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Assessing read-across – how ECHA does it

Read-across – predicting unknown properties of one chemical from known properties of similar chemicals – is a scientific method for filling data gaps on the effects of chemicals.The aim of the Read-Across Assessment Framework (RAAF) is to provide a structured approach to the scientific eval ... more

AkzoNobel to build €30 million Performance Coatings facility in Thailand

AkzoNobel has announced plans to invest more than €30 million in a manufacturing facility in Thailand to support regional growth of its Performance Coatings business.The project, which is being supported by the Thailand Board of Investment, involves constructing a 120,000m2 site within the ... more

Dr. Stephan Glander New Division President of BYK Additives & Instruments

Dr. Stephan Glander (46) has been appointed new Managing Director of BYK-Chemie GmbH, based in Wesel, Germany, and worldwide President of BYK Additives & Instruments, the largest division in terms of sales of the specialty chemicals group ALTANA. He will take up these roles as of July 1, 20 ... more

One step closer to a single-molecule device

Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs. ... more

Nanotechnology leads to stronger cleanroom standards

The disciplines are converging: first it was mechanics and electronics that grew closer together – now it is the turn of semiconductor-electronic and optics components and sub-assemblies. Optoelectronic hybrids are putting even greater demands on cleanroom technology. The first order of bus ... more

Holger Braunschweig Awarded Second ERC Advanced Grant

Chemist Holger Braunschweig has joined an elite club of European researchers who have been awarded a second "Advanced Grant", the largest research grant offered by the European Research Council (ERC). Braunschweig will receive 2.5 million Euro in order to explore unprecedented new bonding p ... more

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers. These polymers can be made from natural materials like proteins or from human-made substances to make plastic, rubber or fiber, includ ... more

Merck Leads European Research Consortium on Printed Electronics

Merck announced the start of the ATLASS project. ATLASS stands for Advanced High-Resolution Printing of Organic Transistors for Large Area Smart Surfaces and is to help achieve the breakthrough of printed electronics in smart switching solutions. The consortium, coordinated by Merck, consis ... more

Arkema announces a price increase of Specialty Polyolefins

Due to the rising costs of raw materials, Arkema will implement a price increase of 150€/MT for its Specialty Polyolefins. Rising prices of raw materials (ethylene, and acrylates acetate) continues to affect our costs very significantly.This price change will be effective on June 1st, 2015 ... more

Perstorp inaugurates major new Oxo plant in Sweden

Perstorp officially opened a major extension to its capacity to produce PVC plasticizers and key chemical intermediates. The new state-of-the-art Oxo plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, began producing material soon after its start-up in January, and is now running at full regime and delivering h ... more

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analytica China 2016 increases exhibition area by over 16 percent

analytica China will again open from October 10 to 12, 2016 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). The exhibition is expected to take over 35,000 square meters (2014: 30,000), what makes it the largest analytica China ever. Exhibitors can benefit from preferential terms incl ... more

New test detects drug use from a single fingerprint

Led by the University of Surrey, a team of researchers from the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NL), the National Physical Laboratory (UK), King’s College London (UK) and Sheffield Hallam University (UK), used different types of an analytical chemistry technique known as mass spectrometry t ... more

Researchers build new fermion microscope

Fermions are the building blocks of matter, interacting in a multitude of permutations to give rise to the elements of the periodic table. Without fermions, the physical world would not exist.Examples of fermions are electrons, protons, neutrons, quarks, and atoms consisting of an odd numbe ... more

Nano-policing pollution

Pollutants emitted by factories and car exhausts affect humans who breathe in these harmful gases and also aggravate climate change up in the atmosphere. Being able to detect such emissions is a critically needed measure.New research by the Nanoparticles by Design Unit at the Okinawa Instit ... more

Record-breaking magnetic shielding for high-precision experiments

Magnetic fields easily penetrate matter. Creating a space practically devoid of magnetic fields thus presents a great challenge. An international team of physicists has now developed a shielding that dampens low frequency magnetic fields more than a million-fold. Using this mechanism, they ... more

Eurofins expands Asia Pacific footprint with the acquisition of Sắc Ký Hải Đăng Laboratory in Vietnam

Eurofins Scientific announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a 65% majority stake in Sắc Ký Hải Đăng (EDC-HD), a private laboratory in Vietnam for the analyses of food and agricultural products, as well as for environmental testing. EDC-HD employs over 100 staff at its main faci ... more

