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March 22, 2017

AMES, IA — Rio Tinto, a global mining and metals company, has announced a new research initiative with the Critical Materials Institute (CMI). CMI is a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames Laboratory. The initiative aims to ensure that the US fully leverages domestic mineral and metals resources required for global leadership in clean power manufacturing. Rio Tinto recognizes climate change as a risk to its business, but sees the transition to a clean power economy as an economic opportunity, according to Nigel Steward, managing director copper and diamond operations. CMI will contribute its research capabilities and Rio Tinto will contribute its operational expertise to the collaboration.

The partnership will focus on extracting critical minerals from the copper smelting process through research on:

  1. improving potential recovery rates of critical minerals and metals such as rhenium, selenium, telluriam, and others from samples taken from Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Copper Mine in Utah and the company’s Resolution Copper project under review and permitting in Arizona.
  2. increasing recovery rates of rare minerals and metals through tailings processing.
  3. examining process improvements that would facilitate blending processed electronic waste (e-waste) with copper concentrates to materially increase the recovery of valuable metals such as gold, copper, silver, platinum, lithium, and rare earths present in older electronic items.

Rio Tinto, headquartered in London, England, finds, mines, and processes mineral resources around the world. CMI, led by the Ames Laboratory in Ames, IA, focuses on technologies that make better use of materials and eliminate the need for materials that are subject to supply disruptions.

March 21, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO — Specialty Blending Co. LLC has agreed to be purchased by AB Mauri North America, St. Louis, a supplier of yeast and bakery ingredients. Specialty Blending Co. is a bread and sweet goods mix manufacturer and a subsidiary of Flowers Foods Inc. Specialty Blending Co. has a 44,000-square-foot mix and milling operation in Cedar Rapids, IA. The facility has multiple blending lines, including two for whole grain bread concentrates and a third for sweet goods mixes used in items like donuts and honey buns. The facility also has a specialty mill operation for ancient grains, organic grains, and custom blends.

AB Mauri says that the acquisition will strengthen its North American bakery ingredients business. In addition to the new Cedar Rapids facility, AB Mauri has plants in Memphis, TN, Calgary, AB, Montreal, QC, Greenville, TX, and Wilsonville, OR.

March 20, 2017

CINCINNATI, OH — Ceco Environmental Corp. has announced that Matthew Eckl is the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO). Eckl succeeds Edward Prajner, who now provides senior management leadership for the company. Eckl was formerly with Gardner Denver Inc., a global manufacturer of compressors, blowers, pumps, and other fluid-transfer equipment, where he provided financial leadership and oversight. Ceco Environmental, Cincinnati, is a global provider of various engineered technologies, including dust collection equipment and filters.

March 17, 2017

DALLAS, TX — The report Metal Powder Market by Type, by Metal Form, by Production Method, by Compaction Technique, by Application — Global Forecast to 2020 by Markets and Markets, a market research company, forecasts that the global metal powder market will grow at a 3.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 to 2020, reaching a value of $4,062.2 million by 2020. The greatest market expansion during the forecast period is expected in the Asia-Pacific region, which is projected to have a 5.01 percent CAGR. The market in that region is driven by increasing competition, consumer awareness, rising consumer spending, demand for powder metallurgy manufactured components, and technological advancements.

The metal powder market in North America accounted for about 40.4 percent of total market share, in terms of value, followed by the markets in Europe and the Asia Pacific. In addition, the report predicts that the metal powder markets in emerging markets in China and India will grow at a relatively higher rate from 2015 to 2020, with China expected to show the greatest growth during this period. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $9,000, visit www.researchandmarkets.com.

March 16, 2017

RICE LAKE, WI — Rice Lake Weighing Systems, has released an app called ScaleConnect for Android devices. The app allows users to collect data, create combination scales, and control Bluetooth or Wi-Fi-equipped ScaleCore devices in a single app. Operators can also view individual device details, configure and calibrate, and add new devices. ScaleConnect is compatible with MSI brand equipment. Rice Lake Weighing Systems supplies measurement and automated process control equipment.

March 15, 2017

MARIETTA, OH — Mole-Master Services Corp. has donated a Junior 360H whip machine to Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, for the university’s feed mill training program. Mole-Master presented the equipment to the university at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in January. Mole-Master has worked with Charles Stark and other instructors at the feed mill training program, doing things such as training students to use Mole-Master equipment. The Junior 360H features a 5-inch diameter hydraulic cutting head, which allows it to fit into extremely small flow channels or ratholes for bin and silo cleanout. Mole-Master is a bin and silo cleanout equipment and service provider.

