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LANXESS increases prices for technical rubber grades

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS AG is to raise its prices for ethylene-vinyl acetate synthetic rubber grades (EVM). The increase will take effect in the EMEA, LATAM, APAC and GC regions on April 15, 2014, and in the NAFTA region on April 21. The High Performance Elastomers business unit ... more

Tiny particles could help verify goods

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks and cost governments and private compani ... more

Glasses strong as steel

Scientists at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterizing complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that's stronger than steel. Using traditional methods, it usually takes a full day to identify a sin ... more

Oxea announces global price increases for solvents

Oxea will increase off-list prices on the following products effective May 1, 2014, or as contracts allow. Oxea has implemented a 100% sales control on all products in the Intermediates portfolio. The sales control will be based on the average monthly consumption over the last 6 months or a ... more

New self-healing plastics developed

Scratches in the car finish or cracks in polymer material: Self-healing materials can repair themselves by restoring their initial molecular structure after the damage. Scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Evonik Industries have developed a chemical crosslinking reaction ... more

Catching the (invisible) wave

In a feat that may provide a promising array of applications, from energy efficiency to telecommunications to enhanced imaging, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a compound semiconductor of nearly perfect quality with embedded nanostructures containing ordered lines of atoms that ... more

LANXESS opens high-tech plastics plant in Brazil

LANXESS inaugurated its new high-tech plastics plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The specialty chemicals company has invested around EUR 20 million (R$ 62 million) in the facility, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Up to 50 highly-skilled jobs will be created. ... more

The ATM strikes back

Hot foam may soon send criminals running if they damage ATM. ETH researchers have developed a special film that triggers an intense reaction when destroyed. The idea originates from a beetle that uses a gas explosion to fend off attackers. Its head and pronotum are usually rusty red, and it ... more

Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon

Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material. The surf ... more

Clariant invests in chemicals manufacturing in Casablanca

Clariant announced a significant investment to expand its plant in Casablanca, Morocco and increase its global footprint with the production of polymers and chemical blends for the African and Middle East mining industry. This new investment will also include the opening of a Clariant Minin ... more

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Analytik Jena planning merger by absorption of CyBio AG

Analytik Jena AG is planning to merge the business of its subsidiary CyBio AG, also headquartered in Jena, with its core business in the Life Science business unit. Against this backdrop, CyBio AG will be merged into Analytik Jena AG during the current financial year. A corresponding merger ... more

Merck Millipore and VWR Extend Western European Distribution Agreement

Merck Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck, announced a new non-exclusive, preferred distribution agreement for Western Europe with VWR a global provider of laboratory supplies, equipment and services. The contract includes a range of Merck Millipore products and reagents for chemi ... more

analytica closes with outstanding results in all areas

Despite a pilot strike, visitors from around the world flocked to the trade-fair center in Munich during the past four days. The reason: the 24th analytica. The trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology attracted more than 34,400 visitors to Munich (compared to 30,481 ... more

Simple microfluidic devices now have valves

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have added yet another innovation—miniature valves—to their ever-growing collection of inexpensive, easy-to-manufacture and highly efficient microfluidic devices made from plastic films and double-sided tape. Tradition ... more

World's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drug

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed the world's first fluorescent sensor to identify the presence of a drug known as GHB that is commonly used to spike beverages. When the sensor is mixed with a sample of a beverage containing GHB, the mixture ... more

Terahertz dance of amino acids

Chemists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have, for the first time, completely analysed the fingerprint region of the Terahertz spectrum of a biologically relevant molecule in water, in this case, an amino acid. By combining spectroscopy and molecular-dynamics simulations, they rendered ... more

Real-life CSI: What can investigators really tell from gunshot residue?

