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7/20/2017 - World Congress of Particle Technology 8 seeks abstract submissions

ORLANDO, FL USA — Organizers for the World Congress of Particle Technology 8, taking place 22-26 April 2018 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL USA, have announced that abstract submissions for the education poster session can now be submitted. George E. Klinzing, University of Pittsburgh, and Mayank Kashyap, SABIC, are the event's lead organizers and are inviting poster presentations concentrating on programs in particle technology education around the world. Abstracts can be submitted from 1 May 2017 to 21 August 2017 at

7/18/2017 - Achema 2018 issues call for papers for congress, PRAXISforums

FRANKFURT, Germany — Achema 2018 organizers are now accepting contributions to the event's congress program and PRAXISforums. The event will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, 11-15 June 2018.

The Achema Congress focuses on chemical and process engineering as well as biotechnology themes. Congress topics include analytics, energy supply, process design, reaction technology, and safety, among others. Focal topics include biotech for chemistry, flexible production, and chemical and pharmaceutical logistics.

The Achema PRAXISforums focus on industrial applications, trends, new products, and services in chemical engineering, biotechnology, and the process industry. Market- and practice-oriented topics are presented in a concise format. Forums are held in the immediate vicinity of the respective exhibition group.

Scientists from industry and research institutions are invited to submit their papers until 22 September 2017 at

7/14/2017 - Tenova HYL, Dipoinduca Canada commercialize iron ore fines recovery project

MONTERREY, Mexico — Tenova HYL and Diproinduca Canada Ltd. have collaborated to commercialize technology that helps to recover, recycle, and process iron ore fines in direct reduction plants. The technology is called direct-reduced briquettes (DRB) and is for use in direct reduction (DR) plants. DR plants create low-value by-products, including fines from scrubbing systems, iron ore screening, and the sludge produced in the reduction and cooling gas circuits of DR installations. Currently these fines are either sold as a low-price by-product or they require a disposal fee.

The DRB technology would allow the fines to be made into briquettes that can be fed directly into the DR reducing reactor to produce direct-reduced iron, which can increase overall product yield and reduce operating costs by eliminating disposal logistics. Testing of the final iron produced shows that it's also of the same quality as the direct-reduced iron produced by the DR plant. The technology is currently installed in a demonstration plant at Ternium in Monterrey. Tenova, a Techint Group company, is located in Castellanza, Italy, and develops technologies and services for metals and mining companies. Diproinduca, Toronto, ON Canada, helps companies in the iron and steel industries with processing, recycling, briquetting, and commercializing by-products.

7/12/2017 - Lanxess increases iron oxide pigments capacity

COLOGNE, Germany — Lanxess AG, a specialty chemicals company, has announced it will expand global capacity for iron oxide pigments to safeguard customer supplies. The company's Krefeld-Uerdingen facility will increase production capacities for red and black pigments from 280,000 to about 303,000 metric tons by 2019. In Porto Feliz, Brazil, the company plans to add 2,000 metric tons of capacity for yellow pigments. In addition, the company's Ningbo, China, location has already increased its capacity for red pigment by 25,000 metric tons. The company expects the market for iron oxide pigments to expand by 3 percent on average each year beginning in 2018. However, the company also notes that the number of production locations for synthetic iron oxide pigments has been decreases. This is attributed to the implementation of environmental regulations by both pigment manufacturers and the pigment processing industry. The number of production locations has actually been reduced by half since 2008 and the company believes that this trend will continue.

7/10/2017 - Thyssenkrupp to build cement plant in Algeria

SIGUS, Algeria — Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG has been awarded a contract to build a cement plant for Société des Ciments de Sigus, part of Groupe Industriel des Ciments d'Algérie (GICA). The turnkey plant will have a production capacity of 6,000 tons of clinker per day and will be constructed in Sigus, a town south of Constantine and 340 kilometers east of Algiers. The plant is expected to be operational by 2019 and is the second plant for which GICA contracted with Thyssenkrupp. Thyssenkrupp provides engineering, construction, and services industrial plants and systems.

7/6/2017 - Chem Show returns to Javits Center in October

NEW YORK CITY, NY USA — The 2017 Chem Show — The Event for Processing Technology, will take place from 31 October-2 November at the Javits Center in New York City. The biennial show is focused specifically on powder, fluid, and gas processing within the chemical process industries. The event is organized by International Exposition Company Inc., which projects that the show will attract more than 5,000 attendees and 300 exhibiting companies that will occupy more than 30,000 square feet of exhibit space.

