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Clariant achieves Cosmetics GMP certification for all dedicated sites

Clariant has successfully completed global ISO22716 and EFfci Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification for all 22 of its dedicated cosmetics ingredients sites, including core-toll manufacturers. The achievement supports its commitment to offer globally-consistent products a ... more

Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

Buck Rogers surely couldn't have seen this one coming, but at NASA's request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste into rocket fuel. Adolescent jokes aside, the process finally makes useful something that until now has been collected to burn up on re-en ... more

The mysterious 'action at a distance' between liquid containers

For several years, it has been known that superfluid helium housed in reservoirs located next to each other acts collectively, even when the channels connecting the reservoirs are too narrow and too long to allow for substantial flow. A new theoretical model reveals that the phenomenon of m ... more

BASF plans major investment in pioneering superabsorbent technology

BASF announced plans for a major investment in a pioneering superabsorbent technology platform of its hygiene business. BASF will invest up to €500 million ($625 million) over the next 2 to 3 years to establish droplet polymerization capacities worldwide by revamping existing plants. The ro ... more

Scientists do glass a solid

How does glass transition from a liquid to its familiar solid state? How does this common material transport heat and sound? And what microscopic changes occur when a glass gains rigidity as it cools? A team of researchers at NYU's Center for Soft Matter Research offers a theoretical explan ... more

Renishaw receives Queen's Award for spectroscopy developments

Dame Janet Trotter, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, presented Renishaw with its seventeenth Queen's Award. This award was granted for the continuous development of the company's inVia Raman microscope, with ultra-fast Raman imaging, which enables the rapid generation of hi ... more

AkzoNobel and partners looking to turn sugar beet into raw materials

AkzoNobel has joined forces with SuikerUnie, Rabobank, Deloitte, Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands (NOM), Groningen Seaports, and the Province of Groningen, to investigate the possibility of producing chemicals from beet-derived sugar feedstock.The parties have ... more

Turning sawdust into gasoline

Researchers at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, in Belgium, have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used ... more

Merck Commissions Biomass Energy Plant in India

Merck commissioned a climate-neutral co-generation plant at its production site in Goa, India. In doing so, Merck is underscoring its commitment to climate protection and energy efficiency in line with its corporate responsibility. The project is part of a company-wide climate protection pr ... more

Chevron Phillips Chemical CEO Says Sustainability is Being Redefined

Digital technologies such as social media, mobile devices and the Internet are growing exponentially, connecting people from around the globe. This global connectivity is becoming a driving force behind greater transparency of corporate conduct, and is redefining what sustainability means f ... more

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Renishaw receives Queen's Award for spectroscopy developments

Dame Janet Trotter, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, presented Renishaw with its seventeenth Queen's Award. This award was granted for the continuous development of the company's inVia Raman microscope, with ultra-fast Raman imaging, which enables the rapid generation of hi ... more

When thawing glaciers release pollutants

As glaciers increasingly melt in the wake of climate change, it is not only the landscape that is affected. Thawing glaciers also release many industrial pollutants stored in the ice into the environment. Now, within the scope of a Swiss National Science Foundation project, researchers from ... more

New industrial research technique for analyzing gallium nitride on the nanometer scale

Gallium nitride is difficult to produce and difficult to handle – and the key to the development of blue LEDs, which won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. The award went to three Japanese researchers who were the first to produce high-quality gallium nitride (GaN) layers and put them into ... more

Analytik Jena Establishes Subsidiary in India

Analytik Jena AG has established its own subsidiary in India, AJ Instruments India Pvt. Ltd., in order to strengthen its presence in the Indian market. The subsidiary is based in New Delhi, from where the Company will serve the customers of its largest business unit, Analytical Instrumentat ... more

VTT develops a simple but extremely sensitive magnetometer

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an innovative magnetometer that can replace conventional technology in applications such as neuroimaging, mineral exploration and molecular diagnostics. Its manufacturing costs are between 70 and 80 per cent lower than those of traditio ... more

Live Images from the Nano-cosmos

Using DESY's ultrabright X-ray source PETRA III, researchers have observed in real-time how football-shaped carbon molecules arrange themselves into ultra-smooth layers. Together with theoretical simulations, the investigation reveals the fundamentals of this growth process for the first ti ... more

