Custom pressure vessels for end users

Custom pressure vessels for end users

Oriental Manufacturers manufacture custom pressure vessels to suit the process requirements of the end user. Each pressure vessel is fabricated using ASME standards and also provided with “U”, “U2” & “R” stamp and NB registrations. The features are it has plate bending facility up to 50 mm, types of welding processed used is SAW, SMAW, TIG & MIG, non-destructive and destructive testing methods are used to check the quality and further customization available for various segments of chemical, pharmaceuticals, petrochemical, refineries, paper & pulp and various other segments of process industries. Read More


Citeo, Total, Saint-Gobain and the French Union of Fresh Dairy Product Manufacturers (Syndifrais) are joining forces to help lay the groundwork for an industrial-scale polystyrene recycling channel in France and to validate its technical and cost feasibility within 18 months. This is part of the voluntary commitments for the French government’s Circular Economy Roadmap and in line with French and European Union objectives in the area of plastic recycling, All of the players in the polystyrene consumer packaging value chain are actively seeking a recycling solution that will enable the development of a circular economy for these products. Read More


ExxonMobil has completed the acquisition of PT Federal Karyatama (FKT), one of Indonesia’s largest manufacturers and marketers of motorcycle lubricants, from PT Mitra Pinasthika Mustika Tbk and its affiliate. The acquisition, first announced in April, includes the Federal Oil brand and a 700,000 barrel per year blending plant in Cilegon, Indonesia. The acquisition of FKT and its distribution network, which is supported by about 40 dealers, 3,200 Federal Oil centers and more than 10,000 retailers in Indonesia, strengthens ExxonMobil’s position in a key growth market and will contribute to building the Mobil lubricant brand in Indonesia. Read More


Songwon Industrial Co Ltd said that prices for its polymer stabilizers products will be raised by up to 15 percentage. The new prices are effective as of 1 July 2018. These price increases are a consequence of the rising costs of resources and services, especially raw materials, energy and logistics. Read More



Cosmetics, personal care to be biggest driver of wax market

Cosmetics, personal care to be biggest driver of wax market

Wax Market size is forecast to exceed $10 billion in 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights Inc. Sturdy growth in cosmetics and personal care industry will be majorly driving wax market demand over the forecast period. Wax has air and water barrier properties, which open up a myriad of applications in various industries such as packaging, cosmetics and adhesives. The global cosmetics industry is driven by product innovation, the rise of e-commerce and growth in travel retail across the globe. Wax has skincare properties and its flexibility and plasticity facilitate easy application. Read More


Scientists from IIT Madras have developed a solar powered system to convert non-recyclable plastic into fuel that can substitute diesel used in generators, furnaces and engines. The technology – which consists of a mobile unit that can collect and process waste – currently yields around 0.7 liters of fuel oil per kilo gram of plastic, researchers said. “India produces approximately 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste in a day. Centralized systems for plastic waste management cannot work to effectively deal with this much plastic waste on a daily basis, said Ramya Selvaraj, a research student at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in Tamil Nadu. Read More


BP plc said that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Chargemaster, the UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company. Chargemaster operates the UK’s largest public network of EV charging points, with over 6,500 across the country. It also designs, builds, sells and maintains EV charging units for a wide range of locations, including for home charging. “Bringing together the UK’s leading fuel retailer and its largest charging company, BP Chargemaster will deliver a truly differentiated offer for the country’s growing number of electric vehicle owners,” Tufan Erginbilgic, chief executive, BP Downstream. Read More


Unbelievable Skin Benefits of Glycerin

Skin care agents and why do we require them? Skin care is a method which supports, maintains skin integrity such as nutrition, avoidance of excessive sun exposure, appropriate use of emollients and also enhance appearance with the use of cosmetics, botulinum, exfoliation, fillers, laser resurfacing, microdermabrasion, peels, retinol therapy etc. All these skin protective agents help to remediate skin break down and relieve various skin conditions. If you choose a natural route for skin care solution, there are three endorsed products which fit into your beauty regimen. Read More

Did you know there exists chemistry behind delicious fluffy cakes?

