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January 14, 2013
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  • Pa. region could use shale for benzene, Bayer unit exec says
    The Pittsburgh region's supply of shale natural gas could become a good benzene source, said Don Wardius of Bayer MaterialScience. Chemical firms need benzene for products including paints, car components and sporting goods. "This is a vision. It could be revolutionary and transformative if it were to come about," Wardius said. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: European manufacturers remain in the dark on REACH
    Many European manufacturers are still unclear of how the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical program affects their operations, according to a poll conducted by British manufacturers' organization EEF. "REACH continues to be the 'elephant in the room' for many companies who are either unaware of the implications or still believe it is a chemicals-only issue," said Gareth Stace of EEF. BusinessGreen (U.K.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How one smaller company is making green chemistry work
    Lehigh Technologies' cradle-to-cradle product design presents a sustainable model for smaller firms, Marc Gunther writes. Lehigh turns used tires into "micronized rubber powders" with uses including new tires, asphalt or shipping pallets, said CEO Alan Barton. "Ultimately green chemistry will only be adopted if it delivers lower cost," Barton said. Marc Gunther blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • To win over Chinese workers, woo their loved ones
    Chinese workers tend to be wary of risk and eager to secure high-paying, prestigious positions that will impress their family and friends, writes Shanghai-based entrepreneur Doug Raymond. That means that to hire top talent, you'll have to impress not just the potential employee, but also his girlfriend and even his girlfriend's mother. "To overcome these factors, I learned to pay a lot more attention to the personal and family dynamics of hiring," Raymond writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leadership lessons from Mark Zuckerberg
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wasn't a natural CEO -- and that's what makes his successful leadership of the social network so impressive, writes Ekaterina Walter. Zuckerberg acknowledged his weaknesses and set out to learn from top bosses including Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. "He doesn’t shy away from admitting what he doesn’t know, and he isn’t afraid to ask tough questions, with 'Why?' being his favorite," Walter writes. Fast Company online (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ACC Weekly Economic Report
    Of the few economic reports released last week, most were positive. Wholesalers' sales increased by a faster rate than their inventories accumulated. This is good. At the same time, global semiconductor sales increased to their highest level in 2012. Like the chemical industry, the semiconductor industry is early in the supply chain and tends to lead the broader economy. The trade deficit worsened as imports increased more than exports.

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