Newsworthy Partner Postings

Below, please find information that we have shared via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook about our partners and our industry. We have listed them in chronological order, newest to oldest.

Arkema Published New Web Page on Orgasol Lubricity

Arkema has published a new web page that describes the slip aid and abrasion resistance provided by Orgasol polyamide powder additives for coatings. These powders can be used as a smoothing agent to reduce the coefficient of friction and add lubricity to a final coating.

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Hexion EPIKOTE Resins 235 & 240

Discover Hexion EPIKOTE Resins 235 & 240 for construction and civil engineering applications. These resins were developed with lower viscosity for easier formulation and improved chemical resistance in flooring and formulations for secondary containment.

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BYK Tutorial On Choosing & Using The Proper Additives

To aid formulators in defeating the challenge of having to sacrifice one property in favor of achieving another when combining performance characteristics, BYK published a tutorial focusing on putting performance control in the formulators hands by choosing and using the right additives.

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Glassflake Group At Southern Society For Coatings Technology 2020 Annual Meeting

Glassflake Group will be presenting at the Southern Society for Coatings Technology (SSCT) Annual Meeting on October 7, 2020. The presentation will use examples of current use to detail key features of glassflake to coating formulators. The expanding use in protective coatings and fire performance materials will be especially highlighted.

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Ferro Corporation Shows Strong First Quarter Profitability In 2020

The Ferro Corporation published a report detailing their strong first quarter profitability for 2020. In a press release, the corporation attributes this strong initial performance to improved manufacturing efficiency, optimization initiatives, and lower cost of raw materials.

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Huber Promotes Fire Safety In PINFA May 2020 Newsletter

Huber Engineered Materials actively promotes fire safety and is a proud member of PINFA, the Phosphorus, Inorganic & Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association. The PINFA May newsletter, describes innovative fire safety solutions and guidelines for using safe products.

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Hexion Earns Responsible Care Awards From ACC

Hexion has been honored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) with Responsible Care awards for their persistence to reduce waste and improve operation efficiency and safety. They earned this by reducing wash water disposal at one site, natural gas consumption at another, and earning “excellent” distinctions for safety at 13 facilities.

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TOLSA Brings People Together With Their Products & Actions

Bridges symbolize understanding between people, countries, generations and cultures. Tolsa seeks to help build bridges, not only with their products but also with the way they do things as a company.

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BYK Additives & Instruments Offers Starting Formulations Of Additives To Thicken Alcohol Solutions For Disinfectants

BYK Additives & Instruments has available rheology additive solutions for thickening alcohol mixtures that are based on ethanol or isopropanol. Thickening these solutions is advantageous to improving exposure time for disinfectants and surface cleaners, which are in demand like never before due to COVID-19.

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Celanese Shows Commitment To A Sustainable Future

The Celanese Corporation continues to show their commitment to building a more sustainable future with the announcement that they have added a Sustainability section to their website. This page is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) focus on the company’s culture of stewardship, inspired by the vision of improving the world and everyday life through people, chemistry and innovation.

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TOLSA Produces Minerals That Make Daily Life Easier

Tolsa produces minerals that make your day to day life easier – mineral additives make paint easier to apply, freeing up time and energy for what’s really important.

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Hexion Launches New Technology For Concrete Protection & Lower Indoor Air Emissions

Hexion is launching new INFINIUM yellow lowering epoxy system for concrete protection to save time and money and a unique amine curing agent to help coatings manufacturers meet lower indoor air emissions requirements at a lower cost.

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TOLSA Achieves Silver Medal Rating In ECOVADIS

TOLSA has achieved a Silver Medal rating in ECOVADIS for Corporate Social Responsibility for 2020. Tolsa is committed to maintaining environmental, social, and ethical performance and is inspired by this certification to reach even higher ratings next year.

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Lomon Billions Group Commemorates New Office In Shanghai, China

The Lomon Billions Group commemorated the opening of a new sales and technical services office in Shanghai, China with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new site is located on the east bank of the Huangpu River near PVG Intl. Airport in central Shanghair. Several Lomon Billions Group executives attended, and the Vice Chairman spoke regarding the growth the company has seen and how the new office works to centralize their sales and tech services teams. PCI Magazine has published a full article on the ribbon cutting.

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J.M. Huber Corp Reallocates Part Of 2020 Budget To Community Engagement

J.M. Huber Corporation is reallocating a share of the 2020 budget from their community engagement program, Huber Helps, to organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to help provide relief in areas where Huber employees live and work.

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BYK Additives To Thicken Alcohol Solutions For Improved Disinfectant Exposure Time

BYK Additives & Instruments produces additives for thickening alcohol and water mixtures based on ethanol or isopropanol. This thickening improves exposure time for disinfectants, which have seen record high demand recently and face supply shortages during the COVID health crisis. BYK will provide starting formulations for hand and surface disinfection if requested.

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TOLSA Minerals Are In Essential Products In Our Everyday Lives 

Industrial minerals are in essential products that are all around in our day to day lives without most of us ever noticing. Tolsa mineral solutions are in applications like animal feed, fertilizer, pet care, and oil/fuel filtration.

