HAZCHEM Alert: assessing health risks to your workers

Trying to identify and assess how hazardous chemicals could impact the health of your workers can initially seem daunting, so we’ve put together a three-step method to get you started. This blog will help you prepare a chemical hazard profile to determine the potential exposure of your workers to hazardous substances. Use it as the base of a chemical risk assessment and a tool for flagging individual workgroups (or work areas) for chemical exposure testing and control measures.

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Colonial Chemical, Inc

For almost thirty years, Colonial Chemical has pushed the boundaries and explored revolutionary processes for making extraordinarily mild, environmentally safe and high-performing chemicals from all-natural and renewable ingredients. Colonial manufactures cosmetic and industrial surfactants, performance additives and other key building-block ingredients for use in personal care, household and industrial, lubrication and oilfield applications. We are a global supplier of surfactants and other chemistries to all of continental North America as well as over 25 countries internationally.

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The Future of Supply Chain Management for Chemical Companies

Article | July 14, 2022

Individual consumers expect tailored products and services. Color, size, quantity, payment method, and delivery channel options abound. The chemical sector is also now following this suit of action. The global chemicals supply chain has grown steadily for three decades. Chemical businesses are improving their supply chain capabilities to handle complexity and meet client demands. This includes implementing advanced data-driven and cloud-based technologies that enable faster, more flexible, and tailored customer interactions. Areas of innovation for chemical companies Living Segmentation Living segmentation can help chemical businesses better serve clients and satisfy their expectations. This entails adapting supply chain capabilities to each customer's needs. Asset-light Network An asset-light network involves developing an ecosystem of partners to add capabilities and value to your supply chain beyond standard co-manufacturing, co-packing, and third-party or last-mile logistics providers. In addition, it should include technology partners that help chemical businesses innovate and be adaptable. Data and Applied Intelligence Improving speed, agility, and efficiency in global supply chains demands comprehensive visibility and the correct information. Data provides visibility and insights. The key to providing excellent customer service is gathering the appropriate data and using it strategically to get important insight. The industry generates a ton of data, which is excellent news. In response to last year's supply chain delays, corporations are building supply chains with geographically spread shipping/supplier choices. Real-time visibility and enhanced analytics can be used to track delays by providing revised ETAs and analyzing downstream implications. Data-driven insights can alert organizations of a delay almost immediately and help them acquire raw materials from another supplier to reduce the domino impact downstream. Chemical businesses must rethink their supply chains to implement living segmentation, asset-light networks, data, and AI.

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Guyana-Suriname basin: Rise from obscurity to super potential

Article | July 20, 2022

Recent discoveries in the Guyana-Suriname basin attest to estimates of 10+ Bbbl of oil resources and more than 30 Tcf of gas.1 Like many oil & gas successes, this is a story that begins with early exploration success onshore, followed by a long period of exploration disappointment in coastal to shelf regions offshore, eventually culminating in deepwater success.

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Petrochemicals markets complexity is only going to grow and grow

Article | August 2, 2022

NICE WORK, if you get can get it. A trucking company in Fort Worth, Texas, is offering to pay experienced drivers $14,000 a week – $728,000 a year – as the US struggles with a nationwide shortage of truckers or lorry drivers. This reminds me of perhaps an apocryphal tale, from the height of the last Australian mining boom. Before iron ore prices collapsed in late 2014, there was a story about workers at mining site road junctions who operated manual “Stop and Go” signs. They were said to be earning more than Australian dollar (A$) 200,000 a year. Before you pack in your job as, say, a petrochemicals sales manager and head to Texas or mine sites in Western Australia, there is the risk that when you arrive at the door of your new prospective employer, the bubble might have already burst. This is assuming we are in bubble conditions.The pressure is clearly building in petrochemicals and other commodity markets as prices in some regions remain at record highs or continue to rise. Today’s prices are the results of shortages of commodities supply (for example in petrochemicals, an outcome of the US winter storms), very strong demand and supply chain disruptions.I am beginning to believe that the latter is the biggest reason for commodity price inflation which is feeding through into sharp rises in the cost of finished goods – and a lack of goods availability. It is delivering and manufacturing enough stuff that seems to be at the heart of today’s problems due to shortages of everything from container freight space and semiconductors to wooden pallets, tin cans, metal drums, cardboard – and US truck drivers.

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Global polyethylene demand boom likely, increasing the sustainability challenge

Article | June 15, 2021

IT FEELS LIKE several lifetimes ago. If you recall, way back in November-December 2019 Asian variable cost integrated naphtha-based polyethylene (PE) margins turned negative because of the increase in US capacity. Then in January the following year, deep Asian and Middle East operating rate cuts returned some order to the market. Then, bang, as we all know, the pandemic arrived and turned everything on its head. The pandemic has, in my view, accentuated trends that were already well underway. I believe this means that the supply-driven downturn that started in late 2019 will not return.Long before coronavirus upended everyone’s lives, PE demand was becoming increasingly divorced from GDP growth because of the shifting nature of end-use demand. Booming internet sales was, I believe, a major factor behind the split between the growth of the overall economies in the developed world plus China and PE demand.The average product bought online is dropped 17 times because of the large number of people involved in the logistics chain, according to Forbes. This had led to a surge in demand for protective packaging made not from PE and other polymers such as polypropylene, expandable polystyrene and PET films (I will look at their demand growth prospects in later posts).Despite sustainability pressures, the scale of demand for stuff bought online translated to a lot more consumption of virgin polymers.

