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May 26, 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO — CST Industries announced that it plans to transform its global covers manufacturing footprint by creating a Global Manufacturing Center of Excellence in its existing Conroe, TX, facility. The covers that will be manufactured there can be used in various applications, including biomass storage, biofuel storage and processing, and others. The company will invest in equipment and personnel at the Conroe facility and will transfer manufacturing equipment from the Rincon, GA, location, which produces aluminum domes and covers. The company plans to consolidate cover production and increase capacity at the Conroe facility and cease operation in Rincon. The 34 affected workers at the Rincon facility will receive separation pay and other benefits from CST to help with the transition. CST Industries owns CST Covers, CST Storage, and Vulcan Tanks and supplies storage tanks and covers to various industries.

May 25, 2017

HIGHLAND, MI — Magnetic Products Inc. (MPI), a company that designs, manufactures, and services magnets, material handling and electronic inspection systems, has launched a revamped website. The new website has interactive features, including streamlined menus, simple navigation, and a mobile-friendly interface. The site also has content such as education center, project showcase, about MPI section, and services.

May 25, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has added Robert Helminiak as the organization’s managing director of government relations. He’ll lead the association’s advocacy efforts on issues impacting the specialty chemical industry. Previously, he served as vice president of science and regulatory affairs for the Plastics Industry Association, where he worked with government agencies to develop and implement programs and foster partnerships with stakeholders and other groups to benefit the plastics industry. SOCMA represents small, medium, and large chemical companies located around the world.

May 24, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the approval of a grant program to support 40 students in attending Powdermet 2017 — International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials and AMPM 2017 — Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy. The events are held in Las Vegas from June 13-16. The award covers the full conference registration fee and a 3-night hotel accommodation in double occupancy. The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), Princeton, NJ, is a North American trade association formed by the powder metallurgy industry to advance its interests. The NSF, Arlington, VA, is an independent federal agency created by Congress to promote the progress of science.

May 24, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC — SPX Flow Inc. has appointed Robert F. Hull, Jr. as chairman of the company’s board of directors. Hull succeeds Chris Kearney, who is retiring after a combined 20 years with the company. Hull has been on the SPX Flow board since the company’s spin-off from SPX Corporation in 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in public company leadership, including finance, accounting, tax, treasury, and investor relations expertise along with mergers and acquisitions, risk management, supply chain, and human resources experience. SPX Flow is a global supplier of highly engineered flow components, process equipment, and turnkey systems.

May 23, 2017

RESTON, VA — The State of the Industry 2016 report produced by PMMI — the Association for Processing and Packaging Technologies states that while food and beverage remain the largest sectors in terms of packaging machinery needs, no market can keep pace with the pharmaceutical sector growth forecast through 2020. The report focuses on US packaging machinery and projects that the pharmaceuticals segment will grow at a 2.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2020, surpassing a value of $700 million for the first time.

According to the report, the most important influence on growth in the pharmaceutical industry is general economic development. The more people that have access to drugs, the more that packaging and packaging equipment demand will grow. US consumers are becoming more health conscious and adopting healthier lifestyles. Life expectancy is also increasing and creating a greater demand for medicines for the elderly. Another important market influence is that the industry is constantly investigating and adopting new technology. For example, the sector has requested cabinet-less packaging machinery because servo modules now have fewer electronic parts, reducing the need for some cabinets. For more info and to purchase the report for $3,500 ($1,500 for PMMI members), visit www.pmmi.org.

May 22, 2017

PARSIPPANY, NJ — Evonik has released Vestakeep Peek powders suitable for applications subject to extreme mechanical, thermal, and chemical requirements. The coating material is able to withstand permanent operating temperatures up to 250°C (482°F) and can resist abrasion and chemicals. Evonik says that the coatings’ characteristics allow them to be used with more cost-efficient substrate materials in applications with sliding friction, such as combustion engines and bearings.

