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New chemical industry imperatives: Expanding inventory & making supply chains robust

Factories need to keep inventory, to guard against delayed delivery of vital feedstocks or components. This is especially the case for chemical...

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Circular Economy: Beyond recycle, reuse & reduce

Strategies key to the circular economy include circular supply chains, eco-design, reuse, recovery and recycling of resources. In Europe, the...

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Retreat of Western investment in - and reliance on - China

For several decades until last year, China was regarded as the workshop of the world. Businessmen and women flocked there to have the production of...

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Chemical recycling: Towards a circular economy

Worldwide, there are many endeavours to recover and recycle plastics materials. The first phase of such recycling has involved thermoplastic polymers...

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Chlor-alkali webinar to draw on insight spanning five decades

Just as Tecnon OrbiChem consultants began preparing presentations for the Chlor-Alkali in 2022 webinar we are presenting in collaboration with ICIS,...

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Compelling concepts to kick off a sustainability conversation

Cellulosics are increasingly finding their way back into the global textiles and fibre markets as reliance on fossil-based feedstocks begins to wane...

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Sustainability boost from promising profit: Concept to reality bio-PET

The largest PET producers reported extraordinary results in 2021 and Q1 2022. Along with improved profitability, all the companies provide extended...

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Polycarbonates from renewable hydrocarbons

It’s no secret that plant-based polycarbonate (PC) can be problematic. Not only does the plastic demonstrate complex technical properties, developing...

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Plastic Packaging Material That is Both Sustainable and Biodegradable

Ideally, plastic packaging should be both biodegradable and produced in a sustainable way, but this is rarely the case. Bio-PET is partially...

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Biobased monopropylene glycol: The bumpy road to a decarbonised world

Monopropylene glycol (MPG) – often called simply propylene glycol – is essential to a wide range of products across a variety of industries and...

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Biobased succinic acid: Is the sustainable route becoming economically viable once more?

A renewable technology hailed as revolutionary in the 2010s may emerge as a choice route to deliver key intermediate chemicals in the future. When...

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Sustainable routes to polyurethane

It could be considered one of the plastics world's most contradictory materials. Notoriously under-recycled due to technical difficulty, polyurethane...