Katherine Lemos emerges as Trump's first CSB pick | Brouillette: key issue for US shale industry is pipeline capacity | ACC: Latest tariffs hinder $13.4B worth of Chinese chemicals
June 14, 2019
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Exxon, Saudis plan Texas chemical complex
ExxonMobil and SABIC, Saudi Arabia's state petrochemicals company, have agreed to build a chemical complex near Corpus Christi, Texas, that will include what would be the world's largest steam cracker. The plant will convert Permian Basin-produced hydrocarbons into ethylene.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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Katherine Lemos emerges as Trump's first CSB pick
President Donald Trump confirmed plans to nominate Northrop Grumman's Katherine Lemos to join the Chemical Safety Board on Thursday, pending Senate approval. Lemos would be the first board member to be confirmed under Trump, who has unsuccessfully attempted to eliminate the CSB.
E&E News (subscription required) (6/14) 
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Brouillette: key issue for US shale industry is pipeline capacity
US shale oil production will remain steady or increase, despite low prices and decreased demand, says deputy energy secretary Dan Brouillette, contending that the industry's biggest problem is insufficient pipeline capacity. "Our biggest challenge in the United States is not maintaining production, it's actually getting the product to market," he said.
CNBC (6/12),  Kallanish Energy (UK) (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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ACC: Latest tariffs hinder $13.4B worth of Chinese chemicals
Trade issues with the US are paving the way for an oversupply issue in China's polypropylene market, according to ICIS. The American Chemistry Council says the third round of tariffs applies to $13.2 billion worth of Chinese chemicals and plastics slated for export.
ICIS News (UK) (free content) (6/14) 
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Industry Watch
Attract millennial talent with training, mentorship, says NOVA manager
Companies can recruit and attract millennial talent by finding motivated people and teaching them, says Jonathan Quinn of NOVA Chemicals. Mentorships "can introduce a new employee to an organization, but it should be someone close to their age and not someone who's going to retire in three weeks," he says.
Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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Bayer to invest $5.64M in crop protection R&D
Roundup weed killer maker Bayer will spend about $5.64 million to research and develop solutions for crop protection and set a goal to reduce its environmental impact from crop chemicals 30% by the end of 2030. "While glyphosate will continue to play an important role in agriculture and in Bayer's portfolio, the company is committed to offering more choices for growers," it wrote.
Reuters (6/14) 
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Research & Innovation
Column: Robots are only as reliable as the rest of the system
Measuring industrial robots by reliability and downtime can miss factors outside their control, such as the failure of associated equipment that shuts down operations, writes Steve Sickler, president of Tend.ai. Proper monitoring and data collection and analysis can help manufacturers better track and predict problems, he says.
Robotics Business Review (tiered subscription model) (6/3) 
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Leadership & Management
Relationships can make or break negotiations
Successful negotiators understand their options and value relationships, writes Mike Figliuolo. "Failure to consider those relationship dynamics can win you the battle in that short-term negotiation and you may get the deal done, but long-term, you've lost the war, and the long-term contract," he writes.
ThoughtLeaders (6/12) 
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