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Posted June 18, 2018

SAINT PAUL, MN — The upcoming Powder and Bulk Engineering Southeast Powder Show™ and Conference will include industry expert conference sessions on various topics relevant to handling powder and bulk solid materials. We’ve recorded brief interviews with our presenters, so they can tell you about their sessions and what important topics they’ll cover at the show. Our presenters have decades of experience in the industry and attendees are encouraged to bring questions to ask the presenters at the conferences. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited in each session. To listen to the presenter interviews, click here.

Posted June 15, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH — US demand for cement additives is expected to grow 7.2 percent annually to reach $2.0 billion by 2022, according to the study Construction Chemicals in the US by Product and Market, 7th Edition by The Freedonia Group.

The expected growth will be driven in part by the use of higher value and better performing additives like water reducers and specialty additives. The continued use of advanced cement technologies offering stronger performance and ease of placement, such as high-performance and self-consolidating concrete, will also generate demand. The report states that the growth in this market will be stimulated by growth in transportation infrastructure construction spending, residential and nonresidential building improvement and repair spending, and a shift in product mix to higher value, more sustainable, and user-friendly products. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,300, visit www.freedoniagroup.com.

Posted June 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — OSHA has cited Marshall Ingredients, Wolcott, NY, with eight serious and one willful violation and has proposed a $300,000 fine after an employee suffered a limb amputation. The company is a food ingredient manufacturer and distributor specializing in all-natural dried fruit and vegetable products. The incident occurred when an employee was reaching into a rotating airlock of a food dryer in an attempt to clean the machine and her hand was amputated. Investigators found that the company didn’t provide proper machine guards to protect employees from such an incident. The investigation results also showed that the company wasn’t training employees on how to prevent unexpected machine startup. Additional infractions included employee exposure to combustible dust hazards and fall potential.

Posted June 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced its partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry and the German Chemical Society to provide financial and strategic development support to create ChemRxiv, a preprint server for the global chemistry community. Access to the preprint server will afford researchers the ability to disseminate their findings in a forum that’s free and globally accessible.

Authors working in various chemistry fields will be able to post their findings to the server ahead of a formal peer review and publication. The portal will provide a streamlined approach for submission within two business days and will feature a process that scans each submission for plagiarism.

Posted June 11, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH — The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Hexion Inc. has announced the completion of its resin coated proppant manufacturing plant in Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Working with CN Rail, Hexion’s primary rail service provider, the company has expanded its Alberta plant to accommodate more than 100 rail cars, which is expected to increase the company’s capacity and logistics capabilities allowing for quicker market demand response. Hexion’s manufacturing plant produces resin-coated sand and other products that are used to stimulate microfractures within the reservoir and extend propped fracture length. Resin-coated proppants are useful to reduce proppant flowback and create fewer proppant fines than uncoated frac sand. Hexion Inc., Columbus, OH, supplies thermoset resins serving the wood and industrial markets.

Posted June 8, 2018

FAREHAM, UK — Porvair Filtration Group, Fareham, has acquired Keystone Filter, a division of CECO Environmental Corp. Keystone Filter, Telford, PA, manufactures and supplies filter cartridges and filter housings for the chemical process, industrial, commercial, and residential filtration markets in the US. Keystone’s pleated filter media and cartridges are used to purify air, liquids, and gases in applications found in chemical and pharmaceutical research and processing, electronic device production, food processing, nuclear power generation, and other arenas. In 2017, Keystone’s reported revenue was $4 million. As part of the acquisition, CECO will transfer Keystone’s business to Porvair’s Ashland, VA, plant over the next few months. Keystone’s sale is a step to better align CECO’s portfolio with industrial air quality improvement, according to the company. CECO Environmental, Dallas, TX, is an air quality and fluid handling company serving the energy and industrial markets.

