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September 21, 2017

MUTTENZ, Switzerland—Specialty chemicals company Clariant has unveiled a new additive made for the tribological enhancement of electrostatic powder coatings. AddWorks IBC 251 tribo enhancing additive works with a broad range of resins in powder coating applications. It is compatible with polyesters and polyester/epoxy binders, among others. The new additive features a high electrostatic charge loading capacity, offers protection against heat and light, and is nonstaining. It can be used in operations where multiple formulations using different resins are being produced.

September 20, 2017

RIDGEFIELD, Wash.—The Pacific Northwest Society for Coatings Technology has issued an invitation for paper submissions for Coatings Fest, which will be held October 10-12, 2018, in Victoria, B.C. Presentations for Coatings Fest should focus on the future of paint manufacturing in the northwest and future product technology. Presentations will be 20 to 25 minutes long. Submissions must be 250 words or fewer, including the title of the paper and relevant contact information. The deadline is June 15, 2018. For more info, visit pnwsct.org.

September 19, 2017

MIDLAND, Mich.—The $130 billion proposed merger between The Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont, Wilmington, Dela., was granted approval by US regulators. The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission approved the transaction on the condition that each company make some divestitures. Dow was required to sell its acid copolymers and ionomers business, while DuPont had to divest of its Finesse and Rynaxypyr lines of pesticides.

Announced in 2015, the merger creates one company, Dow-DuPont, with DuPont CEO Edward Breen serving as CEO and Dow CEO Andrew Liveris filling the role of executive chairman. The new company will, within 18 months, split into three separate companies. Each of the new companies will concentrate on one main business segment. The Material Science Co. will include DuPont’s Performance Materials segment along with Dow’s Performance Plastics, Performance Materials and Chemicals, Infrastructure Solutions, and Consumer Solutions. These businesses include the companies’ coatings-related unit, such as Dow Polyurethanes and Dow Coating Solutions. The Specialty Products Company will encompass DuPont’s Nutrition and Health, Industrial Biosciences, Safety and Protection, and Electronics and Communication segments, as well as Dow’s Electronic Materials. The Agriculture Company will include both companies’ seed and crop protection businesses.

A close date of August 31 was set for the merger. On September 1, Dow-DuPont began trading under the ticket DWDP.

September 18, 2017

TAYLOR MILL, Ky.—The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) has introduced a new video as part of its “Powder Coating, A Better Kind of Paint” video series. This second video in the series focuses on expanding awareness about the environmental benefits of powder coating when compared to liquid paint.

Powder coating is stronger, greener, and better than paint for many reasons, most notably the elimination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous waste disposal. Each of these attributes help to keep our air and environment cleaner for generations that follow. To view the video, visit www.powdercoating.org/abetterkindofpaint.

September 14, 2017

CENTENNIAL, Colo.—The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) has developed and released Touch-Up and Repair of Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel, an online video series. The six short videos detail the specifications and methods used to touch-up and repair hot-dip galvanized steel. The videos provide highly beneficial visual aids to those needing assistance with touch-up and repair, whether in the plant or the field. Topics include proper materials to use while performing the process, as well as specifications to follow and proper application of the repair materials.

Touch-up and repair is important in maintaining the hot-dip galvanized coating’s uniform barrier and cathodic protection, which ensures maintenance-free longevity. The first video in the series introduces the process of touch-up and repair of hot-dip galvanized coatings, and the reasons why items may need to be repaired. The next two videos detail both in plant and in field touch-up and repair requirements. The last three videos detail the three acceptable touch-up and repair materials—metallizing, zinc-rich paint, and soldering. Each video covers how to properly prepare the area to be touched-up as well as how to apply the selected touch-up material. Visit www.galvanizeit.org for more info.

September 13, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio—According to a recent blog post from the Reshoring Initiative, 3 to 5 million manufacturing jobs have been lost to trade/offshoring since 1979. Similarly, 3 to 5 million can be brought back by reshoring.

These conclusions are consistently found by serious researchers on the subject. Inaccurate calculations suggesting the numbers are much smaller have been widely circulated and need to be clearly and soundly refuted. Understating the job losses and potential for reshoring undermines the priority that needs to be placed on making US manufacturing competitive.

