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Posted February 21, 2019

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) experienced a dust explosion and fire at its headquarters in Decatur, IL, on November 3, 2018. According to a company spokesperson, an explosion occurred in the grain elevator that serves the corn and soybean plants in the Decatur complex. The incident caused no injuries, and the Decatur fire department helped control the resulting fire. The company is an agricultural processor and food ingredient provider with 270 food and feed ingredient manufacturing facilities.

Posted February 20, 2019

The University of Illinois plans to build a new state-of-the-art Feed Technology Center through a public-private partnership. The new facility will replace the university’s 1920s-era feed mill and allow the university to expand its capabilities in animal nutrition. The facility will be able to deliver 8,000 tons of specialized, small-batch research diets annually as well as have various other capabilities, including:

  • production and storage of grain and forages;
  • storage of specialized diet ingredients;
  • precise diet formulations;
  • milling;
  • ingredient processing; and
  • premixing, mixing, pelleting, extruding, crumbling, bagging, and delivery of animal diets for research.

The Department of Animal Sciences as well as other groups will also use the Feed Technology Center for preparing and testing animal feed ingredients. The University of Illinois and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have made a $6 million financial commitment toward the facility as part of a longstanding commitment to the Illinois livestock industry. The project still requires about $14 million in private contributions. Facility construction is slated to begin in early 2019, and the university expects to complete the entire project in early 2020.

Posted February 19, 2019

In April, Powtech 2019 will include the premier of the Networking Campus think tank on future technologies and markets in the powder and bulk solids industry. The campus will provide a communication hub and discussion platform for young researchers, start-ups, and developers. At the hub’s center, an open presentation stage will involve participants in an interactive program based on the BarCamp format. The BarCamp format is a technology-focused and participant-driven workshop-style event that doesn’t rely upon previously arranged presenters and that promotes and relies upon participants to share content. Participants can offer insights into modern bulk solids and particle technologies in brief presentations, workshops, or discussions; in a research poster; or at an adjacent table-top exhibition.

Beate Fischer, Powtech’s director, hopes that the Networking Campus will create the missing link between process engineering and the disruptive technologies of the future. Exhibitors, networking campus participants, and trade visitors can contribute to the moderated presentation stage. Anyone can submit a presentation, workshop, or TED-style talk up until check-in and the start of the BarCamps. The series of presentations will focus on the two themes, future markets and future technologies, each covering three topics. For the first, the topics will be energy storage and energy converters, closed-loop economy, and additive manufacturing, and for the second, the topics will be digitalization/digital transformation in the bulk solids segment; human and cobot; and virtual, augmented, mixed reality — opportunities and limitations in bulk solids operations.

Start-ups and research establishments can register for table tops in the exhibition area of the Networking Campus at www.powtech.de/networking-campus.

Powtech 2019 will take place in Nuremberg, Germany, from April 9-11. The event also includes the Partec Congress for Particle Technology, with more than 500 delegates expected. More information on registering for the event is available at www.powtech.de/en/become-visitor.

Posted February 18, 2019

The Chemours Co. has announced that it will open a mineral sands surface mine in Wayne County, GA. Operated by Southern Ionics Minerals (SIM), the mine will be an extension of Chemours’ mining operations in Florida. The mine will supply staurolite and kyanite/zircon blasting abrasives and calcined zircon sand for investment casting, foundries, and ceramics. After mining the materials, SIM will produce mineral products for Chemours at the SIM Mineral Separation Plant in Offerman, GA, a site that’s about 20 miles from the mine’s site. According to Bryan Snell, president of the Titanium Technologies business for Chemours, “We are pleased to have Southern Ionics Minerals as a partner in this new mine. SIM and Chemours share a common value for safe and responsible mine operation, care for the local community and its natural resources, and a commitment to restore the land to its original character.”

The Chemours Co., Wilmington, DE, is a chemical company that specializes in titanium technologies (titanium dioxide), fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions (solid sodium cyanide).

Posted February 18, 2019

The International Society of Automation (ISA) will provide end-user input for a major international standards program on smart manufacturing. The ISA is a developer of widely used international consensus standards in key areas of industrial automation, including cybersecurity, safety, and enterprise-control integration. The organization will collaborate with the Geneva, Switzerland-based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which held its first meeting of a new IEC systems committee on smart manufacturing in Frankfurt, Germany.

