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Posted December 14, 2018

Munson Machinery Co. Inc., a manufacturer of mixing, blending, and size reduction equipment based in Utica, NY, has developed a “Compare Seven Bulk Blenders Against Your Specific Needs” downloadable comparison chart. The chart compares the two pieces of equipment based on 12 material and 10 equipment requirements. To view the chart, go to https://tinyurl.com/yatqxyz7.

Posted December 13, 2018

Jason Pintuff has been appointed director of process engineering at Bühler Aeroglide. In this role, Pintuff will direct the company’s process development group. He joined the company in 2005, working as a field engineer and later in process engineering to serve the feed market as an applications specialist. In 2011, he began supporting sales for the food and feed industries. On a related note, Tom Barber has been appointed as Bühler Aeroglide’s vice president of capital sales. In this role, Barber will direct sales strategies and market development initiatives. He has been with the company for 23 years, starting out as a market manager for the grain, pet food, and aqua culture feed business before he became vice president of the company’s pasta and extruded products business unit in Switzerland. In addition, Barber has served as vice president of global procurement and vice president of process engineering. He has published more than 25 articles and textbook chapters on thermal processing for food, feed, and industrial products and has two US and one European patent. The company, Cary, NC, is a division of the Bühler Group and supplies drying equipment.

Posted December 12, 2018

The National Council of Canada and AP&C, a GE additive company, have created a new way to test the quality of metal powders used in 3D printing, which results in stronger, cleaner, safer, and more reliable 3D-printed parts that the aerospace and medical device industries use. The new method allows the detection of extremely low concentrations of foreign particles in powders using x-ray microcomputed tomography and 3D image analysis. These techniques permit measurement of each foreign particle by size, brightness, and concentration and allow for more sensitive detection when cross-contamination is an issue. The National Research Council and AP&C are partnering further to improve current and develop better methods of metal powder characterization that align with the needs of the 3D printing industry. The National Research Council of Canada is also working on the flow of metal powders during 3D printing by measuring how spherical and porous the particles are.

Posted December 11, 2018

US production of major plastic resins totaled 7.6 billion pounds during August 2018, which reflects a 19.3 percent increase compared to the same month in 2017, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Year-to-date production of plastic resins is 57.6 billion pounds, marking a 7.9 percent increase over the same period last year. On a related note, sales and internal use of major plastic resins equaled 7.7 billion pounds during August 2018, which shows an increase of 15.3 percent compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date sales and internal use equaled 57.3 billion pounds, marking a 7.6 percent increase compared to 2017, according to the ACC. ACC, Washington, DC, represents US chemical manufacturers.

Posted December 10, 2018

Metal-Matic, a metal fabrication company in Minneapolis, MN, caught fire in September, injuring two workers, according to the StarTribune. One worker received critical burns and required hospitalization. A pipe welding torch caused the explosion when it ignited an aluminum-dust and water mixture. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has investigated the company at least six times, resulting in more than $36,000 in fines since 2005. OSHA noted various violations, including lax procedures for controlling potentially hazardous materials, inadequate personnel training, and others. Prior to the recent incident, according to news reports, the company had incurred fines related to not installing and maintaining the arc spray system and an associated dust collection system on the tube mills to control dust and prevent explosions. The company produces tubing for applications that the automotive, appliance, and construction industries use.

Posted December 7, 2018

H.C. Starck Analytical Services GmbH based in Munich, Germany has announced that it has become an independent company, and the company’s name has changed to ChemiLytics GmBH & Co. KG. The company will remain part of the H.C. Starck Group. The laboratory service provider division of H.C. Starck offers its internal company laboratory services to external companies, including those in the metal and chemicals sectors. The company’s expertise includes classical element analysis through x-ray spectrometry to trace analysis in clean room conditions.

Posted December 5, 2018

Viterra Inc. hosted a grand opening in October at its new grain terminal in Wadena, SK. The facility has a storage capacity of 34,000 metric tons and is capable of loading up to 156 railcars using a loop track. Viterra’s customers, employees, and government officials attended the event. Viterra, Regina, SK, is part of Glencore Agriculture, a company that deals in originating, handling, processing, and marketing agricultural commodities.

