May 2017: The View from Jamestown

 

Market Updates

When considering the last few years, the chemical industry has seen a relatively strong start in 2017. What’s driving it forward, and can it continue? Click the image to read more. 

 

Dollars & Cents

$1.00 USD =

0.919 EUR
0.772 GPB
113.924 JPY
19.09 MXN

As of: 5/10/17. xe.com

Product Update

ChemFlexx TOTM

Tri-2-Ethylhexyl Trimellitate

The Chemical Company’s ChemFlexx TOTM is a primary branched monomeric plasticizer for polyvinyl chloride homopolymer and copolymer resins. 

ChemFlexx TOTM is a lasting primary plasticizer, suitable for PVC, cellulose nitrate, ethyl cellulose and poly methyl methacrylate. 

 
The Chemical Company is proud to add Butanol and 2 Ethylhexanol (2-EH) to its expanding product line. See informational product videos on each of the products above. To read more, click the product name.
 

Upcoming Tradeshows & Events

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Eastern Coatings Show

May 15-18, 2017
Atlantic City, NJ

InformEx 2017

May 16-18, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

APIC

May 18-19, 2017
Sapporo, Japan

 

Oxo-Alcohols Europe

May 24, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Latin American Coatings Show

June 20-22, 2017
Mexico City, Mexico

 

Southwestern Fertilizer Conference

July 15-19, 2017
San Antonio, TX

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What’s Happening at TCC?

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association: 2017 Capital Fundraising Campaign

In June, the Roach Family is sponsoring a cocktail party for The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, as part of their 2017 Matching Gift Capital Campaign. The Association has an outside donor willing to match up to $500,000 in donations collected during 2017. The donations and matched capital will be placed in an endowment for the association to use annually for building maintenance and upkeep.

Although it has been rebuilt, repaired and even moved, a lighthouse has sat at the current location since 1749, on the southern-most tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island. The association oversees the lighthouse and museum’s maintenance and function. For more information about Beavertail Lighthouse or the fundraising event, click the image below.

Chemical Educational Foundation

Rhode Island State Challenge Sponsor & President’s Club Member

Last week, members of the TCC team were on-hand for the 2017 Chemical Educational Foundation’s Rhode Island “You Be The Chemist” state challenge. Sixteen competitors in fifth through eighth grade made their bid to be the Rhode Island State Champion, moving on to the national competition in Washington D.C. in June. For more information, click the image. 

 

 

The Chemical Company

30 Second Commercial Spot: “What Is Chemistry?”

Media Contact: Ben Sawicki
Marketing Coordinator
The Chemical Company
bsawicki@thechemco.com
401.360.2872

Roach Family Sponsors BLMA Fundraising Event, June 15 at The Dunes Club

On June 15, 2017, the Roach Family is sponsoring a cocktail party for The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, as part of their 2017 Matching Gift Capital Campaign. The party will be held at The Dunes Club in Narragansett, RI. The Association has an outside donor willing to match up to $500,000 in donations collected during 2017. As of 5/16/17, the association has raised $160,000. The donations and matched capital will be placed in an endowment for the association to use annually for building maintenance and upkeep.

Although it has been rebuilt, repaired and even moved, a lighthouse has sat at the current location since 1749, on the southern-most tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island. The association oversees the lighthouse and museum’s maintenance and function.

For more information about Beavertail Lighthouse or the fundraising event, click the invitation below, or contact Ben Sawicki, Digital Marketing Coordinator for The Chemical Company.

April 2017: The View from Jamestown

 

Market Updates

 The Trump Effect
An inconsistent tone and policy plan from President Trump and international leaders has built uncertainty among global petrochemical supply chains. To read the full report from ICIS, click the above image.

RODIS Robot Improves Pipeline Safety
Diakont, a Russian-based company with offices in San Diego, CA, is developing RODIS, a robot with the ability to scan pipelines that have never before been able to be checked. To read the CNBC full feature, click the above image.

Dollars & Cents

$1.00 USD =

0.935 EUR
0.784 GPB
108.412 JPY
18.50 MXN

As of: 4/18/17

Product Update

The Chemical Company is proud to add Butanol and 2 Ethylhexanol (2-EH) to its expanding product line. See informational product videos on each of the products above. To read more, click the product name.
 

Upcoming Tradeshows & Events

PLASTEC New England

May 3-4, 2017
Boston, MA

PLASTEC New England is a comprehensive industry showcase for the latest equipment, products, and services from national and international exhibitors related to the plastic industry. The conference is a forum for industry professionals to collaborate, share knowledge, and improve business relations in the industry.  

