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  • ADM, DuPont Open Bioplastics Plant in Illinois

    American agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and DowDuPont biotechnology division DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced the official opening of a new jointly-operated production plant for bioplastics in Decatur, IL, a press release announced. The facility is said to be the world’s...

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  • Vortex Announces New Representative Agent in India

    Vortex Global Ltd announces the appointment of Enge Plas Automation (S) Pte Ltd as its new representative agent in India. Since 1984, Enge Plas Automation (S) Pte Ltd has delivered system components to bulk solids handling industries throughout Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, Enge Plas...

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  • Firm Chooses Louisiana for $25M Graphite Processing Site

    Australian industrial minerals and technology firm Syrah Resources plans to build a new, $25 million graphite processing plant in Vidalia, LA that will produce materials used in the automotive industry, Louisiana Economic Development (LED) announced in a press release Monday. The 50,000-sq-ft site...

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  • A Look at Equipment on Display at the 2018 Powder Show

    The International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition in Rosemont, IL was back in 2018, brining together dry solids processing and handling professionals from all over the world.  More than 350 companies from around the world exhibited their processing and handling solutions...

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  • Dust Explosion and Fire Database Presented at Powder Show

    Researcher Dr. Chris Cloney of DustSafetyScience.com presented details on his on-going project to create a comprehensive database of combustible dust explosions and fires around the world on Thurs., Apr. 26 at the International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition in Rosemont, IL....

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  • Nestle Takes Majority Share in British Dog Food Firm

    Moving to expand its pet nutrition offerings, Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle announced Monday that it is acquiring a majority share in the UK-based direct-to-consumer dog food firm Tails.com. “Personalized pet nutrition, along with direct-to-consumer subscription services, are...

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  • Phenol Leak at Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 16

    Some 16 workers were injured and one person was killed at a chemical plant last Thursday in Decine, Czech Republic following a leak of phenol from a truck tanker, officials told French news service AFP. The incident occurred at the Chemotex facility at about 5:30 a.m. after a hose that was moving...

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  • Wacker Chemie Opens New $18M Silicone Elastomers Plant

    German chemical group Wacker Chemie AG officially opened a new 13,000 sq m production plant for silicone elastomers and silicone sealants in South Korea to meet rising demand from the region’s construction and electronics industires, the firm announced in an Apr. 24 press release. Located in...

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  • Fire Forces Evacuation of Dow Chemical Plant in Louisiana

    A fire last Friday morning at the 2000-acre Dow Chemical petrochemical plant in Hahnville, LA led the company to evacuate “non-essential” personnel and monitor the air surrounding the site, Dow’s St. Charles Operations said in a Facebook post. “There was a building fire on...

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  • Dust Eyed as Cause of Explosion at Texas Feed Mill

    Officials said a blast last Wednesday afternoon at the Jupe Feeds Inc. feed milling facility in Temple, TX was likely caused by an ignition of accumulated grain dust. Emergency personnel responded to the site at about 12:30 p.m., and were told by workers that a loud explosion was heard. “...

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