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News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The unsaturated polyester resin industry is a mature market that is predominantly characterized by established products, applications, and processes. The major players offer a complete portfolio of resins, covering all the major chemistries and the property and/or performance requirements for the wide range of application markets and processing methods. This report has 163 figures/charts and 171 tables spread through 208 pages http://www.lucintel.com/unsaturated_polyester_resin_competitive_analysis.aspx Polynt and Ashland are the market leaders with diversified product portfolios, strong geographical reach, and high strategic initiatives. Over the next five years, suppliers will be focusing on growing end-user industries like transportation, pipe & tank, and construction in emerging countries like India, China, and the Middle East (particularly in the UAE and Saudi Arabia) where they are likely to capture larger market share in the global UPR market. Over the last five years, suppliers have focused on new product developments which are resins that are styrene free or have low styrene content. The suppliers have grown organic and inorganic in the last five years. Polynt acquired CCP composites and Reichhold to become the UPR market leader. Also, DSM Composite Resins and CCV have formed a partnership to create a new company: Aliancys A.G. The suppliers have also made partnerships, agreements, and contracts with various distributers around the world. The companies producing UPR are exploring market opportunities with starkly different strategies. Lucintel, a leading global management consulting and market research firm, has analyzed the global UPR market and has come up with a comprehensive research report, “Worldwide Unsaturated Polyester Resin Competitive Analysis and Leadership Study 2016.” This report offers a full competitive analysis from target markets to product mapping, from selling strategies to production capabilities. This report has examined and profiled the world’s leading UPR producers. Lucintel created profiles of each competitor based on the following criteria: Financial Strength The resulting research report represents the most comprehensive strategic and tactical assessment of the UPR producers and competitive landscape available. In terms of the total revenue generated by leading UPR producers, Polynt ranks number one, followed by Ashland. AOC, New Solar Co. Ltd., and Aliancys A. G. (DSM) all of which are included in the report. The detailed analysis of each company offers a critical view into key strategic areas, including: Designed for the composites and non-composites industry professionals, financial services firms, and users of UPR, Lucintel's “Worldwide Unsaturated Polyester Resin Competitive Analysis and Leadership Study 2016” is the industry’s comprehensive examination of the UPR producers’ competitive landscape. Collected from a series of primary vendor interviews and secondary sources, Lucintel also provides its own scorecard for determining which of these companies is better aligned with future market opportunities and which has the ability to gain additional market share. Using its proprietary research methodology, Lucintel has developed a comparative analysis tool, the ‘Lucintel Leadership Quadrant,’ which identifies leaders and challengers in the UPR market and rates each UPR producer on two primary criteria as shown below: Ability to gain market share was analyzed using following parameters: Alignment with market opportunity was analyzed using following parameters: About Lucintel Lucintel, the premier global management consulting and market research firm, creates winning strategies for growth—whether you need to understand market dynamics, identify new opportunities, or increase your profitability. It offers market assessments, competitive analysis, opportunity analysis, growth consulting, M&A and due diligence services to executives and key decision-makers in a variety of industries. Over the last 15 years, Lucintel has served over 1,000 corporations in 70 countries. For further information, visit www.lucintel.com. Connect with us on LinkedIn here https://www.linkedin.com/company/lucintel?trk=top_nav_home


