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  • US Regulator Approves ChemChina’s $43B Purchase of Syngenta

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved a $43 billion sale of Swiss pesticide and seed producer Syngenta to Beijing-based ChemChina, the companies announced Monday. Syngenta said it expects the transaction to be completed by the end of 2016, though it is still...

  • BASF Opens Construction Chemicals Plant in Sri Lanka

    BASF inaugurated its first manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka on Aug. 19 to help meet increasing demand for construction chemicals in the country, the German chemical company announced Monday. The facility, located in Sapugaskande, Sri Lanka, will produce standard and custom-made performance-based...

  • New Technology Could Help Reduce Plastic Manufacturing Emissions

    Researchers from ExxonMobil and the Georgia Institute of Technology created a new technology that possibly reduces energy use and emissions in plastics manufacturing, the company announced Aug. 18. The team of scientists developed a new process using a molecular-level filter to separate paraxylene...

  • Pfizer Buying Biopharmaceutical Firm Medivation for $14B

    Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is buying Medivation, a San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical company that produces molecules for oncology uses, for $14 billion, the company announced Monday in a press release. “The proposed acquisition of Medivation is expected to immediately accelerate...

  • OSHA Fines Ohio Plastic Manufacturer $42K for Violations

    The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Ashland, OH plastic manufacturing facility of Liqui-Box Corporation on Aug. 11 for three serious and one other-than-serious safety violations, the agency announced Thursday. An investigation was...

  • China Auto Company Investing $819M in South Africa Plant

    Beijing Automotive International Corp. (BAIC) signed an agreement to build a new automobile manufacturing facility in a Port Elizabeth, South Africa industrial development, multiple news outlets reported. The move by the Chinese state-owned auto maker represents the largest investment in the...

  • North American Orders for Manufacturing Robots Sets Record

    North American companies ordered 14,583 robots for manufacturing and other business purposes in the first half of 2016, setting a record for the largest number of robot orders in the first half of a year, according to data released Tuesday by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). Orders...

  • New Screw Conveyor Engineering Guide offered by KWS Manufacturing

    KWS Manufacturing Co. has published a new engineering guide for the design of screw conveyors that is immediately available in print and electronic formats. The new KWS engineering guide contains all of the information needed for the design of screw conveyors and screw feeders, as well as...

  • Pharma Tech Industries Names New VP of Business Development

    Athens, GA-based pharmaceutical contract manufacturer Pharma Tech Industries announced Thursday that it has hired Eric Kaneps as its vice president of business development. In the role, Kaneps will develop and maintain new supply chains relationships, evaluate and assess new health and wellness...

  • Siemens Expands Additive Manufacturing Presence

    In an effort to increase its additive manufacturing footprint, Siemens acquired an 85% stake in Worcester, MA-based additive manufacturing processing and production firm Materials Solutions Ltd, the German company announced in earlier this month. Financial terms were not disclosed. “With the...