Endress+Hauser Set for Complete Acquisition of Analytik Jena

The Endress+Hauser Group aims for the complete takeover of German company Analytik Jena AG. The Group is also interested in buying shares. "We are still prepared to acquire shares at a reasonable price,” announced Dr Heiner Zehntner, Legal Counsel and member of the Executive Board of the En ... more

Novel superconducting undulator provides first X-ray light at ANKA

Synchrotron radiation facilities provide insights into the world of very small structures like microbes, viruses or nanomaterials and rely on dedicated magnet technology, which is optimized to produce highest intensity beams. The ANKA synchrotron radiation facility at KIT and Babcock Noell ... more

Eurofins signs agreement to acquire Experchem Laboratories, Inc.

Eurofins Scientific announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Experchem Laboratories, Inc. (Experchem), a comprehensive analytical testing service provider, with competence in nutraceuticals testing. The transaction is expected to close in 30 days subject to customary closing con ... more

New manager at JULABO UK

Since April 2015, Gary Etherington has assumed the management of the JULABO subsidiary in the UK. Gary Etherington has significant experience within the laboratory market in the UK, Ireland and the USA. He started his career as application support specialist. In the course of his career he ... more

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Assessing read-across – how ECHA does it

Read-across – predicting unknown properties of one chemical from known properties of similar chemicals – is a scientific method for filling data gaps on the effects of chemicals.The aim of the Read-Across Assessment Framework (RAAF) is to provide a structured approach to the scientific eval ... more

AkzoNobel to build €30 million Performance Coatings facility in Thailand

AkzoNobel has announced plans to invest more than €30 million in a manufacturing facility in Thailand to support regional growth of its Performance Coatings business.The project, which is being supported by the Thailand Board of Investment, involves constructing a 120,000m2 site within the ... more

Dr. Stephan Glander New Division President of BYK Additives & Instruments

Dr. Stephan Glander (46) has been appointed new Managing Director of BYK-Chemie GmbH, based in Wesel, Germany, and worldwide President of BYK Additives & Instruments, the largest division in terms of sales of the specialty chemicals group ALTANA. He will take up these roles as of July 1, 20 ... more

One step closer to a single-molecule device

Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs. ... more

Holger Braunschweig Awarded Second ERC Advanced Grant

Chemist Holger Braunschweig has joined an elite club of European researchers who have been awarded a second "Advanced Grant", the largest research grant offered by the European Research Council (ERC). Braunschweig will receive 2.5 million Euro in order to explore unprecedented new bonding p ... more

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers. These polymers can be made from natural materials like proteins or from human-made substances to make plastic, rubber or fiber, includ ... more

Merck Leads European Research Consortium on Printed Electronics

Merck announced the start of the ATLASS project. ATLASS stands for Advanced High-Resolution Printing of Organic Transistors for Large Area Smart Surfaces and is to help achieve the breakthrough of printed electronics in smart switching solutions. The consortium, coordinated by Merck, consis ... more

Arkema announces a price increase of Specialty Polyolefins

Due to the rising costs of raw materials, Arkema will implement a price increase of 150€/MT for its Specialty Polyolefins. Rising prices of raw materials (ethylene, and acrylates acetate) continues to affect our costs very significantly.This price change will be effective on June 1st, 2015 ... more

Perstorp inaugurates major new Oxo plant in Sweden

Perstorp officially opened a major extension to its capacity to produce PVC plasticizers and key chemical intermediates. The new state-of-the-art Oxo plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, began producing material soon after its start-up in January, and is now running at full regime and delivering h ... more

WACKER POLYMERS to Raise Prices For Dispersions

WACKER POLYMERS is to raise its prices for VINNAPAS® vinyl acetate homopolymer dispersions as well as VINNAPAS® vinyl acetate-ethylene and VINNOL® ethylene-vinyl chloride-based copolymer dispersions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Effective June 15, 2015, WACKER will implement ... more

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General James F. Amos Appointed Chairman of LORD Corporation Board of Directors

LORD Corporation announced that Gen. James F. Amos, USMC, (ret.) has been appointed chairman of the LORD Corporation Board of Directors.General Amos recently served as the 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and joined LORD Corporation's Board of Directors in December 2014.  Amos was s ... more

DSM and Ascend form global strategic alliance for supply of polyamide 66 compounds

