An interesting insight into the thought of using continuous production in a chemical manufacturing setting
ContinuoUs production is the current buzzword on the chemical industry. Taking this step of moving away from batch manufacturing to a continuous process can be challenge. Dr Andrew Warmington, of That's Nice LLC, spoke to several leaders in the chemical industry to get their thoughts on the developments and implementation of continuous production.
Robinson Brothers appoints Swan Chemical Inc. as Exclusive Distributor for Robac Technology in US and Canada
Release date: March 2017
Swan Chemical Inc. (SCI) continues to grow its rubber masterbatch and additive market presence with the addition of the Robac Technology product range. Robinson Brothers continue to structure its Robac Technology business to bring innovative rubber accelerators and polymer chemicals to the global market.
Robinson Brothers and Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. are pleased to announce that from February 2017, SCI will represent the Robinson Brothers Robac Technology brand, which offers an innovative portfolio of rubber accelerators and polymer chemicals, in the USA.
Britest’s Members’ Day 2016 was a great opportunity for members to showcase and discuss the use of the various tools and methodologies in solving vital processing challenges, through a highly informative and interactive poster session. This annual industry event was held at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, on 20th October 2016. Over 50 individuals attended this event; including members from UK fine chemical organisations, pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions.
We are currently recruiting for a Health & Safety Manager to join our organisation. Robinson Brothers’ manufacturing site has a long-standing history of handling odorous and highly specialised reagents, at lab-scale and across production plants, thus experience within the chemical industry is ideal.
The following skills are required for this role:
- Degree, ideally a NEBOSH diploma
- COMAH site experience
- Familiarity and confidence in dealing with HSE inspections
- An understanding of HSE Human Factors
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The 10th Anniversary Pharma ChemOutsourcing show will be held during 19th-21st September at Parsippany, New Jersey. The annual event attracts pharmaceutical ingredient buyers and sellers from across the world. This year, Robinson Brothers will be amongst the exhibitors; visit us at Booth#11.
Robinson Brothers has a long-standing history of supporting the pharmaceutical supply chain; offering bespoke custom synthesis of new chemical entities (NCEs) for pharmaceutical intermediates. We utilise a vast array of raw material intermediates from grams to tonnes at our UK manufacturing site. We have the expertise and containment facilities to handle a wide range of challenging materials on-site. Read more
Meet us at Speciality & Agro Chemicals America
We shall be attending Speciality & Agro Chemicals America 2016, to be held in the historic region of Charleston. Come by and visit a member of the team at booth# 809. Robinson Brothers have almost 150 years of experience in manufacturing the raw materials and advanced intermediates used in agrochemical applications. Our key products include:
The applications of these materials vary, with one of most common end-uses continues to be fertilisers that ensure optimal crop growth is achieved when it cannot be attained naturally and pesticides that destroy any pests that could damage a harvest.
Our Robac Technology team will be presenting at the annual IRGCE Conference, which is to be held during 6-9th September 2016 in Malaysia. This is an ideal opportunity to discuss key issues in the industry as well as learning more about novel research studies.
We will be presenting the following:
Presentation Title: Novel room temperature safe accelerator cure compositions for use in synthesis polyisoprene latex
Presented by: Kelvyn Soars – Robac Business Manager
The paper describes parameters governing accelerator choice and their subsequent effectiveness in efficient room temperature curing of synthetic polyisoprene latex for dipped articles. Results are disclosed on new safer accelerator combinations based on Robac AS100, Arbe...
Robinson Brothers would like to thank all of those who visited their stand at Chemspec Europe 2016. This event was a great opportunity to discuss existing and new projects for 2016/17.
Robinson Brothers is a regular exhibitor at Chemspec Europe.This year, the show was filled with productive meetings, fruitful discussions and networking opportunities. Alongside this, Robinson Brothers co-sponsored and attended the annual EFCG Summer Party, which was held at Rhypark - a restaurant based alongside the scenic Rhine River. This was a great opportunity to meet with key contacts, whilst enjoying a summers evening in Basel.
Robinson Brothers' Swiss Agent, Chemgo Organica AG, also celebrated their 40th year anniversary by hosting a festive dinner for all principles at Restaurant 1777. Chemgo Organica...
Attending Chemspec Europe 2016? Our team will be exhibiting at Basel Messe, Stand F36/Hall 1.1 – come by and visit us! This annual event is a great opportunity to discuss new projects for 2016/17. Our group attending this show will compose our executives responsible for sales and purchasing, as well as members from our company's research and development team.
