Credits: www.bloomberg.com China’s stringent rules to curb Covid-19 are about to unleash another wave of summer chaos on supply chains between Asia, the U.S. and Europe. Beijing’s zero-tolerance approach amid an escalating virus outbreak brings the pandemic full circle, more than two years after its emergence in Wuhan upended the global economy. Shipping congestion at Chinese ports, combined with Russia’s war in […]April 28, 2022
Global Supply Chain Crisis Flares Up Again Where It All Began
China’s stringent rules to curb Covid-19 are about to unleash another wave of summer chaos on supply chains between Asia, the U.S. and Europe.
Beijing’s zero-tolerance approach amid an escalating virus outbreak brings the pandemic full circle, more than two years after its emergence in Wuhan upended the global economy. Shipping congestion at Chinese ports, combined with Russia’s war in Ukraine, risks a one-two punch that threatens to derail the recovery, already buffeted by inflation pressures and headwinds to growth.
Even if the virus is reined in, the disruptions will ripple globally — and extend through the year — as bunched-up cargo vessels start sailing again.
“We expect a bigger mess than last year,” said Jacques Vandermeiren, the chief executive officer of the Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second-busiest for container volume, in an interview. “It will have a negative impact, and a big negative impact, for the whole of 2022.”
China accounts for about 12% of global trade and Covid restrictions have idled factories and warehouses, slowed truck deliveries and exacerbated container logjams. U.S. and European ports are already swamped, leaving them vulnerable to additional shocks. “Once product export activities resume and a large volume of vessels make their way to the U.S. West Coast ports, we expect waiting times to increase significantly,” said Julie Gerdeman, CEO of supply-chain risk analytics firm Everstream Analytics.
In the short run, the pileups will mean more costly headaches in the $22 trillion arena for global merchandise trade, which slumped in 2020 and rebounded last year. Longer-term, such chaos is redrawing the contours of a global economy tied together by cross-border commerce. For some corporate executives, reeling in far-flung production networks is no longer a patriotic political slogan — it’s a business necessity given all the uncertainty.
“This has accelerated the pressing need for supply chains to become more regional,” Lorenzo Berho, CEO of Vesta, a Mexican developer of industrial buildings and distribution centers, said on a conference call last week. The shift toward shorter supply chains to places like Mexico is under way to reduce exposure to Asia. Said Berho: “Globalization as we know it may be coming to its end.”
Key policy makers are coming around to the idea that a sea change in the developed world’s supply lines is necessary. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen calls her idea for more resilient trade linkages “friend-shoring” — a not-so subtle jab at China and Russia. Much of the shift hinges on whether the pandemic has convinced consumers to accept higher prices for products made closer to home, and at least one consultant’s analysis says they are.
Relocating supply chains “might cost more, but if you can make smaller quantities that you can then sell at closer to full price, you can actually completely change the game,” said Brian Ehrig, a partner at the consulting firm Kearney and co-author of a report this month that found 78% of CEOs are either considering reshoring or have done it already. Added Shay Luo, a Kearney principal who helped write the report: “My bet is that globalization will never die, however, it will evolve to a different form.”
Companies have weathered the roughest bouts of supply turmoil over the past year partly by raising prices — and consumers have largely absorbed the hit. In the near term, though, supplies from China pose a more menacing cloud than the questions about household demand.
Tesla Inc. lost about a month of work during the Shanghai shutdown. Retailer Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. earlier this month said an “abnormally high” level of inventory was in transit, unavailable or held at ports through the early part of this quarter. Alcoa Corp., the aluminum giant that’s a bellwether for the global economy, last week blamed transport snarls for higher inventories. Continental AG, Europe’s second-largest maker of car parts, lowered its growth forecast for the global production of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to a range of 4% to 6%, from 6% to 9% previously.
Wang Xin, head of the Shenzhen Cross-Border E-Commerce Association, an organization representing some 3,000 exporters, said that even though a lockdown in that Chinese tech hub lasted only a week, “many sellers are suffering about a one-month delivery delay.”
It still takes an average of 111 days for goods to reach a warehouse in the U.S. from the moment they’re ready to leave an Asian factory, close to the record of 113 set in January and more than double the trip in 2019, according to San Francisco-based Flexport Inc., a freight forwarder. The westbound journey to Europe takes even longer — a near-record 118 days.
