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3/23/2017 - Freeman Technology appoints new distributor for India

TEWKESBURY, England — Freeman Technology (Freeman), a specialist in powder flow and powder characterization, has designated Apex Chromatography Pvt. Ltd. (Apex) as its new distributor for India. Apex will supply the entire line of Freeman products including the FT4 powder rheometer and uniaxial powder tester. Apex, headquartered in Hyderabad, India, has been supplying instrumentation to customers in India for several decades and has offices throughout the country in Mumbai, Pune, Aurungabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Goa.

3/21/2017 - Pneumatic conveying systems market predicted to reach US$7.04 billion by 2021

NEW YORK, NY USA — The global pneumatic conveying systems market is expected to show growth in the near term, according to the report Pneumatic Conveying Systems Market by Type, Operation, Industry, and Region — Global Forecast to 2021, by Markets and Markets, a market research company. Factors such as rapid industrialization in emerging economies, a thriving waste treatment industry, and increasing awareness about energy saving and energy efficiency are expected to drive the pneumatic conveying systems market.

The positive-pressure pneumatic conveying systems market is predicted to grow at the highest compound annual growth rate during the forecast period. These highly efficient systems are used to transport heavier materials, including gravel and powders over long distances. Systems can range from medium- to high-pressure, and they can be used to transfer free-flowing, granular, sticky, or very fine material. The other pneumatic conveying system type — which uses a vacuum — transfers material under low pressure for short distances.

The largest market for pneumatic conveying systems is the Asia-Pacific region, closely followed by North America. The countries with the highest demand for these systems are China, India, Australia, and Japan. Out of those countries, India is expected to dominate market demand in the region. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for US$5,650, visit

3/17/2017 - Toray Industries, Mitsui Sugar joint venture to demonstrate new manufacturing process

TOKYO, Japan — Toray Industries has announced a joint venture with Mitsui Sugar Co. Ltd. has been created to seek business opportunities for manufacturing systems that produce cellulosic sugar, a raw material used for producing various biochemical products, from the surplus bagasse generated at sugar mills. The joint venture called Cellulosic Biomass Technology Co. Ltd. will be located in Bangkok, Thailand, and the goal is to produce high-quality, low-cost cellulosic sugar from inedible biomass while saving 50 percent of the energy typically used in manufacturing by using water treatment membranes in the process. The new demonstration would help to make chemical products from inedible biomass.

The project will be carried out in Thailand under the International Energy Conservation Technology and System Demonstration Project of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. These types of projects are important in Thailand because it is one of the largest sugarcane producers in the world and is the largest sugar exporter in Asia. The demonstration plant will handle 13.6 metric tons of bagasse per day (dry weight) and will manufacture about 3.8 metric tons of cellulosic sugar after going through the processes of pretreatment, enzymatic saccharification, and membrane separation. The plant will also produce polyphenol and oligosaccharide, which can be made into livestock feed. The joint venture company will pursue commercialization through the demonstration project.

Toray Industries, Tokyo, is an integrated chemical industry group with locations in 26 countries. Mitsui Sugar, Tokyo, produces sugar and food ingredients.

3/15/2017 - Oerlikon acquires Citim, plans powder production facility

PFÄFFIKON, Switzerland — Oerlikon has announced its acquisition of Citim GmbH, a service provider that designs and produces metal additive manufacturing (AM) components. Oerlikon, a global technology company with focus on surface solutions, advanced materials, and materials processing, says that the acquisition will expand its AM technology and service portfolio with established 3D printing capabilities in Europe and the USA. Currently, Oerlikon offers metal powders for AM. When combined with Citim's capabilities, Oerlikon can provide an end-to-end service concept for AM. Citim, Barleben, Germany, originally began as a spin-off of Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, which first focused on prototype tooling. The company now has about 120 employees and serves customers in the aerospace, energy, medical, and automotive industries.

3/13/2017 - Alcoa announces plan to permanently close Suralco refinery

NEW YORK, NY USA — Alcoa Corp., a global bauxite, alumina, and aluminum producer, has announced the permanent closure of the company's Suralco alumina refinery and bauxite mines in Suriname. Operations have been curtailed in that country since 2015. Alcoa and the Suriname government are in the process of negotiating definitive agreements on Suralco's activities in the country and the future of Suriname's bauxite industry. In the interim, Alcoa will continue to operate the Afobaka hydroelectric facility, which formerly supplied power to operations at Suralco.

3/9/2017 - LPW announces £20 million expansion in metal powder production site

RUNCORN, England — LPW Technology Ltd. has announced it will invest £20 million to expand its Runcorn facility that manufactures metal powders for the additive manufacturing (AM) industry. The company projects that the new facility will create more than 120 new jobs by 2018. The facility will export metal powders worldwide for use in the aerospace and medical industries, among others. Along with supplying metal powders, the company also makes powder handling and testing equipment and quality control software for industrial users of AM systems.

