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Planning Backwards™, Part 1

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

This post is written in two parts. The first explores a journey I started years ago trying to understand better ways to manage chemical development projects.  The second part details experiments run in the classroom that combined to form the framework of Planning Backwards. Continue reading “Planning Backwards™, Part 1” »

Digitalisation Offers Next-Step Gains For Chemicals

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

Where can chemical companies look for the next step change in financial performance? Consulting company McKinsey poses the question in a study published this month. It suggests that the answer probably lies in digitalisation. Continue reading “Digitalisation Offers Next-Step Gains For Chemicals” »

Can You Save Money Safely?

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

A definitive analysis of history’s worst industrial disaster provides important insight into the disparity between process safety and saving money. Ask the average person what caused the Bhopal disaster and he or she will likely tell you that it all came down to economics. Continue reading “Can You Save Money Safely?” »

From Products to Services

Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

In July 2016, RPM International, the sixth-biggest global coatings manufacturer with 2014 sales of 4.4 billion USD, made a small acquisition, buying a company increasing Chinese competition, to a logical conclusion. Continue reading “From Products to Services” »