ACC recognizes companies for plastics recycling innovations | ACC's Risotto urges caution on N.Y.'s PFAS standards | Autozone, Kelly-Moore to stop using methylene chloride, NMP
October 22, 2018
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ACC recognizes companies for plastics recycling innovations
KW Plastics, Safeplay Systems, and Sony Electronics have won the American Chemistry Council's Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards for 2018 for their work on post-consumer recycled plastics products. "Used plastics are too valuable to waste and can be recycled to make high-quality, innovative products, such as furniture, car parts, home building products, fashion, and packaging," says ACC's Steve Russell.
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ACC's Risotto urges caution on N.Y.'s PFAS standards
New York's Drinking Water Quality Council must take its time and use the best available science when considering maximum drinking water contaminant levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, says the American Chemistry Council's Steve Risotto. He adds that ACC doesn't believe that there is a scientific basis for grouping all PFAS together under one maximum contaminant level.
WAMC-AM/WAMC-FM (Albany, N.Y.) (10/19) 
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ACC's Jackson: Many retailers have PE recycling options
ACC's Jackson: Many retailers have PE recycling options
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Publix and Wegmans are among US retailers that have established recycling programs for plastic bags and other polyethylene film products, says the American Chemistry Council's Shari Jackson. Jackson recommends using the ACC's website covering plastic film recycling to learn more about flexible film product drop-off options.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (10/21) 
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BASF, Nornickel partner to expand nickel, cobalt inventories
BASF and Nornickel, a Russian mining business, have agreed to produce more nickel and cobalt feedstocks for the electric vehicle industry. BASF will also build a battery materials plant in Finland next to a Nornickel refinery.
Reuters (10/22) 
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Evonik: $460M nylon 12 expansion progresses
Evonik Industries is selecting an engineering team for a $460 million nylon 12 expansion in Marl, Germany and expects to complete the project by early 2021, says executive Ralf Duessel. The project will increase the plant's nylon 12 capacity by 50%.
Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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Research & Innovation
What to know about machine guarding
Proper machine guarding is an important safety mechanism with the potential to reduce preventable workplace injuries, writes Rockford Systems sales executive Matt Brenner. Risk assessments and safeguarding assessments are the two main ways to do this, each with its own strengths.
Machine Design (10/18) 
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Don't let budget constraints curtail product development
Product-development teams must have access to enough funds to take risks and get creative, write Mike Gordon, Marek Kowski and Sander Smits. Traditional metrics are important to measure, they add, but so are customer loyalty and team morale.
McKinsey (10/2018) 
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Leadership & Management
What makes your company unique? Focus on that
Digital transformation isn't much different from overall strategy -- it should zero in on what sets a company apart and helps customers access that service or product, writes Nigel Fenwick of Forrester. "Ninety percent of your business is simply not that unique -- stop pretending that it is," he writes.
Forrester (10/17) 
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