3/7/2017 - OCP and Ethiopia sign large fertilizer plant deal

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Morocco's Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), the world's largest phosphate exporter, has signed a deal with Ethiopia to build a US$3.7 billion plant for fertilizer production. The move is part of continuing investment by Moroccan firms, including banks and insurers, in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past few years. In late 2016, the OCP signed an agreement with Rwanda to build a blending unit there. Through this latest agreement, signed with Chemical Industries Corp., a state-run, Ethiopian firm, the fertilizer plant will be built in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, located in the eastern part of the country. The plant is expected to produce 2.5 million metric tons of fertilizer in its first phase, by 2022. A US$1.3 billion investment is anticipated to increase production to 3.8 million metric tons 3 years after that, by 2025.

Presently, Ethiopia imports around 900,000 metric tons of fertilizer each year. Once operational, OCP will ship its own phosphoric acid to the plant, while potash will be transported from large reserves in the Horn of Africa's northeastern area.

3/3/2017 - Primetals, Midrex begins operations at Texas HBI plant

LONDON, England — Primetals Technologies Ltd. and consortium partner Midrex Technologies Inc. officially have begun production at a newly constructed hot briquetted iron (HBI) facility near Corpus Christi, TX USA. The plant will produce almost 2 million metric tons of HBI annually, making it the largest single module of this type in the world, according to Primetals Technologies. The companies received an HBI order in Europe in 2013, which made construction of the Corpus Christi facility necessary. Primetals Technologies, London, is a joint venture of Siemens, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Partners Communications. Midrex Technologies, a supplier for the direct reduction of iron, is headquartered in Charlotte, NC USA.

3/1/2017 - Camfil APC announces new vice president

JONESBORO, AR USA — Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has named Graeme Bell vice president, Camfil APC Americas. Bell will relocate from Europe to Camfil APC headquarters in Jonesboro. He'll hold full responsibility for the manufacturing, technical, and training facility there as well as for North and South American sales operations for the company's dust, mist, and fume collection products. Bell initially joined the company 4 years ago and was most recently vice president, Camfil APC Europe. He has 26 years' experience in the air pollution control industry and holds a diploma in mechanical engineering.

2/27/2017 - CHoPS organizers issue call for papers

LONDON, England — The organizers for CHoPS 2018 have issued a call for papers for the upcoming 9th International Conference Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids, which will take place 10-14 September 2018 at the Greenwich Maritime Campus in London, England. The event will focus on the emerging opportunities and challenges in solids handling technology in the process industries and the equipment manufacturing sector. The organizers welcome abstract submissions from both academia and industry in the form of research papers or case studies. Applicable topics include powder flow testing, segregation, mixing, mechanical conveying, silo design for material flow, discrete element modeling (DEM) process modeling, bulk material mechanical behaviors, wear, particle attrition, particle interaction and deformation, and industrial applications (case studies). Abstract submissions are due 5 June 2017. For more information on submission guidelines, visit

2/23/2017 - GEA awarded large-scale contract for nutritional powders plant in New Zealand

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — GEA Group has been awarded a contract to build a nutritional powders plant for Mataura Valley Milk Ltd. (Mataura). The plant will be located in McNab on the south island of New Zealand and will process fresh milk ingredients into added-value nutritional powders as well as standard skim milk and whole milk powders. The plant is planned to be operational for the 2018 season and will produce around 140 metric tons of nutritional powder daily. Mataura is majority-owned by Chinese Animal Husbandry Group, and the plant will export roughly half of the produced nutritional powder to China. GEA Group plans, constructs, and delivers complete systems and components for production, process cooling, drying, filling, and packaging of dairy products.

2/21/2017 - Schenck Process launches "future lab"

DARMSTADT, Germany — Schenck Process has launched what it calls its "future lab" to augment the company's traditional research and development. The lab's aim is to bring together competencies from diverse areas of the business, with the ongoing task of thinking things further, in greater depth. The intention is to come up with creative ideas and then turn them into reality at a quicker pace than a typical research lab. The lab will rely on interaction with the company's customers because the goal isn't innovation in itself, the goal is innovation with a purpose.

Andreas Evertz, president and chief executive officer, and Jan Krall, the head of the future lab, helped to create the project. Krall will report directly to Evertz on the lab's progress. Schenck Process provides measurement and process technology for industrial weighing, feeding, conveying, screening, air filtration, and automation.

