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    [body] => BASF is unveiling Xfast Easy Color, the first ever solid color pigment preparation range for point-of-sale (POS) for the professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) market, under its Color & Effects brand at the European Coatings Show (ECS), held in Nuremberg, Germany April 4 – 6.

The dry stir-in pigment preparation has been developed for a wide array of applications, including exterior and interior architectural paints; artist paints; wood glazes and coatings; plaster, concrete coatings; and more.
“This offers numerous benefits to the POS market and its users,” said Ulf Moebius, Marketing Manager, Preparations Europe, BASF. “The Xfast Easy Color product line is capable of providing intense colors for a variety of uses in an easy and convenient way, plus the range of shades it offers can be expanded based on specific demands.”

The Xfast Easy Color system features click-in packaging that allows operators to easily exchange the canisters and refill the dispenser. The click-in system consists of a canister and an adaptor that results in product contactless refilling. The dry stir-in pigment preparation offers clean and easy handling, disperses easily and has superior temperature stability. The dispenser performs at the same speed as most of the market’s liquid sequential dosing dispensers and allows for exact, high accuracy dosing.

The dispenser comes with TintWise POS software which is compatible with common market software. Additional support from BASF’s Color Matching services is also accessible using a unique robotic system. Compatibility, gloss, hardness, wet scrub, adhesion, durability, storage and viscosity testing is also available.

The dispenser holds 16 to 24 canisters of Xfast colorants that are up to 85 percent pigment content and represent the full color space of the Xfast portfolio. Each color range can be enlarged based on customer demand and market needs, plus customer-specific shades are also possible. The highly concentrated dry pigment preparation provides excellent hiding power.

The Easy Color system offers many features and benefits while also fulfilling environmental regulations. The system supports label requirements of final product, has low biocide amounts, and provides an alternative to paints with fungicides, volatile organic compound (VOC) and alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APEO).

The Easy Color dispenser helps POS market customers to save energy, product, replacement and maintenance costs compared to liquid dispensers. It offers high pigment storage stability, allowing for a shelf life of up to five years. By using dry pigment preparation, the user eliminates drying, sedimentation and residue in the system, meaning that periodic shaking, stirring and circuit cleaning are not necessary.

Xfast Easy Color will be on display at the Colors & Effects booth 724, hall 7A at the ECS.  [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-04-03 08:49:00 [updated_at] => 2017-04-03 09:02:46 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","236218","247277","248417","243534","242919","249055","243554","235620","241960","243758"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 [contentType] => ContentType Object ( [className] => ContentType [content] => Array ( ) [taxonomy] => Array ( ) [listURL] => [logoUrl] => https: [id] => 2487 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => content_types [tag] => breaking_news [short_tag] => breaking_news [class_name] => [display_view] => [list_view] => [slug] => breaking-news [box_view] => [ignore_flag] => 0 [image_id] => 0 [layout_id] => 0 [formattedTag] => Breaking News ) [viewURL] => /contents/view_breaking-news/2017-04-03/basf-to-simplify-colorant-dispensing-systems-with-xfast-easy-color/ [relatedArticles] => Array ( [0] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 235620 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF to Icrease Price for Oleochemicals in North America [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => basf-to-icrease-price-for-oleochemicals-in-north-america [body] => Effective January 1, 2017 or as existing contracts permit, BASF will increase prices on its list and off-list prices in North America for the following product groups:

