Agilis Commerce Inc; Wanhua Chemical | October 12, 2022
Wanhua Chemical has partnered with Agilis, a U.S.-based provider of digital commerce solutions for the chemical industry, to launch a branded commerce portal for its TPU product portfolio.
"Wanhua has an extensive portfolio of TPU products. With Agilis, our customers from around the globe can easily find the products they need, research the right formulations, select the specs that are best suited for their applications, and instantly connect with our sales teams to get quotes, samples, and more."
Dr. Tao Yu, Technical Director, Wanhua Chemical
Wanhua has always been at the forefront of innovation. Driven by the pursuit of operational excellence and superior customer service, Wanhua strives to offer their customers the best quality products and the most optimal purchasing experience.
"Agilis helps us increase the visibility of our TPU portfolio," continues Dr. Tao Yu. "We fully understand the value of having a modern digital channel offering our customers the flexibility to search and learn about our products, request samples and quotes, and track orders anytime, from anywhere. We are working with Agilis to ensure scalability, security, and continuous improvement. Agilis offers a full array of features, such as search engine optimization and advanced analytics, that help us take digital commerce to the next level."
"We are excited to partner with Wanhua Chemical, a fast-growing and innovative global producer," says Jay Bhatia, CEO and Founder of Agilis Commerce. "We help global producers launch and scale their digital channels with minimum disruption and upfront investment. With our deep industry experience, we are able to design and deploy solutions that solve their business problems. Our solutions are elegant and intuitive and are liked not only by our customers but also by their customers."
Wanhua Chemical has moved the majority of their TPU products to the portal and is looking to expand the portal use to other product lines in the near future.
About Wanhua Chemical
Wanhua Chemical is among the leading global suppliers of innovative chemical products. Relying on continuous innovation, commercialized facilities, and efficient operation, the company provides customers with more competitive products and solutions.
About Agilis Commerce
Agilis is a technology company focused on driving digitalization of commerce processes in the chemical industry. With Agilis, global chemical producers and distributors can launch their own cloud-based digital commerce channels, fully optimized and equipped with modern marketing tools and analytics. Agilis offers chemical suppliers an easy and cost-effective way to attract and engage customers via secure digital sales and marketing channels. Headquartered in Newark, NJ, Agilis combines industry experience and technology expertise in building advanced, scalable technology solutions.
X2F and Covestro | September 27, 2022
X2F announced that it has joined a unique collaboration with Covestro, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality polymer materials, to develop a thermally conductive automotive heat-sink with in-mold electronics using X2F’s transformative controlled viscosity molding technology. Application samples will be displayed at Covestro’s booth (Hall 6/A75-1/A75-2) during the K 2022 exhibition Oct. 19-26, in Düsseldorf, Germany. This new product will be a unique alternative for automotive OEMs and processors who seek a replacement for cast aluminium heat-sinks that is both lighter and more affordable.
The new heat-sink molded of Makrolon® polycarbonate is approximately half as heavy as the typical aluminum part. It is part of an in-mold assembly that can be used to integrate LED modules directly into the headlamp housing – eliminating the weight and labor associated with the installation of brackets, screws, thermal pastes, and adhesives. The X2F technology is production-ready and has been demonstrated in high-volume series manufacturing for other applications.
Covestro continues to pioneer the use of in-mold electronics (IME) coupled with the heat management that Makrolon® TC polycarbonate provides.
“This new program involves using controlled viscosity molding by X2F to attach the LED module directly onto the thermally conductive heat-sink without fundamentally changing the heat-sink adjuster module design. We are pleased with the outcome so far of the X2F project where we have recently seen enhanced thermal management performance compared to traditional injection-molded processes, and look forward to how the automotive industry will adopt the technology.,”
Paul Platte, Senior Marketing Manager, Covestro LLC
X2F’s process enables sensitive electronics to be insert molded, thus providing functional integration, heat management, modularity, and miniaturization.
“This innovative technology enables the manufacture of previously impossible-to-mold thermoplastic parts that provide step-change improvements for our customers. In the case of heat-sinks, it dramatically streamlines production, reduces manufacturing times, eliminates fasteners and pastes, and increases product design flexibility,” said Reza Garaee, senior project manager for X2F. “This can be a game-changer for OEMs, and we’re thrilled to launch this new collaboration with Covestro.”
X2F’s ability to mold thermally conductive materials has applications far beyond heat-sinks. Thermal management is critical for superior performance in batteries, motors, and printed circuit board applications. The X2F controlled viscosity, low-pressure molding approach allows highly filled materials to be molded that are not possible with other manufacturing approaches. The result is 30-200% improvement in performance depending on the application and materials used.