2/17/2017 - Bühler networking days to take place at Interpack 2017 in Germany

UZWIL, Switzerland — Bühler will hold Bühler Networking Days 2017 during the Interpack 2017 trade show, which will be held 4-10 May in Düsseldorf, Germany. Bühler will present its processing solutions at the exposition and will hold its networking event as well. The event will feature four core themes that strongly impact the food processing industry: sustainability, nutrition, food safety, and the Internet of Things. The event will also display 15 innovations, expert presentations on the four themes, and an exclusive networking dinner hosted by Bühler. The company provides production and processing technologies for the food industry.

2/15/2017 - India masterbatch market to grow at 11 percent CAGR through 2025

NEW YORK, NY USA — According to the report India Masterbatch Market by Type, by Polymer Type , by Application, by End Use, Competition Forecast and Opportunities, 2011-2025, by TechSci Research, a market research firm, the India masterbatch market is forecast to grow at an 11 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2011 to 2025. Market growth is projected to come from a strong performance in packaging and automotive sectors along with favorable government regulations, rapid industrialization, and commercialization. In the automotive industry, the government is placing a strong emphasis on developing eco-friendly cars by implementing strict regulations regarding vehicle greenhouse gases emissions. Other government initiatives, including "Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation" and "Make in India," should help drive masterbatch consumption in the country. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for US$2,700, visit

2/13/2017 - Merck invests €250 million to expand pharma production in China

NANTONG, China — Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a science and technology company, is increasing production capacity at the company's pharmaceutical business in Nantong. The company will invest in phases, with the final investment total reaching €250 million. The first part of the investment, the Nantong pharmaceutical plant, was inaugurated in November 2016 and will produce high-quality pharmaceuticals on China's essential drug list. During the opening ceremony for the plant, Merck announced that it would also invest in building a Life Science Center near the Nantong plant to manufacture high-purity inorganic salts, cell culture media products, and ready-to-use media. The company has based investments in the country based on the prediction that China will be the world's second-largest pharmaceutical market by 2018.

2/9/2017 - Vitro buys PPG flat glass business

MONTERREY, Mexico — Vitro SAB de CV, a glass producer based in Monterrey, has completed the acquisition of PPG's flat glass business operations in the US and Canada. The transaction was approved by the governing bodies of both companies and by regulatory authorities in the US and Canada. The acquired companies' assets include four manufacturing plants with five flat glass furnaces, a research and development center, and four distribution and fabrication facilities in Canada. According to Vitro, "The company's flat glass division has become a key business for Vitro, and this investment will allow us to strengthen it by offering a wider set of solutions to our customers."

2/7/2017 - PotashCorp, Agrium planning merger

SASKATOON, SK Canada — Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp), Saskatoon, SK, and Agrium Inc., Calgary, AB, have received a final order approving their merger-of-equals transaction from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Shareholders have also approved the proposed merger, which is planned to be complete in mid-2017. PotashCorp is a large crop nutrient company, and Agrium is a global producer and distributor of agricultural products, services, and solutions.

2/3/2017 - Osaka Titanium to sell AM-compatible powders

AMAGASAKI, JAPAN — Osaka Titanium Technologies Co. Ltd. has announced that it will expand its range of titanium powders for metal additive manufacturing (AM) processes. The company has made a gas-atomized spherical titanium powder for more than 20 years, and after external testing and evaluation of the powder, it's now available for use in AM systems. The company plans to develop the market for various types of titanium AM powders both nationally and internationally.

2/1/2017 - New Jersey police shut down plastic scrap theft ring

BAYONNE, NJ USA — The New Jersey State Police Interstate Theft North Unit has arrested two New York men for allegedly operating a theft ring that sold stolen plastic scrap overseas. The arrests are the result of a 4-month-long investigation, in which authorities found that Apex Recycling in Bayonne, NJ, would accept potentially stolen plastic products and scrap them for the overseas market, typically sending the material to China. The two men, Yih Tan and Rong Wu, were charged with receiving and fencing stolen property. When the recycling facility was searched, more than 20,000 kilograms of plastic regrind, valued at US$67,000 was found. Investigators also found more than US$20,000 in currency.

1/30/2017 - Solvay plans nylon compounding facility in Mexico

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — Global chemical company Solvay Group is planning to partner with Chunil Engineering Co. Ltd., Incheon, South Korea, a supplier of various plastic components for automotive manufacturers, and colocate at a nylon compounding plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Chunil Engineering is a major Solvay customer, and this will be a testing ground for similar Solvay-customer arrangements in other parts of the world, such as Russia and Southeast Asia, according to the company. The turnkey plant is slated to be operational in July and will have a 9.9-million-kilogram annual production capacity. The plant is also expected to employ 30 workers.

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