CSafe expands service center in South Korea for active temperature-controlled containers

CSafe Global announces the opening of a newly-expanded service center in Incheon. The company-owned facility will allow CSafe to enhance support and service for customers transporting temperature-sensitive products to and from South Korea, while additionally serving as an important gateway hub for the greater APAC region.

CSafe Global, the innovation leader in active temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, widens its operational footprint with the opening of an enlarged and expanded service center facility at Incheon International Airport (ICN). The new service center was strategically implemented to accommodate the growing demand for CSafe’s specialized air cargo containers in South Korea, and throughout the broader Asia Pacific region.

CSafe’s ICN station is one of the latest of numerous locations around the world established to broaden CSafe’s global service reach and increase the impact on customers who have entrusted CSafe containers to thermally protect vital life-enhancing pharmaceuticals as they are shipped to patients in need.

2020 01 22 081624

“We’re excited about our best-in-class service center in Incheon. This new facility will ensure that our active containers are operating at top system performance, keeping temperatures precisely where they need to be for transports of crucial medications. Our service team has been trained and is well prepared to address the significant volume demand for CSafe RKN and CSafe RAP containers from the Incheon station,” said Tom Weir, VP of Global Operations at CSafe Global.

“With the expanded warehouse space and increased repair service throughput, not only can we easily accommodate the increasing product demand from South Korea, but we also strengthen our ability to flex as needed for repositioning large numbers of our temperature-controlled containers to other CSafe hubs within Asia Pacific to meet unexpected or immediate surge demand from our customers and partners across the region.”                                                               

To verify that CSafe RKN and CSafe RAP systems are of highest quality and in peak condition, all containers entering CSafe service centers are put through an industry-unique Preventative Maintenance Rebuild (PMR) program to certify optimal operational performance. This protocol goes a long way in providing peace of mind to CSafe customers, while delivering on the CSafe promise to protect what matters most to pharmaceutical companies, so patients can receive what matters most to them.

To upgrade to a higher level of performance and thermal protection when shipping life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, please contact Scott Garchar, Senior Director of Life Sciences – Asia (

About CSafe Global

CSafe Global provides end-to-end thermal shipping solutions to the pharmaceutical and life science industries worldwide. Using its proprietary, fully-integrated Artificial Intelligence capability, CSafe ensures containers are available when and where customers need them. Combined with the company’s industry-leading retest and reuse program, all CSafe customers are assured ongoing superior product performance for every shipment that also meets customers' sustainability objectives. With a presence in 150 countries, CSafe is committed to providing its solutions on-demand 24/7 with a 100% guarantee, thus making CSafe the partner of choice for the most challenging customers in the cold chain.


Brenntag opens new warehouse facility in Dongguan, South China

Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical and ingredients distribution, today announces the inauguration of a new warehouse facility in Dongguan, South China. The newly built facility is located in the province of Guangdong which is one of the largest economic provinces in China. Operations have already started.

Henri Nejade, Member of the Management Board of Brenntag Group and CEO Brenntag Asia Pacific: “We are excited about the start of our operations at Dongguan as its capabilities and ideal location will certainly enhance our position in the South China market and further enable Brenntag to provide more value-added services to our customers and suppliers.”

2020 01 21 225354

On an area of around 39,000 m2, the new Brenntag site features 24 storage tanks, 3,000 m2 storage area for Class A chemicals and a 2,500 m2 workshop and blending area for both solvents and inorganic chemicals. The Dongguan facility complies with highest safety and environmental restrictions and is located in a dedicated chemical park. Safety is always a top priority at Brenntag. Worldwide, the company operates in accordance with the “Safety First” principle as its most important value.

About Brenntag:

Brenntag is the global market leader in chemical and ingredients distribution. We connect our suppliers and customers in value-adding partnerships. Our more than 16,600 employees provide tailor-made application, marketing and supply chain solutions. Technical and formulation support, market, industry and regulatory expertise as well as advanced digital tools are just some examples of our services that are aiming to create an excellent customer experience.
Our full-line portfolio comprises specialty and industrial chemicals and ingredients of a world-class supplier base. Building on its long-standing experience, unmatched global reach and local excellence, Brenntag works closely alongside its partners to make their business more successful. We are committed to contribute towards greater sustainability in our own business and the industries we serve, and to achieve sustainable profitable growth. Headquartered in Essen (Germany) and with regional headquarters in Philadelphia, Houston and Singapore, Brenntag operates a unique global network with more than 580 locations in 76 countries and generated sales of EUR 12.6 billion (USD 14.8 billion) in 2018. Brenntag shares are traded at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (BNR).