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CP Kelco Supports Sustainability In Germany

The CP Kelco team in Groβenbrode, Germany is showing their support for sustainability by building nesting boxes for a local history and landscape conservation association! These nesting boxes will help many essential bird species thrive even with less natural nesting places available due to pesticides and tree removal.

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HEXION Joins EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program

Hexion, became a partner of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, making a further commitment to protect the environment through continuous improvement to their operations and facilities energy performance. Hexion has created an internal program with a team of subject matter experts to manage these improvements across the business by “identifying opportunities, resourcing projects and supporting teams executing improvement projects.”

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TOLSA Maintains Operation During COVID-19 Crisis

TOLSA is continuing operation through the current COVID-19 global health crisis so that you don’t miss anything! Their mineral solutions are used in many essential products from food to pet care that are used in day to day life.

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CFATS 3 Month Extension & NACD Response

Legislation was passed allowing a three month extension to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), a program that ensures chemical facility security nationwide, that allows it to maintain past the previous April 18 deadline. In a press release, the President/CEO of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) welcomes the extension, but acknowledges the need for a longer term authorization that would make sure that both regulators and industry leaders have the certainty required to properly apply the program.

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Celanese Corporation Acquired Nouryon’s Elotex Business

The Celanese Corp, a global chemical & specialty materials company, recently completed acquisition of Nouryon’s Elotex redispersible polymer powders business. Celanese has taken ownership of production facilities in Europe and Asia, all products in the Elotex brand, customer agreements, technology, and commercial facilities globally. The Elotex portfolio will be integrated into Celanese’s global vinyl acetate ethylene emulsions business to further meet global demand.

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BYK Introduces BYK-C 8013 Additive on YouTube

The video posted to the BYK Additives & Instruments YouTube channel shows how the BYK-C 8013 additive is applied and takes you through two transverse tensile strength tests: one on a control carbon fiber fabric and one on a fabric modified with the BYK-C 8013 additive. The comparison showed a 50% tensile strength difference between the control and the BYK-C 8013 modified samples.

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Hexion Donates Drums of Isopropyl Alcohol In Florida

Hexion’s Lakeland, Florida site is showing community support by donating two drums of isopropyl alcohol to their local county sheriff’s department to help during the disinfectant shortage caused by the COVID-19 global crisis.

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Ferro Corporation New Food Contact Pigments

A new range of Complex Inorganic Color Pigments (CICP) Food Contact Pigments (FCP) for food plastics packaging applications is available from Ferro Corporation. These new pigments meet industry, regulatory, and customer requirements and are safe and certified to be used in packaging for food products after two years of development.

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PINFA March 2020 Newsletter + Huber Fire Retardant Offerings

Huber Engineered Materials is a proud founding member of PINFA the Phosphorus, Inorganic & Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association, an organization whose mission is to continuously improve the environmental & health profile of non-halogen flame retardant products. Review their take on innovative fire safety solutions in the March 2020 newsletter and learn about Huber’s fire retardant offerings through Terra Firma.

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Hexion Site Donates PPE To Local Hospital

The team at the Springfield Hexion site showed support for a local hospital’s medical staff dealing with limited PPE supplies by donating N95 masks to help keep their community safe during the COVID-19 global health crisis.

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Ferro Corporation New Lysopac Yellow Pigment

New Lysopac Yellow pigment from Ferro Corporation addresses all of the requirements needed by its users: high tinting strength, the right heat, light, and weather fastness properties, and precise dispersibility for plastic fiber applications. Lysopac Yellow 6614B bismuth vanadate yellow pigment was developed using innovative technology that allows for dense, uniform layers of coating with improved pigment performance.

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ECKART Effect Pigments At American Coatings Show 2020

ECKART presented their effect pigments for waterborne systems at the 2020 American Coatings Show. A complete range of metallic and pearlescent pigments that provide brilliant effects, weather/chemical resistance, and corrosion protection for coatings and paints are available.

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Decisive Action Saves A Life At Huber Plant

Four members of Huber Engineered Materials Marble Hill, GA ground calcium carbonate operation are commended for taking swift, decisive action when a truck driver fell unconscious as he was leaving the plant with a load of material. The heroic actions of Becky Pendley, Steven Carder, Chris Pendley, and William Gravitt saved the driver’s life.

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ECKART Chrome Effect Pigments

ECKART chrome effects pigments provide stunning reflective and chrome like designs. These pigments allow many options from bright, almost white effects to dark metallic appearances. Their semi-transparent METALURE liquid black pigments create an iridescent color play between red and black that has it being referred to as the “most beautiful red in the world”.

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Metallic Pigment Pre-Dispersion by ECKART

In a detailed blog post, ECKART describes what metallic pigment pre-dispersion is, how it is performed, and why it is important in order to utilize the full potential of metallic pigments.

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Glassflake Group Case Study: Gas Platform Coating

Glassflake Group published a case study on the approval and use of glassflake in polyurethane coatings for abrasion resistance and corrosion protection on gas platform deck areas. The approval has allowed for the coating to be used on a platform in the humid climate of Malaysia in South East Asia.

