Dunlop, BASF unleash the performance within tennis rackets


Modern day tennis players tend to play with more spin and as a result, hit the ball out of the top of the racket rather than the centre. The disadvantage of this is players swing with more force to generate more power and spin. This puts extra load on the player’s arm and can result in injury. The Dunlop research team observed this trend and employed a new innovation to resolve this aspect – the Sonic Core made with BASF’s Infinergy. Designed for the tennis player looking for strong cushioning, high rebound, speed, and lightweight performance, the Sonic Core is built with intuitive design and technology principles unmatched in the industry. Read More

Sika AG is adding strength and capacity to its Mexican product supply chain in the Automotive sector with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Queretaro, Mexico. The new factory, which includes an integrated logistics center, will manufacture and locally supply Sika’s full range of acoustic treatments and body structural products for the growing number of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) assembly and component makers located in the country. The Mexican subsidiary of Faist ChemTec, acquired by Sika at the start of 2018, will also be integrated into the new facility. The Mexican automotive market has grown by 25% in the last four years, and an estimated four million vehicles will be produced in the country in 2018. Read More

Archroma has introduced its new Cartastrength DST.03 for stronger packaging and tissue papers and improved stickies management during the production process. Archroma is already well known in the paper industry for its portfolio covering the needs of packaging and paper makers, in particular with its solutions for colours, barriers & coatings, whiteness and strength. With its focus on increasing performance and sustainability for its customers, both during the manufacturing process and in the end product, Archroma is committed to introducing innovations especially aimed at making fast-growing sectors – such as packaging and tissue paper – more sustainable. Read More

BASF said that it is increasing prices for their polycarboxylate ether (PCE) based polymers for concrete admixtures in Europe (Melflux brand). With immediate effect, the prices will be increased by 10-12 percent.  Contractual agreements with customers are being kept. This increase has become necessary in an environment of rising freight and logistics costs as well as raw material costs for basic and intermediate chemicals. Read More

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ExxonMobil starts sulfur fuels production at new Beaumont unit


ExxonMobil NV said that a new unit at its integrated Beaumont, Texas facility has started operations, increasing production of ultra-low sulphur fuels by about 45,000 barrels per day. The new unit relies on a proprietary catalyst system developed by ExxonMobil to remove sulphur and meet US Environmental Protection Agency specifications while minimizing octane loss. The addition of the new unit, ExxonMobil’s second major investment in Beaumont in less than two years, has supported more than 800 construction jobs. In 2016, the company increased the capacity of an existing crude unit by 20,000 barrels per day and added the flexibility to process light crudes. Both projects are components of ExxonMobil’s Growing the Gulf initiative. Read More

Brenntag North America Inc, part of the Brenntag Group has opened a new food & nutrition application & development centre. The Brenntag North America food & nutrition application & development centre in Allentown, PA has officially opened. Through this centre, further support will be provided to customers in the United States and Canada who face food and nutrition formulation challenges with technical solutions and inventive ideas. The centre will be fully equipped to handle new product development and ingredient application assistance in all areas within the food and nutrition industry. Read More

Computer simulations have zoomed in on the role of superplasticizers in concrete performance. Modelling how superplasticizers can reduce water proportions in cement mixtures may help develop more efficient superplasticizers, as well as enhance concrete performance, shows the first comprehensive study conducted by A*STAR. Superplasticizers are polymers that act as dispersants in cement mixtures. They hinder the aggregation of the cement particles, allowing dramatic reductions in the volume of water in the mixture without impacting on its flow and workability. Read More

Leather chemicals are a class of products that are used in the treatment of animal hides for the production of leather. Leather chemicals are required at different stages of leather processing which includes beam house, tanning and finishing, fat liquors and water repellents and drum dyeing. Leather is an unmatched material for making accessory products and item. In order to make the leather for long lasting for use and to create an appealing richness of leather, many leather chemicals are used. Increasing demand for various leather made products such as apparels, footwear, garments, furniture and automotive upholstery positively influence the demand of leather chemicals and helps in further growth of leather chemical market. Read More

Indorama Ventures, Loop Industries form JV for PET recycling


Indorama Ventures, Loop Industries form JV for PET recycling

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited and Loop Industries Inc announced a joint venture to manufacture and commercialize sustainable polyester resin. This partnership brings together Indorama Venture’s world-class manufacturing footprint and Loop’s proprietary science and technology to become a reliable world leader in the ‘circular’ economy for 100 percent sustainable and recycled PET resin and polyester fibre. The Indorama Ventures/Loop Industries partnership launches a commercial solution for consumer packaged goods companies in response to the rapid growth in global plastic consumption for which there is a great need to responsibly collect and reuse these materials. Read More

Thermo Fisher Scientific has designed the Thermo Scientific ISQ EM single quadrupole mass spectrometer for high performance and productivity standards in laboratories. With a mass range of 10-2000 m/z, the system offers the power to detect and quantify small and large molecules, and supports analytical needs across an extensive range of applications­ – from drug development to manufacturing support and quality control. The system’s high-performing heated electrospray ionization (HESI) and dual HESI/atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) probes facilitate the measurement of polar and non-polar analytes, enabling application flexibility. Read More

