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Posted July 20, 2018

ESSEN, Germany-Evonik Industries and Siemens Corporate Technology, Berlin, Germany, have teamed up to work on a research project that converts carbon dioxide into specialty chemicals, using electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to power the endeavor. The project, known as Rheticus, is slated to run for the next two years.

Involving a team of 20 researchers total, some from each company, the project will use electrolysis powered by renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, which will then be fed into a fermenter. From there, microorganisms turn it into chemicals such as butanol and hexanol, which could be used as feedstocks for products. The goal is to demonstrate that artificial photosynthesis is feasible.

The first plant is set to go onstream by 2021 at the Evonik facility in Marl, Germany, and the next stage could see the creation of a facility that has an annual production capacity of 20,000 tons per year. The new technology can reportedly serve as energy storage, and respond to power fluctuations while also stabilizing the grid. These plants can also scale to suit the needs of local chemical producers.

Rheticus will receive $3.48 million in funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as part of a nationwide endeavor to seek out new energy solutions.

Posted July 19, 2018

PITTSBURGH, Pa.-Global coatings manufacturer PPG has stated that it will be cutting more than 1,000 jobs in a restructuring effort that comes in the wake of rising raw material costs and the ouster of the company’s consumer brands from a major home-improvement box store. The projected layoffs were reported in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which notes that a pretax restructuring charge of $8,085 million will be recorded in the company’s second-quarter financial report. Most of that charge will go to employee severance and other cash costs. About 1,100 employees will lose their jobs.

The company did not indicate where the job cuts would occur, but said in the SEC filing that the move was brought on by a customer assortment change in its US architectural coatings business as well as sustained, elevated raw material inflation. PPG’s Olympic paints and stains were removed from Lowe’s stores in the first quarter of this year when the home-improvement giant inked an exclusive deal with The Sherwin-Williams Co. PPG later announced a new deal with Home Depot to sell Olympic products. Home Depot is Lowe’s primary competitor, and the largest home-improvement retailer in the US.

The layoffs will occur between now and the second quarter of 2019, and the company expects the restructuring to begin to pay off within two years.

Posted July 17, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Researchers based out of Ohio State University have developed smart paint, which is a coating that can help the vision impaired navigate increasingly complex urban spaces safely. The key lies in the connection between what is in the paint and the cane a person uses. Known as “smart paint for networked cities,” the coating is intended to be detected using a smart cane, a modified white cane that detects the unique coating and provides door-to-door guidance.

Ohio State University is working with a number of other institutions on the project, including the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB) and Intelligent Material. OSSB has a collection of previous white cane technologies, which enabled researchers to test and refine what their own product would be capable of. Intelligent Material has worked with OSU for several years in integrating light-converting oxides into polymeric matrices for specific applications.

Smart paint that informs users they have reached their destination may take the form of horizontal stripes along sidewalks, while the paints themselves could also be grey or black or even invisible to sighted pedestrians, but would still be detectable by smart canes.

The technology also holds promise for helping airport ground traffic navigate. OSU researchers will be preparing for a proposal submission to the National Science Foundation at the end of this month. Currently, several acres of smart paint are applied throughout the city of Columbus.

Posted July 16, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-California Polytechnic State University’s Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center (WCTC) recently completed a successful $1.1 million fundraising campaign to support an expansion that will nearly double its available lab facilities. The additional 2,100 square feet of lab and office space will be used to expand research and testing services and increase student enrollment.

The two-year campaign began in 2015 with a foundational gift of $100,000 from the Dunn-Edwards Corp. A generous donation of $500,000 from the Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation raised the campaign above its initial goal of $1 million. Established by the late Stanley Wayne Ekstrom, president of Cardinal Paint & Powder, the Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation promotes community efforts related to health, justice, and education, with an emphasis on programs that support the development and care of children and young adults.

Combined contributions from the Los Angles, Golden Gate, and Pacific Northwest coatings societies were crucial to the success of the campaign and totaled more than $200,000. Other key industry supporters include Kelly-Moore Paint and Horn Companies. Individual donations from industry professionals and Cal Poly alumni also played a significant role in exceeding the campaign goal.

The WCTC connects the university’s Polymers and Coatings Program to partners in industry. Through the center, Cal Poly offers intensive short courses, testing services, contract research, and other collaborative opportunities to the paint and coatings industry.

Posted July 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has met an important milestone and proposed a fees rule under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, the proposed fees on certain chemical manufacturers provide a sustainable source of funding to defray resources that are available for implementation of new responsibilities under the amended law. These fees, to be collected from certain chemical manufacturers and importers, would go toward developing risk evaluations for existing chemicals, collecting and reviewing toxicity and exposure data and other information, reviewing Confidential Business Information (CBI), and making determinations in a timely and transparent manner with respect to the safety of new chemicals before they enter the marketplace.

EPA states that it is working diligently to implement the new law, the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years, and get the most modern and safe chemicals to market quickly in order to provide regulatory certainty for manufacturers and confidence for American consumers.

The fees rule is the final of four framework rules under the Act, incorporating input received at an August 2016 public meeting. Under the proposed rule, affected businesses would begin incurring fees on October 1, 2018, and small businesses would receive a substantial 80 percent discount on their fees for new chemical submissions.

Posted July 11, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, England-As part of a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Dutch company Hoekmine BV, researchers recently began modifying the color of some bacteria, which they say could pave the way to “growing” paints and coatings.

The study looks at flavobacterium, which is a type of bacteria that packs together in colonies and produces a vibrant color. That color isn’t made from pigments, but rather from the bacteria’s structure, which reflects light at different wavelengths. It’s those genes that the scientists experimented with.

The scientists took the genes and were able to mutate them into many different colors and hues, ranging from red to blue and vibrant to subtle. This success is a crucial stepping stone to developing a biodegradable, nontoxic paint. The researchers say that, from an applied perspective, this bacterial system allows them to achieve tunable living photonic structures that can be reproduced in abundance, avoiding traditional nanofabrication methods.

Posted July 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-OSHA has cited First Source Worldwide LLC for several workplace safety hazards that put employees at risk of injury. The company faces proposed penalties of $256,088.

Following an inspection of the company’s Dalton, Ohio, facility, OSHA issued willful citations for failing to install a fall protection system and failing to develop and implement a written permit-required confined-space program. The company was also cited for several serious and other-than-serious violations, including failing to develop safety procedures when performing equipment maintenance and servicing, failing to ensure employees have proper personal protective equipment, and failing to install machine guards on equipment.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance.

