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December 11, 2012
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  • European plastics producers brace for REACH registry deadline
    Opposition to Europe's REACH policy continues, less than six months ahead of a registration deadline. "Innovation in plastics is linked to new catalysts, new or improved production processes and development of new product formulations or recipes -- all aspects where REACH cannot bring any positive contribution," said Sandra Bohnert of PlasticsEurope. "On the contrary, the bureaucracy generated can sometimes be felt as a brake on innovation rather than an incentive to develop creativity." Plastics & Rubber Weekly (U.K.) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to lead like a Zen master
    When someone presents you with an idea, you should take a deep breath and wait 24 seconds before letting yourself criticize it, Cue Ball CEO Tony Tjan says. If you can manage 24 seconds, then try 24 minutes. "Then if you become a Zen master of optimism, you could wait a day and spend that time thinking about why something actually might work," he says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to bring experienced workers back into an organization
    Programs that help employees return to work after a career absence should be structured like internship programs so managers don't feel pressure to make a permanent hire, says Carol Fishman Cohen, co-founder of iRelaunch. Those in such programs should be given specific duties and provided with industry refreshers to bring them up to speed, Cohen says. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CPI releases polyurethane end-use data on individual markets for sale
    The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council has announced that end-use data is available for sale in volumes focused on individual segments of the polyurethanes value chain. The three volumes offer an assessment of 2010 polyurethane production by end-use for the United States, Canada and Mexico specific to flexible foam; rigid foam; and coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers, binders, reaction injection molding and other products.

    The full End-Use Market Survey, inclusive of the three volumes and other information, is available for sale on CPI's website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • European scientific regulatory review contradicts U.S. classification on formaldehyde
    The European Chemical Agency Committee for Risk Assessment announced on Dec. 7 that it disagreed with a request to classify formaldehyde as a "known human carcinogen." Following a comprehensive, scientific review, RAC concluded that formaldehyde be listed as a "presumed human carcinogen" based on laboratory animal evidence. Read ACC's statement addressing the RAC announcement. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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