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Posted October 16, 2019

Prater Industries Inc. has named Air Process and Conveyors Co. Inc. (APSCO) as its Midwest representative. Prater, headquartered in Bolingbrook, IL, is a particle sizing and separation company that offers a wide range of equipment, including lump breakers, hammermills, fine grinders, rotary screeners, and other processing equipment. APSCO, founded in 1974, is one of the largest manufacturers’ representative firms in the US. APSCO’s sales engineers have hundreds of years of combined experience and can help Prater’s customers with single components or turnkey processes.

Posted October 15, 2019

The Chemours Company, headquartered in Wilmington, DE, has announced the acquisition of Southern Ionics Minerals LLC (SIM), a minerals exploration, mining, and manufacturing company based in Jacksonville, FL. Chemours is a global chemistry company with specialties in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts, and chemical solutions. SIM was a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Ionics Inc., a privately held inorganic chemical manufacturer in West Point, MS. Once completed, SIM will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chemours and be integrated into existing operations.

SIM mines and processes titanium and zirconium mineral sands from a geological formation similar to those from Chemour’s existing mineral sands mine in Florida. The acquisition provides Chemours flexibility and scalability to internally source ore at nearly double the capacity. The acquisition includes a mineral sands processing plant in Offerman, GA; an existing mine site in Charlton County, GA; and administrative offices in Jacksonville, FL. The new assets will provide Chemours with access to large deposits of high-value ilmenite to produce titanium dioxide pigments, allowing a stable, predictable cost structure for customers.

Posted October 14, 2019

Dinnissen Process Technologies has announced that it will add a new 4,200-square-meter (45,208-square-foot) production complex at its headquarters in Sevenum, the Netherlands. The company currently employs 200 specialists that develop and produce equipment and processes in-house for efficient handling and processing of powders, granulates, and pellets. The company will build the complex next to its current factory and will include 10-metric-ton overhead cranes; wall console cranes; state-of-the-art laser cutting installations; highly accurate lathes, milling machines and press brakes; a separate stainless steel welding hall; and other equipment to meet future customer requirements.

Posted October 14, 2019

The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF) and ISA, a global professional society of automation engineers and technicians based in Research Triangle Park, NC, have agreed that ISA will facilitate cybersecurity testing of prototype O-PAS-compliant components. The agreement allows OPAF to use ISASecure certification specifications as the basis for conducting assessments and issuing reports on components for automation systems. A preliminary standard of the Open Group, O-PAS is still in a prototype phase but will be commercially available in the future. OPAF established O-PAS to provide a vendor-neutral reference architecture that can enable the construction of scalable, reliable, interoperable, and secure process automation systems.

The ISASecure cybersecurity certification scheme certifies to the internationally adopted series of industrial cybersecurity standards, ISA/IEC 62443. The certification is important because it independently certifies that automation, control systems, and IOT devices are free of known vulnerabilities, robust against network attacks, and meet the security capabilities defined in the ISA/IEC 62443 standards. According to Andre Ristaino, ISA managing director, “ISA developed the ISASecure cybersecurity certification to provide asset owners assurances of cybersecurity in their automation and control systems and to promote supplier best practices that protect automation systems and the operations they control. This collaboration with OPAF is another ISASecure initiative for improving the security of automation that affects our everyday lives.”

OPAF is a consensus-based group of end users, suppliers, system integrators, standards organizations, and academia that addresses both technical and business issues for process automation. The forum focuses on developing a standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture.

Posted October 11, 2019

U.S. Vanadium LLC announced that it will acquire Evraz Stratcor Inc., which owns and operates a facility in Hot Springs, AR, that produces high-purity vanadium oxides and downstream vanadium chemicals for customers in the catalyst, chemical, petrochemical, titanium, and energy storage industries. In operation since the 1960s, the Hot Springs facility has the capacity to process about 12 million pounds per year of vanadium pentoxide (V205). These high-purity vanadium oxides and chemicals are used in industry and various applications including: titanium alloys for aerospace applications; oxidation catalysts for the production of basic chemicals such as sulfuric acid; petrochemicals including maleic anhydride and phthalic anhydride; pollution control catalysts; pigments for high-quality paints; and various other industrial applications.

