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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.

Posted April 17, 2018

NAPERVILLE, IL — Raymond Bartlett Snow has moved its business office, previously located in Warrenville, IL, to Naperville, IL, the site of the company’s applications development and R&D laboratory. The move consolidates business functions under one roof to establish a global headquarters at the 25,000-square-foot Naperville facility. Besides the business office, the facility contains s testing laboratory with pilot-scale equipment for size reduction, classification, and thermal processing of minerals, chemicals, food products, and other materials. A member of Arvos Group, Raymond Bartlett Snow designs and manufactures size reduction, classification, and thermal processing equipment.

Posted April 16, 2018

VALLEY COTTAGE, NY — According to Bulk Material Handling Systems Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) and Opportunity Assessment (2017-2027), a study by Future Market Insights, the global bulk material handling systems market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3 percent between 2017 and 2027. The market was valued at more than $3 billion in 2016 and is projected to be worth more than $5 billion by the end of 2027.

The study says that the sales of bulk material is reliant on the demand for electricity and development in the distribution and transmission network in several regions and cites seaports and cargo terminals as major growth points for this portion of the bulk material handling systems market. For more information and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,000, visit www.futuremarketinsights.com.

Posted April 13, 2018

MARLBOROUGH, MA — IEP Technologies has acquired Atexon Oy, a company headquartered in Oulunsalo, Finland, that specializes in spark detection and extinguishing for industrial explosion protection. Atexon Oy’s products include spark detection systems, flame detectors, overheat detectors, and backfire detectors useful in industrial applications. Swiss-based Hoerbiger Group, the parent company of IEP Technologies, will use IEP’s global distribution network to sell Atexon Oy’s protection systems. IEP Technologies, Marlborough, MA, supplies active and passive explosion protection for the bulk solids industry.

Posted April 12, 2018

CHICAGO, IL — Air Filtration Holdings LLC has acquired RoboVent, a company that designs and manufactures air filtration equipment for welding, metal cutting, dust collection and lubricant mist collection, and general ventilation. RoboVent was founded in 1989 in Sterling Heights, MI, and has sales and service centers in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas, and California with a future site planned for Pennsylvania. The company also has locations throughout Canada, as well as sites in Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The acquisition of RoboVent marks the third of its kind for Air Filtration Holdings, which purchased Maryland-based Viskon-Aire, a manufacturer of air filtration products, and Illinois-based Permatron, a supplier of custom, technology-driven air filtration products. Air Filtration Holdings LLC, Chicago, IL, is a manufacturer of air filtration products used in commercial and industrial systems.

Posted April 11, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO — CST Industries is celebrating 125 years in business by thanking its customers and planning special events in 2018. The company was founded in Kansas City, MO, in 1893 under the name Columbian Steel Tank as a fabricator of livestock watering tanks. Today, not only does CST supply storage tanks, it also manufactures bolted glass-fused-to-steel and epoxy-coated tanks, aluminum domes, and specialty covers. The company has installed more than 368,000 tanks and covers around the world.

CST also recently announced its completed sale to Solace Capital Partners. Solace is a global private equity buyer and operator of industrial businesses. CST’s existing operations include CST Storage, CST Covers, and Vulcan Tanks, as well as five manufacturing facilities and technical design centers with multiple regional sales offices throughout North America. International offices are located in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Posted April 10, 2018

NORTHBROOK, IL — According to the report Seed Treatment Market by Type, Application Technique (Coating, Dressing, Pelleting), Function (Seed Protection (Insecticides, Fungicides) and Seed Enhancement), Crop Type (Cereals & Grains, Oilseeds & Pulses), and Region – Global Forecast to 2022, the seed treatment market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.62 percent from an estimated value of $6.76 billion in 2017 to $11.31 billion by 2022. The growth will be driven by the rise in demand for low-cost crop protection, precise pesticides application, and the impact of pesticides in sustainable agriculture.

