Making in India: The manufacturing story


Making in India: The manufacturing story

Mobil safeguards equipment life; helps PPAP Automotive achieve ‘maximum productivity’ goals. Switching to Mobil saves automotive manufacturer Rs.12.30 lakh annually. The manufacturing industry in India has poignantly grown over the decades, witnessing a series of transitions through the socio-economic and political corridors of the country. Turning a corner after liberalization in the early-90s, the Indian manufacturing industry is today a globally competitive behemoth, powered by solid capacity expansions and multidisciplinary investments. Strong domestic demand, a growing middle class and a high rate of return on investments are among the factors that make India a credible manufacturing investment destination.  Read More

Thermo Scientific ISQ EM system offers a robust, easy-to-use and reliable solution for both novice and expert users. Chromatographers can now benefit from a single quadrupole mass spectrometer for challenging mass confirmation analyses. ThermoFisher Scientific designed this for high performance and productivity standards in laboratories. The system offers the power to detect and quantify small and large molecules, supporting analytical needs across an extensive range of applications. The system’s high-performing ionization probes facilitate the measurement of polar and non-polar analytes, enabling application flexibility. Read More

It is time for a sea change in strategy. The life sciences industry’s commitment to digital transformation is increasing, but few organizations are digitally maturing.  Here’s how companies can take an enterprise wide approach to digital transformation. As is true for most industries, digital transformation is no longer a buzzword, but a strategic imperative for life sciences companies. While first movers would likely gain a competitive advantage, all of today’s companies risk falling behind their competitors in delivering across all elements of the value chain if their strategies are limited to a few pilots and experiments. Life sciences companies have been fast followers in adopting new technologies… Read More

Asynt introduced new DrySyn inserts that enables scientists to heat reactions. In addition, the company has introduced the ADS2-2 DrySyn MAXI stand-alone 2L base for laboratories wanting to heat larger scale flask-based reactions and the DrySyn SuperMAXI 4L insert for use with the SuperMAXI 5L base. DrySyn is made of chemically resistant anodized aluminium. The DrySyn range of heating blocks offers excellent visibility and heating performance, without the inherent risks and mess of an oil bath. DrySyn heating blocks help you create more efficient and sustainable working environment. Read More

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New water treatment method inspired by a sea creature


Inspired by Actinia, a sea organism that ensnares its prey with its tentacles, a team of researchers from Yale University have developed a method for efficiently treating water. The research, a collaboration of the labs of Yale’s Menachem Elimelech and Huazhang Zhao of Peking University, used a material known as a nanocoagulant to rid water of contaminants. By removing a broad range of contaminants in a single step, the discovery promises to significantly improve the centuries-old use of coagulants for water treatment. Actinia is a sea anemone with a spherical body that has tentacles that retract while resting and extend while catching its prey. Read More

Air Liquide SA said that it will build the first world-scale liquid hydrogen production unit in Western US. Dedicated to the hydrogen energy markets, the company expects to invest over $150 million, with construction to begin in early 2019.  In addition, the company has signed a long-term agreement with FirstElement Fuel Inc (FEF), a leader in retail hydrogen infrastructure in US, to supply hydrogen to its retail liquid hydrogen fueling stations in California. The plant will have a capacity of nearly 30 tons of hydrogen per day — an amount that can fuel 35,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The new plant is the first large scale investment into the supply chain infrastructure needed to support hydrogen energy solutions for the energy transition… Read More

Henkel has entered into a strategic mobility alliance with RLE International, to drive automotive innovation and become the premier design-in engineering solution provider for mobility industry. Automotive megatrends and future mobility concepts driven by increasing environmental legislation, e-mobility and autonomous driving are shaping the engineering challenges of the industry. Besides, the integration and protection of batteries and electronic components play a crucial role in development and manufacturing. “To design new e-mobility concepts and lightweight innovations, the combination of material science and engineering expertise is a significant competitive advantage,” said Dr Christian Kirsten, corporate senior vice president, Henkel Transport & Metal. Read More

Following the demise of Union Minister Ananth Kumar, DV Sadananda Gowda and Narendra Singh Tomar were assigned additional portfolios of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, respectively. Gowda is currently in charge of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Tomar holds the portfolio of the Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines. The two ministers were given the additional portfolios which were earlier held by Ananth Kumar. Read More

Lanxess expands halogen-free flame-retardant PBT compounds range


Lanxess is expanding its range of halogen-free flame-retardant compounds based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) to include variants with outstanding fire resistance in glow wire tests. The first in the product range is a compound reinforced with a glass fiber content of 25 percent. There are plans to introduce the trial product onto the market shortly. The new PBT material has already been certified by VDE Prüf- und Zertifizierungsinstitut GmbH with a GWIT value of 775 °C for wall thicknesses of 0.4 to 3.0 millimeters (Glow Wire Ignition Temperature, IEC 60695-2-13). It also achieves excellent results in glow wire tests on finished parts according to IEC 60695-2-11. Read More