APIC 2017
May 18-19, 2017
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

The 2017 Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference focuses on major industry issues happening across Asia and around the globe.
The 2017 conference theme is, “The Promise of Carbon Chemistry: Pathway to a Sustainable Future.”

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What’s Happening at TCC?

Congratulations to our Captain’s Choice Recipients!

The TCC Captain’s Choice Award is a special recognition of outstanding performance in the workforce. At the end of each quarter, our staff votes for two employees who have exceeded expectations in sales and customer service.

Josh Savory, Logistics Coordinator – Josh Savory grew up in North Kingstown, RI and graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2012. Today, Josh is the logistics manager for TCC. He oversees warehousing, repackaging, loading, and shipping, as well as the inventory for the local warehouse. Outside of work, Josh takes the time to enjoy and take in the landscapes that RI has to offer. Fishing, biking, kayaking and spending time at the beach are among his favorite pastimes. 

Tom Ultsch, V.P. Midwest Market – Tom Ultsch resides just outside of Pittsburgh, PA and has been with TCC for the better part of seven years. Today, Tom oversees the Midwest market for The Chemical Company and travels the country to connect with business partners and grow new business in the area.

Chemical Educational Foundation

Rhode Island State Challenge Sponsor & President’s Club Member

 The Chemical Company has partnered with The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF). CEF organizes the annual You Be The Chemist Challenge®, a nationwide, interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.
TCC is proud to be the Rhode Island State Challenge Sponsor, as well as a CEF President’s Club Member. For more information, click the logo to view the RI State Challenge.

 

The Chemical Company

30 Second Commercial Spot: “What Is Chemistry?”

Media Contact: Ben Sawicki
Marketing Coordinator
The Chemical Company
bsawicki@thechemco.com
401.360.2872

The Chemical Company Sponsors The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF)

National Nonprofit Organization Organizes The You Be The Chemist Challenge®, a State and Nationwide Competition Engaging Fifth Through Eight Grade Students in STEM Subjects

Jamestown, RI–The Chemical Company (TCC) is partnering with the Chemical Educational Foundation® to sponsor the Rhode Island You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge and serve as a CEF President’s Club member.

CEF’s most visible program, the YBTC Challenge, is an interactive academic competition that encourages students in fifth through eighth grade to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. More than 60,000 students are participating in the Challenge program nationwide, with the series of competitions culminating at the National Challenge in Washington D.C. this coming June.

The Rhode Island Challenge will be held on April 25, 2017, at Park View Middle School in Cranston, RI at 7pm. The student who wins the title of Rhode Island State Challenge Champion will move on to compete at the National Challenge on June 19, 2017. As the Rhode Island State Challenge Sponsor, representatives from TCC will be on hand to attend and participate in the event ceremonies.

About The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF)
The Chemical Educational Foundation is a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit organization committed to enhancing science education among every generation, beginning with youth.

The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF), a national 501(c) nonprofit organization, created the You Be The Chemist Challenge competition in 2004. The program is designed to engage fifth through eighth-grade students in the STEM subjects at an earlier age to create a better-informed general public and increase the number of students who are prepared to pursue STEM-related careers. Challenge competitions are held at the local, state, and national levels, and are sponsored by companies in the chemical industry and community organizations. For more information, visit chemed.org.

About The Chemical Company
The Chemical Company is an international chemical distributor founded and based in Jamestown, Rhode Island. TCC works closely with business partners across the globe to source, plan, and deliver high-quality products with excellent customer service. For more information on TCC, or to inquire about specific products, visit TheChemCo.com.

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Media Contact: Ben Sawicki
The Chemical Company
Marketing Coordinator
bsawicki@thechemco.com
401.855.2000

Sustainability Along The Supply Chain

Recently, The Chemical Company’s (TCC) President, Robb Roach as well as TCC’s Vice President of Business Development, Ray Altenburger were interviewed by ICIS (Independent Chemical Information Service), a business unit of Reed Business Information.

Roach and Altenburger were chosen to discuss TCC’s core business practices, industry influence and our environmentally conscious protocol.

Click here to view the official article in PDF form or read the official article re-posted below:


Sustainability Along The Supply Chain

Growing pressure from consumers for ethical suppliers and sustainable products has chemical sellers and purchasers looking for ways to ensure they can communicate sustainable performance to the wider market.

Building in ideas and actions on sustainability across the board is helping create a green supply chain for the US chemical industry.

The concept of sustainability continues to grow in prominence in the public’s mind. Industry – especially the chem- ical industry – is having to step up its response in reply.

