Monday, August 3, 2020

ACA Announces Call for Papers: 2021 CoatingsTech Conference

Washington, D.C., Aug. 3, 2020 —The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking submission of abstracts for its 2021 CoatingsTech Conference. Current plans are for an in-person or virtual conference that will occur April 19-21, 2021. This biennial conference features a multi-track forum, industry awards, and presentation opportunities for both industry professionals and students, and will follow the theme, “Essential Coatings Technology: Supporting Tomorrow’s Sustainable Development Challenges Today.” Abstracts will be accepted through Oct. 15, 2020.

The 2021 CoatingsTech Conference offers industry experts — including coatings manufacturers, their suppliers, universities, and government representatives —  a forum to share new research and pursue continuing education and skills development. In addition to technology-focused sessions, the conference will also address regulatory and legislative developments impacting manufacturing, product innovation, and sustainability. Conference sessions will be categorized to provide attendees with an opportunity to focus on individual interests and specialization.

NOTE: Those submitting abstracts for consideration should know that, if accepted, they will be expected to provide their full paper and make a presentation, either in person, online, or via a pre-recorded video.

Paper Topics

Papers on the following topics are being sought and will be considered.

  • Advances in Analytical Technology
  • Application / Manufacturing / Processing Equipment
  • Architectural Coatings
  • Biocidal Control, including preservation, surface protection, antifouling, and advanced pathogen control products
  • Corrosion and Adhesion
  • Infrastructure Improvement Coatings
  • Functional Coatings
  • High Throughput
  • Nanotechnology
  • Novel Waterborne Materials
  • Powder Coatings Advancements
  • Protective Coatings
  • Pigments / Additives
  • Renewable / Bio-based Coatings
  • Transportation Coatings
  • Weathering/Durability
  • Wood Coatings
  • Health, Safety, Environmental, and Sustainability-related Measurement:
    • VOC, HAPs and IAQ Control Strategies
    • Lifecycle Assessments
    • Hazard Communication and Labeling
    • Life Safety Engineering
    • Waste Minimization

Abstract submission guidelines and additional pertinent information, including other deadlines, are available at https://www.paint.org/aca-events/coatings-tech-conference/2021-cfp/. For more information about the conference, visit https://www.paint.org/aca-events/coatings-tech-conference or contact ACA’s Steve Sides, vice President of Global Affairs and chief science officer, at ssides@paint.org or (202) 462-8731.

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.

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ACA Seeks Nominations for 2021 Mattiello Lecture Award

Washington, D.C., Aug. 3, 2020 — The American Coatings Association (ACA) is seeking nominations for the 2021 Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award. Any nominations received by Oct. 15, 2020 will allow the Mattiello Memorial Lecture Award Committee to consider honoring the nominee at the CoatingsTech Conference, which will be held April 19-21, 2021.

The selected award recipient will deliver a technical presentation on a phase of chemistry, engineering, human relationship, or other discipline fundamental to paint, coatings, varnish, lacquer, or related protective and decorative coatings. The presentation will consist of a lecture of 50 to 55 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. A completed paper must also be submitted for the conference proceedings and possible inclusion in ACA publications.

Nomination Applications

Nominations must include the following:

  • An official nomination letter highlighting the outstanding achievements of the nominee;
  • Complete biography of the nominee including name, age, and place of birth;
  • Current position and brief job history;
  • Education and degrees, with dates;
  • A minimum of two letters of support from individuals within the industry; and
  • Reference to significant publications and awards.

Please note that individuals cannot nominate themselves. The items cited in the nomination should be pertinent or related to coatings, or be germane to the constituents of coatings. Activities and accomplishments considered appropriate for citation in the nomination include, but are not limited to, the following:

Publications and communications such as journal articles, patents, books (authored, edited, or organized), lectures and presentations, symposia or meetings organized. (Reprints may be submitted with the nomination but should be restricted to those that reflect seminal contributions; teaching credentials or skills, per se, are not to be considered in this award):

  • Inventions and discoveries;
  • New scientific principles, understanding or insight;
  • Novel uses or applications of products;
  • New or improved processes for production of resins or coatings, etc.; and
  • Engineering aspects.

