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ICIS Top 100 Data Show Companies Gaining Ground in Drive for Growth

Posted on September 19th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

ICIS Top 100

Preparing a list of the leading chemical companies by sales always highlights some trends worthy of note. Perhaps this year, the annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies listing emphasizes the struggle for growth and the ways in which companies have used mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to achieve their goals, the pressure on organic growth being widely apparent globally. Continue reading “ICIS Top 100 Data Show Companies Gaining Ground in Drive for Growth” »

Taking Stock: Drones help Inventory Management and More

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


Source: SupplyChain 247, Walmart Testing Warehouse Drones to Catalog and Manage Inventory,, June 3, 2016

By now most have heard about companies like Amazon and Walmart planning to deliver packages using drones.  Just imagine hundreds of bird-like machines buzzing while carrying packages to you and to your neighbors. Continue reading “Taking Stock: Drones help Inventory Management and More” »

Fast-tracking a bio-based product while saving research costs

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


An R&D team needed to create a new bio-based monomer with specific properties (molecular weight, viscosity, and color) and with purity of 99.99%. However, as the first in the world to work on this type of project, they were working in uncharted territory. Continue reading “Fast-tracking a bio-based product while saving research costs” »

Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 7 – Economics (Stack Losses)

Posted on September 14th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Previous posts discussed incineration and atomization. Atomizing with air instead of steam effectively relocates some combustion air to the liquid waste nozzles and eliminates the need for atomization steam. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 7 – Economics (Stack Losses)” »

‘Medical Selfies’ – Replacing Doctor Visits with Apps

Posted on September 13th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Kardia Mobile

Image (crop from original) by AliveCor, Inc. [Content on YouTube] via YouTube

Since first achieving mass adoption in 1999 in Japan, the smartphone has rapidly evolved, leaving many forms of technology by the wayside such as desktop computers, telephones, and televisions. Could its next immolation be physical doctor’s visits? Continue reading “‘Medical Selfies’ – Replacing Doctor Visits with Apps” »

One Company, Multiple Information Solutions

Posted on September 12th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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The amount of data and scientific literature out there is multiplying by the day. For a researcher seeking needed information, the question is rarely, “Is it available?” but rather “Will I actually be able to find it?” Continue reading “One Company, Multiple Information Solutions” »

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