Buyers of consumer goods are asking ques- tions around sustainable sourcing of raw materials, labour issues, product safety and recycling. They are likely these days to base purchasing decisions on how sustainable they perceive the product to be, and indeed the company that supplies it.

The trend is a key one and has huge implica- tions for sourcing and purchasing along the chemical supply chain and the way chemical producers, distributors and users approach the way they do business and develop products. It also has huge implications for the transparent ow of information along the supply chain, and is leading to increasing use of sustainabili- ty questionnaires and even requests for audits.

“Green issues and sustainability have become mainstream today,” says Suzanne Shelton, CEO and president of Shelton Group, a specialist market consultancy in the sector. “They are no longer considered niche and are now incorporated into the very fabric of a business,” she told ICIS recently.

Shelton added that consumer surveys show that the reaction to sustainability is generally positive and that it has become an important part of corporate self-image. An increasing number of consumers are basing their purchasing decisions on perceived notions of a product and the producer’s green credentials, she affirms. A green image can thus be good for product sales growth. However, Shelton notes that companies need to ensure that they are indeed green and sustainable, and that they communicate an authentic message to this effect.

DISTRIBUTORS HAVE A KEY ROLE

It is not just chemical producers that need to be aware of sustainability arguments. The concept is just as relevant in the chemical distribution sector. Indeed, given that distributors are a key link in the supply chain between principals and many thousands of smaller customers, they have an important role to play in ensuring the sustainability message is passed on through to the consumer. They also, of course, need to ensure their own operations meet sustainability goals, for their own long-term survival.

For Robb Roach, president of US-headquartered international distributor The Chemical Company (TCC), sustainability or a long-term approach has been the basis of doing business since the company was founded.

 

“I’m not a fan of trendy buzzwords, but there is no doubt that sustainability is the blood that courses through the veins of TCC. We’ve always been a sustainable organization.”

He views it as an essential component of the way TCC builds long-term relationships with suppliers and customers, how it runs its financial affairs, and operates its logistics and technical service and back-up systems. “We look at every aspect of the way we operate – it is all founded on 100% sustainability,” he adds.

Roach believes the focus on sustainability has to be the responsibility of everyone in the business. “We are a family-owned business that is focused on long-term relationships with customers and producing partners. We do all of our business based on a history of delivering on our word without fail.”

This idea of sustainability at TCC is also found in the career sustainability it provides its employees. “These range from those just starting out their careers to seasoned industry veterans that have been with TCC for decades,” Roach says, “many after spending the majority of their careers with a large producer or deciding to forgo retirement and continue a career with us.” The company prides itself on building a diverse team to build and learn from each other. This allows it to offer better service to customers and build a positive environment in which employees can choose to further develop them- selves and dedicate their careers to TCC.

“We really like to emphasize that sustainability in the supply chain ranges from the products to the long-term work force support- ing the industry’s success,” says Roach.

The chemical industry’s drive to greater sustainability does indeed involve actions across a broad front – from adoption of alternative and renewable feedstocks and ingredients to reduced energy and water usage and hence lower carbon footprint. Smarter logistics, increased recyclability and recycling, and safer and better working conditions also play a role.

GLOBAL INITIATIVES

The good news is that the industry is respond- ing to the sustainability agenda, spurred on not just by growing consumer demands but by global initiatives such as the UN’s Sustain- able Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, agreed late last year, and the EU’s comprehensive Circular Economy Package, which seeks to address issues surrounding waste by promoting resource efficiency and recycling.

The chemical industry views its long-term espousal of the voluntary Responsible Care initiative as a key part of its response to sustainability, focused as it is on continuous improvement of health, safety and environ- mental, and now security, performance. But there is a realization that the industry has to go further and meet the ambitions of the United Nation’s Global Compact and the Global Product Strategy under the umbrella of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). One recent development that is gaining traction is a consortium of chemical producers and suppliers that has come together to assess and improve sustainability performance along the supply chain.

RUNNING ON A COMMON PLATFORM

Together for Sustainability (TfS) aims to drive improvements in supply chain sustainability and currently brings together 19 players in the chemical sector. These have agreed to adopt a harmonized set of assessment and audit processes, running on a common platform “to achieve significant, measurable CSR [corporate social responsibility] performance improvements in our supply chains” and “to move towards sustainable sourcing”.

TfS was launched in 2011 by the chief procurement officers of six multinational chemical companies: Bayer, BASF, Henkel, Evonik, Lanxess and Solvay. Today, its members have an annual spend of €200bn and have so far assessed 4,500 suppliers. It notes that 70% of these suppliers have improved their sustain- ability scores after evaluation.

