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Sun Chemical and DIC dip into inks

New Jersey-based Sun Chemical and its Japanese parent company, DIC, have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire digital inks producer Sensient Imaging Technologies and other assets related to the production of inks from Sensient, which mainly makes colours, flavours and other speciality ingredients.

Sun Chemical said that this investment will allow it “to expand its inkjet ink capabilities and expertise using complementary technologies” in a sector it describes as strategic. Terms for the deal, which is expected to be finalised within Q2, were not disclosed.

Ten dead from Indian chemical explosion

A blast that occurred in a boiler of agrochemicals company Yashashvi Rasayan’s factory at the Dahej Special Economic Zone-1 in Gujarat state on 3 June has caused ten deaths and over 70 injuries to date. All are believed to be contract workers at the site, mainly migrants from other regions of India. Eight were killed immediately and two have since died.

Acetic-to-acrylic tests for Celanese

Celanese’s Nanjing-based Chinese subsidiary has signed a tri-party agreement to test the industrial-scale production of acrylic acid using acetic acid as the main raw material. Commercial details are not being disclosed.

The company’s partners in this project are: the Southwest Institute of Chemical, a Ministry of Chemical Industry R&D institute based in Chengdu and known as SW Chem; and Yankuang Lunan of Teng Zhou, a privately owned chemical company which mainly makes urea, methanol, acetic acid and polyoxymethylene.

Feature article - Delayed differentiation skids & product variation efficiency

Ken Sipes, director of process systems at EPIC Systems, explains the benefits of designing modular process skids for delayed differentiation

Delayed differentiation, also known as late product differentiation (LPD), refers to the practice of postponing changes to a base product until the end of the manufacturing process. This strategy is widely practised by manufacturers of flavours and fragrances, home and personal care products, adhesives, speciality chemicals and others.

Feature article – Covid-19 & a CDMO: A case study

Nicolas Biz, CDMO chief project officer, shows how Seqens rapidly developed production of a key material in the fight against Covid-19

Pending the availability of a vaccine, which will necessarily take time, the race against the clock is under way to identify and develop an anti-viral molecule effective against Covid-19. Research is taking place at an unprecedented speed, with more than 1,900 clinical trials listed worldwide since the start of the pandemic. Of these, 912 are in the process of patient testing.

Dow site recovering from floods

Dow’s headquarters site at Midland, Michigan, was hit by flooding on the morning of 20 May following the collapse of two dams. The company has now stated that “significant progress continues to be made on clean-up and recovery”, including the restoration of utilities, infrastructure, and logistics across the site to normal operations.

Companies call for net-zero recovery from Covid-19

DSM, Bayer, Symrise, Henkel and Takasago International are among 155 companies signing a joint release by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the UN Global Compact, and the We Mean Business coalition. This urged governments “to align their Covid-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science” and “prioritise a faster and fairer transition from a grey to a green economy”, with net zero carbon emissions.

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