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12/3/2021

Just as dog breeds have their specialties, people also excel in some areas but not others, writes Wally Bock, who offers five analogies for being a leader of people.

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12/3/2021

Chemical employment currently exceeds pre-pandemic levels and is expected to grow 1.3% by 2022, according to the American Chemistry Council's Mid-Year 2021 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook report, but companies can't let their guard down when it comes to strategies to attracting and retaining top talent. Other research indicates chemical makers should pay competitively, make safety a priority, and ensure workers feel valued.

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Powder & Bulk Solids
12/3/2021

Demand for chemicals, plastics and other commodities came "roaring back" in the second half of last year, but the unprecedented rate of supply chain disruption the industry is experiencing today isn't expected to ease going into 2022, said John Anton of IHS Markit. "Demand is very good, capacity utilization has been bad," said Anton.

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12/2/2021

The American Chemistry Council supports the National Academy of Sciences' view that stable policies are needed to accelerate plastics circularity and keep debris out of the ocean and environment, but plastics offer many societal and economic benefits that must also be preserved, said ACC's Joshua Baca following the release of a NAS report. "There is significant alignment in what the plastics value chain and NAS report are calling for, particularly in improving access to waste collection and recycling infrastructure," said Baca.

12/2/2021

The current deal to fund the federal government expires on Friday and congressional lawmakers have yet to reach an agreement on a stopgap measure, making the chance of a shutdown increasingly likely. The duration of the next stopgap deal is one point of contention among lawmakers.

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12/2/2021

Mitsubishi Chemical will divest its chemical and carbon products assets in support of Japan's transition toward carbon neutrality and plans to exit the segments. The company will focus on the growth of its industrial gases and electronics businesses, with plans to funnel $16.7 billion into capital expenditures and research and development by 2025.

12/2/2021

Simple habits like frequent handwashing, proper disinfection of frequently touched household surfaces, and using hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes can go a long way in protecting you and your loved ones from germs and viruses this holiday season, writes Brian Sansoni of the American Cleaning Institute. Pre-clean surfaces before disinfecting and allow the disinfectant spray to air dry or let it stand for as long as the label recommends before wiping it off to ensure the highest level of protection, Sansoni says.

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12/2/2021

Wearing gloves when sorting laundry, using a detergent with enzymes, disinfecting the area around the washing machine and washing your hands after handling laundry are simple precautions that could help reduce disease transmission, according to University of Arizona professor Chuck Gerba, who has led research on best practices for doing the laundry. "In our studies, we found that the average pair of adult underwear contains about one-quarter of a Southwest Airlines peanut, by weight, of fecal matter," Gerba says.

12/1/2021

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted supply chains and economies around the world, and many people are wondering what's in store for chemicals as the Omicron variant spreads. In this episode of the ICIS Think Tank podcast, the team discusses the issue, as well as how the variant may further disrupt chemical supply chains and increase polyethylene and polypropylene prices in some parts of the world.

12/1/2021

The European Commission is awarding Innovation Fund grants to seven utility-scale, low-carbon projects that target energy-intensive industries, including a cross-border carbon capture and storage venture from Air Liquide and BASF.

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