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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 ...


Univar Announces General Manager Appointments in Europe


Univar N.V. announced two senior appointments within its Univar Europe business. Nicolas Lehmann will assume the role of General Manager of Univar in France and Hans-Peter Brader will become General Manager of Univar in Switzerland, effective immediately. Nicolas Lehmann was Sales and Marketing ...


Ciba Specialty Chemicals silver-based antimicrobials approved by Oeko-Tex Association


Ciba Specialty Chemicals' range of silverglassbased antimicrobials, Ciba® IRGAGUARD® B 7000, has gained approval by the OekoTex Association in spinmelt applications for fibers and nonwovens used in items such as clothing, home textiles and bedding materials. According to the company, IRGAGUARD B ...


Ciba Specialty Chemicals extends flocculants range for more effective waste water treatment

Launch of Ciba(R) ZETAG(R) 8680 specifically designed for sludges requiring highly cationic charged polymers -- Unique Molecular Architecture (UMA(TM)) provides clear advantages in flocculant process efficiency


Through the launch of its new flocculant, Ciba(R) ZETAG(R) 8680, Ciba Specialty Chemicals is offering customers a new choice of flocculants in order to more effectively treat different sludge types in the treatments of waste water. Ciba(R) ZETAG(R) 8680 is a flocculant that is specifically ...


Tecan establishes a new regional entity, Tecan Europe


Tecan announced the establishment of a new regional entity, Tecan Europe. The creation of this new pan-European entity, which includes Tecan's combined European operations, completes the organisation of Tecan's sales and distribution activities into four distinct regions: Europe, United States, ...


Ciba Specialty Chemicals announces agreement with ICO Polymers to deliver special effects to rotational molding industry


The Plastic Additives Segment of Ciba Specialty Chemicals, a leading supplier of polymer effects, have signed a supply and cooperation agreement in the field of powdered polymers for rotational molding applications with ICO Polymers, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICO, Inc.. Under the terms of the ...


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