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Colonial Chemical, Inc

For almost thirty years, Colonial Chemical has pushed the boundaries and explored revolutionary processes for making extraordinarily mild, environmentally safe and high-performing chemicals from all-natural and renewable ingredients. Colonial manufactures cosmetic and industrial surfactants, performance additives and other key building-block ingredients for use in personal care, household and industrial, lubrication and oilfield applications. We are a global supplier of surfactants and other chemistries to all of continental North America as well as over 25 countries internationally.

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KEMIRA FORMS NEW JOINT VENTURE IN SOUTH KOREA

chemeng online | January 14, 2019

Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; www.kemira.com) has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture (JV) – Kemira Yongsan Chemicals Co. —in Ulsan, Republic of Korea, with Yongsan Chemicals, a privately-owned chemicals company in South Korea. Forming a joint venture in South Korea is an important step in expanding Kemira’s presence in Asia Pacific and driving profitable growth in the region. The new joint venture will produce dry polyacrylamide (DPAM), cationic monomer Q9 (AMD) and other chemicals, which are used for retention and drainage in packaging and paper production, as well as in wastewater treatment and in sludge dewatering. With the JV’s production site, Kemira will provide customers premium quality DPAMs supported by backward integrated high-quality AMDs. This ensures a sustainable and cost-effective manufacturing capability, effectively fulfilling customer needs and requirements. It is also an important addition to balance the increasing demand for Kemira’s dry polymers globally.

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Chemical Engineers Develop ‘Greener’ Ammonia

LABORATORY EQUIPMENT | January 14, 2019

Ammonia, a compound first synthesized about a century ago, has dozens of modern uses and has become essential in making the fertilizer that now sustains most of our global food production. But while we've been producing ammonia at a large scale since the 1930s, it has been accomplished mainly in hulking chemical plants requiring vast amounts of hydrogen gas from fossil fuels—making ammonia among the most energy-intensive among all large-volume chemicals. A pair of researchers at Case Western Reserve University—one an expert in electro-chemical synthesis, the other in applications of plasmas—are working on fixing that. Researchers Julie Renner and Mohan Sankaran have come up with a new way to create ammonia from nitrogen and water at low temperature and low pressure. They've done it successfully in a laboratory without using hydrogen or the solid metal catalyst necessary in traditional processes.

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Aemetis expands capacity of Indian glycerin plant

Chemicals Technology | January 14, 2019

Aemetis’ Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its biodiesel and glycerin plant in Kakinada, India. The work included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process low-cost and low-waste feedstock into oil, as well as the expansion of a boiler and other utility capacities. The company also implemented environmental systems to enable the production of 50 million gallons of biodiesel and bio-oil annually, while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. At full capacity, the plant is expected to be able to refine approximately five million gallons of glycerin per year.

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KEMIRA FORMS NEW JOINT VENTURE IN SOUTH KOREA

chemeng online | January 14, 2019

Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; www.kemira.com) has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture (JV) – Kemira Yongsan Chemicals Co. —in Ulsan, Republic of Korea, with Yongsan Chemicals, a privately-owned chemicals company in South Korea. Forming a joint venture in South Korea is an important step in expanding Kemira’s presence in Asia Pacific and driving profitable growth in the region. The new joint venture will produce dry polyacrylamide (DPAM), cationic monomer Q9 (AMD) and other chemicals, which are used for retention and drainage in packaging and paper production, as well as in wastewater treatment and in sludge dewatering. With the JV’s production site, Kemira will provide customers premium quality DPAMs supported by backward integrated high-quality AMDs. This ensures a sustainable and cost-effective manufacturing capability, effectively fulfilling customer needs and requirements. It is also an important addition to balance the increasing demand for Kemira’s dry polymers globally.

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Chemical Engineers Develop ‘Greener’ Ammonia

LABORATORY EQUIPMENT | January 14, 2019

Ammonia, a compound first synthesized about a century ago, has dozens of modern uses and has become essential in making the fertilizer that now sustains most of our global food production. But while we've been producing ammonia at a large scale since the 1930s, it has been accomplished mainly in hulking chemical plants requiring vast amounts of hydrogen gas from fossil fuels—making ammonia among the most energy-intensive among all large-volume chemicals. A pair of researchers at Case Western Reserve University—one an expert in electro-chemical synthesis, the other in applications of plasmas—are working on fixing that. Researchers Julie Renner and Mohan Sankaran have come up with a new way to create ammonia from nitrogen and water at low temperature and low pressure. They've done it successfully in a laboratory without using hydrogen or the solid metal catalyst necessary in traditional processes.

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Aemetis expands capacity of Indian glycerin plant

Chemicals Technology | January 14, 2019

Aemetis’ Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of its biodiesel and glycerin plant in Kakinada, India. The work included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process low-cost and low-waste feedstock into oil, as well as the expansion of a boiler and other utility capacities. The company also implemented environmental systems to enable the production of 50 million gallons of biodiesel and bio-oil annually, while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pre-treatment and glycerin refining units. At full capacity, the plant is expected to be able to refine approximately five million gallons of glycerin per year.

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