Recycling advances in the chemical industry include the Closed Loop Fund's backing of an open-source technology developed by Procter & Gamble for recycling polypropylene, as well as the American Chemistry Council's Materials Recovery for the Future group's partnership to test the recycling of flexible plastic packaging. "We're looking to document our learnings [and] provide data and recommendations for others interested in recycling FPP curbside," says Emily Tipaldo of the American Chemistry Council.
Only 23% of respondents to a 2018 Frost & Sullivan survey said their plants employed valve monitoring technology, with key obstacles including reliability concerns and a lack of qualified technicians. Corrosion was cited by respondents as the most important factor in valve failure.
Amazon has adopted a new policy for chemicals management, including a restricted substance list that bars the use of materials such as phthalates and nonylphenol ethoxylate surfactants in products for American consumers.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed the Save Our Seas Act of 2018 into law, a move praised by the American Chemistry Council and other industry groups. "This important bipartisan legislation reinvigorates existing programs and includes language recognizing the need to address the lack of waste management systems in developing countries," says ACC.
Part of leadership is enabling others to carry on for you after you're gone, writes Ken Downer. Training with succession in mind also creates accountability, empowers people to make decisions and gives you time back in your day, he writes.
A bill under consideration in the Senate that would adopt California's rule for flame retardants in furniture would "undermine product safety for consumers," says a spokesperson for the American Chemistry Council's North American Flame Retardant Alliance. "A preferred approach would be to direct the CPSC to expeditiously develop an appropriate national fire safety standard that takes into account all furniture fire sources," the spokesperson said.
Dow Chemical and more than 4,500 of its employees partnered with The Ocean Conservancy to participate in Pulling Our Weight, a plastics cleanup effort at over 50 places worldwide. "Through global and local collaborations with governments, NGOs, and other industry leaders, Dow is working to innovate technologies to recycle waste, clean up existing waste and support initiatives that prevent waste from entering the environment," says CEO Jim Fitterling.
Celanese has agreed to buy India-based engineering thermoplastics compounders enterprise Next Polymers for an undisclosed amount and says it expects the deal to close in 2019's first quarter. The deal will "further establish Celanese as a leader in the Indian ETP market by broadening our ability to serve nylon and other engineered materials customers in a high-growth region," says Celanese Chief Operating Officer Scott Sutton.
Covestro has added polycarbonate polyols based on carbon dioxide to its Desmopan thermoplastic polyurethane line -- the first use of the practice in a TPU product, according to the company.
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