UN proclaims 2019 the international year of periodic table

The United Nations (UN) general assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the periodic table of chemical elements (IYPT 2019). In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the periodic table of chemical elements and its applications, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how chemistry promotes sustainable development and provides solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Read more


Among the different size categories of LPG ships, the small vessel segment is expected to be the best performer in 2018 while Handysize vessels will be the worst, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The LPG shipping market is currently oversupplied with vessels (with the exception of the small segment 1,000-5,000 cbm), as a result of strong fleet growth during the last three years. Read more


BASF SE has offered a new module for simulating applications of injection-moulded components. BASF’s Ultrasim simulation tool has long been able to deliver precise calculations of the anisotropic mechanical behaviour of fibre-filled plastics after manufacturing in the injection-moulding process. But another service has now been added: a thermomechanical model for fibre-reinforced thermoplastics now enables precise forecasts of temperature-dependent deformation via simulations. Read more



Lanxess AG said that it has made changes to the supervisory board. The board’s current chairman, Dr Rolf Stomberg (77) will resign from his office as a member and chairman of the supervisory board after the end of the annual stockholders’ meeting on 15 May 2018. Stomberg has recommended Dr Matthias Wolfgruber (64) to succeed him for the position of chairman of the supervisory board. Wolfgruber has a doctorate in chemistry, served as chairman of the board of management of Altana AG, and has belonged to the supervisory body as a representative for stockholders since 2015. Read more

Corrosion Technology Forum 2018

A two-day conclave on Corrosion Technology Forum, will focus on corrosion problems in chemical & process industry by galaxy of national & international experts, organized by Worldofchemicals.com & the society for surface protective coatings India.

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Developing new way to create nanoscale emulsions

Emulsions, or oil-water mixtures, are of common occurrence in our daily lives. “In fact, our life begins with emulsions. When a baby is born the very first thing it drinks is milk, which is an emulsion,” said Sushant Anand, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering. “So, we have long relationships with emulsions.” Emulsions are used in more items than we may realize. They are used in drug delivery, material synthesis, cosmetics, oil recovery, food products, and many multibillion-dollar industries. Read more


A wearable device that tracks the heart rate and breathing of babies has been developed by University of Sussex scientists for parents concerned about the possibility of cot death. The technology uses liquid-based sensors which contain an emulsion made from graphene, water and oil, which conducts electricity. Comprised of carbon atoms, as a material graphene is strong, flexible and conductive, when a channel or tube holding the liquid is stretched, even by a small amount, the conductivity of the liquid changes. Read more


Chemical companies generate lot of operational and shop floor data regularly through PLC/SCADA/DCS or Data historian systems. However, only a fraction of data is used by process engineers, field operators and maintenance personnel currently for decision making. Manufacturing analytics can help chemical manufacturers to gain actionable insights, to quickly diagnose abnormal conditions or potential problems and to make better decisions leveraging. Read more


Fluid Metering Inc (FMI) introduces their new 400 μL dispensing pump ideal for medical, analytical and biotech instrumentation. The STF1-9 expands dispense and metering capabilities of previous STH designs. The STF1-9 is available in nine drive configurations. A supplied adjustment tool rotates an eccentric bushing to precisely make micro-volume adjustments. There are also four standard pump head options available to provide a fluid path with maximum chemical and dispense volume/flow rate compatibility. Read more

Magnetic drive pumps for electroplating, pharma industry

Numatic Pumps are engaged in manufacturing and exporting of quality range of Polypropylene, PVDF and SS 316 Magnetic Drive Sealless Pumps of 15, 30, 60, 100, 150, 250, 300, 400 & 500 Liter per Minute Capacity. “Magnetic Coupled” refers to the coupling between the wet end of the pump and the motor. In “direct drive” the impeller of the pump is attached to the shaft of the motor and this design depends on the Mechanical shaft seal. Read more


The global engineering plastics market is expected to witness strong growth, upto 2023. The growth in the global market is being propelled by emergence of substitutes for conventional materials in the form of engineering plastics in end-use applications, positive growth in end-use industries, growing demand for polyamides in end-use industries, growing demand for polyamides in 3D printingand increasing demand for engineering plastics from automotive industryRead more