Posted June 7, 2018

NAPLES, FL — The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) has released a white paper focused on safety. The white paper provides details about programs and resources developed by CEMA’s safety committee, which include safety guidelines and other means of reducing the risk of injury to operators and maintenance personnel who work with and around conveying equipment. The white paper provides detailed information about ANSI-compliant safety labels, safety posters, safety best practice guidelines, and technical safety information. CEMA, Naples, FL, is a trade association for conveyor equipment manufacturers and engineering firms. To download the white paper, go to http://bit.ly/CEMA-whitepaper.

Posted June 6, 2018

DENVER, CO — Ardent Mills, a flour and grain supplier has announced the launch of its new business unit, The Annex by Ardent Mills. The new unit is designed to explore and provide food for companies using “next” grains and plant-based ingredients. The Annex division will offer a number of grains, including heirloom wheats-emmer, einkorn spelt, white sonora, rye, barley, pulses, and ancient grains such as amaranth, millet, buckwheat, teff, and sorghum. The ingredients are available in the form of whole berries, flours, flakes, mixes, custom multigrain blends, individual quick frozen, and crisps. Ardent Mills employs more than 100 certified millers and is supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities.

Posted June 5, 2018

VALLEY COTTAGE, NY — The pharmaceuticals grade sodium bicarbonate market is expected to reach $220.3 million by the end of 2027 achieving a 3.2 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2027, according to the new research report Pharmaceuticals Grade Sodium Bicarbonate Market: Western Europe to Closely Trail North America in Consumption: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) & Opportunity Assessment (2017-2027) by Future Market Insights.

Sodium bicarbonate is an active pharmaceutical component and excipient that can be used for treating cardiac arrest and extracorporeal circulation of blood, for example. Sodium bicarbonate can also act as an antacid in medicines and can be used to maintain the blood’s pH measurement to control its acidity level during hemodialysis. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,000, visit www.futuremarketinsights.com.

Posted June 4, 2018

SALINA, KS — Vortex Global Ltd. has appointed Industri-Textil Job AB as its representative agent to serve the Finnish market. Owned by the Job Group, Industri-Textil will use Vortex valves and loading equipment to complement the Job Group’s filtration technologies to improve customers’ filtration capabilities throughout Finland. Vortex Global is the parent company of Vortex, Salina, KS, and supplies slide gate, diverter, and iris valves and loadout equipment for the dry bulk industries.

Posted June 1, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO — Schenck Process has acquired the digital assets and intellectual property of FPE Global, a company that recently closed. FPE, Stockport, UK, designed and manufactured powder handling systems, processing technology, and industrial mixing systems for the food and beverage, pet food, detergent, chemical, and plastics industries. With the acquisition, Schenck Process will offer new components, systems, projects, and service packages to existing and previous FPE customers that include spare parts, maintenance, and upgrades. Schenck Process, Kansas City, MO, provides solutions for measuring and process technologies in industrial weighing, feeding, conveying, screening, and automation, as well as air filtration technology.

Posted May 31, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH — The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Hexion Inc. has announced the completion of its resin coated proppant manufacturing plant in Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Working with CN Rail, Hexion’s primary rail service provider, the company has expanded its Alberta plant to accommodate more than 100 rail cars, which is expected to increase the company’s capacity and logistics capabilities allowing for quicker market demand response. Hexion’s manufacturing plant produces resin-coated sand and other products that are used to stimulate microfractures within the reservoir and extend propped fracture length. Resin-coated proppants are useful to reduce proppant flowback and create fewer proppant fines than uncoated frac sand. Hexion Inc., Columbus, supplies thermoset resins serving the wood and industrial markets.

Posted May 30, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The global ceramic matrix composite market is projected to reach $6.86 billion by 2025 achieving a 13 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to the research report Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report by Product (Oxide, Silicon Carbide, Carbon), by Application (Aerospace, Defense, Energy & Power, Electrical & Electronics), and Segment Forecasts, 2014-2025 by Grand View Research Inc.

