Healthy snacking

If you have been counting calories while eating your favourite snack, then stop, ’cause the food industry is making your snacking experience deliciously healthy!! By Debarati Das:Let’s begin with a quiz. What tops the list of being lip-smackingly delicious but finds itself at the bottom of health parameters? A snack !!A food entity which is equally loved by all age categories but is finding itself at the fringes of discretion by health-conscious buyers. Health and snacks do not usually fit in a same sentence and the increased awareness on health and healthy living is further driving snack items off the bucket list of many buyers as people are looking for natural, healthy, authentic snacking options to fill their palate. Read More


Rusan’s Double Cone Blender is an efficient and versatile machine for mixing dry powder and granules homogeneously. All contact parts are made out of stainless 304 or 316 quality material. Two third of the volume of the Double Cone Blender is filled to ensure proper mixing. The conical shape at both ends of the blender enables uniform mixing and easy discharge. Suitable size of butterfly valve at one end and hole with openable cover at other end. Hand wheel will be provided for manual tilting of cone. Read More


Picarro Inc introduces Picarro G2307 formaldehyde gas concentration analyzer for field or laboratory deployment. The G2307 formaldehyde gas concentration analyzer guarantees an impressive drift specification of ±1.5 parts-per-billion (ppb) over 24 hours of continuous operation. Additionally, the Picarro device shatters previous measurement specifications with a new world-class low-detection limit of 300 parts-per-trillion (ppt). It provides long-term stability, continuous, real-time measurement of formaldehyde gas requiring infrequent calibration and low maintenance. Read More

Peak Scientific has unveiled a new addition to its Solaris Nitrogen range – new Solaris XE. It can deliver up to 35 L/min, at purity levels of up to 99.5 percent making it the ideal gas solution for LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry).With variable purity in relation to outlet flow and pressure, the Solaris XE is also capable of supplying Compact MS instruments or multiple ELSD (Evaporative Light Scattering Detector) instruments simultaneously. Read More


Corrosion issues in power plants stretches maintenance, material losses, increases operating costs, reduces efficiency, critical downtimes and poses safety risks to workers. To optimize power-generating equipment, corrosion prevention is vital.

Be the part of Corrosion Technology Forum 2018 On June 7th and 8th in Bengaluru. Find more information of speakers here: Corrosion Technology Forum 2018


Corrosion Technology Forum 2018

Maintenance is a part of corrosion management which can be minimized by using better corrosion control technologies. Almost all three technologies viz., protection by coatings, use of cathodic protection and use of chemical inhibitors are being used in chemical industry.

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ExxonMobil, BASF to jointly develop gas processing technologies

ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC and BASF Corporation have signed an alliance agreement to jointly develop new gas treating solvents and process technologies. For use in natural gas processing and petroleum refining. Under this new agreement, BASF will market, and license technologies developed from this collaboration, along with FLEXSORBTM and OASE technologies. ExxonMobil has been offering its unique selective gas processing technology under the FLEXSORB brand since 1983, including the proprietary FLEXSORB SE and FLEXSORB SE PLUS solvents. Read more


The flavour of an e-cigarette may affect more than a consumer’s taste buds, according to Penn State researchers who say the chemicals that make up different flavours also produce different levels of free radicals, toxins often associated with cancer and other diseases. The researchers analyzed popular e-cigarette flavours and the number of free radicals they produced and found that many of the chemicals used to flavour e-cigarettes increased the production of free radicals, while a few actually lowered it. Read more


Emissions of one of the chemicals that can cause a hole in the ozone layer are on the rise, despite an international treaty that required an end to its production in 2010, a new study says. What is even more troubling is that scientists are not sure at present why emissions of this gas are increasing. This gas, Trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, is a member of the family of chemicals most responsible for the giant hole in the ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September. Once widely used as a foaming agent, production of CFC-11 was phased out by the Montreal Protocol in 2010. Read more


West Virginia University researchers are leading commercial-scale research and development of two new innovations at the country’s most efficient coal-fired power plant in Maidsville. The devices, a corrosion sensor invented at WVU and a gas sensor invented at Los Alamos National Laboratory, could make coal combustion more efficient with fewer emissions and fewer unplanned outages saving millions of dollars. The WVU Electrochemical Systems Research Center, directed by Xingbo Liu, plans to conduct experiments of the sensors at Longview Power, LLC’s 700 net megawatt power plant under two projects that total $1.8 million. Read more

Corrosion Technology Forum 2018

Corrosion Technology Forum 2018 will be addressing about the Corrosion issues associated with the Chemicals and Process Industry, Chemical Refineries, Petrochemical plants, Automobiles, Aerospace and infrastructure. A panel of national and international experts will be joining to address about corrosion prevention methodologies for various industries for increasing the productivity of chemical plants. Be a part of the event to be aware of various trends to fight against corrosion. Get connected with industry stalwarts to discuss corrosion prevention opportunities in various industries across geographies.