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

The report "Unsaturated Polyester Resins Market by Type (Orthophthalic, Isophthalic & DCPD), End-Use Industry (Building & Construction, Marine, Land Transportation, Pipes & Tanks, Artificial Stone, Wind Energy, Electrical & Electronics) - Global Forecast to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is expected to grow from USD 9.17 Billion in 2016 to USD 12.15 Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 5.78% between 2016 and 2021. Early buyers will receive 10% customization on this report. Based on end-use industry, the building & construction segment is projected to lead the UPR market during the forecast period Based on end-use industry, the building & construction segment accounted for the largest share of the global UPR market in 2015. UPR are being widely used in the construction sector, as they are utilized in Fiber-Reinforced Plastics (FRP), artificial stones, marbles, granites, and putties, among others. Building & construction is an important end-use industry for UPR, as in emerging economies, substantial investments are being made in the infrastructure sector, which, in turn, is driving the UPR market. Therefore, rapid growth of the building & construction sector in India, China, South Africa, UAE, and Brazil has influenced the growth of the UPR market. Ask for PDF of the Report at http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/pdfdownload.asp?id=891 Based on type, the orthophthalic segment is expected to lead the UPR market during the forecast period Based on type, the orthophthalic segment is estimated to lead the global UPR market in 2016, in terms of value and volume. Orthophthalic have different properties such as high flexibility and tensile strength. Orthophthalic resins are advantageous in terms of cost, toughness, and chemical resistance as compared to other resin types such as isophthalic, DCPD, and terephthalic. These are commonly used in hulls and decks of boats, land transport components, molding, wind blade manufacturing, FRP structures, laminating resins, and in various other applications such as adhesives, buttons, castings, composites, encapsulation, flooring materials, gelcoats, filler pastes, pigment pastes, polymer concrete, putties, tooling, and fire-retardant & anti-corrosion coating. Asia-Pacific expected to lead the UPR market during the forecast period The Asia-Pacific region is expected to lead the UPR Market during the forecast period. In this region, China and India are the biggest consumers of UPR. Key factors driving the UPR market in the Asia-Pacific region are: AOC LLC (U.S.), Ashland Inc. (U.S.), Reichhold Inc. (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany), Royal DSM (Netherlands), Scott Bader (U.K.), and U-Pica Technology Group (Japan), among others, are the key players in the global UPR market. Phthalic Anhydride Market and Derivatives (Plasticizers, Unsaturated Polyester Resins, and Alkyd Resins) by Application & Geography - Trends & Forecast to 2018 http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/phthalic-anhydride-derivatives-market-179828823.html MarketsandMarkets is the largest market research firm worldwide in terms of annually published premium market research reports. Serving 1700 global fortune enterprises with more than 1200 premium studies in a year, M&M is catering to a multitude of clients across 8 different industrial verticals. We specialize in consulting assignments and business research across high growth markets, cutting edge technologies and newer applications. Our 850 fulltime analyst and SMEs at MarketsandMarkets are tracking global high growth markets following the "Growth Engagement Model - GEM". The GEM aims at proactive collaboration with the clients to identify new opportunities, identify most important customers, write "Attack, avoid and defend" strategies, identify sources of incremental revenues for both the company and its competitors. M&M's flagship competitive intelligence and market research platform, "RT" connects over 200,000 markets and entire value chains for deeper understanding of the unmet insights along with market sizing and forecasts of niche markets. The new included chapters on Methodology and Benchmarking presented with high quality analytical infographics in our reports gives complete visibility of how the numbers have been arrived and defend the accuracy of the numbers. We at MarketsandMarkets are inspired to help our clients grow by providing apt business insight with our huge market intelligence repository. Contact: Mr. Rohan MarketsandMarkets 701 Pike Street Suite 2175, Seattle, WA 98101, United States Tel: +1-888-600-6441 Email: sales@marketsandmarkets.com Visit MarketsandMarkets Blog @ http://www.marketsandmarketsblog.com/market-reports/chemical Connect with us on LinkedIn @ http://www.linkedin.com/company/marketsandmarkets


News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Part of the answer lies in quality control for newly-minted proteins, which takes place in the sub-cellular compartments of the 'endoplasmic reticulum', or ER. An over-burdened -- or 'stressed' -- ER can result in proteins becoming disorganized, a condition which cells seek to rectify by undertaking 'unfolded protein response', or UPR. During this reorganization, 'UPR transducers' in the ER sort the proteins for correction. Humans are known to have ten types of these transducers, but for years, scientists have not been able to explain why so many varieties are needed for the process to work. Now in an article published in the Journal of Cell Biology, Tokiro Ishikawa and Kazutoshi Mori of Kyoto University describe how different UPR transducers are used selectively, depending on the developmental stage of the cell and the type of stress. "We started by looking for proteins that cause ER stress during the development of medaka fish embryos, which are known to have the same ten transducers," explains first author Ishikawa. "We found that at first the production of short chain collagen causes a certain transducer to be activated for quality control." Collagen is the most abundant protein in vertebrates, providing external support for cells. In the next stage of development, cells received a signal from main actor proteins and started to produce longer-chain collagen. In response to this new ER stress, a new UPR transducer was activated to produce components to export the larger collagen out of the ER. Without this, larger collagen would be unable to leave the cells and do its job. "This showed us that different UPR transducers are activated to cope with different ER stresses caused by different proteins," says Ishikawa. Senior researcher Mori continues, "We see UPR working 'backstage', so to speak, to support the main actors during cell differentiation and thereby orchestrating various biological processes" The team is next seeking to understand how cells discriminate between lengths of collagen to activate different transducers, further deepening understanding of UPR's role in cellular processes and development. The paper "UPR Transducer BBF2H7 Allows Export of Type II Collagen in a Cargo- and Developmental Stage-Specific Manner" appeared 12 May 2017 in the Journal of Cell Biology, with doi: 10.1083/jcb.201609100 Kyoto University is one of Japan and Asia's premier research institutions, founded in 1897 and responsible for producing numerous Nobel laureates and winners of other prestigious international prizes. A broad curriculum across the arts and sciences at both undergraduate and graduate levels is complemented by numerous research centers, as well as facilities and offices around Japan and the world. For more information please see: http://www.