The report states that energy and power are expected to form the fastest growing segment for CMCs because they provide excellent oxidation resistance and radiation protection and are widely used in energy generating applications. Silicon carbides fiber-reinforced CMCs of certain grades are widely used in nuclear power plants due to their exceptional radiation-resistant properties. Other properties of CMCs include a dynamic load resistance, high temperature stability, flexibility, and thermal shock resistance.

According to the report, the dominant segments for CMCs include the aerospace, defense, energy and power, and electrical and electronics markets. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

Posted May 29, 2018

FAREHAM, UK — Porvair Filtration Group, Fareham, has acquired Keystone Filter, a division of CECO Environmental Corp. Keystone Filter, Telford, PA, manufactures and supplies filter cartridges and filter housings for the chemical process, industrial, commercial, and residential filtration markets in the US. Keystone’s pleated filter media and cartridges are used to purify air, liquids, and gases in applications found in chemical and pharmaceutical research and processing, electronic device production, food processing, nuclear power generation, and other arenas. In 2017, Keystone’s reported revenue was $4 million. As part of the acquisition, CECO will transfer Keystone’s business to Porvair’s Ashland, VA, plant over the next few months. Keystone’s sale is a step to better align CECO’s portfolio with industrial air quality improvement, according to the company. CECO Environmental, Dallas, TX, is an air quality and fluid handling company serving the energy and industrial markets.

Posted May 28, 2018

TEWKESBURY, UK — Experts from Freeman Technology will present on powder handling optimization at the Achema 2018 exhibition and congress, which will be held June 11-15 in Frankfurt, Germany. Session participants will have the opportunity to hear Freeman’s team present throughout the congress on the following topics: predicting screw feeder performance, the influence of fines content on the flow behavior of FCC catalysts, and optimizing and reusing metal powders in additive manufacturing. Freeman Technology, Tewkesbury, UK, supplies testing equipment for measuring powder flow properties.

Posted May 28, 2018

DENVER, CO — Ardent Mills, a flour and grain supplier, has announced the launch of its new business unit, The Annex by Ardent Mills. The new unit is designed to explore and provide food for companies using “next” grains and plant-based ingredients. The Annex division will offer a number of grains, including heirloom wheats-emmer, einkorn spelt, white sonora, rye, barley, pulses, and ancient grains such as amaranth, millet, buckwheat, teff, and sorghum. The ingredients are available in the form of whole berries, flours, flakes, mixes, custom multigrain blends, individual quick frozen, and crisps. Ardent Mills employs more than 100 certified millers and is supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities.

Posted May 25, 2018

BETHEL, CT — The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has named nine new fellows who were honored at SPE’s Antec 2018 conference on May 7. SPE’s fellow designation recognizes members for outstanding contributions in plastics engineering, science or technology, or in management of those activities. The new fellows include:

  • Ashok M. Adur, commercial development director for plastics at Vertellus
  • Carol Forance Barry, who teaches plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
  • Mehmet Demirors, senior research fellow at Dow Chemical
  • Dan Falla, senior technical service specialist at Shell Polymers
  • John W. Gillespie Jr., director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials
  • Tie Lan, R&D manager at Vestergaard
  • Russell Speight, director of Moldflow Engineering and manager of its global engineering team
  • Uttandaraman Sundararaj, chemical and petroleum engineering instructor at the University of Calgary
  • Michael Thompson, professor of chemical engineering and associate dean at McMaster University

Since 1984, SPE has honored 334 members with the fellow designation.

Posted May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced its partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry and the German Chemical Society to provide financial and strategic development support to create ChemRxiv, a preprint server for the global chemistry community. Access to the preprint server will afford researchers the ability to disseminate their findings in a forum that’s free and globally accessible.

Authors working in various chemistry fields will be able to post their findings to the server ahead of a formal peer review and publication. The portal will provide a streamlined approach for submission within two business days and will feature a process that scans each submission for plagiarism.