March 14, 2017

PORTLAND, OR — The global specialty chemicals market is expected to reach $233.5 billion by 2020. The market was examined in the report Specialty Chemicals Market by Allied Market Research, a market research company. In 2014, the construction chemicals and food additives segments accounted for almost half of the market share, a trend that the report states will continue during the forecast period. The Asia-Pacific region made up around 35 percent of the total specialty chemicals market in 2014.

Specialty chemicals are created to perform a specific function, and the industry conducts constant research and development activities, which have led to the development of many advanced specialty chemicals and driven market growth. Heavy investment in construction and infrastructure projects and changing consumer lifestyle and consumption habits, in particular, have increased specialty chemical consumption in emerging economies. Fluctuating raw material cost and stringent government regulations, however, are expected to restrain market growth.

According to the report, the food flavors segment dominated the food additives portion of the market in 2014 and accounted for almost one-third of overall segment revenue. Other strong segments were coagulants and flocculants and biocides and disinfectants, which accounted for more than half of the water treatment chemicals market revenue in 2014. Another important market segment is asphalt additives, which is expected to grow at a 7.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

The Asia-Pacific region was the leading consumer of both construction chemicals and cosmetics, and the report analysts believe that market dominance in construction chemicals will continue during the forecast period from 2014 to 2020. Overall, this region accounted for about one-third of the total global specialty chemical market and is expected to grow at a 5.4 percent CAGR during the forecast period. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,740, visit www.alliedmarketresearch.com.

March 13, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — The petroleum coke (pet coke) market is driven by growing demand for cost-efficient energy, increasing infrastructure development, and discoveries of new pet coke sources. The pet coke market is examined in the report Global Petroleum Coke Market (Pet Coke) by Type (Fuel Grade Pet Coke & Calcined Grade Pet Coke), by End Use (Cement, Power, Smelting, & Others), by Region Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2011-2025 by TechSci Research, a research-based management and consulting firm. The market is expected to surpass $25 billion by 2025 and can be segmented into fuel-grade and calcined-grade pet coke.

Fuel-grade pet coke accounts for nearly 80 percent of total pet coke production across the world and is used for power and electricity generation across various manufacturing industries. Some factors driving the pet coke market include rising power consumption, growing urbanization, and increasing investments by various governments, coupled with rising demand for high-energy and cost-efficient fuel from cement, smelting, and power generation industries. Other market gains are expected to stem from the discovery of new sources of pet coke and the cement and power sectors, which will require greater pet coke production during the forecast period. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $3,500, visit www.techsciresearch.com.

March 10, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS), based at Rutgers School of Engineering, is collaborating with Thermo Fisher Scientific on accelerating the university’s ongoing research on continuous manufacturing techniques for pharmaceutical discovery. With support from Thermo Fisher, C-SOPS now has the Pharma 11 twin screw extruder-granulator, which will be used for testing hot melt extrusion and wet granulation processes in continuous manufacturing.

According to Fernando Muzzio, director, National Science Foundation/Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems and distinguished professor at Rutgers, “We are very pleased to deepen this important relationship with Thermo Fisher Scientific. We look forward to working with other industrial partners on their particular applications and welcome them to join us.” [Editor’s note: Fernando Muzzio is a member of Powder and Bulk Engineering‘s Editorial Advisory Board.]

C-SOPS, New Brunswick, NJ, is the world’s largest academic-based research organization dedicated to modernizing pharmaceutical manufacturing and dosage forms. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, serves science by helping customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, and increase laboratory productivity.

March 9, 2017

BURLESON, TX — KWS Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has been awarded the Business Partner of the Year Award from Cenikor, a nonprofit organization that provides substance-abuse treatment. KWS, a process equipment and screw conveyor supplier, has worked with Cenikor for more than 12 years and has helped more than 100 individuals recover from issues related to substance abuse. KWS has offered skilled job training and a challenging work environment to individuals from the Cenikor treatment program.

March 8, 2017

CARNEGIE, PA — Carrier Process Equipment Group (CPEG) Inc., a holding company that includes Carrier Vibrating Equipment Inc. and S. Howes LLC, has acquired Heyl & Patterson’s Renneberg division, which is located in Carnegie, and specializes in thermal processing equipment. The new acquisition adds to CPEG’s bulk processing capabilities by adding rotary dryers, calciners, and coolers to the supplier’s equipment lines.

