News Update

8/1/2014 - Bindicator launches new website

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Bindicator, a bulk level management and level switches supplier, announced that it has a new website. The website has improved navigation for company and product information and has direct links to the supplier's Brazil and China sites for international customers.


8/1/2014 - IAOM seeks presenters for 2015 conference

The International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) is seeking presenters for the organization's 119th Annual Conference & Expo that will be held May 4-8 at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, Calif. Presenters are needed for the events educational/technical sessions and product showcase. Presentations for the educational sessions should address ideas for technical operations, employee management, product protection, and facility management and are due September 8, 2014. Presentations for the product showcase should focus on a new and innovative product that will be exhibited at the 2015 event and are due December 8, 2014. For more info and to submit, visit the IAOM website, www.iaom.info/annualmeeting.


7/31/2014 - Precision Manufacturing designates vice president of sales and marketing

EUGENE, Ore. — Precision Machine & Manufacturing Inc. has named Neil Burck as vice president of sales and marketing. Burck is an Oregon State University graduate. He has a business degree with a concentration in marketing. Precision Machine & Manufacturing, Eugene, manufactures rotary feeders, valves, and screw conveyors.


7/30/2014 - Report examines cobalt market's future

LONDON — According to a recent report, the cobalt market had minimal price fluctuations in 2013, despite many industry changes. In 2013, Madagascar and the Philippines added new cobalt production capacity, Freeport Cobalt acquired the Kokkola refinery in Finland, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo proposed a ban on concentrated exports and increased export taxes. These changes, however, didn't have a big impact on cobalt's market price.

The report Cobalt: Market Outlook to 2018 by Roskill Information Services Ltd., a provider of bespoke market research for the minerals and metals industry, states that global cobalt consumption increased at a 5.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2008 and 2013. The report forecasts that future demand will grow at a similar rate, 6.1 percent per year, to 2018. This means that cobalt demand is predicted to reach around 121,000 tons. Cobalt market growth is expected to be driven by demand in Asia, particularly China, South Korea, and Japan, for use in battery applications. Demand for cobalt in the battery application segment is predicted to have the highest growth, at 9.2 percent per year to 2018. Demand for cobalt in catalysts is also expected to grow quickly, at 8.3 percent per year, driven by high demand for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in the oil and gas sector. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $8,300, visit www.roskill.co.uk.


7/29/2014 - Union Process gains ISO 9001:2008 certification

AKRON, Ohio — Union Process a particle size reduction and dispersing equipment manufacturer, has recently achieved ISO 9001:2008 with Design certification. The certification covers all aspects of a company's activities, from initial contact with the customer through product delivery and customer service. The company worked for several months to complete the quality assurance process.


7/28/2014 - Brookfield celebrates 80 years

MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — Brookfield Engineering Laboratories, headquartered in Middleboro, is celebrating its 80-year anniversary. In 1933, the company's founder, Donald Brookfield, created a new, unconventional approach to measuring a material's viscosity. Brookfield experimented with motors and springs in the basement of his family's home and created a single-speed instrument that would become Brookfield Engineering's first product after he founded the company in 1934. Brookfield manufactures viscometers and rheometers for lab and inline process control applications.


7/25/2014 - Professor Diana Lados awarded TMS Brimacombe Medal

WARRENDALE, Pa. — At its annual meeting in San Diego, the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) awarded Diana Lados the Brimacombe Medal for sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy, or science related to materials science and engineering. Lados is associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. She is also founder and director of the Integrative Materials Design Center, a research center at WPI dedicated to improving performance, reliability, and sustainability in materials science, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing. In 2011, Lados received TMS's Early Career Faculty Fellow Award for her work at WPI. TMS, Warrendale, is a professional organization dedicated to the science and engineering fields concerned with minerals, metals, and materials.


