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AkzoNobel leading in decorative paints and woodcare in Spain with the acquisition of Xylazel S.A.

21-Sep-2018 Akzo Nobel N.V. has acquired Xylazel S.A. (Xylazel), a 100% subsidiary of Pharma Mar S.A. (PHM). With this acquisition AkzoNobel strengthens its business and becomes a leader in the decorative paints market in Spain. It also means the company is now the leader in the country's woodcare segm ... more

LANXESS to build new production plant for high-performance plastics in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany

Investment volume in the mid double-digit million euro range

21-Sep-2018 LANXESS is continuing to invest in its global production network for high-performance plastics and is building another compounding facility at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site, Germany, for a mid double-digit million euro amount. Starting in the second half of 2019, LANXESS will produce Durethan ... more

Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry

21-Sep-2018 Most of today's batteries are made up of rare lithium mined from the mountains of South America. If the world depletes this source, then battery production could stagnate. Sodium is a very cheap and earth-abundant alternative to using lithium-ion batteries that is also known to turn purple ... more

Using hydrogen, methane and methanol to reduce CO2 emissions

FAU is coordinating a project for using carbon dioxide efficiently and internally in steelworks

21-Sep-2018 Six percent of the world's CO2 emissions are generated by steel production. The use of renewable energy sources in the steel industry is thus very important for responding to climate change. For this reason, researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now ini ... more

Increased the performance and lifetime of lithium batteries in renewable energy facilities

20-Sep-2018 "The installing of renewable energy sources is becoming increasingly important across the world, and this trend is expected to continue over the coming years," explained Alberto Berrueta-Irigoyen, researcher at the NUP/UPNA's Institute of Smart Cities (ISC). "Renewable technology has in rec ... more

Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials

20-Sep-2018 Artificial neural networks--algorithms inspired by connections in the brain--have "learned" to perform a variety of tasks, from pedestrian detection in self-driving cars, to analyzing medical images, to translating languages. Now, researchers at the University of California San Diego are tr ... more

Greater than the sum of its parts

20-Sep-2018 When it comes to designing and optimizing mechanical systems, scientists understand the physical laws surrounding them well enough to create computer models that can predict their properties and behavior. However, scientists who are working to design better electrochemical systems, such as ... more

Household cleaning products may contribute to kids' overweight by altering their gut microbiota

19-Sep-2018 Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota, suggests a Canadian study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) . The study analyzed the gut flora of 757 infants from the general population at age 3-4 months and weigh ... more

Clariant makes a step change into higher value specialties

Intended transaction to combine Clariant’s Additives and high value Masterbatches with parts of SABIC’s Specialties business to form the Business Area High Performance Materials

19-Sep-2018 Clariant announced an updated strategy and financial outlook as well as the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with SABIC on a significant collaboration opportunity between the two companies in the area of high performance materials. The Group intends to expand more strongly by focusi ... more

X-rays uncover a hidden property that leads to failure in a lithium-ion battery material

Experiments at SLAC and Berkeley Lab uproot long-held assumptions and will inform future battery design

19-Sep-2018 Over the past three decades, lithium-ion batteries, rechargeable batteries that move lithium ions back and forth to charge and discharge, have enabled smaller devices that juice up faster and last longer. Now, X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laborat ... more

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X-rays uncover a hidden property that leads to failure in a lithium-ion battery material

Experiments at SLAC and Berkeley Lab uproot long-held assumptions and will inform future battery design

19-Sep-2018 Over the past three decades, lithium-ion batteries, rechargeable batteries that move lithium ions back and forth to charge and discharge, have enabled smaller devices that juice up faster and last longer. Now, X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laborat ... more

Musical sensor shows bad medicine plays false note

Inspired by a musical instrument, the simple sensor can be constructed from common materials and used to detect adulterated or counterfeit drugs

17-Sep-2018 What if a single musical note could mean the difference between life and death? A new sensor based on a 3,000 year old African musical instrument can be used to identify substances, including a poisonous chemical sometimes mistakenly added to medicines. The mbira sensor, which can be constr ... more

Probing individual edge states with unprecedented precision

13-Sep-2018 A new technique makes it possible to obtain an individual fingerprint of the current-carrying edge states occurring in novel materials such as topological insulators or 2D materials. While insulators do not conduct electrical currents, some special materials exhibit peculiar electrical prop ... more

