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Perstorp Strengthens Polyols Business, Evonik Focuses on Digitalization in Chemical Industry, New Project for WB Inks Development

SpecialChem / Mark Drukenbrod – Jul 18, 2017

Hello and welcome to your early week international coatings industry update, brought to you by SpecialChem. In industry news since last issue, Arkema announced the expansion of its photocure resins capacity at its Sartomer facility in Nansha, China and Huntsman completed the capacity expansion project at its amines facility on Jurong Island, Singapore. Pilot Chemical acquired ATRP Solutions and Hempel coats the Queenferry Crossing Bridge in Scotland. There’s much more where we continue and as always, you can go to the above items now using the links, or checkout our latest stories, which we’ll get to right away…

Perstorp Enters Acquisition Agreement to Strengthen Polyols Market


Perstorp has announced the agreement for the acquisition of Polialcoli Srl from Polioli SpA. The agreement includes the Neo, TMP and TMPDE as well as the associated Formate businesses located at the Vercelli site (Italy). Included in the transaction are also technology, know-how and equipment. The 74 employees who are currently employed in the acquired company, are welcomed to the Perstorp group. Polioli CEO Federico Ferlin, says: “Polioli SpA has been under receivership for the last four years. We have seen a potential in these products but it has proven increasingly difficult to run these product lines in smaller scale plants. In order to be successful we have come to the conclusion that it makes more sense to operate these assets through a larger company with global reach. It was therefore natural for us to approach Perstorp.”

Evonik Makes Strategic Move for Digitalization in Chemical Industry


Evonik is setting aside Euro100 million for the topic of digitalization and is also entering into a strategic partnership with IBM and the University of Duisburg-Essen, aimed at forging ahead with the digital change in the chemical industry. “For us as a specialty chemicals company, digitalization brings with it a world of possibilities. Now it’s about identifying them, testing them out, and being able to put them to good use. This is why we took this initiative.” explains Christian Kullmann, chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries AG. By providing the financial means and establishing the new strategic partnerships, Evonik is aiming to further strengthen its position in the digital world.

QUIMOVIL & AIMPLAS Start Project for WB Inks Development


QUIMOVIL and AIMPLAS have started a project funded by the Ministry of Economy through the program RETOS COLABORACIÓN to allow the development of new printing water-based laminable flexographic inks for the flexible packaging industry. It will allow a reduction of VOC emissions. Currently, a high percentage of flexible food packaging is manufactured by using solvent-based inks, due to the high quality and productivity needs in the printing and lamination processes. This kind of components have a number of drawbacks, such as the VOC emission into the atmosphere, security risks due to the flammability of inks and varnishes, as well as the high investment and maintenance costs to recover solvents during printing. Through the development of the project AQUAFLEX, coordinated by QUIMOVIL, it is expected to get a new formulation of laminable water-based flexographic inks with the same printing and laminating quality properties as solvent-based inks.

Arkema Increases Photocure Resin Production at its China Sartomer Facility


To support the growth of Sartomer, the world leader in specialty photocure resins, Arkema announces a project to expand by over 30% production capacity at its Nansha facility in China. This new production line will in particular help meet strong customer demand in Asia in the electronics, 3D-printing and inkjet printing cutting-edge markets.

Arkema's Sartomer plant in Guangzhou serves the customer base throughout Asia in this rapidly expanding, high growth market of specialty UV curable inks, coatings and adhesives.

Arkema announces the construction on its Nansha site south of Canton, China, of a new production line for UV, LED and EB (Electron Beam) photocure resins, which should come on stream early 2019. This new line will produce high performance photocure resins with innovative properties, earmarked for the electronics cutting-edge markets in which they are used for the manufacture and design of printed circuits and smartphone, tablet or television screens, as well as the 3D-printing market for which Sartomer has just launched its latest generation range of solutions under the trade name N3xtDimensionTM.

Thanks to production sites and R&D facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States, Sartomer’s customers benefit from high quality technical support for tailor-made developments as well as responsive local logistics services. This strong local presence in each of the 3 regions of the world marks Sartomer out as a partner with unique know-how who is close to its customers and therefore in a position to fulfil their specific requirements for high performance resins.