Posted May 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — OSHA has cited Marshall Ingredients, Wolcott, NY, with eight serious and one willful violation and has proposed a $300,000 fine after an employee suffered a limb amputation. The company is a food ingredient manufacturer and distributor specializing in all-natural dried fruit and vegetable products. The incident occurred when an employee was reaching into a rotating airlock of a food dryer in an attempt to clean the machine and her hand was amputated. Investigators found that the company didn’t provide proper machine guards to protect employees from such an incident. The investigation results also showed that the company wasn’t training employees on how to prevent unexpected machine startup. Additional infractions included employee exposure to combustible dust hazards and fall potential.

Posted May 22, 2018

NAPLES, FL — The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) has released a white paper focused on safety. The white paper provides details about programs and resources developed by CEMA’s safety committee, which include safety guidelines and other means of reducing the risk of injury to operators and maintenance personnel who work with and around conveying equipment. The white paper provides detailed information about ANSI-compliant safety labels, safety posters, safety best practice guidelines, and technical safety information. CEMA, Naples, FL, is a trade association for conveyor equipment manufacturers and engineering firms. To download the white paper, go to http://bit.ly/CEMA-whitepaper.

Posted May 21, 2018

SALINA, KS — Vortex Global Ltd. has appointed Industri-Textil Job AB as its representative agent to serve the Finnish market. Owned by the Job Group, Industri-Textil will use Vortex valves and loading equipment to complement the Job Group’s filtration technologies to improve customers’ filtration capabilities throughout Finland. Vortex Global is the parent company of Vortex, Salina, KS, and supplies slide gate, diverter, and iris valves and loadout equipment for the dry bulk industries.

Posted May 18, 2018

TEWKESBURY, UK — Experts from Freeman Technology will present on powder handling optimization at the Achema 2018 exhibition and congress, which will be held June 11-15 in Frankfurt, Germany. Session participants will have the opportunity to hear Freeman’s team present throughout the congress on the following topics: predicting screw feeder performance, the influence of fines content on the flow behavior of FCC catalysts, and optimizing and reusing metal powders in additive manufacturing. Freeman Technology, Tewkesbury, supplies testing equipment for measuring powder flow properties.

Posted May 17, 2018

ESSEN, Germany — Evonik Industries AG, a specialties chemical company based in Essen, plans to open a new polyamide 12 production facility in Marl, Germany. The facility produces high-performance polymer powders used in 3-D printing, the automotive industry, and in oil and gas pipelines. The company plans to increase its polyamide 12 production by 50 percent to keep up with demand. Evonik will invest approximately $492 million to build the new site, which is expected to create about 150 jobs.

Posted May 16, 2018

BETHEL, CT — The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has named nine new fellows who were honored at SPE’s Antec 2018 conference on May 7. SPE’s fellow designation recognizes members for outstanding contributions in plastics engineering, science or technology, or in management of those activities. The new fellows include:

  • Ashok M. Adur, commercial development director for plastics at Vertellus
    Carol Forance Barry, who teaches plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
  • Mehmet Demirors, senior research fellow at Dow Chemical; Dan Falla, senior technical service specialist at Shell Polymers
  • John W. Gillespie Jr., director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials
  • Tie Lan, R&D manager at Vestergaard
  • Russell Speight, director of Moldflow Engineering and manager of its global engineering team
  • Uttandaraman Sundararaj, chemical and petroleum engineering instructor at the University of Calgary
  • Michael Thompson, professor of chemical engineering and associate dean at McMaster University

Since 1984, SPE has honored 334 members with the fellow designation.

Posted May 16, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO — Schenck Process has acquired the digital assets and intellectual property of FPE Global, a company that recently closed. FPE, Stockport, UK, designed and manufactured powder handling systems, processing technology, and industrial mixing systems for the food and beverage, pet food, detergent, chemical, and plastics industries. With the acquisition, Schenck Process will offer new components, systems, projects, and service packages to existing and previous FPE customers that include spare parts, maintenance, and upgrades. Schenck Process, Kansas City, MO, provides solutions for measuring and process technologies in industrial weighing, feeding, conveying, screening, and automation, as well as air filtration technology.