Multiyear Tracking of Atmospheric Radicals

New method derive both short-lived atmospheric hydroxyl and chlorine radical concentrations over several years

13-Sep-2018 Hydroxyl radicals (OH) keep our atmosphere clean. They react away toxic gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), and slow climate warming by removing greenhouse gases like methane (CH4). In some parts of the atmosphere, chlorine radicals (Cl) can also help this purification process, for example ... more

Novel 3D printed polymer lenses for X-ray microscopes: highly efficient and low cost

07-Sep-2018 Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart invented a new and cost-effective method for making X-ray lenses with nanometer-sized features and excellent focusing capabilities. By using an advanced 3D printing technique, a single lens can be manufactured under ... more

Measuring the Nanoworld

Researchers establish a benchmark for accurate determination of internal dimensions within individual molecules

05-Sep-2018 A worldwide study involving 20 laboratories has established and standardized a method to measure exact distances within individual biomolecules, down to the scale of one millionth of the width of a human hair. The new method represents a major improvement of a technology called single-molec ... more

Watching atoms and electrons at work

03-Sep-2018 The properties of materials are determined by their atomic structure. If atoms and electrons change their positions, then the characteristics of a material also change. The complex processes that occur during these changes are being investigated by a working group at Kiel University (CAU), ... more

Watching two-dimensional materials grow

30-Aug-2018 Atomically thin crystals will play an ever greater role in future – but how can their crystallisation process be controlled? A new method is now opening up new possibilities. They are among the thinnest structures on earth: “two dimensional materials” are crystals which consist of only one ... more

Uncovering atomic movements in crystal

28-Aug-2018 Scientists can spend a long time in heated debates over tiny details – for example, how and whether atoms in a crystal move when heated, thereby altering the symmetry. Using computer simulations for the mineral lead telluride on the CSCS supercomputer “Piz Daint”, ETH researchers have resol ... more

Agilent completes acquisition of Young In Scientific assets

21-Aug-2018 Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of the Agilent-related business from Young In Scientific Co. Ltd. and its affiliates (“YI Scientific”). YI Scientific is a distributor of analytical and scientific instruments in South Korea and a long-time distributo ... more

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AkzoNobel leading in decorative paints and woodcare in Spain with the acquisition of Xylazel S.A.

21-Sep-2018 Akzo Nobel N.V. has acquired Xylazel S.A. (Xylazel), a 100% subsidiary of Pharma Mar S.A. (PHM). With this acquisition AkzoNobel strengthens its business and becomes a leader in the decorative paints market in Spain. It also means the company is now the leader in the country's woodcare segm ... more

LANXESS to build new production plant for high-performance plastics in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany

Investment volume in the mid double-digit million euro range

21-Sep-2018 LANXESS is continuing to invest in its global production network for high-performance plastics and is building another compounding facility at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site, Germany, for a mid double-digit million euro amount. Starting in the second half of 2019, LANXESS will produce Durethan ... more

Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry

21-Sep-2018 Most of today's batteries are made up of rare lithium mined from the mountains of South America. If the world depletes this source, then battery production could stagnate. Sodium is a very cheap and earth-abundant alternative to using lithium-ion batteries that is also known to turn purple ... more

Using hydrogen, methane and methanol to reduce CO2 emissions

FAU is coordinating a project for using carbon dioxide efficiently and internally in steelworks

21-Sep-2018 Six percent of the world's CO2 emissions are generated by steel production. The use of renewable energy sources in the steel industry is thus very important for responding to climate change. For this reason, researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now ini ... more

Increased the performance and lifetime of lithium batteries in renewable energy facilities

20-Sep-2018 "The installing of renewable energy sources is becoming increasingly important across the world, and this trend is expected to continue over the coming years," explained Alberto Berrueta-Irigoyen, researcher at the NUP/UPNA's Institute of Smart Cities (ISC). "Renewable technology has in rec ... more

Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials

20-Sep-2018 Artificial neural networks--algorithms inspired by connections in the brain--have "learned" to perform a variety of tasks, from pedestrian detection in self-driving cars, to analyzing medical images, to translating languages. Now, researchers at the University of California San Diego are tr ... more

Greater than the sum of its parts

20-Sep-2018 When it comes to designing and optimizing mechanical systems, scientists understand the physical laws surrounding them well enough to create computer models that can predict their properties and behavior. However, scientists who are working to design better electrochemical systems, such as ... more