Posted July 6, 2018

UNION, Mo.-Gateway Extrusions, a leading national aluminum extrusion and finishing firm, has announced significant job creation at its Union, Mo., facility. With the recent expansion of its manufacturing facility, the addition of new production equipment, and growth in sales, Gateway has seen a 100 percent increase in staffing since late 2014. Currently, employment stands at 130 and the company is seeking additional workers from the area as the new equipment is ramped up to full production.

To ensure the company’s employees are well prepared to meet customer and company needs, Gateway has implemented several initiatives in addition to ongoing skills training, such as employee recognition activities and a mentor program for new employees.

Posted July 5, 2018

ADDISON, Ill.-Tru-Tone Finishing Inc., a family-owned provider of industrial electrocoating, plans to create 120 jobs as it establishes a facility in Lexington, Ky. The company offers e-coat, powder coating, and other finishing processes for a variety of industrial clients from its two existing locations in Addison, Ill., and Brownsville, Tex.

Tru-Tone will initially implement an e-coat metal finishing process to serve the surrounding region at an existing 70,000-square-foot building. That line is expected to open this summer, with powder coating capabilities added in 2019. Ultimately, the Lexington plant will operate three 35-employee shifts.

A large part of business will initially come from automotive suppliers but will eventually include a mix of general industrial clients. The facility will also offer some limited support activities, including part washing and finishing.

Posted July 3, 2018

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.-Charles Ross & Son Co., a leading manufacturer of specialty mixing, blending, drying, and dispersion equipment, has announced the opening of its online store. Visitors to the company’s flagship website, www.mixers.com, will see the new Buy Online tool prominently displayed in the banner. The website is designed for easy browsing and selection, with mixer features clearly outlined. Lab and production-scale devices are available for immediate purchase in a standard design, and many are ready to ship from stock.

Posted July 2, 2018

COLLEGE PARK, Md.-Engineers at the University of Maryland, College Park have developed a method that involves the compression of wood, which makes it stronger than most titanium alloys. The result is a strong, natural material that can be used as an alternative to steel in construction. Liangbing Hu, the leader of the research team, noted that the new treatment method made the wood 12 times stronger than natural wood and 10 times tougher.

The process begins with the removal of the wood’s lignin, which is responsible for making the wood brown and rigid. The wood is then compressed at 150°F, which packs the cellulose fibers closely together. As a result, any defects are also crushed together. A coat of paint is then added to extend the treatment process.

The research team discovered that when the fibers were pressed together, they could form strong hydrogen bonds. The wood was also five times thinner than it had been originally.

To test the wood’s strength, the team shot bullet-like projectiles at it. The projectiles went straight through the natural wood, but the treated wood stopped them halfway through. “It is both strong and tough, which is a combination not usually found in nature,” said Teng Li, the co-leader of the team. “It is as strong as steel, but six times lighter. It takes ten times more energy to fracture than natural wood. It can even be bent and molded at the beginning of the process.” The treated wood could be used in cars, airplanes, and buildings in any application where steel is used.

Posted June 29, 2018

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands-At its annual meeting in April, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel approved the appointment of Nils Andersen to its Supervisory Board in the role of chair, replacing Antony Burgmans who is stepping down this year at the end of his third term. In addition to Andersen’s appointment, Byron Grote was reappointed as a member of the Supervisory Board and has also been reappointed for a second four-year term as deputy chairman.

Burgmans announced that he would be stepping down last July. The last year of his tenure was embroiled in dramatic back-and-forth merger talks with fellow coatings giant PPG. Burgmans played a controversial role in the talks and, at one point, an activist hedge fund that was in favor of the deal pushed to have Burgmans ousted as chair. Following his official announcement, a months-long hunt for Burgmans’ replacement ended in March, when the board announced the nomination of Andersen. Andersen is the nonexecutive director at BP and Unilever, where he serves on both companies’ audit committees.

Posted June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-After leading the American Chemistry Council (ACC) for over 10 years, president and CEO Cal Dooley has announced that he will retire at the end of 2018 when his current contract expires. “It has been an honor to represent the American chemical industry during a time of historic growth and transformation,” said Dooley. “Today the US is one of the most attractive places in the world to invest in chemical and plastic manufacturing thanks to abundant domestic shale gas development and sound policy approaches. I am extremely proud of what ACC has accomplished over the past ten years, especially the passage of bipartisan chemical regulatory reform legislation.”

Dooley joined ACC in 2008 during a challenging and uncertain time for the US chemical industry marked by high energy and natural gas prices and a lingering recession. Concerns about chemical safety were high due to an outdated and ineffective regulatory system that abetted the rampant spread of misinformation about chemicals and changing consumer and marketplace expectations.

Under Dooley’s leadership, ACC implemented an integrated strategy comprised of aggressive federal and state advocacy, communications, coalition building, political engagement, and new programs to address the challenges facing the chemical sector. He also successfully positioned ACC and its members as instrumental to the bipartisan legislation known as the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act to modernize chemical regulations.

ACC says membership grew by 49 percent during Dooley’s term, in part through his innovative efforts to recruit more small and medium sized companies through introductory dues waivers and by providing them with extra support to comply with Responsible Care, the industry’s environment, health, safety, and security program.

Posted June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-President Trump has released his proposed infrastructure plan, including $200 billion the administration says will spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments by state and local governments and private parties over the next decade.

The plan relies largely on state, local, and private investment, relying on federal funding to leverage more than six times as much new revenue from those sources. The proposal also looks to expedite project permitting, limit environmental reviews, and increase workforce development.

According to guidance released by the White House and the proposal itself, headed to Congress for consideration, $100 billion would be set aside for an Infrastructure Incentives Program, providing grants to states and municipalities for specific projects. Each grant would comprise up to 20 percent of the project cost, with states expected to generate new revenue to cover the majority of the cost of the work.

Grant proposals would be solicited from state and local governments every six months after the establishment of the program, and projects would be chosen largely on the basis of how the project will leverage new, non-Federal investment. Other criteria would include the dollar value of the project, evidence of improvements to efficiency in project delivery, plans to incorporate new and evolving technologies, and evidence the project will spur economic and social returns on investment. Any one state should not receive more than 10 percent of the funds available via the incentives program, according to the plan.

