Archive for December 31st, 2012

With their extensive technical training and leadership skills, military veterans are often the ideal candidates for top manufacturing positions. Yet a prevalent challenge remains: veterans are lost in translation when they apply for coveted jobs, as many struggle to market their military skills for industry careers the right way. The solution is in strategic thinking and learning how to civilianize military experience, according to career experts. Read more

Business people raising toast with champagne

It’s that time of year again: deck the halls, light the candles and dread the company office party. While holiday parties are generally considered a perk for employees, a surprisingly large number of workers don’t enjoy them. Luckily, we’ve got tips to help you make it through these annual events, and even turn them to your advantage. Read more


A scientist investigates bio-materials. Courtesy of Novozymes.

The global coatings market is expected to reach $107 billion by 2017, according to a 2012 study by Global Industry Analysts. Reporting on the study, the Adhesives & Sealants Industry trade journal says by 2017 the industry is expected to be producing 8.7 billion gallons of product. Key drivers of growth in the market are the global economic rebound, rapid industrialization in emerging economies and increased demand from such sectors as automotive and construction.

As is the case with the other markets for bio-based products I’ve discussed in previous articles, perhaps the most compelling environmental driver behind biopolymer adoption in the coatings business is a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the lifecycle of the product. Adhesives & Sealants Industry says there has been a “recent demand spike for environmentally friendly coatings,” leading formulators to invest in “technological advancement in the area of non-hazardous chemical feedstocks.” (See my previous pieces on bio-based materials in the packaging and automotive industries and in the market for disposable materials.) Read more

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