Clariant makes a step change into higher value specialties

Intended transaction to combine Clariant’s Additives and high value Masterbatches with parts of SABIC’s Specialties business to form the Business Area High Performance Materials

19-Sep-2018 Clariant announced an updated strategy and financial outlook as well as the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with SABIC on a significant collaboration opportunity between the two companies in the area of high performance materials. The Group intends to expand more strongly by focusi ... more

X-rays uncover a hidden property that leads to failure in a lithium-ion battery material

Experiments at SLAC and Berkeley Lab uproot long-held assumptions and will inform future battery design

19-Sep-2018 Over the past three decades, lithium-ion batteries, rechargeable batteries that move lithium ions back and forth to charge and discharge, have enabled smaller devices that juice up faster and last longer. Now, X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laborat ... more

BASF Plastic Additives Middle East appoints new Managing Director for Bahrain

Continued support of the region’s vision to create sustainable long-term economic growth

18-Sep-2018 BASF Plastic Additives Middle East (PAME), the state-of-the-art production facility for customer-specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in Bahrain, named Michael Wille its new Managing Director. The appointment marks an important step in BASF’s support of the fast-growing polymer industry in th ... more

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World speed record for polymer simulations shattered by over a hundred-fold

18-Sep-2018 From a humble plastic bag to ultra-light airplane wings - polymers are everywhere. These molecules are long chains of atoms that are chemically joined to play many roles that we all love (organic photovoltaics) and hate (indestructible plastic pollution). Polymers are useful in liquid form ... more

INEOS Styrolution to acquire two polystyrene production sites in China from Total

03-Sep-2018 INEOS Styrolution announced that it signed an acquisition agreement with Total S.A. for two polystyrene (PS) production sites in China. The deal includes the purchase of the wholly owned Chinese PS business including two production sites in Ningbo and Foshan and two related offices in Guang ... more

From wood waste to high-performance polymers

A transparent and thermally stable polyamide – 100 percent biobased

31-Aug-2018 The natural substance 3-carene is a component of turpentine oil, a waste stream of the production of cellulose from wood. Up to now, this by-product has been incinerated for the most part. Fraunhofer researchers are using new catalytic processes to convert 3-carene into building blocks for ... more

Tracking codes to authenticate genuine 3-D printed parts

23-Aug-2018 The worldwide market for 3D-printed parts is a $5 billion business with a global supply chain involving the internet, email, and the cloud - creating a number of opportunities for counterfeiting and intellectual property theft. Flawed parts printed from stolen design files could produce dir ... more

Testing the first biodegradable straws

23-Aug-2018 A research team that includes partners from the University of Georgia New Materials Institute and the RWDC Environmental Stewardship Foundation will develop a fully biodegradable plastic straw thanks to an award from Singapore's Temasek Foundation Ecosperity. The $719,000 award represents t ... more

Light-controlled molecules: Scientists develop new recycling strategy

Discovery lays the foundation for recycling of yet non-recyclable plastics

15-Aug-2018 Robust plastics are composed of molecular building-blocks, held together by tough chemical linkages. Their cleavage is extremely difficult to achieve, rendering the recycling of these materials almost impossible. A research team from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) developed a molec ... more

Biodegradable, paper-based biobatteries

Easy to produce, low-cost, flexible and more efficient

10-Aug-2018 The batteries of the future may be made out of paper. Researchers at Binghamton University, State University at New York have created a biodegradable, paper-based battery that is more efficient than previously possible. For years, there has been excitement in the scientific community about ... more

Soil bugs munch on plastics

27-Jul-2018 Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. Researchers at ETH Zurich and Eawag have now identified an alternative: films made of the polymer PBAT biodegrade in soils. Our world is drowning in a flood of ... more

Sustainable plastics - with hydrogen as byproduct

New catalyst with a dual function

25-Jul-2018 Plastic production with this catalyst would be sustainable and would also enable the creation of hydrogen as a potential energy source. Chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a new, low-cost catalyst for plastic production. It turns a biorefinery product into a starting ma ... more

Biological signalling processes in intelligent materials

Innovative biohybrid systems with information processing functionality

20-Jul-2018 Scientists from the University of Freiburg have developed materials systems that are composed of biological components and polymer materials and are capable of perceiving and processing information. These biohybrid systems were engineered to perform certain functions, such as the counting s ... more