May 19, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), an organization that represents small, medium, and large chemical companies, has announced a partnership with ChemicalInfo to provide members with an online Chemical Services Directory. ChemicalInfo is an organization that collects, verifies, and distributes vital information to both buyers and sellers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

The proposed directory, SourceFinder, will provide SOCMA members and ChemicalInfo subscribers with better information on member companies’ capabilities. The directory will allow members to identify opportunities and make business connections. Directory information includes producer details, product catalogs, certifications, contact details, and custom and contract manufacturing capabilities. Registrants can also view each of ChemicalInfo’s products, including the Directory of World Chemical Producers (DWCP), PathFinder, FinishedForms, and Contract Manufacturing.

May 18, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, (AIChE’s) Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute has been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to be the tenth member of the nation’s network of Manufacturing USA Institutes. In 2016, DOE called for the establishment of a Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Modular Chemical Process Intensification for Clean Energy Manufacturing. In response, AIChE developed the RAPID Institute proposal with collaboration from Savannah River National Laboratory and Georgia Institute of Technology. The project has brought together 75 companies, 34 academic institutions, 7 national laboratories, 2 other government laboratories, and 7 nongovernment organizations from all regions of the country. These collaborators have agreed to cost shares that leverage the DOE’s $70 million contribution over 5 years, with total project spending exceeding $140 million.

According to Karen Fletcher, RAPID CEO, team leaders feel they’ll be able to meet the DOE’s goals, which include reduced energy use and feedstock waste and improved productivity. Part of the institute’s plans include becoming financially self-sustaining within 5 years. AIChE, New York, NY, is a professional society for chemical engineers around the world.

May 17, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO — Ribus has achieved Non-GMO Project Verified status for its rice-based natural and organic alternatives to synthetic ingredients. These rice-based ingredients replace silicon dioxide and magnesium stearate in the food, beverage, pet, and dietary supplements sectors. One of the company’s ingredients can be used in making dietary supplements that formerly required magnesium stearate and stearic acid, two synthetic ingredients that made dietary supplements unable to carry an organic product label. Currently, all US rice is non-GMO, but there’s growing consumer interest in GMO-free products. Companies also request the designation because of various international prohibitions on GMO ingredients. Ribus produces non-GMO, natural, organic, vegan, and gluten-free ingredients.

May 16, 2017

FLORENCE, KY — Lodige Process Technology USA has appointed Jeff Raabe as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Lodige Process Technology USA, Florence, KY, is part of Gebruder Lödige Maschinenbau GmbH, Paderborn, Germany. The US branch provides service and parts for the German company’s equipment within North America, as well as for Littleford Day equipment, Lodige’s past licensee. Raabe has more than 25 years in the ploughshare mixer industry from his time at Littleford Day (now B&P Littleford). He has experience in global marketing and sales in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, plastic, mineral, and other industries. Lodige supplies mixing, granulating, coating, drying, and reacting machines and systems.

May 15, 2017

PRINCETON, NJ — The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) and APMI International (APMI) have selected James P. Adams as executive director and chief executive officer (CEO), effective February 2017. Adams has more than 30 years’ experience in the powder metallurgy industry and began working with MPIF in 2004 as director of technical services. Under his direction, the Metal Injection Molding and Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy conferences were developed. He also served as administrative director for APMI and the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology. About his new role, Adams says he looks “forward to serving the current industry while advancing emerging technologies such as metal additive manufacturing.” MPIF, Princeton, is the North American trade association formed by the powder metallurgy industry to advance its interests. APMI, Princeton, is a nonprofit professional society that promotes the advancement of powder metallurgy and particulate materials as a science.

May 12, 2017

SALINA, KS — Vortex has announced that the company’s founder, Loren Neil Peterson, has died. He was 87. Peterson began his career in dry bulk solids in the 1950s at Salina Manufacturing (Coperion). He was a mechanical engineer and developed formulas for conveying material other than flour, which was an unproven concept at the time. Through experimentation and analysis, he was able to develop a method of testing a gallon-sized material sample and scaling up the test results into information required for a full-size system. He also invented equipment at the company, such as a Y-type diverter valve and coupling system with a straight-line layout to reduce pressure losses in a pneumatic conveying system.

In 1977, Peterson cofounded Vortex (originally Vortex Valves) with his son-in-law, Lee Young. The company then developed a new type of slide-gate valve, called an orifice gate, which is designed to sheer through material, self-clean on the opening stroke, and eliminate areas of buildup through the bore. Peterson continued developing new products in the 1980s until his retirement in 1989. Vortex now supplies quality slide gates, diverters, iris valves, and loading spouts for handling dry bulk solid materials.