Posted May 15, 2018

BOYNE CITY, MI — Industrial Magnetics has received Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification for the company’s magnetic separation equipment. HACCP International is an organization specializing in certifying that products, materials, and services used in food processing and handling meet food safety and quality requirements. To receive certification, equipment is practically and scientifically assessed regarding all facets of food safety. The product’s compatibility with HACCP-based food safety programs and contribution to food safety also are evaluated. HACCP is endorsed by CODEX, NACMCF, and GFSI and is mandated by USDA and FDA regulatory requirements. Industrial Magnetics, Boyne City, MI, designs and manufactures industrial magnets for conveying and magnetic separation.

Posted May 14, 2018

EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands — Additive Industries has relocated its headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to a new facility nearby that offers seven times the space for growth and has consolidated the business’ headquarters, development and system assembly unit, and test operations to one site. With the goal to grow to one of the top three additive manufacturing facilities by 2022, the company has completely renovated the building that formerly housed Phillips Electronics since 1950.

On a related note, Additive Industries has recently expanded its operation for industrial 3-D metal printing equipment and software development, sales, and service to the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company plans to expand its process and application network with a center in the United Kingdom to work on applications for the high-tech equipment, medical implant, and aerospace industries.

Posted May 11, 2018

SANTA FE, NM — Sigma Labs Inc., a 3-D software technology provider, has entered into a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to study the effects of recycled powder and part replacement on process variability and part quality using Sigma’s 3-D printing technology. The study will be the first of its kind to characterize the use of recycled powder in the laser powder bed fusion process using both in-situ monitoring technology and post process mechanical property characterization, which is important to additive manufacturing. The goal of the study is to provide a technical solution and understanding of powder reuse and its potential cost savings. The study results will be distributed to the additive manufacturing community through journal articles and the in-situ and ex-situ data will be available on the NIST AM Materials Database. Sigma Labs Inc., develops and engineers advanced, in-process quality inspection systems for metal-based additive manufacturing or 3-D printing.

Posted May 10, 2018

ELGIN, IL — The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) has issued a statement expressing disappointment in the announcement that the Trump Administration plans to levy a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum. Representing 1.4 million workers in the US fabricated metal product manufacturing industry, the FMA expressed concern that the tariffs would unduly harm US metal fabricators and other businesses.

“One likely result of this action is to add headwinds to the market for American-made fabricated metal product producers. Just when this market had some sustained momentum, the specter of retaliatory duties and tariffs now hangs over this important manufacturing sector,” says Ed Youdell, FMA president and CEO. “The association is concerned that jobs and job creation are at risk; those countries affected by this announcement will likely choose to circumvent the tariffs by producing and exporting low-cost fabricated metal parts rather than exporting steel and aluminum.”

FMA’s economic analyst, Chris Kuehl says, “Frankly, most analysts and observers never thought it would come to this. There were so many reasons that imposing tariffs on imported steel was a bad idea. It instantly makes everything made of steel more expensive in the US — cars, buildings, equipment, etc. It instantly pits the US against its major allies as we get the vast majority of our steel from countries like Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and other friendly states. It also guarantees a trade war as these nations are prepared to retaliate immediately. Additionally, I don’t believe it’s an overstatement to assert that US allies are extremely angry at the Trump plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum and many have wasted little time in terms of reaction. The US will likely be hit immediately with tariffs and restrictions from Europe, Japan, Canada, and dozens of other nations. The initial estimate is for these new barriers to cost the US as much as 5 percent of its export volume — a serious blow considering that exports are 15 percent of the US GDP.”

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is a professional organization with more than 2,500 individual and company members whose mission is to advocate for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal processing, forming, and fabricating industries.

Posted May 9, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — OSHA has cited East Central Iowa Cooperative, Waterloo, IA, after a grain engulfment incident resulted in the death of an employee in 2017. The cooperative received six serious and six willful-serious violations of federal workplace safety laws and faces more than $306,000 in fines.