All nominations should be submitted as soon as possible, and preferably before Oct. 15, 2020 to ACA’s Steve Sides, vice President of Global Affairs and chief science officer, at ssides@paint.org, or:

Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee
c/o Steve Sides
American Coatings Association
901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 300 West
Washington, DC 20001

About the Mattiello Lecture Award

The Mattiello Lecture Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to science, technology, and/or engineering related to the coatings industry. Joseph J. Mattiello, whose memory is commemorated by this award, did much to expand the application of science in the decorative and protective coatings field. Nominations will be ranked by the Mattiello Memorial Lecture Committee based on standards of technical accomplishment, service to the coatings industry, and leadership.

Dr. Michael Diebold, technical fellow, R&D, at Chemours Company, received the 2019 Mattiello Lecture Award during his presentation at the CoatingsTech Conference on April 9, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Diebold’s lecture was titled, “Optimizing the Benefits of TiO2 in Paints.”

About ACA

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

New PCR for Powder Coatings Will Allow for Verifiable Environmental Product Declarations

A Product Category Rule (PCR) for Powder Coatings is now available for free, and will allow for the publication of verifiable Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The PCR for Powder Coatings, conceived and shepherded by ACA, was facilitated by NSF International, a third party developer of public health standards and certification programs.

The final PCR for Powder Coatings may be viewed and downloaded here.

The utility of the PCR for Powder Coatings is timely and considerable, since decision makers are increasingly considering information about the life-cycle impacts of products when selecting products they choose to sell, specify, or use. Retailers, standard-setting bodies, and consumers are requiring information or giving favorable status to products and brands able to describe their life-cycle impacts and benefits.

A PCR provides an agreed upon framework for measuring the environmental impacts of a product based on a defined set of criteria, which allows manufacturers to conduct life-cycle assessments (LCA) of their products in a standardized way, and publish this information in an EPD, if they so choose.

This PCR includes the life cycle phases in order to obtain the raw materials and manufacture powder coating products for interior and exterior applications.

For the purposes of the PCR, the definition of a powder coating is “a 100% solids coating applied as a dry powder which, when baked at a sufficient temperature, melts out to form a continuous film.” Powder coatings can be further classified by two subcategories: single-layer systems; and multiple-layer systems.

Notably, the scope excludes coatings which may be used on similar substrates but are not 100% solids, and does not include coatings that fall under ACA’s PCR for Architectural Coatings.

Contact ACA’s David Darling for more information.

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EPA Proposes Retention of 2015 Ozone Standard

On July 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ozone. The current primary (health-based) and secondary (welfare-based) standards for ozone, established in 2015, are set at 70 parts per billion (ppb). According to EPA, the proposal is based on its judgment that the current NAAQS protect the public health, with an adequate margin of safety, including the health of at-risk populations, and protect the public welfare from adverse effects.

ACA and the coatings industry support retention of the national ozone standard of 70 ppb for ground-level ozone, and will be submitting comments to EPA to that effect.

EPA will hold two virtual public hearings in August to discuss the proposal with interested stakeholders, and ACA will participate. EPA’s comment deadline for the proposal will be 30 days after the second public hearing.

In October 2015, EPA lowered the NAAQS for ozone from 75 ppb to 70 ppb.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) combined with nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sunlight, produce ground-level ozone, a principal component of smog. EPA has cited emissions from industrial facilities, electric utilities, motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents as major man-made sources of NOx and VOCs. However, studies have shown, and EPA has acknowledged, that ozone levels have improved by 33 percent over the past 30 years, and VOCs have decreased by 53 percent.

Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to set health-based NAAQS for specific pollutants, including ozone. This standard must be reviewed every five years, and EPA cannot consider implementation costs when setting NAAQS. NAAQS are standards for outdoor ambient air that are intended to protect public health and welfare from pollution. “NAAQS do not directly limit emissions of a pollutant; rather, they set in motion a long process in which states and EPA identify areas that do not meet the standards, and states prepare implementation plans to demonstrate how emissions will be lowered sufficiently to reach attainment.”

States are tasked with enacting pollution control regulations to meet the national standards by updating their state implementation plans (SIPs) with more restrictive VOC standards. This process is very mature and, for several decades now, federal, state and local regulations have limited VOCs in coatings and how these products are applied and used.

