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Circular Economy – A Sustainable Approach

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


Over my last few posts we’ve been looking at sustainable development. What it is, where to start and how industry can taken a more sustainable approach to development programs. Last time we looked at the CADMID cycle and how that can be a useful way of Continue reading “Circular Economy – A Sustainable Approach” »

Leaning on Millennials

Posted on February 15th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Image by Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States (Hipster Pointer) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Has the Millennial generation really doomed the future of manufacturing or are we witnessing yet another example of “those crazy kids and their rock and roll music”? Continue reading “Leaning on Millennials” »

How to Develop a Robust Innovation Strategy

Posted on February 12th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D

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Within a corporation, it’s a fairly common practice to develop a five-year Business Strategy to be presented to the CEO and senior executive team, Continue reading “How to Develop a Robust Innovation Strategy” »

Sustainability in Instrumentation and Process Control: A Working Definition

Posted on February 11th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


My previous post presented a definition of sustainability that addresses the capacity of a solution to endure in the long term.  Development of sustainable solutions can be affected by multiple domains.

Interestingly, effective sustainable solutions Continue reading “Sustainability in Instrumentation and Process Control: A Working Definition” »

China – the Future of Chemical R&D

Posted on February 10th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


In one of my previous posts, I described a certain slowdown in R&D activities in China on the part of multinational companies. My post today is a pledge to chemical companies to keep and expand R&D activities in China, as I am convinced that China will be the key future location of chemical R&D. Continue reading “China – the Future of Chemical R&D” »

Advances in material science produced cheaper, cleaner and more durable plastics in 2015

Posted on February 9th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


The focus of plastic research has shifted considerably in the past few decades, now centering on sustainability of production rather than economy of scale. Continue reading “Advances in material science produced cheaper, cleaner and more durable plastics in 2015” »

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