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One transistor for all purposes

Organic semiconductors

22-Mar-2019 In mobiles, fridges, planes – transistors are everywhere. But they often operate only within a restricted current range. LMU physicists have now developed an organic transistor that functions perfectly under both low and high currents. Transistors are semiconductor devices that control volt ... more

Stable Growth: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Stabilizers

22-Mar-2019 Stabilizers are chemicals needed for many plastic and rubber products. They enable a safe production and processing; they protect plastics and rubbers against the effects of heat, UV light or oxygen. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for these indispensable add ... more

Intelligent material improves aerodynamics in cars and aircraft

Start-up designs active components and systems based on shape memory alloys

22-Mar-2019 In order to save energy, aerodynamics is important for cars and aircraft. However, technologies controlling saving of energy are only designed for one speed range. Researchers at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern have developed a more flexible method: Thanks to a so-called shape memory ... more

Fish-inspired material changes color using nanocolumns

22-Mar-2019 Inspired by the flashing colors of the neon tetra fish, researchers have developed a technique for changing the color of a material by manipulating the orientation of nanostructured columns in the material. "Neon tetras can control their brightly colored stripes by changing the angle of tin ... more

Merck Plans to Invest € 1 Billion at the Darmstadt Site

Employment guarantee extended until the end of 2025

21-Mar-2019 Merck announced that the company management and the Joint Works Council have signed a comprehensive agreement applicable to the Darmstadt site. The aim is to secure the future viability of company headquarters as a central science and technology hub and to further expand it. For this purpos ... more

INEOS set to acquire Cristals North American Titanium Dioxide Business from Tronox for $700 million

21-Mar-2019 INEOS Enterprises has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire The North American business of National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal) from Tronox Limited for $700 million. Cristal’s North American business includes two-plants located at the Ashtabula Ohio (US) comple ... more

Batteries from the printer: Evonik presents a new technology at the LOPEC trade show

New materials allow thin and flexible energy storage devices

21-Mar-2019 Evonik is unveiling TAeTTOOz®, a new material technology for printable batteries, at the LOPEC trade show. TAeTTOOz® has been developed on the basis of what are known as redox polymers by Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of Evonik. The new materials can be processed by conventional pr ... more

Smart glove for Industry 4.0

Connecting the physical hand to the virtual world

21-Mar-2019 Researchers at Saarland University have created an ultrathin flexible film that can act as a sensor for innovative technologies. Integrated within a glove, the new sensory film can communicate the current position of the wearer’s hand and fingers. By establishing a direct connection between ... more

Public-sector research boosts cleantech start-ups

Study highlights successes of public-private partnerships in the USA

21-Mar-2019 Cleantech start-ups in the USA that cooperate with government research agencies outperform their competitors both in terms of patents and funding. That is the conclusion of a study by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Maryland and the University of Cambridge. In th ... more

WACKER Expects 2019 Sales Growth

20-Mar-2019 As already announced, Wacker Chemie AG lifted its sales slightly in 2018, but fell short of its own EBITDA forecast. On presenting its annual report, the Munich-based chemical company announced that Group sales grew to €4.98 billion, up 1 percent year over year (2017: €4.92 billion). This s ... more

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Metrohm and B&W Tek to take Raman spectroscopy to the next level

18-Mar-2019 The acquisition of B&W Tek LLC by Swiss Metrohm AG in July 2018 creates one of the largest solution providers for applied Raman spectroscopy. Two technology leaders in the field of Raman spectroscopy join forces, and customers all over the world will benefit: That is the key message that Me ... more

Dräger increases stake in Hamburg-based start-up bentekk to 100%

13-Mar-2019 The Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA increased its stake in bentekk GmbH to 75% in October 2018, and to 100% in February 2019. The purchase was linked to milestones already agreed upon during the first acquisition of a 51% stake in March 2017. The ›X-pid‹, developed by bentekk and produced and s ... more

Breakthrough could enable cheaper infrared cameras

12-Mar-2019 There's an entire world our eyes miss, hidden in the ranges of light wavelengths that human eyes can't see. But infrared cameras can pick up the secret light emitted as plants photosynthesize, as cool stars burn and batteries get hot. They can see through smoke and fog and plastic. But infr ... more

