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ChemSpec's Dave Moreland Supports Real Men Wear Pink

Did you know…

More than 3.5 million women are living in the U.S. with a history of breast cancer. Some of them are cancer-free, while others still have evidence of cancer and may still be undergoing treatment.

I am supporting them by wearing pink and raising money as a REAL MAN WEARING PINK!

Please join me and make a donation by clicking on this link: 

2018 Real Men Wear Pink - Stark and Tuscarawas

 Dave Moreland, President & CEO

Dave Moreland, President & CEO

Once at the website, scroll to find and click on my picture, you will be directed to my page and can click to donate!

It is that simple to make a difference! 

Thank you for your donations!

                                                                                   Dave 

Chinese Tariff Impact on U.S. Polymer Compounding & Ingredient Mixing Industries

Friday, August 10, 2018 UNIONTOWN, OH—ChemSpec, Ltd. feels it has a responsibility to its customers to help them stay abreast of issues that may have a large impact on their respective businesses. To this end, ChemSpec believes the pending TEN PERCENT (10%), or now possibly TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT (25%), tariff increase on Chinese goods, could have a major effect on chemicals, polymers, and other compounding ingredients that ChemSpec (and also many other chemical distribution firms) sells to elastomer and plastics compounders.     

BACKGROUND:

Over the course of past 12 months, the current U.S. Presidential Administration has made it known that it would like to better level the competitive playing field when it comes to imports and exports with China. Due to this, beginning in the spring of 2018, it commenced assessing additional duty on imported goods coming from China.  Between March and June 2018, on 2 separate occasions, it located and assigned an additional duty rate of 25% on many specific commercial goods being imported from China to the United States (approximately $50 billion worth of product).  A portion of those duty increases (also known as tariffs) commenced being assessed on products hitting U.S. Ports in early July, while hearings recently wrapped-up in relation to another portion of those products and those tariffs will go into effect on August 23rd. Very few of the above-described increased tariff assessments however really impacted the chemicals and additives ChemSpec distributes to its various polymer compounding customers.

JULY 10TH & AUGUST 1ST PRESS RELEASES:

All this changed with a press release issued by the United States Trade Representative on July 10, 2018 (see press release here: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/july/statement-us-trade-representative).  In that release, the Administration explained that it was going to assess a new round of tariffs concerning an additional $200 Billion in Chinese imported goods.  The duty rate for these goods is to be 10%, plus whatever the existing duty rate already in place is.   In this list of goods that are to be assessed at an additional 10% duty rate, many are products used in elastomer and plastics compounding, and consequently, some of those products ChemSpec distributes across North America. (See the original list and remarks summary here, pp. 11-205: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/301/2018-0026%20China%20FRN%207-10-2018_0.pdf). Moreover, less than 30 days after this July 10 press release, the Trade Representative notified the industry that it may change this 10% tariff hike to 25%, because of the decreased value of Chinese currency, but that change has not yet officially been determined as of the time of this release. (See this August 1 Press Release here: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/august/statement-us-trade-representative). 

Please note though that ChemSpec sources its products from across the globe and China is but one source of our materials; many of our products come from Europe and other parts of Asia.  You will need to ask your respective sales team member to see if your product(s) is impacted. In addition, just because you “think” you are purchasing a product from a chemical distributor that is sourcing product made locally in North America (or some other non-Chinese source), ChemSpec urges its customers to double-check, as many products are private labeled from China to the U.S.  If you do not do your own research into this issue, you may find that you get a big price hike on many raw materials without anticipating it.

WHAT NEXT?

The comments period for these proposed tariff increases is just opening and hearings are in the middle of August. The hearings and comments period close on September 5th, so it will likely be sometime between September 6th and the end of September before we see any of these newer tariffs actually enacted and hitting product at U.S. Ports.

Moreover, this is a political maneuver by a Presidential Administration that does not seem to fear pushing the envelope when it comes to tough negotiations with other countries, and so maybe some of these goods get assessed, maybe all of them, or maybe none of them. Only time will tell. It is certainly not an exact science and none of us will know until we are told by the Federal Government officially. 

