ChemSpec Cosmetics Announces New Partnership with GreenPhyt

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UNIONTOWN, OH, Thursday, May 23, 2019 – GreenPhyt is expanding its global network with the appointment of ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Division as its U.S. distributor.

Greenphyt, a company located in Brittany, France, is a manufacturer of natural exfoliants and micronized powders designed for the formulation of scrubs and various skin care and color cosmetic products.  Some of their well-known brand names are:

·         PhytPeel—A line of natural exfoliating powders already composed of 45 plant and mineral materials, and this line is always expanding according to customer’s needs;

·         BioPhytPeel—Is the organic version of PhytPeel, and is 100% organic certified according to the COSMOS-Standards;

·         PhytMic—A line composed of micronized plants and can be used as powder actives, natural coloring agents, fillers.

Greenphyt also offers a line of Flowers and Leaves to be used as decorative particles.

Ohio-based ChemSpec distributes specialty ingredients into the North American personal care market.  ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Great, said this about the relationship: “We will focus on GreenPhyt’s natural scrubs and micronized powders. This will be a great addition to our portfolio, which is focused on Green and Natural ingredients.  We are excited to have such a quality and innovative company on-board as a new supplier.”

For additional information, contact Marie Graet for ChemSpec at email: mgraet@chemspecltd.com or visit website: www.chemspecltd.com.

Suppliers' Day 2019

Come visit us at Suppliers' Day on Tuesday May 7th and Wednesday May 8th!

Booth #544, and we are sharing it with our partners Activon (plant-based glycols) and Aqdot (naturally-derived emulsifier).

Our booth will feature a Texture Bar and an Emergency Travel Beauty Kit for you to relax a bit during the show while learning about our unique texture and active ingredients.

You will NOT want to miss it!

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Anti-Pollution Lime Extract, Naturally Colored Green Oil, New Preservative and Antimicrobial Cocktails, Natural Multifunctional Active Base from Brazil, Sticky Rice Powder

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New active extracted from food industry lime co-products with Biolie’s exclusive enzymatic process, Biolime actively fights pollution on the skin. Tested with Urban Dust which represents urban pollution (collected in Washington DC), Biolime protects DNA and boosts ATP production to help cells behave normally under environmental stress.

Emerald Green – Naturally Colored Green Oil

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Chlorophyll extracted from food industry tea and mint co-products with Biolie’s exclusive enzymatic process and sunflower oil, Emerald Green from Rainb’Oil collection gives a fresh green look to your oil based products and emulsions.

Sensicare® FP 3 – Preservative-free Antimicrobial Cocktail

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Multifunctional broad spectrum antimicrobial cocktail based on a combination of antioxidants, glyceryl esters and long chain glycols, Sensicare® FP 3 has a low sensitization profile and is ideal for leave on products, wet wipes and baby products.

 

Sensicare® C2080 – Preservative Cocktail phenoxyethanol-free, benzyl alcohol-free, paraben-free

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Multifunctional broad spectrum phenoxyethanol-free, benzyl alcohol-free, paraben-free preservative cocktail, Sensicare® C 2080 has a low sensitization profile and is ideal for leave on products, wet wipes and baby products.

 

AlphaVelvety – Natural Multifunctional Active Base from Brazil

Blend of four oils, one butter and natural alpha-bisabolol, AlphaVelvety delivers an elegant skin feel while providing softness, protection and repair of the hair fiber and regenerating and mattifying the skin.

 

Rice Powder BF/Oil Delivery Powder 25 – Sticky Rice based Micronized Powders

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Amylose-free starch extracted from sticky rice, Rice Powder BF has a high polarity surface preventing aggregates to form in powder formulations with low polarity oils. Oil Delivery Powder 25 is a blend of Rice Powder BF and 25% of dimethicone. It makes compaction process and increase wetting.

ChemSpec to Exhibit at ACS’s 195th Technical Meeting

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CHEMSPEC, LTD. announces exhibiting at the Rubber Division’s American Chemical Society’s 195th Technical Meeting from APRIL 30 - MAY 2, 2019 in Independence, OH.

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. 

For more information on the 2019 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. 