The proposed Rural Infrastructure Program would include $50 billion in federal investment, funds that would be distributed to state governors, who would decide how the money would be best used on infrastructure improvement. Another $20 billion would be allocated to the Transformative Projects Program, which would fund bold and innovative projects that may not attract private investment due to technical and risk characteristics.

A total of $20 billion would be allocated to expanding infrastructure financing, including $14 billion for existing programs. The remaining $6 billion would go to the expansion of Private Activity Bonds, money the administration says would provide tools and mechanisms for market participants to invest in public infrastructure. Another $10 billion would go to a new Federal Capital Revolving Fund, which would help with the purchase of federal real property in order to cut down on the long-term cost of leasing property.

The proposal includes language establishing a One Agency, One Decision protocol for environmental reviews on federal projects to streamline the process. The plan also calls on federal agencies to shorten the permitting process to expedite infrastructure projects. Also in the interest of expediting project starts, the proposal calls for two pilot programs that would have the potential to replace the current environmental review-the performance-based pilot and the negotiated mitigation program pilot. It also includes steps to increase federal support of workforce development programs, including expanding Pell grants and encouraging apprenticeship and career and technical education.

The plan is part of Trump’s proposed $4.4 billion federal budget for fiscal year 2019, a proposal that cuts the DOT’s discretionary budget by 19 percent from the 2017 budget. In addition to spending increases for the infrastructure initiative, the budget proposal increases defense spending by $80 billion compared with 2017.

The plan does not specify where the money for the increased infrastructure investment will come from, other than to note that a new fund would allow fees from energy development on public land would help bankroll infrastructure development on public lands.

In a statement, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) called the plan “needed and thought-provoking,” but said the organization “will seek changes to further improve upon the president’s concept.” In particular, the AGC is concerned that the plan does not address shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund, which has faced funding crises in recent years because it is based primarily on the federal gasoline tax, which has not been raised since 1993.

Posted June 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Weeks after the US Department of Labor announced it had corrected an error in the implementation of OSHA’s new electronic injury and illness reporting rule, confusion remained as to the status of employers in states with their own occupational safety plans. The Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rule went into effect partially in 2016 and fully in 2017 after repeated delays. Among other provisions, the regulation requires employers with more than 250 employees or smaller firms in certain high-risk industries to electronically submit workplace injury and illness data to OSHA. The data in question is already kept by employers but was not previously submitted electronically.

OSHA announced at the end of April that it had corrected the error, which had allowed employers in states with state occupational safety plans that had not yet adopted their own electronic reporting rule to forego submitting records. The agency said that it informed state plans that all employers they cover will be expected to comply with the rule for calendar year 2017, with a deadline of July 1, 2018, for reporting. Employers in states that already adopted such a rule, and those that do not have their own state plan, were required to report calendar year 2016 injuries and illnesses already. OSHA says employers in the states in question who were not required to turn in data for 2016 will not be made to retroactively report for that year.

The states that have not yet implemented their own electronic reporting rule are: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Some of these states have come out in opposition to OSHA’s contention that the rule applies regardless of the status of the rule in any given state.

The rollout of the electronic reporting rule was colored by numerous delays as legal challenges wound through the court system and the administration of President Donald J. Trump took office in 2017 and reexamined many of the new regulations put into place at the tail end of the Obama administration. The online Injury Tracking Application went online August 1, and weeks later was taken down again over concerns about security. The form went live again in October and reportedly no breach was found.

Posted June 22, 2018

Fischer Technology, Windsor, Conn., has announced that Craig Kuchta is the new representative and technical advisor for the company’s new sales and service facility in Itasca, Ill. Kuchta will be the field sales engineer for the office and support all sales, instrument certification, service, and application needs. He has more than 20 years of technical instrumentation sales and support of testing and measurement instrumentation products. Fischer is a leading specialist in solutions for coating thickness measurement, material analysis, microhardness, and material testing.

Posted June 21, 2018

Aug. 7-8: Powder Coating 101 Workshop. Dallas, Tex. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

Aug. 13-17: Introduction to Paint Formulation. Rolla, Mo. Sponsored by Missouri S&T Coatings Institute. Contact Missouri S&T at 573/341-4419; mstformulation@mst.edu; http://coatings.mst.edu.

Posted June 20, 2018

IGP Pulvertechnik AG, St. Gallen, Switzerland, has announced that Dean Edwards will be president and head of the company’s new North American operations. With more than 20 years of experience in the US market, Edwards will help integrate IGP’s Swiss technology and product offerings into North American manufacturing operations. IGP develops and produces powder coating systems for surface applications in architecture, transport, wood furniture, and related industries.

Posted June 19, 2018

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.-The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has announced that its POWDER COATING 2019 Technical Conference and Tabletop Exhibition will be held April 1-4, 2019, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, Fla.

The four-day event will kick off with PCI’s Powder Coating 101: Basic Essentials Workshop, which includes a comprehensive agenda that covers all the basics of powder coating operations. With general sessions and concurrent technical programming, conference attendees will have access to a variety of powder coating information as well as personal interaction with suppliers. The tabletop display area will feature manufacturers, application equipment companies, system houses, chemical suppliers, and various services that support the powder coating industry.

PCI represents the powder coating industry, promotes powder coating technology, and communicates the benefits of powder coating to manufacturers, consumers, and government.

Posted June 15, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ky.-This Fall, the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) will offer three concurrent technical seminars in conjunction with the Metal Treating Institute’s (MTI) Furnaces North America (FNA), to be held October 8-10 in Indianapolis, Ind. IHEA will conduct its Combustion Seminar, Safety Standards and Codes Seminar, and Induction Seminar throughout the week.

The 49th Combustion Seminar will provide attendees with updated and relevant information from experts in combustion technologies. It is designed for those responsible for the operation, design, selection, and/or maintenance of fuel-fired industrial process furnaces and ovens. The Safety Standards and Codes seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of NFPA 86, including newly released updates for many areas of safety. Sessions will cover the required uses of the standards governing the compliant design and operation of ovens and furnaces. The Induction Seminar will offer the basics of induction technology and how the electrically powered induction technology can create heat in parts, up to and including melting metals.

Seminar attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the FNA show floor. IHEA is a voluntary trade association representing the major segments of the industrial heat processing equipment industry.