May 11, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ — Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems has announced that it will host a webinar “Dangers of Inaccurate Particle Size Analysis” on Wednesday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will discuss how inaccurate particle size analysis can create dangerous working conditions for operators and lead to out-of-spec production, affecting safety, reliability, and profitability. The webinar is approximately 30 minutes and will conclude with a question-and-answer session and is for professionals processing powder materials in the chemical, pharmaceutical, mineral, food, plastic, or cosmetic industries. For more info, visit www.hmicronpowder.com.

May 11, 2017

TYNGSBOROUGH, MA — Jenike & Johanson’s John Carson and Greg Mehos will contribute their knowledge and writing to the upcoming Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, 9th Edition. According to Mehos’ post to the Jenike Blog on the Jenike & Johanson website, earlier editions of the reference — from the first in 1934 to the fourth in 1963 — discussed bulk solids handling with limited knowledge and advice. The fifth edition, published in 1973, included Andrew Jenike’s test and design methods describing solids flow. The upcoming ninth edition will now include a section on methods for designing hoppers, bins, and silos for the first time. Jenike & Johanson, Tyngsborough, MA, helps clients solve bulk solids storage, handling, and processing problems.

May 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — A recent NASA study has revealed that electrically charged lunar dust near shadowed craters on the moon can get lofted above the surface and ‘jump’ over the shadowed region, bouncing back and forth between sunlit and shadowed areas. The dust’s behavior had been difficult to explain because there’s no wind or flowing water on the moon to disturb the material and make it move. New calculations conducted by scientists found that micron-size dust particles can jump several centimeters high when exposed to ultraviolet radiation or plasmas (electrically charged gas). This concept may help explain how lunar dust is transported across vast regions of the moon.

“On Earth’s moon, these dust particles would have been lofted more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) above the lunar surface, leading researchers to conclude that the moon’s ‘horizon glow’ — seen in images taken by Surveyor 5, 6, and 7 five decades ago — may have been caused, in part, by sunlight scattering in a cloud of electrostatically lofted dust particles,” said NASA officials in a statement. Officials add that the recent study builds on previous research and shows that “neighboring dust particles can generate unexpectedly large electrical charges and intense particle-particle repulsive forces,” which lift particles of various sizes off the lunar surface.

The study was published in Geophysical Research Letters journal.

May 10, 2017

ATLANTA, GA — The 2017 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) attracted more than 31,000 poultry, meat, and feed industry attendees from around the world. The show was held January 31-February 2 in Atlanta, GA. Show organizers have stated that the exhibition area at the event was more than 533,000 square feet and 1,275 exhibitors participated. Featured events during the expo included the Pet Food Conference, TECHTalks program, and other industry-specific educational programs. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association, the US Poultry & Egg Association, and the North American Meat Institute. The next edition of IPPE will take place January 30-February 1, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

May 9, 2017

BURLESON, TX — KWS Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has promoted Andrew Morton to engineering manager. Morton began working at the company in 2009 as an engineering intern and received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas in Arlington, TX, in 2011. He’s provided project support and was a project manager in charge of leading a design team that worked on the most complex bulk material handling projects at the company. KWS supplies conveyors, thermal processors, continuous batch mixers, and classifiers and control systems.

May 8, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — An annual report from Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering states that five grain dust explosions occurred in the US during 2016 — a 10-year low. Two of the explosions did result in fatalities, however, which is something that hadn’t occurred since 2013. The report cited events in grain mills, grain elevators, and a feed mill during 2016. By comparison, 2015 had eight accidents and 2014 had seven. Over the past 10 years, the number of accidents has averaged 9.2 per year.

The report notes that ignition sources for these explosions included sparks, possibly generated by static electricity or friction between machine parts, and overheated bearings, such as those on conveyor belts and elevators. Fuel sources for the explosions were confirmed as grain dust in three of the explosions, while the other two had unconfirmed sources. According to Kingsly Ambrose, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue, “The two most important factors in preventing an explosion are keeping the facilities clean and the equipment in good working condition.” For a full copy of the report, visit http://bit.ly/2016Dust.