CPEG, based in Louisville, KY, is a 100-percent-employee-owned holding company with global operations in Nivelles, Belgium, and Shanghai, China. The company will increase staff in both Louisville and Carnegie because of the acquisition.

Carrier Vibrating Equipment, Louisville, supplies vibratory technology and thermal processing equipment. S. Howes, Silver Creek, NY, supplies conveyors, mixers, blenders, separators, and granulators.

March 7, 2017

JONESBORO, AR — Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a dust, mist, and fume collection equipment supplier, has doubled the size of its testing facility. The facility now includes a climate-controlled area with a new full-size dust collection test rig. This will allow testing compliance with the new ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199-2016, Method of Testing the Performance of Industrial Pulse Cleaned Dust Collectors.

The new standard measures how well filters actually clean and how dust collectors perform as a whole. The company will use the test rig to test internal product quality and to help customers simulate real-world conditions to evaluate the compliance and effectiveness of various filters. The lab expansion also provides new testing capabilities and includes a highly sensitive scanning electron microscope that can analyze high-efficiency filter media and nanofiber PTFE membrane coatings.

March 7, 2017

FELTON, CA — According to the report Pneumatic Conveying System Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies and Forecast, 2016 to 2024, by Hexa Research, a market research and consulting organization, the pneumatic conveying systems market will grow at more than a 6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2016 to 2024. In the near term, growing demand for material handling equipment in various application segments is likely to boost market growth.

Pneumatic conveying systems can be divided into different technologies, including vacuum systems, positive pressure systems, and combination systems. The report indicates that the positive pressure systems sector led the pneumatic conveying systems market in 2014 and is likely to grow at more than a 6 percent CAGR during the forecast period. The vacuum systems sector accounted for more than 35 percent of the overall market share in 2015, and is expected to show large growth as it can be used for free-flowing and lightweight materials. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,700, visit www.hexaresearch.com.

March 6, 2017

JONESBORO, AR — Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has named Graeme Bell vice president, Camfil PAC Americas. Bell will relocate from Europe to Camfil APC headquarters in Jonesboro, AR. He’ll hold full responsibility for the manufacturing, technical, and training facility there as well as North and South American sales operations for the company’s dust, mist, and fume collection products. Bell initially joined the company 4 years ago and was most recently vice president, Camfil APC Europe. He has 26 years’ experience in the air pollution control industry and holds a diploma in mechanical engineering.

March 3, 2017

ROSSLYN, VA — NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI), which measures current North American business conditions, increased from 55.6 in October to 57.9 in November as panel members anticipate a probusiness tilt in Washington, DC, after the election. (An index reading above 50 indicates respondents expect industry conditions will be appropriate for expansion.) While only 11 percent of panel respondents rated conditions worse in November, that reading is almost double the 6 percent of those who responded similarly in October. The survey also shows that the EBCI for future expectations rose to 73.7, an increase from 66.7 in October. According to the survey, 63 percent of respondents expect the business environment to improve over the next 6 months, 16 percent expect a decline in industry conditions, and 21 percent expect little change in industry conditions. NEMA represents the electrical manufacturing industry.

March 2, 2017

BETHEL, CT — The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced that Willem De Vos will step down as chief executive officer (CEO) of the organization in 2017. De Vos joined the organization in 2012 as CEO after a 22-year career in the plastics industry in Europe and Asia. According to SPE president Scott Owens, “The focus of the new CEO will be to continue building upon this new and effective business model. With our enhanced infrastructure and strong management team, the new CEO should continue the current path to create added value for the industry and its professionals.” The organization hopes to have a replacement CEO by mid-year. SPE, Bethel, CT, promotes scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics worldwide.

March 1, 2017

RESTON, VA — PMMI — The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies released its 2016 State of the U.S. Packaging Machinery Report during Pack Expo International and Pharma Expo 2016. According to the report, domestic shipments of packaging machinery in the US will grow at a 2.4 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), reaching $8.5 billion in 2020. More than half of the projected growth is expected to come from the food and beverage sector.

The report states that the value of domestic shipments of US-produced packaging machinery rose 0.3 percent to $7.51 billion in 2015. Exports in 2015 also increased by 3.2 percent, compared to 2014, and were valued at $1.1 billion. In addition, the backlog of machinery orders grew by 14.1 percent compared to orders placed in 2014.