Posted December 4, 2018

Cemex USA, a building materials company, has opened the company’s first admixture blending plant in the US. The Florida-based plant will provide Cemex’s nearby ready-mix plants with products for concrete applications. The 21,000-square-foot facility should service about 160 ready-mix facilities throughout Florida and the mid-South US regions. The admixtures that the company develops and produces include normal- and high-range water reducers, setting accelerators and retarders, air-entraining agents, and specialty products. The new facility is the first of three Cemex admixture plants scheduled to open in the US, to include additional plants in Texas and California. Cemex USA, Houston, TX, has a network of 11 cement plants, more than 50 distribution terminals, 50 aggregate quarries, and about 270 ready-mix concrete plants.

Posted December 3, 2018

Zeppelin Systems GmbH has created a strategic alliance with Tecnopool SpA, a food processing equipment supplier specializing in baking equipment based in Italy. The partnership allows the two companies to become a one-stop source for customers wanting to fully integrate processing solutions from handling raw ingredients to storage. Zeppelin, based in Germany, is a plant engineering company and equipment supplier for the storage, conveying, mixing, metering and weighing of bulk solids.

Posted November 30, 2018

Porvair Filtration Group Ltd., a filtration equipment supplier with manufacturing facilities in the US and the United Kingdom, has expanded into France by appointing the industrial process specialist Sofise Solutions Filtration Services as its distributor. Based in France, Sofise Solutions Filtration Services specializes in metallic filter elements and inkjet filters for the chemical and industrial process, printing, food and beverage, OEM, and pharmaceutical industries. This move also allows Porvair to expand into North Africa because Sofise supplies Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in addition to France.

Posted November 29, 2018

Rice Lake Weighing Systems, a manufacturer of weight-related equipment based in Rice Lake, WI, has purchased a manufacturing facility in Jasper, AL, allowing the company to expand its service area. The additional facility will increase the company’s manufacturing capacity for producing equipment, including truck scales. Hiring for the facility is underway, and the company is procuring advanced manufacturing equipment for the facility.

Posted November 28, 2018

Metalysis Ltd., Rotheram, South Yorkshire, UK, has launched its first commercial production plant for metal alloy powder. The company mechanically completed the plant, named Generation 4 (Gen4), in the fourth quarter of 2017, and it has since undergone hot commissioning, trial runs, and optimization. Gen4 is the first facility to offer the company’s solid-state, modular, electrochemical process to industrial scale and will produce niche and master alloys. The Metalysis technology is noted for its multimetal capability that enables the company to produce alloy recipes and to combine elements with melting and density differentials. The company can then produce a product mix of titanium alloys, master alloys such as Scandium-Aluminide, compositionally complex alloys that includes high entropy alloys, high-temperature materials, magnet materials, and platinum group alloys. The facility will serve end users in advanced manufacturing disciplines, including additive manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, batteries, magnets, mining, and others.

Posted November 27, 2018

The EPA has launched a new online dashboard where the agency presents its Smart Sectors program in a “sector snapshots” web application, tracking industrial output of air emissions, greenhouse gasses, and energy use based on historical data over the past 20 years. The web application will release 13 industry snapshots on a rolling basis. The first of three snapshots, released in September, included iron and steel, chemical manufacturing, and utilities and power generation. The agency expects subsequent releases next December and January. The data used for the web app comes from environmental data that the US Census Bureau, the US Geological Survey, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics have collected. The Smart Sectors team is able to load new data into the snapshots app as they receive it, including the greenhouse gas inventory, which they update every 2 years. The team also works with 25 trade groups from various industrial sectors to gather related information. The Smart Sectors web app includes a home page with high-level contextual information, an interactive chart viewer with environmental indicators and economic benchmarks, and a summary page that provides information on a given sector’s operations.

Posted November 26, 2018

US Concrete Inc., a national supplier of ready-mix concrete and aggregates based in Euless, TX, has announced its expansion with the acquisition of Leon River Aggregate Materials LLC, a sand and gravel producer based in Proctor, TX. The move adds more than 400 acres of land with reserves to US Concrete’s operations. The company also announced that it has completed the divestiture of its Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, lime operations to Lhoist North America, including two fixed plants, raw material tankers, and lime tankers.