May 5, 2017

DALLAS, TX — The variable-frequency drive (VFD) market is expected to show growth from 2016 to 2021, with the market value increasing from $18.61 billion in 2016 to $24.8 billion in 2021 — a 5.94 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). This is according to Variable Frequency Drive Market by Type (AC, DC, and Servo), End-Users (Industrial, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, and Powder Generation), Application (Pumps, Fans, Compressors, Conveyors, Extruders), Power Range, Voltage, and Region — Global Forecast to 2021 by Markets and Markets. The report cites increasing urbanization and industrialization in developing countries such as India, energy efficiency demand and regulation, increased construction, power transmission and distribution network demand, and industrial automation growth as drivers of the market value increase.

VFD demand is expected to be strongest for low-voltage units. These units are smaller and easier to operate than medium-voltage units. Low-voltage units are also easier to replace after an operational failure. In terms of applications, pumps are predicted to need the greatest number of VFDs during the forecast period, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and other developing countries for their construction sectors. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,650, visit www.marketsandmarkets.com.

May 4, 2017

DANBURY, CT — According to Reuters, Linde, a German industrial gases group, and Praxair, a US industrial gas supplier, have agreed on an outline to complete a $65 billion-plus merger with the resulting company to be run out of the US by Praxair’s chief executive. The merger’s terms stipulate that existing Linde and Praxair shareholder groups would each would own about 50 percent of the company and that the merged group would target $1 billion in cost savings, though this ambitious number has been questioned by analysts. The merger follows slower demand growth from clients in the manufacturing, metals, and energy industries.

The combined company’s corporate functions will be split between Danbury, CT, and Munich, Germany, to help improve efficiencies. The deal is still being worked out and will require the approval of regulators and each company’s shareholders.

May 3, 2017

GAINESVILLE, FL — Nemo Plastics Inc., a plastics recycler based in Gainesville, has been cited by OSHA for alleged issues related to explosion and fire hazards from dust accumulation, amputation hazards, and failure to develop a noise-monitoring program. According to OSHA’s report, the company also didn’t provide personal protective clothing and failed to implement a hazardous energy control program that would prevent machinery start-up during service and maintenance work. The company was cited for 21 alleged serious and three other-than-serious violations. OSHA has proposed $133,443 in penalties.

May 2, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — The 2017 Chem Show will take place October 31-November 2 at the Javits Center in New York, NY. The event is focused on powder, fluid, and gas processing and will highlight the newest innovations in chemical process equipment. The event will feature educational “best practices” seminars and other topical industry sessions. Attendance for the event is free to qualified professionals until the organizer’s cutoff date. The show is produced and managed by the International Exposition Company Inc. and is endorsed by various organizations, including the Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers, the Measurement, Control & Automation Association, and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.

May 1, 2017

DENVER, CO — Global mining and bulk material handling equipment supplier Tenova Takraf has acquired the assets of FMC Technologies’ Material Handling Systems (FMC MHS) business unit based in Lansdale, PA. FMC MHS provides material handling solutions to a variety of industries including mining, minerals, power, and food and specializes in engineering, procuring, and construction assistance. FMC MHS markets on a global scale with installations worldwide in the US, Canada, Chile, China, India, and Australia. The acquisition will enhance Tenova Takraf’s position in the lighter material handling industry. FMC MHS will be integrated into Tenova Takraf’s US business in Denver, CO, and will retain its office presence in Lansdale.

April 28, 2017

GERMANTOWN, OH — Recycled Shingle Solutions (RSS) LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dupps Co., has announced the appointment of RE Carroll Inc., Ewing, NJ, to distribute its line of Harmonite powders. Harmonite is manufactured from a patented process that takes used asphalt shingles headed to the landfill and converts them into a finely divided organic/inorganic composite powder rich in polar resins and asphaltenes. The addition of RE Carroll as a distributor will help RSS increase market coverage for the coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers markets.

