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November 9, 2012
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  • ACC's CPRI: No increase in Sept. chemical production
    U.S. chemical production was flat for September, with gains seen only in the Ohio Valley and Gulf Coast regions, according to the American Chemistry Council's U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index. Average chemical production for all seven regions was 0.5% lower than in the year-ago period. The three-month moving average shows gains in the production of plastic resins, industrial gases and synthetic rubber, but lower output in areas including inorganic chemicals, adhesives and coatings. Platts (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Industry groups hopeful of emphasis on domestic energy production
    Industry groups have concerns but are optimistic about improving domestic oil and natural gas production during President Barack Obama's second term. "I hope that going forward, we take the opportunity to use all of our energy sources in this country and we get to the place we've all talked about for decades -- and that is energy [independence]," said Corky DeMarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. "Natural gas is revitalizing our nation's manufacturing base and giving our nation a more competitive position in the global economy," said Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Klaber. The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA may take the lead if TSCA reform fails to materialize
    There remains uncertainty about legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, and that could mean the Environmental Protection Agency will take the lead in chemical regulation, observers say. Sens. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and David Vitter, R-La., have separately explored reform efforts, but "we are going to have to have others involved" to make legislation successful, according to an unnamed American Chemistry Council official. (subscription required) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group: Europe to be challenged by shale-driven U.S. cost advantages
    The lower energy costs delivered by cheap U.S. shale natural gas should worry Germany's industrial sectors, according to the Federation of German Industries, or BDI. "European industrial companies will in all probability have significantly higher electricity and gas prices for the foreseeable future than U.S. companies," the group said. Reuters (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Asian companies are getting more innovative
    Asian firms and entrepreneurs are becoming global innovation leaders, according to a recent Forbes ranking. That's partly because so many Asian business leaders study or work abroad before returning to start or join domestic companies, says INSEAD's Hal Gregersen. "They’ve lived in two worlds. They’re better able to combine perspectives and deliver creative results," he explains. (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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