The report was put together by MarketsandMarkets and includes a study of marketing and development strategies, as well as a product portfolio of leading companies. For more information and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,650, visit www.marketsandmarkets.com.

Posted April 9, 2018

SALINA, KS — Coperion K-Tron, Salina, KS, has started producing its Coperion Germany rotary valves type ZRD in the US in an effort to reduce delivery times to US-based customers. The decision came after personnel from Coperion’s Kansas and Germany locations determined that manufacturing quality would be maintained. Coperion’s ZRD rotary valve is designed for food, minerals, plastics, and chemical applications. Coperion is a sister company of Coperion K-Tron, Sewell, NJ, which supplies material handling and feeding systems.

Posted April 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — Bob V. Patel, LyondellBasell CEO, has been appointed chairperson of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Patel was first elected to ACC’s board of directors in 2015, during which time he served as a member of the executive committee. Patel became an officer of the organization in 2016. He chaired the Finance, Audit, and Membership Committee and also served as board vice chair. Patel joined LyondellBasell in March 2010 as senior vice president, olefins and polyolefins – Americas. He was promoted to executive vice president of olefins and polyolefins – Europe, Asia, and International in 2013 and appointed company CEO in 2015. The American Chemistry Council, Washington, DC, is an industry trade association for US chemical companies.

Posted April 5, 2018

SALINA, KS — Lyndon Flower has joined Vortex as business development manager working for the company’s US and Canada divisions. Flower will focus on working with manufacturers’ representatives, regional and territory sales managers, and industry specialists to expand sales. Prior to this appointment, Flower served as vice president and general manager of A&J Mixing International for 18 years until that company was acquired by Smico in 2015. Vortex, Salina, KS, supplies slide-gate, diverter, and iris valves and loadout equipment for the dry bulk industries.

Posted April 4, 2018

HÖGANÄS, Sweden — Höganäs AB, Höganäs, has entered an agreement to acquire H.C. Starck’s surface technology and ceramic powders division. H.C. Starck, Munich, Germany, manufactures various thermal spray powders and coating technology materials, including ceramic and metal powders. The acquisition is expected to be completed within the first 6 months of 2018. The acquisition allows Höganäs to supply specialized metal powders for surface coating and additive manufacturing.

Posted April 3, 2018

BETHESDA, MD — The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced that it has launched a new Guidance Document Portal. ISPE’s pharmaceutical manufacturing guides and technical documents are available through the online portal, and, for the first time, the entire library of Good Practice guides, including GAMP 5, can be searched electronically. ISPE members can access the Guidance Document Portal and the no-cost ISPE Good Practice guides through a registered account. Nonmembers can go to www.ISPE.org/Join to gain access to the technical documents. The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Bethesda, is a nonprofit association serving members in the scientific, technical, and regulatory advancement areas of the pharmaceutical industry.

Posted April 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The global corrosion-resistant alloys market is expected to reach $9.64 billion and a 6.9 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2025, according to the report Corrosion Resistant Alloys Market Analysis by Type (Iron-based, Nickel-based, Cobalt-based), by End-Use (Oil and Gas, Transportation, Aerospace and Defense, Industrial), by Region, and Segment Forecasts, 2014-2025 by Grand View Research Inc. expected market growth is attributed to technological advancements in the market sector. Corrosion-resistant alloys are a combination of metal materials such as chromium, cobalt, nickel, iron, titanium, and molybdenum that result in a material that resists corrosion from harsh environmental conditions. Corrosion-resistant alloys are useful in a variety of industries, including health, energy, pharmaceuticals, gas, oil, and chemical processing.

