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November 2019 View from Jamestown Podcast The Chemical Company

November 2019 | The View, Podcast Edition – Episode 033

The November 2019 View from Jamestown Podcast from The Chemical Company includes a discussion on the global chemical industry, including price updates, market trends, featured products and more.

Featured topics include:

– Global chemical storage industry expected up 4% over the next five years
– Supply chain management, “Security of Supply” and planning in 2019/2020
– Feature on ESO, and outlook on the soybean industry for 2020

TCC Staff includes:

Robb Roach: President
Ken Blanchard: VP Business Development
AJ Petrarca: VP Sales and Marketing
Ben Sawicki: Marketing & Sales Specialist

Pricing updates courtesy of PetroChem Wire:聽bit.ly/2sFuZWl
Production by Kettlebottom Creative: www.kettlebottomcreative.com

Discussion with The Vinyl Institute Episode 032 The View from Jamestown

Discussion with the Vinyl Institute – Episode 032

Episode 032 is an interview and discussion with the Vinyl Institute’s CEO Ned Monroe. In this episode, Ned walks listeners through an introduction of the VI, their core goals and plans, as well as a 12-month out look on the Vinyl Industry and their plans for regulatory and sustainability goals.

Links & URLs:

The Vinyl Institute
www.vinylinfo.org/

+Vantage Vinyl
vantagevinyl.com/

Ned Monroe – President & CEO
Office: (202)765-2281
Email:聽nmonroe@vinylinfo.org

The Chemical Company
www.baojishu.com
www.baojishu.com/podcast

The View from Jamestown Podcast The Chemical Company September 2019

September 2019 | The View, Podcast Edition – Episode 030

The September 2019 View from Jamestown Podcast from The Chemical Company includes a discussion on the global chemical industry, including price updates, market trends, featured products and more.

Featured topics include:

– DINP Non-Hazardous classification in the US
– Update on the Rhine River & European Logistics
– China / US Tariffs Might Increase for October

Pricing updates courtesy of PetroChem Wire:聽bit.ly/2sFuZWl
Production by Kettlebottom Creative: www.kettlebottomcreative.com

the chemical company the view from jamestown podcast episode 027

June 2019 | The View, Podcast Edition – Episode 027

The June 2019 View from Jamestown Podcast from The Chemical Company includes a discussion on the global chemical industry, including price updates, market trends, featured products and more.

Featured topics include:

– Global Tariff & Trade Update
– TCC Product Manager Cory Mullins: Methanol, Butanol, 2-EH

Pricing updates courtesy of PetroChem Wire:聽bit.ly/2sFuZWl
Production by Kettlebottom Creative: www.kettlebottomcreative.com

Tariff & Trade Discussion with SOCMA | The View, Podcast Edition – Episode 026

Matthew Moedritzer works as a Manager of Legal and Government Relations for SOCMA, better known as the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates. Matt closely monitors various geopolitical situations, tariff and trade negotiations and changes, and more, and on Episode 026 he closely analyzes each situation as it stands today.

Episode 026 of The View from Jamestown, Podcast Edition includes macro-level news surrounding various global trade, tariff and duty updates and changes.

Time Stamps & Topics:
6:15 – US / EU Airbus Tariffs
12:30 – Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB)
23:10 – Brexit
29:25 – China / US
48:30 – India / Turkey GSP
54:00 – USMCA (aka NAFTA 2.0)
1:00:30 – Resources

Matt Moedritzer
(571) 348-5123
moedritzerm@socma.com

Featured topics include:

– US / EU Airbus Tariff
– Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB)
– Brexit
– US / China Trade
– India & Turkey GSP
– USMCA (aka: NAFTA 2.0)

 

Links & URLs

TCC鈥檚 Website:聽bit.ly/2NNJEc9
TCC鈥檚 Product Listing:聽bit.ly/2NMOxlP
Contact TCC:聽bit.ly/2TjcIOW

Backlinks to TCC鈥檚 Podcast:

TCC鈥檚 Official Podcast Page:聽bit.ly/2GJMviM
iTunes:聽apple.co/2IzzhGd
Google Play:聽bit.ly/2MAySZH
Soundcloud:聽bit.ly/2HOI1XQ
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The View from Jamestown: Mobile App

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Pricing updates courtesy of PetroChem Wire:聽bit.ly/2sFuZWl
Production by Kettlebottom Creative.