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Corrosion Technology Forum – Focus on prevention strategies

The Corrosion Technology Forum 2018 – Domain of Corrosion which will be held on 07th & 08th June, will have some of the most experienced and brightest minds in the field of anticorrosion technology. Before the real action begins, here is a sneak peek into the galore of knowledge that the speakers will coat through the two-day conference next month… So, book your dates to get enlightened on anticorrosion technologies by the best in the industry. Maintenance is a part of corrosion management which cannot be eliminated but can be minimized by using better corrosion control technologies. Read more


The chemical sector in the Middle East is likely to perceive stability, amid robust demand for construction chemicals. Spearheading the competition among the firms is Dow Chemical Company that accomplished its merger with DuPont in 2017. The combined entity currently operates as a holding company, called DowDuPont, which leverages its high caliber materials science division to boost sales of construction chemicals. Demand for methyl cellulosics is a primary growth determinant of the construction chemicals industry in the Middle East. Read more


Have you ever wondered if the glass of water you are going to drink is the same as that consumed by a celebrity of yesteryear? Or, if the water you are bathing in is the same used by a thirsty dinosaur several million years ago? It very likely may be, as the water on Earth has stayed mostly the same over several billion years, because of the way the water cycle works. The difference is that the water we use today may contain tiny amounts of manufactured chemicals like pharmaceuticals, personal care products (ingredients from perfumes, and antimicrobial soaps) plasticizers, fire retardants used in furniture, detergents, insect-repellents, contraceptive hormones and even a little bit of caffeine! Read more


A safe and reliable Logistics system is an important aspect of chemical industry. The manufacturing and consumption geography of the chemical industry are mostly separated apart. Therefore the chemical logistic has its part in the efficient, competitive and sustainable market development of the chemical industries. Chemical logistics are generally responsive, supple and adaptable; provide innovative service to respond to market changes rapidly and efficiently. The rising chemical market and shifting of the chemical manufactures from its traditional centers to the developing countries of Asia Pacific and Middle East has boosted the global chemical logistic market over the years. Read more


Corrosion Technology Forum 2018

A two day conclave on Corrosion Technology to discuss various issues related to corrosion control, mitigation and methodologies to assess the damage due to corrosion. National and International experts are being invited to give latest information on corrosion control strategies, health monitoring of plants and periodic maintenance methodologies. Join the biggest event ever on Corrosion Technology to stay updated on latest industrial trends in Chemical and Process Industry.

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BASF’s light stabilizer adopted by Indian plastics masterbatch manufacturer

BASF’s light stabilizer Chimassorb 2020 has been adopted by Ray Colors, a leading agricultural plastics masterbatch manufacturer in India, to make polypropylene (PP) non-woven fabric. This is used to cover crops, plants and vegetables to protect them from adverse weather conditions and pests. Exposure to sunlight can have adverse effects on the life of plastic products. In particular, ultraviolet (UV) light can initiate chemical reactions in polymers which result in discolouration and the breakdown of chemical bonds. Read more


German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said she was finalizing a draft regulation to end use of the weed-killer glyphosate in household gardens, parks and sports facilities, and to set “massive” limits for its use in agriculture. The chemical, made by Monsanto Company, is at the centre of a heated debate in Europe over whether it causes cancer. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) agreed in February to systematically and significantly limit its use, with the goal of entirely ending use of products that contain it but set no timeframe. Read more


Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is planning to create four new units for its various businesses, two people in the know said. The subsidiaries could be in refining and marketing; exploration and production (E&P); petrochemicals; textiles; hydrocarbons and real estate. “The new subsidiaries would have an authorized share capital of Rs 1,000 crore each,” one of the two people said, requesting anonymity. The company plans to apply to the corporate affairs ministry shortly to obtain requisite approvals required for incorporating the companies. Read more


