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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.


9/18/2017 - Vortex Global names Pladot as Israel representative

DARLINGTON, United Kingdom — Vortex Global Ltd. has named Pladot, a company specializing in conveyors and conveying systems, process tanks, screw feeders, and other equipment manufacturing, as its manufacturers' representative in Israel. Pladot is family-owned, has 40 employees, and is a Level A-certified supplier with ISO 9001 Standard certification. Vortex supplies slide gates, diverters, iris valves, and loading spouts for handling dry bulk solid materials.


9/14/2017 - Garner expanding USA facility

LINCOLN, NE USA — Garner Industries, owner of BinMaster, will expand its facility in Lincoln, NE USA. The company plans to add about 3,700 square meters of space to its existing 6,960-square-meter building. The addition will support the company's growing plastic injection molding business, provide additional warehouse space, and offer room for future growth. BinMaster supplies sensors for measuring bulk solids and liquid materials.


9/12/2017 - Industrial air filtration market to expand as emissions limits tighten

JERSEY CITY, NJ USA — The industrial air filtration market was valued at US$3.74 billion in 2014 and will grow through 2022, according to Industrial Air Filtration Market Size By Application (Cement, Power, Food, Metals, Pharmaceuticals), By Product (Dust Collectors, HEPA Filters, Mist Collectors, Baghouse Filters, Cartridge Collectors & Filters), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2015-2022 by Global Markets Insights Inc. The market is expected to be driven by stringent emissions regulations, such as the European Parliament's 2008 directive requiring that plants limit emissions to prevent or reduce human-caused atmospheric pollution.

Broken down by market product, the dust collector market is estimated to achieve a US$1.6 billion value by 2022, according to the report. The growth in demand for this equipment is expected to be driven by the equipment's minimal maintenance requirements, improved worker health and safety features offered, and cheap operating costs. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for US$4,500, visit h www.gminsights.com.


9/8/2017 - PPG selects silica distributor in Poland, opens coatings facility in Russia

PITTSBURGH, PA USA — PPG has selected Krahn Chemie, Hamburg, Germany, to distribute PPG precipitated silica products in Poland. Krahn Chemie, is a chemical distributor, and the two companies already have a similar distribution agreement in Italy. Krahn Chemie will distribute PPG's proprietary Hi-Sil, Lo-Vel, and Agilon silica products, which are used in many applications in the coatings and rubber industries.

PPG has also opened a US$49 million coatings plant in Lipetsk, Russia. The plant will produce paint and coatings, provide about 200 jobs, and have a 25-million-liter coatings capacity. The facility will also include administrative offices and technical laboratories to provide support for its local customers' automotive, industrial, packaging, and protective and marine applications. PPG supplies specialty materials, fiber glass, coatings, and paints.


9/6/2017 - Air Products to focus on core industrial gases business after divestiture

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA USA — Air Products, an industrial gases company, has stated it will focus on its core industrial gases business after divesting its Performance Materials division to Evonik Industries AG. The focus is part of Air Products' strategic "Five-Point Plan." The agreement to divest the materials division was recently completed and requires operational facilities, supplier contracts, labs, contract customers, and employees and certain legal entities to be transferred to Evonik. Air Products' core business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage producers.


9/4/2017 - ECHA proposes classifying titanium dioxide as Category 2 carcinogen

HELSINKI, Finland — The European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA's) Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has concluded that titanium dioxide (TiO2) meets the criteria for classification as a Category 2 carcinogen when inhaled. The RAC came to this conclusion based on available scientific evidence. Plans call for the RAC opinion to be adopted at the group's September meeting. The classification, initially proposed by France after studies in rats that showed a correlation between TiO2 inhalation and cancer, is under intense scrutiny by industry organizations and others.

Opponents to the classification cite the fact that the study has not been reproduced in other animals or humans and warn that the classification of TiO2, could potentially lead to other safety assessments in similar substances, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and foods. According to the Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA), "This is despite the fact that there is a vast body of scientific evidence that does not support a classification of TiO2 for humans, which is supported by over 50 years of epidemiological data on more than 24,000 workers and demonstrates there is no link between cancer in humans and exposure to titanium dioxide." Other industry groups have expressed concern for the classification because TiO2 is found in many products including paints, coatings, plastics, paper, food, sunscreen, and pollution control technologies.

The Risk Assessment Committee has stated that the classification adoption will be followed by a normal editorial check before being sent to the European Commission for final decision making. The European Commission will then decide if any regulations are needed for the substance.

ECHA is an agency charged with implementing the European Union's chemicals legislation, helping companies to comply with legislation, advancing safe chemical use, and providing information on chemicals and addressing chemicals of concern.