Longer queues of vessels seen off China’s coast aren’t helping. The line of cargo carriers has jumped after Shanghai, home to the world’s largest container port, initiated a city-wide lockdown late last month to combat Covid-19 cases. The total number of container ships in port and off the hub’s shared anchorage with nearby Ningbo stood at 230 as of last Wednesday, a 35% increase from this time last year, according to Bloomberg shipping data.
Imported containers are waiting on average for 12.1 days at Shanghai’s port before they are picked up by truck and delivered to destinations inland, according to supply-chain data provider project44. The rate for April 18 was almost triple the 4.6 days on March 28. Trucking shortages have crippled efforts to supply key inputs to factories and transport goods such as autos and electronics to the ships.
Air freight is also being affected, with deliveries into Shanghai Pudong International Airport backed up, Taipei-based air and ocean freight forwarder and logistics specialist Dimerco Express Corp. said. That congestion has spread to Shenzhen, as the city that borders Hong Kong has seen a sharp increase in shipments rerouted from Shanghai.
To ease congestion around Shanghai, sailings are being diverted to Ningbo and Taicang, according to Donny Yang, Dimerco’s director of ocean freight. At the same time, the central government has instructed that highways be kept open and unobstructed.
Carmakers to electronics manufacturers in China’s financial hub have been gradually resuming operations, as authorities have encouraged the use of closed-loop systems, in which workers live on site at their factories.
Still, ramping up production from a shutdown isn’t an instant process. Tesla restarted its Shanghai factory after a three-week closure, though it’s uncertain how long the plant can operate with a limited supply of components.
“The change in Covid prevention policies in different cities has imposed an extraordinarily severe impact on logistics,” said Cui Dongshu, the secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association.
Economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., in a research note last week, said supply-chain setbacks “have been somewhat worse than we anticipated, and we have adjusted our growth and inflation forecasts slightly in response in recent weeks.” When the bottlenecks in Asia start to clear, it will likely bring a flood of containers just as a seasonal pickup in imports gets under way.
“Some companies may have already tried to ship their orders somewhere else or they canceled them,” said Stephanie Loomis, vice president of international procurement at freight forwarder CargoTrans Inc. “But my guess is we’re going to see an enormous backlog of freight come out of there like a buckshot.”
The total container-ship count for America’s dual hub of Los Angeles and Long Beach reached at least 57 vessels last Wednesday, the highest since late February. A few other gauges like container dwell times are also creeping higher again.
Some of California’s backlog has merely shifted east in search of faster routes — shiploads of goods are lined up from New York City to Charleston, South Carolina. Data from MarineTraffic recently showed a major reversal: The U.S. East Coast topped the West Coast in the amount of container capacity that’s waiting at anchor to offload.
The pileups in Europe are just as severe or worse, compounded by the proximity to the war in Ukraine. Key ports such as Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp and three in the U.K. are working at or above capacity, which means they’re already struggling to accept more containers because they don’t have space to store them.
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, in a speech Friday, said Europe’s integration in global value chains was even deeper than the U.S.’s. Trade as a share of the euro area’s gross domestic product rose to 54% in 2019 from 31% two decades earlier, she said, compared with America’s 3 percentage-point rise to 26%.
She also cited a recent survey that found 46% of German companies get significant inputs from China. Of those, almost half are planning to reduce that dependency. Russia’s invasion now means the search for the lowest-cost suppliers must be refocused around geopolitical alliances.
“We must work towards making trade safer in these unpredictable times, while also leveraging our regional strength,” said Lagarde, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund. “Even industries that are not considered strategic are likely to anticipate the fracturing of the global trading order and adjust production themselves.”
Credits: www.khaleejtimes.com Dubai has a clear direction for the energy sector based on the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) implements pioneering projects to diversify Dubai’s clean […]April 5, 2022
DEWA shares its pioneering experience in the transition towards clean and renewable energy
Dubai has a clear direction for the energy sector based on the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) implements pioneering projects to diversify Dubai’s clean and renewable energy sources to include all available technologies.
During the 8th World Government Summit, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of DEWA, delivered a keynote speech titled ‘Shaping a Green Future.’ He shared Dubai’s leading experience in supporting the UAE, which has become a role model in the shift to clean and renewable energy.
