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Building shape inspires new material discovery

Physicists inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building have created a new type of material which enables scientists to put a perfect bend in light. The creation of a so-called topological insulator could transform the telecommunications industry's drive to build an improved compute ... more

Snowflakes become square with a little help from graphene

Water is one of the most familiar and abundant substances on Earth. It exists in many forms, as liquid, vapour and as many as 15 crystal structures of ice, with the commonly found hexagonal ice being singlehandedly responsible for the fascinating variety of snowflakes.Less noticeable but eq ... more

Price increase of Arkema’s PVC additives

Arkema announces a price increase and a product range simplification of its Durastrength® acrylic impact modifiers and its Plastistrength® processing aids in Europe, including Russia, and the Middle-East.With immediate effect or as soon as contracts allow, Arkema will increase the prices of ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increase for Specialty Esters

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective April 1, 2015, or as contracts allow, in Europe: Oxsoft TOTM (Trioctyl trimellitate): 50 EUR/to Oxsoft GPO (Dioctyl terephthalate): 50 EUR/to Oxsoft DOA (Dioctyl adipate): 50 EUR/to more

Mario Mehren to head BASF subsidiary Wintershall

Mario Mehren, currently a member of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall responsible for Exploration & Production Russia, North Africa and South America, has been named President of BASF’s Oil & Gas division effective July 1, 2015, and in this function will be head of BASF’s subs ... more

Desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane

Less than 1 percent of Earth's water is drinkable. Removing salt and other minerals from our biggest available source of water - seawater - may help satisfy a growing global population thirsty for fresh water for drinking, farming, transportation, heating, cooling and industry. But desalina ... more

AkzoNobel to invest in organic peroxide operations in the US and Europe

AkzoNobel has announced plans to invest more than €20 million in its organic peroxide production facilities in Mons, Belgium, and Houston (Pasadena), Texas, in the US. In Mons, the company is introducing new technologies to increase efficiency at the site, which will result in increased cap ... more

Evonik to invest over €4 billion in research and development

"Our intention is to turn Evonik into one of the world's most innovative companies," affirmed Klaus Engel, the Chairman of the Executive Board, at today's R&D press conference in Wesseling. "Innovations are a key element of our growth strategy," noted Engel, who went on to announce continue ... more

Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) - including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator - may be intriguing in their own right, but that's not the point. They demonstrate a breakthrough in the s ... 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

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Goodbye to sunburn thanks to Queen's sunburn indicator

Sunbathers could soon tell when to take shelter in the shade thanks to an early warning sunburn indicator, developed by Queen's University Belfast.Researchers at Queen's have developed a strip of plastic, containing 'smart' ink, which turns colourless from an initial blue colour just before ... more

Sharper nanoscopy

The 2014 chemistry Nobel Prize recognized important microscopy research that enabled greatly improved spatial resolution. This innovation, resulting in nanometer resolution, was made possible by making the source (the emitter) of the illumination quite small and by moving it quite close to ... more

Fading Orange-Red in Van Goghs paintings

Red lead is most familiar to us in orange-red rustproof paint. Artists have treasured the brilliant color of this pigment for their paintings since ancient times. However, various ageing processes cause discoloration of the saturated hue over time. Thanks to a combination of X-ray diffracti ... more

Frozen highly-charged ions for highest precision spectroscopy

A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig and the University of Aarhus in Denmark demonstrated for the first time Coulomb crystallization of highly-charged ions (HCIs). Inside a cryogenic ... more

Determining recipes for some of the world's oldest preserved beers

Some breweries have taken to resurrecting the flavors of ages past. Adventurous beer makers are extrapolating recipes from clues that archeologists have uncovered from old and even ancient brews found at historical sites. Now scientists have analyzed some of the oldest preserved beer sample ... more

New detector sniffs out origins of methane

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth's atmosphere for a long time. The gas can originate from lakes and swamps, natural-gas pipelines, deep-sea vents, and livestock. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas is f ... more

Endress+Hauser Supports Analytik Jena in Real Estate Acquisition

Analytik Jena AG has purchased the entire rented and owner-occupied real estate complex at their corporate headquarters in Jena. The real estate in the Jena-Göschwitz industrial estate comprises multiple modern new-builds as well as a renovated old building from the former Carl Zeiss Jena c ... more

New materials discovered to detect neutrons emitted by radioactive materials

Scientist Christopher Lavelle of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, together with a team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has successfully shown that boron-coated vitreous carbon foam can be used in ... 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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Building shape inspires new material discovery

