Catalyzing the New: Driving Chemicals Industry Growth

| January 25, 2019

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The global chemical industry faces epic disruption. With billions at stake, chemical companies must reinvent and embrace new digital capabilities and business models. Our chemical industry consultants work across all segments of the industry, including basic and intermediate chemicals, polymers, fibers and elastomers, agricultural chemicals, paints and coatings, industrial gases, and other speciality chemicals.

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Tradecorp International - Sapec Agrobusiness

Founded in 1985, Tradecorp International has been progressively making its presence felt on the main world markets. Purchased by the Belgian Group Sapec in 2000, a family company established in 1926 in the mining and chemicals sector, our strategy is based on the value of continuity, professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit, features which Sapec has displayed throughout its 80-year existence.

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A Coordinated Approach to Chemical Reactivity

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Atoms are gregarious by nature, escaping a solitary existence by forming chemical bonds with their neighbors. Chemical reactivity, in turn, depends on the degree of atomic “isolation”; a lonely atom will more readily interact and form bonds with others, as compared to its more “coordinated” counterparts that are chemically engaged with other atoms. This coordination concept plays a central role in our understanding of chemical and catalytic activity. What has been lacking to date, however, is a direct and quantitative measurement of the variation in chemical reactivity of atoms having different degrees of coordination.

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Sustainability: A Core Initiative for Collaboration in the Chemical Industry

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Chemical Recycling of Plastic – Waste No More?

Article | March 4, 2020

When it comes to the circular economy transition, plastics recycling is as much of a challenge as an opportunity. Today, around 25.8 million tons of plastic waste are generated in Europe every year, with less than 30 percent of it getting collected for recycling. This is a huge loss of valuable resources to the economy, and with a huge cost to the environment. Could chemical recycling be part of the ultimate solution, making the plastics value chain more circular whilst providing a profitable new industry branch.

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Petrochemicals in PA: What You Need to Know

Article | March 4, 2020

A bill recently passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly would subsidize the use of fracked gas to produce petrochemicals. At some point—i.e., at a time chosen by the state Senate—H B 1100 will be sent to Governor Wolf, who has promised a veto despite override threats. Meanwhile, Pennsylvanians are trying to understand the bill and its potential impacts. That hasn't been easy, because as with the petrochemical subsidy bills Pennsylvania enacted in 2012, the General Assembly has not held a single hearing on the legislation. The purpose of this blog is to help fill that gap.

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Tradecorp International - Sapec Agrobusiness

Founded in 1985, Tradecorp International has been progressively making its presence felt on the main world markets. Purchased by the Belgian Group Sapec in 2000, a family company established in 1926 in the mining and chemicals sector, our strategy is based on the value of continuity, professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit, features which Sapec has displayed throughout its 80-year existence.

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