The popular TV series "CSI" is fiction, but every day, real-life investigators and forensic scientists collect and analyze evidence to determine what happened at crime scenes. In a study published in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, scientists say they have developed a more rapid and a ... more

Nanotube coating helps shrink mass spectrometers

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers found that when paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nano ... more

Plastics analysis at analytica 2014: Optimum quality assurance thanks to the latest developments

Modern and functional materials play an increasingly important role in our everyday lives – from medical instruments and consumer goods to industrial high-tech products in the electronics and automotive industries. Complex materials testing and quality control call for increasingly sophisti ... more

All the important trade fairs, congresses, seminars and webinars at a glance

Trade fairs, congresses, conferences, seminars and webinars – companies and organisations in chemistry, life sciences and analytics host a wide spectrum of events. But where do you find training opportunities for your profession? Which conferences can keep you up-to-date with developments i ... more

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LANXESS increases prices for technical rubber grades

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS AG is to raise its prices for ethylene-vinyl acetate synthetic rubber grades (EVM). The increase will take effect in the EMEA, LATAM, APAC and GC regions on April 15, 2014, and in the NAFTA region on April 21. The High Performance Elastomers business unit ... more

Tiny particles could help verify goods

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks and cost governments and private compani ... more

Glasses strong as steel

Scientists at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterizing complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that's stronger than steel. Using traditional methods, it usually takes a full day to identify a sin ... more

Oxea announces global price increases for solvents

Oxea will increase off-list prices on the following products effective May 1, 2014, or as contracts allow. Oxea has implemented a 100% sales control on all products in the Intermediates portfolio. The sales control will be based on the average monthly consumption over the last 6 months or a ... more

New self-healing plastics developed

Scratches in the car finish or cracks in polymer material: Self-healing materials can repair themselves by restoring their initial molecular structure after the damage. Scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Evonik Industries have developed a chemical crosslinking reaction ... more

Catching the (invisible) wave

In a feat that may provide a promising array of applications, from energy efficiency to telecommunications to enhanced imaging, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a compound semiconductor of nearly perfect quality with embedded nanostructures containing ordered lines of atoms that ... more

The ATM strikes back

Hot foam may soon send criminals running if they damage ATM. ETH researchers have developed a special film that triggers an intense reaction when destroyed. The idea originates from a beetle that uses a gas explosion to fend off attackers. Its head and pronotum are usually rusty red, and it ... more

Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon

Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material. The surf ... more

Clariant invests in chemicals manufacturing in Casablanca

Clariant announced a significant investment to expand its plant in Casablanca, Morocco and increase its global footprint with the production of polymers and chemical blends for the African and Middle East mining industry. This new investment will also include the opening of a Clariant Minin ... more

Analytik Jena planning merger by absorption of CyBio AG

Analytik Jena AG is planning to merge the business of its subsidiary CyBio AG, also headquartered in Jena, with its core business in the Life Science business unit. Against this backdrop, CyBio AG will be merged into Analytik Jena AG during the current financial year. A corresponding merger ... more

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LANXESS opens high-tech plastics plant in Brazil

LANXESS inaugurated its new high-tech plastics plant in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The specialty chemicals company has invested around EUR 20 million (R$ 62 million) in the facility, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Up to 50 highly-skilled jobs will be created. ... more

SIMONA to acquire Boltaron

SIMONA has entered into an agreement to acquire the business operations of Boltaron Performance Products, LLC, Newscomerstown, OH, USA. Boltaron is a leading North American producer of thermoplastic sheet products for components used in aircraft and mass-transit vehicle interiors as well as ... more

Plastics analysis at analytica 2014: Optimum quality assurance thanks to the latest developments

Modern and functional materials play an increasingly important role in our everyday lives – from medical instruments and consumer goods to industrial high-tech products in the electronics and automotive industries. Complex materials testing and quality control call for increasingly sophisti ... more

BASF divests PolyAd Services business

BASF has signed an agreement to divest PolyAd Services, part of its Plastic Additives business unit, to Edgewater Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2014. The parties have ... more

analytica 2014 to focus on food and plastics analysis, genetic analysis and bioanalysis

A first-rate and exciting program of events awaits visitors at the 24th analytica in Munich. From April 1 – 4, the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis and Biotechnology will once again be a center for key players in science and industry. More than 1,100 exhibitors w ... more

Elix Polymers sets up new logistics hub in Germany

Elix Polymers working with logistics partner HKS Logistics aim to ensure a better service to its customers and partners by providing a Just in Time material supply with this new facility.They announced the opening of a new logistics Hub based in Hannover in collaboration with logistics serv ... more

Turning plastic bags into high-tech materials

The innovative nanotechnology uses non-biodegradable plastic grocery bags to make 'carbon nanotube membranes' - highly sophisticated and expensive materials with a variety of potential advanced applications including filtration, sensing, energy storage and a range of biomedical innovations. ... more

Glass or plastic?

