Kraiburg, Eastman collaborates to develop medical grade TPE


Kraiburg TPE collaborated with Eastman to develop a range of innovative high-purity TPEs. They have developed a range of THERMOLAST® M thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) with the capability to adhere directly to specialized polymers used in medical applications, including Eastman’s Tritan™ copolyester, PP, ABS, ABS/PC, and PET. “We are in the process of expanding our portfolio for the medical and pharmaceutical markets and for this purpose we are focusing on developing new materials for innovative products,” said Oliver Kluge, business unit manager medical applications, Kraiburg TPE. Read More
BASF inaugurated a new, world-scale antioxidants manufacturing plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. With an annual capacity of 42,000 tons, the plant will produce antioxidants and associated forms and blends for the plastic additives market. The units for powder blending, liquid antioxidants and formgiving are now operational as part of the plant’s first phase. “With this investment, we strengthen our position as the leading global supplier of antioxidants. We expect the market will show attractive growth rates in the medium to long term,” said Markus Kamieth, Member of the Board of Directors, BASF SE. Read More

Lanxess is expanding its range of membrane elements for reverse osmosis (RO). The new Lewabrane HP (high performance) series comprises elements that consist of an enhanced brackish water membrane to serve applications in which high rejection and energy efficiency are important. Using the new types in combination with monodisperse Lewatit ion exchange resins provides high quality produced water at lower operational cost.  With an average salt rejection of 99.7 percent and high permeability, the new product types are a further development of the high cross-linked polyamide membrane which Lanxess launched in 2012. Read More

Archroma announced the introduction of a new optical brightening agent (OBA) specially designed for food packaging and paper, Leucophor® AFCN liq. The newly launched OBA has been approved for food contact by the US food and drug administration. A growing part of food containers are made from renewable sources, such as paper and board. It is necessary to ensure that these paper containers are free from substances that would be harmful for the consumer. Leucophor® AFCN liq was designed with these guiding principles: 1. Leucophor® AFCN liquid has approval for use in food-contact paper and paperboard under FDA Food Contact Notification. Read More

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Future of Specialty Chemicals Industry


Future of Specialty Chemicals Industry

Specialty chemical manufacturers by nature are vastly very innovative and entrepreneurial, and R&D of new chemistries continues to be a vital component of the specialty chemical businesses. Adding to the point the resurgence of key market segments is dependent on specialty chemicals and new project starts, these significant factors are fuelling the persuasive growth. Specialty chemicals are chemical products that are traded on the basis of their performance or function, rather than their composition. Therefore manufacturers can create a niche market for products having stable margins. Read More

How 3D Printing is transforming the Chemical Industry?

3D printing is the process of manufacturing a 3D object from CAD data. It is also known as additive manufacturing because it is manufactured by placing successive layers of material. A 3D model can be created from scratch with a 3D modelling software or a digital model of an object can be created with a 3D scanner. The digital model is translated to a real object using a 3D printer. Transformation of the chemical industry through 3D printing: 3D printing is an innovative technology, which has already been incorporated by the chemical industry. Since its commercialization in the 1980s, it has been growing and its implementation in the chemical industry has increased. Read More

Waters Corporation introduced a new amino acid analysis kit that reduces the time required to quantify amino acids, a critical application for research scientists investigating the physiological underpinnings of disease. The new Kairos™ amino acid analysis kit is capable of cutting analytical run times that can range up to two hours to run times of 10 minutes or less when used as directed with supported Waters™ UPLC systems, mass spectrometers and waters targeted omics method library. “After looking at how long it takes to get results on a limited set of amino acids, and at the accuracy and precision of those results, we decided we could do better. Read More

Lanxess presented its broad range of additives for the rubber processing industry at the India Rubber Expo 2019. During the event in Mumbai, the specialty chemicals company is showcasing solutions and methods which increase productivity and reduce health risks for its customers. The comprehensive portfolio includes additives for the manufacture of high-end rubber components for a significant number of diverse applications. “We are manufacturing a range of specialty polymer- and silica-bound rubber additives in India for the Indian market offering our customers products of consistently high quality, taking responsibility for their availability and making newest product solutions with higher health and safety standards available,” said Dr. Christian Lumpe, Head of business line Rubber Additives at the LANXESS Rhein Chemie (RCH) business unit. Read More

Digital Transformation in Healthcare Industry


Digital Transformation in Healthcare Industry

The health care industry is confronting a tremendous third evolutionary wave of digital technology with implications to profound believe in the new era of global computing. Certainly, for all industries, digital transformation will be galvanized by the initial technology such as mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), and big data. Through the advent application of internet, healthcare industry is poised to benefit from the ubiquitous and real-time retrieval of contextual information facilitated by the new technologies which drives the digital transformation. Role of Digitalization– Data Security: The secured physical records of a organizations are always in the possibility of getting misplaced during some unexpected conditions like staff negligence or disaster. Read More

