Monthly Archives: February 2012

Sustainable chemicals sourcing at P and G

An article in the website Sustainable Brands (http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/articles/procter-gamble-developing-sustainable-chemicals-biofuel-company) describes Proctor & Gamble’s use of Zeachem, a cellulosic biorefinery manufacturer that uses raw material from poplar and agricultural residues and uses natural bacteria that produce no Co2 during fermentation. The consumer … Continue reading

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Mexico’s gain at China’s rising cost expense ?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Feb 6, 2012) describes data that trains and trucks carried 9 % more freight last year from Mexico to the US, while container traffic from Asia dropped 0.2 %. As we have heard … Continue reading

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Regulating copper in brake pads at the state level

An article in the New York Times (Feb 3, 2012) describes a proposal that requires that automobile brake pads decrease the copper content to less than 5 % by 2021 in Washington and less than 0.5 % by 2025 in California.  … Continue reading

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Manufacturer “bonus depreciation” rules and impact

An article in the New York Times (Feb 3, 2012) describes the “bonus depreciation” rule that permits capital investments to be treated as costs for the current year and thus subsidizes equipment purchases.  The impact is to incentivize capital investments … Continue reading

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Asian container flow to the East Coast, Panama canal width and Long Beach

An article in the Economist (Jan 28, 2012) describes the impact of increased Panama Canal width to handle large ships and the consequent container shipments to the East Coast being sent directly to East Coast ports, rather than being shipped … Continue reading

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Commodity Prices change direction and supply chain impact

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Feb 1, 2012) describes price declines through the end of December 2011, with fears of European recessionary trends, but price rises though Jan 2012. Copper and corn saw price increases of 15% and … Continue reading

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Regulating Lithium Battery shipments as cargo and associated costs

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Jan 31, 2012) describes a change in regulations by the FAA that barred transport of lithium batteries by air, without appropriate packaging, following a fire and associated crash of a UPS plane carrying … Continue reading

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