U.S Vanadium, Englewood, CO, produces and sells a range of specialty vanadium chemicals. Evraz Stratcor, is a wholly owned subsidiary of global steel and mining company Evraz, which is headquartered in London, England. Evraz Stratcor specializes in producing and supplying vanadium alloys and chemicals.

Posted October 10, 2019

Mississippi Lime Co., a global supplier of high-calcium lime product that is based in St. Louis, MO, has announced that it has completed its acquisition of the Calera, AL, lime business of Covia, operated historically as Southern Lime. Covia has been in operation for 60 years and has served as a supplier of high-calcium quicklime and hydrated lime products to customers in the Southeastern US. The acquisition will increase Mississippi Lime’s production facilities to nine locations, all supported by a network of distribution sites throughout the country.

Mississippi Lime is owned by HBM Holdings, an investment and management company that acquires, supports, and operates middle-market businesses in industrial products and services.

Posted October 9, 2019

The North American proppants market is expected to grow at a 7.67 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2024. The report North America Proppants Market — Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2024) by Research and Markets also cites improvements in fracking technology and the increasing number of shale gas production activities as market drivers but indicates that stagnant industrial growth in developed countries is expected to hinder market growth. Frac sand proppants dominated the market in 2017, but the report expects industry focus to shift toward the use of ceramic proppants in the future. Geographically, the US dominated the market for proppants in North America, with that demand expected to increase the most during the forecast period.

The report also notes that frac sand accounts for more than 90 percent of the total proppant use in the market because of the material’s efficiency, low cost, and availability. The frac sand segment is expected to grow steadily during the forecast period. Resin-coated and ceramic sands are used as proppants for specific applications that involve greater production depths and thermal resistance. In North America, fracking onshore and on the Gulf of Mexico continental shelf is expected to be focused on mature fields (requiring ceramic proppants), and rising energy demand means that both types of proppants used in hydraulic fracturing are expected to witness growth in the future. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $3,850, visit www.researchandmarkets.com.

Posted October 9, 2019

Rembe GmbH Safety + Control will be hosting Explosion Safety Days November 19-20 at its headquarters in Brilon, Germany. The event is aims to help operators and OEMs understand the daily challenges in food, sweets, grain, and convenience product plants as well as soft drink factories and breweries. Johannes Lottermann, director of explosion safety at the company, is personally involved in upgrading plants to ATEX and NFPA compliance in his daily work. He has put together a program for the event with speakers and experts from all relevant disciplines involved in explosion and fire protection. The event will also include a live explosion demonstration staged in a typical plant setup at the company’s research center. More info on the event is available at www.rembe.us. The company also has a location in the US and manufactures combustible dust explosion protection systems, process safety systems, and dynamic weighing systems.

Posted October 8, 2019

Two workers died in July after being trapped inside a grain storage tank. According to news reports, the two men along with a third were inside the storage tank breaking up compacted grain. At the time, the silo was estimated to be holding 180,000 bushels of grain. Authorities are investigating the incident that happened at The Andersons facility in South Toledo, OH, on July 19. According to data from Purdue University’s 2018 Summary of U.S. Agricultural Confined Space-Related Injuries and Fatalities, the number of fatal, grain-related, confined-space injuries in the state was 5 in 2018 and 84 from 1962 to 2018. This data also doesn’t account for near misses or other incidents that go unreported to authorities.

The Andersons, Maumee, OH, has more than a dozen facilities in the Toledo area, with operations for the grain, ethanol, plant nutrition, and rail industries across the US.

Posted October 8, 2019

Volkmann Inc. has named Rafael Navarro as sales manager. The supplier created the position to help with the addition of its systems for additive manufacturing and the need to further improve customer support. Navarro has considerable experience in systems for pharmaceutical processing and packaging. He most recently served in sales management at Schubert Packaging and Bosch Packaging Technology. The supplier, Bristol, PA, manufactures pneumatic vacuum conveyors and unloading equipment for the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and additive manufacturing industries.

Posted October 7, 2019

According to UCIMA, the Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association, revenue generated by the country’s packaging machinery manufacturers saw 9.4 percent growth during 2018, with a total of €7.85 billion in revenue. The country also ranked first in terms of shares of total capital goods exports at 24.4 percent. The Italian packaging industry consists of about 631 companies. Domestic sales grew by 10.7 percent year on year to reach €1.6 billion and export sales totaled €6.2 billion.

According to UCIMA, the international packaging machinery market in the European Union continued to be the most important and accounted for 38.1 percent of turnover at €2.05 billion. The region included four of the Italian Manufacturers’ largest markets for packaging machinery, France, Germany, Spain, and the UK. Asia ranked second largest, with a value of €1.024 billion, a decrease from 2017 of 8 percent. Ranking third in terms of market share at €741.3 million with 25 percent growth over the previous year, the North American market is strongest in the US, which saw 31 percent growth to €676.4 million.

The organization was cautious about making a forecast for 2019 because of order slowdowns, market volatility, and geopolitical situation changes in many countries. According to UCIMA Chairman, Enrico Aureli, “But considering the recovery in order acquisition in the second quarter, we are expecting to maintain or slightly improve on the excellent levels of business we achieved last year.”

UCIMA, Modena, Italy, is a national trade association that represents and supports Italian packing and packaging machinery manufacturers.

Posted October 4, 2019

Imperial Industries, Rothschild, WI, a manufacturer of industrial bulk storage solutions, has issued a safety recall notice to inform customers that a Stop Use Recall Notice has been announced by 3M DBI-SALA for the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok Edge and the Twin-Leg Nano-Lok Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifeline. The devices are used as some personal fall protection systems as supplied to silo purchasers with silos shipped from Imperial Industries between August 2018 and July 31, 2019. 3M has issued the safety recall and has requested that affected customers go to www.NanoLokEdgeRecall.com and follow the instructions on how to return the device to 3M. Imperial Industries also states that if your company is a representative organization or an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and you were part of a silo sale between the dates listed, please send this information on to your customers.

Posted October 4, 2019

The Plastics Industry Association (Plastics) has named Tony Radoszewski as president and CEO effective September 16, 2019. Radoszewski is a plastics industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience in the field and joins Plastics after serving as the president of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI). During his 13-year tenure at PPI, he led efforts to increase membership, enhance member services, and improve cash flow and profitability for the association. He holds a degree in chemistry from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the association supports the entire plastics supply chain.

Posted October 3, 2019

Stonehouse Process Safety (Stonehouse) has moved into expanded corporate headquarters located in Lawrenceville, NJ. The new expanded testing laboratories will allow Stonehouse to meet increased demand for combustible dust testing and other process safety testing services. The company provides expert process safety consulting, testing, training, and litigation support services related to dust flash fires and explosions, NFPA 652 dust hazard analysis (DHA), gas and vapor flammability, electrostatic hazards, and self-heating and thermal decomposition. Stonehouse can help clients select only the test needed for a specific application. After testing, the company can help interpret the data, identify and evaluate process safety hazards, and provide practical recommendations for eliminating the found hazards or controlling them.

Posted October 2, 2019

Two entrepreneurs in Helsinki, Finland, have created sneakers from used coffee grounds. Son Chu and Jesse Tran have taken their love for sneakers and their concern for the environment and created a business that produces stylish and affordable shoes. Typically, coffee produces a lot of waste and is consumed worldwide. The used grounds usually go into landfills or down sinks and drains, contributing to food waste. The sneakers that the company, Rens, has prototyped combine fabric made from coffee grounds and recycled plastic waste to make a light and durable material. The sneakers weigh only 460 grams (1.01 pounds) with 300 (0.66 pounds) grams of the weight coming from the coffee grounds or about 65 percent of the product’s weight. The plastic used to create each pair of shoes is about the amount found in six discarded plastic bottles. In addition to sustainability, the natural properties of the coffee grounds means that the shoes help eliminate odors typical of traditional sneakers.

Rens had a Kickstarter campaign that ended August 15, 2019, with backers from all over the world raising more than $500,000 in pledges to produce the shoes, which the company plans to deliver to backers in November 2019.