PMMI produces its annual state of the industry report based on US Census Bureau reports and shipments data provided by association members who manufacture packaging machinery. The report analyzes 28 packaging machinery categories and describes trends and the outlook for packaging machinery equipment through 2020. PMMI, represents more than 750 North American manufacturers and suppliers in the packaging and processing industry. For more info and to purchase the report for $3,500 ($1,500 for PMMI members), visit www.pmmi.org.

March 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) Board of Governors has re-elected officers and its executive committee. Charles “Chuck” Bennett, vice chairman, Dixie Chemical, was re-elected as chairman of the board. The other officers elected to 1-year terms are: Dave Doles, Lonza, 1st vice chairman; Gene Williams, Optima Chemical Group LLC, 2nd vice chairman; Michael Ott, Polysciences Inc., secretary; J. Steel Hutchinson, GFS Chemicals Inc., immediate past chair; and Kate Donahue, Hampford Research Inc., member-at-large. SOCMA’s board of governors provides strategic direction, maintains fiscal responsibility, and helps to deliver member value. The organization, based in Washington, DC, represents small, medium, and large chemical companies.

February 28, 2017

BAYONNE, NJ — The New Jersey State Police Interstate Theft North Unit has arrested two New York men for allegedly operating a theft ring that sold stolen plastic scrap overseas. The arrests are the result of a 4-month-long investigation, in which authorities found that Apex Recycling in Bayonne, NJ, would accept potentially stolen plastic products and scrap them for the overseas market, typically sending the material to China. The two men, Yih Tan and Rong Wu, were charged with receiving and fencing stolen property. When the recycling facility was searched, more than 45,000 pounds of plastic regrind, valued at $67,000 was found. Investigators also found more than $20,000 in currency.

February 27, 2017

CHICAGO, IL — The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference held in October 2016 drew more than 11,500 attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The conference featured educational sessions, interactive discussions, and workshops for women engineers at every stage of their career. The conference also featured, for the first time, the State of Women in Engineering, where SWE research leaders and partners discussed the latest data and trends on women in engineering. The event also had a career fair with more than 300 exhibitors interviewing onsite for open positions at their organizations. SWE, Chicago, IL, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization for women engineers.

February 24, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — General Mills, a global food company, has announced a new global organizational structure to support growth and drive greater efficiency by streamlining the company’s leadership, maximizing global scale, and increasing operational agility. The company will eliminate the position of international chief operating officer, and, effective January 1, 2017, four of the company’s business groups will report directly to Jeff Harmening, president and chief operating officer. The new structure is expected to impact from 400 to 600 jobs globally.

February 23, 2017

SALINA, KS — The Kansas State University (KSU) Bulk Solids Innovation Center has announced that Amit Gautam, who previously worked in the sugar technology and water purification industries, has joined the center as a researcher in the areas of bulk solids storage and handling. Guatam will test bulk solids to help clients understand the best way to store and handle their materials. He is an expert in discrete element method (DEM) and will use DEM software to model particle flow simulations. He plans to study the possible positive use of dust explosions, teach short courses at the center, and continue to develop collaborations with other bulk solids institutes. The KSU Bulk Solids Innovation Center, Salina, KS, is a research, testing, and educational facility dedicated to the science and understanding of bulk solids material handling.

February 22, 2017

BERLIN, WI — The ACS Group, which owns the brand names AEC, Cumberland, and Sterling and supplies products used in the plastics industry, has opened a new technology center in Berlin. Located down the road from its headquarters, the center will provide customers with a showplace for the company’s products, a research and development facility to accelerate the release of new products, and a training area for the business. The technology center was opened in November 2016.

February 21, 2017

ERIE, PA — Eriez has added lab-scale testing services for the recycling industry to its central test lab services available at the Wager Road Plant in Erie. The lab will help recyclers with test work for recycling applications requiring ferrous and nonferrous magnetic separation. This testing can allow recyclers to separate copper wire and zorba from fine automobile shredder residue, as well as accomplish other challenging recycling applications. Eriez supplies magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, feeding, screening, conveying, and control equipment for a wide range of industries.

February 20, 2017

SASKATOON, SK — Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp), Saskatoon, and Agrium Inc., Calgary, AB, have received a final order approving their merger-of-equals transaction from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Shareholders have also approved the proposed merger, which is planned to be complete in mid-2017. PotashCorp is a large crop nutrient company, and Agrium is a global producer and distributor of agricultural products, services, and solutions.