Vision of the Wise Leadership
“In line with the vision and directives of the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to enhance the green economy in the UAE, last October, the UAE announced its Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, becoming the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to launch this strategic initiative. In recognition of its pioneering role in climate action, the UAE has been selected to host the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in 2023,” said Al Tayer.
DEWAs strategy to ensure energy security and sustainability includes three main pillars: The first is to produce more clean energy, especially solar energy. One of DEWA’s major projects to achieve this goal is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park based on the Independent Power Producer model in the world with a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030. By the end of this year, the share of clean energy capacity in Dubai’s energy mix is expected to reach 13.8%.
The second pillar is to decouple the water desalination process from electricity generation, and desalinate water using Reverse Osmosis technology and solar energy. DEWA aims to produce 100% of the desalinated water by 2030 using a mix of clean energy and waste heat.
The Third is ‘Disrupting the role of utilities by digitisation using the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, UAVs, energy storage, blockchain, and the Internet of Things, among others.
Turning Challenges into Opportunities
The transition to clean and renewable energy is accompanied by several challenges globally. One of the key challenges is renewable energy storage, which can be addressed by developing long-duration energy storage (LDES) technologies. A study by McKenzie in November 2021 estimates that by 2040, LDES deployment could result in the avoidance of 1.5 to 2.3 gigatons of CO2 equivalent per year, or around 10 to 15 per cent of today’s power sector emissions. In the United States alone, LDES could reduce the overall cost of achieving a fully decarbonised power sector by around $35 billion annually by 2040.
In addition to energy storage, big data will play an important role by using sensors in solar power stations to gather real-time data on solar radiation and analyse it in conjunction with data from DEWA’s satellites to improve solar power generation. In this context, DEWA launched its space programme (Space-D) to enhance operational efficiency. In January 2022, it launched DEWA-SAT 1, a 3U nanosatellite. DEWA is the first utility in the world to use nanosatellites in its operations and aims to share its pioneering experiences in this field with other utilities.
Reshaping the concept of utilities
Achieving results is based on innovation which DEWA places as a cornerstone of its work across all divisions. As part of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA, it is disrupting the entire business of public utilities and contributing to building a new digital future for Dubai. Digital DEWA is based on four pillars: launching advanced solar power technologies; deploying a renewable energy grid with innovative energy storage technologies; expanding integrated AI solutions making Dubai the first city to provide electricity and water services using AI technologies and digital services.
DEWA’s application of the latest innovative technologies has helped it achieve the best results globally compared to top utilities in Europe and the USA. DEWA improved the sustainability of its power and water infrastructure, increasing fuel consumption efficiency up to 90%, and generation efficiency by 37.63% between 2006 and 2021, leading to huge financial savings in addition to an expected reduction of 35.35% in carbon emissions by 2030.
Credits: www.imerys.com Minerals help speed up 3D Construction Printing process- 3D printing is a process that turns digital models into physical objects, typically achieved by layering material then using computer-aided design (CAD) to make it three-dimensional. Materials such as plastics, metals and ceramics have all been used successfully in this process, and today the technology’s […]April 1, 2022
Minerals help speed up 3D Construction Printing process
Minerals help speed up 3D Construction Printing process- 3D printing is a process that turns digital models into physical objects, typically achieved by layering material then using computer-aided design (CAD) to make it three-dimensional.
Materials such as plastics, metals and ceramics have all been used successfully in this process, and today the technology’s application is being investigated in a wide range of industries. In construction, concrete is used in this process – referred to in the industry as 3D Construction Printing (3DCP), also known as 3D Concrete Printing – and its advantages and challenges are being assessed.
Minerals can improve the properties of concrete used in 3D printing, and with a world-class portfolio of minerals to hand, Imerys can help to deliver these key functions.
Improving the performance of 3D printer ink for construction applications
Much like with regular printing, you need the right “ink” for the job when it comes to 3D printing. In 3DCP, the concrete acts as the ink – and the better the concrete, the better the outcome.
Imerys has been adding value to concrete through its minerals for over 100 years, and as a leading minerals supplier and innovator can offer expertise on formulation.
