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WEG and Nexa Partner on Developing Anticorrosive Paints

WEG has partnered with Nexa, a producer of zinc, to develop anticorrosive paints with the addition of jarosite, a waste derived from zinc metallurgy. WEG says the solution will focus on carbon steel and cast-iron surfaces, with the capacity expected to provide protective effects, reducing the use of conventional raw materials, and promoting circular economy in the industry.

Wanhua Chemical Opens R&D Center in Spain

Wanhua Chemical has opened an R&D Center in Barcelona to advance its footprint in Europe and globally, the company says the new center will allow for a quicker response to the requirements of downstream customers as well as bolster efforts in collaborative scientific research and innovation.

Hempel Enters Partnership with CVC

The Hempel Foundation, in agreement with the Hempel A/S Board of Directors, has agreed to invite CVC Funds to become a minority investor in Hempel A/S. According to Hempel, the partnership with CVC will support the acceleration of Hempel’s growth and value creation plan, such as increasing investment in the development of new sustainable technologies.

Syensqo Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Syensqo reports that its Kallo-Beveren production facility in Belgium has achieved carbon neutrality by running exclusively on renewable energy. The facility produces Syensqo’s Ryton® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) specialty polymer compounds.

OQ Chemicals Resumes Operations in Germany

OQ Chemicals has resumed operations at its German plants in Oberhausen and Marl after a recent disruption at a raw material supplier's synthesis gas plant that led to a declaration of force majeure for certain products. OQ Chemicals says that during the operational pause, it implemented enhancements to optimize production processes such as data flows and work processes across asset management, operations technology, and engineering.

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.

WEG and Nexa Partner on Developing Anticorrosive Paints

WEG has partnered with Nexa, a producer of zinc, to develop anticorrosive paints with the addition of jarosite, a waste derived from zinc metallurgy. WEG says the solution will focus on carbon steel and cast-iron surfaces, with the capacity expected to provide protective effects, reducing the use of conventional raw materials, and promoting circular economy in the industry.

Wanhua Chemical Opens R&D Center in Spain

Wanhua Chemical has opened an R&D Center in Barcelona to advance its footprint in Europe and globally, the company says the new center will allow for a quicker response to the requirements of downstream customers as well as bolster efforts in collaborative scientific research and innovation.

Hempel Enters Partnership with CVC

The Hempel Foundation, in agreement with the Hempel A/S Board of Directors, has agreed to invite CVC Funds to become a minority investor in Hempel A/S. According to Hempel, the partnership with CVC will support the acceleration of Hempel’s growth and value creation plan, such as increasing investment in the development of new sustainable technologies.

Syensqo Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Syensqo reports that its Kallo-Beveren production facility in Belgium has achieved carbon neutrality by running exclusively on renewable energy. The facility produces Syensqo’s Ryton® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) specialty polymer compounds.

OQ Chemicals Resumes Operations in Germany

OQ Chemicals has resumed operations at its German plants in Oberhausen and Marl after a recent disruption at a raw material supplier's synthesis gas plant that led to a declaration of force majeure for certain products. OQ Chemicals says that during the operational pause, it implemented enhancements to optimize production processes such as data flows and work processes across asset management, operations technology, and engineering.

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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