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Chemical Industry Update

Fracking fluids, chemicals market to reach $20.4 billion in 2018

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The key growth driver for the fracking fluids and chemicals market is the need to tap more unconventional oil and gas reserves.
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Carnivorous plant inspires scientists to create protective coatings

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A team at Harvard University has mimicked the carnivorous pitcher plant’s inner skin design to produce a transparent coating capable of being economically applied to almost any object -- large or small.
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US Chemical Safety Board rejects new refinery safety rules

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The Chemical Safety Board has decided that current refinery safety practices in California do not need any changes, claiming that the proposed plan was too ambitious and would not result in immediate improvements in refinery safety.
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Chemical Dry Vacuum Pump

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The CXS chemical dry vacuum pump is simple to install and use, with an integral controller and safety systems which allow for ‘plug and pump’ operation.
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Multichannel Transmitter with Ethernet/IP Connectivity

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The Liquiline CM44x multichannel transmitter from Endress+Hauser now features Ethernet/IP connectivity for easy, seamless integration with the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System.
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Federal agencies propose measures to improve chemical plant safety

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Following the deadly blast at the fertilizer plant in April that killed 15 people and injured hundreds, President Obama requested a plan to prevent similar incidents and mitigate their impact.
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Brazil's Odebrecht to explore petrochemical investment in West Virginia

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The "Ascent -- Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise" complex would include an ethane cracker, three polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure for water treatment and energy co-generation.
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US chemical production falls slightly in September

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Chemical production activity in the United States dropped by 0.4% in September, following a revised 0.2% decline in August.
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Global polycarbonate capacity to grow more than 5% by 2018

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The global polycarbonate market is set to increase by 3.2% in 2013, with demand reaching 3.7 million metric tons.
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LSB Industries to receive $113 million in damages after chemical plant explosion

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The facility, located in El Dorado, was a concentrated nitric acid plant but it was practically destroyed in an explosion in May last year.
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