The report states that the European corrosion-resistant alloys market was valued at $1.38 billion in 2016 and is expected to increase at a 6.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2025. The Asia-Pacific market is projected to experience staggering growth over the next 8 years because of ongoing research and development efforts, according to the report. For more info and to purchase a copy for $4,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

Posted March 30, 2018

NUREMBERG, Germany — The organizers of PARTEC 2019 — International Congress on Particle Technology have issued a call for papers and posters to be presented April 9-11, 2019, at the Nuremberg Convention Center in Nuremberg, Germany. The event’s theme is “particles for a better life,” which will be held in conjunction with POWTECH and is organized by the VDI Association of Process and Chemical Engineering. Scientists engaged in research are invited to submit their contributions and present them at the event. Contributions may cover topics such as handling flow of particulate systems, particle interactions and interfaces, modeling and simulation, or applications of particle technology. Presentations can be in the form of a lecture as part of the congress program or a poster. Submissions are due April 30, 2018, and can be submitted at www.partec.info.

Posted March 29, 2018

ALBANY, NY — The global sodium sulfate market is expected to reach $2.62 billion by 2025, according to the report Sodium Sulfate by Source (Natural, Synthetic), by Application (Soaps and Detergents, Kraft Pulping, Textiles, Glass, Carpet Cleaners, Food Preservatives, and Oil Recovery) — Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017-2025 by Transparency Market Research. According to the report, the global sodium sulfate market was valued at $1.89 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow at a 3.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2025.

The report describes sodium sulfate as an inorganic compound available as a white solid that is water soluble. In nature, sodium sulfate can present itself as dehydrate or anhydrous. Half of the sodium sulfate produced globally comes from natural mines while the other half is known as synthetic sodium sulfate, which is recovered as a by-product from industrial processes. The current sodium sulfate reserves are expected to be sufficient to meet the anticipated demand for several centuries, according to the report. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $5,795, visit www.transparencymarketresearch.com.

Posted March 26, 2018

WOLLONGONG, Australia — An international team of researchers has developed a method to convert nonedible agricultural biomass, such as the waste byproduct from food crops, into chemicals for food and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW), Wollongong, Australia, collected raw biomass such as bagasse, rice husk, and corn cobs from areas in India and Bangladesh and converted them to high-value chemicals, including HMF and furfural, which are used in the food industry and in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The conversion method developed also produces xylose and arabinose, which are five-carbon, low glycemic index sugars that are used in the management of blood glucose and insulin levels.

The raw biomasses collected, including sugar mill waste bagasse, rice husk, wheat straw, cotton stalk, corn cob, and low-grade jute, are abundant and inexpensive renewable sources.

Posted March 23, 2018

MIDDLEBORO, MA — Ametek Brookfield has named Joseph Plante as its division vice president and business unit manager. He’ll be responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day operations and identify areas for growth and manage customer satisfaction. Plante has 27 years of experience and holds a BS in electrical engineering from University of Massachusetts–Amherst, an MS in biomedical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from Babson College. The company, Middleboro, MA, manufactures viscometers and rheometers for lab and inline process control applications.

Posted March 22, 2018

BEIJING, China — The global aluminum powder market is forecast to reach $3.45 billion by 2021, growing at a 3.51 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to the report Global Aluminum Powder Market Outlook 2016-2021 by Gen Consulting.

Worldwide, nearly 364,000 tons of aluminum powder were produced in 2015, according to the report. China accounted for nearly 44 percent of that. Other powder production market share holders included Europe with 20.4 percent, North America with 10.05 percent, and the Asia-Pacific region with 11.61 percent. The report defines aluminum powder as a light, odorless powder that’s a reactive flammable material and is used to manufacture ferroalloys, aluminum paste, pigments, and other products. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $3,000, visit www.gen-cons.com.

Posted March 21, 2018

ALBANY, NY — Blasch Precision Ceramics has named Jack Parrish as the company’s president and CEO. He has worked at the company since 1998 and has acted in leadership roles responsible for integration and execution for the management and operating systems. Previously, Parrish held the roles of CFO, executive vice president, and COO, and he has led efforts to grow the company’s international distribution system in other markets, including metallurgy.