Wacker Polymers said that it will raise its prices for vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer dispersions and dispersible powders of the Vinnapas brand in the Americas region. Effective 30 May 2018, prices will be raised by up to five percent in the Americas. Ongoing high raw material costs, especially for vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) which is a primary raw material for the manufacturing of Wacker’s vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer dispersions and dispersible powders, necessitate this step. Additionally, a logistics surcharge of $0.03 per pound will be implemented for all shipments effective May 30, 2018. Read more

Clariant launches new acetylene selective hydrogenation catalyst

Clariant has launched OleMax 260, a new selective hydrogenation catalyst with extremely high ethylene selectivity and operational stability. Specially developed for ethylene producers with “front-end” process configurations, OleMax 260 offers a new solution to increase yields and profits while ensuring safer and more sustainable operation. OleMax 260 provides a near perfect selectivity to ethylene (close to 100 percent), resulting in significant economic benefit for the operator. Perhaps more important is the catalyst’s ultra-high stability, which impedes thermal runaway reactions that can lead to unplanned production outages. Read more


Encapsulated Flavors and Fragrances Market size is expected to witness dynamic growth owning to increasing number of diseases including diabetes and obesity, which increases people consciousness towards their food and drinks. Growing textile industry is projected to drive encapsulated flavors and fragrances market owning to its usage for manufacturing of perfumed suits. The captured fragrances impart a fresh aroma to clothes which remain on them for a significant part of its lifetime. Rise in food industry with the changing consumer preferences will further fuel encapsulated flavors and fra grances market size. Read more


The global industrial & institutional cleaning chemicals market is expected to register a CAGR of around 5 percent during the forecast period, 2018 to 2023. North America accounted for the largest market in 2017. Asia-Pacific is expected to register the fastest growth during the forecast period. Hospitals and other healthcare institutions are placing immense efforts to prevent the occurrence of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and other infectious diseases. HAIs, which are highly caused by rapidly developing strains of multidrug-resistant organisms, can lead to serious illness to both patients and workers there. Read more


Total SA and Clean Energy Fuels Corp (CLNE) have entered into a broad strategic agreement to drive deployment of new natural gas heavy-duty trucks. Total has agreed to purchase up to 50.8 million shares of Clean Energy’s common stock for $83.4 million, to become Clean Energy’s largest stockholder with ownership of 25 percent of Clean Energy’s outstanding shares of common stock. Clean Energy, with support from Total, also plans to launch an innovative leasing program that is intended to place thousands of new natural gas heavy-duty trucks on the road and fuelling at Clean Energy stations. Read more

Water treatment sector to be biggest driver of biocides market

As per European legislation, a biocide is a microorganism or chemical substance meant to destroy, render harmless, deter or control a harmful organism through either biological or chemical means. Some types of biocides sold in the global biocides market include metallic compounds, halogen compounds, organic acids, organosulfur, phenolics and many others. Biocides are widely used in wood preservation, water treatment, personal care, food & beverages and the paint & coating industry. Read more


Circumventing evolution in cell factories can pave the way for commercializing new biobased chemicals to large-scale. Bioproduction of chemicals using engineered microorganisms is routinely reported, but only a few bioprocesses are functional in the large fermentation volumes that industry requires. For a longer period, the lack of successful scale-up has been one of the most important challenges for engineers to solve, in order to replace oil-derived production with biobased production of chemicals. Read more


The 8th international trade exhibition and conference on analytical laboratory equipment & technology, biotechnology & life sciences and chemical & safety will return again during 12th – 14th September 2018 at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Thailand. Last year Thailand Lab International 2017 welcomed 9,165 trade visitors from 47 countries with 250 top companies from 23 countries, providing 840 business matching services along with various conference streamlines with 2,149 conference delegates and 160 speakers. Read more


Functional flavour refers to the flavours made up of functional ingredients such as coenzyme Q10, spirulina, aloe vera, green barley etc. Functional flavours include ingredients such as nutraceuticals, colours, acids, extracts, essential oils, antioxidants, sugar(s), fortifications, texture related ingredients, sugar substitutes & salt replacers. Functional flavours can be used in the natural state or can be processed for human consumption. Functional flavours have low carbohydrate, low fat and low alcohol. Read more