The clear, direct means of analysis is via the change in the trade balance. The US trade balance went negative in 1979 and has been negative every year since. The deficit in goods, excluding petroleum, currently averages about $500 billion per year. Import prices are, on average, about 20 percent lower than domestic prices. Thus, the trade deficit, measured at US price levels, is about $600 billion.

The 2016 average output per US manufacturing employee was $179,000. Therefore, the number of manufacturing jobs lost, measured at the current level of US productivity, is 3.35 million. Eliminating the trade deficit by substituting domestic production for imports (reshoring) or exporting more will bring back 3.35 million jobs at current levels of productivity. If productivity rises, the number brought back will be proportionately less. Productivity is rising slowly, however, at about 2 percent per year. The trade surplus in services reduces the overall trade deficit. Basing the job loss solely on the 2016 manufactured goods trade deficit, excluding petroleum, of $683 billion, the loss rises to 4.6 million manufacturing jobs.

September 12, 2017

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—Giffin USA has expanded its physical footprint with a new production facility at its expansive manufacturing campus that includes two facilities, both located in Auburn Hills, Mich. Each facility includes 80,000 square feet of open floor space capable of manufacturing every metal component required for a complete finishing system. Located just 8 miles from each other, these facilities operate as one, with seamless communication between all departments. Giffin provides turnkey integrated finishing process solutions, including building construction and conveying systems for new and existing manufacturing facilities.

September 11, 2017

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany—A company veteran will be taking the helm as president of the Coatings division of chemical company BASF. The company has announced that Dirk Bremm will take over the position. Bremm, who has spent nearly two decades with BASF, was appointed on April 1. The BASF Coatings division develops, produces, and markets decorative paints, industrial coatings, sustainable automotive OEM, and refinish coatings.

September 7, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Blastrac NA has introduced the 18DM Shot Blaster, a new portable, lightweight shotblasting system designed for a range of applications including small industrial floors. The shot blaster can prepare, strip, clean, and profile in one step, and can be used as a complementary unit on larger jobs.

The unit can be used to prepare concrete floors prior to wood floor installations or for overlays, paint, or coatings. It creates a profile that promotes coating adhesion, and can be connected to a dust collector to keep jobs virtually dust free.

September 6, 2017

Nov. 6-9: Paint Technology. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at training@pra-world.com ; www.pra-world.com/training.

Nov. 21-22: Principles of Waterborne Technology. PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Sponsored by PRA. Contact the PRA training team at training@pra-world.com ; www.pra-world.com/training.

September 5, 2017

DALIAN, China—A research group in China recently made a discovery that may help in the development of new anticorrosion coatings. In the study, “Enhanced oxidation resistance of active nanostructures via dynamic size effect,” first published in Nature Communications, researchers found that oxide nanostructures with a diameter smaller than 3 nanometers could exhibit better oxidation resistance over larger nanostructures. The research team was led by professor BAO Xinhe from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Previously, there was a limited understanding of the underlying mechanism of oxidation in nanostructures with diameters smaller than 5 nanometers because they have rarely been studied. However, by investigating the oxidation mechanism at the atomic level, the research team has proposed that a “dynamic size effect” determines the stability of supported nanoparticles. The research not only helps in understand the dynamic remodeling mechanism of nanocatalysts in oxygen, but also provides a new interface control for the development of an anticorrosion and antioxidation nanoprotective coating.

Several nanocrystalline materials have also been reported to exhibit improved oxidation resistance with respect to bulk materials and have been applied as anticorrosion coatings.

September 1, 2017

STAMFORD, Conn.—Citing proximity to markets and increasingly competitive costs, some big manufacturers are making more investments in the US. A number of manufacturers in multiple subsectors are either making further investments in existing operations, or bringing new facilities to the US. This is according to an article in Chief Executive magazine.

In addition to GM investing $1 billion in its US operations, Toyota also recently announced a $600 million investment in an Indiana facility to increase production capacity for its Highlander SUV model. Fiat Chrysler also announced a $1 billion investment to modernize and upgrade plants in Michigan and Ohio, while Hyundai-Kia announced a combined $3.1 billion investment in US operations over the next 5 years.

Some large Chinese companies are also moving some of their manufacturing plants to the US. Chinese companies reportedly invested a record $20 billion to $30 billion in the US in 2016. For example, Fuyao Glass in China has invested more than $1 billion in its US manufacturing operations, including a factory in Moraine, Ohio. The company states that tax burdens in China are higher than in the US, and it can make more money by manufacturing the glass in the US rather than by exporting from China.