April 27, 2017

ALBANY, NY — The global specialty silica market value is estimated to reach $7.32 billion by 2024 — from $4.4 billion in 2015 — registering a 5.9 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2016 to 2024. The market was analyzed in the report Specialty Silica (Precipitated Silica, Fumed Silica, Fused Silica, Silica Gel, and Colloidal Silica) Market for Rubber (Tire, Footwear, Industrial), Crop Protection, Paints & Coatings, Electronic Components, Food & Beverage, Animal Feed, Plastics, Personal Care & Cosmetics, and other Applications — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2014-2024 by Transparency Market Research.

Specialty silica is used in various industrial settings, including for tire manufacturing, paints and coatings, and cosmetics and personal care products. Market growth in the cosmetics and personal care industries is expected to drive the specialty silica market in the next few years. Some market challenges include the high cost of colloidal silica and fused silica and the availability of substitutes such as oxides of aluminum, magnesium, and calcium, which are anticipated to potentially hinder silica market growth during the forecast period. The tire manufacturing market, which shows an inclination toward highly dispersible silica material to obtain low rolling resistance in tires for fuel efficiency and better performance, is also forecast to positively impact demand for specialty silica in the rubber industry. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,795, visit www.transparencymarketresearch.com.

April 26, 2017

ROLLA, MO — Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have been researching how to create electronic components that can be elongated or twisted — known as “stretchable” electronics. These components could be used to power electronic gadgets, onboard vehicle systems, medical devices, and other products. The research focused on what type of conductor can be built or set into an elastomer polymer. The key challenge to making a stretchable component is finding the right surface or substrate, and the researchers studied using elastomer, which is a flexible material that can be bent, stretched, buckled, and twisted with little impact on its performance. However, this flexibility isn’t present in the more brittle electrical components that must be attached to the elastomer material.

To solve the problem of melding a flexible substrate and inflexible electronic components, researchers investigated additive manufacturing, which can create three-dimensional objects, layer by layer, using metals, ceramics, or other materials. This technique could be used to print very thin layers of highly conductive materials onto an elastomer surface. Currently, the researchers are investigating a “direct aerosol printing” approach, which involves spraying a conductive material and integrating it with a stretchable substrate to develop sensors that can be placed on skin.

The research was published in Micromachines. Researchers include Heng Pan, Xiaowei Yu, Wan Shou, and Bikram Mahajan, who are all students at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO.

April 25, 2017

VELDEN, Germany — Platinum Equity, the owner of ACuPowder International LLC, ECKA Granules, and SCM Metal Products, producers of aluminum and copper-based powders, has decided to combine its brand names into a single unified name, Kymera International. The company hopes that the new name will simplify operations and show that the companies all work as one organization. The new name will be gradually incorporated into business dealings, but for now no immediate changes will occur for billing, contact details such as email, or packaging and labeling. The three companies will now have one common website, www.kymerainternational.com, with a fully functional website launch in the second quarter of 2017.

April 24, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, TN, and Wacker Chemical Corp., Adrian, MI, have decided to collaborate on the initiative with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). Eastman and Wacker will support AIChE’s Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative. Led by CCPS, the initiative seeks to ensure that all chemical engineering graduates possess a working knowledge of process safety principles, an area of instruction currently underdeveloped in most university undergraduate chemical curricula.

AIChE noted during the announcement that Eastman has a strong, historical commitment to safe and responsible engineering and was a founding corporate member of CCPS. Wacker, as part of its commitment to the program, will host a CCPS Faculty Process Safety Training Workshop at Wacker’s Charleston, TN, facility in July 2017.

The initiative was created to address the stated need of corporate leaders and engineers for young engineers that are better trained in process safety when they enter the workforce. Also, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology recently enacted standards requiring that process safety be a part of the chemical engineering curriculum. However, universities haven’t yet developed a standardized curriculum to meet the new requirement.

AIChE, New York, NY, is a professional society for chemical engineers around the world. CCPS is a not-for-profit corporate membership organization within AIChE that identifies and addresses process safety needs in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries. Eastman has sites and offices around the world and produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. Wacker is a globally active chemical group headquartered in Munich, Germany.