Since the late 1970’s, the paint and coatings industry has significantly reduced its emissions of VOCs and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and this trend continues. Market forces have played a role as the industry has become more service-oriented, providing just-in-time orders, smaller batch sizes, more waterborne and low-VOC coatings, and better transfer technology. VOC emissions from architectural coatings have drastically decreased over the last few decades as industry has moved towards low-VOC waterborne technologies, even while the use of architectural coatings has increased over the same period nationwide.

More than 90 percent of architectural coatings sales in the United States are now for environmentally preferable water-based paint and many manufacturers are developing very low VOC paint products specifically for vulnerable populations. In addition, modern aerosol coatings formulas are being developed with very low reactive solvents, resulting in significantly less potential for ozone formation. Since 1980, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants have dropped by 67 percent, and ozone levels have declined by 33 percent.

ACA believes that emphasizing market-driven innovations and existing policies to improve fuel economy, increase energy efficiency, and reduce air pollution from cars, facilities, and products will drive further air quality improvements over the next decade.

More information can be found on EPA’s website.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

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Materion Completes Optics Balzers Acquisition

Materion Corporation has completed the acquisition of Optics Balzers AG. Materion stated that the combination of Materion and Optics Balzers creates a premier optical thin film coating solutions provider with a highly complementary geographic, product, and end market portfolio. The company added that complementary technologies across the electromagnetic spectrum boost the capabilities of the combined business and position Materion to capitalize on key megatrends to drive topline growth.

“I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the entire Optics Balzers team,” said Jugal Vijayvargiya, Materion president and chief executive officer. “I am looking forward to the collaboration between our teams to support customers globally and deliver leading edge solutions.”

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NACE and SSPC Announce Ad-Hoc Integration Teams

NACE and SSPC have announced the launch of 13 ad-hoc teams that have been convened to begin the process of combining the associations. The teams were appointed by the NACE-SSPC Steering Committee and consist of members and staff from both organizations. Each team is focused on a different area of the associations’ operations and services.

“We are entering a very exciting and challenging period of this process for the NACE and SSPC community,” said Tim Bieri, president of NACE International. “There are many details the ad-hoc teams have to work through before we can move to the next phase of combining; we are focused on retaining the best of both organizations while ensuring we take into consideration all of the feedback we have received from our members worldwide.”

The steering committee includes member leaders of NACE and SSPC who have been involved with bringing the organizations together from the beginning. Working with McKinley Advisors, a third-party advisor helping the organizations manage the transition, the steering committee developed a charter which lays out each team’s purpose and goals and provides a timeline for completion.

The areas of focus of the current ad-hoc teams include accreditation, branding, certifications, chapter/sections, conferences and events, education, finance and accounting, governance, IT infrastructure, pre-professional activities, publications, staff engagement, and standards.

According to the companies, additional teams and areas of focus may be added by the Steering Committee as the transition progresses. More information about the work of the ad-hoc teams will be highlighted in upcoming town hall meetings hosted jointly by NACE and SSPC every month through December 2020.

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Polynt-Reichhold Group Announces Strategic Integration Initiative

Polynt-Reichhold Group has announced its decision to build a 50,000-ton capacity greenfield Maleic Anhydride plant to be located at its Morris, Ill. site. The decision was reportedly made following a thorough evaluation of multiple organic and inorganic investment opportunities.

According to the company, the plant will serve Polynt-Reichhold’s consumption for composites and other maleic derivatives already produced in Europe and Asia. The company stated that it intends to create, in North America, the successful integrated business model it employs in Europe.

“For Maleic Anhydride, we evaluated options for purchasing an existing plant, but this proved to not be feasible. Therefore, we decided to go ahead and build our own Maleic Anhydride Plant,” said Rosario Valido, group president and CEO.

Polynt-Reichhold reported that it is still evaluating its integration strategy for Phthalic Anhydride, the other chemistry included in the Strategic Integration Initiative and is considering integration with existing operations or the construction of a greenfield plant. “For Phthalic Anhydride, we are in an earlier stage and different options are still on the table. We are committed to progress in integrating intermediates and resins. An investment in Phthalic Anhydride will strengthen our competitive position in the Americas while leveraging our proprietary technologies and deep experience operating intermediates facilities in Europe and Asia,” said Valido.

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