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5/22/2017 - LPW to expand Runcorn facility

EDINBURGH — LPW Technology Ltd. has announced it will invest £20 million to expand its Runcorn facility that produces 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.


5/18/2017 - AGC Asahi Glass announces R&D facility in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan — AGC Asahi Glass has announced it will establish a new research and development (R&D) facility at its Keihin Plant in Yokohama. The facility will centralize new product, processes, and basic technologies development, which are currently housed at different facilities within the company. AGC Asahi Glass hopes the new space will facilitate collaborations with other companies and research institutions. The 47,000-square-meter facility is projected to be completed in 2019 and operational in 2020. The Keihin location is ideal for collaboration because it's located in an advanced industry cluster in the Keihin Waterfront Life Innovation International Strategy Specialized Zone, reportedly making it well-suited for interaction between technology experts. AGC Asahi Glass, Tokyo, Japan, is a global company that supplies novel materials, including flat glass.


5/16/2017 - Mosaic acquires Vale Fertilizantes

PLYMOUTH, MN USA — Mosaic Co., Plymouth, has plans to acquire Vale Fertilizantes (VF), part of Vale SA, a fertilizer company based in Brazil. Currently, VF has the capacity to produce nearly 5.9 million tons of finished phosphate crop nutrients and 550,000 tons of potash. Mosaic's acquisition would also include mulitple phosphate and potash mines in both South America and Canada. Mosaic, which currently produces concentrated phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients, would be one of the largest fertilizer production and distribution companies in Brazil. The acquisition would add 8,000 employees, making Mosaic's total workforce about 17,000. In the US, Mosaic has said that it expects continued production strength to meet global demand and will continue to exclusively produce its high-end MicroEssentials product.


5/12/2017 - Vortex founder, innovator passes away

SALINA, KS USA — Vortex has announced that the company's founder, Loren Neil Peterson, has died. He was 87. Peterson began his career in dry bulk solids in the 1950s at Salina Manufacturing (Coperion). He was a mechanical engineer and developed formulas for conveying material other than flour, which was an unproven concept at the time. Through experimentation and analysis, he was able to develop a method of testing a gallon-sized material sample and scaling up the test results into information required for a full-size system. He also invented equipment at the company, such as a Y-type diverter valve and coupling system with a straight-line layout to reduce pressure losses in a pneumatic conveying system.

In 1977, Peterson cofounded Vortex (originally Vortex Valves) with his son-in-law, Lee Young. The company then developed a new type of slide-gate valve, called an orifice gate, which is designed to sheer through material, self-clean on the opening stroke, and eliminate areas of buildup through the bore. Peterson continued developing new products in the 1980s until his retirement in 1989. Vortex now supplies quality slide gates, diverters, iris valves, and loading spouts for handling dry bulk solid materials.


5/10/2017 - Eriez celebrates 75 years

ERIE, PA USA — Eriez is celebrating its 75-year anniversary in 2017. The company manufactures separation technologies and has expanded globally with manufacturing facilities in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom as well as at its headquarters in Pennsylvania. Eriez will celebrate the milestone by releasing the book From Pioneer to World Leader, Volume II, an update of a book that the company published in 1992 to chronicle the events and people that shaped Eriez during its first 50 years in business. According to Tim Shuttleworth, president and CEO, "Eriez' dedication to constant innovation has enabled us to flourish over the past 75 years." The company makes magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, and material feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment.


5/8/2017 - Bulk material handling equipment market expected to hit nearly US$66 billion by 2024

ALBANY, NY USA — Strong company rivalries have defined the global bulk material handling product and technology market, resulting in companies focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and business alliances to strengthen their company visibility, according to the report Bulk Material Handling Products and Technologies Market (Type — Powder Materials (Material Feeding Systems, Weighing Systems, Conveying Systems, and Screening Systems), Iron Ores, Wood Chips, and Coal; End Use — Chemical, Construction, Energy, Food & Beverage, Mining, Metals, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals, and Plastics) — Global Industry Analysis Size Share Growth Trends and Forecast 2016-2024 by Transparency Market Research. In the coming years, according to the report, companies are expected to focus more on product innovation, development, and advanced technology, which will likely intensify competition even more. The report says that the bulk material handling market will reach US$65.74 billion by the end of 2024, increasing from US$58.86 billion in 2015 and registering a 1.3 percent compound annual growth rate during the report's time frame. The strongest demand for bulk material handling market products and technologies has come from the mining industry, and that's not expected to change.

The report states that North America, the Asia-Pacific region, and the rest of the world (including the Middle East, Africa, and South America) are the main geographical segments in the worldwide market. Europe, which in 2015 had a 35 percent share of the overall market, is expected to remain the region with highest demand for bulk material handling products and technologies. Within Europe, the German market for this equipment is dominant — and is expected to remain that way — because of the extensive use of bulk material handling equipment. This will be driven by demand for industrial automation and the increase in mass-production methods, such as assembly-line production and the augmenting requirement for bulk equipment in the construction industry, according to the report. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for US$5,795, visit www.transparencymarketresearch.com.


