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California Biofouling Management Regulations Effective Oct. 1

August 29, 2017 Industry News
California’s biofouling regulations require ocean-going vessels entering the ports of California to have minimum biofouling on the underwater portion of their hulls and niche areas.

EPA Retracts Ozone Implementation Delay; Legislation Still in Play

August 29, 2017 Industry News
While the new ozone standard was set on Oct, 1, 2015, there remain a host of issues that could undermine compliance efforts by states and localities.

EPA Considers First 10 Chemicals for Risk Evaluation under Amended TSCA

August 29, 2017 Industry News
EPA’s scoping documents will shape evaluations of the first 10 chemicals for initial risk evaluation under TSCA: asbestos; pigment violet 29; 1,4-dioxane; cyclic aliphatic bromides cluster; carbon tetrachloride; 1-bromopropane; methylene chloride; n-methylpyrrolidone; trichloroethylene; and tetrachloroethylene.

ACA Supports EPA Proposal to Clarify Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS)

August 29, 2017 Industry News
During the 2014-2015 rulemaking process, ACA opposed EPA and the Army’s efforts to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the United States. Because of the expanded WOTUS definition, the federal government was given jurisdiction over some of the smallest waterways in the country.

Nagase America Acquires Fitz Chem

August 28, 2017 Business News
With reported revenue of over $60 million, Fitz Chem is focused on the coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomer (CASE) markets, as well as the plastics and personal care markets. NAGASE Group is a supplier to these markets in Japan, with a portfolio of distributed products and proprietary products it manufactures.

PPG Opens Automotive Refinish Training Center in Argentina

August 28, 2017 Business News
PPG experts will train technicians from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay on all of PPG’s automotive refinish product lines and color modules, as well as application techniques, the company stated.

Axalta Opens Technology Center in Vadodara, India

August 28, 2017 Business News
The new laboratory space will feature contemporary robotic spray applicators that can simulate line application conditions inside customer manufacturing plants.

Evonik Constructs Specialty Copolyester Plant in Witten

August 28, 2017 Business News
The company is investing a mid-double-digit million euro sum in the plant, which will have annual production capacity of several thousand metric tons, the company stated.

Sika Acquires Turkish Manufacturer of Sealants and Adhesives

August 28, 2017 Business News
Sika stated that the acquired production site will not only improve Sika’s ability to serve customers in the Turkish market but will also function as a distribution and production hub for the Middle East and Africa, reinforcing the supply chain in this region.