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LABVOLUTION AWARD to honor outstanding advances in lab technology

29-Aug-2018 There is no shortage of new initiatives, ideas and projects aimed at making laboratories run more smoothly. Keeping lab samples cool in storage while saving as much energy as possible, finding the best cleaning solution for maintaining the cleanliness of laboratory glassware, devising more ... more

Garlic ingredient from the lab bench

Total synthesis of ajoene, a biologically active component in oil extracts of garlic

24-Aug-2018 Fresh garlic extracts contain a variety of healthy organosulfur compounds, among which ajoene forms a major oil-extractable ingredient. Now, chemists in the United Kingdom have synthesized ajoene from readily available components for the first time. The results show that ajoene is accessibl ... more

Agilent completes acquisition of Young In Scientific assets

21-Aug-2018 Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of the Agilent-related business from Young In Scientific Co. Ltd. and its affiliates (“YI Scientific”). YI Scientific is a distributor of analytical and scientific instruments in South Korea and a long-time distributo ... more

The world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

20-Aug-2018 A research team at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has achieved a ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the s ... more

An UV detector based on nanocrystals synthesized by using ion implantation

09-Aug-2018 Scientists at the Lobachevsky University have been working for several years to develop solar-blind photodetectors operating in the UV spectral band. In the field of electronic technology, this is an important task, since such devices cut off emission with a wavelength higher than 280 nm, w ... more

Two new ways to fluorinated structures

Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of fluorinated antibiotics

07-Aug-2018 Fluorinated structures make up more than 20 percent of modern drugs, but benign and fast fluorination schemes are scarce. In a study scientists have now combined dynamic kinetic resolution and nucleophilic fluorination for the asymmetric synthesis of florfenicol, a veterinary antibiotic. Af ... more

Metrohm acquires B&W Tek

30-Jul-2018 Metrohm AG from Herisau, Switzerland and B&W Tek from Newark in Delaware, USA are pleased to announce the acquisition of B&W Tek’s Spectroscopy Solution Business, B&W Tek LLC, as well as several overseas subsidiaries. This acquisition contributes to the strategic growth of Metrohm enhancing ... more

A new 'periodic table' for nanomaterials

New simulation helps scientists to decide what molecules best interact with each other

25-Jul-2018 The approach was developed by Daniel Packwood of Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and Taro Hitosugi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. It involves connecting the chemical properties of molecules with the nanostructures that form as a result of th ... more

Waters acquires DESI-MS technology from Prosolia

Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI) imaging gives deeper biological insights

25-Jul-2018 Waters Corporation, Prosolia, Inc. and the Purdue Research Foundation announced that Waters® acquired exclusive rights to Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI) technology for all mass spectrometry applications from Prosolia and PRF. "The acquisition of DESI technology bolsters Waters' p ... more

Simpler interferometer can fine tune even the quickest pulses of light

16-Jul-2018 If you want to get the greatest benefit from a beam of light - whether to detect a distant planet or remedy an aberration in the human eye - you need to be able to measure its beam front information. Now a University of Rochester research team has devised a much simpler way to measure beams ... more

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Huber opens new subsidiary in China

10-Aug-2018 Huber continues its international expansion. In early August, the company opened a new sales office based in Guangzhou, China. The new subsidiary will serve end users and dealers in China under the name "Huber China". On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the opening ceremony of the new corporate b ... more

ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

18-May-2018 The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 milli ... more

Evaluating risk of hydrogen embrittlement

New simulation of cold cracks in high-strength steels

04-May-2018 High-strength steels play a vital role in the construction of modern vehicles and machines. If these steels are welded during the production of components, mobile hydrogen atoms can cause problems within the material: the atoms accumulate slowly at highly stressed areas of a component, resu ... more

Real-time layer thickness measurement with terahertz

18-Apr-2018 Terahertz is a key technology for non-destructive material testing. Major advantages are examinations without physical contact and the analysis of complex systems with a low contrast range, in which established methods like ultrasonic usually fail. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HH ... more

Emerson completes acquisition of ProSys

19-Jan-2018 Emerson announced it has acquired ProSys Inc., a global supplier of software and services that increase production and safety for the chemical, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and refining industries. By building intuitive processes for plant operators, these solutions make everything from eve ... more

Peratech raises $12.4 million in financing from Merck Ventures, Arie Capital and existing investors