February 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The 33rd edition of InformEx will be colocated with the inaugural edition of CPhI North America. The events will take place May 16-18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. InformEx is an event for fine and specialty chemical professionals, while CPhI is for pharmaceutical executives along with research and development, compliance, regulatory, manufacturing, quality assurance and quality control, supply chain, packaging, and procurement professionals.

According to organizers, CPhI North America is being launched in the region because of pharmaceutical industry growth and innovation trends. North American organizations develop around 36 percent of all new molecular entities. But the industry also faces difficulties such as price control pressures, research and development inefficiencies, the need to efficiently manufacture new drugs types, mounting regulatory complexity, and other challenges. CPhI organizers anticipate that expanding the trade show to North America, the largest pharmaceutical market globally, will help the industry move forward in new ways.

CPhI also will partner with the American Chemical Society (ACS), the largest scientific association in the world, and CBI, an industry leader in the life sciences in providing thought leadership, actionable data, benchmarking, case studies, and regulatory information. ACS and CBI will provide educational programming during the event, including a technical conference covering drug development, formulation, manufacturing, and outsourcing.

CPhI hosts events in Europe, Asia, and now North America and draws more than 100,000 pharmaceutical professionals to its events annually.

February 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The Society of the Plastics Industry Association (SPI) is renaming itself the Plastics Industry Association and rebranding with a new logo and new look. The organization seeks to better represent the size and importance of the industry, particularly when dealing with the government, the general public, and other nonindustry audiences. The change will also include a new website design. The organization also will refer to itself as either its full name or with the word “PLASTICS,” in all capital letters, but does not want to be called PIA. The Plastics Industry Association, Washington, DC, is a purpose-driven organization to support the entire plastics supply chain.

February 15, 2017

PORTLAND, OR — The global pigments market is forecast to reach $26,598 million by 2022, growing at a 4.1 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the forecast period from 2014 to 2022. This is according to the report Pigments Market — by Type (Azo, Phthalocyanine, Quinacridone, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Cadmium, Carbon Black, Chromium Oxide, Complex Inorganic, Classic Organic, Metallic, High Performance, Light Interference) — Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022 by Allied Market Research, a market research and business consulting company. The global pigments market was valued at $20,023 million in 2015 and had major revenue from the paints and coatings application segment. The Asia-Pacific region was the strongest regional market at that time and is expected to remain strongest throughout the forecast period.

The automotive and construction markets are expected to drive growth in the pigments industry. Other important factors for the market include the high adoption of specialty pigments in flexible packaging, increasing demand for customization and personalization of products, the market growth of end user industries, and growing concerns over sustainability. Nanotechnology and the ongoing trend of developing sustainable organic pigments from renewable feedstocks are expected to offer greater opportunities for growth in the pigments market.

According to Eswara Prasad, lead chemical researcher, “Rapid urbanization in the emerging economies, such as India, China, Brazil, and others, have led to [an] upsurge in civil construction activities and manufacturing automobiles, which is a key driving factor of the paints and coatings industry.” In 2015, the paints and coatings application segment represented around 40 percent of the pigments market in terms of value. This segment is expected to maintain a large share of the market through 2022. The increased activity in commercial and residential construction activities in emerging economies, such as India and China, also drive the pigments market in the Asia-Pacific region. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,740, visit www.alliedmarketresearch.com.

February 14, 2017

DARMSTADT, Germany — Schenck Process has launched what it calls its “future lab” to augment its traditional research and development. The lab’s aim is to bring together competencies from diverse areas of the business, with the ongoing task of thinking things further, in greater depth. The intention is to come up with creative ideas and then turn them into reality at a quicker pace than a typical research lab. The lab will rely on interaction with the company’s customers because the goal isn’t innovation in itself, the goal is innovation with a purpose.

Andreas Evertz, president and chief executive officer, and Jan Krall, the head of the future lab, helped to create the project. Krall will report directly to Evertz on the lab’s progress. Schenck Process, Darmstadt, Germany, provides measurement and process technology for industrial weighing, feeding, conveying, screening, air filtration, and automation.

