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The International Paint & Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) is working with the UN’s 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.

ACA recently joined the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), an organization founded by institutional purchasers, suppliers, and other interested stakeholders with the goal of creating a framework for sustainable institutional purchasing. 

On Oct. 13, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in response to its Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Supplemental NPRM) on workplace injury and illness reporting.

On Oct. 14, ACA filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court – SQM North America Corporation v. City of Pomona – urging the nation’s highest court to accept certiorari review of a split among the circuits regarding the scope of a trial court's “gatekeeper” responsibility, and to exclude scientifically unreliable expert testimony.

On Oct. 17, ACA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the agency’s Aug. 18 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to update its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

Michelman has opened the new Advanced Materials Collaboration Center (AMCC) at its global headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Creative Pultrusions, Inc. and Toronto-based Powder Coating Solutions have invited Bayer MaterialScience LLC to team up with them to develop an integrated pultrusion and coating process.

Archroma has entered into an agreement to acquire the global textile chemicals business of BASF.

Clariant has officially opened its first Regional Innovation Center in India (RIC India), in Navi Mumbai.

The North American architectural coatings business of PPG Industries has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Westmoreland Supply.

ACA has released a video, entitled “Coatings Protect, Preserve, Provide.”entitled “Coatings Protect, Preserve, Provide.” 

On Sept. 29, 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.

Several states are in the process of adopting the 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Surface Coating Control Technique Guidelines (CTGs), which will lower the volatile organic compound (VOC) limits for factory-applied (OEM) miscellaneous metal and plastic parts coatings.

Huntsman Corporation has completed the acquisition of the performance additives and titanium dioxide (TiO2) businesses of Rockwood Holdings, Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company has announced several updates to its divestiture and portfolio management activities.

BASF India Limited has opened a new, large-scale chemical production complex at Dahej in Gujarat, India.

Evonik Industries has opened a new production line to manufacture surface-treated fumed silica under the company’s Aerosil® brand name.

Clariant has entered into an exclusive partnership with Omya in the European aluminum finishing market.

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