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WACKER Builds New Production Plant for Specialty Monomers

Wacker Chemie AG is currently building a new plant for specialty monomers with an annual capacity of 3,800 metric tons at its Burghausen site. The Group has budgeted around €8 million for this. The specialty monomers vinyl neodecanoate and vinyl laurate are key raw materials for the manufac ... more

BASF expands its capacity for specialty amines

BASF is significantly expanding its production capacity for about 20 specialty amines at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen. The company will therefore invest a double-digit million euro amount in expanding current production facilities, which are planned to go on stream gradually by early 20 ... more

Merck Employees receive € 300 million in profit sharing

With a total of € 300 million, Merck will reward its employees worldwide for the economic success of the year 2014. As Merck announced, this is the highest sum ever paid in bonuses. "As we illustrated in the presentation of our annual results on Tuesday, we were able to conclude the 2014 fi ... more

Arkema announces the acquisition of Oxido

Arkema continues to strengthen its High Performance Materials segment with the acquisition of Oxido, finalized on 2 March 2015. This company specializes in the formulation of organic peroxides used in the crosslinking of rubber and plastics, as well as initiators for polyester resins and ha ... more

New materials discovered to detect neutrons emitted by radioactive materials

Scientist Christopher Lavelle of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, together with a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has successfully shown that boron-coated vitreous carbon foam can be used in ... more

Global Bioenergies reports first isobutene production from waste biomass

Global Bioenergies announced having produced "second generation" isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources.As a first step in its pioneering journey to manufacture bio-sourced isobutene, Global Bioenergies has been using first generation feedstock, suc ... more

New Global Director HR at Oxea

Burkhard Quellenberg (47) is the Oxea Group's new Global Director Human Resources. An occupational and organizational psychologist by trade, Quellenberg held a number of positions at the SABIC Europe chemicals corporation, most recently HR Director Business & Functions Europe, before moving ... more

analytica Vietnam 2015 more international than ever

This year's analytica Vietnam will have approximately 100 exhibitors from 15 countries, making it more international than ever. As part of the extensive program of related events, feature several international experts will pass on scientific background information about research and trends ... more

HDPE plastics on growth course: Ceresana presents third market report on high-density polyethylene

Milk bottles, water pipes, films or fireworks: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is used for a wide range of products. The versatile plastic serves for example for the production of packaging and hollow bodies of all kinds, household goods but also technical parts and construction products. ... more

Graphene Research: Electrons Moving along Defined Snake States

Physicists at the University of Basel have shown for the first time that electrons in graphene can be moved along a predefined path. This movement occurs entirely without loss and could provide a basis for numerous applications in the field of electronics. The research group led by Professo ... more

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New materials discovered to detect neutrons emitted by radioactive materials

Scientist Christopher Lavelle of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, together with a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has successfully shown that boron-coated vitreous carbon foam can be used in ... more

analytica Vietnam 2015 more international than ever

This year's analytica Vietnam will have approximately 100 exhibitors from 15 countries, making it more international than ever. As part of the extensive program of related events, feature several international experts will pass on scientific background information about research and trends ... more

Sartorius Reviews Fiscal 2014 Results

Sartorius closed fiscal 2014 with significant gains in sales revenue and earnings. At the annual press conference in Goettingen, Germany, CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg stated that the Group had even slightly exceeded its financial targets and reached important milestones: "Our largest division, ... more

Researchers build atomically thin gas and chemical sensors

The relatively recent discovery of graphene, a two-dimensional layered material with unusual and attractive electronic, optical and thermal properties, led scientists to search for other atomically thin materials with unique properties.Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has proved to be one of the ... more

Optical nanoantennas set the stage for a NEMS lab-on-a-chip revolution

Newly developed tiny antennas, likened to spotlights on the nanoscale, offer the potential to measure food safety, identify pollutants in the air and even quickly diagnose and treat cancer, according to the Australian scientists who created them. The new antennas are cubic in shape. They do ... more

Asphaltene analysis takes a giant step

Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils, which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and flow lines.Asphaltene is a complex of hydrocarbon molecules found in crude. As the na ... more

EPSRC unveils world-leading SuperSTEM microscope that sees single atoms

A new super powerful electron microscope that can pinpoint the position of single atoms, and will help scientists push boundaries even further, in fields such as advanced materials, healthcare and power generation, was unveiled by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSR ... more