The OSHA citation details the incident, “The employer didn’t properly train employees on the procedures for acceptable entry conditions to be taken to eliminate or isolate possible hazards prior to making grain bin entry. Employees made entry into a grain bin without full body harnesses, attached retrieval lines, and an attendant. There was an open sump above an operating drag conveyor in the bin, which contained approximately 21,000 bushels of soybeans. There was a buildup of grain 10- to 12-feet deep around portions of the interior edge of the bin. Employees were attempting to cause the grain buildup to flow toward the open sump. This activity resulted in a fatality when an employee became engulfed in the flowing grain.”

Other violations included that the employer failed to establish lockout-specific procedures for the location and the proper procedures for use of tags and locks weren’t implemented, which could prevent employee injury. Incident-specific violations were the failures to keep the sump door closed and power off the drag conveyer before the workers entered the bin.

Posted May 8, 2018

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands — LyondellBasell Industries (LBI) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire A. Schulman Inc. for $2.25 billion, combining one of the largest polyolefins makers with one of the largest compounders in North America and Europe. LBI, headquartered in Rotterdam, produces olefins and polyolefins, including polypropylene and polyethylene resins. A. Schulman, Fairlawn, OH, supplies high-performance plastic compounds, composites, and resins. The acquisition will result in a major compounding company with combined sales of $4.6 billion with an adjusted net income of $446 million over the past 12 months. In the deal, LBI will acquire A. Schulman’s $2.5 billion in annual revenue, 54 manufacturing sites, and 2.4 billion pounds of production capacity. LBI has a compounding unit worth more than $2.1 billion in annual sales, 18 manufacturing sites, and 2.5 billion pounds of production capacity. The acquisition will diversify LBI’s business into more market segments, including automotive, electrical and electronics, building and construction, and other markets.

Posted May 7, 2018

MORRIS, MN — Superior Industries Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has expanded its partnership with Indiana-based Belt Tech Industrial as a full-line dealer. The two companies have worked together for nearly 20 years and the expanded partnership will allow Belt Tech to sell and service Superior’s crushing, screening, washing, and conveying equipment in addition to the company’s conveyor components. The partnership will grow Superior Industries’ supplier reach to Belt Tech’s base throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Superior Industries, Morris, MN, supplies bulk crushing, screening, washing, and conveying equipment for the construction aggregates, mining, bulk terminals, agriculture, biomass, and power industries and has additional facilities in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, and Nebraska, as well as Canada and South America.

Posted May 4, 2018

CHICAGO, IL — Olam International Ltd, a global commodities trader, will build a cocoa powder manufacturing facility near Chicago, IL. The plan for the new plant is the latest step indicating that Olam will transform from a large Singapore-based cocoa trader to a bean processor heavyweight, according to Thomson Reuters. Olam absorbed the cocoa assets and eight cocoa processing facilities from Archer Daniels Midland Co. for approximately $1.2 billion in 2015, a deal that didn’t include Archer’s US chocolate plants. The company obtains its beans from Africa, Asia, and South America and operates 204 processing plants in 70 countries supplying food and industrial raw materials to more than 23,000 customers worldwide, according the company’s fact sheet. Olam’s 183,000-square-foot Chicago-based facility is expected to be operational by mid-year.

Posted May 3, 2018

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Sandvik, headquartered in Stockholm, has announced its plan to invest approximately $25 million in a new manufacturing plant to produce titanium and nickel fine metal powders. The plant will be located in Sandviken, Sweden, which is close to the company’s titanium raw material supply and additive manufacturing center. The plant is expected to start operations in 2020. Sandvik expects the plant to align with the company’s existing powder production and help the business gain a stronger position in a growing metal powder and additive manufacturing market. Sandvik’s stainless steel, nickel-based, and cobalt-chromium alloy powders are manufactured in the UK and Sweden and sold in North America, Europe, and Asia.