Physicists inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building have created a new type of material which enables scientists to put a perfect bend in light. The creation of a so-called topological insulator could transform the telecommunications industry's drive to build an improved compute ... more

Snowflakes become square with a little help from graphene

Water is one of the most familiar and abundant substances on Earth. It exists in many forms, as liquid, vapour and as many as 15 crystal structures of ice, with the commonly found hexagonal ice being singlehandedly responsible for the fascinating variety of snowflakes.Less noticeable but eq ... more

Price increase of Arkema’s PVC additives

Arkema announces a price increase and a product range simplification of its Durastrength® acrylic impact modifiers and its Plastistrength® processing aids in Europe, including Russia, and the Middle-East.With immediate effect or as soon as contracts allow, Arkema will increase the prices of ... more

Oxea Announces Price Increase for Specialty Esters

Oxea will increase list and off-list prices on the following products effective April 1, 2015, or as contracts allow, in Europe: Oxsoft TOTM (Trioctyl trimellitate): 50 EUR/to Oxsoft GPO (Dioctyl terephthalate): 50 EUR/to Oxsoft DOA (Dioctyl adipate): 50 EUR/to more

Mario Mehren to head BASF subsidiary Wintershall

Mario Mehren, currently a member of the Board of Executive Directors of Wintershall responsible for Exploration & Production Russia, North Africa and South America, has been named President of BASF’s Oil & Gas division effective July 1, 2015, and in this function will be head of BASF’s subs ... more

Desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane

Less than 1 percent of Earth's water is drinkable. Removing salt and other minerals from our biggest available source of water - seawater - may help satisfy a growing global population thirsty for fresh water for drinking, farming, transportation, heating, cooling and industry. But desalina ... more

AkzoNobel to invest in organic peroxide operations in the US and Europe

AkzoNobel has announced plans to invest more than €20 million in its organic peroxide production facilities in Mons, Belgium, and Houston (Pasadena), Texas, in the US. In Mons, the company is introducing new technologies to increase efficiency at the site, which will result in increased cap ... more

Evonik to invest over €4 billion in research and development

"Our intention is to turn Evonik into one of the world's most innovative companies," affirmed Klaus Engel, the Chairman of the Executive Board, at today's R&D press conference in Wesseling. "Innovations are a key element of our growth strategy," noted Engel, who went on to announce continue ... more

Partners sign new agreement for joint catalysis laboratory in Heidelberg

BASF and Heidelberg University have signed a new agreement for their joint catalysis laboratory “Catalysis Research Laboratory” (CaRLa). The research cooperation at Heidelberg site ongoing since 2006 has been extended to October 2017. “Catalysts play a central role in many technical process ... more

Personnel changes at BASF

Teressa Szelest, currently Senior Vice President, Global Business Unit Hygiene, Ludwigshafen, has been named President, Market & Business Development North America, effective May 1, 2015. She will be located in Florham Park, New Jersey. Szelest succeeds Dr. Beate Ehle who will take a sabbat ... more

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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

New management and enhanced focus for Emerell

Emerell is outsourcing its non-manufacturing services into a new company. At the same time, Adrian Leumann is taking over the management of the company.As an independent manufacturing partner of producers and processors of polymer specialties and high-quality adhesives, Emerell needs to ali ... more

HDPE plastics on growth course: Ceresana presents third market report on high-density polyethylene

Milk bottles, water pipes, films or fireworks: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is used for a wide range of products. The versatile plastic serves for example for the production of packaging and hollow bodies of all kinds, household goods but also technical parts and construction products. ... more

A milestone for the Maghreb: First production line for oriented films

Biaxial Films Packaging SpA (BFP) and Brückner Maschinenbau teamed up for the very first production line for biaxially oriented plastics film in the Maghreb. The state-of-the-art 8.7m wide BOPP film line will be located at Sétif in northeastern Algeria, 300 kilometers east of Algiers. Produ ... more

Global Vinyl Acetate Monomer Market to Reach US$9.26 Billion by 2020

Transparency Market Research announces the release of a report titled “Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) Market for Polyvinyl Acetate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 201 ... more

Fraunhofer IST sells its first pilot-scale unit for patterned plasma treatment of polymer films

Many years went into development, then came six months with the screwdriver, of tweaking and testing, and now they are finally there: the scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films in Braunschweig together with their partners GRT GmbH & Co. KG, Systec Syst ... more

