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Evonik starts construction of the first production plant for methionine dipeptide

Evonik Industries held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the on-schedule start of construction on the first plant for the production of AQUAVI® Met-Met in Antwerp (Belgium). The product, a dipeptide made up of two methionine molecules, is a feed additive specially developed for shrimp ... more

BASF subsidiary Wintershall further expands oil and gas production in Norway

BASF Group company Wintershall is further expanding its oil and gas production and reserves in the North Sea. Wintershall will acquire shares in the two producing fields Gjøa (5%) and Vega (24.5%), the development project Aasta Hansteen (24%), the Asterix discovery (19%), the Polarled pipel ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increase for Polyols in North America

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective October 1, 2014, or as contracts allow:  Product North America USD/lbs Neopentyl Glycol (NPG) 0.03 Trimethylolpropane (TMP) 0.05   more

LANXESS expands new plant for inorganic pigments in Ningbo

Specialty chemicals group LANXESS is strengthening its production network in China to meet the high level of demand for iron oxide pigments and is adding a mixing and milling plant to the pigment plant already under construction in Ningbo. LANXESS is creating a total of roughly 200 new jobs ... more

BASF starts up butadiene extraction plant in Antwerp

BASF today announced the start-up of a new butadiene extraction plant at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The plant has an annual production capacity of 155,000 metric tons. The plant in Antwerp is BASF’s second butadiene extraction plant in Europe. BASF already operates a butadiene ex ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increases for Carboxylic Acids

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective October 1, 2014, or as contracts allow.     North America Europe South & Central America, Asia, Africa, Middle East Product USD/lb EUR/to USD/to n-Heptanoic Acid 0.06 90 120 n-P ... more

Advanced light source sets microscopy record

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. Working at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a collaboration of researchers used low energy or "soft" X-rays to image structures only f ... more

AkzoNobel ranked top of DJSI for third year running

AkzoNobel has been ranked number one on the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third consecutive year. The latest listing places the company first out of more than 350 companies in the Materials industry group, underlining AkzoNobel’s commitment to continuous improvem ... more

Evonik Completes Precipitated Silica Expansion In Chester, Pennsylvania

vonik Corporation opened a new 20,000 metric ton expansion at its precipitated silica site in Chester, Pa. “This is a very exciting day,” said Andreas Fischer, Head of Evonik’s Silica Business Line. “Chester is an integral part of Evonik’s global silica business. We have expanded our plants ... more

Novatec Solar and BASF start operations of solar thermal demonstration plant with new molten salt technology

Novatec Solar and BASF have successfully commissioned a solar thermal demonstration plant based on a new type of molten salt technology, known as direct molten salt or DMS technology. The plant is located on the site of the solar-thermal power plant PE1 in southern Spain. The innovative fea ... more

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Advanced light source sets microscopy record

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. Working at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a collaboration of researchers used low energy or "soft" X-rays to image structures only f ... more

X-ray imaging paves way for novel solar cell production

The sharp X-ray vision of DESY's research light source PETRA III paves the way for a new technique to produce cheap, flexible and versatile double solar cells. The method developed by scientists from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Roskilde can reliably produce efficient tandem ... more

Food analysis and diagnostics are hot topics at analytica China 2014

analytica China, International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics, opens its gates at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) for the seventh time from September 24–26, 2014. This year's focus topics are food analysis and diagnostics. Am ... more

Tracking Down Organic Fraudsters

Organic food is booming – but was the much more expensive tomato really grown organically? This can be found out by means of an analytic technique that scientists from the university of Würzburg are working on. The demand for organic food is rising. It has almost tripled worldwide between 2 ... more

New analytical technology reveals 'nanomechanical' surface traits

A new research platform uses a laser to measure the "nanomechanical" properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an approach likely to yield insights to improve designs for microelectronics and batteries. This new technique, called nanomechanical Raman spectroscopy, reveals ... more

Quantum physics enables revolutionary imaging method

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), and the University of Vienna have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with strikingly counterintuitive features. For the first t ... more

New technique for measuring nanostructures

Bringing two electrical insulators together to create an electrical superconductor: Anyone wishing to analyze such phenomena in nanostructures will soon come up against metrological limitations – unless a new method is used that Würzburg physicists have helped to develop. Modern electronic ... more

Messe München International takes over one of India's leading trade fairs for laboratory technology

Messe München International is strengthening its portfolio of events in the future market of India by taking over India Lab Expo, one of the leading trade fairs for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology on the Indian subcontinent. For the first time ever, this year's India Lab E ... more

A new ISO 9001:2008 for Altmann Analytik by TÜV Süd

Altmann Analytik has received anew certification according to quality management norm ISO 9001:2008 by TÜV Süd. Also Dinkelberg analytics, a business domain acquired early in 2014 receives the certification for the first time. Founded in 1984, the specialist retailer for lab equipment Altma ... more