High Active Sulfate Blends & Derivatives
    Plantapon®
Plantaren®
Texapon® 

$0.04-$0.10/kg


FOH
    Lanette®
Lorol®
Agnique® 

$0.07-$0.40/kg

Methyl Esters
   

Agnique®


$0.13-$0.15/kg

Betaines & Amphoterics
   

Dehyton®


$0.02-$0.05/kg

Amides
   

Comperlan®


$0.11-$0.15/kg

High Active Sulfates
   

Texapon®


$0.08-$0.22/kg

Low Active Sulfates & Dilutions
    Standapol®
Texapon®
Disponils® 

$0.04-$0.10/kg [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-12-09 06:54:00 [updated_at] => 2016-12-09 06:55:46 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","236218","247277","248417","243534","242919","249055","243554","241960","238791","238137","240569","239292","243514","241375","235941","236438","240492","240489","245033"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [1] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 236218 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => ITC Issues Final Determination that Umicore Infringes BASF, Argonne National Laboratory Patents [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => itc-issues-final-determination-that-umicore-infringes-basf-argonne-national-laboratory-patents [body] => The full International Trade Commission (ITC) has made a final determination that Umicore has infringed on BASF and Argonne National Laboratory’s patents. The order bans the import of Umicore’s infringing nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials, confirms that lithium-ion batteries containing these materials are infringing, and finds that Umicore is contributing to and inducing its customers’ infringement.

“We are very pleased that the ITC has confirmed the February 29, 2016 ruling of ITC Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender,” said Kenneth Lane, President of BASF’s global Catalysts division. “This decisive finding highlights that Umicore has been competing unfairly in the market for NMC cathode materials. At BASF, we value innovation and we will continue to enforce and protect our intellectual property in this important area.”

The Commission’s decision confirms Judge Pender’s earlier decision, which thoroughly rejected all of Umicore’s arguments. Judge Pender’s decision concluded that Umicore’s arguments and witnesses’ testimony were “mischaracterizations,” “misleading,” “not persuasive,” and “simply not credible.” Umicore’s primary scientific argument was that its NMC materials are single-phase, rather than two-phase as the patents require. After hearing testimony from six scientific experts and considering transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analyses on Umicore’s NMC materials, Judge Pender concluded that, “I do not find Umicore’s argument that its NMC materials are single-phase solid solutions credible.” BASF and Argonne, according to Judge Pender, “established persuasively” that Umicore’s NMC infringes.

Umicore has continued infringing despite Judge Pender’s decision, and it has even gone so far as telling the media and marketplace that Umicore customers should continue to import products containing Umicore’s infringing NMC cathode materials. However, the full Commission decided that Umicore’s efforts and sales of NMC materials to battery manufacturers and other customers were acts of induced and contributory infringement and confirmed that those who import batteries containing Umicore’s infringing NMC are committing infringement as well. In its exclusion order, the ITC is “prohibiting the unlicensed entry of [infringing] lithium metal oxide cathode materials…that are manufactured by, or on behalf of, or imported by or on behalf of Umicore.”

“Anyone importing products containing Umicore’s infringing NMC without a license is infringing,” said Matthew Lepore, General Counsel for BASF Corporation. “Umicore customers who continue importing infringing products without a license are exposing themselves to enhanced damages for willful patent infringement. The ITC found infringement and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the ITC have confirmed the validity of these patents multiple times. There would be a high likelihood of success in an expedited district court proceeding to block unlicensed imports with a preliminary injunction.”  

“BASF is committed to the battery industry and has made significant investments in the research, development and manufacture of NMC cathode materials,” said Jeffrey Lou, Senior Vice President of BASF’s global Battery Materials business. “BASF has NMC manufacturing operations in the United States and in Asia with BASF Toda Battery Materials LLC, a joint venture for producing NMC and Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) cathode materials.”

“Argonne National Laboratory is proud of its pioneering work in energy storage research. Our NMC cathode technology is just one of many advanced battery material innovations we have worked to create,” said Paul Kearns, Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operations Officer at Argonne National Laboratory. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-12-20 12:10:00 [updated_at] => 2016-12-20 12:14:47 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","247277","248417","243534","242919","249055","243554","235620","241960","238791","244077","247174","247048"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [2] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 241960 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => 2017-07-01 [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF Selects HPE to Build Supercomputer for Global Chemical Research [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => basf-selects-hpe-to-build-supercomputer-for-global-chemical-research [body] => BASF SE and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have announced that the companies will collaborate to develop one of the world’s largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters this year. Based on the latest generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems, the new supercomputer will drive the digitalization of BASF's worldwide research.

