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ZEISS: High-Tech Drives Growth

Medical technology and industrial metrology business still on track for growth

18-May-2018

The first six months of fiscal year 2017/18 (ended 31 March 2018) were successful for the ZEISS Group and saw its revenue rise by 9 percent to EUR 2.773 billion (1st six months of 2016/17: EUR 2.550 billion), and as much as 13 percent after adjustments for currency effects. At EUR 380 million, ...

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LANXESS: Matthias L. Wolfgruber voted in as new Chairman of the Supervisory Board

17-May-2018

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (64) is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LANXESS AG. At its constituent meeting, the Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals company elected the doctor of chemistry and former CEO of Altana AG as the successor to Dr. Rolf Stomberg (78), who resigned ...

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LANXESS increases dividend after best-ever fiscal year

Record earnings after successful realignment

16-May-2018

The specialty chemicals company LANXESS looked back on a record year at this year's Annual Stockholders' Meeting. “Last year proved impressively that our strategy is paying off and that we are fully geared up for growth,” stated LANXESS CEO Matthias Zachert to stockholders at Cologne's LANXESS ...

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Light-induced superconductivity under high pressure

14-May-2018

A team of scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg investigated optically-induced superconductivity in the alkali-doped fulleride K3C60under high external pressures. This study allowed, on one ...

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Sensor stickers transform the human body into a multi-touch surface

08-May-2018

They are similar to ultra-thin patches, their shape can be freely chosen, and they work anywhere on the body. With such sensors on the skin, mobile devices like smartphones and smartwatches can be operated more intuitively and discreetly than ever before. Computer scientists at Saarland ...

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Motor And Energy Store In One

Physicists reinvent the wheel with the help of a polymer fibre

07-May-2018

Physicists and material scientists have succeeded in constructing a motor and an energy storage device from one single component. They used an elastic polymer fibre closed into a ring that was made to rotate on application of an external energy supply. The researchers from the universities in ...

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German chemicals firms need a renewed culture of innovation

Declining satisfaction with Germany as a chemicals site

07-May-2018

The innovation processes of the past century remain predominant in the German chemicals industry. Only a minority of companies are open to innovation partnerships outside the traditional value chain, such as collaborating with firms in other industries and start-ups. A skeptical attitude persists ...

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Long-distance relationships of particles: Electron-hole pairs in two-dimensional crystals

Researchers reveal the nature of optical excitations

07-May-2018

When light of specific frequency hits a semiconductor crystal, it is absorbed and produces a excitation, a state of higher energy. In solar cells, this energy can be converted into electricity and used. In two-dimensional crystals, which consist of only a few atomic layers, so called “excitons” ...

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BASF and Solenis to join forces by combining paper and water chemicals businesses

BASF to hold a 49% share of the combined entity

04-May-2018

On May 2, 2018, BASF and Solenis have signed an agreement to join forces by combining BASF’s paper wet-end and water chemicals business with Solenis. The combined entity with pro-forma sales of around €2.4 billion and around 5,000 employees in 2017 aims to deliver additional value for paper and ...

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LANXESS raises its guidance for fiscal year 2018 after strong first quarter

Net income improved by 23 percent to EUR 96 million

04-May-2018

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has followed up its successful fiscal year 2017 by posting the best quarterly result in its history, and has raised its earnings guidance for 2018. In the opening quarter, global sales rose by almost 7 percent to EUR 2.565 billion, compared with EUR 2.401 ...

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