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Posted June 3, 2019

Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a specialty engineered materials company owned by J.M. Huber Corp. (Huber), announced its acquisition of Miller Chemical & Fertilizer LLC (Miller) from Dunes Point Capital LP. Miller was founded in 1937 and has about 100 employees at its headquarters in Hanover, PA. Miller manufactures and distributes crop protection and nutritional agrichemical products that can improve crop production quality and yield. Miller sells its products to the farming and agricultural industries in more than 90 countries. According to HEM, the acquisition will help it build a diverse portfolio of small to medium sized businesses in the chemical and mineral markets.

Huber, Atlanta, GA, operates as a portfolio management company, which serves as an organizational structure. HEM, Atlanta, is a global business focused on engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal, and processing of various products used in industrial and consumer-based applications.

Posted May 31, 2019

The sodium metabisulfite market is expected to reach a value of $326 million in 2019 and will reach $496 million by 2025 with an annual growth rate of 5 percent from 2019 to 2025. This is according to the report Sodium Metabisulfite Market Size, By Grade (Food Grade, Industrial/Technical Grade, Photo Grade), By End-user (Food & Beverages, Water Treatment, Chemical & Pharma, Textile Industry, Leather Industry [Tanneries], Pulp & Paper, Photographic & Film), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait), Application Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2025 by Global Market Insights. The report states that the sodium metabisulfite market is experiencing growth because of its huge acceptance as a food additive that serves as a preservative. Both the FDA and the European Union have approved sodium metabisulfite’s use in food. The chemical is also used in effluent water treatment and in the leather and textile industries for an auxiliary in bleaching and decalcification processes.

The market for sodium metabisulfite is expected to be hindered by the chemical’s potential human health hazards, including skin allergic reactions, dysfunctional gastrointestinal system, and other chronic diseases. Other preservatives, such as sodium bisulfate, sorbic acid, benzoic acid, citric acid, L-cysteine, and others, will also compete with sodium metabisulfite for market share and impact market growth.

In terms of grade, the industrial-grade sodium metabisulfite is the largest portion of the market and is projected to account for around 90 percent of the market in 2025. This high market share is expected to be concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region, where many manufacturers and suppliers of the chemical are located. The primary growing use of the chemical is expected to be for bleaching and dechlorinating in several end industries. Other industrial uses could be for food and beverage, textiles, paper and pulp, which is predicted to account for about 45 percent of the overall end-user segment in 2025. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,500, visit www.gminsights.com.

Posted May 30, 2019

OSHA has cited von Drehle Corp., a paper products manufacturer, for exposing workers to electrical hazards, lack of machine guarding, allowing combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces, failing to lockout machinery to control hazardous energy, exposing workers to arc flash hazards, and allowing slip trip, and fall hazards. The company’s Natchez, MS, manufacturing plant faces $303,657 in fines for the violations.

Posted May 29, 2019

EDEM, Edinburgh, UK, a company that offers discrete element method (DEM) technology for bulk and granular material simulation, has partnered with leading organizations and experts from industry and academia to understand common problems and practices in powder calibration and comprehend the latest research advances in the field. The company also hosted a meeting on “DEM Powder Calibration” in 2018, which involved various stakeholders from the pharmaceutical industry and researchers from universities as well as powder testing equipment providers Freeman Technology and GranuTools. As a result of these investigations and meetings, EDEM has released a technical report that discusses the latest challenges and advances in powder simulation as well as providing guidelines for calibration. The document is available at www.edemsimulation.com. The technical report covers several key topics including factors affecting particle behavior, standard calibration methodology, criteria for designing suitable calibration tests, and critical factors per application area. The report also describes the most common calibration tests available.

Posted May 28, 2019

A man buying sawdust for agricultural use died after being buried in sawdust at Conner Industries, a lumberyard in Valley Center, KS. According to the Valley Center police, sawdust falling from a hopper trapped the man. The company stored sawdust in the hopper for purchase, and the man was filling his trailer from the hopper. According to authorities, he was trying to knock some sawdust loose with a pitchfork, triggering the collapse. Employees dug through the sawdust that collapsed on him, but it was too late. Authorities have ruled the death an accident.

