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Sulzer to launch new COX™ dispensers at WOC 2020

Sulzer will be releasing new COX™ branded dispensers with Bosch Professional 18V battery-power at World of Concrete (WOC) 2020, adding to the company’s range of high-quality application systems designed to maximize performance and ease of use. Construction businesses will be able to see first-hand how productivity and quality of work can be increased by using these products, on Booth S11153.

WOC is a key event for companies in the construction sector worldwide. One area of particular importance at the trade fair will be dispensing systems for adhesives and sealants, as the market demand for these solutions continues to grow.

ElectraFlow™ Plus Cartridge 310 and the Combi 310.ElectraFlow™ Plus Cartridge 310 and the Combi 310.

As a market-leading manufacturer of products for mixing and dispensing technology for single and multi-component materials (or adhesives), visitors can expect to see the latest innovations at the show. Sulzer’s experts will be on hand to discuss how the company can help customers reduce waste, deliver new formulations and address the needs of specific construction projects and applications.

Two new members of the COX ElectraFlow™ family of battery-powered dispensers will be of particular interest to people visiting Sulzer’s stand. These cutting-edge solutions can provide precision dispensing in a wide range of adhesive and sealant applications. The ElectraFlow Dual Ultra is ideal for dispensing two-component adhesives in a 1:1 ratio, while ElectraFlow Plus provides an advanced tool for operations that require one-component cartridges.

These innovative, fully integrated dispensers are designed to offer high performance, reliability and flexibility. Both products feature powerful cordless technology from the latest Bosch Professional 18V lithium-ion range of batteries and chargers, including the new high performance ProCORE 18V ™ version. As a result, the systems offer extended runtime and service life as well as convenience for users on-site thanks to battery compatibility with a wide selection of existing Bosch power tools.

ElectraFlow™ Plus Cartridge 310 and the Combi 310.ElectraFlow™ Plus Cartridge 310 and the Combi 310.

To help ensure performance and reliability every time, ElectraFlow Plus features a trigger lock that prevents accidental material discharge and a variable speed trigger to carefully adjust and control the volume of adhesive or sealant being dispensed. ElectraFlow DualUltra meanwhile has a practical cartridge locator (patent pending) to locate and retain the cartridges in their correct position during operation.

Also on display at the show, will be a comprehensive range of solutions for adhesive packaging, mixing and dispensing, such as two- and one-component cartridges, static mixers, manual, pneumatic and spray dispensers. All of these products follow Sulzer’s System Approach, which means that the company’s entire product offering is designed to fit together seamlessly, providing flexibility, optimal user experience, reduced inventory and excellent end results.

Visit Sulzer at World of Concrete 2020 on Booth S11153 at Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, U.S.A., from February 4 - 7 2020.

About Sulzer Mixpac

Sulzer is a global leader in fluid engineering. We specialize in pumping, agitation, mixing, separation and application technologies for fluids of all types. Our customers benefit from our commitment to innovation, performance and quality and from our responsive network of 50 world-class manufacturing facilities and 100 service centers across the globe. Sulzer has been headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1834. In 2018, our 15’500 employees delivered revenues of CHF 3.4 billion. Our shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: SUN).

Through its MIXPAC, COX, transcodent and GEKA brands, Sulzer develops and delivers innovative fluid applicators for the dental, adhesives, healthcare and beauty markets. Our IP-protected applicator solutions leverage our expertise in plastic-injection molding, micro-brushes and two-component mixing to make our customers’ products precise, safe, unique and more sustainable.

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Innovation challenges solved for R&D in 2020

Leading global materials supplier Goodfellow has put together a comprehensive package of support tools and products designed to solve the innovation challenges of the R&D community in both scientific and industrial environments. With a huge range of more than 70,000 catalogue products, a unique bespoke processing service and a new category of Green Production materials inspired by the need to better protect our natural resources, the company supplies all the materials needed to inspire innovation.

2020 01 16 093614An in-house multilingual team of scientists and materials experts offers practical day-to-day technical support and advice to make innovation happen. This team, which includes specialists in polymers, metals, ceramics and nanocomposites amongst many other materials, uses its expertise and knowledge of the latest developments in materials to guide customers in choosing the most suitable material for their application.

