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3D Printing Offers Advantages to Companies and Consumers

Posted on November 30th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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It looks like manufacturing is coming back to the United States, but not in the way you might think. Although it felt like a futuristic novelty only a few years ago, 3D printing has exploded as a viable way to make products in all shapes, sizes and materials. Continue reading “3D Printing Offers Advantages to Companies and Consumers” »

Membrane Offers Promise for Greening Planet and Wallets

Posted on November 29th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new system potentially offering electrical power plants a way to simultaneously green their emission while delivering an additional revenue stream. Continue reading “Membrane Offers Promise for Greening Planet and Wallets” »

LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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An acquisition by LyondellBasell of Brazil-based polymers giant Braskem would make an excellent strategic fit, and would also be financially feasible with LyondellBasell’s strong and flexible balance sheet. Continue reading “LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique” »

Are You Building an Incident-Proof Reputation?

Posted on November 27th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Many good reputations have forever been tarnished by a single incident, and companies that have established a relationship built on trust suddenly lose their neighbors’ confidence and support. All too often, a history of satisfactory Process Safety Management (PSM) performance camouflages an impending disaster Continue reading “Are You Building an Incident-Proof Reputation?” »

Economic Nationalism Could Disrupt Chem R&D Spending

Posted on November 24th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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Economic nationalism could disrupt how chemical companies spend their research and development dollars – by making investments less efficient and by encouraging firms to spend money in other parts of the world. Continue reading “Economic Nationalism Could Disrupt Chem R&D Spending” »

A New Hydrogen Disaster? The Leeds Experiment

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

The Hindenburg disaster in Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1937-photo by Sam Shere

The Hindenburg disaster in Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1937-photo by Sam Shere

“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” – Harlan Ellison Continue reading “A New Hydrogen Disaster? The Leeds Experiment” »

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