Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Free Webinar:Take your studies to the next step with a Ecology and Population Genetics Master´s in Finland

This programme will provide you with wide knowledge in ecology and population genetics of plant, animal and fungal species, with emphasis on endangered species and ecosystems. Register

Duration: 1 hour
The University of Oulu in Northern Finland is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. More specifically, the University of Oulu encompasses a science university, a technical university and a business school in the same organization.

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In this webinar you’ll learn more about natural science studies and biodiversity and conservation biology in particular. Ecology and Population Genetics programme prepares students for future leadership positions in conservation biology and environmental ecology. The programme provides the students with wide knowledge in ecology and population genetics of plant, animal and fungal species, with emphasis on endangered species and ecosystems.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Evonik to Acquire J M. Huber’s Silica Business

Evonik will complete the acquisition of US company J.M. Huber Corporation’s silica business for US$ 630 million, as planned, in the second half of the year. The transaction closed on September 1, 2017 after approval by the relevant authorities. Contributions from the new business will therefore be included in Evonik’s sales and earnings as of this date.

Expand Position in the Silica Business

Christian Kullmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik, said: “With the successful closing of the acquisition, we are strengthening our ‘Smart Materials’ growth engine by continuing to expand our globally leading position in the silica business.”
The newly acquired business will be integrated into the Resource Efficiency Segment. The intensive planning work that has been done for the integration over the past few months will be put into action straight away.

The acquisition is a perfect match for Evonik’s product portfolio. Huber Silica is especially oriented towards applications in the consumer goods industry, the dental sector for example. To date, Evonik’s silica business has been more focused on industrial applications, for example in the tire and coatings industries.

Source: Evonik 

Daikin Agrees to Acquire Heroflon for Fluoropolymers Business Expansion

Daikin has recently agreed to acquire Heroflon S.p.A., an Italian manufacturer of fluoropolymer compounds. Daikin will obtain all company shares owned by the Heroflon Executive Officers with finalization of the acquisition planned for the end of October 2017 after completion of all necessary procedures.

Heroflon is a compound manufacturer that produces high-performance fluoropolymers by combining various materials. Its product lineup includes fluoropolymer compounds and micro-powders centering on polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).

PTFE is a highly functional and high value-added fluoropolymer used in a wide range of fields including:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Electrical power
  • Chemical industries

Accelerating Product Development

Daikin supplies various kinds of fluoropolymers such as PTFE to processing companies including compounders. With this acquisition, Daikin fully enters the compound business for fluoropolymers and will utilize its global network to expand sales of Heroflon's fluoropolymer compounds and micro-powders.

The company also expects this acquisition to further strengthen its relationship with European car manufacturers together with sales expansion of fluoroelastomers and Automotive air conditioning refrigerant. By accelerating product development that meets customer needs, Daikin expects to realize sales expansion of fluorinated materials for automobiles.

Increase Global Sales of Fluoropolymers

Moreover, with the automotive parts market shifting toward fluoropolymers to reduce weight, promote miniaturization, and lower fuel consumption, Daikin aims to increase global sales of fluoropolymers and fluoroelastomers to 100 billion yen in 2020 by developing products corresponding to a greater need for functional enhancement, such as in heat and wear resistance, and providing technical services.

Source: Daikin