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AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Completes Expansion at Italian Site

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has completed an expansion for producing powder coatings at its Como, Italy site. According to the company, the site is now the company’s largest, and will help secure supply to customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Birla Carbon Receives ISCC PLUS Certification

Birla Carbon, a manufacturer and supplier of carbon black additives, has been awarded the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification ISCC PLUS for two of its plants, one in Hickok, Kansas and Yeosu, South Korea.

KANSAI HELIOS to Acquire WEILBURGER Coatings

KANSAI HELIOS has signed a share purchase agreement with GREBE Holding in Weilburg, Germany to acquire WEILBURGER Coatings. WEILBURGER Coatings is an industrial coatings producer and has group companies in Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, China, Brazil, India and the United States. According to KANSAI HELIOS, this consolidation will further strengthen KANSAI HELIOS’ market position in industrial coatings segments and expand its geographical footprint internationally.

CPSC Seeks Comments on Petition for Adoption of Slip Resistance Standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking comments on a petition for rulemaking that would adopt current slip resistance standards into regulations. If adopted, the standard would mandate testing and labeling regarding the slip resistance (traction) of commercial and residential grade floor coverings, floor coatings and treatments, residential and commercial floor cleaning agents, and consumer footwear.

ACA Urges Congress to Act on Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

Advancing this legislation in the Senate is critical to industry, as paint and coatings manufacturers and other businesses are paying nearly $1.4 million per day in out-of-date, distortive and anticompetitive import tariffs on products not made or available in the United States – tariffs which would be eliminated under the MTB Act.

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Completes Expansion at Italian Site

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has completed an expansion for producing powder coatings at its Como, Italy site. According to the company, the site is now the company’s largest, and will help secure supply to customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Birla Carbon Receives ISCC PLUS Certification

Birla Carbon, a manufacturer and supplier of carbon black additives, has been awarded the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification ISCC PLUS for two of its plants, one in Hickok, Kansas and Yeosu, South Korea.

KANSAI HELIOS to Acquire WEILBURGER Coatings

KANSAI HELIOS has signed a share purchase agreement with GREBE Holding in Weilburg, Germany to acquire WEILBURGER Coatings. WEILBURGER Coatings is an industrial coatings producer and has group companies in Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, China, Brazil, India and the United States. According to KANSAI HELIOS, this consolidation will further strengthen KANSAI HELIOS’ market position in industrial coatings segments and expand its geographical footprint internationally.

Evonik Expands Production of Precipitated Silica

Silica producer Evonik is investing in a plant expansion for precipitated silica at its Charleston, S.C. site. According to the company, the new line will increase the company’s production capacity for precipitated silica at the site by 50 percent. The Charleston facility is part of a network of 18 precipitated silica production sites globally.

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.

Interactive Coatings TraQr™ 2.0 Available through ACA Partnership

The dynamic TraQr 2.0 built on Microsoft’s Power BI platform — the industry leader for data analysis and visualization — enables businesses throughout the coatings and specialty chemicals value chain to identify, analyze, and forecast market trends, and to make better informed purchasing, pricing, expansion, cost saving, and development decisions more easily.

Dr. Kurt Wood to Deliver Mattiello Memorial Lecture at ACA’s 2023 CoatingsTech Conference

Dr. Kurt Wood, retired senior principal scientist at Arkema, Inc., and current consultant in coatings and service life prediction, will deliver the Mattiello Memorial Lecture at ACA’s 2023 CoatingsTech Conference. The CoatingsTech Conference — ACA’s leading technical event — will be held June 26-28, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade, in Cleveland, Ohio and embrace the theme, “Coatings Technologies: Adaptation in a Complex World.”

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Editor’s note: This column is a roundup of recent product releases from throughout the coatings and allied industries. To submit a product release for consideration, email publications@paint.org. Please note that ...

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