BIRCH CHEMICALS INTRODUCES NEW PACKAGING DESIGN FOR INNOVOX BAGS

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North Lincolnshire, U.K. - Birch Chemicals is said to have refreshed its packaging with a bold new design. It follows its recent rebranding from Innovo to Birch Chemicals, to reflect the company’s continued growth and plans for expansion. Now it has overhauled bags for its best-selling Innovox range, a high-performing calcium oxide desiccant which is used in a variety of applications, including EPDM rubber products, which are used in car and aeroplane manufacture. The Innovoh range of calcium hydroxide curing agents are used in FKM rubber products. Innovox is part of a range sold worldwide through a distribution network, and is a premium product which is said to deliver excellent performance, consistency and availability. The product itself will remain exactly the same; however, from June, new colors will be introduced on packaging across the range. Innovox sachets bags will remain grey, as per the existing packaging, and Innovox loose powder bags will become purple, for easy recognition. Innovoh/Innovox OH calcium hydroxide bags become blue, whether in sachets or loose powder, and the Masterox range of calcium oxides for plastic applications will be orange. The new bags also incorporate Birch Chemicals’ latest development in bag construction. The improved design is easier to open, reduces the risk of downstream contamination in processes and provides guaranteed product protection. Once opened, the bags are simply folded down and closed to protect any remaining product. Steve Foster, Birch Chemicals managing director, said: “At Birch Chemicals, we are committed to continuing to develop cutting-edge solutions for our customers. We therefore work very hard to make sure what goes into them delivers the high-quality result that the company is known for. With this new packaging, we are also demonstrating that we care just as much about what the product goes into as what goes into the product, with an improved design and easily recognizable color scheme.” 

Aqdot Appoints ChemSpec For US East Coast Distribution For AQSTAR™ M1

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Monday, March 4, 2019 - Aqdot is expanding its global network with the appointment of ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Division as its US East Coast distributor for the innovative emulsifier AqStar™ M1.

AqStar M1 is a high-performing, naturally-derived emulsifier with the formulation flexibility to create a wide variety of natural skin care formulations with distinctive aesthetics. A naturally-derived alternative to synthetic emulsifiers, AqStar M1 is ISO 16128, non-genetically modified, and 90% plant-based. It solves the formulators’ challenge: finding a high-performance emulsification system with high natural content that also have great aesthetics.

Ohio-based ChemSpec distributes specialty ingredients into the North American cosmetics market.

Tim Wright, CEO of Aqdot, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with ChemSpec. Its experience in the sector and knowledge of the US cosmetics sector will be invaluable as we further expand the global reach of AqStar M1.”

ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Great, said: “AqStar M1 is a great, green ingredient addition to our cosmetics portfolio.”

AqStar M1 has been awarded a Cradle to Cradle® Platinum level Material Health Certificate (MHC). The MHC, issued by the Cradle to Cradle® Products Innovation Institute, uses the material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to demonstrate that companies know the chemical ingredients of every material in a product and optimise towards safer materials. The Platinum level of certification represents the highest level of the Material Health Certificate.

The Cosmetics Division will be representing Aqdot at the annual NYSCC Suppliers’ Day show at Javits Center, New York on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 through Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Stop by their booth, #544, and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support. For additional information, contact Marie Graet for ChemSpec at email: mgraet@chemspecltd.com or visit website: www.chemspecltd.com; or contact Caroline Walker for Aqdot on +44 (0) 1325 363436 or visit website: www.aqdot.com.

ChemSpec's Law & Marketing Director Presenting at SRG Winter Meeting

ChemSpec's Law & Marketing Director Presenting at SRG Winter Meeting

GREENVILLE, SC—ChemSpec’s Chris Wagner will be presenting on “Business Ethics and the Law” during the Southern Rubber Group’s (“SRG”) Winter Technical Meetings. Chris’ discussion will occur during the SRG’s morning session, on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

ChemSpec's Cosmetics Division Now U.S. Distributor for SABO

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Monday, October 15, 2018- CHEMSPEC, LTD’s Cosmetics Division announces distributorship in the United States for SABO, an Italian producer specialized in emollients, surfactants, emulsifiers, and actives.  

 SABO has been producing high quality actives and functional ingredients for over 80 years.  Their personal care product ingredients create premium quality formulations, innovative textures, and easy to handle production processes.  In 2016, SABO launched their personal care line with multifunctional ingredients for skin and hair.  Their Research and Development team continues to support the improvement of new products for preventative care. The use of natural raw materials combined with state -of- the- art production plants & processes enables Sabo to offer outstanding solutions to the Personal Care Industry. Sabo also provides expertise in formulation and regulatory assistance to safely respond to the customer’s challenges.

ChemSpec is excited of this distributorship agreement.  ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Graet, explains: “SABO has developed new, greener and multifunctional Emollients that have Active benefits, Natural Sensory Agents, and Natural Exfoliants that are perfect complement to our portfolio.”

 The Cosmetics Division will be representing SABO at the annual In-Cosmetics North America show at Javits Center, New York on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 through Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Stop by their booth and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support.  For additional information, contact Marie Graet at email:  mgraet@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

ChemSpec's Cosmetics Division Announces East Coast Distribution for ACTIVON

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Monday, October 15, 2018- CHEMSPEC, LTD’s Cosmetics Division announces east coast distributorship with ActivON, a South Korean producer specialized in antimicrobial technology and actives.

