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R&D Investments Shift East, Challenging Traditional Research Centers

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

The chemical industry has served as a key driver of China’s “turbo-charged” GDP growth, which has remained above 7 percent since 2011. Meanwhile, R&D spending across Asia continues to increase, accounting for more than 32 percent of global spending on science. Continue reading “R&D Investments Shift East, Challenging Traditional Research Centers” »

R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Two of the world’s largest chemical companies have significantly reduced their R&D staff and budgets. Former rivals Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in July 2016 – heralding massive layoffs for both parties. Continue reading “R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors” »

Less Red Tape + More Shared, Structured, and Normalized Data = Faster Chemical Innovation

Posted on May 4th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Chemical innovation in Europe and the US has become less friendly to fundamental research-based breakthrough innovation in recent years – but leading chemical organizations are pushing back. Continue reading “Less Red Tape + More Shared, Structured, and Normalized Data = Faster Chemical Innovation” »

US DuPont Teflon Case Resembles Tronox

Posted on July 28th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

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The Dow-DuPont merger won shareholder approval this week, but is danger looming on the horizon for the fate of the super-merger?  Chemours, the 2014 DuPont spin-off, faces significant personal-injury litigation over the use of PFOA as a feedstock in the creation of Teflon. Continue reading “US DuPont Teflon Case Resembles Tronox” »

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