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Wrong Material = $15MM Record Fine

Posted on March 28th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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Compromising on material selection for your product can lead to dire consequences – just ask Gree Electric Appliances Inc. Continue reading “Wrong Material = $15MM Record Fine” »

Time to Start Thinking Strategically About EHS Risk

Posted on March 25th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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Some days, chemical companies probably feel as though it’s raining regulations. The deluge of regulatory considerations, rushing in from all sides, and differing significantly from country to country can make it difficult for even the most diligent company to remain compliant. Continue reading “Time to Start Thinking Strategically About EHS Risk” »

Safety First in New Product Development

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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Navigating a competitive market, chemical companies are trying to squeeze increased revenue out of new product development (NPD) while addressing health and safety concerns at all stages. Continue reading “Safety First in New Product Development” »

“Sayonara” or “2.0” for Manufacturing in the US?

Posted on March 21st, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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There’s nothing quite like a presidential election cycle to dredge up old wounds and throw in some salt – this time, it’s manufacturing jobs. Continue reading ““Sayonara” or “2.0” for Manufacturing in the US?” »

Not Too Big to Jail: Freedom Industries Executives Sentenced for Environmental Crimes

Posted on March 16th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Two years ago, on January 9, 2014, Freedom Industries spilled almost 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) into the Elk River in West Virginia, Continue reading “Not Too Big to Jail: Freedom Industries Executives Sentenced for Environmental Crimes” »

Q-Carbon and The Man Who Makes His Own Diamonds

Posted on March 15th, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

Galileo is said to have disproved the popular astronomical beliefs in early seventeenth century.  He spoiled the public perception of lunar beauty by reporting craters on the moon’s face!   Continue reading “Q-Carbon and The Man Who Makes His Own Diamonds” »

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