News Update

4/23/2014 - Polypropylene consumption projected to reach 68.76 million tons in 2020

LIMASSOL, Cyprus — The global polypropylene (PP) market was estimated at more than 46.6 million tons in 2011 and is expected to grow at a 4.4 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to 2020, reaching around 68.76 million tons. This is according to Polypropylene Global Market to 2020 — Developing Regions of Asia-Pacific and Middle East and Africa to Drive Polypropylene Market Growth, a report created by GBI Research and published by Market Publishers Ltd., an industrial market research company. The plastic packaging market segment is predicted to increase from around 14.09 million tons in 2011 to 22.02 million tons in 2020 largely due to the flexible and food packaging subsegments.

Market demand for PP is also expected to show strong growth in the equipment and facilities and electrical industries, reaching about 3.28 million tons by 2020, driven by sustainable economic growth, developing industrialization, and improving lifestyles. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $3,500, visit www.marketpublishers.com.


4/22/2014 - RLWS mourns founder's passing

RICE LAKE, Wis. — Rice Lake Weighing Systems (RLWS) is mourning the passing of the company's cofounder, Donald B. Johnson, 98. Johnson was the cofounder of Thomas and Johnson Scales Service, the company that would later become RLWS. Johnson was a well-recognized and long-standing member of the International Society of Weighing and Measurement and was involved with operations at RLWS well past the age of 90. RLWS manufactures industrial scales.


4/21/2014 - Patti Engineering, Hagbros Precision form strategic alliance

Patti Engineering Inc., Austin, Tex., a control systems integration solutions provider, and Hagbros Precision LLC, Round Rock, Tex., a precision injection molds, dies, assembly fixtures, gauges, and tooling manufacturer, have formed a strategic alliance after several project collaborations. The alliance will combine the companies' varied disciplines, capabilities, experience, and skills, and allow them to offer turnkey manufacturing solutions.


4/18/2014 - Researchers identify electrolyte substance to help develop nonflammable lithium-ion battery

Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a surprising replacement for the inherently flammable electrolyte, a component in lithium-ion batteries. The researchers discovered the potential replacement, called perfluoropolyether (PFPE), while studying a material to prevent marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships. Researchers Dominica H.C. Wong, Jacob L. Thelen, Joseph M. DeSimone, and colleagues published the research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Lithium-ion batteries are used in phones, tablets, laptops, jumbo airliners, and plug-in electric cars, and large-scale batteries are particularly prone to spontaneous combustion when overcharged. DeSimone realized the discovery when he noticed that PFPE, which is commonly used as a heavy-duty lubricant, has a similar structure to a polymeric electrolyte studied for lithium-ion batteries. The researchers then found that lithium salt could be dissolved in the polymer and that the resulting material was nonflammable, in contrast to the electrolyte material currently being used. The research team then assembled a working battery and are now optimizing electrolyte conductivity and improving battery cycling characteristics, which must happen before the material can be scaled up for use in commercial batteries. If successful, the commercial battery could also be used in extreme cold, including deep-sea naval operations and aerospace applications.

The research authors declared no conflict of interest for this project.


4/17/2014 - NFPA president announced

QUINCY, Mass. — The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Jim Pauley of Lexington, Ky., as the association's new president. The NFPA board of directors unanimously selected Pauley for the position, which he will assume in July. Pauley is currently the senior vice president of external affairs and government relations for Schneider Electric and has held positions at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), NEMA, and the NFPA. The NFPA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fire, electrical, and building safety.


4/16/2014 - Nerak makes new company appointments

FISHKILL, N.Y. — Nerak Systems Inc. has made two new company appointments. Volker Brandt is now president and Simone Wakefield is executive vice president. Nerak Systems manufactures material handling equipment.


4/15/2014 - NEMA, other associations launch web-based conflict minerals resource center

ARLINGTON, Va. — In response to the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Conflict Minerals Compliance regulation, seven of the largest industry associations have partnered with Source Intelligence and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, launching the first cross-industry training and resource center to address the new regulation. Associations include the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Toy Industry Association (TIA), and the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA). The collaborators aligned training and resource center priorities to provide member companies with the information they need to comply with the SEC regulations, with the ultimate goal of providing easy-to-use conflict minerals compliance tools across the seven industry associations.

