EPA Joins DuPont to Prepare Nano-safety Guideline

In order to further evaluate the effectiveness, flexibility, and practicality of R&D in the field of nanotechnology by companies or research organizations, on June 21 the Environmental Defense Agency (Environmental Defense) announced the future release of the “Guidance on the Safety and Environmental Risks of Nanotechnology Product Development” prepared in collaboration with companies. In this collaboration, DuPont is responsible for conducting safety and environmental risk testing and developing guidance outlines for the nanotechnology development of three materials: titanium dioxide (titanium dioxide), carbon nanotubes, and zero-valent iron. “The EPA chose to work with DuPont on the above three projects to complete the assessment, not only because DuPont manufactures all three of these products, but also because it believes that DuPont’s current production and development model is representative of a typical company participating in this assessment.” Mr. Terry Medley, DuPont’s project leader, said. He also noted, “For DuPont, each of the three projects represents the core value chain of the industry. Because including raw materials, production, equipment, employees and many other links, DuPont has a very detailed deployment and arrangements, will help the U.S. Environmental Protection Association to successfully complete the task.” DuPont’s new titanium dioxide category is Light Stabilizer 210, a […]

Countries Are Experimenting with Cellulosic Ethanol Development

In the near future, the gasoline flowing in your car’s tank will not only be the barrel of increasingly expensive “black gold” dredged from the deep sea or underground. Leftover wood chips from lumber mills, farmers’ discarded straws, and rice hulls will all be turned into fuel that will make your car run faster. Cellulosic ethanol is seen as one of the most promising feedstocks for gasoline blends. Various countries are just starting in this technology now, and once someone is one step or even half a step ahead, it means huge commercial benefits. Unlike wheat-based ethanol, the new technology uses cellulose-containing straw and wood chips to produce ethanol. This replaces some of the gasoline, makes it clean and environmentally friendly, and reduces the cost of raw materials. At present, the internationally popular technologies for manufacturing ethanol from starchy products are divided into three categories: one is the use of food crops such as corn or wheat. The second is the use of non-staple grains such as sweet potato, cassava, sweet sorghum, etc. The third category is the production of waste organisms contained in crop straw, forestry processing waste, sugarcane bagasse and municipal waste, collectively known as cellulose. Of the […]

Huge Cost Overruns Make BASF Decide to “Stay Away” from Europe

Huge cost overruns make BASF decide to “stay away” from Europe The skyrocketing gas prices in Europe have made it difficult for many industrial companies to maintain. Recently, BASF officially announced that it would scale down its production in Europe as soon as possible and permanently. The reason it gave was the gas crisis in Europe and overly strict EU industry regulations. BASF’s natural gas costs have increased significantly this year. Faced with a huge cost pressure of about RMB 15.8 billion, BASF finally could not afford it and chose to stay away from Europe. Under the energy crisis, companies are struggling to support themselves. The European chemical industry is now facing a huge impact. This is mainly due to the serious spike in energy costs in Europe. BASF is not the only one that has been badly affected. Many European companies have had to cut production in order to struggle in this situation. For example, in Alcoa’s aluminum smelter in Norway, production was cut by one-third of the original. Total Energy and the German plant Crestron have even announced a direct shutdown. It can be seen that European companies are now walking on thin ice. As a result, many […]

By-product Glycerin Will Drive A New Round of Epichlorohydrin Development

In recent years, with the high price of international oil, biodiesel as an alternative energy source is widely popular. And as the biodiesel industry gradually heats up, cheap glycerin emerges in large quantities. It is understood that the biodiesel production process will produce a large amount of glycerin by-product. Every 10 tons of biodiesel production will produce 1 ton of glycerin. This will have a very big impact on the traditional glycerin production enterprises. Many traditional glycerin producers will be forced to close down. The increase of the supply of cheap glycerol by-products will certainly drive the rapid development of new glycerol-based raw material industries. The preparation of epichlorohydrin by “glycerol method” has become a hot spot in the industry. Last year, Dow Chemical and Solvay announced the construction of large scale epichlorohydrin production plants using “glycerol method” almost simultaneously. And several manufacturers have implemented or launched the construction plan of epichlorohydrin using “glycerol” process in China. A global climax of epichlorohydrin development has been formed. According to the experts of China Epoxy Resin Industry Association, “glycerol method” will become the main character of the development of epichlorohydrin. Epichlorohydrin is expected to become the largest application area of glycerol. At […]

3D Printing Technology May Change Human Life

From self-repairing pipes to printed organs, to t-shirts that are bulletproof. These very avant-garde-sounding things are likely to arrive with the new 3D printing technology. The new 3D printing technology was the hottest topic at the TED conference held in Vancouver, Canada in April of this year. Five of these trends are particularly noteworthy. 3D printing technology is likely to change people’s lives in the future. Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, predicted that Nike is likely to become a pure software company in the next decade, thanks to 3D printing. In the future, traditional product manufacturers won’t have to provide users with actual products. Instead, they will release copyrighted 3D-printed blueprints. Users can simply print the product at home or at a nearby 3D printing store. Digital 3D printing factories are also growing rapidly around the world. This means that traditional forms of production are beginning to shift. Direct digital manufacturing can reduce global sourcing, manufacturing costs, provide more local jobs, and also help to compress production costs. 3D printing is far more creative than people can imagine. Custom materials will lead to a broader scope of development and numerous innovative experiences. Already, doctors have successfully created a tool for […]

