E-mobility: Exploring electric vehicles’ potential for chemical manufacturers


Growing prices of conventional fuel and environmental impact of petroleum-based transport is encouraging people to search for low-cost mobility alternatives. Prominently people are exploring the use of electric vehicles (EVs). Electric Vehicles vary from fossil fuel-powered vehicles. The electricity consumed can be generated from a wide range of sources, including fossil fuels, nuclear power and renewable sources such as tidal power, solar power and wind power or any combination of those. The carbon footprint and other emissions of electric vehicles are much lesser than the diesel-powered vehicles. Most electric vehicles use lithium-ion batteries (Li-Ions or LIBs). Read More

A cost-effective and eco-friendly method of removing paan stains from roads, railway stations and monuments recently won a team of eight girls from Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, recognition on an international platform. The team not only won a gold medal at the Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) 2018 held in Boston, US, but was also the only undergraduate college among the 300 global teams to get a prize for best integrated human practices. Inspired by the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, the students set out to find an environment-friendly solution to wipe off stubborn paan stains from public spaces. Read More

Hexaflex has developed a patented padding technology based on hexagonal-pyramidal shapes moulded with thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) from Kraiburg TPE. The TPE compound from Kraiburg TPE provides the flexibility, lightweight and full articulation characteristics of the modular system that lends itself to a myriad of shock and vibration absorbing applications. In a first application, the creative technology is used for a dorsal protection product covered with high-strength aromatic polyamide stretch fabric for bikers and motorcyclists. The lightweight material combination acts as a second skin, and the Hexaflex padding with its interlocking shapes in Thermolast K… Read More

Floor Cleaner: Types and Chemistry

Our floors are designed to withstand a variety of elements from furniture movement, pet movement, heavy foot traffic to kids’ activities. Moreover, we invest a small fortune on floors during the interior work of our homes. Therefore, we would want to take good care of them so that they last for a long time. Floor management is a broad affair which is employed not only at our homes, but also in industries, institutions and commercial places. Floors require daily cleaning due the quick buildup of grime, dirt, spills, mud and more. They must be kept clean so that they are aesthetic and at the same time free from the accumulation and spread of germs and debris through the rest of the place. Read More

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Harley-Davidson’s first e-motorcycle to launch in 2019


Harley-Davidson has unveiled the production version of its first electric motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire. The bike is based on the Project LiveWire concept, which Harley-Davidson unveiled back in 2014, with a test tour around the world. The bike is scheduled to arrive next year, with pricing and pre-ordering details to be made available in January 2019. Some features of the bike include seven riding modes that can be adjusted via the Showa suspension and electric drivetrain to account for power, range, and regenerative braking preferences. Read More

Last year, Royal Enfield confirmed its plans for the development of electric vehicles for the Indian auto industry.  The vehicles are scheduled to launch in 2020 and is expected to cost Rs 4 Lakhs to Rs 5 Lakhs, due to the growing popularity of EVs. The company said that its Royal Enfield Electric Bike is in compliant with Indian BS-VI emission norms. The concept of EVs is still under development in India. Electric scooters have started coming to India and the Electric cars are also expected to launch in India by 2020. However, the concept of an electric bike is still unheard. Read More

Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company has acquired Spin, a dockless electric scooter sharing company based in San Francisco. This deal makes Ford, the first auto manufacturers to enter the electric scooter market. Spin has operations in 13 cities and campuses across US. The number of mobility options available to people has risen dramatically in recent years. In some situations, people use multiple forms of transportation during a single trip. The fast-paced, often experimental mobility sector requires businesses to keep up with agile and adaptable customers. At Ford, the products and services we offer need to reflect these changes, said the company. Read More

Praxair Inc has signed a long-term contract to supply oxygen to Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Sierra BioFuels plant in Storey County, Nevada. Praxair will build two vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants at the facility, which is under construction and expected to start up operations in early 2020. The Sierra BioFuels plant will employ Praxair’s proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. Read More

Indian Peroxide Ltd launches new H2O2 plant in Gujarat


Indian Peroxide Limited (IPL), one of India’s major manufacturers and suppliers of speciality chemicals, has launched its new hydrogen peroxide plant complex in Gujarat, India. The state-of-the-art manufacturing facility produces industrial grade, premium quality and environmentally friendly hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). With best-in-class production process, IPL offers hydrogen peroxide in 35 percent, 50 percent and 60 percent concentration. Along with new plant complex, IPL plans to invest Rs. 750 Cr in next 3-5 years including capacity expansion for other chemical units leveraging synergy with the new H2O2 plant. Read More

