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Posted on July 18th, 2016 by Matt WeberChemical R&D
R&D spending in China is expected to grow by more than €25bn by 2020, nearly three times the expected R&D growth in EU (€9bn) during the same period, according to consultancy Arthur D Little. Continue reading “R&D growth shifts from EU to emerging markets, but challenges remain” »
Posted on July 15th, 2016 by Christina ValimakiChemical R&D
In the beginning, it was mostly about women’s stockings. As the early 20th century progressed, women’s hemlines were getting shorter, and old-fashioned undergarments were going out of style. Continue reading “Nylon: Synthetic Fiber Becomes a Market Success” »
Posted on July 13th, 2016 by Ken KlapprothChemical Manufacturing Excellence “Industry 4.0″ offers significant promise, but is a lot size of one really feasible? Continue reading “Lot Size of One” »
Posted on July 11th, 2016 by Chris WalkerChemical Manufacturing Excellence
It’s said that innovation comes in two different forms. We’ve touched on that idea before when we looked at how innovation is often about small steps of incremental improvement, and not always the game changing home runs that we seem to focus on. Continue reading “The Two Types of Innovation” »
Posted on July 8th, 2016 by Matt WeberChemical Manufacturing Excellence
At the recent American Chemistry Council (ACC) meeting, Shell announced that they will build a new polyethylene complex in Pennsylvania. The decision, which is influenced by the cheap price of gas coming from the nearby Marcellus shale, reflects Shell’s confidence in the mid-term price “stability” of gas in North America and their increasing focus on the chemicals sector as a strategic complement to their global ethylene footprint. Continue reading “Shell reveals cracker plans at ACC Colorado Springs meeting” »
Posted on July 7th, 2016 by Christina ValimakiChemical R&D
For the first time in 20 years, Congress has made major revisions to the primary U.S. statute regulating chemicals. The new legislation will have a profound impact on the chemical industry worldwide. Continue reading “New TSCA Regulation: Benefit and Burden for the Chemical Industry” »
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