 Founded in 2009, ActivON is a manufacturer of effective and eco-friendly cosmetic ingredients based on Green and biotechnology.   ActivON’s manufacturing facility in South Korea supports an innovative research and development team providing new technologies and services to over sixteen countries across the globe.  In addition, the teams at ActivON also work to provide continuous sustainable development inside their company facility and outside in surrounding communities providing education and training. 

 ChemSpec will focus on distributing their Natural Glycols - Natural Propanediol, Natural Butylene Glycol, and Natural Pentylene Glycol.  ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Graet, explains: “ActivOn’s Natural Glycols are a great Green ingredients addition to our cosmetics portfolio.”

 The Cosmetics Division will be representing ActivON at the annual In-Cosmetics North America show at Javits Center, New York on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 through Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Stop by their booth and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support.  For additional information, contact Marie Graet at email:  mgraet@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.

ChemSpec’s Product Spotlight – Synthomer’s LitheneActiV® 1000

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ChemSpec, Ltd. represents Synthomer’s line of Lithene® liquid polybutadienes for the North American market. Synthomer is known globally for its aqueous polymers across many different manufacturing market segments.

Synthomer’s Lithene manufacturing facility located in Stallingborough, UK

Synthomer’s Lithene manufacturing facility located in Stallingborough, UK

The Company’s headquarters is in London, UK. Synthomer’s manufacturing facility for their liquid polybutadienes is located in Stallingborough, UK. It produces these 100% active, highly unsaturated liquid polybutadienes in a range of molecular weights and micro-structures. These products provide enhanced quality and performance across a broad range of applications, including automotive sealants, mold release coatings and defoaming coating additives. In rubbers, they improve mixing and act as type II coagents. In addition, these polymers have very low VOC’s, excellent low temperature profiles, and can be cured thru vulcanization.  

Product Spotlight

ChemSpec chose to highlight Synthomer’s LitheneActiV 1000 product as it was designed specifically for modification of both peroxide and sulfur cured elastomers. Recent independent testing of these products in elastomer compounds, showed the benefits of the Lithene® range in general and LitheneActiV 1000 in particular:

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The LitheneActiV 1000 product is non- hazardous, environmentally safe and reduces leaching versus basic process oils.  

ChemSpec’ s Marketing & Law Director, Chris Wagner, explains: “The benefits of using the LitheneActiV 1000 are obvious when reviewing Synthomer’s recent laboratory studies, and we look forward to presenting this product to our customers.”  For more information on the full range of Synthomer’s Lithene product line and the company in general, 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 and cosmetics compounding market segments.

ChemSpec Announces ACE Products & Consulting Speaking at 2018 IEC Conference

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Monday, October 1, 2018 - CHEMSPEC, LTD. announces supplier company, ACE Products & Consulting, will have two symposium speakers at this year’s annual International Elastomer’s Conference in Louisville, Kentucky at the Kentucky International Convention Center.  

ACE Product’s Erick Sharp & Doug Foster Slated Symposium Speakers at International Elastomer Conference in Louisville, KY

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ACE Products provides specialty polymer additives and consulting to the silicone and organic rubber industries.  ACE Products is an independent agent for multiple specialty raw material lines and has its own branded silicone dispersion line. 

At the International Elastomer Conference, Erick Sharp, ACE’s President, will be presenting on the topic  “Advances in Synthetic Elastomers” with his session titled: “Evaluation of LPB Modified Silicone” on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 1:30pm – 2:00pm in Room M107 (Session D).  On Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 1:00pm – 1:30pm in Room M111(Session B), Doug Foster, ACE’s Lab Manager, will be presenting on the topic “Plasticizers and Processing Promoters” with his session titled: “Evaluating Flow Property Improvements of Alumina Silicate Ceramic Spheres”.

ChemSpec’s team encourages all attendees at the show to take the time to reserve their seats for Erick’s and Doug’s presentations.   “We appreciate the hard work the team at ACE brings to the table to make sure our shared customers succeed in their product development. ACE allows us to be better positioned technically to grow, particularly in the silicone compounding market sector,” explains Dave Moreland, ChemSpec’s President and CEO. Moreland went on to say that he is, “quite confident that these topics should be very educational to any elastomer-oriented rubber compounder.”

Also, stop-by ACE’s Booth #340 and visit Erick and Doug.  Their combined technical expertise can provide solutions and discuss new ideas in the silicone compounding markets amongst other polymer compounding testing capabilities.

