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Will growth end mega M&A deals?

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Mega deal

The mutually agreed merger of Huntsman and Clariant to create a specialty chemical company with $20bn enterprise value is the latest in a string of major consolidation deals in the sector. Leading chemical producers have been seeking ways of achieving growth during an extended period of sluggish global economic expansion, and mergers and acquisitions has been the go-to strategy. Continue reading “Will growth end mega M&A deals?” »

R&D Investments Shift East, Challenging Traditional Research Centers

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


The chemical industry has served as a key driver of Chinaā€™s ā€œturbo-chargedā€ GDP growth, which has remained above 7 percent since 2011. Meanwhile, R&D spending across Asia continues to increase, accounting for more than 32 percent of global spending on science. Continue reading “R&D Investments Shift East, Challenging Traditional Research Centers” »

Rapid and Additive, But Forging?

Posted on June 21st, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


Image by Ann Mills via Ann Mills Photography

Forging is not typically a term associated with 3D printing processes so was surprising to see when French 3D printing company Prodways recently announced its new technology. While the process does involve metal deposition, can it legitimately be classified as ā€˜forgingā€™ if a hammer or press is never involved? Continue reading “Rapid and Additive, But Forging?” »

Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 1 ā€“ Sustainability

Posted on June 20th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Previous posts discussed the various domains of sustainability as related to energy conservation as related to instrumentation and control. For review:

Sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how systems remain productive indefinitely; it is the endurance of systems and processes. Sustainability includes four interconnected domains: processes, economics, politics and culture. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 1 ā€“ Sustainability” »

Are Ultracapacity Polymeric Supercapacitors viable alternatives to Batteries?

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

polystyrene sulfonate

Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS)

The answer depends on whether the recent advances in supercapacitor development help overcome the disadvantages of the capacitance technology, i.e. small amounts of energy storage.Ā  According to Dr. Brendan Howlin, at the University of Surrey Department of Chemistry, the ultracapacity supercapacitors have the potential to ā€œopen the door to unimaginably exciting developmentsā€. Continue reading “Are Ultracapacity Polymeric Supercapacitors viable alternatives to Batteries?” »

Innovation Needs More Collaboration

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

Lightbulb innovation

Collaborative innovation in the chemical sector has a long history and can bring many benefits, but it creates tension over intellectual property and openness ā€“ companies need to address these issues going forward Continue reading “Innovation Needs More Collaboration” »

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