BP Plc, on behalf of co-venturers Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips, announced first oil production from the giant Clair Ridge project in the West of Shetland region offshore UK. Clair Ridge is the second phase of development of the Clair field, 75 kilometres West of Shetland. The field, which was discovered in 1977, has an estimated seven billion barrels of hydrocarbons. Two new, bridge-linked platforms and oil and gas export pipelines have been constructed as part of the Clair Ridge project. The new facilities, which required capital investment in excess of £4.5 billion, are designed for 40 years of production. Read More

Perstorp announced the sale of Perstorp BioProducts, a leading producer of biodiesel and glycerine in Scandinavia to a Swedish investor. The sale includes the production site in Fredrikstad, Norway, while the production site in Stenungsund, Sweden, will remain under Perstorp’s ownership. Perstorp will also, for a limited time, be a minority owner of the new company i.e. Adesso BioProducts AB. The 20 staff employed at Perstorp BioProducts, mostly in Fredrikstad, have been offered to continue their employment with Adesso BioProducts AB.  A tolling agreement forms a part of the sale, whereby Perstorp will continue to produce biodiesel at Stenungsund production site for Adesso BioProducts. Read More

Sika has opened new headquarters in the metropolitan area of Lima, Peru and introduced a modern plant for the production of concrete admixtures, mortar products, and acrylic liquid applied membranes (LAM). With this new plant, Sika is tripling its production capacities and strengthening its market position in Peru. At the new site in Lucumo, Sika has commissioned a modern plant for mortars and admixtures. The acrylic LAM manufacturing equipment has also been moved to the new site from the existing plant in Lurin, and further modernized. The new factory and supply centre will result in a threefold increase in overall capacity. Read More

Floor Cleaner: Types and Chemistry


Floor Cleaner: Types and Chemistry

Introduction: 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 to 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

McDermott International Inc (MDR) has been awarded a contract by Petrobras for a natural gas pipeline project in support of the client’s Santos basin pre-salt field program. The contract covers the implementation of the ultra-shallow segment of the new Rota 3 gas export pipeline. The scope of work includes design and detailed engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCi) of six miles (10 kilometers) of a 24-inch rigid concrete coated pipeline from the already installed shallow water segment of this new pipeline system to the shore, including a horizontal directional drill, tie-in spools and pre-commissioning of the six-mile (10 kilometers) pipeline. Read More

Fluor Corporation said that ioneer Ltd has selected Fluor to deliver its lithium and boron mine outside of Tonopah, Nevada. The full notice to proceed on the EPCM phase is expected in 2019 with first production expected in 2021. Fluor will initially provide a definitive feasibility study, and subsequently, engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services as the project progresses. Fluor will book the feasibility study contract value in the fourth quarter of 2018 and expects to book the full EPCM contract value in 2019 dependent on a final investment decision. Read More

Gelest Inc has expanded its acetylenic and alkynyl silane offerings, increasing chemists’ options and formulating flexibility in organic synthesis and material science applications. From pharmaceuticals and agricultural chemicals to polymers and electronic materials, these silanes are used to synthesize building blocks and more complex molecules that cannot be obtained otherwise. For example, the commercial antifungal drug terbinafine is manufactured using an alkynyl silane. To support this product line expansion, Gelest offers a new technical brochure featuring a comprehensive review of acetylenic and alkynyl silane chemistry with emphasis on synthetic organic transformations. Read More

Need for Chemical Companies to go Digital


Need for Chemical Companies to go Digital

The chemical industry is vast with a plethora of industries that produce a wide range of products across many different sections. In the past, large chemical companies particularly the producers had monopoly over the market. These large companies focused on operational efficiency over adaptability and flexibility. Today, niche players dominate the market with their focus on consumer demand. These players have elicited incumbents to evolve through adoption of digital technology at the business core and at the same time manufacture small batches to cater to individual customer needs, selling services, experiences and outcomes.

A breakthrough by chemists at the University of Chicago may one day open possibilities for making chemicals from plants rather than oil, by creating a new method to crack certain tough carbon-to-carbon bonds. A great number of chemicals in the natural and industrial world have backbones made of carbon-on-carbon bonds. These are regularly carved up during processes to make new useful molecules. But a particular subset of these bonds is very stable—and thus difficult to crack open. Chemists would like to discover new ways to cut and rearrange such bonds; a library of such knowledge is key to finding valuable new chemicals or more efficient or greener ways to make known ones. Read More

Songwon has developed and launched a new antioxidant, Songnox 5057. Songnox 5057 complements Songwon’s already broad range of aminic, phenolic, phosphite and thioester antioxidants. This new liquid butylated octylated aminic antioxidant is suitable for various substrates, including polyols. It is designed for flexible polyurethane slabstock foams, elastomers and hot melt adhesives. Foams are used in numerous different industries ranging from furniture and bedding to automotive components and sports applications. Applied in combination with hindered phenols such as Songnox 1135 or Songnox 1076, Songnox 5057 protects polyols against degradation during storage and transportation. Read More