In addition to the exhibit hall, the show will feature more than 30 no-cost seminars on topics including various process applications that affect product line performance and efficiency, best practices, and others. The show caters to engineers, plant managers, and other chemical process industry professionals and is endorsed by several industry organizations, including the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), the Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers (ACC&CE), and the Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA). For more info, visit

7/4/2017 - Global pharmaceutical excipients market projected to reach US$8.1 billion in 2021

DALLAS, TX USA — 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, a report 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 US 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

6/30/2017 - AGI announces Global Industries acquisition

WINNIPEG, MB Canada — Ag Growth International (AGI), Winnipeg, has announced its acquisition of Global Industries Inc. Global manufactures grain storage bins, portable and stationary grain handling equipment, grain drying and aeration equipment, structural components, and steel buildings. Global has four divisions located in Nebraska and Kansas, production capacity in South Africa, and warehouses in the US, Europe, Australia, and Africa. AGI hopes that the acquisition will expand its international grain handling, drying, and storage platforms in both the farm and commercial segments.

6/28/2017 - Satake, Alapala announce flour milling equipment relaunch

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Satake Corp. and Alapala have announced the relaunch of the Henry Simon range of flour milling equipment. The equipment line will be based on the equipment created by Henry Simon of Manchester, England, beginning in 1878. The line is a partnership between Satake, Hiroshima, a food and grain engineering company, and Alapala, Instanbul, Turkey, a flour, maize, and feed milling engineering company. The partner companies premiered the equipment at the 121st Annual Conference and Expo of the International Association of Operative Millers in April. The equipment will be manufactured in Alapala's newly completed manufacturing complex, which includes robotic cutting, welding, and assembly technology.

6/26/2017 - A. Schulman to increase color masterbatches capacity

AKRON, OH USA — A. Schulman Inc., a global high-performance plastic compounds, powders, composites, and resins supplier, announced it will increase its production capacity for color masterbatches in Europe. The company is planning to add three additional extruders in its Hungary, Italy, and Poland facilities. The greater capacity will help the company meet market demand for color masterbatches in the region. The company previously announced new masterbatch plant investments in China and Turkey.

6/23/2017 - AGI announces Global Industries acquisition

WINNIPEG, MB Canada — Ag Growth International (AGI), Winnipeg, has announced its acquisition of Global Industries Inc. Global manufactures grain storage bins, portable and stationary grain handling equipment, grain drying and aeration equipment, structural components, and steel buildings. Global has four divisions located in Nebraska and Kansas, production capacity in South Africa, and warehouses in the US, Europe, Australia, and Africa. AGI hopes that the acquisition will expand its international grain handling, drying, and storage platforms in both the farm and commercial segments.

6/21/2017 - General Mills announces new CEO

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN USA — General Mills has announced that Jeff Harmening will be the company's new chief executive officer (CEO). Harmening joined the company in 1994 and most recently was president and chief operating officer. According to reports, the company has been struggling and has seen declining year-over-year revenues for seven consecutive quarters through March 2017. Current CEO Kendall Powell will continue to serve as chairman of the board for a transition period until his retirement, which is expected within the next year, according to the company. General Mills is a global food producer with more than 39,000 employees.

6/19/2017 - BHS-Sonthofen, MSW recognized for efficiency award

SONTHOFEN, Germany — BHS-Sonthofen GmbH and MSW Mineralstoffwerke Südwest GmbH received the German Resources Efficiency Award 2016 in February. The companies were recognized by the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy for developing and implementing the Combimix process. The process turns previously worthless mining by-product accumulated in quarries into a valuable building resource. Developed by BHS-Sonthofen, the Combimix process uses a twin shaft batch mixer and helps to transform the by-product that was used for backfill at the mine site or disposed of at a landfill int a marketable building material. At MSW's quarry in Mönsheim, raw materials can now produce a greater yield of usable material, with material usage efficiency improving from an average of 65-70 percent to about 93 percent. The increased efficiency could allow previously decommissioned mines to produce useful materials. BHS-Sonthofen is an owner-operated group of companies in the field of machinery and plant engineering. MSW is a limestone supplier in the Stuttgart region of Germany.

6/15/2017 - SPX Flow opens new European plant, appoints new chairman

CHARLOTTE, NC USA — SPX Flow Inc. recently opened a new 28,000-square-meter manufacturing campus in Bydgoszcz, Poland, which is a multimillion dollar investment for the company and part of its efforts to provide efficient production of its product line, parts, and aftermarket support operations. The facility is fitted with advanced manufacturing equipment and a highly trained workforce, and each product undergoes multiple quality checks to ensure specifications and quality standards are met.