Finally, a suite of apps and dedicated websites ensure that the necessary digital tools are in place to support the innovation process. These tools include knowledge-sharing hubs, educational apps, sector-specific informational portals including case studies that demonstrate real-life applications of various materials, as well as a range of social media channels that are used to communicate and interact with customers.

By helping throughout the planning and materials selection process, Goodfellow provides the key catalyst in helping projects and prototypes come to life, solving innovation challenges for its customers all over the world. Visit www.goodfellow.com to find out more.

About Goodfellow
With more than 70 years of facilitating scientific innovation, Goodfellow is a leading global supplier of metals, alloys, ceramics, glasses, polymers, compounds, composites and other materials to meet the research, development and specialist production requirements of science and industry. The company has an extensive range of 70,000 catalogue products in multiple forms available off the shelf, most subject to free delivery within 48 hours and with no minimum order quantities.

With over 6000 customers supported by a worldwide network of offices, agents and distributors, Goodfellow also offers a comprehensive range of bespoke processing services, effectively operating as an extension of the production team in order to develop custom-fabricated components in any quantity required. Our in-house team comprises fellow scientists and engineers with extensive knowledge of materials and processing. Through their technical expertise and a supporting range of specification tools, the company has built an unrivalled reputation for helping to find solutions to even the most challenging of research problems. All Goodfellow products are also underpinned by the ISO 9001 quality accreditation.

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Stora Enso divests its Pfarrkirchen Mill

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sawn construction timber (KVH) mill at Pfarrkirchen in Germany, to the fund LEO II. – VV1 GmbH, managed by the private equity firm Dubag Group.

2014 09 25 105559 stora enso logoThe divestment is part of Stora Enso’s profit protection programme and it is in line with the Group’s strategic transformation to focus on developing integrated mills for wood products production. Pfarrkirchen Mill has a good reputation on the market, is well equipped and holds a team of very competent personnel, but it is a non-integrated further processing mill. The new owner is in a better position to give the mill the attention it deserves and ensure a long-term development. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. The impact on Stora Enso’s operational EBIT and net debt will not be material.

“We are proud that Stora Enso has chosen DUBAG Group and its LEO II. Fund as partner for a sustainable future of the KVH production site in Pfarrkirchen and for the carve-out from Stora Enso. The Pfarrkirchen site and its 90 employees have a long-lasting experience in the production of high quality KVH and we are looking forward to continue this successful history in the future,” says Christoph Mödder, Partner at DUBAG Group.

The divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 40 million. It will also reduce Stora Enso’s KVH production capacity by approximately 145 000 m3.

About Dubag Group
The DUBAG Group is a specialised investment advisory firm based in Munich. The firm advises and manages private equity funds with a focus on the acquisition and active management of companies in special situations, such as corporate spin-offs. Currently, DUBAG Group is investing funds from the LEO II. Fund. The fund was successfully raised in September 2019 and has obtained capital commitments from a number of institutional investors. www.dubag.eu

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 26 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2018 were EUR 10.5 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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IDTechEx Discusses New Methods of Recycling Polymers

Recycling waste plastics is essential to creating a circular economy. Current recycling methods are hampered by issues such as societal perceptions of recycling, to economic barriers and technological; however, over the past few years the number of technical innovations to improve polymer recycling have substantially increased. From IDTechEx’s latest report, “Green Technology and Polymer Recycling 2020-2030: Technology for a Sustainable Circular Economy in Plastic Waste” by Dr Bryony Core, this article presents the key recycling processes that are helping to address the problem of waste plastic.

Polymer recycling can be categorised as either a physical or chemical process. In a physical process, the polymer is separated from other polymers or impurities using a process that relies on a physical property such as melting point or solubility. Although the polymer may be chemically altered in the process, this is inadvertent, and not the principal route through which the polymer is purified. The established recycling method is secondary mechanical recycling, which relies upon the removal of impurities such as other polymers or non-recyclable contaminants manually or optically, before the polymer is ground down, melted and extruded into pellets.

