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12/13/2018

Air Products is preparing to build a new air separation facility in Minnesota's Twin Cities region that will produce liquid nitrogen, argon and oxygen. The plant is expected to begin operations by mid-2020.

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12/13/2018

Pending regulatory approvals, a Taiyo Nippon Sanso subsidiary has purchased $413 million worth of Linde's US businesses that the company was required to divest as part of its merger with Praxair. The deal includes an interest in Linde's hydrogen and carbon monoxide operations.

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Linde, Taiyo Nippon Sanso, Praxair
12/13/2018

Covestro has a history of developing materials for the automotive market and will continue to do so as self-driving and autonomous vehicle technologies become more widespread, says Paige Kassalen, a Covestro market analyst. Kassalen says the company's polycarbonate resins and polyurethane foam can be used for lighting and sound-absorption applications, respectively.

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12/12/2018

Goals might not be negotiable, but the methods teams use to achieve them should be left to them, writes Dan Rockwell. "Engagement results from owning the process, even if you haven't chosen the goal," he writes.

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Leadership Freak
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Dan Rockwell
12/12/2018

Canola crush facilities are expected to increase in Canada after Dec. 30 due to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which eliminates tariffs between Canada and Japan. Shipping totals of canola oil are predicted to reach 700,000 metric tons by time the tariffs lift and sales are expected to increase by 2020 with the hope of a new market of $780 million in oil and meal exports.

12/12/2018

The FDA is recalling at least 11 brands of dog food for excessive amounts of vitamin D, which could cause kidney failure or death. The recall includes Nature's Promise, Abound, Evolve, Sportsman's Pride, Natural Life and Nutrisca.

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12/12/2018

An Arla Foods Ingredients study involving 5,658 mothers in seven nations found that 38% of mothers prefer whey protein in their infant formula products. In the study, 87% of women selected "supports healthy growth" as their main criteria for making a product purchase. Only 27% of surveyed mothers stuck with one brand.

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Nutrition Insight
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12/12/2018

A device being developed by an EU-funded project aims to reduce food waste and related costs by hastening raw meat contamination measurement. The noninvasive device, which stores up to 2,000 measurements, utilizes fluorescence spectroscopy to examine microbiological quality.

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12/12/2018

While seeking a renewable engine fuel that could work with current diesel engines, research scientists created biofuel from wet biological waste. The fuel, derived from pig manure and food scraps, meets current diesel fuel requirements.

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Laboratory Equipment
12/12/2018

Trade talks between the US and Japan should feature points similar to those in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, says the American Chemistry Council. The ACC has identified what it says should be priorities for the US and Japan, including the removal of all chemical-related tariffs and the adoption of policies on marine plastics waste.

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