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BASF to sell shares in ELLBA Eastern to joint venture partner Shell

BASF and Shell have reached an agreement for BASF to sell its  share in the 50-50 joint venture ELLBA Eastern, Jurong Island, Singapore to Shell. The joint venture, which is operated by Shell, produces styrene monomer and propylene oxide. Financial details of the transaction were not disclo ... more

Spinnovation Analytical receives GMP certification for testing drug substances and drug products

Spinnovation has been granted a certification of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance by the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate. This certifies that Spinnovation is qualified to test pharmaceutical drug substances and products for market release. GMP certification is recognition of Spi ... more

Six new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List and one entry updated

ECHA has added six new SVHCs to the Candidate List, based on the agreement of the Member State Committee and updated an existing entry to address an additional reason for inclusion.Cadmium fluoride and cadmium sulphate are added to the Candidate List as being ‘Carcinogenic’, ‘Mutagenic’, ‘T ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increase for Potassium Formate

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following product effective January 1, 2015, or as contracts allow:  Product North America USD/lbs South America USD/to Europe EUR/to Potassium Formate 0.05 100 80 more

Future batteries: Lithium-sulfur with a graphene wrapper

What do you get when you wrap a thin sheet of the "wonder material" graphene around a novel multifunctional sulfur electrode that combines an energy storage unit and electron/ion transfer networks? An extremely promising electrode structure design for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries. ... more

The simplest element: Turning hydrogen into 'graphene'

New work from Carnegie's Ivan Naumov and Russell Hemley delves into the chemistry underlying some surprising recent observations about hydrogen, and reveals remarkable parallels between hydrogen and graphene under extreme pressures. Their work is the cover story in the December issue of Acc ... more

Carbon-trapping 'sponges' can cut greenhouse gases

In the fight against global warming, carbon capture - chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it releases into the atmosphere - is gaining momentum, but standard methods are plagued by toxicity, corrosiveness and inefficiency. Using a bag of chemistry tricks, Cornell materials scientists ... more

LANXESS merges Treasury and Investor Relations

As of April 1, 2015 the Group Functions Treasury (TR) and Investor Relations (IR) of specialty chemicals company LANXESS will be merged into the new Group Function Treasury & Investor Relations (TIR). This new Group Function will be headed by Oliver Stratmann who has successfully headed the ... 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

Lead islands in a sea of graphene magnetize the material of the future

Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in spintronics, an emerging technology promoted b ... more

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Spinnovation Analytical receives GMP certification for testing drug substances and drug products

Spinnovation has been granted a certification of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliance by the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate. This certifies that Spinnovation is qualified to test pharmaceutical drug substances and products for market release. GMP certification is recognition of Spi ... more

Live images from inside materials

In medicine, X-rays provide high-resolution images of our insides to help doctors make a definitive diagnosis. Industry uses X-rays, too - as a reliable, non-destructive way of seeing what's hidden on inside materials and components and to check for cracks or irregularities. However industr ... more

Instron Consolidates Business Activities in Germany

Instron, Corp., Norwood, MA/USA, has combined its previously independent German subsidiaries, Instron Deutschland GmbH and Instron Structural Testing Systems GmbH (IST), into one organization, operating as Instron GmbH. There are currently around 130 employees at the company's Darmstadt hea ... more

Filming chemistry with a high speed x-ray camera

Chemistry happens all around us. A chemical reaction is a rearrangement of atoms in and between molecules, the breaking of old and the formation of new bonds. The glue that binds atoms in molecules and creates the bonds between them is made out of valence electrons. Scientists of the Max-Bo ... more

Sartorius metrology expert Veronika Martens receives OIML Medal

Sartorius staff member and metrology expert Veronika Martens was awarded a medal of the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) for her outstanding accomplishments. By conferring this OIML Medal, the organization honors people who have exceptionally contributed to the further d ... more

New research paves the way for nano-movies of biomolecules

An international team, including scientists from DESY, has caught a light sensitive biomolecule at work with an X-ray laser. The study proves that X-ray lasers can capture the fast dynamics of biomolecules in ultra slow-motion, as the scientists led by Prof. Marius Schmidt from the Universi ... more

JPK announces the opening of US offices in Southern California

JPK Instruments announced the opening of their US offices in Southern California on 1st January, 2015. Heading up this new organization is Dr Stefan Kaemmer who has been appointed General Manager of US Operations. JPK have selected SPM expert, Dr Stefan Kaemmer as their first General Manage ... more