Compass Minerals International Inc said that Fran Malecha has agreed to step down from his position as president and CEO, effective immediately. Dick Grant, lead independent director, will serve as chairman of the board and interim CEO until a permanent CEO is named. “Over the last several years, we have made progress toward building a balanced company for the future. The board remains committed to achieving best-in-class operational efficiency in our Salt business to maximize its cash generating capabilities and investing in our higher-growth, global Plant Nutrition business. We are now moving forward with a keen focus on execution in order to ensure we can drive value from these investments and deliver sustainable, long-term value creation for our shareholders,” said Dick Grant, chairman and interim CEO. Read More

Researchers find cheaper, less energy-intensive way to purify ethylene


Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have filed a provisional patent application on a new copper compound that can be used to purify ethylene. The ethylene is used as a raw material in the production of plastics such as polyethylene or PVC, as well as other industrial compounds. Ethylene is produced from crude oil but is usually obtained as a mixture containing ethane. Manufacturing processes using ethylene usually require pure, or 99.9 percent, ethylene feed-stock. “Existing technologies to separate ethylene and ethane use enormous amounts of energy and require high levels of capital investment. Read More

Crude oil and natural gas production has increased in US, despite the decline in number of wells, according to a report by Energy Information Administration. A report stated that how the daily production rates of individual wells contributed to US total crude oil and natural gas production in 2017. The total number of wells producing crude oil and natural gas in the United States fell to 991,000 in 2017, down from a peak of 1,039,000 wells in 2014. This recent decline in the number of wells reflects advances in technology and drilling techniques. Wells classified as nonhorizontal in the report—most of which are vertical wells—have decreased from 940,000 in 2014 to 864,000 in 2017. Read More

Wanhua Chemical Group has decided to develop a new $1.25 billion American chemical manufacturing complex in Convent, Louisiana. The new methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant has a capacity of 400 kilotons per year. This project will generate 1,000 construction jobs at peak activity, and create 1,230 new direct and indirect jobs. The North American polyurethane market has witnessed continuous growth in recent years. Once operating at full capacity, the new facility will greatly enhance Wanhua’s supply capability and stability of MDI in North America, as well as broaden the product portfolio. The Louisiana project represents Wanhua’s commitment to bring manufacturing to the US and to enable the company to better serve the customers. Read More

Ineos Enterprises has agreed to acquire the entire composites business from Ashland Global Holdings Inc for $1.1 billion. The businesses included in the transaction have combined sales of more than $1.1 billion per year. They employ 1,300 employees across 20 sites in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Middle East. The deal is expected to complete in the first half of 2019. Ashland’s composites business is a global leader in unsaturated polyester resins, vinyl ester resins and gel coats. In addition to its wide range of gelcoats, the business also provides corrosion-resistant fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) which provide exceptional durability, superior heat resistance, low maintenance and high performance for challenging environments. Read More

Trends in the Chemical Industry


Trends in the Chemical Industry

The chemical industry is very dynamic which will continue to change rapidly in the coming years. Companies related to the chemical industry must adapt swiftly to overcome challenges, maintain a competitive edge and grasp new market opportunities. The convergence of new trends is creating a perfect outburst for the chemical industry, challenging the previous generation’s strategies of companies. In chemical business nowadays, factors such as intellectual property, customer and feedstock proximity and technology know-how no longer assure a sustainable competitive advantage. Read More

Ajinomoto Co Inc said that it is constructing a new production line at its Tokai Plant for amino acid-based surfactants (flakes), mainstay products of its personal care ingredients businesses The operation will start in December 2018. As a result, Ajinomoto’s overall production capacity for flakes will increase approximately 70 percent, enabling it to meet rapidly growing demand for amino acid-based surfactants and to strengthen its supply system. Currently, Ajinomoto produces and globally supplies a diverse range of amino acid-based surfactants, including glycine-derived Amilite and glutamic acid-derived Amisoft, in the three forms of liquid, powder and flakes. Read More

Buckman has selected Univar Inc to serve as its distributor in the lubricant and metalworking markets. Products include its full range of microbicides, deposit control products, dispersing agents and high-performance additives in US and Canada.  Buckman selected Univar due to its large-scale distribution capabilities, leading supply chain network and innovative digital technologies. Buckman offers top quality, effectiveness and value along with an industry-leading portfolio of microbicides, deposit control and dispersing agents, emulsion breakers, enzymatic solutions, heavy metal precipitants, and defoamers. Read More

The Linde Group has been awarded a contract from Inner Mongolia Huineng Coal Chemical Co Ltd to supply a mid-scale LNG plant near Beinichuan in Inner Mongolia, China. This will be Linde’s seventh and largest LNG plant to date in China and is in response to growing demand from customers in China. Linde’s Engineering division will be responsible for engineering, procurement and site services for the LNG plant with a nameplate capacity of 750,000 tons of liquefied natural gas per annum. The plant’s technology is based on Linde’s proprietary LIMUM(R) process, a multi-stage mixed refrigerant process that provides best-in-class energy efficiency, and proprietary core cryogenic heat exchangers. Read More