Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jaw-Dropping Statistics About Germs You Need To Know

Germs are everywhere! They are unavoidable, and aren’t all bad. However, excessive germs combined with a compromised immune system can spell C-O-L-D…or worse. From stomach viruses to flesh eating disease, germs are living organisms that can thrive, multiply and mutate, given the right circumstances. Here are 10 jaw-dropping statistics that will put you in the know about germs. Learn how to keep your family healthy, and what you need to do to keep your home as germ free as possible.
Why You Need to Keep Your Hands to Yourself
#1- Around 70% of common illnesses are spread by hands that have touched everyday surfaces.
#2- Every 3 minutes, a child brings his or her hands to their nose or mouth.
Washing one’s hands in warm soapy water, for 20 seconds, seems to be the number one recommendation for avoiding viruses and bacteria. That would be the same amount of time as singing “Happy Birthday” twice. But once the washing is over, you still aren’t finished. You will need to rinse your hands for 10 seconds, then dry THROUGHLY with a clean towel, and then use that towel to turn off the water and open the bathroom door (when in public). When hand washing with soap and water isn’t available, then an alcohol based hand sanitizer should be plan B.
Stomach Bug Facts That Will Make You Sick
#3- Food-borne harmful germs cause 6.5 million cases of gastroenteritis and 9,000 deaths each year.
#4- 50-80% of all food-borne illnesses originate in the home.
To prevent food-borne illness in your home, follow these easy steps.
Buy and Store Food Safely
Use Proper Food Preparation Practices
Store Leftover Food Properly
Know How Long to Store Food Safely
You can learn more about safe food handling here. (http://www.upmc.com/patients-visitors/education/nutrition/pages/food-safety-preventing-foodborne-illness.aspx )
You Should Avoid Germs in the Workplace
#5- Telephones harbor up to 25,127 germs per square inch.
#6- Computer keyboards harbor up to 3,295 germs per square inch.
#7- The average toilet seat has 49 germs per square inch.
Take a moment and look at your hands. What have they touched in the last 24 hours? Were all of those surfaces clean? Have you used those same hands to eat, or rub your eyes? Since there are so many germs lurking on the items that we touch, then an obvious solution to the germ war is to clean said surfaces. In these areas of your home, vehicle, and workplace, take time to disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Cleaning those super germy areas with a high-quality antimicrobial cleaner, like MonofoilD (http://www.monofoild.com ), will help to keep you healthy! MonofoilD (http://www.monofoild.com/?product=monofoil•d-32-oz) is the world’s only one-step sustainable product, that kills 99.9% of bacteria… and has an antimicrobial shield. Your kitchen counters, remote controls, and light switches will have never been so clean!
What Do You Do About Colds and Flus?
#8- Some cold and flu germs can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
#9- The average school-aged child contracts 4 or more colds per year, resulting in more than 164 million lost school days.
#10- People with the flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away through coughs and sneezes.
No amount of cleaning will keep everyone in your family 100% germ free. Everyone gets sick from time to time. But when you find yourself sneezing and coughing, be sure to cover your mouth with a tissue…then throw the tissue away and wash your hands! If you don’t have a tissue, then cough or sneeze into your arm. You’ve got to keep those germs from flying through the air. And if you are sick, the BEST thing to do is to stay home, so that you keep from passing your illness to others.
What are some of the things that you do to keep you and your space germ free? We would love to hear about it!

Monday, August 29, 2016

DSM & NHU Inaugurate PPS Compounding Joint Venture in China

Royal DSM and specialty chemicals producer Zhejiang NHU Special Materials Co., Ltd. (NHU), have recently officially inaugurated their joint venture company for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds, DSM NHU Engineering Plastics (Zhejiang) Co Ltd
The JV, which was announced in May 2015, has been established in Zhejiang province, close to NHU’s linear PPS polymer plant in Shangyu, for manufacturing of the high performance compounds.

DSM-NHU Joint Venture

  • DSM has a 60% share in DSM NHU Engineering Plastics (Zhejiang) Co Ltd., with NHU holding the remaining 40%. 
  • Products, which are branded Xytron™ PPS, are marketed globally and targeted principally at automotive, electrical and electronics, water management and industrial markets. 
  • DSM will be marketing the product globally, including China.