On a related note, Sandvik reports that it reached a record-high operating profit in 2017. According to the company’s annual report, Sandvik realized improved demand in all customer segments in all geographical regions in 2017 with a 15 percent organic growth of order intake. The strongest area of growth reported was in the company’s mining segment.

Posted May 2, 2018

YANBU, Saudi Arabia — Clariant, a Swiss chemicals manufacturing firm, has opened a new location in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, that will focus on producing white masterbatches. The facility is owned by Clariant Masterbatches Saudi Arabia, a joint venture between Clariant and Rowad, a plastic products manufacturer. The facility is strategically located near raw materials needed for production. The new location will allow Clariant to supply customers in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and Africa.

On a related note, SABIC has announced its plan to acquire 83 million shares of Clariant, representing a 24.9 percent stake in the company and making SABIC Clariant’s majority stakeholder. SABIC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a diversified chemicals company that operates in 50 countries and employs nearly 35,000.

Posted May 1, 2018

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY — Pace Glass Inc., Long Island City, has announced plans to build a second materials recovery facility (MRF) to recycle glass used in containers, fiberglass insulation, and other similar products. The company expects to open the glass beneficiation plant in Andover, NJ, and will process 1,500 tons of glass per day. Approximately 40 employees and 60 truck drivers will be employed at the plant. Once opened, the facility will use optical sorting equipment to remove contamination and sort the glass by color. Additional equipment used will be large screen decks, negative-air vacuum stations for dust control, and a natural-gas dryer. The plans show that there will be two preprocessing lines that can process 100 tons per hour. As a byproduct of processing, residual glass will be sold to recycled glass users. Containers and fiberglass insulation are expected to be the end markets for the processed furnace-ready recycled cullet.

Posted April 30, 2018

ANHUI, China — China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Powder Group is nearing the completion of a new metal powder facility in Anhui. The company expects to begin manufacturing powders used in additive manufacturing in July and anticipates a production capacity of up to 3,500 tons in 2019. The facility is expected to contain six metal powder production lines and offer alloy development to powder production as well as testing. In addition to the metal powder facility, CNPC will add a new research and development facility at the same site that will focus on the exploration of new materials and researching the production of new alloys for additive manufacturing and metal injection molding applications.

Posted April 27, 2018

COURBEVOIE, France — Saint-Gobain has been ranked one of the world’s most innovative companies based on Clarivate Analytics’ Top 100 Global Innovators 2017 Report. Saint-Gobain has been included in the 100 most innovative companies and institutions in the world based on four patent-related metrics. These include the total number of patents, the number of patents granted as a ratio of patents filed, the global scope of the portfolio of patents, and the impact of patents measured by the number of references. Saint-Gobain’s research and development support consists of nearly 3,700 employees in a global network of eight cross-business research centers with an estimated $544 million investment in 2016. To view the report, go to http://bit.ly/Top100-Innovators.

Posted April 26, 2018

DURANGO, CO — Zuke’s Pet Nutrition has announced that it will merge with Merrick Pet Care, a natural and organic pet food manufacturer. Zuke’s will continue to have a presence in Durango, CO, where the company is currently based and where innovation will become the primary focus. The remaining business operations will be consolidated at Merrick’s location in Amarillo, TX. Both companies are part of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO, and the merger will allow Nestlé to grow its natural pet food segment. Merrick continues to operate independently from Purina. The integration is expected to be completed this spring.

Posted April 25, 2018

CHATHAM MARITIME, UK — The Wolfson Centre is currently researching the development of a toolkit for controlling engineered food powder flow properties. The center, located at the University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, UK, hopes the research will piggyback on the success of another recent project that resulted in the development of an instrument to measure the flowability of food powder ingredients, intermediates, and products. The toolkit, through characterization tests, models, science, and user guidance, will assist manufacturers formulating powder blends to select and apply flow-property-modifying ingredients that speed development, lower production cost, and reduce waste. The project is sponsored by the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, Chelmsford, UK, along with five industrial partners.

