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December 11, 2017
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ACC: US chemical output will grow through 2020
The US is poised for a 0.8% boost in nonpharmaceutical chemical output in 2017, with bigger increases in the following three years, said the American Chemistry Council. "Manufacturing has turned a corner, business investment is on the rise, and domestic oil and gas production is on the rebound," said ACC's Kevin Swift.
ICIS News (U.K.) (12/8) 
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ACC's Schmidt: EPA chemical reviews need further improvement
The Environmental Protection Agency has made progress in streamlining chemical reviews but is still taking too long, says the American Chemistry Council's Karyn Schmidt.
Chemical & Engineering News (12/8) 
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Industry Watch
Nova plans PE plant, ethylene expansion in Canada
Nova Chemicals will build a polyethylene plant in Ontario and increase production at its ethylene plant in the city of Corunna by about 50%. Ontario is helping finance the polyethylene project with a $77.8 million grant.
CBC News (Canada) (12/8),  The Observer (Sarnia, Ontario) (12/8) 
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Covestro plans MDI expansion in Spain
Covestro will debottleneck its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate facility in Spain to more than quadruple annual production capacity. The company will also add its own supply of chlorine at the site.
ICIS News (U.K.) (12/11) 
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Why Warmth Is Critical to Your Career
If people think you have low interpersonal warmth, "you have something like a 1-in-2000 chance to make the top quartile of effectiveness as a leader," according to Kellogg School of Management Professor Loran Nordgren. Read more.
Leadership & Management
Better decisions are made when tough questions are asked
Ask your staff on a quarterly basis to rate the organization in areas such as accountability, communication and recognition, Chris Hallberg writes. The answers aren't always easy to hear, but you'll learn what's going on and who your next set of leaders might be.
Leadership Now (12/4) 
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