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November 17, 2017

BEIJING, China — China communicated in July through the World Trade Organization that the country will ban the import of 24 varieties of solid waste. Many US recyclers have relied upon China’s scrap import system to allow their businesses to function. Scrap and waste is the sixth largest US export to China. Shipping companies that run between the US and China have allowed shipping containers, which held product on the trip from China to the US to head back to China filled with various types of US recycled materials, including plastics. The materials are sent back to China, at a discount, for recycling purposes. The US trade deficit with China has helped fuel this arrangement since US exports to China are imbalanced, meaning the shipping containers would otherwise remain empty when returning to China without the recycled materials.

China has asserted that the ban on scrap waste is necessary for environmental reasons and indicated that Chinese recyclers will only accept limited post-industrial waste that meets strict regulations. Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has stated that the new regulations amount to a complete ban because the new contaminant threshold requirement for a bale of scrap recycling is impossible to achieve with current recycling methods. According to the organization’s comments to the proposed standards from China, “ISRI is extremely concerned with the reduction of the control requirements for ‘carried’ waste to 0.3 percent for all commodities. The application of this standard will effectively result in a ban on the importation of all these commodities. It is simply not possible to achieve such a control level, nor is it possible to even measure it with such accuracy.”

Chinese authorities in Beijing have stated that current scrap imports have contained large amounts of dirty and hazardous materials mixed in with the solid waste. The new rules are an effort at reform, though opponents argue the stricter limits will lead to more incinerated waste and waste in landfills.

November 17, 2017

ELMHURST, IL — The industrial dust collectors market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 5 percent from 2017-2021, according to the report Global Industrial Dust Collectors Market 2017-2021 by Technavio, a market research company. The report forecasts that the greatest demand for dust collectors will come from the pharmaceutical industry. Manufacturing sector growth is also expected to drive demand for dust collectors as the demand for power increases. This will, in turn, drive other processing industries, such as chemical, mineral and ore, and oil and gas, attracting investments toward those industries.

The report analysts have indicated that the following three factors are contributing to growth in the global industrial dust collector market: increasing global economic activity, augmentation of coal capacities in the Asia-Pacific Region, and a growing packaged food retail industry. The report states that the food and beverage industry has twice as many combustible-dust-related fires and explosions compared to other end-user industries. A dust collector is used to prevent these problems so market growth in packaged food means greater demand. The packaged food industry has shown growth in frozen, ready-to-cook, and snacking food products. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $3,500, visit www.technavio.com.

November 16, 2017

BETHEL, CT — The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced that Russel Broome is stepping down as managing director of the organization. Broome served in his position for 3 years and made his focus bringing in young people to the society. He plans to remain active in the society after he steps down from the position and also to remain in the plastics industry. SPE promotes scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics worldwide.

November 15, 2017

NANJING, China — Researchers at the School of Chemical Engineering at Nanjing University in China have been studying how to solve the increasing amount of e-waste generated by electronic components by creating eco-friendly components from a degradable bioplastic derived from cornstarch. According to United Nations University, consumers discarded about 46.29 million tons of e-waste in 2014. The e-waste poses an environmental and human threat because it’s created from toxic and nondegradable components.

In response to the problems, Xinlong Wang and colleagues developed a degradable material that could be used for electronic substrates or insulators. Initially, researchers started with polylactic acid (PLA), a bioplastic that can be derived from corn starch or other natural sources and is already used in the packaging and other industries. However, PLA proved to be too brittle and flammable, so researchers instead blended metal-organic framework nanoparticles with PLA. The transparent film created has mechanical, electrical, and flame-retardant properties, making it a promising material for electronics.

The study “Degradable Poly(lactic acid)/Metal-Organic Framework Nanocomposites Exhibiting Good Mechanical, Flame Retardant, and Dielectric Properties for the Fabrication of Disposable Electronics,” published in the American Chemical Society journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. The study authors acknowledge funding from the Science and Technology Support Program of Jiangsu Province of China and Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutes.

