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Feature article - Continuous metals monitor reveals environmental improvement opportunities

Graham Meller of Buttonwood Marketing shares some results from a recent trial of continuous metals monitoring technology

Elementis has announced some promising results from a trial of a new continuous metals monitoring technology at a river by its talc plant at Sotkamo in central Finland. The technology employs micro-discharge optical emission spectroscopy (µDOES*) from Finnish university spin-off Sensmet.

Siegfried to acquire Curia site

Swiss CDMO Siegfried has signed binding agreements with Curia Global for the acquisition of a drug substances site in Grafton, Wisconsin. The deal is expected to close by 1 July, subject to customary closing conditions. No financial details are being disclosed, other than that the acquisition is being financed from existing funds and will not change the company’s outlook for 2024 and mid-term financial targets.

OCSiAl completes SWCNT site

Luxembourg-based OCSiAl has completed construction of a 3,000 tonnes/year facility for water-based single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) dispersions in Serbia to support the manufacture of high-performance batteries. It is due to begin production in Q3.

Featuring cleanroom-operated production lines, this facility is an optimised version of the previous generation, with 15 times higher output. Much of the output is contracted with global electric vehicle producers and collaborations with the world’s largest lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers, the company said.

Four plan biotechnology platform

American start-up DMC Biotechnologies, which develops and produces chemicals and ingredients using precision fermentation, has agreed to create the ‘Biotech Open Platform’ in partnership with French industrial giants Danone and Michelin, and the investment bank Crédit Agricole. The first-phase investment is over €16 million.

EuroAPI benefits from EU project

The European Commission has approved the first Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI). Under IPCEI Med4Cure, member states will provide up to €1 billion in public funding, which is expected to unlock €5.9 billion more in private funding.

Mitra Chem, Sun Chemical in battery deal

Mitra Chem, a specialist in lithium-ion battery materials, has formed a joint project with inks and pigments giant Sun Chemical to develop the first iron phosphate mass production capability in North America. This will be co-located with Mitra Chem's lithium iron phosphate (LFP) production.

BASF in biofumaric acid project

BASF has revealed that it is collaborating with three German universities on a project to make fumaric acid from the Basfia succiniciproducens bacterium by fermentation. The company uses fumaric acid as a chemical intermediate for various low carbon footprint products, including food and feed additives for, pharmaceutical raw materials and building blocks for polymers and detergents.

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