Hervé Fryda, Imerys’ Science & Technology Director for Building & Infrastructure, says: “We offer a number of complex minerals that play different roles in improving concrete. For example, calcium aluminates can accelerate the hardening of concrete layers, which increases the vertical building speed, while metakaolin and bentonite can improve concrete printability .”
While still a niche technology, at present the key application of 3D Construction Printing is in the layering of concrete to build structures. Imerys can support suppliers in this process by helping them to produce set-on-demand concrete. This will be useful in 3DCP as each layer of concrete quickly sets before the next layer is poured on, resulting in improved productivity and more reliable structures.
Advantages of 3D Construction Printing
Using 3DCP to layer concrete reduces waste, improves efficiency and supports customization.
“A key benefit of 3D printing is its ability to reduce waste – something that is a priority for the construction industry,” says Claire Brown, an Imerys expert in the Building & Infrastructure segment
“The technology uses the exact amount of material necessary to make a product, providing an efficiency gain that could pave the way for zero-waste projects in the future. This in turn would contribute to reducing the environmental impact of construction projects.”
Automating tasks like concrete layering also allows sites to be more efficient as it quickens the process, reducing the length of projects.
“3DCP technology can support affordable housing projects, thanks to the cost savings and efficiency gains realised from the economical construction process,” says Claire.
Furthermore, the automation can support worker health as it prevents workers from having to perform such a labour-intensive task during adverse weather conditions like high heat.
3D Construction Printing also has the capacity to standardize and customize architecture.
“Users can feed a standardized model into a 3D printer, which can then reliably and repeatedly churn out the exact same structure,” says Hervé. “This would be of most interest in cases where there is a sense of urgency, for example providing shelter to people displaced by a natural disaster, or where a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is warranted.”
“In terms of customization, it may be possible to create different kinds of residential buildings from a standardized model, customized according to customers’ needs and wishes.”
Additionally, 3D-printing concrete can create designs that are significantly more complex or unusual than the norm, whether for aesthetic or functional purposes.
3D printing’s future in construction
3D printing is unlikely to be a complete replacement for traditional methods, and there’s still a long way to go before it becomes more mainstream. While construction technologies continue to advance, construction methods are not progressing at the same rate. There are lots of reasons for this, but cost and safety play a big role – construction methods have to be suitably tried and tested before they can be introduced.
3D printing has highly valuable potential in the construction industry, however, and as an active participant in this technology’s development, Imerys is available to support potential partners with both mineral applications and formulation expertise.
Credits: www.imerys.com Imerys renews partnership with MIT- As it seeks to take on the challenges and opportunities of the future, Imerys needs partners in innovation with whom it can fully leverage the latest emerging and transformative research. Because together is better, and both innovation and sustainability are best achieved by bringing together the world’s brightest on common platforms, Imerys […]April 1, 2022
Shaping the future through innovation: Imerys renews partnership with MIT
Imerys renews partnership with MIT- As it seeks to take on the challenges and opportunities of the future, Imerys needs partners in innovation with whom it can fully leverage the latest emerging and transformative research.
Because together is better, and both innovation and sustainability are best achieved by bringing together the world’s brightest on common platforms, Imerys reconnected with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) to leverage the insight and expertise of the leading players in global emerging technologies. This is one further example of a number of collaborations set up by Imerys Group where it works together with external experts, forums and startups with the future of the company and industry in mind.
Chris Parr, Refractory, Abrasives and Construction Science & Technology Vice President explains the reasons for this partnership: “on the one hand, there are a lot of synergies between the research being done and our line of work, but on the other, we are just very eager to learn and take expert advice on emerging technologies and how they can support our drive towards sustainable innovation”.
Credits: www.worldofchemicals.com The global pandemic has resulted in new interest in home renovation and decorating, as demonstrated clearly in the sales of paint. In 2020, Tikkurila’s production grew by 3.4 percent, and waterborne decorative paints account for over 80 percent of the total sales. The benefits of waterborne paints for the consumer are fundamental. In addition […]March 23, 2022
Five common challenges of painting walls
The global pandemic has resulted in new interest in home renovation and decorating, as demonstrated clearly in the sales of paint. In 2020, Tikkurila’s production grew by 3.4 percent, and waterborne decorative paints account for over 80 percent of the total sales. The benefits of waterborne paints for the consumer are fundamental. In addition to painting with easy-to-use waterborne paints, success in indoor painting demands some central steps.