November 14, 2017

CHARLOTTE, NC — SPX Flow has appointed Ava Drayton as the company’s vice president for its core food and beverage business in the Americas. Drayton has experience across multiple process industries. The food and beverage team in the Americas is focused on customer support, technical excellence, and providing solutions that meet or exceed the modern demands of the food processing industry. The company supplies engineered products and technologies for the processed food and beverage industry.

November 13, 2017

PEMBROKE, MA — Thayer Scale has added Mark Phelps as service manager. He’s held key field management and engineering positions at other companies and holds seven patents. In his new position he’ll oversee global field support for all Thayer product lines. The company also added Scott Philips as midwest service technician. The company supplies continuous weighing and feeding equipment for the dry solids conveying and processing industries.

November 10, 2017

HIGHLAND, MI — Magnetic Products Inc. (MPI) now offers Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) support packets for each piece of equipment that may be considered either a “control point” or “critical control point.” The support packets comprehensively document everything required by FSMA on a piece of critical control point equipment, including a copy of the order, a certified drawing of the item, weld specifications, factory magnet certification (if applicable), cleaning and testing recommendations, preventive maintenance and spare parts recommendations, and exploded parts views with spare parts and spare parts number lists. The packet simplifies the audit process to make compliance simpler. MPI manufactures and services magnets, materials handling, and electronic inspection systems.

November 9, 2017

DUISBURG, Germany — Brabender Technologie is now offering the FiberXpert feeder, which handles carbon or natural fibers. The feeder is useful for manufacturers specializing in carbon fiber panel production because the feeder allows for cost-effective recycling. Natural fibers have similar flow characteristics and difficulty feeding when used as a renewable raw material to reinforce plastics. The fibers mechanically interlock and stirring agitators and vibration won’t improve flow with these material types. A testing line at the company’s new technical center in Duisburg will allow customers to troubleshoot issues with fiber feeding. “Bulk material filling is a critical factor for this piece of equipment,” says Horst Vohwinkel, general manager. Brabender supplies feeding, weighing, discharging, and flow metering equipment for bulk solid materials.

November 8, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) recognized 23 member facilities that are exceeding ChemStewards Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) benchmarks. The following companies exceeding these benchmarks, qualifying them for the program’s Excellence Tier are:

  • Baker Hughes, Bakersfield, TX
  • Baker Hughes, Barnsdall, OK
  • Baker Hughes, Bayport, TX
  • Baker Hughes, Channel View, TX
  • Baker Hughes, Kilgore, TX
  • Baker Hughes, Rayne, LA
  • Baker Hughes, Sand Springs, OK
  • Baker Hughes, Taft Acrolein, CA
  • Baker Hughes, Hobbs Plant, NM
  • Bimax, Glen Rock, PA
  • Cambrex, Charles City, IA
  • KMCO, LP, Crosby, TX
  • KMTEX, Port Arthur, TX
  • MFG Chemical, Brooks Facility, Dalton, GA
  • Monument Chemical Houston Ltd., Houston, TX
  • Monument Chemical Kentucky LLC, Brandenburg, KY
  • Nation Ford Chemical, Fort Mill, SC
  • Optima Chemical Group, Douglas, GA
  • Polysciences, Warrington, PA
  • South Coast Terminals, Port Terminal, Houston, TX
  • South Coast Terminals, Strang Road, La Porte, TX
  • South Coast Terminals, Wallisville Road, Houston, TX
  • Strem Chemicals, Newburyport, MA

Excellence award recipients will be honored at the organization’s 96th Annual Dinner on December 4 in New York. SOCMA, Arlington, VA, represents a diverse membership of chemical companies.

November 7, 2017

FREDERICK, MD — U.S. Silica Holdings Inc., a silica supplier to oil and gas firms, announced that its acquisition of St. Louis-based frac sand mining and logistics firm Mississippi Sand LLC is complete. The acquisition includes a sand mine and plant located in Festus, MO, which has a 1.2 million-ton sand capacity, a property with 30 million tons of high-quality frac sand reserves, five barge terminals, three rail terminals, and a dry plant in Texas. U.S. Silica also has a property nearby the acquisition in Pacific, MO. According to U.S. Silica’s Bryan Shinn, president and chief executive officer, “Pacific has some of the highest quality sand in our portfolio, and one of the reasons why it operated at close to full capacity through the downturn. This acquisition will enable us to nearly double the size of our capacity from the area and take advantage of multiple modes of distribution to better serve our customers and enhance our competitive position in the marketplace.”