Turning smartphones into personal, real-time pollution monitors

As urban residents know, air quality is a big deal. When local pollution levels go up, the associated health risks also increase, especially for children and seniors. But air pollution varies widely over the course of a day and by location, even within the same city. Now scientists, reporti ... more

The promiscuity of chemical probes discovered

Researchers at IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) have applied a new computational methodology to anticipate the degree of selectivity of the molecules that are used to study protein functions and reduce the risk of establishing erroneous relations between proteins and disea ... more

Adulterated foods investigated: modern analytical methods verify that foods are genuine

Melamine in milk powder or methanol in spirits - under certain circumstances, food adulteration can pose a health risk to consumers. The increasing globalisation of the food and feed market in particular calls for reliable strategies allowing for analytical testing of the properties of prod ... more

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WACKER Builds New Production Plant for Specialty Monomers

Wacker Chemie AG is currently building a new plant for specialty monomers with an annual capacity of 3,800 metric tons at its Burghausen site. The Group has budgeted around €8 million for this. The specialty monomers vinyl neodecanoate and vinyl laurate are key raw materials for the manufac ... more

BASF expands its capacity for specialty amines

BASF is significantly expanding its production capacity for about 20 specialty amines at its Verbund site in Ludwigshafen. The company will therefore invest a double-digit million euro amount in expanding current production facilities, which are planned to go on stream gradually by early 20 ... more

Merck Employees receive € 300 million in profit sharing

With a total of € 300 million, Merck will reward its employees worldwide for the economic success of the year 2014. As Merck announced, this is the highest sum ever paid in bonuses. "As we illustrated in the presentation of our annual results on Tuesday, we were able to conclude the 2014 fi ... more

Arkema announces the acquisition of Oxido

Arkema continues to strengthen its High Performance Materials segment with the acquisition of Oxido, finalized on 2 March 2015. This company specializes in the formulation of organic peroxides used in the crosslinking of rubber and plastics, as well as initiators for polyester resins and ha ... more

New materials discovered to detect neutrons emitted by radioactive materials

Scientist Christopher Lavelle of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, together with a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has successfully shown that boron-coated vitreous carbon foam can be used in ... more

Global Bioenergies reports first isobutene production from waste biomass

Global Bioenergies announced having produced "second generation" isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources.As a first step in its pioneering journey to manufacture bio-sourced isobutene, Global Bioenergies has been using first generation feedstock, suc ... more

New Global Director HR at Oxea

Burkhard Quellenberg (47) is the Oxea Group's new Global Director Human Resources. An occupational and organizational psychologist by trade, Quellenberg held a number of positions at the SABIC Europe chemicals corporation, most recently HR Director Business & Functions Europe, before moving ... more

Graphene Research: Electrons Moving along Defined Snake States

Physicists at the University of Basel have shown for the first time that electrons in graphene can be moved along a predefined path. This movement occurs entirely without loss and could provide a basis for numerous applications in the field of electronics. The research group led by Professo ... more

Clariant completes the sale of its Energy Storage Business

Clariant announced the completion of the sale of its Business Line Energy Storage to Johnson Matthey Plc, which was announced on October 29th,2014. The sale was closed on February 28th 2015. “The divestment of the Energy Storage business with its LFP technology is part of our focused portfo ... more

AkzoNobel breaks ground on new Specialty Chemicals plant in China

AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business recently broke ground on a new alkoxylation facility in Ningbo, China, bringing the company's total investment in the strategic multi-site to more than €400 million. Werner Fuhrmann, Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals: "Ou ... more

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HDPE plastics on growth course: Ceresana presents third market report on high-density polyethylene

Milk bottles, water pipes, films or fireworks: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is used for a wide range of products. The versatile plastic serves for example for the production of packaging and hollow bodies of all kinds, household goods but also technical parts and construction products. ... more

A milestone for the Maghreb: First production line for oriented films

Biaxial Films Packaging SpA (BFP) and Brückner Maschinenbau teamed up for the very first production line for biaxially oriented plastics film in the Maghreb. The state-of-the-art 8.7m wide BOPP film line will be located at Sétif in northeastern Algeria, 300 kilometers east of Algiers. Produ ... more