February 13, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE — DuPont Performance Material’s Hytrel TPC-ET thermoplastic elastomer is being used to spearhead development of a groundbreaking metal and x-ray detectable conveyor belt. DuPont collaborated with Esbelt to introduce a polymer, which allows better detectability to avoid food contamination. The polymer can be used in flexible conveyor belts and offers heat and chemical resistance. The material has been tested and approved by major food processors in the US. DuPont Performance Materials, produces thermoplastics, elastomers, renewably-sourced polymers, high-performance parts and shapes, as well as resins that act as adhesives, sealants, and modifiers. Esbelt, founded in Barcelona, Spain, produces conveyor belts and related equipment.

February 10, 2017

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (KSU), have announced that the 2017 distance education schedule has 33 courses, including two new ones. The full course schedule is available at the GEAPS and KSU distance education program website at http://tinyurl.com/geapsksu2017. The two new courses for 2017 are GEAPS 610: Interpretation of Process Flow Diagrams (July 2017) and GEAPS 546: Controlling Grain Bin Fires and Smolders (October 2017). The courses available through the program can be used to earn the Credential in Grain Operations Management (GCOM) and the Credential in Grain Processing Management (GCPM). The program aims to build the skills of existing grain industry workers through online, peer-reviewed continuing education unit (CEU) courses taught by grain industry leaders and faculty members.

February 10, 2017

ERIE, PA — The Erie Fire Department was given funds totaling $3,400 from Farm Credit Services to acquire grain bin rescue equipment and the training to use it. The equipment, which is manufactured by Outstate Data, Elbow Lake, MN, includes interlocking panels that form a tube around a trapped person. Once put together, the grain trapping the person can be bailed out of the tube and the person can be lifted or climb out.

According to Purdue University, there were 24 grain entrapment cases in the US in 2015, and 14 of them were fatal. The grain bin rescue equipment includes 10 curved panels with handles and ladder rungs, harnesses, lifelines, poles, and other equipment to help the rescue. According to Outstate Data employee Dale Ekdahl, the company’s equipment has been responsible for 10 successful rescues in the last 5 years. Ekdahl trained the fire department to use the specialized equipment, which will be available for the benefit of all Neosho County fire departments in case of a grain entrapment emergency.

February 9, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — Cal Dooley, president and chief executive officer at the American Chemistry Council, has called for US freight rail reform in an opinion editorial for The Hill. Dooley’s editorial asserts that railroads still provide an essential service to the American economy, but that, “today’s 35-year-old system of antiquated rules and government procedures administered by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) block competition between railroads and, when no competitive options are available, deprives rail customers of an accessible means to resolve concerns with rates and service. The reality is that many shippers, from chemical producers to car manufacturers to corn farmers, are captive to a single railroad, and current STB practices offer almost no effective recourse if rates or services are unacceptable.”

Dooley goes on to call for continued reform for railroads by Congress, which has taken some steps to conduct reviews of the current system and to propose changes. One proposed change would allow rail customers with access to only one carrier to move their freight to another major railroad at a nearby interchange for an appropriate fee, a move that would promote competition among carriers. He goes on to say that railroads are attacking the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which is a government agency with jurisdiction over railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring transactions, to preserve the current system. The STB has been seeking reforms as a result of a validated, objective third-party review by the National Academies of Sciences, and is consistent with the STB’s original statutory mandate from the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which ensures effective rail carrier competition. To read the full opinion piece, visit http://tinyurl.com/DooleyOpEd. The ACC, an organization that represents chemical companies, is headquartered in Washington, DC, and Dooley was formerly a congressman representing the 20th district of California as a Democratic member of the House from 1991 to 2004.

February 8, 2017

HOUSTON, TX — Clariant has acquired Chemical & Mining Services Pty. Ltd., a provider of specialty chemicals and technical services to mining industry clients located mostly in Australia. In addition, Clariant has acquired SNF Flomin’s specialty mining chemicals business, a US-based subsidiary of the SNF Group, which manufactures and distributes reagents for the minerals processing industry. The two acquisitions will be part of Clariant’s Mining Solutions business.

Clariant Mining Solutions has also opened a new facility and is expanding an existing facility in North America. The newly inaugerated Mining Application and Development Center in Tucson, AZ, will be Clariant’s regional hub for mining research. This location will allow for close proximity to customers and help create better cooperation on custom products and solutions. Clariant’s current facility in Reserve, LA, has been expanded and is now able to also produce chemical blends for the mining industries, allowing improved customer service.