Tikkurila wants to make more and more sustainable products in the future in addition to environmentally efficient production. That means, among other things, further increasing the production of waterborne paints. Last year 84 percent of consumer and construction paints sold by us were waterborne, and our goal is that by 2030, 99 percent of our decorative paints sold in Europe will be waterborne. To guarantee sustainable, consumer? safe products of high quality, the production has a heavy emphasis on the development and production of waterborne paints.
Benefits of waterborne paint
Waterborne paints have several benefits over traditional, solvent? based paints. In the production of solvent-based paints, some volatile organic compounds, ie. VOC emissions, are released into the air from raw materials. At Tikkurila, these emissions have been significantly reduced by investing specifically in the manufacture of waterborne products. Besides being environmentally friendly, waterborne paints also have a milder odour, better durability, faster drying time and better coverage, and they are easier to clean without using detergents.
– Naturally, the central ingredient of waterborne products is water, which is a safe option for the painter and the inhabitants of the home with painted walls. Due to the low emissions of waterborne paints, the indoor air quality will remain better and the risk of allergy is significantly lower, because waterborne paints mainly evaporate water. The surface of a waterborne paint also keeps its gloss and colour saturation for longer, said the head of Tikkurila’s technical support Rami Kuparinen.
How to succeed in indoor wall painting
There are a couple of things that you should take into consideration when painting with waterborne paints. Below you will find a list of tips compiled by company’s paint expert to help you do a successful paint job, all the way from colour selection to the actual painting.
1. Selecting the right product and colour
Consider the room and expected wear of the wall when selecting paint for the top coat. The best living room and bedroom sheens for waterborne indoor wall paints are flat or eggshell, because they produce a soft colour and hide imperfections. Satin paint is the best choice for rooms that require frequent washing, such as kitchens and corridors. A satin surface produces an intensive colour. There are useful tools for selecting the colour, such as the Colour Master mobile application created by the experts of Tikkurila, which allows the user to view different colours on their wall.
Furniture should be moved to the center of the room to ensure free working space.
Cover the floor with paint-proof paper to prevent wet paint from staining the floor. If electric sockets, light switches and mouldings are going to stay in place, cover them carefully with good-quality masking tape. Remove the tape immediately after painting to avoid tearing the dry paint with the tape.
3. Preparing and priming
Walls that are previously painted should be cleaned with wall cleaner before painting. Washing will remove any dirt and grease from the surface and also wear the old paint surface ensuring better grip for the new one. Any holes and scratches are easy to cover up using the special Hole?in?1 caulk. Let the caulk dry, sand it to the surrounding surface, and wipe the dust off. By applying 1–2 coats of primer, you ensure the top coat will stick to the wall and produce a smooth result. High temperature and low air humidity in the space will speed the drying of the paint considerably. If possible, turn the heaters down while you paint.
The preferred paint surface of a wall is often smooth and discreet, and to achieve that you should choose a low-nap roller, such as a microfiber of felt roller intended for smooth surfaces. When needed, ask for the salesperson’s advice to select the best and highest-quality tools.
First use a paintbrush or small paint roller to paint the corners and edges of mouldings. The places where the ceiling and the wall meet or the corners of accent walls are the easiest to mark with a marking tool or painter’s tape. Use a spirit level to make sure your tape is attached straight. Apply tape and paint only to one wall at a time to prevent the edges from drying. Always start rolling the paint from the corner and circle around the room, finishing at your starting point. Use a sufficient amount of paint and roll your roller back and forth from the floor to the ceiling and back, covering only a small strip at a time. Immediately after painting, even the paint out by rolling directly up and down, and overlap the freshly painted section while the paint is wet. In order to have a seamless, beautiful finish, you should carefully apply two layers of top coat.
Credits: polymerspaintcolourjournal.com Sun Chemical continues to build its colour library with its mobile-based application, PigmentViewer App, featuring the company’s newest launch, Lumina Royal Sparkling Blue, a high chroma, blue-shade effect pigment with intense colour. It joins the popular Lumina® Royal family of products, all of which are included in PigmentViewer App’s comprehensive colour library. PigmentViewer App […]February 5, 2022
Sun Chemical advances digital colour innovation with new Lumina® Royal Sparkling Blue
Sun Chemical continues to build its colour library with its mobile-based application, PigmentViewer App, featuring the company’s newest launch, Lumina Royal Sparkling Blue, a high chroma, blue-shade effect pigment with intense colour. It joins the popular Lumina® Royal family of products, all of which are included in PigmentViewer App’s comprehensive colour library.
