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Communication, Clarity Keys To Chemical Sector Success

February 10, 2015 12:24 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Henk van der Ven, the vice president of Processes and IT for International Flavors and Fragrances, has been involved in systems analytics for manufacturing for over 20 years. He recently sat down with us and SAP Chemicals conference producer, Thomas Martin, to discuss some of the most significant trends impacting the marketplace.

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BP Head Predicts 'Years' Of Low Oil Prices

February 10, 2015 10:37 am | by Sam Neylon, Chem.Info | Comments

Last week BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley weighed in on one of the most important — and heated — discussions facing manufacturers today: the direction of oil prices. Dudley announced dour confidence that crude prices would stay below $100 for a “long time.”

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Scientists Warn That Novel Chemicals Found in Firefighters Blood Could be Toxic

February 9, 2015 4:51 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

According to the recently resleased research, there were nine fluorinated compounds in the data that stood out in only the firefighters’ blood, either exclusively or in higher concentrations — four of them are mystery compounds that have never been publically reported.

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MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice on Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 6, 2015 11:28 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations — the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. He’ll also be a featured speaker at the upcoming SAP-Centric EAM Conference taking place March 8-11.

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Fracking Puts California Governor, Environmentalists at Odds

February 6, 2015 10:59 am | by JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press | Comments

In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy. Forty years later, in his second go-around as governor, conservationists are among his harshest critics.

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Global Plastics Additives Market Expected to Grow

February 6, 2015 9:59 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The market research included companies such as BASF, Exxon Mobil, Bayer Ag., Zeon Chemicals, Dow Plastic Additives and others. It looked at the growth potential for chemicals added to polymer/plastic processing and production, including plasticizers, flame retardants, UV stabilizers, antioxidants and others.

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When Will The World Catch up With Virent?

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

This Chem.Info plant profile takes you inside Virent to find out how they’re harnessing the potential of renewable feedstocks to make high-quality chemicals of the future, and to answer one question: When will the world be ready to buy what Virent has shown it can produce?

President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Budget Includes Extra Funding For OSHA

February 5, 2015 11:38 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

The proposals, however, are likely to meet resistance from Republicans, many of whom have expressed concerns about regulatory overreach during the Obama administration. OSHA, which conducts safety inspections at worksites, would receive funding to improve its enforcement of more than 20 whistleblower protection laws, two top agency administrators wrote.

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ISM: Manufacturing Orders And Production Continue To Grow

February 5, 2015 9:33 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 3, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

Of the 111 manufacturing professionals responding to the Georgia-based company's survey, 55 percent indicated their organizations would increase their use of mobility, while 43 percent said they did not expect any changes. Eight-five percent of respondents also said their businesses planned to increase investments in their operations this year compared to 2014.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide Linked to ADHD

February 3, 2015 4:08 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The researchers from the study say it provides “strong evidence” that exposure to pyrethroid pesticides, including deltamethrin, may be a risk factor for ADHD. The mice in the study displayed symptoms such as dysfunctional dopamine signaling to the brain, hyperactivity, working memory, attention deficits and impulsive-like behavior.

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As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

January 29, 2015 4:47 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

While plastics boast numerous social benefits, such extending the shelf life of food and reducing waste, efforts to keep it from impacting the environment have failed to keep pace with its use. It’s estimated that in the U.S., only 9 percent of post-consumer plastic was recycled in 2012...

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Poll Shows Giant Gap Between What Public, Scientists Think

January 29, 2015 4:04 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Matching polls of both the general public and the country's largest general science organization show that scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power than is the general public.

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Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil and Gas Industry

January 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Comments

It's been a rough start to 2015 for safety concerns at pipelines transporting oil, natural gas or their byproducts throughout the country. This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the industry.

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CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

According to the CSB, the dust collection system inside the plant was so flawed it took only a day for enough combustible dust and hydrocarbons to accumulate in the duct that it overheated, ignited spontaneously, caused an explosion in the rooftop dust collector and unleashed a fiery flash.

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