China Import Duty Increases to 25%

The Office of the United States Trade Representative officially released a modification to Section 301 Action regarding China’s Acts and duties on approximately 5,700 products imported from China. The revised mandate will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019. Imported cargo departing China after this deadline will be subject to a 25% duty, up from the previous 10%.
According to Reuters, U.S. Customs and Border Protection have announced a grace period for materials affected under the Section 301 tariffs. If product departed China before 12:01 a.m. on May 10, it will be subject to the previous 10% duty, not the new 25% tariff.
The Chemical Company is continuing to monitor the tariff situation and will provide further updates and details as they are available.
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May 2019 | The View, Podcast Edition - Episode 025

May 2019 | The View, Podcast Edition – Episode 025

The May 2019 View from Jamestown Podcast from The Chemical Company includes a discussion on the global chemical industry, including price updates, market trends, featured products and more.

Featured topics include:

– Potential U.S. / European Tariffs Oncoming
– Latin American Geopolitical Update
– Featured Summer / Warm Month Products

Links & URLs

TCC鈥檚 Website:聽bit.ly/2NNJEc9
TCC鈥檚 Product Listing:聽bit.ly/2NMOxlP
Contact TCC:聽bit.ly/2TjcIOW

Backlinks to TCC鈥檚 Podcast:

TCC鈥檚 Official Podcast Page:聽bit.ly/2GJMviM
iTunes:聽apple.co/2IzzhGd
Google Play:聽bit.ly/2MAySZH
Soundcloud:聽bit.ly/2HOI1XQ
YouTube:聽bit.ly/2uNQZma

The View from Jamestown: Mobile App

Web:聽bit.ly/2Cd2ckj
iTunes:聽apple.co/2rfyPWz
Google Play:聽bit.ly/2FAQwE0

Pricing updates courtesy of PetroChem Wire:聽bit.ly/2sFuZWl
Production by Kettlebottom Creative.

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Unpacking Recent Growth in the U.S. Chemical Space

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Business leaders across all industries are keeping an eye on 2019, wondering whether聽favorable marketplace conditions might materialize. For executives overseeing enterprises in the U.S. chemicals space or other sector-adjacent organizations, the outlook for 2019 is quite favorable. Production in the states is聽expected to rise聽3.6 percent over the forthcoming 12-month span as manufacturers introduce new higher-capacity workflows and demand in key market increases, according to research from the American Chemistry Council. These developments are likely to lay the foundation for聽long-term growth, ACC analysts found, vaulting revenue beyond $700 billion by 2023. However, paired with this maturation are a number of significant challenges that American chemical companies will have to address over the course of 2019 and beyond. So as executives and other key stakeholders in the U.S. chemicals space prepare for the coming year, it essential that they weigh every variable in this complicated growth equation.

Dissecting the industry upside

The American chemicals industry has been on the upswing for the past three years, with manufacturers making considerable production headway due, in part, to rising demand within the聽automotive sector,聽ICIS聽reported. Here, the average vehicle rolls out of the factory equipped with $3,500 worth of chemical products. Housing has also been a boon for the sector, along with the oil and gas and mining spaces. However, the strengthening U.S. manufacturing is perhaps the biggest driver behind the ongoing growth within the American chemicals arena. Output and capacity in this sector, whose members consume countless chemical compounds during the production process, have聽risen steadily聽for the last decade, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics analyzed by the Federal Reserve. These trends have greatly benefited the stateside chemical space, which now appears to be poised for additional expansion over the next year.

Grappling with future challenges

That said, there are some burgeoning roadblocks that might hold U.S. chemical companies back in 2019, beginning with the declining state of the global marketplace. Chemical manufacturers outside of the U.S. are struggling as a consequence of numerous variables, including the emergence of聽protectionist trade policy, according to researchers for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Global chemical production decreased in the opening weeks of the fourth quarter, continuing an聽underwhelming聽year聽for sector in general, ACC analysts found. This is likely to continue into 2019, which might drag on the U.S. industry even as it grows. Unfortunately, the industry is expected to face additional challenges stemming from another corner of the global marketplace: the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing firms worldwide are grappling with聽several serious issues聽– most notably severe labor shortages and rising raw material prices, Reuters reported. Consequently, economists foresee the arrival of strong financial headwinds that threaten not only manufacturers operating abroad but also those based in the U.S. Should adverse developments materialize in this arena, American chemical companies could certainly feel the effects.

In addition to these relatively recent roadblocks, chemical manufacturers in the states continue to deal with several long-standing issues. Enterprise digitization, for instance, continues to pose problems for businesses in the industry, according to consultants for聽PwC. While most recognize that they must聽rejigger聽their internal processes and workflows to meet the needs of technology-savvy customers and keep pace with forward-thinking competitors, pinpointing and implementing the right digital tools continues to be a challenge for chemical companies everywhere.

