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Transparency Key to Iran Attracting Foreign Investment

Posted on August 25th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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With the lifting of EU sanctions on Iran in January of this year, European businesses now have the opportunity to do business in Iran for the first time since 2011.  Access to Iran’s oil and gas reserves, as well as significant polyethylene and polypropylene markets, could bolster the recently shaky EU chemicals market. Continue reading “Transparency Key to Iran Attracting Foreign Investment” »

There’s No Rule of Thumb to Increasing Innovation

Posted on August 24th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

With Asia now being the top destination for corporate R&D spend, does the success of your business strategy require operations in this region? Continue reading “There’s No Rule of Thumb to Increasing Innovation” »

From Products to Services

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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In July 2016, RPM International, the sixth-biggest global coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of 4.4 billion USD, made a small acquisition, buying a company increasing Chinese competition, to a logical conclusion. Continue reading “From Products to Services” »

What’s The Problem?

Posted on August 22nd, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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If our pursuit of the next technological breakthrough, new product, improved process or next innovation is all about using the knowledge in front of us in a new way (as we looked at last time in Innovation Happens Inside The Box), clearly defining what we’re aiming to achieve right at the beginning is most definitely a good thing. Continue reading “What’s The Problem?” »

The Future of Materials

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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Recently Google was issued a patent for an adhesive applied to the hood of a car (U.S. Patent No. 9,340,178, 2016).  The adhesive’s purpose is to catch a person who has been struck by a car, keeping them from bouncing off the hood and getting run over. Continue reading “The Future of Materials” »

Better Chinese IP Protection as an Incentive for Innovation

Posted on August 18th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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A few weeks ago, polymer and intermediate producer Invista issued a press release stating “Improved enforcement of IP [Intellectual Property] laws in China encourages world-class technologies”, announcing that “Invista confidently pursues licensing activities after resolving trade secret cases.” The company indeed recently resolved arbitration against a Chinese producer for use of Invista´s PTA production technology. Continue reading “Better Chinese IP Protection as an Incentive for Innovation” »

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