“The new supercomputer will promote the application and development of complex modeling and simulation approaches, opening up completely new avenues for our research at BASF,” said Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer at BASF. “The supercomputer was designed and developed jointly by experts from HPE and BASF to precisely meet our needs.”

The new system will make it possible to answer complex questions and reduce the time required to obtain results from several months to days across all research areas. As part of BASF’s digitalization strategy, the company plans to significantly expand its capabilities to run virtual experiments with the supercomputer. It will help BASF reduce time to market and costs by, for example, simulating processes on catalyst surfaces more precisely or accelerating the design of new polymers with pre-defined properties.

“In today’s data-driven economy, high performance computing plays a pivotal role in driving advances in space exploration, biology and artificial intelligence,” said Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “We expect this supercomputer to help BASF perform prodigious calculations at lightning fast speeds, resulting in a broad range of innovations to solve new problems and advance our world.”

With the help of Intel® Xeon® processors, high-bandwidth, low-latency Intel® Omni-Path Fabric and HPE management software, the supercomputer acts as a single system with an effective performance of more than 1 Petaflop (1 Petaflop equals one quadrillion floating point operations per second). With this system architecture, a multitude of nodes can work simultaneously on highly complex tasks, dramatically reducing the processing time.

“Customers are always looking for systems that deliver the best performance at the best total cost of ownership,” said Barry Davis, General Manager, Accelerated Workload Group, Intel. “Intel® Omni-Path Architecture is specifically designed to deliver outstanding performance while scaling cost-effectively from entry-level high performance computing clusters to larger clusters with 10,000 nodes or more – offering a significant advantage on both fronts.”

Developed and built with HPE, the new supercomputer will consist of several hundred computer nodes. The supercomputer will also leverage HPE Apollo Systems to give customers simplified administration efficiencies and flexibility to match their solutions to the workload. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-03-20 08:52:00 [updated_at] => 2017-07-05 09:48:10 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["250781","249055","248417","247280","247277","246545","246340","245692","245389","244079","243554","243534","242919","241662","240798","239326","239293","238901","238791","237976"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [3] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 242919 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF Presents its New InkSet 1000SP and a Smart Packaging Demonstrator at LOPEC [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => basf-presents-its-new-inkset-1000sp-and-a-smart-packaging-demonstrator-at-lopec [body] => This year again, BASF New Business is exhibiting at LOPEC trade show in Munich March, 29-30 (booth B0, 518). LOPEC is one of the most important exhibitions and conferences for the Printed Electronics Industry in Europe attracting several thousands of visitors from all over the globe.

Besides the existing product portfolio of solution-processable semiconductor, dielectric and auxiliary material inks which allow to manufacture organic thin film transistors (OTFT) on flexible substrates in a cost-efficient way, BASF presents its new InkSet 1000SP package for fully structured transistors. “InkSet 1000SP is a comprehensive package which includes inks for planarization, contact treatment, semiconductor, gate dielectric and interlayer dielectric, as well as a complete process description for their application. The inks and processes are perfectly adapted to each other.” says Dr. Jochen Brill, Head of R&D of BASF’s Field Effect Transistor team. “Our customers can directly use our InkSet 1000SP and apply it according to the process description to manufacture their own active matrix backplanes or circuitry, thus saving resources on process development”, Brill adds.

Along with the products, BASF is also showcasing demonstrators highlighting the benefits of flexible and lightweight electronics in various applications. The recent demonstrator built jointly by BASF and InnovationLab, Heidelberg, visualizes the opportunities for Printed Organic Electronics in packaging. An interactive label is an example of a marketing tool for a brand owner that adds a unique feature for consumers. This system can be applied to a variety of packaging, enabling the trend for increased interactivity.