8/31/2017 - Anton Paar acquires product line for particle characterization

ASHLAND, VA USA — Anton Paar, Ashland, has agreed to purchase the particle size analyzer (PSA) line of instruments from CILAS, Orleans, France. CILAS specializes in instruments for nanoparticle and microparticle measurement. Anton Paar will integrate the new PSA product line into its existing Particle Characterization business portfolio. The new instruments will extend the available particle size measuring range and add image technology analysis to Anton Paar's capabilities, which already include particle size measurement instruments using dynamic light scattering.


8/29/2017 - Anton Paar acquires product line for particle characterization

ASHLAND, VA USA — Anton Paar, Ashland, has agreed to purchase the particle size analyzer (PSA) line of instruments from CILAS, Orleans, France. CILAS specializes in instruments for nanoparticle and microparticle measurement. Anton Paar will integrate the new PSA product line into its existing Particle Characterization business portfolio. The new instruments will extend the available particle size measuring range and add image technology analysis to Anton Paar's capabilities, which already include particle size measurement instruments using dynamic light scattering.


8/25/2017 - Fritsch opens USA subsidiary

IDAR-OBERSTEIN, Germany — Fritsch GmbH, headquartered in Idar-Oberstein, has opened its first subsidiary in the USA. The company currently has branches in Singapore, Russia, China, and France. The subsidiary will be called Fritsch Milling and Sizing Inc. Located in Research Triangle Park, NC USA, the facility will include offices and a storage facility along with an applications laboratory with numerous instruments from the company. This will allow customers to conduct tests with the supplier's available instruments. Fritsch supplies application-oriented laboratory instruments for sample preparation and particle size reduction.


8/23/2017 - Sandvik intends to sell welding and stainless wire businesses, creating powder business unit

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Sandvik AB has announced that its Materials Technology business plans involve divesting its welding and stainless wire operations. The two businesses are subject to intense competition and do not hold a first or second market position. However, the company's Kanthal wire for industrial heating line will remain in the company's portfolio as part of its core business with strong growth potential.

In addition to the divestment, the company will be implementing a new organizational structure, which will include powder, strip, tube, and Kanthal product areas — each of which will be responsible for the entire value chain and its results. The powder product area specializes in various metal powder alloys in particle sizes up to 250 microns. Sandvik Materials Technology is a business area within Sandvik AB and manufactures advanced stainless steels, special alloys, and products for industrial heating.


8/21/2017 - Vortex Global wins SHAPA Company of the Year Award

DARLINGTON, England — Vortex Global Ltd., a solids and bulk material handling components company headquartered in Salina, KS, with a branch in Darlington, UK, has won the Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA) 2017 Solids Handling Industry Company of the Year Award. SHAPA, which is a specialist association for the solids handling and processing industry based in the UK, recognizes companies that have demonstrated achievement, improved sales success, or deployed of industry best practices. Companies can enter the awards if they are UK-registered and in the solids handling and processing industry. Vortex was recognized for its rapid growth in size and sales. The company realized 44 percent growth in 2016, due in part, to expanding its sales portfolio, with loading spouts being the fastest growing portion of that portfolio.


8/17/2017 - Premier Tech expands Rivière-du-Loup plant

RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, QC Canada — Premier Tech has announced it will invest $7 million to expand one of its six plants located in Rivière-du-Loup, QC. The expansion will support the company's steady growth and demand for its automated packaging systems manufactured for export mainly to the Americas. The company also cites multiple acquisitions over the past few years in this sector as impetus for the need for greater manufacturing capacity.

Premier Tech began construction in March to add 2,300 square meters to one of the two Industrial Equipment Group plants in Rivière-du-Loup. The expanded facility will include an area dedicated to final assembly and start-up of the automated packaging systems and an isolated area for stainless steel work. The company expects to add 30 new workers over the next 3 years. The expansion announcement follows an earlier announcement in late 2016 to expand the campus's road network and construct a three-story building, a US$15 million investment. Premier Tech manufactures industrial equipment for rigid and flexible packaging, material handling, and palletizing.


8/15/2017 - Garner expanding Nebraska facility

LINCOLN, NE USA — Garner Industries, owner of BinMaster, will expand its Lincoln facility. The company plans to add 3,700 square meters of space to its existing 6,900-square-meter building. The addition will support the company's growing plastic injection molding business, provide additional warehouse space, and offer room for future growth. BinMaster supplies sensors for measuring bulk solids and liquid materials.