The IEC systems committee will set high-level interfaces and functional requirements that span multiple work areas across the IEC and its partner, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), to achieve a coordinated standards-development plan. ISA noticed during the committee’s meeting in Frankfurt that participation from end users in industrial processing and manufacturing was noticeably low, so ISA will participate in filling that void in setting standards for smart manufacturing. The IEC systems committee is traditionally run on a country-based structure, so an IEC organizational liaison will facilitate ISA’s participation, to allow direct circulation and review of ISA standards and technical reports, both published and in development, within the systems committee as appropriate.

Posted February 15, 2019

N.R. Murphy, a manufacturer of dust collectors, fans, and related equipment, has announced that after 75 years in business, that the company will be passed on to Helder Armas. Armas is the previous owner’s, Norman R. Murphy’s, son in law. Helder Armas will co-own the business with his wife, Lori Armas, who is Norman Murphy’s daughter. The family-owned company will retain the same management team, systems, and facility. The company has been in business for 75 years and is headquartered in Cambridge, ON.

Posted February 15, 2019

Axéréal, Olivet, France, plans to acquire Cargill’s malt business under Axéréal’s malt subsidiary, Boormalt. Cargill, based in Minneapolis, MN, will sell its Cargill Malt business, which includes 15 facilities across four continents, with the transaction affecting 500 workers. The acquisition will give Boormalt access to a global footprint. The malt business currently serves the brewing, food, and beverage industries by originating and transforming malting barley into malt.

Axéréal is a large cereals cooperative group that specializes in growing and processing cereals. Boormalt produces high-quality malt for brewers, distillers, and microbrewers. The subsidiary currently operates 10 malting plants in Europe and produces and sells more than a million metric tons of malt a year.

Posted February 14, 2019

Mineral Resources, Applecross, Australia, has made an agreement to sell a stake in its Wodgina Lithium Project and form a lithium joint venture with US-based Albemarle Corp. for $1.15 billion. The deal will allow Albemarle, a top lithium producer, to expand its presence in Australia during a time where it expects demand for lithium to grow. Albemarle will also take a 50 percent stake in the joint venture, which will own and operate the Wodgina mine and develop a plant producing lithium hydroxide. Mineral Resources provides mining services and mine site operations in Australia. Albemarle, Charlotte, NC, is a global specialty chemicals company for lithium, bromine, and refining catalysts.

Posted February 13, 2019

Concetti SpA celebrated 100 years in manufacturing at the company’s unveiling of its expansion and modernization of its Bastia Umbra, Italy, headquarters. The €5 million expansion adds more than 85,000 square feet to the plant, increasing office and manufacturing space. The site is a fully digital factory with packaging and palletizing systems for dry bulk material handling and exports to 60 countries worldwide. The celebration event included guided factory tours and a recounting of the company’s century-long history.

Posted February 13, 2019

According to a research report on bag filters, the global market should reach $10.2 billion by 2023 from an estimated $7.8 billion in 2018, registering a 5.54 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The report, Bag Filter Market By Type (Pulse Jet, Shaker, Reverse Air), Media (Woven, Non-Woven), Fluid Type (Air, Liquid), Applications (Power Generation, Cement, Mining, Chemical, Municipal), and Region — Global Forecast to 2023 by MarketsandMarkets Research Pvt. Ltd., attributes the market growth to the environmental and safety regulations set by different governments to reduce air pollution, the growth in the cement and mining industry, and the requirement of a safe working environment in many industries.

The report predicts that the pulse-jet segment of the bag filter market dominated the market in 2018 and that the segment will have the greatest market share during the forecast period. Pulse-jet bag filters likely will dominate because they allow cleaning of pollutants from the bag filter’s media without hampering the production process in industries such as cement and mining. Various industries increasingly use pulse-jet filters to regulate particulate emissions to meet emission standards.

In terms of media types, the report forecasts that nonwoven bag filters will account for the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The report attributes the growth of this segment to highly efficient filtration levels and high temperature resistance in applications that the power generation and chemical industry use. Particularly in the cement and mining industries, there is an increased need to reduce particulate emissions. Nonwoven bag filters provide optimum filtration performance in industries that deal with high-temperature and high-airflow applications. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,650, visit www.marketsandmarkets.com.