Posted March 20, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has announced that Leah Wilkinson, current vice president of legislative, regulatory, and state affairs, will lead AFIA’s legislative and regulatory department beginning in 2019. Wilkinson will assume the role held previously by Richard Sellers, the organization’s senior vice president of public policy and education, following his retirement. AFIA represents the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the US animal feed industry and its suppliers.

Posted March 19, 2018

SALINA, KS — Vortex Global, has earned its ISO 9001:2015 certification, an international standard that specifies requirements for a management system. The certification acknowledges that Vortex has demonstrated the ability to consistently provide equipment and services that meet regulatory requirements. The certification was performed by a third-party auditor and includes all phases of operations at the company, including sales, engineering, and manufacturing. The company has been ISO-certified for more than 10 years. Vortex, headquartered in Salina, KS, with a branch in Darlington, UK, supplies slide-gate, diverter, and iris valves and loadout equipment for the dry bulk industries.

Posted March 16, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO — Schenck Process, a measuring and process technology equipment supplier, has been acquired by private equity funds managed by Blackstone, an investment firm. Keith Cochrane has been appointed chairperson and Harry Kenyon-Slaney as a member of the advisory board. Cochrane is currently interim chief executive of Carillion and prior he was the CEO of The Weir Group. Kenyon-Slaney has more than 33 years of experience in the mining industry. Schenck Process provides solutions for measuring and process technologies in industrial weighing, feeding, conveying, screening, and automation, as well as air filtration technology.

Posted March 15, 2018

JONESBORO, AR — Camfil APC, an industrial dust collection equipment supplier, has released the white paper “Asking the Right Questions About Cartridge Dust and Fume Collection.” The paper offers information on choosing a cartridge dust collection system for a particular application, answer these six questions: Will the dust collector comply with emission requirements?, Do I have a combustible dust issue?, Will my collector fix the problem?, Will it perform reliably?, Is the collector optimally equipped for safety?, and Will it provide the best possible return on investment? The white paper can be downloaded at no cost at camfilapc.com.

Posted March 14, 2018

NOLANS BORE, Australia — A rare earth mine has been approved by Australia’s Northern Territory EPA to supply up to 10 percent of the world’s neodymium and praseodymium. Located in Nolans Bore, the mine is expected to produce ore for 30 to 35 years. Neodymium and praseodymium are used to manufacture high-performance permanent magnets. The project is estimated to be a $900 million investment in central Australia and create 250 to 300 permanent jobs.

Posted March 13, 2018

NAPLES, FL — The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) has released a report showing that total booked orders were up 16.4 percent in November 2017 compared to November 2016. The report reflects data provided by CEMA’s member companies. Comparing November 2017 to October 2017, the total booked orders went down by 1.3 percent. November booked orders for bulk handling equipment were down 4 percent and .3 percent for unit handling equipment. The report also states that November’s billed sales (shipments) increased by 15.9 percent from November 2016. CEMA is a trade association for conveyor equipment manufacturers and engineering firms.

Posted March 12, 2018

PRINCETON, NJ — The Metal Powder Industries Federation has named Arthur (Bud) Jones of Symmco, Sykesville, PA, as the president of the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology. Jones has been working in the powder metallurgy industry for more than 30 years and has worked at Symmco as an engineering manager since 2007. He has more than 15 years of experience in press setup and operation and 4 years of experience in quality assurance. Jones holds two associate degrees from Pennsylvania State University in material and mechanical engineering technologies. The Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology supports its members and promotes the progress of the powder metallurgy industry.

Posted March 9, 2018

ELY, United Kingdom — Samson Materials Handling has appointed Dale Lockley as its sole managing director. Samson Materials Handling, Ely, UK, is part of Aumund Holding BV, Rheinberg, Germany, which specializes in bulk handling conveying equipment and services. Lockley is a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of experience working in material handling technologies. He joined Samson in 2016 as a senior project manager and later worked as a program delivery manager.

