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Weekly Round Up
06 July 2015
Latest Companies

LEWA - Metering Pumps, Process Diaphragm Pumps and Engineered Packages

Paul - Wire Cloth and Filter Products

HEROSE - Cryogenic Valves

Kudernak - PTFE Seals, Shaft Seals and Special Seals

Atlantic Coast Crushers - Crushers and Lumpbreakers

Press Releases

CFIHOS - ISO 15926 Status and Outlook
The CFIHOS (Capital Facilities Information HandOver Specification) project is well on its way to providing a practical implementation of the ISO 15926 standard.

CFIHOS 2015: Data Integrity at Handover
In May 2015, leaders in asset information management are gathering in the Netherlands for the CFIHOS project, a new global standard for managing engineering information that offers efficiency gains through standardisation and interoperability.

BioAmber and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Partner in Synthetic Leather Bio-based Polyol
BioAmber announced today that the Flokser Group, a global leader in leather and suede fabrics, has successfully developed an innovative artificial leather fabric using bio-based materials supplied by DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products and BioAmber.

Verderflex® Launches its new Vantage 5000 and Steptronic range at Achema 2015
Leading peristaltic pumps manufacturer, Verderflex, will be exhibiting at ACHEMA, Frankfurt, Germany, on 15 - 19 June 2015, in partnership with its German distributor Verder Deutschland.

Particulate Systems Acquires the Subsieve Autosizer (SAS) from HEL
Particulate Systems, a brand of Micromeritics Instrument Corporation, has completed the full acquisition of the HEL subsieve autosizer. The agreement was finalised on 18 March 2015.

White Papers

Dependance of Viscosity and Foam Consistency on Gas Volume Fraction
Foams are present in a large number of personal care, food and industrial products....

Nanoparticle Toxicity in Wastewater
The interest of materials and products containing nanoscale structures and engineered nanoparticles has brought up that their longer term potential toxic effects their potential environmental impact....

Using Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA)
The increasing number of nanomaterial-based products raises concerns about their possible impact on the environment. Suitable methods for their analysis are a particular problem in this...

Industrial Lubricants
Critical to all types of industrial processes, lubricants and oils require precise blending and gentle handling. When a major UK manufacturer of lubricants approached Verder for an answer to...

Evaluating Non-Linear Viscoelastic Effects using Normal Force Measurements on a Rotational Rheometer
When viscoelastic materials are deformed, they undergo a three-dimensional deformation, which can be described through a (3x3)...


May’s top stories: Dow 3% workforce cut, $45bn offer for Syngenta
Dow Chemical plans to cut its workforce by 1,500 worldwide to streamline operations, Energy Recovery to build €3.7bn green ammonia plant in Belgium and Syngenta rejected a $45bn acquisition offer from US-based Monsanto, Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from May 2015.

April’s top stories: Shintech’s $1.4bn ethylene project, crystals breakthrough
Shintech plans to build $1.4bn ethylene production plant in Louisiana, US, Lancaster University chemists achieved breakthrough to study formation of crystals, and Showa Denko finalises deal to sell phenolic resin business. Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from April 2015.

March’s top stories: Dow Chemical’s $5bn deal, Lanxess's rubber restructuring
Dow Chemical announced plans to separate and merge chlor-alkali assets with Olin in $5bn deal, Lanxess planned restructuring its rubber production activities, and Evonik Industries was reportedly looking to bid for Clariant that would create more than €20bn worth entity. Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from March 2015.

February’s top stories: BASF and Toda Kogyo JV, FMC sells soda ash unit
BASF and Toda Kogyo formed a cathode active materials joint venture in Japan, Egyptian and Kuwaiti companies partnered on $6.8bn of petrochemical and phosphate fertiliser projects, and FMC agreed to sell its Alkali Chemicals division to Tronox. Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from February 2015.

January’s top stories: Shell $11bn deal with Iraq, DuPont and Chenguang form JV
Shell signs $11bn deal with Iraq Government to build a petrochemicals complex, University of Delaware researchers develop a new chemical detector device, and DuPont and Chenguang form new fluoroelastomers joint venture, Chemicals-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from January.


Sasol Wax Expansion Project, Sasolburg
Sasol Wax is expanding its hard wax production facility at its Sasolburg Sasol One site, near Johannesburg in South Africa. The plant produces about 200,000t of waxes.

Ingleside Ethylene's Ethylene Cracker Plant, Texas
Ingleside Ethylene, a 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Mexichem, is constructing an ethylene cracker facility at OxyChem's existing site in San Patricio County, Texas, US, with an estimated investment of $1.5bn.

Saudi Methacrylates Company's (SAMAC) Alpha 2 Project
Saudi Methacrylates Company (SAMAC) is constructing a 250,000t a year methyl methacrylate (MMA) plant, the biggest of its kind in the world, and a 40,000t a year poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA) plant at Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Williams Partners’ Olefins Production Plant, Louisiana
Williams Partners’ expanded olefins plant in Geismar, US, restarted production in February 2015 and is expected to reach full production by end of June.

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery
UPM constructed a biorefinery at its Kaukas mill site in Lappeenranta, Finland, with an investment of €175m ($199m). The site is located about 220km from Helsinki in south-eastern Finland.

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