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Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations

Posted on November 14th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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Capturing growth in petrochemicals has to also be about capturing value, whether you are a standalone player or a producer integrated back to the refinery or other source of feedstocks. Making money down the chain has never been assured and typically runs in cycles. Feedstock cost volatility and the fluctuation of supply and demand see to that. Continue reading “Shell’s chemical investments on track, lifting company’s earnings expectations” »

How Corrosion Impacts Operations and How to Mitigate the Effects

Posted on November 13th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Corrosion on the surface of a metal occurs at first as the result of an unwanted or unintended chemical reaction. The deterioration then continues from there, often with metal loss and cracks or crevices developing. Continue reading “How Corrosion Impacts Operations and How to Mitigate the Effects” »

2017 ICIS Innovation Awards – Meet the Winners

Posted on November 11th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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Now in its 14th year, the International Chemical Information Service (ICIS) Innovation Awards seek to recognize companies and individuals that show high levels of innovation in products and processes, as well as those that are leading sustainability progress. The judges of the Innovation Awards have spoken, and the overall winners for 2017 awards have been announced.

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Identifying the Right Material to Resist Corrosion

Posted on November 10th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Something as dangerous as nuclear fuel cannot be effectively contained by just any material. It happens that zirconium is the optimal metal for cladding nuclear fuel rods, partly because it is so resistant to heat and chemical corrosion. Continue reading “Identifying the Right Material to Resist Corrosion” »

Europe petchem players upbeat but face digital challenges

Posted on November 9th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

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European petrochemical industry players were upbeat at the 51st European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Berlin at the beginning of October.

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Additive Manufacturing Primer with Bonus Videos

Posted on November 8th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

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Quick, name four different methods of additive manufacturing including each of their respective unique characteristics… Continue reading “Additive Manufacturing Primer with Bonus Videos” »

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