Source Intelligence, Carlsbad, Calif., is a provider of conflict minerals compliance programs and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, New York, is a law firm that specializes in conflict minerals compliance. NEMA, Arlington, Va., is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers.


4/14/2014 - Fenwal-IEP Technologies completes relocation

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Fenwal-IEP Technologies has completed the company's relocation to Marlborough, Mass. The company's new facility is 32,500 square feet and contains production, manufacturing, office, and support personnel, along with the Combustion Research Center (CRC). The company's main telephone and fax and regional sales managers' numbers will remain the same, but staff direct dial numbers and email addresses have changed. The company's new address is 417-1 South Street, Marlborough, MA 01752. Fenwal-IEP Technologies provides explosion protection systems and services.


4/14/2014 - Water treatment chemicals market in the US examined

DALLAS — US demand for water treatment chemicals is forecast to rise 3.2 percent annually to $6.6 billion in 2017. Demand growth in the oil, gas, and mining markets, all of which require large amounts of water remediation, and a boost in water treatment chemical demand will contribute to growth. Companies are also expected to invest more heavily in scale control and other water treatment chemical products that can protect their water treatment equipment. Composition changes in water treatment chemicals, favoring efficiency and less hazardous chemicals with higher prices, will also promote market revenue growth as will greater demand for water recycling, which requires greater conditioning and more water treatment chemicals than freshwater processing. This is according to the report Water Treatment Chemicals to 2017, by RnR Market Research, a market research company.

Greater water treatment equipment investment will foster increased water treatment chemical consumption because companies want to avoid equipment fouling, scale, foam, and corrosion to maximize the equipment's life and operating efficiency. In fact, scale control agents are expected to grow the most through 2017. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,900, visit www.rnrmarketresearch.com.


4/11/2014 - OSHA crystalline silica regulations pose enforcement challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — OSHA's current crystalline silica exposure regulations limit a worker's exposure to 100 µg/m3 of air for general industry and 250 µg/m3 of air for construction companies to prevent silicosis disease in workers. The regulator now proposes to cut the exposure rate to 50 µg/m3 of air for all industries, which could be challenging to enforce. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, new regulations will require around 534,000 businesses to change current practices. OSHA says that compliance for the regulations will cost $637 million annually, while the American Foundry Society estimates it would be closer to $2 billion, and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) gauges it at 5.45 billion annually. At issue is OSHA's own finding that more than 30 percent of sites are struggling to adhere to current standards. In addition, the ACC reports that there isn't sufficient evidence to show that a laboratory can measure silica accurately at the new standard's level of 50 µg/m3 of air. For more info about silica regulations, visit tinyurl.com/silicaregs.


4/10/2014 - NSF International acquires IPEC-Americas auditing arm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International develops product certifications and standards for pharmaceutical excipients, dietary supplements, food additives, and other health-related products. The company recently acquired the auditing arm of the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council of the Americas (IPEC-Americas). The acquisition will enable NSF International to provide expedited auditing and certification of excipients along with its current food additive and dietary supplement ingredient auditing capabilities, allowing the company to help customers meet regulations and good manufacturing practices (GMP) requirements in the US, Europe, Brazil, and China.


4/9/2014 - Reliant Finishing relaunches powder coating website

SOMERVILLE, Ala. — Reliant Finishing Systems has announced that www.whatispowdercoating.com, a site for those who want to learn about powder coating, has been redesigned and relaunched with plans for expansion in the future. The site requires no prior powder coatings knowledge and provides users with information on the entire powder coating process. The website includes tips and guides for beginning coaters along with links to other online sources. Reliant Finishing Systems, Somerville, is a powder coating equipment manufacturer.


4/8/2014 - ITA conference seeks papers

The International Titanium Association (ITA) has issued a call for papers for the association's 30-year anniversary conference, TITANIUM 2014. The conference will take place September 21-24 at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago. Members, nonmembers, and academics are invited to submit abstracts related totopics in the titanium industry, including raw materials, new materials, manufacturing technology, industrial markets, and others. The deadline for submissions is June 16, 2014. For more info, visit www.titanium.org or contact the ITA at 303-404-2221 or email ita@titanium.org. ITA, Denver, is a membership-based international trade association for the titanium metal industry.