Tata Chemicals Limited signed a MoU with C-MET, an autonomous scientific society under Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. The MoU is to develop collaborative technology for the recovery and purification of cathode and anode active ingredients from spent lithium-ion cells / batteries. Under the MOU, TCL and C-MET envisage a partnership that will leverage C-MET’s intellectual property, capabilities and infrastructure, to test and validate multiple recycling chemistries. This partnership is in line with the commitment of Tata Chemicals to develop a Sustainable Circular Economy, as the company explores innovative and sustainable processes to manufacture Lithium-ion batteries for various applications. Read More

Sika acquires leading mortar solution manufacturer from CVC Fund V

Sika has made a binding offer to acquire Parex from its current owner CVC Fund V. Parex is a leading manufacturer of mortar solutions including facade mortars, tile adhesives, waterproofing, and technical mortars. Parex has a particularly strong presence in distribution channels, combining recognized brands with R&D expertise and technical excellence. It is locally present in 23 countries with key positions in 8 core geographies and operates 74 plants around the world. “The businesses of Parex and Sika are highly complementary. Parex’s excellent facade business can be leveraged in the entire Sika world,” said Paul Schuler, CEO of Sika. Read More

TechnipFMC in consortium with MMHE (Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd), has signed a Long-Term Offshore Agreement with Saudi Aramco. This agreement, valid for 6 years, covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, transportation and installation of offshore facilities for the development of Saudi Aramco’s offshore projects. This agreement builds on the long-term relationship between TechnipFMC and Saudi Aramco, as well as the strong partnership between TechnipFMC and MMHE. “We are very pleased to extend our partnership with Saudi Aramco and to support their ambitious offshore development program. Read More

Sabic, ExxonMobil to establish JV on petrochemical complex in Louisiana


Sabic, ExxonMobil to establish JV on petrochemical complex in Louisiana

Sabic and an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation are considering the potential development of a jointly owned petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The project would be located in Texas or Louisiana near natural gas feedstock and include a world-scale steam cracker and derivative units. Before making final investment decisions, the companies will conduct necessary studies and work with state and local officials to help identify a potential site with adequate infrastructure access. “We are focused on geographic diversification to supply new markets. The proposed venture would capture competitive feedstock and reinforce Sabic’s strong position in the value chain,” said Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan, Sabic vice chairman and chief executive officer. Read More

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma, Group) announced an exclusive license, supply and distribution agreement between its wholly-owned subsidiary Hikma Pharmaceuticals International Limited and Beijing Sciecure Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (Sciecure), a leading Chinese company. The agreement provides Hikma with exclusive rights to sell one of Sciecure’s niche injectable anti-viral medicines across US for a minimum of eight years. Sciecure expects to file this product for approval with the US Food and Drug Administration in early 2019. “We are thrilled to partner with Sciecure, an innovative and vertically integrated company capable of producing high-quality products across the pharmaceutical spectrum from API to finished doses. Read More

Albemarle Corporation announced that it has begun earthworks at the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, in Western Australia. This is for the construction of the company’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide (LiOH) conversion site. Albemarle recently received the required environmental approval from the Australian federal and state government for the Kemerton plant. “The site earthworks at Kemerton today are on track with our projections. Achieving this milestone underscores our commitment and confidence in developing LiOH operations in Western Australia and in our overall strategy to drive significant shareholder value and meet our customers’ demands,” said Eric Norris, Albemarle President, Lithium. Read More

Clariant announced that it reduced its stake in the Netherlands-based Stahl group by 25 % from 19.7% to 14.8%. Clariant will remain invested in the company as a financial investor. Stahl is a producer of high- quality chemicals, dyes, and coatings for leather and other applications and has about 2000 employees. In 2014 Clariant sold its Leather Service business to the Stahl group for a cash consideration and a 24 % stake in the acquiring group. Read More

Anchor of country’s modern economy


The Australian chemistry industry is composed of more than 5,500 individual businesses, from small family-owned Australian businesses to multinational enterprises. Australia’s chemical industry is of strategic importance to the sustainable development of the country’s economy.Being one of Australia’s leading manufacturing sectors, Australia chemical sector directly employs over 60,000 people with most of them in highly skilled jobs, and contributes more than $11.5 billion to GDP in industry value add. Chemistry Australia CEO Samantha Read said, “We have an important story to tell. The business of chemistry is at the nucleus of the Australian economy; it provides inputs that enable 109 of Australia’s 111 industries.” Read More

By Shivani Mody: In an interview, Fabrizio Palmeri, Executive Vice President, Application Engineering, Kelvion Germany GmbH with Chemical Today magazine delves into the evolving growth of heat exchangers market to suit the changing needs of the chemical industry. Global trends in heat exchangers used in chemical industry.: We are continuously monitoring trends in the market, while keeping a close eye on a few basic indicators. When it comes to the development of the heat exchangers (HX) market, the most interesting of these indicators is activities related to reducing emissions. According to the projections of the IEA (International Energy Agency), energy efficiency will increasingly be the major source for emissions reduction. Read More

In an interview, Dr. Robin Kumar Dutta, Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences, Tezpur University in Assam, India, with Chemical Today Magazine brings a ray of hope to millions of people affected by arsenic contaminated water by developing a low-cost filter to remove arsenic & iron from drinking water. Widespread calamities of arsenic contaminated drinking water in India: Arsenic is a toxic chemical element, which is present in some groundwater, usually in the forms of arsenite and arsenate. Chronic arsenic poisoning through contamination of drinking water causes several health problems including cancer which is affecting a large population of India especially in the floodplains of the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. Read More