Posted October 1, 2019

Banana powder market compared to other banana products has a relatively high value, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 3 percent from 2014 to 2018, according to the report Banana Powder Market Segmentation by Application — Beverages, Pet Food and Feed Industry, Household Food Industry, Cosmetics; Source — Organic, Conventional; Process — Freeze Dried, Spray Dried, Sun Dried, Drum Dried, Others; Distribution Channel — Direct Sales, Indirect Sales by Transparency Market Research. The report estimates that the market should draw $550 million in revenues in 2019. Banana powder is a cheaper, gluten-free substitute to wheat flour, so food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly considering the powder form versus flakes and puree for baby food products and breakfast cereals. However, the market doesn’t have strong marketing to attain greater consumer appeal for the product.

The organic banana powder market is expected to expand as producers diversify their businesses to include organically sourced banana powders to meet consumer demand for organic products. The powder is also used in pharmaceuticals, pet food and feed, and cosmetics. In terms of food, banana powder can replace wheat flour in products for consumers with celiac disease, particularly in baked goods because it doesn’t impact taste, texture, quality, and food safety. Coupled with demand for sauces, dressings, and condiments containing banana powder for food chains and franchises, the report predicts that the market will continue to grow based on significant demand.

In the future, the food and beverage industry is expected to be the leading adopter of banana powder. Currently the Middle East and Africa region leads the global banana powder market. This region has seen increased sales of the powder through direct distribution channels. This region also embraces digitization, but e-retail remains the high-growth sales channel for banana powder manufacturers in the region. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,795, visit www.transparencymarketresearch.com.

Posted September 30, 2019

HP Inc., headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, has opened a 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain. The new 150,000-square-foot research and development facility brings together hundreds of the leading additive manufacturing and digital manufacturing experts in systems engineering, data intelligence, software, materials science, design, and applications in what the company believes to be the largest population of additive manufacturing specialists in one location.

The facility was specifically designed for active collaboration across HP engineering and research and development groups, customers, and partners. The space integrates flexible and interactive layouts, codevelopment environments, and fleets of the company’s latest plastics and additive manufacturing production systems. Collaborations with BASF, GKN Powder Metallurgy, Siemens, Volkswagen, and others will continue at the center. The center joins facilities in Corvallis, Oregon; Palo Alto, CA; San Diego, CA; Vancouver, WA; and Singapore.

Posted September 30, 2019

Porvair Filtration Group has appointed Fabio Nicolodi and Petr Straka as business development managers. Nicolodi has more than 18 year of experience in filtration and will develop new and existing customers in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Malta. Straka has 11 year of experience and will be responsible for developing new and existing customers in Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and the Slavic Regions. The appointments are part of the supplier’s commitment to expanding operations in Europe, and both will support customers in the following market sectors: original equipment manufacturers (OEM), chemical process, printing, bioscience, polymer, and food and beverage. The supplier, Ashland, VA, offers filtration and separation technology with manufacturing in the US and the United Kingdom.

Posted September 27, 2019

Starlinger & Co. GmbH has announced a new collection of woven plastic fabric sacks for packaging dry bulk goods. The line of sacks is designed for use with the company’s fully automatic machine. The AD*STAR block-bottom valve sack combines the advantages of a paper sack with those of woven plastic fabric and serves as the basis for three new sack types: AD*STAR *easy, IC*STAR * liner, and AD*STAR *ultra.

AD*STAR *easy has an easy open feature allowing for quick bag emptying without using mechanical tools. The sack opens by pulling of a strip welded to the bottom patch and can come in sizes from 5 to 100 liters.
IC*STAR *liner has an closing mechanism that’s welded instead of sewn to allow for material savings in production, eliminating broken needles, stitch holes, and oil on the sack fabric. Sack is fully lined with polyethylene film to protect sensitive foods and hygroscopic products (such as commercial fertilizers).

AD*STAR *ultra is lightweight, robust and suitable for dry bulk goods such as cement. When handling a load during sack filling or a fall from a tall height, the strength and elongation of the bag’s woven plastic fabric is key and this sack has a high tensile energy absorption for optimal performance under stress versus comparable products.

Starlinger, Vienna, Austria, is an engineering company and leading supplier of machinery and complete lines for woven plastic bag production, recycling, and PET extrusion and refinement. The company has sales and service centers across the globe.

Posted September 26, 2019

Lorenz Conveying Products Corp. (Lorenz), Cobourg, ON, has announced a partnership with Golden Eagle Technologies LLC, who will represent Lorenz in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. Golden Eagle Technologies specializes in dry bulk material handling, air pollution control equipment, and CEMS instrumentation and ducting design and supply. Currently, Lorenz has 18 US representatives that cover 41 states and service various industries, including the chemical, grain milling, food, pet food, and minerals industries. Lorenz supplies pneumatic conveying products and accessories.