5/4/2017 - Linde, Praxair agree to $65 billion merger, cost savings plan

MUNICH, Germany — According to Reuters, Linde, a German industrial gases group, and Praxair, a USA-based industrial gas supplier, have agreed on an outline to complete a US$65 billion-plus merger with the resulting company to be run out of the US by Praxair's chief executive. The merger's terms stipulate that existing Linde and Praxair shareholder groups would each own about 50 percent of the company and that the merged group would target US$1 billion in cost savings, though this ambitious number has been questioned by analysts. The merger follows slower demand growth from clients in the manufacturing, metals, and energy industries.

The combined company's corporate functions will be split between Danbury, CT USA, and Munich, Germany, to help improve efficiencies. The deal is still being worked out and will require the approval of regulators and each company's shareholders.


5/2/2017 - Interplastica, Upakovka announce 2017 attendance numbers

MOSCOW, Russia — The recent stagings of Interplastica — the 20th International Trade Fair, Plastics and Rubber and Upakovka — the 25th International Trade Fair for Processing and Packaging, were held at the SAO Expocenter exhibition site in Moscow from 24-27 January. The event included about 800 exhibitors from 33 countries and 23,000 visitors from both Russia and other countries. The show occurred following a difficult period in the region with political tensions, dropping oil prices, and weak currency. However, the World Bank is forecasting economic growth in Russia in 2017, and Western companies are also anticipating a positive economic upswing, particularly for the plastics, rubber, and packaging sectors and the related processing industries.

The event featured 3D fab+print Russia, a new platform that showcased the new technological developments, opportunities, and challenges in the field of 3D printing. Interplastica will continue this platform in upcoming shows because of the intense interest in the subject. The next concurrent event held by Messe Düsseldorf for Interplastica and Upakovka will take place in Moscow from 23-26 January in 2018.


4/28/2017 - India caustic soda market to grow at 7.6 percent CAGR through 2025

NEW YORK, NY USA — The caustic soda market in India is expected to grow at a 7.6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2016 to 2025, according to the report India Caustic Soda Market Study, 2011-2025 by TechSci Research. The India market for caustic soda accounts for around 3.5 percent of the global market. The material is used in the textile and apparel, pulp and paper, and soaps and detergent industries. The report states that increased industrial activities along with emerging lifestyle change and an improving economy are likely to boost demand for caustic soda in India during the forecast period.

Market growth for caustic soda in India is directly proportional to demand from end users. The textile, paper, and aluminum industries are the key end users for the material. The paper industry in the country is projected to grow at a 9.6 percent CAGR from 2012 to 2017, so caustic soda demand will also rise. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for US$1,800, visit www.techsciresearch.com.


4/26/2017 - Rutgers' professor creates eco-friendly concrete

PISCATAWAY, NJ USA — Richard Riman, a professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ USA, has begun commercializing an eco-friendly version of concrete. Riman, a distinguished professor in the department of materials science and engineering, invented an energy-efficient technology 9 years ago that allows for the creation of eco-friendly, carbon-dioxide-storing concrete, among other materials. Riman came up with his initial ideas for the technology decades ago but hasn't pursued implementing the technology until companies began valuing green technology to prevent climate change. The professor now owns Solidia Technologies, based in Piscataway, a startup company marketing improved, eco-friendly cement and concrete for construction and infrastructure.


4/24/2017 - FMC Technologies' Material Handling Systems acquired by Tenova TAKRAF

DENVER, CO USA — Global mining and bulk material handling equipment supplier Tenova TAKRAF has acquired the assets of FMC Technologies' Material Handling Systems (FMC MHS) business unit based in Lansdale, PA USA. FMC MHS provides material handling solutions to a variety of industries, including mining, minerals, power, and food, and specializes in engineering, procuring, and construction assistance. FMC MHS markets on a global scale with installations worldwide in the USA, Canada, Chile, China, India, and Australia. The acquisition will enhance Tenova TAKRAF's position in the lighter material handling industry. FMC MHS will be integrated into Tenova TAKRAF's USA business in Denver, CO USA, and will retain its office presence in Lansdale. Tenova TAKRAF's global headquarters are in Leipzig, Germany.


4/20/2017 - Sandvik Machining Solutions to add additive manufacturing product area

SANDVIKEN, Sweden — Sandvik Mining Solutions, a business area of Sandvik Mining, will inaugurate a new product area called Additive Manufacturing. The new area will be in the company's Sandviken research and development product area Sandvik Coromant. The company is taking a previously internal additive manufacturing operation and making it an external operation for customers. The operation was active as of January 2017. Sandvik Machining Solutions, Stockholm, Sweden, manufactures advanced stainless steel and special alloys and tools for the industrial metal cutting, mining, and construction industries.