Posted June 13, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-IGP Pulvertechnik AG announced it has completed its acquisition of Performance Powders, a Kentucky-based powder coating manufacturer. “This acquisition was an important next step in our continued growth as a global powder coatings manufacturer,” said Marc Zuellig, CEO of IGP Pulvertechnik.

“There has been a tremendous response from the North American market to the IGP Product Portfolio in the last few years and we’re excited to continue that growth here with the addition of the facility in Louisville, Kentucky,” noted Dean Edwards, president of IGP North America. “We will continue to supply the Performance Powders customers from here and be able to offer a new level of service and support to the growing US IGP customer base.”

IGP Pulvertechnik, St. Gallen, Switzerland, develops and produces powder coating systems for surface applications in architecture, transport, wood furniture, and industry.

Posted June 11, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-Echo Engineering and Production Supplies Inc. is investing $2.4 million into more than 60 full-time jobs with additional real estate and automated manufacturing equipment in two recently acquired plastic injection molding facilities in Michigan. The investment focuses on providing additional operations capacity, increasing warehouse facility capacity, and growing teams to support the daily operations at the Michigan locations.

The two facilities, located in Monroe and Frenchtown Township, are expected to grow by 30 percent in the next year with the support of Echo’s investment and a $210,000 performance-based grant received from the Michigan Business Development Program, which supports local businesses, including manufacturing facilities, by pushing for growth within the State in hopes of creating job opportunities.

Echo Engineering acquired Ammex Plastics in October 2017 to create additional manufacturing capabilities to its customers. The full-service plastic components manufacturer primarily supports the automotive industry for custom plastic component technologies.

Echo Engineering is a design and engineering business that develops and manufactures direct and indirect products, including sealing, connecting, NVH, fastening, and other customer focused products.

Posted June 8, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga.-Developed to help executives stay on top of the latest trends, innovations, and issues affecting their manufacturing operations, the International ThermProcess Summit (ITPS) and the International Finishing & Coating Summit (IFCS) will bring together an impressive and diverse group of business speakers this summer. Co-sponsored by the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), the combined event will be held July 30-August 1 at the InterContinental Hotel Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga.

Two joint general sessions will feature presentations that appeal to all manufacturing executives, while two breakout sessions will focus on topics specific to the industrial heating and the industrial finishing and coating segments. For more info, visit www.itps-ifcs.com.

Posted June 7, 2018

CONROE, Tex.-Global coatings supplier Hempel recently announced that executive vice president and CFO Anders Boyer will be resigning from the company. The search for his replacement is effective immediately. Boyer, who has a master’s in economics and accounting from the Copenhagen Business School, began his tenure with Hempel in May 2016.

Boyer will be leaving his position on July 31, or earlier if a successor can be found before that time. In his new position, Boyer will serve as CFO and a member of Executive Management for Pandora, where he has also served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2012.

Posted June 6, 2018

JAKARTA, Indonesia-With Indonesia’s increased infrastructure demand and growth in the country’s metal and steel sectors, exhibitor interest in indometal 2018 has been very positive. Nine months before the start of the event, almost half of the targeted 200 exhibitors have showed their commitment. More than 75 percent of the exhibitors are expected to come from outside Indonesia, including international representation in form of country group exhibits from China, Germany, Italy, and Taiwan.

Over the years, the event has developed into a first-rate exhibition focused on the synergistic interrelations of foundry technology, casting products, metallurgy, and thermoprocess technology. The event will feature foundry plants and equipment, die-casting machines and melting operations, plant manufacturers, suppliers of plant and equipment for iron making, steel making and non-ferrous metal production, and rolling and steel mills. Industrial furnaces, industrial heat treatment plants and thermal processes, casting machinery, and pouring equipment will also be on display.

In 2018, the exhibition will focus on machinery and equipment optimization, retooling and steelmaking technology, as well as resource and cost-efficient solutions and applications. This is an opportune time for companies to be part of Southeast Asia’s economic growth. Efforts are already underway to improve local processing and smelting industries to reduce the nation’s dependence on imports. With domestic manufacturers only able to produce a fraction of Indonesia’s steel needs, the country imports nearly half of its steel demands.

indometal 2018International Metal & Steel Trade Fair for Southeast Asia will be held October 17-19 at the JI Expo, Kemayoran in Jakarta, Indonesia. For more info, visit www.indometal.net.

Posted June 5, 2018

BRANDON, Minn.-Protherm LLC has announced that it has completed the purchase of the assets of Process Thermal Dynamics Inc. Protherm, Brandon, Minn., is an electric infrared heater and oven manufacturer. Process Thermal was founded 32 years ago and manufactures electric infrared heaters.

The Protherm brand has been supplying process heating to industry since 1985. It is known for its consistent, controllable heat and its robust design. Protherm is owned by Marty Sawyer, who is also the owner of Trimac Industrial Systems LLC, based in Kansas City, which manufactures process heating and cleaning equipment, including gas catalytic infrared ovens, convection ovens, parts washers, pretreatment washers, and powder coating and paint finishing systems.

The combination of the Trimac brands with Protherm creates the only solution in North America to design and manufacture a complete range of infrared and convection. Protherm will continue operations at the same location and will benefit from the experience of the same employees.

Posted June 4, 2018

ADDISON, Ill.-Illinois-based industrial e-coating manufacturer TruTone Finishing Inc. has announced that it will be opening a plant in Lexington, Ky., which will open up 120 jobs in the region. The company plans to open the plant this summer and add powder coating capacity by 2019. The plant will be located in an existing 70,000-square-foot building and will operate on three 35-employee shifts.

“We have been targeting locations that will allow us to serve our existing customers, as well as expand our business in the Southeast, and Kentucky lets us to do that,” said Greg Klemenswicz, TruTone president. “The Lexington facility also made it possible to reach parts of the Midwest and East. We are very excited to be growing and building on our relationships with companies in the region and to become a part of the city and state business communities.” Klemenswicz is part of the second generation to take over the family-owned company, which was founded in 1986,

TruTone will also be able to receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network, which means it can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training, and job training incentives.

Posted June 1, 2018

TOKYO, Japan-Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam recently announced that it is looking to become a majority on the board for Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., citing a belief that the group can create more value for company investors. Under Wuthelam’s proposal, Nippon Paint would expand its board from seven to 10 seats, leaving the coatings group the right to name six independent directors.