Posted November 23, 2018

Ingevity Corp., a specialty chemicals and carbon materials producer based in North Charleston, SC, has announced plans to invest $15 to 20 million to add new pellet extrusion technology to its facility in Covington, VA. The upgrades are in response to the increase in global demand for its extruded, activated carbon pellet products, and Ingevity expects them to improve quality, consistency, and throughput. The company anticipates that the additional equipment and technology upgrades at the Covington location will increase total capacity by 10 to 20 percent. In addition to the Covington facility, Ingevity has extrusion facilities in Wujiang and Changshu, China, as well as carbon activation facilities in Wickliffe, KY, and a honeycomb scrubber plant in Waynesboro, GA.

Posted November 22, 2018

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), a nutrition company based in Chicago, IL, has announced the opening of its new regional office and innovation center that will focus on flavor and ingredient creation, application, and development in Shanghai, China. The technical innovation center will allow ADM to work with customers to create complete flavor and specialty ingredient solutions. The center includes a food and flavor analytic lab, beverage and dairy applications labs and pilot plants, a bakery lab, a confectionery and personal care lab, a culinary kitchen, flavor creation labs, sensory evaluation facilities, and a customer innovation center. Food scientists, flavorists, and application experts as well as sales, marketing, and regulatory personnel will staff the center. The opening of the Shanghai innovation center follows the recent opening of ADM’s Singapore innovation center.

Posted November 21, 2018

The global sodium metabisulphite market is expected to reach $266.5 million by 2028, growing significantly from an estimated $159.1 million by the end of 2018, according to the report Sodium Metabisulphite Market: Mining and Water Treatment Industries to Create Significant Growth Opportunities over the Forecast Period: Global Industry Analysis 2013-2017 and Opportunity Assessment 2018-2028. The increase marks a 5.3 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The study shows that increasing demand from the food and beverages industry is a key driver of revenue growth in the global market for sodium metabisulphite, which is an inorganic compound used as a disinfectant, antioxidant, and preservative agent. The food and beverages industry has been the compound’s predominant user, to preserve dried-food products and extend the shelf life of items such as fruit juice. Additionally, companies use sodium metabisulphite to extend the shelf life of other various food products and to soften dough in bakery products. Also, the mining industry uses the compound for cyanide detoxification in gold mining, and municipal and industrial water treatment facilities use it as an antichlor agent to remove chlorine from water. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,000, visit https://www.futuremarketinsights.com.

Posted November 20, 2018

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) has released a statement indicating the organization is in favor of Congress and the Administration reinstating the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018. The House of Representatives agreed on September 4 to the amendments that the Senate made to the act last month, and Congress has now sent the bill to the President for a signature. The last MTB that Congress passed expired on December 31, 2012. The new bill goes into effect 30 days after the President’s signature, expected on October 13.

SOCMA has long been an advocate of tariff relief, which provides access to cost-competitive materials not manufactured domestically or available in sufficient quantities in the US. As SOCMA members plan long-term business strategies, MTB renewal provides enhanced certainty and promotes business growth,” the statement said. “SOCMA members, by necessity, import some of the chemicals needed to support production. The elimination of these duties has a large impact on the ability of chemical manufacturers to spend capital to develop, register, and sell products. With passage of this legislation, companies can now put money toward growth and job creation that historically has gone to duties. With the President’s signature, an amendment of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States – Chapter 99 subchapter II will include the temporary duty suspensions or reductions for a period not to exceed three years. The 2017 petitions list, as well as guidelines and tools to assist on MTB filing procedures, can be found at https://mtbps.usitc.gov/external/.

SOCMA, Washington, DC, represents small, medium, and large chemical companies.

Posted November 19, 2018

Cemex USA, a concrete and cement manufacturing company based in Houston, TX, has announced that it has purchased a fully-operational aggregates quarry in Chico, TX, from Blue Star Materials II LLC. The 122-acre site with the quarry plant is 45 miles northwest of Fort Worth, TX, and has more than 25 years of quality limestone reserves. The new quarry is in addition to Cemex’s other holdings, including a cement plant, about 10 distribution terminals, five aggregate operations, and nearly 30 ready-mix plants.