Foxconn, one of Apple’s biggest suppliers, has also announced that it may invest more than $7 billion in a new factory in the US that could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs.

More manufacturers also are looking at nearsourcing and moving from suppliers based in Asia to those based in the US or Mexico. A survey by LMA Consulting Group found that 70 percent of US manufacturing executives expect nearsourcing to increase in the next 5 years.

August 30, 2017

FORT WORTH, Tex.—AZZ Inc. has opened its first powder coating operation, which will feature PowderGALV technology for duplex metal coating and a 60-foot cure oven adjacent to the company’s existing hot-dip galvanizing plant in Crowley, Tex. The new facility is home to the largest duplex coating cure oven in the nation.

In addition, AZZ has acquired the assets of Enhanced Powder Coating Ltd., (EPC), a privately held, high specification, NADCAP certified provider of powder coating, plating, and anodizing services based in Gainesville, Tex. EPC offers a full spectrum of finishing technology, including powder coating, abrasive blasting, and plating for heavy industrial, transportation, aerospace, and light commercial industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. According to the company, the acquisition of EPC enhances its position as a metal coatings solutions leader.

AZZ is a global provider of hot-dip galvanizing, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment, and highly engineered services to the power generation, transmission, distribution, and industrial markets.

August 29, 2017

DETROIT, Mich.—General Motors Co. (GM) has said it will invest $1 billion in US manufacturing operations, a move that will create 7,000 jobs. This follows the company’s $2.9 billion investment in 2016 and more than $21 billion in investments made in the country since 2009. The money will be used for multiple new vehicle, advanced technology, and component projects.

One of the operations to be taken up in the country will include axle production for the next-generation full-size pickup trucks, which is planned to move from Mexico to Michigan. The operations in the US are expected to create about 450 local jobs. Apart from this, the company is also poised to strengthen its supplier base in the US.

August 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing initial data collected under its Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule from the 2016 CDR reporting period. This initial release of the 2016 CDR data includes national production volume, other manufacturing information, and processing and use information, but does not include information that was claimed by the submitter to be confidential business information (CBI) or information that is being withheld to protect CBI. The 2016 CDR data is available at https://java.epa.gov/chemview.

There are a number of changes since the 2012 CDR, including new information as a result of new lower threshold for reporting chemicals subject to certain TSCA actions and changes to processing and use reporting. CDR data is collected every 4 years, with the latest submission period ending on October 31, 2016. The CDR information collection is carried out pursuant to section 8 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Under the CDR rule, EPA collects basic exposure-related information on the types, quantities, and uses of chemical substances produced domestically and imported into the US. This information constitutes a comprehensive source of basic screening-level, exposure-related information on chemicals available to EPA, and is used by the Agency to help assess potential health or environmental effects of chemicals in commerce.

EPA anticipates releasing additional data in fiscal year 2018 after the completion of an ongoing CBI substantiation process required by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended TSCA.

August 22, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—A new standard addressing the process of corrosion prevention and control planning is the result of a collaborative effort between the United States Department of Defense, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, and NACE International.

The new standard, SSPC-CPC 1/NACE SP21412-2016 Corrosion Prevention and Control Planning, was developed by a joint task force consisting of representatives from all three agencies. It serves as a guide to navigating the elements and requirements of CPC planning. The standard defines the key elements/composition of CPC planning for all public- and private-sector users as well as product suppliers and facility owners and managers.

The standard defines the key elements and composition of what corrosion prevention and control planning encompasses for the design, manufacturing, construction, operation, and sustainability of products and facilities. The standard includes aspects of CPC planning, such as considerations for material selection and design to minimize corrosion, and factors that might come up during CPC planning in relation to fabrication and construction, operation and use, and maintenance and sustainability. The standard contains checklists of items to be considered during CPC planning.

August 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Coatings Association (ACA) has issued a call for papers for its 2018 conference. The American Coatings Conference 2018 will take place April 9-11 in Indianapolis, Ind. The conference serves as a technical and scientific forum, where leading industry experts from coating suppliers and manufacturers, as well as universities and government partners, convene.

