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Experiences to Learn From

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”  C—C.S.Lewis

We all learn from experience. When it comes to brutal lessons, though, it is better to learn from someone else’s experience.  Over the past couple of months, three clients Continue reading “Experiences to Learn From” »

Start With The End In Mind

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

End in mind

Every project has a beginning. And every project has an end. If something you’re working on is open-ended or is a continuous improvement initiative, it’s not a project. Continue reading “Start With The End In Mind” »

All Electric for Volvo but Not Petrol-free

Posted on July 19th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

For more than 130 years, the internal combustion engine has dutifully served the automotive industry. Could the recent move by Volvo Cars sound its death knell? Continue reading “All Electric for Volvo but Not Petrol-free” »

US Moody’s Newly Rated Chems To Likely Miss ’17 Targets

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

A Moody's sign is displayed on 7 World Trade Center, the company's corporate headquarters in New York, February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A Moody’s sign is displayed on 7 World Trade Center, the company’s corporate headquarters in New York, February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Chemical companies newly rated by Moody’s Investors Service over the last 18 months will likely miss their 2017 targets because of slow growth in some of their end markets. The outlook is part of a report by the ratings agency, which looked at the 38 chemical companies it rated from January 2013 to May 2017. Continue reading “US Moody’s Newly Rated Chems To Likely Miss ’17 Targets” »

Familiar Patterns of Man-made Disasters: Asbestos (hardly an old issue!)

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

Asbestos

Yes, hardly old!  Every five minutes someone dies of a disease related to asbestos inhalation!

What is a disaster?

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines disaster as “a sudden calamitous event bringing great damage, loss, or destruction. Continue reading “Familiar Patterns of Man-made Disasters: Asbestos (hardly an old issue!)” »

Europe Mulls Growing Impact Of Capacities From Sadara Chemical

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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Several European chemical markets are anticipating news of Sadara Chemical plant start-ups in Saudi Arabia, as they come on-line in a staggered fashion. Each market is waiting to see what impact the additional capacities will have on domestic supply and, ultimately, on prices in Europe. Continue reading “Europe Mulls Growing Impact Of Capacities From Sadara Chemical” »

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