OECD plans surveys to quantify benefits of chemicals regulation

Chemical Watch | January 30, 2020

The OECD is in the early stages of compiling a list of best practices when assessing the economic costs and benefits of chemicals management systems. It will draft studies this year to assess the willingness of the public to pay to avoid certain adverse health effects that can result from chemical exposure. Next year, it plans to carry out these surveys for five endpoints, each from five different countries. The work is being carried out by the OECD’s working party on integrating economic and environmental policies, and builds on a previous project that reviewed cost-benefit analyses on regulating several classes of chemicals, and found major challenges in estimating the benefits of regulation. "It was determined that for many different health effects, we don’t actually have the economic information that is needed in order to do a good cost-benefit assessment,"

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KIRCO Announces Completion of Wacker Chemical Corporation NCA Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Ann Arbor

KIRCO | May 17, 2022

KIRCO announced the development and construction completion of Wacker Chemical Corporation's new Innovation Center and Regional Headquarters in Ann Arbor. WACKER – a pioneer and global leader in chemical R&D and manufacturing – held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening last week, which was attended by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with several other state, county and township officials. Covering 18 acres at 4950 S. State Rd., the technology campus serves as the hub of leadership and innovation for WACKER's North and Central Americas (NCA) region. The center currently houses more than 200 team members, including the company's NCA senior leadership team, the region's leading chemists, IT and other technical experts, along with support functions. WACKER partnered with KIRCO as their developer and contractor, leading the journey through site selection, design, capitalization and construction. The 140,000 square-foot campus broke ground in late 2020, and despite commencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, WACKER team members moved in 19 months later. The more than $50 million investment allows WACKER chemists, scientists and senior leadership, who previously worked out of separate Michigan locations, to collaborate and innovate in a single, dynamic environment. Equally important, the facility provides room for the growth expected by the global leader in silicones, polymers, polysilicon and biosolutions. The innovation center includes world-class labs, a full-service cafeteria, a 24/7 fitness center and open collaborative workspaces. "The campus is truly inspiring, and we are honored to have partnered with WACKER in creating a built environment as dynamic as their culture. WACKER has made an extraordinary investment in its people, marking a huge win for Pittsfield Township/Ann Arbor and the State of Michigan," said Quinn Kiriluk, executive vice president, Corporate Real Estate and chief marketing officer for KIRCO. "Amid the challenges of the pandemic, our teams lead by Matt Milliken (KIRCO MANIX) and Greg Brabec, worked seamlessly to advance design development, obtain site plan approvals and commence work. In the end, we completed construction of this state-of-the-art facility effectively on schedule and within budget, a testament to the team's hard work and dedication." "KIRCO MANIX proved throughout the process to be a trusted and reliable partner. Even in the face of numerous challenges, including the pandemic and supply chain disruptions, we are able today to celebrate the journey and proudly open our building with excitement and positivity reflected in the faces of our employees, visitors and honored guests." Greg Brabec, director of Government Affairs and Special Projects for WACKER and project lead of the Innovation Center According to Kiriluk, KIRCO has gained national recognition for developing and building corporate headquarters, laboratories and R&D, and advanced manufacturing facilities, and brings a unique solution to its corporate real estate clients. With in-house development, construction and facility management services, their vertically integrated approach and relentless attention to detail offers clients a single point of accountability and a truly enjoyable journey. About KIRCO Founded in 1974, KIRCO is a commercial real estate development and investment firm, whose comprehensive offerings as a national developer, builder, and facilities manager, builds excitement and pride with every customer and community with whom it works. KIRCO has concentrated focuses in client-driven corporate facilities, senior living and healthcare. KIRCO is third-generation family owned and operated, spanning 17 states.

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Amcor increases use of advance recycling materials leveraging ExxonMobil's Exxtend™ technology

Amcor | April 12, 2022

Amcor a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions, announced it is the first company to purchase certified circular polyethylene material using ExxonMobil's Exxtend™ technology for advanced recycling. Amcor will leverage this new material across its global portfolio, providing customers in healthcare and food industries with more recycled content in a variety of solutions and applications. Increasing the use of advance recycling materials, such as circular polymers, is one way Amcor is meeting its sustainability pledge to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025. The use of these materials will significantly add to the 113,000 metric tons of recycled material Amcor used in its packaging in fiscal year 2021. The technology behind advance recycling materials allows plastic waste to be converted into brand new products that are no different in quality and performance from ones made with virgin raw materials, providing customers peace of mind and the benefit of increasing the use of recycled content in their packaging. "Using advanced recycled materials is yet another step forward in Amcor meeting the challenges of our industry and offering our customers more sustainable packaging solutions. By leveraging ExxonMobil's Exxtend technology across our global product portfolio, Amcor is providing a true differentiator for our customers and the environment." Amcor Chief Commercial Officer Peter Konieczny "We are proud to see our relationship with Amcor expand with our Exxtend technology to help address their sustainability goals, as well as those of their customers," said David Hergenrether, Vice President, Polyethylene, ExxonMobil. "We look forward to working closely with Amcor to develop products that meet customer expectations for high-performance PE products, while helping to recycle plastic waste." Using its Exxtend technology, ExxonMobil offers certified circular polymers with the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus certification, which is widely recognized as an effective standard for certifying the circularity of chemical products that result from advanced recycling operations via mass balance attribution. About Amcor Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures and services. The Company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using an increasing amount of recycled content. Around 46,000 Amcor people generate $13 billion in annual sales from operations that span about 225 locations in 40-plus countries. About ExxonMobil ExxonMobil, one of the largest publicly traded international energy and petrochemical companies, creates solutions that improve quality of life and meet society's evolving needs. The corporation's primary businesses - Upstream, Product Solutions and Low Carbon Solutions - provide society with products that enable modern life, including energy, chemicals, lubricants, and lower-emissions technologies. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading portfolio of resources, and is one of the largest integrated fuels, lubricants and chemical companies in the world.