Water pours into a cup at about the same rate regardless of whether the water bottle is made of glass or plastic. But at nanometer-size scales for water and potentially other fluids, whether the container is made of glass or plastic does make a significant difference. A new study shows that ... more

New test center for up to 100 customer trials per year

Following an intensive planning and construction phase, Coperion GmbH, recently opened the world’s largest compounding test center. It replaces the existing test center and serves to provide customers both the optimum system design for required throughput rate capacity of compounding lines ... more

Engineering plastics still on the rise: Ceresana publishes the worldwide first complete market analysis

For several years now engineering plastics have been generating higher growth rates than standard plastics. Given their physical and chemical properties, many industrial, electrical, and electronic parts as well as everyday products are made from engineering plastics by now. Faced with an i ... more

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analytica closes with outstanding results in all areas

Despite a pilot strike, visitors from around the world flocked to the trade-fair center in Munich during the past four days. The reason: the 24th analytica. The trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology attracted more than 34,400 visitors to Munich (compared to 30,481 ... more

The knowledge network for laboratories and processes

The new q&more "www.q-more.com" portal offers more than mere specialized information. Based on the international "q&more" scientific journal, the innovative platform provides knowledge in a lively and inspiring manner as well as creating fascinating communication experiences. Up-to-date kno ... more

New way to filter light

Light waves can be defined by three fundamental characteristics: their color (or wavelength), polarization, and direction. While it has long been possible to selectively filter light according to its color or polarization, selectivity based on the direction of propagation has remained elusi ... more

Sartorius Reviews Fiscal 2013 Results

The Sartorius Group closed fiscal 2013 with significant gains in sales revenue and earnings. At the annual press conference in Goettingen, Group CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg emphasized that the company not only achieved all financial targets, but also has successfully moved forward with its Sa ... more

The thousand-droplets test

In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) have established and investiga ... more

Altmann Analytik acquires lab supplier Dinkelberg analytics

Munich-based Altmann Analytik GmbH & Co. KG announced that it has acquired Dinkelberg analytics GmbH from Gablingen with effect from January 2014. Dinkelberg analytics was founded in 1922 and has produced for more than 50 years their own lab instruments, such as water baths or vacuum packag ... more

analytica 2014: New special exhibit for occupational health and safety

Many laboratory workers believe they know the dangers of their work inside out. However, the fact that work accidents still occur on a regular basis shows just how important it is to keep abreast of safety issues. For the first time ever, the analytica 2014 is offering the Special Exhibit f ... more

Sartorius appoints internationally experienced laboratory manager

Effective April 1, 2014, Michael Melingo will head marketing, sales and services of the Lab Products & Services Division at Sartorius. He will therefore succeed Dominique Baly, who will retire from the company as planned after reaching retirement age. Michael Melingo will report to CEO and ... more

Successful year for Sartorius

According to preliminary figures for 2013, the Sartorius Group grew dynamically again in 2013 and further increased its profitability. The company fully achieved its financial targets. For the current fiscal year, Sartorius expects positive business development as well. "Fiscal 2013 was a s ... more

analytica 2014 to focus on food and plastics analysis, genetic analysis and bioanalysis

A first-rate and exciting program of events awaits visitors at the 24th analytica in Munich. From April 1 – 4, the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis and Biotechnology will once again be a center for key players in science and industry. More than 1,100 exhibitors w ... more

All news on lab technology

SensoTech: Quality management again certified by DIN EN ISO 9001

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

ZEISS Executive Board enlarged

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

Anton Paar GmbH acquires CSM Instruments

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

IChemE welcomes UK fracking go-ahead

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

Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology Acquires HGV Vosseler

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

New freeform standards to support scanning coordinate measurement machines

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

Carl Zeiss Opens New Assembly and Demo Center in India

Carl Zeiss opened a new assembly and demo center for Industrial Metrology in Ban- galore, India. "The opening of this new center enables us to manufacturer our coordinate measuring machines (CMM) directly on site for a market with major potential. We can react more quickly to the needs of o ... more