April 21, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has released a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training video to help members understand the changes and regulatory requirements brought to the animal food industry. The video specifically addresses the topic of “Qualified Individuals.” The FSMA requires facilities to train “Qualified Individuals,” which are any staff who manufacture, process, pack, or hold animal food to ensure those employees are qualified to perform their assigned duties. Among other topics, the video discusses how facilities must maintain training records for these individuals, even 2 years after that employee has left a position. AFIA members can stream the video for free, or a USB-stick version can be purchased by members or nonmembers at www.afia.org. AFIA, Arlington, VA, is devoted to representing the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the animal feed industry and its suppliers.

April 20, 2017

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OH — Ferro Corp., a global functional coatings and colors solution company, has acquired Cappelle Pigments, Menan, Belgium, a producer of specialty, high-performance inorganic and organic pigments for coatings, inks, and plastics applications. The €50.5 million ($53.27 million) acquisition is now complete and will complement Ferro’s positions in complex inorganic colored pigments and ultramarine blue pigments. Cappelle’s strength is bismuth vanadates, offering yellow, orange, and red shade varieties, which provide an environmentally friendly alternative to lead chromates in high-performance applications.

April 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — According to preliminary data from the US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the year 2016 had the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded and was only the second year that mining deaths dropped below 30. The data shows that 25 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines, down from 29 in 2015. The industry currently has about 330,000 miners in more than 13,000 mines.

Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for the MSHA, has attributed the low fatality rate to the agency’s use of strategic enforcement tools, including targeted impact inspections that address problem mines quickly, reigning in chronic violators, special initiatives aimed at preventing the most common causes of death in the industry, compliance assistance, training and outreach — along with improved mining industry compliance.

April 19, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has announced that its offices have moved to 1200 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. The organization can be reached by phone at its new number, 571-348-5100. The organization represents small, medium, and large chemical companies.

April 18, 2017

ESSEN, Germany — Evonik Industries AG, Essen, has acquired J.M. Huber Corp.’s silica business. Headquartered in Edison, NJ, the silica business will help Evonik to strengthen its growth segment resource efficiency. The acquisition will complement Evonik’s current silica business, which is focused on industrial applications, by adding Huber’s consumer-oriented silica business. Evonik is a specialty chemicals producer. Huber creates engineered materials to enhance the performance of consumer goods.

April 17, 2017

BRISTOL, PA — Kemutec Group Inc. has announced that Simon Howard will be the company’s new sales manager. Howard rejoins Kemutec after being at another company. He’ll focus on building on recent success and growth with new business strategies and continued sales team development. He’ll report directly to Rob Dallow, the company’s president. Kemutec, Bristol, PA, supplies powder processing equipment and components for the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

April 14, 2017

BRISTOL, PA — Volkmann Inc. has appointed Lori Clark as vice president of operations. Clark was the second employee at the US division of Volkmann GmbH and has been instrumental in the business’s establishment and significant growth. Her operational responsibilities encompass finances, purchasing, and shipping. The appointment recognizes her contribution to the company and set the tone for future growth. The company, Bristol, PA, supplies vacuum conveyors, bag-dump stations, bulk bag unloaders, and related powder handling equipment.

April 13, 2017

NORFOLK, VA — ASTM International has chosen Katharine “Kathie” Morgan as its new president. The organization, headquartered in Norfolk, VA, develops standards for manufacturing performance and materials, products and processes, systems, and services. Morgan succeeds James A. Thomas, who served in the role for 25 years. She is a 33-year veteran of ASTM International and has served as executive vice president for the past 2 years. Prior to that she was a vice president of technical committee operations. Along with her role at ASTM International, Morgan is a prominent voice for standardization-related issues and is part of other organizations with that focus. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and a master’s degree in business administration from Widener University in Chester, PA.

April 12, 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO — Schenck Process has added Rate Technology Systems Ltd. to its network of sales representatives. Rate Technology, Mississauga, ON, will cover the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward, and Quebec. Rate Technology has 20 years’ experience providing engineered solutions in dry bulk material handling for various industries. Schenck Process, Kansas City, MO, supplies dry bulk solids pneumatic conveying, weighing, and feeding systems and has expertise in dust collection equipment.

