1. Advent International acquires VIAKEM S.A. de C.V.

    Investment will support the Mexican company’s continued growth in the global agrochemical industry

    MEXICO CITY – Advent International (“Advent”), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, today announced that it has agreed to acquired VIAKEM S.A. de C.V. (“VIAKEM”), a leading Mexico-based manufacturer of fine chemicals for the global agrochemical industry. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016 and terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
  2. Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and TSCA Reform Among Key Topics for SOCMA Fly-In

    Members share insight on issues impacting specialty manufacturers with Congress
    Fifty SOCMA members led more than 100 meetings on Capitol Hill April 12 to advocate to members of Congress on key issues impacting their businesses and the specialty chemical manufacturing sector. 
  3. SOCMA Members Share Best Practices on EHS&S, Operational Excellence at Greenville Roundtable

    Houston Roundtable canceled due to flooding, rescheduled for June 22 - The 2016 ChemStewards® Regional Roundtables kicked off this week in Greenville, SC, with 20 attendees who shared best practices on issues such as process safety, near-miss programs and third-party audits, among other ChemStewards-related issues. 
  4. SOCMA Hails House Passage of Long-Awaited MTB Bill

    Washington, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) applauds Wednesday’s overwhelming passage of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (H.R. 4923) by the House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation would create a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process to eliminate tariffs on inputs and other products that aren’t produced or available in the United States.

  5. VanDeMark Chemical Appoints David Rodems CFO

    VanDeMark Chemical, Inc., Lockport, New York USA announces the appointment of David Rodems as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). As a key member of the leadership team he will strengthen the financial & IT infrastructure, oversee capital structure, and develop economic strategies driving profitable growth and increased shareholder value. VanDeMark is a leading North American manufacturer of phosgene and phosgene derivatives and recently acquired Framochem, a major European-based manufacturer of phosgene products, as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
  6. Continuing Saga over Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Costly for SOCMA Members

    After four long years of waiting and anticipation, both the Senate and House of Representatives last week introduced mirror bills that proposeda plan to move forward and revamp the process for enacting the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). Brooke DiDomenico, an engineer and production manager at Nation Ford Chemical (NFC), had an opportunity to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade a day after the bills were introduced to share Nation Ford’s story about how the MTB positively impacts the company:
  7. SOCMA Welcomes 19 New Member Companies

    Washington, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to welcome 19 new member companies that have joined the association throughout the past year and the first quarter of 2016. These new members represent manufacturers, distributors and specialty chemical industry service providers looking to enhance and grow their business through utilization of SOCMA’s tools and resources that not only connect them with others in the industry but assist them in staying abreast of the latest rules and regulations impacting specialty chemical manufacturing.
  8. Public Perception of Risk, REACh, TSCA Among Hot Topics on Day Two of GlobalChem

    Sloan shares perspective on TSCA reform, public relations challenges in the industry
    SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan delivered opening remarks on the final day of GlobalChem 2016, as attendees heard from a host of speakers discussing the perception of risk, REACh, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, among many other topics.
  9. Record Number of Members Participate in SOCMA's 9th Annual Washington Fly-In

    Almost 50 SOCMA members advocated on issues such as TSCA, MTB, others

    About 50 SOCMA members descended on Capitol Hill this week to advocate with members of Congress on key issues impacting their businesses and the specialty chemical manufacturing sector.
  10. SOCMA Welcomes Bipartisan Senate Bill That Would Move Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Forward

    Washington, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today welcomed the introduction of a bipartisan Senate bill that would overhaul the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process. 
  11. SOCMA Applauds Introduction of American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 in House of Representatives

    Washington, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today welcomed the introduction of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX).
  12. SOCMA Welcomes Brittany Mountjoy as New Manager of Government Relations

    Washington, D.C. – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to welcome Brittany Mountjoy as the new Manager of Government Relations, where she will focus on international trade issues, as well as manage the association’s International Trade Committee and International Regulatory Compliance Network (IRCN).
  13. Will a Threat to Chemical Innovation Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory on TSCA Reform?

    If you read the March 29, 2016, blog post, “Will Private Interests Trump Bill Allmond, Vice President, Government and Public RelationsPublic Ones When It Comes to Our Right to Know Under TSCA?” by Dr. Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund, you would come away thinking the chemical industry has never publicly disclosed information about health and safety studies, never publicly relinquished any confidential business information (CBI) on chemicals, and never been required to substantiate CBI claims with EPA.
  14. EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Jones Excited, Hopeful About TSCA Reform

    More than 450 attend GlobalChem to learn latest on global chemical regulations

    With Congress currently conferring on House and Senate versions of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, more than 450 chemical industry professionals met in the nation's capital for the 2016 Global Chemical Regulations Conference and Exhibition (GlobalChem).

  15. Join About 50 of Your Fellow SOCMA Members for Annual Washington Fly-In April 11-12

    TSCA reform, trade among key issues as SOCMA members visit Capitol Hill

    We are less than two weeks away from SOCMA’s 9th Annual Washington Fly-In, and nearly 50 members are currently registered and will join us on Capitol Hill as we advocate for issues impacting the specialty chemical industry. Collectively, we can make a difference.
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