We invite you to reach-out at any time for a discussion on this topic; we appreciate your patience and proactivity as we progress through these increased tariffs.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Wagner

ChemSpec's Marketing & Law Director

ChemSpec Promoting Keynote Speakers at 2018 Silicone Elastomers US Summit

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UNIONTOWN, OH – June 28, 2018 - ChemSpec, Ltd.  attended the 2018 Silicone Elastomers US Summit on June 27 – 28, 2018 at the Marriott Downtown Key Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  Their coordination efforts also brought two keynote speakers for today’s summit with Erick Sharp, President and CEO of ACE Products & Consulting LLC and Bill Black, Sales Engineer for Spherix® Mineral Products

Erick presented on the evaluation of chemical dispersions in HCR silicone compounding and how a multi-factor, general factorial designed experiment was performed to investigate the processing of HCR silicone molding and extrusion compounds with silicone bound chemical dispersions.  The factors selected for experiments are material form and type of chemical additives.  This study measured dependent variables of rheological properties, physical properties, dispersion and downstream processability.

Bill presented on their product Dispersix™ - aluminosilicate ceramic microspheres and their use as performance additives in silicone. Bill discussed how an aluminosilicate ceramic microsphere was engineered to be a performance additive for silicone elastomers with a focus on how the additive was developed and how it enhances the properties of silicone elastomers.

ChemSpec, Ltd is an exclusive distributor for ACE’s silicone products in North America and values their partnership because of the many benefits ACE provides them with product testing, analysis reports and the many years of technical expertise.  Chris Wagner, ChemSpec’s Law & Marketing Director explains: “Erick and his team are a proven asset of product resource for ChemSpec in promoting and selling their many products available to the silicone markets.”

ChemSpec is a distributor for the Spherix Mineral Products for the North American markets.  Dave Moreland, President and CEO of ChemSpec explains:  Their innovative processing and technical support is what our customers need to continue to grow and expand their markets. Whenever we can build a relationship with a supplier that serves our customers with unique solutions and improvements to age-old manufacturing challenges, we do our absolute best to take advantage of the opportunity. We know the Spherix Team and their products can do this in many ways.”

For more information on ACE Products & Consulting LLC and Spherix Mineral Products contact our dedicated customer service team at: 800.200.4753 or visit our website at: www.chemspecadditives.com.

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based SAFIC-ALCAN. ChemSpec also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments. All ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry.

ChemSpec Solutions - Ensuring Your Magnesia Supply

ARE YOU CONFIDENT IN YOUR MAGNESIUM OXIDE/HYDROXIDE SOURCE?

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WHEN TO LOOK FOR A NEW MgO or Mg(OH)2 SUPPLIER

So, do you currently use magnesium oxide (MgO) or magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2)?  How much do you know about where it comes from and how it’s made? Most users are content with their one supplier because it just works. But what if that supply chain is interrupted? Are you ready—and more importantly—able to make a switch? Do you have a second source?

Many chemicals can be “drop-in” replacements for each other. But Magnesia products are different: each one typically reacts at least somewhat differently when compared to other similar products in compounding applications. And if you find two magnesia products that work exactly the same but come from different suppliers, there is a chance that it is coming from the same production source and the distributors are just using different trade names for the same product!

CHEMSPEC PROVIDES SUPPLIER SOLUTIONS FOR MAGNESIA

“Our sales team brings a wealth of knowledge to our customers in both operations and logistics” explains Anthony Mariniello, ChemSpec’s Technical Sales Manager for Magnesia-based chemistry. Our experience in the market has been to supply magnesia products to customers and help them understand the overall supply chain and how to better use these products technically across various compounding industries (rubber, thermoplastics, adhesives, etc.). We help advise from point of production to end-users, helping demystify the nuances of the various ways to make magnesia, and teaching our customers why they perform differently. Consequently, we show how a customer can adapt their process to various magnesias and optimize production. Furthermore, we offer various types of magnesia products, and represent one of only two major producers of Magnesium Oxide in North America.

If you are interested in finding-out more about the magnesia market and are looking to ensure you truly have at least two sources, talk to our experienced customer service and sales teams, who are readily available to assist your questions. We are here to supply you and your company with the resources needed to keep you in production, in case of unforeseen disruptions in supply.

