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  • Oil Collapse, China Heighten Long-term Structural Change in Chemical Industry

    April 11, 2016
    Transitory, near-term developments in energy, earnings, and the economy are augmenting long-term, structural changes in investment, the supply chain, and regulation to “flatten” global markets in ways that have specific implications for c…

  • Shortage of Skilled Workers Continues to Badger Manufacturing Industry

    April 1, 2016
    A growing number of U.S. manufacturers are reaching the outer limits of their capacity constraints, and the primary factor driving capacity limits is a shortage of skilled workers, according to CliftonLarsonAllen’s fifth annual Manufacturing an…

  • Key Considerations for Hiring the ‘Right’ Commercial Construction Developer and Design/Builder

    Ryan Regina, co- founder and owner of BIG SKY Enterprises || March 8, 2016
    In today’s economy, any organization looking to start a new construction project faces certain challenges. Choosing the right construction manager and design/builder using criterion based on individualized, industry-specific needs can make the…

  • Paint Needs a Category Makeover

    Paint Needs a Category Makeover

    Andrew Eyles, CEO, bluemarlin || February 24, 2016
        By Andrew Eyles, CEO and Founder of award-winning brand design consultancy, bluemarlin The global billion-dollar and successful paints and coatings industry is in need of a leader brave enough to shift the conversation…

  •  Big Data and Analytics Can Tame Rising Cost of Chemical R&D

    Big Data and Analytics Can Tame Rising Cost of Chemical R&D

    February 17, 2016
    Big Data and analytics have been a hot topic in consumer-oriented businesses for years, but now new advances are bringing them to the chemical industry. These tools address the complete chemical manufacturing lifecycle from R&D to market, cutting…

  • Industrial Fire Protection Starts with a Protective Coating

    Industrial Fire Protection Starts with a Protective Coating

    Mike Reed, US Coatings || February 9, 2016
    For some industrial facilities, fireproofing is a prerequisite for holding on to the facility’s insurance, at least at rates resembling anything close to affordable. Many owners of refineries, petrochemical and oil and gas facilities that conta…

  • IHS: Westlake Chemical Move to Carve Out its Ethylene Assets, Leveraging Tax Advantages

    Melissa Manning, IHS || December 22, 2015
    As reported in IHS ChemicalWeek, Westlake Chemical  Corp. of Houston, announced plans to carve out its ethylene assets into a tax-advantaged separately traded master limited partnership (MLP), according to regulatory filings. The company, Westla…

  • Change... Driving It

    Phil Phillips, PhD, Contributing Writer || December 15, 2014
    There is always a point in organizations of all sizes to come to the realization that a radical change must take place. This decision usually is prompted by circumstances such as: attractive new opportunities in adjacent markets; threat of nibble com…

  • Growing Paint Additives Market

    Growing Paint Additives Market

    Tim Wright, Editor || January 24, 2012
    Environmental pressures and the growing shift toward water-based paint systems are fueling demand for paint and coating additives, providing tremendous growth potential for additives suppliers.

  • EAG acquires Chemir and CAS-MI

    April 13, 2011
    Leader in surface analysis and materials characterization acquires additional investigational, regulatory and product development capabilities.