PU Foam Can Provide Insulation for Houses

While providing the ideal insulation for wooden houses in Scandinavia, the issue of controlling heating costs has to be taken into account. Two companies have already jointly conceived a solution based on polyurethane rigid foam. Two wooden beams with cross sections of 98 by 47 mm and 40 by 47 mm were placed in a mold and the gap between the two beams was filled with a liquid polyurethane system solution. The mold was then sealed. and cured at a temperature of about 45ºC. After a short period of time, the finished polyurethane mullions can be removed from the molds. The stability of the mixture is ensured by the fact that the polyurethane system adheres very well to the underside of the wood. This technology prevents the creation of thermal bridges between the internal space and the surface. Thus, the insulation solution is greatly improved. The Norwegian Intellectual Property Office has confirmed in writing that it will grant a patent for the invention of this technology. There are parts of the building envelope where relatively dense heat flow and low internal surface temperatures are formed by the temperature difference between the interior and exterior of the building. These parts become […]

Australia’s IPL to Acquire Indonesian Fertilizer Plant

Australia’s Incitec Pivot Limited’s (IPL) coal gasification plan, the construction of a refinery to turn coal into gas, is seen as lucrative. And IPL’s plans have led to speculation that the company intends to acquire the Aceh fertilizer plant. Incitec Pivot is a leading global explosives company. It has operations in Australia, Asia and the Americas. We estimate its share of the global commercial explosives market to be about 15%. Explosives contribute 80% of EBITDA. Inciec Pivot is also a major Australian fertilizer producer and distributor. It is also the only manufacturer of ammonium phosphate and urea in Australia. Ammonium phosphate is sold in the domestic market and exported. Indonesian Industry Minister Fahmy Idris noted that IPL may acquire the Aceh ASEAN Fertilizer Plant. IPL and Pusli Fertilizer Plant and Transformation Industries Ltd (Rekin) have joined forces to explore building a plant to supply three local fertilizer plants. namely the Iskandar Muda I and II plants, and the gas required for the Aceh ASEAN Fertilizer Plant (AAF). Fahmy welcomed the coal gasification plan. As it will enable the Aceh fertilizer plant to increase its production to its maximum capacity. “IPL is a fertilizer industry, but in addition to producing fertilizer, […]

Pergolide Have Been Withdrawn from the Market in China due to Safety Risks

Recently, the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of China issued a notice stating that in view of the risk of increased heart valve damage from the preparation of Pergolide mesylate, it was decided that from January 1, 2008, the production, sale, and use of the drug should be stopped by the drug manufacturing, operating and using units, and the approval certificate of the drug will also be withdrawn at the same time. Pergolide mesylate tablets, the indications are that this product is a dopamine receptor agonist and a synergistic drug for the compound levodopa preparation. Pergolide is a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease. The safety issues of adverse reactions to severe damage to heart valves are well established. Together with its use as second-line adjuvant therapy in the later stages of Parkinson’s disease treatment. Its therapeutic status can be replaced. On March 29, the FDA declared that the drug manufacturer has voluntarily withdrawn the drug from the U.S. market. The products withdrawn from the market include the products of the original issuer Eli Lilly and Company and two generic products. There are currently two companies in China that hold the approval number for the product. Pergolide mesylate tablets […]

EU Raises Standards Affecting China’s Tire and Rubber Industry

On June 1 this year, the much-anticipated EU Restriction of Chemicals Act (REACH Act) will come into force. The bill will implement mandatory registration, assessment, licensing, and implementation of safety monitoring of all chemicals entering the EU market. These include about 30,000 kinds of chemical products, home appliances, textiles, clothing, footwear, toys, light industry, electronics, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and so on. Sources pointed out that the implementation of this bill will have a significant impact on the chemical industry over a period of time. Although a small number of companies with technological advantages are likely to gain excess revenue. But most of the chemical industry enterprises will greatly increase the cost pressure. Among them, tire and rubber manufacturing enterprises may be more impacted. The EU passed the Act on Registration, Evaluation, Licensing and Restriction of Chemicals on December 13 last year. In the 3 to 11 years after the implementation, the EU market about 30,000 kinds of chemical products and its downstream textile, light industry, pharmaceutical and other more than 5 million kinds of manufactured products need to be implemented in all safety monitoring. All relevant chemical and downstream products are required to be registered. And only after being permitted to […]

New Trends in Flexible Packaging Film Processing in Europe

The study entitled “European Flexible Packaging Market 2006” shows that. Although plants are still being rationalized, the €9.3 billion Western European flexible packaging market is still oversupplied. Because of the high costs, most products are not very competitive. In addition, there is a trend for leading brand owners to move food production and packaging outside the UK. They usually build their factories in the new EU member states. This has forced flexible packaging suppliers to follow suit. Large processors in Western Europe can re-locate their plants. By this method to adapt to these changes. But many small and medium-sized Western European converters are unable to do so. They have to endure the pain caused by this change. PCI explained that the rationalization of industry configuration and the continued closure of some plants will balance supply and demand. Overall, the study predicts that European demand for flexible packaging will grow at an annual rate of 1.4 percent. From 9.3 billion euros in 2005 to about 10 billion euros in 2010. However, it is estimated that the growth rate in Western Europe during this period may be less than 1% per year. In contrast, the market demand in Central and Eastern Europe […]