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Industry Innovation Index External Knowledge – Underestimated Potential for Innovation

Globalization and short product life cycles are increasing the pressure on companies to open up their innovation processes. However, currently German industrial managers rate the use of external knowledge as least relevant for successful innovation. Only seven percent make a conscious effor ... more

New material puts a twist in light

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics. A random find in the washing basket led the team to cr ... more

BASF increases earnings considerably in the second quarter due to higher volumes

BASF’s business developed positively in the second quarter of 2014. At €18.5 billion, sales rose by 1% compared with the same period of the previous year. “This was largely the result of higher sales volumes in our chemicals business, which comprises the Chemicals, Performance Products and ... more

A crystal wedding in the nanocosmos

Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the Vienna University of Technology and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Lublin have succeeded in embedding nearly perfect semiconductor crystals into a silicon nanowire. With this new method of producing hybrid nanowires, ... more

BASF raises prices for 1,6-Hexanediol in Europe

BASF increases its prices for 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) in Europe with immediate effect or as contracts allow by 150 Euro per ton. The price adjustment will be done to reflect the increased operating, logistics as well as raw material costs and to assure highest levels of product and service qua ... more

Merck Strengthens Commitment to Chinese Growth Market

Merck reiterated its commitment to investments in the Chinese market, strengthening a major pillar of its emerging markets growth strategy. Merck’s Executive Board met in Shanghai, a month before the groundbreaking of its new pharmaceutical plant in Nantong, which from 2017 will be the Grou ... more

Highly charged ions

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons fe ... more

Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a l ... more

Evonik invests in new silica plant in Brazil

Evonik Industries plans to build a plant to produce precipitated silicas in Americana (São Paulo, Brazil). The company is investing a mid-double-digit million euro amount; the plant is scheduled to go on stream in 2016. This will be the first production plant for highly dispersible (HD) sil ... more

Rice nanophotonics experts create powerful molecular sensor

Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify the composition and structure of individual molecules containing fewer than 20 ... more

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Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a l ... more

Rice nanophotonics experts create powerful molecular sensor

Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify the composition and structure of individual molecules containing fewer than 20 ... more

When is a molecule a molecule?

Using ultra-short X-ray flashes, an international team of researchers watched electrons jumping between the fragments of exploding molecules. The study reveals up to what distance a charge transfer between the two molecular fragments can occur, marking the limit of the molecular regime. The ... more

'Nanocamera' takes pictures at distances smaller than light's own wavelength

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas (pBNAs) can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, dista ... more

NMR under pressure: Reproducing deep-Earth chemistry

A new pressure cell invented by UC Davis researchers makes it possible to simulate chemical reactions deep in the Earth's crust. The cell allows researchers to perform nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on as little as 10 microliters of liquid at pressures up to 20 kiloBar. "NMR ... more

Sophisticated radiation detector designed for broad public use

Nuclear engineers at Oregon State University have developed a small, portable and inexpensive radiation detection device that should help people all over the world better understand the radiation around them, its type and intensity, and whether or not it poses a health risk. The device was ... more

Further growing demand: Exhibitor numbers at analytica China 2014 exceed expectations

Three months before the show, the number of confirmed exhibitors for analytica China 2014 has exceeded 650, which means a considerable increase of around ten percent compared to the final results of 2012. In addition, many countries are planning to join as national pavilions, among them Ger ... more

KNAUER among Top 100 innovators

The company was successful already the fourth time at the „Top 100“ innovation awards. The award was handed over by popular science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar. For more than 20 years, the "Top 100" award stands for innovation, curiosity and team spirit. On June 27th, the mo ... more

Improved quality control of silicon carbide epiwafers by a new fast and contactless inline inspection tool

A new fast and contactless Defect Luminescence Scanner (DLS) for photoluminescence imaging of 4H-SiC epiwafers was developed under coordination of Fraunhofer IISB together with Intego GmbH. This DLS system enables a more efficient optimization of the production process of SiC epiwafers as w ... more

A Toxic-Free Alternative: Rigorous Assay of Chloride and Sulfate in Adenosine

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a fast and robust ion chromatography (IC)-based method for the determination of chloride and sulfate in adenosine. Application Note 1075: Ion Chromatography Assay for Chloride and Sulfate in Adenosine demonstrates that this method supports high sample ... more

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Industry Innovation Index External Knowledge – Underestimated Potential for Innovation

Globalization and short product life cycles are increasing the pressure on companies to open up their innovation processes. However, currently German industrial managers rate the use of external knowledge as least relevant for successful innovation. Only seven percent make a conscious effor ... more

New material puts a twist in light

Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics. A random find in the washing basket led the team to cr ... more

BASF increases earnings considerably in the second quarter due to higher volumes

BASF’s business developed positively in the second quarter of 2014. At €18.5 billion, sales rose by 1% compared with the same period of the previous year. “This was largely the result of higher sales volumes in our chemicals business, which comprises the Chemicals, Performance Products and ... more