Bond-Laminates GmbH, subsidiary of Lanxess is increasing production capacity for continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites of the brand Tepex. LANXESS is currently building a new, fourth production hall of around 1,500 m2 at its Brilon site. Two additional production lines are scheduled to go into operation there in mid-2019. The company already produces innovative composites for the automotive industry and also for the electrical and sports industries on an area of around 5,000 m2. With this expansion, Bond-Laminates will create up to 30 new jobs. The LANXESS High-Performance Materials business unit is also investing in its global production network for high-performance plastics and is building a further compounding plant at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. Read More

Scientists design green water treatment method


Green Chemistry-Radboud University Dec 18Using plants and animals to purify wastewater while extracting raw materials: that is the principle of Aquafarm. In early September, after a year and a half of research, a trial setup was launched which should lead to the first biological water purification within four years. In an Aquafarm, aquatic plants and animals remove waste products from the water. This leads to cleaner water that complies with the European directive for natural water. In addition, natural water purification can be combined with the production of raw materials, such as proteins and fats. Read More

Report-SilanesMarket Overview: Silanes are homologues of saturated carbon-hydrogen compounds ie. of alkanes. All silanes share a general formula: SinH2n+2. Silanes made of silicon and hydrogen only are called unsubstituted silanes and are very unstable thus can only be produced in the absence of oxygen. There are various types of silanes namely methylsilanes, silanols, chlorosilanes etc. Silanes consist of one or more silicon atoms linked to each other or one or more atoms of other chemical elements as the tetrahedral centers of multiple single bonds. Read More

Report-Water Clarifiers Dec 18Market Overview: Clarifiers are the settling tanks used for removal of solids suspended particulates present in water through sedimentation. This is done to enhance the quality of water to meet quality standards for various uses of water. Water clarifiers are machine-operated water treatment tanks in which the sludge or concentrated impurities is discharged from the bottom of the tank and the layer of dirt or froth on the surface of the water is called as scum. A package of chemical-injection releases various categories of chemicals into the water in order to optimize the water treatment process. Read More

Report-Refinery Catalyst Dec 18Industry Trends: Refinery Catalyst Market size was estimated to be beyond $4 billion in 2017 and is predicted to grow at over 3 percent CAGR from 2018 to 2025. The refinery catalyst market will witness an appreciable growth on account of tightening legislation for fuel emission control and proliferating demand for reformulated gasoline. These products convert crude oil into diesel, petrol, kerosene and other petroleum derivatives. These petrochemical catalysts play a noteworthy role by refining more amount of diesel and gasoline from same amount of crude oil. Read More

 

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Mapper of the structure of the ribosome


Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Mapper of the structure of the ribosome

Biography & Contributions: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is a British American chemist, physicist and structural biologist of Indian origin. He was born in 1952. Ramakrishnan is best known for his Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 along with Ada E. Yonath and Thomas A. Steitz for their research on the structure and function of the ribosome. He is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan in 2010, which is India’s second highest civilian award. Ramakrishnan is renowned globally for his research work on the atomic structure of the 30S ribosomal subunit. In the beginning, he had represented the layout of proteins in the 30S ribosomal subunit through neutron diffraction and explained X-ray structures of the components and their RNA complexes. Read More

Sabic has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK-based Plastic Energy Ltd, for the supply of feedstock. This deal support Sabic’s petrochemical operations in Europe. Both companies intend to build a first commercial plant in Netherlands to refine and upgrade a valuable feedstock, known as Tacoil. Tacoil is a patented Plastic Energy product, which will be produced from the recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration or landfill. The plant, which is anticipated to enter commercial production in 2021, is a significant milestone for Sabic towards the company’s commitment to establishing a circular economy and, more broadly, its sustainability goals. Read More

Trinseo (TSE) has appointed Lauren Pagano as global business director adhesives and construction for latex binders. In this newly created position, Pagano will have a key role in driving the global latex binders strategy of growing the adhesives and construction business. Pagano will have global responsibility to develop this business and grow in these strategic markets. She will further shape and develop the business strategy in close alignment with the regional latex binders business directors, the company said. Pagano has worked for Worthington Industries, driving the integration of a recently bought Europe-based company. Before that, Pagano was with HB Fuller for almost 10 years in various roles. Read More

IFF-Lucas Meyer Cosmetics (IFF-LMC), a cosmetic actives subsidiary of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc has acquired three personal care ingredients and related intellectual property from Kemin Industries. This acquisition expands IFF-LMC’s product portfolio and related offerings to its customers, particularly to those focused on the environment and sustainability. The acquired products (and associated IP) include: Lysofix: an easy-to-use and cold-process lysophospholipid emulsifier extracted from a non-GMO soybean source. It enhances formulas by evenly dispersing sunscreen and makeup pigments, provides immediate hydration and support collagen and elastin production while imparting a luxurious texture to the skin. Read More