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Bayer chairman at the helm of the German Chemical Industry Association

The general assembly of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) in Frankfurt elected Dr. Marijn E. Dekkers as the VCI President. Dekkers is the Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, Leverkusen; he has been on the VCI’s Presidential Council since 2011. The term in office of ... more

Plant expansion at LANXESS in Leverkusen

LANXESS is expanding its business with water treatment solutions. The company inaugurates a new production line at its largest site worldwide in Leverkusen for the production of the Lewatit premium brand of weak acid cation (WAC) exchange resins, as well as bringing a cutting-edge food-comp ... more

“Multi-spectra glasses” for scanning electron microscopy

The scanning electron microscope is not only used for precisely surveying the surface topology of samples, but also for determining their chemical compositions. This is done by exciting the atoms to fluoresce under irradiation by an electron beam while scanning the sample. This secondary em ... more

Röchling Puts New Factory in Kunshan/China into Operation

Plastics specialist Röchling has begun production in its new plant in Kunshan/China. The site in the Kunshan Industrial Park was ceremonially opened in the presence of government representatives, customers, and representatives of the Röchling Group. “China is a significant market for Röchli ... more

Interstellar molecules are branching out

For the first time a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure was detected in interstellar space. The molecule, iso-propyl cyanide, was discovered in Sgr B2, a star forming region close to the center of our galaxy that is a hot-spot for molecule-hunting astronomers. The branched ... more

New organic semiconductor material

Researchers of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), Germany, successfully integrated organic tin into semiconducting polymers (plastics) for the first time. Semiconducting polymers can be used, for example, for the absorption of sun light in solar cells. By incorporating organi ... more

BASF reorganizes its paper chemicals business

BASF is changing the organizational set-up of its paper chemicals business to strengthen its competitiveness and better meet the needs of the paper industry. As of January 1, 2015, the Paper Chemicals division will be dissolved. The current headquarters of the Paper Chemicals division in Ba ... more

Charge transport jamming in solar cells

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, jointly with scientists from Switzerland and Spain, have investigated the working mechanism of a new type of solar cells in which an organic-inorganic perovskite compound forms the light-absorbing layer. These cells ca ... more

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions awarded planning contract for propane dehydrogenation plant

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions is making its Steam Active Reforming (STAR) process available to Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC) for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Texas, USA. The PDH plant is to be built at the petrochemical complex in Point Comfort. The contract awarded to ... more

"Funnel" attracts bonding partners to biomolecule

Water is a ubiquitous solvent in all life sciences – sometimes referred to as the "matrix of life". Contrary to earlier assumptions, it is not a passive witness of biochemical processes; rather, it participates in them actively. By influencing the movement of water molecules surrounding the ... more

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“Multi-spectra glasses” for scanning electron microscopy

The scanning electron microscope is not only used for precisely surveying the surface topology of samples, but also for determining their chemical compositions. This is done by exciting the atoms to fluoresce under irradiation by an electron beam while scanning the sample. This secondary em ... more

"Funnel" attracts bonding partners to biomolecule

Water is a ubiquitous solvent in all life sciences – sometimes referred to as the "matrix of life". Contrary to earlier assumptions, it is not a passive witness of biochemical processes; rather, it participates in them actively. By influencing the movement of water molecules surrounding the ... more

“Airpocalypse” explained

At the beginning of 2013 a greyish-brown blanket of smog lay over large areas of China for several months. The fine particle pollution was higher by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude than the levels normally measured in Western Europe and the United States. An international team of researchers und ... more

A molecule in an optical whispering gallery

Being able to track individual biomolecules and observe them at work is every biochemist’s dream. This would enable the scientists to research in detail and better understand the workings of the nanomachines of life, such as ribosomes and DNA polymerases. Researchers at the Max Planck Insti ... more

Graphene imperfections key to creating hypersensitive 'electronic nose'

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times. The ... more

LAUDA procures specialist in thermo-electric thermostating

With the acquisition of Noah Precision, the global leader in the manufacture of constant temperature equipment, systems and measuring instruments has landed a strategic coup. "Over the last few years, we have come to recognize the increasing importance of thermo-electric constant temperatur ... more