Connor Industries, headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, provides industrial wood and packaging solutions with 11 operations in the US.

Posted May 27, 2019

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) released its annual Spring Forecast, which envisions strong to moderate growth for cement consumption in 2019 and into 2020. The forecast indicates that cement consumption will grow by 2.3 percent in 2019; compared to the Fall 2018 forecast, this represents a marginal slowing in the pace of growth. The association expects the slower growth rate because interest rates have continued to rise, meaning construction growth will likely slow. Also, state deficits have increased, forcing states to adjust budgets, reduce costs, and reprioritize spending, including transportation investments. Ed Sullivan, PCA senior vice president and chief economist, notes that “Overall, the pace of cement consumption growth is expected to soften each year through 2021. In 2022, interest rates are expected to reach their apex and recede slightly. At about this time, the supplemental infrastructure initiative is expected to materialize.” For more info and to purchase a copy of the report, visit www.cement.org.

Posted May 24, 2019

The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) has named Bruno Vicenzi as its technical manager. He’ll actively work with the association’s sectoral groups and gather and analyze relevant industry statistics, organize research projects, and work on the development of new research programs. He’ll also be responsible for coordinating the EPMA’s training and education activities. He holds a master’s degree in physics from the University of Genova in 1988 and a diploma in material science and technology. He has experience as a researcher in powder technology, materials, and applications at Centro Sviluppo Materiali SpA in Genova, Italy. He was a founding partner of the MIM Company MIMItalia Srl, which became Clayver Srl in 2016. There he served as production manager, responsible for research projects and liaison with EPMA and the European Union. EPMA, Brussels, Belgium, seeks to promote and develop powder metallurgy (PM) technology in Europe and to represent member organizations in the European PM industry.

Posted May 23, 2019

Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., a wood pellet manufacturer and distributor headquartered in Prince George, BC, suspended operations at its wood-pellet plant in Entwhistle, AB, to investigate the cause of a dryer explosion at the plant that injured 12 workers. The company plans to find the cause of the incident and develop action plans to restart the facility. According to the company, the facility sustained little damage, and production of wood pellets from dry fiber was expected to resume in March. The company currently operates eight wood-pellet production facilities in western Canada and one in Alabama.

Posted May 22, 2019

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has announced that Joel J. Newman will retire as the president and CEO of the organization, effective December 2019. The organization’s appointed selection committee has been working since May 2018 to recruit a successor for Newman, who’ll continue working in his role to help the transition process. AFIA, Arlington, VA, represents the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the US animal feed industry and its suppliers.

Posted May 21, 2019

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has released the 30th edition of Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice for Design. The organization has published the manual since 1951, and recent editions have undergone major reorganizations and upgrades, included the addition of a second compendium manual dedicated to operation and maintenance. The manual has also added chapters on organization and evaluation of systems, metric solutions and tables, and calculation sheets and methods. The current edition has changes to many of the chapters and conceptual figures that incorporate computational fluid dynamics have been added for clarification and simpler conceptual understanding of airflow patterns. The manual is available at www.acgih.org. ACGIH, Cincinnati, OH, is a member-based organization that works to advance occupational and environmental health.

Posted May 20, 2019

The PMMI Foundation, Reston, VA, is supporting 10 summer manufacturing camps in 2020 and 2021 with a $100,000 grant to Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs (NBT), the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int’l (FMA). The two organizations have partnered to develop summer camps that educate and inspire the future workforce to explore careers in manufacturing and to narrow the skills gap. The camps will be for approximately 300 students, ages 12-16, and will introduce them to the manufacturing process from design through production.

Summer camps from one to two weeks long have been successful in introducing middle and high school students to high-tech career choices in the advanced manufacturing industry. This summer, NBT will support a record number of 133 camps in the US. Schools interested in camp grant funding must be able to accommodate at least 12 students at their facility, direct an entrepreneurship camp curriculum, introduce manufacturing processes that allow hands-on experiences to build a take-home project, and provide opportunities to tour local manufacturing plants during the camp.