With a 39 percent stake, Wuthelam is currently Nippon Paint’s top shareholder, but currently only group executive Goh Hup Jin is representing its interests on the board. Nippon Paint plans to increase construction paint sales in North America, but Wuthelam also intends to scrutinize the approach the company takes.

In 2013, the coatings group tried to take a larger stake in Nippon Paint, but was met with resistance. This later turned into a compromise where the company turned eight joint ventures into subsidiaries in exchange for Wuthelam’s increased stake. As it stands, Nippon Paint will reportedly assess its options. Nippon has yet to name any candidates for the board.

Posted May 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-EPA has finalized a rule to update the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes used to classify facilities subject to reporting under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). This action updates the list of NAICS codes subject to reporting under Section 313 (commonly referred to as the Toxics Release Inventory) to reflect the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 2017 NAICS codes revisions.

Facilities meeting TRI reporting requirements will be required to use 2017 NAICS codes on TRI reporting forms, beginning with reporting forms that are due on July 1, 2018 (covering releases and other waste management activities at facilities for the 2017 calendar year).

OMB adopted the first set of NAICS codes in 1997, with plans to make needed revisions to the NAICS codes every five years. OMB approved the 2017 NAICS codes on August 8, 2016, with an effective date of January 1, 2017. EPA has regularly amended TRI reporting regulations to correspond with OMB’s updates to NAICS codes, beginning in 2006, and subsequently in 2008 and 2013.

This final rule does not add any new reporting requirements and there is no net increase in respondent burden.

Posted May 30, 2018

STUTTGART, Germany-A newly developed coating formulation that uses potato starch as a key component is being touted by its creators as an eco-friendly, bio-based option. While it’s viable mainly for indoor applications right now, research is underway to attempt to ready it for use in corrosion-protection coatings for steel substrates.

Researchers from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, working in tandem with the Institution for Applied Polymer Research IAP, developed the coating. They say that previously, bio-based binders or film formers were unable to meet important specifications for paint and varnish products. This has changed with the use of modified starch.

Traditionally, starch has been applied in the paper/corrugated cardboard and adhesives industries, noted Christina Gabriel, a scientist at Fraunhofer IAP. But when it comes to paints and varnishes, starch was used only as an additive. “With starch as the main component of a water-based dispersion, we now have very promising adhesion results,” Gabriel added. Researchers focused on developing a coating for metals used indoors, such as aluminum, which is often found in fire doors or window frames.

Using starch as a main component for paints and varnishes still posed a challenge, however, as film formers have many roles to play, such as forming a continuous film, while also being compatible with additional layers and additives. There must also be the capacity to embed pigments and fillers. “In its natural form, starch exhibits several properties that stand in the way of its use as a film former,” Gabriel said. “For example, it is not soluble in cold water and neither does it form continuous, nonbrittle films. We therefore had to modify the starch to adapt it to the requirements.”

The solution? Breaking the starch down. This process improves the material’s solubility in water and the solids content of the starch in water, as well as its film-forming ability. While the film former should initially be soluble or dispersible in water, the coating must not dissolve. To address this, a chemical process known as esterification is employed, resulting in starch esters that are dispersible in water. These form continuous films that adhere well to substrates such as glass and aluminum. The modified starch is then crosslinked, where the coating’s sensitivity to water is reduced further.

Long-term stability tests expose the material to rapidly changing temperature cycles that replicate the change from day to night and the rotation of the seasons. The material is also exposed to electrolyte-enriched water to demonstrate how the coating reacts to water and how well it resists extreme conditions. Testing is currently being conducted to determine the modified starch’s resistance to corrosion and adhesion to certain substrates. New recipes to increase coating optimization are also being tested.

Posted May 29, 2018

DENVER, Colo.-Barn door hardware manufacturer Goldberg Brothers Inc., one of the oldest continuously operating companies in Denver, has moved into new headquarters and added a new powder coating line. Prior to the move, the company also ran an auxiliary facility in Golden, Colo. Now all company operations are located under one roof.

Manufacturing equipment in the new 95,520-square-foot facility includes a new powder coating line custom-made by Midwest Finishing Systems, Mishawaka, Ind., where construction on the large semi-automated system began last summer. The equipment took nearly a month to transport and assemble in the new building, where it is now being used to wash and paint the steel components of its award-winning barn door hardware.

The company anticipates a 30 percent boost in efficiency with the new powder coating system and a 15 percent reduction in energy consumption compared to the older equipment the company used at its previous factory.

Posted May 25, 2018

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands-Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced changes in its management personnel and structure, including the official appointment of CEO Thierry Vanlancker to its Board of Management. Vanlancker previously served as the head of Specialty Chemicals.

AkzoNobel’s CFO Maëlys Castella, who is also a member of the Board of Management, has taken a temporary leave of absence for health reasons. Group Controller Hans De Vriese will be acting as CFO in the interim, but the company is searching for a permanent replacement. Castella is expected to return after her leave of absence to take another senior management role.

To pave the way for its split into separate Paints and Coatings and Specialty Chemicals businesses, AkzoNobel also revealed a new management structure for the Paints and Coatings segment. The new structure is fully integrated, aiming to increase customer focus, and is based on four regional Paints business units along with four integrated Coatings business units, accounting for full profit and loss responsibility.

Posted May 24, 2018

NEW BERLIN, Wisc.-Southwest Metal Finishing has a new owner, having been purchased through a court-supervised receivership proceeding by Armor Group Inc., based near Cincinnati, Ohio. Armor also took ownership of Inventix Manufacturing, which Southwest purchased in 2004.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, “The companies, along with two other related businesses, filed receivership petitions for the firms in Waukesha County, and their sale is expected to be carried out under a judge’s supervision. Both Inventix and Southwest are 90 percent owned by Anthony Fronczak, according to documents filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Tony Ristow owns the remaining 10 percent of each firm.”

Southwest Metal Finishing is one of North America’s largest decorative chrome plating and metal finishing companies. Founded in 1969, it currently has some 400 employees and offers manufacturing and finished goods storage in plants in New Berlin, Wisc., and Piedras Negras, Cohuila, Mexico.

Posted May 23, 2018

KARLSRUHE, Germany-PaintExpo, the trade fair for industrial coating technology, will take place April 17-20 at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre in Germany, and indications are that it will be bigger and better than 2016’s event. Renowned companies who haven’t previously exhibited have registered, and event organizer’s feel that visitors will be presented with the world’s most up-to-date and comprehensive offerings for industrial coating technology.