BASF expands production capacity for Irganox® 1520L in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy

BASF plans to increase the production capacity for its antioxidant Irganox® 1520L by 20% at the site in Pontecchio Marconi, Italy. Irganox® 1520L is a key product in BASF’s antioxidant portfolio. The company is a leading global supplier for plastic additives. With this expansion, BASF responds to an increasing market demand and aims to better serve its global customers.

  • Investment meets increasing global demand
  • Annual capacity expansion of 20%
  • Startup planned for the first quarter of 2021

“The production expansion of Irganox® 1520L underlines our clear commitment to continuously support the growth of our customers. By debottlenecking operations at our Pontecchio plant in Italy, we are able to respond quickly to an increasing market demand,” says Achim Sties, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals Europe, BASF.

Irganox® 1520L is a highly effective thermo-oxidative stabilizer in a wide range of solution polymerized, emulsion polymerized and thermoplastic elastomers, plastics, adhesives, sealants, oils and lubricants. It is unique in its ability to provide both processing and long-term heat-aging stability used alone, at low levels and without co-stabilizers. Where necessary, Irganox® 1520L can be used with other additives such as secondary antioxidants, benzofuranone, light stabilizers and other functional stabilizers.

BASF will add 20% to its existing capacity for Irganox® 1520L at its Pontecchio Marconi production plant in Italy by debottlenecking operations.BASF will add 20% to its existing capacity for Irganox® 1520L at its Pontecchio Marconi production plant in Italy by debottlenecking operations.

About BASF Plastic Additives

BASF is a leading supplier, manufacturer and innovation partner of plastic additives. Its comprehensive and innovative product portfolio includes stabilizers which provide ease in processing, heat and light resistance to a variety of polymers and applications including molded articles, films, fibers, sheets and extruded profiles. More information about plastic additives:

BASF Plastic Additives is part of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division. The division’s portfolio also includes Fuel and Lubricant Solutions, Kaolin Minerals, as well as Oilfield and Mining Solutions. Customers from a variety of industries including Chemicals, Plastics, Consumer Goods, Energy & Resources and Automotive & Transportation benefit from our innovative solutions. To learn more, visit

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at


BÜFA expands in the UK

Acquisition of the UK company AOC (UK) Ltd.

“One Stop Shop” for Composite needs including Specialities – all from a single source

As of 3 March 2020, BÜFA Composite Systems, the German-based supplier of tailor-made unsaturated polyester resins and formulations, will acquire Manningtree-based AOC (UK) Ltd, the leading UK supplier of composite products with over 25 years’ experience in providing distribution and mixing service. AOC Aliancys will remain, as former owner, the supplier of the resins portfolio. In future, the UK company, will trade as BÜFA Composites UK.

With the purchase of AOC (UK) Ltd., BÜFA Composite Systems is not only expanding its presence in the UK market, but also consolidating its leading position as a specialty manufacturer for the composites market in Europe.

2020 01 17 151408

“This will strengthen more than just our market activities”, explains Felix Thalmann, CEO of the BÜFA Group. “This is the coming together of two strong and complementary partners.”

Resins from AOC Aliancys, who have supplied BÜFA Composite Systems for more than 50 years, are transformed into specialities by the Rastede-based chemical company. The complete package also includes a long-standing sales partnership in numerous European markets.

“We are glad to strengthen our trusting, successful cooperation with BÜFA, and at the same time create a stronger company in the UK.  This will serve our customers even better and create a bright future for our UK employees”, says Joe Salley, Global CEO AOC Aliancys.

“After March 3rd, the AOC Aliancys portfolio will be offered through BÜFA Composites UK. In combination with the BÜFA specialties product range and already existing products, capabilities and fantastic team of BÜFA Composites UK, this will create a high quality, full fledge solution provider for all Composites customers in the UK”, adds Lothar Kempf, Managing Director of BÜFA Composite Systems.

