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    [body] => In its trend book, BASF designfabrik, which is part of the new Creation Centers, presents the results of an international study that combines current social trends with innovative new materials and design.

How do "circular economy" and exclusivity, improvisational art and innovation fit together and which materials can combine these characteristics?

The designfabrik teams from the Creation Centers in Shanghai, Mumbai, Yokohama and Ludwigshafen have found answers and solutions to these questions, which they present in the "Material Selection N°1."

The first trend presented in the study describes a society called the "Aspirational Society" by the trend researchers.

This is a society that strives for exclusivity, but at the same time wants to act sustainably and not commit itself to ownership.

To have access to all music titles and movies of the world at any time replaces the physical data carrier.

Access to exclusive products and data alone is sufficient, the ultimate purchase is no longer absolutely necessary. It is not so much the products themselves that give us exclusivity as the feeling that they give us access.

"The transformation of such a society, which wants to own everything, to one which wants to use everything, also creates new demands on materials, services and products," said Alex Horisberger, designfabrik Ludwigshafen, BASF.

The trend researchers have therefore developed a material that combines all these contrasts: It can reproduce textures and structures individually and yet shines like a liquid. A mono-material special polyamide that meets sustainable demands and at the same time offers durability.

The second trend of the BASF study originated in India and describes an attitude to life that is rarely found in Western society: the art of improvising. In India, this attitude is called "Jugaad."

"Jugaad" has proven to be a successful system, especially when you have to rely on a functioning solution due to scarcity of resources or time pressure.

Lack and need to make inventive and thus innovations arise from temporary arrangements in the shortest time. In our society, however, lack and need occur at completely different, diverse levels: In the age of digitalization, for example, the lack of haptic feedback is ubiquitous, because we touch smooth display glass surfaces every day, blank and without texture.

With a world-first, BASF is not only bringing haptic experiences back into everyday life, but it also breaks with what previously seemed to be established contradictions.

"With the help of an innovative PU coating, the natural surface of the stone can be combined with lightness and flexibility, thus opening up completely new design possibilities," said Alexandre Dreyer, head of Creation Center Asia, BASF.

An example of this is the use of the material in the VisionVenture concept campervan. There, the entire bathroom was lined with the innovative slate material.

The trends and materials are handed over only in connection with a personal presentation and are intended exclusively for customers and potential customers.

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The TCFD was established in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the members of which include representatives of the finance ministries, financial regulators and central banks of 25 major countries and regions, as well as other key global financial bodies. The task force developed its recommendations to assist corporate efforts to disclose information on climate-related risks and opportunities.
 
As signaled by the Paris Agreement, a multinational accord aimed at curbing climate change adopted in December 2015, rising average global temperatures and other aspects of climate change have the potential to significantly impact society, ecosystems and corporate activity, underscoring the need to take action to mitigate this urgent challenge. DIC’s decision to declare its support for the TCFD reflects its recognition that companies will increasingly be expected to focus on growing sustainably with society by achieving a balance between social value, that is, value that contributes to the resolution of social imperatives, and economic value, which underpins corporate growth.
 
DIC works with its approximately 170 group companies around the world to conduct its operations in a manner that will ensure the achievement of its vision for the DIC Group. In line with its commitment to helping realize a sustainable society, the company has set a new target for reducing its emissions of CO2 by 30 percent from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030. Looking ahead, DIC will continue working to strengthen its environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives, which are closely linked to its operations, with the aim of further contributing to efforts to combat climate change. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-06-04 13:51:00 [updated_at] => 2019-06-28 11:29:49 [last_updated_author] => 228513 [uploaded_by] => 165216 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["312146","313862","310205","311654","305106","315742","315735","315738","315741","304904","306287","308916","305478","317122","307332","313625","317011"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-06-05 13:45:25 ) [1] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 316593 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 190669 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 190669 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF, Greentown Labs Jointly Launch Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge [short_title] => [summary] => Six-month accelerator program seeks ideas in the plastics, energy storage and recycling value chains. [slug] => basf-greentown-labs-jointly-launch-greentown-labs-circularity-challenge [body] =>
Greentown Labs and BASF are now accepting applications for the Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge, a six-month accelerator program. 
 
Greentown Labs and BASF are seeking innovative ideas from startups with a proof of concept solution to disrupt the plastics, energy storage and recycling value chains to enable a sustainable and circular economy. 
 
This program is supported by Stanley Black & Decker.
 
"The circular economy is all about resource efficiency and implementing sustainable practices across value chains," said Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs. "We believe deeply in the impact innovations across the circular economy can have on our planet and we are eager to see all the great ideas startups have to improve energy storage, plastics, and recycling value chains."
 
The Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge, located at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Mass., offers a collaborative environment to creatively explore, pilot and develop disruptive approaches to circularity, joining forces between corporates at different positions in the value chain – BASF and Stanley Black & Decker – and the innovative startup ecosystem. Selected startups will gain access to industry advisors and mentors, business and technical resources as well as physical infrastructure, among other benefits.
 
“BASF believes that the chemical industry and its innovations can lead the way in circular economy thinking and action,” said Peter Eckes, president, Bioscience Research and Regional Research Representative North America, BASF. “Yet, solving the challenges for a sustainable and circular economy requires innovation across the value chain to provide benefits to customers and suppliers, and in many cases may require completely new business models and partners. By teaming up with Greentown Labs and Stanley Black & Decker we have already initiated a collaborative environment and look forward to working with startups to explore disruptive ideas in plastics, battery materials and digital tools.”
 
“Stanley Black & Decker has the reach, product innovation and mindset to be a powerful force for good, especially in today’s world where so much is changing and being disrupted by technology and new ways of doing business,” said Marty Guay, VP of Business Development at Stanley Black & Decker. “Corporations like ours can be part of the solution yet we also acknowledge the need to partner and collaborate with other recognized leaders such as BASF and Greentown Labs. By working together, we can harness our collective skills and imagination to deliver positive business and societal outcomes in areas of mutual importance.”
 
Specific areas of interest within the plastics, batteries and digital tools categories for the Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge include, but are not limited to:
 
Plastics
Batteries
Digital tools
Submissions for the program will be evaluated based on potential technological impact, the strength of the team, and relevance for partnership with BASF and Stanley Black & Decker, among other factors. 
 
Applicants must disclose the status of any intellectual property (IP) relevant to their submission. Selected applicants’ IP will be fully protected throughout the review process.
 
Selected Circularity Challenge awardee(s) are eligible for the following awards and benefits:
Applications for the Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge are due by Aug. 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 
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BASF is supporting 2018 SkillsUSA winner Dylan Wertz, who will represent the U.S. at the 2019 WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia.
 
Private training on Glasurit was provided for Wertz at BASF’s training center in Whitehouse, Ohio, a key component to his success. He will continue his preparation for the event at another BASF training center in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be provided one-on-one instruction and paint materials needed to perfect the technique he will use at WorldSkills in August.
 
BASF sponsors SkillsUSA, Skills Canada and local and state competitions along with WorldSkills as part of its commitment to educating and supporting young painters entering the industry. The company has focused on a strong initiative that encourages potential technicians to enter the refinish field, as well as providing different methods of learning to current technicians that keep them up to date on their skillsets and certifications. The painters at this year’s WorldSkills competition will be using BASF’s Glasurit paint and color-matching tools to show off their skills.
 
“BASF believes strongly in training both current and future collision repair technicians,” said Jeff Wildman, manager of OEM and Industry Relations for BASF Refinish. “The future of the collision industry depends on having skilled technicians available to properly repair the advanced vehicles of the today and the future. Supporting events like these helps future techs get real-world career and technical experience, industry exposure, and a fun challenge that strengthens their passion for the industry.”
 
SkillsUSA is a collaborative effort between students, teachers and industry experts to help prepare young people for careers in various trade and technical fields including automotive repair and refinish. Students that compete and win the SkillsUSA championships go on to compete against other winners from various part of the world at the WorldSkills Competition, held every two years.
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BASF awarded scholarships totaling $16,000 to nine high school seniors in Louisiana through the company’s local and corporate scholarship programs.
 
“BASF continues to invest in our community’s best and brightest through our annual scholarship program,” said Jolen Stein, BASF communications manager. “Each student selected for this opportunity has demonstrated academic excellence and has what it takes to be a leader of tomorrow.”
 
Eight scholarship recipients from high schools in Ascension Parish plan to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related degrees. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship to apply toward college tuition. The scholarship winners include:
"Ascension Public Schools is blessed to have outstanding community partners like BASF that provide opportunities for our students through scholarships, internships and continuing education,” Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander said. “Congratulations to these eight young men and women who are furthering their education in high-need STEM fields. We look forward to the contributions they will provide in their future endeavors."
 
In addition to the local program, a corporate scholarship program recognizes academically talented children of BASF employees. One of the 20 national scholarships worth up to $8,000 ($2,000 per year for up to four years or until a bachelor’s degree is attained, whichever comes first) was awarded to Haley Vicknair (Ponchatoula High School; Tulane University), daughter of BASF employee Scott Vicknair.
 
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More than 1,100 fifth-graders and 50 children of BASF employees became plant workers for a day during BASF’s 27th annual Responsible Care Week at Brazosport College in Freeport, Texas. 
 
For three days, students worked in the process equipment trainer (live-scale) plant, conducted chemistry experiments, became virtual welders and participated in various activities. More than 150 BASF volunteers supported the program to highlight STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, sustainability and technology.   
 