Companies and academic and/or government research institutes are invited to submit abstracts that detail high-level contributions, which should indicate advancements relevant to coatings, printing inks, adhesives, and/or sealants. The conference organizers will select proposed presentations based on scientific significance, as well as novelty and what value the research adds to the industry. Authors who are interested in submitting should clearly indicate how their own research matches the criteria. Students are also encouraged to submit.

The American Coatings award will be given to the most outstanding presentation. The recipient will be given $2,500 and a sculpture. Abstracts should be submitted online at www.americancoatingsshow.com/callforpapers by Sept. 27.

August 17, 2017

SOMERSET, N.J.—NEI Corporation recently announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance to the company on two patent applications—one for a durable highly hydrophobic coating and the other for an adhesion promoting surface treatment. These patents complement NEI’s portfolio of patents pertaining to superhydrophobic, self-healing, and abrasion resistant coatings. The company is an application driven company that uses nanotechnology to develop and produce advanced materials.

August 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—OSHA has launched its “Safe and Sound Campaign,” which calls on employers to review and revamp their safety protocols to better protect workers. OSHA states that each year, more than 4 million workers suffer series job-related injuries or illnesses, causing companies to spend about $1 billion per week on workers’ compensation. This means that not only do workplace incidents hurt workers and their families, they also cost businesses money. The campaign aims to curb both.

The program, being promoted in OSHA’s Region 7, comes on the heels of 12 fatality inspections in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in the period of Oct. 1, 2016, through Feb. 1, 2017. That number is up from seven during the same period last year. OSHA found a significant increase in fatalities associated with confined space entry, trenching and excavating, and workers being struck by motor vehicles. Region 7 covers Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

OSHA is also reminding companies that the administration offers compliance assistance to small- and medium-sized business at no charge. More information is available at www.osha.gov/consultation.

August 14, 2017

FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Scott Rowley is excited to announce the launch of his new, professional painting business. Fresh Coat of Fort Collins offers residential and commercial painting services, including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and finishing, and other services for nearly every protective coating application. The company serves Fort Collins, Windsor, Severance, Eaton, Timnath, and surrounding areas.

The company uses quality, environmentally safe materials and offers a 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling, in-home color design consultations, and detailed quotes. As part of their commitment to customer service, Fresh Coat offers a 3-3-3 customer service pledge, so calls will be answered by a live person within 3 minutes, a quote will be delivered within 3 days (customer schedule permitting) and the job will be started within 3 weeks.

August 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have collaborated to update OSHA’s original Heat Safety Tool. The updated app, available for both Android and iPhone, provides a clearer user interface, while still providing the same information to help keep workers safe when working outdoors in hot weather. Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard; each year more than 65,000 people seek medical treatment for extreme heat exposure.

Employers should encourage workers exposed to hot and humid conditions to use the app to check the heat index and relevant protective measures. The app displays the heat index in the user’s location and shows the current risk level. The app also forecasts the hourly heat index throughout the entire workday, giving employers information they can use to adjust the work environment as needed to protect workers. More than 450,000 users have downloaded the original app since it was launched in 2011. The original OSHA app will no longer function after September 30.

To download the updated app and get more information on OSHA’s efforts to help protect workers from the heat, visit www.osha.gov/heat/index.html.

August 8, 2017

CHICAGO, Ill.—Rebecca Bennett has received the 2017 Bertram A. Stone Award from the Chicago Midwest Chapter (CMC) of the NASF. The award is the top honor of CMC and is bestowed on an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry locally and/or nationally. Bennett, director of chemical and environmental compliance at Precision Plating, serves on NASF’s board of directors.

August 7, 2017

Oct. 10-11: Powder Coating 101 Workshop. Rockwall, 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.

July 28, 2017

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—In June, PPG Industries dropped its months-long bid to merge with Dutch rival AkzoNobel. PPG, which had been the world’s largest coatings company prior to The Sherwin-Williams Co.’s acquisition of Valspar, said that after a final attempt to engage with AkzoNobel, PPG decided to give up on the merger bid. The bid lasted for over two months and involved three formal offers.

AkzoNobel said in a statement that it will continue to pursue its stated plan to spin off its Specialty Chemicals unit into a separate business from its Paints and Coatings unit, a move that the company says will help it to accelerate growth.