These innovative solvent-free specialty resins are environmentally friendly, while also complying in particular with global standards on volatile organic compound (VOC) low emissions. Hence they bolster the Group’s strategy in the development of new “eco-sustainable” materials, and will enable Sartomer to capitalize on the 10% annual growth expected in the electronics and 3D-printing high added value niche markets.

This project is consistent with the Group’s ambition to speed up the development of its advanced materials that should eventually account for over 25% of its sales, and to continue consolidating its presence in Asia.

On July 1, 2011, Arkema officially acquired from Total S.A. the photocure resins business of Sartomer along with the coatings resins businesses of both Cray Valley and Cook Composites and Polymers. The acquisition complemented Arkema’s offering to the coatings market and strengthened the downstream integration of its acrylics business. At the time, the acquisition represented sales of €850 million, and the new business activities enabled Arkema to become a leader in the materials market for coatings and paints.

Huntsman Completes Expansion of Amines Facility in Singapore


Huntsman has completed a 25,000-ton capacity expansion project at its world-scale amines facility on Jurong Island in Singapore, with plant capacity now totaling 50,000 tons. Approximately 50 employees and contractors work at the facility.

The facility expansion is intended to help Huntsman meet growing global demand for specialty amines and to strengthen its position in amine technology.

The project also included backward integration in the form of a purpose-built alkoxylation unit consuming locally sourced feedstocks to support the production of polyols and alkoxylates.

“The completed expansion of our Jurong facility allows us to manufacture more complex and a wider range of polyetheramines in Asia,” said David Ming, Vice President, Asia Pacific Region for Huntsman’s Performance Products division.

“This expansion, combined with our specialty amines production at our facilities in Conroe, Texas and Llanelli, Wales, will help us respond more quickly to customer demand around the world,” he added.

"The expansion of Huntsman's manufacturing plant on Jurong Island, more than doubling the site's capacity, is reflective of Singapore's attraction as a strategic node in global supply networks," said Cindy Koh, Director, Energy & Chemicals, Singapore Economic Development Board.

"We will continue to build on our strong foundation as an integrated chemicals hub, from the provision of locally sourced feedstock by dedicated pipeline and infrastructure, and logistic support supplemented by excellent connectivity to growing markets, to enable the industry's growth in specialty chemicals."

Specialty amines are used to improve the properties of many products, including coatings, herbicides, adhesives and composites. They can be found in a variety of applications including wind blades, agrochemicals, oilfield, construction materials and specialty plastics.

Graphene Flagship Tests Graphene-based Coatings for Space Applications


Researchers and students in the Graphene Flagship are preparing for two exciting experiments in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) to test the viability of graphene for space applications.

Both experiments will launch between 6-17th November 2017, testing graphene in zero-gravity conditions to determine its potential in space applications including light propulsion and thermal management.

In one of the experiment, they are investigating how graphene can improve efficiency in heat transfer in loop heat pipes – cooling systems used extensively in satellites and aerospace instruments.

A significant part of the loop heat pipe is the wick, typically made of porous metal. In this experiment, the wicks will be coated with different types of graphene-related materials to improve the efficiency of the heat pipe.

The coated wicks will be tested in a low-gravity parabolic flight operated by ESA in partnership with Novespace, France. During each 3-hour flight, the specially modified plane will make a series of 30 parabolic ascents with around 25 seconds of weightlessness in each parabola.

Graphene Flagship researchers Vanja Mišković and Fabio Iermano, both working at the Microgravity Research Centre, and Lucia Lombardi and Yarjan Samad, both at the Cambridge Graphene Centre are involved in the experiment.

“I’m really excited because this will be my first zero gravity experience,” said Lombardi. “The idea is to use graphene to improve the thermal conductivity and the capillary pressure by growing a sponge in the pores of the wicks,” she added.

“We want to test different kinds of coatings since the graphene and graphene oxide have different properties, but we are hoping to achieve good results with both of the coatings,” added Mišković. “I’m very excited, I know that not a lot of people get this opportunity.”

Jari Kinaret (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden), Director of the Graphene Flagship, said “These two projects exemplify the two-fold character of the Graphene Flagship: the loop heat pipe project is targeting a specific application, while the light sail project is firmly linked to basic research and builds upon the unique combination of properties that only graphene can offer.”

“I am particularly proud of the fact that one of these projects was initiated by students working on an area completely disconnected from space applications: this demonstrates the creativity of the next generation of researchers, and shows the sometimes surprising links between different parts of our flagship - or maybe I should say spaceship?”