8/11/2017 - Jackfruit seeds could act as cocoa bean substitute

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil have been researching the potential for jackfruit seeds to act as a chocolate substitute. Chocolate yield annually is around 3.3 million metric tons, but demand for the commodity suggests that worldwide demand for chocolate beans will reach 4 about million metric tons by 2020. To meet the growing demand, scientists have been investigating potential alternative sources that can mimic chocolate's distinct aroma and flavor. One potential possibility is the jackfruit, which grows in South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. The seeds can be boiled, steamed, and roasted before eating, providing fiber, protein, and minerals at a low cost. In Brazil, jackfruit seeds are considered a waste product, but scientists wanted to determine if any of the fruit's compounds could product chocolate aromas.

Researchers Fernanda Papa Spada, Jane K. Parker, Solange Guidolin, Canniatti Brazaca, and colleagues made 27 jackfruit seed flours by acidifying or fermenting the seeds prior to drying. They roasted the flours for various times and temperatures using processes that are usually used to enhance the chocolate flavor in cocoa beans. Volunteers were then asked to smell the jackfruit seed flours and describe the aromas. The fermented flours were found to have more positive attributes, such as caramel, hazelnut, or fruity aromas. The researchers have concluded that jackfruit seeds are capable of producing chocolate aromas and are a potential replacement for the aroma of cocoa powder or chocolate.

The study "Optimization of Postharvest Conditions to Produce Chocolate Aroma from Jackfruit Seeds," was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The study authors also acknowledge funding from the National Council of Technological and Scientific and Research Foundation.


8/9/2017 - Donaldson Co. acquires Hy-Pro Corp.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA — Donaldson Co. Inc., Minneapolis, has acquired filter manufacturer Hy-Pro Corp., Anderson, IN USA. Tod Carpenter, Donaldson's CEO, says "Hy-Pro is an excellent addition to Donaldson's global portfolio of filtration businesses." Donaldson is a filter and dust collector manufacturer with global operations.


8/7/2017 - Global industrial gases market driven by industrialization, increasing population

DUBLIN, Ireland — The global industrial gases market was valued at US$47,200 million in 2015 and is expected to grow at a 6.2 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2022, according to the report Global Industrial Gases Market Size, Share, Development, Growth, and Demand Forecast to 2022 by P&S Market Research and distributed by Research and Markets.

The industrial gases market is experiencing growth because of various factors including high-quality gas solutions for the aerospace industry and significant growth of the pharmaceutical, food, and beverage industries in developing economies such as China, India, and Brazil. These countries are expected to create market opportunities during the report's forecast period. Other trends influencing market growth are applications such as cryogenic processes for industrial air separation and increasing use of gaseous mixtures like syngas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen). The report states that the market will be constrained by the costs associated with producing and purifying industrial gases and the high cost of transporting industrial gases.

The Asia-Pacific region's market accounted for the larger share, 38.9 percent, in the global industrial gases market in 2015. The region is also expected to have the highest growth with a 6.6 percent CAGR from 2016 to 2022. Market growth in the region is attributed in the report to increasing refinery output, particularly in China and India. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for US$5,100, visit www.researchandmarkets.com.


8/3/2017 - Saint-Gobain appoints Kinisky president and CEO

MALVERN, PA USA — Saint-Gobain Corp., a building material maker based in Malvern, has appointed Tom Kinisky as president and chief executive officer. Kinisky took over the role earlier this year and will oversee operations in the USA 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.


8/1/2017 - CST announces Global Manufacturing Center of Excellence, consolidation plan

KANSAS CITY, MO USA — CST Industries, Kansas City, announced that it plans to transform its global covers manufacturing footprint by creating a Global Manufacturing Center of Excellence in its existing Conroe, TX USA, facility. The covers that will be manufactured there can be used in various applications, including biomass storage, biofuel storage and processing, and others. The company will invest in equipment and personnel at the Conroe facility and will transfer manufacturing equipment from the Rincon, GA USA, location, which produces aluminum domes and covers. The company plans to consolidate cover production and increase capacity at the Conroe facility and cease operation in Rincon. The 34 affected workers at the Rincon facility will receive separation pay and other benefits from CST to help with the transition. CST Industries owns CST Covers, CST Storage, and Vulcan Tanks and supplies storage tanks and covers to various industries.


7/28/2017 - Camfil APC doubles testing facility, adds full-size dust collection test rig

JONESBORO, AR USA — Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a dust, mist, and fume collection equipment supplier, has doubled the size of its testing facility. The facility now includes a climate-controlled area with a new full-size dust collection test rig. This will allow testing compliance with the new ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199-2016, Method of Testing the Performance of Industrial Pulse Cleaned Dust Collectors.

The new standard measures how well filters actually clean and how dust collectors perform as a whole. The company will use the test rig to test internal product quality and to help customers simulate real-world conditions to evaluate the compliance and effectiveness of various filters. The lab expansion also provides new testing capabilities and includes a highly sensitive scanning electron microscope that can analyze high-efficiency filter media and nanofiber PTFE membrane coatings.

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