In addition to the acquisition of Mississippi Sand, U.S. Silica also announced plans to build a frac sand facility in western Texas. Construction began in early summer, and the company plans to have the facility in production sometime during the fourth quarter of 2017. The new facility in the Permian Basic will provide about 4 million tons of frac sand annually. The facility is being built to support frac sand demand in the area.

November 6, 2017

ELMHURST, IL — According to the report Global Nano Copper Powder Market 2017-2021, the global nano copper powder market will reach $34.63 million by 2021, growing at a more than 12 percent compound annual growth rate. The key drivers for the market are expected to be growth in the use of conductive inks and lubricant additives, two commercialized applications for nano copper powder material. The ability to print using nano copper powder is expected to play a key role in market growth because the material can be used in printed electronics, a growing trend that can help make smaller circuits for RFID, sensors, detectors, displays, photovoltaics, smart cards, touchscreens, and other products. According to the report, the market size for conductive inks and coatings was $2.35 billion and is estimated to reach $3.86 billion by 2021.

Nano copper can also be used in various other trending applications, such as for electrodes in batteries, capacitors, and supercapacitors. Though the battery market is dominated by lithium ion batteries, they have limited uses and are only used in portable electronics and can’t serve the large-scale energy storage segment. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $3,500, visit www.technavio.com.

November 2, 2017

DUBLIN, Ireland — The global green packaging market is expected to grow from 2017 to 2021 at a 7.83 compound annual growth rate (CAGR). This is according to Global Green Packaging Market 2017-2021, a report by Research and Markets. Green packaging manufacturers have been introducing numerous technological and design innovations to suit the needs of customers. Packaged food, beverages, and personal care companies are demanding eco-friendly packaging materials that are still visually appealing to consumers. One innovation that report analysts expect to gain popularity is the use of bioplastics in green packaging. Bioplastics can be made from sugar beets, corn, and sugarcane instead of fossil fuels and are cheap and biodegradable. For more info and to purchase the report for $3,086, visit www.researchandmarkets.com.

October 31, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH — The Refractories Institute (TRI) has announced that four students have received scholarships to continue pursuing an education related to refractory science. The four recipients for 2017 scholarships are: Michelle Hoffman, Colorado School of Mines; Sunyong Kwon, McGill University; Evan Musterman, Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Elliott Smith, University of Alabama. Each student will receive a $5,000 grant from the organization to continue pursuing a degree in materials science, ceramic engineering, or similar disciplines. TRI, Cleveland, OH, is an association of member companies dedicated to providing support and services to manufacturers of refractory materials and product, and suppliers of raw materials, equipment, and services to the industry.

October 30, 2017

JACKSON, MS — EP Engineered Clays Corp., an affiliate of EP Minerals LLC, a supplier of engineered products derived from industrial minerals, announced that it will acquire the bleaching clay and mineral adsorbents assets from BASF Corp. The acquisition is slated to include a Jackson, MS, production site, an Aberdeen, MS, clay mine, and the mineral rights to a mine in the Navajo Nation near Sanders, AZ. EP Engineered Clays, which is a recently formed company, will also be gaining 70 employees. The company expects to create new proprietary materials from the acquired calcium bentonite clays after further research and development.

October 27, 2017

OCEAN VIEW, DE — The controlled-release fertilizers market is predicted to exceed $3.9 billion by 2024, according to Controlled Release Fertilizers Market Size By Product (Polymer Sulfur Coated Urea/Sulfur Coated Urea, Polymer Coated Urea, Polymer Coated NPK), By Crop (Cereals & Grains, Oilseeds & Pulses, Fruits & Vegetables), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, China, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, GCC), Application Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016-2024 by Global Market Insights Inc.

