Friday News Round Up

Friday again, so a good time to update on various past stories and share some news snippets.

  • Problems persist at Lavéra, with Arkema forced to prolong its force majeure on PVC. This was due to on-going problems on the Vinyl Chloride Monomer plant at Lavéra. According to the La Provence newspaper, issues included a minor chlorine leak which led to site emergency procedures being initiated. Arkema report that there was no adverse environmental impact.

  • The UK chemical cluster at Wilton was again in the news. It was announced that a study will  be conducted with businesses on the Wilton site to understand their immediate and future needs, and the outcome will dictate what extra action is needed to support them.

  • The American Chemical Society (ACS) are holding a small & medium business Webinar to give participants an opportunity to learn about trends in the chemical industry that can impact jobs and businesses. Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, 2-3 p.m. Eastern Time, the free webinar will feature my colleague Paul Hodges, author of the  ICIS "Chemicals and the Economy'" blog. The webinar's topic is "What you need to know about Chemistry and the Economy! Secrets to finding hidden opportunities."
          Registration details are available by following this link.

  • The debate about climate change rages on ahead of the Copenhagen Summit. Paul Hudson's BBC blog has led to many exchanges of views, with another senior BBC reporter, Peter Sissons also joining the debate. Cap and Trade is very much the hot topic right now (please pardon the pun), so we can expect this debate to intensify in coming weeks.

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