Analytik Jena Closed Third Quarter Below Expectations

Analytik Jena AG closed the third quarter 2013/2014 below expectations. After nine months in the financial year 2013/2014, the Thuringian manufacturer of analytical measuring technology, life science instruments and optoelectronics generated consolidated revenue of EUR 89.7 m (previous year ... more

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Evonik starts construction of the first production plant for methionine dipeptide

Evonik Industries held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the on-schedule start of construction on the first plant for the production of AQUAVI® Met-Met in Antwerp (Belgium). The product, a dipeptide made up of two methionine molecules, is a feed additive specially developed for shrimp ... more

BASF subsidiary Wintershall further expands oil and gas production in Norway

BASF Group company Wintershall is further expanding its oil and gas production and reserves in the North Sea. Wintershall will acquire shares in the two producing fields Gjøa (5%) and Vega (24.5%), the development project Aasta Hansteen (24%), the Asterix discovery (19%), the Polarled pipel ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increase for Polyols in North America

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective October 1, 2014, or as contracts allow:  Product North America USD/lbs Neopentyl Glycol (NPG) 0.03 Trimethylolpropane (TMP) 0.05   more

LANXESS expands new plant for inorganic pigments in Ningbo

Specialty chemicals group LANXESS is strengthening its production network in China to meet the high level of demand for iron oxide pigments and is adding a mixing and milling plant to the pigment plant already under construction in Ningbo. LANXESS is creating a total of roughly 200 new jobs ... more

BASF starts up butadiene extraction plant in Antwerp

BASF today announced the start-up of a new butadiene extraction plant at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium. The plant has an annual production capacity of 155,000 metric tons. The plant in Antwerp is BASF’s second butadiene extraction plant in Europe. BASF already operates a butadiene ex ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increases for Carboxylic Acids

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective October 1, 2014, or as contracts allow.     North America Europe South & Central America, Asia, Africa, Middle East Product USD/lb EUR/to USD/to n-Heptanoic Acid 0.06 90 120 n-P ... more

AkzoNobel ranked top of DJSI for third year running

AkzoNobel has been ranked number one on the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third consecutive year. The latest listing places the company first out of more than 350 companies in the Materials industry group, underlining AkzoNobel’s commitment to continuous improvem ... more

Evonik Completes Precipitated Silica Expansion In Chester, Pennsylvania

vonik Corporation opened a new 20,000 metric ton expansion at its precipitated silica site in Chester, Pa. “This is a very exciting day,” said Andreas Fischer, Head of Evonik’s Silica Business Line. “Chester is an integral part of Evonik’s global silica business. We have expanded our plants ... more

Novatec Solar and BASF start operations of solar thermal demonstration plant with new molten salt technology

Novatec Solar and BASF have successfully commissioned a solar thermal demonstration plant based on a new type of molten salt technology, known as direct molten salt or DMS technology. The plant is located on the site of the solar-thermal power plant PE1 in southern Spain. The innovative fea ... more

Molecular self-assembly controls graphene-edge configuration

A research team headed by Prof. Patrick Han and Prof. Taro Hitosugi at the Advanced Institute of Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University discovered a new bottom-up fabrication method that produces defect-free graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with periodic zigzag-edge regions. This method, w ... more

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Less and less petroleum required for plastics production

Bayer MaterialScience’s research into carbon dioxide as a new raw material for making plastics is delivering further successes. In laboratory tests, the company has succeeded in significantly further reducing the need for petroleum at precursor level through the incorporation of CO2. Plasti ... more

The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

LMU researchers have developed a new process which will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. The method enables automated identification of polymers, facilitating rapid separation of plastics for re-use. A team of researchers led by ProfessorHeinz Langhalsof ... more

LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 me ... more

Where scientists from abroad want to conduct research

The universities in the major conurbations Berlin and Munich are in particular demand among foreign researchers according to the Humboldt Rankings released today. The ranking list shows how many researchers have come to Germany on a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation in the last five y ... more

Important Petrochemical: Ceresana Analyzes Entire Chinese Propylene Value Chain

With its market study "Propylene Value Chain China", Ceresana is setting new standards. For the very first time this novelty product provides complete transparency regarding current and future development of the entire propylene value chain. Attention is also given to various downstream pro ... more

Mexichem acquires VESTOLIT

On August 5th, 2014, Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VESTOLIT GmbH from Strategic Value Partners LLC acting on behalf of its managed funds and accounts. The acquisition of VESTOLIT - one of the leading producers of PVC-Specialties in Europe - is supporti ... more

Ceresana's Third Study on the Global Growth Market PVC

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the key products of the chemical industry and, in addition to polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Worldwide, about 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed in 2013. A new study of the market research institute Ceresana ... more