Royal DSM and Ascend Performance Materials Inc. announced that they have formed a global strategic alliance for the supply of compounds based on polyamide 66 (PA66). Under the agreement, Ascend becomes the strategic supplier to DSM for PA66 base-polymer used as raw material for Akulon® PA66 ... more

Sartomer Europe increases prices of monomers and oligomers

Effective June 1st 2015, or as existing contracts allow, Sartomer Europe will increase prices of its monomers and oligomers sold in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This increase, ranging from 4 to 8% depending on the product families, is a consequence of the recent rise of the feedstocks, c ... more

BASF starts trial production of mononitrobenzene in Chongqing

BASF has begun trial operations at the mononitrobenzene plant within the integrated 400,000 metric ton methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) complex in Chongqing, China. Mononitrobenzene is a precursor for the production of MDI. This MDI site covers an area of more than 50 hectares, includi ... more

Biesterfeld enters the Brazilian Polymer Distribution Market

With immediate effect Biesterfeld Simko Distribuição Ltda. has been appointed Key-Distributor in Brazil by DuPont´s Performance Polymer division, a long standing Partner for Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH across Europe. The DuPont product range of Engineering Polymers, Thermoplastic Elastomers an ... more

Strong fibers: Ceresana presents market study on polyamides

Tear-resistant fibers, unbreakable components: Polyamides are among the most versatile plastics. Especially the types polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 are important. They vary in their chemical constitution. "In 2014, global revenues of 24.4 billion US$ were achieved with these two polyamide ty ... more

New CU-Boulder technique could slash energy used to produce many plastics

A new material developed at the University of Colorado Boulder could radically reduce the energy needed to produce a wide variety of plastic products, from grocery bags and cling wrap to replacement hips and bulletproof vests.Approximately 80 million metric tons of polyethylene is produced ... more

New managing director of Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH

Effective from April 1st 2015 Martin Umbach is appointed Managing Director of Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH. Together with Carsten Harms, he is now responsible for the international operating subsidiary of Biesterfeld AG. Martin Umbach (40) has been employed at Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH since 200 ... more

Clean growth: Ceresana publishes second market report on surfactants

Surfactants facilitate the removal of dirt and enable to finely mix water and oil. These surface active chemical substances are used in every household but also serve for numerous industrial applications. "In 2014, a worldwide turnover of 33.2 billion US$ was achieved with surfactants" says ... more

Coperion Nanjing to open new plant in September 2015

Coperion (Nanjing) Machinery Ltd. Co., Nanjing, PR China, will move to a new facility in the Nanjing Jiangning District in September 2015. The company’s current production site will in the future be designated for R&D and Technology use only as per Nanjing Jiangning Government’s plan. With ... more

All news on plastics

Nanotechnology leads to stronger cleanroom standards

The disciplines are converging: first it was mechanics and electronics that grew closer together – now it is the turn of semiconductor-electronic and optics components and sub-assemblies. Optoelectronic hybrids are putting even greater demands on cleanroom technology. The first order of bus ... more

Danaher To Acquire Pall Corporation

Danaher Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Pall Corporation pursuant to which Danaher will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pall for $127.20 per share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $13.8 billion, including assume ... more

New manager at JULABO UK

Since April 2015, Gary Etherington has assumed the management of the JULABO subsidiary in the UK. Gary Etherington has significant experience within the laboratory market in the UK, Ireland and the USA. He started his career as application support specialist. In the course of his career he ... more

Sartorius Starts Off Fiscal 2015 with a Strong First Quarter

Sartorius started off fiscal 2015 with substantial double-digit gains in order intake, sales revenue and earnings. Group order intake rose 13.1%, excluding currency effects; this reported figure surged 22.7%. Sales climbed 17.2% in constant currencies; the reported figure, 27.0%. Operating ... more

Pall Corporation Acquires BioSMB Technology from Tarpon Biosystems

Pall Corporation  announces the acquisition of the BioSMB technology platform from Tarpon Biosystems. These chromatographic systems enable single-use, multicolumn chromatography for process development and are well placed for multiproduct and single-use facilities. “We are pleased to add th ... more

Mettler-Toledo's TDL Analyzers Receive Award from Frost & Sullivan for Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership

Based on its recent analysis of the process tunable diode laser (TDL) analyzers market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Mettler-Toledo AG with the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation & Leadership. Mettler-Toledo's TDL series, the GPro 500, has an original desi ... more

