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November 2, 2012
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  • Chemical production is indicator for global economy
    The global chemical market provides a good gauge for the global economy as the industry's output is a building block for various consumer products, according to Anton Ticktin, a partner at investment bank Valence. The shale gas boom in the U.S. is set to spur industries such as construction, given the cost advantages enjoyed by U.S. producers. "Chemicals go into everything, they are the part of the first step into the creation of so many different products," which provides "insight into the state of so many industries and sectors," Ticktin said. Forbes (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EPA asks for renewal of data-collection authority for screening program
    The Environmental Protection Agency asked the Office of Management and Budget to renew its data-collection authority so the EPA can finish reviewing the first round of chemicals under its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program. The EPA says it is continuing to require companies to test chemicals and submit the data to the agency while its request with the OMB is pending. (free content) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • All U.S. states to benefit from oil, gas drilling boom, study finds
    All 50 U.S. states are expected to benefit from the oil and natural gas drilling boom, which has already generated jobs in Ohio and North Dakota, according to a report commissioned by the American Clean Skies Foundation. Drilling is expected to support chemical production, turbine manufacturing, sand mining and other activities outside of drilling, the report found. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some university chemistry departments reeling from Sandy
    Hurricane Sandy caused disruptions at a number of major universities in affected states, causing damage to some chemistry departments. In the broader chemical industry, power outages reduced the output of chemical facilities, but the effects were minimal and plants are beginning to return to normal, said American Chemistry Council spokesman Scott Jensen. Chemical & Engineering News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry group warns against fracking ban in Md.
    Maryland won't enjoy the economic benefits of the natural gas drilling boom if it clears a ban on hydraulic fracturing, industry representatives said. State Delegate Heather Mizeur seeks to reintroduce legislation that would freeze drilling permits while environmental studies are conducted on fracking. "I think the people who would author a ban or a moratorium on this process would have to explain to a lot of people in the state why they voted against them getting jobs," said Steve Everley, a spokesman for Energy in Depth. The Washington Times (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. natural gas changes global energy-supply dynamics
    The U.S. is entering a new energy reality as natural gas from shale provides the country with a reliable energy option, speakers at a Rice University forum said Thursday. "This will be the redefining global phenomenon, from a finite world to a surplus world," said Ken Hersh, CEO and co-founder of NGP Energy Capital Management. The effects are also felt in Europe, where countries are reassessing their reliance on Russian gas as alternate supplies become a viable energy source, Hersh added. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. needs to review natural gas export policy, lawmaker says: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the U.S. to reevaluate a policy that permits exports of natural gas to the country's free trade partners. "It could harm the nation's ability to achieve energy independence, combat pollution and preserve the environment, and improve the economic competitiveness of American manufacturers," Wyden said. Reuters (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Bayer unit's sustainability head lauds collaboration-led innovations
    Partnering and collaborating with other companies could bring more innovations to the chemical industry as companies pool their resources, said Richard Northcote, sustainability chief at Bayer MaterialScience. "This is a much more successful route. In the past, we have come up with clever technology but the market was often not ready. If you look at some of the recent product innovations we have delivered, they are often done in partnership. ... When we work together tackling some of the bigger challenges, we deliver an awful lot more," he said. ICIS News (U.K.)/(subscription required) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Clear-plastic packaging boosts shelf products' marketability
    Products that are packaged using clear-plastic clamshells sell better that those packaged inside labeled cardboard boxes, according to a study prepared by Clemson University in South Carolina. The research, sponsored by German plastic films group Klockner Pentaplast, found that plastic-clamshell-wrapped items were easier to find, more viewed and more likely to be bought than their paperboard-packaged equivalents. European Plastics News (U.K.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Are you speaking your workers' language?
    Too many bosses fail to speak with their workers in an effective manner, writes David Kantor. It's vital that you try to read the room and get a sense for the communication needs of each individual with whom you speak, Kantor argues. "[A]long with a stronger skill set in communication ... comes leadership intuition and the knowledge to garner action and get results," he promises. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 principles that are the bedrock of good management
    There will be improvements in performance when companies follow three basic principles of management, write Nicholas Bloom, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen. Companies should have short- and long-term goals, reward high performers and regularly monitor all aspects of the organization. These principles can also be applied to manufacturing, health care and education, they write. Harvard Business Review (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • CPI Issues Call for Papers
    The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council has issued a call for papers and posters to be presented at the 2013 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, which will take place September 23 – 25, 2013, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona. The event is the leading technical conference for the polyurethanes industry in North America, bringing together experts throughout the field from across the globe and building on the success of the 2012 conference.

    Paper abstracts are due February 1, 2013. Submission instructions and guidelines for development of papers and posters can be found here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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