7/24/2014 - Engineering services in the US recovering after recession

NEW YORK — After experiencing a downturn, the engineering services industry in the US is expected to recover from the economic recession. According to the report Engineering Services in the US by IBISWorld Inc., an industrial research company, industry revenue trended downward from 2009 to 2010 after construction activity and private demand decreased. Some engineering firms were able to sustain business with long-term contracts, but many of the engineering service firms' client companies postponed or canceled upcoming projects. This lack of demand caused some engineering service firms to leave the market.

However, since 2011, the engineering services industry in the US has been recovering because of rebounding corporate profitability, low interest rates, and companies reinvesting in new facilities. Industry revenue is forecast to increase 3.8 percent in 2014. The report predicts that the industry will grow as the economy continues to strengthen, especially because of growth in green building methods. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $925, visit www.ibisworld.com.


7/23/2014 - Global kaolin demand to reach 31.6 million tons

CLEVELAND — Global kaolin demand is expected to increase 3.3 percent per year, reaching 31.6 million tons and a market value of $4.4 billion in 2017. Kaolin market growth is predicted to improve as economic conditions around the world improve. Despite this, demand is expected to be hampered by poor performance in the paper market, where kaolin faces competition from calcium carbonates. This is according to the report World Kaolin by The Freedonia Group Inc., a market research firm.

The Asia-Pacific region held the largest share of kaolin demand in 2012 and is forecast to have the fastest-growing demand through 2017. China, India, Malaysia, and Thailand are predicted to be the top four kaolin consumers through the forecast period, and China is expected to continue to be the largest market for kaolin and the largest national consumer of the material. Western Europe and North America, the next two largest regional markets for kaolin, are predicted to post improved demand through 2017. To learn more and to purchase a copy of the report for $6,200, visit www.freedoniagroup.com.


7/22/2014 - Separation Solutions announces new location, lab capabilities

KALAMZOO, Mich. — Separation Solutions has relocated its corporate Kalamazoo office. The company, a manufacturer's representative and distributor, represents 29 companies, including Sturtevant Inc., Nol-Tec Systems Inc., Russell Finex Inc., and others. The company's new address is 4717 Campus Drive, Suite #1900, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. The company's phone and fax numbers remain the same. The new location is in the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center located in the Business Technology Research Park at Western Michigan University's Parkview campus. This location will allow the company to strengthen its lab capabilities for testing.


7/21/2014 - Sentry names vice president

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — Sentry Equipment Corp. has added Brad Taylor as vice president of power products. Taylor has prior knowledge of global industrial manufacturing and has held positions in operations, sales, engineering, and divisional leadership. He holds a BS in electrical engineering technology from Milwaukee School of Engineering and is completing his master's degree in business administration. Sentry Equipment, Oconomowoc, designs, manufactures, and services sampling systems and equipment.


7/18/2014 - Global limestone consumption forecast to reach 5.7 billion tons by 2020

SAN JOSE, Calif. — According to the report Limestone — A Global Strategic Business Report by Global Industry Analysts Inc., an off-the-shelf market research publisher, market growth for limestone is expected to come from a stronger construction industry, growth in steel production and cement manufacturing, and renewed spending on public infrastructure in the next few years. Other commercial sectors, such as glass and sugar, are also expected to be market drivers because they're major end markets for limestone.

Limestone market growth stumbled during the global recession, with weakened sales in international markets. Developed regions in North America and Europe were more impacted by the slowdown, while developing countries were shielded from greater impact by their relatively higher national savings at both the government and household levels. The market recovered in 2010, a recovery triggered by government economic stimulus plans, improvements in manufacturing activity, and a rebound in infrastructure spending, among other factors. Future market growth opportunities are predicted to come from limestone's use as a primary raw material in environmental mitigation processes, such as water purification, soil stabilization, fertilization, and other processes.

According to the report, the Asia-Pacific region is the largest limestone market in the world because of major investments in the construction markets in India and China. Growth in the Asia Pacific region is predicted to be the fastest during the report's analysis period, growing at a 5.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). China is the largest limestone producer in the world but is expected to restrict limestone exports to comply with domestic demand and to preserve its natural reserves. By limiting exports, China will likely influence the global supply-demand balance. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,500, visit www.strategyr.com.