Solvay SA will raise production capacity of Solef PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) high performance polymers in France, by more than 35 percent. Addressing the strong global demand growth mainly for applications in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, reinforcing its technological leadership and customer support worldwide. The new capacity, from investing in new assets, should be operational by end of 2019. Solef PVDF optimizes energy storage efficiency and reduces battery weight in electric vehicles or consumer electronics. Other growing applications include offshore oil and gas pipes and liners and membranes for water purification. Read More

Total SA has agreed to buy all the shares of Chevron Denmark Inc from Chevron Corporation. Chevron Denmark holds a 12 percent interest in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC) and a 7.5 percent interest in the Tyra West pipeline. This acquisition will increase Total’s operated share of DUC from 31.2 percent to 43.2 percent, the other partners of the consortium are Shell (36.8 percent) and Nordsofonden (20 percent, owned by the Danish State). The consortium, which started production in 1972, currently operates 15 fields, all located in the Central Graben sector of the North Sea. It covers nearly 90 percent of the Danish oil and gas production. In 2017 the production averaged 182,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). Read More

Total acquires G2mobility, strengthens electric vehicle charging sector


Total SA has finalized the acquisition of G2mobility, a French leading provider of electric vehicle charging solutions. With this deal, Total is accelerating the growth of its electric vehicle charging businesses, from designing smart charging stations to optimizing energy usage management and selling integrated services. A leader in the sector since 2009, G2mobility has developed and markets a comprehensive charging solution, with connected charging stations operated by a web platform that can remotely control the charge points, offer services, particularly smart energy management systems. Read More

 

Afton Chemical Corporation has completed the Phase II expansion of its chemical additive manufacturing facility in Jurong Island, Singapore. Afton began its Singapore manufacturing operations in May 2016, when it announced the Phase I opening of its Jurong Island plant. Phase II’s investment of S$222 million is more than Phase I’s initial investment of S$158 million, bringing the total investment in Singapore to S$380 million. Phase II’s expansion kickstarts production of advanced ashless dispersants and anti-wear components. All are critical components in several of Afton’s products and will help passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles meet performance standards of the future. Read More

ExxonMobil said it will join the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary initiative representing 13 of the world’s largest oil and gas producers working collaboratively toward solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change. The CEO-led organization focuses on developing practical solutions in areas including carbon capture and storage, methane emissions reductions and energy and transportation efficiency. As part of the initiative, ExxonMobil will expand its investment in research and development of long-term solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as partnerships and multi-stakeholder initiatives that will pursue lower-emission technologies. Read More

Vital role of Chemistry behind Anger

Have you ever been so mad that you felt hot headed, blood boiling, palms sweating? Yes, I’m sure everyone would have experienced all this while in anger. Anger is an actually very interesting thing if you think about it. There goes on a lot of chemistry when you become angry. Let us first know about what actually is anger. Anger is an emotional response natural and most of the time an automatic response to one or another form of pain like emotional or physical pain. William DeFoore, a writer of anger-management has expressed anger as a pressure cooker; one can apply pressure against anger only for a certain period of time up till it explodes. Read More

AkzoNobel acquires Spanish decorative paints firm Xylazel


AkzoNobel NV (AKZA; AKZOY) has acquired Xylazel SA (Xylazel), a 100 percent subsidiary of Pharma Mar SA (PHM). With this acquisition AkzoNobel strengthens its business and becomes a leader in the decorative paints market in Spain. It also means the company is now the leader in the country’s woodcare segment and has strengthened its position in metal care. The transaction marks the 45-year anniversary of AkzoNobel on the Spanish market. Xylazel has about 100 employees, with one production facility in Porrino. Revenue for 2017 totalled approximately €20 million. Read More

ONCAP has purchased a majority stake in Walter Surface Technologies (Walter), in partnership with the existing management team. The Walter Group will retain a minority interest in the company. Walter is a leading provider of innovative solutions for the metal working industry. Its premium, consumable metal working solutions include abrasives, tooling, power tools, chemical solutions and welding process solutions. The company sells its portfolio of products to a diverse array of end markets, including metal fabrication, transportation, construction, energy, mining, forestry and lumber, food and pharmaceuticals. Read More
By Shivani Mody: Essential oils, absolutes and oleoresin have added a lot of value to the growth of the flavour & fragrance industry as well as agriculture. Today, showing great promising healing powers, various oils are used in aromatherapy for mood relaxation to reduce the side effects of aggressive therapies. However, the use of essential oils is unregulated in the country. The imperative need has therefore been felt for growing essential oil-bearing plants and crops under the diversified farming programme, which have proved to be cash crops offering much better returns to the farmers. Read More
Global electronic chemicals market is expected to rise with CAGR of 7 percent during forecast period 2017-2024. Key factors driving the market growth are high adoption of solar energy, increasing demand for smartphone, computers etc and increasing use of semiconductors in industries such as aviation, defense etc and development of environment friendly chemicals. Decrease in demand of silicon wafers, semiconductor counterfeiting and stringent regulations are expected to restrain the market growth. However, growing advancements and technological inventions in electronic chemicals and wide adoption among end users are expected to provide lucrative market opportunities. Read More