Did you know there exists chemistry behind delicious fluffy cakes?

A delicious fluffy cake just doesn’t happen by chance. It takes a harmless chemical reaction to make a cake fluffy and light. Baking powder is mixed with an acid to produce carbon dioxide. This gas is harmless when eaten. As it becomes hot in the oven the gas expands and makes bubbles in the cake mixture. This makes the cake rise. When a carbonate (Bi-Carb Soda) is mixed with an acid (vinegar) carbon dioxide gas is produced. Did anyone think about what are the chemicals added to batter and dough to cause them to rise and delicious taste? Read More


ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy Inc has reduced methane emissions from its operations by 9 percent since 2016, demonstrating significant progress in its methane emissions reduction program and other initiatives. Of that amount, a reduction of close to 4 percent, or more than 7,200 metric tons of methane, was achieved through XTO’s voluntary program and other operational improvements, XTO President Sara Ortwein said at the World Gas Conference in Washington. Across ExxonMobil operations, the reduction equates to a 2 percent reduction. Through its continued efforts, XTO will contribute to ExxonMobil’s measures to reduce methane emissions across its worldwide operations by 15 percent by 2020. Read More


Tacmina’s new XPL series pumps are designed to eliminate pulsation and maintain a stable chemical concentration transferring at a continuous flow. Smoothflow XPL Series pumps provide a constant and stable flow, economical to operate and compact size. Advantages include no intrusion of air or leakage, water resistance and no sliding parts, wide range controlling, automatic control system ready, easy disassembly and maintenance, and customization options. The XPL Series pumps are designed for use in nearly any industry and specifically for mixing and blending, filtration, spray drying, coating industries, and in chemical injection and dispersion processes. Read More


BASF said that it will increase prices for bismuth vanadate pigments and preparations based on this chemistry by up to 15 percent worldwide. The price increase will affect several market segments, predominantly the coatings industry. Price adjustments are necessary due to significantly higher raw material prices. Read More

Reactors with wide use for pharma API, clean room applications

ASP Chem Equipments reactors are provided with capacity range 100 ltrs to 35000 ltrs. Both GMP, Non GMP types are availble. The material of construction is Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel Alloys, Nickel Alloys, E,G.Hastelloy C 276, Inconel etc. The inside lining offered is halar lining, PVDF lining, rubber lining etc. The important features are the GMP reactors are widely used for pharma API, clean room applications as per design code ASME SEC VIII DIV I, it is provided with mirror finish from 220 grit to 440 grit, smooth welding & flush grinding and insulation with mirror finished s.s cladding. Read More


Thermo Scientific’s new scanning electron microscope (SEM) offers a full range of imaging and analytical options for more complex investigations. The Prisma platform features advanced automation, robust support for analytics; a large, precise and flexible stage; and a wide range of optional accessories. Labs with narrower dedicated needs will value its speed and simplicity, while multi-user, multi-application facilities will appreciate the broad selection of optional imaging detectors and analytical tools available on a single integrated platform. Read More

Kelvion’s robust heat exchangers are designed to withstand the rigors of chemical reactions, enabling critical processes to be completed safely and efficiently. The Heat Exchanger products help to minimize process costs and optimize energy efficiency. K°BLOC units are well suited for liquid-liquid, condensation and evaporation applications such as chemical, petrochemical, oil/gas, pulp and power, vegetable oil, refinery, amines and other oil and gas processes. The safety, technical sophistication and durability of the plate pack is second to none. Read More


MTS Sensors, a division of MTS Systems Corporation announced the expansion of the LP-Series, the next generation of its Level Plus® liquid level transmitters. The new LP-Series features Tank Slayer®, RefineME®, CHAMBERED and SoClean® models. Tank Slayer is complemented by the Level Plus RefineME level transmitter aimed at shorter process tanks in oil refineries, chemical plants and mines. The Level Plus CHAMBERED is especially optimized for incorporation into magnetic level gauge (MLG) systems, such as those found throughout refineries, chemical plants and boilers. Read More