The market is expected to be driven by population growth, which in 2015 was estimated at 7.3 billion and is predicted to reach 8 billion by 2024. According to the report, this increase will mean that available arable land will decrease as increased demand for residential areas and resulting housing developments encroach on land currently used for farming. Therefore, effective land use will become increasingly important as will maintaining land fertility for longer periods of time. The report predicts that farm productivity would have to be increased 50 percent to satisfy global food demand, meaning demand for controlled-release fertilizers will grow.

One segment of the market, polymer sulfur-coated urea or sulfur-coated urea, makes up about 40 percent of the global controlled-release fertilizer market, and the report forecasts that it will see more than 6 percent growth. Another market driver for fertilizers is expected to be demand for cereals and grains. This end-use market used more than $900 million in controlled-release fertilizers in 2015. With demand for cereals and grains expected to gain ground during the forecast period, that usage is expected to grow, too. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,500, visit www.gminsights.com.

October 26, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, MN — Miller Milling Co. has promoted Jeffrey D. Thomas to president and chief executive officer (CEO). Thomas is a Kansas State University graduate with a degree in milling science from the school’s Department of Grain Science and Industry. Thomas succeeds Kazuyoshi (Kaz) Watanabe, who led the company for 5 years and will continue as an executive at Nisshin Seifun Group, Tokyo, Japan, which acquired Miller Milling 5 years ago. After Thomas’ promotion, Nisshin Seifun will send Akihiko Imanishi to join Miller Milling as senior vice president. Miller Milling is one of the largest flour milling companies in the US and has mills in Saginaw, TX; Fresno, CA; Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New Prague, MN; and Winchester, VA.

October 25, 2017

BOSTON, MA — Cabot Corp., a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, has announced plans to build a fumed silica plant in Carrollton, KY. The new facility will be adjacent to Dow Corning’s silicone monomer plant there and is an extension of the two companies’ long-term relationship, which includes neighboring operations at other locations. Plant construction is expected to begin in late 2017. The plant will produce fumed silica for use as a reinforcing, thickening, abrasive, thixotropic, suspending, or anticaking additive in various industries.

October 24, 2017

FAIRFAX, VA — Sightline Systems has announced that it now offers Enterprise Data Management (EDM) for Manufacturing, a predictive analytics software designed to allow manufacturers to gather Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) system and device data streams into a single display for an accurate picture of an entire manufacturing operation. Operators can use this data to identify trends and patterns that affect output quality and better forecast demand, automate manual processes, and perform preventive maintenance. The software also helps eliminate manual copying and manipulation of industrial data by correlating mass amounts of data and displaying actionable intelligence on a dashboard. Sightline Systems provides advanced analytics solutions that leverage time series data, predictive analysis, visualization, advanced alerting capability, and more in real time.

October 23, 2017

YORK, NE — Cyclonaire, a pneumatic conveying systems, components, parts, and accessories supplier, is one of three Nebraska Manufacturing companies to receive grants through the Nebraska “Developing Youth Talent Initiative” program. The program allows seventh- and eighth-grade students to make them aware of career options in the manufacturing industry. The 25-student classes have already completely filled up, with students focusing on manufacturing, design, and market to support various activities at their own schools. These activities may include precision manufactured booster signs for York Public School sports and club teams, custom creation such as Christmas ornaments, or school-requested items such as signs for the gym, plaques, or banners. Cyclonaire hopes to develop relationships with interested students, expand its intern pool, and gain future skilled workers as the students progress with their education.

October 20, 2017

UTICA, NY — Munson Machinery Co. Inc. has announced the launch of its new 200-page website, which details the company’s mixing and blending, size reduction, and liquid-solid separation equipment for bulk solid materials, pastes, and solids-laden slurries. Each of the site’s 16 equipment sections includes a separate overview, features, options, and specifications pages. The site also has downloadable selection charts comparing mixing and blending equipment and size reduction equipment and a technical library of 58 case study articles published in various trade journals, cross-referenced by 11 industries and 180 bulk materials handled. For more info, visit www.munsonmachinery.com.

October 20, 2017

HIGHLAND, MI — MPI’s regional management team members have all become Certified Food Safety HACCP Managers through the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals. Certification demonstrates an individual’s expert knowledge and skills on specific and measurable food safety management competencies. The decision to get certification was fueled by the company’s focus on food manufacturing customers that require FSMA compliance in their operations. MPI designs, manufactures, and services magnets, material handling, and electronic inspection systems.