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics, waxes, functional fillers, and cosmetics market segments.

CHEMSPEC ANNOUNCES REBRANDING OF SELECT SAFIC-ALCAN PRODUCTS

UNIONTOWN, OH - Effective immediately, ChemSpec will streamline its brand names for the Safic-Alcan specialty chemical products.  Partners will see these new brand names for current products on sales orders, invoices, and packaging.

ChemSpec is also affirming the branding changes are only a change to product name and does not affect the production source, product chemistry, or the manufacturing process. The change is in brand name only.

ChemSpec has updated their website to reflect revised TDS and SDS documents on the affected products.  You can also visit these links to download:

                            Announcement Letter              Cross-Reference Chart

In addition, ChemSpec has reported that partners will not immediately see a name change on the product itself. This will occur on a rolling basis; meaning, once current inventories under the old name are depleted, newly arriving product will begin listing these new brand names sometime during Q2-2018. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your ChemSpec Account Manager, or their experienced customer service team at 800.200.4753 (Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm). 

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris,     France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments.  All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry. 

ChemSpec to Exhibit at ACS's 2018 Spring Technical Meeting

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  UNIONTOWN, OH— Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - CHEMSPEC, LTD. announces exhibiting at the Rubber Division’s American Chemical Society’s 193rd Technical Meeting from May 8 – 10, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

ChemSpec to Exhibit at ACS’s 193rd Technical Meeting

The American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division has an outstanding technical program for this Spring 2018.  ChemSpec will be exhibiting at the technical meeting at Booth #18 with their very own Technical Sales Manager, Anthony Mariniello.  Anthony is also the Marketing Chairperson for ACS’s Rubber Division.  Anthony will be available for any technical questions or support for rubber market needs. The technical meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN  46204. 

ChemSpec invites everyone to register to attend this informative technical meeting representing leading experts in the rubber industry, excellent keynote speakers, and recognition award ceremony.  Topics for the technical meeting sessions include:

  • Prof. Garth L. Wilkes Colloquium - From Structure to Properties
  • New Trends in Carbon Materials
  • Rubber Mechanics - Fatigue and Testing
  • Advances in Synthesis of Elastomers, Liquid Rubbers and Related Materials
  • Engineering with Rubber
  • Contributed Session
  • Presentations by ACS’s 2018 Science & Technology Award Winners
  • Keynote Speaker/Address:
  • Ron Kennedy, Managing Director, Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)
  • Keynote Address:  Simulation of tire and tire/vehicle performance – what’s in it for materials folks?

For more information on the 2018 spring technical meeting, contact Anthony Mariniello, Technical Sales Manager at: anthonym@chemspecltd.com or cell phone: 978.808.6595

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments.  All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry. 

Hoffman Mineral's Dr. Reimund Pieter Technical Speaker at ISC Conference

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - ChemSpec, LTD. announces Hoffman Mineral’s Dr. Reimund Pieter as a technical speaker at the 2018 International Silicone Conference, April 10 – 11, at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Hoffman Mineral’s Dr. Reimund Pieter as Technical Speaker

Founded in 1891 the Hoffmann group is now owned by the 4th generation of the same family and is a German manufacturer of Neuburg siliceous earth, a mineral functional filler, being a mixture of kaolinite and silica, used for elastomer compounding. Trade names are SILLITIN, SILLIKOLLOID, AKTISIL, SILFIT, AKTIFIT.

Dr. Reimund Pieter studied chemistry at the German universities of Giessen (diploma) and Bonn (thesis). He joined Degussa AG in 1986. Pieter has been Area Sales Manager at the Hoffmann Mineral GmbH since 2007.

 Dr. Reimund Pieter, Area Sales Manager for Hoffman Mineral

Dr. Reimund Pieter, Area Sales Manager for Hoffman Mineral

Dr. Pieter will be speaking on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 9:00am – 9:30am on “How to Boost Silicone Rubber Compounds”.  His presentation will cover how combining quartz flour or ATH with Aktisil Q improves mechanical properties as well as processing without increasing compound cost. Since Aktisil Q is a surface-treated variety of Neuburg Siliceous Earth one would expect increased compound cost, but calculations show that this is not the case.

