President Donald Trump's tariff increases "very well could be a negotiating tactic, but it also could be an end in itself -- that tariffs will stay for a long time, so we have to make our case," says Ed Brzytwa of the American Chemistry Council. Tariffs have already affected $15.4 billion worth of chemicals and plastics, are set to affect another $13.2 billion worth and are hindering exports to China while tripling the nation's chemical trade deficit, ACC says.
Flame retardants play an important role in fire safety, especially today, when many buildings contain electronics and combustible components, the American Chemistry Council says as a proposal to ban the materials in Massachusetts has lapsed. "Flame retardants play an important role in fire safety and are proven to be effective in preventing fires," ACC says.
Norfolk Southern has awarded the 2018 Thoroughbred Chemical Safety Award to Cargill, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil Chemical, Eastman Chemical and 54 other chemical companies for safety excellence in freight rail shipping.
ExxonMobil is moving forward with two major projects in the US and the UK, having confirmed a $2 billion expansion in Baytown, Texas, and a specialty elastomers expansion in Wales. "Our substantial investments in the United States support ExxonMobil's long-term growth plans and will result in more high-paying jobs," says CEO and Chairman Darren Woods.
Students from Minnesota's Litchfield Middle School were honored with a national award from the 2019 Healthy Schools, Healthy People program, a joint initiative of the American Cleaning Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The students' "Clean Start" campaign -- highlighting the importance of cleanliness in schools -- led to an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a meeting with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
Arkema is purchasing US-based ArrMaz for $570 million, company officials announced. The deal will help Arkema reach its goal of receiving 80% of its revenues from specialty products by 2023, according to officials with the France-based company.
Blueland offers cleaning products in tablet form and consumers just have to "add water" to the reusable acrylic bottles. Sarah Paiji Yoo founded Blueland as part of her desire to reduce plastic waste.
A surfactant discovered by UK researchers improves oil recovery from reservoirs by 72%, researchers said. "The surfactant developed by the team is hydrocarbon-based, which has the potential to be a 'green' replacement," said Swansea University College of Engineering fellow Shirin Alexander, one of the lead researchers.
Firmenich has added virtual reality to its consumer scent tests, giving consumers VR headsets and asking them to smell fragrances again after an initial test. Testers describe the scents more visibly when their body language indicates they are more engaged in the process, officials said.
Companies should set sustainable packaging goals to improve their reputation and stay ahead of any regulations, writes Tristanne Davis, senior manager for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Sustainability goals will improve a company's position in the marketplace, as many millennials are attracted to companies that want to improve society.
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