October 19, 2017

GASTONIA, NC — Conitex Sonoco USA Inc., a flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) manufacturer and distributor, has launched BulkSak On-Demand, a web-enabled inventory program. The program provides new and existing customers on-demand access to more than 70 types of ready-to-ship FIBCs. The company created the program in response to an industry need for access to domestically available bulk bag inventory. Conitex Sonoco is one of only a few bulk bag suppliers with warehouse and manufacturing locations in the US. The company is the North American branch of Conitex Sonoco NV, a joint venture of Texpack Group NV and Sonoco Products Co.

October 18, 2017

OTTAWA, ON — The Department of Employment and Social Development Labour Program in Canada has proposed new amendments to the occupational exposure limits (OELs) for grain dust and flour dust to better protect employee health and safety. The new OELs for grain dust as proposed would be 4 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), compared with the current limit of 10 mg/m3. The reduced limit stems from scientific studies that show a range of negative health effects can be minimized with a 4 mg/m3 limit.

In addition, flour dust limits are also proposed to be 3 mg/m3, an increase from 0.5 mg/m3. The increase is in response to the findings that workers would have to wear respiratory protective equipment at all times during work, an impractical requirement.

The proposed amendments would impact about 350 grain handling facilities and nearly 50 wheat flour mills in the country.

October 17, 2017

WATERLOO, ON — The University of Waterloo has received nearly $27 million in funding to build an advanced additive manufacturing (AM) facility at its campus in Waterloo. The facility is being created to help companies adopt AM processes for innovative and customized products and provide research for AM development. The lab is being funded by the Canadian and Ontario governments, numerous industry partners, and the University of Waterloo, itself.

The lab will focus on developing next-generation AM to process metals through the use of new sensors, quality assurance software, and machine intelligence. Experts at the lab will partner with companies to develop products using AM processes, equipping these companies to either do their own production or outsource it. The lab will also collaborate with peer institutions located in Germany, the US, and Singapore.

October 16, 2017

DOWNERS GROVE, IL — Duravant has been acquired by private equity firm Warburg Pincus. Duravant supplies automation and engineered equipment for the food processing, material handling, and packaging sectors. Before being acquired by Warburg Pincus, the company was owned by Odyssey Investment Partners. Duravant’s current brand lineup includes FMH Conveyors, Hamer-Fischbein, Marlen International, and Arpac.

October 13, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Cargill Inc., announced that it will partner with Delacon, a European phytogenic company specializing in natural additives for animal food. Cargill, based in Minneapolis, MN, says that the partnership will connect its expertise in applied nutrition and global presence with Delacon’s market experience with phytogenic feed additives. Phytogenic feed additives can include natural ingredients such as herbs, spices, and other plants and their extracts to improve animal performance and secure animal health for sustainable, wholesome food production. The strategic partnership follows the two companies’ previous collaborations over the past several years and will allow them to expand in the micronutrition market. Cargill, Minneapolis, provides food, agriculture, financial, and industrial products and owns Cargill Animal Nutrition, which supplies compound feed, premixes, feed additives, supply chain and risk management solutions, software tools, and animal nutrition expertise. Delacon, Steyregg, Austria, has specialized in phytogenic feed additives for 30 years.

October 12, 2017

URBANA, IN — Kalenborn Abresist Corp., Urbana, IN, is celebrating its 40-year anniversary. The company designs and supplies wear solutions for various industries using mineral and metallic abrasion-resistant linings and coatings. The wear solutions are used in a broad range of processing equipment, including pneumatic and hydraulic components and pipes handling bulk solid materials. The company is part of Kalenborn International GmbH & Co. KG., a parent company with 12 subsidiaries with facilities in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

October 11, 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO — Schenck Process LLC, a pneumatic conveying, weighing, and feeding system and dust collection filter media supplier, has announced that it will renovate its main plant in Whitewater, WI, to create a dedicated stainless steel production facility. The facility will better serve high-end food, dairy, nutraceutical, and fine chemical markets by eliminating the potential for cross contamination from carbon steel parts during cutting, forming, welding, and finishing steps. The US Dairy 3-A sanitary standard and European Hygienic Engineering Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines for certain human food production require food producers to use equipment that protects food from contamination, can be mechanically cleaned on all surfaces, and can be dismantled easily for manual cleaning or inspection. Stainless steel, primarily, because of its corrosion resistance and durability compared with many available materials, is a preferred material for fabricating food equipment. The company expects the new production facility to be fully operational by October 1, 2017.