AOC Aliancys

AOC Aliancys is the leading global supplier of polyester and vinyl ester resins, gelcoats and specialty materials used for the composites industry. With strong capabilities around the world in manufacturing and science, the company delivers unrivaled quality, service and reliability for today, and is creating innovative solutions for tomorrow. Together with its customers, AOC Aliancys is shaping the future of composites with new technology and applications. So let’s talk, and find ways to increase our mutual business success. AOC Aliancys’ headquarters are based in Collierville (TN, USA) and Schaffhausen (Switzerland). To learn more, visit

BÜFA Group

The BÜFA Group is an independent, medium-sized company in the chemical industry. Based in Oldenburg, Germany, the company has its roots in a trade founded in 1883 for coloured woods, oils and chemicals. Today, BÜFA offers a wide range of products, services and products in its three international business fields chemicals, cleaning and composites. Our customers include companies in the food processing, textile, industrial and vehicle cleaning, wind energy, rail and commercial vehicle sectors as well as boat and ship building industries.

With 549 employees and 28 trainees, BÜFA achieved revenues of EUR 219 million in 2018. The Oldenburg-based company with a long tradition cultivates a fair and cooperative partnership with customers, suppliers and the public in keeping with its high ethical values. Firmly anchored in its corporate principles, BÜFA strictly adheres to the principle of sustainability. BÜFA focuses on "New Chemistry" and combines profitability with social responsibility.


Xaar’s 5-step service enables effective inkjet fluid evaluation for advanced manufacturing applications

Xaar has launched its 5-step service for the evaluation of fluids for use in new product development and advanced manufacturing applications. The service aims to help companies establish the suitability of inkjet technology and fluids in new applications without incurring large upfront costs. To support the new service, Xaar has invested in a dedicated laboratory. This is equipped with a number of custom test rigs for sample production and fluid testing including a Notion Systems n.jet 3D printer.  

Each new project starts with the initial fluid evaluation where guidance is provided on issues such as ink development and material compatibility as well as options for complex rheology testing and fluid physicals measurement. Stage 2 moves to jetting optimisation encompassing printhead waveform configuration, alongside application and fluid optimisation. Stage 3 involves actual sample production utilising one of the custom test rigs. 3D and other advanced sample production is made possible using a Notions Systems n.jet printer and Xaar 1003 GS12 printheads. This Photopolymer Jetting (PPJ) machine is capable of printing layers between 0.0185mm – 0.0025mm taking approximately 6 seconds per layer, enabling features as small as 0.1mm.

Once samples have been produced, stage 4 moves to upscaling the development application, focusing on the provision of the relevant Xaar inkjet system. Stage 5 then completes each project through providing continued support and delivering application improvements, testing and advice.

2020 01 16 102304

“Inkjet technology is now highly relevant across a multitude of new product development applications, and we wanted to enable companies to be able to review the suitability of inkjet printing in their product development programmes without the need for significant capital investment or upfront costs,” says Mike Seal, Xaar’s Business Development Manager, Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printheads. 

Xaar’s 5-step service is currently enabling companies to evaluate the jetting of fluids with high viscosities. Most inkjet printheads are capable of jetting materials with viscosities with a range of 10-25 mPa.s (10-25 cP). Now, thanks to improvements in Xaar’s unique TF Technology, fluids which have significantly higher viscosities can be successfully jetted through Xaar’s printheads.

“Providing access to our inkjet development expertise through our 5-step service helps clients get to market quicker by reducing their own development timelines and costs. From 3D printing through to functional fluid applications such as optics and flat panel displays, the possibilities and applications for inkjet printing are extremely diverse, and our dedicated team and 5-step service is here to support throughout each development project,” concludes Mike. 

About Xaar

 Xaar is a world leader in the development of digital inkjet technology. Our technology drives the conversion of analogue printing and manufacturing methods to digital inkjet which is more efficient, more economical and more productive than the traditional methods which have been in use for years.

We design and manufacture printheads as well as systems for product decoration and industrial 3D Printing which use our inkjet technology. We are the only truly independent inkjet technology company with over 25 years of know how.

We offer unrivalled inkjet expertise including technology and printhead design and development and manufacture highly customised product decoration systems and industrial 3D Printing for volume manufacturing. Our unique technologies and products are the leading enabler for innovation and for driving supply chain efficiencies for many industries.

Additional information about Xaar is available at