CP's Economic Snapshot provides a quick overview of how the U.S. chemical industry and the overall U.S. economy are doing. Each month it tracks two chemical-industry-specific indicators: shipments and capacity utilization. It also includes data on the Chemical Activity Barometer.
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Many plants handle powders or other solids but chemical engineers learn little in college about the special issues that such materials pose. Tom Blackwood, a veteran engineer who has dealt extensively with solids over the course of his career, will share some of his insights in this column.
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