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Last chance -- early bird registration for leading polyurethanes conference ends today

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 26, 2016

Don't miss the early bird rate for the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Reduced registration ends today. Register today to save $200 on conference registration. For a complete schedule, go online and follow the discussion on our new LinkedIn page.


Global chemicals production softens after 6 months of stable activity

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 26, 2016

The American Chemistry Council's Global Chemical Production Regional Index (Global CPRI) shows that growth in the industry has been nearly flat most of the year thus far. The headline index for July rose just 0.1% on a three-month moving average basis. This follows six months of relatively stable activity after a fairly strong fourth quarter. During July, chemical production increased in Africa and the Middle East and in Asia-Pacific region. Activity was flat in Central and Eastern Europe, while production fell in North America, Latin America and Western Europe. The Global CPRI was up 2.3% year-over-year on a 3MMA basis and stood at 108.5% of its average 2012 levels in July. Learn more.


U.S. chemical production edged higher in July

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 25, 2016

According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index edged higher by 0.1% in July, following a 0.5% decline in June and a 0.1% gain in May, as measured on a three-month moving average basis. In July, chemical production rose in all regions except the Northeast which saw a slight decline. The largest gains were in the Gulf Coast and Ohio Valley regions. The turnaround comes alongside manufacturing gains and reflects improvement across several key end-use markets. Learn more.


Don't miss out -- early bird registration for leading polyurethanes conference ends tomorrow

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 25, 2016

Don't miss the early bird rate for the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Reduced registration ends tomorrow. Register today to save $200 on conference registration. For a complete schedule, go online and follow the discussion on our new LinkedIn page.


Chemical Activity Barometer suggests accelerated business activity, notches sixth consecutive gain

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 23, 2016

The Chemical Activity Barometer, a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council, expanded 0.4% in August following an upward revision for July. This marks the barometer's sixth consecutive monthly gain. Accounting for adjustments, the CAB is up 3.2% over this time last year, the strongest year-over-year growth since January 2015. All data are measured on a three-month moving average. On an unadjusted basis, the CAB climbed 0.3% in August, following a 0.6% jump in July. "The CAB is signaling higher, and possibly accelerating, US business activity into 2017. The services sectors have begun to improve and likely accelerated during recent months, and manufacturing appears to be gathering momentum," said ACC Chief Economist Kevin Swift. Read more and access the data.


Register now for 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 16, 2016

Don't miss the early bird rate for the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry announced that the early bird deadline is Friday, Aug. 26. Register today to save $200 on conference registration. For a complete schedule, go online and follow the discussion on our new LinkedIn page.


Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act: Legislative Summit provides valuable forum to explore new, better way to regulate chemicals in commerce

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 15, 2016

As a part of their mission to strengthen state governments, the National Council of State Legislators hosted their annual Legislative Summit last week in Chicago. Given the recent federal action around TSCA reform, the summit could not have come at a more opportune time. During the event, American Chemistry Council Vice President of State Affairs Rudy Underwood joined Jim Jones, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and John Linc Stine, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to discuss the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. This panel provided an opportunity for Underwood to discuss the benefits of a strong chemical manufacturing sector and the importance of a centralized national chemical regulatory system for state legislatures, consumers and the business of chemistry. Read more.


Industry, labor launch ads highlighting Reps. Kurt Schrader and Cedric Richmond

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 12, 2016

In a combined effort to showcase the positive work of members of Congress, the American Chemistry Council and North America's Building Trades Unions will run issue advertisements for Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Cedric Richmond, D-La. The ads highlight the representatives' leadership on economic issues that will help Oregon and Texas grow and prosper. Watch the ad.


ACC participates in EPA stakeholder meetings on LCSA

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 09, 2016

The American Chemistry Council released the following statement about the Aug. 9 and 10 public stakeholder meetings on EPA's development of regulations required under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for risk evaluation and chemical prioritization for risk evaluation:

"We welcome this opportunity to highlight ACC's principles on these issues and hear from EPA about how it will incorporate key science provisions of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act in its upcoming rules on how the Agency will designate low and high priority chemicals and conduct risk evaluations under the LCSA. Congress made it clear that the integrity of the science behind these issues is important for the new law to be objective and transparent to draw conclusions about a chemical's safety." Learn more.


CHEMTREC welcomes new chief executive

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 04, 2016

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the appointment of John D. Modine as chief executive for its CHEMTREC division. Modine joined the team this July and comes to CHEMTREC with over 20 years with the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he acted most recently as adviser to the president and CEO and previously as vice president of global industry services, responsible for API's certification, safety, training, events and publications programs. Learn more.


2016 summer TRANSCAER Today magazine now available

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

2016 continues to be an exciting year! We are having record-breaking training events, engagement and support of our unique FREE hazmat transportation training program. Continue celebrating with TRANSCAER as we highlight our 30 years of preparing communities for possible hazardous materials transportation incidents. We hope you enjoy our current issue of the TRANSCAER® Today magazine. 2016 summer TRANSCAER Today magazine -- BLAST FROM THE PAST!


ACC releases June 2016 resin production and sales statistics

ACC SmartBrief | Aug 02, 2016

US production of major plastic resins totaled 6.4 billion pounds during June 2016, a decrease of 1.0% compared to the same month in 2015, according to statistics released Monday by the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Year-to-date production was 39.9 billion pounds, a 3.1% increase as compared to the same period in 2015. Sales and captive (internal) use of major plastic resins totaled 6.7 billion pounds during June 2016, a decrease of 1.5% from the same month one year earlier. Year-to-date sales and captive use was 39.9 billion pounds, a 2.5% increase as compared to the same period in 2015. The ACC Plastics Industry Producers' Statistics Group makes available detailed reports (including monthly production and end-use sales data for major thermoplastic and thermoset resins) to subscribers of its various services. For more information on subscriptions to the resin reports, please call ACC at 202-249-7000 or visit our website.




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