In the last decade, China’s speciality chemicals market has been the fastest growing speciality chemicals market when compared to the rest of the world. The Chinese government’s increased environmentally responsible stance, coupled with a higher standard of living have increased the demand for innovative products. Between 2003 and 2013, China increased its speciality chemical market’s value from $128 billion to $1361 billion. The annual growth rate during this period showed an astounding 25%, compared to much smaller 4% and 3% in the NAFTA region or Europe respectively. Read more


GEMU 677HP PurePlus series exhibit improved properties with regard to the relationship between pressure and temperature. This makes them perfect for treating and distributing high-temperature ultra-pure water (hot deionized water) and means that they play a direct role in ensuring the reliability and efficiency of users’ production processes. All the valves that come into contact with high-temperature ultra-pure water must be able to guarantee resistant and low-maintenance sealing at elevated and varying temperatures. Read more

New material – cost-effective alternative to high performance polymers

Royal DSM is adding hydrolysis-resistant grades of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) to its Arnite® family of thermoplastic polyesters. The new materials will provide a cost-effective solution in applications exposed to humidity and high temperatures, including automotive connectors, control devices and sensors. The new ‘HR’ grades come in response to increasing calls in the automotive market for materials that resist hot and humid environments. Read more


Fluid Components International’s ST75 Series and ST100L Air/Gas Flow Meters and FLT93L Flow Switch provide ideal solutions for use in 0.25 to 2 inch (DN6 to DN50) pipe or tubing. They excel where low flows, wide-turndowns, dirty fluids, HazEx or harsh installations are among the application factors. These flow instruments offer many advantages for service in a wide range of applications. Read more


Resodyn Acoustic Mixers (RAM) has released their new pilot and production scale mixer, the OmniRAM™. OmniRAM can process materials faster, better, more efficiently and productively. ResonantAcoustic Mixing is a non-contact mixing system that employs low-frequency acoustic mixing at intensities up to 100g’s of acceleration without the inherent issues associated with the use of conventional, contact-based mixing technologies. Read more


Sensirion has launched new SGM6200 module which covers natural gases in group E with up to 25 percent hydrogen content at a current consumption below 10 µA. New environmentally friendly technologies, such as power-to-gas and biogas production systems, will change requirements for the entire natural gas industry, including gas metering. Due to these trends, future gas metering will be confronted with new mixtures of natural gas. Read more


Covestro starts commercial production of lightweight composites

Covestro AG has started commercial production of a novel lightweight, high-strength and aesthetically powerful material. The continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite material (CFRTP) can be produced efficiently and is attracting interest from many customers and industries. To leverage this market potential, Covestro has significantly expanded its production capacity and developed the Franconian town of Markt Bibart (Germany) into a location for high-tech materials. Read more


BASF SE and Toda Kogyo Corp (TODA) has closed their agreement to form BASF Toda America LLC (BTA). As the next step in BASF’s business growth strategy for its battery materials business, the new entity will be majority owned and controlled by BASF and is the second successful collaboration of BASF and TODA.BTA will produce and market high energy nickel cobalt manganese (NCM) and nickel cobalt aluminium oxide (NCA) cathode active materials (CAM) for e-mobility applications. Read more


SNC-Lavalin (SNC) in consortium with TechnipFMC, has been awarded a lump sum EPC contract to supply Nova Chemicals with two gas cracking furnaces. This award supports the recently announced third phase of the conversion and expansion of Nova Chemicals’ Corunna cracker. The cracker which is expected to increase the unit’s current ethylene capacity by more than 50 percent and is linked to the construction of a new polyethylene facility being developed by Nova Chemicals. Read more


Ingevity Corporation has completed the acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s pine chemicals business for $310 million in cash. Ingevity expects to derive approximately $11 million in net synergies as a result of the acquisition, which are expected to be attained through lower logistics costs, manufacturing optimization among the combined three chemicals plants and leveraged procurement costs. In purchasing the pine chemicals business, Ingevity has acquired the pine chemicals-related assets at Georgia-Pacific’s Crossett plant. Read more