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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Seal of safety on global food market

In an interview, Robert Packer, Portfolio Director – IR, Discovery and Analytical Sciences, PerkinElmer Inc with Chemical Today magazine elaborates on the various parameters of food safety testing market that ensures the quality of food. He also talks about some of the latest technologies on board which has taken food safety to the next level.  
Food safety testing market to be worth more than $15 billion by 2019.
It is not surprising considering the huge economic consequences that a food safety recall can have on a food company that they are choosing to invest in food safety testing technologies. What needs to be considered is not just the immediate economic effect of the recall but also the effect on the brand reputation in terms of lost sales of that and other brand products as well as a wider public perception that can affect stock value. 
Various technologies used for food testing.
The food testing technologies used to depend on the nature of the threat.  Most organic chemical threats are detected by chromatography, either LC or GC often connected to a mass spectrometer. These threats can also be screened using FT-IR. For inorganic threats such as arsenic, technologies such as AA, ICP-OES and ICP-MS are used. For biological threats, as well as traditional cell culturing, there are faster techniques using immune-affinity or molecular diagnostic principles as well.
Regions with growth potential as food testing markets globally.
In recent years China has been a fast growing market for food safety testing due to the rapid growth of the food sector and the subsequent regulations that come from that. India has also experienced similar growth and subsequent regulations.  
Expansion of food & beverage industry to influence the food testing business.
The globalisation of food, whilst driving year round, lower cost offerings and more consumer choice has also complicated supply chains. These global, multi-stage supply chains can lead to ambiguity around suppliers further down the chain and subsequently leaves supply chains exposed to food fraud. As such, food testing at multiple points in the supply chain is essential to identify any issues as soon as possible. 
Meeting consumers’ demand for quality food, related to safety, hygiene and processed food.
As food is consumed by humans, food safety is the primary goal of food processors. This means that they employ a combination of strict hygiene rules as well as food safety tests to ensure consumers stay safe. PerkinElmer manufacturers many of the instruments used for these tests such GC/MS, ICP-MS, LC-MS/MS and IR. Furthermore, consumers are willing to pay a premium for certain characteristics of food that are perceived as desirable, such as country of origin. A good example of this is Italian olive oil or Canadian maple syrup. PerkinElmer is also assisting food processors in verifying country of origin using a variety of the techniques combined with chemometric analysis.
Factors supporting and impacting the growth of the food testing market.
Factors that have supported the growth of the industry include: 
  • Globalization
  • Increased reporting of food outbreaks
  • Increased regulation
  • Global warming leading to food scarcity
Factors that hamper the growth of the industry include: 
  • Global economic downturn
  • Fears of non-fact driven governments leading to deregulation of food agencies
Globalisation of food supply trade making an impact on the food testing market.
It is driving growth through global multinationals implementing western-style standards around the world and the growth of growing Asian national brands on the world stage needing to implement more stringent safety tests to export to the west. Globalisation also leads to more complex supply chains and therefore increased a risk of fraud or food safety events.
Business activities of your company.
PerkinElmer Inc is a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world. The company reported revenue of approximately $2.3 billion in 2015, has approximately 8,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our business is organised into two areas, Diagnostics and Discovery and Analytical Sciences (DAS). Inside the DAS business, traditional chromatography, molecular spectroscopy and mass spectrometry technology are engineered for food safety analysis.  In addition within DAS, we have fast growing food analysis businesses made up of the former Perten Instruments, Delta Instruments and Bio Scientific companies.
Assessing quality and safety of food supplies by the company.
PerkinElmer is a manufacturer of analytical devices so we do not directly analyse the samples themselves but supply the food processors and testing labs that do. An example of the type of analysis carried out in those labs is nutritional composition. If the analysis is for low levels of nutritional metals, this is typically carried out by AA, ICP or ICP-MS. For fats and sugars, typically chromatography is employed. Finally, if it is bulk parameters such as protein, moisture and fat are required, near infrared analysis is utilised.
Challenges faced by companies in food safety and testing industry.
In the food safety testing industry, the biggest challenge revolves around meeting company financial goals while ensuring that the products produced are safe to eat. Furthermore, staying one step ahead of food fraudsters (who are also often good chemists and know how to cheat existing tests) by implementing new detection technologies to identify new and varying threats is an ongoing struggle.
© Chemical Today Magazine
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Particle Works develops new range of high performance quantum dots

