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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.

ACA is partnering with The Wercs, a UL Company, to present a webinar on Nov. 3, 2014, from 1:00-2:00 pm EST, showcasing the company’s new, affordable, and entry-level software solution for creating, storing, and managing Safety Data Sheets (SDS) that are compliant with the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). 

The monthly change in the unemployment rate often makes the news, particularly when reported to cross a numerical thresholds, as it did when September data were released in early October. 

On Sept. 18, Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) released her own draft of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform to the public.

This would allow comments to be submitted by Jan. 27, 2015 rather than the current deadline of Oct. 29, 2014

On Sept. 12, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released the first draft of its three-year Priority Product Work Plan, identifying the product categories the department may evaluate in the next three years under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations.

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