Posted March 8, 2018

FAIRLAWN, OH — A. Schulman is entering the additive manufacturing market serving the 3-D printing industry. Schulman, along with its French partner, Prodways Technologies, hopes to find new materials with which 3-D printers can work. The two companies have unveiled their first product that’s a plastic with glass in it, which is designed to work with selective laser sintering 3-D printing technology. The new material is more rigid and heat-resistant, according to A. Schulman’s head of business development. A. Schulman is known for its grinding, blending, and plastic resin processing.

Posted March 7, 2018

WATKINS GLEN, NY — Cargill Inc. has opened its first food-grade potassium chloride operation at its Watkins Glen, salt plant in an effort to meet consumer demand for lower sodium food options using the salt alternative. The new potassium chloride facility is an extension of the existing plant and will allow the company to broaden its lower sodium offerings and bring them to the market faster. Potassium chloride enables food manufacturers to lower sodium content by up to 50 percent. Cargill operates salt production facilities in both the US and the Caribbean. Cargill, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, provides food, agriculture, financial, and industrial products.

Posted March 6, 2018

GLENDALE, CA — Nestlé has agreed to sell its US confectionery business, to include BabyRuth, Butterfinger, and Crunch candy bars, as well as others, to Ferrero, the Italy-based producer of Nutella and Ferrero Rocher pralines, for $2.8 billion. Nestlé’s 2016 US sales reached nearly $900 million, representing 3 percent of Nestlé’s portfolio. The company’s decision to sell to Ferrero is a move toward producing healthier snack options. Once the deal is finalized in early 2018, Ferrero will become the third-largest confectionery company in the US market. Nestlé will retain control of its Toll House baking products and international confectionery products, including KitKat bars.

Posted March 5, 2018

BERLIN, Germany and CLAUSTHAL-ZELLERFELD, Germany — Researchers at the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany, and Clausthal University of Technology in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, have been working on a project called “Powder-based additive manufacturing in zero gravity.” The research involves 3-D printing experiments conducted on parabolic flights, which simulate microgravity, above Mérignac, France. Similar research on 3-D printing in microgravity is being done by NASA and Made in Space, a space-oriented manufacturing company. The ultimate intent of the research is to enable astronauts to print their own tools or needed parts while in space.

Researchers have already patented some of the methods being used. One of those is a 3-D printing process that requires weightlessness and is based on the binder jetting technique. During the near-zero-gravity flight, a flowable powder is applied, layer by layer, using a powerful jet of air. The item being printed is divided into thousands of virtual layers using software and then it is built up by the repeated application of powder layer by layer. The focus of the planned parabolic flight test is on the application of powder layers as this is very difficult under zero gravity conditions. In order to stabilize the powder bed with the printed components without gravity, scientists want to use an air gas flow, which is sucked through the powder layers. The researchers constructed a test facility that can map the gas-flow-assisted powder deposition as a process while meeting safety requirements during the flight. According to Jens Günster, a professor and head of ceramic processing and biomaterials at Clausthal University of Technology, the process has to occur in a hermetically sealed double enclosure, where gas-flow traps the powder and produces a defect-free layer on the part. The resulting part can then be tested for any special properties or defects. According to Günster, researchers are conducting the experiments because the new 3-D printing method can produce, “a higher packing density of the powder particles and an improved layer application of finer, non-flowable powders” compared to conventional 3-D printing methods. The 3-D printed parts produced by the manufacturing method could be used in space missions and for industrial applications on earth.

Posted March 2, 2018

NAPLES, FL — The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) has reported that booked orders for bulk handling equipment and unit handling equipment increased 40.3 percent in October 2017 compared with October 2016. October’s booked orders for bulk material handling equipment in 2017 were down 24.2 percent compared with September’s. Billed sales for October for this equipment were up 6.9 percent over September’s. CEMA, Naples, FL, represents conveyor and conveying system manufacturers.