ROYSTON, UK: Particle Works, a world leader in the synthesis of nano- and microparticle materials has developed a range of high-quality quantum dots for use in diagnostic, biomedical and optoelectronic applications. Available with a range of functional coatings, these high-performance quantum dots offer unmatched colour purity and unbeatable value.
Particle Works is a brand of Blacktrace Holdings Ltd.
The optical properties of quantum dots are determined by their size, shape and structure, making precise control of manufacturing processes crucial for the creation of high-performance materials.
Particle Works combines its expertise in microfluidics and flow chemistry with state-of-the-art production systems to fabricate highly monodisperse quantum dots with narrow size distributions - typical CV values of 2.5 % - and excellent batch-to-batch consistency.
Automated, scalable production ensures that Particle Works quantum dots offer much better value than other commercially available products, backed by full characterization data and product quality guarantees. The company can supply products with a range of functional coatings to suit imaging, fluorescent labelling and lighting applications, with dedicated service support for life sciences and optoelectronic applications.
© Worldofchemicals News
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Chemical detection technology market report 2016 – 2026

Chemical detection technology is used to detect chemical agents (CA), toxic industrial chemicals (TIC), and toxic industrial materials (TIM). Chemical detection technologies play a vital important role in the monitoring of chemical plants and industries. Incidents from the past like Bhopal gas tragedy have triggered the alarm in the chemical industry to use top quality and reliable chemical detection technology. Furthermore, a rise in threat from terrorist organizations across the world is forcing countries to implant chemical detection technology at critical infrastructure facilities such as airports, nuclear power plants and water distribution facilities etc., according to Persistence Market Research.
Many of the commercially available CA and TIC detectors utilize technologies that are adapted from classical analytical chemistry techniques. These technologies are ion mobility spectroscopy (IMS), raman spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy, colorimetric analysis, flame photometry, surface acoustic wave, photoionization and flame ionization.
Market Dynamics
Global chemical detection technology market is driven by defense sector of various countries in the world. IMS technology is widely used in the military and civilian agencies for detection of illicit drugs, explosives and TICs. Increase in number of people travelling worldwide and security concerns at the airports are driving growth of the global chemical detection technology market. Worldwide forensic labs are using infra-red spectroscopy for forensic analysis such as in identifying polymer degradation. Infra-red spectroscopy can be used to detect the alcohol content in the blood.
A recent trend of chemical detection equipment becoming portable is expected to fuel the global chemical detection market growth. Additionally, there is an increasing reliability on chemical detection equipment by end-users owing to the reduced number of false alarm. Raman spectroscopy is very efficient and non-destructive technology to investigate the authenticity of arts (paintings), which is expected to drive the global chemical detection technology market. Growth in healthcare and medical sector is also poised to positively influence the global market for chemical detection technology.
Cost of the chemical detection equipment is very high along with high operating cost, hindering the growth of the global chemical detection technology market to some extent.
Market Segmentation
Global chemical detection technology market can be segmented on the basis of end-use sector such as defense sector, civil sector, and commercial sector. Global chemical detection technology market for defense sector can be further sub-segmented on the basis of application such as anti-terrorism, first responder market, firefighting control, real time monitoring of toxic and hazardous industrial chemicals in the environment, chemical disaster management and detecting airborne chemical threats. Global chemical detection technology market can also be segmented on the basis type into portable and non-portable equipment. Global chemical detection technology market can be segmented on the basis of geography into North America, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific region (APEJ), Japan, and Middle East & Africa (MEA).
Regional Outlook
Geographically, global chemical detection technology market can be divided into major regions which include North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific region, Japan, Middle East and Africa. North America is the biggest market for chemical detection technology. The US is the leader in research and development of chemical detection technology. Countries affected by the terrorism such as India, France, the UK are next big market for the chemical detection technology.
Key Players
Following are the major key player identified in the value chain of global chemical detection technology market: - S E International Inc, S2 Threat Detection Technologies, Romtech, ChemImage Corp, Bruker Detection Corporation and Implant Sciences Corporation etc. Major players are turning focus toward strategic alliances and collaboration along with product innovation to increase their market share in the global chemical detection technology market.
© Chemical Today Magazine
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Croda to expand polymer capacity in UK; invests £27 million

SNAITH, UK: Croda International Plc has invested £27 million in expanding its Hull manufacturing site in the UK, which will nearly double existing capacity. 
The £27 million ($33.52 million) investment is in line with the group’s strategy of investing in faster growth markets. It will enable Croda to satisfy growing demand for its renowned polymer additives through to 2030 and beyond.
The Hull site is one of three polymer additive manufacturing plants in Croda, with the others located in Gouda, Netherlands and Mianyang, China. The plants produce fatty acid amides and innovative slip additives including Incroslip SL, the ultimate in high slip and stability. This investment further strengthens Croda’s commitment to the global polymer market and enhances its position as the market leader in this technology.
"Croda is committed to offering the highest quality products delivered with world class service. This significant investment at our Hull manufacturing facility will allow us to meet our customers’ increasing demands in a growing market and to further develop our innovation pipeline,” said Mike Millington, global managing director polymer additives, Croda.
“This strategic investment highlights Croda’s commitment to UK manufacturing and provides job security for our local workforce. Our increased capacity will combine cutting edge technology with optimised production and process efficiencies to ensure that we continue to supply the highest performing and most innovative products possible,” added Carl Evans, Hull site director at Croda.
© Worldofchemicals news 
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BioAmber CEO steps down, current COO named president

