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August 31, 2012
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  • Obama administration increases energy-efficiency targets
    President Barack Obama on Thursday issued an executive order to set higher energy-efficiency targets for U.S. manufacturers. Such goals will spur about $40 billion to $80 billion in investments and boost combined heat and power capacity to 40 gigawatts by 2020 while reducing energy expenditure by $10 billion a year, according to the administration. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Calls for further regulation of U.S. chemical sector are "misguided"
    Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman's call to increase chemical regulation in the U.S. is "misguided" and would not improve the country's chemical security, writes Jessica Zuckerman. "Rather than simply promoting more regulation, our nation's leaders should step back and take a critical look at existing chemical security frameworks and work with the private sector to develop common-sense, market-conscious policy solutions for U.S. chemical security," Zuckerman writes. The Heritage Foundation/The Foundry blog (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • DuPont may still consider other divestment targets, Kullman says: After finalizing the deal to unload DuPont's performance coatings unit, CEO Ellen Kullman told analysts that her company isn't ruling out further divestment opportunities. Analysts also expect the company's performance materials unit to be the next divestment target, but Kullman said the unit is "doing great" despite its weak growth. "I think performance materials is an area where three, four, five years from now you are going to see a very different set of products," she said. ICIS News (U.K.)/(subscription required) (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: New energy supplies will feed increasing plastics demand
    More oil and natural gas production will help the plastics industry cope with the exponential demand for the material over the next five years, said Peter Davis, director general of the British Plastics Federation, during the Global Polymer Innovation Expo in Ohio. Almost the entire volume of plastics production is still derived from fossil fuels, so shale gas and oil sands present more supplies for the industry, Davis said. "[There is] often talk about when oil will peak and how long have we got before we cannot have oil any longer. I think the prognosis is that there's a great deal of time to go before that happens," Davis said. PlasticsNews.com (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Dow AgroSciences strikes Australian deal to widen crops research
    Dow Chemical's AgroSciences unit has reached a collaboration deal in Australia to do research on genetic technologies to boost crop performance. "Dow AgroSciences is a global leader in agricultural biotechnology and its commitment to research and development in plant genomics makes this an ideal collaboration for our DPI scientists. The results will generate significant benefits to Australian growers while also providing an important role in supporting advances in global food security," said German Spangenberg, executive director of Victoria state's Department of Primary Industries. Chemical Week (subscription required) (8/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • How to identify a good process
    Many manufacturing executives often mistake a sequence of activities for a process, writes Jason Piatt, president of Praestar Technology. He offers six ways to evaluate and improve a process, including determining its complexity, assessing its management and making sure it is communicated to all participants. IndustryWeek (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Plastics hold key to helping cars meet mileage and emissions goals under new fuel efficiency standards
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week issued jointly a federal rule aimed at increasing the national Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards for vehicles in the United States. The new standards will affect cars and light trucks introduced in model years 2017-2025.

    In response to the new rule, America's plastics makers are emphasizing readiness to help automakers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) meet the new standards with a range of lightweight and versatile materials. "Many plastics, including plastics composites, have a history of helping to make cars lighter and more agile while enhancing safety and performance," said Steve Russell, ACC's Vice President of plastics.

    For more about plastics innovations in vehicles, visit http://www.plastics-car.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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