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  • AkzoNobel Buys Brazilian Organic Peroxides Producer

    Chemical and coatings firm AkzoNobelis expanding its presence in South America with the planned purchase of Polinox, a Brazil-based maker of ketone peroxide, a major part of polymer production, the company announced in a press release Friday. The Dutch company’s Specialty Chemicals...

  • Key Technology Names New Area Sales Manager

    Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, recently promoted Alvaro Nunez to Area Sales Manager for Central and Northern California, who will assume responsibility for bringing Key’s high performance digital sorters, vibratory conveying solutions and other...

  • New CA Program to Help Food Processors Lower Energy Use

    A new $57 million grant program launched by the California Energy Commission aims to support research that will help food processing firms in the state to lower their energy use and reduce emissions of harmful greenhouse gasses.  Established in 2018, the Food Production Investment Program...

  • Wm. W. Meyer & Sons Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

    Wm. M. Meyer & Sons Inc. recently achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification recognizing that the company’s quality management system meets standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization of Geneva, Switzerland. The ISO 9001 standard is understood internationally to...

  • BRANDT Opens Specialty Formulations Plant in California

    Agricultural products maker BRANDT recently expanded its production capabilities with the opening a new 42,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant for specialty formulations in Visalia, CA, the company announced in a July 16 press release. The site will also function as a development and testing...

  • Tortilla Chip Waste Explodes at Texas Food Plant

    Firefighters responded to a tortilla chip factory in Austin, TX twice within one week after the “spontaneous combustion” of boxes of food waste stored at the site, officials said. The incidents occurred on July 12 and July 15 at the facility located at 6110 Trade Center Drive. ...

  • BASF Invests $25M in Belgian 3D Printing Technology Firm

    German chemicals and materials firm BASF is investing $25 million in Leuven, Belgium-based 3D printing technology supplier Materialise and furthering a cooperation agreement with the company to advance development of additive manufacturing materials and applications for the consumer goods...

  • Lehigh Technologies Starts Up New Rubber Powder Plant

    Specialty chemicals firm Lehigh Technologies began production at its new Murillo el Fruto manufacturing plant in Europe, expanding its capacity for micronized rubber powder (MRP), the company announced in a press release Monday.  Located in Navarra, Spain, the facility uses the firm...

  • Explosion at Ohio Chemical Plant Forces Evacuations

    An explosion and fire at the Emerald Performance Materials chemical plant in Akron, OH on Wednesday afternoon led official to order an evacuation of businesses and homes within a half-mile radius of the facility, local media reports said. The blast occurred at about 1 p.m., drawing the response of...

  • LafargeHolcim Acquires Texas Ready-Mix Concrete Firm

    Building materials, cement, and concrete firm LafargeHolcim recently acquired one of the Dallas/Fort Worth area’s biggest providers of ready-mix concrete, expanding its presence in Texas, a company press release announced this month. The company said the purchase of the Texas firm...