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Norsk Hydro: Change in Hydro's Corporate Management Board


Katarina Nilsson, Executive Vice President of HR & Organization in Sapa, will be appointed EVP of People & HSE in Hydro. The appointment is pending merger clearance andclosing of the Sapa transaction, expected in the second half of 2017. Katarina Nilsson holds a Master of Law degree from Lund ...


WACKER Expands Silicon-Metal Capacity at Norwegian Production Site


Wacker Chemie AG is expanding the capacity of its silicon-metal site at Holla in Norway. The Munich-based chemical group is constructing an additional plant there, with world-scale annual capacity. Capital expenditures of around €85 million are budgeted for the capacity increase and for expanding ...


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Making silicon-germanium core fibers a reality

Laser recrystallization can create functional materials for faster transistors, optical transmission


Glass fibres do everything from connecting us to the internet to enabling keyhole surgery by delivering light through medical devices such as endoscopes. But as versatile as today's fiber optics are, scientists around the world have been working to expand their capabilities by adding ...


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Understanding tiny droplets can make for better weather forecasts


When you see how difficult it is to get even next week's weather forecast right, you can imagine the challenges researchers are faced with when it comes to predicting the weather decades from now. Climatologists need good models to predict climate change over time, but to predict how the Earth's ...


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Uncovering the secrets of ice that burns


A team of scientists from Norway, China and the Netherlands has shown how the size of grains of the molecules that make up the natural structure of methane hydrates determines how they behave if they are loaded with weight or disturbed. "If we have basic knowledge about the mechanical properties ...


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SCG Chemicals enters as a strategic investor into Norner


SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd. acquired 51% of the shares in the independent petrochemical institute Norner Holding AS from the current Norwegian owners. SCG Chemicals has entered into an agreement with the current owners, the private equity fund E&M and Norner employee shareholders, for this ...


BASF divests Omega-3 production plant


BASF has signed a definitive agreement to sell its manufacturing facility for natural fish oils, medium-concentrated omega-3s, and customized bottled fish oil in Brattvåg, Norway, to Marine Ingredients, a leading manufacturer of quality marine-based ingredients and customized products. Both ...


Norner strengthens the focus in green polymer chemistry


To meet an increasing demand for sustainable alternatives to petro-based solutions, Norner will increase the technology focus on green polymer chemistry and have appointed Dr. Siw Bodil Fredriksen as Advisor within this strategic area. Dr. Siw B. Fredriksen has broad experience from catalyst ...


Producing solar power with impure silicon

Researchers have developed a technique that allows the use of less pure silicon in solar cells


By using silicon fibers coated in glass, researchers have been able to make solar cells from silicon that is 1000 times more impure, and thus cheaper, than the current industry. "We're using less expensive raw materials in smaller amounts, we have fewer production steps, and have potentially ...


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BASF subsidiary Wintershall further expands oil and gas production in Norway

Wintershall to acquire shares in oil and gas fields from Statoil for US$1.25 billion


BASF Group company Wintershall is further expanding its oil and gas production and reserves in the North Sea. Wintershall will acquire shares in the two producing fields Gjøa (5%) and Vega (24.5%), the development project Aasta Hansteen (24%), the Asterix discovery (19%), the Polarled pipeline ...


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