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More signs from Stanford to the Gulf Coast that natural gas is boosting American chemistry

As the U.S. economy continues to sputter, America’s chemical industry motors along. A recent report by Stanford’s Energy Modeling Forum, for example, estimated that robust and sustainable supplies of natural gas will increase America’s gross domestic product by about $70 billion a year over the next several decades. The “principle industry that will benefit from [...]

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Polyurethane industry expert Bill Robert of BASF shares value of free CPI training program

Polyurethane industry expert Bill Robert has weighed in on the value of the Center for Polyurethanes Industry’s (CPI) Spray Foam Chemical Health and Safety Training Program for professional home performance contractors in an exclusive Q&A with American Chemistry Matters. Robert is a member of BASF’s Environmental, Safety and Health team and chair of CPI’s SPF [...]

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BASF Total Petrochemicals revamps its Port Arthur steam cracker to process ethane

BASF Total Petrochemicals is among a growing list of chemical manufacturers announcing expansion plans, thanks to abundant supplies of natural gas from shale. The company, a joint venture formed last year between BASF Corp. and Total Petrochemicals & Refining, has revamped its Port Arthur, Tx., steam cracker to process ethane transported from Mont Belvieu, Tx., [...]

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Shale gas lures armada of overseas chemical companies to U.S. shores

The prospect of a long-term supply of abundant and affordable natural gas from shale continues to attract foreign-based chemical manufacturers to American shores. In fact, of the total number of domestic and foreign companies that have announced investments in the U.S., roughly half are from overseas. Bloomberg has reported that Japanese companies Idemitsu Kosan Co. [...]

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Affordable natural gas sparks global manufacturers’ investment in America

What do Austria’s Voestalpine, Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries, Germany’s Wacker Chemie, Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan, Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics and South Africa’s Sasol have in common? According to Michael Birnbaum’s front page story in The Washington Post, the answer is each of these companies plans massive investments in the United States, whether it’s a $7 billion ethane [...]

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EPA report marks significant gains in vehicle efficiency, propelled by chemistry

The automotive industry has seen significant improvements in vehicle efficiency in recent years, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual report. Fuel economy values increased by 16 percent while carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions decreased by 13 percent between 2007 and 2012. There was an estimated increase of 1.4 miles per gallon for cars and [...]

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See how chemistry helps the U.S. save up to $85 billion a year in reduced energy costs

ACC members make valuable contributions to our nation’s portfolio of energy efficient innovations in areas like automotive, home, building and industrial efficiency. Combined, our products save up to 11.1 percent of total U.S. energy consumption — enough to power, light, heat and cool up to 56 million homes or power 135 million vehicles a year. [...]

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Lightweighting through chemistry products revolutionizes vehicle efficiency

Americans are becoming increasingly conscious of efficiency in the cars we drive, and one of the most effective ways to improve vehicle efficiency is through “lightweighting” – reducing the weight of a car so that it can run farther on less fuel. Decreasing a vehicle’s weight by just 10 percent can improve a car’s fuel [...]

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$142 billion light vehicle industry depends on chemistry

The new federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-duty trucks — 54.5 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025 — calls attention to an important reality: that vehicle efficiency is a crucial component of a comprehensive U.S. energy strategy. Chemistry Behind Fuel Efficiency In August, ACC released its “Chemistry and Light Vehicles” report, which highlighted [...]

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Earth Day a call for greater energy efficiency solutions

More than a billion people around the world are taking part in Earth Day celebrations this year, as the nearly 800,000 men and women employed by the U.S. chemistry industry continue to find ways to create a more sustainable future for our planet. For example, products of chemistry empower Americans and American businesses to improve [...]

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