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Worthen Industries Acquired Henkel’s Footwear Line In Mexico

Worthen Industries acquired the Henkel footwear product line in Mexico. Included in the acquisition are a portfolio of adhesive technologies and the experience of Henkel’s sales and tech support resources, ensuring that the expected high level of service and quality established by Henkel around the world will be maintained.

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Borax Firebrake ZB For Polymer Flame Retardance

Polymers and plastics are so ingrained in everyday life – in furniture, electronics, packaging, and homes/building materials. With these materials, flame retardance is of the utmost importance. Borax fire retardant and smoke suppressant Firebrake ZB can help by improving the safety properties of polymer and composite materials  to increase the time people would have to get to safety in the event of a fire.

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New MAGNIFIN Production Site Approved

The Board of Directors of MAGNIFIN approved construction of a new production site for the coated + uncoated, environmentally friendly, non-halogenated magnesium hydroxide flame retardants in Austria. This product is a 50/50 venture between the fire retardant additives business of Huber Engineered Materials and Veitscher Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH seeking to enhance the ability to deliver premium product and supply chain flexibility.

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Hexion Earns Responsible Care Recertification

Hexion has earned recertification from the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Management System, the chemical industry’s environmental, health, safety, and security initiative. Hexion successfully completed independent audits and received certifications at four manufacturing sites in the US and Canada to achieve this recertification.

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Trinseo At DOMOTEX 2020

Trinseo showcased their take on a more sustainable future for latex binders in flooring and carpet applications at the 2020 DOMOTEX trade fair. The global materials company is not new to the environmental protection movement and has already been designing their latex binders primarily focused on sustainability.

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Trinseo On Rethinking Sustainability

At the K2019 show sustainability was a main focus, and Trinseo showed their commitment to developing a long term approach for improved and maintained sustainability. The global chemical materials company understands the challenges they face and is committed to addressing them in new and innovative ways by stepping out of the industry comfort zone to achieve a lasting strategy.

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Arkema’s Rilsan Powder Additive Featured in Fabrique en France Exhibit

Arkema’s Rilsan product was selected from 1,700+ candidates to be showcased in the Fabrique en France exhibit celebrating French “know-how, creativity, and genius”. This feature provides an opportunity to rediscover Rilsan: a multi-talented, cutting edge product that is featured in several everyday applications.

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ECKART Synthetic Pearlescent Pigments

Keeping up with the structureless matte effect trend. ECKART has developed a line of synthetic pearlescent pigments in bronze and copper shades. These options combine strong earth tones with the classic gentle sparkle of pearlescent pigments. In addition, a bright combination gold is available to enrich the range of the pigment line.

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Buckman Joined ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme

Joining the movement towards improved sustainability, Buckman has announced membership to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme, showing their support as a company for the vision of widespread sustainable chemistry and driving innovations in a variety of industries to protect the environment, consumers, and workers

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Hexion Partners “Trees Louisville” on Beautification Program

Hexion and Trees Louisville have teamed up to expand and restore Louisville’s urban forest. Over 80 trees will be planted between 2020-21 to grow the city’s tree canopy, improve air quality, reduce noise levels, and many other benefits.

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Hexion Named “Leading International Coatings Enterprise” in China

Paints and Coatings Industry magazine awarded Hexion with the honored designation of a “leading international coatings enterprise” in China. Hexion received the accolade appreciatively and has plans to continue their global efforts to strengthen existing research, development, and technical services capabilities.

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ALTANA & BYK New Digital Work Space

Our partners ALTANA and BYK have moved 140+ employees into a cutting edge complex, effectively updating their IT and digitalization departments’ work environment. This new space strives to foster improved communication, networking, and teamwork.

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Hudson Resources In MINEX

The 2019 Mineral Exploration newsletter (MINEX) published a feature of our partner, Hudson Resources. MINEX is a Greenland government publication focusing on the international mining industry.

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Lomon Billions TiO2 Pigments

The Lomon Billions Group, one of our partners, presented at the K2019 plastics & rubber trade fair in September 2019. The chemical company was promoting their new high-performance TiO2 pigments for plastics, these pigments are used and approved by leading plastics producers globally.

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Lomon Billions At 2019 TZMI Congress

Our partner, the Lomon Billions Group, was represented at the 2019 TZMI Congress in Singapore, part of the world’s premier titanium and zirconium conferences. Lomon Billions Group is currently the third largest titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer globally, using both sulfate and chloride manufacturing processes to create their world class TiO2 pigments.

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ECKART & Environmental Sustainability

ECKART is dedicated to the effort to improve environmental sustainability and efficiency, a commitment they are proving through innovation in the water-based aluminum paste for water based coatings systems field.

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Additives Education from BYK

Check out BYK’s YouTube channel! Our partner is sharing weekly videos that delve into the world of additives, sharing everything from the Basics to Preparations of various additives.

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2019 Western Coatings Show

The Terra Firma team had a great time at the 2019 Western Coatings Show in Las Vegas. What a wonderful opportunity to connect with customers and partners and discuss all things coatings technology!

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