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INEOS NOVA cut Polystyrene Production in Europe


INEOS NOVA announced that it will cut its European Production by 30% in October in order to balance its supply and demand of Polystyrene. The demand of Polystyrene has continued to be significantly lower than expected and the outlook remains uncertain. In September, margins have reached a record ...


Emissions reductions beat expectations in Switzerland


When Switzerland agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent in the two decades through 2010, ABB set out to meet the same goal in its local operations. ABB's CO2 emissions in Switzerland have been reduced by about 55 percent, or 10,000 tons per year - from 18,000 tons in 1990 to 8,000 ...


Public tender offer by BASF for Ciba

Board of Directors of Ciba recommends shareholders accept offer


BASF has announced a public tender offer for all outstanding shares of Ciba Holding AG at CHF 50.00 per Ciba share. The offer equates to a premium of 64.3% over the volume‑weighted average price of Ciba shares over the last 60 trading days and a premium of 32% over the closing share price on ...


Scientists form alliance to develop nanotoxicology protocols

International group addresses lack of consensus on test procedures


A team of materials scientists and toxicologists announced the formation of a new international research alliance to establish protocols for reproducible toxicological testing of nanomaterials in both cultured cells and animals. The International Alliance for NanoEHS Harmonization (IANH) was ...


A new 'Pyrex' nanoparticle


Researchers in Switzerland have developed a new method to fabricate borosilicate glass nanoparticles. Used in microfluidic systems, these "Pyrex"-like nanoparticles are more stable when subjected to temperature fluctuations and harsh chemical environments than currently used nanoparticles made of ...


3M Completes Acquisition of Ligacon AG, Filtration Supplier in Switzerland


3M announced it has completed its acquisition of Ligacon AG, a Switzerland-based manufacturer and supplier of filtration systems and filter elements for the pharmaceutical, biotech and general industrial markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As part of 3M CUNO Filtration, Ligacon ...


Clariant Appoints Andy Piers Head of Group Technology and Member of the Board of Management


Clariant has appointed Andy Piers as Head of Group Technology effective September 1, 2008. He will be a member of the Board of Management. Andy Piers, a British and Zambian citizen holds a PhD in Chemistry and Engineering from the University of Dundee, Scotland. He worked at inorganic chemical ...


Ravi Uppal to leave ABB

Head of Global Markets leaves for personal reasons


Ravi Uppal, President of Global Markets and a member of the ABB Group Executive Committee since July 2007, has decided to relinquish his position for personal reasons and plans to return to India to pursue a career outside ABB. He will remain non-executive chairman of ABB in India, to help ...


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Copper: An element of surprise

Researchers in Switzerland have developed efficient copper-functionalised dye-sensitized solar cells as an alternative to ruthenium-functionalised systems.


Edwin Constable and colleagues at the University of Basel, and at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, have synthesised carboxylate-derivatized copper complexes as dye stuffs for TiO2 dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The conversion of light to electricity is an important ...


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Bayer expands carbon nanotube capacity

Investment boosts widespread industrial use of Baytubes®


Bayer MaterialScience AG is opening a second production facility for Baytubes®, its carbon nanotubes, at H.C. Starck GmbH in the town of Laufenburg on the German-Swiss border. The new facility has an annual capacity of 30 metric tons. Together with the pilot production plant for Baytubes® already ...


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