Final Report SENSOR+TEST 2012: In its 30th Year as International as Never Before

The SENSOR+TEST, in the 30th year of its existence, has again documented its prominent position as the internationally leading trade fair for sensor and measuring technology. The share of foreign exhibitors of one third was as high as never before. Moreover, the results of the recently publ ... more

BIS Group extending its process instrumentation activities with the acquisition of the EMV Group

The Bilfinger Berger Industrial Services Group (BIS Group) is stepping up its process instrumentation activities with the acquisition of the EMV Group. Based in Mönchengladbach, EMV has 130 employees and generated revenues of around EUR 13 million in 2011. The acquisition is still subject t ... more

JULABO at Achema 2012

With the motto "Superior Temperature Technology for a Better Life" JULABO presented its new and fresh “open stand” concept at this year’s ACHEMA. The many visitors of the JULABO booth made intensive use of the opportunity to learn about all the innovations: the first instruments of the newe ... more

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inge GmbH and Aquasource enter into long-term cooperation agreement

inge GmbH, a subsidiary of BASF SE and a world’s leading supplier of ultrafiltration (UF) membranes and Aquasource, a leading supplier of membrane systems, have agreed to enter into a strategic cooperation effective April 1st, 2014, with each company focusing on their respective competences ... more

The knowledge network for laboratories and processes

The new q&more "www.q-more.com" portal offers more than mere specialized information. Based on the international "q&more" scientific journal, the innovative platform provides knowledge in a lively and inspiring manner as well as creating fascinating communication experiences. Up-to-date kno ... more

UHDENORA receives first order for new electrolysis technology

UHDENORA and BEFAR Group Co. LTD have signed a contract for the construction of an 80,000 mtpy caustic soda plant at Binzhou City, Province of Shandong, P.R. China. The plant will be the world’s first to be based on the NaCl ODC technology owned by UHDENORA. UHDENORA is a joint venture betw ... more

Successful year for Sartorius

According to preliminary figures for 2013, the Sartorius Group grew dynamically again in 2013 and further increased its profitability. The company fully achieved its financial targets. For the current fiscal year, Sartorius expects positive business development as well. "Fiscal 2013 was a s ... more

Jet-propelled wastewater treatment

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed a new method for the active degradation of organic pollutants in solution by using swimming microengines. The mobile microcleaners consist of an outer iron and an inner platinum layer, thereby comb ... more

Greenfield Projects and Demand for Customisation Drives Power Conversion Market in the European Oil and Gas Industry

The growing demand for customised systems for critical oil and gas applications is brightening the prospects of the European power conversion market in the oil and gas industry. Escalating energy costs, exploration of new oil and gas fields also fuel the uptake of power conversion solutions ... more

GEA Heat Exchangers wins an order from the Ivory Coast

GEA Heat Exchangers has secured an order through KEPCO E&C of South Korea for an air-cooled condenser with a contract volume of almost €10 million. The ultimate customer and operator of the cogen power plant in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast is the company Ivoirienne de production d´Electricité ... more

First dry-type transformer in South Africa is manufactured on Hedrich casting equipment

The story of the first dry-type transformer (for medium voltage) manufactured completely in Southern Africa is also the successful story of Mr. Paddy Padayachee, as first engineer and founder of Revive Electrical Transformers. As an immigrant´s child, he studied electrical engineering and s ... more

Large Shale Gas Reserves in Europe Promise Growth for the Pumps Market

Greater political acceptance of shale gas exploration and the growing need among European countries to be self-sufficient in terms of energy is expected to result in the growth for the pumps market. Pump manufacturers, though, may not be able to capitalise on this potential as concerns on t ... more

GEA´s heat exchangers now under one roof in Spain

Since September 13, 2013, the two Spanish companies GEA Ibérica S.A. and GEA Caldemón S.A. are jointly doing business under their new name GEA Heat Exchangers S.A. The registered office of the company is in Igorre, Spain. GEA Heat Exchangers S.A. will continue to serve the customers of the ... more

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