In the USA, SPX Flow has appointed Robert F. Hull Jr. as chairman of the company's board of directors. Hull succeeds Chris Kearney, who's retiring after a combined 20 years with the company. Hull has been on the SPX Flow board since the company's spin-off from SPX Corporation in 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in public company leadership, including finance, accounting, tax, treasury, and investor relations expertise, along with mergers and acquisitions, risk management, supply chain, and human resources experience. SPX Flow, Charlotte, is a global supplier of highly engineered flow components, process equipment, and turnkey systems.

6/13/2017 - Metalfab announces company name change

VERNON, NJ USA — Metalfab Inc. has announced that it will change its name to Metalfab Material Handling Systems LLC. Company founders Bill Westdyk, Pete Mazzola, Neal DeBonte, and Tony Bartello retired in 2010 and sold the operation to key employees. The company will still operate from its former location in Vernon, and will maintain the same telephone numbers. However, the company will be instituting an email extension: "," and messages sent to the previous email extension will be redirected to the new address. Metalfab Material Handling Systems supplies equipment to assist dry solids flow from bins, conveyors, and feeders.

6/7/2017 - Comminution 2018 issues call for papers

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Minerals Engineering International (MEI), the organizer for Comminution '18, has issued a call for papers. Taking place at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa from 16-19 April 2018, the event is for sharing cutting edge research and innovation for crushing, grinding, and ultrafine grinding applications in the mining industry. The organizer, MEI, publishes a peer-reviewed journal and provides information to the mining industry via conferences and a website. The call for papers requires that short abstracts of no more than 150 words be submitted in rich text format by the end of September 2017. If accepted, draft papers will be required, and these will form the unrefereed proceedings for the conference. Final papers, which must be submitted no later than 1 month after the end of the conference, will be refereed, and, if accepted, published in a special comminution issue of the Minerals Engineering journal. For more information, visit

6/5/2017 - AkzoNobel acquires BASF India's industrial coatings business

MUMBAI, India — AkzoNobel India has acquired the industrial coatings business of BASF India Ltd. The acquisition was finalized in late 2016. BASF's coatings business supplies various products for the construction, domestic appliance, wind energy, and commercial transport industries. The acquisition will include relevant technologies, patents, and trademarks, as well as two manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom and South Africa and approximately 400 workers. AkzoNobel India supplies decorative paints and performance coatings. BASF, owner of BASF India, is a global chemical company.

6/1/2017 - ASTM International chooses new president

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA USA — ASTM International has chosen Katharine "Kathie" Morgan as its new president. The organization, headquartered in West Conshohocken, develops global standards for manufacturing performance and materials, products and processes, systems, and services. Morgan succeeds James A. Thomas, who served in the role for 25 years. She is a 33-year veteran of ASTM International and has served as executive vice president for the past 2 years. Prior to that she was a vice president of technical committee operations. Along with her role at ASTM International, Morgan is a prominent voice for standardization-related issues and is part of other organizations with that focus. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, PA USA, and a master's degree in business administration from Widener University in Chester, PA USA.

5/30/2017 - Osaka Prefecture University launches computer simulation courses for engineers

SAKAI, Japan — Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, in association with ANSYS Japan, Cybernet Systems, and EDEM, has launched a new educational program with an aim to develop simulation expertise among engineers in the process industries in Japan. The program was initiated by Professor Satoru Watano, a well-known figure in the field of powder technology, and will target industrial powder handling processes with applications such as mixing, segregation, filling, and tableting and focus on using computer-aided engineering to solve problems in the bulk solids handling fields. The course was first offered in 2016 and EDEM, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based supplier of discrete element modeling software, has been providing access to its software and training to program attendees. ANSYS Japan is part of the larger ANSYS company, Canonsburg, PA USA, which employs engineers who are experts in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and other high-level subjects. Cybernet Systems Corp., Ann Arbor, MI, is a research and development company focusing on robotics and human-machine interaction.

5/26/2017 - Lödige's North American branch appoints new CEO

FLORENCE, KY USA — Lodige Process Technology USA has appointed Jeff Raabe as its new CEO. Lodige Process Technology USA, Florence, is part of Gebruder Lödige Maschinenbau GmbH, Paderborn, Germany. The US branch provides service and parts for the German company's equipment within North America, as well as for Littleford Day equipment, Lodige's past licensee. Raabe has more than 25 years in the ploughshare mixer industry from his time at Littleford Day (now B&P Littleford). He has experience in global marketing and sales in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, plastic, mineral, and other industries. Lodige supplies mixing, granulating, coating, drying, and reacting machines and systems.

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