News Update

8/27/2014 - Aerodyne offers dust hazard infographic

Aerodyne, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has released infographics called "The Dangers of Dust." These materials explain the health hazards associated with dust in an easy-to-read format. The infographics can be placed on a website or downloaded as a PDF. For more info or to download the infographics, visit www.dustcollectorhq.com. Aerodyne supplies material handling valves and air pollution control equipment.


8/26/2014 - Industrial Magnetics releases demonstration video

Industrial Magnetics Inc., Boyne City, Mich., a permanent magnetic and electromagnetic devices provider for separation applications, has released a demonstration video on its magnetic separator drawer the captures ferrous metal contaminants from gravity-fed bulk materials and powders. The video shows the equipments ergonomical design and cleanability. For more info or to view the video, visit www.magnetics.com.


8/26/2014 - Paint and coatings demand to reach 56.8 million tons

CLEVELAND — The global paint and coating market is expected to increase 5.2 percent per year to reach 56.8 million tons in 2017. The market is expected to show gains because of increased global building construction, particularly in North America, India, Europe, and Japan. Architectural markets will continue to account for the majority of paint and coatings demand in 2017. This is according to World Paint & Coatings, a study by Freedonia Group Inc., an industry market research firm. The study predicts that manufacturing and specialty coating demand will grow because of improved motor vehicle and industrial output. Gains because of increased usage will be limited by the use of high-quality coatings that reduce the amount of paint needed to complete projects. The study also points out that water-based coatings and other high-solids formulations will gain market share over solvent-borne products because of paintmakers' efforts to reduce VOCs in coatings per government regulations and consumer preferences. To learn more and to purchase a copy of the report for $6,200, visit www.freedoniagroup.com.


8/25/2014 - RTI International Metals buys Dynamet Technology

PITTSBURGH — RTI International Metals Inc., Pittsburgh, has acquired Dynamet Technology Inc., Burlington, Mass. Dynamet, which will be part of RTI's titanium segment, manufactures products from its proprietary and standard titanium alloys and metal matrix composites. The acquisition will add titanium powder research and development capabilities and a second powder-based manufacturing technology to RTI's capabilities.


8/22/2014 - Johns Hopkins offers online master of engineering management degree

BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, a division of Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering in Baltimore, has launched a new master's degree program in engineering management. The management courses cater to practicing engineers that need a part-time schedule. Courses are offered online and in a virtual live classroom. Program applicants must have a previous degree in science or engineering and two years of relevant work experience to qualify for the program.


8/21/2014 - Addivant opens Connecticut facility

DANBURY, Conn. — Addivant, a global polymer additives manufacturer, opened a new facility in Danbury in May. The facility will serve as the company's headquarters. The company was formerly a business unit of Chemtura Corp., Middlebury, Conn., and is now owned by SK Capital, a private investment firm. Addivant currently operates 11 plants on 5 continents and has 9 technology and application testing centers. The company plans capacity expansions in Korea and Saudi Arabia and a customer formulation center in Shangdong, China.


8/20/2014 - Royal Metal Powders increases production in Tennessee

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Royal Metal Powders Inc. has expanded its Maryville plant by 16,000 square feet. The expansion increases the company's production capacity for air- and water-atomized copper powders, copper alloy powders, and prealloyed bronze powders. It includes space for more production equipment, employee service areas, and additional warehousing. Royal Metal Powders produces high-quality copper-based powders.


8/19/2014 - Antimicrobial coatings market expected to grow at 11.8 percent CAGR

DALLAS — In 2012, the market for antimicrobial coatings was valued at about $1.5 billion. From 2013 to 2018, the market is expected to grow at an 11.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), reaching $2.9 billion by 2018. This is according to the report Antimicrobial Coatings Market by Type (Silver, Copper, and Others such as Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, and Zinc Omadine), Application (Indoor Air/HVAC, Medical, Mold Remediation, Building & Construction, Food & Beverages, Textiles, and Others), & Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and ROW) — Global Trends and Forecasts to 2018 by MarketsandMarkets, a market research company and consulting firm.

Antibacterial coatings can offer a wide range of properties depending on the coating manufacturing process and the end-product requirements. Silver antimicrobial coatings are in high demand globally, and North America dominates the manufacturing of this coating material. End-user industries, such as textiles, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, bathroom fittings, and medical and electronic devices are driving the market for antimicrobial coatings by offering new silver-, copper-, or zinc-coated antimicrobial products to their customers. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,650, visit www.marketsandmarkets.com.


8/18/2014 - CEMA's seventh edition belt conveyor book includes metric conversion

NAPLES, Fla. — The seventh edition of Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials, published by the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA), has been updated to include metric conversion in the text, figures, and tables as well as numbered equations and graphics throughout. The 837-page source book of bulk conveyors and components is available for purchase in printed or PDF format on the CEMA website (www.cemastore.com/shop). CEMA, Naples, Fla., is a trade association representing North American conveyor equipment manufacturers and designers.


8/15/2014 - Saint-Gobain plans new North American headquarters

COURBEVOIE, France — Saint-Gobain has announced plans to build a new North American headquarters facility on 65 acres in Malvern, Pa., near Philadelphia. The 320,000-square-foot, LEED-certified facility will also be home to Saint-Gobain's construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation. Saint-Gobain believes that the move from nearby Valley Forge, Pa., will allow for greater growth and expansion and attract and retain top talent to the company. The relocation will also allow the local research and operations teams to be integrated into one site for the first time. Saint-Gobain is based in Courbevoie, France, and is the world's largest building materials company. CertainTeed Corporation is North America's leading brand of exterior and interior building products.


