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December 6, 2012
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  Business Update 
  • World-leading innovators include ACI members
    American Cleaning Institute members Dow Chemical, DuPont, Saint-Gobain and Procter & Gamble, as well as the parent company of Solvay Chemicals, are featured on Reuters' Top 100 Innovators for 2012. The list weighs patent volume and success rate, international reach and citation-based influence, according to Reuters. "R&D spend in pharmaceutical/chemical-focused industries is among the top in the world. Many organizations in these sectors are extremely innovative, yet they adhere to a different innovation model," said David Brown, managing director at Thomson Reuters' IP Solutions. Techworld (U.K.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Product-makers appeal to men who tackle chores
    More men are tackling household chores, research by S.C. Johnson reports, and manufacturers are trying to appeal to them, too. Procter & Gamble's Tide sponsors the National Football League, airs commercials showing men doing laundry and pitches Tide Pods as a way to easily delegate laundry to men. The Wall Street Journal (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Find out how you can help ACI's efforts to donate gloves and mittens to those affected by superstorm Sandy  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Policy 
  • Siloxanes monitoring provides test of EPA-industry relationship
    The chemical industry may be forced into monitoring two components of siloxanes if the Environmental Protection Agency ends negotiations in favor of a directive, writes Jeff Stier of the National Center for Public Policy Research. "Some experts already consider the EPA's hard-line approach a regulatory short-cut, given Congress's decision not to give EPA additional authority through a reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act," Stier writes. The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACI: EPA mandate could jack up consumer product prices
    ACI submitted formal comments for the Environmental Protection Agency's sustainable energy mandate, saying that markets could be unfairly affected. The EPA has said that "increases in the use of animal fats to produce biofuel could increase the price of those animal fats and/or reduce their availability for the production of oleochemicals." The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Dow Chemical sustainability chief shares innovation-led practices
    Neil Hawkins, Dow Chemical's sustainability chief, explains the importance of sustainability practices in this interview. "At Dow, we know that our progress will be driven by our innovations, but we also see sustainability as the cornerstone of our continued success. Because of this, we focus on innovation that not only helps us reduce our own footprint, but that enables our customers to deliver sustainable solutions to their marketplaces," he says. Sustainable Plant (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips to comply with rules on marketing claims
    Companies can ensure they comply with the Federal Trade Commission's "Green Guides" by carefully wording product labels. Lawyer Jay Levine advises product manufacturers not to make "broad, unqualified, general environmental benefit claims" and cites other tips in this feature. Packaging World online (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACI News 
  • Sponsorships still available for 2013 ACI Convention; don't wait another day to register
    Sponsorships are still available for the 2013 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention, Jan. 28-Feb. 2 at the Grande Lakes Orlando. Sponsorships are a great way to gain added visibility and branding during the cleaning product industry's top business-to-business event. Go online for more information or contact Nancy Bock. And if you haven't registered for the Convention yet, what are you waiting for? ACI members should register today at ACI's website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACI News: Amway, Sasol executives to lead board of directors; ACI website among "the best association websites"
    Amway's Catherine Ehrenberger and Sasol's Tom O'Brien are the new chair and vice chair, respectively, of ACI's board of directors. At its most recent meeting, the board also elected Kelly Semrau of SC Johnson as its newest board member. (ACI news release) In other news, the blog Associations Now named ACI's website as one of the "Best Association Websites." Additionally, the blog Social Driver praised ACI's site, saying, "the color scheme, high quality images, and enhanced layout of this website are both functional and beautiful." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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