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Digitization is providing substantial benefits to chemical manufacturers in all sorts of ways, as we regularly highlight, and its evolution is opening up possibilities many of us haven’t even considered before. For instance, this issue’s article “Take Advantage of Blockchains,” covers five diverse business opportunities: fostering trading of surplus electricity, validating asset condition, verifying employee and contractor qualifications, confirming product integrity, and recovering from a disaster or accident. Another article this month, “Transform Your Turnarounds,” discusses how digital technologies can lead to sizable cost and schedule savings for these…

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