Posted September 25, 2019

CPM Holdings Inc., the parent company to various equipment manufacturers, has named Jeff Drees as the company’s CEO, as of July 1. The company’s previous CEO, Ted Waitman, has retired and will serve as an advisor to the company through December 2020. Prior to joining CPM Jeff Drees was president and an officer at Herff Jones. He also spent 12 years at Schneider Electric, beginning as a branch manager and working his way up to president of the company. He holds an associate’s degree from the U.S. Air Force, a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, an MBA from Aurora University, and an Executive Business Program certificate from the Insead School of Business in Paris, France. CPM Holdings, Waterloo, IA, is a process equipment and technology supplier for the animal feed, oilseed, bioenergy, compounding, engineered materials, and human food processing industries. The company’s brands include Beta Raven, Roskamp Champion, Crown Iron Works, and California Pellet Mill, among others.

Posted September 25, 2019

The global bag filter market is projected to reach $10.2 billion by 2023 from an estimated $7.8 billion in 2018, increasing in value at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.54 percent. This is according to 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, and Municipal), and Region – Global Forecast to 2023 by Markets and Markets. Spurring this growth are environmental and safety regulations set by different governments to reduce air pollution; growth in the cement and mining industries; and the requirements for a safe working environment in industries.

The pulse-jet segment is expected to dominate the bag filter market in 2018 and during the forecast period. The report attributes this to the cleanability of pulse-jet filters, which can be cleaned off while in place in a dust collector without hampering industrial production processes, including in cement and mining applications. These filters allow companies to meet emissions standards.

In terms of filter media types, the nonwoven segment accounted for the highest CAGR during the report’s forecast period. This is because nonwoven media offers highly efficient filtration and high-temperature resistance for applications in the power generation and chemical industries. In the cement and mining industries, this media type also allows optimum filtration performance in conditions such as 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 September 24, 2019

The Jet Pulverizer Co. has promoted Valentin Alvarez to the role of president of the company. Jet Pulverizer is a subsidiary of Rice Industries LLC, and Alvarez has served as president of Ancos, a sister company also under the umbrella of Rice Industries. Austin Fay, Jet Pulverizer’s outgoing president, will be stepping down in October after serving 4 years as president and after 12 years in total with the company.

Alvarez comes with a background in leading complex, technical, multisite businesses and will continue building on the strong growth achieved by the company’s previous president. He’ll also retain his leadership position at Ancos while continuing to develop Jet Pulverizer’s capabilities. Jet Pulverizer, Moorestown, NJ, supplies jet mills and size reduction equipment, specializing in the chemical, abrasives, cosmetics, 3D printing, and pharmaceutical markets. Rice Industries is a contract manufacturer focused on advanced materials with services that include particle size reduction, solid-state polymerization, crystallization, blending, and materials handling.

Posted September 23, 2019

Catalent Inc., Somerset, NJ, a provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and manufacturing solutions for drugs, biologics, gene therapies, and consumer health products, announced that it has expanded the capacity of its global spray drying operations through an agreement with Sanofi Active Ingredient Solutions, an industrial platform of Sanofi. In the agreement, Sanofi will allow Catalent access to spray drying manufacturing services at Sanofi’s Haverhill, UK facility.

Catalent’s agreement gives it access to spray drying capabilities at Haverhill, a skilled team with expertise in commercial-scale spray dried dispersions, quality control, and analytical capabilities with scientific support resources. The facility currently has Niro PSD2 and PSD4 spray driers from GEA Group. The added capacity in Europe follow an announcement earlier in 2019 that Catalent will invest $40 million in its Winchester, KY, facility that includes adding commercial-scale spray drying with high-potent handling capabilities for tablet and capsule manufacturing.