Posted November 16, 2018

Kevin Steinke has been promoted to operations manager at Imperial Industries Inc. Steinke’s prior experience includes entrepreneurship, project management, and sales with expertise in expanding revenue, opening new markets, setting up operations, and negotiating. Before joining Imperial, he supervised a turnkey construction company of small cellular 4G installation sites in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Additionally, Tom Nomady has been promoted to general manager at the company. He has worked at the company since 1993, and prior to joining Imperial, he worked for a worldwide food company specializing in custom machine design and facilities planning. He also has experience at a sanitary stainless company as a sales engineer for custom-designed and fabricated, food processing equipment. Nomady holds his BS degree in industrial engineering and product development. Imperial Industries, Rothschild, WI, designs and manufactures specialized storage tanks for the bulk solids industry.

Posted November 15, 2018

Herbold Meckesheim’s production site in Meckesheim, Germany, was devastated by fire on September 10. Meckesheim is a recycling equipment supplier. The fire started in the company’s central warehouse and shipping department, and the company expects that the damage will run into the millions. A company spokesperson noted that the fire didn’t affect the office space, test center, or production areas. The company expects production to continue with certain restrictions. No casualties were reported as a result of the incident.

Posted November 14, 2018

Black Mountain Sand, Fort Worth, TX, has announced that construction is underway to develop a sixth mine in Blaine County, OK, that will have the capability to produce 3 million tons of frac sand per year. The mine is the company’s first outside of Texas. Once fully commissioned, the company expects the 1,290-acre facility to begin delivering frac sand in January 2019, taking its total combined production capacity to more than 19 million tons. The frac sand company is the only in-basin provider serving three of the most active basins in North America, including Eagle Ford Shale and the Permian and Anadarko Basins, according to the company’s release. The research firm Seaport Global Securities estimates the total 2019 frac-sand demand to be about 115 million tons, and Black Mountains Sand’s annual production capacity equals 16.5 percent of the market.

Posted November 13, 2018

Mary Ramsey has been appointed executive director at the International Society of Automation (ISA). Ramsey has been serving as the society’s interim executive director since January and has more than 25 years of industrial automation experience. Prior to serving at the ISA, she served as senior vice president of process automation, Americas region, at Schneider Electric, where she was responsible for a $550 million profit and loss statement and 1,200 employees. Ramsey holds a BS degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from the University of Kentucky and an MBA with a specialty in finance and strategy from Loyola University. ISA, Research Triangle Park, NC, serves members of the automation industry.

Posted November 12, 2018

Donaldson Co., Bloomington, MN, celebrates selling more than 1,000 of the company’s Torit Downflo Evolution dust collector, which features a small equipment footprint and energy-efficiency for low operational costs. The company first introduced the model in 2014, and the metal fabrication, pharmaceutical, mining, grain, food, and bulk powder handling industries use it. The company indicates that it has sold the dust collector in the Americas and Europe and in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and North African regions. The company manufactures air filtration system equipment.

Posted November 9, 2018

BinMaster, Lincoln, NE, has announced its service called Stockpile Reports that automates free-standing stockpile measurement using pictures from a cell phone, drone, plane, or fixed camera. The service accesses the collected data and offers sharing on a web portal, allowing users to digitize their material management. Dashboards available to users populate with photographs, site statistics, and materials report information about the volume, tonnage, and condition risks for each pile. The SaaS online subscription service allows users to track stockpile inventory on a regular basis. The service is scalable from five to more than 500 piles for one site. BinMaster, a div. of Garner Industries, designs and manufactures solid-state point and continuous bin level indicators, control systems, and sensoring devices used in storing or processing powder and bulk solid materials. To view a video, go to https://bit.ly/2QahXu5.

Posted November 8, 2018

Fergus Keane has been named national sales manager at Wm. W. Meyer & Sons. With more than 20 years of experience in sales and business development, Keane most recently served as vice president of Smico-Symons Screeners and A&J Mixing Co. Prior to those roles, he was the vice president of sales for Prater Industries. Meyer Industrial Solutions, a div. of Wm. W. Meyer & Sons, Libertyville, IL, supplies components for dry bulk material processing equipment, pneumatic conveyors, and dust collectors.