X2F recently added a rotary table which reduces cycle times and opens up higher-volume production for its controlled viscosity molding machine. The rotary table enables X2F to reach production volumes of up to four million parts per year with one unit, depending on the cycle time, for the manufacture of critical components in the electronics, automotive, industrial, and medical industries.
Covestro LLC is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality polymer materials and their components. With its innovative products, processes and methods, the company helps enhance sustainability and the quality of life in many areas. Covestro supplies customers around the world in key industries such as mobility, building and living, as well as the electrical and electronics sector. In addition, polymers from Covestro are also used in sectors such as sports and leisure, cosmetics and health, as well as in the chemical industry itself.
Makrolon® is a registered trademark of Covestro Group.
The company is committed to becoming fully circular and aims to become climate neutral by 2035 (scope 1 and 2). Covestro generated sales of around EUR 15.9 billion in fiscal 2021. At the end of 2021, the company had 50 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 17,900 people.
X2F, based in Loveland, Colo., is commercializing a new category of molding technology that leverages controlled viscosity and a patented pulse-packing approach to create high-value components for a variety of industries. X2F’s process uses advanced materials previously thought impossible to mold and achieves complex product geometries with improved operational efficiencies. The technology creates entirely new paradigms in product design, tooling, and material science for molded parts.
Technip Energies | October 17, 2022
Yuri Sebregts, Executive Vice President of technology of Shell, said: of collaboration by strengthening their strategic alliance, which aims to drive cost-effective, large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects by providing a combination of state-of-the-art technology and project management excellence.
The strategic alliance consists of an integrated collaboration for the joint promotion, marketing, licensing and execution of projects using Shell’s CANSOLV(1) CO2 capture system technology, resulting in lower Capex and Opex for clients.
The two organizations, which have been working together since 2012, share a common objective of contributing to the acceleration of the energy transition. By enhancing their collaboration, they have the ambition to efficiently address the rapidly growing CCS market and the strong need for affordable and proven solutions.
In addition to its CANSOLV technology, Shell Catalysts & Technologies brings to the alliance substantial CCS experience gained from supporting Shell’s projects. Technip Energies, which also has a significant CCS track record, brings end-to-end project delivery experience in front-end-engineering design (FEED), engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), commissioning and start-up, and life-of-asset services. As an example of this collaboration, Technip Energies was recently awarded an EPC contract by Hafslund Oslo Celsio for a world-first CCS project at waste to energy plant located in Oslo, Norway, leveraging Shell’s CANSOLV(1) CO2 capture system technology.
Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, stated: “Both organizations are recognized global energy leaders, bringing complementary skills for CCS and sharing a similar, bold energy transition vision. Strengthening our collaboration will help to drive CCS affordability by developing industrial-scale solutions. This will support the growing demand for CCS across industries and geographies and will help us to make a significant contribution to a sustainable future.”
“Our current cooperation has already unlocked several highly significant improvements. For example, we were able to find ways to make the CANSOLV technology less energy intensive and developed opportunities to modularise and standardise solutions. Consequently, we are able to offer lower capital and operating costs to our customers.”
Yuri Sebregts, Executive Vice President of technology of Shell
In June 2022, Technip Energies joined Shell’s Energy Transition Campus Amsterdam (ETCA) to form a joint, co-located delivery team. This followed Shell’s move to transform the site, previously known as Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, into an open innovation campus and to invite external parties to co-locate there and work together on solutions for cleaner energy. Over the next few years, the joint team stationed at ETCA will continue to work towards achieving strong improvements in cost reduction through joint value delivery and improvement programs.
About Technip Energies
Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company for the energy transition, with leadership positions in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), hydrogen and ethylene as well as growing market positions in blue and green hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management. The company benefits from its robust project delivery model supported by extensive technology, products and services offering.
About Shell Catalysts & Technologies
Shell Catalysts & Technologies, part of Shell, is a leading technology licensor and brings owner–operator–innovator–capabilities to the market. It has more than 1,200 references for gas processing technologies at gas plants and refineries worldwide.
It supports Shell and non-Shell businesses by working with them to cocreate integrated, customised solutions comprising licensed technologies, refining and petrochemical catalysts, and technical services.
It was formed by combining Shell Global Solutions, a technology licensor with a track record of delivering pioneering process schemes and innovative configurations; Criterion Catalysts & Technologies, the world’s largest hydroprocessing catalyst supplier; and CRI Catalyst Company, a pioneer in the petrochemical catalyst sector.