BASF New World Scale Chemical Catalysts Manufacturing Plant Expanded

Picture Courtesy http://www.basf-coatings.com: The 3-D robot can simulate nearly any situation at a paint line anywhere in the world, which enables BASF’s new Automotive Application Center to optimize application processes and products. It can apply the coating not only vertically and horizontally, but also three-dimensionally, for instance, for mirror housings. BASF announces its investment to construct its initial regional Automotive Application Center at Asia Pacific, to be found in the BASF Innovation Campus Asia Pacific (Shanghai), China. Start of operations is intended for the end of 2018. As an integrated…

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Business Stream secures wastewater services contracts at three UK airports

AGS Airports has signed fresh three-year contracts with Scottish water merchant Business Stream for the source of wastewater and water services in Britain for three of its airports. UK-based AGS Airports owns Aberdeen International Airport Glasgow Airport and Southampton Airport. Business Stream has secured a new source contract for Southampton Airport, also has expanded its existing contracts. AGS Airports procurement group head Maureen Jamieson said: “Business Stream’s providers and account management support allow us to deal with the airport’s water systems smoothly and economically. “As a business dedicated to reducing…

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Sellafield workers prepare for industrial strike

Sellafield workers are getting ready to hold an industrial action ballot in a dispute over pay. Unite and GMB members in the nuclear reprocessing plant will hold the ballot over a 1.5 percent payoffer that’s been enforced by management. GMB intends to ballot its 3,000 members, asserting Sellafield has ignored repeated requests for talks. Its ballot starts on Monday, August 14 and will close on Monday. Unite’s shop stewards decided at a meeting last Friday to proceed with the union’s 2,000 members’ ballot in the site. Members can anticipate ballot…

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UK Food and Drink Trends 2017-2018

Each year, the gastronomic forecasters at The Food People publish their annual list of food and drink trend predictions. We have already been seeing a number of these taking shape. Veganuary saw 60,000 people pledge to go vegan for the entire month of January. It was a number of signs-ups, increasing 260% on the preceding calendar year. Alternative milks have seen a increase in popularity. At the end of this past year, The Grocer reported earnings of Alpro goods grew up $23 million over the preceding year, while earnings of…

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Shetland Islands smart grid trial hailed as success

The system operator claims its five year long Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project has shown that the capability of smart grids to work reliably with high levels of renewable penetration. In addition, it has demonstrated scope for integrating countless UK home appliances into electricity distribution networks, SSEN that was stated. The scheme examined using a new active network management (ANM) management system along with nationally demand-side reaction (DSR) and also utility-scale energy storage to enable the greater integration of renewables into the islanded power grid. “By creating flexible…

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Andritz to upgrade Thai Paper wet lap plant

Andritz has received an order to upgrade the damp lap place of Thai Paper Co., Ltd. at its Wangsala pulp work in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Startup is planned for July 20 17, as the business claims in the press release obtained by Lesprom Community. Andritz will provide important parts for an upgrade of the 2.4 m wide Andritz twin cable press, installed in 1990 and used in a wet panel application. The Andritz delivery also contains oversight is worked by erection and start up of the place. Indian Paper is a…

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Central heating for cities’ networks share £24m of government funding

Nine councils will be given a share of $24 million for heating network schemes that behave as “central heating for cities”, the Government has declared. The money is the first round of financing from a $320 million pot to encourage district heating systems that can provide cheaper and cleaner heat and warm water to homes and companies. The nine successful councils vary from Sheffield to four London boroughs and demand technology including gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants, an ‘energy from waste’ plant along with a heat pump scheme.…

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Anglo African Agriculture Increases Spice Volume As Orders Outstrip Supply

Anglo African Agriculture PLC on Friday said the first quarter of 2017 found a 53% elevation in earnings to ZAR10.6 million from its food manufacturing business, which on a sterling basis more than doubled year-on-year. The organization said volumes of food flavourings of 2017 in the first three months were up 6% year-on- year. Anglo African Agriculture said production capacity in the spices manufacturing plant has more than trebled after new milling equipment was installed during the time, while “strong customer demand” continues to surpass factory output. Anglo African Agriculture…

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Drax biomass plan blow as EC launches aid investigation

The hopes of securing lucrative subsidies for the biomass conservion of Drax have suffered a setback following the European Commission started the full state assistance investigation over concerns the payments may be too generous. The Yorkshire-based power plant is in the process of changing from burning coal to biomass, and was given a £1.7bn Government subsidy contract in April 2014 for the third of its six units – matter to state aid approval. The contract would find Drax paid a fixed price of £105 for every megawatt-hour (MWh) of biomass-fired…

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The Next Step: Demag V type crane 50t

Following the worldwide launch of the V-type single-girder crane, the Demag range of cranes continues to be expanded: with its ZVKE, Terex Material Handling has presented a double-girder overhead travelling crane that will cover the load capacity range up to 50 tons in future. The V-type double-girder crane is offered using a span of up to 35 m as normal, longer girder lengths can be provided on request. “With our ZVKE, we are sending a powerful message and consistently pursue our strategy to offer this crane having an extensive load…

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