CPMA Holds Fall Meeting at 2023 CAD RETEC

As originally published in Coatings World and Ink World, October 25, 2023

CPMA Expands Membership, Discusses Regulatory Challenges and Sustainability Initiative

The Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA) held its Fall Meeting on Sept. 20, 2023 at the 2023 CAD RETEC, the largest technical conference in North America devoted to the coloring of plastic, which took place Sept. 18-20 in Columbus, OH.

The CPMA Fall meeting convened the board, members and industry representatives for a networking breakfast, followed by expert presentations and a roundtable discussion on key topics impacting the color pigments sector.

CPMA Welcomes New Member

As part of its Fall Meeting, CPMA welcomed new member Penn Color, continuing to expand its representation of companies in the color pigments value chain. With multiple manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, and Asia, Penn Color is a family-owned, leading global developer and manufacturer of the most diverse product lines of color and additive masterbatch, as well as dispersions for inks and coatings applications.

“Penn Color is excited to join the CPMA and stand shoulder to shoulder with our key global pigment suppliers. Penn Color values the work of the association and is excited to support its efforts to foster a bright future for the pigment market,” said David Putman, director of supplier management.

Regulatory Challenges

During the CPMA Fall Meeting, attendees heard expert insights on latest policy and emerging regulations impacting the color pigments value chain. Robert Helminiak, vice president of legal & government relations at SOCMA, discussed the policy climate in Washington, DC and provided insight on issues related to trade and supply chain logistics.

CPMA executive director David Wawer discussed regulatory challenges under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including EPA’s elimination of its long-standing TSCA Inventory correction policy and TSCA Chemicals Risk Management.

As part of the CAD RETEC conference, Wawer participated in a regulatory panel discussion and shared insights on TSCA Chemicals Risk Management impacts for plastic masterbatch companies and key considerations for future business planning. For example, EPA’s risk management regulatory considerations could include bans, restrictions, labeling notifications or other regulatory requirements for plastics processors and converters.

During the meeting, CPMA also announced that it will be holding a fall regulatory webinar series focused on emerging PFAS regulations in North America and the EU, and potential impacts for the color pigments sector.

Sustainability Initiative

CPMA’s sustainability initiative continues to be a priority for the association and was discussed at the Fall Meeting. As part of its recently launched initiative, CPMA is working with its downstream trade partners to identify sustainability practices, challenges, and trends for the color pigments sector. The goal of the association is to develop relevant industry resources and a framework to assist companies with meeting customer requirements and needs surrounding sustainability.

For more information about CPMA programs for the color pigments value chain and its membership network, contact cpma@cpma.com.

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