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LyondellBasell Industries CEO talks about the US shale gas boom, investment in Asia, culture, and how a talent shortage may impact the industry. US-based chemical manufacturing companies are now distributing their products and chemicals to emerging markets.

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SpiroChem

SpiroChem is a Swiss fine chemicals company, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. We are a fine chemicals company specialized in the design, synthesis, production, and commercialization of novel building blocks for use in drug discovery. With cutting-edge know-how in drug design and proprietary process chemistry technologies, SpiroChem is the partner of choice for pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and life science companies of all sizes. Our clients are located worldwide, including many of the top pharma companies.

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CHEMICAL SPILL PREVENTION

Article | February 28, 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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Optimizing chemical production using data-driven, AI-enabled hybrid modeling

Article | February 28, 2020

Smart use of your plant’s data can take process efficiency to a higher level. Hybrid models driven by artificial intelligence deliver the best results for the least effort. And you don’t need a data science degree to enjoy them. Data is everywhere these days – and the volumes of it are growing exponentially all the time. We’re used to smart uses of it in our everyday lives. Like Amazon and Netflix using our past behavior to tempt us with new products or shows, even making them more appealing by tailoring how they look based on carefully constructed, data-driven profiles of our tastes. Much of that heavy lifting is done by artificial intelligence (AI). In chemical production, process control systems have been collecting data measurements during continuous or batch manufacturing for decades.

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The Benefits of Understanding Safety Data Sheets for the Industrial Hygienist

Article | February 28, 2020

As an industrial hygienist, you spend a lot of your time making data-driven decisions. Have you considered the impact of the traceability of the safety data sheets (SDSs) you use to protect your workers? SDSs contain a wealth of information that needs to be evaluated, but who’s writing and reviewing them? Is it someone who has been recognized as a Safety Data Sheet Registered Professional (SDSRPTM)—an expert in their area of practice? The SDSRP designation may not be widely recognizable yet, but it is a very important and unique program in the world of hazard communication.

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Demographics are reshaping petrochemicals trade flows, investment patterns and demand

Article | February 28, 2020

TEN YEARS AGO, fellowblogger Paul Hodgesand Ifirst highlighted the leading rolethat changing demographics would play in reshaping petrochemicals supply and demand. We have been emphasising the importance of demographics ever since. Demographics have, of course, always been a critical shaper of economies throughout human history. But during the last 70 years, there have been such major changes in demographics that the study of demographics must be at the very heart of your company’s strategy. The Babyboomer generation in the West led to a surge in demand as the rapid increase in babies born in the 1950s and early 1960s joined the workforce from the 1970s onwards. This helps explain high levels of inflation during that decade because too much demand was chasing too little supply. Another driver of inflation was the Middle East embargos against oil exports to the West because of the West’s support for Israel. Then came the 1990s and first the integration of Eastern Europe into the global economy. This helped dampen inflationary pressures because of the plentiful supply of workers in the east willing to work for low wages in export-focused factories. This reduced the cost of finished goods in the West. Next came Deng Xiaoping’s critically important“southern tour”in the early 1990s and China’s gradual integration into the global economy. China increasingly leveraged its very youthful population to again make cheap goods to export to the West. Hundreds of millions of young people were willing to migrate from the countryside to China’s coastal cities to work in export-focused manufacturing plants. The world began to talk about the “China price” and how it was further depressing global inflation.

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SpiroChem

SpiroChem is a Swiss fine chemicals company, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. We are a fine chemicals company specialized in the design, synthesis, production, and commercialization of novel building blocks for use in drug discovery. With cutting-edge know-how in drug design and proprietary process chemistry technologies, SpiroChem is the partner of choice for pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and life science companies of all sizes. Our clients are located worldwide, including many of the top pharma companies.

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