Most parts of the demonstrator are printed: piezoresistive sensors and OTFTs – which means the fabrication is simple and cost efficient. The possibility to integrate printed circuits into continuous roll-to-roll processes, typical for label production, makes printed TFTs the solution of choice for the next generation of smart labels and packaging. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-03-28 09:37:00 [updated_at] => 2017-03-28 09:38:24 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","236218","247277","248417","243534","249055","243554","235620","241960","238791","247280","235502","239326","239293","245692","238901","244079","246545","237976","241662"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 243534 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2754 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF to Simplify Colorant Dispensing Systems with Xfast Easy Color [short_title] => [summary] => Xfast Easy Color will be on display at the Colors & Effects Booth 724, Hall 7A at the ECS. [slug] => basf-to-simplify-colorant-dispensing-systems-with- [body] => BASF unveiled Xfast Easy Color, the first ever solid color pigment preparation range for point-of-sale (POS) for the professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) market, under its Color & Effects brand at the European Coatings Show (ECS).

The dry stir-in pigment preparation has been developed for a wide array of applications, including exterior and interior architectural paints; artist paints; wood glazes and coatings; plaster, concrete coatings; and more.

“This offers numerous benefits to the POS market and its users,” said Ulf Moebius, marketing manager, Preparations Europe, BASF. “The Xfast Easy Color product line is capable of providing intense colors for a variety of uses in an easy and convenient way, plus the range of shades it offers can be expanded based on specific demands.”

The Xfast Easy Color system features click-in packaging that allows operators to easily exchange the canisters and refill the dispenser. The click-in system consists of a canister and an adaptor that results in product contactless refilling. The dry stir-in pigment preparation offers clean and easy handling, disperses easily and has superior temperature stability. The dispenser performs at the same speed as most of the market’s liquid sequential dosing dispensers and allows for exact, high accuracy dosing.

The dispenser comes with TintWise POS software which is compatible with common market software. Additional support from BASF’s Color Matching services is also accessible using a unique robotic system. Compatibility, gloss, hardness, wet scrub, adhesion, durability, storage and viscosity testing is also available.

The dispenser holds 16 to 24 canisters of Xfast colorants that are up to 85 percent pigment content and represent the full color space of the Xfast portfolio. Each color range can be enlarged based on customer demand and market needs, plus customer-specific shades are also possible. The highly concentrated dry pigment preparation provides excellent hiding power. 

The Easy Color system offers many features and benefits while also fulfilling environmental regulations. The system supports label requirements of final product, has low biocide amounts, and provides an alternative to paints with fungicides, volatile organic compound (VOC) and alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APEO).

The Easy Color dispenser helps POS market customers to save energy, product, replacement and maintenance costs compared to liquid dispensers. It offers high pigment storage stability, allowing for a shelf life of up to five years. By using dry pigment preparation, the user eliminates drying, sedimentation and residue in the system, meaning that periodic shaking, stirring and circuit cleaning are not necessary. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-04-05 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2017-04-04 10:09:41 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","236218","247277","248417","242919","249055","243554","235620","241960","238791","243432","243199","243139","241752","243772"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) ) [relatedContent] => Array ( [0] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 235620 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF to Icrease Price for Oleochemicals in North America [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => basf-to-icrease-price-for-oleochemicals-in-north-america [body] => Effective January 1, 2017 or as existing contracts permit, BASF will increase prices on its list and off-list prices in North America for the following product groups:

