Sales of laundry detergent liquids rose 0.38% in the year ended Nov. 5, while powder sales fell almost 12%, but sales of packs, pods and similar products rose 9.9% to reach nearly $1.3 billion, according to IRI Worldwide. Most consumers prefer detergent with a fragrance and increasingly expect manufacturers to publicize their ingredients.
Industry stakeholders are expected to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed framework for acting on new chemicals. Suggestions will likely include giving EPA the option to bypass consent orders in some cases, adding types of data that EPA can use and explaining how to complete these new-chemical reviews in the 90 days allotted by the Toxic Substances Control Act.
The Surface Transportation Board should enact reforms that allow for reciprocal switching and improve the process for determining rate unreasonableness, says Jeff Sloan, senior policy director for the American Chemistry Council. "Competitive switching would not harm efficiency at all and may provide additional efficiency as there may be shorter routes that are available through switching that are not available today," he says.
The deadline for companies to report their 2017 Tier II Hazardous Chemical Inventory data is March 1. Companies should begin collecting the necessary information and note that the hazard categories have been expanded to 13 physical and 11 health hazard options, Timothy Fagan writes.
Lightweight, durable and chemically strengthened glass is being used in motor vehicles after years of use in smartphone screens and other applications. Ford recently incorporated Corning's Gorilla Glass in its GT sports car's windshield.
A catalyst designed by Canadian researchers, when paired with carbon capture technology, could convert carbon dioxide into ethylene that is used to produce plastic. The catalyst helps reduce methane output and greenhouse gas emissions during the production of plastic.
Traits of leaders with high emotional intelligence include being empathetic, positive and authentic, and they practice those traits whenever possible, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Beyond work, think of ways to apply yourself at home, in social and community situations," he writes.
Dow Chemical, BASF and other chemical companies are adopting cloud-based applications as a way to increase profit margins and become more agile. Dow said cloud-based software has helped improve supply chain visibility, particularly during crises, and led to cost savings of more than $85 million.
Companies can keep pilot plant costs reasonable while getting enough data and insight by assessing factors such as operating cost, required production rates and the construction materials used, writes Stephen Benbrook of EPIC Systems. "Because a pilot plant is a temporary operation, you could get by with less automation and more manual operator intervention," he writes.