4/18/2017 - Huntsman facility in Finland suffers fire

PORI, Finland — Huntsman Corp.'s titanium dioxide (TiO2) manufacturing facility in Pori suffered a fire on 30 January 2017. The fire stopped production at the site until necessary repairs could be made. The Pori plant supplies about 15 percent of the company's TiO2 capacity and a majority of the company's graphic art-grade pigment. The fire's impact on the supply chain in the ink manufacturing sector is major, and, as a result, double-digit price increases have already been announced by the pigment suppliers because of the shortages in the market. The company expects the shortage in graphic art-grade pigments throughout 2017. Huntsman, headquartered in The Woodlands, TX USA, is a global chemical company.


4/14/2017 - Evonik opens coatings additives lab

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Evonik, a global chemical company, has announced that it has opened a new coatings laboratory in Instanbul. The laboratory will support customers in the region with developing surface coatings. The lab will allow staff to formulate, apply, and test various coatings and printing ink in water-based, solvent-based, or radiation-curing formats.


4/12/2017 - Metal powder manufacturer combines brand names into Kymera International

VELDEN, Germany — Platinum Equity, the owner of ACuPowder International LLC, ECKA Granules, and SCM Metal Products, producers of aluminum and copper-based powders, has decided to combine its brand names into a single unified name, Kymera International. The company hopes that the new name will simplify operations and show that the companies all work as one organization. The new name will be gradually incorporated into business dealings, but for now no immediate changes will occur for billing, contact details such as email, or packaging and labeling. The three companies will now have one common website, www.kymerainternational.com, with a fully functional website launch in the second quarter of 2017.


4/10/2017 - Partec 2019 to focus on dynamic simulation of networked solids processes

NUREMBERG, Germany — Partec 2019 will take place in April 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, and will be led by Professor Stefan Heinrich, director of the Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Science Technology at the Technical University of Hamburg. Partec is held every 3 years and is a major scientific congress for particle and bulk solids technology run in conjunction with Powtech. Heinrich worked with Partec's executive committee to develop an event concept: the dynamic simulation of networked solids processes. The concept focuses on particle technology and will explore a range of processes including particle formation, particle characterization, measuring methods, agglomeration, formulation, and coating.

The last Partec, held in 2016, attracted 472 congress delegates and featured presentations, discussion panels, a poster exhibition, and numerous networking events. The congress organizers, NürnbergMesse, will send out a call for papers at the end of 2017. The event is also sponsored by the VDI Association of Process and Chemical Engineering (GVC).


4/6/2017 - PPG acquires Romanian coatings manufacturer

PITTSBURGH, PA USA — PPG Industries has acquired Deutek SA, which manufactures paint and architectural coatings and is located in Bucharest, Romania. Deutek had a reported €30 million in sales in 2015, and its products are sold in more that 120 do-it-yourself stores and 3,500 independent retail outlets throughout Romania. According to PPG Industries, the acquisition will help the company's position in the region and complement the operation's current locations in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, supplies paints, coatings, fiberglass, and specialty materials to industrial and various other markets.


4/4/2017 - Höganäs to collaborate on energy reuse from metal powder production plants

HÖGANÄS, Sweden — Höganäs AB, a Swedish metal powder producer, announced that it will collaborate with a local energy supplier, WA3RM AB to reuse residual heat and carbon dioxide from Höganäs' metal powder production plants in tomato cultivation, fish farming, and as electricity. The partnership aims to not only improve the environment, but also to make a profit for local businesses and create jobs.

Höganäs had been collaborating with local energy supplier Höganäs Energi, but the company produces more residual heat than can be used by the energy supplier. The cooperation with WA3RM is part of a program called Regenerative Industrial Development, in which WA3RM will buy heat and carbon dioxide from Höganäs that isn't suitable for district heating and use it for other businesses. The businesses will be located as close to the Höganäs' plants as possible, with planned crop and fish production to begin within 3 years.


3/31/2017 - Clariant to invest in mining business

HOUSTON, TX USA — Clariant, Houston, has acquired Chemical & Mining Services Pty. Ltd., a provider of specialty chemicals and technical services to mining industry clients located mostly in Australia. In addition, Clariant has acquired SNF Flomin's specialty mining chemicals business, a USA-based subsidiary of the SNF Group, which manufactures and distributes reagents for the minerals processing industry. The two acquisitions will be part of Clariant's Mining Solutions business.

Clariant Mining Solutions has also opened a new facility and is expanding an existing facility in North America. The newly inaugerated Mining Application and Development Center in Tucson, AZ USA, will be Clariant's regional hub for mining research. This location will allow for close proximity to customers and help create better cooperation on custom products and solutions. Clariant's current facility in Reserve, LA USA, has been expanded and is now able to also produce chemical blends for the mining industries, allowing improved customer service.


3/29/2017 - Netzsch acquires Ecutec Barcelona SL

SELB, Germany — Netzsch's Grinding and Dispersing business unit has acquired Ecutec Barcelona SL, a production equipment and process solution supplier for the dry processing of minerals. Ecutec, founded in Germany and now headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, specializes in ultrafine grinding and classification as well as special surface coatings of such products. With the acquisition of Ecutec, Netzsch plans to intensify and expand its activities in the minerals sector. Netzsch's Grinding and Dispersing business unit supplies dry and wet processing equipment ranging from laboratory to production-sized machines to complete plants.

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