Chemicals
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11/16/2018

Another wave of chemical capacity is expected to come online over the next few years, and the nation's export infrastructure, including ports, must ramp up now to meet that demand, says Chevron Phillips Chemical executive Bob Rhoades. Eight steam crackers and 13 polyethylene facilities are expected to begin operations in the US between 2017 and 2019.

11/16/2018

Ashland Global Holdings will sell its composites business to Ineos Enterprises in a $1.1 billion deal. Ineos says it expects to close the deal in 2019's first half.

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11/16/2018

President Donald Trump has attempted to eliminate the Chemical Safety Board in two successive budget requests but has been unsuccessful. Despite a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, the president may achieve his goal by opting to not nominate board members to replace those whose terms are ending, thus not meeting a quorum.

11/16/2018

Industry groups such as the American Chemistry Council, along with businesses, countries and other partners, are focused on plastics recycling and spurring the development of innovative approaches to recycling and production, writes Tristanne Davis, a project manager with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. "It is clear there is no silver bullet, but rather many solutions are required, and these might all look different in different places," she writes.

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Packaging Digest
11/16/2018

3M says it will invest $2 billion in research and development and will buy back up to $4 billion in shares next year, anticipating a positive fiscal 2019 and beyond.

11/16/2018

SABIC shared its Lexan CXT film, designed for high temperatures, at IDTechEx's event in California. The product is polycarbonate-based with low opacity.

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SABIC, IDTechEx
11/15/2018

Americans spend on average six hours a week cleaning their home with 28% spending more than seven hours a week, according to a survey from the American Cleaning Institute, with about 34% wondering if they are cleaning their homes enough. Check out the in-depth statistics from ACI's latest National Cleaning Survey.

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HAPPI online
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11/15/2018

Companies will include more naturally-sourced products in their cleansers and bar soaps in the future, including natural oils, experts say. More consumers are purchasing artisanal bar soaps and soaps that look handmade.

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HAPPI online
11/15/2018

Henkel will use AI news and a network of experts to provide information on artificial intelligence as the company responds to technological change and encourages entrepreneurial digital culture. Henkel is partnering with CognitionX to create the information library.

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Information Age
11/15/2018

The Japanese 5S approach to kitchen management emphasizes efficiency and hygiene and helps commercial kitchens with work flow. Cleaning and hygiene products are accessible, reducing the amount of time staff members take to clean an item or wash their hands.