Industry

Stay ahead of the regulatory curve at the Twelfth Antimicrobial Workshop

Antimicrobial products are critical to many industries and help in the protection of public health. Antimicrobials are highly regulated, making it critical for companies to stay abreast of the ever-changing regulatory landscape in which they operate. Those engaged in the business of antimicrobials will not want to miss the Twelfth Antimicrobial Workshop held June 7-8 […]

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Going for the win: Silicones in sporting events and competitions

This month at the winter games, outstanding athletes from around the world are gathering in PyeongChang to compete for the gold. No matter the sport— from skiing to bobsledding to curling and figure skating, athletes rely on the unique properties of silicones to improve performance. Here are just a few of the areas where silicones […]

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Tax law is boosting chemical industry investment in the U.S.

Wow, that was fast. Congress’s historic tax reform bill, the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ (H.R. 1) took effect earlier this month, and companies are already announcing plans for new U.S. investments made possible in part by the new law. On Monday, ExxonMobil shared the news that the company plans to invest $50 billion over […]

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Some good news on recycling

There’s been a lot of negative news coverage on recycling. And while plastic recycling markets face serious challenges, there are areas that are making significant strides. One of those areas is plastic film recycling. Earlier this month, I spoke with PlasticsToday about plastic film recycling, including industry initiatives that are helping to grow the recovery […]

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New website provides information on the benefits and safety of fluorinated chemistries

The FluoroCouncil launched a new website this week that showcases information on the benefits and safety of fluorinated chemistries. Fluorinated chemistries, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are a diverse group of chemistries characterized by the strong bond between fluorine and carbon. Fluorinated chemistries provide products with the resilience and durability they require and such products can […]

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Reducing food waste starts at the grocery store…with a little help from plastic

Food waste is a major issue for our environment, and for our families. According to the USDA up to 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten. While most surveyed Americans (91 percent!) say preventing food waste in their homes is “very important” many of us are not aware of how plastics […]

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There to lend a helping hand

By Alexis Schlatre, Guest Contributor August and September were marked by three of the largest hurricanes the United States has seen since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria are widespread throughout Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean, leaving thousands of people out of their homes and businesses disrupted for weeks. […]

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A dip in plastics recycling. Now what?

This year on America Recycles Day (November 15, #BeRecycled), there’s a lot of discussion about challenges facing the recycling industry. A recent example: the 2016 dip (2.4%) in plastic bottle recycling, which reversed twenty-five years of growth and a five-year compounded annual growth rate of 2.1%. So, what happens when an enterprise that has seen […]

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Protecting our heroes with high performance plastics

This has been a difficult year for the many Americans who have experienced wildfires and storm-related flooding. So it’s also a fitting time to honor the heroes who put their lives on the line to protect us. They run into burning homes, brave floodwaters, battle raging wildfires, and help stop epidemics. To honor those who […]

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2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference draws highest attendance of more than 1,000 professionals to New Orleans

“Sixty years – what a milestone,” remarked 2017 conference committee chair Melissa Rose during the opening session of the 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. “Think about it: leading figures in our field have been convening every year for six decades, and each time bring new ideas and insights from the brightest experts in the industry.” » […]

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