News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: cen.acs.org

University of Puerto Rico (UPR) chemists are facing tough times as the island nation’s budget crisis is worsening and student strikes have shut down most campuses. Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy earlier this month in hopes of freeing itself from some of its $123 billion in debt and pension payments. In the meantime, a debt oversight board is pushing large cuts across the government. For UPR’s 11 campuses, the board has mandated $520 million in cuts over the next few years. That’s out of a yearly budget of around $960 million. Science departments such as chemistry will likely “be more affected because our expenses our higher” than departments such as history, suggests chemist José Prieto from UPR Río Piedras. “We have [already] been cutting our budget for the last five years.” Río Piedras department chair Néstor Carballeira says the cuts will primarily impact the teaching of classes and labs. Most professors’ research is supported through outside funding from NSF, NIH, and other federal agencies. Enrique Meléndez, chair of the UPR Mayagüez chemistry department, expects to lose $1 million from a $7.7 million budget next year. His early estimates suggest that classes would support 1,000 to 1,500 fewer undergraduate students. The resulting decline in teaching assistant slots means the school has not been able to guarantee potential graduate students funding in their first year, he says. That could drive many Puerto Rican students, who are U.S. citizens, to choose graduate school in the U.S. instead. The “oversight board and the government don’t realize they are strangling the university,” Meléndez says. “We could vanish.” Student strikes protesting the cuts have shut down teaching at most UPR campuses for almost two months. Ingrid Montes, a chemistry professor at UPR Río Piedras, says research has been allowed to continue. But graduating seniors might be held up from attending graduate, medical, or professional schools if the strike does not resolve soon. “We need to open, and we need to open as soon as possible,” says Montes, a board member of the American Chemical Society, which publishes C&EN. “The situation is very stressful and very sad.” Puerto Rico’s fiscal problems began in the mid-1990s with the phaseout of U.S. tax breaks that had made the island attractive to businesses. Many pharmaceutical companies left the island. Since then, “the situation has been sort of tight for chemists,” Carballeira says. Though some UPR-trained chemists find jobs at the few remaining pharmaceutical companies, many go to the U.S. for a postdoc and then find employment there. That will likely be true for academic job seekers if a UPR hiring freeze is extended along with the budget cuts. Those who stay are facing pay cuts and fewer benefits.