Probing water's skin

11-Mar-2019 From the wind-whipped surface of the open ocean, to trillions of tiny water drops in clouds, the air-water interface--water's skin-- is the site for crucial natural processes, including ocean-atmosphere exchange and cloud acidification. The air-water interface has even been postulated as th ... more

New approach facilitates spectroscopy on individual molecules

At the limits of detectability

08-Mar-2019 While spectroscopic measurements are normally averaged over myriad molecules, a new method developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) provides precise information about the interaction of individual molecules with their environment. This will accelerate the identif ... more

Scientists develop printable water sensor

X-ray investigation reveals functioning of highly versatile copper-based compound

05-Mar-2019 A new, versatile plastic-composite sensor can detect tiny amounts of water. The 3d printable material, developed by a Spanish-Israeli team of scientists, is cheap, flexible and non-toxic and changes its colour from purple to blue in wet conditions. The researchers lead by Pilar Amo-Ochoa fr ... more

New base at the heart of science and industry

LUMITOS AG now calls Germany's largest science and technology park in Berlin-Adlershof its home

04-Mar-2019 At the beginning of the year, LUMITOS AG also physically moved closer to its customer base: the provider of B2B online media and online marketing services for the chemical, life science, laboratory, pharmaceutical, analytics, food and beverage industries relocated its headquarters to the Sc ... more

In-depth insights into glass corrosion

Researchers observe the reaction of silicate glass with aqueous solutions in real time

04-Mar-2019 Silicate glass has many applications, including the use as a nuclear waste form to immobilize radioactive elements from spent fuel. However, it has one disadvantage - it corrodes when it comes into contact with aqueous solutions. Scientists at the University of Bonn were able to observe in ... more

KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

Examining silver nanoparticles in natural environments

28-Feb-2019 Thanks to their antibacterial properties, the particles are used in many products. Their effect on the environment is largely unexplored. This is mainly due to the lack of suitable analytical methods. Researchers from the Resolv Cluster of Excellence at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have develope ... more

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One transistor for all purposes

Organic semiconductors

22-Mar-2019 In mobiles, fridges, planes – transistors are everywhere. But they often operate only within a restricted current range. LMU physicists have now developed an organic transistor that functions perfectly under both low and high currents. Transistors are semiconductor devices that control volt ... more

Stable Growth: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Stabilizers

22-Mar-2019 Stabilizers are chemicals needed for many plastic and rubber products. They enable a safe production and processing; they protect plastics and rubbers against the effects of heat, UV light or oxygen. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for these indispensable add ... more

Intelligent material improves aerodynamics in cars and aircraft

Start-up designs active components and systems based on shape memory alloys

22-Mar-2019 In order to save energy, aerodynamics is important for cars and aircraft. However, technologies controlling saving of energy are only designed for one speed range. Researchers at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern have developed a more flexible method: Thanks to a so-called shape memory ... more

Fish-inspired material changes color using nanocolumns

22-Mar-2019 Inspired by the flashing colors of the neon tetra fish, researchers have developed a technique for changing the color of a material by manipulating the orientation of nanostructured columns in the material. "Neon tetras can control their brightly colored stripes by changing the angle of tin ... more

Merck Plans to Invest € 1 Billion at the Darmstadt Site

Employment guarantee extended until the end of 2025

21-Mar-2019 Merck announced that the company management and the Joint Works Council have signed a comprehensive agreement applicable to the Darmstadt site. The aim is to secure the future viability of company headquarters as a central science and technology hub and to further expand it. For this purpos ... more

INEOS set to acquire Cristals North American Titanium Dioxide Business from Tronox for $700 million

21-Mar-2019 INEOS Enterprises has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire The North American business of National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal) from Tronox Limited for $700 million. Cristal’s North American business includes two-plants located at the Ashtabula Ohio (US) comple ... more

Batteries from the printer: Evonik presents a new technology at the LOPEC trade show

New materials allow thin and flexible energy storage devices

21-Mar-2019 Evonik is unveiling TAeTTOOz®, a new material technology for printable batteries, at the LOPEC trade show. TAeTTOOz® has been developed on the basis of what are known as redox polymers by Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of Evonik. The new materials can be processed by conventional pr ... more