“At Responsible Care Week, we have the ability to impact a child’s future,” said Laura Windsor, Responsible Care Week co-chair and Line OSIH/Lean Coordinator. “Several children who experienced this three-day program in fifth grade later choose STEM careers because they saw early on where their passions could fit in an industrial career. This event is about children experiencing that they can be a welder, drone pilot, chemist, engineer or plant technician.’”
 
Engineering students representing Engineers for a Sustainable World – the University of Texas and Texas A&M Chapters joined the event to discuss sustainability and to challenge the fifth-graders to live sustainably. They brought their BASF sponsored mobile aquaponics unit, a symbiotic environment that combines the raising of fish with the cultivation of plants, as well as a bicycle that generates power as it is ridden. 
 
“BASF is committed to creating chemistry and innovation to help sustain the world of tomorrow today,” said Chris Witte, SVP and GM of the BASF site in Freeport, Texas. “We want our community, and our world, to be a better place to live for the next generation. BASF’s Responsible Care Week helps to prepare our potential future workforce and betters our community in the process.”
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The TCFD was established in 2015 by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the members of which include representatives of the finance ministries, financial regulators and central banks of 25 major countries and regions, as well as other key global financial bodies. The task force developed its recommendations to assist corporate efforts to disclose information on climate-related risks and opportunities.
 
As signaled by the Paris Agreement, a multinational accord aimed at curbing climate change adopted in December 2015, rising average global temperatures and other aspects of climate change have the potential to significantly impact society, ecosystems and corporate activity, underscoring the need to take action to mitigate this urgent challenge. DIC’s decision to declare its support for the TCFD reflects its recognition that companies will increasingly be expected to focus on growing sustainably with society by achieving a balance between social value, that is, value that contributes to the resolution of social imperatives, and economic value, which underpins corporate growth.
 
DIC works with its approximately 170 group companies around the world to conduct its operations in a manner that will ensure the achievement of its vision for the DIC Group. In line with its commitment to helping realize a sustainable society, the company has set a new target for reducing its emissions of CO2 by 30 percent from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030. Looking ahead, DIC will continue working to strengthen its environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives, which are closely linked to its operations, with the aim of further contributing to efforts to combat climate change. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-06-04 13:51:00 [updated_at] => 2019-06-28 11:29:49 [last_updated_author] => 228513 [uploaded_by] => 165216 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["312146","313862","310205","311654","305106","315742","315735","315738","315741","304904","306287","308916","305478","317122","307332","313625","317011"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-06-05 13:45:25 ) [1] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 316593 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 190669 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 190669 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF, Greentown Labs Jointly Launch Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge [short_title] => [summary] => Six-month accelerator program seeks ideas in the plastics, energy storage and recycling value chains. [slug] => basf-greentown-labs-jointly-launch-greentown-labs-circularity-challenge [body] =>
Greentown Labs and BASF are now accepting applications for the Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge, a six-month accelerator program. 
 
Greentown Labs and BASF are seeking innovative ideas from startups with a proof of concept solution to disrupt the plastics, energy storage and recycling value chains to enable a sustainable and circular economy. 
 
This program is supported by Stanley Black & Decker.
 
"The circular economy is all about resource efficiency and implementing sustainable practices across value chains," said Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs. "We believe deeply in the impact innovations across the circular economy can have on our planet and we are eager to see all the great ideas startups have to improve energy storage, plastics, and recycling value chains."
 
The Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge, located at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Mass., offers a collaborative environment to creatively explore, pilot and develop disruptive approaches to circularity, joining forces between corporates at different positions in the value chain – BASF and Stanley Black & Decker – and the innovative startup ecosystem. Selected startups will gain access to industry advisors and mentors, business and technical resources as well as physical infrastructure, among other benefits.
 
“BASF believes that the chemical industry and its innovations can lead the way in circular economy thinking and action,” said Peter Eckes, president, Bioscience Research and Regional Research Representative North America, BASF. “Yet, solving the challenges for a sustainable and circular economy requires innovation across the value chain to provide benefits to customers and suppliers, and in many cases may require completely new business models and partners. By teaming up with Greentown Labs and Stanley Black & Decker we have already initiated a collaborative environment and look forward to working with startups to explore disruptive ideas in plastics, battery materials and digital tools.”
 
“Stanley Black & Decker has the reach, product innovation and mindset to be a powerful force for good, especially in today’s world where so much is changing and being disrupted by technology and new ways of doing business,” said Marty Guay, VP of Business Development at Stanley Black & Decker. “Corporations like ours can be part of the solution yet we also acknowledge the need to partner and collaborate with other recognized leaders such as BASF and Greentown Labs. By working together, we can harness our collective skills and imagination to deliver positive business and societal outcomes in areas of mutual importance.”
 
