Lucite’s trailblazing apprenticeships to secure future skills

For Teesside-based chemical manufacturer Lucite International UK Ltd, apprenticeships are crucial for having a workforce with the right skills. This is one of the reasons why it is a keen advocate of the new...

UK chemicals sector talent: a demographic imbalance and the apprenticeship opportunity

The imbalance in the age groups of UK chemicals sector employees and a shortage of essential skills is set to become more challenging unless companies start investing now in new talent and skills. Figures* compiled...

Getting the message over about chemicals

Chemicals are all around us – the trouble is that a lot of people do not realise it and still cling to an antiquated view which equates the industry as largely irrelevant to their...

Food for thought

Chemicals also feature heavily in our foods. For example, acids are what make oranges and lemons taste sharp and tangy, and are present in vinegar and fizzy drinks. Alkaline substances in the home, on the...

A neat package

Also spreading the message about the importance of chemicals is BASF. Its products, for example, go into a wide range of packaging for everything from beverages and food to cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. BASF products are...

Looking good

Another area of everyday life that relies on chemistry is the cosmetics industry. People are increasingly aware of the importance of protecting their skin and chemicals play their part in producing ever more effective treatments. For...

Getting the coatings right

Huntsman is another company spreading the word. The company’s industrial coatings can be found in everything from ships and bridges to shop fittings and washing machines, refrigerators and other white goods, where it is...

Sticking to the task

Then there are solvents. Shell is one of the companies trying to educate the public about the links between its products and the items they use around the home. Thanks to products such as ShellSol...

Chemicals in clothing

Clothing also relies on chemistry, particularly as demand for modern hardwearing garments made from synthetic textiles such as polyester rises, especially in developing economies. Polyester can be used to produce a range of textiles including...

Things are warming up

The role of chemicals is just as important for keeping our homes warm and comfortable as well. With rising energy costs and the threat of climate change, the energy efficiency of houses has never been...