Isolyser anticipates 54% Revenue Increase for 4Q 2001.

Chemical Marketing Reporter: March 2002

Isolyser Co Inc expects to report net revenues for 2001 to about $81 M. The anticipated net revenues represent an increase of 44% for 2001. Isolyser Co Inc develops, manufactures and sells contamination and infection control products for healthcare, nuclear and industrial markets through two operating units, Microtek Medical Inc and Orex Technologies International.

Clariant further expands Biocides with JMAC.

Performance Chemicals: January 2002

Clariant UK Ltd has strengthened its range of biocide products through the acquisition of the JMAC™ silver biocide technology and the JMAC™ and JM ActiCare™  trademarks for an undisclosed sum  from Johnson Matthey plc. They have also acquired  specific parts of the JMAC™ biocides business of Microbial Systems International Ltd, which will be incorporated into the existing Biocides Business Unit within the global Clariant Functional Chemicals Division. The acquisition, which is effective from 13th December 2001, reflects the company’s commitment to long-term growth in this area.

Clariant will provide the critical business mass to successfully develop the JMAC™ business through its global sales network and world class technical facilities, in order to achieve its full potential in all applications. As a leading provider of biocides and preservatives for personal care, industrial and disinfectant applications, the addition of JMAC™  to Clariant’s product portfolio will greatly enhance its ability to react to changing customer needs in an increasingly challenging marketplace.

The move follows Clariant’s acquisition of BTP last year. The biocides business of BTP has been known as Nipa Laboratories.

In addition, the company has invested several million Pounds Sterling during 2001 in the increase of parabens capacity, in particular methyl and propyl derivatives, at its production plant in South Wales. This investment in a new, more effective production unit will allow a three-fold increase in capacity, including our output of liquid preservatives, demand for which has grown steadily in the last year.

Clariant’s Business Unit Biocides also plans to increase market support for customers by utilising the whole of the Clariant global sales and marketing structure, and increasing the number of regional laboratories providing them with technical support. These regional laboratories will be based in the UK, Germany, USA, India, Indonesia and South America.

Moves to limit CCA in US as well as EU.

Worldwide Wood: February 2002

Industry watchers in the US believe chromated copper arsenate (CCA) makers plan to phase the wood preservative out in non-industrial markets and replace it with arsenic-free alternatives, according to Random Lengths.

Congress gave the Environmental Protection Agency until February 15 to report on the safety of CCA-treated wood, but many believe America will follow Europe in a move to limit use of CCA-treated wood. Viable alternatives such as ammoniacal copper quat (ACQ) are being suggested although some say these will prove expensive.

Meanwhile in the UK traders had until February 8 to comment on the ban on CCA wood preservatives in most end uses proposed by the European Commission. The proposal was the focus of seminars held by Arch Timber Protection where delegates heard about the EC proposals to limit CCA-treated timber to sleepers, transmission poles and cooling towers. David Law of Arch said: 'Comments have ranged from the short period of time given to make responses to why those end users have been picked out in particular.'

US Lumber Companies to cease using CCA in some Applications

Chemical News: February 2002

Lumber companies voluntarily agreed to stop using CCA to treat wood used to build decks, playground equipment, picnic tables and other residential uses by Dec. 31, 2003. The lumber industry's decision followed discussions with the EPA and rising concern from some environmentalists, who say arsenic remains on wood surfaces for years and can rub off on hands when touched.

Arsenic is known to cause cancer in humans, but the EPA said CCA-treated wood doesn't pose an unreasonable risk to the public or environment.

Stephen Johnson, an EPA assistant administrator, said there is no reason for homeowners to remove or replace CCA-treated wood now in use. Some studies show that applying some oil-based coatings annually can reduce exposure to the pesticide, he said.

Two national home improvement chains will stop selling lumber treated with an arsenic-based preservative well in advance of a 2004 Environmental Protection Agency deadline. Home Depot Inc., and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse said sales of wood treated with chromated copper arsenate, or CCA, will end at their stores long before an EPA ban on its use for residential purposes begins Jan. 1, 2004.

Between now and the deadline, the lumber companies will reduce the amount of CCA-treated lumber produced, replacing it with wood treated with more expensive preservatives that don't contain arsenic. It isn't clear how quickly Home Depot and Lowe's will be able to phase out sales of CCA-treated wood. "Right now, we're not certain how much time it will take the wood-treating industry to completely switch to the new alternative products," said Ron Jarvis, Home Depot's vice president of merchandising for lumber. "We should have a better idea of that timeframe later this year."

Home Depot spokesman Don Harrison said its CCA-treated lumber has an accordion-style label stapled to it that contains consumer information about the product. "Every stick of CCA-treated wood carries this label," he said.

At Lowe's warehouses, CCA-treated wood has a red-and-white label attached, spokeswoman Tawn Earnest said. Both retailers also carry additional information on CCA-treated products in the stores, officials said.

Meanwhile, Inland area lumberyards said Wednesday they either don't carry CCA-treated lumber, or carry it primarily for use as a sill plate -- the lumber that rests on top of foundations -- which by code must be pressure treated.

Most carry other kinds of pressure-treated lumber, or substitute products made from recycled plastics and other materials that can be used as alternatives but which cost more.

"We phased out (of CCA-treated lumber) five years ago," said Will Higman, chief operating officer of Reliable Wholesale Lumber Co. Inc., which supplies wood primarily to residential tracts and other home builders from yards in Fontana and five other Southern California locations. Instead, it supplies sill plate lumber treated with a borate preservative and doesn't contain arsenic.

Borate and other chemicals are slowly replacing CCA-treated lumber, but most cost 20 percent to 30 percent more, said Jim Julian, sales manager with Champion Lumber Co. in Riverside.

And some have other disadvantages. Unlike CCA-treated lumber, borate leaches out of wood when exposed to water, making it unsuitable for wood exposed to weather, Julian and Higman said.

While CCA-treated lumber is sometimes used to build decks in the mountain areas, Douglas fir is used for 99 percent of the patios and for new-home framing in the Inland area, Julian said.

OM Group Inc. acquires Rhodia's Metal Organics Businesses.

European Coatings News: January 2002

OM Group Inc. has acquired the metal organics division of Rhodia in a deal that includes Rhodia’s metal organics businesses and two manufacturing plants, in Manchester, UK, and Bethlehem, PA, USA.

OMG said the acquisition expands its metal organics position worldwide while adding manufacturing capabilities for specialty chemicals. OM Group, based in Cleveland, USA, is a major global supplier of metal-based speciality chemicals and related materials, including driers and catalysts, anti-skinning agents, dispersing agents, zinc stearate, and thickeners.