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9:47 AM, 26th August 2019
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Scientists create low-calorie "butter" spread made mostly of water

NEW YORK, US: Cornell University food scientists have created a new low-calorie 'butter' spread that consists mostly of water. A tablespoon of this low-calorie spread has 2.8 grams of fat and 25.2 calories. Butter, on the other hand, which is 84% fat and about 16% water, has about 11 grams of fat and nearly 100 calories. They figured out a new process to emulsify a large amount of water with miniscule drops of vegetable oil and milk fat to mimic butter, at approximately one-fourth the calories ...

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7:19 AM, 20th September 2019
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Roche’s first blood donation testing system gets FDA approval

BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Roche Holding AG has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the cobas Babesia test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems for individual blood donation testing. This is Roche’s first commercially available whole blood test to screen donations. cobas Babesia detects parasites that live in red blood cells. This test is an important advancement because the Babesia parasite cannot be detected in traditional plasma or serum samples. The test is ...

7:19 AM, 20th September 2019
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Polynt announces strategic integration initiative in Americas

CARPENTERSVILLE, US: Polynt-Reichhold Group has decided to expand the successful integrated business model it employs in Europe and Asia to its operations in the Americas by investing in local production of Maleic and Phthalic Anhydride intermediates. Polynt is a global leader in composite materials, intermediate chemicals, coating resins, thermosetting composites, gel coats, and niche chemical specialties. “With the successful merger of the worldwide composites activities of Polynt and ...

12:03 PM, 19th September 2019
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Hempel launches new coating for superior protection against corrosion

HOUSTON, US: Hempel announced the launch of Hempatop Direct 460 in North America. Developed to provide superior protection against corrosion, the one-coat Direct-to-Metal (DTM) application resists railcar color and gloss-fading challenges, while delivering customers decreased maintenance costs and increased productivity rates. Approximately 1.6 million railcar assets travel across North America every year. High railcar traffic bundled with rising corrosion rates costs the ra ...

6:57 AM, 19th September 2019
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Azelis extends distribution agreement with BASF in US

CINCINNATI, US: Azelis Americas CASE LLC has entered an agreement to expand its territory with BASF’s Intermediates product line. Effective October 15, 2019, Azelis Americas CASE will exclusively distribute products: PolyTHF, 1,5 Pentanediol (PDO), 1,6 Hexanediol (HDO), and Capromer Poly-CLO into the CASE and Plastics markets. Azelis will also provide complete formulation services, in concert with BASF Chemical Intermediates, to the customer base across the United States. The BASF I ...

11:30 AM, 17th September 2019
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McDermott bags module fabrication contract for Arctic LNG project

HOUSTON, US: McDermott International Inc said that its joint venture Qingdao McDermott Wuchuan Offshore Engineering Co Ltd (QMW) in Qingdao, China, has been awarded a large contract to provide three complex modules for the Arctic LNG 2 Project in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region in Russia. McDermott defines a large contract as between USD $50 million and USD $250 million. The scope includes the fabrication of three Pre-Assembled Unit Complex Process Modules. QMW will undertake fabrication en ...

10:12 AM, 17th September 2019
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Axalta to buy UAE-based powder coatings manufacturer Capital Paints

PHILADELPHIA, US: Axalta Coating Systems Ltd has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Capital Paints LLC, a UAE-based thermosetting powder coatings manufacturer specializing in architectural powder coatings. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019. "With this acquisition, Axalta will expand its footprint in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and add to our strong manufacturing base, paving the way for future business growth in the region," said Sobe ...

6:13 AM, 12th September 2019
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Avery Dennison promotes Robyn Buma VP of global procurement

MENTOR, US: Avery Dennison announced the promotion of Robyn Buma to vice president (VP) of global procurement for the company’s Label and Graphic Materials and Industrial and Healthcare Materials segments. Robyn has more than 19 years of experience with Avery Dennison, having served most recently as senior director, procurement global categories and head of procurement for the European region, based in the Netherlands. She will be based in Mentor, Ohio for this new role. “We are ex ...

5:19 AM, 10th September 2019
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Equate inaugurates new MEGlobal Oyster Creek in Texas

OYSTER CREEK, US: Equate Group has inaugurated its new MEGlobal Oyster Creek site in Oyster Creek, Texas, USA. The momentous occasion was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on site, attended by ownership and company representatives. The world-scale, 750,000 metric-tons-annually (MTa) ethylene glycol (EG) manufacturing facility is part of Equate's wholly-owned subsidiary, MEGlobal America. It will produce monoethylene and diethylene glycol, products used in a number of mark ...

6:39 AM, 9th September 2019
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Ascensus to acquire leading global producer of boranes, specialty alcoholates

BELLEVUE, US: Ascensus Specialties LLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Callery LLC (Callery). Callery is the leading global producer of boranes and specialty alcoholates. The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days. Based in Evans City, PA, Callery produces specialty reagent chemicals primarily for the pharmaceutical, life science, and niche specialty end markets. The Company was formed in 2017 through Edgewater Capital’s acquisition of BASF’s Inorganic ...

10:57 AM, 7th September 2019
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Clariant opens new high throughput experimentation lab in Texas, US

HOUSTON, US: Clariant has opened its next High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) Laboratory in Houston, Texas - the energy capital of US. The location is key as the new facility will be the first of its kind supporting the oil & gas industry, offering new and sophisticated solutions for customers. This lab is part of a global Clariant initiative to expand HTE capabilities to all Clariant Business Units, including direct support for oil services in North America, the Asia Pacific region, Lati ...

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