4/8/2014 - Penn Stainless allies with Lehigh University

Penn Stainless Products, Quakertown, Pa., and Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., have announced a collaboration to provide metal consumers with access to Lehigh's material science and engineering department's expertise. The collaboration will expand knowledge and collaborative opportunities between material end users and the research community in solving technical issues related to corrosion and welding, while allowing students to learn about practical challenges associated with manufacturing and engineering. Penn Stainless will provide the university access to the company's inventory of more than 20 specialty stainless steels, duplex stainless steels, and nickel-based alloys along with the company's contacts with fabricators, machine shops, and engineering, specialty construction, and process industries. Lehigh will supply Penn Stainless with domain experts, world-renowned laboratory and testing facilities, and research related to common customer issues. Penn Stainless distributes and processes stainless steel sheet, plate, bar, structural, pipe, and tubular products.


4/7/2014 - Momentive acquires proppant plant

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. has acquired a resin-coated proppants manufacturing facility in Shreveport, La., from CRS Proppants LLC. The facility's annual capacity is about 450 million pounds and will continue to source Northern White frac sand from CRS Proppants LLC. According to Momentive, the acquisition will allow the company to meet growing demand for the frac sand for its oilfield products. Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Columbus, supplies thermoset resins to the wood and industrial markets.


4/4/2014 - OSHA offers combustible dust hazard inspection guidelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — OSHA recently released a memorandum providing guidance to OSHA inspectors when evaluating manufacturers and importers for compliance with the Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS). The standard requires that chemical manufacturers and importers without direct experience with the combustible dust hazards of their shipped materials must use information from actual explosion events, laboratory testing, published test results, or particle size to classify shipped materials. Manufacturers and importers are responsible for considering combustible dust hazards during the shipping process and also any hazards that may result from normal use and foreseeable emergencies. Companies must comply with most rule provisions by June 2015. The rule wasn't created for downstream users of the material, but for OSHA inspectors looking for inappropriate labels or safety data sheets.

The HCS guidance was recently revised to agree with a global standard, which doesn't include a classification for combustible dust hazards. In response to this gap, OSHA amended the term "hazardous chemical" to include combustible dusts to maintain coverage for the hazard in the HCS. Because combustible dust hazards are a serious industry concern, some advocates believe that the rulemaking shouldn't have been included in the HCS because the rule doesn't define combustible dust and stakeholders weren't given the option to comment. OSHA's response to the lack of a definition for combustible dusts is to point to the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA's) National Emphasis Program (NEP), but OSHA is currently in litigation over the HCS guidelines in federal appeals court. For more info and to view the memorandum, visit tinyurl.com/lpyod9n.


4/4/2014 - Texas Tech receives $19.3 million from Bayer CropScience

LUBBOCK, Tex. — Texas Tech University has announced that Bayer CropScience has made a $19.3 million contribution to benefit research programs and projects at the university's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The contribution will match state funds from the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP) to total $38.6 million, the largest investment in the university's history. The funds will sustain research development in the department of plant and soil science, including an endowed chair position, a fellowship endowment for graduate students, and new research facilities and space. Bayer CropScience is an innovative crop science company in the areas of seeds, crop protection, and nonagricultural pest control. Its North American headquarters are in Research Triangle Park, N.C.


4/3/2014 - Solvay to increase natural soda ash production

BRUSSELS — Solvay SA plans to increase its annual natural soda ash production capacity at its plant in Green River, Wyo., by almost 165,000 tons by early 2015 to meet US export markets' increased demands. Solvay's nearby trona mine has a nearly 2.2-million-ton annual capacity, and from this trona the company produces natural soda ash, which is used in glass manufacturing. Solvay's Green River plant is the company's largest production site and employs more than 400 workers. Solvay is a global chemical company.


4/2/2014 - Report predicts US chemical sales will reach $1 trillion by 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Chemistry Council (ACC), an industry trade association for American chemical companies, has released its report Year-End 2013 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook: American Chemistry is Back in the Game. The report predicts that chemical sales in the US will reach $1 trillion by 2018, and research and development spending will increase to $68.7 billion. The ACC forecasts that US chemical output will continue to expand, driven by the availability of low-cost feedstock from shale gas. Through early December 2013, more than 135 new chemical production projects have been announced, totaling an estimated $90 billion in investments.

The strongest industry growth is predicted in the plastic resin and organic chemical segments in 2014 and 2015, which are expected to be supported by an increase in export markets. Output gains in US chemicals in 2013 were 1.6 percent and overall inventories remain balanced, but the ACC predicts that accelerated demand will trigger new production in 2014. Industry gains in 2013 were the result of consumer chemistry and specialties, but ACC forecasts that in 2014 advances in manufacturing and exports will drive basic chemical demand. For more info and to download a copy of the report, visit www.americanchemistry.com.