October 10, 2017

SALTILLO, MS — Syntron Material Handling will now stock 9- and 12-inch-diameter Link-Belt screw conveyor parts and assemblies, including helicoid and sectional screws; angle and form-flange troughs; trough end plates; covers; screw clamps; inlets and discharges; coupling, end, and drive shafts; hangers and hanger bearings; and seals, coupling bolts, and flange feet. The company, Saltillo, MS, provides material handling solutions for conveying, feeding, screening, elevating, and flow control of bulk materials.

October 9, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) are releasing a new hazard assessment tool to assist feed and pet food facilities with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance. The FSMA’s regulations for “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals” require animal food facilities to develop a facility-specific animal food safety plan. The new tool being offered to AFIA and NGFA member companies will help with cost-effective compliance, with the organizations asserting that, “This new hazard assessment tool will minimize the need for feed companies to conduct their own review of scientific reports and information and likely save them tens of thousands of dollars that may otherwise have been required.” The tool was developed with the help of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Food Safety and Animal Health.

AFIA, Arlington, VA, represents the US animal feed industry and its suppliers. NGFA, Arlington, is a trade association for grain elevators, feed and feed ingredient manufacturers, grain and oilseed processors, biofuel producers, exporters, and livestock and poultry integrators.

October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The EPA has fined two California plastics companies for improper pollution controls that have resulted in discharges of plastic pellets into local waterways. The EPA inspected the two facilities in December 2015, finding violations that would cause plastic pellets, known as “nurdles,” to enter storm drains that discharge to the Tujunga Wash, which flows into the Los Angeles River. Nurdles are about **1/5-inch-diameter pellets widely used in manufacturing. The inspections came at the request of the California Environmental Protection Agency and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Western States Packaging Inc., Pacoima, CA, a food-grade plastic bag manufacturer, had violations that resulted in a $25,000 penalty. Direct Pack Inc., Sun Valley, CA, a plastic packaging manufacturer, had a $42,900 penalty. Both companies have corrected the deficiencies found at the inspections and have returned to compliance.

October 5, 2017

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands — AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business has announced the introduction of its Powder Coatings app, Interpon, for Android devices. The app will now be available on more devices and allows users to order products digitally. The app allows users to search through a comprehensive catalog of ready-to-ship and RAL products, which can be further refined by color, chemistry, or performance criteria. Product data sheets, stock locations, and pricing are available for each of the 400 or more products included in the catalog. AkzoNobel Powder Coatings, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, supplies powder coatings for a wide range of applications.

October 4, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ecology Center, an environmental advocacy group based in Ann Arbor, MI, has released research that indicates that dry powdered mac and cheese mixtures have about four times the amount of phthalates as block cheeses and other unprocessed cheeses. However, the phthalate levels were below the current allowable concentration of 0.1 percent. Phthalates have been shown to disrupt the hormone system, lower testosterone, and alter thyroid function. The serious health risks associated with these chemicals means they’ve already been banned from children’s toys, bottles, and other products

Though phthalates have been phased out of many products, researchers found the chemical DEHP in all 10 macaroni and cheese powders tested. The chemical is used as a plasticizer and makes plastics more pliable, but the chemical transfers from the plastic to the fat in the cheese powder during processing. The phthalate levels in eight of the nine Kraft products in the study contained phthalates, and the researchers at the Ann Arbor Ecology Center are calling on the company to eliminate all sources of the chemical from Kraft cheese products. According to Lynne Galia, a Kraft Heinz spokesperson, “We do not add phthalates to our products. The trace amounts that were reported in this limited study are more than 1,000 times lower than the levels that scientific authorities have identified as acceptable. Our products are safe for consumers to enjoy.”