Posted November 8, 2018

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has announced its survey results from US and Canadian members regarding use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials in insulation and acoustical products in 2017. The study’s results show that US manufacturers used more than 2.2 billion pounds of recycled glass in the production of commercial, residential, and industrial thermal and acoustical insulation. This recycled material equates to the amount of municipal solid waste generated by 1 million people in the US in a year. According to NAIMA, US and Canadian facilities used more than 675 million pounds of recycled blast furnace slag when producing thermal and acoustical insulation as well. Since the launch of the recycling program in 1992, NAIMA members reportedly have used 58.2 billion pounds of recycled materials. NAIMA, Alexandria, VA, is a supporting organization to North American manufacturers of fiberglass and mineral wool insulation products.

Posted November 7, 2018

Vortex Global Ltd. has received the Silver Level Milestone Award by Cope Plastics for the company’s efforts in recycling plastic. The silver level award recognizes companies that have achieved the recycling of a total of 100,000 pounds of industrial plastics. Vortex was able to achieve this goal within 2 years and has recycled a total of 156,650 pounds of plastic over the course of 4 years. The Milestone Awards are part of Cope’s Solutions-based Customer Recycling Award Program (SCRAP), which recognizes companies for recycling surplus plastic materials.

On a related note, Vortex has acquired Kasa Fab, a fabrication and manufacturing company based in Salina, KS. The acquisition will allow the company to expand its fabrication capabilities, which include lasers, robotic welders, blasting booths, and liquid and powder paint systems. With the acquisition, the company will have a total of 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space and employ more than 400 people from the Salina area. Vortex Global is the parent company to Vortex, Salina, KS, which supplies slide-gate, diverter, and iris valves and loadout equipment for the dry bulk industries.

Posted November 6, 2018

One of the largest events for packaging professionals, Pack Expo International, was held October 14-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The show is organized by PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, which represents more than 800 North American manufacturers and suppliers to the packaging and processing industry. This year’s exhibit floor included more than 2,500 exhibitors and more 1.2 million square feet of show floor to explore and organizers expected more than 50,000 attendees, and considering the crowds on the first two days of the event when I attended as an editor for Powder and Bulk Engineering, it’s clear that the show brought many suppliers and their customers together for planned and informal meetings — booths were busy and so were attendees throughout the various show halls.

The show featured many exhibitors for consumer packaging as well as companies serving the industrial packaging market, with a separate hall for pharmaceutical packaging solutions. Another important draw was for professionals seeking networking opportunities and educational sessions. Sessions at the show focused on industry innovations, interactive learning experiences, and sustainable packaging in the supply chain, among other topics.

The show’s organizer, PMMI, also released various infographics forecasting the economic future of the packaging industry just prior to Pack Expo International’s opening day. According to the infographic, the global market for packaging machinery is expected to reach a value of $42.2 billion by 2021 at a predicted 2.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) as a result of several variables, including:

  • population
  • growing middle class
  • heightened sustainability concerns
  • more spending power in developing regions
  • increased popularity of flexible packaging
  • demand for smart packaging (QR codes and augmented reality)
  • serialization (for the pharmaceutical market where 62 percent of medicines purchased online are fake and substandard)
[Editor’s Note: To view the infographic and to learn more about the packaging industry research from PMMI, visit www.pmmi.org/research.]

The next Pack Expo trade show in the US will be Pack Expo Las Vegas in September 2019. More information on that show is available at packexpo.com.

Posted November 6, 2018

Tom Donaldson has been appointed general manager at CPM Wolverine Proctor. Donaldson has 22 years in the food and beverage industry. Most recently, he served as a key account manager at Heat and Control, a food processing, packaging, and weighing equipment manufacturer. CPM Wolverine Proctor, Horsham, PA, supplies processing equipment for the food, chemical, tobacco, and fiber industries.

Posted November 6, 2018

The ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, West Conshohocken, PA, has announced funding in the amount of $300,000 to support research for development of standards in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. The initial projects that will launch this effort include feedstock, process qualification, postprocessing, and testing. The projects include the following:

  • The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) based in the United Kingdom will conduct research aimed at developing quality assessment standards for the metal powders that additive manufacturing equipment uses. The feedstock-characterization testing will contribute to a standard guide that helps people who need to evaluate powder quality and recyclability.
  • NASA will develop standard procedures, metrics, and comprehensive requirements to help qualify equipment and processes in laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF). This process qualification and assessment research aims to establish an industrywide consensus in this area.