4/1/2014 - Aluminum recycling, recovery book published

ROLLA, Mo. — The book Aluminum Recycling, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Mark E. Schlesinger has been published by CRC Press. The book discusses the economic and technical aspects of aluminum recycling and recovery, including the scrap aluminum marketplace, furnace design and operation for melting scrap aluminum, refining molten aluminum, and dross recovery and processing. Professor Schlesinger is a professor of metallurgical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.


3/31/2014 - Emerson acquires APM Automation Solutions

ST. LOUIS — Emerson has acquired APM Automation Solutions, a solids volume and level measurement instrumentation supplier. The acquisition will allow Emerson to expand its capabilities in solids measurement applications for the food, metals and mining, chemical, and other industries. Emerson combines technology and engineering to provide solutions for industrial, commercial, and consumer markets.


3/28/2014 - NEMA indexes show positive growth

ARLINGTON, Va. — In 2013's third quarter, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 2.6 percent over the previous quarter, with an even stronger 4.5 percent year-over-year growth. The index represents demand for industrial controls by tabulating motor starter, contactor, terminal block, control circuit device, motor control center, sensor, and programmable controller shipments in the US. The broader index that includes adjustable speed drives, the Primary Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, reached a record high, registering a 4.7 percent increase over 2013's second quarter. Shipments also increased by 7.7 percent compared to the same period in 2012. NEMA represents the electrical manufacturing industry and is headquartered in Arlington, Va.


3/27/2014 - Mac Process, Schenck AccuRate integrate to form Schenck Process

KANSAS CITY, MO — Mac Process, a pneumatic conveying and air filtration systems supplier, and Schenck AccuRate, a dry material feeder and weighing technology manufacturer and supplier, have announced the official integration of the two companies to form Schenck Process LLC. The companies are part of Schenck Process Group and began integration efforts in 2012. Schenck Process's North American headquarters will be in Kansas City, Mo., with manufacturing locations in Whitewater, Wis., and Sabetha, Kan.


3/26/2014 - Brookfield announces powder flow tester certification kit

MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — Brookfield Engineering has released a certification kit for its powder flow tester equipment used in the pharmaceutical industry. The kit includes the installation qualification/operation qualification/performance qualification (IQ/OQ/PQ) document and a calibrated reference BCR-116 limestone powder. With the kit, Brookfield's powder flow tester can be self-certified for IQ/OQ/PQ. The kit comes with instructions to complete the instrument's installation, operation, and performance protocol. Calibration testing measures the outputs from the instrument's position, load force, and torque sensors. These three measurements verify that the instrument is functioning properly. Another option for certification is to arrange for a Brookfield representative or authorized dealer to perform the certification. Brookfield Engineering, Middleboro, Mass., supplies precision viscosity instruments.


3/25/2014 - Haver announces after sales manager

CONYERS, Ga. — Haver Filling Systems Inc. has promoted Kathy Davidson to after sales manager. Davidson will oversee service, spare parts, and retrofit. Haver Filling Systems provides material handling, weighing, filling, and classification technology.


3/24/2014 - Environmental trends predicted to drive US activated carbon manufacturing

LOS ANGELES — The activated carbon market is predicted to post gains driven by international emission regulations and intensified focus on environmental trends. This is according to the report Activated Carbon Manufacturing in the US by IBISWorld, an industrial research company. Various downstream sectors depend on activated carbon for impurity removal. According to Cabot Corp., cited in the report, the production of chemicals uses activated carbon to achieve precise purity standards. This means that an increase in industrial production should correlate with demand for activated carbon. In addition, the proposal for changes in emission standards for power plants and other industrial facilities is expected to force companies to further limit emissions, which can be accomplished with activated carbon injection systems. As a result of these expectations, in the 5 years to 2018 industry revenue is anticipated to increase at a 4.6 percent annualized rate, to reach $1.2 billion. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $925, visit www.ibisworld.com.


3/21/2014 - World concrete, cement market strongest in Asia Pacific region

LONDON — The global market for concrete and cement is expected to grow at an 8.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2017. In the next 4 years, the market is expected to be supported by the growing worldwide construction industry, moderation of the economic slump in Europe, and infrastructure development in emerging countries. These predictions are from the report Global Concrete and Cement Market — Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017, produced by Timetric and published by Market Publishers Ltd., an industrial market research company.

