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11/16/2017 - Global industrial gases market to grow at 6.2 percent CAGR to 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland — A recent report on the global industrial gases market states that the market's value was US$47,200 million in 2015 and is expected to grow at a 6.2 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2022. The report Global Industrial Gases Market Size, Share, Development, Growth, and Demand Forecast to 2022 by Research and Markets asserts that the primary growth drivers for industrial gases are rapid industrialization and increasing population. Increased demand for high-quality gas solutions in the aerospace industry and growth in the pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries in countries like China, India, and Brazil are also expected to be market drivers, say report analysts.

The report also says that the increasing adoption of cryogenic processes for industrial air separation and increasing usage of gaseous mixtures, such as the mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen called syngas, are some important trends in the industry causing demand for industrial gases to increase. One challenge for the market is that the capital required for industrial gas production, purification, and transport could be a restraining force on the market. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for US$5,100, visit

11/14/2017 - Australia plans reform for industrial chemical regulations

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government is planning to reform the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). The government has been considering feedback on various parts of the new legislation, such as technical matters about the categorization and assessment of unlisted chemical introductions. The draft legislation is expected to be finished in the second half of 2017. The new legislation will replace the existing NICNAS, which was created in 1989, with a new agency, the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS), and create an executive director post for the organization.

According to the Australian government, the bill's primary aim is to simplify regulatory requirements for low-risk chemicals as a way to incentivize companies to use fewer high-risk chemicals. The agency will decide whether each chemical is exempt, reportable, or whether it requires assessment by the AICIS. The government has predicted that self-assessment of lower-risk chemicals will reduce the number of chemicals subject to assessment by 70 percent.

11/10/2017 - H.C. Starck announces new range of gas atomized metal powders

LAUFENBURG, Germany — H.C. Starck has announced that its Surface Technology (Laufenburg) and Ceramic Powders (Goslar, Germany) locations are introducing the Amperprint range of gas atomized metal powders, which are powders specifically designed for additive manufacturing. The powders can be nickel-, cobalt-, and iron-based or customized to suit specific applications. In addition to the new powders, the company announced that it will implement a new logistical process to ensure fast delivery by having standard alloys kept in stock beginning in late 2017. The company is also launching a website dedicated to the new products, H.C. Starck supplies refractory technology, metals, and technical ceramics.

11/8/2017 - Process creates biochar from organic waste

MUNICH, Germany — SunCoal Industries GmbH, with cooperation from the Technical University of Munich, has researched and developed a new process that converts organic waste into biochar that can be transformed into fuel gas. The resulting fuel can be used to drive a combined heat and power (CHP) unit. The organic waste goes through a hydrothermal carbonization process, which uses pressure and heat to replicate the natural carbonization process of biomass. According to the researchers, this process creates a high-quality biochar, with a calorific value 70 percent higher than that of the starting material. Currently, the developers would like to improve the economics of the process by using the waste heat from the processes and automating the process to a greater extent. SunCoal Industries, Ludwigfelde, Germany, develops and commercializes its hydrothermal treatment technologies for producing technical carbons, bio-based platform chemicals, and dewatering solutions for organic sludges.

11/6/2017 - Cabot plans fumed silica plant in Kentucky

BOSTON, MA USA — Cabot Corp., a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, has announced plans to build a fumed silica plant in Carrollton, KY USA. The new facility will be adjacent to Dow Corning's silicone monomer plant there and is an extension of the two companies' long-term relationship, which includes neighboring operations at other locations. Plant construction is expected to begin in late 2017. The plant will produce fumed silica for use as a reinforcing, thickening, abrasive, thixotropic, suspending, or anticaking additive in various industries.

11/3/2017 - A. Schulman to increase color masterbatches capacity in Europe

AKRON, OH USA — A. Schulman Inc., a high-performance plastic compounds, powders, composites, and resins supplier, has announced it will increase its production capacity for color masterbatches in Europe. The company has various manufacturing locations throughout Europe and competence centers where color masterbatches for demanding applications can be developed. The company is planning the capacity expansion because of increased market demand and will add three additional extruders in its facilities in Hungary, Italy, and Poland. The company previously announced capacity expansions in Changshu, China and Istanbul, Turkey.

