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Bodo Möller Chemie Expands Its Presence in Asia

Bodo Möller Chemie is expanding sales of its products and services in Southeast Asia with branches in Bangkok, Thailand and Hanoi City, Vietnam. According to the company, the new branches focus on automotive construction, electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, battery technology, electronics manufacture and the aerospace industry among other sectors.

Brenntag Acquires Quimica Delta

Brenntag has acquired the Mexican chemical distributor Quimica Delta. According to Brenntag, Quimica Delta operates several rail terminals and has access to maritime port infrastructure at Altamira – strategically located as a tollgate for chemicals mainly imported from the United States. The company’s access to tollgates through marine terminals and last mile infrastructure complements and expands the Brenntag Essentials’ “triple” strategy and positioning in the chemicals market in Mexico, per Brentagg.

BASF Expands in China

BASF announced its investment in the expansion of its advanced additives plant at its Nanjing site, driven by the rapidly growing market demand in Asia and beyond. The expansion includes a production line for BASF’s high-performance Controlled Free Radical Polymerization (CFRP) dispersants. High-performance additives are used across industries such as industrial coatings and automotive OEM coatings.

DKSH Extends Distribution Agreement with KRONOS

DKSH’s Business Unit Performance Materials has extended its distribution agreement with KRONOS. DKSH will provide business development, marketing, sales, logistics, and distribution services for KRONOS’ range of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments for coatings and plastics applications in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Philippines.

H.B. Fuller Acquires ND Industries Inc.

H.B. Fuller Company has acquired ND Industries Inc., a provider of specialty adhesives and fastener locking and sealing solutions for automotive, electronics, aerospace, and other industries. Headquartered outside Detroit, Mich., ND Industries serves a global market with facilities in the United States and Asia, and pre-applied coating partners around the world, and generated approximately $70 million in revenue in fiscal 2023, per H.B. Fuller’s announcement.  H.B Fuller says the new business, which includes five U.S. locations and 300 employees, will operate within H.B. Fuller's existing Engineering Adhesives global business unit.

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.

Bodo Möller Chemie Expands Its Presence in Asia

Bodo Möller Chemie is expanding sales of its products and services in Southeast Asia with branches in Bangkok, Thailand and Hanoi City, Vietnam. According to the company, the new branches focus on automotive construction, electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, battery technology, electronics manufacture and the aerospace industry among other sectors.

Brenntag Acquires Quimica Delta

Brenntag has acquired the Mexican chemical distributor Quimica Delta. According to Brenntag, Quimica Delta operates several rail terminals and has access to maritime port infrastructure at Altamira – strategically located as a tollgate for chemicals mainly imported from the United States. The company’s access to tollgates through marine terminals and last mile infrastructure complements and expands the Brenntag Essentials’ “triple” strategy and positioning in the chemicals market in Mexico, per Brentagg.

BASF Expands in China

BASF announced its investment in the expansion of its advanced additives plant at its Nanjing site, driven by the rapidly growing market demand in Asia and beyond. The expansion includes a production line for BASF’s high-performance Controlled Free Radical Polymerization (CFRP) dispersants. High-performance additives are used across industries such as industrial coatings and automotive OEM coatings.

DKSH Extends Distribution Agreement with KRONOS

DKSH’s Business Unit Performance Materials has extended its distribution agreement with KRONOS. DKSH will provide business development, marketing, sales, logistics, and distribution services for KRONOS’ range of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments for coatings and plastics applications in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Philippines.

H.B. Fuller Acquires ND Industries Inc.

H.B. Fuller Company has acquired ND Industries Inc., a provider of specialty adhesives and fastener locking and sealing solutions for automotive, electronics, aerospace, and other industries. Headquartered outside Detroit, Mich., ND Industries serves a global market with facilities in the United States and Asia, and pre-applied coating partners around the world, and generated approximately $70 million in revenue in fiscal 2023, per H.B. Fuller’s announcement.  H.B Fuller says the new business, which includes five U.S. locations and 300 employees, will operate within H.B. Fuller's existing Engineering Adhesives global business unit.

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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