7/17/2014 - Fred Daniell elected chair of SPI board

WASHINGTON, D.C. — SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has elected Kureha America Inc. president, Fred Daniell, to chair its board of directors. Daniell has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an executive MBA from Duke University. Under Daniell's leadership, the board will focus on helping its members navigate recent changes to the nation's health insurance system. To that end, SPI has launched SPI HealthLINK, a private health insurance exchange available only to SPI member companies.


7/16/2014 - USGS reports decrease in 2013 US mineral production

RESTON, Va. — In its annual report Mineral Commodity Summaries 2014, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the estimated value of US mineral production decreased to $74.3 billion in 2013 from $75.8 billion the previous year. The slight decline follows three consecutive years of increases. Net US exports of mineral raw materials and old scrap were $15.8 billion, bringing the total value of mined, exported, and recycled raw materials in 2013 to $90.1 billion. The construction industry continued to improve in 2013, with increased production and consumption of cement, construction sand and gravel, crushed stone, and gypsum. The report contains statistics on about 90 US mineral commodities and is a primary source of unbiased information on mineral production for the industrial and financial sectors and for policy makers. The report is available at minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/mcs/.


7/15/2014 - Vortex offers loading spout cable warranty

SALINA, Kan. — Vortex Valves North America announced that it will offer a 10-year warranty on its loading spout lifting cables for the supplier's high-volume loading spout systems. The loading spouts are used for loading bulk materials into open or enclosed vessels. The warranty covers any of the supplier's loading spout cables that break due to friction from the pulley system. Vortex, Salina, Kan., supplies slide gate, diverter, and iris valves and loadout equipment for the dry bulk industries.


7/14/2014 - Magnet Applications allies with Magnequench

DUBOIS, Pa. — Magnet Applications, a subsidiary of Bunting Magnetics Co., has partnered with Magnequench, the magnetic business unit of Molycorp Inc., Greenwood Village, Colo. The partnership will allow Magnet Applications to continue receiving Neo Powders that are used in bonded neodymium magnets. Magnequench is currently the only legal North American manufacturer of Neo Powders, but due to patent expirations, other companies will be allowed to import the materials from outside the US. By partnering with Magnequench, Magnetic Applications will be able to ensure a steady, reliable supply of the powder, which is used for automotive, factory automation, medical device, consumer electronics, and other applications. Magnet Applications, DuBois, Pa., manufactures and distributes bonded and injection-molded magnets and assemblies.


7/11/2014 - Fike research engineer receives William H. Doyle Award

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Tom Farrell, a research engineer at Fike Corp., has been awarded the prestigious William H. Doyle Award. The award was presented at the Loss Prevention Symposium during the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Global Congress on Process Safety. The award is given annually and recognizes the best paper presented at the previous year's Loss Prevention Symposium. Papers are reviewed, selected, and voted upon by members of the Loss Prevention Symposium Committee. The paper "Dust Flame Propagation in Industrial Scale Piping, Part I: Empirical Study in a Conveying Vessel-Pipeline System" was authored by Tom Farrell, Jim Vingerhoets, Jef Snoeys, and John Going. Fike, Blue Springs, Mo., provides fire and explosion safety solutions.


7/10/2014 - Jenike & Johanson opens Brazil office

TYNGSBORO, Mass. — Jenike & Johanson Inc., has opened a new office in Vinhedo, Brazil. The new office will allow the company to serve clients in Brazil in the mining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agricultural, and other industries. Rogério Ruiz is the engineer in charge of the Vinhedo office. Jenike & Johanson provides engineering services to the bulk solids handling, processing, and storage industries.


7/10/2014 - PMMI accepting nominations for Packaging Hall of Fame

RESTON, Va. — PMMI — The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies is accepting nomination for the Packaging Hall of Fame through July 15. Nominees should be packaging leaders that have dedicated themselves to the industry through expanding knowledge and volunteer leadership, and have personally advanced the field of packaging. For more info or to nominate, visit www.pmmi.org/phof.


