Linde and Praxair submitted a remedy package to the Federal Trade Commission, potentially clearing the way for their proposed merger. The FTC must vote on the package before an Oct. 24 deadline.
The American Chemistry Council filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency asking it to improve "historical operability issues" with its Chemical Data Reporting rule online tool. The EPA should also adjust the rule's burden cost calculations to account for the industry's actual compliance time, ACC said.
Clariant shareholders during a meeting today approved former CEO Hariolf Kottmann to serve as chairman, while Ernesto Occhiello took over as his successor. Shareholders also elected four SABIC representatives to Clariant's board.
PolyOne today is inaugurating a new production line and tech facility in Pune, India, that will produce thermoplastic elastomers. Meanwhile, at Fakuma 2018, the company unveiled a new line of colored polymers dubbed Shades of Nature.
Lanxess is presenting several new electric vehicle market materials at Fakuma 2018, including new nylon 6, nylon 6/6 and polybutylene terephthalate compounds. "Our materials offer improved thermal conductivity properties and increase safety," says marketing executive Jan Bender.
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.
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