Kao makes moves into North America with detergent maker purchase | Column: Circular economy offers business potential for chemical firms | Pilot Chemical adds Pittsburgh innovation center
August 16, 2018
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Kao makes moves into North America with detergent maker purchase
Kao has purchased Ohio-based Washing Systems LLC at an unreported price, a move that will help its North American expansion. Washing Systems creates eco-friendly detergents.
The Japan Times/Kyodo News (8/10) 
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Column: Circular economy offers business potential for chemical firms
Chemical companies are in position to capitalize on the circular economy if they build the right digital platforms, argues SAP's Stefan Guertzgen. "Realizing these benefits takes a creative strategic vision along with a robust digital technology foundation, one that enables a manufacturer to explore, design, and scale up new products and processes quickly and efficiently," he writes.
Manufacturing (8/9) 
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Pilot Chemical adds Pittsburgh innovation center
Pilot Chemical opened an innovation center in Pittsburgh last month as part of its plan to invest $5 million in innovation annually.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Cincinnati (8/8) 
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Science, Policy & Health
Commentary: For food preparation, single-use towels, wipes preferred
The Food and Drug Administration allows food service companies to reuse wiping towels within certain guidelines, but the methods don't always eliminate bacteria, writes Hal King, Public Health Innovations' president and CEO. Improvements include proper storage and single-use wiping towels and disposable wipes.
Food Safety Magazine online (8/15) 
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Study: Airborne disinfectant device effective in bacteria elimination
Atomized bleach solution, ethanol and TEG delivered through a misting device eliminated 100% of multiple bacteria strains on surfaces, according to a study. The device has the potential to deliver medicine through inhalers, too, researchers say.
Infection Control Today (8/1) 
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Sustainability
Commentary: Companies need to be careful with end-of-life labeling
Companies should be accurate in end-of-life labeling to avoid violating Federal Trade Commission guidelines, writes Jessica Edington, a project associate for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition's How2Recycle program. Inaccurate end-of-life labeling can also affect consumer trust in the company.
Packaging Digest (8/13) 
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ACI News
ACI CEO Melissa Hockstad to kick off Cleaning Product US 2018
How is the cleaning product supply chain confronting the challenges its facing in the marketplace, regulatory and sustainability arenas? Through strategic alliances, enhanced transparency initiatives and investing in the future of the industry at-large, according to Melissa Hockstad, ACI president and CEO, who will be the kickoff speaker at Cleaning Products US 2018. The conference takes place Oct. 1-3 in Arlington, Va. ACI members receive a 15% discount per registration. Contact our Membership Office for details and visit the Cleaning Products US website for program and registration details.
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ACI Welcomes Merla Zollinger as Sr. Director, Convention & Meetings, Announces Promotions
Merla Zollinger has joined ACI as our new Senior Director, Convention and Meetings, after 27 years with American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. "Merla brings extensive experience in meetings and convention services to ACI, as well as great familiarity with many of our members," said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO. ACI also announced two promotions: Melissa Grande to Director, Sustainability; and Shawnté Furbush-Jones to Senior Program Coordinator.
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