Posted April 24, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA — A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an automated method to identify metal additive manufacturing powders. Previously, characterizing additive manufacturing powders meant taking direct measurements of material properties such as particle size and aspect ratio distribution. With this new automated method, developed through research led by Carnegie Professor Elizabeth Holm, metal additive manufacturing powders can be classified via computer within 95 percent accuracy.

Holm’s team used micrograph images of powder samples and “taught” a computer vision system to characterize the metal powder material batches based on qualitative and quantitative properties, according to the paper “Computer Vision and Machine Learning for Autonomous Characterization of AM Powder Feedstocks” published by the Journal of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (JOM).

To develop the powder characterization system, the research team worked with eight different gas-atomized metal powders and gathered samples of each. After prepping the samples, researchers used a microscope to record images of each one. The research team adjusted the magnification for each micrograph so particles would appear similar in size across the samples and eliminated the background so the computer would see only the powder particles. Using the edited micrographs, the computer vision system basically “learned” to characterize the qualitative aspects of each sample. This development is expected to assist manufacturers in quickly analyzing and qualifying powder for 3-D printing. Read the JOM paper at http://bit.ly/2BYEDdh.

Posted April 23, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has called upon the FDA to streamline and remove several federal regulations and recordkeeping requirements for animal food manufacturers that the organization deems unclear, duplicative, outdated, or that don’t enhance safety. The AFIA submitted documents in response to its federal docket (FDA-2017-N-5104) seeking input from industry manufacturers and other stakeholders on current human and animal food safety regulations and information requirements that could be improved or reduced. The AFIA letter details several requests, including removing several elements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) hazard analysis, which is cost-prohibitive for small manufacturers; establishing more streamlined assessment of ingredient review; eliminating duplicative written recordkeeping requirements; and other requests. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/AFIA-FDA.

Posted April 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — According to a new report by Grand View Research, the global chromium market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7 percent to reach $16.55 billion by 2025. Chromium Market Outlook Report By Application (Metallurgy, Chemicals, Refractory), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa), And Segment Forecasts, 2014-2025 cites an increase in demand from the stainless steel industry as the key factor driving global market growth. Chromium is used in chrome plating and finishing and the production of synthetic rubies, metal ceramics, dyes and paints, and various super alloys.

Metallurgy, the largest application segment in 2016, is expected to have a CAGR of 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2025. The Asia Pacific region is witnessing increased demand for chromium due to its booming manufacturing in the automotive and electronics industries. For more information and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

Posted April 19, 2018

WINNIPEG, MB — Ag Growth International Inc. has acquired CMC Industrial Electronics and Junge Control Inc. The company expects the acquisitions to strengthen its applied technology platform and expand equipment offerings. CMC is a supplier of hazard monitoring sensors and systems used in agricultural material handling applications and manufactures commercial bin monitoring sensors with locations in Minneapolis, MN, and Burnaby, BC. Junge Control, Cedar Rapids, IA, is a manufacturer of automation, measurement and blending systems. CMC and Junge’s most recently completed fiscal years were approximately $15 million and $4 million respectively. Ag Growth International, Winnipeg, MB, is a manufacturer of portable and stationary grain and fertilizer handling, storage, and conditioning equipment, including augers, belt conveyors, chain conveyors, grain storage bins, grain handling aeration and drying equipment and accessories.

Posted April 18, 2018

NEW YORK, NY — A project called ToxicDocs, created by Columbia University’s Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health and the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, offers information on industrial poison and chemical toxicity found in documents that were formerly classified and inaccessible to the public. ToxicDocs has unlocked access to millions of these classified documents, including internal memoranda, emails, unpublished scientific studies, expert witness reports, and others, and offers free access through the Project ToxicDocs database and website. The ongoing project continues to provide updates via material from lawsuits involving these dangerous substances. To access the information, go to www.toxicdocs.org.