FMA, Elgin, IL, is a professional organization with more than 2,500 members working together to improve the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry. NBT provides grants to community and technical colleges to produce camps and provide scholarships to promote future careers in manufacturing. The PMMI Foundation works to grow awareness of careers in packaging and processing and provides assistance to schools and programs that develop students to excel in the industry. PMMI, Reston, VA, represents North American manufacturers of equipment, components, and materials for processing and packaging.

Posted May 17, 2019

Power Engineers Inc., a global consulting engineering firm, is opening an office in Appleton, WI. The new office will support food, beverage, and manufacturing projects in the upper Midwest. In addition, the company has other Wisconsin offices in Plover, Green Bay, Madison, and Milwaukee. The company plans to build on its relationships with key manufacturers in the areas and draw skilled workers from the region. The company’s office will be located at 2201 East Enterprise Avenue, Suite 202, Appleton, WI, 54913. The company, Hailey, ID, delivers integrated solutions for energy, food and beverage, facilities, environmental, and federal markets.

Posted May 16, 2019

Elcan Industries Inc., Tuckahoe, NY, has developed a new program to help customers with additive manufacturing (AM) metal powder recycling. The company will guide other companies new to the metal handling and sieving process required to recycle or reuse metal powder. The company will also offer tolling services to those not ready to invest in recycling equipment. The company’s proprietary Hi-Sifter technology in its new lab will be used to help recycle the metal powders efficiently and safely. The lab includes a sieving station with the sole purpose of recycling additive manufacturing powders. The service is suitable for even for large amounts of powders (except magnesium), down to sieve sizes of 15 micrometers. Particle size analysis can be performed on the resulting powder product to ensure the appropriate particle size has been collected during the sieving process. Elcan supplies sieving machines and screeners along with toll manufacturing for screening, grinding and classifying, mixing and blending, packaging and repackaging, magnetic separation, and delumping.

Posted May 15, 2019

POS Bio-Sciences will operate under the new name Keyleaf, effective February 2019. The company, which also has a location in Batavia, IL, will shift focus from its predominantly contract service-based business model to offer more of its own plant-based extracts and ingredients as finished products under the new brand. The company has completed more than 5,400 projects for clients in almost 50 countries over the past four decades. The company’s pivot from applied contract research and development to producing finished plant-based ingredients is a strategic move to commercialize a pipeline of plant-derived products under the new brand. Particularly, the company will make products in the emerging hemp and cannabis category with proprietary extracts of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other high-value components for medicinal or nutritional applications. The company, Saskatoon, SK, is proficient in plant extraction, concentration, isolation, and modification of material properties.

Posted May 14, 2019

Eriez, Erie, PA, has announced that Armac Inc., its longtime manufacturers’ representative based in Lynnfield, MA, has expanded its sales territory for the company to include upstate New York, western Vermont, and Berkshire County, MA. With the additional areas, Armac represents Eriez throughout all of New England, with the exception of Connecticut.

The expansion came after Armac acquired Power and Process Technologies (PPT), Spencerport, NY, and took over the territory that PPT formerly had handled for Eriez. Armac’s markets for Eriez include aggregates, chemical, coal, food, mining and minerals processing, packaging, pharmaceuticals, plastics and rubber, recycling, and textiles. Eriez supplies magnetic lift and separation equipment; metal detection equipment; and materials feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment for various industries.

Posted May 13, 2019

Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Essen, Germany, has won a contract to supply a material handling system with gearless conveyor for Anglo American’s new copper mine, Quellaveco, in the Moquegua region of Peru. The copper mine is estimated to have about 7.5 million tons of copper.

