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Betsy Taber is a Senior Environmental Engineer with Sekisui Specialty Chemicals at our Calvert City Plant. She went to Georgetown College, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. She also has a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from Murray State University.
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Sekisui Sponsors Science Day for Dallas Children

On Saturday June 4th, Sekisui Chemical Company sponsored a Science Day for the children of the Dallas Japanese Association. Along with volunteers from Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, Sekisui employees from across the nation came together in Dallas to help students understand various chemical and physical properties using a series of hands-on experiences.
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Sekisui’s High Purity Methyl Acetate Capacity Expansion

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals is pleased to announce the start-up of a major capacity expansion of its high purity (99.5%) methyl acetate production unit in Tarragona, Spain, increasing its capability to serve customers with differentiated methyl acetate products.
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Keith Martin is a Technical Service Chemist with Sekisui Specialty Chemicals at our Houston Technology Center. He has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Houston and has been with the company for more than 8 years.
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Top 7 Reasons to Use Selvol PVOH for Textile Warp Sizing

Polyvinyl alcohol is widely used textile warp sizing composition. Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol for textiles is an excellent film former, providing a protective coating for spun and filament yarn. It is coats the textiles with a sturdy film, however, it is easily removed (desized) with hot water. Features of Selvol polyvinyl alcohol as a warp sizing agent include superior:
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4th Edition of the Sekisui Squash Open

The Sekisui Open will take place in the Sportpark Pilatus in Kriens, Switzerland from 7 to 13 March 2016. For the first time a PSA 5 women’s tournament will also take place on the same weekend as the PSA 15 men’s tournament. Eight top-100 female players as well as ten top-100 male players will participate in the professional tournament.
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A Message from the President

We would like to begin this New Year by thanking all of our customers for their support and patronage through the ups and downs of 2015. The upcoming year promises to be a year of progress and growth, with a major product line scheduled to launch in the first half and several long term research projects coming to fruition throughout the year. We are excited to take these steps towards realizing our vision of becoming the leading edge supplier of polymer solutions, fulfilling today’s needs and creating tomorrow’s expectations.
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Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol and Water: A Love Hate Relationship

Because Selvol polyvinyl alcohol is a water-soluble polymer, it is sometimes perceived as having little or no water resistance. However, Selvol polymers can provide both water retention or water resistance depending on the grade selected. Our polymer range includes both hydrophilic and hydrophobic polyvinyl alcohol.
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Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Awarded 1st Place at Kaizen Competition

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (SSC) was awarded 1st place in Sekisui Chemical’s prestigious Kaizen competition this year. Kaizen is a nine step process of continuous improvement that is a high priority for all Sekisui businesses. The Kaizen competition is held annually among regional Sekisui subsidiaries across the world, and the wining team in each region advances to compete in the global competition.
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Selvol in Your Living Room: Polvyinyl Alcohol in Wood Glue

Have you ever put together your own entertainment console or coffee table, gluing those little wooden pegs into pre-drilled holes? Or even built your own chairs or tables from scratch? You were probably using a wood glue that featured Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) as a key ingredient.
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Premiol: The Environmentally Friendly Drilling Additive

Selvol Premiol is a line of high performance polymers specifically designed for the oilfield industry. The polymers improve fluid loss control, gas migration, reduce friction, and enhance oil recovery, making them valuable additions to cementing, injection, fracturing, and drilling fluids.
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Sekisui Chemical Selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. has been selected for the fourth year in a row by the World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), which is the global stock index of SRI, or Socially Responsible Investments. These investment methods evaluate businesses not only from a financial aspect, but also from the environmental and social aspect.
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Improve Colorfastness in Semi-Permanent Hair Dyes with Selvol Ultalux AD

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (SSC) has presented research at the Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s Annual Technology Showcase since the launch of our cosmetic quality polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), Selvol Ultalux. The annual showcase event, held in New York City at the beginning of December, is an opportunity for formulators and chemists from many countries to share and review the latest advances in personal care.
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Sekisui Encourages Tomorrow’s Leaders at European Children’s Eco Summit 2015

After three events in Asia, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. brought its Children’s Eco Summit back to Europe. Co-hosted by Sekisui and the Global Nature Fund, the event took place from 4 to 6 September at Lake Constance, Germany. The Children’s Eco Summit, established in 2007 for the 60th anniversary of the company, offers children of the employees the opportunity to experience, learn and talk about the environment and nature.
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2 Examples of Oil & Gas Resistant, Barrier Polyvinyl Alcohol

Paper manufacturers are looking for new end uses for coated or treated paper. One area of progress is food packaging; particularly packaging that provides some level of oil and grease resistance. Selvol polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is an extremely hydrophilic polymer, and as a continuous film, exhibits total barrier properties to oil, grease, and most organic solvents.
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Improving the Performance of Pore Cleansing Masks and Strips with Selvol Ultalux AD and Polyvinyl Alcohol

Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is one of the most commonly used film formers in personal care products. A quick search of the Good Guide database (http://www.goodguide.com/) reveals that over 800 different products contain polyvinyl alcohol including mascaras, concealers, masks and peels, foundation
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9 Reasons to Use Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol in Your Adhesive

Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol is an excellent emulsifying and dispersing agent for a wide variety of materials. In particular, it is one of the most widely used polymers for the colloidal stabilization of vinyl-acetate-based emulsions. Polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) homopolymer and copolymer emulsions
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9 Reasons to Use Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol in Your Ceramic Product

As eco-friendly products rise in popularity, more cultures adopt Western style sanitationware, and biomedicine advances in orthopedic and dental reconstruction, the world demand for traditional and technical ceramics is increasing.
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Improving Crop Viability with Polyvinyl Alcohol Seed Coatings

In many regions with colder climates, such as the Upper Midwest of the United States, the growing season for crops is much shorter than in more temperate regions. In such climates, morning frost is common well into May.
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Air Knife and Rod/Blade Coating Starting Formulations Using Polyvinyl Alcohol

Advances in ink jet printing technology have resulted in a new generation of ink jet printers which can print faster at wider paper widths, producing four-color images close to photography quality. Ink jet printing papers must respond to these changes through quick ink absorption, minimizing ink bleed and ink wicking while retaining favorable ink optical density values.
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