Making the most out of the market

The businesses that populate the American chemicals sector have solid footing in the marketplace and appear to be in a strong position entering 2019, according to the ACC. However, it is essential that these firms continue to pursue operational improvement, as there are a variety of pitfalls in play here at home and abroad.

 

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Understanding the Chemical Industry’s Role in Water Treatment Operations

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Drinking water quality measures worldwide have reached historic highs. Today, an estimated 71 percent of the global population has access to聽safe drinking water, according to researchers from the World Health Organization. The U.S. boasts some of the cleanest supplies on the planet, as 94 percent of its residents can take advantage of pollutant-free aquifers, pipes and fixtures. Numerous parties laid the foundation for this progress, here and abroad. From government institutions and nonprofit organizations to private enterprises, countless entities have contributed to drinking water decontamination efforts across the globe. Surprisingly, chemical companies are among these聽H20-conscious聽groups.

Businesses within the global chemicals space have long provided the synthetic materials needed for water treatment operations. These organizations produced more than $24 billion worth of such products in 2018 alone and are expected to generate another $25 billion in聽water treatment chemicals聽this year, according to projections from聽BlueWeave聽Consulting and Research. In short, chemical companies play an essential role in聽drinking water decontamination programs and will continue to do so as these initiatives expand.

Unpacking the water treatment equation

Here in the U.S., water treatment unfolds at the community level. Independent public drinking water systems across the country sanitize the supplies found within聽local aquifers聽and transport the clean end product to individual homes, per the Centers for Disease Control. The decontamination portion of this process features four distinct phases:

  • Coagulation and flocculation:聽Water treatment teams introduce positively-charged chemicals to untreated water. This neutralizes the negative charges carried by dissolved sediment and draws these particles together, creating larger, easier-to-handle dirt flecks called聽floc.
  • Sedimentation:聽The聽floc聽sinks to the bottom of the supply and settles there.
  • Filtration:聽With the larger contaminants resting at the base of the supply, water treatment personnel run the purified water above through a series of filters that collect particles still present in the聽H20, including charcoal, gravel and sand. These fixtures also catch microorganisms such as bacteria, parasites and viruses.
  • Disinfection:聽Following filtration, a number of disinfectants are put into the supply to eliminate any lingering bacteria and inoculate the water against any of the germs it might pick up will traveling through delivery infrastructure.

This water purification methodology has proven extremely effective domestically, despite the scale at which it is deployed. However, this is not the only strategy communities around the world use to rid their supplies of harmful particles. For instance, some leverage聽slow sand filtration, a much simpler and more cost-effective technique, according to the WHO. That said, the approach outlined above is perhaps the most dominant water treatment procedure in Western nations with access to ample capital and manpower.

Understanding the role of chemical companies



Enterprises within the chemical production arena provide the solutions that propel the water treatment process deployed here in the States.聽Aluminum sulfate and other inorganic substances are used during the聽coagulation process, neutralizing the charged ions attached to dangerous contaminants and making them more manageable, per the Minnesota Rural Water Association. Chemicals facilitate flocculation too. All manner of molecular polymers are used here, lending loosened particles the magnetic attraction that allows them to bunch and sink the bottom of supplies in the moments before sedimentation.

And finally, chemical compounds make drinking聽water disinfection聽possible at scale, according to the American Chemistry Council. Chlorine is the dominant product here and has been for more than a century. The U.S. and Canadian government began using chlorine to treat drinking water during the early聽1900s聽and have relied heavily on the chemical ever since. Why? Chlorine is an effective germ killer and can easily dispatch waterborne microorganisms, while keeping funguses聽and harmful chemicals such as聽ammonia and nitrogen at bay. It eliminates unwanted tastes and odors as well. Together, these features make it an ideal compound for use in this essential industrial niche.

Facing future water treatment challenges

While the chemical companies and other entities that support聽water treatment operations in the U.S. and abroad have managed to achieve significant success, numerous challenges lie ahead. Crumbling infrastructure is perhaps the most pressing for all parties. The American national drinking water delivery system, which is centered on fixtures installed 75 to 100 years ago, is聽falling apart, according to field analysis from the American Society of Civil Engineers. For chemical companies, other infrastructure problems, including聽deteriorating domestic railways, roadways and waterways, complicate logistics, creating further water supply risk. In addition to infrastructure-related hardships, chemical companies are coping with product-centric issues related to the increased regulation of disinfection byproduct, per the ACC.

However, chemical companies are up to the task. Many are providing products to supplement decaying water delivery infrastructure and ensure communities can access safe聽H20. They are also adjusting their supply chains to combat logistical issues and looking into new disinfectants to meet federal regulations and put residents at ease. In the end, these efforts will strengthen the industry and, by extension, the water treatment operations it supports across the globe.