Hempel Provides its Anti-corrosive Coatings to Scotland’s Bridge


Hempel was chosen to provide tough coating protection against corrosion to the new Queensferry Crossing, scheduled to open this summer. Located on the busy Forth Estuary near Edinburgh on the east coast of Scotland, it boasts an impressive total length of 2.7 kilometers, making it the longest three-tower cable bridge in the world.

The bridge’s road deck is made from more than 35,000 tons of steel, manufactured in the UK and China and then transported to Scotland by sea. In order to withstand the impacts and exposure of this 7,700-kilometer journey it was vital that the coatings be tough, and also robust enough to protect the bridge from the harsh Scottish climate and coastal conditions.

Due to Hempel’s extensive experience and its high-quality products the steel manufacturer, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC), made the easy decision to choose Hempel’s high performance anti-corrosion systems.

Kai Zhao, Project Manager, ZPMC said: “We choose Hempel coatings because we know the paint and we know the service we can expect. The coatings have good and stable performance in corrosion protection, and the technical services are professional, precise and everywhere, providing great support to this project. We have worked with Hempel for many years, with great success.”

Hempel has supplied over 600,000 liters of Hempel paint for this project and has now coated four of the world’s ten largest cable-stayed bridges.

Venator Completes USD 375 Million Private Offering


Huntsman Corporation and Venator Materials PLC on Friday announced that the previously announced private offering of $375 million aggregate principal amount of 5 ¾ % Senior Notes due 2025 (the “Notes”) of their wholly owned subsidiaries, Venator Finance S.à r.l. and Venator Materials LLC, has been completed.

Proceeds from the offering of Notes were funded into escrow pending the initial public offering of Venator Materials PLC and will then be used to pay related fees and expenses, pay a dividend or repay intercompany debt owed to Huntsman.

Peter Huntsman, President and CEO of Huntsman stated, "This marks a major milestone in the process to separate our Pigments and Additives business. We are pleased to have a portion of the Venator financing already funded in advance of the planned separation.”

The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and other applicable securities laws.

Pilot Chemical Company Acquires ATRP Solutions, Inc.


Pilot Chemical Company has purchased ATRP Solutions, Inc. (ATRP) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, as of July 10. According to the company, the acquisition expands Pilot's proprietary technologies in the oil field chemicals, lubricant additives and paints and coatings markets. ATRP brings with it a highly trained staff of research scientists and a patent portfolio demonstrating years of ingenuity.

“The acquisition of ATRP is an important step to ensure continued innovation at Pilot,” said Mike Scott, president of Pilot Chemical.

"We are excited to become part of a highly regarded organization like Pilot," said Patrick McCarthy, CEO of ATRP. “Having Pilot’s support and resources will allow our team to improve upon its track record of technological discovery.”

Pilot’s purchase of ATRP follows its July 2016 acquisition of Liquid Minerals Group, Inc., based in New Waverly, Texas, as of June 30 of that year. The acquisition expanded Pilot's business into the organometallic fuel additives markets, as well as providing growth opportunities for Pilot’s existing surfactants and antimicrobial businesses. LMGI manufactures products for the oil field, refinery, power generation and marine industries and serves customers worldwide.

AkzoNobel Joins RE100


The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative has today reached its 100 members milestone as AkzoNobel N.V., AXA, Burberry plc and Carlsberg Group joined with a commitment to 100% renewable power.

RE100 is delivered with CDP to engage, support and showcase large, influential businesses transitioning to 100% renewable electricity across their global operations.

RE100 members, including 30 Global Fortune 500 companies, have a total revenue of US$2.5 trillion and operate in a diverse range of sectors – from Information Technology to automobile manufacturing.

Together, they are creating around 146 terawatt-hours (TWh) in demand for renewable electricity annually – about as much as it takes to power Poland.

AkzoNobel becomes the second biggest electricity user to join RE100 after Walmart, consuming around 16 TWh annually. The Dutch paints and coatings company aims to be carbon neutral and use 100% renewable energy – heat as well as electricity – by 2050.

French insurance company AXA is targeting 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Operating in more than 60 countries with diverse energy markets, AXA intends to achieve this target by using a mix of approaches, notably buying electricity directly from providers and compensating for non-renewable electricity.

