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ACA Submits Comments to USTR on NAFTA Renegotiation

June 20, 2017 Industry News
Considering the strong American trade position, ACA urged that future NAFTA negotiations be accomplished in a “do no harm” approach that preserves the very real benefits that the coatings industry has seen from this trade agreement over the past two decades.

EPA Extends NAAQS Ozone Compliance Date by One Year

June 20, 2017 Industry News
EPA has acknowledged that although the new ozone standard was set on October 1, 2015, there remains a host of complex issues that could undermine associated compliance efforts by states and localities.

ACA Submits Comments to EPA on Draft Guidance for Nanoreporting

June 20, 2017 Industry News
The final nano-reporting rule requires a one-time reporting and recordkeeping of existing exposure and health and safety information on nanoscale chemical substances in commerce, and that companies that manufacture (including importing) or process certain chemical substances already in commerce as nanoscale materials notify EPA of certain information.

RMP Final Rule Delayed until February 2019

June 20, 2017 Industry News
EPA is delaying the effective date of the RMP final rule amendments until February 2019. This latest delay will allow EPA more time to review and reconsider the final RMP rule amendments.

WACKER Opens US-based R&D Center

June 19, 2017 Business News
The Center is located at the co-work campus of the Michigan Innovation Headquarters and consists of labs for R&D and analytics, and for the development of new products dedicated to customers in the Americas.

BASF Divests its Surfactants Business to Stepan Company

June 19, 2017 Business News
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to applicable regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of certain other requirements.

Axalta Opens Asia-Pacific Technology Center in China

June 19, 2017 Business News
With a total of 15,500 square meters of space, the APTC expands resources available to Axalta’s global organization of more than 1,300 scientists, engineers, and staff engaged in R&D, the company stated. With an employee base of 300 today and capacity for more than 500, the center joins Axalta’s worldwide network of four global technology centers and more than 30 country laboratories.

Cloverdale Paint Opens R&D Facility

June 19, 2017 Business News
The 7,200-square foot addition to the existing solvent-based and OEM product development laboratory will provide the necessary space for research chemists to conduct development work, the company reported.

AkzoNobel Completes Expansion of Coatings Research Facility

June 19, 2017 Business News
Carried out in phases over a period of three years, the investment in the site that employs around 40 scientists will support the company’s Protective Coatings, Marine Coatings and Specialty Coatings businesses, the company stated.