25-Oct-2017 Peratech, a world leader in 3D force-sensing technologies, announced it has subscribed $12.4 million (£9.2 million) to the round of funding, led by Merck Ventures the venture capital wing of Merck, along with Arie Capital and existing investors. This investment sends a clear signal of confi ... more

New alliance between machine building and IT for Industrie 4.0

World market leaders combine strengths in ADAMOS

06-Sep-2017 Through the joint venture ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG and ZEISS as well as ASM PT are establishing a strategic alliance for the future topics of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Germany’s first alliance of well-known ... more

Smart tomographic sensors control industrial processes of tomorrow

HZDR coordinates European Doctoral Training Network TOMOCON

01-Sep-2017 Modern parallel computer architectures are capable of processing huge amounts of data at high speed. This allows for the increasing use of imaging techniques as sensors to control machines and process plants. In the new European collaborative project TOMOCON twelve research institutions and ... more

German Brand Award 2017 for Berghof

30-Jun-2017 “Excellence in Brand Strategy, Management and Creation” – the Berghof Group is recognized for its successful branding with the German Brand Award 2017 The corporate group’s online presence was awarded first prize for “Brand Campaign – Web & Mobile” in Berlin on June 29, 2017. Katrin Wenke, ... more

LAUDA appoints Dr. Ralf Hermann as the new General Manager Constant temperature equipment

20-Jun-2017 Dr. Ralf Hermann started work as the new General Manager Constant temperature equipment on June 1, 2017 at LAUDA. With his extensive experience and comprehensive specialized knowledge gained from many years in a managerial capacity at Eppendorf AG, as well as his PhD in biology, he will con ... more

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Munich Re acquires IoT start-up

07-Sep-2018 Munich Re is taking a further key step to create new business models in the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). The Group will acquire the software company relayr via its subsidiary, Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), and will therefore play an active role in shaping business opportunities in th ... more

Climeworks raises USD 30.8M to commercialize carbon dioxide removal technology

29-Aug-2018 Climeworks AG announced it has raised CHF 30.5 million in equity funding, from a group of existing and new private investors as well as Zurich Cantonal Bank. The successful financing round brings the Swiss company another step closer to achieving its vision of capturing one percent of globa ... more

Connecting the (Nano)dots

Big-picture thinking can advance nanoparticle manufacturing

24-Aug-2018 Nanoparticle manufacturing, the production of material units less than 100 nanometers in size (100,000 times smaller than a marble), is proving the adage that “good things come in small packages.” Today’s engineered nanoparticles are integral components of everything from the quantum dot na ... more

Tracking codes to authenticate genuine 3-D printed parts

23-Aug-2018 The worldwide market for 3D-printed parts is a $5 billion business with a global supply chain involving the internet, email, and the cloud - creating a number of opportunities for counterfeiting and intellectual property theft. Flawed parts printed from stolen design files could produce dir ... more

Testing the first biodegradable straws

23-Aug-2018 A research team that includes partners from the University of Georgia New Materials Institute and the RWDC Environmental Stewardship Foundation will develop a fully biodegradable plastic straw thanks to an award from Singapore's Temasek Foundation Ecosperity. The $719,000 award represents t ... more

Less drain on freshwater supplies with seawater fuel discovery

22-Aug-2018 Researchers have found that seawater can replace freshwater to produce the sustainable fuel Bioethanol, reducing the need to drain precious resources. The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Nottingham. Their results showed that seawater can be used in Bioethanol produ ... more

Harnessing energy from algae

An enzyme that could help accelerate biofuel production

21-Aug-2018 Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have honed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Algae are known to store up large amounts of oils ca ... more

The world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

20-Aug-2018 A research team at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has achieved a ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the s ... more

Antilaser for Bose-Einstein condensate

20-Aug-2018 An international team of scientists developed the world's first antilaser for nonlinear Bose-Einstein condensate of ultracold atoms. For the first time, scientists demonstrated that it is possible to absorb the selected signal completely, even though the nonlinear system makes it difficult ... more

The most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world

17-Aug-2018 If you're ever unlucky enough to have a car with metal tires, you might consider a set made from a new alloy engineered at Sandia National Laboratories. You could skid -- not drive, skid -- around the Earth's equator 500 times before wearing out the tread. Sandia's materials science team ha ... more

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  • Price Development

    People willing to pay more for new biofuels

    09-Dec-2016 When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. "We were surprised the premium was that significant," said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of E ... more

