A collection of useful publications, reports and tools from Miller-Klein Associates

Publications

  • 2006 – Platform Chemicals From Crops “Platform Chemicals from Crops”. Opportunities to build a new chemical industry based on conversion of crops to key chemicals. Society will continue to need the products of the chemical industry to deliver the quality of life expected by the developed world and aspired to by the developing world. However the industry is structured, we will do things ...
  • 2006 – Model-Driven Projects in the Chemical Industry “Model Driven Projects in the Chemical Industry” Knowledge models can provide real benefits everywhere from developing new products and reducing manufacturing costs to helping frontline support staff to solve customer problems. Models allow users to ask questions that are extremely difficult with other kinds of knowledge objects. At their best, models enable the user to make their ...

Reports

The bulk of the reports prepared by Miller-Klein Associates are confidential to the client. However, some were prepared for public use or subesquently released for public use.

  • 2015 – Future Cities UK/US Knowledge Exchange Mission Future Cities Mission At the end of January 2014, a group of 14 delegates from different organisations involved in the future of cities and urban living in the UK visited the US to share experiences, and to learn from the way US cities are approaching the challenges of the future. Workshops and visits involved meetings with 26 ...
  • 2014 Future Urban Living Future Urban Living Report from the Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living Recommendations Taking all of the evidence together, the Commissioners advocate the following six recommendations for change: Citizens should be empowered to combine with those who govern and other city stakeholders to create a City Narrative that describes their city’s history, its present context and its visions ...
  • 2009 – Trends and Drivers Global Trends and Drivers for the Chemical Industry A review of the most important trends and drivers for the Chemical Industry published in 2009. Five key trends were selected for each of the five headings: Societal change Technological change Economic drivers Environmental drivers Political and legal developments Each trend or driver has a definition, the impact it will have on society and some ...
  • 2009 – Biorefining Opportunities in Wales “Biorefining Opportunities in Wales: From Plants to Products” Understanding the potential for building a sustainable biomass based economy in Wales, using plants as a renewable source of key commodities (chemicals, transport fuels and energy). Co-authors on this report establishing that creating a viable biomass economy in Wales is feasible. Published 2009, 48 pages
  • 2008 – Biodiesel Production from Tallow “Advice on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Government Support for Biodiesel Production from Tallow” Report exploring the environmental impact of government support to the use of tallow for biodiesel, and its potential economic impact on certain sectors including the UK’s oleochemical, speciality chemicals and cleaning product industries. Co-author of report commissioned by the Department for Transport. Published ...
  • 2007 – Platform Chemicals “Platform Chemicals from Biomass Fermentation” Table showing the main platform chemicals and derivatives that could be derived from processing of plant biomass in a biorefinery, including glycerol generated as a by-product from bio-diesel. The material name, structure, applications and current production volumes are given if available. Direct extracts from plant biomass (e.g. plant sterols, artemisinin, plant waxes etc) ...
  • 2007 – Biorefinery Opportunity “The Biorefinery Opportunity: a North East England view” This study was commissioned to consider the potential strategic impact of biorefining on the process industries in North East England. This study confirms that the North East’s unique combination of research and process skills, assets, logistics and business infrastructure, all established to support the traditional chemical industry in the ...
  • 2005 – Landscape for Biopolymers “Landscape for Biopolymers” Packaging is a potentially important market for biopolymers. The global packaging industry is worth about £300bn and the UK industry over £9bn. Every person in the UK consumes 160kg of packaging each year of which 25kg is plastic. The packaging industry is under considerable regulatory and public pressure, and there is the potential ...
  • 2004 – Green Chemical Technology Roadmap “Green Chemical Technology Roadmap” The UK chemical industry is a vital part of our economy. It accounts for 2% of UK GDP and 10% of manufacturing gross value added. It is UK manufacturing’s largest exporter. The industry’s products pervade our society and are critical to the quality of life currently enjoyed by the public. A thriving ...
  • 2002 – Sustainability of the Chemical Industry “Sustainability of the Chemical Industry” The chemical industry is an important engine of wealth creation. Its products are often key to the way in which human society meets its needs and can offer solutions to other sectors of industry in their pursuit of sustainable development, such as the energy and waste disposal sectors. However, the overall ...

Tools

  • Project Learning – Before, During and After “Learning Before During and After – Notes”  We know that we should be constantly learning, as individuals and as organisations, from every activity we undertake. Continuously building our skills and knowledge to improve our performance. We know that we should be doing it, but somehow it doesn’t happen. We don’t organise things so that the next project ...
  • Notes on Social Styles “Social Styles – an Influencing Tool”  We all want to influence or persuade other people. We want to recruit their support, to gain investment or access to resources, to form a partnership, or to get them to try something new. This note describes a simple, well-established and effective method to understand how both you, and the people ...
  • Communities of Practice “Notes on Communities of Practice” A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of individuals within an organisation who band together to share their knowledge and expertise, to learn from each other and to build their capabilities. Communities of Practice are not new. From medieval guilds through professional associations to online communities in modern corporations, people ...