The Asia Pacific region is currently the largest concrete and cement market, posting a 14.8 percent CAGR during 2008-2012 and reaching a value of $261.1 billion in 2012. China held the largest market share in the region, with 71.5 percent in 2012. Large-scale construction investments are predicted to continue to drive demand for concrete and cement in the region. The report forecasts that from 2013 to 2017, this region will achieve a 10.4 percent CAGR. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit www.marketpublishers.com.


3/20/2014 - B&CMA members' online directory updated

Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association (B&CMA) members can now access an updated version of esource, the baking industry's only dedicated online directory. The directory is available to B&CMA members. B&CMA, Columbia, Md., represents manufacturers of biscuits, crackers, cookies, and kindred products and suppliers to these manufacturers.


3/20/2014 - Fike announces new president

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Fike Corp. has named Brad Batz its president. Batz will lead all corporate functions, which include manufacturing, quality, supply chain, finance, human resources, and information technology. Previously, Batz led Fike's oil and gas business unit where he was responsible for new product development, sales, customer service, and support. Fike provides fire and explosion safety solutions.


3/19/2014 - Silo fire safety book released

KARLSTAD, Sweden — The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and SP Fire Technology have produced a book, now available in English, to provide information on silo fires. The 122-page book, Silo Fires: Fire Extinguishing and Preventive and Preparatory Measures, by Henry Persson, combines information gained from research projects and data from real silo fires. The book provides recommendations on fire prevention and preparedness. The publication is available for free download at tinyurl.com/MSBsilofires. MSB is responsible for civil protection, safety, emergency management, and civil defense and is steered by the Swedish government. SP Fire Technology is part of the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden AS and specializes in evaluating a material or product's fire risk.


3/18/2014 - Bunting announces two new appointments

NEWTON, Kan. — Bunting Magnetics Co. has named Rod Henricks its director of sales. Henricks, a Wichita State University graduate, will direct the US, Canada, and Latin America sales force as well as the Bunting representative and distributor network. Robert Bunting Jr., a Rockhurst University graduate, succeeds Henricks as product manager-metal detection. Bunting Magnetics develops and manufactures magnetic equipment for the printing, automobile, plastics, food, electronics, and recycling industries.


3/17/2014 - Analysis for emerging graphene markets available

ALBANY, N.Y. — Graphene is a recently developed material with exceptional electron and thermal transport, mechanical properties, barrier properties, and high specific surface area. Graphene demand is fueled by markets where advanced materials are required for electronics and energy storage, along with applications in aerospace, automotive, coatings and paints, communications, sensors, solar, oil, and lubricant market segments. This is reported in Graphene: The Global Market to 2020, published by Future Markets Inc. and Nanotech magazine, available from ResearchMoz, a market research report provider.

Graphene research and investment is underway in the European Union, South Korea, the United Kingdom, China, and many other countries. Applications for the material include polymer composites, electromagnetic shielding coatings, conducting inks, and others. Also many applications currently using carbon nanotubes may begin to substitute graphene. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $1,315, visit www.researchmoz.us.


3/14/2014 - SME announces president, executive committee members

SME has sworn Michael F. Molnar in as its 2014 president. Molnar is currently the director of the federal Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office and has a 25-year industry career in advanced manufacturing. SME has also elected the following people to serve on the 2014 executive committee: Wayne F. Frost, president-elect; Dean L. Bartles, vice president; and Sandra L. Bouckley, secretary-treasurer. SME, Dearborn, Mich., represents manufacturing engineers and promotes the advancement of manufacturing engineering.


3/13/2014 - Sturtevant appoints new product manager

HANOVER, Mass. — Sturtevant Inc. has appointed Richard Robatzek as new product manager. Robatzek has more than 20 years of industrial sales experience and most recently worked as a divisional sales manager for an industrial inkjet printers, labeling system, and industrial laser manufacturer. Sturtevant manufactures material processing equipment.