The conveyor supplied by Thyssenkrupp will initially move 127,500 tons of primary crushed ore per day from the pit to the stockpile adjacent to the copper concentrator. Much of the overland conveying system will traverse from one valley to another through a 3.2 kilometer long tunnel. In total, the conveyor will be 4,700 meters long and 183 centimeters wide with 5.5 megawatt gearless drives operating at a design tonnage of nearly 11,000 t/h. The company will also supply the complete material handling system for the concentration plant, including 8 in-plant conveyors and 11 belt feeders. Thyssenkrupp indicates that the new mine should begin production in 2022. The company has designed similar systems for the Antapaccay and Las Bambas mines in Peru and acts as a partner in the engineering, construction, and service of industrial plants and systems.

Posted May 10, 2019

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and Feedstuffs have named Famo Feeds of Freeport, MN, as the 2018 Feed Facility of the Year (FFY). The family-owned feed company won the award during AFIA’s Feed Production Education Program at the International Production & Processing Expo held in Atlanta, GA. The FFY award recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations, from the company’s commitment to safety, quality, and regulatory compliance to employee development to overall operating efficiencies. Famo Feeds is the first family-owned feed company to win the award. The company is an animal nutrition business that manufactures and markets a full line of livestock and poultry feeds for the Upper Midwest.

AFIA, Arlington, VA, represents the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the US animal feed industry and its suppliers. Feedstuffs is a source of information, news, and issue analysis for the animal agriculture industry.

Posted May 10, 2019

Sly Inc. has announced that Joe Haney will serve as the company’s new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sales manager. In his new role, Haney will use his extensive knowledge and experience in the dust collection industry. In his role, he’ll help with dry dust collection design and performance, system design, and applications, sales inquiries, and troubleshooting. He has been in the air pollution control industry since 1999 and has experience solving baghouse problems in many industries, including food, pharmaceuticals, power, cement, lime, gypsum, and others. He’s been certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt in 2009. Sly, Strongsville, OH, is a dust collector and air pollution control equipment manufacturer.

Posted May 9, 2019

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) released a report at the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) that analyzes the chemical industry’s impact on the global economy. The report The Global Chemical Industry: Catalyzing Growth and Addressing Our World’s Sustainability Challenges states that the chemical industry touches nearly every goods-producing sector, making an estimated $5.7 trillion contribution to world gross domestic product (GDP) through direct, indirect, and induced impacts. This contribution to GDP is equivalent to 7 percent of the world’s total GDP, supporting 120 million jobs worldwide. Some other key report findings include:

  • Directly, the chemical industry added $1.1 trillion to world GDP and employed 15 million people, making it the fifth-largest global manufacturing sector.
  • Every $1 generated by the chemical industry generates a further $4.20 elsewhere in the global economy.
  • The chemical industry invested an estimated $51 billion in research and development globally, supporting 1.7 million jobs and $92 billion in economic activity.

The ICCA commissioned Oxford Economics to provide a detailed assessment of the chemical industry’s contributions to the global economy. According to Marco Mensink, director general, European Chemical Industry (CEFIC), “This new analysis underscores the essential role that the chemical industry plays in driving economic growth and creating opportunity for millions of people around the world, but the chemical industry’s impact goes beyond economic value. Working in partnership with the United Nations Environment through the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM), we are deeply committed to building capacity to safely manage chemicals through their production, transport, use and disposal, and have held over 230 workshops in 45 countries.”

To learn more and to download a free copy of the report, visit www.icca-chem.org/EconomicAnalysis . The ICCA is a virtual organization, coordinating the work of individuals from member associations and their member companies.

Posted May 8, 2019

The report Bag Filter Market by Type (Pulse Jet, Shaker, Revers Air), Media (Woven, Non-Woven), Fluid Type (Air, Liquid), Applications (Power Generation, Cement, Mining, Chemical, and Municipal), and Region — Global Forecast to 2023 by MarketsandMarkets states that the bag filter market is projected to reach $10.2 billion by 2023, up from an estimated value of $7.8 billion in 2018. The market is expected to grow at a 5.54 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), which is attributed by the report analysts to environmental and safety regulations set by different governments to reduce air pollution, growth in the cement and mining industry, and requirement of a safe working environment in industries.