The PPS polymer plant operated by NHU uses proven technology to provide high quality base polymer for the compounds. The joint venture will take over NHU’s existing compounding capacity. DSM for its part brings its long-standing expertise in application development and materials science, as well as access to its global customer network.

Roeland Polet, President DSM Engineering Plastics, said: 
“Xytron PPS compounds will further enhance DSM’s offering in the high temperature performance engineering plastics space, adding to our leadership positions with Stanyl® polyamide 46 and our ForTii® polyamide 4T. They also complement our offerings in Akulon polyamide 6 and 66, and in Arnite and Arnitel thermoplastic polyesters for engineering applications. We now have a strengthened portfolio of solutions for customers operating in key markets. Strategic customers have welcomed the addition of PPS to our portfolio and are eager for us to develop new materials and applications.”

DSM NHU Engineering Plastics (Zhejiang) Co Ltd. is initially offering two standard commercial grades. 
  • Xytron G4010T, containing 40% glass fiber reinforcement
  • Xytron M6510A, which contains 65% glass fiber and mineral filler

Recently DSM has added to its portfolio a 30% glass reinforced grade and a 40% glass reinforced low chlorine grade (especially important for electronic applications) which are currently being evaluated by customers. Grades under development include types with enhanced wear resistance and low friction, with high flow/low flash, and with increased impact strength.

PPS JV Business

  • In the run-up to the official inauguration, the joint venture has already captured business in three important applications in both China and Europe, with materials currently being evaluated by numerous customers, including key automotive OEMs and Tier Ones. 
  • One of the three products already commercialized is an engine block heater for electric generators, which is required to operate in continuous contact with water at temperatures between 35 and 50°C.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Metabolix Enters into LOI with CJ CheilJedang for Biopolymer Business Sale

 Metabolix has announced that it has entered into a binding letter of intent ("LOI") with CJ CheilJedang Corporation ("CJ") for the sale of its biopolymer intellectual property and certain laboratory equipment for a total purchase price of $10 million. The first $2 million of the purchase price was paid by CJ on execution of the LOI and the remaining balance is payable on closing of the transaction, which is anticipated in mid-September. Completion of the transaction is subject to the negotiation of definitive agreements and other customary conditions.

Biopolymers Deal Finalized for USD 10 Mn:

Under the definitive agreements, Metabolix will transfer to CJ a portfolio of intellectual property including the platform microbial strains used to produce the Company's fermentation based products, as well as patent rights covering the production and use of PHA biopolymers. CJ will also acquire certain laboratory equipment associated with the biopolymers business. The arrangement is also expected to include a sublease to CJ of a portion of Metabolix's Woburn, Mass., facility.

"We believe this transaction will help put the Company on a more stable footing and enable us to move forward with our plan to make Yield10 Bioscience our core business," said Joseph Shaulson, president and CEO of Metabolix. "We are excited about our new direction and look forward to focusing our efforts on developing disruptive technologies for step-change improvements in crop yield."

Metabolix announced its new strategic direction in July and anticipates a staff of approximately 20 people with an annual net cash burn rate in the range of $5 million once it has completed its transition and related restructuring. Consistent with this new strategy, the Company plans to rebrand itself as Yield10 Bioscience in the coming months.

Source: Metabolix

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Total Launches HDPE Circular Compounds Containing Post Consumer Recyclates

Total has recently introduced a new range of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Circular Compounds with high levels of recycled content to its packaging segment customers. With performance equal to or exceeding that of virgin resins, this new product range valorizes Total’s superior process and catalyst technology and actively contributes to the Circular Economy.

Products that Outperform Virgin Materials:
Jean Viallefont, Vice President Polymers Europe, stated: “Total is currently extending the applications of the recycled compounds concept by developing additional new grades, since we believe it will be essential to place the European virgin plastics industry in a new yet essential role as ‘circularity enhancer’.”