Global luxury fashion brand Burberry is aiming to procure 100% of electricity from renewable resources to power its whole business by 2022.

The Carlsberg Group, one of the world’s biggest brewers, is switching to 100% renewable electricity at its breweries by 2022, as a step towards its target to become carbon neutral in 2030.

Reflecting on the growth of RE100 since it launched in 2014, Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group, said: “We are really pleased at the success of our campaign; by championing the compelling case for business action, we have reached 100 members three years earlier than expected. Changes in the market such as the falling cost of renewables have also worked in our favor.

“We are increasingly seeing large multinationals such as Google, IKEA and Dalmia Cement demonstrating real leadership on renewables because it makes business sense – as well as helping to lower emissions, providing stable energy costs and increasing competitiveness.

“We are now calling on companies to go one step further, and inspire their suppliers and peers to follow their lead so that together, we can speed the transition from fossil fuels to renewables to keep warming well under two degrees Celsius.”

Axalta-Huajia Coatings Recognized as 2016 Most Influential Powder Coatings Brand in China


Axalta-Huajia Coatings, a joint-venture company of Axalta Coating Systems has won the title of 2016 Most Influential Powder Coatings Brand at the recently held 2017 China Coatings Brand Summit which was organized by hc360.com, one of China’s highly regarded B2B e-commerce platforms.

The judging process for the summit, now in its 11th year, began in March. Industry peers, including distributors, buyers, and customers evaluated powder coating brands before a judging panel comprised of industry experts selected the winners. As one of ten award winners in the category, Axalta-Huajia Coatings was recognized not only for providing excellent service, but also for its exceptional powder coating brands Nap-Gard® and Alesta®.

“We are grateful for this prestigious recognition of our commitment to innovation as well as our customer-oriented approach,” said Gary Cao, General Manager of Axalta-Huajia Coatings. “Our coating distributors and customers can rely on Axalta to develop and provide high-performance and sustainable coating solutions that will advance the coating industry in China.”

INEOS Moves Towards OXO Derivatives Production


Following the recent acquisition of Arkema’s 50% share of Oxochimie, INEOS Oxide has completed a strategic review of the business and is now moving forward with an engineering study into the production of an array of oxo chemical derivatives, including 2-ethyl hexanoic acid and polyalcohols, such as trimethylolpropane (TMP) and neopentyl glycol (NPG).

A final decision on the location for the investment has not yet been made but includes INEOS sites in Zwijndrecht (Belgium), Dormagen (Germany) or co-location with the existing oxo alcohol plant in Lavéra (France).

Graham Beesley, CEO INEOS Oxide, commented that “INEOS Oxide is pleased with the speed at which Oxochimie has been fully integrated and we are now looking for the logical next step to grow the business. The range of products that we are moving into will complement our existing product offerings serving the coatings and lubricants markets.”

PPG Introduces KWIKSPAR 600 and 600SG Coatings


PPG (NYSE:PPG) has introduced KWIKSPAR® 600 and Kwikspar 600SG polyaspartic coatings, a line of corrosion-resistant, direct-to-metal (DTM) coatings formulated with advanced film-build and fast-cure characteristics to improve throughput in field and shop applications.

In highly corrosive environments, Kwikspar 600 (full-gloss) and Kwikspar 600SG (semi-gloss) coatings can be overcoated on AMERCOAT® 370 or SIGMAFAST® 278 epoxy primers to provide an ultra-fast-drying alternative to traditional three-coat corrosion protection systems. In low-to-moderately corrosive environments, one coat of Kwikspar 600 or Kwikspar 600SG can replace traditional two-coat epoxy/urethane systems.

Diane Kappas, PPG vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, said the technology behind Kwikspar polyaspartic coatings makes them highly cost-effective solutions for steel building and structural components that require excellent corrosion resistance, weathering, and gloss and color retention.

“When Kwikspar coatings are applied to steel in the shop, their ability to cure quickly accelerates production of finished parts,” she explained. “When applied in the field for maintenance or new construction projects, they have high film build, which enables applicators to achieve a desired finish more quickly. The coatings also can be applied directly to steel. The result is an exclusive combination of benefits that helps owners and contractors save time, labor and material cost, and return their assets to service quickly.”

Formulated from 73 percent solids, Kwikspar coatings cure up to eight times faster than standard polyurethane coatings in a 4-mil thickness on a low-temperature substrate. They also exhibit exceptional durability, flexibility and abrasion resistance.