WACKER Expects 2019 Sales Growth

20-Mar-2019 As already announced, Wacker Chemie AG lifted its sales slightly in 2018, but fell short of its own EBITDA forecast. On presenting its annual report, the Munich-based chemical company announced that Group sales grew to €4.98 billion, up 1 percent year over year (2017: €4.92 billion). This s ... more

Revealing the secret of the vacuum for the first time

20-Mar-2019 For most people, a vacuum is an empty space. Quantum physics, on the other hand, assumes that even in this lowest-energy state, particles and antiparticles still fluctuate. This is an assumption for which no clear evidence has been provided as yet. A new research group at the University of ... more

Flexible electronics without sintering

Conductive metal-polymer inks for inkjet printing

20-Mar-2019 The INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials presents hybrid inks for inkjet printing that contain metal nanoparticles coated with conductive polymers. The inks can be formulated in water and in other polar solvents and are suitable to print conductive structures on a range of substrates w ... more

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Stora Enso invests in next-generation renewable, recyclable and biodegradable formed fiber solutions

14-Mar-2019 Stora Enso is investing EUR 5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, rec ... more

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

08-Mar-2019 With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable -- but frustratingly untapped -- bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics. Researchers, like those at the University of Wisconsin-Ma ... more

High-speed 3D printer for high-performance plastics

05-Mar-2019 The additive manufacture of large-volume plastic components is a time-consuming undertaking. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU have now developed Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (SEAM), a system and process that is eight times faster ... more

Rising Demand for Plastic Additives

01-Mar-2019 Most of the time, plastics would be useless without additives. Additives facilitate the processing of plastics, protect against heat and UV rays, and expand the range of properties by modifying material characteristics. “Only additives make it possible to permanently use plastics in ever ne ... more

Causes for defects in 3D printing

Paving way for better results

26-Feb-2019 Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. New research led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne ... more

Fibers from old tires can improve fire resistance of concrete

21-Feb-2019 A new way of protecting concrete from fire damage using materials recycled from old tyres has been successfully tested by researchers at the University of Sheffield. The team used fibres extracted from the textile reinforcement commonly embedded into tyres to guarantee their performance. Ad ... more

Engineered metasurfaces reflect waves in unusual directions

New metasurfaces can even split energy into more than one

20-Feb-2019 In our daily lives, we can find many examples of manipulation of reflected waves such as mirrors to see our reflections or reflective surfaces for sound that improve auditorium acoustics. When a wave impinges on a reflective surface with a certain angle of incidence and the energy is sent b ... more

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

18-Feb-2019 While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to so ... more

Lefty or righty molecules lend a hand to material structures

Effort to build bottom-up chiral polymers with unique functions

14-Feb-2019 As below, so above. That seems to be an operating principle for molecules that start with a basic chirality - or "handed-ness" -- and pass it on as they combine into larger structures. An international team that included Rice University materials scientist Edwin Thomas pried a new, fundamen ... more

Producing polymer structures faster – two processes in one machine

08-Feb-2019 Either fast or precise – both cannot be achieved in the production of the finest polymer structures with the laser. Or maybe they can? Combining stereolithography and multiphoton polymerization should make it possible: Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are deve ... more

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New base at the heart of science and industry

LUMITOS AG now calls Germany's largest science and technology park in Berlin-Adlershof its home

04-Mar-2019 At the beginning of the year, LUMITOS AG also physically moved closer to its customer base: the provider of B2B online media and online marketing services for the chemical, life science, laboratory, pharmaceutical, analytics, food and beverage industries relocated its headquarters to the Sc ... more

Thomas Heydler appointed to the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG

22-Feb-2019 Thomas Heydler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG since January 25, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Michael Schroeder, who resigned for personal reasons. "With Thomas Heydler, we have succeeded in gaining another very experienced manager for the Eppendorf Supervisory Board. We ... more

Shaping light lets 2D microscopes capture 4D data

Invention adds new dimension to fluorescent microscopy

20-Feb-2019 Rice University researchers have added a new dimension to their breakthrough technique that expands the capabilities of standard laboratory microscopes. Two years ago, the Rice lab of chemist Christy Landes introduced super temporal resolution microscopy, a technique that allowed researcher ... more

