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The right insights on-demand can help R&D teams get ahead of competition

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

ScienceDirect case study

In chemical R&D, it’s always a race to get to the market first with better solutions. The key to this is being able to perform research fast and efficiently. Because the more time and money a company can save in developing a product, the better the chances of success. Continue reading “The right insights on-demand can help R&D teams get ahead of competition” »

Pressure to Reduce Wasteful Production of Animal Products Creates Opportunities for Efficient Ag Chem

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


One third of all food produced for human consumption worldwide – an amount ranging between 1.3 and 2.1 billion tons – is wasted or lost annually. The majority of these losses are a result of over-consumption, consumer waste and production inefficiencies. In aggregate, the costs of food waste total more than $680 billion in industrialized nations and over $310 billion in developing countries. Continue reading “Pressure to Reduce Wasteful Production of Animal Products Creates Opportunities for Efficient Ag Chem” »

Hackett Ascends from Smart Mobility Unit to Now Lead Ford

Posted on May 24th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

2018 Ford GT Competition Series

2018 Ford GT Competition Series by Ford [cropped from original] via Ford Media Center

Whether an attempt to end the recent share price erosion or a bid to capitalize on emerging market opportunities, Ford Motor Company now has a new CEO with a background in business transformation. Besides the Company’s new appointments, will their three newly minted strategies pave the way to more innovative products? Continue reading “Hackett Ascends from Smart Mobility Unit to Now Lead Ford” »

Inconceivable: Unrecognized Hazards

Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

The Princess Bride

Photo credit:  Still from “The Princess Bride”, Act III Communications

“You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”  –Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride

Let me assume for a moment that you are one of the dozen people in the world who is unfamiliar with the motion picture, The Princess Bride.  Continue reading “Inconceivable: Unrecognized Hazards” »

The agricultural industry must always stay a step ahead

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

agriculture white paper

Today’s agricultural chemicals industry faces a number of mounting pressures. Increases in regulatory scrutiny on consumer safety, shifts in popular perception and the urgency to stay in front of chemical resistance curves all impact the agricultural chemicals industry. Continue reading “The agricultural industry must always stay a step ahead” »

Exploring a New Research Solution

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

Chem Gmbh

It’s not unusual to get access to a research solution that you’ve never used before. Moving to a new company or academic institution might involve switching to new solutions. A company might take part in a trial of a product. Trade fair attendees sometimes get to play around with products during workshops or at providers’ stands. Continue reading “Exploring a New Research Solution” »

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