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Expansion in California for Pharmaceutical R&D Services



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WuXi AppTec, a pharmaceutical and medical device open-access capability and technology platform company with global operations, announces the expansion of its facilities in San Diego, California.

WuXi AppTec’s newly expanded facility will establish a center of excellence in screening, discovery biology, pharmacology, and small molecule process R&D including phase I GMP manufacturing. The expansion will provide key elements of WuXi’s small molecule capability and technology platform under one roof, further enhancing services to North American pharmaceutical and biotech industries. WuXi will also add extensively from the local talent base, further contributing to regional economic growth.

“The San Diego life science community continues to thrive with the commitments and investments made by leading international powerhouses like WuXi AppTec,” said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. “Their latest facility expansion in San Diego is a testament to the deep relationships they have built with the local biotech community. Biocom applauds the positive impact they’ve had on the region’s economic growth and innovative healthcare products for our patients.”

“This expansion will enable us to better serve our U.S. and global customers, and contribute to the growth and success of the dynamic San Diego biotech ecosystem. Together with our ecosystem partners, we will continue to strengthen WuXi’s capability and technology enabling platform to expedite the discovery and development of new medicines for patients worldwide, and for a future where every drug can be made and every disease can be treated.”

Dr. Ge Li, Chairman and CEO of WuXi AppTec

Chemicals News

New Head of Investor Relations



The Investor Relations department of Continental AG in Hanover will be under new management as of January 1, 2019. Bernard Wang (38), who previously held the same position at Linde plc in Munich, Germany, will succeed Rolf Woller (45), who is leaving Continental at his own request at the end of 2018 to pursue new professional challenges.

Wolfgang Schäfer, the technology company’s chief financial officer, welcomed Bernard Wang: “With him we are gaining an internationally experienced executive who is well versed in capital market and technology issues. I firmly believe that he will seamlessly continue and deepen our trusting dialogue with investors and analysts.” He thanked Rolf Woller for his excellent, award-winning work. “During his 12 years with Continental, he was involved in our return to the DAX and the sustained increase in the value of our company, among other things. We would like to thank him for his extraordinary commitment and wish him all the best for the future,” said Schäfer.

Born in Taiwan and a U.S. citizen, Wang studied electrical engineering at Princeton University in the U.S.A., has an MBA from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Germany and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. Between 2001 and 2014, he worked in the chip industry in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia, first as an engineer and then in strategy and investor relations. In 2014, Wang moved from the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon to the gases and engineering company Linde in Munich, Germany, where he has headed the Investor Relations department since the end of 2016.

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2017, Continental generated sales of €44 billion and currently employs more than 244,000 people in 61 countries and markets.

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Humidity and temperature transmitter
Transmitters with Stainless Steel Enclosure



Humidity Transmitters with Stainless Steel Enclosure E+E Elektronik
Picture: E+E Elektronik

The high-end EE310 and EE360 industrial transmitters from E+E Elektronik are now available with stainless steel or with polycarbonate enclosure.  The EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter is dedicated for demanding industrial processes control. The EE360 measures the moisture content of industrial oils and thus enables predictive maintenance of machines and plants.

Display with Data Logger Function

Both devices feature an optional 3.5″ TFT color display, which offers an optimal view of the measured values and facilitates the commissioning and configuration. The built-in data logger can save 20,000 values per measurand. The recorded data can be displayed as a graph directly on the display or downloaded via USB interface for further analysis.

Analogue Outputs and Digital Interface

The measured data is available on two analogue outputs and on the optional digital interface (RS485 with Modbus RTU or Ethernet with Modbus TCP). An optional relay module can be used for alarms and process control.

Easy Installation and Service

The enclosure design facilitates installation and maintenance. The front cover, which accommodates the electronics and the probe, can be replaced within seconds, while the wiring inside the back cover remains intact.

Humidity and Temperature Measurement up to 180 °C

The EE310 measures relative humidity and temperature in the range -40 °C…180 °C (‑40…356 °F) and calculates further physical quantities such as dew point temperature, absolute humidity or mixing ratio. The transmitter is available for duct or wall mount, as well as with remote probes.

Reliable Oil Condition Monitoring

The EE360 measures water activity and temperature and calculates the absolute water content of transformer, lubrication and hydraulic oil, as well as of diesel fuel. The sensing probe can be employed up to 180 °C (356 °F) and 20 bar (290 psi). The ISO or NPT slide fitting and the optional ball valve facilitate the installation.

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Conveying & Filling, Packaging, Labeling & Storage News

New building complex in Enger for labelling and inspection systems



Multivac New building complex in Enger for labelling and inspection systems
Picture: Multivac

Last Friday Multivac Marking & Inspection inaugurated a new production and office building during a celebratory opening ceremony – and at the same time it celebrated 25 years as part of the Multivac Group. The official speakers included Christian Traumann, Director and CFO of Multivac, Volker Gerloff, CEO of Multivac Marking & Inspection, and Thomas Meyer, Mayor of Enger. A large number of guests took part in the event, including Inge Nienhüser, Head of Town Planning, Development and Marketing for Enger, architect Frank Ebeler from Kenterplan GmbH and Guido Spix, Director and CTO/COO at Multivac, as well as employees and members of the press.

After the initial greeting ceremony and the symbolic opening of the new building with the cutting of the tape by the company management, the guests were led through the new building and shown the state-of-the-art assembly and logistics processes. The afternoon was spent celebrating in a winter-themed marquee with a buffet and music.

“We are delighted to be able to officially open with you today the new building complex, which will house the new warehouse as well as manufacturing and pre-assembly departments over an area of 1,600 square metres. Thanks to the completely renovated production hall areas, it will be possible to expand the production capacity, particularly in the sectors of conveyor belt labellers and inspection systems. The investment amounted to around three million euros,” said Christian Traumann. “In addition to this, there is another reason to celebrate: it is now 25 years that Multivac Marking & Inspection has been part of our Group. Our subsidiary is an extremely important part of the Multivac Group, and it is a leading supplier of innovative labelling, marking and inspection solutions in the market.”

“In the course of the building work we have also used this opportunity to further optimise our logistics and assembly processes,” explained Volker Gerloff. “This involved reorganizing all the process sequences in Goods Inward and Stores, as well as in the Manufacturing, Assembly and Dispatch departments. We are also introducing a shopfloor management system as the cornerstone of our lean management drive. The objective is to achieve more efficient planning and monitoring of operating processes, as well as a higher level of transparency, shorter reaction times and improved handling of resources.”

There are currently around 200 staff in total employed at Multivac Marking & Inspection in Enger. Following completion of the new building, the overall operating area has increased to 7,400 square metres. Around 900 square metres are taken up by the new Assembly/Production and Logistics areas, while 300 square metres are dedicated to other manufacturing such as machining and welding. In addition to this, some 30 new office spaces were created on the top floor.

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