First-hand expertise at the biggest ever analytica Vietnam

14-Feb-2019 analytica Vietnam 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City will be celebrating not just its tenth anniversary but also its biggest trade fair event yet. Approximately 130 exhibitors from 15 countries will be on show in the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) from April 3 to 5, 2019. The exhibiti ... more

Beckman Coulter strenghtens laboratory automation business

Acquires of acoustic liquid handling company

01-Feb-2019 Beckman Coulter Life Sciences announced its acquisition of Labcyte, a privately held, acoustic liquid handling company based in San Jose, California. Labcyte is best known for its Echo® acoustic droplet ejection technology, which uses sound waves to transfer tiny amounts of liquid with une ... more

New strategies for handling water and wastewater in process

"Water & Chemistry" - First main topic at the 3rd European Chemistry Partnering

01-Feb-2019 On 26 February 2019 the 3rd European Chemistry Partnering (ECP) will take place in Frankfurt. For the first time at the ECP there will be interdisciplinary lectures, including "Water & Chemistry". The Isle Group, which specializes in the selection of innovative technologies and implementati ... more

Sartorius increases sales revenue and earnings in 2018 by double digits

Bioprocess Solutions and the Americas especially strong

29-Jan-2019 Sartorius continued on the growth track in 2018 in both divisions and across all geographies, and thus achieved its forecast raised considerably at mid-year. According to preliminary figures, Group sales revenue rose in constant currencies by 13.2% to 1,566.0 million euros (reported: 11.5%) ... more

Novel materials convert visible into infrared light

Penetrate of living tissue and other materials without damage by high-intensity light exposure

18-Jan-2019 Columbia University scientists, in collaboration with researchers from Harvard, have succeeded in developing a chemical process to convert visible light into infrared energy, allowing innocuous radiation to penetrate living tissue and other materials without the damage caused by high-intens ... more

LAUDA acquires laboratory specialist

18-Dec-2018 LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG has announced the acquisition of GFL Gesellschaft für Labortechnik mbH. This is the third takeover in total for the company from Lauda-Königshofen. While the previous acquisitions primarily served to open up new business areas in the industrial environment, ... more

Sartorius Supervisory Board appoints two new Executive Board members

10-Dec-2018 The Supervisory Board of Sartorius AG resolved to make changes in the Executive Board. Effective January 1, 2019, Dr. René Fáber as Head of the Bioprocess Solutions Division and Gerry Mackay as Head of the Lab Products & Services Division will be appointed new members of the company’s Execu ... more

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AR for industry 4.0

Start-up Visometry wins the Fraunhofer Gründerpreis 2018

04-Mar-2019 The Fraunhofer-Gründerpreis 2018, worth 5000 euros, was awarded to Visometry GmbH, a spinoff from the Fraunhofer Institute for Graphic Data Processing (IGD). The Visometry team convinced the jury consisting of members from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) wi ... more

Bosch increases investment in startups

Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches Fund IV with 200 million euros

01-Mar-2019 Investments in startups are on the rise. In 2017, institutional investors and companies invested 147 billion euros in these enterprises – nearly three times as much as in 2012. Bosch, too, is increasing its investment in external startups, providing Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) ... more

Yokogawa Joins Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index

23-Jan-2019 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has been included in the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index (Global 100). This is Yokogawa’s first time on the Global 100, one of the world's leading sustainability indices. Now in its 15th year, the 2019 Global 1 ... more

ETH spin-off machine running at full speed

27 companies were founded in 2018, more than any year previously

08-Jan-2019 In 2018, ETH Zurich achieved a new record high for the number of spin-offs founded: a total of 27 founding teams took the plunge into independence. While an average of 13 ETH spin-offs were founded per year from 2000 to 2010, the following decade has seen an average of 24 per year. For Detl ... more

Novel color sensors are less expensive to manufacture

10-Dec-2018 In the FOWINA project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg have developed novel color sensors with a special microlens arrangement. The sensors can be realized directly on the chip and combine mu ... more