News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: www.sciencemag.org

Last week molecular biologist Juan Ramirez-Lugo put all his coral samples in the freezer, locked the door of his lab, and told his six undergraduate assistants to stay home the next day. The assistant professor of biology at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in San Juan wasn’t happy about yet another disruption to his research on seasonal variations in how corals respond to thermal stress and his efforts to give undergraduates “authentic research experiences.” But he felt he had no choice. Ramirez-Lugo’s campus has been shut down since late March, when students began a peaceful protest against proposed massive cuts to the territory’s flagship university as part of a slew of austerity measures to address the territory’s fiscal crisis. On 10 May the strikers voted to ignore a judge’s order to end their protest, raising concerns about possible violence if the authorities tried to enforce the court ruling. That didn’t happen, and the next day Ramirez-Lugo was able to return to work. However, he and the rest of the UPR faculty remain pawns in a larger battle over the U.S. territory. The fate of its 3.6 million residents rests in the hands of a federal judge who this week began hearing testimony from the government and those owed some $74 billion in bonds. (Puerto Rico also has $49 billion in unfunded pension obligations.) This isn’t the first student strike at UPR. But this time faculty members have been issued special research IDs for access to their labs, a concession by strike organizers to avoid the havoc wreaked when a 2010 student strike shut down the campus for 3 months. Still, Ramirez-Lugo and other faculty members say the current protest has been very disruptive. Classes have been canceled, and Ramirez-Lugo says work on his federal training grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has also been compromised. “Some students are coming into the lab, but the ones most active in the strike are not,” he says. For UPR neuroscientist Carmen Maldonado-Vlaar, the strike has temporarily cut off her supply of lab rats. “The purchasing office isn’t open, so you need to arrange alternative deliveries,” she explains. “But no UPS or FedEx trucks can enter the campus, and the protocol doesn’t allow me to pick them up and transport them myself.” The strike has also complicated the annual progress report that Maldonado-Vlaar must file next month on her training grant from the National Institutes of Health. “You want to comply, but the truth is that we’ve had to delay some of these projects,” she says. A few fortunate students work at the medical school in San Juan, which is not affected by the strike. But for the rest, she says, their education has been hit-and-miss for the past 6 weeks. It’s an unprecedented situation for federal agencies, says neuroscientist Gladys Escalona, the acting vice president for research at UPR. “When I talk to program officers at the National Science Foundation and other agencies, no one has ever heard of such a pervasive and long-standing disruption to research,” Escalona says. “But they have been very understanding. They realize the situation is completely beyond our control.” UPR may not be in the top tier of U.S. universities in terms of the amount of research it conducts—it stood 232nd in the National Science Foundation’s most recent ranking. But over its 110-year history it has been a major player in training the island’s workforce, fueling economic development, and providing social and cultural leadership across Latin America. It also has an outsized influence in fostering diversity within the U.S. scientific workforce: Its two research campuses, Río Piedras and Mayagüez, rank first and second in launching the next generation of Hispanic Ph.D. scientists and engineers. That includes Escalona, who entered UPR in 1959 at the tender age of 15 and essentially never left. In addition to earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UPR, she has been a faculty member, department chair, dean, and ultimately chancellor of UPR before returning to the faculty and taking her current position. Her vast experience gives her a perspective she thinks is lacking among members of a presidentially appointed outside board created last year under a 2016 law designed to resolve the financial crisis. “I don’t think the [Financial Oversight and Management Board] really understands the role that the university has played over the years in both transforming Puerto Rican society and in being a source of new knowledge,” she says, referring to the presidentially appointed body. “And there’s been little dialogue on the possibility of exchanging views and reaching some type of compromise that recognizes the value of the university.” Right now the university’s value seems to be at a low point. On 1 July the government’s contribution to the university will plunge by almost 20%, a cut of $149 million from current levels. And government support has been frozen at that level for 4 years as part of previous austerity budgets. That cut precedes the latest massive retrenchment in all public-sector spending aimed at lifting Puerto Rico out of a decade-long recession. For UPR, the looming reduction is in the range of a half-billion dollars, although its actual size and over what period of time is yet to be determined. “So it’s going from bad to worse,” Escalona says. Faculty hiring has ground to a halt, she adds. No new positions have been advertised for 3 years, and she says a handful of promising young researchers with federal grants have left UPR in the past year because of the dismal financial outlook. The specter of major cuts is what triggered the current student strike. Protesters have also questioned the rationale for those cuts and proposed sources of revenue to obviate the need for cuts. A more immediate problem for Escalona is the uncertainty over the school calendar—specifically, when school officials will declare an end to the academic year and the start of the shorter summer session. That’s a critical decision for UPR faculty whose summer salaries are paid from research grants. Some 400 of the 700 faculty members conduct research over the summer, she estimates, but they can’t tap those funds until the registrar certifies that summer has begun. Resolving how the current academic year will be recorded could also affect hundreds of undergraduates planning to do summer research internships at institutions around the country. “It may be hard for them to get those internships” if their transcripts show they haven’t finished the semester,” Ramirez-Lugo says. Those internships are a stepping stone into graduate school, he notes, and disrupting that flow could jeopardize UPR’s status as the top feeder school for Hispanic Ph.D. students. Maldonado-Vlaar doesn’t expect the crisis to be resolved anytime soon. And despite all the current bad news, she hopes that the strike will strengthen the university in the long run. “It’s a social movement about issues that affect the entire country,” she says about the student protests. “And sooner or later those issues must be addressed.”