    World Bank Raises 2017 Oil Price Forecast

    OPEC agreement to limit production seen sending prices higher

    21-Oct-2016 The World Bank is raising its 2017 forecast for crude oil prices to $55 per barrel from $53 per barrel as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prepare to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output. Energy prices, which include oil, natural ... more

    Oxea Announces Price Increases for n-Propanol and n-Propyl Acetate

    27-Nov-2015 Oxea has announced that it will implement a price increase for off-list prices on the following products, effective January 1, 2016, or as contracts allow.   USA, Canada, Mexico South and Central America Asia, Africa, Middle East Product USD/lb USD/mt USD/mt n-Propyl ... more

  • Market

    Stora Enso to boost green energy generation at Maxau Mill

    Investment volume of 25 million EUR

    23-Jul-2018 Stora Enso has decided to install a new steam turbine with a closed-loop cooling system and additional biomass storage at its mill in Maxau, Germany. The investment cost is approximately EUR 25 million and implementation of the project is scheduled to start during the third quarter of 2018 ... more

    Oxea starts propanol production in Texas

    23-Jul-2018 Oxea has successfully started up its new 100,000 mt per annum world-scale production unit “Propanol 2” at its Bay City, Texas, USA, site. The now fully operational, state-of-the-art unit will increase Oxea’s North American production capacity for n‑propanol by 75 percent. Construction and c ... more

    AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals breaks ground on €90-million organic peroxide site in China

    10-Jul-2018 AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has officially broken ground for construction of a state-of-the-art organic peroxide production facility in Tianjin, China. Organic peroxides are essential in the manufacture of a wide range of polymers including PVC and thermoset resins. The €90-million facili ... more

  • Research

    Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry

    21-Sep-2018 Most of today's batteries are made up of rare lithium mined from the mountains of South America. If the world depletes this source, then battery production could stagnate. Sodium is a very cheap and earth-abundant alternative to using lithium-ion batteries that is also known to turn purple ... more

    Using hydrogen, methane and methanol to reduce CO2 emissions

    FAU is coordinating a project for using carbon dioxide efficiently and internally in steelworks

    21-Sep-2018 Six percent of the world's CO2 emissions are generated by steel production. The use of renewable energy sources in the steel industry is thus very important for responding to climate change. For this reason, researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now ini ... more

    Increased the performance and lifetime of lithium batteries in renewable energy facilities

    20-Sep-2018 "The installing of renewable energy sources is becoming increasingly important across the world, and this trend is expected to continue over the coming years," explained Alberto Berrueta-Irigoyen, researcher at the NUP/UPNA's Institute of Smart Cities (ISC). "Renewable technology has in rec ... more

  • Technology

    Black Bear raises 11 million Euro to solve the global waste tire problem and slash CO2

    The Dutch company aims to scale up its unique “Tire to Carbon Black” technology

    07-Sep-2018 Every year, 1.5 billion tires reach the end of their life. The vast majority get dumped or incinerated, releasing massive amounts of CO2 and destroying highly valuable resources. To solve this waste tire problem, Black Bear has developed a unique carbonization process to transform used tire ... more

    Connecting the (Nano)dots

    Big-picture thinking can advance nanoparticle manufacturing

    24-Aug-2018 Nanoparticle manufacturing, the production of material units less than 100 nanometers in size (100,000 times smaller than a marble), is proving the adage that “good things come in small packages.” Today’s engineered nanoparticles are integral components of everything from the quantum dot na ... more

    Garlic ingredient from the lab bench

    Total synthesis of ajoene, a biologically active component in oil extracts of garlic

    24-Aug-2018 Fresh garlic extracts contain a variety of healthy organosulfur compounds, among which ajoene forms a major oil-extractable ingredient. Now, chemists in the United Kingdom have synthesized ajoene from readily available components for the first time. The results show that ajoene is accessibl ... more

  • Business

    AkzoNobel leading in decorative paints and woodcare in Spain with the acquisition of Xylazel S.A.