Global Vinyl Acetate Monomer Market to Reach US$9.26 Billion by 2020

Transparency Market Research announces the release of a report titled “Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) Market for Polyvinyl Acetate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 201 ... more

Fraunhofer IST sells its first pilot-scale unit for patterned plasma treatment of polymer films

Many years went into development, then came six months with the screwdriver, of tweaking and testing, and now they are finally there: the scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films in Braunschweig together with their partners GRT GmbH & Co. KG, Systec Syst ... more

Innovative Materials: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Thermoplastic Elastomers

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are as elastic as rubber, but at the same time as easy to process as standard plastics. "TPE can be melted, repeatedly deformed, and recycled", explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. "Therefore, thermoplastic elastomers are amon ... more

Growth Potential: Ceresana Forecasts Chances for Polypropylene

Polypropylene (PP) can be found everywhere: in packaging materials and household items, in clothing as much as in vehicles and countless other products. "About 55.1 million tonnes of polypropylene were consumed in 2013. Thus PP is the second-best selling type of plastic after polyethylene", ... more

Prices Under Pressure: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Propylene

Propylene is the second most important petrochemical feedstock: Direct applications include, besides the plastic polypropylene, production of important chemicals such as propylene oxide, acrylonitrile, cumene, butyraldehyde, and acrylic acid. „About 85 million tonnes of propylene were consu ... more

Americas Styrenics Announces Polystyrene Price Decrease Effective December 1, 2014

Americas Styrenics LLC (AmSty) announced a decrease in the transaction price of all grades of polystyrene produced by the Company of $0.04/lb., effective December 1, 2014. This price supersedes all other previously announced price changes. more

Parx Plastics winner of World Technology Award in New York

At the TIME Conference Center in New York, Parx Plastics won the World Technology Award for Materials. Once a year The World Technology Network brings together many of the world's most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields to present, discuss an ... more

New Impulses: Ceresana Publishes Market Study on LLDPE

Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is the most versatile type of polyethylene. Large amount of this plastics are used in the production of films in particular. Global revenues generated with LLDPE amounted to US$ 40.0 billion in 2013. A new study of the market research institute Ceresa ... more

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analytica Vietnam 2015 more international than ever

This year's analytica Vietnam will have approximately 100 exhibitors from 15 countries, making it more international than ever. As part of the extensive program of related events, feature several international experts will pass on scientific background information about research and trends ... more

Sartorius Reviews Fiscal 2014 Results

Sartorius closed fiscal 2014 with significant gains in sales revenue and earnings. At the annual press conference in Goettingen, Germany, CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg stated that the Group had even slightly exceeded its financial targets and reached important milestones: "Our largest division, ... more

Picosun Expands its Production Capacity

Picosun Oy doubles its production capacity to enable faster delivery of cluster systems and automated batch Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) tools to its customers.“Our unmatched knowledge in ALD system design ensures that our products meet even the strictest quality requirements of today’s se ... more

JPK opens new expanded offices in Berlin to meet the growing demand for products worldwide

JPK Instruments has moved to a new and expanded suite of offices and laboratories with increased manufacturing space to meet growing demand worldwide.JPK Instruments has moved to new offices in Berlin. Having outgrown their headquarters' premises of the last twelve years, JPK has moved acro ... more

Sartorius: Successful Business Year 2014

Sartorius successfully closed fiscal 2014 according to its preliminary figures, and even slightly exceeded its sales revenue and earnings targets. In addition, the Group is set to further sharpen its strategic profile based on the sale of its smallest division, Industrial Technologies, whic ... more

SP Acquires Stability Environments

SP Industries, Inc. announced that it has acquired privately held Stability Environments, Inc. a provider of Walk-in Environmental Rooms, Glassware Dryers, Chambers and accessory products."Stability Environments has a well-earned reputation for producing high quality, often customized equip ... more

Merck Obtains US Antitrust Clearance for Acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich

Merck announced that it has obtained antitrust clearance from the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for its planned acquisition of US-based life science company Sigma-Aldrich. The waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) in connection with i ... more

Sartorius to Sell Its Industrial Technologies Division to Minebea Co., Ltd.

