Tag Archives: Manufacturing

3D Printing comes of age

This blog is about chemical and energy developments of interest to me and, I trust, also to readers following these posts. Since I have wondered for some time about how 3D printing works, I decided to investigate and this is the result. (Full disclosure: … Continue reading

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Carbon fiber making progress in automobiles

The substitution of high strength carbon fiber composites for steel in automobile bodies is gaining momentum (See also earlier posts as background on carbon fiber). As reported in Bloomberg Business News, BMW has taken the lead by investing in a plant … Continue reading

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Private Equity’s unique role in chemicals

I have recently been thinking about Gordon Cain, who was a client and a good friend and, above all, a unique individual. After a successful career as a high level Conoco executive, he put on an entrepreneurial cap and spent a … Continue reading

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Carbon fiber slowly gaining in cars

With the administration’s goal to increase automobile fleet mileage standards appreciatively over the next decade, it will be necessary to substantially reduce the weight of cars, which are still largely made of steel. Weight reduction will be essential, since engine efficiency will only … Continue reading

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Phoenix-like from the ashes

 An idea for this post came to me as I reread, probably for the fifth time, John LeCarre’s iconic novel “The Spy who came in from the Cold”. Set in East and West Germany during the Cold War, the novel captured conditions on the … Continue reading

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North American competitveness: Mexico rising

In several previous posts and in my Ted speech I talked about the “renaissance” of the North American manufacturing industry with emphasis on our energy and petrochemical industries. Let me now broaden this to include Mexico, our NAFTA neighbor, which is a … Continue reading

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Biochemicals: Desirable Innovation Model

Sunday’s New York Times  a couple of weeks ago had an interesting article on innovation and job creation, with emphasis on the fact that companies are sitting on a great deal of money, because they see so few opportunitie to … Continue reading

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