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Wacker Chemie Opens New HQ in Munich

Wacker Chemie AG opened its new corporate headquarters in Munich. The roughly 18,000-square-meter building in Munich’s Werksviertel District was designed by Danish architecture firm C.F. Møller reportedly using the latest in sustainable building technology. The office offers a flexible working environment for approximately 600 employees on five floors. The company says it aiming for the internationally recognized LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) at the highest level–platinum.

Encina and BASF Establish Long-Term Partnership

Encina, a manufacturer of circular chemicals, and global chemical company BASF have announced a long-term supply agreement for chemically recycled circular benzene derived from post-consumer end-of-life plastics.

Briolf Announces First Campus in the United States

Briolf USA LLC, a subsidiary of Briolf Group headquartered in Girona, Spain that manufactures and sells coatings and adhesives, announced plans for its first U.S. manufacturing campus in Monroe, N.C. This is part of a plan for the group to consolidate its position in the United States as well as prepare for future growth in its international market.

Trinseo Completes Solar Panel Installation at Finland Facility

Trinseo completed a solar panel installation of 1,800 solar panel modules at its latex binders manufacturing facility in Hamina, Finland. Working with Finnish electricity supplier Helen Oy, the new solar panels are expected to offset approximately 20% of the site’s power consumption. Trinseo says that the initiative supports the company’s climate change goal to increase its share of electricity from non-fossil sources from 5% to 30% by 2030.

IMCD Opens New Laboratory in North America

IMCD, a distributor, formulator and provider of specialty chemicals and ingredients has relocated and opened its new IMCD Coatings and Construction Laboratory in Philadelphia, Penn., one of company’s 14 laboratories. The new 6,400 sq. ft. laboratory expands the company’s technical capabilities to now include construction, in addition to its existing capabilities for industrial coatings, decorative paints, and adhesives.

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.

Wacker Chemie Opens New HQ in Munich

Wacker Chemie AG opened its new corporate headquarters in Munich. The roughly 18,000-square-meter building in Munich’s Werksviertel District was designed by Danish architecture firm C.F. Møller reportedly using the latest in sustainable building technology. The office offers a flexible working environment for approximately 600 employees on five floors. The company says it aiming for the internationally recognized LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) at the highest level–platinum.

Encina and BASF Establish Long-Term Partnership

Encina, a manufacturer of circular chemicals, and global chemical company BASF have announced a long-term supply agreement for chemically recycled circular benzene derived from post-consumer end-of-life plastics.

Briolf Announces First Campus in the United States

Briolf USA LLC, a subsidiary of Briolf Group headquartered in Girona, Spain that manufactures and sells coatings and adhesives, announced plans for its first U.S. manufacturing campus in Monroe, N.C. This is part of a plan for the group to consolidate its position in the United States as well as prepare for future growth in its international market.

Trinseo Completes Solar Panel Installation at Finland Facility

Trinseo completed a solar panel installation of 1,800 solar panel modules at its latex binders manufacturing facility in Hamina, Finland. Working with Finnish electricity supplier Helen Oy, the new solar panels are expected to offset approximately 20% of the site’s power consumption. Trinseo says that the initiative supports the company’s climate change goal to increase its share of electricity from non-fossil sources from 5% to 30% by 2030.

IMCD Opens New Laboratory in North America

IMCD, a distributor, formulator and provider of specialty chemicals and ingredients has relocated and opened its new IMCD Coatings and Construction Laboratory in Philadelphia, Penn., one of company’s 14 laboratories. The new 6,400 sq. ft. laboratory expands the company’s technical capabilities to now include construction, in addition to its existing capabilities for industrial coatings, decorative paints, and adhesives.

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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