Posted September 23, 2019

W.R. Grace & Co. (Grace), Columbia, MD, has completed its acquisition of the business assets of Rive Technology Inc., including its Molecular Highway zeolite technology. The transaction will transfer certain research and development, technical services, and commercial employees will join Grace. Rive Technology was founded in 2006 to commercialize molecular highway zeolite technology for catalytic processes, such as those used in fluid catalytic cracking units used in oil refineries. The technology reportedly introduces novel channels of medium pore size into traditional zeolite catalysts to create “molecular highways,” which enhance the diffusivity of these materials for higher product yields, improved process efficiency, and increased refinery profitability.

Grace and Rive had previously combined their efforts in FCC catalyst formulation and manufacturing in 2010 and have marketed and sold their catalysts to many refiners. Grace manufactures high-performance specialty chemicals and materials to improve products and processes.

Posted September 20, 2019

4B Components Ltd., Morton, IL, opened a state-of-the-art elevator bucket injection molding facility in Morton in May, holding a grand opening with 150 customers, vendors, community leaders, and employees in Morton. The company says that the new facility will provide more efficient manufacturing, increased capacity, and improved responsiveness to demand from the agricultural and industrial markets. The company’s facility has a large inventory of buckets and bolts and the company supplies full elevator component packages, including elevator buckets, belting (PVC and rubber), bolts, and splices.

The company’s new injection molding plant resides in a 45,000-square-foot facility that can produce 5,000 buckets per day. This plant is near the company’s sales, technical, and engineering departments to meet customer demand. The company has offices in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, along with a worldwide distribution network to supply elevator buckets, elevator bolts, drop forged conveyor chain, level monitors, speed switches, hazard monitoring systems, and other products.

Posted September 20, 2019

A federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of local environmental groups in June in a pellet pollution case against Formosa Plastics Corp. The judge ruled that the company’s Point Comfort, TX resin plant violated federal environmental laws when it leaked plastic pellets into local waterways. The judge in his ruling said that the company has been in violation of its permit since January 31, 2016, to release trace amounts of plastic pellets and that the company’s violations are enormous, concluding that the company is a “serial offender.”

The San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper group brought the case against Formosa in 2017 and the group’s spokesperson, Diane Wilson, says they expect a penalty hearing to be scheduled for September. The penalties for the violations by Formosa Plastics could total $160 million under federal law. The company, headquartered in Taiwan, produces various grades of polyethylene and polypropylene, along with other materials.

Posted September 19, 2019

The 2019 Chem Show that will take place October 22-24 at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature many chemical process industry products and technologies to help attendees optimize plant operations. The show will include networking opportunities, more than 275 exhibitors, and a seminar program. The seminars and exhibitors will cover the latest trends, products, and technologies for the chemical process industry and many markets it serves. The show’s website, www.chemshow.com, also features the “My Show Planner” user account that allow a user to map out their schedule for education seminars, product and technology presentations, and booth visits.

Posted September 18, 2019

An EPA memo dated July 11, 2019, shared with EPA regional administrators has outlined a new enforcement policy that would cease surprise inspections for power and chemical plants. According to the memo written by Susan Bodine, assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assistance, “A ‘no surprises’ principle is the foundation of joint work planning and will minimize the misunderstandings that can be caused by the lack of regular, bilateral communication.”

The EPA says that the move would enhance cooperation between the agency, states, and the regulated industry. The policy would mean that the EPA would give prior notice to states involved in an inspection. According to the memo, “The overall goal of joint planning is the sharing of enforcement responsibilities with a clear agreement on EPA and state roles in individual inspections and formal enforcement actions. Such an agreement cannot be reached if the EPA or a state is unaware of the actions of the other.”

Response to the policy from environmentalists has been critical, with opponents noting that removing surprise inspections decreases their effectiveness. According to Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a former EPA enforcement attorney, “I fear that EPA’s ‘no surprises’ posture masks a ‘see no evil’ approach to corporate polluters.” According to an unnamed EPA employee, the policy, while new, goes along with the agency’s shift away from surprise visits to coordinated inspections.

Whitehouse also notes that the memo doesn’t explicitly mention pollution reduction as a goal that, “Basing enforcement on interagency consensus places politics above pollution control.” He goes on to say, “Nobody opposes cooperation or supports duplication, but this policy risks environmental protection by giving the upper hand to corporate polluters and states that don’t want to enforce environmental laws.”