In EPA literature, the agency states that the highest exposure source for phthalates is from food ingestion. In 2012, the EPA released a “Phthalate Action Plan” that says “Phthalate exposures are a potential concern for children’s health. In animal studies, exposure to phthalates during fetal development results in adverse effects on the male reproductive system.”

October 3, 2017

WILMINGTON, DE — The merger between Dow Chemical Co. and Dupont was completed August 31, 2017. The two companies have been approved for the move on the condition that they sell certain crop protection products and other assets. The companies had to placate European and US antitrust authorities by divesting some parts of the business. The merger was first announced in December 2015 and the new company DowDupont Inc., will begin trading as single company on September 1. The company will be the largest chemical company, outranking the current largest chemical giant, BASF SE. However, DowDupont will split into three separate companies in the 18 months following the merger, forming individual companies for agriculture, specialty products, and materials, respectively.

During the merger process, many farmers have expressed concerns over price hikes with the imminent merger, citing recent additional consolidation plans announced by other farm suppliers, such as Potash Corp. and Agrium and Bayer and Monsanto.

September 29, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC — Andritz, a supplier of plants, equipment, and services to the pulp and paper industry, has acquired Paperchine USA Inc., which was owned by AstenJohnson Holdings Ltd., Charleston, SC. Paperchine supplies highly engineered equipment and services to paper manufacturers and operates a manufacturing facility in Vancouver, BC, as well as others in the US, Germany, and Thailand. Andritz said that the acquisition will strengthen its presences in North America and will add new products, such as dewatering elements, to its offerings.

September 28, 2017

OCEAN VIEW, DE — The industrial air filtration market was valued at $3.74 billion in 2014 and will grow through 2022, according to Industrial Air Filtration Market Size By Application (Cement, Power, Food, Metals, Pharmaceuticals), By Product (Dust Collectors, HEPA Filters, Mist Collectors, Baghouse Filters, Cartridge Collectors & Filters), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2015-2022 by Global Markets Insights Inc. The market is expected to be driven by stringent emissions regulations, such as the European Parliament’s 2008 directive requiring that plants limit emissions to prevent or reduce human-caused atmospheric pollution.

Broken down by market product, the dust collector market is estimated to achieve a $1.6 billion value by 2022, according to the report. The growth in demand for this equipment is expected to be driven by the equipment’s minimal maintenance requirements, improved worker health and safety features offered, and cheap operating costs. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,500, visit www.gminsights.com.

September 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Chemical Society (ACS) has filed suit against unnamed confederates of Sci-Hub, a self-proclaimed web pirate organization that allegedly steals and then illegally reproduces and disseminates copyrighted scientific research articles on the internet. The suit, filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, asserts that ACS copyrights have been violated and that its trademark has been counterfeited and infringed on. ACS, Washington, DC, is a scientific society that serves more than 150,000 members, providing educational and career development programs, products, and services.

September 26, 2017

JONESBORO, AR — Camfil Group has named Alain Bérard as the executive vice president of Camfil’s Air Pollution Control (APC) business unit with offices in Jonesboro, AR. He’ll be responsible for developing and supporting the growth of the APC business unit around the world. He has served with Camfil, an air filtration, dust, mist, and fume collector equipment manufacturer, for more than 21 years in various top management positions. In one of his previous roles as group vice president of sales and marketing for 10 years, he grew the company’s sales by 100 percent. According to Graeme Bell, vice president of Camfil APC Americas, “Alain has been a long-time supporter of the APC unit and we look forward to his leadership in growing APC business in line with Camfil’s global strategic initiatives.” Bérard previously co-owned an enterprise specializing in motors, pumps, and fans before joining Camfil and holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA.

September 25, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The global material handling equipment market is expected to reach a $41.1 billion value by 2025, according to the report Material Handling Equipment Market Analysis by Product (Storage & Handling Equipment, Automated Storage & Retrieval System, Industrial Trucks, Bulk Material Handling Equipment), by Region, and Segment Forecast, 2014-2025 by Grand View Research Inc. The report attributes the increase in demand for material handling equipment to the rise in manufacturing activities in the automotive, pharmaceutical, chemical, and food and beverage industries. Another driver is the continued concern for workplace safety.