The range consists of HDPE polymer products, in natural color, that cover all the manufacturing needs for blow-molded bottles and heavy-duty containers for household and industrial liquids with a guarantee of 25% or 50% minimum of Post Consumer Recyclate (PCR). Total’s initial production capacity of HDPE Circular Compounds amounts to 20 kT, coming fully on stream during the course of 2017.
The composition and manufacturing process of these Circular Compounds is especially designed to minimize their environmental footprint, while ensuring outstanding performance and processing properties, guaranteed by Total just as with any virgin resin. Their recycled content originates from post-consumer household waste collected in Western European countries and is recycled by selected partners chosen by Total for their outstanding product quality and recycling process capabilities. In its Antwerp plant, Total applies a last deep decontamination step, which transforms the PCR into an absolute fragrance-free resin.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Ultra-lightweight solution in the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse

Aircraft seats with air-filled cushions are helping to ease the strain. They offer passengers much greater comfort than conventional seats using foam and are also exceptionally light. Lantal, a Swiss supplier serving the aviation industry, has developed a sophisticated system that uses films made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro.

Air travelers can individually adjust the firmness of their seats or backrests as desired, simply by further inflating the cushions or releasing air from them. The extremely elastic and flexible TPU films ensure that the pressure inside the cushions is optimally distributed.

“It’s with innovations like this that we want to make the world a brighter place,” says Wolfgang Stenbeck, Product & Application Manager for specialty films at Covestro. “In addition to developing the material, we also supported Lantal with our processing know-how.”

An efficient solution
Lightweight seats benefit not only airlines, but also the environment. That’s because when compared with conventional foam cushions, weight savings of up to three kilograms per seat can be achieved in business class, and as much as five kilos in first class.

“That saves fuel and reduces CO2 emissions,” says Andreas G├╝hmann, Technology Director for Pneumatic Comfort Systems at Lantal. “And the system requires zero maintenance, which helps to further reduce operating costs.”

Airlines also are using the seats to better position themselves in a ferociously competitive market – in the knowledge that such a high degree of comfort is valued particularly by customers for the more expensive seating categories.

Considering these advantages, it’s no wonder many top airlines are choosing seats with the pneumatic comfort system (PCS) from Lantal. The technology has already demonstrated its impressive reliability during years of use in 170 aircraft.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Clariant Presents Foaming Agents & Flame Retardants for Automotive Industry

 Clariant has presented solutions dedicated to achieving sustainable development in automotive industry. In the presentations delivered in front of leading local and regional technical and mass media, Clariant’s technical experts highlighted Clariant’s edge in the three areas of energy savings, emissions reduction and safety improvements, the current priorities for the automotive and transport industry in China to achieve improved sustainability.

Solutions for Light & Safe Automotive:

Development of transportation goes along with economic growth — with the surging economy’s high growth rate over the past decade in China, the country has already become the largest new vehicle market in the world since 2010. It is predicted that by 2025 China will replace the U.S. as the largest automobile market globally. Increased traffic volume and the number of road vehicles are inevitably putting pressure and impact on resources, people, climate and the environment. Petroleum consumption and CO2 emission are some of the biggest challenges faced by the automotive and transport industry in China today.

As a specialty chemical company, Clariant leverages its strong R&D capability and industry expertise to provide products and solutions dedicated to achieving sustainability in the automotive and transport industry. 

Hydrocerol® - Foaming Agent for Vehicle Weight Reduction:

  • It creates a finer, more durable foam-cell structure that allows manufacturers to achieve surface quality and mass reduction between 5 and 20%.
  • Hydrocerol results in significant improvement on product appearance both internally and externally
  • Hydrocerol also simplifies process control, thus saving through both reduced energy and a shortened cycle time.

Clariant also aids in energy saving during the manufacturing process. Clariant’s Masterbatches solutions for fibers used in vehicles leverage spin dyeing by adding the colorants directly as a Masterbatch during the melt spinning process. Besides outstanding aberration resistance, light-fastness and high color consistency, it reduces energy consumption tremendously. For instance, when dyeing 1kg of fibers, a reduction of almost 98% of energy and 99.9% of water is achieved with the same amount of additives used in traditional bath dyeing processes. The bluesign® system, the world’s most stringent environmental standard for textile products, endorses the benefits of spin dyeing as a sustainable way to color fibers. 

