As cleaning-product supply chain leaders prepare for the 2018 ACI Convention later this month, the association's chief executive, Melissa Hockstad, notes how "dedicated and committed to innovation and growth" today's industry is. During the new year, Hockstad plans for ACI to focus on ensuring consumer access to antiseptic hand products and generating data on active ingredients now under review by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Laundroid, a $16,000 laundry-folding robot, uses artificial intelligence to analyze clothing and choose the best folding technique. The machine, recently on display at CES, could hit the market in late 2019.
The US Food and Drug Administration has been sending out warning letters and keeping tighter track of health and beauty claims made by personal care product companies. This trend is expected to increase in 2018, and firms should also prepare for litigation from private individuals over unapproved drug claims and more FDA scrutiny of consumer product reviews.
Sources say Canada believes President Donald Trump intends to declare his country's intention to exit the North American Free Trade Agreement, which could lead to Mexico withdrawing from ongoing negotiations. Such a notice by Trump wouldn't require the US to exit NAFTA.
The nature of chemical industry innovation has changed from focusing on chemical breakthroughs to increasing functionality and developing custom solutions for existing products and services, write Kayvan Ardalan, Whit Keuer and Bram Vanassche. To remain competitive, chemical firms should adopt three best practices: develop a clear strategic direction, focus on customers and adopt an operating model that has various departments in close interaction.
An infrastructure proposal from President Donald Trump is expected to emerge sometime around the Jan. 30 State of the Union address, said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. One area of uncertainty is how much of the proposed spending should be federally funded, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.
Congress might have to pass a short-term spending bill ahead of a Jan. 19 deadline as discussions drag on about immigration and other issues, said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
States are expected to continue pushing chemical regulations this year despite federal efforts to implement Toxic Substances Control Act reform, policy experts say. States will focus on flame retardants, disclosure mandates and the surfactants perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate.
Clariant and Global Bioenergies announced they have developed a bio-based polymer derived from renewable isobutene that will be used in cosmetic lotions and creams. "Renewable isobutene is a widely used building block for cosmetic applications, and we are excited by the opportunities it presents for new bio-based ingredients to address the needs of niche markets," said Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt.