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New lab for Surfachem

2M Group operation Surfachem has officially opened its new formulation laboratory within the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre within the University of Huddersfield, UK, where it has been active since 2014. Mottie Kessler, CEO and chairman of 2M, was among those present to showcase formulation demonstrations within the personal care and home care laboratories

Feature Article - Accurate readings in analytical balances

Kevin Hill of Quality Scales Unlimited offers some must-follow tips for accurate weighing of laboratory samples

It is easy to assume that using the right kind of analytical balance as per your weighing purpose is enough to weigh laboratory samples accurately. But what’s even more important is handling the balance and weighing samples with care.

Why? Analytical balances are often subject to reading errors if not handled properly. The reason is that they are extremely sensitive and their readings can easily be affected by small factors such as:

Clariant Refinery Services opens UK lab

Clariant Refinery Services officially opened a new crude and fuel oil laboratory at Bradford, UK, on 23 January. This division makes pour point depressants (PPDs) for the transportation and storage of crude oil, diesel and marine fuels; and cold-flow additive applications for middle-distillates, including diesel, home heating oil and biofuels. 

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