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An increase in the demand for the plant’s chemical products and a decline in asset reliability were the catalysts for a site initiative to improve efficiency. It is critical to ensure equipment reliability and safety during chemical processing because it is a very complex and potentially hazardous process.

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Zeon Chemicals

Zeon Chemicals L.P. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZEON CORPORATION of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in specialty elastomers, polymers and specialty chemicals. ZEON CORPORATION is one of the top producers of polymers in the world with plants in Asia, North America and Europe, and Research and Development laboratories in Kawasaki (Japan), Louisville (KY, USA) and Barry (UK). ZEON CORPORATION, with combined sales of over US 2.8 billion, utilizes its expertise and basic position in C4 and C5 chemistry to offer a wide range of products. The company employs approximately 3,200 people worldwide. Synthetic Rubber, Elastomers, Specialty Chemicals, Specialty Plastics, Optical Plastics, Electronic Chemicals, Thermoplastic Elastomers, NBR Rubber, ACM Rubber, ECO Rubber, HNBR Rubber, SIS

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5 Biggest Pesticide Companies Are Making Billions From 'Highly Hazardous' Chemicals, Investigation Finds

Article | February 20, 2020

The analysis shows that the world's top five pesticide makers are making billions, accounting for more than 36 percent of their income, from chemicals that are proven to hazards to humans and the environment and are contributing to the precipitous demise of bee populations, as Unearthed reported. The researchers found that the sale of these highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), disproportionately occurred in poorer nations, which often have fewer regulations than industrialized nations, according to The Guardian. In India, for example, sales of HHPs were nearly 60 percent, while in the UK it was just 11 percent.

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CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

Resin and Polymeric Binders for Inks

Article | February 20, 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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What is Rate of Reaction and Why is It Important For The Chemical Industry?

Article | February 20, 2020

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the rate of reaction is the true lifeline of the chemical industry in India, and the whole world. A lower rate of reaction would mean, chemical manufacturers can produce products at much faster rates which gives them a great competitive advantage over others. The chemical industry strives to create a faster rate of reactions as it impacts revenue goals.

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CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT

Energy portfolio restructuring: Charting the future

Article | February 20, 2020

Consumer needs and preferences in the energy industry are evolving. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns are becoming more acute—inspiring action and shifting value towards low-carbon solutions. These trends accelerated in 2020 and for the first time, market capitalization of leading low-carbon solutions companies began to overtake those of oil and gas (O&G) majors. This is despite the majors laying out energy transition strategies, setting low carbon energy targets and generating higher revenues by an order of magnitude.1 In response to this radically changing landscape, energy companies are charting divergent courses for their futures. Some continue to bet on their ability to generate returns from the O&G value chain. They are focusing on growing margins and lowering carbon intensity. Others are supplementing their capabilities with low-carbon energy solutions or exiting hydrocarbons altogether. This blog focuses on the path forward for the energy majors in Europe who are betting big on diversification.

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Zeon Chemicals

Zeon Chemicals L.P. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZEON CORPORATION of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in specialty elastomers, polymers and specialty chemicals. ZEON CORPORATION is one of the top producers of polymers in the world with plants in Asia, North America and Europe, and Research and Development laboratories in Kawasaki (Japan), Louisville (KY, USA) and Barry (UK). ZEON CORPORATION, with combined sales of over US 2.8 billion, utilizes its expertise and basic position in C4 and C5 chemistry to offer a wide range of products. The company employs approximately 3,200 people worldwide. Synthetic Rubber, Elastomers, Specialty Chemicals, Specialty Plastics, Optical Plastics, Electronic Chemicals, Thermoplastic Elastomers, NBR Rubber, ACM Rubber, ECO Rubber, HNBR Rubber, SIS

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