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White House Issues Executive Order for Agency Guidance Documents

October 18, 2019 Government Affairs
The EO requires that executive branch agencies treat guidance documents as non-binding both in law and in practice, take public input into account when appropriate in formulating guidance documents, and make guidance documents readily available to the public.

ACA Submits Comments to Washington State Department of Ecology on Proposed Amendments to Antifouling Bill

October 18, 2019 Government Affairs
ACA submitted comments to the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) on its proposed legislative draft bill that would amend Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.300.020 – Restrictions on Sale and Application of Antifouling Paint Containing Copper.

ACA Urges Congress to Adopt the USMCA

October 18, 2019 Government Affairs
The U.S. coatings manufacturing base exports a significant portion of its production to Mexico and Canada — approximately $1.85 billion in 2018, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the industry’s exports — and the United States benefits from a consistently strong trade surplus with both countries.

Arkema to Increase Kynar® Fluoropolymer Capacities at its Changshu Plant

October 18, 2019 Business News
Arkema stated that this increase in capacity is driven by the continued strong growth in the lithium-ion battery market for electric vehicles and it is consistent with their strategy to supply its customers from plants located in the same region.

Trinseo Acquires Dow’s Latex Binders Assets and Rheinmunster Site in Germany

October 18, 2019 Business News
The transaction includes full ownership and operational control of both latex production facilities at Rheinmunster, as well as site infrastructure and services contracts, and approximately 108 employees who have transferred from Dow to Trinseo.

LCY Elastomers LP Appoints Azelis Americas CASE as Distributor for Globalprene® Thermoplastic Elastomers in the United States

October 18, 2019 Business News
Customers will now have access to LCY’s Globalprene® product line from all Azelis Americas CASE regions and be able to utilize the formulation expertise from Azelis CASE applications labs, the company reported.

Axalta Acquires Manufacturing Site in Turkey for Powder Coatings

October 18, 2019 Business News
The facility, which is currently being upgraded, is expected to host the production of all Axalta’s premium powder product ranges including the Matt (AE30 & SD30), Fine Textured (AE03 & SD03), and Semi-Gloss (AE70 & SD70) collections all designed for architectural applications. 

Nouryon to Expand Ethylene Amines Offering with New Technology

October 18, 2019 Business News
Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) activities for a world-scale manufacturing facility based on this new technology are expected to start by the end of 2019.

FTC Considers Enforcement Related to “Made in the USA” Label Statements

October 8, 2019 Government Affairs
FTC hosted a public workshop to further understand consumer perception of “Made in the USA” and other U.S.-origin claims, and to consider whether it can improve its “Made in USA” enforcement program.

OSHA Implements New Weighting System For Workplace Safety and Health Inspections

October 8, 2019 Government Affairs
The new system is based on an evaluation of the existing criteria and a working group’s recommendations regarding improvements to the existing weighting system. OSHA says it has been running the new weighting system to confirm data integrity.