April 11, 2017

ERIE, PA — Eriez is celebrating its 75-year anniversary in 2017. The company manufactures separation technologies and has expanded globally with manufacturing facilities in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom as well as at its headquarters in Pennsylvania. Eriez will celebrate the milestone by releasing the book From Pioneer to World Leader, Volume II, an update of a book that the company published in 1992 to chronicle the events and people that shaped Eriez during its first 50 years in business. According to Tim Shuttleworth, president and CEO, “Eriez’ dedication to constant innovation has enabled us to flourish over the past 75 years.” The company makes magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, and material feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment.

April 10, 2017

LONDON, England — The organizers for CHoPS 2018 have issued a call for papers for the upcoming 9th International Conference on Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids (CHoPS), which will take place September 10-14, 2018, at the University of Greenwich Maritime Campus in London, England. The event will focus on the emerging opportunities and challenges in solids handling technology in the process industries and the equipment manufacturing sector. The organizers welcome abstract submissions from both academia and industry in the form of research papers or case studies. Applicable topics include powder flow testing, segregation, mixing, mechanical conveying, silo design for material flow, discrete element modeling (DEM) process modeling, bulk material mechanical behaviors, wear, particle attrition, particle interaction and deformation, and industrial applications (case studies). Abstract submissions are due June 5, 2017. For more information on submission guidelines, visit www.chops2018.org.

April 7, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The global rigid packaging market is predicted to reach $848.71 billion in value by 2025, according to the report Rigid Packaging Market Size & Trend Analysis by Material (Plastic, Metal, Paper, Bioplastic), by Application (Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Segment Forecasts, 2014-2025 by Grand View Research Inc., a market research and consulting company. The food and beverage industry is expected to be a main market driver for the forecast period. In 2015, the segment accounted for more than 50 percent of the market by value within the application segment as demand for packaged foods and beverages increased.

The report also states that the bioplastic material segment is projected to grow at the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8 percent from 2016 to 2025 as demand for recyclable and eco-friendly materials grows from consumers and government regulatory bodies. Another market sector that the report predicts will be strong is the pharmaceutical industry, which analysts predict will grow at a 7.6 percent CAGR because of increased spending on medicines and technological innovations in the sector. In terms of geography, the Asia-Pacific region led demand for rigid packaging in 2015 with 48.4 percent of demand in terms of value. In the near term, growing end-use industries in China and India are expected to drive growth in the market. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

April 6, 2017

VERNON, NJ — Metalfab Inc. has announced that it will change its name to Metalfab Material Handling Systems LLC. Company founders, Bill Westdyk, Pete Mazzola, Neal DeBonte, and Tony Bartello retired in 2010 and sold the operation to key employees. The company will still operate from its former location in Vernon, NJ, and will maintain the same telephone numbers. However, the company will be instituting an email extension: “@metalfabmhs.com,” and messages sent to the previous email extension will be redirected to the new address. Metalfab Material Handling Systems supplies equipment to assist dry solids flow from bins, conveyors, and feeders.

April 5, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH — Mettler Toledo has released a new guide called “Weighing the Right Way,” which covers the potential for physical effects and forces that can act on the weighing pan or sample in day-to-day lab operations. The guide also provides tips and tricks that will help users mitigate these factors in a lab setting to improve weighing accuracy. The guide is available from the company at no cost and can be downloaded from the website www.mt.com. Mettler Toledo, Columbus, OH, manufactures weighing instruments and metal detection systems.

April 4, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — The global industrial dryer market was valued at $2,500 million in 2016 and is expected to reach $3,415 million by the end of 2024, expanding at a 3.5 percent compound annual growth rate. Demand for industrial dryers is expected to reach 3,049 units globally by 2024. This is according to Global Market Study on Industrial Dryers by Persistence Market Research. Demand for industrial dryers in the food and pharmaceutical industry is expected to influence the overall growth of the market in the near term. End-user industries depend on dryer systems to maintain product quality and functional value. Other factors within the market include more stringent government guidelines for manufacturing processes coupled with increasing concerns with sustainable industrial expansion, which has compelled the food and pharmaceutical industries to intensify production operations.

The industrial dryer market has also seen the introduction of advanced drying technology recently, and dryer manufacturers are developing industry-specific dryer systems depending on processing requirements. However, the market is expected to be constrained by the high cost of dryer operation and severe limitations pertaining to excessive smoke emissions. The strict emission controls mean that more cost is involved in processing any fume discharge produced by drying equipment.

