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7/13/2018

Unilateral tariffs "are not a recipe for economic growth and prosperity and are very unlikely to change China's unfair practices," says the American Chemistry Council. Instead, it says, the White House needs to act through a "strong, multilateral coalition."

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Rigzone
7/13/2018

United Nations reports on endocrine disruptors rely on "chemical blacklists" that lack regulatory authority and evidence, says the American Chemistry Council. "As UN Environment notes in the report and on its website, these lists should not be mischaracterised as definitive science on EDCs, or classifications," ACC says.

7/13/2018

The EU is expected to approve Linde and Praxair's $83 billion merger, pending the sale of certain Praxair assets to Taiyo Nippon Sanso, sources say. A Messer Group-led consortium is reportedly working to buy the companies' gas assets in the Americas.

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7/13/2018

In a trade war scenario, chemical companies should have production lines within each of their target markets, Will Beacham of ICIS Chemical News writes. "Relying on a single plant to serve the global market may no longer make business sense if a 25% tariff will be slapped onto its exports," he argues.

7/12/2018

The top 11 flavor and fragrance companies take a combined 78.7% of the market, with sales reaching $20.7 million this year. The overall market grew to $26.3 million in sales, compared with $24.5 million last year.

7/12/2018

Procter & Gamble kept the No. 1 spot on Happi's Top 50 list for companies in the household and personal care industry. The top five is rounded out by Colgate-Palmolive, Estee Lauder, SC Johnson and Coty.

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HAPPI online
7/12/2018

Flu virus can remain in the air for at least an hour and on some surfaces for up to 16 hours, data show. To reduce the risk of infection, it is important to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and use proper hand-washing techniques.

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7/12/2018

The latest announcement of US tariffs against Chinese products endangers chemical-related jobs, says Ed Brzytwa of the American Chemistry Council. "The bigger picture here is that US trade policy is making it much, much more difficult for chemical manufacturers to do business here in the United States," he says.

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7/12/2018

Huntsman will continue to focus on specialty products and small acquisition opportunities that allow it to expand in polyurethanes and other specialty areas, says CEO, President and Chairman Peter Huntsman.

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7/11/2018

The Environmental Protection Agency this week submitted a rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget that would replace the Clean Power Plan.

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The Hill