Grappling with Procurement Challenges in the Chemicals Industry

Grappling with Procurement Challenges in the Chemicals Industry

Grappling with Procurement Challenges in the Chemicals Industry

Procurement is an unceasing challenge for businesses across virtually all sectors. From supply chain breakdowns to stocking issues, the stakeholders managing this essential organizational function often find themselves putting out fires rather than developing and deploying overarching operational strategies. However, these hardships are particularly pronounced for firms orbiting the chemicals space. Here, chemicals producers and consumers grapple with significant procurement roadblocks, some of which are entirely unique to the industry. Instead of mitigating procurement issues as they materialize, these chemicals-adjacent companies must pinpoint and implement sustainable solutions that lay the foundation for success, now and in the future.

Here are some of the common procurement challenges that arise in the chemicals sector and what industry leaders are doing to address them:

Product聽toxicity

It is no secret that many of the products chemicals manufacturers develop are hazardous by nature. For instance, sulfuric acid, which is perhaps the most commonly produced聽and used chemical compound in the world, according to researchers from the University of York in the U.K., is intensely caustic and poses a serious threat to all who handle it, including logistics teams. The ubiquitous industrial ingredient ethylene, which the American Chemical Society deemed an imperative “petrochemical building block,” is similarly dangerous and can聽cause considerable damage聽if exposed to open flames or agitated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. This variable complicates the procurement process, as producers, shippers and buyers must implement safety measures to protect workers, bystanders and the environment, lest they risk regulatory action from government agencies such as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. In most cases, this involves developing safety training programs, investing in viable chemical transportation assets and cultivating聽complex reporting workflows, according to Inbound Logistics.

On the surface, these demands appear excessive and almost impossible to meet. This is not the case. Numerous organizations in the chemicals space manage to maintain compliant, efficient and effective procurement processes that drive growth. Most of these high-performers achieve this by ensuring supplier excellence via robust sourcing and vendor evaluation practices. This allows them to pinpoint and collaborate with only those partners that can facilitate optimal availability, while meeting regulatory and safety standards. This emphasis on partnership and supplier excellence has proven effective among businesses with top-flight procurement operations, according to analysts for the consulting form A.T. Kearny, who found that this strategy generated 27 percent of the聽total procurement value聽when deployed effectively.

Increased competition

Competition is fierce in the global chemicals industry, which rakes in聽approximately $5 trillion聽in sales annually, researchers for Deloitte revealed. While this robust marketplace offers immense potential, it also creates significant operational issues, especially where procurement is concerned. The cost pressures and increasingly intricate organizational relationships that have arisen as a consequence of this booming environment make it difficult for suppliers distinguish themselves. And, the shortened value chains associated vertical integration and portfolio consolidation create risk for purchasers. In all, the immensely competitive state of the chemicals space has created volatility that disrupts procurement operations.

That said, both chemicals suppliers and consumers have viable options for addressing such competition-related roadblocks. For those in the latter category, network optimization combined with renewed client collaboration workflows can bring down expenses and attract the attention of potential customers, all of whom prize cooperation and transparency. Businesses reliant upon raw chemical compounds must explore new supplier selection and performance tracking methods, while adding elasticity to existing vendor networks to mitigate the risks that come with managing procurement operations in an arena where mergers and acquisitions flourish and vertical integration reigns.

Fluctuating economic policies

For the better part of the last decade, businesses everywhere have been adjusting their processes to address the emergence and crystallization of globalization. Procurement stakeholders in the firms navigating the chemicals arena pursued extensive infrastructure expansions in an effort to more effectively tap global supplies and draw in international customers. Unfortunately, things appear to be moving in the聽opposite direction聽thanks to the very recent phenomenon of “deglobalization,” according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over the last year, countries across the world, including the U.S. and U.K., have disengaged from the global marketplace with the intention of boosting domestic growth. This has further complicated procurement activities in the chemicals space, as businesses that spent years rolling out worldwide supply networks now grapple with finding themselves working to mitigate the risks that materialize as this bulwark breaks down.

Optimizing supply chain flexibility is really the only recourse for the organizations dealing with this particular issue. These entities must have options when it comes to procuring raw materials and finished chemical compounds, and this necessitates the cultivation of multi-layered supplier networks primed to reduce the risk of operating amidst聽deglobalization.

Together, these issues pose a serious challenge to procurement departments tasked with sourcing chemicals and the base compounds that form their foundations. However, as discussed above, there are viable solutions for addressing these roadblocks, no matter how serious.