In terms of product types, the spray dryers segment of the market is projected to show the most growth during the forecast period with continuous dryers in second place in terms of demand. Spray dryers are expected to make up 26 percent of market share in 2024. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,900, visit www.persistencemarketresearch.com.

April 3, 2017

GAINESVILLE, FL — Fike Corp. has named Brad Batz chief executive officer (CEO). Batz will be responsible for leading the strategy and direction of the company globally. In the past, he’s been responsible for introducing new initiatives to streamline the company’s manufacturing and operational processes, including a recent plan to restructure the company to improve its efficiencies and transition to a market-served organization. He holds a BS in business administration with an emphasis on management from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Fike, Blue Springs, MO, is a global supplier of precision-engineered solutions for fire protection, explosion protection, overpressure protection, and pressure activation.

March 31, 2017

SAGINAW, MI — Effective January, 1, 2017, B&P Process Equipment and Systems LLC and B&P Littleford Day LLC, both producers of industrial-grade equipment for mixing and separation, merged. The merger process began in 2015 when B&P purchased Littleford Day’s assets. The new company will offer specialized machinery used in the chemical, pharmaceutical, aluminum, energetics, and plastics industries. The company is headquartered in Saginaw, MI, where a newly renovated technical center is offering equipment testing and research and development. The company also has locations in Fort Mitchell, KY, and Houston, TX.

March 30, 2017

MONTGOMERY, IL — In December, American Crystal Sugar Co. (ACSC) and United Sugars Corp. (USC) began operations at a new bulk sugar storage and transfer facility in Montgomery, which is 45 miles west of Chicago, IL. The $40 million facility was built and financed by ACSC, Moorhead, MN, and will be operated by USC. USC will manage the sales and distribution to customers in the area, where there are numerous food and beverage manufacturing facilities.

The 20-acre facility has a 26,000-square-foot storage dome, a 17,000-square-foot transfer facility, and 5,500 feet of track space. The storage dome will hold more than 60,000 metric tons, or 1.3 million hundredweights, of sugar. According to ACSC, because the dome is unattached to a sugar-producing factory, it will be the largest freestanding sugar storage facility of its kind in the US.

ACSC is an agricultural cooperative owned by shareholders involved in the growing and processing of sugar beets. USC, Edina, MN, is a sugar marketer owned by the ACSC.

March 29, 2017

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Primetals Technologies Ltd. and consortium partner Midrex Technologies Inc. officially have begun production at a newly constructed hot briquetted iron (HBI) facility near Corpus Christi, TX. The plant will produce almost 2.2 million tons of HBI annually, making it the largest single module of this type in the world, according to Primetals Technologies. The companies received an HBI order in Europe in 2013, which made construction of the Corpus Christi facility necessary. Primetals Technologies, London, England, is a joint venture of Siemens, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Partners Communications. Midrex Technologies, a supplier for the direct reduction of iron, is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

March 28, 2017

RIDGWAY, PA — Advantage Metal Powders Inc., a virgin and small metal powder mixes specialist, has added a 60,000-pound powder blender. The blender, supplied by Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Co., consists of an opposed double-cone design with a maximum metal powder volume of 450 cubic feet, which allows for a consistent blend in larger lot sizes. The company delivers multiple blend types for the automotive and nonautomotive markets.

March 27, 2017

DURHAM, NC — Patheon NV, a pharmaceutical manufacturing and development company, has acquired a state-of-the-art active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility in Florence, SC, from Roche Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Roche Holding Ltd., which creates medicines and diagnostic tests for the health care industry. Patheon has also entered into a multiyear supply arrangement with Roche, which is expected to help defray the costs associated with running the site for the next few years while Patheon adds new clients. The 300,000-square-foot facility is on 1,100 acres and has manufacturing capacity for APIs ranging from the development stage to large-scale manufacturing services. The facility will also allow Patheon to manufacture highly potent compounds, as well as add capabilities to support solid-state chemistry, micronization, and eventually commercial spray drying.

October 26, 2016

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

March 24, 2016

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

March 16, 2016

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