Further, ChemSpec, Ltd and Performance Additives, Inc. have partnered to provide a customer/supplier hospitality event (a.k.a. "after show" party) on Tuesday, October 9, from 6:30pm - 11:00pm at the Copper & Kings American Brandy brewery at 1121 E. Washington Street in Louisville, KY.  The ChemSpec staff is preparing a fun night with food, drinks, fellowship and live band.

For more information about the 2018 International Elastomers Conference, 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. 

ChemSpec's Cosmetics Division Eastern Distributor For SILOK®S SiCare Brands

ChemSpec's Cosmetics Division Now Eastern Distributor for SILOK'S SiCare Brands

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Tuesday, September 18, 2018- CHEMSPEC, LTD’s Cosmetics Division announces Eastern distributorship with SILOK’s American subsidiary, Silokchem, Inc., for their SiCare brands of personal care products. This distributorship covers the areas east of the Mississippi River and Texas.

Founded in 2004, SILOK is a global manufacturer of silicone materials with innovative R&D centers, marketing, and manufacturing locations supporting three brands and 420 products in the coating and inks, personal care, plastic and rubber markets. Their SiCare personal care products are produced by Hunan SilokSilicone Co., Ltd. In 2018, Hunan SilokSilicone launched natural oil modified silicone bringing a safer and healthier element to personal care. ChemSpec will focus on distributing these silicones that include silicone oils, silicone elastomers, and silicone emulsifiers. ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Graet, explains: “Natural oil replaces a part of silicone which makes these products more natural, increases their compatibility with other oils, and provides a unique sensory.”

The Cosmetics Division will be representing SiCare at the annual In-Cosmetics North America show at Javits Center, New York on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 through Thursday, October 18, 2018. Stop by their booth and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support. For additional information, contact Marie Graet at email: mgraet@chemspecltd.com or visit our website: 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, 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 Announces Annual 2018 IEC Conference After-Show Party

ChemSpec 2018 International Elastomer Conference After Show Party Invite

This year's annual International Elastomer Conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center from October 9 - 11, 2018 is a perfect time for ChemSpec's sales team to engage customers and suppliers with our annual "After-Show Party". 

The ChemSpec and Performance Additives teams invite everyone to have a "good ole time" with us at  Copper and Kings American Brandy Distillery, 1121 E. Washington Street, Louisville, KY on Tuesday, October 9 2018 from 6:30pm - 11:00pm. 

We will have food, drinks and a live band.  Please RSVP by 10.01.2018 to Hanah Moreland at hmoreland@chemspecltd.com.

ChemSpec's 5th Annual 2018 Team Building Event

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ChemSpec's 5th Annual Team Building Video. Enjoy the images of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. We had our Q3 Sales Meeting at the Renaissance Cleveland, dinner at the Chops Restaurant, team building at Escape in 60, team building with hosts from Taste of Cleveland with Iron Chef contest, Scavenger Hunt, and ending with bowling at the Corner Alley.

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: 

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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 Product Spotlight- New Pre-Dispersed Sulfur Provides Excellent Dispersion

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ChemSpec introduces OCCL’s (Oriental Carbon and Chemicals Ltd.) newest Sulfur innovation, DIAMIX, to North American markets. OCCL  is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of Insoluble Sulfur with two manufacturing plants in India. The DIAMIX product line is a pre-dispersed Sulfur, engineered to optimize cure packages for rubber compounding. 

 

Product Spotlight

To start, OCCL will be producing a few variations of DIAMIX:   A polymer (SBR, EPDM) bound Insoluble Sulfur as well as a polymer bound rubber makers Sulfur. DIAMIX is specially designed for both natural and synthetic rubber (NBR, EPDM, etc. ) formulations where dispersion of traditional powdered Sulfur can pose a challenge. The DIAMIX products provide many benefits such as:

  • Faster incorporation in rubber mixing, providing excellent homogeneous dispersion levels;
  • DIAMIX Insoluble Sulfur and Sulfur are thermally more stable & electro-statically inert than their powder counterparts;
  • Easy, dust free handling for manual and automated feeding systems - Promotes better productivity by allowing larger batch sizes while reducing cycle times;
  • Stain-free Sulfur for bright colored compounds

OCCL has launched several Diamix products to meet the processing needs for elastomer applications.  

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John Stephenson, ChemSpec’s Product Manager for the OCCL’s lines has seen the excitement first hand on how these new products will improve customer productivity.  John explains;  “The DIAMIX line is a great solution for any rubber compounder striving to optimize their process to consistently mix better, faster, and most importantly safer.”

For more information on the DIAMIX product lines contact John Stephenson 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, waxes, functional fillers, and cosmetics market segments.