Posted September 17, 2019

Hillenbrand Inc., the parent company to Coperion, has announced it will purchase Milacron Holdings Corp. Hillenbrand had previously purchased Coperion, a plastics extruder supplier, and K-Tron and Rotex, two other industrial equipment manufacturers. Milacron primarily manufactures plastics machinery, including injection molding machines, extruders, extruders, structural foam machines, hot runners, and process control systems. The companies have stated that the extruders business is a key to building a stronger, more diversified company, but also that aftermarket spare parts and service generally provide steadier sales for both companies. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020.

Posted September 17, 2019

According to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in March, the US exported 6.04 million metric tons of wood pellets in 2018, up approximately 17 percent when compared to the 5.14 million metric tons exported in 2017. The wood pellets went to almost three dozen countries in 2018, with the UK being the biggest importer of US wood pellets, at 4.71 million metric tons.

Posted September 16, 2019

Vac-U-Max is celebrating 65 years as a bulk material handling and industrial vacuum cleaning solution provider to industrial clients worldwide. The company was founded by Frank Pendleton, who designed the first industrial vacuum cleaner that operated only on compressed-air for the textile mill industry in New Jersey. In 1965, the company entered the pneumatic conveying business by designing the first venturi-powered vacuum generator with patented noise suppression for applications conveying black powder for a US ordnance manufacturer. According to Steve Pendleton, company president, “We are committed to building, expanding, and continuing our legacy by manufacturing high-quality solutions for industries worldwide. I am proud of what our company and employees have accomplished and will continue to accomplish, following the legacy of our founder, Frank Pendleton.”
Vac-U-Max, Belleville, NJ, supplies vacuum conveying components and systems, bulk bag loading and unloading systems, batch weighing systems, screw conveyors, and other equipment for the bulk material handling industry.

Posted September 13, 2019

BASF Corp. has begun operating at its expanded compounding plant in Altamira, Mexico. The plant has increased capacity by up to 15,000 tons per year. The expansion provides local production of Ultradur (polybutylene terephthalate [PBT]) and Ultramid (polyamide [PA]) product lines to meet global demand for engineering plastics and support the Mexican market. The company’s compounding capacity for PA and PBT will reach more than 750,000 tons per year. These plastics are used to make high-performance components for the automotive, electrical, and electronics industries as well as for the construction, ap-pliance, and furniture sectors. BASF’s Performance Materials division supplies customized plastics to various industry sectors. BASF, Florham Park, NJ, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigs-hafen, Germany.

Posted September 12, 2019

Eriez, a supplier of separation technologies, has promoted three executives at the company. John Blicha has been promoted to senior director of global marketing and communications. He’ll develop and execute global market growth strategies while continuing to provide strategic and operational direction to Eriez-USA and all Eriez global subsidiaries in marketing programs. He’ll continue overseeing corporate advertising, public relations campaigns, the company website, and trade show participation. He holds two degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor’s of science in marketing and one in management and a master’s degree in business from California University of Pennsylvania.

Greg Nowak has been promoted to senior technical director, a position that will make him a key member of the company’s corporate management team. He’ll provide strategic leadership to the Eriez-USA engineering team and direct global research and development efforts. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Gannon University.

Chris Knoll has been promoted to director of global research and development. He’ll now be directly responsible for all the company’s corporate product research and development activities. He’ll also help to lead new product innovations. He has earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Gannon University and holds a professional engineering license.

Posted September 11, 2019

Nol-Tec Systems Inc. has announced that Charlie Fahlenbock will serve as an exclusive sales consultant for the company in Canada. He’ll be based in Toronto, ON, and will work directly with Canadian customers and existing representatives for all bulk material handling endeavors. The company, Lino Lakes, MN, designs, manufactures, and integrates pneumatic conveying systems and components for dry bulk materials.

Posted September 10, 2019

Schust has named John Rothermel as the company’s new president. He succeeds John Luttman, who served as the company’s president for nearly 30 years and retired in December 2018. Rothermel has more than 20 years of sales and operations leadership in industrial markets and has worked in scaling engineering, fabrication, and installation businesses that serve a global client base. In his new role, he’ll be responsible for leading and motivating the company to achieve top and bottom-line growth goals. He holds a degree in engineering and an MBA from Villanova University and has earned a Professional Engineer designation. The company, Auburn, IN, provides turnkey industrial ventilation systems and is a subsidiary of Scheuch USA Inc.

