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Procesindustrie wil besparen, Urgenda wil helpen, nu overheid nog

Published: 30 November 2016

AMERSFOORT – Duurzaamheidsorganisatie Urgenda wil de handen ineen slaan met de procesindustrie. En de procesindustrie heeft daar wel oren naar, blijkt deze dinsdag op het tienjarig jubileum van het Institute for Sustainable Process Technology. De bedrijven zouden alleen wel graag wat meer steun van de overheid krijgen.

“Ik ben het eens met de vorige spreker van Arcelor Mittal, ik zou graag samenwerken”, zegt directeur Urgenda Marjan Minnesma. Ze doelt op de lezing van VP Emerging Technologies bij staalbedrijf Arcelormittal Carl de Mare, die stelde dat niet het gebruik van fossiele brand- en grondstof het probleem is: “Het probleem is de uitstoot van CO2.”

Samen met chemiebedrijf Dow Chemicals heeft de staalproducent een systeem ontwikkeld, waarbij de reststromen van beide bedrijven kunnen worden ingezet om CO2 om te zetten naar ethanol en ethyleen. “Als je samenwerkingsverbanden sluit, kun je koolstof omvormen tot nuttige zaken”, stelt de man van Arcelormittal. Hij hekelt de beleidsmakers die slechts een klein deel van de puzzel overzien, en daardoor verstorend beleid optuigen.

Read the full article at ISPT


Join the Process Technology Cafe Industry 4.0

Published: 25 November 2016

On the 14th of December the 2nd edition of the Process Technology Cafe takes place. After a successful first Cafe on the 15th of November, ISPT, NPT and Innovatielink join hands again in the organization of this new concept.
The 2nd edition will be  about Industry 4.0 and PSE-PC. It takes place after the PSE-PC Mini-Symposium at the Zwarte Doos, Eindhoven University.

It is open for everyone to participate. However places are limited, so use this link to already gurantee yourself a place.
For more information about the PSE-PC Mini-Symposium, please consult the  event-flyer for more information.

About the Process Technology Cafe
For NPT, ISPT and Innovatielink connecting people and connecting knowledge are as important as developing new knowledge for the innovative strength of the industry. Throughout the year we are jointly organizing Technology Cafes to link process technologists across all sectors.These cafes offer everyone involved or interested in process technology the opportunity to speak with peers in a different way,  to be engaged in your profession, to chat and to get inspired. Each Cafe takes place at a different location and focuses on a different subject.The setting is informal and combined with drinks.The character is accessible, inspiring, surprising, binding and perhaps a bit different from what you are used too.

Conserving resources during automotive production with integrated paint process

Published: 23 November 2016

The BMW Group saves 12,000 tons of CO2 annually during automotive production at its Munich plant by eliminating one step from the paint process. This means that compared to a conventionally coated vehicle, a car coated with the shortened process can drive the first 420 kilometers with a net zero carbon footprint. In addition, the process saves as much energy as the amount needed by 250,000 Munich residents to wash one load of laundry every week.
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These are the findings of a new TÜV-certified study conducted by the BMW Group together with the mechanical and plant engineering firm Dürr and BASF’s coatings experts. They aimed to find out how the eco-efficiency of the OEM coating process can be improved allowing resources to be conserved at the same time. “The paint process is one of the most energy-intensive process steps involved in industrial automotive manufacturing,” said Dr. Hans Schumacher, head of Dürr’s Application Technology division. “We have consolidated the expertise of three companies in order to make paint processes even more environmentally friendly in the future,” said Lars Nigge, Account Manager BMW at BASF’s Coatings division.

The study specifically compared two primer-based coating processes to the integrated paint process without primer. In conventional systems the primer smooths surface irregularities and protects the cathodic e-coat, the undermost paint layer, from UV radiation. BASF was able to substitute the primer by integrating its protective properties into a newly developed waterborne basecoat layer. In all categories included in the study, the “Integrated Process” proved to be the most beneficial. Compared to the current primer process, the Integrated Process reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions by around 20 percent and saves costs.

Eco-Efficiency Analysis by BASF
The study was based on real-life data from 2014 evaluated with the Eco-Efficiency Analysis developed by BASF. The analysis will help BASF and its customers decide which products and processes are the best choice for a defined benefit, both ecologically and economically. The study has been validated by TÜV (German technical inspection and certification organization) and NSF (National Sanitation Foundation).

When it comes to sustainability in the automotive industry, the focus is directed more and more to manufacturing processes. In addition to the utilization phase, the production phase is now being examined more closely. “It is no longer just a question of whether a product is sustainable in consumption but also whether it has been manufactured sustainably,” said Nigge. “The study’s findings provide compelling evidence that the Integrated Process is one of the most eco-efficient solutions.”

More information on the Eco-Efficiency Analysis by BASF:

About BASF’s Coatings division
The Coatings division of BASF is a global expert in the development, production and marketing of innovative and sustainable automotive OEM and refinish coatings, industrial coatings and decorative paints. We create advanced performance solutions and drive performance, design and new applications to meet our partners’ needs all over the world. BASF shares skills, knowledge and resources of interdisciplinary and global teams for the benefit of customers by operating a collaborative network of sites in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. In 2015, the Coatings division achieved global sales of about €3.2 billion.

Solutions beyond your imagination – Coatings by BASF. For more information about the Coatings division of BASF and its products, visit

About BASF
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at

Less CO2 emission in a growing economy

Published: 17 November 2016

The economy grows while the emission of CO2 decreases. This is partly because the relatively warm period especially in September, but that is not all. More natural gas and less coal has been used for electricity production which results in a lower emission. In sectors like agriculture and basic metal industry the lower emission comes from a lower production. In the chemical industry the emission has increased compared to last year because of a higher production. Because of the relatively warm period, less warming of buildings was needed. Overall the decrease in emission is slightly larger than the increase of the economy.

Is inorganic chemistry still relevant?

Published: 7 November 2016

It sure is when you live in Groningen. Not only is there the chlorine production of AkzoNobel in Delfzijl, but PPG produces precipitated silica almost next door. Amongst many other applications it is compounded in rubber for car tires, thereby partially replacing carbon black. To satisfy increasing demand a new 15000 tpy production facility has just been opened in Farmsum, again almost next door.

The stuff is made by combining a solution of sodium silicate (waterglass) and sulfuric acid under heavy agitation. The waterglass comes, amongst others, by a daughter of PQ Corporation in Winschoten (some 25 km south) by fusing sand and soda at 1400°C. PPG turns it back into silica again.