7/9/2014 - AFIA award recognizes feed mill excellence

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the agricultural-related publication Feedstuffs have named the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (TFC) in Rockford, Tenn., the 2013 Feed Mill of the Year. The award recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations. TFC has been certified in hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) and AFIA's Safe Feed/Safe Food (SF/SF) Certification Program. The company manufactures 120,000 tons of feed each year and employs 38 workers. Established in 1945, the company supplies stores and dealers throughout Tennessee and bordering states. AFIA, Arlington, represents the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the US animal feed industry and its suppliers.


7/8/2014 - EXPOSOLIDOS 2015 preparations beginning

BARCELONA, Spain — The seventh edition of EXPOSOLIDOS, which occurs every 3 years, will take place February 17-19, 2015, at the La Farga L'Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona, Spain. The exhibition focuses on the handling and processing of solids, bulk materials, dry powder, semisolids, and liquid-solid separation. It's estimated that 4,500 professional visitors from more than 15 countries will attend the exhibition and technical seminars.


7/7/2014 - Hapman launches new website

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Hapman, a manufacturer of bulk material handling equipment, has launched a new website. The website now includes both a general equipment overview and more detailed application and equipment options. The website also features white papers, case studies, a bulk density guide, and others. To visit, go to www.hapman.com.


7/7/2014 - Solvay begins torrefied biomass production in US

BRUSSELS — Solvay, a global chemical company, has launched production of torrefied biomass in Quitman, Miss. The business is a joint venture, called Solvay Biomass Energy, created by Solvay and New Biomass Energy LLC (NBE). Torrefied biomass is produced through torrefaction, a process that modifies the chemical properties of waste wood and biomass and results in material that can be handled and burned as coal is, while being a clean energy source. The Quitman facility was built and developed by NBE. Solvay will provide industrial expertise at the site to triple annual production capacity from 80,000 to 250,000 tons by the end of 2014. NBE, Quitman, is a green energy developer.


7/3/2014 - MPIF announces first Vanguard Award recipient

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has awarded Robert J. Dowding, a research manager for materials and manufacturing science at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), its first Vanguard Award. The award was created to recognize powder metallurgy industry champions from the end-user community whose promotion of the technology has contributed to the expansion of powder metal applications. Dowding's research efforts include material and process development for tungsten and tungsten alloys, and he has been a strong supporter of the Army's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The Vanguard Award was presented during the PM2014 World Congress on May 18-22 in Orlando, Fla.


7/3/2014 - POWDERMET2015 announces call for papers

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has announced that it's accepting papers and posters for the 2015 edition of POWDERMET, which is colocated with AMPM — Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy. The events will take place May 17-20, 2015 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Posters and papers can address all aspects of powder metallurgy and particulate material technology. Abstract submissions are due September 19, 2014 and must be submitted by the organization's online form, available at www.powdermet2015.org.


7/2/2014 - Balchem acquires SensoryEffects

NEW HAMPTON, N.Y. — Balchem Corp., a human and animal health and wellness company, has acquired Performance Chemicals & Ingredients Co. (SensoryEffects), St. Louis, Mo., a supplier of food and beverage ingredient systems. SensoryEffects sold all outstanding shares to Balchem, and merged with Balchem's Food, Pharma, and Nutrition business unit. SensoryEffect's management remains intact and the combined unit is estimated to have sales over $300 million, making it the largest business unit within Balchem.


7/1/2014 - B&CMA issues call for papers

COLUMBIA, Md. — The Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association (B&CMA) has issued a call for papers for their 2015 Annual Technical Conferenc, which will be held May 3-6, 2015. Abstract submissions should provide practical information and solutions to operational challenges in a bakery setting; offer new information or data to the cookie and cracker industry; address new technologies, production issues, or workplace strategies; or showcase the latest technological scientific, and managerial innovations. Abstract submissions are due August 15, 2014 and can be sent to Kathy Kinter Phelps at kkinter@thebcma.org.