ChemSpec encourages customers to attend Dr. Pieter’s technical presentation and to stop by our booth #13 at the conference.  The 2018 International Silicone Conference is held at the Sheraton Suites Akron, 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221.

For more information on Hoffman Mineral Products, visit ChemSpec’s webstie at:  www.chemspecltd.com or contact our experienced customer service staff at:  800.200.4753 (Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 4:30pm EST).

 

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris,  France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments.  All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry. 

ChemSpec Exhibiting at 2018 International Silicone Conference

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UNIONTOWN, OH - Monday, April 9, 2018 - ChemSpec, Ltd. announces they will be exhibiting at the 2018 International Silicone Conference located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio from April 10 - 11, 2018. 

ChemSpec will be exhibiting a shared booth with Spherix Mineral Products at Booth #13.  ChemSpec encourages their customers to stop at their booth to learn more about their suppliers and the Spherix Mineral products.  Both companies will have their technical sales teams available for any discussions. 

ACE Products & Consulting's Erick Sharp as Technical Speaker

 Erick Sharp, President of ACE Products & Consulting, LLC

Erick Sharp, President of ACE Products & Consulting, LLC

Erick Sharp has been working in the silicone and rubber industry for fifteen years. During that time he has held a number of key roles within Lauren International, Edgetech UK and Portage Precision Polymers. 

Sharp managed the startup of three silicone compounding operations globally. In 2015, he launched ACE Products & Consulting LLC;  which provides quality silicone raw materials and expert consulting to the silicone and rubber industries. Sharp has a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Erick will be speaking on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 9:30am – 10:00am on evaluation of reclaimed silicone polymer in HCR silicone compounds.  The factors evaluated in this experiment include part level of reclaim and types of formulations.  Erick will also discuss measured variables in his study containing rheology properties, physical properties, and processability.

ChemSpec encourages customers to attend Erick’s technical presentation and to stop by our booth #13 at the conference.  The 2018 International Silicone Conference is held at the Sheraton Suites Akron, 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221.

For more information on ACE Products & Consulting, visit ChemSpec’s website at:  www.chemspecltd.com or contact our experienced customer service staff at:  800.200.4753 (Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 4:30pm EST).

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments.  All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry. 

ChemSpec Solutions - VULCOFAC® ACT55 - A Proven Winner!

REACH COMPLIANT SOLUTIONS

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VULCOFAC® ACT55 - A Proven Winner in Eliminating Guanidine in AEM/ACM Compounds

Safic-Alcan’s VULCOFAC ACT55 is a product solution for an accelerator crosslinker without the harmful carcinogen guanidine. It is a tertiary amine complex absorbed on a silica carrier (70% tertiary amine complex and 30% amorphous silica).  

The VULCOFAC ACT55 acts as a powerful Lewis base with a high catalytic effect. It was originally developed for use in ethylene acrylate copolymers with acidic pending groups. It activates the reaction between acidic groups and diamine crosslinkers.

Safic-Alcan has established ACT55 to be REACH compliant and ChemSpec is the exclusive distributor for the North American market.  

In addition, VULCOFAC ACT55 can be used as an accelerator in combination with a primary diamine to cure AEM and ACM terpolymers (with some compound adjustments necessary to meet their property compounds based on DOTG). 

“Our customers have a great advantage using the VULCOFAC ACT55 as it significantly improves heat aging and enhances their REACH portfolio. ” explains Dave Moreland, President & CEO of ChemSpec, Ltd.

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For more information on our product lines, visit our website at: ChemSpecadditives.com., or contact our experienced customer service team at: 800.200.4753.

 

 

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics, waxes, functional fillers, and cosmetics market segments. 

ChemSpec Enhances Product Solutions with Videos

SOLUTIONS

The enclosed videos bring a solutions perspective for customers utilizing VULCOFAC® REC MB80 (80% actively dispersed evenly into an EPDM compound). 

VULCOFAC REC MB80 is a retarder used to improve the processing safety of compounding by prolonging flow times at cure temperatures. It is an excellent anti-scorching agent for natural rubber and synthetic rubber, especially for EPDM, NBR, and HNBR. It is presented as a masterbatch on an EPDM binder for improved handling, absorption, and dispersion in a rubber mix.

