Chemicals
Top stories summarized by our editors
2/20/2020

BASF, Evonik, Lanxess, Total and Bayer either continue to operate or have resumed operations at their facilities in China amid the coronavirus outbreak, although many employees have been asked to work from home, if possible. Some companies have also placed restrictions on travel to China.

2/20/2020

New guidance that changes how industrial sites are grouped and permitted under the Clean Air Act's New Source Review program won't be applied retroactively, wrote the Environmental Protection Agency to Eastman Chemical Resins regarding an existing permit. Eastman had asked the EPA to reconsider a permit that grouped one of its sites in Virginia with Arkema and Solenis facilities.

2/20/2020

White House chief economist Tomas Philipson, in a departure from President Donald Trump's repeated assertions that his tariffs had not hurt the economy, said in a briefing released today that "Uncertainty generated by trade negotiations dampened investment." Philipson went on to say he expects investment will rebound this year if that uncertainty subsides.

More Summaries:
Tomas Philipson, White House
2/20/2020

Covestro has delayed a planned $1.6 billion MDI facility at its site in Baytown, Texas, for 18 to 24 months, following the release of its fourth-quarter results. Covestro reported about $40 million in net income for the period.

2/20/2020

Scientists estimate that the novel coronavirus could live on surfaces for up to nine days, according to new research that analyzes the findings of previous studies on coronaviruses. Cleaning and disinfection with products that contain ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, sodium hypochlorite or bleach can effectively inactivate the virus on surfaces, researchers say.

Full Story:
CNN
2/19/2020

Keep your talented employees by encouraging them, recognizing their accomplishments, fostering their unique leadership styles and giving them opportunities to grow, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Help build people's reputations for the great work they do, and they're more likely to stick around -- and advance -- through your company," he writes.

Full Story:
SmartBrief/Leadership
2/19/2020

The cleaning product industry's short life cycles, innovative spirit and sustainable focus has made it an attractive bet for chemical makers. One innovation showcased at this year's American Cleaning Institute convention is rhamnolipids, a family of biobased surfactants.

2/19/2020

The hydrocarbons the EU has set limits for in edible oils are machine lubricants that get in during processing, and compliance would be expensive for palm oil producers. "To address this issue, we have to use food grade lubricant, but the available options are very, very expensive," said Nageeb Abdul Wahab, CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association.

Full Story:
Reuters
2/19/2020

Cell-based meat, the focus of experimentation in laboratories across the world, could overtake plant-based meat alternatives on supermarket shelves in coming years. Cell culture products in development include chicken, beef and cell-based fat.

Full Story:
Forbes
2/19/2020

Argentinian startup Tomorrow Foods plans to offer protein products made from peas and mung beans, aiming at food producers in Latin America looking for local ingredient sources. The company is targeting the market segments of meat and dairy alternatives, as well as sports nutrition.

Full Story:
FoodNavigator