In 2018, the pulse-jet bag filter segment is estimated to dominate the bag filter market and is expected to have the largest market share during the forecast period. These filter bags allow cleaning of the pollutants without hampering the production process during the filter cleaning process in industries such as cement and mining. This segment is also projected to grow as pulse-jet bag filters are used more in the cement, power generation, and mining industries to regulate the particle emissions and to meet emission standards.

The nonwoven filter media segment of the bag filter market is expected to be the fastest growing segment of the market during the forecast period. Growth in this segment is attributed in the report to nonwoven media’s high-efficiency filtration and high temperature resistance in various applications. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,650, visit www.marketsandmarkets.com.

Posted May 7, 2019

Kobe Steel Ltd., based in Kobe, Japan, has announced that it will expand production capacity at its Takasago steel powder plant to 110,000 metric tons from 96,000 metric tons annually. Production is slated to begin in 2021. The company’s steel powder is mainly used in powder metallurgy to make automotive sintered parts, and, according to the company, it has nearly a 50 percent share of the domestic market in Japan.

On the heels of the company’s expansion announcement, a Tokyo court fined the company ¥100 million (US$90 million) for its involvement in data fabrication over the course of 40 years. The court said that the company had fabricated product-quality data at its domestic plants. The Tachikawa Summary Court found that three of the company’s plants had sent out nearly 300 false product certificates from September 2016 to September 2017. Prosecutors sought the large fine because Kobe Steel, “damaged the credibility of made-in-Japan products” by creating the false reports over the 40-year time period. The company was also accused of violating the law preventing unfair competition. In March 2018, the company’s own report on the issue showed that the company had supplied aluminum and copper products with falsified product certificates to more than 600 firms domestically and abroad. Manufacturers used the metal powderss to make bullet trains and aircraft, among other products.

Kobe Steel has been producing steel powders since 1968 and was the first company to use an atomization process in Japan. The company produces steel powders for various applications, including powder metallurgy, soil and groundwater remediation, and motor and reactors, and others.

Posted May 6, 2019

DowDuPont Specialty Products division will divest its DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) business to create a new, independent global operations management consulting firm. Existing DSS management will lead the new firm and Gyrus Capital, an investment firm based in Geneva, Switzerland, will support the new venture.

DSS will continue to help clients improve safety, minimize risk, increase operational performance, and transform cultures and capabilities to sustain improvements. The company has more than 600 consultants and subject matter experts worldwide with clients in more than 60 countries from industries such as manufacturing, chemical and petrochemical, mining and metals, and oil and gas. The company will also retain the rights to intellectual property related to the services it sells and will have continued access to the DuPont logo, knowledge, sites, capabilities, and resources for a period of time. The divestment is expected to close in July 2019.

DowDupont Specialty Products division, Wilmington, DE, provides technology-based materials, ingredients, and solutions.

Posted May 3, 2019

Ag Growth International Inc. (AGI), Winnipeg, MB, has acquired IntelliFarms LLC, a hardware and software provider for grain growers, processors, and other participants in the agriculture market. IntelliFarms was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Archie, MO. IntelliFarms’ product offering include a grain storage management system that uses sensors, cables, and controls to maintain stored grain. Other products include a data portal with tools for processors, seed companies, and cooperatives to keep track of seed trait data, field management, and bin management.

The most recent acquisition of IntelliFarms follows AGI’s previous acquisitions of Improtech, Danmare, Sabe, and Mitchell Mill Systems to improve AGI’s food industry capabilities. AGI supplies equipment solutions for agriculture bulk commodities, including seed, fertilizer, grain, and feed systems with manufacturing facilities in Canada, the US, the UK, Brazil, South Africa, and Italy.

Posted May 2, 2019

Knife River Corp., a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group Inc., has acquired additional aggregate deposits in Texas to supplement existing sources. Knife River purchased 570 acres of land near Marble Falls, TX, from Capitol Aggregates Inc. The Honey Creek property has access to a major rail line, and Knife River plans to add a rail-loading facility to the site. The addition allows the company to transport aggregates to other existing Texas locations in Waco, Bryan, and Beaumont and other third parties. Knife River is currently seeking permits to harvest the aggregates from the source, which is estimated to have a 40-year supply.

