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Coagulants are used to destabilize and help remove colloidal solids from water. They work by neutralizing the surface charges on solid particles, allowing them to stick together. Flocculants can then be added to further consolidate the particles and form larger flocs. In DAF systems, air bubbles are used to float suspended solids to the surface for removal. Chemical pretreatment improves the effectiveness of the DAF process by creating flocs that are easier to float.

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ADAMA is a leading global manufacturer and distributor worldwide supplying efficient solutions to farmers across the full farming value-chain, including crop-protection, novel agricultural technologies, and complementary non-crop businesses. In 2013, ADAMA ranked seventh in the world in the overall agro-chemicals industry and is characterized by our farmer-centric approach to product development, and strict standards of environmental protection and quality control. Global Headquarters is located in Airport City, Israel, just outside of Tel Aviv, North American Regional headquarters located in Raleigh, NC.

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The supply-chain inflation threat to petrochemicals demand

Article | May 9, 2021

Petrochemicals themselves remain in short supply. This is partly because of reduced feedstock from refineries, a consequence of the pandemic-related collapse in transportation fuels demand.Global petrochemical supply is still edging back to something like normal following the US winter storms in February, during which most US capacity was shut down. A point of discussion is whether containers will become available in the right places at the right prices to relieve tightness in the European polyethylene (PE) market, once US supply has normalised. The container issue is making it difficult to move PE and polypropylene (PP) cargoes from Asia to Europe.Market intelligence from the US-based ICIS CDI team indicates that enough container freight space will be available to resume significant shipments of US PE to Europe, albeit at high prices. It will be several more weeks before domestic pipelines have been refilled, enabling US producers to refocus on exports, added CDI.

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Optimizing chemical production using data-driven, AI-enabled hybrid modeling

Article | May 9, 2021

Smart use of your plant’s data can take process efficiency to a higher level. Hybrid models driven by artificial intelligence deliver the best results for the least effort. And you don’t need a data science degree to enjoy them. Data is everywhere these days – and the volumes of it are growing exponentially all the time. We’re used to smart uses of it in our everyday lives. Like Amazon and Netflix using our past behavior to tempt us with new products or shows, even making them more appealing by tailoring how they look based on carefully constructed, data-driven profiles of our tastes. Much of that heavy lifting is done by artificial intelligence (AI). In chemical production, process control systems have been collecting data measurements during continuous or batch manufacturing for decades.

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Coronavirus and the petrochemicals industry

Article | May 9, 2021

The coronavirus outbreak has touched virtually every aspect of modern life. For the petrochemicals industry, the landscape is shifting at an alarming pace. Only one thing seems certain: the coming decade will be shaped by this crisis. Consumer behaviour, investment decisions, the corporate landscape and even the path of globalisation will be influenced by its effects. Two immediate major shockwaves are linked to economic activity and feedstock pricing. The global economy is heading for recession. Our thinking has moved from an economic slowdown to a deep global recession, with the potential for a slow recovery. This has dramatic implications for the industry.

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Energy portfolio restructuring: Charting the future

Article | May 9, 2021

Consumer needs and preferences in the energy industry are evolving. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns are becoming more acute—inspiring action and shifting value towards low-carbon solutions. These trends accelerated in 2020 and for the first time, market capitalization of leading low-carbon solutions companies began to overtake those of oil and gas (O&G) majors. This is despite the majors laying out energy transition strategies, setting low carbon energy targets and generating higher revenues by an order of magnitude.1 In response to this radically changing landscape, energy companies are charting divergent courses for their futures. Some continue to bet on their ability to generate returns from the O&G value chain. They are focusing on growing margins and lowering carbon intensity. Others are supplementing their capabilities with low-carbon energy solutions or exiting hydrocarbons altogether. This blog focuses on the path forward for the energy majors in Europe who are betting big on diversification.

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ADAMA

ADAMA is a leading global manufacturer and distributor worldwide supplying efficient solutions to farmers across the full farming value-chain, including crop-protection, novel agricultural technologies, and complementary non-crop businesses. In 2013, ADAMA ranked seventh in the world in the overall agro-chemicals industry and is characterized by our farmer-centric approach to product development, and strict standards of environmental protection and quality control. Global Headquarters is located in Airport City, Israel, just outside of Tel Aviv, North American Regional headquarters located in Raleigh, NC.

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