The exhibition program covers coating equipment for liquid, powder, ultraviolet, immersion, and coil processes; paints and enamels for all processes; application systems and spray guns; automation and conveyor technology; cleaning and pretreatment; drying and curing; environmental technology; pneumatics, compressed air supply, and exhaust purification; water treatment; recycling; and disposal. For more info, visit paintexpo.de.

Posted May 21, 2018

July 23-26: Process Safety Boot Camp. Pittsburgh, Pa. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). Contact AIChE at 800/242-4363; fax 203/775-5177; tinam@aiche.org; www.aiche.org.

Posted May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) positively reacted to President Trump’s State of the Union message, where he called upon the nation to “invest in workforce development” and “open great vocational schools.” In making this proposal, the President reinforced his recognition that robust national leadership is needed to upskill the American workforce. He also demonstrated the boldness of this commitment in his call for “new apprenticeships for millions of our citizens.”

Most importantly, the MSSC feels that the President’s tax bill has given industry the resources and incentives to greatly increase their share of the public-private resources critically needed to fund high-quality vocational schools nationwide. Corporations now have additional funds to build a robust pipeline of a higher skilled workforce able to keep pace with technological change.

Corporations will take full advantage of the remarkable provisions in the tax bill that now enable them to immediately deduct their purchases of equipment and software. These companies are the first to recognize that they require a higher skilled workforce to keep pace with technological change and secure an optimal return on these costly investments.

The President’s goal for apprenticeships can only be achieved through a much larger private sector investment. In the much-admired Swiss apprenticeship model, companies pay 45 percent of the costs for vocational training.

This skills gap remains a major barrier to the President’s goals of creating a manufacturing renaissance and attracting foreign direct investment in new plants in America. Fortunately, the manufacturing sector has developed the building blocks needed to close the manufacturing skills gap. However, these building blocks are fragmented and underfunded. They need to be integrated into a nationwide strategy and cohesive community supported by national leadership and sufficient private and public resources. MSSC feels that President Trump’s policies define that strategy.

Posted May 17, 2018

BRUSSELS, Belgium-In a move against Chinese steel, the European Union (EU) has set new import duties on corrosion-resistant steel from the country, citing unfairly low prices. The duties will apply for the next five years and range from 17.2 to 27.9 percent, similar to the tariffs already set in place.

The duties on the corrosion-resistant steel were put in place due to an investigation conducted by the European Commission in response to a complaint by EU steelmakers’ association Eurofer. As a result, the EU has 53 sets of measures in place on steel and iron products. Almost half of them are on products coming from China-27 in total.

China’s HBIS group, including Hesteel Co Ltd., is facing duties of 27.8 percent, with Shagan Group steelmakers facing duties of 27.9 percent. China’s share of the EU market in corrosion-resistant steel went from 10 percent in 2013 to around 20 percent in 2016. China’s Commerce Ministry has expressed dissatisfaction with the measure, noting that sector issues were the result of the joint action of all countries, not unilateral measures.

Posted May 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-As required under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA has released its second annual report for chemical risk evaluations. The annual plan identifies the next steps for the first 10 chemical reviews currently underway and describes EPA’s work in 2018 to prepare for future risk evaluations.

EPA continues to make steady progress in meeting statutory requirements under amended TSCA. EPA will initiate prioritization for 40 chemicals, at least 20 Low-Priority and 20 High-Priority candidates, by the end of calendar year 2018. By December 22, 2019, EPA will have designated 20 substances as Low-Priority and initiated risk evaluations on 20 High-Priority substances. In order to support these risk evaluations and other key aspects of TSCA implementation, EPA will be proposing a draft TSCA Fees Rule in early 2018 which will provide estimates of the resources required to undertake risk evaluations.

To learn more about all these actions, read the full plan at https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/2018-annual-report-risk-evaluations.

In addition, EPA is expected to issue proposed changes to the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule in May, with changes to be adopted for the 2020 CDR reporting cycle. The agency will be looking to adjust the categories used for reporting under industrial, commercial, and consumer uses to achieve more refined use information and better estimates of exposure potential. Should changes be adopted, this will be the fifth modification of reporting for this rule in five reporting cycles.

Posted May 14, 2018

MCLEAN, Va.-Registration is now open for this year’s leading industrial manufacturing event, IMTS-The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2018. Manufacturing professionals across the globe will gather at Chicago’s McCormick Place on September 10-15 seeking technologies and innovations that will give their organization a competitive edge.

“With the US manufacturing sector expanding at its fastest pace since 2004 and capital equipment investment likely to follow, we anticipate that IMTS 2018 will be one of the busiest shows ever,” says Peter R. Eelman, vice president of exhibitions and business development at AMTThe Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS.

Anticipating a stronger show in 2018, IMTS worked with McCormick Place to expand exhibit space, including securing E Hall. E Hall, which has been a successful part of IMTS’s history, will house the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Pavilion and Tooling & Workholding Annex and will also provide easy and prominent visitor access and steady traffic throughout the show. Hannover Messe USA and its four co-located shows will also expand into the E Hall.

Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts visitors from every level of industry and more than 117 countries. For more info on the show and to register, visit www.imts.com.

Posted May 11, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kans.-Polyurea coatings and linings firm VersaFlex and epoxy linings manufacturer Raven Linings have announced that they have merged effective January 1. The two coating suppliers are both known for their products designed to protect structures and substrates. The companies are both still committed to educating applicators, through VersaFlex’s Polyurea University program and Raven’s Certified Applicator Program.

Raven’s Broken Arrow facility is anticipated to be integrated into VersaFlex’s Kansas City, Kans., facility by the end of the year. VersaFlex products, primarily polyureas, include coatings for potable water, concrete sealers, flame-resistant coatings, and a small handful of epoxy coatings. Raven Linings’ products are primarily epoxies but include some polyureas and polyurethanes, cementitious coatings, primers, sealers, and fillers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted May 10, 2018

FORT MILL, S.C.-Joining forces for the fifth year, the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), Fort Mill, S.C., and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Bethel, Conn., will present the AIMCAL R2R Conference USA/SPE Flexible Packaging Conference 2018 on October 28-31 at the Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

Roll-to-roll processes such as metallizing, coating, and laminating are widely used in flexible packaging, and flexible packaging is a major market for suppliers of converting technology and equipment. The event aims to advance technology from film manufacture through packaged goods.