Orion Engineered Carbons SA has acquired SN2A, a manufacturer of acetylene carbon black from LyondellBasell. The transaction closed on October 31, 2018. Societe du Noir d’Acetylene de l’Aubette, SAS (SN2A) was founded in 1987 and is headquartered at Berre l’Etang, France. Acetylene black is an ultra-pure premium speciality carbon black distinguished by its high electrical and thermal conductivity. Lithium-ion batteries and high-end electrical cables are key applications for this material. “SN2A brings us a skilled team, proven technology and an operating plant. Read More

BASF said that it will present the latest solutions to meet the demands of the personal care market. BASF Care Creations will showcase two new products that answer the needs of today’s environmentally conscious consumers, Readily biodegradable-wax-based opacifier dispersion and exfoliating beads. Euperlan OP White is a wax based, readily biodegradable and cold processable opacifier dispersion with a superior white appearance for surfactant formulations. The product meets today’s demand for ecological friendly ingredients and its unique properties make it particularly suitable for eco-label conforming skin and hair cleansing formulations. Read More

Lonza has entered into a definitive agreement with Platinum Equity to sell its water care business and operations for $630 million. The agreement is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. Headquartered in Alpharetta, US, water care has six manufacturing facilities in key regions, including North America, South America, EMEA and South Africa, with sales locations in all regions globally and with approximately 1,200 employees. The business is a leading provider of innovative water treatment solutions and a top global consumer brand in residential pool care and key positions in high-growth industrial and municipal water care markets. Read More

New polypropylene resin for lightweight breathable nonwoven fabrics


SABIC is all set to unveil an innovative new polypropylene (PP) resin product engineered to deliver enhanced properties in melt-blown fibers for nonwoven fabrics, at the RISI Asia Pacific hygiene products symposium. The new product, designated SABIC® PP 514M12, can serve a wide range of potential end-uses in personal hygiene applications and other market segments. It is the first grade of a new family of high-flow resin compounds which SABIC started to develop only two years ago, and is expected to be commercially available by end of 2018. Read More

Digitalization is taking over most of the spheres of work. In the race to be a front-runner, even the healthcare segment is opening up its doors and embracing some of the latest, cutting-edge techniques. This adoption of technology and gadgets is helping the healthcare sector move from a mode of ‘treating a disease’ to the mode of ‘disease prediction & prevention.’ From a remote location, doctors and nurses can diagnose issues and track the daily health of patients. And as technology is progressing it is highly possible that your next surgeon could be a skilled, complex, experienced robot. Along with technology, even the process of interaction is moving online. Read More

By Ken Richards: Cellulosic sugars are a major feedstock in the production of bio-based alternatives to fossil-based materials. Leaf Resources, a global leader empowering the growth of green chemistry, has developed a breakthrough technology to enable the cost-effective production of renewable chemicals from biomass. By significantly reducing the operating costs of biomass conversion, the company’s GlycellTM process could reshape the economics of replacing petroleum in thousands of everyday products. A sustainable bio-based economy needs alternatives to non-renewable feedstock’s. Read More

By Alistair Little: Over the past 10 years the use of LEDs for home and commercial lighting has increased exponentially, with a wide range of applications and specialist features that incandescent and fluorescent lighting systems simply cannot meet. The improvements in the efficiency of the LED over the past few years has also lead to a considerable improvement in the lifespan of the component, which is now substantially greater than both the traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting technologies. This has meant that for a number of applications, LED lighting is now regarded as very low or even maintenance free, and is widely used for road, traffic and vehicle lighting. Read More

Stora Enso acquires Swedish cellulose technology firm


Stora Enso Oyj has acquired full ownership in Cellutech AB, a Sweden-based company. Cellutech specialises in the development of new materials and applications based on cellulose, micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) and other wood-based components. The acquisition of Cellutech supports Stora Enso’s vision of replacing fossil-based materials with renewable ones originating from wood. The acquired company works, among others, in the areas of foams for packaging and hydroponics where the markets are continuously growing. Cellulosic foams can, for example, be used in packaging to replace polystyrenes which are the most widely used plastics. Read More

Solvay SA said that it will increase its fluoroelastomer (FKM) production to meet the strong demand for high-performance sealing applications. Production of specific FKM peroxide curable and bisphenolic terpolymer grades will be increased at Solvay’s sites in Changshu and Spinetta Marengo, Italy. The combined production capacity – at current product mix – will be expanded by 30 per cent by Q4 2019 to sustain the increasing needs of the company’s Tecnoflon FKM customers and end users. Solvay’s Tecnoflon family of fluoroelastomers and perfluoroelastomers is recognised for its unmatched operational temperature range, chemical resistance and reliable performance in the most demanding of environments where high purity and long service life are essential. Read More

