“In looking back on the past year, there were many regulatory accomplishments for the color pigments industry that we are particularly proud of,” said CPMA president John Marten. “As we move forward into 2017, CPMA will continue to engage with regulators, stakeholders and downstream customers on North American and international challenges.”
During the meeting Dr. Walther Hofherr, executive director of the Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD), provided insight on regulatory challenges facing the pigments industry in Europe, and Dale Pritchett, group publisher, Rodman Media, shared top stories in 2016 from the coatings and inks markets. Dan Moss, director of government relations at the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), discussed the new political landscape, including future opportunities and challenges for the chemical industry, and new SOCMA president and CEO Jennifer Abril shared her vision for SOCMA and CPMA’s collaborative relationship.
CPMA recognized retiring board members Matt McClure of Apollo Colors and Mike Klein of Dominion Colour for their many years of dedicated service and leadership.
Additionally, CPMA celebrated 2016 accomplishments and recognized the integral leadership of general issues committee chair Steve Camenisch of BASF Colors & Effects, organic pigments committee chair Dr. Robert Mott of Sun Chemical, and inorganic pigments committee chair Aram Terzian of EMD Performance Materials.
During 2016, CPMA provided industry expertise about the chemical properties and performance requirements of color pigments at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference; advocated for the passage of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform and engaged regulators on the future implementation process; collaborated with stakeholders to advocate for a consistent nanomaterials definition in North America; and concluded a successful multi-year collaboration with the Canadian Ministries on the Second Phase of the Chemicals Management Plan, resulting in the continued use of diarylide and monoazo pigments in commerce, among other accomplishments.