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August 17, 2012
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  • Occidental, Mexichem eye Texas ethane cracker
    Mexichem and Occidental Chemical have a memorandum of understanding to build an ethane cracker that would supply ethylene to Occidental's site in Ingleside, Texas. The polyvinyl chloride plastics output from OxyChem's Texas plant would then be sold to Mexichem. If a feasibility study confirms the project's viability, operations could begin in 2016. MarketWatch/Dow Jones Newswires (8/16), Chemical Week (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • BASF, Australian research body develop highly efficient coal production
    BASF's partnership with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has produced a better coal-particle-recovery method that increases the energy efficiency of coal production. "We can determine the flotation response of specific coal types by the coal grain analysis method. The introduction of BASF's novel chemical reagent into the process increases the attachment of particular coal particles to the flotation bubbles," said Bruce Firth, a coal-research manager at CSIRO. Chemical Week (subscription required) (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Biobased malic acid production possible, Novozymes says
    Malic acid can be produced using renewable feedstock rather than oil through a fungal solution devised by Novozymes. "This is our first biochemical building block and a major milestone towards building a biochemical industry together with partners," said Thomas Videbaek, a company executive vice president. FoodNavigator (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dow Chemical switches from mercury-based PU production
    Dow Chemical has eliminated the use of mercury in manufacturing polyurethane elastomer products. Dow implemented the changes ahead of the EU's recommended time frame. "The success of the mercury catalyst replacement program sets a new standard for the polyurethane industry and puts our customers ahead of the competition for years to come," said David Kepler, chief sustainability officer at Dow. Technology International (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why Western firms should recruit the world's workers
    Emerging markets such as Eastern Europe and most of the BRIC nations have a surplus of well-trained labor, and Western firms should start looking there for top talent, a Towers Watson and Oxford Economics study suggests. "Cutting-edge companies are going to be taking advantage of these opportunities as well as or better than their competitors," the report argues. (8/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • ACC commends Congressman Jim Matheson for supporting economic growth and job creation
    The American Chemistry Council launched advertisements on Thursday, Aug. 16, commending Congressman Jim Matheson for his support of policies that will build a strong manufacturing base in America. View the ad. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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