A Breakthrough in Electron Microscopy

Imagine that you want to find out from a single picture taken of the front of a house, what the building looks like from behind, whether it has any extensions or if the brickwork is damaged, and how many rooms are in the basement. Sounds impossible? Not in the nanoworld. Scientists from Jül ... more

Uncovering the Forbidden Side of Molecules

Researchers at the University of Basel have succeeded in observing the “forbidden” infrared spectrum of a charged molecule for the first time. These extremely weak spectra offer perspectives for extremely precise measurements of molecular properties and may also contribute to the developmen ... more

International team of researchers presents a milestone in chemical studies of superheavy elements

An international collaboration led by research groups from Mainz and Darmstadt, Germany, has achieved the synthesis of a new class of chemical compounds for superheavy elements at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Research (RNC) in Japan. For the first time, a chemical bond was ... more

Analytik Jena Closes Acquisition of Bruker's ICP-MS Business and Begins Integration Process

Analytik Jena AG, a manufacturer of analytical measuring technology and life science instruments announced that it has closed the acquisition of the ICP-MS business of Bruker Corporation on September 12, 2014. The integration process has begun, and it is scheduled to be completed by the end ... more

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Bayer chairman at the helm of the German Chemical Industry Association

The general assembly of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) in Frankfurt elected Dr. Marijn E. Dekkers as the VCI President. Dekkers is the Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, Leverkusen; he has been on the VCI’s Presidential Council since 2011. The term in office of ... more

Plant expansion at LANXESS in Leverkusen

LANXESS is expanding its business with water treatment solutions. The company inaugurates a new production line at its largest site worldwide in Leverkusen for the production of the Lewatit premium brand of weak acid cation (WAC) exchange resins, as well as bringing a cutting-edge food-comp ... more

Interstellar molecules are branching out

For the first time a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure was detected in interstellar space. The molecule, iso-propyl cyanide, was discovered in Sgr B2, a star forming region close to the center of our galaxy that is a hot-spot for molecule-hunting astronomers. The branched ... more

New organic semiconductor material

Researchers of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), Germany, successfully integrated organic tin into semiconducting polymers (plastics) for the first time. Semiconducting polymers can be used, for example, for the absorption of sun light in solar cells. By incorporating organi ... more

BASF reorganizes its paper chemicals business

BASF is changing the organizational set-up of its paper chemicals business to strengthen its competitiveness and better meet the needs of the paper industry. As of January 1, 2015, the Paper Chemicals division will be dissolved. The current headquarters of the Paper Chemicals division in Ba ... more

Charge transport jamming in solar cells

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, jointly with scientists from Switzerland and Spain, have investigated the working mechanism of a new type of solar cells in which an organic-inorganic perovskite compound forms the light-absorbing layer. These cells ca ... more

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions awarded planning contract for propane dehydrogenation plant

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions is making its Steam Active Reforming (STAR) process available to Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC) for a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Texas, USA. The PDH plant is to be built at the petrochemical complex in Point Comfort. The contract awarded to ... more

Frank H. Lutz to be new CFO of Bayer MaterialScience

Frank H. Lutz (45) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Bayer MaterialScience AG effective October 1, 2014. He succeeds Dr. Axel Steiger-Bagel, who takes over on November 1 as Senior Bayer Representative for the Benelux countries, based in Diegem, near Brussels. Lutz – like h ... more

“Airpocalypse” explained

At the beginning of 2013 a greyish-brown blanket of smog lay over large areas of China for several months. The fine particle pollution was higher by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude than the levels normally measured in Western Europe and the United States. An international team of researchers und ... more

BASF increases price for Vitamin B2

BASF globally increases the price for its Vitamin B2 products for human and animal nutrition with immediate effect. Prices will increase by 20% for all Vitamin B2 products. Existing contractual obligations with customers will be honored. more

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Röchling Puts New Factory in Kunshan/China into Operation

Plastics specialist Röchling has begun production in its new plant in Kunshan/China. The site in the Kunshan Industrial Park was ceremonially opened in the presence of government representatives, customers, and representatives of the Röchling Group. “China is a significant market for Röchli ... more