Specific areas of interest within the plastics, batteries and digital tools categories for the Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge include, but are not limited to:
 
Plastics
Batteries
Digital tools
Submissions for the program will be evaluated based on potential technological impact, the strength of the team, and relevance for partnership with BASF and Stanley Black & Decker, among other factors. 
 
Applicants must disclose the status of any intellectual property (IP) relevant to their submission. Selected applicants’ IP will be fully protected throughout the review process.
 
Selected Circularity Challenge awardee(s) are eligible for the following awards and benefits:
Applications for the Greentown Labs Circularity Challenge are due by Aug. 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 
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BASF is supporting 2018 SkillsUSA winner Dylan Wertz, who will represent the U.S. at the 2019 WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia.
 
Private training on Glasurit was provided for Wertz at BASF’s training center in Whitehouse, Ohio, a key component to his success. He will continue his preparation for the event at another BASF training center in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be provided one-on-one instruction and paint materials needed to perfect the technique he will use at WorldSkills in August.
 
BASF sponsors SkillsUSA, Skills Canada and local and state competitions along with WorldSkills as part of its commitment to educating and supporting young painters entering the industry. The company has focused on a strong initiative that encourages potential technicians to enter the refinish field, as well as providing different methods of learning to current technicians that keep them up to date on their skillsets and certifications. The painters at this year’s WorldSkills competition will be using BASF’s Glasurit paint and color-matching tools to show off their skills.
 
“BASF believes strongly in training both current and future collision repair technicians,” said Jeff Wildman, manager of OEM and Industry Relations for BASF Refinish. “The future of the collision industry depends on having skilled technicians available to properly repair the advanced vehicles of the today and the future. Supporting events like these helps future techs get real-world career and technical experience, industry exposure, and a fun challenge that strengthens their passion for the industry.”
 
SkillsUSA is a collaborative effort between students, teachers and industry experts to help prepare young people for careers in various trade and technical fields including automotive repair and refinish. Students that compete and win the SkillsUSA championships go on to compete against other winners from various part of the world at the WorldSkills Competition, held every two years.
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BASF awarded scholarships totaling $16,000 to nine high school seniors in Louisiana through the company’s local and corporate scholarship programs.
 
“BASF continues to invest in our community’s best and brightest through our annual scholarship program,” said Jolen Stein, BASF communications manager. “Each student selected for this opportunity has demonstrated academic excellence and has what it takes to be a leader of tomorrow.”
 
Eight scholarship recipients from high schools in Ascension Parish plan to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related degrees. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship to apply toward college tuition. The scholarship winners include:
"Ascension Public Schools is blessed to have outstanding community partners like BASF that provide opportunities for our students through scholarships, internships and continuing education,” Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander said. “Congratulations to these eight young men and women who are furthering their education in high-need STEM fields. We look forward to the contributions they will provide in their future endeavors."
 
In addition to the local program, a corporate scholarship program recognizes academically talented children of BASF employees. One of the 20 national scholarships worth up to $8,000 ($2,000 per year for up to four years or until a bachelor’s degree is attained, whichever comes first) was awarded to Haley Vicknair (Ponchatoula High School; Tulane University), daughter of BASF employee Scott Vicknair.
 
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More than 1,100 fifth-graders and 50 children of BASF employees became plant workers for a day during BASF’s 27th annual Responsible Care Week at Brazosport College in Freeport, Texas. 
 
For three days, students worked in the process equipment trainer (live-scale) plant, conducted chemistry experiments, became virtual welders and participated in various activities. More than 150 BASF volunteers supported the program to highlight STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, sustainability and technology.   
 
“At Responsible Care Week, we have the ability to impact a child’s future,” said Laura Windsor, Responsible Care Week co-chair and Line OSIH/Lean Coordinator. “Several children who experienced this three-day program in fifth grade later choose STEM careers because they saw early on where their passions could fit in an industrial career. This event is about children experiencing that they can be a welder, drone pilot, chemist, engineer or plant technician.’”
 
Engineering students representing Engineers for a Sustainable World – the University of Texas and Texas A&M Chapters joined the event to discuss sustainability and to challenge the fifth-graders to live sustainably. They brought their BASF sponsored mobile aquaponics unit, a symbiotic environment that combines the raising of fish with the cultivation of plants, as well as a bicycle that generates power as it is ridden. 
 
“BASF is committed to creating chemistry and innovation to help sustain the world of tomorrow today,” said Chris Witte, SVP and GM of the BASF site in Freeport, Texas. “We want our community, and our world, to be a better place to live for the next generation. BASF’s Responsible Care Week helps to prepare our potential future workforce and betters our community in the process.”
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