Wyatt acquires german FFF manufacturer Superon

Business units to be relocated to California

16-Oct-2018 Wyatt Technology announced that it has completed the acquisition of Superon GmbH, a manufacturer of Field Flow Fractionation (FFF) systems. Production, research and product development has been transferred to Wyatt’s Santa Barbara, CA headquarters which will enable the company to further en ... more

New method measures 3D polymer processing precisely

11-Oct-2018 Recipes for three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, of parts have required as much guesswork as science. Until now.  Resins and other materials that react under light to form polymers, or long chains of molecules, are attractive for 3D printing of parts ranging from arch ... more

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

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Smart glove for Industry 4.0

Connecting the physical hand to the virtual world

21-Mar-2019 Researchers at Saarland University have created an ultrathin flexible film that can act as a sensor for innovative technologies. Integrated within a glove, the new sensory film can communicate the current position of the wearer’s hand and fingers. By establishing a direct connection between ... more

KNF’s new building nears completion

Millions invested in growth

19-Mar-2019 Numerous guests gathered in the district of Munzingen, Freiburg for the topping-out ceremony on March 15, 2019. Together with the construction companies and architects carrying out the project, the staff and management of KNF Neuberger GmbH celebrated the end of the second stage of construc ... more

Research team uses artificial muscles to develop an air conditioner for the future

14-Mar-2019 It can be used to cool or heat the air in a room or to cool or heat liquids. And it looks like something that Q – the tech specialist and gadgeteer in the James Bond films – might have come up with. The prototype device, which has been developed by a research team led by Professors Stefan S ... more

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions receives award for digital services

12-Mar-2019 As part of a benchmarking study carried out by the University of St. Gallen, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions has been presented with the Successful Practice award for digital services. With the aim of identifying industry-leading solutions for data-based services the study examined the ap ... more

Bosch increases investment in startups

Robert Bosch Venture Capital launches Fund IV with 200 million euros

01-Mar-2019 Investments in startups are on the rise. In 2017, institutional investors and companies invested 147 billion euros in these enterprises – nearly three times as much as in 2012. Bosch, too, is increasing its investment in external startups, providing Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) ... more

BioMCN to produce renewable methanol with green hydrogen

27-Feb-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie have agreed to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. The companies say it marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry. Nouryon and Gasunie are currently inves ... more

Causes for defects in 3D printing

Paving way for better results

26-Feb-2019 Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. New research led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne ... more

'Butterfly-shaped' palladium subnano cluster built in 3-D

25-Feb-2019 Miniaturization is the watchword of progress. Nanoscience - building structures on the scale of a few atoms - has long been at the forefront of chemistry for some time now. Recently, researchers at The University of Tokyo developed the new strategy to construct the subnanosized metal aggreg ... more

GraphON: Conductive coatings and materials breakthrough

22-Feb-2019 Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has created a breakthrough new form of graphitic material that's conductive, easy to apply and offers greater control over performance than graphene. GraphON can also be manufactured cheaper and easier, with more flexibility and less hazardous was ... more

Fibers from old tires can improve fire resistance of concrete

21-Feb-2019 A new way of protecting concrete from fire damage using materials recycled from old tyres has been successfully tested by researchers at the University of Sheffield. The team used fibres extracted from the textile reinforcement commonly embedded into tyres to guarantee their performance. Ad ... 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

    Stable Growth: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Stabilizers

    22-Mar-2019 Stabilizers are chemicals needed for many plastic and rubber products. They enable a safe production and processing; they protect plastics and rubbers against the effects of heat, UV light or oxygen. The market research company Ceresana analyzed the global market for these indispensable add ... more

    thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions receives award for digital services

    12-Mar-2019 As part of a benchmarking study carried out by the University of St. Gallen, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions has been presented with the Successful Practice award for digital services. With the aim of identifying industry-leading solutions for data-based services the study examined the ap ... more

    Rising Demand for Plastic Additives

    01-Mar-2019 Most of the time, plastics would be useless without additives. Additives facilitate the processing of plastics, protect against heat and UV rays, and expand the range of properties by modifying material characteristics. “Only additives make it possible to permanently use plastics in ever ne ... more