A crystal wedding in the nanocosmos

Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the Vienna University of Technology and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Lublin have succeeded in embedding nearly perfect semiconductor crystals into a silicon nanowire. With this new method of producing hybrid nanowires, ... more

BASF raises prices for 1,6-Hexanediol in Europe

BASF increases its prices for 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) in Europe with immediate effect or as contracts allow by 150 Euro per ton. The price adjustment will be done to reflect the increased operating, logistics as well as raw material costs and to assure highest levels of product and service qua ... more

Merck Strengthens Commitment to Chinese Growth Market

Merck reiterated its commitment to investments in the Chinese market, strengthening a major pillar of its emerging markets growth strategy. Merck’s Executive Board met in Shanghai, a month before the groundbreaking of its new pharmaceutical plant in Nantong, which from 2017 will be the Grou ... more

Highly charged ions

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons fe ... more

Evonik invests in new silica plant in Brazil

Evonik Industries plans to build a plant to produce precipitated silicas in Americana (São Paulo, Brazil). The company is investing a mid-double-digit million euro amount; the plant is scheduled to go on stream in 2016. This will be the first production plant for highly dispersible (HD) sil ... more

Smallest Swiss cross - Made of 20 single atoms

The manipulation of atoms has reached a new level: Together with teams from Finland and Japan, physicists from the University of Basel were able to place 20 single atoms on a fully insulated surface at room temperature to form the smallest "Swiss cross", thus taking a big step towards next ... more

Evonik and AkzoNobel look into production joint venture for membrane electrolysis

Evonik Industries and AkzoNobel have entered into negotiations to build a membrane electrolysis facility at AkzoNobel's site in Ibbenbüren (Germany). The objective of the negotiations is to establish a joint venture for the new construction and shared operation of an electrolysis facility f ... more

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Global polyethylene demand to rise by approximately 3.7% annually between 2013 and 2018

Global polyethylene demand is forecast to rise by approximately 3.7% per annum between 2013 and 2018, at a slightly higher level than its growth during the 2003 to 2013 period, says a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData.The company’s latest report "Global Polyethylene In ... more

Thomas Arnold and Carsten Harms join Executive Board of Biesterfeld

Hamburg´s international Distributor of Chemicals and Plastics expands its Executive Board from two to four members: beside Birger Kuck, CEO, and Christian Wolfsohn, CFO, Thomas Arnold, Managing Director of Biesterfeld Spezialchemie, and Carsten Harms, Managing Director of Biesterfeld Plasti ... more

LANXESS increases prices for Durethan base resin, film and extrusion grades

Specialty chemicals group LANXESS will increase prices effective July 1, 2014 for Durethan base resin, film and extrusion grades in Europe, Middle East and Africa by 0.12 Euro/kg. The increase is reasoned by ongoing continuous high level of raw material costs. Existing agreements will be ho ... more

LANXESS takes high-tech plastics plant in Belgium into operation

 LANXESS has taken its new plant for polyamide plastics in Antwerp, Belgium, into operation as planned. The world-scale facility for polyamide plastics is designed for an annual capacity of around 90,000 metric tons. It represents an investment volume of EUR 75 million. The main customer of ... more

INEOS to acquire BASF’s share in Styrolution

INEOS will acquire BASF’s 50% share in Styrolution, a joint venture between the companies. The purchase price to be paid by INEOS amounts to €1.1 billion. A call option in favor of INEOS to buy BASF’s share in Styrolution was already included in the shareholders’ agreement signed in 2011. T ... more

Darmstadt site to close: Bayer MaterialScience consolidating polycarbonate business

As part of the worldwide consolidation of its business with sheets made of the high-performance plastic polycarbonate, Bayer MaterialScience has decided to close its site in Darmstadt, Germany. European customers will be supplied in the future by the plants in Nera Montoro, Italy, and Tielt ... more

BASF strengthens performance materials production in China

BASF has undertaken three key capacity expansion projects for performance materials at its Pudong site in Shanghai: Ultramid® (polyamide, PA), Ultradur® (polybutylene terephthalate, PBT), Elastollan® thermoplastics polyurethane elastomers (TPU), and Technical Center and capacity expansion o ... more

Using CO2: EUR 15 million for new production line

The greenhouse gas carbon dioxide can be used as a basic building block for plastics. Following a successful test phase and promising market analysis, Bayer MaterialScience plans to invest EUR 15 million in the construction of a production line at its Dormagen site, which will use CO2 to pr ... more

Biesterfeld continues its expansion path

During the business year 2013, the Biesterfeld Group continued its steady growth. In a challenging market environment, the group increased its revenue by 6.1% to around € 1.057 bn, thereby clearly surpassing the 1 billion euro line. Despite challenging market conditions, the Biesterfeld Gro ... 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