“I am confident our in-house videos will be an important tool in helping our customers find a solution to a problem.  The progress our sales and marketing teams are making in efforts to enhance our customer relationships is outstanding.” explains Dave Moreland, President & CEO of ChemSpec, Ltd.

Chemical Name: 
EPDM-bound-N-phenyl-N-[trichloromethyl)thio]benzenesulphonamide/Active Ingredient

CAS No.: 22840-49-1

ChemSpec created two educational videos detailing the loading of VULCOFAC’s REC MB80 into a 70 EPDM at 10PHR and 50 EPDM at 40PHR.  

Vulcofac REC MB80 loading 10PHR into 70 Duro EPDM

Vulcofac REC MB80 loading 40PHR into 50 Duro EPDM

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan.  ChemSpec, Ltd.  also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO).  ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics, waxes, functional fillers, and cosmetics market segments.  

For more information on our product lines, visit our website at: ChemSpecadditives.com., or contact our experienced customer service team at: 800.200.4753.

ChemSpec's Supplier, Zochem, partnering with ARPM for Dickson, TN Plant Tour

Zochem & ARPM offering plant tour of its Dickson, TN, zinc oxide facility  

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Dickson, TN - Zochem will host a plant tour event on Thursday, March 29. Highlighted as the newest zinc oxide production facility on earth, rubber industry executives will have an opportunity to tour the newest, state-of-the-art zinc oxide manufacturer on the planet, Zochem.

The Zochem leadership team has utilized it's more than 250-years of combined experience in zinc oxide manufacturing to improve its plant's capabilities. Cutting-edge improvements in key steps in the production process have significantly improved the end product, such as a new pneumatic conveyor, new control systems, and a self-designed/high-efficiency product filter collector. Additionally, the entire company’s culture is safety-driven.

This safety-mind culture is top-driven, has transformed the workforce, and can be seen throughout the entire company. Their safety record is impeccable and stretches back over 1,644 days without a medical aid accident. The continuous improvement culture has noticeably impacted operational results allowing Zochem to significantly grow their business in just three years from zero sales to North America’s largest zinc oxide manufacturer. During this plant tour event, executives from ARPM member companies and special guests will have an amazing opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility in Dickson, TN, while increasing their knowledge of how instrumental zinc oxide is in each of our lives.

During the tour, participating executives will gain new ideas and have the opportunity to challenge traditional paradigms and their own vision of manufacturing throughout.

For more information visit www.arpminc.org.  - or * Email

Product Spotlight - Enhance Durability with Zinc Oxide 325

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ChemSpec, Ltd. represents ZOCHEM’s high quality zinc oxides.  Recently, Zinc Oxide LLC acquired the Canadian company, Zochem, American Zinc Recycling Corp., and together will now be collectively known just as ZOCHEM. The company is now the largest producer of zinc oxide in North America with capacity of 95,000 MT  and its headquarters is in Dickson, Tennessee. The Dickson facility is state-of-the art and the newest zinc oxide production facility on earth! ZOCHEM’s executive leadership team has more than 250 years total of experience in zinc oxide manufacturing.

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Examples of 325 finely sieved mesh

Product Spotlight

ChemSpec chose to focus on processing equipment for this Product Spot- light (in lieu of a specific product). The new equipment in the Dickson facility results in significantly improved 325 fine sieve mesh product, and we are highlighting it because of its advantages versus other products - these ad- vantages include:

 ● Pneumatic conveying - reducing hard  particles allowing for  optimal durability

 ● State-of-the-art cartridge filters - reducing contaminants

 ● Product Ranges of:  High purity, treated, high & low surface area, USP, and pellets                                       

ZOCHEM’s Director of Technology, John Stourac, explains:

Poor quality of Zinc Oxide 325 mesh results in oversize contamination can cause inclusions in rubber, tears in thin rubber/seals, and surface voids/holes on polished/ground rubber surfaces. In paint and coating, poor 325 mesh quality allows for low performing Hegman grind and creates visual particulates in sprays and thin film finishes. In life science applications, it causes grit in cosmetic foundations and zinc oxide ointments. In chemicals, poor 325’s cause holes in thin film plastic or become visual particulate inclusions. We are very proud of our efforts to make a significant improvement in zinc oxide quality and set a global benchmark.           

