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Globalization in the process industries

At the end of World War II, nearly half of the world’s total productive capacity resided in the United States. That’s not the case today. The process industries are global in both scope and scale.

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Australia's Cardia Bioplastics, Stellar films agree to merger terms

Australian manufacturers Cardia Bioplastics Limited and Stellar Films Group have entered into a merger agreement, building on the existing cooperation between the two firms. Plans for the merger were first unveiled in late November 2014.
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PPD adds cell-based lab capabilities in Ireland

US-based Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) has expanded its laboratory facilities in Ireland.
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Refinery workers injured in blast

Three employees were injured on Sunday in an explosion at an oil refinery operated by Brazil's Petrobras.
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Entrepreneurs in Mexico turn used PET bottles into mineral paper

Used PET bottles can be converted into mineral paper using an efficient new process developed by a group of young Mexicans.
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Spain's FCC Aqualia to build water treatment plants in Serbia, Kosovo

Spanish water management company FCC Aqualia has extended its international business portfolio to include Serbia and Kosovo in Southeastern Europe and also signed a new wastewater agreement in its home market.
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Oil sands development not polluting Athabasca Delta, sampling shows

Scientists at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University have come up with a way to accurately determine the pre-industrial baseline levels of metals in river sediment downstream of Alberta's oil sands development.
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Shire agrees to acquire NPS Pharma for $5.2 billion

British pharmaceutical company Shire plc has agreed to acquire U.S.-based NPS Pharma for $5.2 billion, strengthening its capabilities in treating rare diseases and gastrointestinal disorders.
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Prototype plant in Mexico produces bioethanol from corn waste

Scientists in Mexico have developed a method for turning food industry waste into bioethanol.
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Fake vodka made from anti-freeze sold in Britain

Ahead of this year's New Year's Eve celebrations, British consumers have been warned not to buy counterfeit vodka that may contain harmful chemicals.
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Yokogawa China to provide control systems for new oil refinery

Yokogawa China, a subsidiary of Japan's Yokogawa Electric Corporation, is to deliver control systems for a new oil refinery in China's Yunnan Province.
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