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Poly-Pico wins 'Most Interesting Technology' award

Poly-Pico Technologies was voted the ‘Most Interesting Technology’ by delegates attending the European Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (ELRIG) 2014 event, which took place at FESTO, Northampton, UK. On receiving the award for ‘Most Interesting Technology’, Dr. Gabriel Leen, Co-Founder of ... more

Merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG Completed

The merger of CyBio AG into Analytik Jena AG became effective upon entry into the commercial register of Analytik Jena AG (commercial register of the Registry Court of Jena, HRB 200027). As a result, CyBio AG is dissolved as an independent company. In the future, the Life Science business u ... more

LABVOLUTION – the new lab technology show in Hannover

Deutsche Messe is launching LABVOLUTION, a new trade fair to be staged every two years as amajor platform for the world of lab technology and equipment. LABVOLUTIONmakes its debut from 6 to 8 October 2015 at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany, where it will take place every ... more

SP Industries Acquires Bel-Art Products

SP Industries, Inc. announced that it has acquired privately held Bel-Art Products). Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Bel-Art is a global provider of laboratory solutions serving the scientific, industrial, and healthcare end markets. Through this acquisition, SP, adds to its portfolio over 3,50 ... more

Zeiss receives ISO 9001 quality management system certification

Carl Zeiss Microscopy, LLC announces that it has received ISO 9001:2008 quality management system certification for product marketing, sales, service and support for its high precision optomechanical instruments. The ISO 9001 certification attests to ZEISS’ commitment to implementing best b ... more

KNAUER among Top 100 innovators

The company was successful already the fourth time at the „Top 100“ innovation awards. The award was handed over by popular science journalist and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar. For more than 20 years, the "Top 100" award stands for innovation, curiosity and team spirit. On June 27th, the mo ... more

New microscope sees what others can't

Microscopes don't exactly lie, but their limitations affect the truths they can tell. For example, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) simply can't see materials that don't conduct electricity very well, and their high energies can actually damage some types of samples. In an effort to ext ... more

Sartorius with Gains

Sartorius got off to a good start in fiscal 2014, with gains in order intake and sales revenue. In constant currencies, Group sales revenue rose 6.3% and order intake increased 4.9%. Despite negative currency impacts, operating Profit for the Group also grew 2.0%; its respective margin afte ... more

analytica Vietnam 2015: Vietnam's economy continues to grow

According to Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), the German association for foreign investment and location marketing, Vietnam plans to become a modern industrial nation by the year 2020. In addition, the southeast Asian threshold country is currently negotiating free trade agreements, amongst o ... 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

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

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

Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

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

SensoTech: Quality management again certified by DIN EN ISO 9001

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

ZEISS Executive Board enlarged

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

Anton Paar GmbH acquires CSM Instruments

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

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

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M+W Group sells its Automation Business

M+W Group has sold its automation business to ATS Automation Tooling Systems, Inc., a Canadian automation specialist. M+W Group’s management decided to sell its automation business as part of a general move towards focusing on its core competencies — engineering and construction. In 2013, a ... more

Alfa Laval wins SEK 50 million oil and gas order in the UK

Alfa Laval  has won an order to supply compact heat exchangers to an offshore platform in the UK. The order is worth approximately SEK 50 million and delivery is scheduled for 2014. The Alfa Laval heat exchangers will be used for various duties, such as cooling, heating and condensation, in ... more

GEA: Dr. Stephan Petri to continue as Member of the Executive Board until 2018

The Supervisory Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft extended the appointment as Member of the Executive Board of Dr. Stephan Petri (50) by another 3 years until May 31, 2018. At the Executive Board he is the Labor Relations Director and is responsible for Human Resources, Legal/Compliance ... more

Celtic Renewables partners Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant following €1,5million investment

Celtic Renewables, an Edinburgh-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with a biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles. The partnership, which will allow the company to develop i ... more

Boom in bubble columns: One of the most important types of reactors in the chemical industry is set to become more efficient

Evonik Industries has been operating a bubble column test facility in Marl (Germany) since May 2014 with the aim of optimizing this process technology, which is very important for Evonik. With this facility, the specialty chemicals company is accumulating additional knowledge about hydrofor ... more

Hyundai Engineering and Turkmengas select INEOS Technologies' process for petrochemical complex

INEOS Technologies announces that it has licensed its Innovene™ S process to Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. for the Turkmengas new greenfield world-scale petrochemical complex in the Balkan Region of Turkmenistan. The contract for construction of the gas chemical complex in Turkmenistan, in ... more

Emerson expands precision flow engineering and research centre in Europe

Emerson Process Management has established a Technology Design Centre at its Cluj-Napoca campus in Romania to support the Micro Motion® flow and density product lines and Roxar measurement technologies.   With a focus on the development of the latest Micro Motion density and viscosity produ ... 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

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

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