China and Russia to Lead Global Polypropylene Capacity Additions by 2018, says GlobalData

Global polypropylene capacity increased at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2003, reaching 65 million tons per year (mmty) in 2013, and is expected to continue rising to 86 mmty by 2018, at a slightly higher CAGR of 5.8%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData ... more

Global polyethylene demand to rise by approximately 3.7% annually between 2013 and 2018

Global polyethylene demand is forecast to rise by approximately 3.7% per annum between 2013 and 2018, at a slightly higher level than its growth during the 2003 to 2013 period, says a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.The company’s latest report "Global Polyethylene In ... more

Thomas Arnold and Carsten Harms join Executive Board of Biesterfeld

Hamburg´s international Distributor of Chemicals and Plastics expands its Executive Board from two to four members: beside Birger Kuck, CEO, and Christian Wolfsohn, CFO, Thomas Arnold, Managing Director of Biesterfeld Spezialchemie, and Carsten Harms, Managing Director of Biesterfeld Plasti ... more

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Messe München International takes over one of India's leading trade fairs for laboratory technology

Messe München International is strengthening its portfolio of events in the future market of India by taking over India Lab Expo, one of the leading trade fairs for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology on the Indian subcontinent. For the first time ever, this year's India Lab E ... more

A new ISO 9001:2008 for Altmann Analytik by TÜV Süd

Altmann Analytik has received anew certification according to quality management norm ISO 9001:2008 by TÜV Süd. Also Dinkelberg analytics, a business domain acquired early in 2014 receives the certification for the first time. Founded in 1984, the specialist retailer for lab equipment Altma ... more

Bochem Increasingly Using New Media

Bochem Instrumente GmbH presents sections of its overall product spectrum in various new videos. The recently finished productions provide a compact overview of the product groups of lab jacks, electrical lifts, containers as well as stands and clamps. They can be found on the company’s web ... more

Berghof GmbH: Changes to Central Management

As of 1 August 2014 Stefan Stemmer is the new CEO of  Berghof GmbH, taking over in the post from Nikolaus Rombach, who was previously in charge of the holding company and the five subsidiaries (Berghof Auftragsanalytik + Umweltengineering, Berghof Automation, Berghof Fluoroplastic Technolog ... more

Poly-Pico wins 'Most Interesting Technology' award

Poly-Pico Technologies was voted the ‘Most Interesting Technology’ by delegates attending the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (ELRIG) 2014 event, which took place at FESTO, Northampton, UK. On receiving the award for ‘Most Interesting Technology’, Dr. Gabriel Leen, Co-Founder of ... more

Merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG Completed

The merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG became effective upon entry into the commercial register of Analytik Jena AG (commercial register of the Registry Court of Jena, HRB 200027). As a result, CyBio AG is dissolved as an independent company. In the future, the Life Science business u ... more

LABVOLUTION – the new lab technology show in Hannover

Deutsche Messe is launching LABVOLUTION, a new trade fair to be staged every two years as amajor platform for the world of lab technology and equipment. LABVOLUTIONmakes its debut from 6 to 8 October 2015 at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany, where it will take place every ... more

SP Industries Acquires Bel-Art Products

SP Industries, Inc. announced that it has acquired privately held Bel-Art Products). Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Bel-Art is a global provider of laboratory solutions serving the scientific, industrial, and healthcare end markets. Through this acquisition, SP, adds to its portfolio over 3,50 ... more

Zeiss receives ISO 9001 quality management system certification

Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC announces that it has received ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certification for product marketing, sales, service and support for its high precision optomechanical instruments. The ISO 9001 certification attests to ZEISS’ commitment to implementing best b ... more

KNAUER among Top 100 innovators

The company was successful already the fourth time at the „Top 100“ innovation awards. The award was handed over by popular science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar. For more than 20 years, the "Top 100" award stands for innovation, curiosity and team spirit. On June 27th, the mo ... more

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Frost & Sullivan: Political Acceptance of Shale Gas as a Fuel Will Affect the Sensors Market for the Industry

The shale gas industry holds great promise for sensors, but it is heavily dependent on government acceptance due to the numerous environmental concerns (earthquakes, pollution) associated with fracking. With governments still being undecided on whether hydraulic fracturing can be conducted, ... more

Berghof GmbH: Changes to Central Management

As of 1 August 2014 Stefan Stemmer is the new CEO of  Berghof GmbH, taking over in the post from Nikolaus Rombach, who was previously in charge of the holding company and the five subsidiaries (Berghof Auftragsanalytik + Umweltengineering, Berghof Automation, Berghof Fluoroplastic Technolog ... more

Expansion of Oil, Gas and Energy Industries Powers Automation and Control Solutions Market in CIS Countries

