Sales Control Program Instated for Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol

Dallas, May 29th, 2019- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals strives to ensure consistent and reliable production to meet market demand and our customers’ needs.  In response to strong demand, some recent short-term production disruptions and to adequately prepare for planned turnarounds at our US production sites, Sekisui will implement a 100% Sales Control program for all

Sales Control Program Instated for Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol2021-04-12T17:54:05+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase

Dallas, November 1, 2018- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $100/mT or €100/mT as shown in the chart below. Sekisui Specialty Chemicals remains committed to meeting customers’ needs with high quality products.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase2021-04-12T17:55:14+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Relaunches Selvol Ultiloc Series

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals is proud to announce the relaunch of the Selvol Ultiloc series; a range of copolymers that expand on the functionality of industry trusted Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol products. Previously, the Selvol Ultiloc brand represented copolymers sold into barrier film and flexible packaging applications. The relaunch of this series marks the expansion of product categories and the addition of several new copolymers to the range.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Relaunches Selvol Ultiloc Series2021-04-12T17:57:18+00:00

Happy Manufacturing Day!

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It is a day to address common misconceptions about manufacturing and showcase what manufacturing really is.

Happy Manufacturing Day!2021-04-12T17:55:52+00:00

Summer Interns Gain New Perspectives at HTC

This summer, Sekisui Specialty Chemicals’ Houston Technology Center (HTC) hosted two interns who participated in research activities focused on new product development. In order to complete their projects, interns read patents and designed and conducted experiments. At the end of their summer projects, the interns gave a final presentation to the team at HTC.

Summer Interns Gain New Perspectives at HTC2021-04-12T17:57:26+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase

Dallas, September 1, 2018- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $200/mT or €200/mT as shown in the chart below. Sekisui Specialty Chemicals remains committed to meeting customers’ needs with high quality products.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase2021-04-12T17:57:33+00:00

SSC Calvert City Receives its 8th Governor’s Safety and Health Award

CALVERT CITY, Ky. (June 5, 2018) – Labor Cabinet Acting Secretary Mike Nemes visited Sekisui Specialty Chemicals in Calvert City today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,755,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.

SSC Calvert City Receives its 8th Governor’s Safety and Health Award2021-04-12T18:10:06+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase

Dallas, May 30th, 2018– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to €200/mT as shown in the chart below.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase2021-04-12T18:10:13+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Regional Price Increase

Dallas, February 1, 2018– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $250/mT as shown in the chart below.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Regional Price Increase2021-04-12T17:57:55+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase

Dallas, September 29, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals would like to announce a price increase for of all grades of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $130/mt or 110 €/mt. This increase will take effect October 15th, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase2021-04-12T18:10:28+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Regional Price Increase

Dallas, August 12th, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $110/mT as shown in the chart below. This increase will take effect September 1st, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Regional Price Increase2021-04-12T18:10:47+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase

Dallas, April 15, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc, Selvol Ultalux and Selvol Premiol up to 125 $/mt or 125 €/mt. This increase will take effect May 15, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase2021-04-12T18:10:57+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase

Dallas, February 15, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $100/mT. This increase will take effect March 15, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Price Increase2021-04-12T17:58:09+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Asia Price Increase

Dallas, December 1, 2016– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® in Asia up to $50/mT. This increase will take effect January 1, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Asia Price Increase2021-04-12T17:58:30+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Price Increase

Dallas, October 1, 2016– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol®. This increase will take effect November 1st 2016, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Price Increase2021-04-12T17:58:56+00:00

Sekisui Europe Announces Methyl Acetate Price Increase

Dallas, August 15, 2016- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of methyl acetate grades produced at its plant in Tarragona, Spain, by up to €100/MT. This increase will take effect September 1st 2016, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Europe Announces Methyl Acetate Price Increase2021-04-12T17:59:03+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Polyvinyl Alcohol Price Increase

Dallas, July 27, 2016 –Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc, Selvol Ultalux and Selvol Premiol by up to $100/mT or €100/mT. This increase will take effect September 1, 2016, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Polyvinyl Alcohol Price Increase2021-04-12T18:02:56+00:00

Ask An Expert

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.

Ask An Expert2021-04-12T17:39:09+00:00

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.

Sekisui Sponsors Science Day for Dallas Children2021-04-12T18:00:46+00:00

Ask An Expert

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.

Ask An Expert2021-04-12T17:44:48+00:00

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:

Top 7 Reasons to Use Selvol PVOH for Textile Warp Sizing2021-04-12T17:44:57+00:00

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.

A Message from the President2021-04-12T18:02:08+00:00

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.

Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol and Water: A Love Hate Relationship2021-04-12T17:45:07+00:00

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.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Awarded 1st Place at Kaizen Competition2021-04-12T18:01:54+00:00

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.

Sekisui Chemical Selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices2021-04-12T18:02:48+00:00

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.

Improve Colorfastness in Semi-Permanent Hair Dyes with Selvol Ultalux AD2021-04-12T17:45:23+00:00

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.

Sekisui Encourages Tomorrow’s Leaders at European Children’s Eco Summit 20152021-04-12T18:02:40+00:00

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.

2 Examples of Oil & Gas Resistant, Barrier Polyvinyl Alcohol2021-04-12T18:03:25+00:00

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 shutterstock_175000283smallin 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

Improving the Performance of Pore Cleansing Masks and Strips with Selvol Ultalux AD and Polyvinyl Alcohol2021-04-12T18:03:47+00:00

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.