  • Research

    One transistor for all purposes

    Organic semiconductors

    22-Mar-2019 In mobiles, fridges, planes – transistors are everywhere. But they often operate only within a restricted current range. LMU physicists have now developed an organic transistor that functions perfectly under both low and high currents. Transistors are semiconductor devices that control volt ... more

    Intelligent material improves aerodynamics in cars and aircraft

    Start-up designs active components and systems based on shape memory alloys

    22-Mar-2019 In order to save energy, aerodynamics is important for cars and aircraft. However, technologies controlling saving of energy are only designed for one speed range. Researchers at Technische Universität Kaiserslautern have developed a more flexible method: Thanks to a so-called shape memory ... more

    Fish-inspired material changes color using nanocolumns

    22-Mar-2019 Inspired by the flashing colors of the neon tetra fish, researchers have developed a technique for changing the color of a material by manipulating the orientation of nanostructured columns in the material. "Neon tetras can control their brightly colored stripes by changing the angle of tin ... more

  • Technology

    BioMCN to produce renewable methanol with green hydrogen

    27-Feb-2019 Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie have agreed to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. The companies say it marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry. Nouryon and Gasunie are currently inves ... more

    Causes for defects in 3D printing

    Paving way for better results

    26-Feb-2019 Additive manufacturing's promise to revolutionize industry is constrained by a widespread problem: tiny gas pockets in the final product, which can lead to cracks and other failures. New research led by teams from Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne ... more

    'Butterfly-shaped' palladium subnano cluster built in 3-D

    25-Feb-2019 Miniaturization is the watchword of progress. Nanoscience - building structures on the scale of a few atoms - has long been at the forefront of chemistry for some time now. Recently, researchers at The University of Tokyo developed the new strategy to construct the subnanosized metal aggreg ... more

  • Business

    Merck Plans to Invest € 1 Billion at the Darmstadt Site

    Employment guarantee extended until the end of 2025

    21-Mar-2019 Merck announced that the company management and the Joint Works Council have signed a comprehensive agreement applicable to the Darmstadt site. The aim is to secure the future viability of company headquarters as a central science and technology hub and to further expand it. For this purpos ... more

    INEOS set to acquire Cristals North American Titanium Dioxide Business from Tronox for $700 million

    21-Mar-2019 INEOS Enterprises has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire The North American business of National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal) from Tronox Limited for $700 million. Cristal’s North American business includes two-plants located at the Ashtabula Ohio (US) comple ... more

    Public-sector research boosts cleantech start-ups

    Study highlights successes of public-private partnerships in the USA

    21-Mar-2019 Cleantech start-ups in the USA that cooperate with government research agencies outperform their competitors both in terms of patents and funding. That is the conclusion of a study by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Maryland and the University of Cambridge. In th ... more

  • People

    Manon Bloemer new VNCI director

    13-Mar-2019 Manon Bloemer will start as director of the Koninklijke Vereniging van de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie (Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry) on 1 May 2019. She succeeds Colette Alma who, after 15 years of dedication to the VNCI, says goodbye and hands over the baton.Manon Bl ... more

    Steven Holland will leave Brenntag AG

    07-Mar-2019 Steven Holland (61), Chief Executive Officer of Brenntag AG, the global market leader in chemical distribution, informed the Chairman of the Supervisory Board that he has decided he will retire after nine years as CEO when his current contract ends in February 2020 and he will not be availa ... more

    Thomas Heydler appointed to the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG

    22-Feb-2019 Thomas Heydler has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Eppendorf AG since January 25, 2019. He succeeds Dr. Michael Schroeder, who resigned for personal reasons. "With Thomas Heydler, we have succeeded in gaining another very experienced manager for the Eppendorf Supervisory Board. We ... more

  • Manufacturing

    LANXESS significantly expands benzyl alcohol capacity

    19-Mar-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its production capacity for the industrial chemical benzyl alcohol for the global market by around 30 percent. The two-stage expansion of the plant at the German site in Krefeld-Uerdingen is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. A low ... more

    Stora Enso invests in next-generation renewable, recyclable and biodegradable formed fiber solutions

    14-Mar-2019 Stora Enso is investing EUR 5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, rec ... more