UV Offset Inks for Luxury Folding Carton Applications

Sun Chemical has launched a new UV offset ink that was developed to make sophisticated graphics look stunning and vibrant on high-end luxury folding cartons while at the same time providing the longer-term shelf appeal brand owners require. The new ink system, SunCure® Aspire UV, has been formulated to exhibit immense color transparency to help create vivid color graphic effects on metallized, lenticular and holographic board stocks frequently used for pharmaceutical, perfume, liquor, cosmetic and POP applications. Read More



DuPont™ Artistri® Brite P5003 is a fabric pre-treatment product for application onto dark colored cotton t-shirts that enable efficient and consistent printing combined with bright, wash resistant color prints, while Artistri® P5010 is developed for use with white cotton and polyester shirts. P5003 and P5010 offer improved wash fastness, white ink setup productivity and tunnel dry performance. Artistri® Xite S2500 and S3500 dye sublimation inks offers better jetting, image sharpness, intensity of black inks and color saturation when compared to existing solutions. Read More



Creative Materials introduced its new 127-48 series of conductive Inks and coatings that are designed for manufacturing printed electronic circuits on washable textiles. These products have proven to be among the best performing products of their kind in the industry and are able to withstand a minimum of 50 machine wash and heated dryer cycles. Available in several variations, 127-48 inks offer new possibilities for smart textiles, as well as the facility for use in many wearable printed electronics applications. These products are very flexible, resistant to creasing and have excellent adhesion to a wide variety of substrates. Read More


By Prasad Pant: The Need For Chemical Management- When we enter a store to buy a garment, the things that immediately grab our attention are its color, style, texture, material, fit and price. We do not bother to check if the garment contains any colors or chemicals or materials that can be harmful to our health or the environment. Nor do we wonder whether the conditions in which the garment has been made have been safe to workers and the environment. The textile manufacturing process uses hundreds of chemicals and colorants from the fiber manufacture/cultivation stage right through spinning, weaving, knitting, processing, garment cut & sew to transportation and retail. Read More

Organic printing inks may restore sight to blind people

A simple retinal prosthesis is being developed in collaboration between Tel Aviv University in Israel and LiU. Fabricated using cheap and widely-available organic pigments used in printing inks and cosmetics, it consists of tiny pixels like a digital camera sensor on a nanometric scale. Researchers hope that it can restore sight to blind people. Researchers led by Eric Glowacki, principal investigator of the organic nanocrystals subgroup in the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linkoping University, have developed a tiny, simple photoactive film that converts light impulses into electrical signals. Read More


Who doesn’t like blue jeans? They’re practically wrinkle-proof. The indigo dye that provides their distinctive color holds up to detergents, but ages into that soft, worn look. No wonder the average American wears jeans four days a week. No wonder it’s a $66 billion a year industry, with three billion pairs of jeans manufactured each year. ndigo is one of the oldest dyes used for coloring textiles. Commercial synthesis of indigo dye replaced the plant source around 1900. Today, the jean industry uses about 40,000 tons of indigo a year. But there is a dark side. Industrial synthesis of indigo from petroleum is a “dirty” chemical process. Read More
Fast paced developments in the automotive industry demands a new outlook for pigments and coatings market. By Debarati Das: Its not just the speed and the throttle that determines the X-factor of a car, but also the sheen, the shine and the gloss that ups the oomph of these automobiles. And hence, the right pigment for that perfect coating determines the market success of the whole package. According to a report by Grand View Research, the global automotive coatings market is expected to reach $36.31 billion by 2025 owing to the increasing vehicle production. Read More

University of Portsmouth researchers are at the forefront of a drive to develop environmentally-friendly materials from agricultural waste for use in the automotive, marine and aerospace industries. A team from the University’s School of Engineering are producing and developing lightweight materials from farming leftovers (agriculture biomass) – a process that could provide significant environmental benefits. The sustainable composite materials are produced from flax, hemp, jute and waste biomass date palm fibres to provide parts like car bumpers and door linings – mainly non-structural components. Read More