2015 08 04 074618The downsides of mechanical recycling are that sorting prior to melting is imprecise and prone to impurity inclusion. Although steps have been taken to increase impurity removal with new optical sorting techniques such as near infrared, the primary route to reducing contamination relies upon the individuals producing the waste to sort it correctly into constituent materials at the point of generation. Even if the input polymer is free from contamination, the very act of heating to melt the polymer can impair the properties of the recycled output polymer, as heat can breakdown the polymer backbone for certain polymer types.

These issues, combined with other economic considerations, have acted as barriers to the widespread implementation of recycling; however, innovations in the field of polymer recycling are helping to address the technical hurdles to increasing recycled polymer quality. These new processes tend to fall into three categories: solvent extraction, plastic to fuel conversion or depolymerisation. Solvent extraction is a physical process and relies upon the different solubility of the target polymer to the impurities with which it is comingled. So far, there have been a handful of start-ups in the past few years who have developed this process to recycle common polymers, including waste polyester fabrics.

The two other processes, plastic to fuel conversion and depolymerisation, are both chemical methods of recycling. Chemical recycling relies on the transformation of the waste polymer into chemically different products via a reaction. The more mature technology, plastic to fuel conversion, uses mixed polymer waste which is otherwise very challenging to recycle, and outputs fuel fractions using chemical reactions such as pyrolysis or gasification.

The relative newcomer, depolymerisation, is the reverse of how the polymer is created in the first place: the polymer is thermally or catalytically broken down, either into raw materials that can be used directly to resynthesise the polymer, or into other useful chemical intermediates. Depolymerisation is particularly exciting as it offers a route to access the polymer without any of the downsides experienced in other recycling methods: the resultant polymer has identical properties and it is reasonably tolerant to contaminants.

The need for improved waste management protocols for polymers that have reached the end of their useful life is evident. Although some of the challenges are economic and social, developing new processes to address the technical barriers to increased global rates of polymer recycling will substantially assist in realising a circular economy.

For more information regarding IDTechEx’s report “Green Technology and Polymer Recycling 2020-2030: Technology for a Sustainable Circular Economy in Plastic Waste”, please visit www.IDTechEx.com/GreenPoly or for further Advanced Materials research available from IDTechEx visit www.IDTechEx.com/Research/AM.

IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research, Consultancy and Event products, helping you profit from emerging technologies. For more information on IDTechEx Research and Consultancy contact research@IDTechEx.com or visit www.IDTechEx.com.

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VTT equips laboratory with a bench scale unit from hte

hte – the high throughput experimentation company supplied a customized four-fold bench scale hydroprocessing unit to VTT, a Finnish research, development and innovation organization.

VTT ordered a hydroprocessing bench scale unit that can process a variety of feedstocks. In particular, the unit has proven its worth in testing bio-based feedstocks and materials – a function that supports VTT’s drive to create tomorrow's bioeconomy. The four-fold unit will be delivered to a new laboratory at VTT’s Bioruukki pilot center in Espoo.
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The bench scale unit selected processes feedstocks with catalyst volumes from 10 to 50 ml and can be deployed to transform biomass into many other bio-products. High throughput experimentation has proven to be a highly valuable tool for accelerating the development of novel catalytic processes; this acceleration can now be utilized in the conversion of bio-based feeds, since chemical catalysis plays a major role. hte’s experience in testing difficult feedstocks is applied in the engineering of this unit. Thus, the technology significantly reduces the time to market for all novel bio-based products, such as bio-fuels and bio-chemicals.

“VTT opted for hte because of the company’s experience in innovative technology. We wanted to be able to test various feedstocks, which is why we chose hte as a partner to build our new unit. It will enable us to research further into new materials that are environmentally friendly,” states Antero Laitinen, Process Chemistry Development Manager from VTT.

Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte, comments: “We are pleased to have been selected by VTT, a leading research institute in Nordic countries, for such an innovative testing unit to accelerate their research on bio-based feedstocks. hte has drawn on its wealth of experience to develop this unit so that our customers can use it to generate chemicals with promising functionalities from novel feedstocks.”