Robinson Brothers is a leading UK chemical manufacturer of intermediates for the Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical and Speciality Chemical industries as well as many others. Our team of Chemists are experts in custom synthesis, contract manufacture and process optimisation. Our experience has led us to become a reliable supplier to organisations across the world.
Robinson Brothers Invests in a Bulk Tank Farm at their Manufacturing Site, based in West Bromwich UK
Two storage tanks each having 50 cubic metres capacity have been added to the newly installed Robinson Brothers’ tank farm, at West Bromwich UK. This £500K (€630K) investment has been made to support the growth in demand of Piperidine (CAS No: 110-89-4) - a long standing chemical offered by Robinson Brothers. Alongside this, state of the art systems have been introduced to enable tanker loading and unloading, as well as automatic drum filling operations, to supply this material through a highly proficient method.
Robinson Brothers’ site has the ability to handle materials under strictly controlled and contained conditions, enabled through the continual investment in containment systems and abatement facilities. This includes a thermal oxidiser and bespoke flue gas scrubbing systems.
Visiting Chemspec Europe 2016? Our team will be exhibiting at Basel Messe, Stand F36/Hall 1.1 – come by and visit us! The annual event is a great opportunity to discuss new projects for 2016/17. Robinson Brothers is a regular exhibitor at Chemspec Europe, as we believe it is an ideal occasion to meet with customers, suppliers and industry professionals from across the globe.
Our group attending this show will compose our executives responsible for sales and purchasing, as well as members from our company's research and development team. This provides them with the opportunity to experience how the products they have helped to develop have a place within certain markets and the demand for those, while also providing them with an invaluable insight as to the nature of the commercial side ...
Our Sales Manager, Craige Taylor, exhibited at the 33rd SCI Process Development Symposium, during 6th- 8th April 2016. Held at the historic Churchill College in Cambridge, this annual event is allows experts from several disciplines to come together and discuss process development in manufacturing organic chemicals.
Robinson Brothers take on all stages of a product life cycle, from conception right through to maturity. First qualification for new products start as trial batches in our Pilot Plant, which provides our R&D team vital scale-up information. This also allows further process optimisation before beginning a manufacturing in Operations.
Working alongside our sister company, Endeavour Speciality Chemicals, Robinson Brothers also provide early stage develop...
Representatives from the Robac Technology team attended the annual Toy fair 2016 held in the culturally-rich city of Nuremberg, Germany. With global brands and innovative entrepreneurs present, this was a great business opportunity to understand developments in the manufacture of toys, as well as identifying key trends for 2016/2017.
Robac Technology, a division of Robinson Brothers, is a leading manufacturer of polymer chemicals and rubber additives. These speciality products are utilised for rubber vulcanisation, low temperature curing and ultra-accelerators. Robac Technology’s product portfolio can be used in a variety of applications, such as: sports, medical devices, automotive and toy manufacturing.
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Robinson Brothers recently attended the UK AG Chem Supply Chain Mission, as part of a group of thirteen UK-based chemical suppliers, organised by the Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Managing Director, Adrian Hanrahan, took this opportunity to visit innovative agrochemical manufacturers in the USA to discuss Robinson Brothers' offerings and exporting channels in North America.
This initiative, led by Dr Tony W. Bastock, was created to enable the UK's trade business to achieve an ambitious target of £1 trillion in UK export by 2020 through building stronger working relationships and creating exporting opportunities with chemical manufacturers in the USA.
This fortnight visit included several intro...
The Chemical Industry Association (CIA) awards are announced annually. Run by its members, for its members, the CIA speaks for all of the UK chemical sector and takes a leading role in helping members influence important issues that affect the future direction of the industry.
Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association Steve Elliott said “The 2014 Chemical Industry Awards celebrated the very best of our industry and I believe the very best of business and workforce achievement throughout the UK. All who entered have great stories to tell. Our winners should be very proud of their achievements.”
Robinson Brothers are joint winners of the prestigious Chemical Industries Association Company of the Year Award 2014....
Robinson Brothers presents Robac SRM102, a new safe accelerator for curing polychloroprene, at Rubbercon 2014
Robinson Brothers had the pleasure of presenting Robac SRM102, a new safe acclerator for curing polychloroprene at Rubbercon 2014.
