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Cyclic Materials and Solvay Sign Agreement

Cyclic Materials, a metals recycling company, and Solvay, a rare earth materials supplier, have signed an agreement where Cyclic Materials will supply Solvay’s plant in La Rochelle, France recycled mixed rare earth oxide (rMREO) for further separation and purification from its new Hub100 facility in Ontario, Canada. Shipments to La Rochelle are expected to begin in late 2024.

Evonik Commissions New Plant in Germany

Evonik has commissioned a new plant for its AEROSIL® Easy-to-Disperse family of silicas at its Rheinfelden site in Germany. According to Evonik, the capacity expansion will strengthen global availability for the company's silica and marks the next step in providing eco-friendly solutions to the paint and coatings sector.

WACKER Strengthens Focus in the Czech Republic

Wacker Chemie AG is constructing a new production site in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The company broke ground with its project partners and officials representing the city and region.

Sto Breaks Ground in Mexico

Sto Corp., a manufacturer in claddings, air barriers, coatings, and restoration systems, based in Atlanta, Ga., broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Muncipio de Dalina, Victoria, Nuevo Leon in Mexico.

Gema Celebrates New Company Building in Switzerland

Gema Switzerland GmbH, a supplier of powder coating technology, announced the completion of its new company headquarters, located in Gossau Sommerau. According to the company, the new headquarters is a commitment to its forward-looking and environmentally friendly technologies and sustainable business practices.

PHMSA Final Rule Harmonizes HMR with International Standards

According to PHMSA, its final amendments are expected to maintain the HMR's high safety standard for the public and the environment. PHMSA also anticipates additional safety benefits to be derived from improved compliance related to consistency amongst domestic and international regulations.

DHS CISA Proposes Rule for Cyber Incident Reporting

On April 4, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a proposed rule on cyber incident reporting. CISA’s proposal includes a reporting framework that would require broad segments of industry to meet reporting requirements following certain cyber incidents, including the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors (e.g., Chemical Sector).

Maryland Legislature Adopts PaintCare Bill

On March 29, the Maryland Legislature adopted a measure that would bring the PaintCare program to the state. The bill, HB0001, will be sent to Gov. Wes Moore for signature.

SMAQMD Public Workshop for AIM Coatings on April 18

California’s Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) is conducting a public workshop on April 18 to discuss proposed changes to Rule 442 (Architectural Coatings). The proposed changes to Rules 442 would add a contingency measure that, if triggered, would automatically establish more stringent requirements for Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) coatings that are consistent with CARB’s 2019 AIM Suggested Control Measure.

Cyclic Materials and Solvay Sign Agreement

Cyclic Materials, a metals recycling company, and Solvay, a rare earth materials supplier, have signed an agreement where Cyclic Materials will supply Solvay’s plant in La Rochelle, France recycled mixed rare earth oxide (rMREO) for further separation and purification from its new Hub100 facility in Ontario, Canada. Shipments to La Rochelle are expected to begin in late 2024.

Evonik Commissions New Plant in Germany

Evonik has commissioned a new plant for its AEROSIL® Easy-to-Disperse family of silicas at its Rheinfelden site in Germany. According to Evonik, the capacity expansion will strengthen global availability for the company's silica and marks the next step in providing eco-friendly solutions to the paint and coatings sector.

WACKER Strengthens Focus in the Czech Republic

Wacker Chemie AG is constructing a new production site in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The company broke ground with its project partners and officials representing the city and region.

Sto Breaks Ground in Mexico

Sto Corp., a manufacturer in claddings, air barriers, coatings, and restoration systems, based in Atlanta, Ga., broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Muncipio de Dalina, Victoria, Nuevo Leon in Mexico.

Gema Celebrates New Company Building in Switzerland

Gema Switzerland GmbH, a supplier of powder coating technology, announced the completion of its new company headquarters, located in Gossau Sommerau. According to the company, the new headquarters is a commitment to its forward-looking and environmentally friendly technologies and sustainable business practices.

Dr. Dane R. Jones Receives ACA’s David F. Darling Prize

The David F. Darling Prize was established in memory of its namesake to recognize individuals who, through coatings science, technology, and research, demonstrate innovation in the areas of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Tahereh (Neda) Hayeri Receives ACA’s 2023 CoatingsTech Best Paper Award

Hayeri received the honor at the 2023 CoatingsTech Conference for her paper, “Thermally, UV, and Moisture Curable Novel Family of Versatile Oligomers,” coauthored by Dr. Vijay M. Mannari, professor of polymers and coatings at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Engineering Technology. Hayeri’s research is directed by Mannari at Eastern Michigan University’s Coating Research Institute.

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