This book narrates the history of the chemical industry in conjunction with the emergence of environmental regulations by means of describing the different kinds of regulations that impact the industry. It shows how these different kinds of regulations impact the chemical plant and by consequence the industry chain. The main innovation cycles of this industry through patenting activity in the last century together with the evolution of the chemicals regulation in the EU are also described. It concludes with an explanation of how regulation pushed the emerging chemical industry of the 21st century and how a new family of regulations is emerging. Will be of interest to investors, business developers, policy makers, CSR officers, and related professionals involved in health, safety, and environmental (HSE) regulations and the adaptation of firms to social regulations. Research managers and researchers (engineers, scientists) in the chemical industry will also benefit from the book.
Part 1 Innovation and Regulation in the Chemical Industry 1. The Chemical Industry and the Emergence of Regulation 2. Social regulations 3. Chemicals regulation 4. Regulatory and innovation cycles Part 2 Past impacts and the future of innovation and regulation 5. Impacts 6. The chemical industry in the 21st century Part 3 Case studies 7. Chemical firms and innovative strategy