Posted February 12, 2019

Gregg Drames has been appointed regional sales manager covering the Mid-Atlantic region at Charles Ross & Son Co. The region includes Delaware; Maryland; Washington, DC; southern New Jersey; and parts of Pennsylvania. He holds degrees in environmental chemistry and business management from Philadelphia University and has 9 years of experience in technical sales and business development. He also has several years of experience as a research chemist and laboratory manager. Ross, Hauppauge, NY, supplies mixing, blending, and dispersion equipment to the food, chemical, coating, pharmaceutical, and many other industries.

Posted February 12, 2019

EUEC 2019, the 22nd Annual Energy, Utility, & Environnment Conference, is a professional education, training, and networking event that will feature 400 expert speakers in the areas of air pollution technologies, strategies, monitoring, and regulations that impact operations, management, and compliance at electric utilities. The event will be held February 25-27 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. Go to www.euec.com for more information.

Posted February 11, 2019

CPM Holdings Inc., an equipment supplier, has been acquired by American Securities LLC, a private equity firm based in New York, NY. Based in Waterloo, IA, CPM designs and manufactures pellet mills, oilseed processing equipment, twin screw extruders, and industrial scale thermal processing equipment for the animal feed, oilseed processing, extrusion, and thermal processing markets. The company serves a global customer base of 5,000 annually from facilities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Posted February 11, 2019

Gene Williams has been elected chair of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) board of governors. Williams is the president of the Optima Chemical Group. The association also elected officers to serve on its executive committee and added five new members to the class of 2021 during its 97th annual business meeting on December 10. The following members were also appointed:

Members of the class of 2021, who will serve 3-year terms:

  • Paul Ameis, VanDeMark Chemical
  • Mara Gliozzi, McGean
  • Joe Beatty, FAR Chemical
  • Pat Killian, Monument Chemical
  • Ronald Lehman, Solvay Novecare

Filling two vacant seats on the board are:

  • Chuck Hinton, Ethox Chemicals
  • Ephraim Honig, Strem Chemicals

Officers elected for 1-year terms:

  • Michael Ott, Polysciences Inc., 1st vice chair and treasurer
  • Kate Donahue, Hampford Research Inc., 2nd vice chair
  • John Foley, KMCO LLC, treasurer
  • Dr. Keith Silverman, Ashland, secretary
  • J. Steel Hutchinson, GFS Chemicals Inc., immediate past chair

SOCMA’s board of governors provides strategic direction, maintains fiscal responsibility, and helps deliver member value. SOCMA, Arlington, VA, supports specialty chemicals companies in markets ranging from aero-space and electronics to pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

Posted February 8, 2019

Peabody Energy, St. Louis, MO, has completed its acquisition of Shoal Creek seaborne metallurgical coal mine from the private coal producer, Drummond Co. The acquisition includes a well-capitalized mine, preparation plant, and logistical assets. Shoal Creek is located on the Black Warrior River in Central Alabama and serves Asian and European steel mills. In 2017, the mine produced 2.1 million tons of metallurgical coal. The mine has 58 million tons of proven and probable reserves.

Posted February 7, 2019

Bunge, White Plains, NY, has announced that its chief executive officer (CEO) Soren Schroder is stepping down. Schroder will continue in his current role until a successor is named. Kathleen Hyle, who has served on the company’s Board of Directors since 2012, will be Chair of the Board until the company finds a replacement CEO. Hyle, along with board members Paul Fribourg, J. Erik Fyrwald, and Mark Zenuk will serve on the CEO search committee. The company, a global agribusiness and food company, operates in more than 40 countries with approximately 32,000 employees.

Posted February 6, 2019

PPG Industries Inc. and Lomon Billions have expanded their multiyear titanium dioxide (TiO2) supply agreement. The agreement requires that Lomon Billions will supply additional quantities of chloride- and sulfate-based TiO2 to PPG from Lomon Billions’ existing manufacturing capacity. In addition, PPG has committed to purchasing additional supplies of chloride-based TiO2 from new manufacturing capacity currently under construction. Paints and coatings manufacturers use TiO2 to provide hiding, durability, and whiteness characteristics in their products. PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, PA, is a paints, coatings, and materials supplier with offices in more than 70 countries. A merger of Henan Billions Chemical Co. Ltd. and Sichuan Lomon Titanium Industry Co. Ltd. resulted in the creation of Lomon Billions, Jiaozuo, Henan Province, China, in 2016. Lomon Billions is now the fourth largest TiO2 producer globally.