Exolit® OP - Automotive Fire Safety

  • Exolit® OP range offers highly effective fire protection in vehicles, trains and other forms of transportation
  • Exolit® OP lends engineering plastics the fire safety characteristics of expensive high-performance polymers
  • In case of fire, considerably less smoke arises with Exolit OP than with many other flame retardants, with fewer adverse effects
  • Plastics containing Exolit OP can be recycled easily
“With our exciting line-up of products and solutions dedicated to improving the sustainability and safety aspects of the growing automotive and transport industry in China, Clariant is ready to work with our customers and partners as we continue to strive for a greener future in this growing sector in China,” said Jan Kreibaum, President of Clariant Greater China and South Korea.

Emission Reduction

Car exhaust accounts for a significant share of total pollutant emissions in industrialized countries such as China. Among the different pollutants from car exhaust, nitrogen oxides contribute to occurrence of acid rain, while VOCs and carbon monoxide are either carcinogenic or pose various health hazards. 

Among the origins of pollutants from vehicles, diesel engines produce a significant share of transport-related emissions. Controlling diesel emissions requires increasingly sophisticated solutions as emission regulations tighten worldwide. To achieve a dramatic reduction in vehicle emissions, Clariant’s zeolites are specially optimized for exhaust catalytic converters in vehicles. They can be used both as an ideal carrier material for the catalytically active substances, as well as a full extrudate.

Zeolites have become an indispensable part of modern catalytic converter technology in vehicles today. They have a customized property profile allowing for targeted control over ingredients, pH value, temperatures and templates. The catalysts also enjoy an excellent price-performance ratio due to their uncomplicated large-scale crystallization process that ensures lower costs. In addition, zeolites are non-hazardous to humans and environmentally friendly.

Besides controlling the emissions from automotives themselves, Clariant’s LE Technologies also contribute to emission reduction during their manufacturing. The low emission products GEKO® LE and ECOSIL® LE lower emissions of health hazards like xylenes, toluene and ethyl benzene during the green sand molding process employed in the manufacturing of vehicle components such as engine blocks, transmission housings, drive shafts, brake disks and wheel bearings. Clariant’s LE Technology products are already widely used in the EU, and have high potential in North and South America, as well as Asia. 


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dream Fox Yu Tong launched high performance carbon fiber in Beijing

Beijing Dream Fox Yu Tong Research & Development Center of Bamboo Fibre (Dream Fox Yu Tong) has recently presented their aerospace grade high performance carbon fiber products with key technology breakthrough.

According to report, Dream Fox Yu Tong high performance carbon fiber products has surpassed USA M60 existing technical requirements.

This kind of carbon fiber is very pricy. It can be applied in aerospace technology, satellite loading parts, unmanned aerial vehicles and other military fields as well as some fields that require high materials performance.

At present, China carbon fiber industry mainly focus on the production, R & D of T 700, T 800, as well as T 1000 high strength carbon fiber industrialization production. To high modulus M series carbon fiber, there are few researches have been conducted in China. According to report, there are only Beijing University of Chemical Technology (M40), Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology (M55) can provide small production, which cannot sate the demand from military, aerospace industries in quantity and performance.

Beijing Dream Fox Yu Tong Research & Development Center of Bamboo Fibre recently has developed high performance carbon fiber production technology. After China key state laboratory test, its tensile strength has reached 3900 Mpa and tensile modulus has reached 900 Gpa. Furthermore, this technology is low cost technology that can achieve mass production so that can meet wide application in both in military / aerospace and automobile / wind power / LED civil applications.

Source:Dream Fox Yu Tong

CME invest 300 million Yuan in second phase offshore wind power blade project

Chongqing Machinery & Electronics Holding (Group) Co., Ltd (CME) recent made announcement that the company will invest 296 million Yuan (US$ 45.41 million) in their offshore wind power blade industrialization development second phase project.

It is expected the new factory work house will be expanded in their Jiangsu Rudong location.

CME announcement pointed out that the first phase project will be established and put into operation in June, this year (2016). However, the existing production capacity cannot meet existing order and potential order demand. In order to effectively cover China east middle and south regional markets, overseas export market, as well as China domestic inland wind power market demand, CME decided to invest in this project.

According to the announcement, this second phase project total investment is 296 million Yuan (US$ 45.41 million), in which 196 million Yuan (US$ 15.34 million) will be invested in the fixed assets, while the remaining 100 million Yuan (US$ 30.07 million) will be used as the operational fund. According the announcement, all the investment will be arranged to be solved through debt financing and other method.