More than 400 attendees and over 80 exhibitors are expected to participate in the technical conference. The schedule features more than 100 presentations organized in tracks devoted to subjects such as web coating and laminating, vacuum web coating, web handling and winding, adhesives and coatings, flexible packaging designs, and market and application requirements.

To facilitate networking, the conference schedule includes two receptions in the tabletop exhibition area, the Dr. Bernard Henry Memorial 5k Fun Run, a golf scramble, and other local activities.

Posted May 9, 2018

MIDLAND, Mich.-Dow Performance Silicones, a business unit of DowDupont Materials Science Division, has introduced Dow Corning 904H Coating Additive, a silicone additive for architectural façade coatings that supports enhanced aesthetics for building exteriors. This new silicone additive is designed to help coatings reduce the snail trail effect commonly seen when surfactants and other water-soluble ingredients in coatings formulations leach to the surface. It can also improve water resistance, repellency, and beading in coatings by increasing their surface hydrophobicity. DowDuPont Materials Science combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress.

Posted May 8, 2018

TOWSON, Md.—Specialty chemicals distributor Dunleary Inc. has rolled out a new name and identity: The Terra Firma Company LLC. With the acquisition of DN Lukens and D&F last year, the three-company rebranding will serve 28 states and cover a variety of chemical markets. With a goal of providing stability for chemical suppliers and customers, Terra Firma works with markets including coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers, as well as plastics, oil and gas, and construction, among others. Terra Firma, headquartered in Towson, Md., will still maintain service in Baltimore, Boston, and Dallas, the respective headquarters of the three companies, which will help ensure comprehensive coverage of these markets.

Posted May 7, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga.-The International Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) will co-host the International Thermprocess Summit (ITPS) and International Finishing and Coating Summit (IFCS). The events will be held July 30-August 1 at the Intercontinental Hotel in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Ga.

This is the first-time IFCS will be held in conjunction with the established ITPS, providing expanded opportunities for participants due to the synergies between the two industries. The executive level summits will include joint general sessions covering advanced manufacturing technologies, international dynamics impacting business, and strategic business insights. Breakout sessions will address topics specific to industrial finishing and thermprocessing. A tabletop exhibition will supplement the program.

A series of networking activities is also planned, including a welcome reception. For more info on the event, visit www.ccaiweb.com and click on the Events tab.

IHEA is a voluntary trade association representing the major segments of the industrial heat processing equipment industry. CCAI is a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies.

Posted May 4, 2018

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.-The Powder Coating Institute has announced its 2018 Board of Directors and Executive Officers. Serving as Executive Officers are: Chris Merritt, Gema USA, president; John Sudges, Midwest Finishing Systems Inc., vice president; Suresh Patel, Chemetall US Inc., secretary/treasurer; and Ron Cudzilo, George Koch Sons LLC, past president.

Serving on the Board of Directors are: Chris Beninati, Elcometer Inc.; John Cole, Parker Ionics; Craig Dietz, Axalta Coating Systems; Sue Ivancic, Nordson Corp.; Steve Kiefer, Powder Coatings N.A., AkzoNobel Powder Coatings; Mark Mortensen, All-Color Powder Coating Inc.; and PCI legal counsel David Goch of Webster, Chamberlain & Bean.

PCI is a nonprofit organization that represents the powder coating industry, promotes powder coating technology, and communicates the benefits of powder coating to manufacturers, consumers, and government.

Posted May 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-OSHA recently released more than a dozen fact sheets related to the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, with a focus on informing employers on how to properly implement controls, respiratory protection, and work practices.

The fact sheets cover more specific topics such as handling dust controls for crushing machines, dowel drilling rigs, and drivable saws. This feeds into the overall theme of these fact sheets, which is controlling silica dust in construction. The new fact sheets also include information on heavy equipment used during demolition, heavy equipment used for grading and excavating, small and large drivable drilling machines, rig-mounted core saws, vehicle-mounted drilling rigs, and walk-behind milling machines and floor grinders.

The revised fact sheets cover handheld and stand-mounted drills, handheld grinders for mortar removal and other functions, handheld power saws, handheld powered chipping tools, stationary masonry saws, and walk-behind saws. Controlling silica dust when it comes to crushing machines should involve the use of mist for dust suppression. Other wet spray methods can help reduce the silica exposure levels of those working near the machine. The crusher must also be maintained to manufacturer specifications for the best safety performance.

Posted May 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a preliminary list of chemical substances reported under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) rule. This list includes substances reported to the EPA, and will be updated approximately once per month. Making this list available will help keep the stakeholder community informed of the status of reporting under the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) rule.

This list is for informational purposes only and does not excuse manufacturers from fulfilling any applicable retrospective reporting requirement. Substances identified on this list are not exempt from retrospective reporting by other manufacturers under the rule, unless a manufacturer has obtained a CDX receipt documenting EPA’s receipt of an NOA Form A from another person for the chemical substance. For a list of active substances that are exempt from reporting under the rule, the downloadable list is available at https://www.epa.gov/tsca-inventory/list-active-substances-exempt-tsca-inventory-notifications-active-inactive-rule.

TSCA, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, requires the EPA to designate chemical substances on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory as either “active” or “inactive” in US commerce. To accomplish that, the EPA finalized the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) rule requiring industry reporting of chemicals manufactured, and allowing for reporting of chemicals processed, in the US during the 10-year time period ending on June 21, 2016. This reporting will be used to identify which chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory are active in US commerce and will be relevant to the prioritization of chemicals for risk evaluation. The reporting period for manufacturers (including importers) ended on February 7, and the reporting period for processors ends on October 5, 2018.

Posted May 1, 2018

THE WOODLANDS, Tex.-Jon Huntsman, founder of specialty chemical firm Huntsman Corp., died earlier this year at the age of 80, passing peacefully at his Salt Lake City home surrounded by family. Though best known for his work with Huntsman Corp., Huntsman entered the industry in the 1960’s after his invention, the first polystyrene foam egg carton, took off as part of a joint venture with Dow Chemical. He then founded Huntsman Container Corp., the company that developed the clamshell container still used today to hold fast-food burgers and other takeout food. It wasn’t until 1983 when he created the chemical company Huntsman Corp., which saw rapid growth and acquisitions, such as the $1.1 billion acquisition of Texaco Chemical. In December, Huntsman received the title of Chairman Emeritus and officially handed over the reins to his son Peter Huntsman, who had already been CEO.