Smart solutions for paint shop 4.0

The optimal link-up of flexible hardware with intelligent software, complemented with innovative digital services, maximizing customer benefits – with this in mind, the German painting plant manufacturer Eisenmann is tackling the challenges of the future. The aim is to build the “Paint Shop 4.0” for the automotive industry and other sectors. How far the possibilities of digitization in surface treatment have developed in the meantime was shown to the visitors at several trade fairs with Eisenmann participation. Around 1,000 guests from 34 nations, mainly from the automotive industry, came to the Eisenmann Technology Days to see the latest solutions for surface treatment in Industry 4.0. Read More


BASF SE said that human needs inspired its 2018-19 automotive colour trends with the trends “Keep it Real”. As innovations such as artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and robotic industrialization take hold, the return to the human element – people’s needs and emotions – becomes increasingly important. The designers at BASF’s coatings division translated these observations into a collection of 65 colours for automotive surfaces. Dark colors, blue hues and complex effects represent the omnipresence of technology. Advancements in digitalization make technology become less visible and more intertwined with reality. Read More


In an interview, Dr. Mohammad Vaseem with Chemical Today Magazine opens up on the opportunities that printed electronics ink has in the age of wearable electronics. Dr. Vaseem is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division of King Abdullah University Of Science & Technology (KAUST), KSA. Printed electronics (or additive manufacturing) is revolutionizing the way electronics are manufactured. Inspired by the printing of newspapers and magazines, the roll-to-roll and reel-to reel printing capability is being considered as the future for large volume manufacturing of flexible and wearable electronics. Read More

In an interview, Dr. Apoorv Shanker with Chemical Today Magazine delves into the use of polymers and sift materials in his research on cancer immunotherapy. Dr. Shanker is a post-doctoral associate at Prof. Paula T. Hammond Lab, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Research insight: With new cancer treatment regimens coming up, a lot of effort is being expended on developing spatiotemporally-controlled drug delivery systems. Polymers and soft materials are at the core of such systems. In my current project, I am focusing on cancer immunotherapy. Read More



Yoga practise help transform your genetics: study

A recent study by researchers from the University of Oslo, Norway found that Yoga and Sudarshan Kriya can substantially change the genes in the body’s immune cells. Led by Dr Fahri Saatcioglu, the researchers experimented about 10 subjects. “So, in our study, we asked whether there are rapid effects of a compressive programme derived from yoga on gene expression parents in circulating immune cells. Sudarshan Kriya is a yogic practice that can be learnt in the art of living happiness programme, offered in over 150 countries around the world. Read More


BASF SE is strengthening its value chain for chelating agents in Ludwigshafen, Germany, with an investment in the double-digit millions in production plant and further development of the product portfolio. The latest investment follows a significant expansion of the company’s capacities in Theodore, Alabama, USA and Ludwigshafen with a triple-digit million investment in 2015 and 2016. BASF identified the trend for sustainable solutions in global markets for chelating agents at an early stage. With the development of the chelating agent Trilon M (methyl glycine diacetic acid), the company entered the market with a sustainable alternative to phosphate and phosphonate…Read More


Clariant announced the official opening of two new, fully-owned additives facilities at its site in Zhenjiang, China. This completes a multi-million CHF investment originally announced last year and puts Clariant’s additives business in China on track to further expand its offering of customized, high-end solutions for the plastics, coatings & ink industries. The newly opened facilities are dedicated to the production of Ceridust micronized waxes and AddWorks synergistic additive solutions, both of which are used in various applications across the plastics, coatings and ink industries. Read More

Ineos Oxide said that it is progressing plans to expand dipropylene glycol (DPG) capacity at its site in Koln, Germany. The company confirmed that it has started the front-end engineering design (FEED) and expects to complete the engineering studies during the course of 2018. Currently, construction of the plant is expected to start in 2019 with start-up planned for early 2020. Dipropylene glycol is used as a solvent and scent carrier in the fragrance and laundry industries, as well as a component of speciality plasticisers and unsaturated polyester resins. Ineos manufacture DPG today as part of its propylene oxide and glycol portfolio. Read More

An unhealthy sleep – how safe are mosquito coils?

