1. Pilot Chemical Company Opens New Innovation Center

    PITTSBURGH – Pilot Chemical Company officially opened its new, state-of-the-art Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 25. The center -- an expansion of the Pilot Polymer Technologies laboratory facility in Pittsburgh -- doubles the size of the original facility. Pilot Chemical has added nine new roles to staff the facility, built to address customer needs and develop new products.
  2. Lonza Reports Strong Momentum with Organic Growth of 8% Sales and 11% CORE EBITDA in H1 2018

    Lonza today reported a strong 8.2% organic (like-for-like) sales growth, double-digit organic CORE EBITDA and CORE EBIT growth and continued CORE EBITDA margin improvement during the first half of 2018. One year after the successful closing of the Capsugel acquisition, sales amounted to CHF 3.1 billion for the Half-Year 2018
  3. SOCMA Golf Tournament & Dinner Almost Sold Out

    SOCMA’s 14th Annual SOCMA Golf Tournament and Dinner is turning out to be one of the best ever, and if you have not yet signed up, I encourage you to do it now! 
  4. USTR's New List of China Tariffs Includes Chemicals

    U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer recently announced plans to levy 25 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports, also known as List 3. The new tariff proposals would add to the $34 billion in tariffs currently in effect, as well as List 2 worth $16 billion (if implemented)...
  5. Are You Ready for Proposition 65 Changes? Three Immediate Steps to Take

    Proposition 65 is a 1986 California right-to-know law requiring businesses to provide “clear and reasonable” warnings of potentially harmful exposures to chemicals appearing on the growing list maintained by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”). New regulations, taking effect on August 31, 2018, detail required warnings specific to a wide variety of places and products,..
  6. BPTF Hosts Annual Spring Meeting to Discuss Issues Impacting Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Manufacturers

    The Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) hosted its annual Spring Meeting here at the Society for Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) headquarters to discuss key issues and challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry and hear from industry experts.
  7. R&D Chief Shook Retires from Pilot Chemical

    Rick Shook is retiring from Pilot Chemical Company after nearly 40 years, most recently serving as vice president of research and development. Shook spent his entire career in R&D, joining Pilot’s Santa Fe Springs facility in California as a chemist in December 1978 and serving in roles over the years that included lab supervisor, lab manager, corporate technical manager and director of research. In his role as vice president of R&D, Shook was responsible for technology...
  8. CFATS Reauthorization—Managing the Security Risks of Dangerous Chemicals

    Since its inception eleven years ago, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program has been working with high-risk chemical facilities to reduce the risk of release, theft, diversion or sabotage of their chemical holdings. With the program set to expire in January 2019, we must recognize...
  9. BPSA’s Barcelona Summit to Focus on Innovation, Next-Generation Opportunities in Single-Use Processing, Cell Therapies

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Innovation and commercialization of the next generation of opportunities in single-use processing and cell therapies will be a key focus of the Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA) 2nd International Single-Use Summit, September 26-28, in Barcelona, Spain.
  10. SOCMA Members Weigh in on Issues Critical to Industry During Annual Fly-In

    Members of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, June 6, to communicate the positive impact their businesses have on their communities and share concerns about issues critical to the industry as part of the association’s annual Specialty Chemical Industry Fly-In...
  11. SOCMA Hosts Inaugural Specialties Forum in Philadelphia, PA

    On June 13 SOCMA hosted its inaugural Specialties Forum at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, PA, that brought together executive-level decision makers at this invitation-only half-day event...
  12. SOCMA Engages with USTR- Chemical Intermediates Delisted from Section 301 China Tariff List 1

    On June 15, President Trump issued a statement that the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods that contain industrially significant technology...
  13. ChemSectors on the road…

    SOCMA hosted its inaugural Specialties Forum on June 13 at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. We recognize that industry networking events are important to our members and that is why SOCMA is bringing together decision makers for half-day events like our forum in Philadelphia...
  14. InChem Sells Charlotte Plant To Private Investor Group

    InChem Holdings Inc. (, a leading contract chemical manufacturer based in the Carolinas, has sold its Charlotte plant at 12345 Steele Creek Rd. to a private investor group effective June 13...

  15. SOCMA Members Looking to Make Business Connections at Chemspec Europe

    Chemspec Europe is less than a week away, and our SOCMA team and member companies attending the show are looking forward to this annual opportunity to make business connections in the international market...
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