Ed Smith, ZOCHEM’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing adds that, “since our Zinc Oxide 325 benefits are designed in all of our grades, we have no added cost to our customers for this quality improvement in processing.”

For more information on Zinc Oxide LLC’s (ZOCHEM) product lines and the company in general, visit our website at: ChemSpecltd.com, or contact our experienced customer service team at: 800.200.4753.

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based chemical distribution fi rm. ChemSpec is subsidiary of Paris, France- based Safi c-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty  and  commodity  chemical  additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market

ChemSpec, Ltd. Announces Employee John Stephenson as 2018 President of the Chicago Rubber Group

ChemSpec, Ltd. Employee John Stephenson 2018 President of The Chicago Rubber Group

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CHICAGO, IL --The Chicago Rubber Group, Inc., a subdivision of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society, has entered into 2018 with new leadership at the helm.  This year, the CRG announced John Stephenson as President.  Having John on board will give the CRG group an advantage with his sales and technical knowledge as ChemSpec’s sales representative.  Currently, John’s biggest sales market area is the Chicago area where he is seen frequently engaging with customers and attending technical seminars.  John previously held the positions of Vice-President in 2017 and Treasurer in 2016.

 John Stephenson,  2018 CRG President & ChemSpec, Ltd. Sales Representative

John Stephenson,  2018 CRG President & ChemSpec, Ltd. Sales Representative

The Chicago Rubber Group is a trade association designed to provide general education on rubber-oriented manufacturing in the Greater Chicago Area, and also provides opportunities to network amongst the rubber industry, and provides scholarship opportunities to worthy college students.

ChemSpec’s President, and CEO, Dave Moreland states:  “It’s great news to see John become more influential in the rubber industry, especially the Chicago market, where we have a great presence with our specialty chemicals serving the rubber industry.  John will be a great asset to the CRG team.”

ChemSpec distributes specialty chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, plastics, and cosmetics compounding market segments. All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry. For more detailed information on John’s leadership post at CRG you can contact him directly at:  jstephenson@chemspecltd.com.

 

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 ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd.  also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO).  ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments. 

For more information on ChemSpec, Ltd., contact our experienced customer service team at: 800.200.4753.

ChemSpec Exclusive Phenolic Resin Distributor for M&B GreenUS

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Thursday, November 9, 2017- CHEMSPEC, LTD announces exclusive distribution agreement with M&B GreenUS Co., Ltd. for the North American rubber and tire compounding market. 

M&B GreenUs is a South Korean producer of Alkylphenolic Resins (tackifier resin), Modified Phenolic Resin (reinforcing resin), and Formaldehyde Resin (tire cord adhesive). M&B Green is a growing chemical company, based in Yeong-Ju, South Korea, with production and sales facilities also in Hungary. Their mission is to produce sustainable, environmentally-friendly, organic chemical compounds for the polymer compounding industry. The company is both ISO 9001 Certified and 14001 Certified, and is already approved as a supplier to many international elastomer and tire producers.

Chris Wagner, ChemSpec’s Marketing & Legal Director, had this to say about this new relationship:

Partnering with GreenUs is a great addition to our rubber and tire compounding product portfolio. They are committed to environmentally sustainable manufacturing, and make high quality products.  We believe that this line of tackifiers and reinforcing resins will enable us to better cater to our customer-base and further illustrates that ChemSpec is a ‘one-stop shop’ for the industry’s polymer and polymer additives needs.

For more information on M&B GreenUs and ChemSpec, contact our dedicated customer service team at:   800.200.4753.  

 

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments. 

ChemSpec, Ltd. Sourcing Report

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It's top priority to keep you updated on any issues that may affect your bottom line.

ChemSpec realizes the importance of keeping our customers informed on issues in chemical distribution.  Our Vice President of Operations, Jon Sias, is constantly working to keep apprised of any issues relating to product availability and deliveries.