Watching the hidden life of materials

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the “smart material” vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal – in a timeframe a trillion times faster t ... more

Help in the Search for the Needle in the Haystack

In the earth and environmental sciences, radioactive isotopes, atom variants that decay over time, play a major role in age determination. A radioactive isotope of the inert gas argon (39Ar), for example, is used to determine the age of water or ice. Such isotopes are extremely rare, howeve ... more

New light on the "Split Peak" in x-ray (RIXS) spectra of Alcohols

New study from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin in the journal "Structural Dynamics" makes sense of mysterious spectra, paving way for RIXS spectroscopy probe dynamic electronic structure of complex liquids and materials For scientists probing the electronic structure of materials using a relativel ... more

A quick look at electron-boson coupling

Imagine being able to tune the properties of a solid material just by flashing pulses of light on it, for example turning an insulator into a superconductor. That is just one potential payoff down-the-road from the physical phenomenon of electrons and atoms interacting with ultrashort pulse ... more

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Clariant achieves Cosmetics GMP certification for all dedicated sites

Clariant has successfully completed global ISO22716 and EFfci Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification for all 22 of its dedicated cosmetics ingredients sites, including core-toll manufacturers. The achievement supports its commitment to offer globally-consistent products a ... more

Process converts human waste into rocket fuel

Buck Rogers surely couldn't have seen this one coming, but at NASA's request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste into rocket fuel. Adolescent jokes aside, the process finally makes useful something that until now has been collected to burn up on re-en ... more

The mysterious 'action at a distance' between liquid containers

For several years, it has been known that superfluid helium housed in reservoirs located next to each other acts collectively, even when the channels connecting the reservoirs are too narrow and too long to allow for substantial flow. A new theoretical model reveals that the phenomenon of m ... more

BASF plans major investment in pioneering superabsorbent technology

BASF announced plans for a major investment in a pioneering superabsorbent technology platform of its hygiene business. BASF will invest up to €500 million ($625 million) over the next 2 to 3 years to establish droplet polymerization capacities worldwide by revamping existing plants. The ro ... more

Scientists do glass a solid

How does glass transition from a liquid to its familiar solid state? How does this common material transport heat and sound? And what microscopic changes occur when a glass gains rigidity as it cools? A team of researchers at NYU's Center for Soft Matter Research offers a theoretical explan ... more

AkzoNobel and partners looking to turn sugar beet into raw materials

AkzoNobel has joined forces with SuikerUnie, Rabobank, Deloitte, Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands (NOM), Groningen Seaports, and the Province of Groningen, to investigate the possibility of producing chemicals from beet-derived sugar feedstock.The parties have ... more

Turning sawdust into gasoline

Researchers at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, in Belgium, have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used ... more

Merck Commissions Biomass Energy Plant in India

Merck commissioned a climate-neutral co-generation plant at its production site in Goa, India. In doing so, Merck is underscoring its commitment to climate protection and energy efficiency in line with its corporate responsibility. The project is part of a company-wide climate protection pr ... more

Chevron Phillips Chemical CEO Says Sustainability is Being Redefined

Digital technologies such as social media, mobile devices and the Internet are growing exponentially, connecting people from around the globe. This global connectivity is becoming a driving force behind greater transparency of corporate conduct, and is redefining what sustainability means f ... more

Magnetic fields and lasers elicit graphene secret

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have studied the dynamics of electrons from the "wonder material" graphene in a magnetic field for the first time. This led to the discovery of a seemingly paradoxical phenomenon in the material. Its understanding could make a ne ... more

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Parx Plastics winner of World Technology Award in New York

At the TIME Conference Center in New York, Parx Plastics won the World Technology Award for Materials. Once a year The World Technology Network brings together many of the world's most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields to present, discuss an ... more

New Impulses: Ceresana Publishes Market Study on LLDPE

Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is the most versatile type of polyethylene. Large amount of this plastics are used in the production of films in particular. Global revenues generated with LLDPE amounted to US$ 40.0 billion in 2013. A new study of the market research institute Ceresa ... more

New plant for plastics component in eastern Germany

Bayer MaterialScience is now even better positioned to meed the strong global demand for a particularly temperature-resistant, high-performance plastic. An additional chemical plant for the production of a key component for the material Apec® was brought on stream in eastern Germany. The op ... more