EWI, an applied technology developer, will research how various surface-finishing techniques for products created with additive manufacturing will impact performance and structural integrity. This postprocessing research seeks to standardize surface quality and measurement metrics.
Auburn University will research mechanical-testing issues in additive manufacturing to understand the relationship between the test specimen’s properties and the performance of parts. This research will provide guidance on designing specimens that are most representative of components created through additive manufacturing.

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), a strategic partner of the center, will focus on mechanical-testing issues surrounding polymers (plastics) that additive manufacturing uses.

Posted November 5, 2018

The global abrasives market should reach $56.59 billion by 2023, growing significantly from an estimated $40.2 billion at the end of 2017, according to the report Abrasives Market by Material (Natural, Synthetic), Type (Bonded, Coated, Super), Product Type (Disc, Cups, Cylinder), End-use Industry (Automotive, Machinery, Aerospace, Metal Fabrication, Electrical & Electronics), and Region – Global Forecast to 2023 by Markets and Markets. The increase reflects a 5.97 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). An abrasive is a hard mineral or material found in a wide range of domestic, industrial, and technological applications. Abrasives’ uses include grinding, polishing, pressure blasting, and other processes. The target audience for the report includes raw material suppliers, abrasive manufacturers, commercial R&D institutions, end-use industries, such as automotive or electrical, and others. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $7,150, visit https://www.marketsandmarkets.com.

Posted November 5, 2018

Adelphi Construction, owned by Industrial Accessories Company (IAC) based in Mission, KS, has completed the construction of two frac sand plants in Texas. IAC was contracted to design and build both frac sand facilities in Poteet and Monahans, TX. Each plant includes a wet plant, dry plant, silo storage, loadout buildings, and fully automated control systems and were completed in within 8 months. The Poteet plant was completed in February and the Monahans facility started processing sand in March. Using IAC’s proprietary rotary dryer that includes a secondary flash zone allowed the plants to increase the tonnage output by 20 to 30 percent.

On a related note, IAC developed and patented a combination dual-feed frac sand rotary dryer/cooler. The equipment is designed to offer a single-pass drying method, minimizing airflow requirements and the need for complex controls. The dryer is noted for having a simple straight-through design that reduces weight while the dual feeds improve throughput while extruding a cooler material. The equipment speeds processing when a partial amount of moist sand feed material is added into a second dryer inlet where its blended with the dried, uncooled material. Evaporation of the water from the moist material assists in cooling the remaining dried solids. The heat from the dried solids is used for drying the partial add-in moist sand material in a process that uses less energy. The company has recently installed the dryer at eight frac sand plants.

Posted November 2, 2018

Lorenz Conveying Products Corp., Cobourg, ON, has acquired Flow Valves International, a manufacturer of iris flow control valves based in Evanston, IL. Lorenz indicates that the acquisition allows the company to offer complementary products, expand into a new customer base, and serve customers from the new location. The company’s release noted that the existing employees will remain at the newly named Lorenz Conveying Products USA Inc. plant, located in Normal, IL, and the same resources will be available. Lorenz manufactures couplings, tubes and pipe bends, fittings, diverter valves, slide gates, cyclones, and custom accessories for pneumatic conveying and bulk material handling systems.

Posted November 1, 2018

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., New Orleans, LA, a division of CGB Enterprises Inc., has completed an expansion of its soybean processing plant in Indiana. The company expects the $32 million expansion, located at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, to increase service for soybean farmers and product supply for agribusiness customers. The expansion more than doubles the existing CGB operation, which is the company’s only soybean processing plant in the US.

Posted October 31, 2018

Cadman Inc., Everett, WA, plans to expand its operations at two of the company’s sites and will close a third, according to HeraldNet. The company will add a ready-mix concrete plant and dredging near its North Everett location, where it can bring in materials by barge. The company expects that transporting material by barge instead of trucking it in. An existing ready-mix concrete plant will close, with its 67-acre plot of land to be sold after the company mines its existing sand and gravel. The company will relocate those concrete operations to the North Everett site and expects the site to be operational in late 2019. It will include silos, mixing equipment, dust collection systems, and other equipment. The company acquired seven quarries, five ready-mix concrete plants, and two asphalt operations from Cemex in July 2017.

