Unilever abandons plans to create Dutch HQ | Solvay unveils new CEO, $22M Tenn. investment | Former Akzo Nobel specialty arm renamed, to be on market within 5 years
October 11, 2018
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Unilever abandons plans to create Dutch HQ
Unilever abandons plans to create Dutch HQ
Unilever has abandoned its proposal to move its headquarters to the Netherlands following backlash from those in the UK who want to maintain a British presence. "The board will now consider its next steps and will continue to engage with our shareholders," said Chairman Marijn Dekkers.
CNBC/Reuters (10/5),  Reuters (10/5) 
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Solvay unveils new CEO, $22M Tenn. investment
Ilham Kadri will assume Jean-Pierre Clamadieu's role as Solvay's chief executive officer in 2019. Separately, the company says it will spend $22 million to expand capabilities at its plant in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., through 2023.
CNBC/Reuters (10/9),  The Daily Herald (Columbia, Tenn.) (10/8) 
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Former Akzo Nobel specialty arm renamed, to be on market within 5 years
After being rechristened Nouryon, Akzo Nobel's former specialty chemicals division aims to be on the market in up to five years. Nouryon´╗┐ reportedly plans to keep its 21 product lines and increase its profits and sales by 4% to 5% yearly through increased productivity and cost-cutting while solving manufacturing plant capacity issues.
Reuters (10/9),  Chemical & Engineering News (tiered subscription model) (10/10) 
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Seventh Generation's new detergent uses less water, packaging
Seventh Generation has developed a detergent that uses half the water of other detergents and comes in a 23.1-ounce package instead of a 100-ounce package, company officials said. Designed for Amazon, the ultra-concentrated detergent works double time; it can clean as much laundry as 100-ounce detergents while being easier to ship and less likely to leak.
Fast Company online (10/3) 
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Science, Policy & Health
Calif. may clarify Prop 65 exposure calculation
California regulators are considering changes to Proposition 65 that would dictate how manufacturers should calculate potential reproductive toxins exposure. State regulators at the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment say the proposed clarification "helps the responsible business to correctly determine the rate of intake or exposure for average users of the consumer product and properly decide whether a warning is required for a given exposure."
Chemical Watch (subscription required) (10/9) 
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DowDuPont unit appoints leadership team for recycling roles
DowDuPont's Dow Chemical Packaging and Specialty Plastics division has created two executive positions, selecting Tim Boven to oversee recycling and waste management in the Americas and Carsten Larsen to do the same in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. "With [Boven] and [Larsen] driving our global recycling strategy, we will be able to help our customers around the world achieve their sustainability objectives and enable the shift toward a more circular value chain for plastics," says Diego Donoso, the division's president.
Plastics News (tiered subscription model) (10/10) 
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Laundry industry working to reduce water usage
British tech firm Xeros has introduced a new line of washing machines that replace water with polymer beads that attract stains. Unilever has introduced a dry-shampoo-like aerosol that refreshes clothing between washes.
BBC (10/5) 
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Henkel pilot project uses recycled plastic in products
Henkel's laundry and home care packaging experts have integrated recycled plastics in 25,000 bottles of laundry and cleaning products. The company committed to make all of its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
British Plastics & Rubber (UK) (10/10) 
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ACI News
Why Are You Waiting? Register Today for ACI Convention
Your customers, competitors and colleagues are already signing up for the 2019 ACI Convention. Why haven't you? The cleaning product industry's top business-to-business event takes place January 29-February 2 at the Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. ACI members should visit the Convention website today to register and prepare for the global supply chain's signature event for doing business. Contact ACI's Meetings Office with any questions you may have.
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ACI Sustainability Report "Highly Commended" at Responsible Business Awards Event
ACI's 2017 Sustainability Report was "Highly Commended" in Ethical Corporation's Sustainability Report of the Year Award category, as part of the group's prestigious international Responsible Business Awards 2018. The judges said about our Report: "A fresh submission from an industry association with clear ambition to drive sustainability change for its members and the sector as a whole ... it does show the growing role of third-party organizations as a way of influencing powerful change in a given sector."
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