High Active Sulfate Blends & Derivatives
    Plantapon®
Plantaren®
Texapon® 

$0.04-$0.10/kg


FOH
    Lanette®
Lorol®
Agnique® 

$0.07-$0.40/kg

Methyl Esters
   

Agnique®


$0.13-$0.15/kg

Betaines & Amphoterics
   

Dehyton®


$0.02-$0.05/kg

Amides
   

Comperlan®


$0.11-$0.15/kg

High Active Sulfates
   

Texapon®


$0.08-$0.22/kg

Low Active Sulfates & Dilutions
    Standapol®
Texapon®
Disponils® 

$0.04-$0.10/kg [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-12-09 06:54:00 [updated_at] => 2016-12-09 06:55:46 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","236218","247277","248417","243534","242919","249055","243554","241960","238791","238137","240569","239292","243514","241375","235941","236438","240492","240489","245033"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [1] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 236218 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => ITC Issues Final Determination that Umicore Infringes BASF, Argonne National Laboratory Patents [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => itc-issues-final-determination-that-umicore-infringes-basf-argonne-national-laboratory-patents [body] => The full International Trade Commission (ITC) has made a final determination that Umicore has infringed on BASF and Argonne National Laboratory’s patents. The order bans the import of Umicore’s infringing nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials, confirms that lithium-ion batteries containing these materials are infringing, and finds that Umicore is contributing to and inducing its customers’ infringement.

“We are very pleased that the ITC has confirmed the February 29, 2016 ruling of ITC Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender,” said Kenneth Lane, President of BASF’s global Catalysts division. “This decisive finding highlights that Umicore has been competing unfairly in the market for NMC cathode materials. At BASF, we value innovation and we will continue to enforce and protect our intellectual property in this important area.”

The Commission’s decision confirms Judge Pender’s earlier decision, which thoroughly rejected all of Umicore’s arguments. Judge Pender’s decision concluded that Umicore’s arguments and witnesses’ testimony were “mischaracterizations,” “misleading,” “not persuasive,” and “simply not credible.” Umicore’s primary scientific argument was that its NMC materials are single-phase, rather than two-phase as the patents require. After hearing testimony from six scientific experts and considering transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analyses on Umicore’s NMC materials, Judge Pender concluded that, “I do not find Umicore’s argument that its NMC materials are single-phase solid solutions credible.” BASF and Argonne, according to Judge Pender, “established persuasively” that Umicore’s NMC infringes.

Umicore has continued infringing despite Judge Pender’s decision, and it has even gone so far as telling the media and marketplace that Umicore customers should continue to import products containing Umicore’s infringing NMC cathode materials. However, the full Commission decided that Umicore’s efforts and sales of NMC materials to battery manufacturers and other customers were acts of induced and contributory infringement and confirmed that those who import batteries containing Umicore’s infringing NMC are committing infringement as well. In its exclusion order, the ITC is “prohibiting the unlicensed entry of [infringing] lithium metal oxide cathode materials…that are manufactured by, or on behalf of, or imported by or on behalf of Umicore.”

“Anyone importing products containing Umicore’s infringing NMC without a license is infringing,” said Matthew Lepore, General Counsel for BASF Corporation. “Umicore customers who continue importing infringing products without a license are exposing themselves to enhanced damages for willful patent infringement. The ITC found infringement and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the ITC have confirmed the validity of these patents multiple times. There would be a high likelihood of success in an expedited district court proceeding to block unlicensed imports with a preliminary injunction.”  

“BASF is committed to the battery industry and has made significant investments in the research, development and manufacture of NMC cathode materials,” said Jeffrey Lou, Senior Vice President of BASF’s global Battery Materials business. “BASF has NMC manufacturing operations in the United States and in Asia with BASF Toda Battery Materials LLC, a joint venture for producing NMC and Nickel Cobalt Aluminum (NCA) cathode materials.”

“Argonne National Laboratory is proud of its pioneering work in energy storage research. Our NMC cathode technology is just one of many advanced battery material innovations we have worked to create,” said Paul Kearns, Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operations Officer at Argonne National Laboratory. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-12-20 12:10:00 [updated_at] => 2016-12-20 12:14:47 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","247277","248417","243534","242919","249055","243554","235620","241960","238791","244077","247174","247048"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [2] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 241960 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => 2017-07-01 [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF Selects HPE to Build Supercomputer for Global Chemical Research [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => basf-selects-hpe-to-build-supercomputer-for-global-chemical-research [body] => BASF SE and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have announced that the companies will collaborate to develop one of the world’s largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters this year. Based on the latest generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems, the new supercomputer will drive the digitalization of BASF's worldwide research.