PigmentViewer App is built on virtual renderings that capture the whole appearance potential of a pigment, enabling the designer to evaluate the colour “panel” in a digital format. In this case, the “panel” is replaced by the smartphone or e-tablet display.
Visualisation of the colour from different angles may be achieved by changing the angle of the device relative to the viewer. The viewer needs only treat the device as if it were a conventional panel or sample, and with regular movement, the digital pigment application creates colour travel as one would observe in a real-life physical environment.
In addition to viewing individual effect pigments from the company’s comprehensive portfolio, PigmentViewer App also offers the option to compare two pigments side by side on one screen, improving upon the traditional method of evaluating one panel at a time.
Delivering exceptional chromaticity and unmatched lightness, Lumina® Royal Sparkling Blue joins the comprehensive effect pigment portfolio of products in PigmentViewer App. The effect pigment can be used to create vibrant new colours and styling options throughout the aqua to violet colour areas.
Similar to the Lumina® Royal family’s most recent additions such as Lumina Royal Blue Russet or Lumina Royal sienna, Lumina® Royal Sparkling Blue provides strong sparkle to achieve an attractive eye-catching appearance. It provides broad suitability across many applications, including automotive, industrial and packaging.
Our MD Mr. Oussama Ghandour’s interview features in this February edition of PPCJ. Please refer to the link below https://flickread.com/edition/html/free/61fb0b9fc9654#29 Since 1879, the internationally respected Polymers Paint Colour Journal has been providing news, in-depth features, and insight into the latest developments, making it the longest-serving journal in the coatings industry. Each issue carries the latest on new […]February 4, 2022
Our MD Mr. Oussama Ghandour’s interview features in this February edition of PPCJ. Please refer to the link below
Since 1879, the internationally respected Polymers Paint Colour Journal has been providing news, in-depth features, and insight into the latest developments, making it the longest-serving journal in the coatings industry.
Each issue carries the latest on new regulations and legislation as they affect our industry and, importantly for today’s market, alerts the trade to areas of growth and new territories for business.
PPCJ has a unique synergy with not only its own exhibitions but also with others worldwide, offering a distribution that is unrivaled, in the coatings industry.
Intra Department Weight loss Challenge: The coatings department had piloted an Intradepartmental weight loss challenge named THE BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE. The challenge was for a period of 4 months and had a total of 6 participants. All participants paid AED 250 to enter the challenge. This was to ensure that candidates take the contest seriously. […]February 2, 2022
THE BIGGEST LOSER: WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE
Intra Department Weight loss Challenge: The coatings department had piloted an Intradepartmental weight loss challenge named THE BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE. The challenge was for a period of 4 months and had a total of 6 participants. All participants paid AED 250 to enter the challenge. This was to ensure that candidates take the contest seriously. The department manager also chipped in an additional 1000 AED to ensure that the winner takes home a substantial amount. Also, It was decided that the person who loses the least weight or was not able to lose weight will be gifted a weight loss program conducted by FITTR, under the mentorship of a lead Nutritionist to ensure the objectives of the challenge is achieved.
The weights of the participants were measured again on 2/2/2022. Saju Ramdas, Sales Executive, Coatings Dept., emerged as the winner. Saju lost a total of 9.5 kgs in 4 months, primarily by quantified nutrition and walking. Congratulations Saju on this achievement. Kudos and keep up the spirit.
Since Human Capital is our biggest asset, the success of this contest has motivated us to do this contest on a larger platform within the company. We would deliberate the modus operandi of the new challenge and revert in due course.