Innovative Materials: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Thermoplastic Elastomers

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are as elastic as rubber, but at the same time as easy to process as standard plastics. "TPE can be melted, repeatedly deformed, and recycled", explains Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. "Therefore, thermoplastic elastomers are amon ... more

Growth Potential: Ceresana Forecasts Chances for Polypropylene

Polypropylene (PP) can be found everywhere: in packaging materials and household items, in clothing as much as in vehicles and countless other products. "About 55.1 million tonnes of polypropylene were consumed in 2013. Thus PP is the second-best selling type of plastic after polyethylene", ... more

Prices Under Pressure: Ceresana Analyzes the Global Market for Propylene

Propylene is the second most important petrochemical feedstock: Direct applications include, besides the plastic polypropylene, production of important chemicals such as propylene oxide, acrylonitrile, cumene, butyraldehyde, and acrylic acid. „About 85 million tonnes of propylene were consu ... more

Americas Styrenics Announces Polystyrene Price Decrease Effective December 1, 2014

Americas Styrenics LLC (AmSty) announced a decrease in the transaction price of all grades of polystyrene produced by the Company of $0.04/lb., effective December 1, 2014. This price supersedes all other previously announced price changes. more

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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

Picosun Expands its Production Capacity

Picosun Oy doubles its production capacity to enable faster delivery of cluster systems and automated batch Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) tools to its customers.“Our unmatched knowledge in ALD system design ensures that our products meet even the strictest quality requirements of today’s se ... more

JPK opens new expanded offices in Berlin to meet the growing demand for products worldwide

JPK Instruments has moved to a new and expanded suite of offices and laboratories with increased manufacturing space to meet growing demand worldwide.JPK Instruments has moved to new offices in Berlin. Having outgrown their headquarters' premises of the last twelve years, JPK has moved acro ... more

Sartorius: Successful Business Year 2014

Sartorius successfully closed fiscal 2014 according to its preliminary figures, and even slightly exceeded its sales revenue and earnings targets. In addition, the Group is set to further sharpen its strategic profile based on the sale of its smallest division, Industrial Technologies, whic ... more

SP Acquires Stability Environments

SP Industries, Inc. announced that it has acquired privately held Stability Environments, Inc. a provider of Walk-in Environmental Rooms, Glassware Dryers, Chambers and accessory products."Stability Environments has a well-earned reputation for producing high quality, often customized equip ... more

Merck Obtains US Antitrust Clearance for Acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich

Merck announced that it has obtained antitrust clearance from the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for its planned acquisition of US-based life science company Sigma-Aldrich. The waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) in connection with i ... more

Sartorius to Sell Its Industrial Technologies Division to Minebea Co., Ltd.

Sartorius is selling its Industrial Technologies Division (Intec) to the Japanese Minebea Co., Ltd. (Minebea) and their partner, the Development Bank of Japan Inc. The respective contract was signed today. The sales price will be determined as a multiple of the Intec division’s 2014 operati ... more

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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

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

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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

Industrial pump inspired by flapping bird wings

Birds are unwitting masters of fluid dynamics - they manipulate airflow each time they flap their wings, pushing air in one direction and moving themselves in another. Two New York University researchers have taken inspiration from avian locomotion strategies and created a pump that moves f ... more

Evergreens and hot topics: ACHEMA preparations shift into high gear

The countdown is on: from 15 to 19 June 2015 the doors will open on ACHEMA 2015. Over 3,100 exhibitors have already registered but, as in 2012, the organisers anticipate around 3,800. Moreover, the congress programme is shortly to be released. Already a clear trend is emerging: besides the ... more

Tim Noonan Named to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors

Robert H. Chapman, Chairman and CEO, has announced that Tim Noonan has been appointed to Barry-Wehmiller’s Board of Directors. Noonan is Vice President, Ventures, part of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.  Ventures works with Boeing entrepreneurs to validate, accelerate and commercialize pr ... more

Photometallization allows production of the entire circuitry on touchscreens in one step

When users operate their smartphones, tablets and so on, they do not give a second thought to the complicated electronics that make them work. All that concerns them is that they can happily swipe and tap away. To make the touchscreens work, they are provided on their surface with microscop ... more

Borealis sells nitric acid process technology to Casale

Borealis has divested a package of fertilizer process technologies and established a new technology partnership with Casale SA. The partnership will enable Borealis to focus on its core competencies of the production and distribution of high quality fertilizer products, while Casale will ex ... more

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