The strategy is to develop and implement a global supplier engagement program to assess and improve sustainability practices within the supply chain of companies from the chemical sector. The program covers the areas of management, environment, health and safety, labour and human rights, ethics and governance.

TfS uses EcoVadis to carry out sustainability audits. Since 2011, 460 have been per- formed. Re-assessments have been conducted in Europe, Asia and the US and improvement has been recognized in all regions, says TfS.

“More than 70% of the suppliers that are assessed more than once by EcoVadis improve overall, showing a positive evolution in either one or more than one of the CSR themes considered (environment, labour practices, fair business practices and sustain- able procurement). This illustrates the potential of TfS to drive supply chain sustainability in the chemical industry.”

Although TfS members originate from the chemical business, suppliers in scope are not limited to chemical supply chains, but cover all industries relevant to the chemical indus- try, including wholesalers and logistics service providers.

Two-thirds of the assessed suppliers are small and medium-sized companies, which often scored better than large-scale enterprises. While the supply base is covered across all categories, it is at the same time covered glob- ally – TfS aims to assess and audit suppliers in all regions.

Recognizing the growing importance of sustainability as an issue overall and the develop- ing trend towards assessments, TCC decided last year to join the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) to access the benefits of accreditation through its well-regard- ed Responsible Distribution (RD) program.

Ray Altenburger, vice president for new business at TCC, comments that the third- party audit of its facilities and their policies and procedures was another step in TCC’s progression to become more professional and meet the requirement of its partners. “Today, suppliers want greater trace- ability, for instance, and [having RD accreditation] we have a high- er level of comfort when doing business.”

Robb Roach echoes this, noting that levels of reporting up and down the supply chain have increased substantially in recent years as sustainability has risen up the agenda.

“Transparency is a key aspect of the business right now and most producers and customers are aware of the importance [of sustainability] in the world and are leading the charge – we are champions in many ways.”

Internally at TCC, Roach points to many initiatives, from using fuel-efficient vehicles for sales people, encouraging effective travel planning and ensuring the trucks it uses meet all standards and regulations, right down to installing a water fountain in the head office to cut down on bottled water consumption.

“Today, suppliers want greater traceability… [to] have a higher level of comfort when doing business”

RAY ALTENBURGER
Vice president for new business, The Chemical Company

“We have also made a huge effort to be fully compliant on labelling and documentation and a large investment in EHS, and make every effort to support growing companies especially in hard-pressed economies,” adds Roach.

Altenburger also points to the fact that TCC has been handling recycled, green and biobased chemicals for many years from sev- eral of its suppliers. He believes this trend will continue to grow as customers look for sustainable options and solutions.

As Roach concludes, “The key thing is that sustainability is not a new thing for TCC – it’s just the natural thing to do.”

That’s hard to argue against of course. Virtu- ally all chemical and chemical distribution companies these days will have an eye on the sustainability argument and trends. What is shifting fundamentally now perhaps is the focus on individual company performance as in the past, to supply chain performance today.

This is going to take a lot of cooperation and communication, but in the end, those companies that get involved will secure those customers that all players in the chain need to thrive – those at the end of the value chain. And the ones, as we saw at the top of this article, that are increasingly basing purchasing decisions on their perceptions of the prod- ucts’ and producers’ green credentials.

TCC – International Distributor Built By Relationships With Established Suppliers

The Chemical Company (TCC) is an international disturber of chemicals and raw materials. We represent domestic and international suppliers producing the highest quality products to service our customer’s needs.

A great question we receive from our potential customers asks, “Why should we choose to purchase from a distributor instead of buying directly from a supplier?” While buying direct is an option, several factors should be considered to ensure that your needs are met, and your products arrive at the right place as scheduled.


Supplier’s main focus is research and production

At TCC, we have been sought out by dozens of suppliers to access the knowledge and expertise built into our sales team. The services we offer allows suppliers to focus on the quality of the products they manufacture without losing personal contact with their customers.

We offer customers unique views of products, not only offering what we have but rather what would fit their needs best. Our team can assess the needs of prospects and customers by analyzing formulas to recommend new product combinations or enhancements. Our focus at TCC is our customer enabling our suppliers to focus on the research and execution of their products.


Logistics

Distributors like TCC have a team focused on logistics. You receive notifications regarding your shipment and notification if situations change during transit. The most important pain point we solve for our customers is a change in their delivery. We offer an array of accommodating services for our customers. In many instances, our flexibility drives customers to choose TCC.