Posted September 9, 2019

Camcorp Inc. has named Tony Thill as its new president and he began the position in July. Thill has 20 years of successful experience as a leader in the dust collection and filtration industries both domestically and internationally. He’ll be responsible for driving profitable growth and technological innovation. He has been involved in securing four filter media patents and is a member of the American Filtration Society. He graduated from the University of Kansas and serves as president of the NOVA Center Inc. Board of Directors. Camcorp, with headquarters in Lenexa, KS, manufactures air pollution control and pneumatic conveying equipment and is a subsidiary of Scheuch USA Inc.

Posted September 6, 2019

The Aluminum Association has announced that Heidi Brock will resign as president and CEO of the organization later this year to join the American Forest & Paper Association. The Aluminum Association Board of Directors has begun a search for her successor. Brock joined the association in 2011 and has significantly grown the organization and membership during her leadership tenure. The association’s 120 member companies produce 70 percent of all aluminum and aluminum products shipped in North America. The association, Arlington, VA, represents aluminum production and jobs in the US, ranging from primary production to value-added products to recycling, as well as suppliers to the industry.

Posted September 5, 2019

Netzsch Premier Technologies LLC has opened up a new ball mill test lab in Exton, PA. The new lab features the Taurus ball mill for fine to ultrafine particle size reduction, and is the newest addition to the company’s technical facility. The mill is suitable for processing various materials for mining and mineral applications, including calcium carbonate, dolomite, talc, barite, aluminum oxide, quartz, and others. The company supplies grinding and dispersing equipment to the process industries.

Posted September 4, 2019

Metso announced in July that it plans to merge its main minerals technology business with Outotec. The new company will be called Metso Outotec, and will supply technology to minerals processing companies globally. The two companies’ complementary specialties include technology and research and development; product and process excellence; and scale and global service offering footprint. The company will compete with other industry players, including Sandvik, FLSmidth, and Terex.

Metso‘s current CEO, Pekka Vauramo, will become Metso Outotec’s CEO, and the current CEO of Outotec, Markku Terasvasura, will become the deputy CEO of Metso Outotec. The company will have its headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, the previous headquarters location for Metso.

Posted September 3, 2019

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has named Christopher Jahn as its new president and CEO to succeed Cal Dooley, who first announced his retirement in April 2018. Jahn previously served as president and CEO of the Fertilizer Institute and prior to that he was president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors. According to the organization, Jahn will work closely with Dooley, who will help with the transition. Jahn will officially take on his new role in October. ACC, Washington, DC, represents US chemical manufacturers using member engagement, political advocacy, communications, and scientific research.

Posted September 2, 2019

The market for industrial vacuum cleaners for maintenance and cleanliness in industrial and production infrastructure is expected to grow Vacuum cleaners are essential in heavy industries to remove dusty and granular materials in the environment that can potentially affect the functioning of the facility. According to the report Industrial Vacuum Cleaners Market: Growth of the Manufacturing Industry to Boost Revenue: Global Industry Analysis 2013-2017 & Opportunity Assessment 2018-2028 by Future Market Insights, the market for industrial vacuum cleaners is mostly consolidated among a small number of companies holding a large market share. Major companies are developing business plans to encourage geographical expansion into emerging economies through strategic collaboration and acquisitions, which will encourage market growth.

The North American market for industrial vacuum cleaners will continue to lead, owing to the presence of major manufacturers in the region. However, emerging economies in India and China are expected to push the Asia-Pacific region market toward a higher growth rate in the near future. In terms of vacuum type, pneumatic versions of industrial vacuum cleaners are popular as they can be used without electricity. Also, portable vacuums are expected to outpace stationary units because portable units are easy to use in industrial settings. These units can also be dust and explosion proof for safety in the workplace.

The report also states that growing global concerns toward occupational safety and health combined with stringent regulations are two factors likely to increase industrial vacuum cleaning market sales in the next few years. In 2019, it’s expected that the market will expand 5.1 percent, but after 2023, the global market may witness steep declines considering overall procurement expenditures arising from import duties on raw materials. In terms of volume sales, 90,800 units are expected to ship in 2019. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,000, visit www.futuremarketinsights.com.