performance Coatings is embarking on a €2.5 million expansion of its plant in Cikarang, Indonesia.

BASF recently held a grand opening ceremony for the new dispersions plant at its existing site in Freeport, Texas.

ACA's longstanding U.S. industry market study will be published in July 2015 under a new name: ACA Industry Market Analysis, 9th Edition (2014-2019).

China Imposes VOC Tax on Coatings

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An inter-ministerial working group in China has developed new regulations to reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere, and which will directly affect coatings companies.

Over the last year the International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) has vastly expanded its global network of paint and coatings associations to include India, South Africa and Turkey.

On Feb. 5, PaintCare staff and members of industry testified before the Washington House Committee on Environment in support of House Bill 1571 – An Act Relating to Paint Stewardship.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (H.R. 527), by a vote of 260–163.

ACA’s PaintCare bill, Senate Bill 1420, “An Act Requiring Producers of Architectural Paint to Implement or Participate in a Paint Stewardship Program,” passed the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Feb. 9.

BASF has announced plans to significantly increase production capacities of bismuth vanadate pigments at its facility in Besigheim, Germany, near Stuttgart.

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) and the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) have merged into one industry association.

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