Credits: polymerspaintcolourjournal.com With the product ELATUR® DINCD, Evonik has launched another latest generation innovative plasticiser. The new product, a cyclohexanoate, is characterised by a combination of much sought-after properties, such as excellent low-temperature flexibility, and high UV resistance; thus contributing significantly to the weather resistance and durability of the products made from it. ELATUR® DINCD […]February 1, 2022
Evonik launches ELATUR® DINCD – a new plasticiser for durable products
With the product ELATUR® DINCD, Evonik has launched another latest generation innovative plasticiser. The new product, a cyclohexanoate, is characterised by a combination of much sought-after properties, such as excellent low-temperature flexibility, and high UV resistance; thus contributing significantly to the weather resistance and durability of the products made from it. ELATUR® DINCD is easy to process due to its low viscosity and is particularly suitable for demanding exterior and interior applications, such as textile fabrics, roofing membranes, floor coverings, adhesives and sealants, as well as paints and coatings.
This portfolio expansion is part of Evonik’s long-term strategy to expand its portfolio of plasticisers, based on specific customer needs.
“The addition of ELATUR® DINCD to our portfolio ideally complements our existing and proven product family,” says Dr Janina Fischer, Director Marketing Plasticizers, who is responsible for marketing the new plasticiser. “Our customers’ needs are as diverse as ours. We can now offer them an even wider range of products from which to choose the one that best suits their individual requirements.”
“In developing the new isononanol-based plasticiser, we were able to draw on many years of experience in research, production and marketing,” says Dr Michael Graß, Head of Application Technology for plasticisers. “This has enabled us to develop a product based on our technologies that offers customers new opportunities in product optimisation through a combination of good processability and high durability.”
The portfolio expansion strengthens the Group’s global business with innovative plasticisers: Evonik has offered ELATUR® CH, another new-generation plasticiser, in addition to VESTINOL® 9 since 2013. As a fast fuser for special PVC applications, ELATUR® DPT completes the portfolio and is particularly effective in combination with ELATUR® CH.
The new product is to be manufactured at the Group’s largest site in Marl in Germany. An initial production campaign for the new plasticiser ELATUR® DINCD has already been successfully carried out. Production will be expanded step by step, in response to market demand.
Credits: polymerspaintcolourjournal.com Specialty chemicals company Lanxess and Matrìca, a joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont, have partnered to produce sustainable biocide preservatives from renewable raw materials. Starting in January 2022, the Matrìca plant at Porto Torres (Sardinia, Italy) will supply Lanxess with bio-based raw materials from vegetable oils which Lanxess will use to manufacture […]February 1, 2022
LANXESS and Matrìca team up to produce sustainable preservatives from renewable raw materials
Specialty chemicals company Lanxess and Matrìca, a joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont, have partnered to produce sustainable biocide preservatives from renewable raw materials. Starting in January 2022, the Matrìca plant at Porto Torres (Sardinia, Italy) will supply Lanxess with bio-based raw materials from vegetable oils which Lanxess will use to manufacture a new series of industrial preservatives broadening its Preventol range.
With this partnership, both companies aim to significantly advance the production of sustainable preservatives and address the markets’ growing demand. The new Preventol preservatives are designed for consumer products, such as household cleaners, laundry care and dishwashing products as well as paints and coatings.
“We are delighted to have Matrìca as a partner at our side,” stated Dr. Oliver Kretschik, Vice President of the Biocides business line at Lanxess’ Material Protection Products business unit. “Preventol is a well-recognised brand worldwide and one of the standards in industrial preservation. We consider the use of bio-based raw materials as crucial for modern preservatives. With this collaboration we can create a new generation of preservatives based on renewable resources in numerous applications. This approach stresses Lanxess’ strategic focus on sustainability and consumer protection.”
“Joining forces with an important and acknowledged partner such as Lanxess in the bio-based market segment opens up sustainable development opportunities and a globally extended perspective for Matrìca’s bio-products portfolio,” said Nicola Melacarne, General Manager of Matrìca.
Matrìca’s Matrilox bioproducts range, made from European vegetable raw materials, is derived entirely from renewable sources thanks to an innovative technology that aims to use the molecular complexity of the vegetable raw material to produce chemicals with high added value.
Lanxess’ Material Protection Products business unit develops and markets biocides, preservatives and disinfectants for a wide range of microbial control applications. These products protect materials against spoilage by micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and algae, extend the life of the end-use products and maintain their functionality. Under the Preventol brand name, the business unit sells active ingredients and formulations for paints & coatings, wood protection, construction products, process control and disinfection among other application areas.