Air Knife and Rod/Blade Coating Starting Formulations Using Polyvinyl Alcohol2021-04-12T18:11:36+00:00

Laminated, Sealed, Glued and Bound- Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol as an Adhesive Binder

Selvol polyvinyl alcohol is used as a primary and ancillary adhesive binder in many household items. From the envelopes we seal our letters into, the wood furniture we assemble, and the books we read, there is Selvol polyvinyl alcohol in all of these.

Laminated, Sealed, Glued and Bound- Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol as an Adhesive Binder2021-04-12T18:04:45+00:00

Advantages of Selvol PVOH in Textile Warp Sizing

Polyvinyl alcohol is widely used textile warp siting composition. Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol for Textile Warp Sizing is an excellent film former, providing a protective coating for spun and filament yarn. It’s tough film, however, is easily removed (desized) with hot water. Features of Selvol polyvinyl alcohol as a warp sizing agent include superior:

Advantages of Selvol PVOH in Textile Warp Sizing2021-04-12T17:45:36+00:00

May the 4th Be With You!

Happy Star Wars Day! George Lucas’s space epic, Star Wars, has captured the curiosity of three generations of light saber swinging adults and children. One of our sister companies, Sekisui Heim, aired this ad featuring C-3PO and R2-D2 just in time for this year’s Star Wars Day.

May the 4th Be With You!2021-04-12T18:05:17+00:00

Selvol Attends PaperCon 2015 and TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration

April 30, 2015 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (SSC) was an exhibitor at last week’s PaperCon 2015. The annual conference was even larger this year due to TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration. The four day conference included an extra gala to commemorate the history of paper making and TAPPI’s long standing presence in the industry.

Selvol Attends PaperCon 2015 and TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration2021-04-12T18:05:26+00:00

Ultalux for Hair Care Highlighted at Cosmetic Chemist Technology Showcase

December 15, 2015 – Sample formulations highlighting Selvol Ultalux for hair color longevity and hair gel hold were highlighted at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s Annual Technology Showcase on December 13th. Over 2000 formulators and chemists attended the regional event.

Ultalux for Hair Care Highlighted at Cosmetic Chemist Technology Showcase2021-04-12T18:06:51+00:00

Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol Solution Preparation Video

September 9, 2014 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals prides itself on being a leading innovator in high performance polyvinyl alcohol polymers. We have created a short 5 minute video detailing our recommended solution preparation guidelines. While our Solutions Preparation Guide is thorough , we often receive technical support questions on the visual steps of the dissolution process.

Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol Solution Preparation Video2021-04-12T18:07:02+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Europe, Middle East and Africa Polyvinyl Alcohol VAM Surcharge

Dallas, April 25, 2014 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), announced today that it will implement a temporary VAM cost surcharge of €400/mT effective May 1, 2014 on all grades of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) that it produces in Europe.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Europe, Middle East and Africa Polyvinyl Alcohol VAM Surcharge2021-04-12T18:07:13+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces North America, South America and Asia PVOH Price Increase

Dallas, March 15, 2014 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of polyvinyl alcohol sold in North America, South America and Asia by US$200/MT. This increase will take effect April 15, 2014, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces North America, South America and Asia PVOH Price Increase2021-04-12T18:09:11+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Europe, Middle East and Africa Polyvinyl Alcohol Price Increase

Dallas, March 1, 2014 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of polyvinyl alcohol sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by 150 Euro/MT. This increase will take effect April 1, 2014, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Europe, Middle East and Africa Polyvinyl Alcohol Price Increase2021-04-12T18:12:26+00:00

Commitment to Selvol Consumers Continues Unaffected by Celanese Closures

On November 4th, Celanese Corporation announced their intent to initiate the closure of both their Roussillon acetic anhydride facility and their vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production unit in Tarragona. The security of Sekisui Specialty Chemicals’ VAM supply has not and will not change as a result of these closures,

Commitment to Selvol Consumers Continues Unaffected by Celanese Closures2021-04-12T18:12:19+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Polyvinyl Alcohol Price Increase

Dallas, October 15, 2013 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of polyvinyl alcohol according to the schedule below. This increase will take effect November 15, 2013, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Polyvinyl Alcohol Price Increase2021-04-12T18:12:15+00:00

Sekisui Introduces Selvol™ Ultalux for Personal Care

Dallas, May 24, 2013 — Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), officially launched five new cosmetic grade polymers on May 14, 2013. The new grades were introduced under the Selvol Ultalux brand at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers Day in Edison, New Jersey.

Sekisui Introduces Selvol™ Ultalux for Personal Care2021-04-12T18:12:09+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Polyvinyl Alcohol Price Increase

Dallas, March 1, 2013 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of polyvinyl alcohol according to the schedule below. This increase will take effect April 1, 2013, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Global Polyvinyl Alcohol Price Increase2021-04-12T18:12:04+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces New Selvol Brands

Dallas, December 7, 2012 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), announced today updated brands for its Ultiloc, Ultalux and Premiol lines of products.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces New Selvol Brands2021-04-12T18:09:18+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Europe, Middle East and Africa PVOH Price Increase

Dallas, May 31, 2012 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of polyvinyl alcohol sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa by 120 Euro/MT. This increase will take effect July 1, 2012, or as contracts and agreements allow.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Announces Europe, Middle East and Africa PVOH Price Increase2021-04-12T18:09:32+00:00

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals to Launch New Selvol Brand for Polyvinyl Alcohol Product Line

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals is pleased to announce that effective October 1, 2011 our polyvinyl alcohol product line name will be rebranded from the current Celvol to its new name: Selvol. This change marks the final step in the transition of our business to Sekisui and reflects our renewed commitment to our customers under Sekisui’s ownership.

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals to Launch New Selvol Brand for Polyvinyl Alcohol Product Line2021-04-12T18:09:37+00:00

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