BASF develops world’s first particle foam based on polyethersulfone


BASF SE has presented prototypes of the world’s first particle foam based on polyethersulfone (PESU), after two years of intensive research. The foam is characterized by its unique combination of properties: high-temperature resistance, inherent flame retardancy – and its extreme light weight coupled with great stiffness and strength. It is therefore particularly well suited for complex-shaped components in cars, airplanes and trains, which require excellent mechanical properties together with the ability to withstand high operating temperatures or to meet stringent flame-retardant requirements. The expandable PESU granulate is pre-foamed into beads with low densities between 40 and 120 g/L… Read More

Phosphoric acid, also known as orthophosphoric acid, is a mineral and weak acid with chemical formula H3PO4. In terms of production value, phosphoric acid is the inorganic acid produced and consumed in the highest amount. In terms of volume, it is the second-most produced and consumed inorganic acid, after sulfuric acid. The leading use of phosphoric acid is in the manufacture of phosphate chemicals. Phosphoric acid can be produced by two commercial methods: wet process and thermal process. Wet process phosphoric acid is used in fertilizer production. Thermal process phosphoric acid is of higher purity and it is used in the manufacture of high-grade chemicals, pharmaceuticals, detergents, food products, beverages and other non-fertilizer products. Read More

Industry Insights: The India polyurethane (PU) synthetic (artificial) leather market size was valued at $3.97 billion in 2016. It is witnessing augmented demand from applications in automotive and footwear industries. It is also used as an alternative to genuine leather, a factor that is significantly propelling its demand. Certain drawbacks of genuine leather, such as sticky feel and texture, are restraining its demand, paving the way for PU artificial leather. Surge in middle-class population, coupled with rising disposable income, is likely to present favorable opportunities for players in the local market. Another factor propelling its growth is low manufacturing cost as compared to natural leather. Read More

Isopropanol has gained immense significance as an effective solvent across various industrial sectors in light of its complete miscibility in most of the solvents including water. Isopropanol has been deemed as an accurate solvent for compounds such as natural & epoxy resins, alkaloids, ethyl cellulose, and essential oils. Fast evaporating property of isopropanol that leaves zero oil traces, and its lower toxicity, coupled with the estimated future phase out of ethanol will continue to augur well for its market growth in the near future. On account of its miscibility in non-polar solvents, isopropanol has gained traction as an essential prerequisite for cleaning pores present in electronic components. Read More

Carlsberg unveils ground-breaking innovations to reduce plastic waste


Carlsberg announced a series of ground-breaking innovations including its new Snap Pack, which is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tonnes a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic bags. The Snap Pack replaces the plastic wrapping used around Carlsberg’s six packs with a pioneering technology that glues its cans together. A world first for the beer industry, it will reduce the amount of plastic used in traditional multi-packs by up to 76 percent. 3 years in the making, the Snap Pack is just one of Carlsberg’s sustainable packaging solutions that were announced today. Other improvements include 1. A switch to Cradle-to-Cradle Certified silver inks on its bottle labels to improve recyclability Read More

Dyes that are also of great interest for organic electronics have recently been prepared and crystallised at TU Wien. All that is required is just water, albeit under highly unusual conditions. They not only impress due to their radiant and intense colour, they also have an important technological significance: organic dyes are a class of materials with extremely special properties. From flat screens to electronic paper through to chip cards: in future, many technologies are likely to be based on organic molecules like these. Previously, such materials could only be prepared using complex synthesis methods that are incredibly harmful to the environment. However, researchers at TU Wien have now successfully synthesized several typical representatives of this materials class… Read More

A project developed through an MIT class has come up with a highly energy efficient design for a large community building that uses one of the world’s oldest construction materials. For this structure, called “the Longhouse,” massive timbers made of conventional lumber would be laminated together like a kind of supersized plywood. The design will be presented this October at the Maine Mass Timber Conference, which is dedicated to exploring new uses of this material, which can be used to build safe, sound high-rise buildings if building codes permit them. John Klein, a research scientist in MIT’s architecture department who taught a workshop called Mass Timber Design that came up with the new design, explained that “In North America, we have an abundance of forest resources, and a lot of it is overgrown. Read More

The overall objective of this study was to examine the ethanol yield potential of barley by experimenting with starch degrading enzymes and with starch degrading enzymes plus cellulose degrading enzymes on the overall fermentation yield and ethanol concentration. The project consisted of 2 different trials which included alpha-amylase and beta-glucosidase trial vs alpha-amylase, beta-glucosidase and cellulose trial. In Phase I, I studied the probability of producing ethanol from barley. In Phase II, I determined that by using the trehalase enzyme and using smaller dosages, I was able to produce the highest yield. In Phase III, I determined the best cook solid percentage and incubation temperature. Read More