Held in Manchester, Rubbercon - organised by the Institute of Materials - is one of the key dates on the calendar and Robac exhibited at the event for the first time. Each incarnation of the conference seeks to address the key issues within the industry, looking at the needs and aspirations of stakeholders.
In recent years, one of the most prominent factors has been the desire to find a viable alternative for ETU, which has been classified as a CMR (Carcinogenic/Mutagenic/Toxic for Reproduction) substance under the REACH regulation and was added to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in December 2013. This means the accelerator and products ...
The agrochemical market is set to experience growth of 19 per cent by 2018, according to a report by research and consultancy organisation Markets and Markets.
Over the next five years, a compound annual growth rate of 3.58 per cent is projected, which would take the overall value of the market from $203.6 billion (£121.5 billion) in 2013 to $242.8 billion in 2018.
Agrochemicals are used to boost the productivity of crops by supplying much-needed nutrients and ensuring protection against various diseases, without harming the environment. This category includes fertilizers and pesticides.
Environmental regulations in developed regions such as North America and Europe are tightening, and this mak...
The global light-emitting diode (LED) materials market is expected to double its revenues over the next few years, particularly as this technology replaces old, less durable and more energy inefficient lights across the world.
Indeed, according to a new study published by Frost and Sullivan, LED sales are set to reach $11.7 billion (£6.95 billion) by 2018. This represents significant growth from the $5.01 billion recouped in 2013.
However, if this anticipated level of growth is to be achieved, chemical manufacturers will play a vital role. Chemicals and materials are necessary in all stages of the LED fixture manufacturing process, yet the wide range of specific compounds required means that very few market participants are capable of provi...
Robinson Brothers recently traveled to Budapest to exhibit at the Chemspec Europe 2014 event. The exhibition is the premier event for manufacturers of fine and speciality chemicals and experiences strong growth each year.A record number of visitors traveled to Hungary for the latest event, which played host to more than 400 companies covering all aspects of the industry.
Robinson Brothers took full advantage of this fact and positive discussions were held with a number of contacts in order to move forward a large number of existing projects. Meetings held during the event have facilitated significant project developments.
This was the first event at which the company unveiled its new exhibition stand and the top-quality setup really stood out fro...
Chanel No 5 is one of the most popular perfumes in the world. It was first introduced in 1921 and the company is proud of the fact the formula has changed very little in the intervening years.
While it has been necessary to replace some elements as it became known they may cause harmful side-effects, it has been possible to introduce alternatives without altering the overall appeal of the perfume.
However, the company fears it may be required to make significant changes to the formula following the introduction of new European Union regulations.
Oak moss is a key ingredient in Chanel No 5 and other popular fragrances - including Dior's Miss Dior - but has been found to contain atranol and chloroatran...
Output from the European chemicals industry, excluding pharmaceuticals, is expected to grow by two per cent for the full-year 2014. This is according to the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), which indicates the rise reflects the wider economic recovery currently being evidenced across the majority of the eurozone.
With demand from customer industries - vehicle manufacturers in particular - rising steadily and stabilisation evident across the construction sector, production is set to expand over the coming months and into 2015.
This follows a small decline in output in 2013, which was attributed to the industry's attempts to deal with the second part of the double-dip recession that blighted the continent following the global financial c...
Traditionally, rubber tyres have been produced from butadiene - a petrochemical with a market size of more than £25 billion. However, the recent trend towards shale gas exploitation, particularly in the US, has led to a significant reduction in the amount of butadiene available.
Natural gas chemical feedstocks contain far fewer C4 hydrocarbons than the traditional oil alternatives utilised in petrochemical production. Butadiene prices have been volatile over the last 12 months, rising by as much as 30 per cent at one point amid concerns regarding the supply gap, which is expected to widen further as shale gas exploitation becomes more commonplace.
For several years, the rubber industry has been searching for alternatives to butadiene, but t...
Robinson Brothers was awarded the coveted Company of the Year award at the annual Chemical Industries Association (CIA) awards at the end of June.
Held at Lancashire County Cricket's Old Trafford ground on 26th June, the ceremony takes place each year to celebrate the outstanding contributions made by members of the CIA.
The Company of the Year award is specifically designed to highlight the achievements of the most outstanding organisations, and candidates are required to demonstrate they have achieved strong business growth and made a sustained contribution to the UK economy.
