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November 1, 2012
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  • ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley is named one of D.C.'s most influential
    American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley has been named one of the best lobbyists on Capitol Hill by The Hill, which lists officials from corporations, lobbying firms and trade associations. "[T]he former Democratic House member from California faces no shortage of battles as he fights for chemical manufacturers," The Hill writes. The Hill (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Senate may revisit cybersecurity legislation after Election Day
    The U.S. Senate is expected to take up cybersecurity legislation when Congress resumes after the election. Administration officials believe that a compromise on the bill, combined with an executive order, may overcome objections by business interests and privacy advocates. Meanwhile, the U.S. is arguing that an international treaty on telecommunications to go before the United Nations should exclude cybersecurity doctrines, saying that "one-size-fits-all" language won't work. Reuters (10/31), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gulf Coast petrochemical industry expands because of shale
    Dow Chemical's planned ethylene production site at its Texas complex and Chevron Phillips Chemical's $5 billion project in the state are part of $15 billion in planned expansion along the Gulf Coast amid the nation's shale-gas boom. "We started watching a few years ago. We went from, 'Gosh, is this something real?' to convincing ourselves this is here to stay," said Mark Lashier, executive vice president of olefins and polyolefins at Chevron Phillips Chemical. Houston Chronicle (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marcellus operators report minimal impact from Sandy
    Hurricane Sandy had only a minor impact on Marcellus Shale production, several operators in the play said. "Our operations, including production, were not adversely impacted by the storm," Cabot Oil & Gas spokesman George Stark said. Talisman Energy took the necessary measures before the storm, said Berta Gomez, the company's media relations adviser. Platts (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Instilling a workplace safety culture requires proven concepts
    Workplace safety is an important indicator of employee productivity, commitment and engagement, writes Darcy Jacobsen. A Gallup study suggests that companies with high employee-engagement levels also have higher success rates in workplace safety. Promoting this safety model requires firms to instill the positive-reinforcement psychological concept and the just-in-time business strategy, which urges "timeliness and responsiveness," Jacobsen adds. Globoforce (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Dow Corning helps customers buy products for less through online tool
    A low-cost product-ordering model developed by Dow Corning allows customers to secure lower prices for commodity products, which increases production efficiency. The online tool, called Xiameter, typically provides firms a 10% to 15% discount on prices, said Xiameter executive Jeroen Bloemhard. "In the chemical industry, that's a lot. For this business, we have to be disciplined about these business rules, and we expect customers to follow them," he said. Internet Retailer (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Solvay releases resin for automotive turbochargers
    The volume of turbocharger-equipped passenger cars is set to rise 80% by 2017 as the need to increase fuel efficiency drives lightweighting trends and technologies. In response, Solvay Specialty Polymers has released Amodel, a grade of polyphthalamide for engine components designed for turbochargers. "This innovative material was developed to ... meet the challenges of continuously rising operating temperatures and tougher lifetime service requirements," said Solvay's Mark Wright. PlasticsToday.com (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • When it comes to R&D, big spenders aren't the best innovators
    The most innovative companies aren't necessarily the ones spending the most on research and development, according to a Booz & Company ranking. Apple tops the global innovation league table, but spends just 2.2% of its sales revenue on research; that compares with 13.6% at Google and 12.9% at Microsoft. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Crisis-management tips from Mayor Mike
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a master class in crisis management this week as superstorm Sandy hit the Big Apple, writes Scott Eblin. Bloomberg projected quiet confidence, was highly visible and was utterly consistent in his message. However, Bloomberg's pre-storm messaging, which at times downplayed the threat to New Yorkers, did come in for criticism. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (10/30), Gothamist (New York) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Natural gas from shale is no fluke, but a trend, IHS report shows
    An IHS report on unconventional natural gas supplies has produced a gusher of good news for the chemical industry and U.S. manufacturers. ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley said the study shows "abundant and affordable supplies of natural gas are revitalizing the chemical industry and a providing a competitive edge for manufacturers in the global marketplace." Best of all, the IHS numbers suggest the natural gas will provide long-term advantages for industrial America. This report, Dooley emphasized, "confirms these benefits from natural gas liquids are not a short-term phenomenon but an ongoing trend expected to last for decades. " Read more from ACC on the IHS report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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