PPG’s protective and marine coatings (PMC) products protect customer assets in some of the world’s most demanding conditions and environments, such as projects in energy, infrastructure and marine markets. The company’s PMC product lines include the Amercoat and SIGMA COATINGS® brands.

Palmer Holland Announces Territory Expansion with Arkema


Palmer Holland has announced that it has been awarded national coverage for Canada by Arkema Functional Polyolefins. The agreement bolts Canada onto Palmer Holland’s current territory of the entire United States.

The territory expansion features Arkema’s lines of Lotader®, Lotryl®, Evatane®, and Orevac®. Arkema Functional Polyolefins are used in a variety of applications including packaging, hot melt adhesives, construction, plastic compounds, automotive, and energy.

BCF Wins Trade Association of the Year 2017 in UK


The British Coatings Federation (BCF) beat over 300 other trade associations in the UK to be crowned ‘Trade Association of the Year 2017’, the ultimate accolade for Trade Associations in the UK. This award recognises the continued development of the Federation, which is now recognized as best in class amongst trade associations across the UK. The BCF also won ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ for the ‘DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative’, and were highly-commended in the ‘Magazine of the Year’ category, for the coatings industry magazine ‘Covered’.

Linda Cavender, Chief Executive of the Trade Association Forum said “BCF have had another outstanding year, growing from strength to strength addressing their members’ needs, undertaking some great lobbying activity and achieving record levels of growth. Their high level of professionalism and great effectiveness as an organization has meant that this year, the judges had no difficulty in declaring BCF the very worthy winner of the TA Best Practice Awards Trade Association of the Year for 2017.”

Commenting on the win, CEO Tom Bowtell said: “This award recognises the dedication of the BCF team in proactively supporting our members’ interests. Our small team of 12 has created some outstanding lobbying campaigns, using our internal marketing strengths, and unprecedented technical expertise in the area of regulations affecting the coatings industry. I’m proud to lead such an energetic and focused team of professionals, who always go the extra mile for members, and thrilled to be publicly recognised as amongst the best trade associations in the UK.”

Axalta Offers Car Manufacturers Insights into Electrocoat Developments During SURCAR


Dr. Herman Yee, the Global Manager of Technology for Electrocoat at Axalta Coating Systems gave representatives from car manufacturers insight into new electrocoat technology innovations at the 29th International Conference on Automotive Body Finishing (SURCAR). The event, which brings together a global audience of influential members in the automobile industry and associated paint industry experts, was held in Cannes, France from June 29 to 30, 2017. This year’s topics centered on current and future technology changes, market trends, what’s new in Smart Factory/Industry 4.0 developments, and strategic industry issues.

Speaking on the first day of SURCAR, Dr. Yee’s presentation – Electrocoat: Bringing Value to OEMs Today and into the Future – outlined the cost savings that the automobile industry can expect to make with higher electrocoat throw power. High throw power is appealing because it can reduce the consumption of electrocoat. He also presented a novel, Axalta-patented approach to rheology control for better edge protection. Designed for a lower temperature reaction, it can inhibit flow before crosslinking and prevent the electrocoat from flowing away from edges before curing. Dr. Yee concluded his presentation with an overview of future development targets for e-coats that cure at low oven temperatures.

“Car manufacturers around the world are currently focused on three things,” Dr. Yee summarized at the start of his remarks. “First, high throw power and cost savings; second, edge corrosion protection and quality, and finally, low temperature curing paints for lightweight body materials. These come coupled with the need for continued environmental compliance as well as process consolidation and simplification.”

With more than 1,300 research fellows, scientists and engineers at technology centers and laboratories around the world, Axalta invested over US$180 million last year to expand its R&D and technology capabilities, develop solutions in line with market needs - including low temperature curing and reduction of film build - and offer customers local technical support.

Dr. Yee pointed out that in five to eight years, a decrease in cure temperatures will be necessary. He concluded, “While significantly reduced oven temperatures can lead to cost savings, the real benefit to our customers is to allow plastic substrates on car bodies to pass through the electrocoat process without damage from the high temperatures typically associated with today’s ovens.”

UltraTech International Introduces Gentoo Coating


UltraTech International, Inc. have recently added Gentoo coating to their product line. This advanced, clear, hydrophobic coating combines features and properties never seen before in a coating.

