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What Manufacturers Can Learn from Pokémon GO

Posted on July 20th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


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Sometimes “breakthrough innovation” doesn’t require starting from scratch, but it does require starting anew. Continue reading “What Manufacturers Can Learn from PokĂ©mon GO” »

Alchemists at it again. Is there any terra firma in science?

Posted on July 19th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


Alchemists have striven for centuries to convert base metals to gold, shrouded in mystery and secrecy.  One of the last famous alchemists was Sir Isaac Newton, according to a publication by The Royal Society in the United Kingdom.  Continue reading “Alchemists at it again. Is there any terra firma in science?” »

R&D growth shifts from EU to emerging markets, but challenges remain

Posted on July 18th, 2016 by

Chemical 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” »

Nylon: Synthetic Fiber Becomes a Market Success

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by

Chemical 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” »

Lot Size of One

Posted on July 13th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


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“Industry 4.0″ offers significant promise, but is a lot size of one really feasible? Continue reading “Lot Size of One” »

The Two Types of Innovation

Posted on July 11th, 2016 by

Chemical 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” »

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