News Article | May 19, 2017
Site: phys.org

And in the face of mounting pressures, like inconsistent temperature patterns or the burden to produce more for us due to the lack of new arable land, plant health might be taking a beating. Sang-Jin Kim and the Brandizzi lab are interested in making plants more productive and resilient in the face of these challenges so we can meet our own, like feeding a burgeoning global population or powering our cars and airplanes with sustainable biofuels. In a study published in the journal Planta, Sang-Jin and his colleagues show how early stages of plant development, when seeds develop, are a turbulent time for a plant. How well it can manage internal and environmental pressures is crucial to yield quality later on, and exposure to extreme heat at such a young age could be bad. Many of the nutrients that we get or the stuff that ends up in biofuels are created by proteins, which, in plant cells, are produced at massive secretory production centers called the endoplasmic reticulum. "We were interested in the proteins that produce carbs that go into new seeds, specifically in plants targeted for producing biofuels, like sorghum or switch grass. The more you can pack those carbs in a seed, the more the yield later on." Like any manufacturing center, the endoplasmic reticulum has a control mechanism, known as the unfolded protein response (UPR) when things go wrong. "The endoplasmic reticulum might produce defective proteins, and that happens for many reasons, like high environmental heat or a heavy load of protein synthesis during early plant development." In those cases, the UPR kicks in to lower the burden of protein production and tells the plant to produce more of the good ones. With climate change causing temperatures to rise globally, plants will struggle to keep up with hotter temperatures, and Sang-Jin wanted to see how heat affected seed development in sorghum and switch grass. "But the UPR had been studied in other plants, not these two. We worked with a close relative of these plants, Brachypodium, which is easier to study in the lab. And we indeed confirmed the existence of the UPR." Sang-Jin then subjected Brachypodium plants to various stresses to gauge their responses. "We treated them with artificial chemicals and also exposed them to hot temperatures they might face in nature, well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Both situations caused plants to feel the stress and activate the protective mechanism, possibly because they started cranking out defective proteins." Crucially, Sang-Jin also found that extreme heat affected how well seeds developed. "Early on during seed development, the UPR is turned on at all times, even without any of the environmental stresses that usually trigger it." "Perhaps, since filling the seeds with sugars and other nutrients requires massive amounts of new proteins, more than the usual, production is working at a higher rate. In that case, the UPR control is developmentally turned on as a precaution, or, more likely, because the rate of defects is higher." When young seeds were exposed to hot temperatures, the already active UPR didn't ramp up much more. "Maybe the UPR is at full capacity at this stage, unable to take any more load." In a separate observation, heat exposure at early developmental stages led to seed quality taking a hit. The team noted that a crucial carbohydrate for human and livestock consumption, called MLG, was less present in heat-stressed seeds. "The seeds weighed less, and the genes responsible for making the carb were less abundant." Sang-Jin is not sure yet whether the high activity rate of the UPR and seed nutritional quality are interrelated during seed development, but he suspects it's the case. "What we do know is that seed quality decreases with exposure to extreme heat, which affects crop yield later." And as the climate continues to change, plants might need our help in order to stay vigorous. We'll need theirs too. Explore further: The guardians of the genome protect DNA to increase seed lifespan More information: Sang-Jin Kim et al. In Brachypodium a complex signaling is actuated to protect cells from proteotoxic stress and facilitate seed filling, Planta (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s00425-017-2687-7