11/2/2017 - Kalenborn Abresist celebrates 40-year anniversary

URBANA, IN USA — Kalenborn Abresist Corp. is celebrating its 40-year anniversary. The company designs and supplies wear solutions for various industries using mineral and metallic abrasion-resistant linings and coatings. The wear solutions are used in a broad range of processing equipment, including pneumatic and hydraulic components and pipes handling bulk solid materials. The company is part of Kalenborn International GmbH & Co. KG., a parent company with 12 subsidiaries with facilities in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

10/31/2017 - Vortex adds representative agent in Portugal

DARLINGTON, England — Vortex Global Ltd. has expanded into Portugal by adding Alpha Engenharia, a subsidiary of Ana Beco Malheio Lda., as a representative agent in Porto, Portugal. Alpha Engenharia began operating in 2015 and provides technical and commercial assistance across industries in the areas of automation, instrumentation, valves, and accessories. The company also provides technical support and after-sales service and has worked with Vortex on previous projects. The expansion into Portugal is part of Vortex's efforts to expand services across Europe. Vortex Global, Darlington, supplies slide gates, diverters, and loading solutions for handling dry bulk solids in gravity, vacuum, dilute- or dense-phase pneumatic conveying applications.

10/27/2017 - FLSmidth plans to acquire part of Sandvik Mining Systems

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — FLSmidth AS has reached an agreement to acquire part of Sandvik Mining Systems, including its continuous surface mining and minerals handling technologies. The acquisition will allow FLSmidth to cover a greater portion of the full mining value chain from primary crushing to transport to processing. The agreement also transfers employees and allows FLSmidth to provide Sandvik with aftermarket services for most ongoing projects from 2017 to 2019. FLSmidth supplies the global minerals and cement industries with engineering, equipment and complete processing plants.

10/25/2017 - HBI plant built by Primetals and Midrex completes performance test certificate

GUBKIN, Russia — The Midrex HBI-3 hot briquetted iron (HBI) plant built by Primetals Technologies and Midrex Technologies at Lebedinskiy Mining and Processing Integrated Works (LGOK) has announced the completion of its performance guarantee test. The Gubkin, Russia-based plant received the certificate after a successful 7-day test. The plant, which is estimated to produce 1.8 million metric tons of product per year, is owned by Metalloinvest, a Russian iron mining company and steel producer, and will be the second HBI plant in the facility. Mettaloinvest contracted with Primetals and Midrex to supply the HBI plant in order to increase production volume of high value-added iron ore products to 4.5 million metric tons per year. Primetals Technologies Ltd., London, England, is an engineering, plant-building, and lifecycle services partner for the metals industry. Midrex Technologies Inc., Charlotte, NC USA, is an international process engineering and technology company specializing in the direct reduction of iron ore.

10/23/2017 - Cargill partners with natural-feed additive company

MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA — Cargill Inc., announced that it will partner with Delacon, a European phytogenic company specializing in natural additives for animal food. Cargill, based in Minneapolis, says that the partnership will connect its expertise in applied nutrition and global presence with Delacon's market experience with phytogenic feed additives. Phytogenic feed additives can include natural ingredients such as herbs, spices, and other plants and their extracts to improve animal performance and secure animal health for sustainable, wholesome food production. The strategic partnership follows the two companies' previous collaborations over the past several years and will allow them to expand in the micronutrition market. Cargill, Minneapolis, provides food, agriculture, financial, and industrial products and owns Cargill Animal Nutrition, which supplies compound feed, premixes, feed additives, supply chain and risk management solutions, software tools, and animal nutrition expertise. Delacon, Steyregg, Austria, has specialized in phytogenic feed additives for 30 years.

10/19/2017 - Canada proposes tighter grain dust limits

OTTAWA, ON Canada — The Department of Employment and Social Development Labour Program in Canada has proposed new amendments to the occupational exposure limits (OELs) for grain dust and flour dust to better protect employee health and safety. The new OELs for grain dust as proposed would be 4 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), compared with the current limit of 10 mg/m3. The reduced limit stems from scientific studies that show a range of negative health effects can be minimized with a 4 mg/m3 limit.

In addition, flour dust limits are also proposed to be 3 mg/m3 an increase from 0.5 mg/m3. The increase is in response to the findings that workers would have to wear respiratory protective equipment at all times during work, an impractical requirement.

The proposed amendments would impact about 350 grain-handling facilities and nearly 50 wheat flour mills in the country.

10/18/2017 - PBSI renamed Powtech India

NÜRNBERG, Germany — Powder Bulk Solids India (PBSI) will be renamed Powtech India for the next edition of the show, which will be held 11-13 October 2018 in Mumbai, India. The announcement was made by Sajid Desai, CEO, Nürnbergmesse India, and Petra Wolf, member of the NürnbergMesse board. The name will reflect the event's extended scope, underscoring the association with Powtech World, which is the network of global trade fairs for powder and bulk solids processing and mechanical processing technology. The current global trade fairs are held in Brazil, China, India, and Germany. NürnbergMesse GmbH, Nürnberg, Germany, is a global trade show organizer.

