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The legislation seeks to update the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and is a product of months of bipartisan negotiations.

“Effects of biofouling development on drag forces of hull coatings for ocean-going ships” by A. Lindholdt, K. Dam-Johansen, S.M. Olsen, D.M. Yebra, and S. Kiil, presents an overview of experimental studies performed to quantify the drag of hull coatings.

On April 30, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the agency’s proposed significant new use rule (SNUR) for 2,4-toluene diisocyanate, 2,6-toluene diisocyanate, toluene diisocyanate unspecified isomers (TDI), and related compounds. 

International Affairs Update

Monday, May 11, 2015

This International Affairs Update focuses on the IPPIC Global Marine Coatings Forum, Canada’s proposal to amend its VOC List, GHS, and Hazardous Products Regulation implementation in Canada, and international transport regulatory activity.


ACA signed onto a multi-industry letter of support for the bill signed by a coalition of more than 300 groups, sent to members of the Senate committee.

California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), several additional California air districts, and several Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) member states are amending their architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings volatile organic compound (VOC) rules over the course of the next year.

Wayne T. Smith has been named the new chairman and chief executive officer of BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, N.J. 

Ferro Corporation has signed a definitive agreement with the shareholders of Nubiola Pigmentos (Nubiola) to acquire the equity of Nubiola on a cash-free and debt-free basis for €146 million. 

Croda International Plc held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 28 for a plant in New Castle, Del. 

AkzoNobel has finalized the €153 million divestment of its global paper chemicals business to Kemira, a deal announced in July 2014. 

On April 28, Michelman India held a grand opening ceremony for its new Business and Technology Centre in Mumbai, India.

On April 10, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, (IL-6th District) visited the True Value Manufacturing plant in Cary, Ill., located in his district.

The International Paint & Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) is working with the United Nations’ Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP) to promote the establishment of appropriate national regulatory frameworks to stop the manufacture, import, export, sale, and use of lead paints and products coated with lead paints.

The work plan outlines the product categories and chemical classes that DTSC will review to develop Priority Products under the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Regulations over the next three years in order to provide a “level of predictability” to entities that may become subject to the regulations. 

In a multi-industry letter, ACA pressed Congress to continue to include a strong negotiating objective on investment in Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, as it has for decades. 

On April 15, ACA submitted a statement to the members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Working Group on Business Income Tax on how best to overhaul the nation’s broken tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and more efficient.

The coatings division of BASF has signed a manufacturing agreement with Guangdong Yinfan Chemistry Co., Ltd. (Yinfan).

Oxea has extended its distribution partnership with the Dutch chemical distributor IMCD for amines in Europe.

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