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: cerncourier.com

Completion of the preliminary design phase for the High-Luminosity LHC last year paves the way for civil-engineering work to begin. Le HL-LHC sera composé de plusieurs technologies et aimants innovants, et ces nouveaux éléments de l’accélérateur auront besoin de services supplémentaires tels que transmission de courant, distribution électrique, refroidissement, ventilation et cryogénie. Afin d’héberger les nouvelles infrastructures et les nouveaux éléments, des structures de génie civil, notamment des bâtiments, des puits, des cavernes et des galeries souterraines sont nécessaires. L’achèvement, l’année passée, de la phase de conception préliminaire du HL-LHC a permis le commencement des travaux de génie civil, et des contrats avec des entreprises externes vont à présent être conclus. The High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) project at CERN is a major upgrade that will extend the LHC’s discovery potential significantly. Approved in June 2014 and due to enter operation in the mid-2020s, the HL-LHC will increase the LHC’s integrated luminosity by a factor 10 beyond its original design value. The complex upgrade, which must be implemented with minimal disruption to LHC operations, demands careful study and will take a decade to achieve. The HL-LHC relies on several innovative and challenging technologies, in particular: new superconducting dipole magnets with a field of 11 T; highly compact and ultra-precise superconducting “crab” cavities to rotate the beams at the collision points and thus compensate for the larger beam crossing angle; beam-separation and recombination superconducting dipole magnets; beam-focusing superconducting quadrupole magnets; and 80 m-long high-power superconducting links with zero energy dissipation. These new LHC accelerator components will be mostly integrated at Point 1 and Point 5 of the ring where the two general-purpose detectors ATLAS and CMS are located (see diagram). The new infrastructure and services consist mainly of power transmission, electrical distribution, cooling, ventilation, cryogenics, power converters for superconducting magnets and inductive output tubes for superconducting RF cavities. To house these large elements, civil-engineering structures including buildings, shafts, caverns and underground galleries are required. The definition of the civil engineering for the HL-LHC began in 2015. Last year, the completion of a concept study allowed CERN to issue a call for tender for two civil-engineering consultant contracts, which were adjudicated in June 2016. These consultants are in charge of the preliminary, tender and construction design phases of the civil-engineering work, in addition to managing the construction and defect-liability phase. At Point 1, which is located in Switzerland just across from the main CERN entrance, the consultant contract involves a consortium of three companies: SETEC TPI (France), which is the consortium leader, together with CSD Engineers (Switzerland) and Rocksoil (Italy). A similar consortium has been appointed at Point 5, in France. Here, the consultant contract is shared between consortium-leader Lombardi (Switzerland), Artelia (France) and Pini Swiss (Switzerland). In November 2016, the two consultant consortia completed the preliminary design phase including cost and construction-schedule estimates for the civil-engineering work. In parallel with the preliminary design, and with the help of external architects, CERN has submitted building-permit applications to the Swiss and French authorities with a view to start construction work by mid-2018. CERN has also performed geotechnical investigations to better understand the underground conditions (which consist of glacial moraines overlying a local type of soft rock called molasse), and has placed a contract with independent engineers ARUP (UK) and Geoconsult (Austria). These companies will confirm that the consultant designs have been performed with the appropriate skill, care and diligence in accordance with applicable standards. In addition, a panel comprising lawyers, architects and civil engineers is in place to resolve any disputes between parties. At ground level, the HL-LHC civil engineering consists of five buildings at each of the two LHC points, technical galleries, access roads, concrete slabs and landscaping. At each point, the total surface corresponds to about 20,000 m2 including 3300 m2 of buildings. A cluster of three buildings is located at the head of the shaft and will house the helium-refrigerator cold box (SD building, see images above), water-cooling and ventilation units (SU building) and also the main electrical distribution for high and low voltage (SE building). Completing the inventory at each point are two stand-alone buildings that will house the primary water-cooling towers (SF building) and the warm compressor station of the helium refrigerator (SHM building). Buildings housing noisy equipment (SU, SF, SHM) will be constructed with noise-insulating concrete walls and roofs. In terms of underground structures, the civil-engineering work consists of a shaft, a service cavern, galleries and vertical cores (see image above left). The total volume to be excavated is around 50,000 m3 per point. The PM shaft (measuring 9.7 m in diameter and 70–80 m deep) will house a secured access lift and staircase as well as the associated services. The service cavern (US/UW, measuring 16 m in diameter and 45 m long) will house cooling and ventilation units, a cryogenic box, an electrical safe room and electrical transformers. The UR gallery (5.8 m diameter, 300 m long) will house the power converters and electrical feed boxes for the superconducting magnets as well as cryogenic and service distribution. Two transverse UA galleries (6.2 m diameter, 50 m long) will house the RF equipment for the powering and controls of the superconducting crab cavities. At the end of the UA galleries, evacuation galleries (UPR) are required for personnel emergency exits. Two transversal UL galleries (3 m diameter, 40 m long) will house the superconducting links to power the magnets and cryogenic distribution system. Finally, the HL-LHC underground galleries are connected to the LHC tunnel via 16 vertical cores measuring 1 m in diameter and approximately 7 m long. The next important milestone will be the adjudication in March 2018 of the two contracts (one per point) for the civil-engineering construction work. In December 2016, CERN launched a market survey for the construction tender, which will be followed by invitations to tender to qualified firms by June 2017. The main excavation work, which may generate harmful vibrations for the LHC accelerator performance, must be performed during the second long shutdown of the LHC accelerator scheduled for 2019–2020. Handover of the final building is scheduled by the end of 2022, while the vertical cores connecting the HL-LHC galleries to the LHC tunnel will be constructed at the start of the third LHC long shutdown beginning in 2024. Realising the HL-LHC is a major challenge that involves more than 25 institutes from 12 countries, and in addition to civil-engineering work it demands several cutting-edge magnet and other accelerator technologies. The project is the highest priority in the European Strategy for Particle Physics, and will ensure a rich physics programme at the high-energy frontier into the 2030s.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