10/17/2017 - Global flour trade predicted to increase

LONDON, England — According to data released by the International Grains Council (IGC), the world flour trade in 2017-2018 is predicted to be at its highest ever, reaching 17 million metric tons. Published in August, the projections are actually 200,000 metric tons above the organization's initial projections of 16.8 million metric tons for the year. The gains are only a little higher than the 2016-2017 totals, but the projection is well above historical averages. The flour trade was 16.612 million metric tons in 2015-2016, however the trading ranged from 12.63 to 14.197 million metric tons in the 5 years ended 2014-2015.

The data does not include export sales of durum semolina, which the IGC predicts separately. In 2017-2018, semolina flours are expected to be 420,000 metric tons, which would be an increase in 20,000 metric tons from the previous 2 years and reach the highest levels in 13 years. The IGC is an intergovernmental organization devoted to further international cooperation in the grain trade, promote expansion in the sector, and contribute to market stability for global food security. For more info and to download a copy of the report, visit

10/13/2017 - Evonik to maintain business presence in Lehigh Valley

ESSEN, Germany — Specialty chemical company Evonik has announced it will maintain its presence in the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company finalized the acquisition of Air Products' performance materials division in January 2017 and has since announced that it will combine its chemistry and epoxy curing agent businesses into one that will be based in the Lehigh Valley. The move is significant because Evonik's businesses are primarily headquartered in Germany.

Min Chong, Air Products' former vice president, will lead the new segment, which will operate in Trexlertown, PA, within Air Products' headquarters. Primary end-users for the segment's products are in the civil engineering and industrial applications fields. Evonik may possibly move into a new facility in the area but is currently in a 2-year lease. Evonik, Essen, Germany, employs more than 35,000 people.

10/11/2017 - Balchem acquires Innovative Food Processors

NEW HAMPTON, NY USA — Balchem Corp. has acquired Innovative Food Processors Inc. (IFP), a privately held agglomerated and microencapsulated food and nutrition ingredient manufacturer based in Faribault, MN. Balchem plans to integrate IFP into its Human Nutrition and Health business segment, which delivers customized food and beverage ingredient systems by powders, solids, and other methods. Through the acquisition, Balchem hopes to expand processing technology and market reach for its food, beverage, and nutrition customers.

10/9/2017 - Researchers experimenting with 4-D printing

ZURICH, Switzerland — Researchers working at ETH Zurich, a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics university in Zurich, have begun experimenting with 4-D printing, which creates movable and shape-variable objects such as flat components that can be folded into three-dimensional objects at a later time or even objects that can change their shape as a function of external influences.

Kristina Shea, head of the University's Engineering Design and Computing Lab, and her team have taken the new 4-D printing approach one step further by developing a construction principle that allows them to control the deformation. "The flat structures we reproduce cannot change their configuration randomly, but rather exactly in the way we designed them," says Tian Chen, a doctoral student in Shea's group. The created structures can also support weight. The scientists were able to print the structures on a multimaterial 3-D printer in a single step, combining a rigid polymer and an elastic polymer. The scientists also hope that the new printing method will allow the construction of ventilation systems, systems for opening and closing valves, or medical applications, such as stents.

10/6/2017 - Flexicon announces German-language website

BETHLEHEM, PA USA — Flexicon Corp. has launched a German-language website to support the company's factory-direct sales office in Aschaffenburg, Germany. The new site details the company's bulk handling equipment and systems, such as mechanical and pneumatic conveyors, bulk bag conditioners, dischargers and fillers, bag-dump stations, and weigh batching systems, and will provide easier access to customers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and neighboring regions. Flexicon operates manufacturing facilities in the US, UK, Australia, and South Africa, and maintains factory-direct sales offices in Spain, Singapore, and Chile.

10/4/2017 - Orion Engineered Carbons expanding specialty carbon black capacity in Sweden

SENNINGERBERG, Luxembourg — Orion Engineered Carbons SA is planning to expand specialty carbon black capacity at its Norcarb Engineered Carbons AB plant in Malmö, Sweden. The company will optimize the facility's production line, increasing capacity to supply the fibers, wire and cable, and adhesives and sealants markets. According to the company, the new capacity will serve customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific and will support the company's efforts to realign focus on higher value-added specialty and technical rubber applications. The company supplies carbon black from 14 global production sites for coatings, polymer, rubber, and other applications.