    21-Sep-2018 Akzo Nobel N.V. has acquired Xylazel S.A. (Xylazel), a 100% subsidiary of Pharma Mar S.A. (PHM). With this acquisition AkzoNobel strengthens its business and becomes a leader in the decorative paints market in Spain. It also means the company is now the leader in the country's woodcare segm ... more

    Clariant makes a step change into higher value specialties

    Intended transaction to combine Clariant’s Additives and high value Masterbatches with parts of SABIC’s Specialties business to form the Business Area High Performance Materials

    19-Sep-2018 Clariant announced an updated strategy and financial outlook as well as the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with SABIC on a significant collaboration opportunity between the two companies in the area of high performance materials. The Group intends to expand more strongly by focusi ... more

    thyssenkrupp receives major order for new chemical complex in Hungary

    13-Sep-2018 thyssenkrupp’s Industrial Solutions business area has received a major order to build a new integrated chemical complex in Hungary. The customer for the project is the MOL Group, a leading international oil and gas company from Hungary. The contracts for the engineering, procurement and con ... more

  • People

    BASF Plastic Additives Middle East appoints new Managing Director for Bahrain

    Continued support of the region’s vision to create sustainable long-term economic growth

    18-Sep-2018 BASF Plastic Additives Middle East (PAME), the state-of-the-art production facility for customer-specific antioxidant blends (CSB) in Bahrain, named Michael Wille its new Managing Director. The appointment marks an important step in BASF’s support of the fast-growing polymer industry in th ... more

    Personnel changes at BASF

    31-Aug-2018 The Board of Executive Directors of BASF has announced the following personnel changes: Fried-Walter Münstermann (54), President, Procurement, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, will assume responsibility for the “Task Force Process Simplification” effective January 1, 2019. He will be succeed ... more

    The Executive Board of the Westfalen Group is complete

    31-Aug-2018 New CEO from 1st September 2018 is Dr. Thomas Perkmann (44). Wolfgang Fritsch-Albert (71), the current Chairman of the Supervisory Board and who has been Chief Executive Officer for many years, presented his successor to the 600-plus guests who were gathered in the Münsterland Hall. This ne ... more

  • Manufacturing

    LANXESS to build new production plant for high-performance plastics in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany

    Investment volume in the mid double-digit million euro range

    21-Sep-2018 LANXESS is continuing to invest in its global production network for high-performance plastics and is building another compounding facility at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site, Germany, for a mid double-digit million euro amount. Starting in the second half of 2019, LANXESS will produce Durethan ... more

    BASF expands vitamin A plant in Ludwigshafen

    18-Sep-2018 BASF has started the expansion of its vitamin A plant at the company’s Ludwigshafen site. The new production building expands the existing vitamin A plant, which went into operation in 1970. In total, about 600 machines and devices, 4,000 pipelines and 5,000 measuring points will be integra ... more

    BASF to increase capacity for Hexanediol

    Global capacity to increase to more than 70,000 metric tons per year

    05-Sep-2018 BASF intends to increase the production capacity of 1,6-Hexanediol (HDO) at its Ludwigshafen Verbund site by more than 50 percent. After the start-up in 2021, BASF’s global annual nameplate capacity of HDO will be more than 70,000 metric tons per year at its production facilities in Ludwigs ... more

  • Products

    LABVOLUTION AWARD to honor outstanding advances in lab technology

    29-Aug-2018 There is no shortage of new initiatives, ideas and projects aimed at making laboratories run more smoothly. Keeping lab samples cool in storage while saving as much energy as possible, finding the best cleaning solution for maintaining the cleanliness of laboratory glassware, devising more ... more

    Neste aiming to use waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and plastics

    20-Jul-2018 Neste is exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one million tons of waste plastic by 2030. ... more

    EXIST Grant support for "Tetra-Tag" start-up

    New tetrazines with improved characteristics

    13-Jul-2018 Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Union (EU) are funding the start-up venture "Tetra-Tag" with an EXIST Business Start-up Grant. Two chemists, Dr. Fabian Ehret and Dr. Vasileios Filippou, and the economist Patr ... more

  • Finances

    Black Bear raises 11 million Euro to solve the global waste tire problem and slash CO2

    The Dutch company aims to scale up its unique “Tire to Carbon Black” technology

    07-Sep-2018 Every year, 1.5 billion tires reach the end of their life. The vast majority get dumped or incinerated, releasing massive amounts of CO2 and destroying highly valuable resources. To solve this waste tire problem, Black Bear has developed a unique carbonization process to transform used tire ... more