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LG Chem Develops Advanced Plastic Product to Prevent Thermal Runaway in EV Batteries

LG Chem | May 16, 2022

LG Chem announced that it has developed a new plastic product for battery application that is capable of preventing the spread of flame in batteries, delivering the longest fire-resistance performance in the world. LG Chem’s flame-retardant engineering plastic product is able to prevent the spread of flames, thanks to the company’s proprietary technology and manufacturing methods. The new advanced flame barrier product created by LG Chem is a highly functional engineering plastic product made from various composites including polyphenylene oxide and polyamide (PA) resin. “We are proud to present this new product, a significant milestone for us after more than 10 years of dedicated research to deliver innovation for our customers. LG Chem continues to lead the rapidly evolving e-Mobility market, and we will continue to lead innovations through consistent R&D and investments in manufacturing based on our world-class chemical compounding technology.” Steven Kim, Senior Vice President of Engineering Materials Division at LG Chem When used in battery components, the new product is resistant to flames for a longer period of time due to its superior properties. It also features excellent dimensional stability and maintains its shape under changing temperature conditions. During LG Chem’s testing, the product was able to prevent the spread of flames caused by thermal propagation for over ten minutes at 1,000°C, 10 times longer than general plastics. Thermal runaway is the leading cause of EV battery fires, where various stressors can cause heat to build up within a battery cell. When a battery cell exceeds its temperature threshold, fire can occur due to a short circuit triggered by factors such as overcharging and over-discharging. The resulting fire is difficult to extinguish as lithium reacts violently with water. Application of LG Chem’s new engineering plastic product to battery components would benefit drivers and passengers, giving them more time to evacuate a vehicle in case of a damaged and overheating battery. Commercial production of the new product is on target to begin in 2023 aligned with customers’ demands and schedules. The company is currently in the process of obtaining patents in Korea, the United States and selected European markets. About LG Chem LG Chem is a leading global chemical company with a diversified business portfolio in the key areas of petrochemicals, advanced materials, and life sciences. The company manufactures a wide range of products from high value-added petrochemicals to renewable plastics, specializing in cutting-edge electronic and battery materials, as well as drugs and vaccines to deliver differentiated solutions for its customers. LG Chem is committed to reaching carbon-neutral growth by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050 by managing the impacts of climate change and making positive contributions to society through renewable energy and responsible supply chains. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, LG Chem has multiple operation sites worldwide and generated KRW 42.7 trillion in sales in 2021.

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Porsche AG Tests Evolve Lubricants, Inc. Renewable EvoSyn™ Non-Petroleum Motor Oil

Evolve Lubricants, Inc. | February 23, 2022

Evolve Lubricants, Inc. maker of high-performance non-petroleum lubricants for passenger car motor oil and industrial applications, announced Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG tested Evolve's EvoSyn™ non-petroleum renewable and sustainable motor oil in July of 2021. Porsche AG has invited Evolve Lubricants, Inc.'s co-founder, President, & CEO Rick Lee to publish and present the results of the engine testing at the 9th International Engine Congress 2022 in Baden-Baden, Germany, Feb. 22-23. "We are incredibly honored to have this new disruptive technology tested by Porsche AG, and the results presented in our paper to the 9th International Engine Congress," said Rick Lee. "We feel that this test has validated our EvoSyn™ lubricants performance with our results." Rick Lee has published the paper Renewable Engine Oils Test at the invitation of Porsche AG at the 9th International Engine Congress. The paper outlines the performance characteristics results of the EvoSyn™ 0W-40 non-petroleum engine oil tested by Porsche AG. The paper is available on the Evolve Lubricants, Inc. website. Evolve Lubricants EvoSyn™ non-petroleum motor oils are made with advanced technology that utilizes renewable synthetic hydrocarbon molecules. Derived from plant biomass, these motor oils significantly outperform petroleum-based products in a wide array of performance characteristics. These include volatility, oxidation, thermal breakdown resistance to maintain the original viscosity, shear stability, and the reduction of friction and wear, aiding in longer engine life. Evolve Lubricants' high-performance renewable carbon-negative lubricants help organizations achieve performance and ESG goals while moving away from petroleum-based products. The EvoSyn™ non-petroleum motor oil portfolio meets and exceeds most manufacturer requirements and are drop-in replacements requiring no modification for use in new and older vehicles. Evolve has the experience of being in some of the highest performing and iconic race cars in the world, including Porsche 917Ks, vintage Formula 1 cars, and modern race cars. "EvoSyn™ non-petroleum motor oils, engineered using renewable synthetic hydrocarbon molecules, are a breakthrough in modern lubrication. Individuals and companies can begin moving away from petroleum without sacrificing performance." Rick Lee EvoSyn products are currently available through Evolve Lubricants, Inc.'s website, www.evolvelube.com, and through an exclusive network of EvoSyn™ dealers. Products include 0W-40 European Car Formula, 5W-40 European Car Formula, 0W-20, 5W-20, 5W-30, with more products in development. About Evolve Lubricants, Inc. Evolve Lubricants Inc. is a green technology company that has developed and manufactures high-performance non-fossil sustainable lubricant solutions for the consumer, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. Evolve Lubricants, Inc. is headquartered in Reno, Nevada. Full lines of lubricants are marketed through this organization. Brands include EvoSyn™ and ECORSA Motorsport™.

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