Posted October 30, 2018

Ashland Inc., a specialty chemicals company, has announced plans to move its headquarters from Covington, KY, to Wilmington, DE, within about 17 months. Once the company completes the move, the Kentucky office will close on December 31, 2019. Ashland was founded in 1924 as an oil company and has since grown to serve 100 countries in the specialty chemicals market. Ashland’s Kentucky office has 58 employees, and the company indicates that it will eliminate some of those jobs; relocate others to Dublin, OH, or Wilmington, DE; and allow some employees to work remotely.

Posted October 29, 2018

TCI Powder Coatings, Americus, GA, a manufacturer of thermostat powder coatings and a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has recently launched a targeted effort to improve its production, customer service, and marketing, the “TCI: Where Your World Matters” campaign. The company has launched several initiatives to expand, including a major investment in its Ellaville, GA, powder manufacturing location; a plan for a powder coating facility and innovation center in Charlotte, NC, scheduled to open in 2020; an exclusive-rights agreement to sell cathodic epoxy electrodeposition coating; and a mobile application to deliver product catalogs and provide technical and customer-service support. The revamp also includes changing the company’s name from TCI Powder Coatings to TCI.

Posted October 26, 2018

BHP Billiton Ltd., a miner based in Melbourne, Australia, is moving forward with its plan to produce the cobalt sulfate material used in rechargeable batteries in an effort to expand into the electric vehicle market. The company’s western Australia operation plans to sell nearly 90 percent of its output to the battery sector by the end of 2019. BHP is accelerating plans to expand its output of nickel sulfate, with the objective of supporting the electric vehicle that’s moving toward larger batteries that contain larger quantities of nickel, according to Automotive News. The mining company is also studying options to combine cobalt and nickel materials to develop cathode precursors, an intermediate product used in batteries.

Posted October 25, 2018

The global engineering plastic compounds market should reach $380 billion by 2026, gaining about $190 billion over 2017 when the market’s value was $190 billion, according to the report Engineering Plastic Compounds Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2018-2026. The increase marks an 8-percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The report’s authors expect this global market to rise rapidly because of the demand for compounds from automobile component manufacturers. Automotive and industrial applications use these compounds due to their light weight to replace metal components, according to the study. In addition, en-gineering plastic compounds have self-lubricating features, making them suitable for automotive applications such as gears, radiator grills and fans, fuel and oil filter housings, and more. The report’s authors expect the CAGR for engineering plastic compounds market to reach above 8 percent in the Asia Pacific because of an increased awareness and demand for lightweight automobiles. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,795, visit https://www.transparencymarketresearch.com.

Posted October 24, 2018

The International Aluminum Institute (IAI) has appointed Gervais Jacques as chair at its 93rd board of directors’ meeting held in Hong Kong. Jacques, managing director-Atlantic at Rio Tinto Aluminum, has more than 25 years of experience at Rio Tinto and prior to that was chief commercial officer at Rio Tinto Alcan. As the institute’s new chair, Jacques succeeds Hilde Aasheim, executive vice president of Hydro’s Aluminum Metal business. The IAI represents the interests of the global aluminum industry.

Posted October 23, 2018

The global kaolin market should reach $9.83 billion by 2025, resulting in an 8.8-percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to the report Kaolin Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report by Application (Paper, Ceramics, Paint, Fiberglass, Rubber, Metakaolin), by Region (North America, CSA, Europe, APAC, MEA), and Segment Forecasts, 2018-2025. Kaolin increases the gloss, smoothness, brightness, and paint absorbency of paper, which improves printability. Many applications use Kaolin, including ceramics, paint, fiberglass, rubber, paper, and metakaolin. The use of kaolin has also increased in the cement industry because it promotes durability in cement and makes it efflorescence-free. The growth in the ceramics and paints industries is anticipated to drive the market. The kaolin market’s estimated value was $5.04 billion in 2017. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,950, visit https://www.grandviewresearch.com.