Upcoming brownfield and greenfield projects in the oil and gas and power generation industries will sustain the demand for automation and control solutions (ACS) in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Among the countries in the region (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, ... more

Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. However, heretofore the cumulative antineutrino spectrum of uranium 238 fission ... more

SensoTech: Quality management again certified by DIN EN ISO 9001

Since 1995 SensoTech is certified by the international quality management standard DIN EN ISO 9001. “Our commitment to quality is an essential part of our corporate philosophy. The re-certification confirms our continuous customer orientation and the related focus of our business processes ... more

ZEISS Executive Board enlarged

The start of calendar year 2014 will see some changes to the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG headed by President and CEO Dr. Michael Kaschke. The enlargement of the Executive Board and the reallocation of responsibilities are aimed at driving forward the consistent positioning of ZEISS as ... more

Anton Paar GmbH acquires CSM Instruments

On November 15, 2013, the purchase contract between Anton Paar GmbH and CSM Instruments SA was signed. CSM Instruments SA will continue under the name "CSM Instruments SA | A company of Anton Paar" at the present location in Peseux (Switzerland). The purchase of CSM Instruments represents a ... more

IChemE welcomes UK fracking go-ahead

IChemE is backing a UK government decision to lift an embargo on hydraulic fracturing – better known as fracking – after creating new regulations that it says will reduce the chance of causing earthquakes. The technique, which involves injecting thousands of tons of water into gas-bearing r ... more

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology Acquires HGV Vosseler

With the acquisition of HGV Vosseler GmbH & Co. KG in Öhringen, Germany, Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology (IMT) is strengthening its presence in the market for process control and inspection in car making. With HGV Vosseler, we have acquired the best technology available on the market. The p ... more

New freeform standards to support scanning coordinate measurement machines

The National Physical Laboratory, the UK's National Measurement Institute, has developed a new range of three dimensional standards for verifying freeform coordinate measurement machines (CMMs). The standard allows the verification of portable and fixed non-contact coordinate measuring syst ... more

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ABB to divest Full Service business to Nordic Capital

ABB announced it has signed an agreement to divest the ABB Full Service business for an undisclosed amount. The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval. The ABB Full Service business provides fully outsourced industrial maintenance services. A ... more

TÜV SÜD acquires US business RCI Consultants Inc.

TÜV SÜD announces the strategic acquisition of RCI Consultants Inc., located in Houston, Texas, thus expanding its suite of services for the oil and gas industries. RCI Consultants specialise in consultancy services, assisting their clients in development, construction, and installation of ... more

GEA Optimizes Group Structure

Within the scope of its “Fit for 2020” initiative, the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft resolved to introduce a new group structure. As part of the strategic realignment of the company, this initiative provides an optimized organizational setup with reduced structural complex ... more

M+W Group sells its Automation Business

M+W Group has sold its automation business to ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc., a Canadian automation specialist. M+W Group’s management decided to sell its automation business as part of a general move towards focusing on its core competencies — engineering and construction. In 2013, a ... more

Alfa Laval wins SEK 50 million oil and gas order in the UK

Alfa Laval  has won an order to supply compact heat exchangers to an offshore platform in the UK. The order is worth approximately SEK 50 million and delivery is scheduled for 2014. The Alfa Laval heat exchangers will be used for various duties, such as cooling, heating and condensation, in ... more

GEA: Dr. Stephan Petri to continue as Member of the Executive Board until 2018

The Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft extended the appointment as Member of the Executive Board of Dr. Stephan Petri (50) by another 3 years until May 31, 2018. At the Executive Board he is the Labor Relations Director and is responsible for Human Resources, Legal/Compliance ... more

Celtic Renewables partners Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant following €1,5million investment

Celtic Renewables, an Edinburgh-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with a biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles. The partnership, which will allow the company to develop i ... more

Boom in bubble columns: One of the most important types of reactors in the chemical industry is set to become more efficient

Evonik Industries has been operating a bubble column test facility in Marl (Germany) since May 2014 with the aim of optimizing this process technology, which is very important for Evonik. With this facility, the specialty chemicals company is accumulating additional knowledge about hydrofor ... more

Hyundai Engineering and Turkmengas select INEOS Technologies' process for petrochemical complex

INEOS Technologies announces that it has licensed its Innovene™ S process to Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. for the Turkmengas new greenfield world-scale petrochemical complex in the Balkan Region of Turkmenistan. The contract for construction of the gas chemical complex in Turkmenistan, in ... more

Emerson expands precision flow engineering and research centre in Europe

Emerson Process Management has established a Technology Design Centre at its Cluj-Napoca campus in Romania to support the Micro Motion® flow and density product lines and Roxar measurement technologies.   With a focus on the development of the latest Micro Motion density and viscosity produ ... more

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