For 2014, the accolade was jointly awarded to Robinson Brothers and Hartlepool's Huntsman Pigments, who both triumphed despi...
As the founding member of the Safe Rubber Consortium, Robinson Brothers became committed to developing a safe alternative to Ethylene thiourea (ETU) for use during polychloroprene vulcanisation.
ETU has been found to have mutagenic or carcinogenic properties and has been added to the List of Substances of Very High Concern under the EU's REACH regulations. The project secured funding for the development of a safe, viable alternative to ETU under the prestigious EU Framework VII scheme, which rewards ideas that are designed to provide a "European-added value".
However, before it was possible to identify a replacement for ETU, it was necessary to gain a full understanding of how the mechanism works during the vulcanisation process of polychloropren...
There are a number of challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry in the coming years. The rate of new drugs brought to market has slowed significantly and companies are dealing with a wide range of issues, not least of which relate to heightened regulatory demands.
According to the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry, it typically costs as much as £1.15 billion to develop and market a new treatment - a process that often takes more than 12 years. And when you consider the fact that 95 per cent of all experimental medicines studied for human treatment fail to achieve safety and efficacy approval, it is clear to see how some of the larger companies in the industry are spending billions of pounds across their new medicine portfolios.
The scientific community has been aware for many years that it is technically feasible to extract biofuels from algae and now the search for a way to make this a viable businesses solution has been stepped up, with projects taking place globally.
To this end, a significant amount of collaboration is taking place between science and industry, with a five-year study co-ordinated by Aqualia in Spain recently attracting €7 million of European Union funding and involving partners from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as researchers from the University of Southampton.
In the US, scientists at Iowa University's Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies have identified the thermochemical conversion process called catalytic pyrol...
What is Robac SRM102?
Robac SRM102 is a multifunctional accelerative curative molecule which has been designed by Robinson Brothers' Robac Technology team to be utilised during the process of polychloroprene vulcanisation.
How does this differ from what is currently available?
At present, the option that provides the best curative properties is ethylene thiourea (ETU), but this has been classified as a CMR product - Carcinogenic/Mutagenic/Toxic for Reproduction - under the European Union's (EU's) REACH regulation. It has been added to the List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) and as a result, is ...
Robinson Brothers is proud to this week unveil a new company website, which will support the future launch of a new product in the Robac Rubber Technology range.
The site allows customers to search a regular product database, as well as learning more about our custom and contract capabilities. We currently manufacture organic intermediates for use in the pharmaceutical, veterinary, agrochemical, personal care, photographic, aroma, speciality and rubber industries, in quantities from grams to multi-tonnes.
Experts in custom synthesis and contract manufacture primarily - but not exclusively - in the organo-sulfur, high-pressure hydrogenation and heterocyclic chemistry fields, we will be demonstrating our capabilities at the ChemSpec Europe event in...
Robinson Brothers is proud to introduce the new addition to its range of Robac Technology, Robac SRM102.
The culmination of five years research and development, the multifunctional accelerator curative molecule is a new, safe alternative to thiourea-based accelerators used during the vulcanisation process of polychlorpoprene rubber.
Robac SRM102 has been successfully trialled in industrial-scale applications and has been found to provide comparable, if not improved results, when compared to Ethylene thiourea - an inherently toxic and mutagenic product that has now been placed on the SVHC list, restricting its use across Europe and elsewhere.
To complement the introduction of SRM102 and further demons...
The manufacture of chemicals is tightly regulated across the European Union (EU), with companies required to comply with the industrial safety regulations detailed under the Seveso Directive.
This forces all member states to ensure they have policies in place to prevent major accidents and was introduced after a disaster at a small plant just north of Milan in 1976 left the community of Seveso and the surrounding residential areas exposed to 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin - later classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a carcinogen for humans.
Initially implemented in 1982, the Seveso Directive was designed to improve the safety of sites containing large quantities of pot...
A revision known as Order No 7 overhauled chemical regulatory standards in China when it was announced by the country's Ministry of Environmental Protection in January 2010. Soon after coming into force in October that year, the rules became known as "China REACH", owing to the similarities between the guidance and the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations.
In addition, there are numerous supporting measures and a variety of national standards that must be adhered to, with eight government bodies involved in the implementation of the laws relating to China REACH and the 2011 revised Decree No 591 "Regulations on the control over safety of hazardous chemicals".