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Sustainability in instrumentation and process control: Culture as a key factor

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Various aspects of the culture in which a plant operates can affect its sustainability.  The culture in the plant can often be the most exhilarating or burdensome cultural force affecting the sustainability.  (more…)

Addressing an emerging megatrend: Feeding a changing world

Posted on July 21st, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

Megatrend Food

Analyzing the impact of various megatrends on the future development of the chemical industry is becoming an important strategic tool. What are megatrends? (more…)

What Manufacturers Can Learn from Pokémon GO

Posted on July 20th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


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Sometimes “breakthrough innovation” doesn’t require starting from scratch, but it does require starting anew. (more…)

Alchemists at it again. Is there any terra firma in science?

Posted on July 19th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


Alchemists have striven for centuries to convert based metals to gold, shrouded in mystery and secrecy.  One of the last famous alchemists was Sir Isaac Newton, according to a publication by The Royal Society in the United Kingdom.  (more…)

R&D growth shifts from EU to emerging markets, but challenges remain

Posted on July 18th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


R&D spending in China is expected to grow by more than €25bn by 2020, nearly three times the expected R&D growth in EU (€9bn) during the same period, according to consultancy Arthur D Little. (more…)

Nylon: Synthetic Fiber Becomes a Market Success

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


In the beginning, it was mostly about women’s stockings. As the early 20th century progressed, women’s hemlines were getting shorter, and old-fashioned undergarments were going out of style. (more…)

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