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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” »

LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by in Chemicals Industry News and Analysis

An acquisition by LyondellBasell of Brazil-based polymers giant Braskem would make an excellent strategic fit, and would also be financially feasible with LyondellBasell’s strong and flexible balance sheet. Continue reading “LyondellBasell / Braskem Makes Strategic Sense but Complexities Unique” »

Talking New Product Development with Paul Hodges

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Paul Hodges has been working in the chemical industry for over 30 years, and he has seen plenty of shifts during that time. In his current role as chairman of International eChem, he strategizes with businesses to help them navigate today’s volatile global markets. Continue reading “Talking New Product Development with Paul Hodges” »

The Economics of Recycling

Posted on February 17th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Last time we briefly looked at the European Commission’s (EC) recently published roadmap for its Strategy on Plastics under the Circular Economy Initiative. One of the key problems the EC is looking to tackle is the low rate of recycling and reuse of plastics. Continue reading “The Economics of Recycling” »

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