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September 5, 2012
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  • Dow Chemical introduces "optimal" leadership structure
    Dow Chemical will revamp its business structure by establishing an executive committee to oversee five business presidents. The "optimal structure" will promote streamlined leadership through direct reporting to the committee, which includes Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris. "We will have less structure at the top of the company with more deployment and implementation in the markets and out in the field," Liveris said. Reuters (9/4), USA TODAY/The Associated Press (9/4), PlasticsNews.com (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Public-private partnerships could be key to U.S. manufacturing revival
    The U.S. manufacturing industry should look to public-private partnerships to spur sectors including advanced energy manufacturing and additive manufacturing, according to this analysis. "Industrial manufacturing is in transition in the United States because of advances in innovation and the globalization of our economy. A critical piece of this transition is public-private partnerships and leveraging those collaborations to increase overall performance and competitiveness of our manufacturing sector," said Monty Alger, chief technology officer at Air Products and Chemicals. Forbes (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • ACC notes weaknesses of research into PFOA
    Research that suggests a link between perfluorooctanoic acid and heart diseases is inconclusive, and the "study has several weaknesses that the authors themselves have pointed out," said Marie Francis of the American Chemistry Council. The study points to a possible association rather than a "causal" relationship between the two, Francis added. WebMD (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Research & Innovation 
  • Get your peanuts in a greener packaging with BASF baseball initiative
    BASF and the Seattle Mariners will release a prototype snack-packaging material that uses BASF's biopolymer technology for bags of peanuts. "Flexible packaging with this BASF technology is a big step forward for the snack food industry. It means that popular snack foods can be brought to market in compostable packaging that delivers needed shelf life at a competitive price point, with a more sustainable 'end-of-life' solution," said Kimberley Schiltz of BASF. Chemical Week (subscription required) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese EPDM facility is planned by Lanxess
    Lanxess will invest almost $300 million for an ethylene propylene diene monomer plant in China that would be the world's largest synthetic rubber site. "This plant also represents our company's third major rubber investment in Asia and strengthens our credentials as the world's leading provider of synthetic rubber," said Axel C. Heitmann, Lanxess CEO. Chemical Week (subscription required) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • How collaboration makes companies more efficient
    Collaborative leadership is important to reducing organizational waste, write Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese. A culture of collaboration helps to ensure that individual managers don't hoard resources, helping the company as a whole to operate more efficiently. "By unlocking these trapped resources, organizations can more quickly and successfully pursue emerging market opportunities," Ricci and Wiese write. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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