On several occasions, customers have placed orders and when the delivery date arrived their tank at the delivery location was full or had a tank that took priority that needed the delivery more. At TCC, we have a different approach to the supply chain. In an instance like the aforementioned example, we have seen suppliers disregard the needs of the customer, and the delivery location would remain unchanged. It would arrive at the original location specified, and the customer would be in charge of re-routing the remaining product.

Our customers have a very different experience. As a distributor, we have a lot of flexibility to meet our customer’s needs. There have been instances like the preceding example; a customer requests a delivery location to change or to add a stop along the delivery line. We have re-routed product, we have moved containers around to accommodate a full tank waiting for the new opportunity to fill.

Logistics and chemical supplier


Two teams providing personal & efficient service

TCC Sales Team

Our sales team’s focus is on providing you with products that enable your business to grow. With a wide variety of products, our team can assess your products and end-uses to determine the most valuable combination of chemicals or raw materials to meet your needs. Since our focus is customers and not a supplier’s, we are not limited to recommending one specific product line to meet your needs. Variety is key when each and every customer is unique. 

Customer Service

Our customer service team is focused on your orders. From billing to specific logistics needs, these TCC team members have been focused on product delivery for decades. Our team is available 24/7 by phone or email to ensure your specific needs are met.


Distributors offering an array of products to meet all needs

Chemical, composite and plastic products to fulfill bulk needs.Purchasing managers in need of multiple products may face the choice of managing multiple suppliers to obtain the products or choosing a distributor to handle the purchase and delivery of all of the products needed.

Distributors like The Chemical Company offer companies the ability to make one phone call and have an order delivered. Furthermore, the delivery of multiple products sourced from multiple suppliers can also be ordered in that one call.

TCC—An Environmentally Conscious Company

The concept of being environmentally responsible has permeated the public’s consciousness and has influenced several industries to become more aware of their responsibilities. For some companies and industries, becoming environmentally responsible requires major decisions and adjustments, equating to years for changes to take effect. The chemical industry is no exception. The Chemical Company (TCC) is proud of its decades of encouraging an environmentally conscious protocol and continues to be part of the industry’s movement.

In reflection, we have found that many of our efforts follow this mindset. As our President, Robb Roach recently discussed in an interview with ICIS, that our environmentally friendly achievements had surpassed this trend. Our environmental accomplishments reach back to years of sub-conscious striving to be a well-run company.

Traveltcc-enviro-concious

Travel is a necessary part of doing business for many organizations. Our team travels daily to local and distant destinations to speak directly with customers and producing partners. We encourage planning trips with less flying and longer stays to do our part in reducing emissions from frequent flights. Many of our sales team members enjoy discovering new locations while meeting with several different companies during a trip.

Other environmentally friendly considerations during travel

  • Provide fuel-efficient vehicles for our sales team
  • Work with reputable shipping companies whose trucks meet all standards and regulations
  • Encourage carpooling – Some of our team members have carpooled to our office headquarters for years to save on gas and reduce emissions while adding some pre-work team bonding to their commute.

Products

TCC offers over a dozen different product lines to meet our customer’s needs. We focus on several industries and specifically provide options to source recycled or bio-based products in our array of offerings.

We value having a variety of products in our portfolio to provide our customers with multiple options to fulfill their requirements. A few examples of products we offer that are recycled or are used to develop environmentally friendly products are below:

  • Sustanol
  • Bio-based derived from malaises
  • Bio content in the bottles
  • BIO PG
  • Propylene Glycol derived from glycerin
  • Bio-succinic acid
  • Citric Acid – fermentation process (corn production mid-west)

 

The Small Details

As a large company, we understand that little details add up to a big impact. The small efforts of many drive the difference. At our yearly convention, and monthly during team updates from our principals, we remind our teams from across the country to take small, efficient steps.

  • A filtered water fountain in the head office reduces bottled water consumption
  • Printing and paper are limited to vital documents, opting to use a shared drive to access important documents and files.
  • We plan carefully for events and tradeshows. Our marketing team considers promotional product options, booth construction, and other details to opt for a lean approach to show preparation.

This article sparked further discussion amongst our team at headquarters, and we heard a great story to share.

Our Marketing Manager, Jessica Baker, noted that while attending the IFT trade show in Chicago, Illinois, she opted for public transportation instead of taking an Uber or renting a car for the week.

“I enjoy functioning as a local when I visit a new city. In Chicago, the O’Hare International Airport is about an hour drive from downtown Chicago, especially during high traffic times. For $5, I took the “L” blue line, similar to Boston’s subway system, although above ground. It was faster, and I enjoyed seeing more of the city this way.”

We are proud to have a team that endeavors to be environmentally conscious whether that be with small daily efforts or looking to source new bio-based products for our customers.