Posted March 1, 2018

GARDEN CITY, KS — A dairy powder plant has opened in southwest Kansas after Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and 12 member farms partnered to build the 267,000-square-foot plant. The plant is located in Garden City, KS, and will primarily export dairy powder but will also provide products for domestic consumption. The plant’s location will provide savings for area dairy farms on trucking expenses. Prior to the plant’s opening, farmers had to send milk to neighboring states and elsewhere for processing.

The plant was initially a partnership between DFA and Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group, a Chinese company, However the Chinese company halted its financial involvement when the demand for dairy powder in China went down. The plant can process up to 4 million pounds of raw milk and can produce up to 180 million pounds of dried dairy ingredients annually in the form of whole milk powder, skim milk powder, nonfat dry milk, and cream. DFA, Kansas City, KS, is a farmer-owned global food company.

Posted February 28, 2018

RHEINBERG, Germany — Aumund Fördertechnik GmbH, Rheinberg, Germany, has named Jens Müller as the company’s new commercial managing director. Müller holds a degree in economics and is responsible for finance, controlling, internet technology, general administration, and purchasing. Aumund Fördertechnik is part of Aumund Holding BV, Venlo, the Netherlands, a bulk material conveying and storage company.

Posted February 27, 2018

CENTRAL BUTTE, SK — A grain elevator explosion in Lawson, SK, injured one worker after a dust explosion occurred while workers were unloading grain. The grain elevator was built in 1959 and was recently purchased and renovated by Central Butte Feeds Ltd. The elevator was used as a storage facility and according to owner Doug Higginson, the company kept the elevator clean and maintained since the renovation. Central Butte Feeds, Central Butte, SK, is a cattle feed mill specializing in steam conditioned lentil screening pellets.

Posted February 26, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Red Monkey Foods (RMF), Springfield, has agreed to purchase San Francisco Salt (SFS) Co., a specialty salt provider in San Francisco, CA. SFS was founded in 2002 and is one of the fastest growing branded salt companies in the US, with ties to both the gourmet and personal care end markets. RMF produces organic spices, seasonings, and other natural dry food products and provides private label programs for Target, Safeway, Cost Plus World Market, and others.

Posted February 23, 2018

LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg — The Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit, organized by nanomaterials producer OCSiAl, provided a forum for nearly 400 industry pioneers from 30 countries who attended the business event held November 15-16 at the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Luxembourg City. The summit’s focus on single-wall carbon nanotube applications revealed that the material could potentially displace carbon black, multi-wall carbon nanotubes, carbon fibers, and other conventional additives from their dominant positions in the additives market. Single-wall carbon nanotubes can be used in various applications, from solar cells to flexible and wearable electronic devices. OCSiAl explained the health and safety issues associated with the materials that have been augmented with its proprietary Tuball nanotube product. The company said that independent labs confirmed that no nanotubes are released when materials augmented with Tuball are used. OCSiAl, Leudelange, Luxembourg, produces nanotubes for various industrial applications. The next Nanoaugmented Materials Industry Summit will be held in Shanghai, China, in 2018.

Posted February 22, 2018

HELSINKI, Finland — Vaisala, an environmental and industrial measurement company, has added to its line of humidity and temperature probes. The probes are interchangeable, making calibration and replacement easy. The probes are corrosion-, dust-, and chemical-resistant. The HMP and TMP probes are designed for applications involving pressure, temperature, constant high humidity, or rapid changes in humidity. These applications can include drying, test chambers, combustion air, and other humidifiers. The Humicap humidity and temperature probe is suitable for high-temperature applications such as those in industrial drying kilns, baking ovens, and pasta dryers. The probes are part of the company’s Indigo product family. Shipments on the new devices began in December 2017.

Posted February 21, 2018

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Solvay SA has begun production at a new compounding line in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The line will make compounds based on Solvay’s Technyl brand nylon resins. The line has an annual production capacity of 22 million pounds and is located near one of the company’s automotive-industry clients, Chunil Engineering. Solvay is a global chemical company that produces specialty polymers for various industries.