    Bayer completes biggest acquisition in its history

    Group sales and earnings increase

    05-Sep-2018 Bayer successfully completed the biggest acquisition in its history in the second quarter of 2018, while operational performance improved, even without taking into account the newly acquired Monsanto business. Sales advanced at three of the four segments on a currency- and portfolio-adjuste ... more

    Climeworks raises USD 30.8M to commercialize carbon dioxide removal technology

    29-Aug-2018 Climeworks AG announced it has raised CHF 30.5 million in equity funding, from a group of existing and new private investors as well as Zurich Cantonal Bank. The successful financing round brings the Swiss company another step closer to achieving its vision of capturing one percent of globa ... more

  • Career

    Agilent and University of Duisburg-Essen Announce Collaboration Agreement

    New Teaching and Research Center for Separation

    28-May-2018 Agilent Technologies Inc. and the University of Duisburg-Essen has formed a collaboration agreement that brings together Agilent's leading analytical technologies with the University's outstanding researchers. As part of the collaboration, Agilent will support the university with a broad ra ... more

    Michael Schreiber becomes second Managing Director of LUMITOS

    The internationally experienced marketing executive joins LUMITOS from Mettler-Toledo

    06-Apr-2018 As of 1 April, Michael Schreiber co-heads the Berlin-based company LUMITOS. The marketing expert with a natural science PhD joins Stefan Knecht as a second Managing Director of Europe's market-leading provider of B2B portals in the chemical, life science, lab equipment, pharmaceutical, anal ... more

    Merck Named One of the Global Top Employers in 2018

    Top Employers Institute honors leading employers worldwide

    20-Feb-2018 Merck announced it has been named one of only 13 global employers of choice by the Top Employers Institute. The independent research shows Merck stands out as an exceptional employer with regard to talent development, performance management, and career and succession planning. In addition t ... more

  • Cooperation

    INEOS Styrolution to acquire two polystyrene production sites in China from Total

    03-Sep-2018 INEOS Styrolution announced that it signed an acquisition agreement with Total S.A. for two polystyrene (PS) production sites in China. The deal includes the purchase of the wholly owned Chinese PS business including two production sites in Ningbo and Foshan and two related offices in Guang ... more

    Clariant announces cooperation with a Swiss startup

    31-Aug-2018 Clariant announced a cooperation with Haelixa, a Swiss startup with expertise in DNA-based tracers and a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland). As part of this cooperation, Clariant has acquired a minority stake in Haelixa to support the furth ... more

    AkzoNobel teams up with Renmatix to develop biomass-derived additives for paint and construction

    25-Jul-2018 AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Renmatix will jointly develop biomass-based performance additives that improve the properties of architectural paints and construction materials. Renmatix is one of the winners of the 2017 Imagine Chemistry challenge, a program through which AkzoNobel Speci ... more

  • Laws

    Greater oversight of precursor chemicals at retail level needed to reduce threat from IEDs

    16-Nov-2017 Policymakers' efforts to reduce threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) should include greater oversight of precursor chemicals sold at the retail level - especially over the Internet - that terrorists, violent extremists, or criminals use to make homemade explosives, says a new re ... more

    REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements

    23-Jun-2017 Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13 substances of very high concern with sunset dates in 2015. Inspections in companies that used or placed the substances on the market showed ... more

    BASF and Argonne reach resolution with Umicore

    25-Apr-2017 BASF and Argonne National Laboratory reached a business resolution of their pending patent disputes with Umicore. Umicore is now licensed to make, use, sell, offer to sell, distribute and import nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode material for lithium ion batteries in the United States un ... more

  • Politics

    Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry from now on 'Royal'

    26-Jun-2018 During the anniversary celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry in The Hague, the VNCI was awarded the predicate 'Royal ('Koninklijk)'. VNCI chairman Bernard Wientjes and director Colette Alma received the designation from the King's Commis ... more

    AkzoNobel joins partnership to explore opportunities for green hydrogen and 'electrofuels' in Sweden

    22-Mar-2018 AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is partnering with three groups in Sweden to explore the opportunities for producing green hydrogen and 'electrofuels' using renewable electricity. The partners are RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), forestry group Södra and packaging materials company ... more

    Greater oversight of precursor chemicals at retail level needed to reduce threat from IEDs

    16-Nov-2017 Policymakers' efforts to reduce threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) should include greater oversight of precursor chemicals sold at the retail level - especially over the Internet - that terrorists, violent extremists, or criminals use to make homemade explosives, says a new re ... more

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