Characterization of X-ray flashes open new perspectives in X-ray science

Ultra-short and extremely strong X-ray flashes, as produced by free-electron lasers, are opening the door to a hitherto unknown world. Scientists are using these flashes to take “snapshots” of the geometry of tiniest structures, for example the arrangement of atoms in molecules. To improve ... more

Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy: Computer Simulations Sharpen Insights into Molecules

The resolution of scanning tunnelling microscopes can be improved dramatically by attaching small molecules or atoms to their tip. The resulting images were the first to show the geometric structure of molecules and have generated a lot of interest among scientists over the last few years. ... more

Renishaw receives Queen's Award for spectroscopy developments

Dame Janet Trotter, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, presented Renishaw with its seventeenth Queen's Award. This award was granted for the continuous development of the company's inVia Raman microscope, with ultra-fast Raman imaging, which enables the rapid generation of hi ... more

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BASF to sell shares in ELLBA Eastern to joint venture partner Shell

BASF and Shell have reached an agreement for BASF to sell its  share in the 50-50 joint venture ELLBA Eastern, Jurong Island, Singapore to Shell. The joint venture, which is operated by Shell, produces styrene monomer and propylene oxide. Financial details of the transaction were not disclo ... more

Six new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) added to the Candidate List and one entry updated

ECHA has added six new SVHCs to the Candidate List, based on the agreement of the Member State Committee and updated an existing entry to address an additional reason for inclusion.Cadmium fluoride and cadmium sulphate are added to the Candidate List as being ‘Carcinogenic’, ‘Mutagenic’, ‘T ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increase for Potassium Formate

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following product effective January 1, 2015, or as contracts allow:  Product North America USD/lbs South America USD/to Europe EUR/to Potassium Formate 0.05 100 80 more

Future batteries: Lithium-sulfur with a graphene wrapper

What do you get when you wrap a thin sheet of the "wonder material" graphene around a novel multifunctional sulfur electrode that combines an energy storage unit and electron/ion transfer networks? An extremely promising electrode structure design for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries. ... more

The simplest element: Turning hydrogen into 'graphene'

New work from Carnegie's Ivan Naumov and Russell Hemley delves into the chemistry underlying some surprising recent observations about hydrogen, and reveals remarkable parallels between hydrogen and graphene under extreme pressures. Their work is the cover story in the December issue of Acc ... more

Carbon-trapping 'sponges' can cut greenhouse gases

In the fight against global warming, carbon capture - chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it releases into the atmosphere - is gaining momentum, but standard methods are plagued by toxicity, corrosiveness and inefficiency. Using a bag of chemistry tricks, Cornell materials scientists ... more

LANXESS merges Treasury and Investor Relations

As of April 1, 2015 the Group Functions Treasury (TR) and Investor Relations (IR) of specialty chemicals company LANXESS will be merged into the new Group Function Treasury & Investor Relations (TIR). This new Group Function will be headed by Oliver Stratmann who has successfully headed the ... more

Lead islands in a sea of graphene magnetize the material of the future

Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in spintronics, an emerging technology promoted b ... more

Brenntag to acquire Colombian specialty chemicals distributor

Brenntag has agreed to acquire SurtiQuímicos S.A., a distributor of specialty chemicals headquartered in Bogotá, Colombia. The company operates with facilities in Bogotá and Medellín. Main business focus is the distribution of specialty chemical products and formulations into the paint, foo ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increase for 1,3-Butylene Glycol

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective January 1, 2015, or as contracts allow:  Product North America USD/lbs Europe EUR/to Asia USD/to 1,3-Butylene Glycol (1,3-BG Industrial Quality and 1,3-BG Cosmetic Quality) 0.05 50 100 more

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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

New plant for plastics component in eastern Germany

Bayer MaterialScience is now even better positioned to meed the strong global demand for a particularly temperature-resistant, high-performance plastic. An additional chemical plant for the production of a key component for the material Apec® was brought on stream in eastern Germany. The op ... more

Ethylene Market in Transition: Ceresana Analyzes World Market for the Most Important Basic Chemical

Ethylene is the by far most important raw material in the petrochemical industry. About 130 million tonnes of ethylene were processed worldwide in 2013. Direct applications include, among others, the three polyethylene plastics HDPE, LLDPE, and LDPE as well as petrochemical intermediates, w ... more

Corbion Purac intends to construct a 75kTpa PLA production plant

Corbion Purac will accelerate its thrust into the biotechnology arena, making the next step in the bioplastics value chain by becoming a PLA producer. With entry into PLA, Corbion Purac intends to bring new biodegradable solutions to the plastics industry, and increase global PLA production ... more

BASF Venture Capital leads a $3 million Series A financing in SLIPS Technologies Inc.