3/12/2014 - KSU Bulk Solids Innovation Center architect announced

SALINA, Kan. — The Kansas State University (KSU) Bulk Solids Innovation Center in Salina, Kan., will officially be designed by Jones Gillam Renz Architects Inc. The center's construction is expected to start in 2014, with completion projected for 2016. The facility will be 12,768 square feet and will include offices and research suites for permanent and visiting researchers, companies, and other users. Open and enclosed lab areas will allow for both collaborative and proprietary research projects. The building will primarily house KSU research, but Coperion K-Tron and Vortex Valves will also be initial anchor tenants.


3/11/2014 - Bioplastics demand expected to increase

CLEVELAND, Ohio — According to the report World Bioplastics by Freedonia Group, a market research publisher, global demand for bio-based and biodegradeable plastics is expected to increase 19 percent annually to 1.05 million tons in 2017. Demand for these materials is strong in all global markets and is expected to grow because of consumer demand for sustainable materials, increased bioplastics adoption by plastic processors and compounders, and new product development. However, bioplastics are still expected to account for less than 1 percent of the overall plastic resin market in 2022. Industry success will depend on price and performance considerations. Large-scale conversion from petroleum-based to bio-based plastics isn't expected to be viable until price parity is achieved.

Starch-based resins and polyactic acid (PLA) are forecast to remain the leading bioplastics materials through 2017, accounting for more than 60 percent of demand. Increased regulation, particularly of plastic bags, will also be a driver for starch-based resins. PLA demand will also depend on further material development to enhance performance for durable applications, including fibers, automotive parts, and electronic parts. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $6,300, visit www.freedoniagroup.com.


3/11/2014 - UAS launches new website

CINCINNATI, Ohio — United Air Specialists Inc. has announced the launched its new website www.uasinc.com. The site has been redesigned for easier navigation and aims to provide industrial air cleaning and air filtration solution to visitors.


3/10/2014 - Kalenborn names new territory manager

URBANA, Ind. — Kalenborn Abresist Corp. has added Greg Matson as territory manager for Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and most of Florida. Matson has more than 30 years experience in the industrial maintenance and construction industries and has sales experience in heavy manufacturing, including power generation, chemical, paper, steel, food and beverage systems, and equipment installation. Kalenborn Abresist provides custom wear-resistant linings for bulk material processing equipment.


3/7/2014 - 2013 CHEM SHOW successful despite snowstorm

NEW YORK — The 2013 CHEM SHOW that began December 10 in New York City was successful despite a serious snowstorm before the show's opening. The 55th biennial event attracted more than 5,500 chemical processing industry professionals, a 4.7 percent increase in visitors over the prior CHEM SHOW in 2011. Almost 300 companies participated in the event, which is organized by the International Exposition Co. and will be held again in December 2015.


3/7/2014 - GEAPS, KSU add two specialist credentials

MINNEAPOLIS — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) has added two specialist credentials to its credentialing program with Kansas State University (KSU). The program will now offer a grain handling equipment management and a property and casualty risk management specialist credential. These specialist credentials are available to students who have already completed the credential in grain operations management. Created in 2012, the program is part of the GEAPS and KSU distance education program, which is the first formal credentialing program in the industry. GEAPS, Minneapolis, is a membership organization for grain operations industry professionals.


3/6/2014 - Study reveals novel titanium extraction process

Researchers at the University of Utah have discovered a novel method for extracting titanium, a lightweight, high-strength, corrosion-resistant, and biocompatible metal. The more energy-efficient extraction method would lower titanium costs and make the metal more accessible for producing lighter car parts and other products.

Researchers Zhigang Zak Fang, Scott Middlemas, Jun Guo, and Peng Fan reported the research in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Titanium extraction has previously been accomplished using the Kroll process, a technique invented in the 1930s that has changed little since its inception. The Kroll process requires temperatures over 1,800ºF, which keeps the metal's price very high. The new technique significantly reduces the energy required to separate titanium from its tightly bound companion, oxygen. The researchers discovered they could eliminate the energy-intensive steps in the Kroll process, consuming 60 percent less energy and requiring only a 932ºF temperature during the reaction.

The researchers received funding from the US Department of Energy for this project.


3/5/2014 - Martin Engineering, Belterra announce alliance

NEPONSET, Ill. — Martin Engineering has announced its alliance with Belterra Corp., Delta, B.C. Belterra, a Canadian distributor of conveyor belts and material flow handling products, is now the exclusive distributor of Martin's bulk handling components in Canada and will offer bulk handling engineered solutions from its 16 locations in Canada. Martin Engineering supplies bulk material handling equipment worldwide for a variety of applications, including mining and coal handling, biomass, cement, aggregate, and other materials.


