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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” »

Better Chinese IP Protection as an Incentive for Innovation

Posted on August 18th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

A few weeks ago, polymer and intermediate producer Invista issued a press release stating “Improved enforcement of IP [Intellectual Property] laws in China encourages world-class technologies”, announcing that “Invista confidently pursues licensing activities after resolving trade secret cases.” The company indeed recently resolved arbitration against a Chinese producer for use of Invista´s PTA production technology. Continue reading “Better Chinese IP Protection as an Incentive for Innovation” »

Plastics Innovation in China

Posted on June 13th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Sometimes writing a blog takes effort, but fortunately sometimes, it more or less just writes itself. This is a case of the latter – reading through various reports and press releases made at the plastics fair Chinaplas last month by leading plastics producers and compounders, Continue reading “Plastics Innovation in China” »

Innovation Driven by China´s Coal Resources

Posted on April 5th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

In the US, shale gas has been a huge driver of innovation – in China, development of this source is still in the early stages. Continue reading “Innovation Driven by China´s Coal Resources” »