China Sourcing Update - from Jon Sias

As of mid-October, the tight supply of certain chemicals from China continues.  Following is a report from the ChemSpec sourcing team that details our view of the situation and future outlook:

The Chinese Government continues to send safety inspectors regularly to manufacturing plants.  Manufacturers continue to be shut down or told production has to be limited as the country wide push for reducing pollution continues.  Rubber raw material manufacturing continues to be a large culprit of water pollution, and there does not seem to be a clear path forward at this time.  As a result, many raw material producers are limited, which in turn limits supply.  The demand is greater, causing pricing to stay on the rise.

Most producers in Shandong and Hebei have been told to stop or limit production in the past month.  Also, pollution has been reduced in anticipation of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) starting on Oct 18, 2017 in Beijing.  A nearby area where production is limited due to this event is Tianjin, home to many major rubber chemical plants.  It is hopeful that there may be come clarity into the future of China after this event, but we have not seen any direction yet.  While many manufacturers are left in limbo of not knowing how much and how long they will stay open, the market will continue to be tight and uncertain.  We think this will continue well into the first quarter of 2018.  Many smaller players are or will be exiting production and a handful of larger manufacturers will remain.

ChemSpec will continue to carry larger safety stock beyond the normal 45-60 days we do for our customers for products which are impacted from China.  The list of products is large as many downstream products have some raw material starting in China.  Our recommendation is for customers to plan ahead and make sure they have stock secured.  We continue to do our best negotiating pricing when applicable, but our main concern and priority right now is having stock for our customers that are counting on us.

For more specifics, products which we are seeing a shortage are common accelerators and antioxidants as follows:CBS, MBS, MBT , MBTS, DPG, DOTG, TMTD, 6PPD, IPPD, CTPI.  The provinces in China that are experiencing these limits or stops in operations are:  Shandong, Tianjin, Jiangsu, Henan, Zhejiang, Hebei, Jiangxi, and Sanxi. 

ChemSpec works with excellent manufacturers in China.  Our “eyes and ears” on the ground in China at all times, is Sichuan HuaFaMei.  As our agent, they keep us continually updated and regularly visit the plants to stay on top of developing situations and outlooks.

We are also thankful to work exclusively with manufacturers like Jingzhou Jianghan Fine Chemical Co., Ltd. (JHSi), a large producer of silane coupling agents.  JHSi does a wonderful job of keeping the US market supplied with product at a time when raw materials have become short and/or more expensive.  They are experiencing increases in the raw materials which go into making these products, leading to cost increases for Q4 2017 and into 2018.  JHSi has made a significant investment in their plant recently regarding safety and waste water, feeling very confident they will have no issues operating.  Their most recent expansion has taken them to be one of the largest silane producers in the world.

 

Jon Sias, VP Operations   Office:  330-896-0355

2017 International Elastomer Conference Pictures and Video

All of us at ChemSpec had a great time at the 2017 International Elastomer Conference at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  Our tradeshow booth was constantly busy with suppliers and customers meeting up to discuss new business opportunities or to just drop in and say hello.Enjoy the pics and check out our sales & supplier video here! 
 

An outstanding crowd come out and enjoyed our social media party at the Wild Eagle Saloon on Tuesday, October 10th.  Everyone at ChemSpec sends a big hearty thank you to those who took time out of their busy schedules to hang out with us.  

SPHERIX MINERAL PRODUCTS PARTNERS WITH CHEMSPEC TO DISTRIBUTE ITS DISPERSIX™ SILICONE PROCESSING ADDITIVES

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UNIONTOWN, OH— October 11, 2017 - CHEMSPEC, LTD. and SPHERIX® MINERAL PRODUCTS recently entered into a distribution arrangement so that ChemSpec is now a distributor for the Dispersix™ brand of HCR silicone processing additives. ChemSpec will represent Spherix in both the USA and México.

Partnering with Spherix Mineral Products further allows ChemSpec to deliver enhanced solutions to the silicone compounding market. Dispersix is a growing family of hybrid inorganic-organic microspheres that are optimized for HCR silicone cure chemistry. The Dispersix product line offers new and improved technical solutions in the processing and overall performance of silica-reinforced HCR compounds. These materials are ideal for easy to engineer value-added property gains without significant changes in overall physical properties. Dispersix offers the following benefits: reduced mixing time and energy consumption; higher mixing, extrusion, and molding rates; and greater product uniformity.