An unhealthy sleep – how safe are mosquito coils?

The annual worldwide consumption of the four major types of residential insecticide products are — aerosols, mosquito coils, liquid vaporizers, and vaporizing mats. Mosquito coils are burned indoors and outdoors in regions like Asia, Africa, and South America. Mosquito coils consist of an insecticide/repellant, organic fillers capable of burning with smoldering, binder, and additives such as synergists, dyes, and fungicide. N,N-Diethyl-Meta-Toluamide (DEET): DEET is a registered pesticide. It is the most effective, and best studied, insect repellent currently on the market. Read More


BASF SE has received the first global registrations in Australia and India for the new active ingredient, Inscalis insecticide. The company anticipates further registrations in the US, Canada, Mexico, China, and Argentina. The active ingredient was discovered by the Japanese company Meiji Seika Pharma Co Ltd (Meiji) and the Kitasato Institute, specifically 2015 Nobel Prize recipient, Doctor Satoshi Omura, and co-developed with Meiji. BASF also reached the next milestone for the insecticide active ingredient Broflanilide. The company submitted the regulatory dossier in the US, Canada, Mexico, India and Australia. Read More


Kanoria Chemicals & Industries is setting up a formaldehyde plant with a capacity of 1,00,000 tonne per annum at Naidupeta, District Nellore in the State of Andhra Pradesh. The company has received the Environmental Clearance for the same from the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India. Kanoria Chemicals is a manufacturer of chemical intermediates. Apart from chemicals, it has diversified business interests including automotive and industrial electronics, renewable energy and textiles. Read More

AkzoNobel NV has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent shares of Fabryo Corporation SRL (Fabryo), becoming the leader in the Romanian decorative paints market. The transaction includes two production facilities and six distribution centres for decorative paints, adhesives and mortars, including one of the largest decorative paints factories in the region, with capacity for further expansion. The business generated revenue of around €45 million in 2017 and is the only player with both a leading product portfolio for consumers as well as professional segments in the Romanian market, including brands Savana, APLA and InnenWeiss. Read More


BASF increases Neopor capacity globally

BASF SE said that it is increasing its global production capacity for Neopor (expandable polystyrene containing graphite) by a total of 40,000 metric tons per year. Adjustments in the plants at the two production sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Ulsan, Korea, will take place through the fourth quarter of 2018. At the Ulsan site in Korea, BASF will switch the plant’s entire 85,000 metric tons capacity from the classic white EPS (expandable polystyrene) Styropor to the improved insulation raw material Neopor (grey EPS) until end of 2018. This will allow the company to meet the growing demand for the grey material in the Asian market. Read more


Reliance Industries Ltd is investing in setting up India’s first carbon fibre manufacturing unit to cater to aerospace and defence needs, the company said in its annual report. The owner of world’s largest oil refining complex will also make low-cost and high-volume composite products like modular toilets, homes and composites for windmill blades and rotor blades. Without giving investment details, Reliance in its latest annual report said it has developed capabilities for 3D printing of wide-range of plastic and metals products. Reliance is developing new business verticals in the petrochemicals business to capture Rs 30,000 crore composites market. Read more


A sample of additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) material is tested at Arnold Air Force Base. The testing was conducted as part of a Cooperative Research and Development – Material Transfer Agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate and HRL Laboratories. The Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. Scientists with the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate recently entered into a Cooperative Research and Development – Material Transfer Agreement with HRL Laboratories to test additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) materials. Read more


The global Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) market size was valued at $38.38 billion in 2015. Mandatory workplace safety regulations by various international organizations such as NIOSH, OSHA and NFPA have forced employers to maintain employee safety as one of their top priorities. Strict rules and guidelines regarding safety regulations & occupational health are anticipated to steer the PPE market over the next eight years. The safety equipment need to be manufactured precisely according to the regulations/safety standards to make it appropriate for use, storage, and maintenance for a longer period. Read more