MONTREAL, CANADA: BioAmber Inc said that it has appointed the current chief operating officer (COO), Fabrice Orecchioni as its new president, effective immediately. 
He will succeed Jean-Francois Huc who has resigned as the company’s president and CEO.
In his role as COO over the past four years, Fabrice has overseen the construction, start-up and operation of the manufacturing plant in Sarnia and the management of the Mitsui JV. Fabrice has also been extensively involved in the negotiations with CJ CheilJedang for the proposed China JV.
Huc, who stepped down for personal reasons, will remain a member of the board of directors and will also assume an advisory role with the management team to help ensure a smooth transition, said the company.
© Worldofchemicals News  
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A Schulman joins coalition to develop low pressure ANG technology

AKRON, US: A Schulman Inc has reached an agreement with Adsorbed Natural Gas Products Inc (ANGP) to join the coalition with ANGP, United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and Ingevity Corporation to develop and produce the world's first commercially viable, conformable Type IV adsorbent-based low-pressure natural gas (ANG) storage tank for motor vehicles.
In February 2016, ANGP and United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) announced an exclusive licensing agreement allowing ANGP to use UTRC's patent-pending technology to develop and produce storage tanks.
A Schulman will join the coalition as the material and moulding solution provider to help develop a storage tank that meets the American National Standards for Natural Gas Vehicle Container (ANSI NGV2) certification. With A Schulman's Quantum carbon fibre composite technology, the company was chosen as a key participant in developing this advanced storage system.
ANGP received the prestigious 2016 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award for Gas Storage for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs). The onboard, low-pressure adsorbed natural gas storage system developed by ANGP and its technology partners was recognised as an innovative, game-changing solution in the light-duty vehicles (LDVs) fueling market.
"We are honored to receive an invitation to join the coalition and look forward to developing the world's first commercially viable natural gas storage tank to meet the needs of our end customers for innovative, light-weight and environmentally friendly products," said Frank Roederer, senior VP and general manager, US & Canada and Engineered Composites, A Schulman.
"A Schulman was selected to be the material and moulding solution provider for the development of the tank after a careful review of all our options. We are excited to add the company's knowledge and expertise to our coalition to develop this technology for mass market acceptance," said Bob Bonelli, ANGP co-founder and CEO.
"ANGP has done a tremendous job in demonstrating the value proposition for this technology. By pulling together all the coalition members, ANGP has leveraged each company's unique skill set to help develop the most robust and cost effective solution.  Our carbon fibre material technology is uniquely suited to meet the challenges in the automotive market," added Doug Gries, global marketing director, A Schulman.
© Worldofchemicals News 
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Covestro polycarbonate used to make precision nocks for archers

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: The bowstring is drawn back, the bow arches under the tension and the arrow speeds to the target. Archery is a sport that’s all about precision, which is why bow and arrow technology is continuously evolving. That also applies to the nock of an arrow – the notched tip that briefly clasps the bowstring before the tension of the drawn bow is released and the arrow takes flight. It’s the central point where tremendous energy is directly transferred to the arrow, enabling it to reach speeds of over 300 kilometres per hour.
Werner Beiter GmbH & Co KG, located in Dauchingen in Germany’s Swabia region, is considered a pioneer in precision injection moulding and has gained an international reputation as a manufacturer of premium archery accessories and parts. Since 1985, the company has been using the polycarbonate Makrolon 2805 from Covestro for its nocks.
Nocks for champions
With its mechanical strength and effect colours developed for this area of application, the polycarbonate is the key to the nocks’ outstanding quality. The international renown of these products is ultimately due to their remarkable durability, coupled with a visual effect that enables an archer to see the arrow’s point of impact, even from considerable distances.
One of the many archers who has enjoyed great success with Beiter nocks is Lisa Unruh of Germany, who recently was named a 2016 Woman Athlete of the Year by the World Archery Federation. National teams, world champions and Olympic medalists from all over the world are constantly flocking to the Werner and Iris Center at Beiter’s site in Dauchingen – an incomparable facility for testing archery equipment. They’re always on a quest for the latest refinement that can push the boundaries of world-class performance a little further. And Makrolon 2805 is always in the forefront whenever successful archers celebrate their victories.
From a hunting weapon to a competitive sport
Archery is one of the oldest hunting methods in human history, and the bow has also been an important ranged weapon for millennia. Archery underwent a fundamental transformation over 100 years ago, maturing into a precision sport that is also frequently an element of major sporting events.
Precision isn’t the only thing that makes archery amazing; the effective range of a bow and arrow is also very impressive. An arrow shot from a bow can have a range exceeding one kilometre, and archers using special bows have even shot arrows over distances of more than two kilometres.
© Worldofchemicals News
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