Foundation of LAUDA Scientific GmbH as an independent company for measuring instruments

From March 1, 2015 the full subsidiary LAUDA Scientific will take over the development, sales and customer service for LAUDA measuring instruments. For the Managing Director Dr. Gunther Wobser this new foundation constitutes consistent development: “With this important step we would like to ... more

TÜV SÜD explains process maturity according to the new ISO 9001

The final version of the revised standard for quality management systems is scheduled for release by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in autumn 2015. Many organisations have already started to address the expected changes, which are aimed at strengthening the benefit ... more

analytica Vietnam 2015 more international than ever

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

Sartorius Reviews Fiscal 2014 Results

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

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IDEX Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire Novotema

IDEX Corporation announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Novotema, SpA, a leader in the design, manufacture and sale of specialty sealing solutions for use in the building products, gas control, transportation, industrial and water markets. T ... more

Huber represented in the USA now

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

LAUDA founds subsidiary in Italy

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

Frost & Sullivan: Political Acceptance of Shale Gas as a Fuel Will Affect the Sensors Market for the Industry

The shale gas industry holds great promise for sensors, but it is heavily dependent on government acceptance due to the numerous environmental concerns (earthquakes, pollution) associated with fracking. With governments still being undecided on whether hydraulic fracturing can be conducted, ... more

Berghof GmbH: Changes to Central Management

As of 1 August 2014 Stefan Stemmer is the new CEO of  Berghof GmbH, taking over in the post from Nikolaus Rombach, who was previously in charge of the holding company and the five subsidiaries (Berghof Auftragsanalytik + Umweltengineering, Berghof Automation, Berghof Fluoroplastic Technolog ... more

GEMÜ: 50 years of experience in valve design

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

Expansion of Oil, Gas and Energy Industries Powers Automation and Control Solutions Market in CIS Countries

Upcoming brownfield and greenfield projects in the oil and gas and power generation industries will sustain the demand for automation and control solutions (ACS) in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Among the countries in the region (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, ... more

Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. However, heretofore the cumulative antineutrino spectrum of uranium 238 fission ... more

SensoTech: Quality management again certified by DIN EN ISO 9001

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

ZEISS Executive Board enlarged

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

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Rockwell Automation Names New President for EMEA Region

Thomas Donato is appointed president of Rockwell Automation’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.Donato was most recently Rockwell Automation’s regional vice president in Canada. He also served as regional sales director of Rockwell Automation’s Northern and Eastern European regio ... more

First production of liquid hydrocarbons from biological feedstock using the Isobutene process

Global Bioenergies announces having converted renewable resources into gaseous isobutene, and secondarily into liquid fuels similar to those extracted from oil. This mix of fuels can be compared to light oil, and thus be considered as «renewable oil».Gaseous isobutene is one of the main bui ... more

Spray drying the precision particle under the virtual magnifying glass

Spray drying is a common manufacturing process, used in the production of ceramic granulate for technical components or dental prostheses as well as dissolvable medicinal substances, food additives and in the processing of milk into powder. Using computer simulation methodology developed by ... more

Ethanol refining may release more of some pollutants than previously thought

Ethanol fuel refineries could be releasing much larger amounts of some ozone-forming compounds into the atmosphere than current assessments suggest, according to a new study that found emissions of these chemicals at a major ethanol fuel refinery are many times higher than government estima ... more

Elliott Group Opens Service Shop in Tianjin, China

Elliott Group announced that it will open a new, 5,780-square-meter turbomachinery service center on May 7, 2015, in the Technological and Economic Development Area (TEDA) of the Binhai New District, Tianjin, China. The new facility in Tianjin will repair and maintain rotating equipment for ... more

EquipNet expands as business grows in European markets

Continuing success in Europe has encouraged EquipNet Inc. to expand both its sales and marketing operations and its -logistics hub for all UK and European business. The company has relocated its European team into new, larger office premises based in Twyford, Berkshire, as well as extending ... more

Significantly more efficient copper extraction with hydrogen peroxide

The use of hydrogen peroxide can solve an old mining problem while significantly increasing the amount of copper extracted from the ore. Certain impurities such as iron sulfides (which include pyrite) have been difficult to remove until now. A new technology based on hydrogen peroxide now o ... more

New CMI process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

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

An assembly line for medications

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

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

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

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