February 7, 2017

RESTON, VA — PMMI — The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has announced it has now reached 761 member companies. The organization made the announcement after approving 24 new member companies at its annual meeting in September. The organization, Reston, VA, represents North American manufacturers of equipment, components, and materials for processing and packaging.

February 6, 2017

NORTHGLENN, CO — The International Titanium Association (ITA) will host an event entitled “Life Cycle Costing Workshop” from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in New Orleans, LA. The workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and practical tools to help explain the financial benefits of titanium over other metals. The course focuses on the sound financial comparisons of the strength, durability, and other benefits of titanium. Attendees will receive a life-cycle costing spreadsheet they can use to conduct analyses for themselves and for potential customers. For more info and to register, visit www.titanium.org.

February 3, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ — Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems will be hosting a hands-on lab course, “Concentrated Air Jet Sieve Workshop” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the company’s Summit, NJ, headquarters. The workshop is recommended for individuals that want to achieve maximum performance of their air jet sieve. The workshop will feature the following topics: the principles and history of particle size analysis; the benefits of air jet sieving compared to other analyzers, the features of the company’s MAJSx models, system setup and maintenance; an equipment demonstration and instructions; and hands-on training with Hosokawa experts. For more info and to register, call 908-277-9205 or visit www.hmicronpowder.com.

February 2, 2017

The American Roller Co. and its division, Plasma Coatings, have launched a newly designed, mobile-friendly website at www.americanroller.com The site improves user navigation and provides information on American Roller capabilities, including a user-friendly request for quote process and video libraries that provide insight on the companies’ capabilities. The site integrates the brands of Plasma Coatings and CREW, demonstrating their roller core fabrication, coverings, and coatings capabilities. American Roller supplies industrial rollers used in various manufacturing processes. Plasma Coatings specializes in coatings solutions that resist corrosion, reduce wear, and provide material release.

February 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The Specialty Chemicals Market Volume Index, a tool created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), showed that the US specialty chemicals market volume rose 0.3 percent in September 2016. This increase follows a revised 0.1 percent increase in August and a 0.3 percent gain in July. Data changes are reported on a 3-month moving average (3MMA) basis. The tool monitors 28 specialty-chemical segments. Twenty-one of those segments expanded in September, four were stable, and the remaining three declined. The adhesives and sealants and mining chemicals markets experienced the greatest growth (more than 1 percent) during September. The overall specialty chemicals volume index was down 1.5 percent year-over-year on a 3MMA basis. The index stood at 104.6 percent of its average 2012 levels. During 2014, the market was stronger in comparison to 2012, but since February 2015, the markets have fallen as the downturn in the oil and gas sector have influenced volumes. According to ACC reports, market weakness then spread to other segments and year-previous comparisons have been negative since the second quarter of 2015. This weakness, however, has been moderating, with gains among market and functional specialty chemical segments. According to ACC study authors, chemistry directly touches more than 96 percent of all manufactured goods, and trends in the specialty chemical segments provide an insight into manufacturing trends and how various consumer end-use markets are performing compared to others in the marketplace. ACC, Washington, DC, represents companies in the chemistry business.

January 31, 2017

MATHISON, MD — Windsor Wire LLC has added Christina Corder as a purchasing and customer relations manager. Since 1999, Corder has been working in supply chain management, including inventory control, purchasing, demand planning, and financial accounting. Corder previously worked for a Fortune 500 company and at a large industrial air filtration manufacturer. Windsor Wire is a subsidiary of Sly Inc., an industrial fabric filter dust collector, baghouse cartridge collector, wet scrubber, bulk loading spout, and aftermarket parts supplier. Windsor Wire manufactures dust collector filter cages in Mathison and Williamsport, MD.

January 30, 2017

CARY, NC — Bühler Aeroglide has appointed Paul Branson as director of product management. In his role, Branson will keep the company’s product portfolio competitive with an emphasis on increasing quality, reducing production cycles, and developing advanced products and solutions. Branson began his career as a process engineer with the National Drying Machinery Company in 1984. After Bühler Group bought National in 2004, he became vice president of sales and technology. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, and is a registered professional engineer. Bühler Aeroglide manufactures dryers, ovens, roasters, and hot air expansion systems for the food, feed, and industrial product markets and is part of Bühler Group.

