With a view to continuous improvement, DC Fine Chemicals has built a new QC laboratory in its facility near Barcelona, Spain. Sarah Harding, Editor, spoke to Lenny Loeb, Director at DC Fine Chemicals, about the new facility, maintaining quality in the supply chain, and the company’s future (with Brexit in mind).
As explained by Andrew Thomas Burton Stuart, President & CEO of Isowater Corporation, deuterium oxide has a wide range of uses. He and other experts at Isowater have been speaking to Speciality Chemicals Magazine about the growing use of deuterium oxide in pharma applications. When water contains a high amount of deuterium (the ‘heavy hydrogen’ isotope; 2H), it is known colloquially as ‘heavy water’, or more formally as deuterium oxide (2H2O). Whereas protium (1H) has no neutron in the nucleus, the nucleus of deuterium contains one proton and one neutron, making it about twice as heavy as the more common isotope.
On presenting its annual report on 14th March, WACKER announced that Group sales for 2016 came in at €5.40 billion, up 2% year over year (2015: €5.30 billion). The rise was mainly due to higher volumes. EBITDA – earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization – totalled €1,101.4 million in 2016 (2015: €1,048.8 million). This corresponds to an EBITDA margin of 20.4% (2015: 19.8%). Although special income from advance payments retained and damages received from solar customers was much lower than in 2015, EBITDA in 2016 was 5% above the prior-year value. Special income totalled €20.3 million in full-year 2016 (2015: €137.6 million). Adjusted for this effect, EBITDA reached €1,081.1 million (2015: €911.2 million), a rise of around 19%.
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, introducing him to the specialty chemical industry, stressing its importance to the US economy, and thanking him for his focus on small business, employment and the economy. Since 1921, SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies located around the world bringing world-class support uniquely tailored to enhance the operational excellence of our member companies. SOCMA is the only US-based trade association dedicated solely to the specialty chemical industry, making it a leading authority on this sector.
Published: March 20, 2017