Posted February 5, 2019

Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Trexlertown, PA, an industrial gases company, has announced that it will build, own, and operate an air separation unit in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The plant will produce liquid nitrogen, oxygen, and argon for industrial use. The new plant will employ 10 to 15 people and include some product truck drivers. According to the company, construction should be complete in early or mid-2020.

Posted February 4, 2019

The Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association’s (UCIMA’s) Research Department has released data on the Italian packaging machinery industry. According to UCIMA, the sector’s turnover should grow 6.8 percent to reach 7.7 billion euros in 2018. In 2018, export sales of packaging machinery surpassed 6 billion euros, an increase of 6.6 percent over the previous year. According to the data, the best performing market for Italian packaging machinery was North America with 27.2 percent growth. The US specifically has shown growth of 35.4 percent.

The positive market growth for Italian packaging machinery was also strong in Africa and Australia (15.3 percent), followed by the European Union (9.6 percent) and South America (2.5 percent). In contrast, exports to non-EU Europe and Asia have fallen, registering a 5.8 percent decrease and 2.4 percent decrease, respectively.

Italy itself has been a strong market for the Italian packaging machinery industry, with 2018 revenues of 1.6 billion euros. UCIMA’s Chairman, Enrico Aureli, has predicted that, “In 2019 we expect to see a slight slowdown in growth. According to data processed by our research department, orders are expected to grow at a rate of between 1 to 1.5 percent. UCIMA, Baggiovara, Modena, Italy, is the national trade association that represents and supports Italian packing and packaging machinery manufacturers.

Posted December 26, 2018

Coperion GmbH and Coperion K-Tron have launched a traveling equipment display to showcase the company’s equipment for feeding, pneumatic conveying, components, extruders, and complete systems. The mobile display can travel to bulk material handling facilities throughout the US, allowing customers to experience the equipment through hands-on learning demonstrations and to speak directly with representatives. The display includes several feeders, including a twin screw feeder that can switch to single screw, and process components such as diverter valves and rotary valves. Coperion is a sister company of Coperion K-Tron, Salina, KS, which supplies material handling and feeding systems.

Posted December 25, 2018

ND Paper LLC, a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper Ltd., has agreed to purchase Resolute Forest Products, a recycled bleached kraft pulp mill in Fairmont, WV, for $55 million. ND Paper has agreed to offer employment to all existing mill employees upon the transaction’s close, which should happen within the next 2 months. Nine Dragons produces and sells various packaging paperboard products, including linerboard, high-performance corrugating medium, coated duplex board, recycled printing and writing paper, and specialty paper. Nine Dragons, Hong Kong, operates nine paper mills in Asia, and two facilities under ND Paper in Wisconsin and Maine.

Posted December 24, 2018

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has announced its agreement with the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will build on the progress of the former North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Over the past year, the AFIA has worked through coalitions to encourage a renegotiated NAFTA that preserved duty-free market access, addressed sanitary and phytosanitary issues, implemented science-based regulations and regulatory cooperation, and addressed Canada’s unfair feed registration requirements. The US animal food manufacturing industry depends on the free-trade access it enjoys with Canada and Mexico, which has allowed exports of feed ingredients and pet food to more than triple since NAFTA’s implementation, growing from roughly $669 million in 1993 to over $3.1 billion today, according to the organization. AFIA, Arlington, VA, represents the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the US animal feed industry and its suppliers.

Posted December 21, 2018

Particle Testing Authority (PTA), a division of Micromeritics Instrument Corp., has acquired a Freeman Technology’s FT4 Powder Rheometer to assist contract testing customers with concerns about powder flow and powder processing. The device uses bulk dynamic flow, shear, and process methodologies to quantify powder properties and determine flowability, aeration, permeability, compressibility, shear strength, and wall friction. PTA, Norcross, GA, provides material characterization services for fine powders and bulk solid materials.