Fluorescent whitening agents, also known as optical brighteners, may be added to coating formulations to increase sheet brightness. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is recognized worldwide as the most effective “carrier” for optical brighteners.
Fifty years ago, most perishable items such as meat, cheese, or vegetables were packaged in glass or metal containers. Even soda was packaged exclusively in glass containers. Today, many perishable items are packaged in flexible, plastic containers.
CPVC vs. PVC processing differences for our Durastream product. Learn the main differences between Durastream CPVC and PVC processing here.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sekisui Chemical Company is aiming to keep the overall volume of greenhouse gas emitted during manufacturing pegged to the fiscal 2013 level and reducing by 1% every year the amount of energy consumed per unit of output.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Europe has made great progress minimizing the CO2 footprint of its Tarragona, Spain facility through reduced energy consumption at the plant. Currently, the main source of the plant’s CO2 footprint is the steam intake required to operate a natural gas boiler.
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.
Dallas, May 3, 2018– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals was a proud sponsor of the Georgia Tech School of Material Science and Engineering’s (MSE) Annual Poster Competition on April 12th.
Dallas, April 10, 2018– Every year, thousands of volunteers gather along Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment by participating in the largest, single-day waterway cleanup in the state of Texas, the River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash.
Tokyo, March 26, 2018– From 23rd to 28th of April 2018 the time has come again: SEKISUI SQUASH OPEN will take place for the seventh time at Sportpark Pilatus in the Swiss town Kriens
Dallas, September 26th 2017– In the wake of the September 19th earthquake in Mexico, Sekisui Specialty Chemicals would like to confirm that all employees at our Mexico City site are safe despite minor damage to the offices.
Dallas, August 30, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals would like to confirm that all of our employees are safe, and both of our Houston area facilities are undamaged as of August 30th. Our Pasadena plant was shut down on August 26th.
On Monday, May 15th, our Houston based team members had the opportunity to host 40 organic chemistry students from Dulles High School on a tour of our research and production facilities.
“70 years ago, on March 3, 1947, Sekisui was established with the aim of being a comprehensive plastics business. This was a new and innovative material in Japan at that time.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polyvinyl alcohol is widely used textile warp sizing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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,
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.
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’ Dallas Corporate Office Has Moved!
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.