The report predicts that the global material handling equipment market will witness high growth during the forecast period. New equipment features such as hydraulic components, the integration of telematics solutions and tracking sensors, and automated storage and retrieval systems is expected to spur equipment growth through 2025. The automated storage and retrieval systems segment made up more than 25 percent of total market revenue in 2015. This segment is projected to have significant growth with a compound annual growth rate of more than 6.9 percent from 2016 to 2025 because of automated equipment in warehouses and manufacturing centers. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

September 22, 2017

URBANA, IN — Kalenborn Abresist Corp. has named Craig Frendewey as the company’s president with full responsibility for North American operations, which includes Kalenborn Abresist, Kalenborn Canada, and Kalenborn Technologies. He joined the company in 2013 as sales manager and was later named senior vice president of sales and marketing and then senior vice president in 2016. He’s a Northern Michigan University graduate and has more than 30 years’ experience in industrial distribution and specialty contracting within the power generation, mining, pulp and paper, and oil and gas markets. The company, Urbana, IN, designs and supplies mineral and metal wear solutions for various industries.

September 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has reported that the US specialty chemicals market ended the second quarter of 2017 on a strong note. The Specialty Chemicals Market Volume Index report shows that market volumes increased from a 0.3 percent gain in May to a 0.5 percent gain in June. According to the index, the market has been trending generally upward up since last May. Data changes are reported on a 3-month moving average (3MMA) basis. The index monitors 28 specialty chemical segments and 18 of those expanded in June, 8 declined, and 2 were stable. The largest volume gains for June were in the mining chemicals and oilfield chemicals segments, which grew 1 percent or more.

Overall, the specialty chemicals volume index showed 4.9 percent growth on a year-over-year 3MMA basis, according to the report. Market volume was 7.56 billion pounds. The market was negatively impacted by the oil and gas sector weakness, which affected headline volumes. This, along with other weak segments, created a negative year earlier comparison from second quarter 2015 through second quarter 2016. However, the oil and gas sector has recovered and the market is showing strong headline volumes. For more info, visit www.americanchemistry.com.

September 20, 2017

ESSEN, Germany — Specialty chemical company Evonik has announced it will maintain its presence in the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company finalized the acquisition of Air Products’ performance materials division in January 2017 and has since announced that it will combine its chemistry and epoxy curing agent businesses into one that will be based in the Lehigh Valley. The move is significant because Evonik’s businesses are primarily headquartered in Germany.

Min Chong, Air Products’ former vice president, will lead the new segment, which will operate in Trexlertown, PA, within Air Products’ headquarters. Primary end-users for the segment’s products are in the civil engineering and industrial applications fields. Evonik may possibly move into a new facility in the area but is currently in a 2-year lease. Evonik, Essen, Germany, employs more than 35,000 people.

September 19, 2017

CAMBRIA, WI — A corn mill explosion in Cambria claimed the lives of five workers in late May. The corn mill is part of Didion Milling, a family-owned business that processes corn for food and operates an ethanol plant across from the mill. Along with the five workers killed, there were several injuries to other workers. At the time of the explosion, more than 37 agencies responded. As part of the investigation, the Chemical Safety Board and OSHA have been compiling interviews and reviewing data, and investigators have 6 months to complete the investigation process.

Didion Mill workers from the Cambria location have either returned to the explosion site to help clean-up efforts or have been reassigned to other Didion locations in Wisconsin. The mill owners have decided to demolish the facility and plan to rebuild on the site.

September 18, 2017

NEW HAMPTON, NY — Balchem Corp., New Hampton, has acquired Innovative Food Processors Inc. (IFP), a privately held agglomerated and microencapsulated food and nutrition ingredient manufacturer based in Faribault, MN. Balchem plans to integrate IFP into its Human Nutrition and Health business segment, which delivers customized food and beverage ingredient systems by powders, solids, and other methods. Through the acquisition, Balchem hopes to expand processing technology and market reach for its food, beverage, and nutrition customers.