“The new supercomputer will promote the application and development of complex modeling and simulation approaches, opening up completely new avenues for our research at BASF,” said Dr. Martin Brudermueller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer at BASF. “The supercomputer was designed and developed jointly by experts from HPE and BASF to precisely meet our needs.”

The new system will make it possible to answer complex questions and reduce the time required to obtain results from several months to days across all research areas. As part of BASF’s digitalization strategy, the company plans to significantly expand its capabilities to run virtual experiments with the supercomputer. It will help BASF reduce time to market and costs by, for example, simulating processes on catalyst surfaces more precisely or accelerating the design of new polymers with pre-defined properties.

“In today’s data-driven economy, high performance computing plays a pivotal role in driving advances in space exploration, biology and artificial intelligence,” said Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “We expect this supercomputer to help BASF perform prodigious calculations at lightning fast speeds, resulting in a broad range of innovations to solve new problems and advance our world.”

With the help of Intel® Xeon® processors, high-bandwidth, low-latency Intel® Omni-Path Fabric and HPE management software, the supercomputer acts as a single system with an effective performance of more than 1 Petaflop (1 Petaflop equals one quadrillion floating point operations per second). With this system architecture, a multitude of nodes can work simultaneously on highly complex tasks, dramatically reducing the processing time.

“Customers are always looking for systems that deliver the best performance at the best total cost of ownership,” said Barry Davis, General Manager, Accelerated Workload Group, Intel. “Intel® Omni-Path Architecture is specifically designed to deliver outstanding performance while scaling cost-effectively from entry-level high performance computing clusters to larger clusters with 10,000 nodes or more – offering a significant advantage on both fronts.”

Developed and built with HPE, the new supercomputer will consist of several hundred computer nodes. The supercomputer will also leverage HPE Apollo Systems to give customers simplified administration efficiencies and flexibility to match their solutions to the workload. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-03-20 08:52:00 [updated_at] => 2017-07-05 09:48:10 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["250781","249055","248417","247280","247277","246545","246340","245692","245389","244079","243554","243534","242919","241662","240798","239326","239293","238901","238791","237976"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [3] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 242919 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF Presents its New InkSet 1000SP and a Smart Packaging Demonstrator at LOPEC [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => basf-presents-its-new-inkset-1000sp-and-a-smart-packaging-demonstrator-at-lopec [body] => This year again, BASF New Business is exhibiting at LOPEC trade show in Munich March, 29-30 (booth B0, 518). LOPEC is one of the most important exhibitions and conferences for the Printed Electronics Industry in Europe attracting several thousands of visitors from all over the globe.

Besides the existing product portfolio of solution-processable semiconductor, dielectric and auxiliary material inks which allow to manufacture organic thin film transistors (OTFT) on flexible substrates in a cost-efficient way, BASF presents its new InkSet 1000SP package for fully structured transistors. “InkSet 1000SP is a comprehensive package which includes inks for planarization, contact treatment, semiconductor, gate dielectric and interlayer dielectric, as well as a complete process description for their application. The inks and processes are perfectly adapted to each other.” says Dr. Jochen Brill, Head of R&D of BASF’s Field Effect Transistor team. “Our customers can directly use our InkSet 1000SP and apply it according to the process description to manufacture their own active matrix backplanes or circuitry, thus saving resources on process development”, Brill adds.

Along with the products, BASF is also showcasing demonstrators highlighting the benefits of flexible and lightweight electronics in various applications. The recent demonstrator built jointly by BASF and InnovationLab, Heidelberg, visualizes the opportunities for Printed Organic Electronics in packaging. An interactive label is an example of a marketing tool for a brand owner that adds a unique feature for consumers. This system can be applied to a variety of packaging, enabling the trend for increased interactivity.

