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Posted on December 12th, 2017 by Nigel DavisChemicals 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” »
Posted on December 11th, 2017 by Nurluqman SuratmanChemicals 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” »
Posted on December 7th, 2017 by Chris WalkerChemical 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” »
Posted on December 6th, 2017 by Ken KlapprothNew Materials & Applications
Researchers and engineers at ETH Zürich and University College Dublin create “Flink” a functional living ink getting one step closer to creating the living tissue over the metal endoskeleton necessary for the T-800 Model 101 Terminator. Continue reading “3D Printing Bacteria to Create Living Material” »
Posted on December 4th, 2017 by David W. Spitzer, P.E.Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
Previous posts systematically described the process and modifications necessary to substitute compressed air in place of steam to atomize liquid wastes in a hazardous waste incinerator. Subsequent posts quantified the economic ramifications of these changes. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 11 – Project Justification” »
Posted on December 1st, 2017 by Nigel DavisChemicals Industry News and Analysis
Margin data supplied by Shell to investment analysts show why petrochemical producers continue to ride high. In the third quarter, most other petrochemical sector players joined the energy major in reporting still healthy cracker margins. Continue reading “Naphtha Margins Pushing Petchem Profits Higher in 2017” »
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