Ethylene Market in Transition: Ceresana Analyzes World Market for the Most Important Basic Chemical

Ethylene is the by far most important raw material in the petrochemical industry. About 130 million tonnes of ethylene were processed worldwide in 2013. Direct applications include, among others, the three polyethylene plastics HDPE, LLDPE, and LDPE as well as petrochemical intermediates, w ... more

Corbion Purac intends to construct a 75kTpa PLA production plant

Corbion Purac will accelerate its thrust into the biotechnology arena, making the next step in the bioplastics value chain by becoming a PLA producer. With entry into PLA, Corbion Purac intends to bring new biodegradable solutions to the plastics industry, and increase global PLA production ... more

BASF Venture Capital leads a $3 million Series A financing in SLIPS Technologies Inc.

BASF Venture Capital has led a $3 million Series A financing with a $1.5 million investment in SLIPS Technologies Inc. based in Cambridge, Massachusetts . The Swiss entrepreneur and private investor Hansjörg Wyss has also participated in the financing. SLIPS Technologies develops customized ... more

Films and No End: Ceresana Expects the Global Market for LDPE to Grow

Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) is one of the most commonly produced plastics and mainly used for packaging. According to a new study published by the market research institute Ceresana, low-density polyethylene worth almost US$33 billion was sold worldwide in 2013. Ceresana expects global ... more

Divestiture of the Former DuPont European PVB Film Business

Kuraray Co., Ltd.  reached an agreement to sell the European PVB film business formerly owned by European subsidiaries of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, including the production facility in Uentrop and the R&D center in Mechelen (the “Transaction”) for enterprise value of circa EUR 1 ... 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

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

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Expansion of the WALDNER Group

The WALDNER Group, with its headquarters in Wangen, and Hohenloher Spezialmöbelwerke have joined forces on the market for laboratory furniture and furniture for scientific classrooms. Both corporations can look back on a tradition of more than 100 years. Waldner (approx. 1100 employees) is ... more

Towards future lab-on-chip applications

Fraunhofer FEP presents latest approaches to fabricate OLED devices for lab-on-a-chip-applications using either near UV electroluminescence (EL) or optically modulated green light to stimulate fluorescent dye markers. Smart and portable medical equipment is essential for fast and easy poin ... 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

FRITSCH: Production Facility II officially dedicated

The construction of the new two-storey production facility with an area of 4.900 square meters has been completed and was officially dedicated during a celebration together with the FRITSCH employees, as well as numerous guests from politics, trade and industry. During the dedication ceremo ... more

analytica China 2014: Closed with overall success

On September 26 analytica China 2014 closed with record-breaking visitor numbers: 18,775 business professionals (2012: 16,940) from 62 countries attended the seventh edition of Chinas Leading Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics at the Shanghai New I ... more

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

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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

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

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Acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers by Triton is finalized

After receiving the required approvals, Triton has legally finalized its acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers, as part of a so-called closing procedure. With this closing and with assumption of the activities of GEA Heat Exchangers, Triton takes over all companies in the former group, as well ... more

Neste Jacobs Renews its Organization

Neste Jacobs changes its leadership model and organization to respond better to its Growth Strategy and future challenges. The Company Board approved at the end of 2013 the new long term Growth Strategy which targets to double the turnover of Neste Jacobs. The focus of Neste Jacobs is in pr ... more

Getting the salt out

The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that's much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface. Now resear ... more

Solar Cell Contacts From Tubes

Together with industrial partners Merck, Heraeus and ASYS, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have developed innovative new materials and contactless techniques for applying ultrafine, homogeneous contact fingers to solar cells. This ‘dispensing’ technolo ... more

Bilfinger: Bodner steps down from Supervisory Board

Herbert Bodner, Chief Executive Officer at Bilfinger SE, informed the Supervisory Board that he is no longer available to serve as Chairman of the Supervisory Board as had originally been planned. At the same time, he has resigned his currently inactive mandate in the company's Supervisory ... more

Positive result for POWTECH and TechnoPharm 2014

POWTECH and TechnoPharm 2014 can be summed up positively after three days of productive exhibition activity and knowledge transfer. With altogether 929 exhibitors from 30 countries and some 15,000 trade visitors, it is the world’s largest and most important event for new trends in processin ... more

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

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