US tariffs have increased prices on raw materials and other costs for domestic manufacturers, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Many manufacturers say they plan to pass increases on to clients, which could apply upward pressure to inflation, while a New York Fed blog post says tariffs will cause "little or no improvement in the trade deficit."
A federal court issued an injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency's delay of the Clean Water Rule, reinstating the rule in 26 states. US District Judge David Norton of South Carolina ruled that the EPA failed to follow aspects of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Kao has purchased Ohio-based Washing Systems LLC at an unreported price, a move that will help its North American expansion. Washing Systems creates eco-friendly detergents.
The Food and Drug Administration allows food service companies to reuse wiping towels within certain guidelines, but the methods don't always eliminate bacteria, writes Hal King, Public Health Innovations' president and CEO. Improvements include proper storage and single-use wiping towels and disposable wipes.
Atomized bleach solution, ethanol and TEG delivered through a misting device eliminated 100% of multiple bacteria strains on surfaces, according to a study. The device has the potential to deliver medicine through inhalers, too, researchers say.
The American Chemistry Council, 3M and other organizations are backing Circulate Capital, a company that will invest in companies fighting marine debris. "Circulate Capital is the type of active engagement we need to accelerate the implementation of waste management systems with effective recycling processes that keep plastics waste out of the ocean," says Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics Business President Diego Donoso.
The EU and US are two of several places where regulators are reviewing Praxair and Linde's proposed merger. The companies face an Oct. 24 deadline.
Bayer will begin integrating Monsanto into its operations after closing the sale of assets to BASF. Bayer finalized its takeover of Monsanto in June.
Newly appointed leaders may feel eager to bring their ideas to fruition, but teams can resent too much change attempted too quickly, writes Jennifer V. Miller. People are more accepting of change when you learn what the culture will support and associate your ideas with something that's already successful, she writes.
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