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CBS: Unemployment down

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Unemployment down in May Contraction labour force slows down Amount of unemployment benefits further down in May More unemployment benefits over-55s in May Figures released by the UWV (Institute for Implementation of Employees’ Insurances) indicate that the number of unemployment benefits was reduced for the fourth month in a row; 436 thousand benefits were granted in May 2014, i.e. 8 thousand fewer than in April. Fewer people out of work and more people found work in May Unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation was 673 thous... Read More »

Xiaomi Inc. selects three SABIC materials to develop its Ultra-Slim, new Mi3 smartphone

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Since their inception, manufacturers have worked to make smartphones increasingly thin, compact and lightweight to keep pace with growing consumer demands. In addition, an emphasis on aesthetics has led consumers to increasingly value the look and feel of a device, alongside its functionality, further challenging OEMs to design a phone that is smaller yet visually appealing. Xiaomi selected SABIC’s LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ compound, LNP THERMOCOMP LDS and LEXAN™ EXL resin to create a smartphone that met complex technical specifications without sacrific... Read More »

DSM highlights need for further research into maternal and infant nutrition at High Level Forum

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DSM’s contribution will form part of a wider discussion into key topics, namely the health and nutrition of adolescent girls, heterogeneity of response, improved dietary assessment and scaling up nutritional solutions. Group sessions, plenary discussions and presentations will cover all aspects of these themes to address the key objectives of the forum. Senior scientific expert Dr. Manfred Eggersdorfer from DSM Nutritional Products will give a keynote address. The professor for Healthy Aging at the University Medical Center, Groningen, will ... Read More »

CBS: Retail trade on the way up

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Turnover non-food sector growing for fourth consecutive month Easter shopping boosts turnover supermarkets Consumer electronics shops doing well, home furnishing shops still underperforming For the fourth month in a row, the non-food sector realised turnover growth relative to the same month in 2013. Such a long period of consistent turnover growth is more than six years ago, although growth over the past months was marginal. Nearly all branches within the non-food sector performed better in April. Consumer electronics shops achieved go... Read More »

DSM Dyneema forecasts materials innovations to play key role in addressing trends in armor protection for helicopters and boats

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Emerging global trends are impacting the operating environment of light tactical interdiction vehicles for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations, particularly helicopters and patrol boats. As they engage in higher-risk scenarios, such as supporting clandestine operations and penetrating inner harbors and coastlines, these vehicles require enhanced armor protection that won't compromise their speed, agility, range and payload capacity. Simply adding armor made from traditional materials such as ceramics, glass, aramid and ev... Read More »

SABIC to produce Technical Grade Urea in support of cleaner diesel technology

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SABIC’s Technical Grade Urea will enable cleaner diesel technology in engines through liquid injection of urea solution into the exhaust stream of the diesel engine prior to its catalytic converter. This allows the engine to perform better, to use fuel more efficiently while destroying the increased nitrogen oxides with urea. Khaled Al-Mana, SABIC Executive Vice President, Fertilizers Strategic Business Unit, commented, “As a company with a strong commitment to a cleaner environment through sustainable products, SABIC has developed this stra... Read More »

Higher purchasing power for employees in care sector

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Annual increase purchasing power employees sector health care and welfare over the period 2008-2012 Loss of purchasing power most dramatic for self-employed and pensioners Young households cut most on spending Personal wealth over-65 households remains stable Modest loss of purchasing power employees Unemployment increased as a result of the recession, participation on the labour market decreased and the number of benefit recipients grew. In the working population, self-employed faced difficult times. They already lost purchasing po... Read More »

CBS: Sector hotels and restaurants thrives due to nice weather

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Turnover and volume growth Pubs do not contribute to growth Nice weather conditions boost turnover results Adjusted for seasonal variation, consumers and entrepreneurs spent more money in hotels, restaurants, pubs, etc. in the first quarter than in the preceding quarter. The growth is partly caused by the exceptionally mild weather conditions in the winter of 2014. Restaurants accounted for remarkably good results in the first quarter, generating a turnover growth of 2.1 percent relative to the previous quarter. Hotels and cafeterias re... Read More »

SABIC introduces additions to its portfolio of innovative healthcare solutions

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A growing opportunity for medical device manufacturers includes a shift from using traditional metal or other fiber-filled materials in their applications to plastic. SABIC is working with its customers to support this shift with two solutions that offer medical device manufacturers the potential to optimize system cost as well as improve processability. “Identifying technologies that can help optimize medical device system costs while also maintaining –or even improving – the mechanical properties of the material in an application is a key ... Read More »

Lifebuoy has released a compelling new film about the importance of handwashing with soap

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The film follows a mother’s journey of love, loss and longing through her unique relationship with a tree, that highlights the importance of handwashing with soap. Tree of Life is inspired by folklore and this moving story is used to dramatise Lifebuoy’s Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. A year ago Lifebuoy adopted Thesgora, a village in India and through its handwashing programmes dramatically improved children’s hand washing habits so that they now washed their hands 2 additional times per day. This year Lifebuoy takes its life saving mission... Read More »

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