Sartorius is selling its Industrial Technologies Division (Intec) to the Japanese Minebea Co., Ltd. (Minebea) and their partner, the Development Bank of Japan Inc. The respective contract was signed today. The sales price will be determined as a multiple of the Intec division’s 2014 operati ... more

Carbolite and Gero become Carbolite-Gero

Carbolite GmbH, the German sales organization of the British company Carbolite Ltd., and Gero Hochtemperaturöfen GmbH & Co. KG will merge to form a new company - Carbolite-Gero GmbH & Co. KG - on 1 January 2015. This company will provide a portfolio of furnaces and ovens which covers a temp ... more

SP Industries Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

SP Industries has announced that Brian Wright has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer effective October 27, 2014. In this role Mr. Wright will be responsible for all SP Industries factory operations, supply chain, logistics and facilities management.Prior to joining SP Industries ... more

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Huber represented in the USA now

Huber Kältemaschinenbau continues its international expansion. From this date, the expert for high precision thermoregulation headquartered in Offenburg, Germany will be represented in the USA by a new branch establishment. Under the name of "Huber USA Inc.", the new US affiliate will direc ... more

LAUDA founds subsidiary in Italy

The constant temperature equipment specialist LAUDA is expanding its international reach with the creation of LAUDA Italia. The purpose of the 100% subsidiary of LAUDA Beteiligungs-GmbH is to manage the increased expansion of business in the important European market. "In this company decis ... more

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

GEMÜ: 50 years of experience in valve design

The company Gebrüder Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG - GEMÜ for short - based in Ingelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded by Fritz Müller in his parents' garage, the manufacturer of valves, measurement and control systems can now look back on a ... 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

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New CMI process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective. Rare-earth metals are valuable ingredients in a variety of modern technologies and are found in cell phones, hard disk drives in c ... more

An assembly line for medications

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) and the Freie Universität Berlin have succeeded in developing better methods of producing APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients). As a result, Efavirenz, one of the preferred agents for treating HIV in combination ... more

Technip Awarded Contract for New 500 KTA Ethylbenzene Styrene Monomer Plant in China

Technip was awarded a contract by Qingdao Soda Ash Industrial New Material & Technology Company to provide the technology, engineering, selected critical equipment and technical services for a 500 KTA ethylbenzene styrene monomer (EBSM) plant to be located in Dongjiakou Port Industrial Zone ... more

Industrial pump inspired by flapping bird wings

Birds are unwitting masters of fluid dynamics - they manipulate airflow each time they flap their wings, pushing air in one direction and moving themselves in another. Two New York University researchers have taken inspiration from avian locomotion strategies and created a pump that moves f ... more

Evergreens and hot topics: ACHEMA preparations shift into high gear

The countdown is on: from 15 to 19 June 2015 the doors will open on ACHEMA 2015. Over 3,100 exhibitors have already registered but, as in 2012, the organisers anticipate around 3,800. Moreover, the congress programme is shortly to be released. Already a clear trend is emerging: besides the ... more

Tim Noonan Named to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors

Robert H. Chapman, Chairman and CEO, has announced that Tim Noonan has been appointed to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors. Noonan is Vice President, Ventures, part of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.  Ventures works with Boeing entrepreneurs to validate, accelerate and commercialize pr ... more

Photometallization allows production of the entire circuitry on touchscreens in one step

When users operate their smartphones, tablets and so on, they do not give a second thought to the complicated electronics that make them work. All that concerns them is that they can happily swipe and tap away. To make the touchscreens work, they are provided on their surface with microscop ... more

Borealis sells nitric acid process technology to Casale

Borealis has divested a package of fertilizer process technologies and established a new technology partnership with Casale SA. The partnership will enable Borealis to focus on its core competencies of the production and distribution of high quality fertilizer products, while Casale will ex ... more

AVEVA opens new office in Saudi Arabia

AVEVA announced the opening of its new office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new office strengthens its presence in the Middle East and further enhances its growing global network. The office will offer sales and support for all of AVEVA’s solutions and services, with particular focus ... more

Dutch technology reclaims humic acid at drinking water plants

International engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has joined forces with Dutch water supply company Vitens to help other drinking water companies around the world recover humic acid, an organic fertiliser. Humic acid is often discharged currently as a waste pro ... more

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