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“Decisive Actions” Needed for GCC Chemicals

Posted on December 15th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


The traditional reliance of the chemical industry in the GCC region on cheap and plentiful feedstock is no longer a guarantee for competitive performance. “Changes are necessary” to remain a global chemical powerhouse, according to the chairman of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA). Continue reading ““Decisive Actions” Needed for GCC Chemicals” »

Chemists Concerned About How Their Field is Viewed

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Chemistry and its importance in everyday life is often underrated at best, and wildly misunderstood at worst. The stock image of scientists in white lab coats holding beakers of toxic chemicals has been hard to shake Continue reading “Chemists Concerned About How Their Field is Viewed” »

Strong AND Ductile Metals Possible with 3D Printing

Posted on December 13th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Vanadium disc etched

Image by Alchemist-hp [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0] via Wikimedia

Engineers and metallurgists may no longer have to trade strength for ductility when choosing structural metals thanks to 3D printing techniques. Continue reading “Strong AND Ductile Metals Possible with 3D Printing” »

Huntsman Looks to Innovation, Integration and Global Growth

Posted on December 12th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


Capturing superior and sustainable growth in developed world markets is proving increasingly difficult for established chemical companies. Steady, maybe, but unexciting, almost certainly, industrial and consumer demand means that the superior growth nut has become difficult to crack. Continue reading “Huntsman Looks to Innovation, Integration and Global Growth” »

China Anti-Pollution Drive Takes Heavy Toll

Posted on December 11th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


China’s winter anti-pollution campaign at its major industrial bases could deal another blow to the country’s overall petrochemical production, already hit by shutdowns amid strict environmental compliance checks at factories throughout the year. Continue reading “China Anti-Pollution Drive Takes Heavy Toll” »

Imminent Challenges Threatening The Supply Of Lithium Ion Batteries

Posted on December 7th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


With their high energy density and excellent longevity, lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are the obvious choice for engineers, powering everything from children’s toys to the most innovative electric vehicles. Continue reading “Imminent Challenges Threatening The Supply Of Lithium Ion Batteries” »

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