8/14/2014 - EBCI for current conditions in North America jumps in April

ARLINGTON, Va. — NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) rose for the third straight month, up sharply to 66.7 in April from 52.6 in March. (A score of 50 or higher is indicative of an improvement in industry conditions.) The EBCI for future North American conditions rose as well, to 92.9, its highest level since 2002. The percentage of respondents reporting improved conditions nearly doubled from 26 percent in March to 48 percent in April, while 14 percent of respondents reported that conditions had deteriorated, down from 21 percent. The indexes are based on a survey of senior managers at NEMA member companies and are designed to measure changes in the business environment and outlook for electrical equipment manufacturers. NEMA, Arlington, represents the electrical manufacturing industry.


8/13/2014 - Hosokawa to host material drying webinar in September

SUMMIT, N.J. — Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems will host the webinar "Basics of Material Drying Technologies" on September 10 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will cover the various factors to consider in drying applications, such as desired product results, raw material characteristics, energy consumption, and evaporation rates. Webinar will also have a question-and-answer session. For more info or to register, visit www.hmicronpowder.com.


8/13/2014 - North American EBCI remains unchanged from May

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA's) June Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions was unchanged from May's index, remaining at 50 in June. (An index reading above 50 is indicative of an improvement in industry conditions.) According to 25 percent of survey respondents, business conditions improved, but another 25 percent said that business conditions deteriorated, with both percentages increasing from May's index. The EBCI prediction for 6 months from June is down from 85.3 in May to 82.5 in June. Seventy percent of respondents expect industry conditions to improve in the next 6 months, down from 71 percent in May. NEMA represents the electrical manufacturing industry and is headquartered in Arlington, Va.


8/12/2014 - EXPOSOLIDOS 2015 to be held in February

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.


8/11/2014 - Bulk Solids Innovation Center breaks ground

SALINA, Kan. — The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bulk Solids Innovation Center to be built in Salina, was held on July 10, 2014. The center is a project of Kansas State University, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, the Salina Economic Development Corp., the US Department of Commerce, the state of Kansas, and the city of Salina. The facility is expected to be completed in 2015 and is part of Kansas State University's goal of being one of the top fifty research institutions by 2025. The facility will be used to study and develop a better understanding of bulk solids materials handling. Initial tenants include Kansas State University, Coperion K-Tron Salina Inc., and Vortex Valves North America.


8/8/2014 - Industrial Magnetics announces supply partnership

BOYNE CITY, Mich. — Industrial Magnetics Inc. (IMI) and Correlated Magnetics Research (CMR) have announced a supply partnership that will provide Polymagnet systems and advanced magnetics design and assembly services for industrial applications. A Polymagnet is a system of smaller magnets that combine to provide stronger, safer, and entirely new magnet functions. The proprietary magnets are for use in both consumer and industrial products. IMI provides permanent magnetic and electromagnetic devices for separation applications. CMR, Huntsville, Ala., supplies correlated magnetic systems technology.


8/7/2014 - BinMaster parent company promotes McLain to CEO, president

LINCOLN, Neb. — BinMaster's parent company, Garner Industries Inc., has promoted Scott McLain to CEO and president. McLain graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University and began at Garner in 1992. He has served as company president since 2000. Garner Industries, Lincoln, Neb., provides precision tooling, mold building, custom machining, and plastic injection molding for various industries. Garner's subsidiary BinMaster, Lincoln, manufactures level measurement devices for bins, tanks, and silos.


8/6/2014 - NASF publishes two-volume surface finishing guide

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) has announced that Advanced Surface Technology, a two-volume coating and finishing reference guide, is available for purchase on the NASF website (www.nasf.org). Written by Per Moller and Lars Pleth Nielson, the hardcover set includes numerous illustrations, charts, and graphics and is intended to be a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide for professionals and a core text for surface technology education. The most current information is provided, but the authors plan to update the text and link to additional online resources as needed. NASF represents the surface coatings industry and is located in Washington, D.C.


8/5/2014 - Miba to expand sinter facility

MCCONNELSVILLE, Ohio — Miba will expand its McConnelsville sintering facility, adding about 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space and creating 70 new jobs by 2015. The expansion should generate about $50 million in additional sales over the next 2 to 3 years. The McConnelsville site currently employs about 500 people and includes Miba Sinter and Miba Bearing divisions. Miba is headquartered in Laakirchen, Austria, and produces sintered components, engine bearings, friction materials, power electronics components, and coatings.


8/5/2014 - Powder-Solutions named Australian company's first magnetic separation equipment distributor in North America

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Powder-Solutions Inc., Chanhassen, has been designated an official distributor of the MAGNATTACK line of magnetic separation equipment. The original equipment manufacturer, MAGNATTACK Global, Unanderra, Australia, has an agreement to have Powder-Solutions be its first North American distributor of the magnetic separation equipment line, which includes six different products. Powder-Solutions' sister company, Powder Process-Solutions, deals with sanitary powder processing equipment, so the distribution deal was a good fit for Powder-Solutions.


8/4/2014 - WTO panel finds China rare earth metals quotas violate law

PARIS — According to the findings of a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel, China has broken international trade law by restricting the export of rare earth elements and other metals. These materials are used in modern manufacturing applications including smartphones, wind turbines, industrial catalysts, and high-tech magnets. As a result of the WTO panel's findings, the US, the European Union, and Japan could place trade sanctions on China.

China supplies more than 90 percent of the strategically important metals and introduced export quotas in 2010, cutting exports by about 40 percent. China cited the environmental hazards associated with mining rare earths as the cause, but members of the WTO panel considering the case found that the combined export taxes, quotas, and bureaucratic delays imposed by Beijing artificially raise prices and create shortages for foreign buyers. China has appealed the ruling.


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.

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