Most parts of the demonstrator are printed: piezoresistive sensors and OTFTs – which means the fabrication is simple and cost efficient. The possibility to integrate printed circuits into continuous roll-to-roll processes, typical for label production, makes printed TFTs the solution of choice for the next generation of smart labels and packaging. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-03-28 09:37:00 [updated_at] => 2017-03-28 09:38:24 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","236218","247277","248417","243534","249055","243554","235620","241960","238791","247280","235502","239326","239293","245692","238901","244079","246545","237976","241662"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 243534 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2754 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF to Simplify Colorant Dispensing Systems with Xfast Easy Color [short_title] => [summary] => Xfast Easy Color will be on display at the Colors & Effects Booth 724, Hall 7A at the ECS. [slug] => basf-to-simplify-colorant-dispensing-systems-with- [body] => BASF unveiled Xfast Easy Color, the first ever solid color pigment preparation range for point-of-sale (POS) for the professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) market, under its Color & Effects brand at the European Coatings Show (ECS).

The dry stir-in pigment preparation has been developed for a wide array of applications, including exterior and interior architectural paints; artist paints; wood glazes and coatings; plaster, concrete coatings; and more.

“This offers numerous benefits to the POS market and its users,” said Ulf Moebius, marketing manager, Preparations Europe, BASF. “The Xfast Easy Color product line is capable of providing intense colors for a variety of uses in an easy and convenient way, plus the range of shades it offers can be expanded based on specific demands.”

The Xfast Easy Color system features click-in packaging that allows operators to easily exchange the canisters and refill the dispenser. The click-in system consists of a canister and an adaptor that results in product contactless refilling. The dry stir-in pigment preparation offers clean and easy handling, disperses easily and has superior temperature stability. The dispenser performs at the same speed as most of the market’s liquid sequential dosing dispensers and allows for exact, high accuracy dosing.

The dispenser comes with TintWise POS software which is compatible with common market software. Additional support from BASF’s Color Matching services is also accessible using a unique robotic system. Compatibility, gloss, hardness, wet scrub, adhesion, durability, storage and viscosity testing is also available.

The dispenser holds 16 to 24 canisters of Xfast colorants that are up to 85 percent pigment content and represent the full color space of the Xfast portfolio. Each color range can be enlarged based on customer demand and market needs, plus customer-specific shades are also possible. The highly concentrated dry pigment preparation provides excellent hiding power. 

The Easy Color system offers many features and benefits while also fulfilling environmental regulations. The system supports label requirements of final product, has low biocide amounts, and provides an alternative to paints with fungicides, volatile organic compound (VOC) and alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APEO).

The Easy Color dispenser helps POS market customers to save energy, product, replacement and maintenance costs compared to liquid dispensers. It offers high pigment storage stability, allowing for a shelf life of up to five years. By using dry pigment preparation, the user eliminates drying, sedimentation and residue in the system, meaning that periodic shaking, stirring and circuit cleaning are not necessary. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-04-05 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2017-04-04 10:09:41 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245389","236218","247277","248417","242919","249055","243554","235620","241960","238791","243432","243199","243139","241752","243772"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) ) [relatedSearches] => Array ( [0] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56575 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [taxonomy_tag] => paints ) [1] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56585 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [taxonomy_tag] => voc ) [2] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 63612 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [taxonomy_tag] => basf ) [3] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56576 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [taxonomy_tag] => coatings ) ) [contentTaxonomy_knowledge-center] => Array ( ) [formattedTitle] => BASF To Simplify Colorant Dispensing Systems With Xfast Easy Color [taxonomy_keywords] => Array ( [0] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56575 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [tag] => paints [slug] => paints [child_of] => 54554 ) [1] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56576 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [tag] => coatings [slug] => coatings [child_of] => 54554 ) [2] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56585 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [tag] => voc [slug] => voc [child_of] => 54554 ) [3] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 63612 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [tag] => basf [slug] => basf [child_of] => 54554 ) ) )