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February 5, 2013
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  • BASF, Lanxess consider U.S. petrochemical facilities
    BASF and Lanxess are looking at building petrochemical facilities in the U.S. to take advantage of cheap natural gas, executives said. "Resources are a lot cheaper in the U.S. than Asia," while Europe is three times more expensive for energy, said Bernhard Duttmann, chief financial officer at Lanxess. The biggest hurdle to expanding U.S. production is finding a skilled workforce, said BASF CFO Fried Munstermann. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Read more on why ACC supports Sen. Murkowski's energy blueprint  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Let consumers decide how to handle plastic bags
    Plastic-bag bans have "unintended consequences," including the presence of bacteria in reusable bags and the accompanying health care costs, writes Ramesh Ponnuru. Instead of bag fees or bans, "the best course for government, then, is probably to encourage people to recycle their plastic bags -- or, maybe, just let people make their own decisions," he writes. Bloomberg (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Research & Innovation 
  • Dow Corning, IBM tout advanced polymer for supercomputers
    Dow Corning and IBM have developed a silicone-based high-performance polymer that uses light waves instead of electrical signals in circuit boards for supercomputers. "The robustness and flexibility of the new material make it and ideal replacement for traditional copper waveguides," said Simon Jones of Dow Corning. "This means manufacturers can stack more boards on top of each other, essentially allowing them to pack more data density in a smaller space," he added. ITWorldCanada.com (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, Dov Seidman writes. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach who listens to players, rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. Time.com (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Logistics, not strategy, is the path to victory
    Two new histories of World War II reveal the key role that logistics played in securing the Allies' victory, writes Michael Schrage. Little-known bureaucrats re-organized the U.S. and British supply chains to ensure the front-line fighters had everything they needed to succeed. "In wartime, logistics eats strategy for lunch," Schrage argues. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Monthly resin market data for 2013 now available from ACC
    ACC's resin reports are recognized as a leading data source on the plastics resins industry. Based on detailed surveys of major North American producers, ACC publishes authoritative industry reports on production and end use sales for major plastic resins. Go online for complete details including sample reports, 2013 subscription pricing and how to order. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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