Posted October 22, 2018

A US Army research laboratory in Adelphi, MD, has announced it will license nanogalvanic aluminum powder for hydrogen generation. The aluminum-based powder, when combined with water or water-based liquid, reacts to create on-demand hydrogen for power generation without a catalyst. The powder-based alloy includes material that disrupts the formation of an encapsulating aluminum oxide layer, which allows continuous production of hydrogen, usable on demand for devices using internal combustion or fuel cells, according to one research scientist. Researchers made the discovery while investigating aluminum alloy compositions for other possible purposes. The nanogalvanic aluminum powder is a potential energy source, nontoxic, and environmentally friendly, and users can transport it in a powder or tablet form, which could eliminate the need for high-pressure hydrogen cylinders. As an energy source, 1 kilogram of the substance can generate 4.4 kilowatts of energy, which is enough to power 10 60-watt light bulbs for 7 hours or 10 LED bulbs for 50 hours. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/2NxkC0a.

Posted October 19, 2018

Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. LLC, Appleton, WI, donated $10,000 to the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT) Foundation to support 12 manufacturing camps in Wisconsin over the 2018 summer. The donation allowed 200 students ages 12 to 16 to be introduced to the manufacturing process by experiencing it from design through production. Miller designed the camps to introduce teens to future careers in the advanced manufacturing industry. This summer, the company conducted 90 camps throughout the US. Since 2004, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International and NBT have awarded more than $750,000 in grants to trade schools as well as community and technical colleges to host summer camps in manufacturing. To be eligible for camp-grant funding, a school must be able to accommodate 12 students; direct an entrepreneurship camp curriculum; introduce manufacturing processes such as metal fabricating, welding, machining or other process; and provide opportunities to tour manufacturing plants during the camp.

Posted October 18, 2018

IMCD NV, a specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor based in the Netherlands, has entered an agreement to acquire E.T. Horn Co. (Horn), a specialty chemicals distributor based in La Mirada, CA. Horn has focused on serving the coatings, construction, plastics, human food and nutrition, nutraceuticals, and personal care industries. Horn’s focus matches well with IMCD’s US-based operations and will offer Horn’s customers further reach into the US as well as dedicated segment expertise.

Posted October 17, 2018

The global demand for refractories in the nonferrous metals market should increase by 4.7 percent per year to reach 8.1 million metric tons by 2021, according to the study Global Refractory Markets, 4th Edition by The Freedonia Group. Growing aluminum and copper production support the increase, and aluminum is the largest market because of the volume of production as well as its high refractory consumption rate. China is the largest market for nonferrous metal refractories, accounting for 49 percent of the demand in 2016, according to the study. The expected increases for refractories indicate that the market will grow 2.4 percent per year to 48.5 billion metric tons by 2021. To obtain more info or purchase a copy of the report for $6,100, visit https://www.freedoniagroup.com.

Posted October 16, 2018

Premier Tech has acquired Automation Machine Design Inc. (AMD), which specializes in designing and manufacturing automated and robotic industrial equipment. This marks Premier Tech’s eighth acquisition in an effort to continue the expansion of the company. Through the acquisition, Premier Tech will be able to boost its engineering capabilities in automation and manufacturing. Nearly 50 additional employees will join Premier Tech as a result of the acquisition.

Posted October 16, 2018

BASF, Wyandotte, MI, recently held a 3-day workshop hosting 26 faculty from higher-education institutions across the globe at its manufacturing facility. BASF held the event in collaboration with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE’s) Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) to help educators integrate process safety into their curricula and prepare students for careers in the chemical engineering industry. Topics included creation of a safety culture, behavior-based safety, hazard identification and risk management, and technical discipline. The workshop is part of AIChE’s “Doing a World of Good” campaign, an initiative created to foster safe and ethical practice in chemical engineering and to expand partnerships with industry, academia, and professional associations that engage with under-represented groups in engineering.

Posted October 15, 2018

The move to electric vehicles globally should drive a more aggressive demand for lithium in the next decade. This demand will require that the lithium supply increase substantially, causing the industry to mine an additional 100 kilotons of new lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) each year, according to the report Roskill: Fueling the Electric Car Revolution. In the past two decades, brine deposits have been the predominant source of lithium worldwide, but this has shifted in recent years as new Australian mineral projects have developed. As a result, in 2018 nearly two-thirds of the lithium supply should come from the mineral sector. Higher lithium prices have driven the increase in mineral production, making mineral projects more economically sound with a lower capital cost, and these projects tend to be simpler to develop. To learn more, go to https://bit.ly/2LMyqpM.