CPS Performance Materials (CPS) has acquired FAR Chemical (FAR) from Edgewater Capital Partners (Edgewater).   FAR is an industry leader in the development and production of specialty organic chemicals for customers in industries including pharmaceuticals, composites, coatings, electronics, flavors, fragrances, and personal care. “FAR’s specialized chemistry capabilities in bromination, organometallics, and cryogenic reactions combined with safe and effective management of hard to handle materials are a nice complement to CPS.  The combination of FAR with CPS’s specialty chemical and cGMP manufacturing capability will enable us to broaden our offerings to pharmaceutical, advanced composites, CASE and personal care customers,” said Jeremy Steinfink, President and CEO of CPS. Read More

Nippon Shokubai Indonesia, a subsidiary of Nippon Shokubai Co Ltd plans to build a new acrylic acid (AA) plant with 100,000 metric tons per year. With an investment of approx. $200 million, the plant is scheduled to be completed in 2021. With this new plant, the company’s global acrylic acid production capacity will be 980,000 metric tons per year. Acrylic acid shows steady growth of demand as a key material of superabsorbent polymer (SAP) and acrylate (AES) etc. To accommodate the demand the company has studied further expansion of AA. Read More

P2 Science starts commercial production of renewable C9 aldehyde


P2 Science Inc, a bio-renewable chemistry company has produced the first ever commercial quantities of BioNonanal, at its new plant in Naugatuck. BioNonanal is a 100 percent renewable, vegetable-based linear C9 aldehyde, commonly used in fragrances to impart waxy, citrus and floral notes to consumer products in both household and personal care markets. To date, nonanal has been mainly produced from a petrochemical, Octene. The only option for a renewable nonanal has been via a costly extraction process from certain essential oils such as orange oil. The resulting cost of such a natural extract nonanal made it impractical to use in most fragrance applications. Read More

Using a simple mesh screen may allow farmers to dramatically reduce the amount of pesticides they spray. When spraying paint or coatings onto a surface, or fertilizers or pesticides onto crops, the size of the droplets makes a big difference. Bigger drops will drift less in the wind, allowing them to strike their intended targets more accurately, but smaller droplets are more likely to stick when they land instead of bouncing off. Now, a team of MIT researchers has found a way to balance those properties and get the best of both-sprays that don’t drift too far but provide tiny droplets to stick to the surface. The team accomplished this in a surprisingly simple way, by placing a fine mesh in between the spray and the intended target to break up droplets into ones that are only one-thousandth as big. Read More

TUV SUD has inaugurated its new Non-destructive testing (NDT) and Destructive testing (DT) laboratory in Noida. The fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratory can help businesses prevent incidents that are hazardous to human life and environment. The laboratory is fortified with world-class facilities to deliver reliable and accurate results that enable businesses to safeguard their operations and products. TUV SUD will cater to conventional and advance NDT needs with state-of-the-art equipment and technical specialists conducting tests to ensure the sudden downtime and shutdown of the manufacturing plants and projects is reduced. Read More

LyondellBasell said that its CEO Bob Patel has been appointed president of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). Patel will lead the board of the organization for a two-year term beginning on January 1, 2019. The ICCA is recognized as a key stakeholder in various settings, including the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Energy Agency. Patel continues to serve as chairman of the ACC and on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. “It’s a tremendous honour to help lead our industry as we work towards creating a more sustainable future. Read More

 

Kraiburg presents new TPE for soft-touch surfaces


Kraiburg TPE presented a new thermoplastic elastomers series specially developed for decorated surfaces that appeal to the touch and for functional parts inside motor vehicles’ cabins. Design flexibility, cost-effective processability, and flawless surface quality are a must when it comes to the properties of high-performance materials for high-quality automotive interior parts. The specific compounds also comply with all of the industry’s strict regulations that stipulate the long-term behaviour of applications in this sophisticated environment. Read More

Unilever and Veolia have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly work on emerging technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics across various geographies, starting in India and Indonesia. In reaching this important agreement, Unilever and Veolia acknowledge that the issue of plastic waste is a shared responsibility that requires bold action across the value chain to develop and scale up collection and reprocessing infrastructure, which is critical in the transition towards a circular economy. The work will focus on material collection, which will help channel recycled content back into the value chain. Read More

Metrohm Process Analytics presents the new 2029 Process Photometer, an integrated solution for 24/7 online analysis of critical chemical parameters in industrial processes and wastewater streams. This single-method system performs photometric absorption measurements in the visible light range and is available in several application-specific configurations for monitoring up to 2 process streams. The process photometer is especially suitable for monitoring chemical analytes including phosphate, copper, chromium, ammonia and much more. Read More

Vertellus has appointed former president of PolyOne’s global colour and additives business as its next CEO. Effective immediately, John Van Hulle brings to Vertellus more than three decades of leadership experience in the speciality chemical and plastics industries serving business sectors. “Vertellus has a robust portfolio of existing technologies as well as a pipeline of promising innovations that position the company to drive value for our customers and stakeholders. I am honoured and delighted to be part of a team committed to using Vertellus’ technologies and expertise to deliver value to customers around the globe,” said Van Hulle. Read More