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Putting EHS Principles into Processes

Posted on May 5th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Chemicals can offer amazing benefits to society in areas as diverse as medicine and agriculture, but they can also at times have adverse effects on the health of people and on our environment. For that reason, regulations are increasing, putting added pressure on chemical companies to maintain compliance. (more…)

Formula 1 Racing: Innovation with Environmental Impact

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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It’s race season, but there is even more than pure fan exhilaration on offer from Formula 1.  Technological innovation in the sport holds the promise to improve light weighting and emissions in our own consumer cars, too. (more…)

Materials That Shape Our World

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


It’s not too grand to say that the history of human civilization has been defined by materials. We refer back to entire eras of time by citing the most advanced materials available in that period. Stone, Bronze, Iron, Silicon, etc. Throughout history, our ability to understand and craft different materials has been at the centre of the way human life has been lived. (more…)

Towards Greener Manufacturing: Assessing the Alternatives

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


There are many good reasons why chemical companies are looking at transitioning to green manufacturing. A recent global survey of industry executives found that the reason most often cited was that the pursuit of sustainability initiatives can improve manufacturing processes by reducing energy and waste, and also by reducing or eliminating toxic chemicals. (more…)

Getting Proactive About Green Manufacturing

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“Greening” the manufacturing process is increasingly less of an option and more of an imperative for chemical companies that want to succeed in today’s market climate. (more…)

Call for Nominations: ICIS Chemical Innovation Awards

Posted on April 28th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


It’s here: the ICIS Chemical Industry Innovation Awards for 2016. ICIS (Independent Chemical Information Service, a business unit of Reed Business Information) is the world’s largest information provider for the petrochemical market, and has fast-growing energy and fertilizer divisions. (more…)

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Thought Leader Webinar: PSM Preparedness – changes to expect and how they affect you
26th May 2016
Join Kenneth Bloch, an experienced process safety incident investigator and author of Rethinking Bhopal: A definitive guide to investigating, preventing, and learning from industrial disasters, in this webinar about industry activities to improve process safety performance and how you can be adequately prepared for these upcoming changes.

About this Blog

This blog is a forum for a critical exchange of ideas on issues, trends and opportunities related to innovation and R&D in chemicals and new materials and applications, offering helpful perspectives in environmental health and safety, risk management, new product development and operational efficiency. This blog serves the chemicals and materials community specifically, heads of R&D, heads of Manufacturing and Engineering, and chemists and engineers involved in chemical and materials R&D from ideation to manufacturing and production at scale.

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