7/1/2014 - B.A.G. Corp. partners with Kemutec

RICHARDSON, Texas — B.A.G. Corp. has partnered with Kemutec to offer more products at BAGCorpStore.com. The alliance will allow the online store to offer Kemutec's iris diaphragm valve and replacement parts specifically for bulk bag discharge applications. The equipment complements the store's current bulk bag and bulk-bag related equipment. B.A.G., Richardson, Texas, supplies bulk bags and bulk-bag-related equipment.


6/30/2014 - Abrasives demand to reach $40 billion

CLEVELAND — Global demand for abrasive products is forecast to expand by nearly 6 percent annually to $40 billion in 2017. The strongest growth is expected to be in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the Chinese market. This is according to World Abrasives, a report by Freedonia Group Inc., a market research firm. The report predicts that more that half of additional abrasives demand created from 2012 to 2017 will be from China, which is the leading market for these products. This demand is expected to be driven by growth in manufacturing activity, increasing living standards, and additional foreign investment. China is also the world's largest abrasives producer and supplies both domestic and foreign markets.

The recovery of markets in the US, Western Europe, and Japan for durable goods will also contribute to abrasives sales. Demand for abrasives in North America, Western Europe, and Japan is expected to improve but remain below the world average as durable goods sales improve. Sales in Africa and the Middle East region, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe are also expected to increase as their durable goods sectors continue developing. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $6,200, visit www.freedoniagroup.com.


6/27/2014 - KWS partners with new manufacturing rep

BURLESON, Texas — KWS Manufacturing Co. has partnered with a manufacturer's representative firm, PME Equipment Inc., Flanders, N.J., to serve customers in the northeastern US. PME will cover the metropolitan New York area and has more than 80 years of combined experience in the bulk solids processing industry. KWS manufactures bulk material handling equipment.


6/26/2014 - SDC releases publication on dust collection

ALSIP, Ill. — Scientific Dust Collectors (SDC) has published A Scientific Review of Dust Collection: The Real Dirt on Dust, second edition. The complimentary 120-page publication reviews dust collection equipment history, theory, and application, including new sections on explosion vents and system design. The illustrated guide shows various dust collection system types accompanied by objective selection criteria for each. SDC, Alsip, Ill., manufactures standard and custom baghouse, cartridge, and cyclone dust collectors. To request a copy, visit www.scientificdustcollectors.com.


6/25/2014 - Ludman adds two new employees

Ludman adds two new employees MILWAUKEE — Ludman Industries has added Eric Niemi and John Obligato to its engineering and sales teams, respectively. Niemi is a senior mechanical engineer, leading the engineering and drafting team in charge of project management and compactor design. Obligato is a senior sales engineer and has extensive experience supporting customers around the world. Ludman Industries, Milwaukee, Wis., manufactures compactors, briquetters, granulators, and flaking and shredding mills.


6/24/2014 - Kason names product manager

Kason names product manager MILLBURN, N.J. — Kason Corp. has named James Schak product manager of fluid-bed processing equipment. Schak has more than 30 years of experience with direct and indirect dryers. He'll oversee expansion and technical support of the company's Vibro-Bed line. Kason, Millburn, N.J., supplies screening and processing equipment.


6/23/2014 - Bry-Air celebrates 50 years

SUNBURY, Ohio — Bry-Air Inc. is celebrating its 50-year anniversary. Founded in 1964 by Art Harms, the company is a supplier in the dessicant dehumidification market. The company provides solutions to companies that need independent precise control of temperature and humidity in their processes, products, and critical storage applications.


6/20/2014 - SME student members work with North Carolina manufacturer

DEARBORN, Mich. — SME student members at North Carolina State University (NCSU) have completed a manufacturing energy assessment for a hosiery plant in Burlington, N.C. The assessment is part of a 2012 grant from the Department of Energy's Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program. The grant partnered SME student chapters with existing IACs at universities nationwide. Wendy Johnson and Stephen Taylor, who were supervised by Rohan Shirwaiker, PhD, an assistant professor at NCSU, completed the assessment. The assessment focused on improving process design, efficiency, and ergonomics associated with multiple operations and workstations. SME, Dearborn, serves practitioners, companies, educators, government, and communities in manufacturing industries.


