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Covestro to Invest in World-scale MDI Plant in Baytown, Texas

October 22, 2018 Business News
Covestro’s total MDI capacities in the NAFTA region will reach around 740 kilotons per year making Covestro the industry capacity leader in the region by 2024, the company stated.

Stahl Opens Center of Excellence for Powder Coatings in Barcelona

October 22, 2018 Business News
The strategic location of this knowledge and testing center will also enable Stahl to accelerate its services for the main European markets, the company stated.

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is Now Nouryon

October 22, 2018 Business News
The move follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and marks the company’s transition to becoming an independent, global specialty chemicals leader, AkzoNobel stated.

Evonik Appoints EMCO-INORTECH ULC as Distributor for Polyurethane CASE in Canada

October 22, 2018 Business News
According to Evonik, this new partnership with EMCO-INORTECH ULC will give Canadian formulators access to the highest level of products and services.

INX International Opens Brazil Metal Decorating Facility

October 22, 2018 Business News
Located in Sao Paulo, the 24,000 square-foot facility is its first new complex in South America since Creative INX was acquired in December 2016 and is designed to manufacture approximately nine million pounds of product annually.

Arkema Expands Manufacturing of Alkyd Emulsions for Sustainable Formulating

October 22, 2018 Business News
Arkema reported that the investment to localize production of SYNAQUA in North America will enhance the company’s ability to meet growing customer demand.

Impact of New Tariffs on Iron, Steel, and Aluminum Unclear Thus Far

October 9, 2018 Government Affairs
The United States announced new steel and aluminum tariffs last March, under which steel imports would face a 25 percent duty and aluminum imports would be subject to a 10 percent duty. These tariffs were imposed pursuant to Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and were specifically done under Section 232 authority.

EPA Issue Compliance Guidance on RMP Amendments Now in Effect

October 9, 2018 Government Affairs
EPA has issued Compliance Information and Guidance for the Risk Management Plan (RMP) amendments, after a Sept. 21 DC Circuit Court mandate, which made the 2017 RMP amendments immediately effective.

House Introduces CFATS Reauthorization Bill, Senate Bill Advances

October 9, 2018 Government Affairs
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) is an important program aimed at preventing chemicals from being stolen, diverted, sabotaged, or deliberately released by terrorist or other bad actors. DHS CFATS regulations were issued as a final rule in November 2007; however, DHS implements the CFATS program under a variety of short-term authorizations by Congress.