Less and less petroleum required for plastics production

Bayer MaterialScience’s research into carbon dioxide as a new raw material for making plastics is delivering further successes. In laboratory tests, the company has succeeded in significantly further reducing the need for petroleum at precursor level through the incorporation of CO2. Plasti ... more

The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

LMU researchers have developed a new process which will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. The method enables automated identification of polymers, facilitating rapid separation of plastics for re-use. A team of researchers led by ProfessorHeinz Langhalsof ... more

LANXESS strengthens high-tech plastics production in USA

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility for high-tech plastics by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about USD 15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 me ... more

Where scientists from abroad want to conduct research

The universities in the major conurbations Berlin and Munich are in particular demand among foreign researchers according to the Humboldt Rankings released today. The ranking list shows how many researchers have come to Germany on a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation in the last five y ... more

Important Petrochemical: Ceresana Analyzes Entire Chinese Propylene Value Chain

With its market study "Propylene Value Chain China", Ceresana is setting new standards. For the very first time this novelty product provides complete transparency regarding current and future development of the entire propylene value chain. Attention is also given to various downstream pro ... more

Mexichem acquires VESTOLIT

On August 5th, 2014, Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VESTOLIT GmbH from Strategic Value Partners LLC acting on behalf of its managed funds and accounts. The acquisition of VESTOLIT - one of the leading producers of PVC-Specialties in Europe - is supporti ... more

Ceresana's Third Study on the Global Growth Market PVC

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the key products of the chemical industry and, in addition to polypropylene and polyethylene, one of the most widely produced plastics. Worldwide, about 39.3 million tonnes of PVC were consumed in 2013. A new study of the market research institute Ceresana ... more

China and Russia to Lead Global Polypropylene Capacity Additions by 2018, says GlobalData

Global polypropylene capacity increased at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2003, reaching 65 million tons per year (mmty) in 2013, and is expected to continue rising to 86 mmty by 2018, at a slightly higher CAGR of 5.8%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData ... more

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

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Messe München International takes over one of India's leading trade fairs for laboratory technology

Messe München International is strengthening its portfolio of events in the future market of India by taking over India Lab Expo, one of the leading trade fairs for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology on the Indian subcontinent. For the first time ever, this year's India Lab E ... more

A new ISO 9001:2008 for Altmann Analytik by TÜV Süd

Altmann Analytik has received anew certification according to quality management norm ISO 9001:2008 by TÜV Süd. Also Dinkelberg analytics, a business domain acquired early in 2014 receives the certification for the first time. Founded in 1984, the specialist retailer for lab equipment Altma ... more

Bochem Increasingly Using New Media

Bochem Instrumente GmbH presents sections of its overall product spectrum in various new videos. The recently finished productions provide a compact overview of the product groups of lab jacks, electrical lifts, containers as well as stands and clamps. They can be found on the company’s web ... 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

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

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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

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

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Flexible electronics off the roll – more than just luminous film

A significant growth is predicted for the market of flexible devices. The topic “Wearables”, namely intelligent, wearable systems with several useful and funny features is currently one of the major discussion topics. To enjoy more comfort, exceptional designs and higher functionality manuf ... more

Flexicon to Double U.S. Headquarters

Flexicon Corporation has broken ground for an expansion that will double the size of its US headquarters, it was announced by President/CEO David Gill. "We built the current 91,000 sq ft (8,500 m2) facility in 2001 on an over-sized site owned by Flexicon that had acres of additional prime r ... more

ABB to divest Full Service business to Nordic Capital

ABB announced it has signed an agreement to divest the ABB Full Service business for an undisclosed amount. The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval. The ABB Full Service business provides fully outsourced industrial maintenance services. A ... more

TÜV SÜD acquires US business RCI Consultants Inc.

TÜV SÜD announces the strategic acquisition of RCI Consultants Inc., located in Houston, Texas, thus expanding its suite of services for the oil and gas industries. RCI Consultants specialise in consultancy services, assisting their clients in development, construction, and installation of ... more

GEA Optimizes Group Structure

Within the scope of its “Fit for 2020” initiative, the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft resolved to introduce a new group structure. As part of the strategic realignment of the company, this initiative provides an optimized organizational setup with reduced structural complex ... more

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

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