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January 4, 2013
Seaton: Shale boom may challenge fabrication capacity. The engineering and construction (E&C) industry will see an upsurge in work, particularly in the United States, where about...
January 4, 2013
CW’s second annual ranking of engineering and construction (E&C) firms focuses on the hydrocarbon-processing and related industries, including petrochemicals, chemicals, and...
December 20, 2012
The Capital Group (Los Angeles) again tops CW’s ranking of the top institutional investors in the chemical industry, this year followed by Fidelity (Boston) and private equity...
December 20, 2012
Next year will mark the beginning of a new direction for Responsible Care in the United States, with the launch of ACC’s product safety and process safety codes, says Sven Royall, v.p./global intermediates for Shell Chemicals and newly appointed chair of ACC’s Responsible Care board committee.
ACC has completed its strategic review of the Responsible Care program. Changes beginning in 2013 will help member companies better manage challenges facing the industry today, ACC officials say. Concerns about product safety have been a persistent challenge, and ACC says the new Responsible Care Product Safety Code will help industry better communicate product safety performance with customers, consumers, and regulators.
 “I believe the most powerful outcome of the strategic review is the new product safety code. It embodies our commitment to the safe management of our chemical products, and requires us to voluntarily abide by our commitment, regardless of whether the US government takes actions to modernize the US Toxic Substances Control Act,” Royall says. “Instead of waiting for the government to act, we are taking affirmative action through our new product safety code to manage chemicals throughout their life cycles, working with our value chains so that chemicals can be used safely and continue to contribute to sustainable solutions, from solar energy cells to lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicles.”
Responsible Care, launched in Canada in 1985 and adopted in the United States in 1988, was part of industry’s response to several high-profile incidents and accidents—including the disastrous 1984 methyl isocyanate (MIC) leak at Bhopal, India. The nature of industry’s priorities has changed significantly since then, in part because advances in process safety have made such catastrophic accidents much rarer. Now, increased concerns about product safety top industry’s agenda and have become the next area of focus for Responsible Care. The product safety code is ACC’s response to the proliferation in the United States of product-specific bans that make it necessary for companies to constantly monitor changes to state and local laws, including decisions about product reformulation.

December 14, 2012
For Socma’s ChemStewards program, increased awareness is one of the most important indicators that the program has become more established and has increased credibility, executives...
December 7, 2012

Officials at Chevron Phillips Chemical (The Woodlands, TX; CP Chem), a 50-50 joint venture between Chevron and Phillips 66, say its strategy is centered on pursuing competitive feedstocks where that pursuit enables an advantaged position in petrochemicals. For the last 10 years, that strategy meant heavy investment centered in the Mideast, where CP Chem completed several $1-billion-plus megaprojects in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Attention now turns back to the United States because of the reemergence of a cost-advantaged position thanks to a surging supply of natural gas and natural gas-based feedstocks such as ethane.


November 16, 2012
A shortage of feedstocks in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is transforming the region’s petrochemicals industry, shifting the balance downstream toward value-added...
November 16, 2012
Chemical distributors—typically fairly resilient companies—find themselves in a changing business, with shifting customer demands and new markets, even in an environment of...
November 16, 2012
Chemical distribution remains a largely regional businesses. Some companies, most notably Brenntag and Univar, have strong positions on either side of the Atlantic, but no one yet...
November 9, 2012
Emerging market demand for fuels, chemicals, and materials will continue to buoy global catalyst consumption, even if China’s economic slump persists, catalyst makers say. New...
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