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Posted on August 26th, 2016 by Kenneth BlochChemical Manufacturing Excellence
Transparency defines the value generated by lessons learned from an oil & gas or chemical processing industry incident. Moreover, transparency encompasses not only the incident itself, but perhaps more importantly our response to it. Continue reading “Demystifying Disasters” »
Posted on August 25th, 2016 by Matt WeberChemical R&D
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” »
Posted on August 24th, 2016 by Ken KlapprothNew 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” »
Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Kai PflugChemical R&D
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” »
Posted on August 22nd, 2016 by Chris WalkerChemical Manufacturing Excellence
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?” »
Posted on August 19th, 2016 by Carlton WashburnNew Materials & Applications
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” »
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