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August 24, 2012
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  • CFATS program vital to chemical security, ACC says
    U.S. chemical industry groups expressed concerns over a Heritage Foundation report that urged replacing the Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards with a program based on "common-sense, market-conscious policy solutions" for the industry. "If you were to sort of move away from CFATS, it might encourage EPA or some other entity to occupy that space," said Scott Jensen of the American Chemistry Council. Global Security Newswire (8/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fracking pioneer, Bloomberg argue for benefits of responsible fracking
    Hydraulic fracturing not only helps reduce U.S. reliance on coal, but it also creates jobs and extends this economic effect to consumers, according to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and fracking pioneer George Mitchell. Bloomberg and Mitchell argue that the key safety needs include proper chemical disclosure, efficient well operations and wastewater management. "We can frack safely if we frack sensibly. That may not make for a great bumper sticker. It does make for good environmental and economic policy," they write. The Washington Post (8/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Report: Medical devices present growth potential for plastic producers
    Every category in plastics processing is connected to the medical-devices sector, making the global market potentially lucrative, if difficult to enter, according to a Plastics News report. Among industry growth trends cited are value-driven engineering and advancements in antimicrobial applications, which allow producers to help reduce post-operative complications and recovery time. PlasticsNews.com (8/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Chematica database could democratize chemistry knowledge, testing
    Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a database, Chematica, of documented chemical compounds and their corresponding chemical reactions. The system "can explore billions and billions of possible syntheses in a fraction of a second and can then choose the one that is most economical, is most environment-friendly or involves only popular (i.e., easy to purchase) chemicals. It is like a chemical Google on steroids," said Bartosz Grzybowski of Northwestern in a recent interview. Royal Society of Chemistry (8/22), The Guardian (London) (8/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BASF concludes coatings lab expansion at German site
    BASF's coatings center in Ludwigshafen, Germany, has added a laboratory coating and laminating facility. "By expanding our coating center, we are able to further strengthen our technical leadership and innovation power when it comes to water-based adhesive systems and UV acrylic hotmelts," said J├╝rgen Pfister of BASF. FoodProductionDaily.com (France) (8/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
 
  • A better way to walk around
    Management by walking around is making a comeback -- so what's the best way for bosses to schlep around their office? Experts say it's important to have a schedule, to walk solo rather than surrounded by an entourage, and to avoid playing favorites. "Management by walking around really helps you be more visible, connect with employees and share ideas, and invite suggestions for doing things better," says executive coach Annie Stevens. CNNMoney/Fortune (8/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What is your company's true value?
    Facebook's troubled initial public offering is a reminder that it's still tricky to assess a company's value in objective terms, writes Christine M. Riordan. Arriving at a meaningful valuation means weighing financial factors, internal capabilities, the company's potential, as well as the value added -- or subtracted -- by the firm's employees. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Deadlines approaching for 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference
    Deadlines are fast approaching to submit poster abstracts, register for the Polyurethane Professional Development Program and receive discounts on conference registration and hotel reservations. Hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council, the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will take place Sept. 24 to 26 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. Attendees can save $200 with early conference registration until Aug. 31. In addition, book your room at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center by Aug. 31 to take advantage of the discounted group rate. Register for the conference and reserve your hotel room. Read ACC's full release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • American Chemistry Council releases July 2012 U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index
    According to the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index slipped by 0.1% in July, following flat growth in June. Chemical production declined in the Gulf Coast, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and West Coast regions. Production was flat in the Northeast region. Read the full news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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