Knife River mines aggregates and markets crushed stone, sand, gravel, and related construction materials. MDU Resources, Bismarck, ND, provides essential products and services through its regulated delivery and construction materials and services businesses.

Posted May 1, 2019

CPM Holdings Inc. (CPM), a supplier of process equipment and technology to the animal feed, oilseed, food, and engineered materials industries, has acquired D&G Electrical Engineering Ltd., based in Accrington, England. Founded in 1994, D&G is a supplier of niche controls and commissioning services for the metal packaging, food, and nuclear industries. As part of CPM, D&G will be part of the control and automation group Beta Raven and will relocate to CPM’s new Greenbank Technology campus in nearby Blackburn. D&G and Beta Raven will leverage their respective technologies and products into a global control and automation platform. This move will also enhance controls and service integration into Greenbank and other CPM process equipment offered throughout Europe.

CPM, Waterloo, IA, has more than 1,000 employees and markets its machinery and aftermarket solutions through 26 global locations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Posted April 30, 2019

Spiroflow Systems Inc., Monroe, NC, in partnership with its sister company Spiroflow Automation Solutions Inc., has launched a monitoring system that remotely provides real-time information on the performance of its flexible screw conveyors, tubular drag conveyors, and aeromechanical conveyors. The company has named the system Spiroflow Active Monitoring or SAM. SAM can provide customers with a custom set of graphs showing data from all available sensors. Depending on the customer’s specifications, the data will show live trends based on preset variables. All data collected will be securely stored online.

The SAM system is part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) trend in manufacturing. According to the company’s Chairman and CEO Jeff Dudas, Spiroflow is embracing industry 4.0 and the new technology they’ve created will allow for an enhanced overview of equipment performance and quick identification of issues to prevent catastrophic equipment failure and avoid downtime. Spiroflow Systems specializes in powder handling and dry bulk solids processing. Spiroflow Automation Systems, also located in Monroe, was formed in 2014 and is a company in the control systems integration industry. Spiroflow Holdings Inc. owns Spiroflow Automation Solutions and Spiroflow Systems Inc.

Posted April 29, 2019

Wm. W. Meyer and Sons Inc., Libertyville, IL, has opened a 7,000-square-foot service and repair facility in Minneapolis, MN, to service all makes and brands of rotary airlock valves, including Meyer, Smoot, Mac, and Barber Greene brands. The location will specialize in repairing rotary airlock valves with USDA and sanitary designs to match the company’s repair capabilities at its Libertyville, IL, plant. The new location will also offer the following services: same day shipments on newly stocked asphalt valves, remanufactured airlocks, and pure rebuilds to extend warrantable life.

The additional repair location should improve the company’s service and repair capacity to better serve customers and limit downtime. The company produces system components for dry bulk material processing equipment, pneumatic conveying systems, and dust collectors.

Posted April 26, 2019

San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper Texas regulators have fined Formosa Plastics Corp. USA $121,000 for plastic pellet pollution around the company’s Point Comfort facility. Local environmental groups have questioned the penalty’s amount and are hoping that a separate ongoing federal court case will result in a larger fine for the company because the Clean Water Act calls for fines up $53,484 per violation. As part of a January 2019 order, the company agreed to implement a stronger pellet recovery program and provide status reports on its cleanup efforts.

According to Formosa Plastics, it has worked to reduce pellet leakage and clean up the current pollution. The company has taken steps to control pellet spillage and is using new technology to make sure spills don’t occur. The company is also part of the industry-funded Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a $1.5 billion effort to end the flow of plastic waste into the environment. The company, headquartered in Taiwan, produces various grades of polyethylene and polypropylene, along with other materials.