January 27, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH — The global demand for agricultural equipment is expected to be driven primarily by market growth in China and other industrializing nations, accounting for more than two-thirds of new agricultural equipment demand between 2014 and 2019. Demand is forecast to increase 6.6 percent per year through the forecast period, to reach a $193 billion market value, as stated in the report World Agricultural Equipment by The Freedonia Group, an industry research firm.

Sales of agricultural goods for the food and beverage industries are expected to rise at a healthy pace in most developing countries because of economic, population, and per-capita-calorie-intake growth. With greater demand for agricultural products, farmers will need to invest in new equipment and replace older machines to boost output and increase productivity. In developed countries, which already use agricultural machinery, equipment sales are expected to be spurred by replacement demand. The level of demand will be influenced by the economic environment, access to financing, and new technical developments. Mature markets are expected to show slower growth than developing countries, but Spain, Austria, and the Netherlands are projected in the report to have solid growth through 2019 because of improved economic conditions. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $6,500, visit www.freedoniagroup.com.

January 26, 2017

RESTON, VA — The US food industry is forecast to grow steadily at a 2.9 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2022. The industry is examined in the report 2016 Food Packaging Trends and Advances from PMMI — The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, an organization that also organizes packaging industry events such as Pack Expo. The report is based on interviews from 70 professionals across the food processing and packaging industry in the US and overseas. The report predicts that meat and related products and snack food will outperform the market, growing at 3 percent, because of consumer demand for portion control and convenience options.

The report states that the US food industry lags behind the global market. Though the US is the largest global market across all food segments, market growth is stronger in emerging markets in countries like Argentina, Brazil, China, and India. The report estimates that global rates for most product segments are double those of the US, except for meat and related products and candy and confections, which, at 8.5 and 8 percent growth rates, respectively, are more than double. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $500 (no cost for PMMI members), visit www.pmmi.org/research.

January 25, 2017

PARSIPPANY, NJ — Sun Chemical Corp., Parsippany, and its parent company DIC Corp. have acquired Gwent Electronic Materials Ltd., a United Kingdom-based manufacturer of conductive inks, pastes, and powders for the printed electronics market. The acquisition will enhance Sun Chemical’s global manufacturing capabilities and allow further penetration into developing markets. Sun Chemical produces printing inks, coatings and supplies, pigments, polymers, liquid and solid compounds, and application materials.

January 24, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE — DuPont, a science and engineering company, has introduced a copolymer technology that improves the performance of recycled polyolefins to the level of virgin resins. The series of Entira EP copolymers are high-performance compatibilizers. The technology works in mixed-stream recycling containing polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) materials that are difficult to separate because of density similarities. The copolymer is added to the PP or PE matrix and helps to bridge the difference between the two materials, creating a homogenous recycled resin. The resulting recycled resins offer improved performance and surface properties in the products created from them.

January 23, 2017

RHEINLANDER, WI — AirPro Fan & Blower, a manufacturer of industrial fans and blowers, has announced that it has transferred 100 percent ownership of the company to its employees via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The company’s founder Keith White finalized the sale last July. According to White, “Everyone here has been integral to the company’s success and selling the company to an ESOP enables us to reward them for their initiative and hard work.”

October 26, 2016

KALAMAZOO, MI — Hapman, a bulk material handling equipment supplier, has expanded its manufacturing campus in Kalamazoo, MI, to 159,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The original plant location, known as Building 1, will house some final equipment assembly, an expanded technology center, shipping, and KMC Global corporate headquarters (Hapman’s parent company). A second building will house core manufacturing for the company’s line of conveyors, unloaders, fillers, and other large-scale system components, and a third building on the campus is currently being renovated and will hold the company’s controls division expansion.

March 24, 2016

COATESVILLE, Pa. — Aerzen USA was named as one of Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work in 2015. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. It’s a public-private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal that identifies, recognizes, and honors the best places of employment in Pennsylvania. According to Keith Rolfe, vice president of Aerzen, “This award represents the results of focusing on our company’s triple-bottom-line philosophy of supporting people, the planet, and prosperity.” The company supplies positive-displacement blowers, turbo blowers, screw compressors, and vacuum pumps.

March 16, 2016

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — AkzoNobel has invested $10 million in a new research, development, and innovation center located near its former building in Strongsville. The new facility will employ about 120, with scientists and technicians accounting for half of that number. The center will support several of the company’s performance coatings businesses, including coil, extrusion, and packaging coatings. The center will also focus on new product development, technology, and service development. AkzoNobel is a global coatings and chemicals company headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.