6/19/2014 - Global nanocoatings market driven by expanding application areas, environmental benefits

SAN JOSE, Calif. — According to the report Nanocoating — A Global Strategic Business Report by Global Industry Analysts Inc., a market research company, the global nanocoatings market will be valued at $11 billion by 2020. The market's key drivers are expected to be expanding application areas, environmental benefits, technological advancements, cost benefits, and growing demand from developing markets.

Nanocoatings offer superior functional properties, such as anticorrosion, antifingerprint, UV-resistant, antifouling, self-cleaning, flame-retardant, conductivity, abrasion-resistant, antimicrobial, and antireflective properties. In addition to these performance advantages, nanocoatings are also environmentally friendly and cost-efficient, driving adoption in end-use markets, including automotive, energy, textiles, aerospace, marine, glass, solar, healthcare and biomedical, electronics, engineering, and construction.

Demand for nanocoatings is fueled by environmental concerns and stringent regulations. Governments are imposing more regulations on the coatings industry because of large-scale use of toxic chemicals and VOC compounds in this sector. Also, technology innovations such as nanocoatings with shape-memory effect, thermochromic-pigmented coatings, hydrophobic- and hydrophilic-switching coatings, and self-healing and self-cleaning coatings are expected to contribute to market growth. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,500, visit www.strategyr.com.


6/18/2014 - Camfil APC expands corporate headquarters

JONESBORO, Ark. — Camfil APC has expanded its corporate headquarters, opening a 13,600-square-foot office for sales and administrative staff. The facility has open-plan and private offices for 85 employees and a training center for customer and internal training and educational programs. The headquarters expansion is part of a global development program, which includes the acquisition of Handte, a German manufacturer of dust collectors, mist collectors, and wet scrubbers. Camfil APC manufactures dust collection equipment.


6/17/2014 - FPSA elects Executive Committee Members

MCLEAN, Va. — The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) elected new Executive Committee Members at the association's annual meeting. FPSA members elected the following people to serve on the committee: Gil Williams, Poly-clip System, as chairman; Tom Riggins, R.A. Jones, as chairman of the membership committee; Tom Kittle, Handtmann, as chairman of the show committee; Scott Gregory, Bettcher Industries, as treasurer; and Jeff Dahl, JBT FoodTech, as immediate past chairman. Scott Scriven has moved from the executive committee to become chairman of the FPSA Foundation. FPSA, McLean, Va., is a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries.


6/16/2014 - Bühler Aeroglide appoints vice president

CARY, N.C. — Bühler Aeroglide has appointed Andy Sharpe as vice president of business development. Sharpe has more than 18 years of experience with Bühler Aeroglide and will work with market managers globally to maximize company profit. The company, Cary, N.C., is the drying business unit of Bühler Group, which is headquartered in Uzwil, Switzerland.


6/13/2014 - Modified starch market expected to grow 4.1 percent from 2013 to 2018

DALLAS — According to the report Modified Starch Market by Raw Materials (Corn, Tapioca, Potato, Wheat, and Others), by Application (Food, Feed, Non-Food) — Global Trends & Forecasts to 2018 by MarketsandMarkets, a global research and consulting company, the modified starch market should grow 4.1 percent from 2013 to 2018. The report states that growth will stem from regular research and development in the industry and the broad application of modified starches in different industries. Currently corn-sourced starches make up 68 percent of the market, but tapioca-sourced starches are expected to grow at the fastest rate. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,650, visit www.marketsandmarkets.com.


6/12/2014 - Eriez Orange University schedule announced

ERIE, Pa. — Eriez has announced the schedule of upcoming stops for the company's Orange University mobile training and education center. The training center is a 38-foot-long Winnebago that has equipment and resources to facilitate hands-on learning. Currently, the equipment in the training center focuses on light industry applications and includes various state-of-the-art magnetic separators, vibratory conveyors and screeners, and metal detectors. Training participants are given personalized training to help them solve processing challenges. The schedule with dates and locations for 2014 is available at orangeuniversity.eriez.com. Eriez, Erie, Pa., manufactures and supplies magnetic, vibratory, and inspection equipment.


