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China Boosts Innovation with Regulatory Measures

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

Steel mills Smoke and powder dust pollution in large industrial District

While the effects that environmental regulations can have on local economies are often a subject of controversy in Western countries, China has been none too shy about using its regulations to actively influence economic developments. Continue reading “China Boosts Innovation with Regulatory Measures” »

Reducing Risk in the Chemical Process Industries

Posted on April 21st, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


No one should die at work.  Yet people do.  Even the safest job in the United States, librarian, has a work-related fatality rate of 0.3 fatalities per year per 100,000 librarians.  Continue reading “Reducing Risk in the Chemical Process Industries” »

A Robot with a Soft Touch!

Posted on April 20th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications


Are you up on your knowledge of robots?  An unofficial survey indicates Star Trek – New Generation’s Data, Star War’s R2D2 and Wall.E from the movie with the same name are among the top favorites.  Continue reading “A Robot with a Soft Touch!” »

Chemical Regulation in China and Europe: Font of Innovation?

Posted on April 19th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


As regulations tighten in the chemical industry, the debate as to whether this hinders or encourages innovation rages. Recent examinations of the effects of the extensive REACh law appear to indicate that there may not be much impact at all. Continue reading “Chemical Regulation in China and Europe: Font of Innovation?” »

Continuous Epiphany for Pharma

Posted on April 18th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


By Nilfanion (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Is it the FDA or the drug manufacturers who are late to the party for continuous manufacturing? Continue reading “Continuous Epiphany for Pharma” »

Chemical Processing Industries in Spotlight – issues, trends and future

Posted on April 15th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


In April of 2013, Mother Jones published an article with the bombastic title of “The Chemical Industry is the Big Tobacco of the 21st Century.”  Continue reading “Chemical Processing Industries in Spotlight – issues, trends and future” »

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