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Digitalisation Offers Next-Step Gains For Chemicals

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


Where can chemical companies look for the next step change in financial performance? Consulting company McKinsey poses the question in a study published this month. It suggests that the answer probably lies in digitalisation. Continue reading “Digitalisation Offers Next-Step Gains For Chemicals” »

You Can’t Make Me: Mandatory Safety and the Peltzman Effect

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


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“If the government wanted people to drive safely, they’d mandate a spike in the middle of each steering wheel.”  Gordon Tullock
Continue reading “You Can’t Make Me: Mandatory Safety and the Peltzman Effect” »

Umbrage – The Stepmother of Invention

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

New materials and applications.

By Minnesota Historical Society [CC BY-SA 2.0], via flickr.

If Plato’s proverb is correct stating “necessity is the mother of invention”, then what familial relationship would symbolize another powerful motivator: Revenge? For a category of products – particularly in the software industry – the game of cat and mouse can have the positive effect of accelerating innovation. Continue reading “Umbrage – The Stepmother of Invention” »

Design Facilitating Recycling

Posted on February 21st, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

Coffee cup

Most of us live in a single-use, convenience-focused world. We have disposable clothing, coffee cups and cameras. Packaging is usually built to be thrown away as soon as it has fulfilled its original purpose. Continue reading “Design Facilitating Recycling” »

Emitted Methane as Feedstock for Bio-manufacturing – improving the Earth’s climate in small bites

Posted on February 20th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Sina - methane

(Source: The Business Journals,

There are good reasons for the burning flares in refineries, chemical and natural gas processing plants and oil wells.  From a distance it looks like a tall chimney with a red flame atop.  The primary function of the flares is to act as safety devices.  Continue reading “Emitted Methane as Feedstock for Bio-manufacturing – improving the Earth’s climate in small bites” »

The Economics of Recycling

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Last time we briefly looked at the European Commission’s (EC) recently published roadmap for its Strategy on Plastics under the Circular Economy Initiative. One of the key problems the EC is looking to tackle is the low rate of recycling and reuse of plastics. Continue reading “The Economics of Recycling” »

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