6/11/2014 - Kalenborn names senior vice president

URBANA, Ind. — Kalenborn Abresist Corp. has named William Boyle as senior vice president of operations. Boyle is a Washington State University graduate with more than 25 years of domestic and international industrial experience, specializing in ASME code piping, pressure vessels, and boilers. The company, Urbana, Ind., provides custom wear-resistant linings for bulk material processing equipment.


6/10/2014 - Report on inorganic chemical manufacturing in the US is available

NEW YORK — The inorganic chemical manufacturing industry in the US is recovering after years of revenue volatility from changing downstream manufacturing demand. In the 5 years to 2019, the industry is forecast to steadily expand as economic conditions and the housing market improve. This is according to the report Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing in the US by IBISWorld Inc., an industrial research company.

Inorganic chemicals include mineral acids, ammonium sulfate, titanium dioxide, and carbon black. These are often used as raw materials in manufacturing processes for products such as paint, glass, paper, rubber, and alumina. So industry demand stems from demand generated by these secondary products. During the recession, the manufacturing and construction industries plummeted, as did the demand for many products made from inorganic chemicals. In spite of this, some industry purchasers, such as the alumina industry, recovered quickly and raw material demand rebounded. Due to the recovery of the alumina and other industries, the report projects a 2.5 percent industry revenue increase in 2014. Overall, the report forecasts that industry revenue will continue to rise in the 5 years to 2019. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $925, visit www.ibisworld.com.


6/9/2014 - Report released on North American rare earth materials industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Rare Earth Technology Alliance (RETA) have released an economics report The Economic Benefits of the North American Rare Earths Industry, on rare earth materials, which provides information on the economic impact of the industry in terms of output, payrolls, jobs, and taxes paid. The report also measures the downstream economic activity supported by rare earth materials. The report states that the rare earth industry accounts for $795 million in shipments and 1,050 jobs with $116 million in payroll in the US economy. The report is available at tinyurl.com/RETAReport.

ACC, Washington, D.C., is an industry trade association for American chemical companies. RETA, Washington, D.C., is a coalition of rare earth producers and processors, manufacturing companies that use rare earth materials, and academic and research leaders in the rare earth sector.


6/6/2014 - NFPA Journal covers West, Texas, explosion aftermath

QUINCY, Mass. — The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publication, NFPA Journal, has published an article detailing the aftermath of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion that happened on April 17, 2013. The article "In West's Wake" explains the causes of the explosion and the impact that it had on both the town and future chemical regulations. The article is available at tinyurl.com/InWestsWake. The NFPA, Quincy, represents professionals dedicated to reducing fire, electrical, building, and safety hazards.


6/5/2014 - PACK EXPO East changes dates

RESTON, Va. — PMMI — The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies has announced that PACK EXPO East has changed dates and will take place February 16-18, 2015, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The adjusted dates will help meet exhibitor demand, which has called for a 40 percent bigger exhibition area. The event has so far attracted 250 exhibitors and 70,000 square feet of exhibit space. PMMI estimates that the event will have around 400 exhibitors and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.


6/3/2014 - Electro-Sensors acquires product line from Harvest Engineering

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Electro-Sensors Inc. announced its acquisition of the advanced wireless hazard-monitoring product line from Harvest Engineering Inc. Electro-Sensors will market the new hazard-monitoring products under the name HazardPRO and will manufacture and service the products from the company's Minnetonka facility.


6/2/2014 - Brookfield releases 2014 catalog

MIDDLEBORO, Mass. — Brookfield Engineering has released its 2014 catalog that details the company's complete line of products, including inline viscometers and rheometers, texture analyzers, and powder flow testers, along with the new RST Touch Screen Rheometers. To request a catalog, visit www.brookfieldengineering.com.

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