Gentoo is the next generation of corrosion-resistant and easy-cleaning coatings. With its combination of high performing abrasion resistance and very low sliding angle, Gentoo excels where other coatings have fallen short.

Gentoo is a clear coating that not only repels water but most oils and solvents as well. It is also able to withstand significant abrasion without sacrificing performance.

Originally developed to keep military jet fighter canopies clean and free of rain, dirt and debris; Gentoo has performed well in many other applications including; corrosion resistance, anti-graffiti, camera lenses, building and vehicle windows, snow boards/skis and solar panels.

UltraTech International, Inc. was formed in 1993 with one goal in mind: to create the world's finest offering of spill containment and spill response products. Since then, its vision has expanded into additional product categories and the company now features a product line that consists of over 350 unique products.

Waterborne Symposium 2018 Abstract Due Date Set


The abstract submission date for the 45th Annual International Waterborne, High-solids, and Powder Coatings Symposium is now open. Submission due date is September 15, 2017.

The Waterborne Symposium seeks submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research results in all aspects of coatings. Educational and technical presentations are used to create a profound understanding of the theory, science, manufacturing and marketing of coatings. The goal of the symposium is to further the advancement of coatings technology through these unique and technical presentations.

Papers will be selected based on the submitted abstracts. All speakers must submit a paper for publication in the annual proceedings book. Papers principally commercial in nature will not be accepted. Papers must be original and represent recent advancements in coatings science or related disciplines.

Paint Companies Settle FTC Charges


Four paint companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively promoted products as emission-free or containing zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including during and immediately after application. Some promotions also made explicit safety claims regarding babies, children, pregnant women, and other sensitive populations. However, the FTC alleged, the companies had no evidence to support these claims.

The four companies, Benjamin Moore & Co., Inc., ICP Construction Inc., YOLO Colorhouse, LLC, and Imperial Paints, LLC, have agreed to orders that would bar them from making unqualified emission-free and VOC-free claims unless, at all times during application and after, both content in and emissions from their paints are actually zero, or emissions are at “trace levels,” as defined in the orders.

The settlements also prohibit the companies from making other unsubstantiated health and environmental claims, and ensure that two of the companies disclose that seals appearing in their promotional materials are their own designations.

In four separate complaints, the FTC charged each company with making unsubstantiated claims that their paints were free of emissions and/or that they contained no VOCs, without any qualification (e.g., after X number of hours). The FTC also charged the companies with facilitating deception by retailers who sold their paint. Additionally, in its complaints against Benjamin Moore and ICP Construction, the FTC alleged that the companies marketed their paint using environmental seals without disclosing to consumers that they had awarded the seal to their own products.

Each of the proposed consent orders settling the charges against Benjamin Moore & Co., Inc., Imperial Paints, LLC, YOLO Colorhouse, LLC, and ICP Construction Inc. contains four provisions designed to ensure the companies do not engage in similar conduct in the future.

First, they would prohibit the companies from making unqualified emission-free and VOC-free claims, unless both content and emissions are actually zero, or emissions are at trace levels, beginning at application and thereafter. The proposed orders’ definition of “trace level of emissions,” which generally tracks the Green Guides,’ “trace amount” test, requires, in part, that emission at that level does not cause material harm that consumers typically associate with emission from the covered product, including harm to the environment or human health.

Second, they would prohibit the companies from making claims about emission, VOC levels, odor, and other environmental or health benefits, unless they are true and not misleading, and unless the companies have competent and reliable scientific evidence to back them up.

Third, to correct existing unsubstantiated claims, the orders would require the companies to send letters to their distributors, instructing them to stop using existing marketing materials and providing stickers or placards to correct misleading claims appearing on product packaging or labeling.

Fourth, the orders would bar the companies from providing third parties with the means of making false, unsubstantiated, or misleading representations about material facts regarding paints described above.

The proposed orders against Benjamin Moore & Co., Inc. and ICP Construction Inc. contain two additional provisions, which would prohibit them from misrepresenting third-party certifications and failing to adequately disclose a material connection with an endorser.

The Commission vote to accept the consent agreements was 2-0. The FTC will publish a description of the consent agreement packages in the Federal Register shortly. The agreements will be subject to public comment for 30 days, beginning July 11, 2017 and continuing through August 10, 2017, after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent orders final.

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