10/2/2017 - Saint-Gobain appoints Kinisky president and CEO

COURBEVOIE, France — Saint-Gobain Corp., Malvern, PA USA a building material maker with offices that are part of Saint-Gobain Group, has appointed Tom Kinisky as president and chief executive officer. Kinisky took over the role earlier this year and will oversee operations in the US and Canada, including CertainTeed Corp., Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and several related companies producing abrasives, ceramics, and glass. Kinisky holds five patents and is planning to focus on research and development investments, employee training, and talent acquisition in his new role at the company. In addition, he's been appointed senior vice president for Saint-Gobain and is a member of the company's global management committee.

9/28/2017 - GEA appoints new executive board member

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — GEA has appointed Martine Snels as a new member of the company's executive board. Snels will begin serving in October and will assume responsibility for GEA's regions and countries organization. According to Helmut Perlet, chairman of the supervisory board, Snels "is a leader bringing with her many years of experience in the customer industries relevant to GEA's business." Snels is a Belgian national and is a graduate architectural engineer who has successfully held a number of management positions in multinational companies in the food and agricultural sector. GEA is a supplier of process technology for various industries.

9/28/2017 - Global pharmaceutical excipients market projected to reach US$8.1 billion in 2021

PUNE, India — The global pharmaceutical market is projected to reach a value of US$8.1 billion in 2021, growing at a 6.1 percent compound annual growth rate from 2016 to 2021, according to Pharmaceutical Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality (Filler, Binder, Lubricant, Preservative), Formulation (Oral, Topical, Coating, Parenteral) — Global Forecast to 2021 by MarketsandMarkets, a market research company. The market growth is expected to stem from demand for new drug delivery systems, greater understanding of the functional benefits of excipients, pharmaceutical industry growth, and patent expirations for several major drugs.

Currently, excipients are being used to create controlled dosage forms of existing drugs and some companies are using functionality excipients in an attempt to extend drug patents, according to the report. Companies are also trying to reduce the size of drug crystals to improve solubility, which can help solve drug toxicity problems, particularly in oncology drugs. Drug companies are also using a nanocarrier for delivering active drugs. In contrast, market growth for excipients is expected to be hampered by the decline in research and development investments and the increasing stringency of regulatory requirements, which has led to a shortage of FDA-approved manufacturing sites. In the USA and Europe, regulators have increased scrutiny on excipients, which is also restraining market growth. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for US$5,650, visit

9/26/2017 - Brabender Technologie marks 60-year anniversary

DUISBURG, Germany — Brabender Technologie is marking its 60-year anniversary in 2017. The company, headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, was founded in 1957 to serve its parent company, and, in the interim, the company has established itself as an international manufacturer of weighing, feeding, discharging, controlling, and flow metering equipment and systems for the bulk materials handling market. The company recently finished its new headquarters in Duisburg, which features a large-scale technical center. The company also has an office in Mississauga, which serves North America.

9/22/2017 - Camfil Group names executive vice president of APC business unit

JONESBORO, AR USA — Camfil Group has named Alain Bérard as the executive vice president of Camfil's Air Pollution Control (APC) business unit with offices in Jonesboro, AR USA. He'll be responsible for developing and supporting the growth of the APC business unit around the world. He has served with Camfil, an air filtration, dust, mist, and fume collector equipment manufacturer, for more than 21 years in various top management positions. In one of his previous roles as group vice president of sales and marketing for 10 years, he grew the company's sales by 100 percent. According to Graeme Bell, vice president of Camfil APC Americas, "Alain has been a long-time supporter of the APC unit and we look forward to his leadership in growing APC business in line with Camfil's global strategic initiatives." Bérard previously co-owned an enterprise specializing in motors, pumps, and fans before joining Camfil and holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA.

9/20/2017 - Bühler builds first industrial-scale insect processing plant

UZWIL, Switzerland — Bühler AG is building the first industrial-scale insect processing plant in the Netherlands. Bühler has partnered with Protix to create the Bühler Insect Technology joint venture. Created in January 2017, the venture's first plant in the southern part of the Netherlands will process black soldier flies for animal nutrition. Bühler will supply the technology, equipment, and process for the insect rearing and processing and feedstock preparation. The insects provide a more sustainable source of protein than more traditional alternatives such as meat or vegetables. The plant is the first step in the joint venture's plans and is slated to begin operation in the first half of 2018. Bühler, Uzwil, provides production and processing technologies for the food industry. Protix, Dongen, the Netherlands, supplies insect-based nutritional ingredients for various markets, including the animal feed industry.

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