The ChemQuest Group Newsletter - Q2 2022

This year has presented the chemicals and materials industry with many challenges: supply chain volatility, surging fuel and feedstock costs, shifting regulations, and the unpredictability of global health, conflict, and economic impacts. At ChemQuest, we are focused on not only helping businesses to navigate these hurdles, but also to excel at growth, efficiency, sustainability, and resilience. Through robust strategic planning and resources, we have the opportunity to drive higher margins and EBITDA, stay ahead of new requirements, and mitigate risks.

To that end, our experts have been very busy over the last quarter. We have launched new resources, educated audiences at industry events and training programs, published many insights, and expanded our team and capabilities. I hope you will find this newsletter to be a valuable source of information as we enter the second half of 2022. As always, please reach out to us for information about how we can further support your objectives.

Daniel Murad, CEO, The ChemQuest Group, Inc.
Introducing TraQr™: Coatings Market Insight at Your Fingertips
In partnership with the American Coatings Association, ChemQuest launched a new interactive dashboard and forecasting tool for the global paints and coatings industry that combines input data relative to key market consumption, macroeconomic indicators, and raw materials. TraQr™ (pronounced “tracker”) enables you to identify, analyze, and forecast market trends, leading to more strategic, data-driven decision making for purchasing, pricing, expansion, cost savings, and development. Other vertical industries will be introduced in the future.
Learn from Our Experts
Raw Materials 2022: Despite Challenges, There is Light at the End of the Tunnel
By George R. Pilcher
CoatingsTech, April 2022
The Wonderful Wide World of (Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive) Tape
By Bradley Boelkins
ASI, April 2022
Biobased Coatings: Collaboration at the Intersection of Innovation, Ecology, and Economics
By Cynthia A. Gosselin
CoatingsTech, May 2022
Educating at Key Industry Events
As pandemic recovery continues, we have returned to in-person events and also continue to connect with the industry virtually, expanding our reach. Our team recently attended the American Coatings Show in Indianapolis, where we launched TraQr™ in collaboration with the American Coatings Association.
WAC 2022 Closing Gala
We sponsored the closing gala at the World Adhesives & Sealants Convention, where, after a 2-year delay, we were thrilled to celebrate the closing of a valuable and informative event with other industry stakeholders. 1250 attendees joined us for a busy show floor and well-rounded program, including 3 discussions from ChemQuest.

Daniel Murad led the session and panel, “The Art of Successful Global M&A – Value Creation, Risks, Enabling Insights” and also presented “Dynamics Driving the ‘Hot’ M&A Environment – Successful Positioning to Capitalize on Best Valuations”. Douglas Corrigan, Director, presented “Advances and Challenges of Biomimetics in Adhesives”. (Read more about this topic from Dr. Corrigan in ASI.)
Daniel Murad recently presented on the Trends, Trials and Tribulations for the global epoxy resins and coatings industries at two important industry events hosted by the Canadian Paints and Coatings Association and the Thermoset Resin Formulators Association, where he discussed supply chain disruptions, innovation, market outlook, and building resilience.
We are pleased to present the upcoming Powder Coating Summit in partnership with PCI. Dr. Kevin Biller, President of CQ Powder Coating Research, will deliver welcome remarks. Dr. Robert Duan, VP, will present a keynote address, “Expanding the Universe of Low-Cure Powder Coating”. Visit us on the show floor for the co-located CTT, stand #20. The event will be held Sep. 8 – 9 near Chicago, USA. 
We hope to see you at our upcoming events for Q3, including:
Check Out the New ChemQuest Website
Welcome to our new virtual home! The ChemQuest website now offers new resources, including a knowledge portal with our latest news, publications, podcasts, and training courses. The website also better supports our key pillars of expertise: business strategy and transformation, technology development, manufacturing excellence, M&A advisory services.
Upcoming Training: Intro to Powder Coating Formulation
We are pleased to offer a variety of educational courses. The next session offered in our Powder Coating Kitchen series will be Introduction to Powder Coating Formulations on Sep. 27-28. This hands-on training and workshop will teach the art of formulating powder coatings, for participants such as raw material suppliers, coatings companies, OEM users, and students. Be prepared to design, process and apply your own powder coating! 

Contact Mary Biller with ChemQuest Powder Coating Research for information and registration at mbiller@chemquest.com
Welcome to ChemQuest's Newest Team Members
Jenna Blankenship,
Director of Marketing
Julie Vaughn Biege,
Director
Jason Woods,
Director
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