Posted April 25, 2019

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has released a publication with testing methods for metal powders used in metal additive manufacturing (AM) processes called A Collection of Powder Characterization Standards for Metal Additive Manufacturing. The publication contains the nine existing MPIF standard test methods. The information clarifies the use of powder metallurgy technology in conducting business and relates to the activities of AM-parts designers, manufacturers, and users. The publication is available in digital and printed versions ranging in price from $40 to $70, depending on MPIF membership and the selected edition. The publication also includes QR codes and internet links to view educational videos of the working mechanics of the various testing methods. For more info or to purchase the publication, visit www.mpif.org/pubs.

MPIF, Princeton, NJ, is a North American trade association formed by the powder metallurgy industry to advance its interests.

Posted April 24, 2019

Archer Daniels Midland Milling (ADM Milling) has completed the modernization of its flour mill in Enid, OK. The original mill was built in 1928 and served as a regional hub for during the wheat harvest. ADM replaced the two existing milling units with a single, highly automated, state-of-the-art unit and will add a new high-speed packer in the first quarter of 2019. The new mill will provide additional capacity to serve its customers in the region. ADM Milling, Overland Park, KS, supplies high-quality flours and mixes.

Posted April 23, 2019

Schutte Hammermill has named Bill Castine as director of sales following the retirement of Tom Warne. Castine has 10 years of sales management experience, making him ideally suited to head up the sales team. He has been with the company since 2017 and prior to joining the company studied structural engineering at SUNY Buffalo. Schutte Hammermill, Buffalo, NY, is a Bengal Machine company that manufactures hammermills and replacement wear parts for size reduction applications.

Posted April 22, 2019

The high-purity limestone market size in the Americas is set to reach $1.3 billion by 2025, according to the report Americas High-Purity Limestone Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Construction, Metallurgical, Chemical), By Type (Calcined, Crushed, Ground), and Segment Forecasts, 2019-2025 by Grand View Research. The market is expected to progress at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9 percent during the forecast period. One market driver is increasing metallurgical operations in North America. The report cites the World Steel Association, which says that North America witnessed large-scale use of steel for national security and military operations in 2016. Steel manufacturing requires limestone to remove impurities from iron ore during processing. Other steel use includes for petroleum refineries, storage tanks, electricity, electrical power and distribution transformers, power generating plants, utility distribution poles, among others. For example, from 2016 to 2017 the US steel industry increased steel shipments by nearly 2,039 kilotons.

High-purity limestone faces some processing challenges because of exclusive deposits and the processing method used. Processing the materials into its pelletized form can pose challenges because of dust issues, clumping, abrasion, and varying composition.

According to the report’s key market findings, the construction segment is forecast to reach $282.2 million by 2025, increasing at a 6.6 percent CAGR during the forecast period. The increases in this segment are expected to be from increased construction spending on social architecture. In addition, the Central and South America high-purity limestone market is likely to reach 14,450.2 kilotons by 2025. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

Posted April 19, 2019

AZO Controls GmbH and AZO GmbH & Co. KG have officially merged as of January 1, 2019. Both companies are located in Osterburken, Germany. The two companies will operate under the name AZO GmbH & Co. KG. The new company will have a leaner organizational structure to improve the efficiency of work processes across all departments, including those in engineering. According to the company, its mechatronic approach to running the business necessitates closer integration between process engineering and control systems in order to improve the efficiency and productivity of our plants even further. AZO provides material handling, raw material handling, pneumatic conveying systems, mixer feeding, screeners, and bulk containers.

Posted April 18, 2019

Ag Growth International (AGI) Inc., Winnipeg, MB, has acquired Improtech Ltd., which is headquartered in Toronto, ON, and specializes in providing engineering design, project management, and integration of new machinery and processes within the food and beverage industry. Improtech’s expertise will complement those of AGI’s previous acquisition, Danmare, enhancing the overall company’s ability to provide complete engineering solutions to a diverse customer base.

The most recent acquisition of Improtech follows the AGI’s previous acquisitions of Danmare, Sabe, and Mitchell Mill Systems to improve AGI’s food industry capabilities. AGI supplies equipment solutions for agriculture bulk commodities, including seed, fertilizer, grain, and feed systems with manufacturing facilities in Canada, the US, the UK, Brazil, South Africa, and Italy.