ADVANCING PIT SAFETY ACROSS INDUSTRIES: CHEMICAL PLANTS

| January 29, 2019

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A recent (2017) crisis at the Arkema Chemical Plant in Texas exposed significant flaws in regulating chemical safety, risk disclosure and emergency planning. Since then, the Environmental Protection Agency has been re-evaluating federal environmental laws to tighten safety regulations on the nation’s vast chemical industry. Chemical agents are toxic and highly flammable, making chemical manufacturing plants extremely dangerous not only for employees at the plant, but also for the large area around it.

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Camlin Fine Sciences

Having commenced operations in India in 1931 as Camlin, a trusted household name, CFS made consistent innovation its hallmark. From a range of stationery and art material products, the business diversified in 1984 into the manufacture of antioxidants for its global market through its new division Camlin Fine Chemicals. In 2006, to bring greater focus to its core strength, this new division was hived off into a new entity ‘Camlin Fine Sciences’

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What Are Fine Chemicals?

Article | March 27, 2020

The initial versions of drugs were produced by extracting substances from natural herbs and other plants. As understanding and technology in chemistry continued to grow, scientists figured out to isolate and extract a lot more individual compounds from raw materials. The complicated processes that produce these simple, pure substances form the field of fine chemistry. The chemical industry is separated into branches, with fine chemicals serving as the smallest segment of them. Its companions are commodities and specialty chemicals. Commodity chemicals are those that are mass-produced on a big scale to supply global markets. They include general compounds that are the same from supplier to supplier. Specialty chemicals usually are sold as brand name products and are advertised for their distinct qualities and their abilities to carry out functions that other chemicals cannot. They are composed of one or more fine chemicals.

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CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

Resin and Polymeric Binders for Inks

Article | March 27, 2020

The market size for polymeric and resin binders in the global printing ink marketwas estimated to be over 1,200,000 MT in 2020, with a CAGR of about five percent. A major driver of this growth comes from the packaging industry, due to increases in consumer spending and online shopping, as well as demand for processed and packaged foods and beverages. In addition, increased use of water-based inks is promoting market growth, off-setting environmental and health concerns regarding solvent-based inks in addition to strict environmental protection policies. Water-based inks are projected to overtake solvent-based inks due to environmental regulations, the reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the pressroom, and improvements in overall print quality. Ink formulations are complex mixtures, consisting of four basic component classes: pigments, polymeric binder resins, solvents or an aqueous dispersant media, and additives, such as surfactants, waxes, and rheology modifiers that enhance print quality. The purpose of the resin binder is to disperse and carry the ink pigment to the substrate, stabilize the pigment and additives dispersion to prevent settling, and provide print properties such as ink transfer behavior, setting, and drying characteristics. The binder also contributes surface appearance and gloss, strength and flexibility, chemical and solvent resistance, and also rub resistance. Ink binders can be categorized into the following polymer and resin types: acrylics, polyurethanes, polyamides, modified resins, hydrocarbon resins, and modified cellulosics.

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CHEMICAL SPILL PREVENTION

Article | March 27, 2020

When it comes to your workplace, nothing should be prioritized over the safety of your employees. As your greatest asset to your business, they should feel safe in their work environment. Maintaining a safe work environment is a particularly important consideration for companies who work with or store hazardous materials. And it is not only critical for the appeasement of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements but the well-being and safety of your employees. That’s why, in this article, we will discuss chemical spill prevention in your workplace facility.

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SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

More data show how far we still have to go to solve the climate and plastic waste crises

Article | March 27, 2020

SEE THE END section of this blog post for a dystopian version of our environmental future. In a follow-up post – which I will publish on Thursday, 1 July – I will offer some suggestions about how we can avoid an outcome that nobody of course wants.Both posts are meant to be provocative, challenging and controversial because only through debate, and sometimes outright argument, will we get to the answers. If you disagree after either or both posts have been published, great, that would be good. In fact, I would love to hear from you whatever your views at john.richardson@icis.com. The petrochemicals industry can do this; we can fix this if we create the right forums for ideas and then solutions. Let me provide the background first. Let me start by examining developments in the refinery industry and the implications for petrochemicals as important background. Then I will look at a sample of ICIS petrochemicals demand growth forecasts for 2020-2040. I will conclude by providing the bleakest of bleak outcomes for the world in 2025

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Camlin Fine Sciences

Having commenced operations in India in 1931 as Camlin, a trusted household name, CFS made consistent innovation its hallmark. From a range of stationery and art material products, the business diversified in 1984 into the manufacture of antioxidants for its global market through its new division Camlin Fine Chemicals. In 2006, to bring greater focus to its core strength, this new division was hived off into a new entity ‘Camlin Fine Sciences’

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