According to the global chemistry industry production index, chemical production declined more than 10% in the first half of 2009. As a result, chemical companies are using flexible planning strategies to forecast supply and demand.
Any time I see an article that points out 10 (or 9, 5 or 3) mistakes and touts it can help you avoid making said mistakes, I always bite and open the link. (Sorry if I tricked you into opening this link.)
Much controversy revolves around the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill. According to Ben Lieberman, a senior policy analyst for energy and environment in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, the bill "affects employment, and especially employment in the manufacturing sector.
While searching for interesting YouTube videos that pertain to the chemical processing industry, Faith Dalton, district sales manager for Chemical Processing, forwarded the following video from the band Great Big Sea to Editor Mark Rosenzweig and me.
It's fairly well-known that the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) is set to expire this year (Oct. 4, 2009), and that many in the industry are looking to Congress to reauthorize the program.
When I tell people I write for Chemical Processing magazine they stare at me in doe-eyed silence. The awkward silence ends when I start mentioning some of the companies that we cover. Then it becomes a free-association frenzy filled with marketing slogans galore.