ZHENJIANG, China, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Technology Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: DELT), a manufacturer and seller of specialty chemicals, today announced that it is increasing both the number of core clients it serves and the amount of product sold to these companies. "We are confident that the products we produce for pharmaceutical and pesticide companies, and companies in other sectors including clean energy, food additives, aerospace and agrochemical, allow these major firms to achieve successes. We are very proud of the strategic cooperation these major companies have with Delta Technology," said Chao Xin, Chairman and CEO. Delta Technology services giant international chemical companies including Bayer, BASF Corporation, FMC Corporation as well as several public companies in China listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange for example: Jiangsu Flag Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.; Jiangsu Huifeng Agrochemical Co., Ltd., Huapont Life Sciences Co, Ltd. and Jiangsu Changqing Agrochemical Co., Ltd. Founded in 2007, Delta Technology Holdings Ltd. is a leading China-based fine and specialty chemical company producing and distributing organic compound including para-chlorotoluene ("PCT"), ortho-chlorotoluene ("OCT"), PCT/OCT downstream products, unsaturated polyester resin ("UPR"), maleic acid ("MA") and other by-product chemicals. The end application markets of the Company's products include Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical, Dye & Pigments, Aerospace, Ceramics, Coating-Printing, Clean Energy and Food Additives. Delta has approximately 300 employees, 25% of whom are highly-qualified experts and technical personnel. The Company serves more than 380 clients in various industries. This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements preceded or followed by or that otherwise include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "projects," "estimates," "plans," and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will", "should", "would", "may" and "could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts. Forward-looking statements in this release also include statements about business and economic trends. Investors should also consider the areas of risk described under the heading "Forward Looking Statements" and those factors captioned as "Risk Factors" in DELT's periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or in connection with any forward-looking statements that may be made by DELT. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/delta-technology-holdings-limited-continues-to-expand-revenues-from-core-client-base-300411535.html


News Article | February 27, 2017
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NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The global Unsaturated Polyester Resins (UPR) market is projected to reach USD 12.15 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 5.78% from 2016 to 2021. Growth of this market can be attributed to the expansion of the construction industry, increasing urban...


DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Unsaturated Polyester Resins Market by Type, End-Use Industry - Global Forecast to 2021" report to their offering. The global Unsaturated Polyester Resins (UPR) market is projected to reach USD 12.15 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 5.78% from 2016 to 2021. Growth of this market can be attributed to the expansion of the construction industry, increasing urban population, recovery of the global economy, and growth of the composite industry. In contrast to this, increase in styrene content and use of epoxy resins act as major restraining factors hampering market growth. Based on end-use industry, the wind energy segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2016 to 2021, both in terms of value and volume. It is expected to provide a broader range of end-use products manufactured from UPR. Wind blades manufacturing is the major application for UPR. The consumption of power energy is increasing at a rapid pace due to rise in supply of energy across the globe. The depletion of fossil fuels and their volatile prices have resulted in increase in energy cost, as demand is constantly growing. This will necessitate huge investments and developments in power generation and grid infrastructure. The Asia-Pacific region led the global UPR market, in terms of volume, in 2015. China and India are the two major markets in this region. Rapid industrialization in countries such as India, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia coupled with relaxed norms, cheap labor, and wide customer base are attracting leading players to set up their facilities in this region. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6txlnc/unsaturated

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