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  • U.S. Specialty Chemicals Markets Rise Again

    The Specialty Chemicals Market Volume Index, a tool created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), showed that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes rose 0.3 percent in September. This follows a revised 0.1 percent gain in August and 0.3 percent gain in July. All changes in the data are...

  • OSHA Updates Safety and Health Program Recommendations

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an update its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs guidelines, taking changes in the workplace, economy, and safety and health issues, the agency announced Tuesday. This is the first...

  • Evonik and HP Team Up to Develop New 3D Printing Powders

    German specialty chemicals company Evonik and Hewlett Packard (HP) are strengthening a cooperative arrangement to create new plastic powders used in 3D printing. Essen, Germany-based Evonik is placing its VESTOSINT 3D Z2773 certified product on HP’s “Open Platform Program,” the...

  • Explosion at S. Korea Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 4

    An explosion in a silo at a South Korean chemical plant Wednesday killed one worker and left four others with injuries, South Korean news service Yonhap and Chinese state news service Xinhua reported separately. A silo of Terephthalic acid, a raw material used to manufacture polyester, caught on...

  • TUNRA Offering Bulk Solids Handling Course in November

    TUNRA Bulk Solids Research Associates (TBS) is holding a three-day course on bulk solids storage, feeding, transfer, and belt conveying on Nov. 15 to 17 in Perth, Australia. Over the duration of the course, attendees will learn about flow properties, mass flow and tunnel flow, stockpile design,...

  • Recovery Efforts Continue After Explosion at BASF Plant

    Two firefighters were killed and one person remains missing after an explosion Monday morning at the north harbor site of BASF’s Ludwigshafen, Germany chemical manufacturing complex, the German chemical company said in an update issued Tuesday morning. Eight people were seriously injured from...

  • Food Processing Equipment Market to Reach $14B by 2020

    A report released Monday by BCC Research anticipates the global market for food processing and packaging equipment will total $31.5 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% through the forecast period. The market research firm attributes the growth over the next...

  • UK University Opens £5M Process Manufacturing Center

    Kirklees College, a university near Leeds, England, announced the opening of its Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC) Monday, which university, industry, and civic leaders hope will contribute to process industry job growth in the country’s northern regions. “The centre will help enhance...

  • Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman to Retire in 2017

    Chief executive officer and chairman of Caterpillar Inc. Doug Oberhelman will retire at the end of March 2017 after 41 years of working with the Peoria, IL-based company. “During his time has Chairman and CEO, Oberhelman has reinvigorated the company’s focus on serving customers while...

  • USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese, Releases Trans-Pacific Partnership Report

    Following a roundtable discussion with dairy producers near La Crosse, WI, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering to purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese to reduce a private cheese surplus that has reached record levels, while...