BASF Venture Capital has led a $3 million Series A financing with a $1.5 million investment in SLIPS Technologies Inc. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts . The Swiss entrepreneur and private investor Hansjörg Wyss has also participated in the financing. SLIPS Technologies develops customized ... more

Films and No End: Ceresana Expects the Global Market for LDPE to Grow

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is one of the most commonly produced plastics and mainly used for packaging. According to a new study published by the market research institute Ceresana, low-density polyethylene worth almost US$33 billion was sold worldwide in 2013. Ceresana expects global ... more

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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

New Management at Bochem Instrumente GmbH

After 50 years, Jürgen Bochem, co-owner and management member at Bochem lnstrumente GmbH, is taking his leave into retirement. Peter Müller, who has been a member of the company's management for over 25 years, will take over Mr. Bochem's shares on the first of January 2015, in order to cont ... more

Dr. Marc Stricker appointed new Managing Director at LAUDA

LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG has added to its management team with the appointment of Dr. Marc Stricker (43) as Managing Director. The PhD engineer will run the company together with CEO, Dr. Gunther Wobser (44). From January 1, 2015, Dr. Stricker will control the Operations, Research ... more

Expansion of the WALDNER Group

The WALDNER Group, with its headquarters in Wangen, and Hohenloher Spezialmöbelwerke have joined forces on the market for laboratory furniture and furniture for scientific classrooms. Both corporations can look back on a tradition of more than 100 years. Waldner (approx. 1100 employees) is ... more

Towards future lab-on-chip applications

Fraunhofer FEP presents latest approaches to fabricate OLED devices for lab-on-a-chip-applications using either near UV electroluminescence (EL) or optically modulated green light to stimulate fluorescent dye markers. Smart and portable medical equipment is essential for fast and easy poin ... 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

FRITSCH: Production Facility II officially dedicated

The construction of the new two-storey production facility with an area of 4.900 square meters has been completed and was officially dedicated during a celebration together with the FRITSCH employees, as well as numerous guests from politics, trade and industry. During the dedication ceremo ... more

analytica China 2014: Closed with overall success

On September 26 analytica China 2014 closed with record-breaking visitor numbers: 18,775 business professionals (2012: 16,940) from 62 countries attended the seventh edition of Chinas Leading Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics at the Shanghai New I ... 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

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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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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

Acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers by Triton is finalized

After receiving the required approvals, Triton has legally finalized its acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers, as part of a so-called closing procedure. With this closing and with assumption of the activities of GEA Heat Exchangers, Triton takes over all companies in the former group, as well ... more

Neste Jacobs Renews its Organization

Neste Jacobs changes its leadership model and organization to respond better to its Growth Strategy and future challenges. The Company Board approved at the end of 2013 the new long term Growth Strategy which targets to double the turnover of Neste Jacobs. The focus of Neste Jacobs is in pr ... more

Getting the salt out

The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that's much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface. Now resear ... more

Solar Cell Contacts From Tubes

Together with industrial partners Merck, Heraeus and ASYS, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed innovative new materials and contactless techniques for applying ultrafine, homogeneous contact fingers to solar cells. This ‘dispensing’ technolo ... more

Bilfinger: Bodner steps down from Supervisory Board

Herbert Bodner, Chief Executive Officer at Bilfinger SE, informed the Supervisory Board that he is no longer available to serve as Chairman of the Supervisory Board as had originally been planned. At the same time, he has resigned his currently inactive mandate in the company's Supervisory ... more

Positive result for POWTECH and TechnoPharm 2014

POWTECH and TechnoPharm 2014 can be summed up positively after three days of productive exhibition activity and knowledge transfer. With altogether 929 exhibitors from 30 countries and some 15,000 trade visitors, it is the world’s largest and most important event for new trends in processin ... more

Flexible electronics off the roll – more than just luminous film

A significant growth is predicted for the market of flexible devices. The topic “Wearables”, namely intelligent, wearable systems with several useful and funny features is currently one of the major discussion topics. To enjoy more comfort, exceptional designs and higher functionality manuf ... more

Flexicon to Double U.S. Headquarters

Flexicon Corporation has broken ground for an expansion that will double the size of its US headquarters, it was announced by President/CEO David Gill. "We built the current 91,000 sq ft (8,500 m2) facility in 2001 on an over-sized site owned by Flexicon that had acres of additional prime r ... more

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

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