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November 20, 2012
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  • ACC: Expand efforts to improve IRIS process
    Efforts to revamp the Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Risk Information System for chemicals are "relatively modest" and insufficient for improving the speed, transparency and quality of scientific assessments, said David Fischer, a senior director at the American Chemistry Council. ACC says it backs EPA official Kenneth Olden's proposal for pre-assessment solicitation of outside advice. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Middle East adjusts to U.S. petrochemical competitiveness
    Petrochemical producers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states are moving toward value-added products as the U.S. becomes a major producer of shale-based ethane feedstock, according to this analysis. "It is highly likely that in the next 10 years there will be more new crackers built in North America than in the Mideast, because low-cost feedstock is available in the United States and it is not in the GCC countries," said Tony Potter of IHS Chemical. Chemical Week (subscription required) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cloture motion on Senate cybersecurity bill fails
    A Senate cybersecurity bill failed to advance to a final vote last week, gaining only 51 votes against the required 60. The bill, sponsored by two Democrats, one Republican and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, is not expected to be addressed again this year. The Obama administration is considering an executive order on the issue. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Applying micro-market analysis to multiple channels
    More channels mean more customer analysis, writes Jasper Bell, strategy consultant at Amaze. But instead of stalling in analysis paralysis, B2B marketers should prioritize micro-market analysis. One chemical company found sales teams had been dispatched to U.S. counties with few growth prospects and rectifying that grew new account sales 15% to 25% in one year. "Micro-market analysis principles could just as easily be applied to using data to optimize your best performing marketing channels," Bell writes. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • How to lead like a fairy-tale hero
    Fairy tales present a vision of leaders as infallible heroes: farsighted, passionate, wise, generous and trustworthy. It's not always possible to live up to those ideals, writes Erika Andersen, but to be effective, leaders must at least try to embody them. "[W]e're still wired to accept as leaders only those who line up with our centuries-old map of leadership attributes," Andersen explains. Fast Company online (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • November Chemical Activity Barometer slides 0.5% after 4 consecutive monthly gains
    The American Chemistry Council today released the sixth monthly report of its Chemical Activity Barometer, a leading economic indicator derived from a composite index of chemical industry activity. The November CAB showed a 0.5% drop over the previous month. The abrupt decline follows four consecutive monthly gains. "The good news continues to be that we are witnessing sustained, healthy activity in construction-related plastic resins, coatings, pigments and other chemistry. It's possible that with the elections now behind us, the CAB is reflecting both the effects of Superstorm Sandy, as well as the uncertainty in the real economy as a result of the fiscal cliff and the resulting sequestered budget cuts," said Kevin Swift, chief economist at ACC. Read more from ACC on the November Chemical Activity Barometer.

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