    LANXESS announces capacity expansion for corrosion inhibitor products

    28-Feb-2019 Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has successfully completed a debottlenecking project resulting in a 15 percent increase in global production capacity of its Additin RC 4000 series of corrosion inhibition additives. The additional capacities are a result of process synergies identified a ... more

  • Products

    Batteries from the printer: Evonik presents a new technology at the LOPEC trade show

    New materials allow thin and flexible energy storage devices

    21-Mar-2019 Evonik is unveiling TAeTTOOz®, a new material technology for printable batteries, at the LOPEC trade show. TAeTTOOz® has been developed on the basis of what are known as redox polymers by Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of Evonik. The new materials can be processed by conventional pr ... more

    Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

    18-Mar-2019 Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their su ... more

    Breakthrough could enable cheaper infrared cameras

    12-Mar-2019 There's an entire world our eyes miss, hidden in the ranges of light wavelengths that human eyes can't see. But infrared cameras can pick up the secret light emitted as plants photosynthesize, as cool stars burn and batteries get hot. They can see through smoke and fog and plastic. But infr ... more

  • Finances

    WACKER Expects 2019 Sales Growth

    20-Mar-2019 As already announced, Wacker Chemie AG lifted its sales slightly in 2018, but fell short of its own EBITDA forecast. On presenting its annual report, the Munich-based chemical company announced that Group sales grew to €4.98 billion, up 1 percent year over year (2017: €4.92 billion). This s ... more

    ALTANA Remains on the Growth Path in an Increasingly Challenging Environment

    Sales increase by 3 percent to €2,307 million

    18-Mar-2019 In the 2018 fiscal year, the specialty chemicals company ALTANA remained on the growth path in a difficult market environment. Sales rose by 3 percent to €2,307 million. Adjusted for acquisition and exchange-rate effects, sales increased by 4 percent. The 2018 fiscal year was characterized ... more

    Merck Achieves 2018 Targets and Is Set for Profitable Growth

    07-Mar-2019 Merck posted a successful finish to a challenging 2018. Net sales increased over the previous year, whereas EBITDA pre declined sharply owing to strong foreign exchange effects. Organically, this key earnings indicator was only slightly lower than in 2017. Merck wants to keep the dividend s ... more

  • Career

    KNAUER among the top one percent of employers in Germany

    28-Feb-2019 In the study "Leading Employers Germany 2019", the Berlin-based manufacturer of high-tech laboratory measuring instruments KNAUER was ranked as one of the best employers for the second time. This makes KNAUER one of the companies with the best ratings in an independent meta-study conducted ... more

    Merck Named a Global Top Employer

    07-Feb-2019 Merck announced it has been named one of only 14 global employers of choice by the Top Employers Institute. The annual Global Top Employer certification recognizes companies that have shown excellence in people practices and structures worldwide. Merck has been awarded this certification fo ... more

    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

  • Cooperation

    SABIC and hte announce deepened partnership

    15-Mar-2019 On March 13, 2019, SABIC and hte extended plans for collaboration for five more years to increase efficiency through digitalization and high throughput technologies in catalysis research and development (R&D) in petrochemicals.  Dr. Fahad Al-Sherehy, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, ... more

    W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner

    Shell joins as equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam

    06-Mar-2019 A consortium of world-leading companies comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam – has announced that Shell will join as a partner in Europe’s first advanced waste-to-chemicals facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Shell w ... more

    Solid state batteries for tomorrow's electric cars

    Strategic partnership between Empa and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

    26-Feb-2019 As part of a strategic international cooperation program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Empa in Dübendorf (CH) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg (D) launched a three-year joint research project at the beginning of January to create the basis for a produc-ti ... more

  • Laws

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

    15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... 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

  • Politics

    Restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks

    15-Mar-2019 ECHA’s Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion supporting the proposal by Denmark, Italy, Norway and ECHA to restrict the placing on the market of tattoo inks and permanent make-up. Substances within the scope of the restriction include carcinogenic, mutagenic ... more

    ECETOC Task Force provides new insights

    Toxicity testing of microparticles and poorly soluble liquids in the water environment

    15-Jan-2019 A Task Force set up by the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) has provided new insights into scientific testing for the impact of undissolved particles in the aquatic environment. ECETOC launched the Task Force in response to increasing concerns among the ... more

    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

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