Financial results for the first quarter of 2017 show that sales and earnings are above last year’s first quarter at BASF (up 19%), Clariant (9%), Dow Chemical (24%) and Wacker (8%), providing further evidence for an upturn in the global chemicals industry.
The global need to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry has fuelled the search for alternatives. Now, the Perstorp Group has introduced ProPhorce Valerins – glycerol esters of valeric acid to be used in feed to promote animal performance.
ROMIL solvents are helping researchers at the Cavendish Laboratory, the University of Cambridge’s Department of Physics, to develop novel quantum dots that could be used in the next generation of solar panels.
SB7.0, the Seventh International Meeting on Synthetic Biology, will take place on 13-16 June 2017 at the National University of Singapore. The meeting is jointly organized by the BioBricks Foundation, SynBioBeta and the National University of Singapore. “The field of synthetic biology has made significant technical progress since SB1.0 took place at MIT back in 2004,” said Drew Endy of Stanford University and the BioBricks Foundation. “Gene synthesis costs have been reduced 200-fold, all of Boolean logic has been realized across a diversity of organisms, and biosynthesis via 30 enzyme pathways is becoming routine,” he added. But what’s missing, what’s next, and to what ends? Biology is central to all of human existence and nature. Synthetic biology is already being used to change or challenge almost every facet of today’s world from provisioning foods, fuels, medicines, and clothing, to enabling new modes of critical design, fashion and art. As our science and tools continue to evolve, everyone needs to work together to articulate what challenges, puzzles and problems must be addressed or avoided.
ChemSpec Europe 2017, which takes place from 31st May to 1st June, is the 32nd edition of this highly successful industry event. This year it takes place in Munich, South Germany’s central location for the chemical industry, renowned for pharmaceuticals, plastics, colours and coatings, personal care products and chemical fibres.
2M Holdings, a portfolio of chemical distribution and related services companies, including Banner Chemicals, Surfachem, MP Storage & Blending, Packed Chlorine, SampleRite UK, SampleRite China, and Stowlin Croftshaw, has added CE-O2 Trockeneis to its group.
Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has successfully completed the acquisition of US company Chemtura, one of the world’s leading suppliers of flame retardant and lubricant additives. With a total enterprise value of €2.4 billion, Chemtura is the largest acquisition in the history of LANXESS. The deal significantly expands the company’s additives portfolio and makes LANXESS one of the world’s leading players in this growth field, which is one of the most attractive in the specialty chemicals industry. In addition to additives, Chemtura’s urethanes and organometallics businesses will be integrated into the LANXESS portfolio. The Cologne-based specialty chemicals company will absorb some 2,500 Chemtura employees at 20 sites in 11 countries worldwide. The former Chemtura businesses generate annual sales of approximately €1.5 billion.
Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, is increasing spray drying capacity at its Pharmatek, San Diego, California facility with the installation of an additional GEA Niro Mobile Minor unit. The expanded capabilities are being introduced in response to market demand for solubility enhancement solutions, and were validated for cGMP at the end of April 2017. To further support the development of spray-dried dispersions, Catalent has also installed a third Gerties Mini-Pactor at its San Diego site. A high pressure, precision roller compactor, the Mini-Pactor is expected to be validated by early May 2017.
The FECC Annual Congress is now recognised as a key event within the chemical distribution industry, where members come together to discuss current issues. This year’s Congress takes place at the InterContinental Warszawa Hotel, Warsaw, Poland from 12th to 14th June 2017.