In addition to his business, Huntsman (who had twice survived cancer) had also established the Huntsman Cancer Institute in 1995. More than $2 billion has gone into that organization for genetic research and treatment. The Huntsman Cancer Foundation is accepting donations in Huntsman’s memory.

Posted April 30, 2018

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio-Mason Color Works, a leading manufacturer of inorganic pigments, coatings, stains, and investment castings for 175 years, is pleased to announce its new Plastics Division. The new division is dedicated to high-performance plastic pigment technology for coatings, which provides heat resistance, UV durability, and chemical resistance. The new division will better serve the expanding needs of customers with new applications such as architectural finishes, coil coatings, cool coatings, exhaust parts, high solids coatings, military topcoats, powder coatings, and waterborne technology.

Posted April 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Federal workplace-safety regulators will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to safeguard women workers in the building trades. With the renewal of its alliance, OSHA and NAWIC will continue working together for the next 5 years, aiming to protect the health and safety of women in the construction industry, focusing especially on personal protective equipment selection, sanitation, and protection against intimidation and violence.

Personal protective equipment can often be too large to correctly fit women workers, workplace-safety experts say. Construction sites often don’t have sufficient restroom facilities, a factor that can adversely affect women in particular on a male-dominated site, and lead women workers to avoid properly hydrating in order to reduce the need for restroom facilities. Women workers are often subject to harassment or a hostile work environment, experts note, which can lead to distraction that may bring about a workplace injury.

According to NAWIC, women make up about 9 percent of the construction workforce in the US, with a total of 939,000 women in the industry in 2016. Of those, 423,000 worked in sales and office positions, with 293,000 in professional and managerial roles. Less than a quarter of women in the industry worked natural resources, construction, and maintenance jobs, about 196,000 total, while a small percentage worked service occupations and transportation and material moving jobs. NAWIC was formed in 1955 and offers education and career development for women in the industry.

Posted April 27, 2018

June 5-6: Powder Coating 202 Workshop. Wagner Systems, Plymouth, Minn. Sponsored by the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). Contact PCI at 859/525-9988; fax 859/356-0908; pci-info@powdercoating.org; www.powdercoating.org.

June 11-13: Essentials of Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers. Houston, Tex. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Contact AIChE at 800/242-4363; fax 203/775-5177; tinam@aiche.org; www.aiche.org.

June 12-14: Radiation Curing Technology. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at +011-44-1664-501-212; training@pra-world.com ; www.pra-world.com/training.

June 18-21: Process Safety Boot Camp. Houston, Tex. Sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). Contact AIChE at 800/242-4363; fax 203/775-5177; tinam@aiche.org; www.aiche.org.

Posted April 26, 2018

GAINESVILLE, Tex.-Polychem Powder Coatings has launched a new powder coatings collection. The Camo Collection features 18 camouflage-inspired colors and textures, including desert sand, urban grey, and sage green, which sit alongside earthy browns, deep blues, and sandy beige. Created using Polychem’s signature polyester technology, the collection include solid shades, soft sparkles, and a range of textures and gloss levels. They are available in flexible quantities as low as 5 pounds, with free sample panels shipped out within 2 days. Polychem specializes in color and effect creation, with over 15,000 existing colors and 16 different color collections.

Posted April 25, 2018

STAMFORD, Conn.-Saint-Gobain North America, a global building materials manufacturer, was given the Corporate Citizenship Award by Chief Executive Group for its partnership with YouthBuild USA and its efforts in helping to educate and train disadvantaged youths. For the last seven years, Saint-Gobain and YouthBuild have provided young adults with the training and skills needed to secure careers in the manufacturing and construction industries following graduation from the program, providing them with a productive path forward while helping Saint-Gobain find skilled workers who are trained to install and work with their building materials

In addition to funding, the partnership includes a commitment to providing energy-efficient products, building science and technical expertise, and employee volunteer support. Through this partnership, thousands of students’ lives have been transformed and more than a dozen sustainable renovation projects have been completed. The program has also expanded internationally.

Posted April 24, 2018

FORT MILL, S.C.-Despite a last-minute change of venue due to damage wrought by Hurricane Irma, the AIMCAL R2R (roll-to-roll) Conference/SPE FlexPackCon concluded on a high note with recognition of six outstanding speakers. The event, which took place last October, drew several hundred attendees and 80 exhibitors and featured nearly 100 sessions about web coating, market trends, material advances, measurement technology, flexible packaging, printed electronics, and other converting topics.

Six presentations were recognized by the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). Two honorees received a 2017 SPE FlexPackCon Best Paper Award: Matt Dingee of OnPoint2020, Lansing, Mich., for “Unleash E-Commerce with Packaging that Clicks” and Jesper Van Berkel of Synvina, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for “BOPEF – A New Bio-Based High-Barrier Substrate Film for the Packaging Industry.”

AIMCAL presented two 2017 John Matteucci Awards for Technical Excellence and two Honorable Mentions. Aravind Seshadri of Roll-2-Roll Technologies LLC, Stillwater, Okla., won the 2017 AIMCAL John Matteucci Award for Technical Excellence in Web Coating with his paper, “Predicting and Preventing Issues in R2R Manufacturing Using Data Analysis Techniques.” Dr. Sang-Jin Lee of the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, took home the 2017 AIMCAL John Matteucci Award for Technical Excellence in Vacuum Web Coating for “New Results about Multi-Functional Plasma Polymer Thin Films Fabricated by Large Area R2R Sputtering Process.”

The 2017 John Matteucci Technical Excellence Honorable Mention in Web Coating recognized “Photonic Curing for Printed Electronics” by Dr. Aoife Celoria of NovaCentrix, Austin, Tex. The Honorable Mention in Vacuum Web Coating honored “In-Vacuum Flexo Topcoating on Metallized Film: Commercial” by Ameer Hamza of Celplast Metallized Products Ltd., Toronto, Ont.

For more info about the event, visit www.aimcal.org. AIMCAL represents converters of metallized, coated, and laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers. SPE is the largest, most well-known plastics professional society in the world.