2012-01

ECHA TAKES OVER BIOCIDES APPROVAL FROM MEMBER STATES

European Voice: January 2012
Makers of biocides will be able to authorise their products at EU level rather than national level following a vote on 19 January in the European Parliament. The new authorisation regime will be handled by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), based in Helsinki.
All biocides, except those specifically exempted, can now be authorised in the entire EU from 2020. Some biocides, including those used for human hygiene or in drinking water, can get EU authorisation earlier, from 2013. Other types, such as those used for protection of storage space, can apply for EU authorisation from 2017. Exempted substances must still apply for individual national authorisation.
The authorisation has provisions that allow member states to deviate from the EU authorisations and apply their own, more rigorous rules if justified on safety grounds. The Commission can block such a decision within 90 days. The updated legislation will also bring treated projects - such as furniture sprayed with fungicide, antibacterial kitchen worktops and textiles – under the scope of the legislation.
Any biocide containing substances that are carcinogenic, affect genes or hormones or are toxic to reproduction will be banned under the revised rules. But time-limited exemptions will be granted if a product is essential for public health and no alternative is yet available.

ASHLAND ANNOUNCES PRICE INCREASES FOR IPBC

Press Release: January 2012
Ashland Specialty Ingredients, is increasing the price of its Fungitrol™ 400S technical iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC) fungicide (North America), Fungitrol C450 technical IPBC fungicide (Europe), and IPBC-based formulations globally. The Fungitrol 400S and C450 technical IPBC fungicide price increase will be 52 percent, while the formulations will increase accordingly. The increase is effective for shipments after January 1, 2012, or as contracts allow.
The increase is necessary to offset recent price escalations in iodine, a key raw material used in the manufacture of IPBC

TROY ANNOUNCES PRICE INCREASES

Press Release: January 2012
Troy Corp. announced an increase in the global prices for various IPBC-based biocide products of 5 to 40 percent effective January 1, 2012, or as contracts allow. Continued higher costs for key raw materials, worldwide regulatory compliance and transportation make this price adjustment necessary.
Troy Corporation endeavors to provide customers with added value through innovative products, technical service, and full regulatory compliance, coupled with a strong global infrastructure to ensure reliable supply.
Troy wet-state and dry film preservatives are known in the paints & coatings and related industries as The Gold Standard for Performance. Troy preservatives deliver optimum antimicrobial efficacy and long-lasting protection, while setting the benchmark for safe handling and environmental sustainability.

LANXESS EXPANDS INDIAN BIOCIDES BUSINESS

Press Release: January 2012
Lanxess has expanded its Indian production site in Jhagadia, Gujarat state. The company has invested over EUR 70 million and created roughly 300 new jobs at the site.
The Material Protection Products business unit inaugurated a plant for biocides used in the construction industry. The material protection products manufactured at the new plant include the Preventol range of antimicrobial compounds. These preserve paints, coatings and plasters and protect materials like wood from bacteria, fungi and yeasts. LANXESS is a leading producer of biocidal active ingredients and formulations. The annual capacity of the plant is 2,000 metric tons.
LANXESS subsidiary Rhein Chemie also started up a plant for release agents and additives used in the manufacturing of tires and rubber products. Both plants were relocated from a former site in Madurai, Tamil Nadu state, during the course of last year.
The site already includes a facility for ion exchange resins, used in water purification, and a rubber chemicals plant serving the tire and rubber processing industries. Both started up production in 2010.
“LANXESS is heavily investing in the Indian subcontinent and this commitment has already paid off: We surpassed our 2010 sales already in the first nine months of 2011,” said Werner Breuers, Member of the Board of Management of LANXESS, at the inauguration ceremony. “By concentrating many of our assets in Jhagadia, we are creating a specialty chemicals hub catering to the booming local market and the Asia region – and there is potentially further room at the site for expansion.”
The Indian economy is expected to grow by eight percent this year, driven by strong demand for premium products for the automotive, tire and construction industries.

ECOLAB EXPANDS BRAZIL PEST CONTROL BUSINESS

Pest Control Magazine: January 2012
Ecolab has acquired the InsetCenter pest elimination business in Brazil. Sales of the acquired business are approximately $6 million. The business operations and staff will be integrated with Ecolab's existing Brazil Pest Elimination business. 
Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented on the announcement, saying, "This acquisition will substantially increase our Brazilian Pest Elimination service capacity and scale to our business, making us the leader in commercial pest elimination in Brazil. It will also strengthen our customer relationships and opportunities. We welcome our new associates and customers to Ecolab, and we look forward to growing with them."
With 2011 annualized sales of $11 billion and more than 38,000 employees, Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries. More Ecolab news and information is available at www.ecolab.com.