3/4/2014 - Eriez announces new product manager

ERIE, Pa. — Eriez has announced Eric Confer as its product manager-separation. Confer, a Pennsylvania State University graduate, is responsible for the oversight and handling of separation inquiries and orders, product development and improvements, marketing, training, and sales forecasting. Eriez manufactures and supplies magnetic, vibratory, and inspection equipment.


3/3/2014 - Colorant market will be driven by consumption in developing countries

DALLAS — The dyes and pigments (colorant) market is expected to expand as consumption rises, and consumption is forecast to grow at a 3.6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), reaching about 12.1 million tons by 2018. This is according to the report Dyes and Pigments Market — Dyes (Reactive, Disperse, Acid, Direct, Basic, Vat), Organic Pigments (Azo, Phthalocyanines, High Performance) & Inorganic Pigments (TiO2, Iron Oxide, Carbon Black & Others) — Global Trends & Forecast to 2018 by MarketsandMarkets, a global research and consulting company. Colorant market growth is tied to the global economy's growth. Consumer spending, lifestyle choices, and color preferences also affect the market. The Asia-Pacific region accounted for the largest colorant demand because of the large middle-class population in developing countries like China and India.

The colorants market includes dye and pigment segments. Dye market segment growth completely depends on the textile industry, and China and India are the leading dye producers and consumers. Two key trends in this market are a shift from manufacturing facilities in the US and Europe to facilities in India, China, and Taiwan and preference for eco-friendly products. Pigment market growth accounts for a large share of the overall colorants market. The pigments market segment is projected to grow at a 4 percent CAGR from 2013 to 2018. Within the pigment market, TiO2 should show strong growth, with strong demand from Brazil, Russia, India, and China. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,650, visit www.marketsandmarkets.com.


3/3/2014 - Hosokawa, Coperion K-Tron, Malvern offer size reduction and particle modification demonstrations in April

SUMMIT, N.J. — Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems, in conjunction with Coperion K-Tron and Malvern Instruments, will offer free equipment demonstrations on April 2-3 on size reduction and particle modification process equipment. The demonstrations, held at Hosokawa's headquarters in Summit, N.J., will be conducted using a miniature laboratory milling system capable of nine functions, a laser diffraction system, an air jet sieve, and a microfeeder. Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems supplies size reduction systems and powder processing equipment; Coperion K-Tron, Pitman, N.J., supplies pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling equipment; and Malvern Instruments, Malvern, UK, supplies material and biophysical characterization technology.


2/28/2014 - Metso to open facility in the southwest

CANONSBURG, Pa. — Metso plans to build a state-of-the-art service and repair facility in Mesa, Ariz. Once built, the 31,000-square-foot facility will be able to service large-scale grinding mills, crushers, and screens. The site will also include a large service area that will house 2 60-ton bridge cranes, welding machine bays, and office space. The facility is expected to begin operation in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is one of some 50 service centers that the company has throughout the world. Metso Minerals, Canonsburg, provides technology, processes, machinery, and services to aggregate producers, construction, mining, and minerals processing companies.


2/27/2014 - Sturtevant announces new independent sales rep

HANOVER, Mass. — Sturtevant Inc. has announced that Hutchinson & Co. will be an independent sales representative for the western US. Hutchinson & Co. will represent Sturtevant in Northern California, Arizona, and part of Nevada. Sturtevant manufactures processing equipment for the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, and mineral powder processing industries.


2/26/2014 - Colortronic merges with AEC

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — ACS Group, Schaumburg, has announced that Colortronic North America, New Berlin, Wis., will be absorbed into the company's AEC auxiliary equipment brand located in Schaumburg. The merger will combine Colortronic's feeding and blending equipment with AEC's material handling, drying, process cooling, temperature control, and size reduction equipment.


2/24/2014 - Industrial Magnetics offers stronger MgOe rare earth material

BOYNE CITY, Mich. — Industrial Magnetics Inc. has upgraded its equipment and will use only 52-grade Megagauss oersteds (MgOe) rare earth material as of January 1. The material will be used in all the company's equipment with round magnetic circuitry and offers a better capture capability for ferrous and weakly magnetic contaminants. Industrial Magnetics provides permanent magnetic and electromagnetic devices for separation applications.

Print    Close Window