Not only are these products innovative from a performance standpoint, but they are also derived from recycled fly ash and use very little energy in production. The fact that these products are sustainable materials, especially when compared to many other chemical additives in the marketplace, is an important distinction.

Dave Moreland, ChemSpec’s President, said the following about the new partnership:

We are excited to partner with Spherix Mineral Products and represent their Dispersix silicone additives line. Their innovative processing and technical support is what our customers need to continue to grow and expand their markets. Whenever we can build a relationship with a supplier that serves our customers with unique solutions and improvements to age-old manufacturing challenges, we do our absolute best to take advantage of the opportunity. We think the Spherix Team and their products can do this in many different ways. Part of our Mission Statement is ‘to maintain a business posture adaptable to the changes and opportunities’ in the polymer compounding industry. I’m happy to say that I believe this supplier and product line will help us continue to satisfy this requirement from both technical and environmental stewardship perspective.

Spherix Mineral Products manufactures and markets 100% post-industrial recycled mineral products that reduce processing time and product cost of organic rubber, plastic, and silicone rubber.  A Division of The SEFA Group, Spherix Mineral Products is built on SEFA’s foundation of willingness to serve customers with its 40-year heritage of integrity, excellence, safety and unsurpassed service to its customers. These qualities are part of what attracted ChemSpec to Spherix Mineral Products.

ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments. All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry.

For more information on Dispersix product lines and ChemSpec in general, contact our dedicated customer service team at: 800.200.4753 or visit our website at: www.chemspecadditives.com.

ChemSpec's Partnering Supplier Zinc Oxide LLC Acquires Zochem

ChemSpec’s Partnering Supplier Zinc Oxide LLC Acquires Zochem

UNIONTOWN, OH— Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - CHEMSPEC, LTD. announces partnering supplier Zinc Oxide LLC acquires Zochem, a subsidiary of American Zinc Recycling LLC.  This acquisition positionsZinc Oxide as the largest producer of zinc oxide in North America. 

Founded in 1933, Zochem has been located in Brampton, Ontario since 1974.  Led by a team of industry veterans, Zinc Oxide LLC began in 2013 and has rapidly established itself as a major player in the market.  The acquisition includes all of Zochem’s manufacturing operations and product lines.  Both the Brampton and Dickson facilities will continue to manufacture with the French Process method exclusively, as this method produces zinc oxide with the most consistent quality and highest purity.  Zochem’s extensive domestic and global distribution network will also remain in place.  The combined company will continue to supply zinc oxide to the tire, rubber, chemical, electronics, agricultural, plastics, USP/pharma, ceramics markets, and more.  (Zinc Oxide LLC 2017)

 Zinc Oxide, LLC, Dickson, TN & Zochem, Inc., Brampton, Ontario (image property of Zinc Oxide, LLC 

Zinc Oxide, LLC, Dickson, TN & Zochem, Inc., Brampton, Ontario (image property of Zinc Oxide, LLC 

According to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ed Smith, Zinc Oxide LLC, “The acquisition of Zochem demonstrates our commitment to being the leading supplier of zinc oxide in North America.  This move will benefit customers by ensuring a stable source for any grade of the highest quality zinc oxide.  In addition, many customers will benefit from reduced shipping costs and transit times, given approximately 80% of the North American zinc oxide market is within a 500 mile radius of our two plants.” 

Smith continued, “Our team is very excited about working with our new colleagues at Zochem.  The combination of personnel, expanded sales network and facilities gives us the best of the best.  With our added depth of capabilities and global reach, the new company has tremendous growth opportunities.”

ChemSpec, Ltd. is a regional distributor for Zinc Oxide LLC in the United States.  The combined company will enhance ChemSpec’s customer base with their added capabilities.  Chris Wagner, ChemSpec’s Marketing & Law Director explains “this new venture enables both companies to continue to serve our customers with quality products and we look forward to expanding the zinc oxide market.”

For more information about Zinc Oxide, LLC  contact Chris Wagner, Marketing and Law Director at:  cwagner@chemspecltd.com or 330.958.4316 or visit our website at:  www.chemspecltd.com

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris,  France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments.  All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry.