Foreword by Dr David Constable, Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, American Chemical Society The global fine and speciality chemicals industry is a vital segment within the chemical value chain, catering to a multitude of societal and industrial needs. Regulatory, sustainability and consumer forces have been constantly shaping the business fundamentals of this industry. Developing value creation strategies which embed economic, environmental and social sustainability components will need a comprehensive assessment of business, scientific and technological challenges facing the industry. Sustainable Value Creation in the Fine and Speciality Chemicals Industry assesses sustainable value creation options against the backdrop of global mega trends that are defining the present and future course of the industry. It discusses innovative strategies in feedstocks, R&D, technology, manufacturing, resource management and supply chain as well as the significance of the bio-based chemical economy in enabling sustainable value creation in the fine and speciality chemicals industry.
Topics covered include: Transformation in the fine and speciality chemicals business Sustainable management: evolution, transitions and tools Research and technology directions Resource optimization strategies Bio-based chemicals, specialities and polymers Sustainable practices in the fine and speciality chemicals industry Sustainable value creation strategies Sustainable Value Creation in the Fine and Speciality Chemicals Industry presents a comprehensive overview of strategic options for sustainability management in the global fine and speciality chemicals industry. It will be a valuable resource for chemists and chemical engineers involved in the design and development of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable practices for the future.