Brookfield Engineering has acquired RheoTec Messtechnik GmbH of Dresden, Germany. Brookfield and RheoTec have been partners for the past 10 years in the sale of the R/S family of rheometers. Through Brookfield’s international dealer network, R/S Rheometers have become leading instruments in the rheology market, providing both controlled stress and controlled rate measurement capabilities.
This acquisition also fortifies Brookfield’s development, manufacturing, sales, and service capabilities. In addition to R/S Rheometers, RheoTec manufactures complementary instruments, including RheoTec’s Hoeppler “Falling Ball” Viscometer and a variety of in-line process viscometers.
Evonik Industries Builds Polymerization Unit for Methacrylic Resins in China
The expansion of worldwide production capacity for thermoplastic methacrylic resins at Evonik Industries is proceeding according to schedule at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China.
“The construction of a plant in Shanghai underlines the great importance of the Chinese industrial coatings market for Evonik,” said Dr. Ulrich Küsthardt, president of the Coatings and Additives Business Unit. “This enables us to serve the growing requirements of our Asian customers from a local base.”
The products manufactured at the new plant will be used in particular for industrial coatings, such as marine and container paints and plastics coatings, but will also act as binders in printing inks and ceramic transfer lacquers. The plant is due to go into operation in the second half of next year.