Have you ever asked yourself: "Do we really need this many rupture discs in our inventory?" Typical plants carry 30-50 percent excess stock because of rupture disc selection practices and manufacturer pricing that encourage higher volume purchases.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the lack of a level-playing field for biofuels because of the heavy subsidies being used to support the sector's shaky economics.
The Canadian Chemical Producers Association (CCPA) says Canada's chemicals industry will support the federal government on its newly introduced clean air bill.
The Stern Review on climate change, released at the end of October, presents a bleak picture of an economic future devastated by higher than average global temperatures.
An organization of California manufacturers voiced satisfaction with the way Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was implementing a market-based program to cap factory emissions of greenhouse gases to slow or halt global climate change.
Bayer is investing $2.4 billion in R&D this year. "This is the biggest R&D budget of any chemical and pharmaceutical company in Germany," said Werner Wenning at a press forum in Leverkusen, Germany.
Finland-based forest products group UPM plans to become a significant producer of biodiesel in Europe, using wood-based biomass as a raw material.
Peak Oil, the point at which development and supply of world petroleum resources fall below global oil consumption, is shaping up to be the most controversial issue of this century except it may already be moot.
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is urging the refining industry to eliminate the type of atmospheric vents that caused an explosion that killed 15 workers at BP's Texas City refinery in March 2005.
Chinese traders and sellers are saying China, the world's largest PVC producer, has become a victim of its own success as wild domestic price fluctuations, disparate pricing strategies, and a web-like distribution and trader network have eroded its selling power.
Alcoa KAMA has decided to make plastic sheet for food service packaging using Cereplast's starch-based, biodegradable resins.