1. Edgewater Capital Completes the Acquisition of BASF’s Inorganic Specialties Business; Renames the Company Callery

    Edgewater Capital Partners (“Edgewater”) has completed the previously announced acquisition of BASF’s Inorganic Specialties business, which includes the Evans City, Pennsylvania production site and the Specialty Alcoholates, Boranes and Alkali Metals product lines. The Company has been renamed “Callery”, a name that speaks to the innovation and customer focus for which Callery Chemical was known and the best practices established during BASF’s ownership...
  2. SOCMA Reaches Out to President Trump, Stresses Importance of Specialty Chemical Industry to U.S. Economy

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, introducing him to the specialty chemical industry and thanking him for his focus on small business, jobs and the economy.
  3. Administration Releases President’s 2017 Trade Agenda

    The President’s 2017 Trade Policy Agenda was released on March 1, even though the United States Trade Representative (USTR), who has the primary responsibility for developing U.S. trade policy, has not yet been confirmed.
  4. Trump Touches on Trade, Taxes in First State of the Union

    After more than a month in office, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address Tuesday evening, touching on a number of issues that directly impact SOCMA members and the specialty chemical industry, including taxes and free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  5. SOCMA Congratulates New Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) today congratulates Wilbur Ross, who was confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of Commerce on Monday, February 27.
  6. Department of Homeland Security CFATS Update

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) update at a recent meeting of the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council. According to DHS, 2,700 Site Security Plans (SSPs) have been approved, and 90 percent of what DHS is doing in the field is compliance inspections... 
  7. Top 10 OSHA Citations of 2016: A Starting Point for Workplace Safety

    The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. One remarkable thing about the list... 

  8. Sanofi and Lonza Enter into a Strategic Partnership to Establish a Large-Scale Biologics Production Facility

    Sanofi and Lonza announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility for monoclonal antibody production in Visp, Switzerland. The strategic partnership in the form of a joint venture combines the strong biologics development pipeline of Sanofi with the expertise of Lonza to design, construct, start-up and operate a state-of-the-art large-scale mammalian cell culture facility...
  9. Accella Agrees to Purchase Spray Polyurethane Foam Business from Covestro

    Accella Polyurethane Systems LLC (“Accella”) has agreed to purchase certain assets of the North American spray polyurethane foam (SPF) business located in Spring, TX, from Covestro LLC. The sale is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2017. Financial terms have not been disclosed...
  10. Pilot Chemical Company Names New Sales Manager for Latin America

     Bert Gutierrez is Pilot Chemical Company’s new general manager for Latin America, where he will oversee the growth of products and technology in all Latin American territories. He replaces Sarah Mester, who moved to director of corporate development in January 2017...
  11. SOCMA Looks Forward to Continuing Important Work with New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

    ARLINGTON, VA - The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) today congratulates Scott Pruitt, who was confirmed by the Senate as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday, February 17.
  12. Strem Chemicals and Dotz Nano Ltd. Sign Distribution Agreement for Graphene Quantum Dots Collaboration

    Strem Chemicals, Inc., a manufacturer of specialty chemicals for research and development, and Dotz Nano Ltd., an exciting new company aimed at capitalizing on the technological innovation in the Graphene Quantum Dots (GQD) market, are proud to announce the signing of a licensing agreement...
  13. SOCMA Congratulates Representative Mick Mulvaney on Appointment to White House Office of Management and Budget

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) today congratulates Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina on being named Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. SOCMA Managing Director of Government Relations Robert F. Helminiak released the following statement on the appointment:
  14. SOCMA Partners with ChemicalInfo to Provide Members with Online Chemical Services Directory

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce it is partnering with ChemicalInfo to provide its members with an online chemical services directory.
  15. EPA Holds Public Meeting on 10 Chemicals in Commerce Slated for Risk Evaluation

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public meeting on February 14 to collect information on 10 chemicals in commerce. SOCMA members are seeking clarification from EPA regarding the type of information EPA wants, specifically as it relates to intended uses of the chemicals. This is a major milestone in the implementation of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and potentially a sign of things to come.
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